Notes, Quotes

The Sports Xchange

November 22, 2018 at 1:34 am.

–Cornerback Terrance Mitchell, who suffered a broken wrist playing the Oakland Raiders in the fourth game, returned from injured reserve and began practicing Wednesday as a player designated to return. Mitchell, a starter before being injured, can return to game action on Dec. 9 when the Browns host the Carolina Panthers.

–Browns general manager John Dorsey last week said he would seriously consider hiring a woman as the Browns next head coach. That sparked a bye-Sunday rumor that Dorsey planned to interview former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Rice and Dorsey quickly shot down the report.

“I’m not ready to coach but I would like to call a play or two next season if the Browns need ideas!” Rice, a long-time Browns fan, said on her Facebook page. “And at no time will I call for a ‘prevent’ defense. I know they will hire an experienced coach to take us to the next level.”

Dorsey proved to be the ultimate diplomat in a statement issued by the team.

“Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is a great leader, possesses the highest possible character and also happens to be a Browns fan,” Dorsey said. “We are still in the process of composing the list of candidates and Secretary Rice has not been discussed.”

–Running back Nick Chubb has a legitimate chance of breaking the Browns’ rookie rushing record of 950 yards set by Trent Richardson in 2012. Chubb has 579 rushing yards with six games to play. Chubb would have to average 62 yards a game to break the record. He has never run for fewer than 60 yards since becoming the starter on Oct. 21 in a game in Tampa.

“He’s a strong runner,” Browns interim head coach Gregg Williams said. “He protects the football very well. The things that you have to be able to do if you are going to take a step above everybody else or be looked at as being one of the up-and-comers is his overall vision. You can’t coach that.”

-Linebacker Clay Matthews, who played for the Browns from 1978-93, is a Hall of Fame semifinalist for the third time. He holds Browns team records for games played (232) and quarterback sacks (76.5).

BY THE NUMBERS: 15 – Passing touchdowns by the Browns after 10 games this season equals their number of passing touchdowns all of 2017.