Browns fire Pettine and GM, Manziel no-shows meeting

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The Cleveland Browns did in fact play a football game on Sunday, but that’s somewhere near the bottom of Browns-related news on Sunday night.

The Browns lost 28-12 in the season finale to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Following the game, owner Jimmy Haslam announced the team will move on without their GM and head coach, firing both Ray Farmer and Mike Pettine.

This is the fifth time since 2008 that the team has made a coaching or general manager change.

“We greatly appreciate Ray’s and Mike’s dedication and hard work while with the Cleveland Browns,” Haslam said in a statement. “We’ve made this decision because we don’t believe our football team was positioned well for the future. We are all disappointed with where we are and we take full responsibility.”

That wasn’t all.

Johnny Manziel, Farmer’s former first-round pick, was absent from a mandatory meeting on Sunday morning. Manziel missed the game due to a concussion.

Rumors spread that Manziel was in Las Vegas on Saturday night. Others disputed that. For whatever it’s worth, Manziel posted on Instagram last night a picture with his dog with the hashtag “SaturdayNights”.

Regardless, it appears the end may be near for Manziel in Cleveland. The Browns have the second pick in the NFL draft behind the Titans, who don’t need a quarterback.

Once again, the Browns are hiring.

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