July 31, 2014

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Browns fire GM Savage

  PITTSBURGH – Phil Savage is out as Browns general manager. He was fired tonight after four years on the job. A team spokeswoman confirmed the decision at 6:30. The Browns ended a bitterly disappointing season at 4:06 with a 31-0 loss to the Steelers. The Browns went 4-12 this season to give Savage a Read More…

Romeo looking for first win against the Steelers

Romeo Crennel’s stoic demeanor rarely deviates, but last week he allowed some of his personality to show. He reflected on his four seasons, cracked a couple of jokes and seemed at ease, despite constant speculation about his coaching future. Perhaps it was the Christmas spirit. Perhaps it was the freedom of the season’s final week, Read More…

McGinest focusing on finale, not retirement decision

BEREA — Willie McGinest was in no mood to get sentimental Friday. He has a game to play Sunday in Pittsburgh, and that’s where his focus remained. Even if it could be the final game of a memorable 15-year career. McGinest, the 37-year-old outside linebacker, said in May that he planned to retire following this Read More…

Browns notes: Crennel to meet with Lerner next week

BEREA — Coach Romeo Crennel will get the chance to plead his case and try to save his job. Crennel said Friday that owner Randy Lerner told him they will meet next week. The season ends Sunday in Pittsburgh. “His schedule varies a little bit, so I’m looking at sometime next week,” Crennel said of Read More…

Scott Petrak: Charting the dismantling of Browns offense

 By now, anyone still paying attention to the Browns knows they haven’t scored an offensive touchdown in nearly 21 quarters. But the offense was a problem long before the touchdowns stopped Nov. 17, when Jerome Harrison ran 72 yards 13 seconds into the fourth quarter in a win over Buffalo. Long before Brady Quinn, then Read More…

Backup Browns QB may get start against team he rooted for as a child

BEREA — Bruce Gradkowski joined the Browns on Dec. 2, so he’s still learning the intricacies of the offense. But he doesn’t need any help grasping the depth of the Cleveland-Pittsburgh rivalry. Gradkowski was born in Pittsburgh, grew up a Steelers fan and eclipsed the Pennsylvania high school passing records of George Blanda, Joe Namath, Read More…

Browns: Stallworth signing hasn’t paid off

 BEREA — Donte Stallworth’s lost season epitomizes the Browns’ fortunes in 2008. He was billed as an upgrade to the offense when he signed a seven-year, $35 million contract in March, but has failed to produce anything close to expectations. As with the team as a whole, injury played a part, but fans remain frustrated. Read More…

Browns: Team takes fight off the field

 BEREA — The Browns may be 4-11, but they haven’t given up the fight. Defensive lineman Shaun Smith and quarterback Brady Quinn had a physical altercation last week that recently came to light, and coach Romeo Crennel said Monday he’ll plead his case to owner Randy Lerner in an attempt to keep his job. Jim Read More…

Report: Browns lineman punched Quinn

Scott Petrak   BEREA – Defensive lineman Shaun Smith and quarterback Brady Quinn had a physical altercation last week, according to multiple reports. Jim Donovan, the radio play-by-play voice of the team, reported on WKYC-TV that Smith punched Quinn after they traded verbal barbs in the weight room. Tight end Darnell Dinkins didn’t witness the Read More…

Pointless performance: Browns humbled by bottom-dwelling Bengals, finish 1-7 at home

CLEVELAND — Ken Dorsey’s first pass Sunday went for a touchdown. Sadly but predictably, it was a 50-yard interception return by Leon Hall. The early deficit, frigid and windy weather and Dorsey’s presence on the field added up to another dreadful day for the Browns, who lost 14-0 to the Bengals (3-11-1). The Browns fell Read More…