On this Monday edition of the Sam and Brad Show, the guys talk everything NFL with Jason Cole of FanSided.com (00:21) and Nate Ulrich from the Akron Beacon Journal about the Browns head coaching search (19:33).
On this Monday edition of the Jasen Sokol Show, Jeff Schudel of The News Herald and The Morning Journal joins Jasen to break down the latest in sports (00:17), Larry Magid of CBSNews.com talks about the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (12:49), and Monday's Dope of the Day is revealed (17:35).
On the Wednesday edition of The Sam and Brad Show, the guys (Brad Russell and Ben Thomas) discuss the Browns with Jim Donovan (00:21) and weigh the pros and cons of keeping Gregg Williams as the Browns head coach (15:46).
The Cleveland Browns are going with Brock Osweiller at quarterback to start the 2017 preseason against the New Orleans Saints Thursday, August 10th, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.
The announcement came Monday morning, along with the following statement from Browns head coach Hue Jackson:
“At this stage in the evaluation process of our quarterbacks, we are going to have Brock start the preseason opener against the Saints on Thursday night,” head coach Hue Jackson said. “A lot goes into our evaluation but it’s always going to be about efficiently and effectively running the offense. You want your starter to be able to do that despite any circumstance. Brock hasn’t really gotten any first team reps and this will give him that chance. We look forward to seeing what he can do with this opportunity throughout the week and against the Saints. Cody will be the second quarterback to take the field followed by DeShone and then Kevin. I’m pleased with the way our quarterbacks have competed and improved throughout the offseason and training camp. We are going to see a lot more of all of them this preseason and everyone in that room still has the chance to earn more opportunities and the right to lead our team as the starter when the regular season begins on September 10th.”
NFL Week 10, 2016: After a loss to the Ravens, the reality of the Browns going 0-16 on the season, becoming only the second team to accomplish such a feat, became a chilling reality.
Enter Chris McNeil, aka @Reflog_18 on Twitter. McNeil, on behalf of the city and Browns fans... we think... submits a request to the City to throw a parade Downtown if the Browns in fact go "defeated" for the year.
The crowd-funded "Perfect 0-16 Parade" took off on social media and over the course of the next five weeks, raised roughly $8,000 on GoFundMe.com.
NFL Week 16, 2016: The San Diego Chargers, with 5 wins to their name in 2016, come to town to face the winless Browns in a Christmas Eve match-up for the ages. In front of a couple of thousand fans (give or take), the Browns pulled off the greatest miracle of 2016: They won a football game.
But what about the parade? Have the Browns let down their fans once again?
"NO," says McNeil! While the parade won't happen, the money that was raised (and the $2,000 + more in the week since the Browns first win) will be donated to the Cleveland Food Bank.
Since that announcement, the Cleveland Browns, coming off of that first win, have announced that they will match the money that's been raised and donate that to the Food Bank as well!
So while there is no parade to celebrate(?) the Browns sub-par season, a lot of people who need help are going to benefit.
Kudos to McNeil, the Browns, and all of the fans who donated to make it happen.
After a two-touchdown performance in the Brown and Orange Scrimmage at Ohio Stadium in Columbus Saturday, the Browns have officially named Robert Griffin III the team's starting quarterback. Griffin signed with the team this offseason after four years with the Washington Redskins.
Below is the official press release from the Cleveland Browns regarding Griffin:
Robert Griffin III has been named the Browns starting quarterback, Hue Jackson announced.
Griffin III, who signed with the Browns in March after four seasons with the Washington Redskins, emerged from a four-man competition that included veteran Josh McCown, Austin Davis and rookie Cody Kessler. He’ll receive his first startin Cleveland’s preseason opener at Green Bay.
Jackson believes Griffin’s best football is ahead of him.
"It's time. Robert has earned the right to be named the starting quarterback of the Cleveland Browns," Jackson said. "Since he was signed back in March, Robert has made it clear through his actions that he is willing to do everything that has been asked of him to earn this role. Throughout this process he has gained the respect from his teammates, the coaching staff and the entire organization that is necessary for him to lead our offense and really the entire team. Pep (Hamilton) has done an outstanding job with that room to get us to this point so we can make this decision at what I feel is the optimal time which enables us to best prepare for the regular season. It's now on Robert to show the organization and our fans that this is the right decision. Throughout the offseason program and training camp, Robert has shown improvement every day and we expect him to continue to ascend as he becomes more and more acclimated to the offensive system we will employ this season. I've been crystal clear on what we expect from Robert. He fully understands the responsibility and I feel he is ready to handle this role."
"I would be remiss if I didn't also commend Josh, Austin and Cody. Josh in particular has been outstanding throughout this process and all of our quarterbacks have worked well together. Their play, professionalism and work ethic has pushed the room to really improve the level of play at the position for our team."
Since training camp opened last week, Griffin has primarily worked with the first-team offense. Atlive, 11-on-11 scrimmage in Berea, he connected with rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman on multiple long passes, including one for a touchdown, and tossed a short touchdown pass to tight end Connor Hamlett. at the Orange and Brown Scrimmage in Columbus, Griffin consistently moved the offense down the field and threw two touchdown passes.
Griffin (6-foot-2, 218 pounds) is 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 and 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.
Starting 13 games in 2013, Griffin recorded a career-high 3,203 passing yards and 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.
Former Cleveland Brown Reggie Rucker was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison Wednesday for embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars through a charity fund he helped manage.
Details of the case reveal that Rucker used money intended for the Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance and Amer-I-Can foundations to pay off gambling debts, his mortgage, and other personal expenses.
Earlier in 2016 Rucker admitted to the fraud in federal court, but sentencing was delayed while the former NFL wide receiver underwent tests to determine whether or not past concussions played a factor in his decision making abilities. On Wednesday, Federal Court Judge Dan Polster handed down the sentence, and Rucker's attorney requested the sentence be carried out at the federal facility in Morgantown, West Virginia. He will remain free for about 30 days and then will begin his sentence. In addition, Rucker was ordered to pay more than $110,000 in restitution.
Reggie Rucker played for the Cleveland Browns from 1975 through 1981.
What is Jimmy Haslam thinking?
That's the question on the minds of Browns fans today in the wake of the expected firings of Browns head coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer and the unexpected promotion of general counsel Sashi Brown to Executive Vice President of Football Operations with final say over the 53-man roster.
Jeff Schudel of The News-Herald and The Morning Journal and Ty Schalter of Bleacher Report both joined The Jasen Sokol Show to try to explain the promotion and the decision to hire a head coach before a general manager.
The circus continues in Berea, and the Cleveland Browns are looking for a new General Manager and Head Coach.
The "Voice of the Browns" WKYC's Jim Donovan joined the Sam Bourquin Show on a "Black Monday" to talk about the feeling heading into FirstEnergy Stadium Sunday and what the feelings were from not only Donovan's perspective, but the fans' perspective as the Browns played another meaningless game in the month of January against the Steelers.
"It was an eerie feeling," Donovan said.
"Going into the stadium it was like going into Heinz Field, because everybody was wearing a black and gold Steelers shirt and waving their Terrible Towels."
"Those are the fruits of being 3-13, that happens when you lose a lot, you lose control of the stadium."
Steve King from BrownsDailyDose.com said he expected the firings of Farmer and Pettine to happen, but he says applauds owner Jimmy Haslam for doing what had to be done.
"You can't move forward until you clear the path and that's what he did."
As the Browns prepare to take on the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday, Medina Gazette reporter Brian Dulik gives his take on what the Cleveland Browns have to do to defeat the Seahawks in a tough match up on the road. Dull talks with Brad about his expectations for quarterback Johnny Manziel and head coach Mike Pettine's comments on whether or not Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is an elite quarterback in the NFL.
Steve Doerschuk sat down with WAKR's Brad Russell to talk about the upcoming Browns game against NFC North rival the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Going into the game both the Steelers and Browns have question at the quarterback position. Browns' quarterback Josh McCown and Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger are both dealing with injuries. Doerschuk gave his opinion on who he believes will start for both teams. "I'm betting on Manziel starting for the Browns and Landry Jones playing for the Steelers." Doerschuk said.
Doershcuk is not counting out either starter in this game saying that, "I'm hedging my bet that there is a ten percent chance Roethlisberger will play and a 25 percent chance that McCown will play."
Steve Doerschuk was on the Average Sports Show where he and WAKR's Brad Russell talked about the Browns' front office.
Doerschuk spoke about the dysfunction between Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, Team President Alec Scheiner, General Manager Ray Farmer, and Head Coach Mike Pettine. He added , "That's not a odd couple, that's a odd couple of couples."
Doerschuk went on to say that he doesn't think that any of pieces fit together. He said that Scheiner might fit with Haslem from a public relations stand point.
Doreshuck also said that "I don't think Scheiner fits at all with a football guy like Ray Farmer."
The Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers will renew their rivalry for the first time in 2015 at Heinz Field this Sunday.
Andrea Hangst from Bleacher Report joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show to discuss the matchup, the quarterback dilemma in Cleveland, and the injuries that have plagued the Steelers as of late.
Despite Pittsburgh's dominance in the rivalry since the Browns came back in 1999, Hangst says the two teams still have that built-up animosity for one another .
"I think it's still a rivalry, it's built in to these guys when they get drafted to either team," Hangst explained.
When asked about the state of the team, Andrea said an "air of dysfunction" was circling around Berea.
"It's not going to end pretty at the end of the year, I believe," she said.