Daily Dawg Tags: Cleveland Browns, trust and Jimmy Haslam


Spanning the virtual globe to bring you the latest news about the Cleveland Browns and the NFL – these are your Daily Dawg Tags for Thursday, Dec. 24.

Cleveland Browns:

The Cleveland Browns, trust and Jimmy Haslam

"On the day that Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine announced that quarterback Johnny Manziel was being demoted for failing to act like a professional, the coach made an interesting point about trust. You lose trust in buckets and regain it in drops. While Pettine was referring to the relationship between players and coaches, he could just have easily been talking about the coaching staff and front office, the front office and owner, or the owner and the fans."

2016 NFL Mock Draft: Cleveland Browns select Paxton Lynch

"With two weeks left in the season, the Cleveland Browns have improved their way into the second overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. FanSided released its weekly mock draft, and for the third week in a row the Browns are selecting a different player. A week after choosing Laquon Treadwell out of Ole Miss with the top overall pick, this mock draft has the Browns selecting Paxton Lynch second overall. The Memphis quarterback has emerged as the top quarterback in this year’s draft, but his stock is sure to rise and fall, and possibly rise again leading up to the draft."

Cleveland Browns place Andrew Hawkins on IR

"The Cleveland Browns placed wide receiver Andrew Hawkins on season-ending injured reserve and signed linebacker Jayson DiManche to the roster. The team announced the move on its website. Hawkins joins cornerback Joe Haden as players the Browns have lost his season due to a concussion. Browns players have suffered 12 concussions this season, the second-highest total in the NFL."

Mike Pettine appreciates support from Johnny Manziel and other veterans (NEOMG)

"Coach Mike Pettine appreciates the support from Johnny Manziel and other key veterans who have called for the Browns to keep him, but he also re-iterated it’s a bottom-line business. He said he wasn’t surprised that Manziel called for the Browns to keep the coaching staff and the players, because he believes there’s a mutual respect even though he benched Manziel after the bye week."

Cleveland Browns: Best chance to earn the top pick? (Factory of Sadness)

"The 2015 NFL season is wrapping up. Some teams and fan bases are excited for another run in the playoffs or are pumped up about the possibility of a playoff spot if they are on the bubble. Others unfortunately are again looking forward to this offseason, specifically the NFL draft. With two weeks left in the 2015 NFL season, the Cleveland Browns are one of the favorites to land the top overall pick in the upcoming 2016 NFL Draft."

Cleveland Browns: Late-blooming QB Alex Smith could blaze path for Johnny Manziel (Morning Journal)

"Alex Smith of the Kansas City Chiefs is Exhibit A of a quarterback who struggles early and then gets the chance to flourish when put in the right situation. Two picks before the Browns selected wide receiver Braylon Edwards third overall in 2005, the 49ers made Smith the first overall pick of the draft following a disastrous 2-14 season. He was expected to reverse the fortunes of the team with the worst record in the league and do it quickly."

NFL News:

Tom Coughlin: Odell Beckham Jr. wasn’t only one wrong; he was provoked (ESPN)

"The New York Giants continue to offer strong public support for star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. as the receiver appealed his one-game suspension for his actions during Sunday’s game against theCarolina Panthers. That suspension was upheld, so Beckham won’t play in Sunday’s game in Minnesota and won’t be allowed to practice with the Giants for the rest of this week."

Stedman Bailey released from hospital (FanSided)

"There has been some great news from the NFL on Wednesday, as St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey announced that he had been released from the hospital finally. Back in November, Bailey was shot twice in the head in a very serious gun incident, where he was then taken to the hospital to fight for his life."

The end of pro football in two American cities (MMQB)

"Two voices. One speaking for San Diego, one for St. Louis, after the final home games for the Chargers and Rams—possibly the last NFL games in both cities. (I will give Oakland the same treatment next week, a few days after the Raiders’ final home game of 2015 on Thursday night.) I picked Nick Hardwick, the recently retired stalwart Chargers center, to speak for San Diego on the last game in Qualcomm Stadium. And I chose Joe Buck, the lifelong St. Louisan, to stand up for St. Louis—not about what the possible last game there was like, but about why the city should not be viewed as some NFL doormat."