August 23, 2014

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Manziel is fined $12,000

  Scott Petrak The Gazette 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 Read More…

Cleveland’s offense is a work in progress

  Brian Dulik The Gazette CLEVELAND — Renovations at FirstEnergy Stadium are ongoing, which is why fans will see construction zones around its perimeter. Fittingly, the Browns’ offense is also a work in progress, setting up a potentially messy matchup against the St. Louis Rams tonight at 8. Cleveland (0-2) has not scored a first-half 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 notes: Players back Brian Hoyer as starting quarterback

Joe Thomas

BEREA — Browns left tackle Joe Thomas has blocked for 13 quarterbacks during his seven seasons with the team. One of them is Brian Hoyer, who won all three of his starts in 2013 — and will be under center when Cleveland opens its regular season in Pittsburgh on Sept. 7. “Brian was obviously a Read More…

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

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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…

UPDATED Browns: Brian Hoyer named Week 1 starting quarterback

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BEREA — Brian Hoyer overcame surgery 10 months ago to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. If that weren’t enough, he had to beat out the most popular rookie in the league in Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. So Hoyer allowed himself a smile and a few seconds to appreciate the moment after coach Mike Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine holding off on naming Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel starting QB

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The beat goes on. Until today. Or next week. Browns coach Mike Pettine hadn’t decided yet. Pettine had a meeting scheduled Tuesday night with his coaching staff to discuss the quarterback competition between Brian Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel. They could’ve decided to name a starter today for the regular-season opener Sept. 7 versus Pittsburgh, Read More…

Browns Notes: Boomer Esiason rips Johnny Manziel, says he’s not close to being ready for Week 1

Johnny Manziel, Ryan Kerrigan

Cast one vote for Brian Hoyer in the Browns’ quarterback derby. Former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason thinks it would be a disaster if coach Mike Pettine picked rookie Johnny Manziel as his Week 1 starter. “I’m telling you right now, he is not even remotely close to being ready,” Esiason said Tuesday on his radio Read More…