September 15, 2014

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Browns Notes: Despite recent criticism, Kyle Shanahan happy with Johnny Manziel

Kyle Shanahan, Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer

BEREA – Kyle Shanahan never designed a package of plays for his backup quarterback to run in a game in his previous six years as an offensive coordinator. He’s willing to consider it with rookie Johnny Manziel. “Yeah, I think it can work,” Shanahan said Thursday after practice. “Other people have done it. It’s had Read More…

Mike Pettine not sure Steelers consider Browns series a rivalry

Mike Pettine

BEREA — Mike Pettine’s question mark made a statement. The rookie coach talked to his players about the history of Browns vs. Steelers, who will renew acquaintances Sunday in Pittsburgh in the season opener. His presentation included a slide: Rivalry? “I researched the history and I talked to the players about it. It’s not pretty,” Read More…

Browns notes: ESPN analyst Merril Hoge rips Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel

BEREA — ESPN analyst Merril Hoge hasn’t changed his predraft opinion of Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel. In fact, it’s gotten stronger. And nastier. “If you’re the Steelers defense you want No. 2 to walk out on that field,” Hoge told WDVE-FM in Pittsburgh on Wednesday morning. “You want him on that field. “He has Read More…

Steelers expect to face 2 Browns quarterbacks … Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel

Browns coach Mike Pettine wants to keep the Steelers guessing regarding a possible package of plays for rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel for the opener Sunday in Pittsburgh. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is guessing he’ll see Manziel. “We have a great deal of respect for Johnny Manziel and his talents and what he did to get Read More…

Ben Tate finally a No. 1 running back, and the Browns are counting on him

Ben Tate

BEREA — Ben Tate has been waiting for this opportunity since he entered the league as a second-round pick of Houston in 2010. Not only did he pull away from rookie third-rounder Terrance West in the preseason to keep the starting running back job, Tate will open the year as the primary third-down back after Read More…

Browns Notes: New arrival LaRon Byrd has height, sees opportunity in undersized receiving corps

LaRon Byrd

BEREA — LaRon Byrd arrived at Browns headquarters and joined his new teammates partway through practice Monday afternoon. He immediately became the biggest receiver (6-foot-4, 220 pounds) on the field. “I’m definitely excited,” he said. “The opportunity is there. You have to come in and listen to the coaches, work hard in practice and hopefully Read More…

Boring offense OK if it scores

Scott Petrak The Gazette The excitement level in the stands rises significantly when rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel takes the field. Coach Mike Pettine doesn’t believe that translates to an increase in energy in the huddle compared to when starter Brian Hoyer is running the show. “Yeah, I don’t agree with that,” he said Friday on Read More…

Today is decision day for Browns

Scott Petrak The Gazette Decisions, decisions. Make that decisions, decisions, decisions, decisions. Browns general manager Ray Farmer and the coaching staff met Friday as they prepared to trim the roster to the regular-season limit of 53 by 4 p.m. today. Coach Mike Pettine said no moves had been made when he talked to reporters Friday Read More…

Browns offense finally clicks, does some good things in 33-13 win over Bears

Johnny Manziel

CLEVELAND — Brian Hoyer and the starting offense got the touchdown drive they needed heading into the season. Johnny Manziel was a mixed bag of magic and misses — exactly what the sparse crowd came to see. Mike Pettine got his first win as a head coach since 2001, when he was stalking the sidelines Read More…

Browns Notes: Josh Gordon’s flirtation with CFL ends quickly

Josh Gordon

CLEVELAND — Oh, Canada. Josh Gordon hardly knew ye. Gordon, Cleveland’s All-Pro receiver, was weighing his options Thursday, a day after the NFL upheld the indefinite suspension that will sideline him for the 2014 season. He considered playing in the Canadian Football League, according to a league source, but quickly found out that wasn’t possible. Read More…