1. Cleveland Browns: A Coach's Way to Fix the Offense

    The offense has stumbled and struggled. The passing game is inconsistent and the running game fails to get critical yardage. There are a number of things that can and must be done to fix the offense...

    Bill Smith Written by Bill Smith about over 1 year ago 832 reads 47 comments

  2. Cleveland Browns: Pat Shurmur Should Be Fired During the Team's Bye Week

    Coach Pat Shurmur should not be allowed to coach the rest of the season. If new owner Jimmy Haslam has any regard for the feelings of the fans and the team, he needs to fire Pat Shurmur immediately...

    Bill Smith Written by Bill Smith about over 1 year ago 3,686 reads 121 comments

  3. Cleveland Browns: 2013 Defensive Draft Needs

    The 2012 draft produced several key defensive players that have helped the Cleveland Browns . The front office did a great job signing several key undrafted rookie free agents that look promising as well...

    Bill Smith Written by Bill Smith about almost 2 years ago 3,438 reads 40 comments

  4. Cleveland Browns 2013 Offensive Draft Needs

    I doubt the Cleveland Browns bring on a veteran offensive guard, wide receiver or free safety like I suggested yesterday. If they don’t, those needs will be among the top for the 2013 draft...

    Bill Smith Written by Bill Smith about almost 2 years ago 3,827 reads 76 comments

  5. Cleveland Browns 2013 Free Agency Needs and Prospects

    The Browns 2013 offseason will be the most important in the history of the franchise. New owner Jimmy Haslam brings all Browns fans renewed hope for a brighter future...

    Bill Smith Written by Bill Smith about almost 2 years ago 6,850 reads 113 comments

  6. Cleveland Browns: The 2012 Plan for a Road to Future Super Bowls

    I believe that the best thing that has happened to the Cleveland Browns is the new owner Jimmy Haslam . He is an accomplished businessman and I have full confidence in him...

    Bill Smith Written by Bill Smith about almost 2 years ago 868 reads 3 comments

  7. Why the Browns Crumbled After Fast Start—What It Says About the Team

    Things could not have been going better. The Giants fumbled on their first possession and the Browns scored. Then the Browns took a 14-point lead with the pass to Josh Gordon...

    Bill Smith Written by Bill Smith about almost 2 years ago 362 reads 20 comments

  8. Brandon Weeden: Is He a Future Franchise QB?

    The Cleveland Browns are in desperate need of quarterback for the future. They invested a first-round pick in Brandon Weeden , and are now hoping he'll have more success than Colt McCoy at the position...

    Bill Smith Written by Bill Smith about almost 2 years ago 2,913 reads 186 comments

  9. Browns: Should Jimmy Haslam Retain GM Tom Heckert?

    One of the critical decisions that will face new Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is whether he should retain GM Tom Heckert . It's a difficult choice, because up to now Heckert has been managed by team president Mike Holmgren...

    Bill Smith Written by Bill Smith about almost 2 years ago 733 reads 7 comments

  10. Cleveland Browns: Should Mike Holmgren Be Retained by Jimmy Haslam?

    On Dec. 20, 2009, prior to Mike Holmgren being named team president, I wrote an article entitled Is Holmgren the answer to the Browns problems? I started the article this way: ...

    Bill Smith Written by Bill Smith about almost 2 years ago 1,523 reads 73 comments

  11. Cleveland Browns: Jimmy Haslam's First Move Should Be to Fire Pat Shurmur

    Jimmy Haslam will face many issues when he takes power after the NFL vote on Oct. 16. One of the most significant issues is what to do about head coach Pat Shurmur . For several reasons, I believe that Shurmur should be dismissed...

    Bill Smith Written by Bill Smith about almost 2 years ago 4,546 reads 125 comments

  12. New Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam Has Only Two Options

    NEWS FLASH—The Browns are not going to make the playoffs any time soon. After you recover from the news, give this some thought...

    Bill Smith Written by Bill Smith about almost 2 years ago 2,119 reads 72 comments

  13. Is Mike Holmgren Committed to a Winning 2012 Browns Season?

    There has been a lot of discussion about how the Browns will play in 2012. I believe this will be the final exam for Mike Holmgren , Tom Heckert and Pat Shurmur...

    Bill Smith Written by Bill Smith about over 2 years ago 689 reads 94 comments

  14. The Browns' Decision—A Coach's View of Colt McCoy vs. Robert Griffin III

    The Cleveland Browns are going to have to decide soon if moving up to get Robert Griffin III is worth the picks that they will have to sacrifice to make the deal...

    Bill Smith Written by Bill Smith about over 2 years ago 2,202 reads 161 comments

  15. Ryan Tannehill: A Coach's Breakdown of QB's Game Ahead of 2012 NFL Draft

    It is clear that the Cleveland Browns have decided that Colt McCoy has not established himself as the QB of the future, let alone a franchise QB. And any trade up by the Browns to get Robert Griffin III will be very costly in terms of draft picks..

    Bill Smith Written by Bill Smith about over 2 years ago 471 reads 0 comments

  16. Robert Griffin III: Who Will Browns Take with Third- and Fourth-Round Pick?

    The Browns can fill a number of holes in the roster in the draft — even if they do make the trade with the Rams for Robert Griffin ...

    Bill Smith Written by Bill Smith about over 2 years ago 323 reads 12 comments

  17. 2012 NFL Draft: Robert Griffin III's Price Tag for the Cleveland Browns

    The Cleveland Browns' roster has more holes than 10 pounds of Swiss cheese. Many fans believe that they need every draft choice we have. Those fans don't want to trade up to get Robert Griffin III...

    Bill Smith Written by Bill Smith about over 2 years ago 945 reads 20 comments

  18. Robert Griffin III: A Coaching Breakdown of His Game

    I am naturally skeptical of anyone that rises as fast as Robert Griffin , and that is particularly true of a QB. However, Griffin was already a top QB on my draft board before the 2011 season...

    Bill Smith Written by Bill Smith about over 2 years ago 237 reads 3 comments

  19. Cleveland Browns' 10-Win 2012 Plan, Step Four: The First Round Draft Picks

    The Colts will take QB Andrew Luck of Stanford. That is a given. I believe that if a franchise QB is on the board when your pick comes up, you should take him. That quality of QB is rare...

    Bill Smith Written by Bill Smith about over 2 years ago 2,101 reads 79 comments

  20. Big Ten Should Discontinue Basketball Because of Terrible Officiating

    Open letter to the NCAA from Big Ten basketball fans: Please excuse any Big Ten officials from duty during the NCAA tournament. Our officials (if you can call them that) are blind, deaf and seemingly unaware of the rules of the game...

    Bill Smith Written by Bill Smith about over 2 years ago 1,476 reads 10 comments

  21. Cleveland Browns' 10-Win Plan: Step 3—Sign Defensive Unrestriced Free Agents

    Given the first two steps toward the Browns winning 10 games in 2012, the team has $16.3 million left under the cap. The team will need about $5 million for signing the drafted rookies...

    Bill Smith Written by Bill Smith about over 2 years ago 1,561 reads 26 comments

  22. Cleveland Browns' 10 Win 2012 Plan Step 2 -- Offensive UFAs to Add

    Let me be clear about the 2012 Cleveland Browns : They can be very competitive in 2012 IF they are willing to dip into the free agency pool in this offseason. I can see the team winning nine or 10 games with a great offseason...

    Bill Smith Written by Bill Smith about over 2 years ago 288 reads 2 comments

  23. Cleveland Browns' 10 Win 2012 Plan Step One: Which UFAs Will They Resign?

    This series of articles is my plan for getting the Browns competitive in 2012. It is possible, but unfortunately, not probable. The team is going to have to step out of their super-conservative skin and get serious about winning...

    Bill Smith Written by Bill Smith about over 2 years ago 594 reads 6 comments

  24. 2012 NFL Free Agents: Predicting What Cleveland Browns Will Do in Free Agency

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. “This is the most critical offseason in the history of the Cleveland Browns .” That may not be true for me, and it might not be true for you...

    Bill Smith Written by Bill Smith about over 2 years ago 8,916 reads 157 comments

  25. Cleveland Browns: A Coach's View of How Close to the Playoffs They Are on O

    Yesterday we reviewed the defense. Now we look at the Browns offense in detail. Anyone who suffered through the Browns' 2011 season knows the year did not go well on the offensive side of the ball...

    Bill Smith Written by Bill Smith about over 2 years ago 1,883 reads 60 comments