Browns deny reports involving Banner, coordinators


The Cleveland Browns are keeping their public relations team busy this month.

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On the heels of issuing a statement about the team's pursuit of San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, the Browns have denied a report from suggesting that Cleveland's coordinators would have reported to CEO Joe Banner had he not been fired earlier this month.

The Browns told ProFootballTalk on Tuesday that their coordinators -- Kyle Shanahan and Jim O'Neil -- will report directly to coach Mike Pettine, noting that the organization has never veered from that model during Jimmy Haslam's ownership.

Assuming that to be true, it's reassuring to hear that nobody in Cleveland thought it would be wise to have play-callers on either side of the ball reporting to Banner, who lost Haslam's confidence down the stretch.

In an offseason flush with bizarre and intriguing narratives involving the Browns, this one -- as Pettine would say -- is nothing more than "noise."

On the latest edition of the "Around The League Podcast," the guys talked Jim Harbaugh drama in San Francisco and shared who made the most striking impressing at the NFL Scouting Combine.