September 21, 2014

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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…

Browns WR Nate Burleson eager to make good first impression; says WR Josh Gordon on right path

Detroit Lions 2011 Headshots

BEREA — Nate Burleson has been spinning his wheels for two weeks. With the Browns’ offense out of rhythm and the receiving corps filled with question marks — none bigger than Josh Gordon’s possible suspension — Burleson has been unable to help, stuck to a stationary bike with a hamstring strain. He missed practice again Read More…

Browns QB Brian Hoyer named starter, gets to fulfill lifelong dream

hoyer QB slider

BEREA — Now isn’t the time for Brian Hoyer to relax. But he can smile. The North Olmsted native that grew up cheering for the Browns was named the starting quarterback to open the regular season, beating out rookie first-round pick Johnny Manziel. Rookie coach Mike Pettine gave them the news Wednesday morning before a Read More…

Browns rookie QB Johnny Manziel and coach Mike Pettine agree: He’s not ready

BEREA — Call him Johnny Clipboard for now. Browns rookie Johnny Manziel will trade in his football for a clipboard when the regular season opens Sept. 7 in Pittsburgh. Coach Mike Pettine named Brian Hoyer the winner of the quarterback competition and the starter for Week 1. Manziel and the coaching staff reached the same Read More…

Scott Petrak: Browns’ quarterback competition was an unnecessary distraction

Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer

Mike Pettine learned quickly the painful lesson Butch Davis, Romeo Crennel, Eric Mangini and Rob Chudzinski know all too well from their days in Cleveland. Quarterback competitions are distracting, exhausting and largely counterproductive. Each of the aforementioned fired Browns coaches tried a different method when running a quarterback competition. None resulted in an empowered starter Read More…