On a rainy afternoon in downtown Cincinnati, the Browns’ playoff hopes were submerged in the Ohio River.
Cleveland’s offense was overmatched and its special teams were anything but, allowing the Bengals to come from behind for a 41-20 rout Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.
The loss essentially eliminated the Browns from the AFC North Division race, but …Read More
CINCINNATI — Meaningful turned maddening. Relevant became ridiculous. A chance for first place devolved into a fight to stay out of last.
All in a historically horrid second quarter that made last week’s talk of the Browns being in playoff contention seem premature, if not absurd.
BEREA — Jason Campbell’s “off day” schedule filled up quickly Tuesday. He was a guest on NFL Network’s morning show, then did a national radio interview.
A forgotten man for much of the last two years, he’s suddenly back in demand as quarterback of a Browns team unexpectedly in the playoff picture in November.
“It is just …Read More
I truly enjoy covering the NFL.
I love the fact that every game is an event, not to mention the scouting combine and draft. That it’s the most popular sport in Northeast Ohio and the country. That fans talk Browns 12 months a year, even when they’ve been awful for most of the last two decades.
But …Read More
Rob Chudzinski has been unflappable. Through the series of disruptions in the first nine games of his head coaching career, Chudzinski remained a calm, collected, confident presence to an outside world predicting distraction, disaster and defeats for his young team. His voice never cracked, his expectations never lowered, his focus never wavered.
The situation hasn’t seemed …Read More
BEREA — Quentin Groves’ season is over.
The outside linebacker was placed on injured reserve Monday and will have surgery on his left ankle in the next couple of weeks. He originally suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 2, returned to the lineup a couple of times but kept aggravating the injury.
“Quentin’s a valuable part …Read More
BEREA — The Browns were bundled up Monday as they came back from the bye, but the blustery practice conditions couldn’t take the bounce from their step.
Buoyed by their win over the Ravens on Nov. 3 and Baltimore’s overtime win against Cincinnati on Sunday, Cleveland’s players were bubbling over the possibilities of the next seven …Read More
The Browns are 4-5 at the bye, their best record through nine games since they were 5-4 in 2007. For those who guessed a 7-9 finish in the preseason, the Browns are right on schedule.
No one, however, could’ve predicted the route they traveled to arrive at 4-5.
Running back Trent Richardson and quarterback Brandon Weeden …Read More
BEREA — Fullback Chris Ogbonnaya proudly calls himself “one of the utility guys” on the Browns’ offense, along with tight ends Gary Barnidge and MarQueis Gray.
Going forward, though, Ogbonnaya will have a much more defined role.
Cleveland coach Rob Chudzinski and offensive coordinator Norv Turner both indicated they plan on giving the 6-foot, 225-pounder more carries …Read More
BEREA — Receiver Greg Little isn’t remorseful about his pair of 15-yard penalties Sunday in a win over the Baltimore Ravens. He justified his actions by claiming self-defense.
“He was choking me,” Little said Wednesday, referring to Ravens safety James Ihedigbo. “There’s a thin line between football and just morals, and I’m not going to let …Read More