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How Baker Mayfield changes everything for the Browns

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Baker Mayfield Era began Thursday night at FirstEnergy Stadium as the Browns came from behind and won an NFL game for the first time since December of 2016, knocking off the New York Jets 21-17. Mayfield came on in relief after Tyrod Taylor went down with a concussion in the first half. The rookie electrified the crowd and the national TV audience by completing 17 of 23 passes for 201 yards, for a 100.1 QB rating. In this edition of the Orange and Brown Podcast....


Did the Browns do the right thing with Josh Gordon?

The Browns play on Thursday Night Football against the Jets. Mary Kay Cabot and Dan Labbe got together first to record a new podcast. They talked about:


What do the Browns need to fix before Thursday night?

The Browns lost to the Saints on Sunday in New Orleans. Zane Gonzalez missed four kicks, including a game-tying field goal. Mary Kay Cabot and Dan Labbe talked about that in our postgame podcast. We also talked about:


Is it too soon to talk about Baker Mayfield?

The Browns are off to New Orleans to play the Saints on Sunday. Mary Kay Cabot and Dan Labbe talked about that in this week's Orange and Brown Talk podcast, but first did a little housekeeping. We give a shoutout to our new sponsor, Sibling Revelry Brewery. Then we talked about Baker Mayfield and whether other quarterback situations around the league should dictate what the Browns do with their quarterbacks. We also talked about why Josh Gordon starting is something worth monitoring and...


What should we think about the Browns after their tie against the Steelers?

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Browns clawed their way back Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium to earn a 21-21 tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2018 season opener. There's a lot to unpack here, and Browns beat reporters Mary Kay Cabot and Dan Labbe are back and joined by columnist Doug Lesmerises on a postgame Orange and Brown Talk Podcast to do just that. They talk about:


Should the Browns have gone hard after Khalil Mack?

The Bears acquired Khalil Mack over the weekend. Did the Browns make a run at Mack? Should they have? Mary Kay Cabot and Dan Labbe discussed that as part of our latest podcast. We also talked about:


Who is on the bubble for the Browns?

Roster cutdown day is coming. The Browns play their final preseason game on Thursday night and the reduction of the roster to 53 is due by 4 p.m. on Saturday. Mary Kay Cabot and Dan Labbe took a handful of Twitter questions in our podcast on Sunday, starting with who is on the roster bubble. We also discussed:


What does Josh Gordon's return mean for the Browns? Plus, an interview with Jabrill Peppers

Josh Gordon is back with the Browns. He's not allowed to practice yet, but he is with the team. So, what does it mean? Mary Kay Cabot and Dan Labbe held a Facebook Live chat on's Facebook page on Sunday night. You'll hear the audio from that chat, including our thoughts on Josh Gordon, on this podcast. Then, listen to Dan's interview with Jabrill Peppers for a story he posted on last week. You can find that story here.


What did we take away from 'Hard Knocks' Episode 2?

The second episode of "Hard Knocks" aired on Tuesday night. Mary Kay Cabot and Dan Labbe looked back on that and talked about all the happenings at training camp prior to Friday's preseason game against Buffalo. We talked about:


What does Baker Mayfield's debut mean for the Browns' future?

Baker Mayfield was impressive in his preseason debut on Thursday night against the Giants. It begs the question, should the Browns get him some work with the first team between now and the season opener? Mary Kay Cabot and Dan Labbe talked about that and looked back at the Giants game. Topics we discussed:


What is the impact of the Corey Coleman trade?

The Browns traded Corey Coleman on Sunday night in exchange for a seventh round pick in 2020. It was a shocking trade based on both the timing and the return. Mary Kay Cabot and Dan Labbe talked about the trade in three parts on Monday night:


How has Baker Mayfield progressed so far in training camp? Plus an interview with Duke Johnson

Baker Mayfield got his shot to go against the Browns' first-team defense on Friday and Saturday. What does it mean? Mary Kay Cabot and Dan Labbe talked about that during our latest Orange and Brown Talk podcast. Then we talked about: Lastly, Dan talked to Duke Johnson last week for a story about his evolving role with the Browns. Read that here. You can hear the audio from that interview in the second half of the podcast.


Why John Dorsey is right for the Browns: Peter King joins the Orange and Brown Report

There's plenty of excitement building for the Browns, and it sure sounds like Peter King think they are headed in the right direction. King was at Browns training camp on Monday and he joined the Orange and Brown Talk podcast to share his thoughts on the Browns. He talked with Mary Kay Cabot about:


Should the Browns sign Dez Bryant?

The Browns and Dez Bryant's representatives have had initial talks about adding the wide receiver to the roster. Cornerback Adam 'Pacman' Jones has also been linked to the Browns. Can the Browns afford to add either player to their locker room? Mary Kay Cabot and Dan Labbe talked about the potential of adding Bryant. Then they talked about what has happened during the first two days and what they watch when they're at training camp.


What's next for Josh Gordon and the Browns?

Josh Gordon announced on Twitter on Monday that he will not be present for the beginning of Browns training camp as he focuses on his treatment plan. It's not the first time the Browns have had to deal with the absence of Gordon. What do we know about the situation? What does it mean for the Browns on field? What's next for Gordon and the Browns? Mary Kay Cabot and Dan Labbe discussed the situation in a special edition of the Orange and Brown Talk podcast.


Which position battles are the most intriguing? On the clock to preview Browns training camp

The Browns open training camp next Thursday. That means it's time to talk all about the position battles and the state of the roster. Mary Kay Cabot and Dan Labbe went on the clock to break down the Browns' roster position-by-position. We started at the back end of the defense with the safeties and moved our way to the other side of the ball, wrapping up with quarterbacks and spending five minutes on every position group. (We even threw in a bonus two minutes on tight ends because we ran...


Over 12.5 or under 12.5: How many sacks for Myles Garrett in 2018?

Episode Notes's Mary Kay Cabot takes her best guess at some over-unders with substitute host David Campbell as training camp approaches. She also answers some of your questions from her Hey, Mary Kay! mailbag, and talks about why 2018 could be a tough season for NFL referees. The over-under topics include: 2: How many different players will start at left tackle for the Browns this season 4: How many starts Baker Mayfield will make in 2018 12.5: Will Myles Garrett have more...


Is Tyrod Taylor looking at a career year?

Browns training camp is still a few weeks away, so Mary Kay Cabot and I have some time to ponder some reader questions. On this week's Orange and Brown Talk, we picked ten of our favorites submitted to us this week and had at them. They include:


Who is the Browns' most important offseason acquisition? (and 3 more offseason questions)

The Browns are less than a month away from the opening of training camp. Mary Kay Cabot and Dan Labbe continue their airport series of podcasts as Mary Kay is off to another far-off(ish) destination. We asked and answered four different Browns questions in today's episode, including: Who is the most important offseason acquisition? (2:25) Who is the most important draft pick for the 2018 season? (9:25) Which second-year player will make the biggest leap in 2018? (14:55) Who is the player...


How an innocuous line about Baker Mayfield made national headlines

Dan Labbe and Mary Kay Cabot are back this week with a new podcast. Dan is fresh off a series of training camp observations in wich one innocous line about Baker Mayfield not being ready to compete for the starting quarterback job made national headlines. You can read the full story here. Mary Kay and Dan talked about how something like that happens and about the context of the observation. Then we talked some more about the quarterback situation as it stands and whether it could change...