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Browns will likely turn to veteran coach Bob Wylie in hopes of finding magic on their O-line

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 14, 2017

The Browns could use some of Bob Wylie's magic on their offensive line.

Not only is Wylie a veteran coach, but he's also an amateur magician known for entertaining his players with tricks and illusions.

Alex Marvez of Sporting News reported late Friday night that Wylie is the new Browns O-line coach.

On Saturday morning, a person familiar with the situation said Wylie is in the mix for the job and will likely be added to the staff.

Wylie worked under Browns coach Hue Jackson as the offensive line coach of the Oakland Raiders in 2011 and helped them tie for fourth in the NFL in fewest sacks allowed with 25. Only five teams surrendered more sacks than the Raiders the previous season when they gave up 44.

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Browns hire defensive backs coach DeWayne Walker

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 13, 2017

The Browns secured a highly respected defensive backs coach by hiring DeWayne Walker.

Former Browns safety Tashaun Gipson let the cat out the bag Friday when he wrote on Twitter, "Cleveland got a legit one! Congrats coach Walk!! Major!!"

A person familiar with the situation confirmed Walker is the team's new defensive backs coach. The Browns have yet to announce the move.

Walker, 56, spent the past four years as the defensive backs coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, who signed Gipson as an unrestricted free agent last year.

New Jaguars coach Doug Marrone recently fired Walker and several other defensive assistants who were under contract through the 2017 season.

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Browns QB Robert Griffin III helps renovate home of Vietnam veteran on HGTV's 'Fixer Upper'

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 10, 2017

Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III helped renovate the home of a Vietnam veteran on an episode of HGTV's Fixer Upper that debuted Tuesday night.

Griffin's Family of 3 foundation, which supports veterans and military families, partnered with Fixer Upper's Chip and Joanna Gaines to renovate the home of Bill Graham and his late wife, Sherry, in Waco, Texas.

Bill Graham, who served 41 years combined in the Army and National Guard, has suffered from prostate cancer as a result of exposure to Agent Orange and spinal stenosis.

"Families like the Grahams, they pay the ultimate sacrifice for this country," said Griffin, whose parents, Robert Jr. and Jacqueline, are retired Army sergeants. "And I feel like those are the people that we need to be helping more and more."

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Why Deshaun Watson could be the QB for the Cleveland Browns and thoughts on Gregg Williams (podcast)

By Dan Kadar Published: January 10, 2017
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Hot off winning the college football national championship game, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson could be in play for the Cleveland Browns in 2017 NFL Draft.

On this week's Akron Beacon Journal and Ohio.com podcast, Nate Ulrich explains why he could be in consideration to be taken with the first overall selection. Watson fits several criteria the Browns could be looking for at the position. But is he good enough to take over Texas A&M pass rusher Myle Garrett?

Marla Ridenour: Clemson’s Deshaun Watson worth the risk with Browns’ No. 1 pick

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Browns CB Joe Haden announces successful surgery: 'First team all pro here I come!'

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 10, 2017

Browns two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden announced Tuesday on Twitter the surgery he had to repair two groin muscles was successful.

"Groin surgery went Great! Rehab starts now!! First team all pro here I come!!! No excuses just RESULTS!! #HadenNation," he tweeted.

Haden revealed Dec. 22 he would undergo surgery on the two groin muscles he injured during the 2016 season.

He suffered a left groin injury in practice before the Browns faced the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 25 and missed the game. Then he suffered a right groin injury in practice before they played the Tennessee Titans on Oct. 16 and missed two games.

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Browns associate head coach-offense Pep Hamilton accepts job at University of Michigan

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 9, 2017

Browns coach Hue Jackson didn't think his top lieutenant on offense would leave him in the wake of a 1-15 season, but he was wrong.

Associate head coach-offense Pep Hamilton has accepted a job on coach Jim Harbaugh's staff at the University of Michigan, a person familiar with the situation confirmed Monday.

ESPN first reported Hamilton's decision.

On Sunday, Jackson expressed confidence Hamilton would stay put.

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Ex-Browns coach Mike Pettine interviews with Washington for defensive coordinator gig

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 9, 2017

Former Browns coach Mike Pettine interviewed with Washington for its opening at defensive coordinator, the team announced Monday.

Pettine went 10-22 as coach of the Browns from 2014-15. He guided the Browns to a record of 7-4 in 2014, but they lost their final five games and then went 3-13 during the 2015 season, which ended with owner Jimmy Haslam firing Pettine and General Manager Ray Farmer.

Pettine, 50, took the 2016 season off to recharge after his stint with the Browns.

He spent four seasons as the defensive coordinator of the New York Jets and one season in the same role for the Buffalo Bills before being hired by the Browns.

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North Carolina QB, Mentor native Mitch Trubisky announces he'll enter April's NFL Draft

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 9, 2017

Will the Browns turn to a hometown hero as they search for their quarterback of the future?

North Carolina junior quarterback and Mentor native Mitch Trubisky announced Monday he'll enter April's NFL Draft.

"After much research, reflection and prayer, I have officially decided to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft," Trubisky wrote on Twitter. He also explained his decision on ThePlayersTribune.com.

Trubisky, Notre Dame junior quarterback and Toledo native DeShone Kizer and Clemson junior quarterback Deshaun Watson are widely considered the top-three quarterbacks in this year's draft class. Watson will face Alabama on Monday night in the College Football Playoff championship game.

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Marla Ridenour: Browns' Hue Jackson corrects mistake with hiring of Gregg Williams

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 8, 2017

1. As much as I have harped on lack of continuity as the Browns’ biggest issue since 1999, I have no problem with coach Hue Jackson replacing defensive coordinator Ray Horton with Gregg Williams.

2. While the organization hasn’t gone without a head coaching or coordinator change since the 2009 season ended, weak staff hires have been a continuing issue since the franchise’s rebirth.

3. Former Browns coach Bill Belichick set the standard with a staff that in 1993 included Nick Saban (now at Alabama), Kirk Ferentz (Iowa), John Mitchell (Steelers) and Scott O’Brien (retired from Patriots). Since then, there have been too many old friends and too few teachers of the game. Of Jackson’s assistants in 2016, senior offensive assistant/receivers coach Al Saunders was the standout and yet even under him four draft picks at that position showed little improvement as rookies.

4. The elephant in the room is the one-year suspension Williams served in 2012 for his role in the Saints’ bounty scandal. Jackson vowed during a conference call Sunday that “we will not be having a Bountygate situation in Cleveland” and noted that’s behind Williams. “He has already paid the price for that,” Jackson said.

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Browns announce Gregg Williams replaces Ray Horton as defensive coordinator

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 8, 2017

On Sunday morning, the Browns formally announced what had been reported Saturday night: They fired defensive coordinator Ray Horton and replaced him with Gregg Williams of the Los Angeles Rams.

Coach Hue Jackson is scheduled to speak about the move during a conference call at noon Sunday.

Below is the news release from the team.

Cleveland Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson announced that Gregg Williams will join the team as defensive coordinator. Williams replaces Ray Horton, who has been relieved of his duties.

Williams has coached in the NFL for 26 years, including three as a head coach and 15 as a defensive coordinator. His defenses have finished in the top five in total defense five times, including the top defense in the NFL in 2000. Williams also oversaw a Saints defensive unit that won Super Bowl XLVI and a Titans defense that advanced to Super Bowl XXXIV.

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