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Cowher: "I do not plan on coaching next year"

By Marla Published: October 30, 2011

On "The NFL Today" show on CBS Sunday morning, former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher discussed the growing speculation that he's headed to Miami.

"I've not been contacted directly or indirectly by anyfootball team or any organization," Cowher said, according to a release from CBS. "It's all speculation, and it's unfortunate because it affects the lives of many people that are in the profession. I am here to say to you today, I do not plan on coaching next year. I love where I work, and more importantly I enjoy the people that I work with up here. So I can put all the speculation to rest. And if I have to repeat this in December again, I will. It's a tough profession, I know there is speculation out there. I'm flattered by it to be honest with you. But at the same time it affects too many
people's lives. I like what I'm doing right here, and I plan on being back in the same seat next year."

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Mike Lombardi says Browns right to wait on Hillis deal

By Marla Published: October 30, 2011

Forner Browns director of football operations Mike Lombardi endorsed team president Mike Holmgren's handling of the Peyton Hillis contract negotiations Sunday on the NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning."

Lombardi said there's no need for the Browns to rush to wrap up a new deal for Hillis, who is sitting out his third game of the season today at San Francisco with a hamstring injury. The Madden 12 cover boy has totalled for 211 yards (3.5 average) on the ground after amassing 1,177 last season.

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Seahawks' Carroll doesn't blame officials

By Marla Published: October 23, 2011

During Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll found plenty of reasons to get frustrated. Especially when three calls didn’t
go the Seahawks’ way in the second quarter.

Carroll challenged quarterback Charlie Whitehurst’s fumble
after a sack by safety T.J. Ward, which was recovered by linebacker D’Qwell
Jackson. But the review showed that Whitehurst was already losing the ball
before Ward’s hit.

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I don't envision a Browns' trade and other thoughts

By Marla Published: October 18, 2011

Thoughts on Browns-Raiders, Harbaugh-Schwartz and today’s
trade deadline.

I’ll be stunned if Browns’ running back Peyton Hillis is
playing for someone else tonight. No. 1, because he’s got a hamstring injury.
Since he’s in a contract year, I don’t know who would give up a
draft choice for a player who might be with them for half the season or less.

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NFL Network analysts gaining respect for Raiders

By Marla Published: October 10, 2011

The Oakland Raiders, 3-2 going into Sunday's home game against the Browns, seem to be gaining a national following. That includes former 49ers and Lions coach Steve Mariucci and former Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin of the NFL Network.

The Raiders won at Houston 25-20 on Sunday, a day after the passing of legendary owner Al Davis.

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Drew Rosenhaus profiled on '60 Minutes'

By Marla Published: October 7, 2011

Agent Drew Rosenhaus will be profiled on Sunday's edition of "60 Minutes" (CBS, 7-8 p.m.) and expect plenty of moxie from the man who represents more NFL players than any other.

“I really believe that the NFL would fall apart without me,” Rosenhaus says on the show, according to a CBS press release.  “That may sound cocky, that may sound arrogant, but I amtelling you the truth.”

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3 OSU players suspended for Nebraska game

By Marla Published: October 3, 2011

Here's the statement from Ohio State regarding the suspensions of Marcus Hall, DeVier Posey and Daniel Herron for Saturday's game at Nebraska:

"The Ohio State University Director of Athletics Gene Smith announced today that, as part of the university’s continued investigation with the NCAA to resolve any remaining football compliance issues, violations have been discovered and three football student-athletes have been declared ineligible for the football game this weekend against the University of Nebraska.  Those players are Marcus Hall, DeVier Posey and Daniel Herron. The university has submitted a request for reinstatement on behalf of each student-athlete, but it is anticipated that each will sit out at least the game this weekend.

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Weekend musings: Had strep throat?

By Marla Published: October 3, 2011

Here's a nugget from Sports Illustrated's Peter King to further enforce the reality of the Browns' situation: They still haven't beaten a team with a winning record.

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