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  • Published: Dec 30th, 2016
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Cleveland Browns Training Camp Stays In Berea

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Columbus no longer getting promised training camp as Browns back out of the deal.

A deal that would have seen the Cleveland Browns training camp relocated to Columbus in 2018 falls through as the Browns back out.

The deal would have included new football fields, and a new and bigger Tuttle Park rec center. On Wednesday, the Browns informed Franklin County and the city that they would not be moving forward.

According to a statement from the team’s spokesman, Peter John-Baptiste, the organization felt it was in everyone’s best interest to remain in Berea for the immediate future.

The turned down deal would have cost Franklin County and the Browns $5 million each with the city covering the estimated $15-17 million remaining.

According to a statement given by Columbus director of Recreation and Parks, Tony Collins, the goal of the project was to work with partners in a way that maximized programs for their residents and facilities, but they were unable to move forward with the project.

While the deal was still in its early stages earlier this month, it did appear to be on its way to coming to fruition. It is unclear what caused the Browns to walk away, but they did reaffirm their commitment to stay in Berea, a suburb of Cleveland.

This is the second deal this year to fall through that would see the Browns relocate outside of Cleveland.

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  • Published: Dec 11th, 2016
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Jonathan Coopers Next Step is The Cleveland Browns!

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Jonathan Cooper is taking a new step in his career starting this week as the Right Guard for the Cleveland Browns.

Despite this new improvement in his career, Jonathan Cooper’s journey has not been an easy one. During this last year, he broke a bone in his leg and was thus placed on the injured reserve list, while working for the Arizona Cardinals in 2013. Then he was traded off to the New England Patriots in March, and then finally was claimed by the Browns.

Now Cooper, a 6’2″, 302 lbs man, will be replacing John Greco who was put on reserve for injuring his foot last week.

“It’s a great opportunity,” Cooper said. This is the time for Cooper to show his teammates what he is capable of.

Cleveland O-line Coach, Hal Hunter, said concerning Cooper, “He is athletic. He is smart. He is tough. Coach Hunters views this misfortune, as a new opportunity for Jonathan Cooper.

Coach Hue Jackson is looking forward to seeing what Jonathan Cooper, “is capable of doing,” and shares Coach Hunter’s sentiments saying, “This is what this league is about, a chance, an opportunity, and when you get it you have to make the most of it.”

This is Cooper’s first time being on a team that currently has No Wins. Football fans everywhere are looking forward to seeing Jonathan Cooper, take his next step as Cleveland Browns, Right Guard.

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  • Published: May 23rd, 2015
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It is snowing in HotLanta!

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NOTE: On NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I analyzed the depth chart of the Browns. There will be no shows until Friday the 29th. Have a great Memorial Day and thanks for listening.

While Pres. Obama in concerned about Global Warming, things could not get any colder in Atlanta. No, it is not the weather. It is the Cavs defense that has put the Hawks in cold storage.

Without 2 of the “Big 3” the Cavs on the back of LeBron James totally controlled the Hawks in game 2. James looked like Superman flying through the air and the Hawk defense.

The Hawks look disorganized and confused. They struggle to defend the Cavs and fail to make switches when needed. On offense they couldn’t throw the ball into the Grand Canyon hanging off the edge of it.

This time Cavs didn’t suffer a letdown. They built a lead and held it for the most part. The Hawks were one of the best 3 point shooting teams in the regular season. But they are finding out that the playoffs are a totally different game. They are 10 for 49 in this series behind the 3 point line.

The most interesting factor in last night’s win by the Cavs was the Hawk shooters felt pressure even when they were open. That is what good defense does. The Cavs got in the heads of the Hawk shooters making them take bad or ill advised shots.

The Cavs bench is not deep but it seems like someone steps up to make a difference. Given the injuries the Cavs have suffered, that will have to continue. Tristan Thompson has filled in for Kevin Love and has been brilliant. He has provided the rebounding the Cavs needed and some terrific blocks as well. In game 1 it was J.R. Smith that provided 28 points including 8 of 12 3’s. Iman Shumpert played solid defense and scored 16 in game 2 filling in for Kyrie Irving. Matthew Dellavedova came through for the Cavs in game 2 with 11 points and 6 rebounds. James Jones added 9 points and 2 steals in the game as well.

The Hawks look done. Their biggest problem is they don’t have a “go-to star.” Without a top guy, the Hawks struggle in the half court game the playoffs have become. They have dug a huge hole in their playoff chances and they seem to want to keep digging. The Cavs need to put the Hawks away in 4 games to give their walking wounded time to heal.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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  • Published: Mar 14th, 2015
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Is GM Ray Farmer too slow to make decisions?

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Note: On NNR today Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports & I reviewed the trades and free agent signings. The podcast is on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

So far in the Browns off season from hell they have signed a backup QB and yet another #2 wide receiver. At least Brian Hartline is taller than most of the receivers on the roster.

There is almost no chance that the Browns can land an above average WR with the list of quarterbacks on the roster. Wide-outs want a stable offensive system with a QB that they trust to get them the ball. The Browns have neither of those qualities.

GM Ray Farmer missed a chance to bring in a true #1 WR in Kenny Stills. He has speed and size. Since the team has struggled to bring in FA wide-outs, getting a young player with 2 years left on his 5th round salary by a trade would have been huge. But the Dolphins got the deal.

The frustration of Browns fans everywhere is that despite having a ton of cap space, the Browns seem to be hording it. There is no question that the Browns lack of stability means that they will have to over pay to get any FA particularly those on offense. They could get some quality players on defense however.

While there has been a lot of instability on offense, the defense has been good and could get better with the addition of free agents. But the Browns either can’t attract free agents or decide which they should pursue. Whichever is the case, they must at least try to recruit free agents to improve the team. But as we know they won’t.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

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Don’t expect Johnny Manziel to be ‘coachable.’

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One thing we have learned about Johnny Manziel is he has a listening problem. When the Browns owner Jimmy Haslem specifically asked Manziel to tone down his extracurricular activities, Manziel clearly didn’t hear him. Instead he spent part of the weekend with Justin Bieber et. al. Manziel feels that nobody including Haslem can make him do anything he doesn’t want to do.

Manziel is a spoiled brat that thinks he knows it all. If he doesn’t listen to the owner, what makes any of the Browns fans think he will listen to a coach? The answer is he will not. One thing that Manziel will learn the hard way is that he does not know it all. There are dozens of 300+ pound defensive linemen that will be more than willing to give him some very painful lessons.

On May 11 I wrote the following:

I did not have him (Manziel) on my board as a 1st round QB only because I had a number of questions about him. Most of all, I wonder if he will spend the time in the film room that it takes to help a QB particularly a rookie QB develop.

Part of being a film room junkie is taking coaching. Everything that Manziel has done so far indicates that he has no interest in what anyone, including coaches, have to say.

Every rookie QB needs to take coaching. The history of the NFL is loaded with young QB prospects that refused to listen to anyone. No matter how much athletic or arm talent they had, those that refused to listen to coaches failed. That is exactly the road that Manziel is walking down. Unless he makes a 180 degree turn in his attitude, he will be just another failure at pick 22 by the Browns.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

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Dissecting the 2014 NFL Draft – Cleveland Browns

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NOTE: There will be no show Monday. However, on Thursday we will be joined by former Browns QB Kelly Holcomb to discuss the impact of a QB controversy. On Friday we will be joined by former NFL star RB Abner Haynes. Join us at 6PM EDT on or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

4th overall pick – The trade should have been immediately followed by the Bills filing theft charges against Browns GM Ray Farmer. The trade was brilliant. To get 2 first round picks and a 4 was extraordinary.

9th overall pick – The trade up to 8 was probably not necessary but not a big deal. Could it be that Farmer was feeling crumbs of conscience over his theft in the trade down?

8th overall pick Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma State – I was not as high on Gilbert as some others. But the grades were so close among the top 3 corners that this was not a significant reach. I am concerned about Gilbert tackling. He can but will he?

26th overall pick was traded up to 22 for a QB. The trade was a decent value and if that is the guy they wanted, it was fine.

22nd overall pick Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M – Manziel is a risk. He will either be very very good or will fail. There will be no in between. If he develops the ability to throw from the pocket and puts in the tape time to improve his game, he should be good. Those that are superstitious could be concerned that the 22nd pick is cursed for the Browns. It all depends on how hard Johnny is willing to work.

35th pick Joel Bitonio OT Nevada – The run on tackles made this pick a bit of a reach. Bitonio is one of the most versatile O line guys in the draft. The Browns need to put him at RT and move Schwartz to RG.

71st pick Christian Kirksey OLB Iowa – Kirksey has the speed and cover ability to prevent big plays by the TE. He can play outside or inside backer. He was very productive at Iowa. This was an OK pick despite a bit of a reach to get him.

94th pick Terrance West RB Towson – West was a good value here but they kind of panicked when RB Tre Mason went off the board. Even if the trade up was not necessary West fills a key need.

127th pick Pierre Desir CB Lindenwood – Desir was a huge value for a big DB that can play CB or S. Desir could be the steal of the Browns draft.

Overall, I liked what we saw from Farmer’s first draft. He moved around the draft like he owned it. But despite all the good work and extra picks in 2015, Farmer’s future is directly tied to that of Johnny. If he succeeds, he and Farmer will be beloved by Browns fans. If not, …

That is what I think. Tell us what you think.

NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I talk NFL draft with just a little Indians and Cavs thrown in. The archive is available on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

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