February 13, 2016

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Browns lead 17-7 at halftime after trick play

CLEVELAND – The Browns have become fun to watch. Not only have they dug deep in the playbook for the second straight week, they’re holding their own with the league’s best. The Browns (2-5) led the Patriots (6-1) on Sunday 17-7 at halftime after an innovative – and retro – play call that went for Read More…

Browns dominating Patriots, lead 10-0 after first quarter

CLEVELAND – The Browns picked up where they left off in New Orleans before the bye week. They scored on their first two possessions and stopped the Patriots to take a 10-0 lead after the first quarter. Phil Dawson kicked a 38-yard field goal on the first drive. On the ensuing kickoff, Dawson sent a Read More…

Browns pregame update: Mangini-Belichick close again (during warmups)

CLEVELAND – The tension was obvious early. As the Browns and Patriots went through pregame warmups, their coaches stood about 5 yards apart without engaging in a conversation. Welcome to Eric Mangini vs. Bill Belichick, Cleveland style. Mangini stood at the 50-yard line with defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, another former Belichick assistant, watching the Patriots Read More…

EC player learns dangers of concussions the hard way

Ricky Marshall sat in a hospital room on a Saturday morning last month, waiting to hear that everything was OK and he could go home. The doctor walked in with a different message. Marshall had bleeding in the brain and would be headed to another hospital to spend the night in intensive care. His football Read More…

Browns: Mangini vs. Belichick one of many story lines

CLEVELAND — The national focus will be on the postgame handshake between Browns coach Eric Mangini and Patriots coach Bill Belichick. But those waiting until 4 o’clock to tune in will miss enough story lines to fill a week of prime time. l Belichick’s return to Cleveland. The fans still hate him after his obnoxious Read More…

Browns: McCoy just fine with challenges

BEREA – On the road against the top-ranked Steelers defense. On the road against the Super Bowl champion Saints in a super-loud Superdome. At home against a Bill Belichick-coached Patriots defense. A tougher three-game stretch to open a career is difficult to imagine. But that’s exactly what Browns rookie quarterback Colt McCoy will have experienced Read More…

Browns QB Colt McCoy to make first home start Sunday

BEREA – Rookie quarterback Colt McCoy will make his first home start Sunday against Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. Veterans Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme missed practice again Friday as they recover from high ankle sprains. Neither has practiced since the Falcons game Oct. 10, but Wallace was listed as questionable on the Read More…

Browns QB Colt McCoy in line for another tough start

BEREA – The Steelers, Saints and now the Patriots. Rookie quarterback Colt McCoy is almost certain to continue his Murderers’ Row of opponents Sunday at home against New England. Seneca Wallace (high ankle sprain) didn’t practice again Thursday, leaving McCoy to take the first-team repetitions once again and on the path to make a third Read More…

Mangini, Belichick can’t get past troubled history

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BEREA — Quick with no eye contact. A sec­ond hand on the elbow and a few words exchanged. The pull-in to a semi-hug that’s popular in the locker room. The options are seemingly endless for the postgame handshake between Browns coach Eric Mangini and Patriots counterpart Bill Belichick. The buildup began Wednes­day for the midfield Read More…

Countdown to Mangini-Belichick begins; Colt McCoy in line for another start

BEREA – The buildup to Eric Mangini vs. Bill Belichick began Wednesday with a series of questions to the coaches. Some even were answered. The Browns (2-5) host the Patriots (6-1) on Sunday, and much of the focus will be on the coaches and their postgame handshake. “They seem to be very entertaining,” said Mangini, Read More…