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#1780057 - 07/31/20 07:38 PM Browns News & Notes:
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News & Notes: What Kevin Stefanski stressed in 1st team meeting

https://www.clevelandbrowns.com/news/news-notes-what-kevin-stefanski-stressed-in-1st-team-meeting


Most, if not all Browns players, were in their own "bubbles" as Kevin Stefanski addressed them virtually Tuesday during the team's first meeting of 2020 training camp.

Though the Browns have gone above and beyond to ensure the bubble they've created at the team's facility in Berea provides the safest possible environment for preventing the spread of COVID-19, the players won't be spending all 24 hours of their day inside of it. That's what makes the bubbles they create at their respective residences all the more important as the Browns and NFL hope to be at their healthiest selves when the season kicks off in September.

Stefanski said the team "talked a lot" Tuesday about the importance of responsible behavior outside of the facility.

"To me, it's a shared responsibility," Stefanski said. "It's something that it's not just one person's responsibility to stay on top of. We're really going to be counting on our veterans to show some good leadership here. It's a unique time and I know there's a work-life balance for our players and I completely understand that, but this is such a unique time and they have to take care of their teammates.

"We talk so much about being a good teammate and one of the ways we can a good teammate is when you leave this bubble and go into your own bubble, just making sure that you're making really sound decisions and ultimately you're taking care of your teammates when you do that, your teammates and your coaches."

Stefanski said he's encouraged players to continue those conversations with those who will be closest to them throughout the season. Their actions, too, are just as important.

"It's something all of us are living with and something all of us have to make good choices, make good decisions," Stefanski said. "You just have to do everything in your power to keep yourself and your teammates and their families safe. That's hard. That's not easy for a lot of families, mine included, but you just have to do it. It's the sacrifice that we're making to make sure that we're keeping everyone else safe."

No change

Stefanski said he has not yet talked with David Njoku but stressed the team's stance has not changed on the fourth-year tight end, who recently requested a trade.

"We believe in David, excited to work with him," Stefanski said. "I'll get to finally be in the same room as him this weekend – he's coming in for physicals – and then get out on the field with him Monday. Excited to work with him."

Njoku, a former first-round pick, was sidelined for most of 2019 because of a wrist injury but excelled the previous season, catching 56 passes for 639 yards and four touchdowns. The Browns picked up Njoku's fifth-year option in April to extend his contract through the 2021 season.

Landry on schedule

Stefanski said he would know more in the coming days but continues to be encouraged by the progress of WR Jarvis Landry.

Landry, a five-time Pro Bowler who is coming off a 2019 season in which he set career-highs in receiving yards and yards per catch, underwent hip surgery in February.

"He remains on schedule based on everything he has done post-surgery," Stefanski said.

'Next man up'

Stefanski said he respected the decision of G Drew Forbes, who was placed on the reserve/opt-out list Wednesday. Forbes, a sixth-round pick in 2019, was among those competing for the starting job at right guard.

"There should be competition at a lot of positions, that's the fun part of training camp and I think our guys are eager to compete," Stefanski said. "Drew made a decision. I respect his decision. It's the 'next man up' mentality and we'll see how it all shakes out."



Head coach Kevin Stefanski met with the media via Zoom on July 30, 2020.
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#1780063 - 07/31/20 08:38 PM Re: Browns News & Notes: [Re: GratefulDawg]
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Browns' no-huddle sparks an idea

Cleveland Browns coach Kevin Stefanski told reporters Thursday that the team won't huddle during training camp walk-throughs, a football version of social distancing. That tweak brought to mind a larger adjustment the XFL introduced during its 2020 season, and planned to enhance in future years, until the league filed for bankruptcy in April.

To speed the pace of the game, the XFL initiated a major expansion of wireless communication from a coach's headset to a small speaker in players' helmets. The NFL currently allows it for quarterbacks and defensive signal-callers. But the XFL also used it for some skill-position players and planned to implement it for linemen in 2021.

There is no need for a huddle, of course, if every player hears the playcall at the same time as the quarterback. Conservatively, a team could eliminate at least 100 instances of players gathering close together during each game.

There is no evidence that the NFL gave serious thought to expanding coach-to-player communication as part of its pandemic protocols. Historically, it has been slow to adopt technology on the field. Remember, it still prohibits teams from using their Microsoft Surface Pro tablets to view video on the sideline.

But there is a world of advantages to consider in such an expansion, even if it has to wait until a less chaotic time. According to Sam Schwartzstein, the XFL's former director of football operations, the league was planning multichannel communications in 2021 that would have allowed position coaches to speak only to their players prior to the snap. The XFL also eliminated the cutoff point for communication to help improve the quality of play. (The NFL's cutoff point is with 15 seconds remaining on the play clock.)

"You don't need to make the game harder than it already is," Schwartzstein said. "Coach-to-player communication is definitely the next step. We had just scratched the surface with it."
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#1780118 - 08/01/20 08:52 AM Re: Browns News & Notes: [Re: GratefulDawg]
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I will be honest. I have reached the point where I am not consuming any of this media on new coaches. Every year I go to the opener and I say to myself....I will know in the first half and certainly by the end of the game if this coach is worth a damn.Every single time and I mean every single time, they come out in the opener and I watch them accumulate 8 pre snap penalties in the first half and I know they are going to suck.

Last year was a special type of abomination with the sloppy play but certainly not an outlier. So while I clicked on this link, I saw what it was and did not read it. I will watch and judge for myself if this guy has any idea on what he is doing.

I haven't seen disciplined football since Eric Mangini.....that was literally a decade ago.

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#1780121 - 08/01/20 09:20 AM Re: Browns News & Notes: [Re: GratefulDawg]
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Eric did maintain discipline.
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#1780125 - 08/01/20 09:46 AM Re: Browns News & Notes: [Re: BpG]
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I liked that about managing. That cap'n ran his boat. Not nuts about coach articles; team, please.
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#1780895 - Yesterday at 07:56 AM Re: Browns News & Notes: [Re: GratefulDawg]
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Four Browns Thoughts
https://www.si.com/nfl/browns/news/four-cleveland-browns-thoughts

A few things have come out over the past two days that were worth mentioning, but didn't really demand their own individual stories.

1. Odell Beckham Fallout
Odell Beckham's conversation with the Wall Street Journal was two weeks old when it was published. And since he's currently in Berea working with the team on conditioning, what he said has been treated as something he no longer believes because he isn't opting out this season.

The concerns Beckham raises in that article are no less valid than they were two weeks ago. They might be more valid given the increase in the death count over the past two weeks. Nothing Beckham said seemed like it was about his individual safety, but was speaking about the league and ultimately society as a whole.

Just because Beckham has a huge salary doesn't mean he can't have the concerns of 'regular people'. Plenty go to work because that's their job, but that doesn't mean ethical concerns regarding whether sports and football specifically should be played are invalid. There's nothing about that thought process that's untenable and it really reflects the concerns of many people in this country.

If Beckham has some peace of mind because he believes the team is doing everything they can to keep the players safe, that's great, but it doesn't address the concerns he raises about society as a whole.

2. Organizational Attitude Remains Positive
Whether it's Kevin Stefanski, the team's head coach or general manager Andrew Berry, they really seem to be maintaining a positive attitude, trying to roll with the punches, not allowing any setbacks to get them down, at least publicly.

They've only had three players opt out to this point and two of those are players were in line to potentially start in Drew Forbes and Andrew Billings. Forbes would've at least had a chance to start at right guard, competing with the incumbent Wyatt Teller. Billings was going to have a major role in the defense, was a big addition to their run defense and reducing the overall workload Larry Ogunjobi was going to have this season.

Two positions with excellent depth now may need help from outside the organization. The team has been supportive of the decisions of those players, which is really all they can be in this environment. They may lose more before Thursday's deadline. And they have work to do to improve their roster, but they aren't sweating.

The 80-man roster limit does ensure they options to bring in to try to address the situation. It's just not going to be easy to replace what those players brought to the table.

Damon Harrison is the gold standard at nose. The Browns could look into that spot, but many of the players that are opting out this season are offensive and defensive linemen. Being obese has increased risk with COVID-19 given the potential stress it can put on the heart and lungs in particular. The NFL's athletes that are over 300 pounds are incredibly impressive, but the human body really isn't designed to casually carry that much weight, so that is a concern.

3. Team's Handling of David Njoku
The Browns continue to take the high road with tight end David Njoku in light of his trade demand which he has now rescinded. They want him on the team, so it's not a surprise. He's a big part of their plan, wanting to utilize double tight end sets in their offense at a high rate. They have no interest on rubbing salt in the wound to Njoku, even if it's just to his ego.

Njoku has been immature at times in his career and they need him engaged and positive to maximize his impact on the team. Even while acknowledging he was surprised by the trade demand, Berry noted that Njoku was communicative throughout the process, trying to make it minimize the salacious nature of the story.

Njoku, should he feel attacked and opt to sulk, he could have another nothing year. It's in the best interest for both Njoku as well as the Browns to keep him as positive as possible. The team has really handled this situation well and it might provide some tangible benefits this season.

4. Baker Mayfield Things
When asked about Baker Mayfield, Berry was positive about him. From his efforts to bring the team together in a unique offseason, his own work to transform and improve his body and put in the work necessary to be a great quarterback, Berry was excited about what he can be.

Berry wasn't asked about Mayfield's Instagram post that featured Dr. Stella Immanuel, a doctor that has provided a massive endorsement for hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19. Even if there are people who believe in that drug as an effective treatment, Immanuel's other beliefs have drawn scorn from critics.

From her insistence that vaccines being developed are made from alien DNA and will make people immune to being religious to saying that gynecological conditions are caused by sex with demons that occurs while women sleep, she's not exactly the ideal champion for that particular cause. It will be interesting to see if this comes up with Stefanski or Mayfield himself when he next has a media availability.
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#1780937 - Yesterday at 11:15 AM Re: Browns News & Notes: [Re: GratefulDawg]
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Originally Posted By: GratefulDawg
Berry wasn't asked about Mayfield's Instagram post that featured Dr. Stella Immanuel, a doctor that has provided a massive endorsement for hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19. Even if there are people who believe in that drug as an effective treatment, Immanuel's other beliefs have drawn scorn from critics.

From her insistence that vaccines being developed are made from alien DNA and will make people immune to being religious to saying that gynecological conditions are caused by sex with demons that occurs while women sleep, she's not exactly the ideal champion for that particular cause. It will be interesting to see if this comes up with Stefanski or Mayfield himself when he next has a media availability.


Oh dear Lord.

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#1780971 - Yesterday at 01:16 PM Re: Browns News & Notes: [Re: GratefulDawg]
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Berry wasn't asked about Mayfield's Instagram post that featured Dr. Stella Immanuel, a doctor that has provided a massive endorsement for hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19. Even if there are people who believe in that drug as an effective treatment, Immanuel's other beliefs have drawn scorn from critics.

From her insistence that vaccines being developed are made from alien DNA and will make people immune to being religious to saying that gynecological conditions are caused by sex with demons that occurs while women sleep, she's not exactly the ideal champion for that particular cause. It will be interesting to see if this comes up with Stefanski or Mayfield himself when he next has a media availability.


Two questions and a comment.


Q1: Did that lady really make those claims?

Q2: What did Baker say about her on Instagram?

C: I would like to see Tony Grossi question Baker about this. rofl
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#1780974 - Yesterday at 01:24 PM Re: Browns News & Notes: [Re: Versatile Dog]
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In the PP forum there are links that show she has supported those very beliefs. My guess, although that's all it is, is that the same link Trump posted of this woman was retweeted by him. I am not going to elaborate any further on it because I don't feel this is the proper forum for me to do that.
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#1781000 - Yesterday at 05:28 PM Re: Browns News & Notes: [Re: Versatile Dog]
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Is she right? I only have so much nonsense embracement to go round after all.

I will ignore this until we get some proof.
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#1781012 - Yesterday at 06:44 PM Re: Browns News & Notes: [Re: PitDAWG]
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In the PP forum there are links that show she has supported those very beliefs.


Goodness.
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#1781184 - Today at 06:51 AM Re: Browns News & Notes: [Re: Versatile Dog]
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But what does MKC think? This has to have potential for some "Deep dive" expansive article.

How do the crazies keep getting this attention?
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#1781186 - Today at 07:48 AM Re: Browns News & Notes: [Re: Versatile Dog]
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Berry wasn't asked about Mayfield's Instagram post that featured Dr. Stella Immanuel, a doctor that has provided a massive endorsement for hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19. Even if there are people who believe in that drug as an effective treatment, Immanuel's other beliefs have drawn scorn from critics.

From her insistence that vaccines being developed are made from alien DNA and will make people immune to being religious to saying that gynecological conditions are caused by sex with demons that occurs while women sleep, she's not exactly the ideal champion for that particular cause. It will be interesting to see if this comes up with Stefanski or Mayfield himself when he next has a media availability.


Two questions and a comment.


Q1: Did that lady really make those claims? YES

Q2: What did Baker say about her on Instagram? I'm not on instagram,, so I got no idea

C: I would like to see Tony Grossi question Baker about this. rofl Me also



Edited by Damanshot (Today at 07:49 AM)
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#1781203 - Today at 08:50 AM Re: Browns News & Notes: [Re: Damanshot]
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Originally Posted By: Versatile Dog
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Berry wasn't asked about Mayfield's Instagram post that featured Dr. Stella Immanuel, a doctor that has provided a massive endorsement for hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19. Even if there are people who believe in that drug as an effective treatment, Immanuel's other beliefs have drawn scorn from critics.

From her insistence that vaccines being developed are made from alien DNA and will make people immune to being religious to saying that gynecological conditions are caused by sex with demons that occurs while women sleep, she's not exactly the ideal champion for that particular cause. It will be interesting to see if this comes up with Stefanski or Mayfield himself when he next has a media availability.


Two questions and a comment.


Q1: Did that lady really make those claims? YES

Q2: What did Baker say about her on Instagram? I'm not on instagram,, so I got no idea

C: I would like to see Tony Grossi question Baker about this. rofl Me also



LOL at putting Grossi on the case.
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