December 21, 2014

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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…

Brian Dulik: This wasn’t the debut Johnny Football had envisioned


Johnny Manziel will have many more opportunities to wreck this league, but his first NFL start went as well as the Titanic’s initial showdown with an iceberg. The rookie quarterback was overmatched — and completely overwhelmed — from start to finish Sunday as the Cincinnati Bengals routed the Browns 30-0. Johnny Football threw two terrible Read More…

Bengals RB Jeremy Hill makes Browns look real bad


CLEVELAND — Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill may have put his foot in his mouth with comments made after a Week 10 loss to Cleveland, but on Sunday he used both feet to stomp out just about whatever remained of the Browns’ playoff hopes. The 6-foot-1, 238-pound rookie from LSU ran the ball 25 Read More…

Browns Notes: Secondary takes injury hit


CLEVELAND — Cornerbacks Joe Haden and Justin Gilbert are the latest additions to the Browns’ long list of injuries, both being hurt Sunday in a 30-0 loss to Cincinnati at FirstEnergy Stadium. Pro Bowl honoree Haden exited with a right shoulder injury, while Gilbert was diagnosed with a possible concussion later in the second quarter. 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 notes: Struggling Josh Gordon says effort isn’t the problem


BEREA — Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon had his least productive game in two years Sunday against Indianapolis, being limited to two catches for 15 yards. The Pro Bowl performer also was kept off the field for 15 plays, many of them on third down, which he admitted was an unwanted surprise. “I’m usually in 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 notes: Jordan Cameron happy to be back in lineup


BEREA — Browns tight end Jordan Cameron had a very eventful weekend, becoming a social media star and returning from a five-game absence. The former saw him post a Christmas-themed photo — with his 5-year-old son, Tristan, in matching Elf on the Shelf pajamas — and the latter featured him suiting up against the Colts. 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…