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NFL News and Notes: Cleveland Browns’ Ray Farmer on the Hot Seat & More

Honestly, what is Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer supposed to say?

His team is one of the worst in the league record-wise, there is a quarterback controversy brewing in the locker room and there is some question about coaching and management. It’s a classic case of Cleveland Browns football, served up with a lot of media hype and despair.

And it might get worse before it gets better.

The Browns will try to correct its offensive issues when it starts Johnny Manziel on Thursday night against the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals. If Farmer’s job is in question, there is no way he is going to admit it and there is no way he is going to let the media see him sweat

“The reality is that my seat’s no warmer than it was the day I got it,” Farmer said, per ESPN’s Pat McManamon. “That’s a perception that everybody has for me and not a perception I have of myself.”

The story appears on NFL.com.

Farmer vowed to continue to “work hard and try to bring talent to the Browns” until he hears otherwise from owner Jimmy Haslam, noting: “I haven’t been given that memo.”

If Farmer’s job is in jeopardy, then does that mean head coach Mike Pettine is feeling the same heat as the months turn cooler in Ohio? You would have to think so.

Poor draft picks and poor free agent signings have led to this situation – which is nothing new in Cleveland. How the team finishes the season could be the deciding factor in how the team moves toward 2016.

YOU DOWN WITH JPP

It looks like a serious hand injury is not going to stop Jason Pierre-Paul from making a go of it with the New York Giants. Despite a Fourth of July injury that cost the defensive end two fingers, it appears he is in tremendous physical condition, which is a good thing for the Giants defense and head coach Tom Coughlin.

Could the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers be his coming out party for 2015?

“JPP is in outstanding physical condition so we feel good about accelerating him along,” coach Tom Coughlin said, per the team’s official Twitter account.

Coughlin said the pass rusher will see “a good amount of reps” with the defense and scout teams.

The Giants are hoping to rebound from a 52-49 loss to the New Orleans Saints, which saw Eli Manning throw six touchdowns but came up short.

Playing the Buccaneers might be different than the Giants – younger team that just upset the Atlanta Falcons on the road. If the Giants can get Pierre-Paul back and use him effectively, then that is one more reason the Giants could be the favorite to win the muddled NFC East.

LANGFORD TO THE RESCUE

The Chicago Bears are going to have to count on rookie Jeremy Langford to shoulder the road of the running game if the team is going to get anywhere in the NFC North.

That isn’t the easiest task for a first-year player.

The Bears play the San Diego Chargers on Monday night.

“Langford’s a guy who can pick and choose from different guys’ repertoires,” right tackle Kyle Long said, via CSN Chicago. “He’s a guy who can run very hard downhill with surprising burst that you see on film. Once he gets through the line, he can just shoot out there.”

Forte has been the workhorse in the Bears offense this season – the first under new head coach John Fox. The team could also turn to Antone Smith, a former running back in Atlanta, who could become the pass catcher out of the backfield – something Forte is known for.

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