Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Leadoff with Lee 12.29.15

By @cleeverizon

Rumors of Browns general manager Ray Farmer being fired and head coach Mike Pettine being retain started Monday morning and gained momentum throughout the evening. That also sparked a report that former Packers general manager Ron Wolf has will become consultant for the Browns and the club will hire his son Eliot Wolf as the new general manager.
During a interview with ESPN Monday evening, Wolf said he has spoken with Haslam, but there is no truth right now that he was offered a consulting position by the Browns. In my opinion if they spoke, I'm sure becoming a consultant for the team was talked about and they would rather wait until the end of the season before announcing any changes to avoid any distractions to the team. During yesterday's conference call with Mike Pettine he said he hasn't been given any assurances by owner Jimmy Haslam that he'll return as coach next season. But to according to multiple media reports and sources it seems as if Pettine is safe.

According to another report, if/when Ray Farmer is fired the top candidates would be Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin, Chiefs director of football operations Chris Ballard, and Vikings assistant general manager George Paton.

One last name within the organization to remember is Bill Kuharich, who serves as executive chief of staff. He served as interim general manager when Ray Farmer was suspended for the first four weeks of the season due to text-gate. There are a lot of names floating around right now with silly season ready to start in 6 days.

Pettine was asked about the Johnny Manziel Christmas video and said, "I have not seen it. I'm concerned anytime a player is cast in a bad light." I don't have all the facts with it. "I'm not going to get into it at this time''

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- Just to clarify how this Sunday's games will effect the 2016 NFL draft: 

If the Titans lose next Sunday, they pick 1st in the the draft.

A Titans win and Browns loss and Cleveland will own the 1st pick.

If the Browns lose next Sunday, they will own either the No. 1 or No. 2 pick plus the No. 32 overall pick (first pick in the 2nd round).

- Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott was cited Sunday for driving with a suspended license,failure to control & operating a vehicle without a license. A OSU spokesman said the car accident will not affect Elliott's status for Fiesta Bowl, as he will enter the NFL draft.

Defensive end Joey Bosa has made his decision about entering the draft. During his press conference from Scottsdale,Arizona home of the Fiesta Bowl Bosa stated, “I am just trying to focus on the game right now along with I don't want to take any attention away from the team and be a distraction,”  “I have my decision and you guys will know after the game.”

- Former Major League Baseball player Dave Henderson passed away Sunday after suffering a heart attack. He was 57.  Henderson played 14 seasons in the majors with five teams.The Seattle Mariners (1981-86), Red Sox (1986-87), San Francisco Giants (1987), Oakland Athletics (1988-93) and Kansas City Royals (1994). He hit .258 with 197 home runs and 708 RBIs. He went to the postseason four times with Boston (1986) and Oakland (1988, 1989, 1990) advancing to the World Series all four years. His only All-Star appearance came as a member of the Athletics in 1989. The same year he helped Oakland win its first title in 15 years.

- Famous Harlem Globetrotter Meadowlark Lemon died at the age of 83. He was inducted into the basketball hall of fame in 2003.

- Raiders fullback Marcel Reece has been suspended for the team’s next four games for violating NFL performing enhancing drug policy. A 2016 Pro Bowl selection is no longer eligible to participate in the game.

- With 6,472 career assists, LeBron James is now 22nd in all-time assists (passing Stephon Marbury: 6,471).

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