December 19, 2014


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…

Browns QB Brian Hoyer keeps starting job, calls it ‘business as usual’ as coach Mike Pettine chooses continuity

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BEREA — Brian Hoyer waited for the decision like the rest of the NFL world. He was the only one whose dream job was in jeopardy of being ripped away with four games left in a season with playoff possibilities. First-year coach Mike Pettine ended the suspense Wednesday morning, telling Hoyer he’s still the starting Read More…

Browns analysis: The decision is difficult, but coach Mike Pettine should stick with QB Brian Hoyer

Johnny Manziel

Mike Pettine’s assistant should make sure the boss’ office is loaded with coffee, Red Bull and 5-hour Energy. The rookie coach won’t get much sleep this week. Pettine spent Monday and Tuesday wrestling with the decision of whether to start Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel at quarterback for the Browns on Sunday against Indianapolis. When Read More…

Browns notes: Miles Austin still hospitalized with kidney injury

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BEREA — Browns wide receiver Miles Austin remains hospitalized at the Erie County Medical Center as doctors determine the extent of his damaged kidney. The 30-year-old receiver experienced abdominal discomfort Sunday following Cleveland’s 26-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills. He was transported from Ralph Wilson Stadium in an ambulance and admitted to the suburban medical Read More…

Browns: Pettine not ready to make decision on starting QB


BEREA — Browns coach Mike Pettine described his team’s offense as “listless” and “stagnant,” but insisted that he hasn’t decided to bench quarterback Brian Hoyer. At the same time, he made it clear that rookie Johnny Manziel is a strong candidate to start this week when Cleveland hosts Indianapolis. “I’m not ready to make decision Read More…

Browns QB Brian Hoyer states his case to keep starting job, cites 10-5 record

Brian Hoyer

BEREA — Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer wants to finish what he started. And he stated his case this afternoon. “Because we’re here. We’re 7-5,” he said. “This just doesn’t happen by luck. It was hard-earned, and we’ve worked to get where we’re at.” Hoyer has started all 12 games, but was benched in favor of Read More…

Johnny Manziel leads Browns on 80-yard TD drive when he finally gets call


ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Johnny Manziel hopped off the bench — wearing a winter hat with the fuzzy ball on top — and feverishly looked for a ball to take some practice snaps. His chance had come. Finally. “That first drive, very nervous to get in there for the first time in a live game Read More…

Bills 26, Browns 10: Johnny Manziel replaces struggling QB Brian Hoyer, scores TD in ugly loss


ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — With each inaccurate incompletion, foolish interception and failed trip inside the red zone, coach Mike Pettine inched closer to the move that could define his first season. When Brian Hoyer was intercepted for the second time by safety Da’Norris Searcy early in the fourth quarter Sunday, Pettine had reached his tipping Read More…

Brian Dulik: Are Hoyer’s days as the starter numbered?


Brian Hoyer kept a stiff upper lip and insisted that he was still the best quarterback on the Browns. Unfortunately, his statistics — and the actions of coach Mike Pettine — said otherwise. Hoyer threw two interceptions and failed to score a touchdown Sunday, prompting his benching in the fourth quarter of the Buffalo Bills’ Read More…

Browns notes: Terrance West fumble proved costly


ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Browns coach Mike Pettine didn’t hesitate to throw Terrance West under the bus Sunday afternoon. The rookie running back fumbled midway through the third quarter, and Jerry Hughes returned it for an 18-yard touchdown as the Buffalo Bills beat Cleveland 26-10. West’s fumble occurred one play — exactly 10 seconds — after Read More…