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Wow !

One more win and its a winning season !

Last season didn't win a game
This year won half the games

If this trend continues.......

Even American Crow might be happy

What a Merry Christmas for all browns fans

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Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield is close to matching, and breaking, an NFL record.

With three touchdown passes against the Bengals in Cleveland’s sold-out regular-season home finale, Mayfield pulled his total for the season to 24. With two more on Sunday in Baltimore, Mayfield will match the single-season rookie record of 26, held both by Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson. A third touchdown pass will give Mayfield the record to himself.
 

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well well well mr AmericanCrow how about that huh

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Paul DePodesta may play a big role in hiring Browns’ next coach
Posted by Michael David Smith on December 25, 2018, 7:52 AM EST

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Last year, when Browns General Manager Sashi Brown was fired and replaced by John Dorsey, it appeared to be the end of the analytics era in Cleveland. Dorsey blasted the previous regime as not knowing how to find real football players, and it seemed that an old-school approach to building a team was coming back.

But the real analytics expert in Cleveland was Paul DePodesta, not Sashi Brown. And a year later, DePodesta is still in Cleveland, and still powerful enough that he may play a big role in hiring the Browns’ next head coach.

Although DePodesta has kept a low profile in Cleveland, eschewing media appearances and staying quiet, he’s still the team’s Chief Strategy Officer and is considered the No. 5 person on the organizational flow chart, behind only owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam, Executive Vice President JW Johnson and Dorsey. DePodesta reports directly to the Haslams, not to Dorsey, and from all indications the ownership still believes DePodesta is a smart guy who understands how to build a successful franchise.

Charles Robinson of Yahoo reports that DePodesta is more influential than people outside the organization realize, and Robinson suggests that it was actually DePodesta, not Dorsey, who backed Gregg Williams to become the interim head coach when Hue Jackson was fired. That would make sense, as Williams — despite his Bountygate reputation as a hard-nosed, old-school football coach — has said he believes there’s value in the analytics approach that DePodesta champions.

That also suggests Williams should have a good shot at keeping the head-coaching job on a permanent basis. If DePodesta has Haslam’s ear, and DePodesta likes Williams, then it seems highly likely that the team would keep things going with Williams, especially considering how well they’ve played since Williams took over.

That doesn’t mean Williams is sure to keep the job. But it does mean that he has to be considered a serious candidate. And whoever gets hired as the next head coach will likely need to impress three people: Jimmy Haslam and John Dorsey, of course, but also Paul DePodesta.
 

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well well well mr AmericanCrow how about that huh

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Paul DePodesta may play a big role in hiring Browns’ next coach
Posted by Michael David Smith on December 25, 2018, 7:52 AM EST

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Last year, when Browns General Manager Sashi Brown was fired and replaced by John Dorsey, it appeared to be the end of the analytics era in Cleveland. Dorsey blasted the previous regime as not knowing how to find real football players, and it seemed that an old-school approach to building a team was coming back.

But the real analytics expert in Cleveland was Paul DePodesta, not Sashi Brown. And a year later, DePodesta is still in Cleveland, and still powerful enough that he may play a big role in hiring the Browns’ next head coach.

Although DePodesta has kept a low profile in Cleveland, eschewing media appearances and staying quiet, he’s still the team’s Chief Strategy Officer and is considered the No. 5 person on the organizational flow chart, behind only owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam, Executive Vice President JW Johnson and Dorsey. DePodesta reports directly to the Haslams, not to Dorsey, and from all indications the ownership still believes DePodesta is a smart guy who understands how to build a successful franchise.

Charles Robinson of Yahoo reports that DePodesta is more influential than people outside the organization realize, and Robinson suggests that it was actually DePodesta, not Dorsey, who backed Gregg Williams to become the interim head coach when Hue Jackson was fired. That would make sense, as Williams — despite his Bountygate reputation as a hard-nosed, old-school football coach — has said he believes there’s value in the analytics approach that DePodesta champions.

That also suggests Williams should have a good shot at keeping the head-coaching job on a permanent basis. If DePodesta has Haslam’s ear, and DePodesta likes Williams, then it seems highly likely that the team would keep things going with Williams, especially considering how well they’ve played since Williams took over.

That doesn’t mean Williams is sure to keep the job. But it does mean that he has to be considered a serious candidate. And whoever gets hired as the next head coach will likely need to impress three people: Jimmy Haslam and John Dorsey, of course, but also Paul DePodesta.
Ever hear of Rasputin?

That ended well for the Romanovs
 

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Myles Garrett wants team sack record, but even more, a win
Posted by Charean Williams on December 28, 2018, 6:24 PM EST

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Myles Garrett needs two sacks to set the team record. The Pro Bowler would love to end the season with something even better, though.

“It’s nice to have a record, but it’s even better to have a win,” the Browns defensive end said Friday, via Nate Ulrich of the Beacon Journal.

Garrett has 12.5 sacks, putting him within reach of Reggie Camp’s single-season mark of 14 set in 1984. The second-year player, though, is realistic about his chances of getting two sacks of Lamar Jackson.

It won’t be easy.

“Our main objective is to stop the run,” Garrett said. “That’s what they’re going to try to do. That’s what they’ve done on everybody and how they’ve been moving the ball and winning games. If we stop that, then they’re going to have to pass, and then I’m going to get my opportunities.”
 

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Myles Garrett wants team sack record, but even more, a win
Posted by Charean Williams on December 28, 2018, 6:24 PM EST

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Myles Garrett needs two sacks to set the team record. The Pro Bowler would love to end the season with something even better, though.

“It’s nice to have a record, but it’s even better to have a win,” the Browns defensive end said Friday, via Nate Ulrich of the Beacon Journal.

Garrett has 12.5 sacks, putting him within reach of Reggie Camp’s single-season mark of 14 set in 1984. The second-year player, though, is realistic about his chances of getting two sacks of Lamar Jackson.

It won’t be easy.

“Our main objective is to stop the run,” Garrett said. “That’s what they’re going to try to do. That’s what they’ve done on everybody and how they’ve been moving the ball and winning games. If we stop that, then they’re going to have to pass, and then I’m going to get my opportunities.”
Should see him all over Sunday then, eh? :)
 

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For once my optimism has some basis to it. Looking forward to 2019.

Hard to see Gregg Williams getting the head coaching gig. I wouldn't be opposed to him returning as the DC, but we'll see. My only want is to keep Freddie Kitchens. If that means making him the HC then just do it, and surround him with people to let him be successful. The players clearly love playing for him. In two thirds of a season, he led Baker to the rookie TD record and Chubb (briefly) to a 1000 yard rushing season. Have to keep him.

Lots of positives outside of the obvious ones in the rookie class too - the emergence of Peppers, Ogunjobi and Njoku as play makers. All four WRs stepping up and looking like NFL calibre players, just need a true #1 to finish it off. The offensive line having a remarkable finish to the season.

Couple of holes left to fill and a non existent special teams, but the division is ours for the taking next year.
 

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I reckon Williams not only earned the right to the job full time, but will be the HC.
The aim of the search should be to find a 10 year coach, someone to be with Mayfield his whole career. Get that next great pairing. Will Gregg still be coaching at age 70? I doubt it. So I think they go younger. The only exception would be if they did go Bruce Arians for a couple of years, with the intention to develop Kitchens to takeover. But that seems unlikely.

Has to be a long term pick, not just one for 2019.
 

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The aim of the search should be to find a 10 year coach, someone to be with Mayfield his whole career. Get that next great pairing. Will Gregg still be coaching at age 70? I doubt it. So I think they go younger. The only exception would be if they did go Bruce Arians for a couple of years, with the intention to develop Kitchens to takeover. But that seems unlikely.

Has to be a long term pick, not just one for 2019.
Good point too (long-term pairing with Mayfield).
But better suggestion Kitchens :thumbsu:
Williams could be DC/Asst HC, to help him along.
 

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I just think this new interim post-Hue staff has really galvanized the lockerroom, and it would be a shame to upset that chemistry by hiring some other dude who comes in and does things differently. Keep Williams/Kitchens together at the top imo.
 

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uh oh...

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Arizona Republic columnist Bob McManaman is "hearing" Mike McCarthy "will be the next head coach of the Browns."

We are skeptical of this report coming from Arizona, but McManaman is hardly an unknown. At the very least, it needs to be passed along. It would have the possibility of being a truly disastrous hire. McCarthy and Baker Mayfield's personalities are as close to exact opposite as possible. We hope for football fans everywhere that the Browns make a more exciting decision.
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Source: Bob McManaman on Twitter
 

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Condolences AmericanCrow :(

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Update: John Dorsey has a 9AM presser scheduled tomorrow, looks like this is going to be quickly confirmed.

Freddie Kitchens might also be gone in McCarthy's stable of hand-picked coaches.

Nothing would be better/sadder than the Browns actually having a bright future just to sign McCarthy and ruin everything.
 

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Well they did the right thing. Keep riding the Baker/Kitchens pairing.

And now they're clearing house, be interesting to see the staff they put together. I liked Gregg, but getting rid of him isn't a huge loss. His D's were usually fun to watch, but always rated pretty poorly. And good to see Amos Jones go as the ST coordinator. Only disappointing one is Bob Wylie, hopefully he goes wherever Hard Knocks is next year.
 

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Browns fired QBs coach Ken Zampese.

The Browns are also moving on from offensive quality control coach Brian Braswell, special teams assistant Josh Cribbs, assistant DBs coach Jerod Cruse, special teams coordinator Amos Jones, defensive quality control coach Eric Sanders, offensive assistant Bob Saunders, LBs coach Blake Williams, DC Gregg Williams and OL coach Bob Wylie. New coach Freddie Kitchens is still assembling his staff, though he's expected to retain WRs coach Adam Henry, RBs coach Ryan Lindley and DBs coach DeWayne Walker.

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So now the Browns have Kitchens as coach and the team did well in the second half of the season, why are they replacing so many of the coaching staff ?

Did Kitchens have a master plan of who he wanted ?

Is it that Dorsey had the season to get to know the staff, he knows of better people that are now available ?

In an alternate reality they would have employed Arians as head coach but in an benign overseeing role wheret he didnt actually have to do much and just let Williams go back to DC and Kitchens as OC and let them continue what they doing and just make sure they didn't make any obvious mistakes.
 

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Haslams praise Freddie Kitchens as “man of integrity” with “unquestioned leadership”

Posted by Michael David Smith on January 12, 2019, 1:34 PM EST



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In officially announcing the hiring of Freddie Kitchens as their new head coach, the owners of the Cleveland Browns have released a statement about what they learned of Kitchens from his year as a Cleveland assistant.

“We are thrilled to announce Freddie Kitchens as the new head coach of the Cleveland Browns,” Dee and Jimmy Haslam said. “He did an outstanding job in his role as coordinator, and we know that will continue as he steps into the role of head coach. Freddie demonstrated all of the qualities that you want in someone who is leading your organization. He has unquestioned leadership. He is a man of integrity. He fosters a collaborative environment. He gets the most out of his players and our players loved playing for him. We are happy to have him leading the Cleveland Browns going forward.”

Browns G.M. John Dorsey offered similar sentiments.

“We had a deliberate and thorough process and one thing became evident — that Freddie is the best person to lead the Cleveland Browns,” Dorsey said. “We saw firsthand what Freddie is able to do. He showed that he is consistent on a day in and day out basis and that he is a true leader. He helped unify our players in a tough time. He raised the bar for our offense last year, and I have no doubt he is going to raise the bar for our entire team.”

Some may detect a hint in those comments that Hue Jackson and Gregg Williams may have lacked some of those traits the Browns liked about Kitchens. The Browns think they’re turning a page with a young coach who will significantly change the franchise’s fortunes.
 

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