Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns will try to re-group on their home field Thursday, as they host the Bengals less than a week after an embarrassing season-opening loss in Baltimore. And they'll have 6,000 fans in the stands cheering for a win. WKSU’s sports commentator Terry Pluto said the team has some work to do. 

The Cleveland Browns begin the NFL season Sunday. The team has had little time to get adjusted under new coach Kevin Stefanski because of the pandemic. WKSU’s sports commentator Terry Pluto said the Browns face a tough opening game against the defending AFC North Champion Baltimore Ravens on the road.

Two teams, two different levels of consistency

Up to 6,000 people will be allowed to attend each of the Browns two home games in September. The same limit was set for two Cincinnati Bengals home games. 

Gov. Mike DeWine on Saturday  announced the exemption for Ohio’s two NFL teams from a statewide health order for sporting events. Under that Aug. 19 order, attendance at outdoor stadiums was limited to 1,500 people or 15% of capacity, whichever is less. First Energy Stadium can hold about 68,000 people.

Updated: 5:33 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020

Professional sports became a bigger arena for fighting racism and social injustice in 2020 and the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and Browns are joining the fight.

The trio is creating a sports alliance to address social injustices in Northeast Ohio, the three teams announced Thursday morning in joint press release. The alliance will focus on improving the relationship between law enforcement and citizens, encouraging voter turnout and increasing equal opportunities for quality education in Cleveland.

Ohio State defensive end Chase Young rushes the Northwestern quarterback during the second half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, in Evanston, Ill.
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Ohio State was well represented in the first round of the NFL Draft last night.

Former Buckeyes quarterback and Athens native Joe Burrow was the top overall pick by the Cincinnati Bengals, followed by Buckeye defensive end Chase Young to Washington and defensive back Jeff Okuda to the Detroit Lions. 

The NFL draft will go forward Thursday in a virtual format because of COVID-19 concerns. The Browns have the 10th pick. WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto says the Browns have one offensive line position to fill to complete their "quarterback-centric" approach. 


The Cleveland Browns Wednesday will introduce their new general manager. Andrew Berry, 32, becomes the youngest GM in NFL history, and the league’s second current African-American to hold the position. WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto says the Browns’ front office now has three Ivy League graduates.

The Cleveland Browns reached an agreement with Andrew Berry to become their new general manager and executive vice president, according to the Associated Press, bringing him back to the club where he served as vice president of player personnel from 2016 to 2018. 

At 32, Berry becomes the youngest GM in the National Football League and will have control over the team's 53-man roster. Berry is also the second, current African-American GM in the NFL, joining Miami’s Chris Grier. 

In A Flashback To 2019, Browns Announce Another New Head Coach

Jan 14, 2020

You may have heard this one before: The Cleveland Browns have a new head coach.

The team introduced Kevin Stefanski, 37, as the team's latest leader Tuesday afternoon — the 18th full-time head coach in team history and sixth full-time head coach since Jimmy and Dee Haslam bought the team in 2012. 

Stefanski comes to the Browns after one full season as the Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator and 14 seasons with the Vikings organization. 

The Cleveland Browns have picked Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski as the new head coach, the 18th full-time head coach in franchise history.

Stefanski, 37, was reportedly the favorite of Browns Chief Strategy Officer Paul DePodesta in last year's search for a head coach. After the Browns fired General Manager John Dorsey two days after Kitchens was dismissed, DePodesta was put in charge of this year's search.

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at the Bounce Innovation Hub, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Akron, Ohio.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss what to expect in Democratic politics, with the March primary election less than 10 weeks away. Democratic strategist Derrick Clay joins the show.

The Cleveland Browns are looking for their sixth head coach and sixth general manager under owner Jimmy Haslam. And the jobs are becoming less desirable with each passing year. WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto says Haslam is yet again changing his approach after firing Freddie Kitchens and John Dorsey at the end of the 6-10 season.

A Cleveland Browns helmet is seen before an NFL football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018 in Pittsburgh.
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The Cleveland Browns have been "brownsing" pretty hard in recent months. This could be bad news for a team much closer to home, now that the Columbus Crew shares the same ownership.

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam says the team will hire a new head coach first, then allow the coach to have a say in who is hired as general manager after the firings of coach Freddie Kitchens and GM John Dorsey earlier this week. 

 Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens walks on the field in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Cleveland.
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The Cleveland Browns are once again searching for a new head coach. After leading the Browns to a 6 - 10 season, Freddie Kitchens is out of the role he held for less than a year.

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