AFC Notes: Browns, Patriots, Titans


Johnny Manziel, who has been making the rounds in an attempt to get another opportunity in the NFL, said during an appearance on thePardon My Take podcast that a return to the Browns is highly unlikely for obvious reasons.

“We’ve been down that path,” Manziel said, via “I just don’t see what the benefit would be to try to go back and do it all over again. (Cleveland) did grow on me a little bit. But I think we’ve kind of crossed that bridge, and if anything, that bridge is probably still flaming a little bit.

“And Cleveland, they definitely didn’t help me learn,” Manziel added of his first year with the team. “I had no idea what I was supposed to study. No idea what an NFL schedule was supposed to look like.

Manziel admitted that he didn’t really give the city of Cleveland a shot after he was drafted by the Browns.

“I felt like I never really gave Cleveland a chance,” Manziel said. “I was negative about it in my own personal space. … I think I was pissed at the world and just mad maybe about where I ended up drafted, what position I was drafted (No. 22) and just felt like a sense of entitlement, like I deserved and was owed to be drafted higher or go somewhere I wanted to go, and in reality, I had no control over that.


  • Mike Reiss of ESPN reports that Patriots assistant QBs coach Jerry Schuplinski has agreed to return to New England for the 2018 season.
  • Schuplinski was expected to follow Josh McDaniels to the Colts before McDaniels backed out of an agreement to be their head coach.
  • According to Albert Breer, it’s possible the Patriots may not fill their defensive coordinator position, even though LBs coach Brian Foles has been mentioned as an obvious internal candidate to replace Matt Patricia.
  • Breer says that Bill Belichick has made guys wait a year or two before giving them the title in the past.


  • The Titans announced Tuesday that they’ve hired Matt Edwards (Assistant Special Teams), Scott Booker (Defensive Assistant), Ryan Crow (Defensive Assistant) and Matt Pees (Quality Control).
  • Tennessee will also retain Mike Sullivan and Luke Steckel as offensive assistants.

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