December 18, 2014

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Browns Notes: Billy Cundiff continues slump, misses FG in 5th straight game

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CLEVELAND — Five missed field goals in five weeks have placed Browns kicker Billy Cundiff squarely on the hot seat. Cundiff failed on a 40-yard attempt and made a 39-yarder Sunday as the Indianapolis Colts edged Cleveland 25-24 at FirstEnergy Stadium. The ninth-year pro is 7-for-12 on field goal attempts over the last five games Read More…

QB Brian Hoyer bombs again as Cleveland’s playoff hopes dealt big blow by Colts’ comeback

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CLEVELAND — Playing for his job and quite possibly his future in Cleveland, quarterback Brian Hoyer came up short. And long. And wide. In the biggest game of his career, he was again a shadow of his former self, misfiring repeatedly as his personal slide stretched to four games. And rookie Johnny Manziel never left Read More…

Brian Dulik: It’s time to make the move to Johnny Manziel

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Browns coach Mike Pettine showed admirable courage and loyalty by starting Brian Hoyer at quarterback against the Indianapolis Colts. In return, Hoyer gave him myriad reasons why rookie Johnny Manziel should be under center for the rest of the season. Hoyer managed only 140 passing yards and threw two interceptions Sunday, allowing Indianapolis to rally Read More…

Ohio State makes strong statement for playoff bid with 59-0 win over Wisconsin

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INDIANAPOLIS — While Ohio State fans chanted “We want ’Bama,” coach Urban Meyer argued for an opportunity. Moments after No. 6 Ohio State finished its 59-0 rout of No. 11 Wisconsin, Meyer hoisted the Big Ten championship trophy in the air and lobbied for a spot in the inaugural College Football Playoff. “I don’t think Read More…

‘T-Rich’ has seen his share of twists, turns

Brian Dulik The Gazette BEREA — Colts running back Trent Richardson willingly admits that his NFL career hasn’t gone as planned. “T-Rich” didn’t expect the Browns to draft him with the No. 3 overall pick in 2012, nor did he expect them to trade him two games into the next season. More than anything else, Read More…

Browns Josh Gordon, Brian Hoyer working on improving chemistry

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BEREA — The talent, production and Pro Bowl trip suggest otherwise, but receiver Josh Gordon remains a work in progress in his third season. Gordon’s struggling to master the nuances of coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s offense in his return from suspension. He read the coverage incorrectly Sunday in the loss to Buffalo and ran the wrong Read More…

Browns Notes: Coordinator Jim O’Neil calls Joe Haden ‘best corner in football’

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BEREA — Coach Mike Pettine was grateful for the question about cornerback Joe Haden and raved about him for sentence after sentence. Defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil cut to the chase. “I think he’s the best corner in football,” O’Neil said Thursday. Haden has recovered beautifully after a rough start to the season. After giving up Read More…

Gordon still work in progress

Scott Petrak The Gazette BEREA — The talent, production and Pro Bowl trip suggest otherwise, but receiver Josh Gordon remains a work in progress in his third season. Gordon’s struggling to master the nuances of coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s offense in his return from suspension. He read the coverage incorrectly Sunday in the loss to Buffalo Read More…

Browns Notes: Josh Cribbs wishes Browns would have called him

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BEREA — Week after week, Joshua Cribbs sat at home watching the Browns’ punt return follies, waiting to be called upon to help. Cleveland general manager Ray Farmer, however, never contacted him — and was indignant when his name was mentioned at a press conference. Indianapolis wound up signing Cribbs to a one-year contract Nov. Read More…

Browns QB Johnny Manziel remains backup, uses decision as motivation

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BEREA — For the second time in four months, Johnny Manziel lost the decision to Brian Hoyer. He vowed to not let that happen again. “All this is going to do is motivate me to come in here to work every day, come to practice and continue to elevate my game to where next time Read More…