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What’s the next move Jimmy?

12057000-mmmainThe Cleveland Browns made it official on Monday, firing coach Pat Shurmur after two seasons and general manager Tom Heckert after just three years.

Cue up the calliope music, the carousel is spinning once again in Berea.

As we learned with Mike Brown, Eric Mangini and Manny Acta, firing the coach is the easy part. Finding a replacement that is actually an improvement has proven to be far more difficult.

Do Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner have want it takes to finally get it right with a new coach?

We start looking for answers at The Cleveland Fan.

(Photo by The Plain Dealer)


Browns wrap up season in predictable fashion

browns31-02The Cleveland Browns closed out the 2012 NFL season – and what is likely to be the Pat Shurmur era – with a 24-10 loss on Sunday to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The loss means the Browns finish the season at 5-11, the fifth year in a row that they have won five or fewer games. Cleveland also went 1-7 on the road for the second consecutive year. It was also the fourth time in the past five years that the Browns have ended the season with a loss to the Steelers.

So, here we are, at the end of another disappointing season for the Browns. The momentum and enthusiasm of the three-game winning streak seems so long ago as it quickly evaporated during yet another season-ending losing streak.

The rest of the story is at The Cleveland Fan.

(Photo by The Associated Press)

Browns vs. Steelers – Week 17

4X9E1696--nfl_large_580_1000The Cleveland Browns head to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers in the final game of the 2012 NFL season.

Thaddeus Lewis, who has never taken a snap at the NFL level, will start at quarterback for the Browns, with Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy both out with shoulder injuries.

And Lewis won’t have Trent Richardson to hand the ball to, as the rookie running back will miss the game with an ankle injury.

Yeah, this is going to be some kind of party.

And it is one of those weeks where we are thankful for NFL Sunday Ticket.

Full preview starts now at The Cleveland Fan.

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Ready for some holiday R & R

mai taisWe are going dark for a few days as we head to a warmer place to relax and possibly knock back a few umbrella drinks with former Cleveland Browns team president Mike Holmgren.

We’ll be back (possibly) in time for the Browns final game of the season against the Steelers (although we may need a few more of those drinks to get through that one).

Happy holidays to everyone.

Browns vs. Broncos – Week 16

denver-_279_20464--nfl_large_580_1000The Cleveland Browns hit the road for the final two games of the 2012 NFL season.

After a thoroughly disappointing showing last week against Washington, these may not only be the last two games of the season, but also the final two games of coach Pat Shurmur’s tenure in Cleveland, and possibly for general manager Tom Heckert as well.

Can the Browns bounce back against a Denver team that has posted 11 wins against teams that are a combined 32 games under .500?

Let’s see if we can find out at The Cleveland Fan.

Weeden ready to let it rip

temp4X9E1461--nfl_mezz_1280_1024With two games to go in the Cleveland Browns season, quarterback Brandon Weeden may have finally realized that freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose.

Coming off a disappointing game in the home finale against Washington – and with rumors swirling that the Browns may want to replace Weeden next season with Ryan Mallett (career stats: four pass attempts, one completion and one interception ) – the rookie is ready to let it fly.

“If you get in the mindset of thinking about being too cautious with throws, that’s when you’re a little more errant,” Weeden said. “You’re not as accurate; you’re not as aggressive, but there’s times where you’ve got to be smart. Whether it’s in the red zone or after a big play, you have to pick your spots. At this point, I’ve just got to let it fly. From here on out, just let it rip and be aggressive to take shots.”

To that we say: what took you so long?

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Kent State turns to familiar face to lead the football team

coach-HaynesHelmetPaul Haynes, a former Kent State defensive back, was introduced on Tuesday as the Golden Flashes’ 21st football coach.

Haynes, who played for Kent State from 1987 to 1991 (a time period where we covered the team for The Daily Kent Stater, which oddly makes us feel really old), takes over for Darrell Hazell, who will be leaving Kent after the Bowl to take over the football program at Purdue.

“This has been a whirlwind, and I can’t begin to describe my excitement about the opportunity to come back to Kent State as head coach,” Haynes said. “Being a former player and assistant coach here, and now coming back at a time where there is so much pride around the football program and the university, it is unbelievable. My family and I are excited about coming back to Ohio. I’m looking forward to getting involved with the players and embracing the Kent State alumni.”

Head over to The Cleveland Fan for the rest of the story.

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Beware the anonymous, single-source story, Browns fans

heckert-draft-10-jgjpg-b455db635d3c46beAnother day, another round of rumors surrounding the future of Cleveland Browns general manager Tom Heckert.

First off comes Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk, who writes that a “league source” told him that if the Browns fire Heckert it will be because he was not willing to mortgage the team’s future in a pre-draft trade for Robert Griffin III.

So, if this “report” is to be believed, Jimmy Haslam and Joe Banner will hold Heckert responsible for something that occurred before they were even involved with the team and with having no knowledge about any of the discussions the Browns had about a potential trade.

We guess, since they can only fire Mike Holmgren once, they need someone else to kick around.

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Browns flush away goodwill in loss to Redskins

Trent RichardsonThe Cleveland Browns could not have asked for a better situation on Sunday against the Washington Redskins.

The Browns, in their home finale to the 2012 NFL season, were facing one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL and, because of an injury, the Redskins were forced to start Kirk Cousins at quarterback instead of dynamic rookie Robert Griffin III.

All the Browns had to do was take advantage of the opportunity staring them in the face.

Final score: Washington 38, Cleveland 21.

The loss snaps the Browns three-game winning streak, kills all the premature talk about a drive for the playoffs and certainly deals a serious blow to Pat Shurmur’s chances of coming back for a third year as Browns coach.

We try to figure out what happened at The Cleveland Fan.

(Photo by The Associated Press)

Browns vs. Redskins – Week 15

Jeff FaineThe Cleveland Browns close out the home portion of the 2012 NFL season on Sunday, when they host the Washington Redskins.

The Browns are looking to run their winning streak to four games and continue a run that has seen them go 5-3 since starting the year at 0-5.

Standing in the way is a Redskins team that is looking to run its own winning streak to five games as they battle for a playoff spot in the NFC.

The game really hinges on one  simple question about Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Will he or won’t he?

We start looking for answers at The Cleveland Fan.

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