Add another name to the long list of candidates linked to the Browns as they search for their sixth offensive coordinator in as many years.
Former St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz recently interviewed for the job, a person familiar with the search confirmed for the Beacon Journal on Tuesday morning, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Browns have yet to comment on the hiring process. NFL Network first reported Martz's interview.
Martz, 63, has been out of coaching since his two-year stint as offensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears ended following the 2011 season. Martz and the Bears parted ways because of what he described as "a real difference of philosophy."
Martz directed "the Greatest Show on Turf" as the Rams' offensive coordinator in 1999. The team led the NFL in points, yards and passing yards, propelling it to defeat the Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV.To read more or comment...
Browns strong safety Donte Whitner learned Monday he'll complete a hat trick by appearing in his third consecutive Pro Bowl.
Last month, Whitner was named a Pro Bowl alternate. But Whitner will play in the Pro Bowl beginning at 8 p.m. Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., because he'll replace Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas, who won't appear in the all-star game because he'll be preparing to face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1.
With the addition of Whitner, the Browns will have four representatives in the Pro Bowl, including three members of their secondary. Cornerback Joe Haden, free safety Tashaun Gipson and left tackle Joe Thomas were selected to the Pro Bowl last month. Haden will serve as a captain.
The Browns have never had three defensive backs play in the same Pro Bowl. The last time the franchise had at least three defensive players earn the honor was in 1995, when defensive end Rob Burnett, linebacker Pepper Johnson, nose tackle Michael Dean Perry and safety Eric Turner accomplished the feat.To read more or comment...
Kyle Shanahan has apparently secured a new job before the Browns could lock down his replacement.
Shanahan resigned as offensive coordinator of the Browns two weeks ago, and ESPN reported Sunday night he'll be hired to fill the same position for the Atlanta Falcons.
The Falcons plan to make Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn their new head coach, according to the report. Quinn and the Seahawks will face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1.
Shanahan asked to be let out of his contract with two years remaining on the deal amid reports members about members of the coaching staff and front office clashing.To read more or comment...
Browns cornerback Joe Haden has been named a captain for the upcoming Pro Bowl, the NFL announced Thursday.
Haden, Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt will serve as captains.
The Pro Bowl will be played beginning at 8 p.m. Jan. 25 in Glendale, Ariz., and televised on ESPN.To read more or comment...
The Browns are scheduled to interview Buffalo Bills senior offensive assistant Jim Hostler this week for their offensive-coordinator vacancy, a person familiar with the search told the Beacon Journal on Thursday.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Browns haven't commented on the hiring process.
Hostler, 48, worked with Browns coach Mike Pettine in 2008 when they were members of the Baltimore Ravens' staff. Hostler has one season of experience as an NFL offensive coordinator. He got it in 2007 with the San Francisco 49ers after he served as their quarterbacks coach for two seasons.
Since entering the NFL coaching ranks in 2000, Hostler has worked for six teams. His longest stint was with the Ravens, coaching their wide receivers from 2008-13. Pettine's final season as the Ravens' outside linebackers coach was in 2008.
The Bills hired Hostler last year.To read more or comment...
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The Browns and wide receivers coach Mike McDaniel have mutually agreed to part ways.
McDaniel, 31, is expected to land wherever Kyle Shanahan goes.
Shanahan, who resigned as the Browns' offensive coordinator last week, brought McDaniel to Cleveland last year. McDaniel also worked with Shanahan as an offensive assistant (2006-08) for Houston and as an offensive assistant (2011-12) and wide receivers coach (2013) for Washington.
So whomever the Browns hire as their sixth offensive coordinator in as many years will need to secure a wide receivers coach to replace McDaniel and a quarterbacks coach to replace Dowell Loggains, who was fired last week.To read more or comment...
The Browns are searching far and wide for their sixth offensive coordinator in as many years, but they're also looking within team headquarters.
Tight ends coach Brian Angelichio is an internal candidate and will interview for the job, a source familiar with the situation confirmed Wednesday. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the Browns have yet to comment on the interview process.
Angelichio, 42, has been a coach for 20 years, but only three of those seasons were in the NFL. He coached the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' tight ends for two seasons (2012-13) before the joining the Browns last year.
In 1995, Angelicho began his coaching career as a secondary coach at State University of New York at Brockport. He then coached linebackers (1996-97), wide receivers (1998) and offensive linemen (1999) for Ithaca College.To read more or comment...
Browns left tackle Joe Thomas was voted All-NFL by the Professional Football Writers of America for the fifth time in his eight-year career.
Thomas has received the honor for three consecutive years. He is the only player on offense to repeat from last year.
The PFWA announced its All-NFL, All-AFC and All-NFC teams Monday.
Two weeks ago, the Associated Press named Thomas first-team All Pro for the fifth time in is career. Last month, he became the first offensive lineman in NFL history to make a Pro Bowl in each of his first eight seasons.
Browns left guard Joel Bitonio, a second-round pick in last year's draft, was voted to the PFWA All-AFC team. He also finished runner-up for ProFootballFocus.com's offensive rookie of the year award. New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. won it.To read more or comment...
Former Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey is among the candidates the Browns will consider hiring as their sixth offensive coordinator in six years, Fox Sports reported Monday.
Gailey had not previously been linked to the Browns, who accepted Kyle Shanahan's resignation as offensive coordinator last week after his first season with the franchise. The organization is seeking an interview with Gailey, according to the report.
Gailey, 63, has been out of football for the past two seasons. The Bills fired him in 2012 after he guided them to a record of 16-32 in three seasons.
His long resume includes stints as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys (1998-99) and Georgia Tech (2002-07) and jobs as an offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos (1989-90), Pittsburgh Steelers (1996-97), Miami Dolphins (2000-01) and Kansas City Chiefs (2008).To read more or comment...