December 19, 2014


Browns Notes: Joe Thomas is media MVP

Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas (73) was selected as the team’s Player of the Yearby the Cleveland chapter of the Pro Football Writers Association on Thursday. (AP Photo)

BEREA — Browns tackle Joe Thomas was a unanimous selection as the team’s Player of the Year by the Cleveland chapter of the Pro Football Writers Association. The seven-time Pro Bowl selection is the first offensive lineman to win the award, which has been given out since 2001. “It’s pretty special and definitely a little Read More…

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 Sunday. (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…

Cavaliers Notes: LeBron stresses importance of playing well at The Q

Cleveland Cavaliers' Dion Waiters tries to block a shot by Atlanta Hawks' Shelvin Mack Wednesday, Dec in Cleveland. Mack scored 24 points off the bench in the Hawks' 127-98 win. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers want to make always-sold-out Quicken Loans Arena a place no team looks forward to visiting. Cleveland entered its game against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday having won six straight at The Q, where it was 8-4 on the season, only to get clobbered 127-98 by the Hawks. “We still have a Read More…

Browns Notes: Garrett Hartley taking time off from TV to kick

Cleveland Browns kicker Garrett Hartley warms up before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

BEREA — Garrett Hartley was already planning for his life after football, co-starring in the hunting series “Southern Chaos” on Sportsman Channel, when the Browns called him last week. The former Saints kicker made all 10 of his field goal attempts in a Dec. 9 tryout, then was offered a two-year contract just three days 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…

Brian Dulik: This wasn’t the debut Johnny Football had envisioned


Johnny Manziel will have many more opportunities to wreck this league, but his first NFL start went as well as the Titanic’s initial showdown with an iceberg. The rookie quarterback was overmatched — and completely overwhelmed — from start to finish Sunday as the Cincinnati Bengals routed the Browns 30-0. Johnny Football threw two terrible Read More…