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Sun, 03 Jan 2016 16:39:49 -0800
Updating a previous report, the Cleveland Browns made it official firing head coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer Sunday, Jan. 3. This marks three head coaches and three general managers fired by team owner Jimmy Haslam since 2013.
Sat, 02 Jan 2016 17:07:51 -0800
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine will not know if he is coming back next season until after the Week 17 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but "there's a sense" within the organization that he will not be the coach in 2016, according to NFL Media's Rand Getlin.
Thu, 10 Dec 2015 14:33:29 -0800
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said he thinks he has a very good relationship with QB Johnny Manziel. Pettine said when Manziel was demoted that he was still pulling for him and that the decision wasn't personal. Pettine added that he feels both parties are moving forward.
Fantasy Tip: Manziel ($4,600, 9.2% of cap) has a nice matchup against the San Francisco 49ers to prove he does deserve the starting quarterback job. There's always some risk in starting Manziel because of his inconsistency, but he's not a bad option this week on FantasyScore.
Mon, 07 Dec 2015 12:55:16 -0800
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said he's not ready to name a starting quarterback yet for Week 14, contrary to previous reports that QB Johnny Manziel would be named starter.
Fantasy Tip: Manziel could still be named starter, of course, but that's just not official yet. The job is basically between Manziel and Austin Davis, but Davis didn't do much in Week 13 to solidify himself as the starter. Stay tuned to this situation, but neither is a reliable starting fantasy quarterback.
Mon, 21 Sep 2015 15:24:03 -0700
Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown (concussion) remains in the concussion protocol Monday, Sept. 21, and head coach Mike Pettine said the team will know in a day or two whether McCown can practice Wednesday, Sept. 23.
Fantasy Tip: Even after Johnny Manziel ($4,700, 9.4% of cap) led the team to victory in Week 2, it's unknown if the Browns would go back to McCown ($4,600, 9.2% of cap) in Week 3 if he's healthy. Manziel has more upside for fantasy owners but remains inconsistent. Either way, the QB situation in Cleveland remains one to avoid on FantasyScore.
Fri, 15 May 2015 08:57:51 -0700
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel has turned off head coach Mike Pettine, while general manager Ray Farmer, owner Jimmy Haslam and offensive coordinator John DeFilippo believe Manziel can be salvaged, according to a source.
Fantasy Tip: Pettine has installed Josh McCown as the starter entering training camp, and Manziel will have to earn the spot back. McCown obviously isn't the answer at 35, so the potential for Manziel is still there. At this rate, McCown is a low-end QB2, and Manziel shouldn't be drafted.
Mon, 04 May 2015 20:12:02 -0700
Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown is expected to enter training camp as the starting quarterback. "I think it's fair to say," head coach Mike Pettine said Monday, April 4, in a radio interview.
Fantasy Tip: McCown could very well start, but he is nothing more than a QB2 in standard fantasy leagues at this point.
Wed, 29 Apr 2015 17:37:18 -0700
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine told NFL Media's Andrea Kremer Wednesday, April 29, drafting QB Marcus Mariota would indicate the Browns are willing to move on from QB Johnny Manziel.
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:09:30 -0800
Former Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan was let go by head coach Mike Pettine because Pettine did not want someone on his staff that did not want to be there. "It was something that we didn't want to drag out,'' said Pettine. "It's just very hard to win in the NFL (even) when everybody's into it and they truly want to be there, and again if you have somebody that just doesn't want to be there, I know it's easy to say, 'Hey he's under contract, hold him to it,' (but now) there's a dark cloud over your coaching offices and I've been a part of that."
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:55:51 -0800
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said he plans to be more involved in the offense in 2015. Pettine plans to channel his high school quarterback experience into it.
Mon, 29 Dec 2014 11:19:54 -0800
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer will not be fired, according to owner Jimmy Haslam.
Sat, 27 Dec 2014 23:31:02 -0800
The Cleveland Browns have made it known that they want CB Buster Skrine, who is an unrestricted free agent at season's end, back on the roster next season. Defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil has said he wants Skrine to return, and head coach Mike Pettine has said "just everything from Buster from A to Z is a guy that you want on your football team."
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:19:32 -0800
Cleveland Browns PK Billy Cundiff will remain as the top kicking choice for the team, but coach Mike Pettine indicated Cundiff would have to step up his game play.
Mon, 08 Dec 2014 04:00:08 -0800
Cleveland Browns PK Billy Cundiff missed a field goal Sunday, Dec. 7, in a 25-24 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, and that means the Browns might look for another kicker to finish out the season. "It's obviously concerning," said Browns head coach Mike Pettine. "We get field goal attempts, we get a chance to put points on the board against a good team and you've got to be able to convert."
Fantasy Tip: If you have other options, take advantage of them and either stash Cundiff on the bench or release him outright. The Browns have a shot at a postseason spot, and they are not likely to place faith in a kicker that misses key opportunities.
Mon, 01 Dec 2014 13:36:30 -0800
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said he's not ready to make a decision on QBs Johnny Manziel or Brian Hoyer as the team's starting quarterback going forward.
Fantasy Tip: Manziel would provide more upside with his ability to run and could be worth a start if reasonably priced on FantasyScore. Hoyer is probably worth staying away from at this point, however.
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:41:46 -0800
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel will not see his playing time changed because of an off the field altercation, according to head coach Mike Pettine. "Unless something unforeseen comes up, just given what I know, it would not have an impact on any decision to play him," Pettine said.
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:55:22 -0700
Cleveland Browns DE Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) will not need surgery for an ankle injury, according to head coach Mike Pettine. Pettine said Rubin will be limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:59:20 -0700
Cleveland Browns LB Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) has been playing with limited mobility because of a shoulder injury. Mingo has been wearing a harness, according to head coach Mike Pettine.
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:55:21 -0700
Cleveland Browns CB Joe Haden needs make more big plays, according to head coach Mike Pettine. "He's played well at times, but as you can see, at some inopportune times he's not played well,'' said Pettine. "I think he'll admit that, as well. That's what we talk about. The great ones are going to make big plays when it's needed, and I think that's one area where Joe will look to improve."
Sun, 07 Sep 2014 09:23:49 -0700
Cleveland Browns rookie QB Johnny Manziel could see some action in Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but it will come down to a "feel thing" per the coaching staff. Head coach Mike Pettine said Manziel has a package of plays specific for him and Manziel has prepared this week to play. Pettine said Manziel and QB Brian Hoyer will not be alternating series.
Fantasy Tip: Even at $4,500 in FantasyScore, Manziel should not be a consideration when building out your fantasy football team for Week 1. Hoyer, at $5,000 salary, isn't a better option, either. Stay away from this situation until it plays out and gives you plenty of reasons to consider it.
Sun, 07 Sep 2014 06:47:55 -0700
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel could see snaps in the team's Week 1 game if it feels like the right thing to do, according to head coach Mike Pettine. Pettine and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan have discussed the possibility. "Kyle and I have talked about it. It's a possibility. We have a package of plays for him. It won't be alternating series, it'll be a 'feel' thing," Pettine said.
Thu, 04 Sep 2014 09:49:17 -0700
Cleveland Browns SS Donte Whitner received praise from head coach Mike Pettine. "He's as advertised and then some. He loves football, eats, breathes and sleeps it and makes guys around him better"
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:51:19 -0700
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said his starters will play a couple series in the team's fourth preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28.
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:40:26 -0700
The Cleveland Browns hope to announce their starting quarterback on Tuesday, Aug. 19. "Something unforeseen could come up, but we're hopeful," coach Mike Pettine said. "I want to see if I can cut the quarterback questions down by about 90 percent. The chemistry, the continuity, I think that's important to establish that."
Fantasy Tip: The competition between Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel is close, and the preseason game Monday could go a long way in deciding who the ultimate winner is. Both quarterbacks should be considered low-end backup options for fantasy football purposes.
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:23:57 -0700
Cleveland Browns QBs Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer will get equal first-team snaps in the team's second preseason game, according to head coach Mike Pettine.
Thu, 07 Aug 2014 10:55:23 -0700
Cleveland Browns DE Billy Winn (undisclosed) will not play in the team's preseason opener, according to head coach Mike Pettine.
Tue, 05 Aug 2014 10:26:51 -0700
Cleveland Browns CB Buster Skrine is listed ahead of CB Justin Gilbert on the team's depth chart. Head coach Mike Pettine said not to read into the first depth chart.
Tue, 05 Aug 2014 10:20:30 -0700
Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer was listed as the team's top quarterback on the depth chart with QB Johnny Manziel listed as the second-string quarterback. Head coach Mike Pettine said not to read into the first depth chart.
Fantasy Tip: While it is not a surprise to see Hoyer at the top of the depth chart, it is still very early in the preseason. Hoyer is still the likely favorite to win the job with Manziel needing to do a lot to close the gap.
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 01:39:05 -0700
Despite being reunited with former coach Mike Pettine, Cleveland Browns SS Jim Leonhard still plans to retire at season's end. Leonhard and Pettine were together at times on the Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets and Buffalo Bills.
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:09:21 -0700
Cleveland Browns OG Joel Bitonio is NFL ready, according to head coach Mike Pettine. "We feel very confident, comfortable with him at left guard," Pettine said.
Thu, 19 Jun 2014 10:46:27 -0700
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said he doesn't want the offense to be ground-and-pound, adding that he wants to score points. Pettine added that he'd like the offense to call in plays faster to get into more of an offensive rhythm.
Thu, 12 Jun 2014 10:36:38 -0700
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said QB Brian Hoyer will enter training camp as the No. 1 quarterback, but QB Johnny Manziel will also get first-team snaps and Hoyer's lead is not insurmountable.
Wed, 28 May 2014 14:03:16 -0700
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said he was told CB Justin Gilbert (knee) tweaked his right knee, and it is not something that is expected to be serious.
Thu, 22 May 2014 10:00:46 -0700
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said the team is not going to let jersey sales dictate their depth chart, although he is not opposed to playing QB Johnny Manziel if he can help the team have some success.
Wed, 21 May 2014 13:07:49 -0700
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said QB Johnny Manziel looked inconsistent in practice Wednesday, May 21. "I just think just like any other rookie that he's inconsistent," Browns coach Mike Pettine said after the second day of the entire team being on the practice field. "I think a lot of it is the mental part of it. [Manziel] is more worrying about getting the formation right, making sure the motion's correct. Then he's got the cadence, and then he's got to worry about where guys are.
"Being good mechanically takes a backseat to learning the system first."
Fri, 09 May 2014 00:05:12 -0700
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel will have to win the starting job in a competition with QB Brian Hoyer (knee), according to Browns head coach Mike Pettine.
Fantasy Tip: Coach speak? Perhaps. If Manziel is worth a lick, he'll take a fair competition and win the job.
Thu, 08 May 2014 10:05:49 -0700
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said it would be very difficult for any quarterback from the 2014 NFL Draft class to unseat QB Brian Hoyer as the starting quarterback. "There will be competition, but I think it will be very difficult, based on my evaluation of this year's draft class, it will be very difficult for anyone in this draft class to come in and beat [Hoyer] out. I really believe that," Pettine said. "There's that certain it factor he has. Just the way he's attacked his rehab, the way he's attacked learning a new offense."
Thu, 01 May 2014 10:24:19 -0700
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan will have more input on drafting a quarterback than Pettine will.
Tue, 29 Apr 2014 17:13:46 -0700
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said he would like to avoid starting a rookie quarterback immediately, even if the club selects a quarterback with the fourth overall pick in the first round.
Fantasy Tip: This news makes it likely that Brian Hoyer will enter Week 1 as the starter, especially since he's ahead of schedule in his recovery from knee surgery. Perhaps Cleveland will wait until later in the draft to take a QB if they plan on him sitting a year to learn.
Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:40:42 -0700
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine is not ruling out the chance that the team will select two quarterbacks in this year's NFL Draft.
Tue, 04 Mar 2014 12:57:37 -0800
The Cleveland Browns did not conduct a formal interview with Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel at the NFL Scouting Combine. "We didn't speak to him at the combine," head coach Mike Pettine said. "I didn't personally. He was not part of the formal interviews."
Mon, 17 Feb 2014 11:57:32 -0800
Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer said he believes he is on the same page with head coach Mike Pettine in terms of what they are looking for in players. "My philosophy is the same as Mike's. I think we're in lockstep. We think the same things are important: toughness, instincts, competitiveness that's off the charts. He added in passion, relentlessness, productivity. We'll build a team that's reflective of both of our characters," Farmer said.
Mon, 17 Feb 2014 11:39:46 -0800
Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer said offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan will be able to give his thoughts about the quarterback position, but that Farmer and head coach Mike Pettine will decide who the team acquires.
Thu, 13 Feb 2014 10:14:51 -0800
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine praised QB Brian Hoyer, saying he has the "it" factor. "Certain QBs, you look for an 'it factor.' You might not be able to describe what 'it' is, but he has 'it,'" Pettine Said.
Fri, 07 Feb 2014 00:05:36 -0800
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine has announced an overhauled coaching staff that added 11 assistants, including George DeLeone (assistant offensive line coach), Chris DiSanto (assistant strength and conditioning coach), Richard Hightower (offensive quality control coach), Dowell Loggains (quarterbacks coach), Derik Keyes (assistant strength and conditioning coach), Mike McDaniel (wide receivers coach), Andy Moeller (offensive line coach), Wilbert Montgomery (running backs coach), Paul Ricci (strength and conditioning coach), Tony Tuioti (defensive quality control coach) and Anthony Weaver (defensive line coach).
Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:15:55 -0800
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said he never gave the team an ultimatum and only expressed frustration with his agent about the length of the process. "Not at any point did I say you need to tell me or I'm pulling out," Pettine said.
Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:47:34 -0800
The Cleveland Browns were denied permission to speak with Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Bill Callahan. The Browns were interested in interviewing Callahan for a spot on new head coach Mike Pettine's staff.
Fri, 24 Jan 2014 13:35:00 -0800
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine agreed to a four-year contract with a team option for a fifth-year. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:05:14 -0800
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said he thought about withdrawing his name from the Browns' search if it went any longer, because he did not believe it was fair for the Buffalo Bills.
Thu, 23 Jan 2014 12:57:37 -0800
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine could have interest in Buffalo Bills linebackers coach Jim O'Neil as his defensive coordinator. Pettine could also have interest in Green Bay Packers running backs coach Alex Van Pelt for his offensive coordinator.