Off-Limits

Now that they have the most interesting player in this NFL rookie class, the Cleveland Browns are doing whatever they can to decrease interest in their team. Johnny Manziel was made off-limits to reporters in his first mini-camp session, which is the exact … More

Johnny Manziel doesn't need the Browns to keep him under lock and key. A few interviews aren't going to sink his nascent career. (USA TODAY Sports)

Johnny Manziel doesn't need the Browns to keep him under lock and key. A few interviews aren't going to sink his nascent career. (USA TODAY Sports)

The NFL In the Future Tense

The following is a fax I received from myself one year from now. Things must be bad. They’re using fax and print headlines again. Wow, I do not think anyone expected the 2014-15 NFL season to be that crazy. I … More

Andrew Luck's 19th century look could be a highlight of the 2014-15 season.

Andrew Luck's 19th century look could be a highlight of the 2014-15 season.

Chasing the Big Fish

I understand this is the apparently agreed-upon way in which journalists extract sensitive information from locker rooms and front offices, but one of the many problems with attributing knowledge to “sources” or the equally cryptic “league sources” is not that … More

Why do NFL teams keep trying to hire big-name, out-of-practice coaches like Jon Gruden (above) and Bill Cowher? (USA TODAY Sports)

Why do NFL teams keep trying to hire big-name, out-of-practice coaches like Jon Gruden (above) and Bill Cowher? (USA TODAY Sports)

This Is How You Lose Them

If you’re a Cleveland Browns fan, the future is what pulls you along. The past is littered with discouraging and inconvenient memories, and the present, except for the odd surprise win, is usually not much to look at. Either you … More

Rob Chudzinski's coaching stint with the Browns is ended before he got a chance to build anything of consequence. (USA TODAY Sports)

Rob Chudzinski's coaching stint with the Browns is ended before he got a chance to build anything of consequence. (USA TODAY Sports)

Coming Up Short

Joe Haden was upset after the Browns’ late-game loss to the Jaguars, doubly so for having given up the game-winning play, biting on a double move that allowed Cecil Shorts III to get behind him and into the end zone. … More

Joe Haden is in his fourth season and doesn't yet know NFL success. The constant failure is getting to him. (USA TODAY Sports)

Joe Haden is in his fourth season and doesn't yet know NFL success. The constant failure is getting to him. (USA TODAY Sports)