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Browns hire Brad Childress as their offensive coordinator

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 27, 2012

The Browns have hired Brad Childress today as their offensive coordinator, two league sources confirmed for the Beacon Journal.

The Browns later announced the move.

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Browns seemingly in line to hire Brad Childress as offensive coordinator

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 26, 2012

The Browns' search for an offensive coordinator has been relatively quiet, but that changed tonight.

With the NFL's head-coaching vacancies filled and former Green Bay Packers and Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman expected to be named the offensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins, the Browns appear to be in line to hire former Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress as their offensive coordinator.

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Browns CB Joe Haden named finalist for Cleveland's Pro Athlete of Year along with Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera, P Justin Masterson

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 26, 2012

Browns cornerback Joe Haden is one of three finalists for Professional Athlete of the Year, the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission announced. The others are shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and starting pitcher Justin Masterson of the Indians.

The winner will be announced Feb. 2 at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards at the Renaissance Hotel.

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Browns hire Tim Hauck as defensive backs coach

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 23, 2012

The Browns have hired Tim Hauck as their new defensive backs coach, a league source said Monday. The team has confirmed the addition of Hauck.

Hauck, who served as an assistant secondary coach for the Tennessee Titans from 2009-10, replaces Jerome Henderson, whom the Dallas Cowboys hired two weeks ago to fill the same role for their organization.

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Browns hire former St. Louis Rams WR coach Nolan Cromwell

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 18, 2012

The Browns have hired Nolan Cromwell as a senior offensive assistant, the team confirmed Wednesday.

Cromwell, 56, will replace Keith Gilbertson, who has retired after holding the title of senior offensive assistant last season with the Browns. Cromwell spent the past two seasons serving as the St. Louis Rams' wide receivers coach.

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Would Browns trade up to pick Robert Griffin III as some early mock drafts predict?

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 17, 2012

The NFL Scouting Combine doesn't begin until Feb. 22. Free agency doesn't start until March 13. And the NFL Draft doesn't kick off until April 26.

Despite those facts, the business of prematurely publishing mock drafts is in full swing.

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Other job openings could be affecting Browns' search for offensive coordinator

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 12, 2012

The Browns should learn more about the way their search for an offensive coordinator will unfold as other coaching vacancies throughout the NFL are filled.

Browns coach Pat Shurmur has been talking to offensive coordinator candidates, mostly by phone, though it's unclear whether any formal interviews have taken place. "Candidates with options and deadlines" have been communicating with the organization, a league source said.

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Report: Dallas Cowboys hiring Jerome Henderson, who spent past 3 seasons as Browns' DBs coach

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 10, 2012

Jerome Henderson, who spent the past three seasons as the Browns’ defensive backs coach, will reportedly hold the same job with the Dallas Cowboys next season.

Henderson is leaving the Browns to join the Cowboys, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Tuesday night. Henderson would reunite with Rob Ryan, who served as the Browns’ defensive coordinator from 2009-10 before filling the same role for the Cowboys in 2011.

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Browns have fourth and 22nd overall picks in 2012 NFL Draft

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 8, 2012

The Browns have the fourth and 22nd overall picks in the 2012 NFL Draft.

The position of the Browns’ second pick of the first round was determined today after the Atlanta Falcons were eliminated from the playoffs as a result of their 24-2 loss to the New York Giants in an NFC wild-card game. The Browns acquired the Falcons’ first-round pick last year in a blockbuster deal.

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Browns LT Joe Thomas selected to AP 2011 NFL All-Pro team

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 6, 2012

Browns left tackle Joe Thomas was named today to the Associated Press 2011 NFL All-Pro team, which is selected by a national panel of 50 media members. This is the third consecutive year Thomas has been a first-team All-Pro selection. Thomas was the only Browns player selected to the All-Pro team. Middle linebacker D'Qwell Jackson received two votes.

Here is the All-Pro team roster provided by the AP:

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Browns have 11 players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 6, 2012

NFL free agency starts at 4 p.m. March 13. Here is a list of the Browns' potential free agents with each player's 2011 base salary listed in parenthesis:

Unrestricted free agents

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Transcript from news conference with Browns President Mike Holmgren, GM Tom Heckert

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 5, 2012

President Mike Holmgren and General Manager Tom Heckert held a news conference today to review the 2011 season and discuss the state of the Browns, who finished with a record of 4-12. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

Mike Holmgren

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Highlights from news conference with Browns President Mike Holmgren, GM Tom Heckert

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 5, 2012

President Mike Holmgren and General Manager Tom Heckert held a news conference today to review the 2011 season and discuss the state of the Browns, who finished with a record of 4-12. Here are some of the highlights:

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 3, 2012

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today to review the 2011 season, his first as a head coach at any level. The Browns finished with a record of 4-12 and own two first-round picks in this year's draft, including the fourth overall selection. Here is a transcript from the 40-minute news conference:

(Opening Statement)- "Good afternoon and happy new year. This will be the last one of these for a while and I've had fun this year with these. As we finish the year, I would say we are two days into the next year, in my opinion. I look back on this season and we didn't win enough games and I realize that. As we move forward, I think what's important is that we take the things that we did well and we move forward. As I mentioned, we are into the second day of the offseason here and we'll go through a thorough evaluation process of the players, the coaches, the process, how we do things, how we coach things, plays we'll run more and ones we'll never see again. We'll go through that process. I feel good as we move forward because I like to be able to structure things, and this offseason will now be structured. I think of this as really my first offseason as we prepare for a regular season and I'm looking forward to that.

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Browns sign eight players to reserve/future contracts

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 3, 2012

The Browns announced this evening that they have signed the following players to reserve/future contracts as free agents for the 2012 season:

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Browns coach Pat Shurmur says he'll hire an offensive coordinator, won't commit to Colt McCoy as starting QB next season

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 3, 2012

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today to review the 2011 season, his first as a head coach at any level. The Browns finished with a record of 4-12 and own two first-round picks in this year's draft, including the fourth overall selection. Here are some of the highlights from the 40-minute news conference:

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CB Sheldon Brown believes Browns have foundation in place to succeed even though 4-12 record suggests otherwise

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 2, 2012

Despite another dismal season, veteran cornerback Sheldon Brown believes the Browns are not far from turning the corner and becoming successful.

Brown's view seemingly reflected the overall tone in the locker room today as most of the players prepared to pack their bags and leave town for the next few months. The Browns' offseason workout program begins on April 16.

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Browns have fourth overall pick in 2012 NFL Draft

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 2, 2012

The Browns have the fourth overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. They have another first-round pick from the Atlanta Falcons, but it won't be determined until the Falcons are eliminated from the playoffs. Here's the 2012 draft order for non-playoff teams with strength of schedule listed in parenthesis:

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Browns' 2012 home and away opponents

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 1, 2012

In addition to their AFC North foes, the Browns will face the following opponents next season:

Home: Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins and Buffalo Bills.

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Game day blog: Steelers at Browns (Week 17)

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 1, 2012

Final: Steelers 13, Browns 9 (game story; box score; Marla Ridenour column; notebook)

Game action

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