- Mayfield raising expectations and attracting respected coordinators (ESPN) - The optimism machine is in overdrive for the 2019 Cleveland Browns, and none of the principals involved are hiding from it. Quarterback Baker Mayfield said Wednesday night that the hype about 2019 is warranted, and the team’s new coordinators both said they chose to come to Cleveland because of the Browns’ situation.
- A shocking change as Browns hire respected coordinators (cleveland.com) - Not long after Steve Wilks was fired as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, his phone was ringing. Several teams wanted him to interview for their defensive coordinator position. At the Thursday press conference where the Browns introduced their three new coordinators, Wilks explained how he put the Browns at the top of his list.
- Reclamation projects to consider in free agency (DPD) - The Cleveland Browns may not want to sign free agents to lucrative deals in free agency this off-season, but they could take a chance on some players.
- What Cowboys QB Dak Prescott says of naysayers ahead of contract extension talks (USA Today) - A Cowboys front office with a young, talented core has decisions to make as early as this spring. Defensive end Demarcus Lawrence caps off another double-digit sack year after playing on the franchise tag. Cornerback Byron Jones emerges from his first Pro Bowl year entering the last season of his rookie deal. Quarterback Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper will be unrestricted free agents in 2020, which also would mark the fifth-year option for running back Ezekiel Elliott. What does all this mean for Prescott as he looks to lock up an extension?
- Marvin Lewis headed to the broadcast booth (Yahoo Sports) - He isn’t currently employed as a coach, so Marvin Lewis is going to give broadcasting a try. The former Cincinnati Bengals head coach will be in the booth for the opening weekend of the Alliance of American Football.
- Jets complete their coaching staff (newyorkjets.com) - Jets head coach Adam Gase has competed his 2019 coaching staff. Gase’s 21-man staff includes the coordinators that have already been announced — Dowell Loggains (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks), Gregg Williams (defensive coordinator) and Brant Boyer (special teams coordinator). Thirteen of the 21 coaches are new to the Jets and eight are returning from last year’s staff.
- Lamar Jackson provides freedom in building Baltimore’s offense (ESPN) - The Baltimore Ravens believe Lamar Jackson will take the necessary steps to improve this offseason, whether it’s tossing the ball around with receivers on his own or working with a throwing coach. Still, the biggest work this offseason will come from the front office and new general manager Eric DeCosta. Their challenge is building an offense around Jackson’s unique skill set.