September 30, 2014

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Browns coach Mike Pettine gets emotional with family after 1st win

Mike Pettine

BEREA — The reality of his first win as an NFL head coach hit Mike Pettine a few steps into the tunnel from the field to the locker room. His teenage son, Ryan, and college daughter, Megan, ran up to him like he had spent the last two years overseas and gave him giant hugs, Read More…

Browns 26, Saints 24: Brian Hoyer leads winning drive, gets coach Mike Pettine his 1st win

Mike Pettine

CLEVELAND — The last time the Browns won a home opener, Brian Hoyer had a fresh diploma from St. Ignatius and was just starting his career at Michigan State. Johnny Manziel was in grade school in Texas. Mike Pettine was a lowly assistant with the Ravens, less than three years removed from his time as Read More…

Brian Dulik: Once again, Browns QB Brian Hoyer proves he has the clutch gene

Brian Hoyer, Kenny Vaccaro

Brian Hoyer gritted his teeth and took a deep breath when the Browns unveiled their “Johnny Football” offensive package Sunday afternoon. Then he went back into the game and showed the world why he is Cleveland’s starting quarterback — and rookie Johnny Manziel is his backup. Hoyer engineered a brilliant 14-play, 85-yard drive in the Read More…

Browns: Johnny Manziel makes uneventful debut

Johnny Manziel

CLEVELAND — Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan told a white lie when he said Johnny Manziel “probably” wouldn’t play Sunday against the Saints. Maybe he was just trying to keep New Orleans defensive coordinator and former Browns assistant coach, Rob Ryan, honest. Manziel, Cleveland’s high-profile rookie quarterback, made his regular-season debut in the Browns’ 26-24 win, Read More…

Saints’ tight end Jimmy Graham makes plays, but Browns defense makes more

Jimmy Graham

CLEVELAND — Jimmy Graham got his at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday, but the Browns got the win. As expected, Graham, an All-Pro tight end, was a force for New Orleans’ high-flying offense — catching 10 passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns from quarterback Drew Brees. But an inspired effort and big plays from Cleveland’s Read More…

Gordon could be back in Week 11

Gordon is serving an indefinite ban for failing at least his fourth drug test since being chosen by Cleveland in the second round of the 2012 supplemental draft. The league issued the minimum one-year suspension after denying his appeal on Aug. 27. No official statement on Gordon’s status was released by the NFL or the Read More…

Manziel OK with sitting, learning

Brian Dulik The Gazette BEREA — Right guard Vinston Painter was one of two Browns who were in uniform for their season opener in Pittsburgh but didn’t get into the game Sunday. He had pretty good company on the sideline. Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel also failed to step onto the field during Cleveland’s 30-27 loss Read More…

Browns: Union vote on drug policy expected Friday

Josh Gordon

BEREA — The NFL Players Association representatives will review and potentially vote on a new drug policy Friday, union spokesman George Atallah tweeted Thursday night. Safety Johnson Bademosi is the Browns’ rep and said Thursday he hoped a new policy would pass and allow suspended Browns receiver Josh Gordon to return to the field. “I Read More…

Browns offensive line clears the way in first game in coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s zone blocking scheme

Browns Steelers Football

BEREA — The offensive linemen were huffing and puffing, but they just kept knocking down the Steelers. The hurry-up offense the Browns turned to in the second half of the opening loss is hardest on the 300-plus-pound men in the trenches, but that didn’t stop Cleveland’s starting five from controlling the line of scrimmage. That’s Read More…

Browns Notes: Rookie RBs Terrance West, Isaiah Crowell to step further into spotlight with Ben Tate sidelined

Mike Mitchell, Isaiah Crowell

BEREA — The Browns are left with only rookie running backs following a knee sprain suffered by starter Ben Tate. That’s fine with rookie coach Mike Pettine. “We like the guys that we have,” he said Wednesday. Tate, signed as a free agent, was ruled out for Sunday’s home opener against the Saints, but Pettine Read More…