- Browns coach Kevin Stefanski returns to city that molded him into rising star (ESPN) - Jared Allen didn’t know now-Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski when he arrived to the Minnesota Vikings in 2008 in a trade from the Kansas City Chiefs. But it didn’t take long for him to take notice of the 26-year-old assistant coach.
- How Myles Garrett’s evolution as a leader sparked Cleveland Browns ahead of historic win (Beacon Journal) - When the Browns opened training camp in late July, All-Pro defensive end Myles Garrett reflected on his role and concluded the franchise needed him to take charge as a leader more than ever. Well, Garrett decided one of those opportunities had presented itself last week on the heels of disappointing defensive performance in a 31-21 win over the Houston Texans.
- Greedy Williams and Denzel Ward will face one of their stiffest tests of the season vs. Vikings (cleveland.com) - The Browns picked the wrong week to lose starting cornerback Greg Newsome II to a calf injury. They’re up against one of the NFL’s hottest offenses in the Vikings’ third-ranked unit, a top-five quarterback in Kirk Cousins, and two of the most dangerous receivers in Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen.
- Browns handling of Jedrick Wills injury slightly concerning (Browns Wire) - The Cleveland Browns current decisions surrounding left tackle Jedrick Wills is one that deserves more scrutiny.
- Tennessee Titans’ Julio Jones, A.J. Brown ruled out for Week 4 vs. New York Jets (tennessean.com) - Tennessee Titans star receivers A.J. Brown and Julio Jones have been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets.
- Are Teddy Bridgewater and the Broncos for real? (The Ringer) - Denver is 3-0 … but the opponents it’s played so far are 0-9. Can the Broncos keep their hot start going, or are they just the beneficiaries of a favorable early-season schedule?
- Urban Meyer calls Jaguars’ heartbreaking 24-21 Thursday night loss to Bengals sickening (jacksonville.com) - Urban Meyer appeared emotionally drained after watching his players battle for 60 minutes Thursday night against the Cincinnati Bengals and still didn’t bring home the prize — a win.
- It’s up, and it’s … good?: Why teams don’t try more long field goals (New York Times) - Kickers, kicking techniques and playing conditions have all improved, but the downsides of coming up short still discourage coaches from challenging the record.