December 17, 2014

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Brian Dulik: This wasn’t the debut Johnny Football had envisioned

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Johnny Manziel will have many more opportunities to wreck this league, but his first NFL start went as well as the Titanic’s initial showdown with an iceberg. The rookie quarterback was overmatched — and completely overwhelmed — from start to finish Sunday as the Cincinnati Bengals routed the Browns 30-0. Johnny Football threw two terrible Read More…

Browns Notes: Secondary takes injury hit

Cleveland’s Joe Haden tries for an interception Sunday during a loss to the Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium. Haden left the game in the first half with a shoulder injury. (AP photo)

CLEVELAND — Cornerbacks Joe Haden and Justin Gilbert are the latest additions to the Browns’ long list of injuries, both being hurt Sunday in a 30-0 loss to Cincinnati at FirstEnergy Stadium. Pro Bowl honoree Haden exited with a right shoulder injury, while Gilbert was diagnosed with a possible concussion later in the second quarter. Read More…

Safety Jim Leonhard filling in nicely for Browns

Cleveland Browns defensive back Jim Leonhard returns an interception against the Indianapolis Colts Dec. 7 in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

BEREA — Browns safety Jim Leonhard is a well-respected pro playing for his fifth team in his 10th NFL season. The Wisconsin native also is considered an on-field coach by Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden, so much so that he defers to Leonhard’s judgment in complex sets. Yet, despite all of those facts, there is Read More…

Browns notes: Struggling Josh Gordon says effort isn’t the problem

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer throws a pass to wide receiver Josh Gordon against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday. (AP Photo/David Richard)

BEREA — Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon had his least productive game in two years Sunday against Indianapolis, being limited to two catches for 15 yards. The Pro Bowl performer also was kept off the field for 15 plays, many of them on third down, which he admitted was an unwanted surprise. “I’m usually in Read More…

Browns notes: Jordan Cameron happy to be back in lineup

Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron runs the ball against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — Browns tight end Jordan Cameron had a very eventful weekend, becoming a social media star and returning from a five-game absence. The former saw him post a Christmas-themed photo — with his 5-year-old son, Tristan, in matching Elf on the Shelf pajamas — and the latter featured him suiting up against the Colts. Read More…

Browns Notes: Billy Cundiff continues slump, misses FG in 5th straight game

Cleveland Browns kicker Billy Cundiff boots a 39-yard field goal against the Indianapolis Colts. (AP Photo/David Richard)

CLEVELAND — Five missed field goals in five weeks have placed Browns kicker Billy Cundiff squarely on the hot seat. Cundiff failed on a 40-yard attempt and made a 39-yarder Sunday as the Indianapolis Colts edged Cleveland 25-24 at FirstEnergy Stadium. The ninth-year pro is 7-for-12 on field goal attempts over the last five games Read More…

Brian Dulik: It’s time to make the move to Johnny Manziel

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel warms up before the game against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Browns coach Mike Pettine showed admirable courage and loyalty by starting Brian Hoyer at quarterback against the Indianapolis Colts. In return, Hoyer gave him myriad reasons why rookie Johnny Manziel should be under center for the rest of the season. Hoyer managed only 140 passing yards and threw two interceptions Sunday, allowing Indianapolis to rally Read More…

Colts running back Trent Richardson ignores his critics, says he’s still the same player Browns drafted third in 2012

BEREA — Colts running back Trent Richardson willingly admits his NFL career hasn’t gone as planned. “T-Rich” didn’t expect the Browns to draft him with the No. 3 overall pick in 2012, nor did he expect them to trade him two games into the next season. More than anything else, though, the former Alabama standout Read More…

Browns Notes: Josh Cribbs wishes Browns would have called him

Josh Cribbs returns a punt for the Indianapolis Colts against the Jaguars on Nov. 23. Cribbs said he wanted to come back and play for the Browns but the team never contacted him. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

BEREA — Week after week, Joshua Cribbs sat at home watching the Browns’ punt return follies, waiting to be called upon to help. Cleveland general manager Ray Farmer, however, never contacted him — and was indignant when his name was mentioned at a press conference. Indianapolis wound up signing Cribbs to a one-year contract Nov. Read More…

Browns: Pettine not ready to make decision on starting QB

Brian Hoyer, left, and Johnny Manziel will vie for the Browns starting quarterback job.

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…