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Browns statement makes it sound like Rob Chudzinski will be fired

Rob ChudzinskiThe Cleveland Browns issued a statement during the team’s defeat at Pittsburgh on Sunday in response to rumors that they will fire coach Rob Chudzinski

“Our focus is on game today. We will not discuss any evaluation of the season until this upcoming week,” the statement read.

Translation? He gone. Wouldn’t they have supported him in the least if he were going to stick around?

The speculation about Chud’s job started on Friday when Dan Pompei reported that one reason the Browns might want to get rid of Chud after just one season is because they did not get who they wanted last year. They sought Nick Saban, Chip Kelly and Jon Gruden and struck out, and they may want someone better.

There were these reports about Chud making it seem like he’s toast.

Breer says Bill O’Brien and Josh McDaniels would be candidates for the Browns if (when) they fire Chud. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer also says Chud and GM Mike Lombardi have clashed.

Yup, sounds like Chud is done for sure. But I don’t think they’re going to get a great coach to turn it around like they hope.

Browns’ Twitter account seems sick of Brandon Weeden interceptions

brandon-weeden-brownsCleveland Browns fans probably did not feel confident heading into Sunday’s game with Brandon Weeden as their starting quarterback, though they were facing the Jacksonville Jaguars. Despite the lowly opponent, Weeden and company found a way to lose the game.

To the Jags’ credit, they have now won three out of four games and have clearly improved since the start of the season. However, they benefitted from three turnovers from Weeden, who was intercepted twice and lost a fumble. After Weeden threw his second pick, it appeared even the Browns’ official Twitter account had seen enough.

Ouch. Typically a team’s Twitter account focuses on calling positive attention to the team. It’s one thing to say that Weeden threw an interception, but the “and again” was clearly thrown in there to make him look bad.

Weeden has now thrown nine touchdowns and nine interceptions in the eight games in which he has played a significant amount of snaps. The Browns are 1-6 in those games. He clearly is not the quarterback of the future.

H/T Black Sports Online

Cleveland Browns run fake field goal for touchdown (GIF)

Spencer Lanning fake field goalThe Cleveland Browns stunned most observers by putting up 24 points against the Minnesota Vikings on the road in the first half of their Week 3 game on Sunday. Not only did the Browns get two touchdown passes from Brian Hoyer, but they also got in a surprise fake field goal that resulted in a touchdown.

The Browns lined up for a short field goal with under four minutes left in the first half, but they snapped the ball earlier than expected. Holder Spencer Lanning then threw a pass to tight end Jordan Cameron, who was left wide open on the right sidelines. Cameron took it in for an 11-yard touchdown, giving him two TDs on the game.

We and most people expected the 0-2 Browns to get blown out in the game, but they looked good in the first half.

GIF via @cjzero

Marvin Lewis ‘feeling pretty good’ about facing Browns after Trent Richardson trade

Trent RichardsonTrent Richardson was not exactly a dominant force during his season-plus with the Cleveland Browns, but he is still a talented player with massive potential. For that reason, Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis and the other players and coaches in the AFC North division are happy to see him go.

The Browns have the Bengals on their schedule in Week 4. If bulletin board material is capable of helping a team that just traded its star running back and will likely be without its starting quarterback, Lewis has provided it for Cleveland.

“We go to Cleveland next week,” Lewis said on Sirius XM NFL Radio Wednesday when asked for his thoughts on the trade, according to Around the League. “I’m feeling pretty good about that. Anytime a great young player like Trent Richardson leaves your division — we still get to face each other this year but once instead of twice.”

All joking aside, the comments were much more a compliment to Richardson than an insult to the Browns remaining backfield.

“He’s a fine player and has a big career ahead of him,” Lewis added. “It’s not bad that he drives two hours west of us instead of four hours north.”

The truth of the matter is the Browns became much less of a threat on Wednesday, and they weren’t really one to begin with. They are expected to sign Willis McGahee on Thursday, who we recommend picking up in fantasy. Beyond that, they have four-year veteran Chris Ogbonnaya, who has touched the ball 35 times since the start of last season, and second-year running back Bobby Rainey, who has never recorded an NFL carry. It makes perfect since for Lewis to be glad Richardson has moved on.

Brian Hoyer, Trent Richardson … Cleveland Browns are tanking

Browns dog poundThe Cleveland Browns have made it pretty clear this week that they are building for the future and, for lack of a better term, tanking this season.

The 0-2 squad made two moves on Wednesday that seem to indicate they are trying to position themselves to land the top overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

First, they announced that third-string quarterback Brian Hoyer would be starting at quarterback on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings instead of backup Jason Campbell. Campbell is in his eighth season and has gone 31-40 as a starter. He is a below-average quarterback, but at least he can make an offense somewhat respectable. Hoyer is a career backup who only has thrown for one touchdown and two interceptions in his career. Which one of the two gives a team a better chance to win?

Later in the day, the Browns announced that they were trading running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for a first-round pick in 2014. The Browns traded a fourth and fifth-round pick to the Minnesota Vikings last year in order to move up a spot and select Richardson third overall in the draft. They’re trading him after barely a year. The thinking is that Richardson did not show the new Cleveland regime that he was a gamechanger worth keeping, so they dealt him for some good value in return.

Most people believe recognize there is a big dropoff in talent between Richardson and Chris Ogbonnaya or Willis McGahee (whomever fills Richardson’s spot), so everyone is in agreement that the deal makes the Browns worse this year. They’re already 0-2 and have a long season left. Now they’ve made themselves even worse.

Richardson was not drafted by the team’s new front office and coaching staff, so why not get rid of him and at least stack the draft? They now have two first, third, and fourth-round picks in 2014, which will give them plenty of opportunities to load up on talent.

The Browns are taking a lot of heat for obviously giving up on the season, but I think they’re making a smart move. I haven’t viewed Richardson as a game-changing back. I thought they made a mistake taking him so highly for two reasons; it’s a passing league and running backs aren’t used as much, and I never viewed Richardson as a guy with Adrian Peterson talent level where he’s worth selecting in the top five. At least they’re getting a first-round pick in return.

Fan asked for Browns pallbearers so team ‘can let him down one last time’

Browns-dog-poundThe Cleveland Browns have not won a playoff game since 1994 and, like many other fans, Scott E. Entsminger grew tired of the team’s annual failures. Entsminger, a lifelong Browns fan and season ticket holder, passed away at his Ohio home on July 4 at the age of 55. But not before taking one final parting shot at the team he spent his life rooting for.

Entsminger’s obituary, which was published on The Columbus Dispatch website, revealed that he requested Cleveland Browns as pallbearers for his funeral. The reason behind it is priceless.

“He respectfully requests six Cleveland Browns pall bearers so the Browns can let him down one last time,” the obituary read.

The tribute also called Entsminger a “fun-loving” person, which is evident based on his aforementioned dying wish. He is not the first nor the second person to take a shot at his team before passing away, but Entsminger’s request was easily one of the most creative. When a team enters a 20-year drought with no playoff victories, these things tend to become more common.

H/T Eye on Football

Jim Brown hints that some Cleveland Browns may be partying too much

Jim-Brown-does-not-like-Trent-RichardsonJim Brown may be 77 years old and getting up there in age, but he is still arguably the greatest running back to ever play in the NFL. Now that he is back with the Cleveland Browns, some of the players on the team would be wise to listen closely when he speaks — especially those who may be partying to much.

On Sunday while attending the Sprint Cup race at Pocono, Brown talked about how he plans to help the Browns and expressed concern over some of the players’ behavior.

“They have a little running back there [Trent Richardson] I might be able to help,” he said, via ESPN.com. “And some of those players are staying out a little too late at night. I have a little advice for them, as well.”

For what it’s worth, the NFL announced last week that wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended for the first two games of the season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. We don’t know if that’s what Brown is referring to, but he is obviously concerned over the way some of the players have been spending their free time

Mandatory minicamp began this week, so it is officially time for players to get out of offseason mode and into work mode. If some of the Browns have trouble doing that, it sounds like one of the greatest players in franchise history will be right there to help keep their focus.

H/T Eye on Football