Perhaps the Browns thought if anyone could help quarterback Johnny Manziel recover from a disastrous rookie season, it would be someone who has tutored him in the past like Kevin O’Connell.
The Browns are in the process of hiring O’Connell as their new quarterbacks coach and Kurt Roper as a senior offensive assistant, a person familiar with the situation confirmed Saturday for the Beacon Journal. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Browns have yet to make the moves official.
Fox Sports first reported the news.
O’Connell worked extensively with Manziel last year in preparation for the NFL Draft. He's one of the quarterback whisperers who collaborated with Massillon native George Whitfield Jr., another private coach of Manziel, at Whitfield Athletix in San Diego.
Last June, O'Connell revealed what he told NFL teams about Manziel leading up to the draft during an interview with CBS Sports columnist Bruce Feldman on "The Audible" podcast.To read more or comment...
Coach Mike Pettine revealed it took him just about a quarter of an hour to decide Joker Phillips should be the Browns' new wide receivers coach.
The Browns announced Thursday they hired Phillips. The move was previously reported.
“The word that kept coming back is passion, energy and how important it is to him. Very competitive,” Pettine said in a news release. “That kind of gets channeled with him through his players. It was really an easy decision for us. Not very long -- 10 or 15 minutes of sitting down with him -- I had a pretty good sense that he was going to be our guy.”
Phillips, a longtime college coach, will reunite with new Browns offensive coordinator John DeFilippo. Phillips got his first coaching job at Kentucky as a graduate assistant in 1988, when DeFilippo’s father, Gene, was the Wildcats’ associate athletic director. Phillips and the younger DeFilippo later worked together at Notre Dame in 2001, when Phillips was the wide receivers coach and DeFilippo was a graduate assistant.To read more or comment...
The Browns are raising season-ticket prices for the first time in seven years, the team announced Thursday.
The team increased season-ticket prices in 2008 after it went 10-6. Prices were stagnant in each of the next six years following double-digit loss seasons. Now the prices are being raised after the team went 7-9 record this past season.
Non-club level season-ticket packages will range from $25-$110 a game at FirstEnergy Stadium. Those packages ranged from $19-$85 last year, when the Browns had the lowest average ticket price in the NFL in the category, according to the team. The franchise also ranked 31st in the league for average ticket price in each of the past two seasons, according to Team Marketing Report.
The Browns have mailed renewal letters to fans.To read more or comment...
In an open letter posted on the Cauldron website, Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon addresses the latest controversy he is involved in and the critical opinions of a few television personalities who have weighed in on the situation.
Gordon is reportedly facing an NFL suspension again after recently failing an alcohol test. Part of his previous suspension included him not drinking alcohol during the 2014 season.To read more or comment...
The Browns recently interviewed Glenn Thomas for their quarterbacks coach vacancy, ESPN reported Tuesday.
Thomas, 37, has been a member of the Atlanta Falcons' coaching staff for seven seasons. He was their quarterbacks coach the past three years and an offensive assistant the previous four.
Thomas coached at Midwestern State University from 2001-07 and found time to work with the Baltimore Ravens between seasons. Thomas worked with the Ravens' wide receivers and helped coach their quarterbacks (2002-03 and 2005).
Browns coach Mike Pettine worked for the Ravens from 2002-08, so he knows Thomas.To read more or comment...
Coach Mike Pettine and new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo can't clean up the Browns' quarterback mess by themselves.
They'll need a quarterbacks coach to assist, and former NFL quarterback Steve Walsh will interview for the position on Saturday, Fox Sports reported Friday night.
Walsh, 48, a first-round pick in the 1989 supplemental draft, spent 11 seasons in the league and played for six teams. For the past six seasons, he has been the head football coach at Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach, Fla., an interesting twist partly because Pettine is a former high school coach.
Last month, Pettine called the Browns' quarterback situation "muddy, at best." Pettine, DeFilippo, General Manager Ray Farmer and owner Jimmy Haslam have made it clear the Browns will acquire at least one quarterback this offseason because they don't know who'll start for them next fall.
Johnny Manziel, the 22nd overall pick in last year's draft, struggled mightily in six quarters as a starter, and his off-field behavior is an ongoing concern.To read more or comment...
The Browns have hired former Oakland Raiders quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo as their new offensive coordinator, a source familiar with the situation confirmed Wednesday morning for the Beacon Journal.
The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the Browns have yet to announce the move. The team is expected to do so later Wednesday.
Fox Sports' Alex Marvez first reported the hire Wednesday morning.
DeFilippo will become the Browns' sixth offensive coordinator in as many seasons. Amid reports about some members of the front office and coaching staff clashing, Kyle Shanahan resigned from the post on Jan. 8 with two years left on his contract after just his first season in Cleveland.To read more or comment...
Browns free safety Tashaun Gipson announced Tuesday he would not play in the Pro Bowl despite being selected to participate in the all-star game.
The Pro Bowl is set for 8 p.m. Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
"First want to thank GOD for the blessing of being a probowler," Gipson wrote on Twitter. "I also want to thnk the fans that voted countless times helping along the way.
"But unfortunately I will not be PLAYING in the game Sunday my first pro bowl!! Thank everyone for the support!
The Browns have signed former Dallas Cowboys defensive back Micah Pellerin to the reserve/futures list, the team announced Tuesday.
He has compiled two tackles in eight NFL regular-season games.
The Cowboys waived Pellerin on Dec. 8 after he appeared in three games this past regular season without tallying a tackle or a pass defensed. In 2013, Pellerin, 26, played three games for the Tennessee Titans and two with the Cowboys.
In 2012, the Indianapolis Colts signed Pellerin as an undrafted rookie free agent from Hampton University. He also has spent time with the Green Bay Packers.To read more or comment...