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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Articles tagged: Cleveland Browns

Myles Garrett calls suspension ‘a blessing in disguise’

Myles Garrett

Cleveland Browns edge rusher Myles Garrett was officially reinstated on Wednesday after serving what amounted to a six-game suspension for striking Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph over the head with his own helmet during a Week 11 contest.

With the entire incident now behind him, Garrett expressed a sigh of relief, telling TMZ Sports it “feels pretty nice” to be back. He also acknowledged that the entire situation, suspension and all, was a blessing in disguise.

“Everything that happens to you is for a reason,” Garrett said. “If you take the lesson and make the best out of it, everything a blessing in disguise.

Although Garrett was feeling optimistic following his reinstatement, he refused to answer a question about whether or not he’s spoken to Rudolph since the incident. However, he did promise big things in 2020.

“When I get back onto the field, you’ll see,” Garrett cautioned.

Browns unlikely to trade Odell Beckham Jr or Jarvis Landry

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Odell Beckham Jr was only a member of the Cleveland Browns for a few months before we started hearing rumblings that he could be traded, and it still would not be a shock if the team moved him this offseason. However, all signs point to OBJ and fellow star receiver Jarvis Landry remaining right where they are.

Beckham and Landry both had some issues with former Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens, but Jay Glazer of The Athletic wrote in his most recent mailbag that he believes new head coach Kevin Stefanski wants to keep both receivers.

“I think Kevin Stefanski is going to want them both — as a young, offensive-minded head coach, you want offensive weapons like this. … They have to show they are on board with everything when it comes to the team Stefanski is building,” Glazer said. “If they don’t, then it doesn’t really make sense. I don’t know what the market is going to be like but I think both are going to try to be on board.”

Glazer was the first to report that the Giants wanted to trade Odell Beckham Jr following the 2018 season, so any information he has about OBJ is noteworthy.

Beckham recently underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia that he dealt with throughout all of 2019. He says he is feeling “more motivated” than ever after his disappointing first season in Cleveland, and he recently expressed optimism about the direction of the team under Stefanski. The Browns reportedly want Beckham to show more commitment during the offseason this year, which will be something worth monitoring.

Both Beckham and Landry eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving mark last season, which is impressive considering how badly things went for the Browns. Landry has made it clear that any issues he had were with Kitchens, so there’s no reason to think he will want to be traded.

On paper, Cleveland has as talented of an offense as any team in the NFL. It will be up to Stefanski to get the most out of Baker Mayfield and a star-studded roster.

Report: Browns want Odell Beckham to show commitment to team

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Will Odell Beckham be back with the Cleveland Browns in 2020? It looks like it, but the organization reportedly wants to see a bit more from him during the offseason.

NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport gave an update on Beckham’s status Friday. For now, the Browns have every intention of keeping Beckham for at least a year, but they want to see a greater level of commitment from him. That includes an expanded presence at OTAs and offseason workouts so Beckham can actively learn the team’s new offense and set a good example for younger players.

While there were rumors that Beckham wanted out during the season, he has publicly denied them. The star wide receiver underwent surgery to correct a nagging sports hernia, but it does not sound like that will preclude him from participating in the team’s offseason programs like they clearly expect him to.

Beckham is under contract through 2023.

Andrew Berry finalizing deal to become Browns GM

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The Cleveland Browns appear to have their new general manager.

The Browns are finalizing a deal with Philadelphia Eagles vice president Andrew Berry to become the team’s new general manager, as first reported by Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com. Berry will also reportedly receive the title of executive vice president.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the 32-year-old Berry is getting a five-year deal and will have full control of the 53-man roster.

Berry quickly became the focus of Cleveland’s search after previous leading candidate George Paton removed himself from consideration for the job. That opened the door for Berry, who was the Browns’ vice president of player personnel from 2016-18.

The goal the Browns have is to create better cooperation between all sides of their football operation. The titles Berry is receiving indicate he will be at the center of all of that, and will have a big job to do paired with new head coach Kevin Stefanski.

Report: Browns likely to hire Vikings executive George Paton as GM

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The Cleveland Browns are zeroing in on their new general manager.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com, the Browns could hire Minnesota Vikings assistant general manager George Paton early this week. Paton interviewed with the team Saturday and it went well, and an official announcement is expected within days.

Paton would beat out Eagles vice president Andrew Berry and Patriots director of college scouting Monti Ossenfort for the position.

Of the candidates, Paton has the closest ties with new Browns coach Kevin Stefanski. The two spent 13 years together within the Vikings organization, and the Browns made it a point to hire a GM that would work closely with the new coach as a package deal.

The league just watched the GM-coach model work successfully with John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco, and the Browns will be hoping that history repeats itself. Interestingly, the Browns opted against hiring someone from the 49ers organization in their coaching search.

Kevin Stefanski says he won’t have to clear game plan through Browns’ analytics people

Kevin Stefanski

The Cleveland Browns have made it clear they want to continue to have a strong analytics presence, but new head coach Kevin Stefanski says the reports about how much influence the numbers department will have over his decision-making are overblown.

One of the reasons the Browns chose Stefanski over Josh McDaniels is that the New England Patriots offensive coordinator reportedly wanted a franchise makeover in Cleveland, while Stefanski is willing to let Paul DePodesta and his staff have a significant role in football operations. Cleveland radio host Dustin Fox says one thing Stefanski had to agree to do is turn turn in a copy of his game plan to the analytics department by Friday each week so the plan can be discussed.

Stefanski told the media on Friday that the report is simply not true.

While DePodesta and company may not have asked for veto power with Stefanski’s game plan, the coach did make it clear that he is in favor of analytics.

The Browns supposedly have no plans to promote DePodesta to general manager, but there’s a reason they stuck with him and parted ways with John Dorsey. They believe in the former MLB executive’s analytics-based approach, and Stefanski must be on-board with it as well. DePodesta has said in the past that his methods have been mocked by some of his NFL peers, but time will tell if Stefanski is the right coach to help him prove everyone wrong.

Report: Josh McDaniels wanted franchise makeover to take Browns job

Josh McDaniels

Josh McDaniels was among the candidates to interview for the Cleveland Browns’ head coaching vacancy this year. There was some thought that he might be the favorite for the job, but the two sides were not on the same page, and the Browns hired Kevin Stefanski instead.

So where did things go wrong with McDaniels?

The Canton Repository’s Steve Doerschuk wrote a story about the subject on Sunday that is worth your time. In his story, Doerschuk says McDaniels wanted a franchise makeover to take the Browns job, and that’s where things fell apart.

From Doerschuk:

Would the Browns show a willingness to applaud his detailed presentation on the sweeping makeover that would be needed for him to want the job? This is where the trouble with his candidacy came to a head.

While McDaniels wanted a major makeover, the Browns wanted to keep some elements of the franchise the same. That likely includes Paul DePodesta being heavily involved in decision-making, and a strong analytics presence.

Doerschuk says the two sides agreed it wasn’t a good fit.

Instead, Cleveland found a good fit with Stefanski, who reportedly agreed to some DePodesta standards, and to owner Jimmy Haslam’s desire to have a Monday meeting with his coach after games. Even Stefanski’s poor performance in the playoffs on Saturday did not deter Cleveland.