September 2, 2014

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Boring offense OK if it scores

Scott Petrak The Gazette The excitement level in the stands rises significantly when rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel takes the field. Coach Mike Pettine doesn’t believe that translates to an increase in energy in the huddle compared to when starter Brian Hoyer is running the show. “Yeah, I don’t agree with that,” he said Friday on Read More…

Today is decision day for Browns

Scott Petrak The Gazette Decisions, decisions. Make that decisions, decisions, decisions, decisions. Browns general manager Ray Farmer and the coaching staff met Friday as they prepared to trim the roster to the regular-season limit of 53 by 4 p.m. today. Coach Mike Pettine said no moves had been made when he talked to reporters Friday Read More…

Browns offense finally clicks, does some good things in 33-13 win over Bears

Johnny Manziel

CLEVELAND — Brian Hoyer and the starting offense got the touchdown drive they needed heading into the season. Johnny Manziel was a mixed bag of magic and misses — exactly what the sparse crowd came to see. Mike Pettine got his first win as a head coach since 2001, when he was stalking the sidelines Read More…

Browns Notes: Josh Gordon’s flirtation with CFL ends quickly

Josh Gordon

CLEVELAND — Oh, Canada. Josh Gordon hardly knew ye. Gordon, Cleveland’s All-Pro receiver, was weighing his options Thursday, a day after the NFL upheld the indefinite suspension that will sideline him for the 2014 season. He considered playing in the Canadian Football League, according to a league source, but quickly found out that wasn’t possible. Read More…

Preseason ends on successful note

  Scott Petrak The Gazette CLEVELAND — Brian Hoyer and the starting offense got the touchdown drive they needed heading into the season. Johnny Manziel was a mixed bag of misses and magic — exactly what the sparse crowd came to see. The Browns ended a frustrating and disappointing preseason with a 33-13 victory Thursday Read More…

Browns WR Josh Gordon suspended for 2014 season

Josh Gordon

The NFL upheld the indefinite suspension of Browns receiver Josh Gordon for violating the league’s drug policy. He’s banned for the season, effective immediately. A league spokesman said Gordon’s eligibility for reinstatement will be determined following the 2014 season. “I’d like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organization and our fans,” Gordon Read More…

Browns Mike Pettine says no time for panic, remains confident issues will be fixed before Steelers game

Kyle Shanahan, Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer

The clock is counting down, and each tick is louder than the last. Less than two weeks remain until the Browns open the regular season in Pittsburgh. “If we feel we’re not ready, nobody’s going to change Sept. 7 and push that back for us,” first-year coach Mike Pettine said Sunday on a conference call. Read More…

Browns Notes: Mike Pettine says rookie Justin Gilbert must learn quickly from mistakes

Chris Givens, Justin Gilbert

Coach Mike Pettine hopes rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert learned a valuable lesson from a humbling performance Saturday night in the 33-14 loss to the Rams. “The NFL is a tough road now for a rookie corner and the only silver lining is that he had a night like that heading into the regular season, that Read More…

Brian Hoyer throws TD pass, but Browns dominated by Rams in 33-14 loss

Brian Hoyer

CLEVELAND — The Browns finally did it. Win? No. Look good? Nope. Give the home crowd reason for optimism in the third preseason game that’s supposed to serve as a dress rehearsal for the regular season? Absolutely not. But for the first time in three preseason games, the starting offense scored a touchdown. It came Read More…

Browns rookie QB Johnny Manziel fined $12,000 for giving middle finger to Washington bench

Johnny Manziel

Talk about an expensive bird. Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel was fined $12,000 by the NFL on Friday for giving the middle finger to the Washington bench Monday night. He has the option to appeal. Washington players yelled at Manziel throughout the game and mocked him by flashing his “money sign” after he was sacked. Read More…