October 2, 2014

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Browns looking to solve road woes by sticking together, staying poised behind QB Brian Hoyer

BEREA — Coach Mike Pettine believes one of the keys to winning on the road is staying united in a hostile environment. The Browns have become divided too many times in the last 15 years … and fallen hard. The Browns are a disastrous 33-89 on the road since returning in 1999, compared to an Read More…

Browns Notes: Long snappers Christian Yount, Charley Hughlett competing for job Sunday during practice this week

BEREA — It doesn’t have the sizzle of a quarterback controversy, but the Browns are waging a full-fledged, midseason long snapper competition. Christian Yount, who’s held the job since late in 2011, is on the active roster. He’s trying to hold off Charley Hughlett, who was signed Tuesday to the practice squad. “We’ll rotate those Read More…

Browns free safety Tashaun Gipson can pick off passes with the best of them, but league slow to catch on

Cleveland Browns free safety Tashaun Gipson runs back an interception against the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth quarter Sept. 21 in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Richard Sherman and … Tashaun Gipson? Anyone who knows anything about the NFL knows Sherman is the Seahawks’ All-Pro cornerback. He earned respect for his play on the league’s best defense, then became rock-star famous with his postgame rant after making the play that won the NFC championship. Anyone who isn’t from Cleveland, Wyoming or Read More…

Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer emerges confident and in charge

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After three starts last year, Brian Hoyer was headed to surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. After three starts this year, he headed to the bye week healthy and playing perhaps the best football of his career. With the preseason battle with rookie Johnny Manziel deep in the rearview mirror, the Browns are Read More…

Browns Notes: Offensive line coach praises rookie left guard Joel Bitonio

Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joel Bitonio blocks Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay against the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this season. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

BEREA — Offensive line coach Andy Moeller has been impressed with rookie left guard Joel Bitonio since before the draft. The first three games validated his opinion. “It’s not too big for him, not a lot of mistakes, not going the wrong way, not jumping offsides, being able to block one-on-one against Haloti Ngata,” Moeller Read More…

Browns WR Andrew Hawkins shows ability, versatility and toughness in hot start

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins runs the ball after making a catch against the Baltimore Ravens. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)

BEREA — Andrew Hawkins will never be mistaken for Josh Gordon, but he’s looked and played the part of the Browns’ No. 1 wideout in the All-Pro’s absence. Hawkins — all 5-foot-7, 180 pounds of him — has a team-high 21 catches for 244 yards (11.6 average) through three games. He ranks eighth in the Read More…

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

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith is defended by Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden Sept. 21. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)

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

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel reacts after being selected by the Cleveland Browns as the 22nd pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco tries to escape from Cleveland Browns inside linebacker Craig Robertson in the second quarter Sunday. (AP Photo/David Richard)

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

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine walks off the field after a 23-21 loss to the Baltimore Ravens Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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…