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OBR Newswire on January 12th, 2011 AT 10:00 PM
These are links from the OBR Newswire for January 12th from 21:17 to 21:31:
- ESPN.com – Peyton Hillis at home with family, whether that’s in Arkansas or with his team in Cleveland – When Peyton Hillis talks about his home, he's really referring to two very distinct locations. In the literal sense, there's Arkansas, where Hillis returns in the offseason to hunt and hang out with his 20-plus family members.
- Akron Beacon Journal – NFL players union stands firm on health, safety issues – With the threat of a lockout looming, the NFL Players Association insists it won't budge on health and safety issues.
- Morning Journal – Brown still the best to ever do it – As the Browns continue their search for Merlin The Magician, it's a perfect time to reflect on the organization's history in trying to find their football version of Mr. Right.
- Plain Dealer – Cleveland Browns WRs coach is first to bolt – Browns wide receivers coach George McDonald is leaving the team — again.
- Canton Repository – Chris Easterling: Packers took a chance on Holmgren, and it paid off – About 18 years ago, an assistant coach with only six years of NFL coaching experience found himself being handed the keys to one of the league’s historically great franchises, a franchise that had fallen on some hard times of late.
- The Associated Press – Is Browns’ coach search over? – The Browns’ coaching search has either stalled or stopped.
- Plain Dealer – In Mike Holmgren we trust? It makes the most sense for Cleveland Browns fans – You know what they say in the NFL. Nothing is official until Deuce Gruden tweets it.
- ESPN.com – Schefter: Shurmur, Browns talking contract – Earlier Wednesday, the AFC North blog opened the forum to Cleveland Browns fans to get their take on St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, who is the front-runner to replace former head coach Eric Mangini. The response was mixed.
- NFL.com news – Rams OC Shurmur all set to take Browns’ head-coaching job – The Cleveland Browns have completed their interview process and are in talks with St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur to become their head coach, league sources said Wednesday.
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OBR Newswire on January 12th, 2011 AT 8:00 PM
These are links from the OBR Newswire for January 12th from 19:04 to 19:11:
- NY Post – Mangini Will Talk Jets-Patriots on ESPN – Mangini, who left Bill Belichick's Patriots staff to take over the Jets in 2006, will appear on the network's "NFL Live" at 4 p.m. and "SportsCenter" Thursday and Friday.
- WFNY – Browns Could Do Worse Than To Draft The Next Mathews – Oregon’s Casey Matthews is the son of Cleveland Browns legend Clay Matthews II. You saw him last night all over the field playing his line-backer position tracking down Auburn runners.
- CBSSportsline – Hurricanes Hire Browns’ Receivers Coach For Same Position – McDonald coached the past two seasons for the Browns, who fired head coach Eric Mangini last week. McDonald has also spent nine years as a college assistant, including two at Minnesota.
- ESPN – Dolphins Talk to Daboll – Cleveland offensive coordinator Brian Daboll was in Miami on Wednesday to interview with the Dolphins for either their offensive coordinator or quarterback coach job, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
- ESPN – NFC East Blog – Fewell’s Loss Is Giants’ Gain – I'm sure that New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin is rooting for Perry Fewell to secure a head-coaching position, but he'd also be thrilled to have him back. Fewell was definitely in the running for the Carolina Panthers' opening, but ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera has agreed to accept that job.
- ESPN – AFC North Blog – Shurmur Is Leading Candidate For Browns Job – The sources said Cleveland hopes to hammer out a contract with Shurmur within the next 48 hours and introduce Shurmur as coach at a news conference by Friday.
Where Are They Now? Two Weeks Later Edition
Dave Kolonich on January 12th, 2011 AT 7:43 PM
Although most Browns fans have already completely forgotten about Eric Mangini and Brian Daboll, a news junkie like myself just can't get let go. Chalk it up to some obsessive behavioral tendencies, but not forcing myself to Google their names hourly has proven quite difficult.
After all, I'm pretty sure that exhaustively following Mangini for two years means that I'm practically related to him.
Or, it's quite possible that the leading candidate to become the Browns' next head coach doesn't actually exist. After all, how many of us were discussing the merits of Pat Shurmur even a month ago? Suddenly, an office is being painted for him.
Anyway, so it goes with the Browns – where the only constant is change….along with the occasional blinding headache.
But at the least, it appears that after a decade of expansion futility, the Browns have finally figured out that a top-down approach is the only rational way to conduct business. In this sense, Team President Mike Holmgren seems to be fully in charge of the current search for a new head coach.
Which means that the usual bitterness following a Browns' coaching firing is not as prevalent compared to years' past.
As for these most recently dearly departed members of the Browns, it looks like they may have an existence – post Cleveland.
Although it's nothing but speculation at this point, Mangini makes a lot of sense in Dallas. The Cowboys run a version of the 3-4 defense familiar to the heart of the Belichick defenses Mangini grew up with – complete with some truly talented players. Also, Mangini wouldn't present much of an ego or job security challenge to new Dallas head coach Jason Garrett, which cannot be overstated at least based on the past couple years of the Wade Phillips era.
Or, at the least – maybe Mangini can get into….broadcasting?
Mangini, who left Bill Belichick’s Patriots staff to take over the Jets in 2006, will appear on the network’s "NFL Live" at 4 p.m. and "SportsCenter" Thursday and Friday.
Stranger things have happened, I suppose. While Mangini never displayed the type of gregarious personality normally associated with TV analysts, he instantly becomes the most credible football source at ESPN.
But then again, I wonder how much ESPN Mangini actually watches.
Still, there is something to be said about publicity. Appearing on ESPN to discuss what should be the most high-profile playoff matchup of the weekend can't hurt. At least Mangini is getting his name out. Much like his one-time protégé…
Granted, Daboll's offenses were among the worst in franchise history. Of course, the level of offensive talent that Daboll had to work with wasn't exactly stellar. Somehow, Daboll in Miami suddenly makes a lot of sense.
The Browns were the only AFC team to score less than the Dolphins last season.
Nowhere to go but up, right?
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