The Cleveland Browns' reputation suffered multiple blows last week. Perhaps desperate decades called for what-the-heck measures such as starting No. 3 quarterback Brian Hoyer and trading No. 1 running back Trent Richardson just 18 games after moving up to select him third overall in the 2012 draft.
If indeed the Browns are tanking the season, as many have accused them of repeatedly since Wednesday, the Minnesota Vikings are fine with that. Both teams are 0-2 heading into the Vikings' home opener on Sunday.
CEO Joe Banner is the sixth person with final say on personnel that the Browns have had since they returned to the NFL as an expansion franchise in 1999 after a three-season hiatus. First-year NFL coach Rob Chudzinski is the seventh head coach in those 15 seasons, while Jimmy Haslam III, embattled CEO of the Pilot Flying J travel center company, is the team's third owner in that time.
"The mood in this town is frustration; total frustration," said Doug Dieken, who played left tackle for the Browns from 1971-84 and has served as the team's radio analyst ever since. "It's been one coach after another. One quarterback after another."
The Browns sent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2014 first-round pick and then elevated Hoyer, who has one NFL start, ahead of No. 2 Jason Campbell, who has 71. Chudzinski then said Hoyer might keep the job even after starter Brandon Weeden, another first-round pick of Mike Holmgren's in 2012, comes back from an injured thumb on his throwing hand.
Earlier this week, Holmgren told Sports Radio 950 KJR in Seattle that he'd have quit or been fired as head coach if his team traded its "best player" two games into a season.
"You can't tell me some of those players aren't asking some of the questions you and I are asking," he said to the radio host.
Banner responded, telling the Cleveland Plain Dealer: "Mike's entitled to his opinion. He ran the team for three years. ... It's our turn trying to do what we think is right."
Broncos: Denver held pass rusher Shaun Phillips out of practice Saturday with back spasms, listing him as questionable for Monday night's game against the Raiders. Phillips called his absence "just precautionary."
Texans: All-Pro left tackle Duane Brown (toe injury) will miss Sunday's game against Baltimore.
Sayers suit: Chicago Bears legend Gale Sayers sued the NFL, claiming the league negligently handled his repeated head injuries during his seven-year career. The Hall of Fame running back says he suffered headaches and short-term memory loss after retirement.
Reger dies: Three-time Pro Bowl linebacker John Reger, who starred for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins in the 1950s and 1960s, died in Tampa, Fla. He was 82.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.