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2015 Cleveland Browns season

2015 Cleveland Browns season
Head coach Mike Pettine
General manager Ray Farmer (Suspended for first 4 games)[1]
Owner Jimmy Haslam
Home field FirstEnergy Stadium
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The 2015 Cleveland Browns season will be the franchise's upcoming 67th season as a professional sports franchise and its 63rd as a member of the National Football League. It will also be the second season under the head coach/general manager tandem of Mike Pettine and Ray Farmer. The Browns will be looking to improve on their 7–9 record in 2014.


Personnel changes

On January 8, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan left the Browns due to disagreements with the front office about quarterback Johnny Manziel's readiness to start. Quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains was fired the same day. Notably, Loggains was instrumental in the team's drafting of Manziel in the 2014 NFL Draft. On January 15, wide receivers coach Mike McDaniel left the Browns by mutual agreement.

On January 21, John DeFilippo was hired as the Browns’ new offensive coordinator. DeFilippo, who has been the Oakland Raiders’ quarterbacks coach for the past three seasons, replaces Kyle Shanahan, who resigned earlier in the month. After his first stint as the Raiders’ quarterbacks coach (2007–08), DeFilippo worked with HC Mike Pettine for one successful season with the New York Jets. Under DeFilippo’s guidance, rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez showed enough poise to lead New York to the AFC Championship. Pettine was the Jets’ defensive coordinator that season.

On January 27, Joker Phillips was hired as wide receivers coach. On January 31, Kevin O'Connell accepted the position of quarterbacks coach.

Roster changes

Free agents

Pos Player Tag 2015 Team Signed
WR Miles Austin UFA Philadelphia Eagles March 31
SS Johnson Bademosi RFA Cleveland Browns April 23[2]
TE Jordan Cameron UFA Miami Dolphins March 12
RB Shaun Draughn UFA Cleveland Browns March 6[3]
QB Brian Hoyer UFA Houston Texans March 11[4]
NT Sione Fua UFA TBA
FS Tashaun Gipson RFA TBA
NT Ishmaa'ily Kitchen RFA TBA
P Spencer Lanning ERFA Cleveland Browns March 6[5]
SS Jim Leonhard UFA Retired
WR Marlon Moore UFA Cleveland Browns March 11[6]
ILB Craig Robertson ERFA Cleveland Browns April 23[7]
NT Ahtyba Rubin UFA Seattle Seahawks March 19[8]
OT Ryan Seymour ERFA Cleveland Browns March 9[9]
OLB Jabaal Sheard UFA New England Patriots March 11[10]
CB Buster Skrine UFA New York Jets March 10[11]
OLB Scott Solomon UFA Cleveland Browns Unknown
QB Tyler Thigpen UFA TBA
Players shaded in green re-signed with the Browns
UFA: Unrestricted free agent

RFA: Restricted free agent
ERFA: Exclusive rights free agent
FT: Player was designated with the franchise tag
TT: Player was designated with the transition tag


Pos Player Released 2015 Team Signed
OL Paul McQuistan February 13


Pos Player 2014 Team Signed
DB Micah Pellerin Dallas Cowboys January 20[12]
DB Varmah Sonie Tampa Bay Buccaneers February 18[13]
QB Josh McCown Tampa Bay Buccaneers March 2[14]
WR Brian Hartline Miami Dolphins March 10[15]
QB Thad Lewis Houston Texans March 12[16]
DB Tramon Williams Green Bay Packers March 16[17]
DL Randy Starks Miami Dolphins March 16[18]
WR Dwayne Bowe Kansas City Chiefs March 20[19]
TE Rob Housler Arizona Cardinals April 9[20]

2015 draft class

Main article: 2015 NFL draft
2015 Cleveland Browns Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 12 Danny Shelton Defensive tackle Washington
1 19 Cameron Erving Offensive lineman Florida State
2 51 Nate Orchard Defensive end Utah
3 77 Duke Johnson Running back Miami (Florida)
3 96 Xavier Cooper Defensive Tackle Washington State
4 115 Ibraheim Campbell Safety Northwestern
4 123 Vince Mayle Wide receiver Washington State
6 189 Charles Gaines Cornerback Louisville
6 195 Malcolm Johnson Fullback Mississippi State
6 198 Randall Telfer Tight end USC
7 219 Hayes Pullard Inside linebacker USC
7 241 Ifo Ekpre-Olomu Cornerback Oregon
  • The Browns acquired additional selections in the first (No. 19) and fourth (No. 111) rounds as part of a trade that sent the team's 2014 first-round selection to the Buffalo Bills.
  • The Browns acquired an additional sixth-round (No. 202) selection in a trade that sent the team's 2014 seventh-round selection to the Baltimore Ravens.
  • The Browns have traded picks in Round 2 (No. 51 for No. 43) with the Houston Texans for additional picks and upgrades in the later rounds in this years' draft (see above for updated selections). They also made swaps for higher picks with the Arizona Cardinals in rounds 4-7.

Gordon suspension

On January 25, it was announced that wide receiver Josh Gordon was facing a year-long suspension following a fifth failed drug test, this time for alcohol. This follows a 10-game suspension in 2014 for testing positive for marijuana. On February 3, the league imposed the suspension without pay for at least one year, possibly indefinitely. His earliest return would be training camp for the 2016 season.[21]

Manziel enters rehab

On February 3, 2015, quarterback Johnny Manziel voluntarily entered a rehab facility for dependence on alcohol. He exited the facility on April 12, shortly prior to the beginning of offseason workouts.[22]

GM Farmer suspension

In an incident widely dubbed as Textgate, it was announced on February 4 that the Browns faced sanctions amid allegations of text messages being sent from general manager Ray Farmer to coaches and coordinators during games during the 2014 season, a violation of NFL rules. On March 30, 2015 it was announced Ray Farmer was suspended for the first four games of the season without pay and the Browns were fined $250,000 for the incident. No loss of current or future draft picks were imposed.[23]

Logo and uniform changes

The Browns introduced new logos on February 24. The helmet remains the primary logo, changing the team's orange color to a brighter hue, and changing the facemask from gray to brown. The team also premiered a secondary logo, which is a simplistic helmet, and a new logo for the Dawg Pound.

On April 14, the Browns premiered nine new uniforms. There are three jersey colors and three pants colors: orange, brown, and white, allowing for nine possible uniform combinations. The uniforms have "Cleveland" above the numbers on the front, "Browns" down the leg, and "Dawg Pound" inside the collar. The uniforms are the first in the NFL to utilize contrast stitching and chainmail/raised numbers. The city name in front and team name down the leg are also NFL firsts.



The Browns' preliminary preseason schedule was announced on April 9. It will be the first time in 13 years the Great Lakes Classic will not be played against the rival Detroit Lions. ESPN will nationally broadcast from FirstEnergy Stadium on August 20.

Week Date Kickoff (EDT) Opponent Result Record Game site TV
1 August 13 8:00 p.m. Washington Redskins First Energy Stadium WEWS
2 August 20 8:00 p.m. Buffalo Bills FirstEnergy Stadium ESPN
3 August 29 7:00 p.m. at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Raymond James Stadium WEWS
4 September 3 8:00 p.m. at Chicago Bears Soldier Field WEWS

Regular season


ESPN'S Monday Night Football returns to Cleveland for the first time in 7 years on November 30th with the Browns hosting the Baltimore Ravens.

Week Date Kickoff (ET) Opponent Result Record Game site TV
1 September 13 1:00 p.m. at New York Jets MetLife Stadium CBS
2 September 20 1:00 p.m. Tennessee Titans FirstEnergy Stadium CBS
3 September 27 1:00 p.m. Oakland Raiders FirstEnergy Stadium CBS
4 October 4 4:05 p.m. at San Diego Chargers Qualcomm Stadium CBS
5 October 11 1:00 p.m. at Baltimore Ravens M&T Bank Stadium CBS
6 October 18 1:00 p.m. Denver Broncos FirstEnergy Stadium CBS
7 October 25 1:00 p.m. at St. Louis Rams Edward Jones Dome CBS
8 November 1 1:00 p.m. Arizona Cardinals FirstEnergy Stadium Fox
9 November 5 8:25 p.m. at Cincinnati Bengals Paul Brown Stadium NFLN
10 November 15 1:00 p.m. at Pittsburgh Steelers Heinz Field CBS
11 Bye
12 November 30 8:30 p.m. Baltimore Ravens FirstEnergy Stadium ESPN
13 December 6 1:00 p.m. Cincinnati Bengals FirstEnergy Stadium CBS
14 December 13 1:00 p.m. San Francisco 49ers FirstEnergy Stadium Fox
15 December 20 4:05 p.m. at Seattle Seahawks CenturyLink Field Fox
16 December 27 1:00 p.m. at Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium CBS
17 January 3 1:00 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers FirstEnergy Stadium CBS
  • Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
  • Networks and times for Sunday games from Weeks 5–17 are subject to change as a result of flexible scheduling.


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