January 27, 2015


Browns QB Johnny Manziel says he needs to trust his eyes, and let ball fly

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel looks to pass against the Buffalo Bills. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

BEREA — Timid is not an adjective commonly used in connection with the risk-taking, hard-partying, trash-talking Johnny Manziel. That’s how he described his play Sunday in his first NFL start. “It’s just what I was telling myself throughout the week, when you see something and your eyes see it, trust it and then go out Read More…

Browns believe organization has rid itself of losing culture

The Cleveland Browns huddle up against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — Coach Mike Pettine and his players think Browns legend Bernie Kosar has it wrong. They insist the culture within the organization has changed for the better and will support a winner. They know the best way to demonstrate that is to stop the skid at three and finish the season with wins in Read More…

Scott Petrak: Remember when the Browns were relevant?

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel walks off the field with center Ryan Seymour after an interception by the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

A collection of thoughts with the season winding down, the Browns reeling and the playoffs out of the picture. Relevance was nice while it lasted. For the first time since 2007, the Browns entered December with a winning record. That meant extended excitement and finally games with real meaning. Unfortunately for Browns fans, the early Read More…

Browns QB Johnny Manziel humbled by 1st shutout of his football career

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel watches from the sidelines in the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — Johnny Manziel took home an unwanted souvenir from his first start. A giant goose egg. “It’s the first game I’ve ever not scored a point,” he said Monday. “I’ve played in a lot of games I feel like from high school through college and never been shut out until then, so it was Read More…

Browns Notes: Bernie Kosar rips organization, says it lacks leadership, winning culture

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine watches his team warm up before an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer, Colt McCoy, Brandon Weeden. According to Browns legend Bernie Kosar, it doesn’t matter who’s playing quarterback if the organization continues to have flawed leadership. “They don’t know how to lead and organize and set a culture to play winning football, to win in the NFL consistently,” Kosar said Monday Read More…

‘My heart was broken:’ Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins explains why he wore shirt


BEREA — With tears filling his eyes, Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins got to the heart of his decision to wear a T-shirt calling for justice in the deaths of a Cleveland boy and an Ohio man at the hands of police officers over his uniform jersey Sunday during introductions before the game against the Bengals. Read More…

Bengals 30, Browns 0: Johnny Manziel’s 1st start a giant dud


CLEVELAND — The giant steel ball struck first on Cleveland’s third offensive play. It didn’t stop swinging until the demolition was complete. The Cincinnati Bengals wrecked Johnny Manziel’s first NFL start Sunday at a stunned and silenced FirstEnergy Stadium. The Browns expected energy and fire in the much anticipated beginning of the Manziel Era. Instead, Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns Pregame Update: LeBron wishes Johnny luck; inactives; points of interest; important numbers; the prediction

CLEVELAND — The Johnny Manziel era begins today at 1 p.m. at what will be a raucous FirstEnergy Stadium. Manziel, the No. 22 pick in the draft in May, will make his first NFL start as the Browns (7-6) host the Cincinnati Bengals (8-4-1). “Best of luck to my lil brother @jmanziel2 on making his Read More…

Hype covers world for Johnny Manziel’s first start with Browns

Johnny Manziel

Coach Mike Pettine’s most notable decision of the week was turning to Johnny Manziel as the starting quarterback. The easiest was picking the offense to be introduced before the game. With the crowd asking to be whipped into a frenzy, Pettine is going to feed it. Manziel’s time is finally here, and it’s been embraced Read More…

Hall of Famer Jim Brown applauds LeBron James, other athletes for non-violent protests

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, wears an "I Can't Breathe" shirt before an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center in New York. A social activist most of his adult life, Cleveland Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown has been encouraged to see athletes make powerful societal statements and voice their opinions in the wake of recent protests around the country. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

BEREA — Hall of Famer Jim Brown, an activist for 50 years, is proud of the athletes who took a stand by non-violently protesting recent deaths of black men after encounters with police officers. “I just like the leadership that they’re showing, and nobody can get the kind of attention that they can get,” Brown Read More…