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Browns Designate DB Terrance Mitchell to Return from Injured Reserve

The Browns today announced they are bringing back defensive back Terrance Mitchell, as he’s been designated to return from injured reserve for the team.

“He will be ready to go and the word is he will be able to play in the Panthers game if everything progresses right – maybe the week after that, not for sure – but we will take the protocol with him,” Browns coach Gregg Williams said of Mitchell.

“It was good to see him out there, and the guys did a good job welcoming him back. He had a good day.”

Mitchell was a starter for the first four games of 2018, he went down in week four in Oakland with a fractured wrist.

Per league rules, he must miss two more games, making him eligible to return for the Browns’ Week 14 game against the Panthers. Mitchell is the first Browns player to be designated to return from injured reserve this season. Each team is allowed a maximum of two.

Mitchell recorded 19 tackles, one interception, three passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery before going down with the injury.

He was initially replaced in the starting lineup by E.J. Gaines, who has since been lost for the season after multiple concussions.

Two Browns Players Lead in Fan Voting in the AFC for Their Positions for January’s Pro Bowl

Today the NFL released the first round of results of fan voting for the Pro Bowl, to be played January 27th in Orlando, and two Browns players lead in their respective positions.

The first to lead at the cornerback spot for the AFC is rookie Denzel Ward, who this season has played well in his first year, as the first-round pick has three interceptions to go along with 42 total tackles.

Ward is paired up at the corner spot with Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC. Ward has amassed 147,901 votes. Peterson by comparison has just 125,114 votes.

Another Browns position leader is punter Britton Colquitt, who this season has 64 punts with an average of 45 yards per kick. He’s got a net average of 38.0, and has put 29 punts inside the 20 yard line.

In the NFC, Michael Dickson of the Seattle Seahawks leads the votes for the punting spot, collecting 51,852 votes. Britton has 66,746 votes thus far.

The voting for the Pro Bowl continues through Thursday, December 13th. You can click HERE to vote for your favorite players.

Browns GM Dorsey Says Team Has Not Discussed Condoleezza Rice as Coach

Browns GM John Dorsey said in a statement on Sunday that the team has ‘not discussed’ interviewing former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for their head coaching vacancy despite an ESPN report that they’re interested in doing so, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

“Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is a great leader, possesses the highest possible character and also happens to be a Browns fan,” Dorsey said in the statement, released by the Browns after Adam Schefter’s report went viral. “I have the utmost respect and admiration for all she’s accomplished and was honored to meet her for the first time earlier this season. Our coaching search will be thorough and deliberate, but we are still in the process of composing the list of candidates and Secretary Rice has not been discussed.”

Rice, a lifelong Browns fan, released a statement via Facebook saying she’s not ready to coach, but called for more women to be groomed for the job.

“I love my Browns — and I know they will hire an experienced coach to take us to the next level.

“On a more serious note, I do hope that the NFL will start to bring women into the coaching profession as position coaches and eventually coordinators and head coaches. One doesn’t have to play the game to understand it and motivate players. But experience counts — and it is time to develop a pool of experienced women coaches.”

“BTW — I’m not ready to coach but I would like to call a play or two next season if the Browns need ideas! And at no time will I call for a ‘prevent defense.’”

Nick Chubb Breaks the Browns Record for Longest TD Run in Team History

It’s all coming up roses for the Browns in their Sunday battle with the Atlanta Falcons, and a lot of it is due to their two star rookies – QB Baker Mayfield and running back Nick Chubb.

In the third quarter with the Browns already holding a 21-10 lead, Chubb went on a run, a long run, the longest in Browns history from scrimmage, 92 yards, to open up the scoring to make it 28-10.

The record that Chubb broke belonged to Bobby Mitchell, who raced 90 yards for a score against the Washington Redskins, which came nearly 59 years to the day, November 15th, 1959.

While we don’t have video of that Mitchell run, here’s a look at the Chubb gallop into the record books.

Chiefs at Browns NFL Week Nine Inactives

Here’s the Week 9 inactives for today’s game in Cleveland between the Chiefs and Browns

Chiefs

S Eric Berry
DT Justin Hamilton
LB Justin Houston
OG Kahlil McKenzie
C Mitch Morse
RB Darrel Williams
LB Frank Zombo

Browns

TE Pharaoh Brown
OT Desmond Harrison
S Damarious Randall
LB Joe Schobert
WR Da’Mari Scott
QB Drew Stanton
DE Chad Thomas

Browns Fire First-Year Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley

The firings just keep coming in Berea, as not only has head coach Hue Jackson been shown the door, the Browns have also fired first-year offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

Haley was around for just eight games of the regular season, helping the team reach a 2-5-1 record, but the offense has been going backwards the last few weeks, including during the latest three-game losing streak to the Chargers, Bucs and Steelers.

The Browns hired Haley on January 24th, bringing him over after he was fired in the offseason from the Steelers, where he had great success leading Ben Roethlisberger and company to a number of playoff appearances.

There was quite a bit of conflict between Haley and Jackson, some of which was documented this offseason during the teams’ series on ‘Hard Knocks.’

Right away Haley wanted to have first overall pick Baker Mayfield in the starting lineup, but Jackson wanted to have veteran Tyrod Taylor in as the starter.

As things would go, Mayfield was put in the lineup in week three when Taylor went down with a concussion.

After the loss in Tampa after a sluggish first half, Jackson said after the game that he would have more input in the offense, leading to many to think there was going to be even more issues within the coaching staff and Haley and Jackson.

Haley came out this last week, stating that he and Jackson were ‘on the same page.’

Instead of getting better, the Browns offense was awful in Pittsburgh, scoring one TD after a muffed free kick after a safety and a number of penalties, and another in garbage time in the final seconds of the teams’ 33-18 loss.

The Browns offense was ranked 18th in yards after Sunday’s loss, 22nd in yards per game (357.4), 24th in passing yards per game (222.4), 9th in rush yards per game (127.4), and 24th in points per game (21.1).

Report: Haslam Wasn’t Ready to Fire Jackson, Dorsey Gave Him a Good Reason To Pull the Trigger

Now that the gauntlet has been dropped on coach Hue Jackson and his tenure with the Browns, the question everyone wants to know has to do with the details as to when the decision was made, and why make it at this point.

Charles Robinson, Senior NFL reporter for Yahoo, released a couple of tweets after the announcement detailing as to the firing and what went down.

Here’s the two tweets, stating that at first, owner Jimmy Haslam wanted to stay the course, but was talked out of it by GM John Dorsey after hearing about the issues between Jackson and first-year offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

Owner Jimmy Haslam was conflicted over blowing up another coach mid-season. Late last night he was leaning toward staying course. But Haslam spoke to GM John Dorsey, who said the Hue/Haley dynamic couldn’t continue. Some decision had to be made for the team.

Another concern for many Browns fans was that of the development of first-round quarterback Baker Mayfield, who has struggled during the teams’ recent three game losing streak in losses to the Chargers, Buccaneers and Steelers.

Sunday against the Steelers Mayfield had his worst day as a pro to this point, hitting on 22-of-36 passes for 180 yards with two touchdowns and one interception and a QB rating of 80.8

Mayfield has eight touchdowns and six interceptions in going 1-4 as a starter, with the win coming over the Ravens 12-9 in overtime back on October 7th.

Robinson tweeted that yes, there was concern about Mayfield, and that the front office did not want him to be involved in the issues between Jackson and Haley.

Significant worry in org from front office was Baker Mayfield getting thrust into the middle of Hue vs. Haley. GM John Dorsey didn’t want Mayfield being pressed for an endorsement of one of the guys or being constantly asked by the media about it the rest of 2018

Browns Fire Head Coach Hue Jackson

SI.com

The move that many Browns fans have been calling for since last season has finally happened, as Monday head coach Hue Jackson was dismissed by the team.

Jackson, as Schefter points out, has this and next year remaining on his contract. So the Browns will be contractually obligated to him through 2019 next season.

The coach went through two of the worst seasons in the history of the game, as the Browns went 1-15 in 2016, and last season didn’t win a game, going 0-16.

The team started the year with a tie against the Steelers, and at one point were 2-2-1, but since then have gone backwards, and after Sunday’s 33-18 blowout in Pittsburgh to the Steelers, the team sits now at 2-5-1.

Over his time with the Browns, Jackson went 3-36-1, and didn’t win a game on the road.

Offensive senior assistant Al Saunders has been named the teams’ interim head coach.