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Pro Bowl Features Four Cleveland Browns Selections

January 26th, 2015 at 8:51 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

The Pro Bowl took place last night, and the Cleveland Browns were represented by Joe Thomas and three-fourths of the secondary.

The Browns had six Pro Bowlers in 2013 while winning only four games. This year the team improved to 7-9.

Thomas has made the Pro Bowl in each of his eight seasons in the NFL. Defensive backs Joe Haden, Donte Whitner and Tashaun Gipson also represented the Browns.

Haden made three solo tackles for Michael Irvin's team, while Whitner had two solo tackles for Cris Carter's team.

Team Irvin scored a 32-28 comeback win on a 1-yard touchdown pass with 3:10 left in the game from Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan to New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham.

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Cleveland Browns: Could a New Offensive Coordinator Resurrect Johnny Manziel’s Career?

January 12th, 2015 at 10:30 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

Kyle Shanahan's resignation as the Cleveland Browns' offensive coordinator has continued the disappointing lack of stability in that particular job.

However, it could also open an opportunity for Johnny Manziel to succeed as the Cleveland Browns quarterback in a new system.

After trying to learn Shanahan's complicated play-calling matrix, Manziel possibly fare better under a new coach's simpler scheme.

Of course, many of Manziel's problems were of his own doing, and his maturity and professionalism must increase if he has any chance of success.

But remember, Manziel's success or failure will forever be tied to the fortunes of the man who drafted him, General Manager Ray Farmer.

Could the Browns bring in an offensive coordinator who could harness Manziel's skills and make him worthy of a first-round pick?

It would be interesting to be a fly on the wall in the offensive coordinator job interviews, to see if a candidate would tout himself as the man who could unlock Johnny Football's potential.

No matter who is running the Browns' offense next year, the best course of action is to let Manziel sit the bench and learn for the entire year before investigating if he can become a viable NFL quarterback in 2016.

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Former Patriots, Chiefs OC Charlie Weis a Strong Candidate for Browns Offensive Coordinator Job

January 8th, 2015 at 12:28 PM
By Doug Rush

On Thursday, the Cleveland Browns granted the official release for offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan; who is interviewing for other coaching jobs around the league like the Buffalo Bills.

Shanahan grew tired of the dysfunction surrounding the Browns with the quarterback controversy along with the front office trying to interfere with coaching and play calling in games. So now, head coach Mike Pettine will search for a new offensive coordinator for the 2015 season and he already may have a possible candidate lined up.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports has reported that the Browns are looking at longtime NFL offensive coordinator Charlie Weis as a strong candidate for the job and to replace Shanahan.

Weis was most well known for being the offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots under Bill Belichick when they won three Super Bowls and helped groom Tom Brady into the quarterback he's become. Weis was the Patriots offensive coordinator from 2000 until 2004, then left to take the head coaching job at the University of Notre Dame.

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Cleveland Browns Officially Release Kyle Shanahan as Offensive Coordinator

January 8th, 2015 at 11:14 AM
By Doug Rush

Kyle Shanahan made it clear that he wanted out from the Cleveland Browns and the apparent dysfunction in their organization. On Thursday morning, Shanahan was granted his wish.

Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reported that the Browns have granted the release of Shanahan as the team's offensive coordinator; Shanahan asked for his release from the team.

Shanahan was tired of the coaching staff being pressured over things from play calling to the quarterback situation; in this case, Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel.

Another report said that Browns management sent text messages down to the coaching staff to send plays on offense upstairs to them; another thing the coaching staff, nor Shanahan appreciated and something that lead to his release from the team.

Aside from the Bills head coaching vacancy that he will interview for on Thursday, Shanahan has been talked about as a possible offensive coordinator for whatever job his father, Mike Shanahan lands, as he's interviewing for the 49ers, Raiders and Bills head coaching jobs.

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Buffalo Bills to Interview Browns OC Kyle Shanahan on Thursday for Head Coaching Vacancy

January 8th, 2015 at 10:51 AM
By Doug Rush

It's quite an interesting situation when a father and son both interview for the same head coaching job, and in Orchard Park, that's exactly the case they have on their hands.

On Thursday, the Buffalo Bills will interview current Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan for their head coaching vacancy, as Adam Schefter of ESPN reported.

Shanahan's father, former Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan, has already interviewed for the position as well, which makes it interesting that a father and son are interviewing for the same position. However, there is a lot of speculation around the league that teams could want both Shanahan's as a head coach/coordinator combination.

The elder Shanahan has also interviewed for the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders head coaching jobs, and if he lands one, the younger Shanahan could follow his father to become their offensive coordinator.

Before taking the Browns offensive coordinator job, Shanahan was the offensive coordinator for his dad with the Redskins from 2010-2013 before they were fired after the 2013 season. Before Washington, Shanahan was the offensive coordinator for the Houston Texans from 2008-2009.

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