- Browns interview Ben McAdoo, hire Drew Petzing as tight ends coach (ohio.com) - New Browns coach Kevin Stefanski continued to chip away Friday at building his staff, interviewing former New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo and hiring Minnesota Vikings wide receivers coach Drew Petzing to guide the tight ends, a person familiar with the situation confirmed.
- George Paton takes himself out of running for GM role (cleveland.com) - Vikings assistant GM George Paton took himself out of the running for the Browns GM job on Friday afternoon, a league source told cleveland.com. The Browns will now focus their efforts on hiring Eagles Vice President of Football Operations Andrew Berry, who was Browns Vice President of Player Personnel from 2016-18.
- Haslams ‘too hands on, dysfunction of ownership’ a challenge for Cleveland Browns to overcome (WKYC) - The Cleveland Browns have known nothing but change in the front office, on the coaching staff and in the composition of the roster since the Haslam family purchased a controlling stake in the franchise and were approved at an NFL Owners Meeting in Chicago in 2012. That near constant turnover, as no coach has made it through year three and no general manager has reached his third draft with the franchise, is becoming a problem as the Browns once again look for another top front-office executive.
- Eli Manning always chose New York (New York Times) - During 16 seasons as an N.F.L. quarterback, the most visible and pressure-packed position in American sports, Eli Manning, a scion of football royalty, had a historic career reviving the storied N.F.L. franchise with two Super Bowl upset victories over the imperial New England Patriots. Manning, 39, entered the league in 2004 shrouded by the shadow of his accomplished older brother Peyton, who was considered the modern era’s quintessential N.F.L. quarterback.
- From ‘Seeing ghosts’ to ‘Mozart’s paintings’: These are the best quotes of the NFL season (ESPN) - The NFL season is almost over. In nine days we’ll have a Super Bowl champion and the 100th NFL season will be over. From opening night in September to now, 266 regular-season and playoff games have been played and a whole lot of words have been said.