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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.






If I’m Browns G.M. Ray Farmer and I believe that Marcus Mariota is indeed a franchise quarterback and is far better than any quarterback who will, or may be available in next year’s NFL Draft then I trade up to get him! Even if it means over paying for him.

I’m not saying I think Mariota is a franchise QB, because I don’t.

I’m saying if Farmer, head coach Mike Pettine and first year quarterback’s coach Kevin O’Connell, who was Mariota’s quarterback’s coach leading up to his pro day and the NFL Combine feel the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner is the real deal, then who cares what anybody else thinks, go get your QB!



Having said that, it I’m the Browns I’m keeping picks #12 and #19 and filling two HUGE needs on this football team.

At #12 the Browns, if any of these three wide receivers are left, should draft Amari Cooper, Kevin White or DeVante Parker. All three players would give the Browns passing game a much needed boost with size and speed on the outside and a nice target in the redzone! Any one of them would help whoever is playing quarterback for Cleveland in 2015.

At #19 the Browns need to find some help at stopping the run. If either of these defensive linemen are available then Ray Farmer shouldn’t waste any time in turning in one of their names to commissioner Roger Goodell at the podium – Danny Shelton or Malcom Brown. Neither is a sexy pick, but Shelton or Brown would help immediately in containing the opposition’s ground attack and from their dead last ranking out of all 32 teams last year, the Browns are in dire need of that run stopper!



If all three of the above mentioned wide outs are gone at #12, then the Browns should draft Danny Shelton or Malcom Brown there and then take the best available wide receiver at #19.

Possible candidates there could be: Breshad Perriman, Jaelen Strong, Sammie Coates or Devin Smith from the Ohio State University. Smith would be considered a reach at #19, but he probably won’t be around at #43 in the second round when the Browns pick. So if you’re looking for someone to take the top off of opposing defenses in the passing game and for a standout special team’s gunner, then reaching that high for Smith would be the way to go.


Today on the Kenny Roda Show we listened to what Mike Pettine had to say about naming Johnny Mazniel his starting quarterback and as the press conference went along I gave you my interpretation of what he was really saying.

Listen Here – 

Mike Pettine Close Up


22nd overall pick in 2014 NFL Draft will make 1st career start

Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel will make his first career start Sunday when the Browns host the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium, coach Mike Pettine announced Tuesday.

Manziel takes over for veteran Brian Hoyer, who led the Browns into the thick of the AFC playoff race but struggled in a recent stretch of three losses in the past four games.

“We’ve made the decision to start Johnny this week against the Bengals. This decision is really not about Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel, it is about the Cleveland Browns,” Pettine said. “We are always going to make decisions that we feel are in the best interest of the team. Brian has done everything that has been asked of him and he has done so as a true professional. It’s never just any one position when a unit is not functioning at the level you’d like. We are trying to get the offense to perform at a higher level. Johnny has worked very hard to earn this opportunity and it will be very important for every member of the offense to elevate their play for us to obtain our desired result.”

Manziel didn’t see the field in last week’s loss to Indianapolis but served as a spark the previous week in Buffalo. The former Texas A&M star led the Browns on their only touchdown drive of the game, as he completed three of his four pass attempts for 54 yards and capped it with a 10-yard touchdown scramble.

For the season, Manziel is 5-for-8 for 63 passing yards and 13 rushing yards. He caught a 39-yard pass from Hoyer earlier in the season on a play that was ultimately nullified by a penalty.

“I’m very appreciative of the opportunity that Coach Pettine and the coaching staff have given me to be the starter on Sunday,” Manziel said. “I’ve tried to spend my entire season learning what it takes to become a pro and it’s been great to watch Brian because he knows what it takes. I’ve prepared every week to be ready to help the team however possible and my focus has been on improving every day.  I’m very excited to get out on the field with my teammates on Sunday and to have the opportunity to make the Dawg Pound proud.”

Pettine said Monday he declined to insert Manziel for Hoyer, who was 14-of-31 for 140 yards and two interceptions, against the Colts because the Browns held the lead until the final 32 seconds. With five days to prepare, he expects Manziel to be ready for a game the Browns absolutely must win to remain in the AFC playoff race.

“When he goes out on the practice field, he executes,” Pettine said Monday. “I haven’t seen anything that would make me think otherwise.”

The Browns packaged two picks — No. 26 and No. 83 — to move up four spots to pick Manziel with the 22nd selection in the 2014 NFL Draft. Manziel starred at Texas A&M for two seasons, winning the Heisman trophy in 2012 and finishing with 7,820 passing yards, 2,169 rushing yards and a combined 93 touchdowns.

Hoyer was one of the main reasons why Cleveland bolted to a 6-3 start. Over the past four games, though, Hoyer threw eight interceptions and one touchdown pass.

The Cleveland native’s attitude remained positive after learning the news.

“Although I am disappointed by coach’s decision, I respect him and his choice and will be there to support Johnny,” Hoyer said. “As always, I will do whatever I can to help this team win.”



Dec. 3, 2014


Hoyer to remain starting quarterback

 BEREA, Ohio – Cleveland Browns Head Coach Mike Pettine has announced that Brian Hoyer will remain the starting quarterback.

“After thorough evaluation and talking to the staff, we feel Brian gives us the best opportunity to win on Sunday,” Pettine said.  “This is a football decision and those are always going to be based on what we think is best for our team. Brian has led our team to a 7-5 record. I’m confident that we can get the entire offense playing at the level needed to accomplish the goals we set at the beginning of the season. Those goals are still very much attainable.”



Check out what Browns head coach Mike pettine had to say to his players after they demolished the Bengals 24-3 in Cincinnati on Thursday Night Football.

Mike Pettine Close Up




EXCLUSIVE: Coach Pettine’s Locker Room Victory Speech:

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Derek Carr Oakland Raiders

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On if he knows QB Johnny Manziel and what he thinks he’ll do as a pro:

“In college, of course, he was on ESPN every day. We’d get to see all his highlights. I was a college kid. That’s what you do. You watch ESPN so I got to see him, got to see him play in all those games. I thought he was a great athlete – makes plays obviously when things break down. I’m no quarterbacks coach. I don’t know the exact things that I’m talking about, I guess, but I think he’s going to be a great player. I wish him nothing but the best. I got to talk to him, hang out with him a little bit at the combine. He’s a good dude. I have nothing but good things to say about him.”

On if he thinks it’s better for a rookie quarterback to learn in the game like he’s doing or learn on the sidelines like Manziel is doing:

“I think it’s different for every person. I can only speak for myself, and for me, it’s been better for me to be on the field and learning because now I can say, ‘Oh, I’ve seen this coverage before,’ or, ‘Oh, I’ve seen this blitz before. Oh, I’ve seen them try and do this and they do this.’ Especially playing against some really good football plays so far in my six-game career, including the preseason, for me, it’s been better to be on the field because that’s just how I learn, but for other guys, it could be different. For me, it’s been good to be out there and learn that way.”

On Head Coach Mike Pettine talking about him like he was a first-round pick and if he’s surprised where he was picked at:

“Going back to that day, I put everything I had out there. Obviously, certain teams didn’t think I was. It didn’t work out that way, but I can promise you I’m more than happy where I ended up because I’m home. I’m in a place where we’re building things the right way, and I’m happy just to be on the field playing. It’s a blessing to be in this league.”




Brian Hoyer Sidelines vs SteelersOn if he’s been able to put the bad taste of the Jacksonville game out of his mind:

“Yeah, especially after today, getting out to practice again, getting into game plan for Oakland and stuff like that. It definitely gets you more focused towards Sunday. Like I said the other day, the best thing for us to do is learn from our mistakes and move on. Now, we finally get the chance to get back out on the field and take that first step of getting back out to play Oakland this week.”


On how important is it for the offense to get back to its formula:

“It’s huge. I think everyone knows this offense is built on the run game and that everything kind of plays off of that. Even though people are going to challenge that, we still have to be able to set the tone for what we’re going to do. I think we take that as a challenge, especially with teams like Oakland who are going to put eight men in the box. Kyle, like I said this before, he’s run this system for a long time. So, he’s dealt with that. There’s some different scheme that you can use, but for the most part, we’ve just got to get back to our basics and execute.”


On how different Sunday, Monday and Tuesday are when you don’t play well:

“I’m just angry. Even my wife said she doesn’t even want to be around me. She said sometimes she doesn’t want to be around me after we win, too, just because I’m so critical. She’s like, ‘You guys won.’ I’m like, ‘I know, but I could have done this better. Especially after a loss, it just lingers with you until you get a chance to come back out here and do something about it. Yeah, you can sit there and watch the film and learn from it, but until you get a chance to come back out, go through meetings this morning, then get back out on the field and really start setting your sights towards Oakland. I feel a lot better today after having meetings and going through practice. I’m just really moving forward.”


On if his confidence is tested after last week’s loss:

“No, that happens to the best. Three weeks ago everyone was saying (Patriots QB) Tom Brady was done with. He’s the greatest quarterback of all time. He had one bad game, and people are throwing him under the bus. I think when you see that even the great ones have bad games you know you’re going to have a few. Yeah, it sucks. You don’t want to go out there and not perform well. Obviously, we prepare our butts off all week to go out there and execute and play the best of our ability, but sometimes you have a situation where you don’t play great, and the other team plays well. It’s a bad combination. For me, really of all the games I’ve ever played that was the worst I’ve ever felt after one. That’s just something that you have to deal with, learning on the job. It’s not always going to be perfect, and you’re not always going to win the game. The games you lose, yeah you might have played well, but for the first time in my career in the NFL I played a really bad game. It sucks. I take a lot on myself, and that’s why I probably wasn’t very pleasant to be around for the past two days. That’s just the way it goes.”


On Browns Head Coach Mike Pettine saying that the offense needs to get back to its formula:

“I think he just talks about what I said before, back to the basics, getting back to better technique. Then also, when you are going to get challenged and our formula obviously is to run the ball and play action and nakeds and stuff like that, and really just don’t get away from it just because someone’s trying to take it away. I think that’s kind of what he’s talking about. Yeah, it’s going to be a challenge, but we’re up for that challenge.”


On if the coaching staff discussing whether or not to put in Browns QB Johnny Manziel bothers him:

“No, nothing was brought to my attention. It’s out of my control.”


On if overreaction by fans or media ever surprises him:

“No, like I talked to you guys on Monday, there’s overreaction when you win. There’s overreaction when you lose and especially at the quarterback position. When you win you’re the hero. When you lose you’re the goat. I think that’s just the way it goes. That’s the way this league kind of has become. It comes with the territory. It’s something that I knew going into it that’s the way it is. There’s not much you can do about it. You worry about what you can control, and that’s what’s going on in this building. The outside noise you just kind of try to block out, whether it’s good or bad. Sometimes, you can get caught up when people are patting you on your back. It feels good, and yeah maybe you want to check and see what they’re saying, but if you’re going to do that you better be able to take it when they’re saying bad stuff, too.”


On if he feels like he has to bring everybody together as a quarterback when things are going bad:

“Yeah, I think as a quarterback you’re the leader of the offense, and you try to get things going. Maybe sometimes you try to do too much. You try to make a play, but I think the biggest thing to me – which I always try to tell myself – is just one play at a time. Don’t worry about the last play. Don’t worry about the next play. Be in the moment. Worry about this play. Yeah, it’s frustrating when things don’t work out, and you miss a throw or whatever it might be. You get frustrated. It’s hard to be able to move on, but in the heat of the moment you have to be able to because if you let things linger it’s going to prevent you from playing to the best of your ability.”


On the relationship that he’s developed with Pettine help him get over having a bad game:

“I don’t even think about it to be honest with you. I know what goes into my preparation; I know that talking to my coaches that’s the farthest thing on my mind. Yeah, I don’t doubt that he has my back. I also know that if you have one bad game I think that people are just going to be calling for your job already, that’s just the way it goes but I know within this building I feel more than comfortable.”


On if he sees yardage available for him to scramble on a play-action pass:

“Yeah, there was one. I’d rather throw it than run it. We all saw what happened when I ran the ball last year. The only one in particular that comes to mind was where I kind of threw it a little bit wide to (WR Taylor) Gabriel on the sideline. I might have been able to run it for five (or) six yards but when you think to complete the pass, it’s sixteen yards. That is part of our training: one, two, and three – and if three is not there then run, you just keep running. You know one of these days it might happen.”


On if he’s concerned with the decline in his passing percentage after his game at Jacksonville:

“Yeah, I don’t even look at stats. Obviously last week was a little different type of game, obviously 41 passes, the week before I had seventeen, so you never know how it’s going to go. You go back to the Baltimore game at one point I was 20-of-21. Sometimes when you get batted balls or when you have to throw the ball away, but I’d rather throw the ball away than take a sack. It’s a team game. I don’t care about my stats I care about us winning. If I have to throw the ball away to avoid a sack, or whatever it might be, I’d gladly do that take a hit and my completion percentage.”


On how he came out of the Jacksonville game physically after taking several pressure hits:

“Good, I mean just the usual bumps and bruises. That’s the way that this game is and eventually you’re going to have some of those. You just go in and make sure that you take care of yourself and that’s something that I knew with the possibility of being a starter for a full season I try to prepare myself as best as I could and so far I’m holding up really good.”


On what stands out about the Raiders defense:

“You look at their depth chart and you’re like ‘geez, look at these players.’ They’ve got (Raiders DE LaMarr Woodley), (Raiders DE Justin Tuck), (Raiders DT Antonio Smith), (Raiders DB) Charles Woodson who’s- if you’re watching on film- he looks as if he’s young and playing the way that he used to. (Raiders DBs) Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers, they’ve got big name guys over there and you watch the film and you see them making a lot of plays. I think that we know going into it that it’s going to be another challenge and especially with their front seven and the guys that I mentioned and their two linebackers in there. We know what we’re up for and there record maybe what it is but, as I talked to someone else that plays in this league the other day: Records don’t matter in this league, it matters about going out and executing on Sundays. The media and people like that they might get caught up in records but when you’re sitting there and watching the film and you’re watching the defense, (with) players like that, you don’t pay attention to the record. You just see what the film tells you and you be ready for that.”


On why was it difficult to get TE Jordan Cameron the ball during the last game:

“I don’t know. For me it’s something that- I’m definitely trying to go through the progressions and you’re trying to get to Jordan out there. You miss him in the end zone and obviously that’s points right there. It’s something that we’re definitely working on, and Jordan is always in the back of my mind to try and get him the ball.”


On playing another 0-6 team this upcoming weekend:

“I think it’s good that we lost last week. I don’t think that we underestimated anyone but now I think we see that no matter who we’re playing we have to be at our best and there are no excuses and we have to go out there and execute.”


Here my extensive breakdown of Jacksonville beating the Browns 24-6 for their first win of the season.

Browns Helmet Sideways Photo


1) START FAST AND DON’T STOP – Even though Jacksonville is winless on the season, the Browns can’t afford another horrendous start on the road like they had in Pittsburgh and Tennessee. You don’t want to give a lousy football team any hope or belief that they can win. So Brian Hoyer and the offense needs to score early and play from ahead or at least be even going into the locker room at the half and then turn on the 2nd half after burners and put this terrible team away.

2) HANDLE THE JAGS ONLY STRENGTH, THEIR DEFENSIVE LINE – The one thing the Jaguars have done a decent job off this season is getting to the quarterback. Through 6 games they have racked up 19 sacks. Most of that pressure comes from their D-Line out of their 4-3 defense. Defensive ends Chris Clemons and Andre Branch have 3 sacks each, while defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks has 2. With Alex Mack out and John Greco moving over to center and Paul McQuistan in at right guard, the Browns O-Line will be tested this weekend. How they handle the pressure up front, will go a long way in determining the outcome of the game. While Jacksonville’s defense has struggled the first 4 games of the season giving up an average of 38 points per game, that same defense has yielded only 33 total points in its last 2 games.

3) PASS THE BALL – While there is a concern about Jacksonville’s pass rush, if you can control it, you can do a lot of damage through the air. The Jags pass defense is ranked 30th in the league giving up 294 yards per game. Use the running game to soften up the pass rush and keep Paul Posluszny  and those defensive linemen honest, and then hit them for the big play like the Browns did with play action and misdirection against the Steelers. Big chunks of yardage and points are there for the taking.

4) PIGSKIN PROTECTION – Brian Hoyer, Ben Tate and Isaiah Crowell, the guys who handle the ball the most, need to make sure they don’t give it away. Nothing breathes life into a team faster than getting turnovers and short fields.

5) STUPIFY BLAKE BORTLES – The 3rd overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft is making his 4th start of the season since taking over for Chad Henne. What Mike Pettine and defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil need to do is change up their defensive looks every series to get Bortles thinking and guessing instead of just playing. Make it as uncomfortable for the rookie both mentally and physically, so he can’t get into a rhythm and gain any confidence as the game goes along. You don’t want the game close in the 4th quarter allowing Bortles to think they have a chance to win it late. Also Bortles is a threat to run it, so Karlos Dansby and Donte Whitner need to be ready. After what Jake Locker did to the Browns 2 weeks ago, I’m sure it’s something Bortles will be looking to exploit.

6) SECONDARY SUCCESS – The Browns did a much better job last week against the Steelers in the backend of their defense. Another solid game from Joe Haden, Buster Skrine and Justin Gilbert will help make up for a pass rush that is lacking do to all the injuries the Browns have up front. Allen Hurns is the Jags homerun threat, so give Haden some help over the top with him, but also keep an eye on fellow wide outs and a now healthy Cecil Shorts and rookie Allen Robinson.