December 19, 2014


Browns believe organization has rid itself of losing culture


BEREA — Coach Mike Pettine and his players think Browns legend Bernie Kosar has it wrong. They insist the culture within the organization has changed for the better and will support a winner. They know the best way to demonstrate that is to stop the skid at three and finish the season with wins in Read More…

Scott Petrak: Remember when the Browns were relevant?


A collection of thoughts with the season winding down, the Browns reeling and the playoffs out of the picture. Relevance was nice while it lasted. For the first time since 2007, the Browns entered December with a winning record. That meant extended excitement and finally games with real meaning. Unfortunately for Browns fans, the early Read More…

‘My heart was broken:’ Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins explains why he wore shirt


BEREA — With tears filling his eyes, Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins got to the heart of his decision to wear a T-shirt calling for justice in the deaths of a Cleveland boy and an Ohio man at the hands of police officers over his uniform jersey Sunday during introductions before the game against the Bengals. Read More…

Browns QB Johnny Manziel humbled by 1st shutout of his football career


BEREA — Johnny Manziel took home an unwanted souvenir from his first start. A giant goose egg. “It’s the first game I’ve ever not scored a point,” he said Monday. “I’ve played in a lot of games I feel like from high school through college and never been shut out until then, so it was Read More…

Browns Notes: Bernie Kosar rips organization, says it lacks leadership, winning culture


BEREA — Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer, Colt McCoy, Brandon Weeden. According to Browns legend Bernie Kosar, it doesn’t matter who’s playing quarterback if the organization continues to have flawed leadership. “They don’t know how to lead and organize and set a culture to play winning football, to win in the NFL consistently,” Kosar said Monday Read More…

Bengals 30, Browns 0: Johnny Manziel’s 1st start a giant dud


CLEVELAND — The giant steel ball struck first on Cleveland’s third offensive play. It didn’t stop swinging until the demolition was complete. The Cincinnati Bengals wrecked Johnny Manziel’s first NFL start Sunday at a stunned and silenced FirstEnergy Stadium. The Browns expected energy and fire in the much anticipated beginning of the Manziel Era. Instead, Read More…

Hall of Famer Jim Brown applauds LeBron James, other athletes for non-violent protests


BEREA — Hall of Famer Jim Brown, an activist for 50 years, is proud of the athletes who took a stand by non-violently protesting recent deaths of black men after encounters with police officers. “I just like the leadership that they’re showing, and nobody can get the kind of attention that they can get,” Brown Read More…

Browns coordinator Kyle Shanahan will let Johnny be Johnny


BEREA — Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has an idea of how Johnny Manziel will play in his first start Sunday against the Bengals. It looks a lot like Manziel’s Heisman Trophy-winning days at Texas A&M. “I’m sure it’s going to happen pretty fast, we call a pass play and he’s going to do six spins, Read More…

Browns QB Brian Hoyer: I got to live a childhood dream


BEREA — Brian Hoyer walked into the semicircle of cameras and microphones that had gathered minutes earlier to listen to Johnny Manziel’s first interview as the starting quarterback. After 13 games as No. 1, Hoyer had been reduced to second on the depth chart, in practice drills and in the media lineup. “I don’t want Read More…

Browns QB Johnny Manziel fully embraces role as starter, calls it ‘dream come true’


BEREA — Johnny Manziel skipped the Cavaliers game Tuesday night to hole up inside Browns headquarters with the newly constructed game plan. He arrived for the walkthrough and practice Wednesday with sharpened focus and heightened determination. Manziel has embraced his new job as starting quarterback with every millimeter of his 5-foot-11¾ frame. “It’s a dream Read More…