Browns coach Mike Pettine visited Johnny Manziel in the treatment facility the quarterback checked into last month to let him know the team is proud he decided to seek help and he has the Browns’ support.
“He’s in a much better place now than before he went in,” Pettine said Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine. “He’s very determined to come out of it in a much better way.”
Despite that support, Pettine acknowledged the Browns are looking for other options at quarterback.
“It’s a position we’re going to look to address,” he said. “All options are on the table.”
Given the importance of the position, the Browns are wise (yes, wise) to continue to try to add talent at quarterback. Manziel still may turn into a capable starter, but at this point the franchise can't count on that happening.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 3:28pm
Browns writer Tony Grossi: Bumped into former Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner and one of the more depressing things he related was that Charles Johnson is “far and away our best receiver” on the Minnesota Vikings.
Johnson started playing significant snaps in Week 11, and over the final seven games of the season, he averaged 3.6 catches for 59 yards and 0.29 touchdowns. He was the #31 fantasy receiver in that span. He should continue to have plenty of opportunity to grow in Norv Turner's offense.
Gordon is serving his third NFL-imposed ban for violating the league's substance-abuse policy -- this time for a minimum of one year. He played just five games in 2014 after missing the first 10 games for failing a drug test last spring. The club also suspended him for the season finale for missing a walk-through.
Haslam was asked directly if the team planned to cut Gordon. The owner said the length of the suspension gives them time to decide his fate with the franchise.
"That's a decision that we will need to look at make a certain point," Haslam said. "He's out for a year so there's no huge hurry. We'll address that at the proper time."
Gordon is a tremendous talent, but has been unable to follow the league's strict substance abuse rules. He's out for the year, so he's not on the redraft radar unless something drastic happens.
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said Wednesday that he still firmly believes Johnny Manziel can be a successful NFL starter if he gets his act together off the field.
"Absolutely,'' said Haslam in a 50-minute meeting with Browns beatwriters. "I ask that question a lot to our football people -- as recently as today. 'Do we still think he can be a starter in the NFL?' And the answer is consistently yes. I don't have the ability to judge that. I don't have that kind of technical expertise. Now, he's got to get himself straightened out and you've got to do that on the field, but yes.''
We'll see if the Browns do anything in the offseason via the draft or free agency to upgrade the position. Actions speak louder than words, especially during the spring and summer.
Bengals.com writer Geoff Hobson on the team's TE situation: It looks like there is a very good possibility they won’t re-sign Jermaine Gresham, but it’s not a pass catcher they need to replace. They’ve got that in Tyler Eifert. They’re going to need a big guy that can block the tall, lean, big pass rushers like Terrell Suggs. Gresham did a good job with that and I suspect they’ll have an easier time finding that guy in free agency rather than the draft. The guy won’t be the target that Gresham is, but they’ll still be able to play double tight end sets.
If Gresham is out of the way, Eifert should be a nice late-round pick provided he can stay healthy. He has good size and speed, and showed pretty good hands as a rookie. He only played about 60 percent of the snaps in 2013, and averaged 0.14 FP (PPR) per snap. Extrapolate the same production to 90 percent of the snaps (which is typical for a starting tight end), and Eifert shouldn't have any problem posting top 15 numbers. With solid improvement, he could very well be this year's Jordan Cameron (2013) or Travis Kelce (2014).
"Johnny knows there are areas in which he needs to improve in order to be a better family member, friend and teammate, and he thought the offseason was the right time to take this step," Beckworth said.
The quarterback is expected to be in rehab at least a few weeks, but the amount of time depends largely on what doctors recommend, according to a source close to Manziel.
The quarterback is voluntarily entering treatment as a direct result of his lifestyle away from the field, and he informed people in his circle last week that he wants to "figure out his value system," a source said.
This is a mature move by the normally immature Manziel. It's a good sign for his future that he's taking a look at his life and trying to "figure out his value system." To make it in the NFL, he's going to need to act like a professional, and this is a good first step.
Sunday, February 1, 2015, 4:43pm
Gordon reportedly flunked the test due to alcohol, not marijuana. Regardless, Gordon's value in dynasty/keeper leagues takes a serious hit. We'll wait for confirmation on the suspension, but it's not looking good.
49ers gave Eric Mangini a 3-year deal to be their defensive coordinator.
Mangini was the DC for the Patriots in 2005, and they finished 25th in yards and 17th in points allowed. He spent the next five years as the head coach of the Jets and the Browns, and his defenses averaged a rank of 21.8 in yards and 15.4 in points allowed over that span. He spent the last two seasons as the 49ers' tight ends coach.
Sunday, January 18, 2015, 1:54pm
Saturday, January 10, 2015, 7:15pm
The Cleveland Browns' tradition of change continues, as a team source told ESPN.com Thursday that offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains will not return next season.
Shanahan resigned and Loggains was fired, according to a league source.
Sources familiar with the situation said the split was caused because the pair did not see eye to eye with the front office about quarterback Johnny Manziel. The front office wants Manziel to be the starter, and the source said the coaches do not believe they can win with him.
Shanahan felt the decision to start Manziel was forced on the coaching staff, and that the yearlong insistence to play him when he wasn't ready wore on Shanahan, the team source said.
It's interesting to hear that Manziel's future was the reason for the divorce. Despite the Browns' offensive struggles down the stretch, Shanahan is a hot name around the league and won't have a problem finding employment for next season.
In desperate need of a feature back with Le'Veon Bell's immediate future uncertain, the Steelers are working out former Texans, Vikings and Browns running back Ben Tate, ESPN reported Tuesday morning.
If the visit goes well, they are expected to sign the 26-year-old, once thought to be the best running back on the open market back in March.
Some inside the Steelers organization are doubtful that Bell will make an appearance on Saturday in prime time against the Ravens, which would make the need for an all-purpose back like Tate that much greater, the story said. The piece went on to say that in some respects, this is the ideal opportunity Tate has been waiting for. Just like former Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount knows, strong playoff performances can change perception, and after getting cut by two teams in less than a year, Tate is longing for that opportunity. The Ravens do present a tough matchup however, as they are ranked third in allowing fantasy points to RBs.
- Page 1