December 22, 2014

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Johnny Football, Browns flattened vs. Panthers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Johnny Manziel’s foot slipped on a throw, leading to an injured left hamstring and a short afternoon. The Browns’ annual late-season slide reached four games with a 17-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Slip slidin’ away has been the soundtrack for the past month. With all hope Read More…

Browns’ Manziel looking toward next season

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Johnny Manziel walked to the locker room with head down, towel draped over it. A left hamstring injury had ended his afternoon, and possibly his rookie season, with 1:49 left in the first half. When the 17-13 loss to the Panthers was over Sunday, his eyes were up and focused on 2015. Read More…

Browns notes: Pettine keeps rookies on the bench

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Rookie coach Mike Pettine tried to teach rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert and rookie running back Terrance West a lesson Sunday by reducing their playing time. Gilbert, the No. 8 pick, didn’t play until the second quarter of Cleveland’s 17-13 loss to Carolina. West was active, but didn’t play at all. “Neither of Read More…

Panthers 17, Browns 13: Johnny Manziel leaves game with hamstring injury as Cleveland drops 4th straight

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Browns dropped their fourth straight game, and the evaluation of rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel was put on hold. The afternoon was a lose-lose. The Panthers scored a touchdown with 7:07 left to beat the Browns 17-13 at Bank of America Stadium. The Browns (7-8) have dropped five of six. They conclude Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns Pregame Notes: CB Joe Haden inactive; playoffs no longer possibility; points of interest; important numbers; prediction

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Browns cornerback Joe Haden is inactive for today’s game against the Carolina Panthers with a shoulder injury. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. Haden bruised the rotator cuff in his right shoulder last week in the 30-0 loss to the Bengals when he dived on an interception attempt and landed hard on the Read More…

Browns, Johnny Manziel confident last week was just a bump in the road

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Humbled, not shaken. Johnny Manziel’s first NFL start wasn’t what he hoped or expected. The disaster of a debut — a 30-0 loss to the Bengals — all but eliminated the Browns from the playoff chase and called into question, for some, Manziel’s ability to succeed at this level. Coordinator Kyle Shanahan Read More…

Browns QB Johnny Manziel says he needs to trust his eyes, and let ball fly

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel looks to pass against the Buffalo Bills Sunday. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

BEREA — Timid is not an adjective commonly used in connection with the risk-taking, hard-partying, trash-talking Johnny Manziel. That’s how he described his play Sunday in his first NFL start. “It’s just what I was telling myself throughout the week, when you see something and your eyes see it, trust it and then go out Read More…

Browns believe organization has rid itself of losing culture

The Cleveland Browns huddle up against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — Coach Mike Pettine and his players think Browns legend Bernie Kosar has it wrong. They insist the culture within the organization has changed for the better and will support a winner. They know the best way to demonstrate that is to stop the skid at three and finish the season with wins in Read More…

Scott Petrak: Remember when the Browns were relevant?

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel walks off the field with center Ryan Seymour after an interception by the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

A collection of thoughts with the season winding down, the Browns reeling and the playoffs out of the picture. Relevance was nice while it lasted. For the first time since 2007, the Browns entered December with a winning record. That meant extended excitement and finally games with real meaning. Unfortunately for Browns fans, the early Read More…

Browns QB Johnny Manziel humbled by 1st shutout of his football career

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel watches from the sidelines in the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — Johnny Manziel took home an unwanted souvenir from his first start. A giant goose egg. “It’s the first game I’ve ever not scored a point,” he said Monday. “I’ve played in a lot of games I feel like from high school through college and never been shut out until then, so it was Read More…