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Browns analyst for and ESPN 850 WKNR and 1540 KNR2. Analyst on SportsTimeOhio. Author, husband and father of two. — Extra Points ... * Mike Pettine said holding Kyle Shanahan to his contract was discussed, but he and management decided to take the high road and let him jump ship. "It was something we didn't want ... to drag out," Pettine said. "It's very hard to win in the NFL when everybody truly wants to be there. — Hey Joe: What I've seen of the reporting on this story has been incomplete. What I know is that there were non-football personnel texting disparaging remarks about coaching decisions, play-calls and use of players to each other during games. It was like two fans holding texting conversations during games. — Shanahan had a previously scheduled interview for the Buffalo Bills head coach position on Thursday and had expressed unhappiness with pressure from non-football executives to play quarterback Johnny Manziel, according to a report by — The Browns nearly traded Gordon prior to the 2013 league deadline, but they refrained from giving him up for less than a first-round draft pick. National reports have said that owner Jimmy Haslam blocked a trade to San Francisco. A source said that deal would have brought the Browns a starting-caliber player and a second-round draft choice. — Coach Mike Pettine said, "I'm very happy for our players that have received the recognition of being named to the Pro Bowl because they are deserving of the honor. They have each worked extremely hard this season and have been great examples for their teammates. — Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins delivered an impassioned explanation of why he wore a T-shirt in pre-game introductions Sunday to protest the recent shootings of a boy and man in separate police incidents in Ohio. Hawkins donned a shirt that read "Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford" on the front and "The Real Battle for Ohio" on the back. — Hartley, 38, kicked for the dome-based Saints sporadically from 2008 to 2013. He missed the 2011 season with a hip injury. In 57 games, Hartley made 82 of 101 field goal tries and 176 of 177 PATs. He was released by the Saints on Dec. — By Tony Grossi Extra Points ... No harm, no foul: Johnny Manziel disputed the facts of the reported "brawl" involving him, his roommate and an overzealous fan. — By Tony Grossi The Morning Kickoff ... Stars and planets aligning: I have this theory about Brian Hoyer's storybook season - and yes, when you're the quarterback of a Browns team that is 7-4 and in the thick of the AFC North division race, then that qualifies as a storybook season. — Extra Points ... Next men up (cont.): Free safety Tashaun Gipson has a torn medial collateral ligament and potentially damage to the posterior collateral ligament. The possible multiple injuries to the knee means Gipson probably will be lost for the rest of the season.
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Jan 25, 2015

#HeyTony: Can Brian Hoyer & Johnny Manziel co-exist a 2d year? And would the #Browns want that?…

Jan 24, 2015

Just heard about passing of Paul Needell. What a sweet, sweet man. R.I.P. And thoughts and prayers to his family.

Jan 24, 2015

"@RobMTedesco how could you have thought Trich was good? // What a stupid I am. I thought 950y & 11 TD were good.

Jan 24, 2015

"@WFNYScott How did Swagger grade out in Year 1? // Hit the rookie wall in Dec.

Jan 24, 2015

"@Axegrinder_Mark we can we start signing free agents ? // Free agency starts March 10.

Jan 24, 2015

I'm taking 5 #Browns questions right now. They can be bad ones. Go.

Jan 24, 2015

Belichick making mockery of Deflategate. Classic.

Jan 24, 2015

"@bbrock8123 how satisfying can it possibly be to be a browns beat reporter? Spinning same wheel forever? // It is the cross I bear.

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