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FANS 2016 BROWNS TRAINING CAMP INFORMATION

Browns 2016 training camp with 11 free public practices, beginning July 29

Browns to host Orange & Brown Scrimmage at Ohio Stadium Aug. 6

BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns 2016 training camp, presented by Northeast Ohio Ford Dealers, will feature 11 free public practices at the team’s facility in Berea, beginning Friday, July 29, as well as free access to the team’s Orange & Brown Scrimmage, presented by TourismOhio, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Saturday, Aug. 6.

“Last week, we concluded what I thought was a productive offseason program for our team,” said Head Coach Hue Jackson. “I appreciated our players’ hard work and effort as they worked tirelessly on improving in every area and at learning our process of what it will take to be successful in this league. We have more work ahead as we strive to accomplish our goals. We are excited about the opportunity to build on that foundation with our fans during training camp as we continue to prepare for the upcoming season.”

After the completion of training camp and the Browns’ second preseason game vs. Atlanta at FirstEnergy Stadium on Aug. 18, Cleveland will conduct joint practices in Tampa Bay prior to the Preseason Week 3 game against the Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium.

All training camp practices at the team’s Berea training facility are free to fans, who can register online or by downloading the Browns Mobile App. On the day of each session, fans may also access their tickets directly from the Browns Mobile App for entry.

Browns 2016 season ticket members will have an exclusive window to register for open practices from July 12-14 prior to public availability opening at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 14. For the third consecutive year, the Browns will implement a training camp registration process to help maximize each fan’s experience at all open sessions, as well as to best accommodate guests who must make travel arrangements to attend training camp.

Browns fans are also encouraged to visit www.ClevelandBrowns.com and the Browns Mobile App as a resource for daily updates, including weather and additional information for each practice.

Free registration for the Cleveland Browns 2016 Orange & Brown Scrimmage opens to season ticket members exclusively on June 21 and to all fans on June 23. The team’s on-field session will begin at 3 p.m. while the Browns once again will bring Dawg Pound Drive to St. John Arena in Columbus, where the team will feature many engaging pregame opportunities for all fans to enjoy beginning at noon.

Last year’s inaugural Orange & Brown Scrimmage attracted 49,734 fans to The Horseshoe, the highest of any Browns scrimmage or Family Day since totals were first kept in 2005.

Fans will have the opportunity to register for up to three practices in Berea, along with a maximum of four guests, as space permits. Parties wishing to attend more than three practices or book for groups of six-or-more people are encouraged to contact the Browns ticket office directly (440-824-3434).

When arriving with their ticket or the Browns Mobile App to open training camp practices, fans can enter the Browns training facility through the Beech Street entrance, with gates opening one hour before each session starts. Membership-services stations will also be available to all visitors inside and outside the complex to assist fans.

Parking is available on the campus of Baldwin-Wallace University, near the intersection of Beech Street and Bagley Road.

Cleveland Browns Training Camp is presented by Northeast Ohio Ford Dealers and in association with University Hospitals and Discount Drug Mart. The Orange & Brown Scrimmage is presented by TourismOhio and in association with Giant Eagle.

Browns fans may call Browns membership services (440-891-5050) for more information on registration and practice times. Details are also available atwww.ClevelandBrowns.com, on Twitter by messaging @BrownsFanSquad or e-mailing tickets@ClevelandBrowns.com

Browns 2016 training camp schedule:

 

DATE TIME (EDT)   DATE TIME (EDT)
Friday, July 29# 3-5:30 p.m.   Wednesday Aug. 10 3:15-5:45 p.m.
Saturday, July 30 3:25-5:55 p.m.   Thursday, Aug. 11 Travel day
Sunday, July 31 3-5:30 p.m.   Friday, Aug. 12 P1: at Packers
Monday, Aug. 1 3-5:30 p.m.     8 p.m., WEWS
Tuesday, Aug. 2 3-5:30 p.m.   Saturday, Aug. 13 No practice
Wednesday, Aug. 3 No practice   Sunday, Aug. 14 Practice closed
Thursday, Aug. 4 3:25-5:55 p.m.   Monday, Aug. 15 3:15-5:45 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 5 6-8:30 p.m.   Tuesday, Aug. 16 Practice closed
Saturday, Aug. 6** Orange & Brown Scrimmage   Wednesday, Aug. 17 No practice
  3-5:30 p.m.   Thursday, Aug. 18 P2: vs. Falcons
Sunday, Aug. 7 No practice     8 p.m. WEWS
Monday, Aug. 8 3:15-5:45 p.m.   Friday, Aug. 19 Practice closed
Tuesday, Aug. 9 3:15-5:45 p.m.      

 

*All practice dates and times are approximate and subject to change. All public practices are subject to weather conditions. Practices moved into the field house will be closed to the public for space reasons.

**The Browns will host the Orange & Brown Scrimmage at Ohio Stadium.

# Annual Cleveland Browns Blood Drive

 

CLEVELAND BROWNS 2016 TRAINING CAMP

PROHIBITED/ALLOWED ITEMS*

 

  • Smoking is prohibited.
  • Weapons, noisemakers, animals and aerosol cans are prohibited.
  • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
  • Plastic bottles and boxed liquids are permitted. Cans and glass are prohibited.
  • Soft-case coolers are permitted. Hard-plastic coolers are prohibited.
  • Cameras are permitted but must not interfere with another fan’s enjoyment of practice. The images reproduced may not be used commercially. Commercial video equipment is prohibited.
  • Umbrellas, strollers, purses, fanny packs, backpacks, and diaper bags are permitted but are subject to inspection.
  • Portable folding chairs and lawn chairs are permitted but are subject to inspection.

*Subject to change at team’s discretion.

DIRECTIONS FOR FAN PARKING

 From the North to Cleveland Browns Training Facility

Take I-71 South (Columbus) to Bagley Road exit #235

Turn right onto Bagley Road

Continue on Bagley Road to Beech Street on right

Parking available at Baldwin-Wallace

 

From the South to Cleveland Browns Training Facility

Take I-71 North (Cleveland) to Bagley Road exit #235

Turn left onto Bagley Road

Continue on Bagley Road to Beech Street on right

Parking available at Baldwin-Wallace

 

From the East to Cleveland Browns Training Facility

Take I-480 West (Toledo) to I-71 South (Columbus)

Continue on I-71 South to Bagley Road exit #235

Turn right onto Bagley Road

Continue on Bagley Road to Beech Street on right

Parking available at Baldwin-Wallace

 

From the West to Cleveland Browns Training Facility

Take I-480 East (Youngstown) to I-71 South (Columbus)

Continue on I-71 South to Bagley Road exit #235

Turn right onto Bagley Road

Continue on Bagley Road to Beech Street on right

Parking available at Baldwin-Wallace

 

Handicap Parking: Handicap-accessible parking is located at the Berea training facility. Parking and entry for those with a proper handicap tag will be available near the Browns training facility entrance at 76 Lou Groza Blvd.

 

CLEVELAND BROWNS 2016 SCHEDULE

PRESEASON

Week 1: Aug. 12 – at Green Bay Packers – 8 p.m./WEWS

Week 2: Aug. 18 – Atlanta Falcons – 8 p.m./WEWS

Week 3: Aug. 26 – at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 8 p.m./CBS

Week 4: Sept. 1 – Chicago Bears – 8 p.m./WEWS

 

REGULAR SEASON

Week 1: Sept. 11 – at Philadelphia Eagles – 1 p.m./CBS

Week 2: Sept. 18 – Baltimore Ravens – 1 p.m./CBS

Week 3: Sept. 25 – at Miami Dolphins – 1 p.m./CBS

Week 4: Oct. 2 – at Washington Redskins – 1 p.m./CBS

Week 5: Oct. 9 – New England Patriots – 1 p.m./CBS

Week 6: Oct. 16 – at Tennessee Titans – 1 p.m./CBS

Week 7: Oct. 23 – at Cincinnati Bengals – 1 p.m./CBS

Week 8: Oct. 30 – New York Jets – 1 p.m./CBS

Week 9: Nov. 6 – Dallas Cowboys – 1 p.m./FOX

Week 10: Nov. 10 – at Baltimore Ravens (Thursday) – 8:25 p.m./NFL Network

Week 11: Nov. 20 – Pittsburgh Steelers – 1 p.m./CBS

Week 12: Nov. 27 – New York Giants – 1 p.m./FOX

Week 13: BYE

Week 14: Dec. 11 – Cincinnati Bengals – 1 p.m./CBS

Week 15: Dec. 18 – at Buffalo Bills – 1 p.m./CBS

Week 16: Dec. 24 – San Diego Chargers (Saturday) – 1 p.m./CBS

Week 17: Jan. 1 – at Pittsburgh Steelers – 1 p.m./CBS

 

*Home games in bold print*

Cleveland Browns 2016 Offseason Media Schedule

Browns Helmet Sideways Photo

Date(s) Event

April 5  Offseason workouts

April 19-21 Voluntary veteran minicamp

April 22 Pre-draft availability

April 28-30 NFL Draft

May 13-15 Rookie minicamp

May 14 Fan Fest

May 18 OTA session #2

May 25 OTA session #5

June 1 OTA session #8

June 7-9 Mandatory veteran minicamp

TBD Training camp

 

BROWNS OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE ON SIGNING RG3

Browns sign QB Robert Griffin III

BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns have signed free agent QB Robert Griffin III.

“We are excited to add Robert to our team,” said Browns Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi Brown. “Robert possesses a unique skill set at the quarterback position. He has played at a high level in this league and is intent on doing everything in his power to return to that level on a consistent basis. After meeting with him, having him work out for us and doing our diligent research, we felt it was right to grant him an opportunity with our organization. We were able to see and feel his passion and commitment to re-establishing himself as a starting quarterback in this league and his embrace of the hard work that will be is essential to his development. We’ve been clear on the importance of improving and stabilizing the quarterback position for our franchise. We have said that the draft is and will be our primary focus, but we will always look to complement the draft through free agency, and this is one of those examples. We look forward to working with Robert and getting him in the building with his teammates at the start of the offseason program on April 4.”

“We are excited about Robert joining the Cleveland Browns,” said Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson. “He brings starting experience to our team and organization. He’s a young, athletic, talented passer and he’s really just starting out in this league. Just like every player on our team, Robert will have to earn every opportunity he gets. He will compete with the rest of the quarterbacks on our roster and he helps improve our QB room, which was one of my goals upon taking the job. It’s a special room and we want to put special people and players in that room. We are looking forward to working with Robert, as well as the rest of the quarterbacks on our roster. We have a lot of work to do to prepare to be the best QB room in the NFL and we look forward to the challenge that lies ahead.”

“I’m excited about the opportunity to join the Dawg Pound and help build something here in Cleveland,” Griffin said. “Coach Hue and Pep (Hamilton), I had a great meeting with them. I really believe in what they preach and how they can help not only me as a player but this team win games and that’s what we’re all about.

“I’m just excited to come in and compete. Nothing’s ever been given to me in my life, so I just want to go out and compete with the guys and grow with this team. I feel like that’s all I’m really focused on. I cherish the opportunity to get another chance to play this beautiful game.”

Griffin is 6-2, 218 pounds and entering his fifth NFL season out of Baylor. Originally selected by Washington with the second overall pick in 2012, Griffin has appeared in 37 games with 35 starts. He has completed 679 of 1,063 passes (63.9 percent) for 8,097 yards with 40 touchdowns, 23 interceptions and a 90.6 rating. He has added 1,480 career rushing yards with eight scores.

Griffin set NFL rookie records for passer rating (102.4), interception percentage (1.27) and rushing yards by a quarterback (815) en route to being named 2012 Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year and a Pro Bowl selection. He led the Redskins to a 10-6 record and their first division title in 13 years. Griffin totaled 3,200 passing yards with 20 touchdowns and five interceptions, while adding 815 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.

Starting 13 games in 2013, Griffin recorded a career-high 3,203 passing yards, as he became the fifth quarterback in NFL history to record 3,000 passing yards in each of his first two seasons. He started seven games in 2014 and registered 1,694 passing yards. Last season, he was inactive 15 games and dressed but did not play in another. He was released by Washington on March 7.

He started 40 games at Baylor and earned the Heisman Trophy following the 2011 season. He completed 800 of 1,192 career passes (67.1 percent) for 10,366 yards with 78 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He added 2,254 rushing yards with 33 touchdowns.  In 2011, Griffin led Baylor (10-3) to its first 10-win season since 1980, as well as the program’s first bowl victory in 19 years. Griffin graduated from Copperas Cove (Texas) High School and set numerous high school and college track and field records. He was born in Japan, where his parents were stationed for the military.

 

BROWN WAIVE JOHNNY MANZIEL

Browns Official Press Release 3-11-16

 BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns have waived QB Johnny Manziel.

Manziel appeared in 14 games with eight starts after being selected by the Browns in first round of the 2014 draft. He completed 147 of 258 passes for 1,675 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He added 259 rushing yards and one score. Last season, Manziel started six games and threw for 1,500 yards with seven touchdowns and five interceptions, while adding 230 rushing yards.

Johnny Manziel Postgame Bengals 2015

 

 

Browns Name Hue Jackson Head Coach

Former Cincinnati offensive coordinator becomes team’s 16th full-time head coach

 By Andrew Gribble, ClevelandBrowns.com Senior Staff Writer

 Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam on Wednesday named Hue Jackson, a 29-year coaching veteran with 15 years of NFL experience, as the team’s 16th head coach.

Jackson, 50, comes to Cleveland after four seasons as an assistant coach with the Cincinnati Bengals, the final two of which as offensive coordinator of one of the league’s most productive, balanced units.

“It’s very exciting for us to name Hue Jackson as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns,” Jimmy Haslam said. “He embodies all the qualities that will provide strong leadership for our football team. He is highly experienced, deeply passionate about winning, and relentless in trying to find ways to put his players in the best position to succeed. He possesses that unique ability to reach the entire locker room in a way that demands accountability while getting the buy-in and team-first mentality that leads to positive results. I think our players will love playing for him. Dee and I warmly welcome Hue and his family to Cleveland.”

Jackson is set to land in Cleveland later this afternoon and will meet with reporters at 6:30 p.m. inside the media center at the team’s facility in Berea.

“What a tremendous honor and privilege to be the head coach of the Cleveland Browns and a part of the Dawg Pound,” Jackson said. “I’m so looking forward to it and have so many people to thank. Obviously Jimmy and Dee Haslam for this opportunity, going through the process of meeting Sashi Brown and Paul DePodesta. What an exciting time to have an opportunity to work with people like that.”

Jackson interviewed with the Browns’ search committee Sunday after the Bengals’ AFC Wild Card loss to Pittsburgh and again Tuesday in Cincinnati. He was the seventh of seven candidates to interview for the position over a five-day stretch.

“We shared a lot of ideas between each other. We shared a vision for the organization and what we want to accomplish,” Jackson said. “At the end of the day, we have some very real goals we want to attain and we understand it’s going to take a lot of hard work to do that.”

Jackson’s had his hands on many aspects of the Bengals’ last four seasons, which all ended with at least 10 wins and trips to the playoffs. He started on the defensive side of the ball as a secondary/assistant special teams coach — his first such assignment since he began his coaching career in 1987. He switched to the area where he’s coached most — running backs — in 2013 before taking over in 2014 for Jay Gruden, who left to become head coach of the Washington Redskins.

The Bengals went from 15th in scoring offense in 2014 to seventh this season thanks largely to the improved quarterback play of Andy Dalton, who set a career high and franchise record with a 106.3 rating, which led the AFC and was second in the NFL. After losing Dalton to injury in Week 14, Jackson guided quarterback AJ McCarron to a 2-1 record in the final three games of the season, as the Bengals clinched the AFC North title, their second of the past four seasons. The Cincinnati running game produced two 700-yard rushers in Jeremy Hill (794) and Giovani Bernard (730) for the first time since 1988. Tight end Tyler Eifert experienced a breakout season after hauling in 13 touchdown receptions, the most by a Bengals tight end in franchise history and the most by a Cincinnati player since 2001. Wide receiver A.J. Green added 10 receiving touchdowns on 86 receptions for 1,297 yards. Eifert, Green and offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth were selected to the Pro Bowl.

In Jackson’s first year as offensive coordinator for Cincinnati, the run game posted its highest yards per game average (134.1) since 2000. Dalton passed for 3,398 yards, Green totaled 1,041 receiving yards and Hill rushed for 1,124 yards as a rookie.

“Hue Jackson will be a tremendous leader for our football team,” said Sashi Brown, executive vice president of football operations. “He has vast knowledge and expertise, invaluable head coaching experience, and his players have thrived under his tutelage. His track record of relating to players as people off the field while also getting the most out of them on the field will help us establish a culture of accountability and the expectation of winning. Hue understands and embraces the collaborative work that needs to be done to positively impact our results on the field. He will be a terrific partner in our efforts to build a winning football team.”

In his one season as head coach of the Oakland Raiders in 2011, Jackson went 8-8 and finished in a tie for first in the AFC West. The Raiders missed out on the postseason because they were on the wrong side of a tiebreaker with the Denver Broncos but notched their best record since 2002. The Raiders ranked ninth in the NFL in total offense and seventh in rushing offense despite a midseason injury to quarterback Jason Campbell.

Jackson has been an offensive coordinator at six different spots, four in the NFL — Cincinnati (2014-15), Atlanta (2007), Washington (2003), Oakland (2010), USC (1997-2000) and Cal-Berkeley (1996). A quarterback in his playing days who served as a dual-threat option for Pacific University in 1985 and 1986, Jackson has worked mostly with quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers during his 29 years of coaching.

Jackson spent 14 years at the college level, going from a graduate assistant at Pacific all the way to offensive coordinator at USC, before receiving his first shot at the NFL. Jackson survived a coaching change between 2001 and 2002, working under Marty Schottenheimer for the first season and Steve Spurrier for the second. Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati’s longtime head coach, was the defensive coordinator on the 2002 squad. Lewis left to become Cincinnati’s head coach in 2003, the same year Jackson was promoted to offensive coordinator.

Lewis first hired Jackson in 2004 following Spurrier’s resignation to coach wide receivers, a spot he occupied through the 2006 season. Before joining the Raiders in 2010, Jackson spent two seasons (2008-09) as quarterbacks coach for Baltimore, helping the Ravens advance to the playoffs both years. He was vital in the development of Joe Flacco, who was named NFL Rookie of the Year in 2008 and became the first rookie quarterback to win two playoff games.

“I’m a very enthusiastic person. I exert a lot of energy in coaching,” Jackson said. “I love coaching all aspects of it: offense, defense and special teams. I’ve had an opportunity to be involved in all of it. At the end of the day, we’re going to do a great job of hiring a great staff.

“I think what our fans will be proud of and excited about is we’re going to be a football team that’s going to play very excited football. We’re going to be passionate about what we do and we understand there’s a lot of work involved in order to meet our goals.”

Bio Blast

Hue Jackson

Age: 50

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

College: University of Pacific

NFL experience: 15 years

2016-present: Cleveland Browns (head coach)

2014-2015: Cincinnati Bengals (offensive coordinator)

2013: Cincinnati Bengals (running backs coach)

2012: Cincinnati Bengals (secondary/assistant special teams coach)

2011: Oakland Raiders (head coach)

2010: Oakland Raiders (offensive coordinator)

2008-09: Baltimore Ravens (quarterbacks coach)

2007: Atlanta Falcons (offensive coordinator)

2004-06: Cincinnati Bengals (wide receivers coach)

2003: Washington Redskins (offensive coordinator)

2001-02: Washington Redskins (running backs coach)

1997-2000: University of Southern California (offensive coordinator)

1996: University of California-Berkeley (offensive coordinator)

1995: Arizona State (quarterbacks coach)

1992-94: Arizona State (running backs coach)

1990-91: Cal-State Fullerton (running backs/special teams coach)

1989: University of Pacific (running backs/special teams coach)

1988: University of Pacific (wide receivers/special teams coach)

1987: University of Pacific (graduate assistant)

 

10 REASONS WHY HUE JACKSON IS A GOOD HIRE AS THE BROWNS NEW HEAD COACH

In my opinion, Hue Jackson is the right choice from the the candidates interviewed by Jimmy Haslam and the Browns to be their next head coach and here’s why I believe that:

He has previous NFL head coaching experience with the Oakland Raiders in 2011.

He has experience as an NFL and college Offense Coordinator most recently with the Cincinnati Bengals, as well as the OC with the Raiders, Falcons and Redskins. In college he called plays for USC and Cal.

He has experience in many different NFL coaching roles with 5 different NFL teams (Redskins, Falcons, Ravens, Raiders and Bengals) during his 15 years in the National Football League.

He comes from the Cincinnati Bengals, a team in your division, so he already knows all three teams in the AFC North that you play twice a year and must beat to win the division.

He has experience in working with quarterbacks from being an OC and QB coach in the NFL, while also playing the quarterback position in college at Pacific.

He has experience working for a dysfunctional NFL franchise from when he was the head coach in 2011 with the Oakland Raiders. He guided them to an 8-8 record, still their best record in the last 5 years.

He has playoff coaching experience as an assistant from throughout his NFL career.

You strengthen the Cleveland Browns with an experienced head coach and also at the same time, you weaken one of your rivals in the Cincinnati Bengals who won the division in 2015.

With his 15 years in the National Football League with 5 different teams and with different coaches, he should be able to put together a solid coaching staff.

Addition by subtraction! He’s not Mike Pettine, Rob Chudzinski or Pat Shurmur. The Browns actually got a head coach they wanted instead of having to settle for their third fourth or fifth choice.
#TurnAroundBrowns

Browns Part Ways With General Manager Ray Farmer, Head Coach Mike Pettine

Here is the official press release from the Cleveland Browns on the firings of Ray Farmer and Mike Pettine with thoughts from team owner Jimmy Haslam.

BEREA, Ohio – The Cleveland Browns on Sunday night relieved General Manager Ray Farmer and Head Coach Mike Pettine of their duties.

Mike Pettine and Ray Farmer - Courtesy of AP

Farmer joined the organization in March of 2013 as the Assistant General Manager and was promoted to General Manager in February of 2014.

Pettine was named the 15th full-time head coach of the Browns on January 23, 2013. In two full seasons with the team, he compiled at 10-22 record.

Jimmy Haslam Standing Photo

Owner Jimmy Haslam released the following statement:

“We greatly appreciate Ray’s and Mike’s dedication and hard work while with the Cleveland Browns. We’ve made this decision because we don’t believe our football team was positioned well for the future. We are all disappointed with where we are and we take full responsibility. We will approach the search for our next football coach and executives to lead our football operations with a clear vision regarding what we need to do to build a successful organization. We will be methodical in looking for strong, smart leaders with high character who are relentlessly driven to improve our football team, willing to look at every resource possible to improve, and who embrace collaboration to ultimately make the best decisions for the Cleveland Browns. We are fully committed to bringing our fans the winning organization they so clearly deserve.”

Owner Jimmy Haslam will be available to the media in the postgame press conference room at FirstEnergy Stadium at approximately 8 p.m. tonight. Accredited media may park in the North Port Authority lot and should enter through the west service-level gate.

 

 

Johnny Manziel Takes Over As Browns Starting QB

Johnny Manziel Postgame Bengals 2015

2nd-year pro threw for career-high 372 yards vs. Pittsburgh

By Andrew Gribble, ClevelandBrowns.com Senior Staff Writer

 BEREA, Ohio – The Browns will move forward with Johnny Manziel as their starting quarterback, coach Mike Pettine announced Tuesday.

Manziel has started three games this season, including the past two. On Sunday at Pittsburgh, he completed 33-of-45 passes for a career-high 372 yards and a touchdown. For the season, he’s completed nearly 60 percent of his throws for 933 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. He’s also rushed for 90 yards.

Manziel takes over for Josh McCown, who was sidelined the last two weeks with a rib injury. In seven starts, McCown completed 65 percent of his passes for 1,897 yards, 11 touchdowns and four interceptions.

The Browns have a bye this week and return to the field Monday, Nov. 30, against the Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Mike Pettine addressed the media about this decision after Tuesday’s practice and you can read his official Browns Q and A transcript below.

Mike Pettine Post-Game Close Up

Head Coach Mike Pettine – Post-Practice Press Conf. Transcript 11-17-15

On what he hopes to see from starting QB Johnny Manziel:

“Progress. I thought he took, it was well documented we talked about it after the game, took a big step forward in a lot of the small details of quarterback play. It’s as simple as that for us, just to continue to get better. He did some good things but there’s some things that can be improved upon. Each week presents a new challenge and he has to be able to react to how a defense is playing him and be able to play within a game plan, the structure of it and stay tight to that. Bottom line, just progress.”

On why Manziel is now the starting QB:   

“I think the performance against Pittsburgh I think validated for us the progress that he’s made, the improvement that he’s shown and that he deserves this opportunity. Also just (QB) Josh’s (McCown) circumstances being what they are, not being entirely healthy at least in the short term. It’s something that we understand where our season is at this point and this is a kid we invested a lot in. This will give us an opportunity to see how far he’s come and what he’s capable of.”

On how difficult it was to make the decision:

“I wouldn’t say it was extremely difficult. When you look at all the factors involved and for what I just say, where we are right now from a record standpoint. I wouldn’t say it was difficult. It didn’t take five seconds. We discussed everything like I said, everything was put on the table and it clearly made the most sense.”

On the assumption that QB changes come from one player underperforming and what McCown did as a starter:

“I don’t feel that way at all. This is a guy that set records here. Three game span and a single game record, what he did for us is tremendous. I think a lot of Johnny’s success you can trace directly to Josh McCown. He’s been tremendous and with Johnny now as the starter we feel like we have the best back up in the league. Guy that’s seen it all, we know can come in and can play. Visiting with him this morning and talking through it I just can’t say enough about the character of the kid and him understanding. At the same time the competitive part of him, knowing what he’s capable of and what he can do for this football team but also having that ability to see the big picture.”

On how the conversation with McCown went:

“I don’t want to get into too much of it but it was not as difficult as I anticipated and a big part of that was Josh. How he handled it, his mentality, his football character and to use a ‘hokie’ phrase, his team spirit.”

On why the announcement was made today:

“We were at that point where we were having lengthy discussions about the entire roster and making some decisions moving forward. We made it, didn’t feel the need to sit on it.”

On if he is concerned Manziel will continue to have off the field incidents like his run in with the police in October:

“We’re always concerned about our players outside of the building. We talk to them about it. They know that there’s a standard of behavior that they have to live up to. He and I got a chance to sit down this morning and that was one of the things, I won’t go into details but that was one of the things that came up in the discussion.”

On if Manziel gives the Browns the best chance to win:

“Based on the way he played against Pittsburgh, what he showed, his ability to make plays in the pocket and outside of the pocket that I think the difference in maximizing our chances to win is negligible. You’re not going to hold me down and I’m going to choose one over the other but that gap is very small.”

On the trust he has in Manziel off the field:

“He’s done some things to affect that trust clearly. That’s something that we talk about, that I know Flip talks to him about and Kevin talks to him about. He understands it and he knows that with these expectations that there comes great responsibility. That’s something that he knows has to live up to.”

On if he expects Manziel will not be disciplined by the league:

“I can’t get into – we factored everything into it. If the circumstance change they change. To me, that’s a league matter. I’m really not going to comment on that at this time.”

On the reaction to the QB decision in the locker room:

“I think when you talk to our players I think you’ll get a sense of how it will play. Based on how he’s performed and I think you only need to go back to this last performance, I think he earned a lot of respect from the guys in that room of how he prepared for the week, how he went out and executed the game plan. Ask the guys how he handled himself in the huddle and how he was at the line of scrimmages, execution of plays. From a locker room standpoint I just think it’s tough to put any weight into any opinion about our locker room if you’re not in it.”

On if McCown will be the number two QB:

“Yes.”

On if the last six games of the season are Manziel’s audition for the 2016 starting QB job:

“I don’t want to look that big picture. I’ve already said it, we want to get a good sense of where he is and I think when the season’s over that you always clear the table and evaluate each position. This will allow us to have a lot more information as we assess the quarterback position moving forward.”

On an injury update:

“Joel’s (Bitonio) still pushing through it, potentially an outside chance for Baltimore. We’ll know a little bit more as the week goes on. The guys that I said were in the concussion protocol are still in it. Joe (Haden) is still in it. We’ll know more. They’re improving, there’s no setbacks but still you have to go through the process. (Randy) Starks tweaked the knee. It was nothing serious but still this close removed from the game we still don’t have a great feel for how that’s going to play out.”

On OL Cameron Erving’s performance against the Steelers:

“There were some glaring mistakes, I think we all saw some of those. In between that he did some good things. The thing I was most proud of was the energy, the enthusiasm, the toughness that he brought. Trying to finish blocks and getting after guys when he could from an opponent standpoint. I liked the mentality that he played with I just thought he was raw and excited and kind of all over the place and that led to some of his mistakes. But a lot of what he did wrong was very correctable. Nothing’s changed in our assessment of Cam that he has a bright future in this league.”

On if Erving will continue to step in for OL Joel Bitonio if he cannot play:

“Yes. Yes he would.”

PODCAST – KENNY RODA 1 ON 1 WITH TIM COUCH

What did former Browns QB TIM COUCH have to say about Josh McCown being named the starter vs Oakland, dealing with concussions, hometown boos and Johnny Manziel’s future? Listen here as he joined me today on the Kenny Roda Show on News-Talk 1480 WHBC – http://cdn.stationcaster.com/…/mpeg/TIM_COUCH-1443038676.mp3

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