The Cleveland Browns seem to have usurped the New England Patriots as the team most in the NFL's bad books.
The Browns could be set to be severely punished by Roger Goodell and the National Football League after the league has investigated whether or not general manager Ray Farmer and other team executives are guilty of texting the coaches during games and demanding they run certain plays.
That is a big old violation of league rules, which limit the types of electronic communications that players, coaches and other team officials can use during games.
Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports that multiple league sources say a suspension, the loss of a draft pick and a fine are all on the table. Simultaneously.
"Farmer is facing a multigame suspension -- as many as three or four games -- and the Browns are facing the loss of a draft pick if the probe, conducted by in-house NFL executives, shows that Farmer acted improperly," Kabot wrote.
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Browns Are A Mess
It is believed that this is probably the main reason why Kyle Shanahan decided to leave the Browns in the off-season. Not the fact that he had to work with Johnny Manziel - the two actually got on well - nor was it the fact that Josh Gordon would be suspended yet again or that he has no star running back.
No, in the multitude of reasons Shanahan could have used to leave Cleveland, it was the amount of meddling from above by the GM Farmer and even owner Jimmy Haslam.
Apparently Haslam demanded Manziel be brought in to the starting quarterback position as soon as possible as the owner had been the one to choose to draft the former Texas A&M star.
In fact, the GM Farmer and team president Alec Scheiner actually watch game film with head coach Mike Pettine and break it down with him, giving their input into the game. Scheiner is a lawyer and Farmer lasted just two years in the NFL and has never coached at any level just so you all know.
"Jimmy is way too hands on," said one team source to CBS Sports. "He's like Jerry Jones, only without the football knowledge. There's tension between Alec and Pettine... The guys on the business side want to run football operations. The GM wants to coach the team and have input on play calling. Jimmy calls the shots, and everyone is afraid of him with that quick trigger finger."
Sorry Browns fans, the factory of sadness just keeps on producing bad news.
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