July 25, 2014

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Browns analysis: Play’s been bad, but the breaks have been even worse

It’s never too late to play the what-if game. The Browns are 4-9 and the season’s been hopeless for weeks. Changes are almost certainly coming, and may be drastic enough to include a new coach, new general manager and 25 new players. But what if a little luck had gone their way? What if they Read More…

Going’s getting tough: Lewis not thinking about closing in on milestone, just about getting a win

BEREA — Jamal Lewis is one good game from becoming the 24th person in NFL history to reach 10,000 yards rushing. He’s been waiting for that good game all year. Lewis has 9,905 yards in his nine-year career and could hit the milestone Monday night in Philadelphia with 95 yards. He’s rushed for 100 yards Read More…

Browns notes: Hurting Cribbs doesn’t plan to slow down

BEREA — Joshua Cribbs is human. Just don’t say it to his face. Despite tightness in his lower back, Cribbs is expected to see more time Monday night at quarterback as part of the “Flash” package. The increased workload figures to include 8-12 snaps in the backfield, so Romeo Crennel said the coaches will manage Read More…

Mettle in the middle: Browns linebacker Jackson’s star on rise

BEREA — D’Qwell Jackson is in the middle of everything these days. He lines up at inside linebacker on every play and had two interceptions, a career-high 20 tackles (12 solo), one tackle for loss and two passes defensed Sunday against the Titans. He leads the NFL with 130 tackles, according to nfl.com, and the Read More…

Petrak: Browns fans heading down ugly road

Let’s get this out of the way first. Browns fans are still my favorite. Who else keeps their team’s name, colors and history after it leaves for another city? Who else packs a flight to Nashville, Tenn., even though the object of their affection is awful and the economy worse? Who else has guys named Read More…

So, who’s got next? Some possibilities should the Browns decide not to bring Romeo Crennel back as coach next season

BEREA — The Browns’ season has been done for quite some time, but the point — a painful and obvious one — was driven home Sunday in Tennessee. Watching Ken Dorsey try to compete with a Super Bowl contender caused an instinctive move toward the fast-forward button. While NFL rules demand the Browns play the Read More…

Schottenheimer says he’s more interested in front office than returning as Browns head coach

BEREA — Marty Schottenheimer is intrigued by the possibility of teaming with Bill Cowher, perhaps in a front-office role, but doesn’t envision a Cleveland coaching return. “I don’t see that as being likely at all,” Schottenheimer said Monday on his show on Sirius NFL Radio. “I really don’t.” Schottenheimer, who coached the Browns from 1984-88, Read More…

This clinch was a cinch: Browns put up little resistance as Titans breeze to AFC South title

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Music City Miracle wasn’t in the cards for the Browns. Instead, the predictable happened Sunday in the land of cowboy boots and the Grand Ole Opry. The terrific Tennessee Titans beat the bumbling Browns 28-9. What’d you expect in a season of little luck and great disappointment? The Titans clinched the Read More…

Dorsey can’t provide any relief for Browns’ touchdown drought

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Ken Dorsey shouldn’t feel bad. Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson couldn’t score a touchdown, either. Dorsey, the third-string quarterback pressed into service after a pair of season-ending injuries, failed to lead a touchdown drive Sunday in a 28-9 loss to the Tennessee Titans. The Browns have gone three games without a touchdown. Read More…

Browns notes: Time for ‘The Return’? Report says Schottenheimer might be in line for Crennel’s job

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Browns’ second choice might be an old choice. In more ways than one. Former Browns coach Marty Schottenheimer could be the team’s pick to replace Romeo Crennel next season if Bill Cowher says no, according to an ESPN.com report. Chris Mortensen, citing unnamed sources, reported the Browns are formulating a plan Read More…