August 1, 2015

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Browns coach to the rescue: Mike Pettine denies team has soured on QB Manziel

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BEREA — Coach Mike Pettine defended Johnny Manziel following a run-in with a fan Saturday in Texas, then got defensive when discussing the quarterback’s play and future with the team. “I have no thoughts,” Pettine said Tuesday when asked about Manziel throwing a bottle of water toward a fan harassing him at a PGA Tour Read More…

Browns: More drama as Johnny Manziel chucks water bottle at fan

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Johnny Manziel threw a bottle of water at an 18-year-old harassing him for an autograph Saturday at the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament in Irving, Texas. Manziel missed, police arrived and the situation was diffused, Irving public information officer James McLellan said Sunday. No arrests were made, charges filed or tickets written, McLellan said. He Read More…

Browns are playing it safe with center Alex Mack

Cleveland offensive lineman Alex Mack, right, lines up with the offense during organized training activity in Berea Tuesday. (AP PHOTO)

BEREA — A lot has happened since center Alex Mack left the field on a cart with a broken left leg. He missed the first snap of his career, the running game ground to a halt, quarterback Brian Hoyer couldn’t sustain his solid play and was allowed to leave in free agency and the Browns Read More…

Browns: More Johnny Manziel praise, new OC John DeFillippo likes what he sees

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BEREA — New offensive coordinator John DeFilippo has had more than three months to pore over the game film of quarterback Johnny Manziel’s seven quarters as a rookie. He’s had three weeks in the classroom and a week on the field to get to know Manziel the student. DeFilippo’s encouraged by what he’s seen. “All Read More…

Pettine enjoying his role on offense

Scott Petrak The Gazette AURORA — Mike Pettine went back to school during the offseason. The curriculum consisted of one subject: the offensive system of first-year coordinator John DeFilippo. “I have flash cards to help me learn a lot of the formations,” Pettine said Friday at the Browns’ annual charity golf outing at Barrington Golf Read More…

Browns: More praise for Johnny Manziel

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BEREA — New offensive coordinator John DeFilippo has had more than three months to pore over the game film of quarterback Johnny Manziel’s seven quarters as a rookie. He’s had three weeks in the classroom and a week on the field to get to know Manziel the student. DeFilippo’s encouraged by what he’s seen. “All Read More…

McCown tops on depth chart

Scott Petrak The Gazette BEREA — Josh McCown is No. 1 on the quarterback depth chart, expected to stay there and the favorite to be the starter Week 1 when the Browns travel to play the New York Jets. Johnny Manziel isn’t competing for the starting job, is in a rotation at No. 2 and Read More…

A QB would have made draft great

The Browns had a good draft. Solid is another appropriate adjective. They filled needs with quality players, addressed both sides of the ball and increased depth on a roster that’s markedly improved over a few years ago. They added a productive pass rusher in Nate Orchard, an electric running back in Duke Johnson and took Read More…

Farmer sticks to strategy

Based on his first season at the helm, one can question the professionalism — and professional judgment — of Browns general manager Ray Farmer. No one, however, should have any doubts about his resolve. Farmer has continuously preached the importance of building a team through the trenches, not at the so-called skill positions. Cleveland stayed Read More…

Browns pick Orchard to beef up pass rush

Scott Petrak The Gazette BEREA — Fixing the pass rush came next on the Browns’ to-do list for draft weekend. They selected Utah’s Nate Orchard (6-foot-3¼, 250 pounds) in the second round Friday with the No. 51 pick. He was second in big-time college football in the fall with 18.5 sacks. He will convert from Read More…