October 24, 2014

Intermittent clouds

Browns: Kyle Shanahan expects offense to improve vs. Oakland


BEREA — Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan believes there is nowhere to go but up following a dismal performance Sunday in Jacksonville. Cleveland only managed two field goals and 266 total yards — both season lows — in a 24-6 loss to the Jaguars at EverBank Field. “I don’t think there was one position that 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 Notes: Running game lacks rhythm

Johnathan Cyprien, Ben Tate

BEREA — The Browns are the only NFL team to have three players with 200-plus rushing yards on the season. None of them, however, were effective Sunday in a 24-6 loss to previously winless Jacksonville. Starter Ben Tate gained a team-high 36 yards on 16 carries, undrafted rookie Isaiah Crowell had 18 on seven attempts, and 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…

Jaguars pick up first win against Browns

Brian Hoyer, John Greco, Paul McQuistan

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — One by one, the Browns stressed they didn’t take the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars lightly. The alternative explanation for the ugly performance wasn’t any better. “We just didn’t play well,” quarterback Brian Hoyer said. “We got our butts kicked. They handed it to us.” The Jaguars got their first win of the year Read More…

Brian Hoyer one of many who had bad day for the Browns

Brian Hoyer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Coach Mike Pettine knew quarterback Brian Hoyer didn’t play well. He wanted everyone else to realize Hoyer wasn’t alone Sunday in Cleveland’s 24-6 loss to the Jaguars. “Today is a really good example of when a team wins a quarterback gets a lot of credit, and when they don’t he’s going to Read More…

Browns Notes: Offensive line suffers with Alex Mack

Brian Hoyer, Telvin Smith

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The line and the offense didn’t look the same in the first full game without two-time Pro Bowl center Alex Mack. The Browns averaged 2.3 yards a rush and quarterback Brian Hoyer was harassed all day. The Jaguars have a stout frontline, but the Browns missed Mack, who’s done for the season Read More…