December 20, 2014


Browns, QB Brian Hoyer have a lot at stake against Colts

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Brian Hoyer’s season, and his future in Cleveland, could hinge on the first few series today vs. the Colts. Coach Mike Pettine yanked Hoyer for rookie Johnny Manziel in the fourth quarter last week in the loss to Buffalo, then admitted he and his staff had been discussing the topic for weeks as Hoyer’s accuracy Read More…

Browns Notes: Coordinator Jim O’Neil calls Joe Haden ‘best corner in football’

Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden, center, celebrates after intercepting a pass from Buffalo Bills quarterback Kyle Orton Sunday. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

BEREA — Coach Mike Pettine was grateful for the question about cornerback Joe Haden and raved about him for sentence after sentence. Defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil cut to the chase. “I think he’s the best corner in football,” O’Neil said Thursday. Haden has recovered beautifully after a rough start to the season. After giving up Read More…

Browns Josh Gordon, Brian Hoyer working on improving chemistry

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer, center, looks to pass to wide receiver Josh Gordon, right, against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

BEREA — The talent, production and Pro Bowl trip suggest otherwise, but receiver Josh Gordon remains a work in progress in his third season. Gordon’s struggling to master the nuances of coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s offense in his return from suspension. He read the coverage incorrectly Sunday in the loss to Buffalo and ran the wrong Read More…

Browns QB Brian Hoyer keeps starting job, calls it ‘business as usual’ as coach Mike Pettine chooses continuity

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BEREA — Brian Hoyer waited for the decision like the rest of the NFL world. He was the only one whose dream job was in jeopardy of being ripped away with four games left in a season with playoff possibilities. First-year coach Mike Pettine ended the suspense Wednesday morning, telling Hoyer he’s still the starting Read More…

Browns QB Johnny Manziel remains backup, uses decision as motivation

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel watches from the bench in the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — For the second time in four months, Johnny Manziel lost the decision to Brian Hoyer. He vowed to not let that happen again. “All this is going to do is motivate me to come in here to work every day, come to practice and continue to elevate my game to where next time Read More…

Browns analysis: The decision is difficult, but coach Mike Pettine should stick with QB Brian Hoyer

Cleveland Browns quarterbacks Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer stretch before a preseason game. Coach Mike Pettine is expected to name the starting quarterback today. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Mike Pettine’s assistant should make sure the boss’ office is loaded with coffee, Red Bull and 5-hour Energy. The rookie coach won’t get much sleep this week. Pettine spent Monday and Tuesday wrestling with the decision of whether to start Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel at quarterback for the Browns on Sunday against Indianapolis. When Read More…

Browns QB Brian Hoyer states his case to keep starting job, cites 10-5 record

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer celebrates after leading a game-winning scoring drive in Cleveland's home opener. (AP Photo/David Richard)

BEREA — Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer wants to finish what he started. And he stated his case this afternoon. “Because we’re here. We’re 7-5,” he said. “This just doesn’t happen by luck. It was hard-earned, and we’ve worked to get where we’re at.” Hoyer has started all 12 games, but was benched in favor of Read More…

Johnny Manziel leads Browns on 80-yard TD drive when he finally gets call

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills Sunday in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Bills won 26-10. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Johnny Manziel hopped off the bench — wearing a winter hat with the fuzzy ball on top — and feverishly looked for a ball to take some practice snaps. His chance had come. Finally. “That first drive, very nervous to get in there for the first time in a live game Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine said he hasn’t decided who will start at QB next week

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine reacts during the second half against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Coach Mike Pettine didn’t commit to sticking with rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel next week against the Colts following a 26-10 loss to the Bills. Pettine yanked Brian Hoyer this afternoon in the fourth quarter, and Manziel saw his first significant playing time of the season. Hoyer managed a field goal in Read More…

Bills 26, Browns 10: Johnny Manziel replaces struggling QB Brian Hoyer, scores TD in ugly loss


ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — With each inaccurate incompletion, foolish interception and failed trip inside the red zone, coach Mike Pettine inched closer to the move that could define his first season. When Brian Hoyer was intercepted for the second time by safety Da’Norris Searcy early in the fourth quarter Sunday, Pettine had reached his tipping Read More…