October 22, 2014

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Browns CB Joe Haden disappointed in his start, says he hasn’t played up to his ability

Torrey Smith, Joe Haden

BEREA — Cornerback Joe Haden wasn’t offended when coach Mike Pettine said he needs to play better in the big moments. He was thinking the same thing. “I’m one of my biggest critics and I know that I haven’t been playing up to my ability and it’s been some plays where definitely I need to Read More…

Browns Notes: QB coach Dowell Loggains trusts Johnny Manziel over long weekend

BEREA — When practice concludes today, Browns players won’t be required at team headquarters until Tuesday. That’s more than four days for rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel to find an inflatable swan, a money phone and himself back on TMZ. “I don’t know what Johnny’s plans are,” quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains said Wednesday. “I’m sure Coach Read More…

Scott Petrak: Browns have plenty to fix on their bye week

Joe Flacco, Craig Robertson

An early bye week is far from ideal. The season isn’t yet at a full lather, and the brutality hasn’t taken its toll on the roster. The break makes much more sense after six or eight games, rather than three. “It’s good to get away, but do you really need to get away?” quarterback Brian Read More…

Browns Mike Pettine: Last place is last place, but there are positives

Mike Pettine

BEREA — Football coaches and players like to say that the game film doesn’t lie. It can deceive. “I told the team today that there are times when you could make a cut-up of us and just say this team is unbeatable,” coach Mike Pettine said Monday. “Then you could make a cut-up and say Read More…

Browns Notes: Coach Mike Pettine says CB Joe Haden not making big plays when needed

Steve Smith, Joe Haden

BEREA — When the Browns gave Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden a five-year, $68 million extension through 2019 in May, it came with great expectations. He hasn’t lived up to the contract through three games. “He’s played well at times, but as you can see, at some inopportune times he’s not played well,” coach Mike Read More…

Commentary: Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer received little support in loss

Brian Hoyer

Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer played a near-perfect game Sunday afternoon, completing 14 straight passes on his way to 290 yards and a touchdown against the Ravens. Unfortunately for the Browns, the same couldn’t be said about many of his teammates, who allowed Baltimore to steal a 23-21 win at FirstEnergy Stadium. “That’s a very good Read More…

Ravens 23, Browns 21: Special teams, missed chances lead to loss

Justin Tucker, Sam Koch

CLEVELAND — The Browns had the chance to go into the bye week 2-1. They had the chance to have a mountain of momentum following last week’s win over the Saints. They had the chance to move a game ahead of the Ravens in the AFC North. They had the chance to prove they aren’t Read More…

Browns special teams stumble badly against Ravens

Asa Jackson, Billy Cundiff

CLEVELAND — With the game hanging in the balance Sunday, the Browns’ special teams couldn’t tip the scale. Not only did the kicking game not help the Browns, it cost them dearly in a 23-21 loss to the Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium that was decided when Justin Tucker nailed a 32-yard field goal as time Read More…

Browns notes: Penalty negates trick play, spoils Johnny Manziel’s big moment

Johnny Manziel

CLEVELAND — The legend of “Johnny Football” could have grown exponentially Sunday afternoon, if not for an ill-timed penalty in the Browns’ 23-21 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel caught a 39-yard pass from Brian Hoyer in the second quarter, but it was erased because of an illegal shift committed by rookie Read More…

‘Juice’ gets loose: Cloverleaf grad scores 1st career touchdown in NFL

WEBSLIDEjuice

Ravens fullback Kyle Juszczyk couldn’t have written a better script for his homecoming Sunday afternoon. The former Cloverleaf High standout scored his first NFL touchdown on a 9-yard reception from Joe Flacco — and recorded his first three catches in the league — as Baltimore edged the Browns 23-21 in Cleveland. Juszczyk celebrated his score Read More…