Browns Fantasy News

Browns hire Todd Haley as offensive coordinator

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 12:25pm

Cleveland.com - [Full Article]

Former Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley, who didn't have his contract renewed by the Steelers last week, has been hired by the Browns as the first offensive coordinator under Hue Jackson, a league source told cleveland.com.

Haley, 50, is expected to call plays under Jackson because of his vast experience in that role. He'll also have an opportunity to coach a new rookie quarterback such as Sam Darnold or Josh Rosen, who are candidates for the Browns at No. 1 overall.

Fantasy Impact:

The Steelers' offense has finished in the top 10 in both yards gained and points scored in each of the last four seasons. Coordinators with that sort of track record aren't typically available for a lateral move like this, so it's a good hire for the Browns.

Packers hire Mike Pettine as defensive coordinator

Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 10:16am

Packers News - [Full Article]

Mike McCarthy’s search to fill his vacant defensive coordinator’s job ended suddenly after nine days when the Green Bay Packers coach chose former Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine to succeed Dom Capers.

Pettine, 51, was out of football in 2016 after compiling a 10-22 record in two seasons as coach of the Cleveland Browns and spent this past season as a defensive consultant with the Seattle Seahawks.

McCarthy had interest in Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, but it appears Fangio is going to stick with the Bears. He also asked for permission to speak with Los Angeles Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, but never got to interview him. Bradley agreed to return to the Chargers Tuesday night.

Along the way to his head-coaching job, Pettine was part of some of the NFL’s top defenses. From ’09-12, the Jets ranked 1st, 3rd, 5th and 8th in overall defense. Ryan received most of the credit for the Jets’ great defenses, but a Cleveland.com story said that Ryan turned over much of the responsibility of the defense to Pettine after the 2009 season.

In 2013, after Pettine went to Buffalo, the Bills ranked 10th in defense.

Fantasy Impact:

As the story mentioned, Pettine's defenses in New York and Buffalo all ranked top 10 in yards allowed, though they were 20th in points allowed in three straight seasons (two in New York and one in Buffalo). There may be some growing pains along the way, but this looks like a good hire for Green Bay.

Browns to stick with Hue Jackson as head coach

Sunday, December 31, 2017, 6:01pm

Mary Kay Cabot on Twitter - [Full Article]

Browns Jim Haslam reiterated Hue Jackson will be back in 2018.

Fantasy Impact:

Even after a season with no wins, the Browns have two first round picks and the re-emergence of Josh Gordon at WR to build on in the offseason. But the team desperately needs a quarterback. DeShone Kizer didn't really give the team reason to be optimistic, so it's possible the Browns use one of their first rounders on another signal caller.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 6:01pm

Browns RB Matthew Dayes (knee, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 17.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 6:01pm

Browns RB Isaiah Crowell (shoulder, ribs) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week. Crowell was removed from the injury report so he’ll play against the Steelers, who are resting their stars.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 6:01pm

Browns WR Sammie Coates (shoulder) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 6:01pm

Steelers WR Antonio Brown (calf, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 17. JuJu Smith-Schuster and Martavis Bryant will pick up the slack against the Browns. Landry Jones will be under center, so this isn’t as great of a spot as it otherwise would be if Ben Roethlisberger were playing.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 6:01pm

Browns RB Dan Vitale (groin, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 17.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 6:01pm

Browns RB Duke Johnson (shoulder) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week.

Report: Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger and RB LeVeon Bell to sit Week 17

Thursday, December 28, 2017, 4:16pm

Tim Benz - [Full Article]

According to a tweet by Steelers beat writer Joe Rutter, both Bell and Roethlisberger will miss this week's game versus the Cleveland Browns, according to Steelers' OT Marcus Gilbert.

Fantasy Impact:

With Antonio Brown already out, that means the Steelers will be without their No. 1 RB, No. 1 WR, and starting QB.

JuJu Smith-Schuster and Martavis Bryant will be the team's top WRs, with Roosevelt Nix and Stevan Ridley mixing in at RB, with Landry Jones taking over at QB.

Friday, December 22, 2017, 5:37pm

Browns TE Randall Telfer (knee) took full practice reps again Friday.

Friday, December 22, 2017, 5:37pm

Bears TE Adam Shaheen (chest, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 16. Shaheen will be a decent dart throw if he’s able to play against the Browns.

Friday, December 22, 2017, 5:37pm

Browns WR Matt Hazel (hamstring, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 16.

Friday, December 22, 2017, 5:37pm

Browns RB Duke Johnson (shoulder) took full practice reps again Friday. Johnson will be fine to face the Bears.

Friday, December 22, 2017, 5:37pm

Browns RB Isaiah Crowell (shoulder) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week. Crowell was removed from the injury report so he should be fine to play against the Bears.

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