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With running back Duke Johnson having skipped the Browns’
10-30-2019, 10:55 AM,
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With running back Duke Johnson having skipped the Browns’
entire offseason program Trevon Coley Color Rush Jersey , somebody had to take his place. That somebody is Dontrell Hilliard.The Browns are pumping up Hilliard’s offseason, preferring to talk about who is at organized team activities rather than who isn’t. “I would love to see Duke as part of the team in September,” Browns running backs coach Stump Mitchell said, via Steve Doerschuk of “I know it’s voluntary, but I would also like to see him take part in this camp. When you don’t, you give somebody an opportunity. Dontrell has done a helluva job taking advantage of the opportunity.”Hilliard made the Browns’ roster as an undrafted rookie last year, but he played only 58 snaps on offense with no carries and nine receptions behind Carlos Hyde, Nick Chubb and Johnson.With the Browns missing Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry, Hilliard also has practiced at receiver this offseason.“Being down some receivers, Dontrell has played some receiver, which is making him very valuable to this team,” Mitchell said. “He can do everything well. His mindset is that he belongs here.”Kareem Hunt will miss the first half of the season while serving a suspension, and who knows what happens with Johnson. That leaves Hilliard in prime position not only to make the roster but to contribute even more than he did last season. The NFL will announce the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019 on Saturday night during the league’s annual NFL Honors show.There are 15 finalists , including two former head coaches in Tom Flores and Don Coryell:One name that is conspicuously absent is that of former head coach Marty Schottenheimer, who coached four different teams in the NFL over 21 years, including the Cleveland Browns for 4.5 years.While Flores, who won two Super Bowls with the Los Angeles Raiders, and Coryell, who is best known for developing the “Air Coryell” offense in the 1970s with the St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Chargers, are worthy candidates, that fact that Schottenheimer has never even been a finalist is baffling.Steve Doerschuk at The Canton Repository laid out a solid argument for Schottenheimer earlier this week with a few key comparisons: Schottenheimer took over the Browns midway through the 1984 season after the firing of head coach Sam Rutigliano and led the team to its last period of sustained success. Under Schottenheimer, the Browns won division titles in 1985, 1986 and 1987, and claimed a wild card spot in 1988. Even though he last coached a Browns game 31 years ago, Schottenheimer still ranks:fourth in franchise history with 44 winsthird in winning percentage at .620third in most playoff appearances with sixThose 44 wins may not sound like much, but Schottenheimer did that in just 71 games with the Browns. When you consider that the combination of Hue Jackson Greg Joseph Jersey , Rob Chudzinski, Pat Shurmur, Eric Mangini, Chris Palmer and Mike Pettine coached the Browns for a combined 184 games and only collected 41 wins, you realize the Browns had something special with Schottenheimer.After the Browns, Schottenheimer coached the Kansas City Chiefs for 10 seasons, making the playoffs seven times, and finishing with a winning percentage of .634, which is second best in Chiefs’ franchise history.His .588 winning percentage in five seasons as head coach of the San Diego Chargers is third best in franchise history.The biggest mark against Schottenheimer is that he failed to a win a title. Browns fans do not need to be reminded about how things worked out for his four playoff teams in Cleveland. Overall, Schottenheimer’s teams only won five playoff games in 18 appearances.Even so, when you look at his overall body of work compared some of the other head coaches, it is becomes clear that Schottenheimer deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame.

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