Browns fire GM, will keep 1-27 Hue Jackson as HC in 2018


The 0-12 Cleveland Browns have fired General Manager Sashi Brown. “We have great appreciation and gratitude for Sashi’s commitment and leadership to our organization but believe transitioning to someone with strong experience and success in drafting and building consistently winning football teams is critical to the future of the Cleveland Browns,” Owner Jimmy Haslam said in a statement. “Today we informed Sashi that we were going in a new direction. The 2018 draft and offseason is pivotal for our franchise, we need to ensure that we maximize our opportunity for success; with our picks, free agency and building our roster. An even bigger head scratcher from the Browns announcement is that Hue Jackson who is 1-27 in his career as Browns coach will return in 2018. “Hue Jackson will remain our coach and will return for the 2018 season but we feel it is necessary to take significant steps toRead More »

Steelers to sign Breaston, release Cotchery?


Jason LaCanfora of calls the Pittsburgh Steelers a favorite to sign 29 year old receiver Steve Breaston. The Steelers are meeting with Breaston’s representatives today in Indianapolis and offensive coordinator Todd Haley continues to push hard for a possible reunion with Breaston who had 61 receptions in 2011 under Haley and a career best 1,006 receiving yards in 2008 with the Arizona Cardinals, Haley’s last season in Arizona as offensive coordinator. The buzz in Indianapolis regarding the Steelers and Breaston is that Jerricho Cotchery’s future with the team could be tied to Breaston. Rumblings are Cotchery will be released were the Steelers to sign Breaston. Cotchery failed to become much of a fit in Haley’s system last season after a promising year in 2011, coming up with clutch plays and surpassing Hines Ward on the depth chart that season. While there are some signs that the Steelers might beRead More »

Post-Game Buzz: As Steelers finish 8-8, Foote believes he’s put enough on film this season to return in 2013, if Steelers want him


POST-GAME BUZZ By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers secured a 24-10 season-ending victory against the Cleveland Browns Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field by running the ball hard, passing it efficiently and forcing turnovers on defense, things they didn’t do consistently throughout a year that ended with an 8-8 record. That mark wasn’t good enough to qualify for the AFC playoffs, and it was the second time in four seasons that didn’t happen for Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. “Obviously, we’ve experienced some professional disappointment in the big picture,” Tomlin said during his post-game press conference. “But in the small picture, we had a game to play today, and a game to prepare for today and win. (So), it was a good winning note for us and a good team effort.” There were contributions from several players on both sides of the ball, but none were bigger than Cortez Allen.Read More »

NFL: Wannstedt in the mix with 4 NFL teams for defensive coordinator position


Chargers expressing strong interest Former Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt is not expected to stick around in an administrative role with the university. Wannstedt is actively looking to get back into the NFL ranks and has drawn early interest from a handful of teams, including strong interest from the San Diego Chargers.

Steelers playoff hopes sacked by lowly Browns


Steelers lose fifth straight game Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin promised changes following the Steelers embarrassing 27-24 loss to the Oakland Raiders in week 13 but Thursday night it was more of the same as the Steelers playoff hopes were dashed by the 2-11 Cleveland Browns. The Browns handed the Super Bowl champions their fifth straight loss, defeating the Steelers 13-6 for their first win against Pittsburgh since 2003. The win for Cleveland was their Super Bowl, while barring an foreseen miracle, the Steelers title defense is all but over before the playoffs even started. After a 6-2 start, the Steelers stunning collapse in the second half of the season has happened at the hands of three of the worst teams {Oakland, Cleveland, Kansas City} in the AFC, who have a combined record of 9-28. “We’ve found new and different ways to not rise up at critical moments andRead More »

Tuesday Practice Report: Ike Taylor and William Gay took plenty of reps with the first-team defense


By Inside Pittsburgh Sports PITTSBURGH _The mood these days in the Steelers’ locker room reflects the team’s state of affairs. “Gloomy,” tackle Willie Colon said. A four-game losing streak and a 6-6 record is obviously reason for disappointment. So, too, is the announcement from coach Mike Tomlin that he may shake up the lineup. But according to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, it’s time to move past Sunday’s embarrassing 27-24 loss to the Oakland Raiders and start focusing on getting back on track.

Wednesday Notebook: No linebacker controversy in Pittsburgh


Starting in place of Lawrence Timmons Monday night, inside linebacker Keyaron Fox led the Steelers with 9 total tackles including 8 solo tackles against the Broncos Fox drew praise from head coach Mike Tomlin following the game and again on Tuesday at Tomlin’s weekly press conference. “Guys like James Farrior and Keyaron Fox really created a lot of disruption,” Tomlin said. Even though neither guy registered a sack, they created disruption. They broke the pocket down. Guys did a nice job complementing that with solid coverage on the back end, and as the evening wore on we were able to gain a significant advantage in that regard.” There is some thought around the Steelers that Keyaron Fox is a better fit for the Steelers system, playing a Larry Foote kind of role but the coaching staff doesn’t see it that way and neither do I. According to sources, when healthyRead More »

Week 6 Scouting Report: Steelers vs Browns


BROWNS (1-4) at STEELERS (3-2) 1 p.m. at Heinz Field (65,050) in Pittsburgh Playing surface: Natural grass TV COVERAGE CBS (locally KDKA-TV, Channel 2) Kevin Harlan, play-by-play; Solomon Wilcots, analysis RADIO Steelers Radio Network (WDVE-FM, 102.5, WBGG-AM, 970; WBVP-AM, 1230, WMBA-AM, 1460) Bill Hillgrove, play-by-play; Tunch Ilkin, analysis; Craig Wolfley, sideline reporter SERIES HISTORY

NFL: Mangini announces open quarterback competition for Browns


Questionable moves continue for the Cleveland Browns under new head coach Eric Mangini. There has been speculation that Mangini isn’t very high on young quarterback Brady Quinn and today that notion became true According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, The open quarterback competition between Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn officially has begun, Browns coach Eric Mangini said at the NFL owners meetings this morning. The Plain Dealer reports, the prospect of trading one still exists, Mangini said he met with both quarterbacks prior to coming here and explained they will have an open competition for the starting job in 2009. “I talked to both of them about that and was very clear,” Mangini said. “I said if they have any questions they can come and see me. In terms of the competition and their opportunities. That’s what I told them. They understand that.”

NFL: Browns only have two untouchables


The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the only two players that are considered untouchable are offensive tackle Joe Thomas and linebacker D’Qwell Jackson. Thomas was the third overall pick of the 2007 and has been selected to two straight Pro Bowls, while Jackson was the NFL’s leading tackler in 2008. The Browns are believed to be interested in moving