November 1, 2014


Browns coach Mike Pettine, teammates sense QB Johnny Manziel’s frustration from not playing

Johnny Manziel

BEREA — Johnny Manziel has said all the right things about life as the backup quarterback. He’s staying in his “own lane,” playing his “role” and supporting starter Brian Hoyer. His best friend and coach know standing on the sideline is killing him. “He’s the ultimate competitor,” Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans said Wednesday on a Read More…

Scott Petrak: Twitter was must-see social media Monday night

Colt McCoy, Brandon Weeden

Twitter can be trouble. People have lost jobs because of an ill-advised 140 characters, including PGA of America president Ted Bishop last week. Guys are so worried about what they’re missing in their timelines, they bury their heads in their phones and ignore their friends at the bar. It’s added hours to the beat writers’ Read More…

Browns Notes: DL John Hughes placed on IR-designated for return

John Hughes

BEREA — The injury-riddled defensive line was dealt another blow Sunday as John Hughes sustained a knee injury late in the fourth quarter of the 23-13 win over the Raiders. He will miss at least eight games after being placed on injured reserve-designated for return Monday. Hughes’ medial collateral ligament was injured but won’t require Read More…

Browns happy with ‘ugly’ win over Raiders, know they have to play better on offense

Brian Hoyer, Justin Tuck

BEREA — The Browns took a page out of late Raiders owner Al Davis’ playbook Sunday. Just win, baby. “I’ll take ugly wins all day,” coach Mike Pettine said Monday. The Browns didn’t score a touchdown until the fourth quarter. They converted only two of 12 third downs. They rushed for 39 yards with an Read More…

Browns 23, Raiders 13: Cleveland gets back to winning ways, pulls away from winless Oakland

Donte Whitner, Darren McFadden

CLEVELAND — When the Browns broke their seven-quarter touchdown drought Sunday with a 4-yard pass to Andrew Hawkins, quarterback Brian Hoyer immediately went to celebrate with – and thank — the parties responsible. He made a beeline to the bench with 14:17 left in the fourth quarter to find strong safety Donte Whitner and cornerback Read More…

Browns run defense continues to struggle, as coaches, players continue to look for solutions

Denard Robinson, Ishmaa'ily Kitchen

BEREA — The Browns have had a lot of awful run defenses since 1999. The current edition fits right in. Through six games, the Browns rank last in the NFL with 155.5 rushing yards allowed per game. If the season ended at that number, it would be the most allowed by the Browns since 2000 Read More…

Browns QB Brian Hoyer ‘angry’ over performance, but confidence isn’t shaken

Brian Hoyer

BEREA — Brian Hoyer’s poor performance in the 24-6 loss to Jacksonville left him angrier than he’d ever been. The emotion lingered until he got back on the field Wednesday for practice. “Of all the games I’ve ever played, that’s the worst I’ve ever felt after one and it’s something you have to deal with Read More…

Browns Notes: CB K’Waun Williams hopes to share field with childhood idol Charles Woodson

K'Waun Williams

BEREA — Nickelback K’Waun Williams was back practicing Wednesday after missing a week with a concussion, said he did “pretty much everything” and declared himself ready to return Sunday against Oakland. “If the coaches feel confident to put me in, I’m here,” he said. “I’m back. I’m clear, so I’m ready.” Williams, an undrafted rookie, Read More…

Scott Petrak: Bad loss to Jaguars doesn’t mean season is over

Brian Hoyer, Telvin Smith

A modest two-game winning streak ended Sunday in Jacksonville. The season didn’t. As pathetic and dismaying as the Browns’ 24-6 loss was, it was only one game. It doesn’t erase the impressive win over Pittsburgh seven days earlier — or quarterback Brian Hoyer’s eight previous starts. The Browns are 3-3 — a lot better than many Read More…

Browns lament loss to Jaguars, try to move on quickly

Brian Hoyer, John Greco, Paul McQuistan

BEREA — The disappointment hadn’t dissipated by Monday afternoon. The Browns (3-3) squandered an opportunity for a three-game winning streak, playing easily their worst game of the season in a 24-6 loss to previously winless Jacksonville. Their first two losses came on field goals on the final play. This one stung because the performance was Read More…