April 21, 2014

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Complete collapse: Browns falter late against Ravens, blow 14-point lead in falling to 3-5

CLEVELAND — Outsiders wonder why Cleveland fans always assume the worst is waiting around the corner. They need look no further than the Browns’ 37-27 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday for the explanation. The day was shaping up beautifully. The sun was shining, the city was buzzing with the downtown appearance of Barack Read More…

Browns vs. Ravens: Thumbs down for Edwards, up for Flacco

THUMBS DOWN Braylon Edwards, Browns receiver Baltimore had forged a tie at 27 to open the fourth quarter, but on third-and-7 from the Cleveland 23-yard line, Derek Anderson stayed in the pocket despite pressure and made his best throw of the season.  Fifty yards later, it dropped perfectly in the hands of Edwards, who was Read More…

Browns offensive line finally finding some cohesiveness, just in time to face always-tough Ravens defense

CLEVELAND — An offensive line is a complex organism. Five 300-plus-pound men are asked to meld into a cohesive unit. They communicate with grunts and gestures. They pull and trap in unison. They share meeting rooms, dinner tables and hunting trips. An offensive line is a complex organism. It’s never the same two years in Read More…

Ravens finding options: Former Buckeye QB Troy Smith adds new wrinkle, gives Browns defense something to think about

BEREA — The Ravens spoiled the surprise. If they would’ve waited another week, they could’ve sprung Troy Smith on an unsuspecting Browns defense in his Cleveland homecoming. Instead, Smith made his debut as a “slash” option Sunday in a 29-10 win over the Raiders. He joined starting quarterback Joe Flacco on the field for a Read More…

Browns notes: Red-zone failures giving offense the blues

BEREA — Offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski had an extra item on his to-do list this week, and it was an important one. Fix the goal-line offense. “We’ve talked quite a bit about it. Obviously it was something that was disappointing,” he said Friday. The Browns have reached the opponent’s 1-yard line three times in the Read More…

Browns’ Lewis wants to run the ball, not his mouth, but speaking up after last Ravens game turned out OK

BEREA — As the game got away in a seven-minute flurry of interceptions, incompletions and Baltimore touchdowns, Jamal Lewis steamed. After averaging 4.4 yards on nine first-half carries as the Browns took a lead against his former team, Lewis had been relegated to bystander in the pivotal third quarter. So when the 28-10 Week 3 Read More…

Browns notes: Baltimore Raven and Elyria native Nakamura ready to play in front of the hometown fans

BEREA — Haruki Nakamura will be one of the enemies Sunday at Cleveland Browns Stadium, but he can’t wait to see some friendly faces. “I’m very excited,” Nakamura said Thursday by phone. “The biggest thing for me is having fun and everybody getting a chance to watch me play again. The last time a lot Read More…

Browns: NT Rogers surprising critics so far

 BEREA — Shaun Rogers’ play at nose tackle has been dominant, capped by a one-man-wrecking-crew performance Sunday in a 23-17 win over Jacksonville. Just as impressive — and surprising to his critics in Detroit — has been Rogers’ presence on the practice field, in meetings and in the locker room. According to his coach and Read More…

Browns analysis: Romeo deserves credit for handling rough week

Romeo Crennel hasn’t won over many fans in his three-plus years as head coach of the Browns. But that list deserved to grow last week. Crennel did a masterful job under trying circumstances, then capped the difficult week with a 23-17 road win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Crennel’s week started with meeting after Read More…

Browns 23, Jaguars 17: Winslow not required in win

 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The ball hung in the air. With it, the Browns season hung in the balance. The most important play of Cleveland’s season to date began at the 26-yard line with nine seconds left. Jacksonville’s Matt Jones, the basketball player masquerading as a receiver, got his outstretched hands on the ball in the Read More…