October 25, 2014

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Browns: Kyle Shanahan expects offense to improve vs. Oakland

Browns running back Ben Tate is tackled by Jacksonville’s Andre Branch, left, and Paul Posluszny during Sunday’s loss in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

BEREA — Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan believes there is nowhere to go but up following a dismal performance Sunday in Jacksonville. Cleveland only managed two field goals and 266 total yards — both season lows — in a 24-6 loss to the Jaguars at EverBank Field. “I don’t think there was one position that Read More…

Browns run defense continues to struggle, as coaches, players continue to look for solutions

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Denard Robinson rushes past Cleveland Browns nose tackle Ishmaa'ily Kitchen.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

BEREA — The Browns have had a lot of awful run defenses since 1999. The current edition fits right in. Through six games, the Browns rank last in the NFL with 155.5 rushing yards allowed per game. If the season ended at that number, it would be the most allowed by the Browns since 2000 Read More…

Browns Notes: CB K’Waun Williams hopes to share field with childhood idol Charles Woodson

Cleveland Browns defensive back K'Waun Williams is helped off the field after an injury against the Pittsburgh Steelers Oct. 12. (AP Photo/David Richard)

BEREA — Nickelback K’Waun Williams was back practicing Wednesday after missing a week with a concussion, said he did “pretty much everything” and declared himself ready to return Sunday against Oakland. “If the coaches feel confident to put me in, I’m here,” he said. “I’m back. I’m clear, so I’m ready.” Williams, an undrafted rookie, Read More…

Browns QB Brian Hoyer ‘angry’ over performance, but confidence isn’t shaken

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer walks off the field after throwing an interception to Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Telvin Smith Sunday.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

BEREA — Brian Hoyer’s poor performance in the 24-6 loss to Jacksonville left him angrier than he’d ever been. The emotion lingered until he got back on the field Wednesday for practice. “Of all the games I’ve ever played, that’s the worst I’ve ever felt after one and it’s something you have to deal with Read More…

Scott Petrak: Bad loss to Jaguars doesn’t mean season is over

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer fumbles the ball as he is hit from behind by Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Telvin Smith. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

A modest two-game winning streak ended Sunday in Jacksonville. The season didn’t. As pathetic and dismaying as the Browns’ 24-6 loss was, it was only one game. It doesn’t erase the impressive win over Pittsburgh seven days earlier — or quarterback Brian Hoyer’s eight previous starts. The Browns are 3-3 — a lot better than many Read More…

Browns Notes: Running game lacks rhythm

Cleveland Browns running back Ben Tate is tripped up by Jacksonville Jaguars strong safety Johnathan Cyprien Sunday. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

BEREA — The Browns are the only NFL team to have three players with 200-plus rushing yards on the season. None of them, however, were effective Sunday in a 24-6 loss to previously winless Jacksonville. Starter Ben Tate gained a team-high 36 yards on 16 carries, undrafted rookie Isaiah Crowell had 18 on seven attempts, and Read More…

Browns lament loss to Jaguars, try to move on quickly

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer reacts after getting sacked by defensive end Chris Clemons as guard John Greco, left, and tackle Paul McQuistan help him up. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

BEREA — The disappointment hadn’t dissipated by Monday afternoon. The Browns (3-3) squandered an opportunity for a three-game winning streak, playing easily their worst game of the season in a 24-6 loss to previously winless Jacksonville. Their first two losses came on field goals on the final play. This one stung because the performance was Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine says QB Brian Hoyer ‘still firmly our starter’

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer walks off the field after throwing an interception to Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Telvin Smith Sunday.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

BEREA — Rookie coach Mike Pettine isn’t hitting the panic button after an ugly 24-6 loss to Jacksonville on Sunday. That includes at the quarterback spot. “Brian (Hoyer) is still firmly our starter,” Pettine said. Hoyer played his worst game with the Browns, falling to 6-3 as the starter. He was 16-for-41 for 215 yards, Read More…

Browns Notes: Offensive line suffers with Alex Mack

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer fumbles the ball as he is hit from behind by Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Telvin Smith. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The line and the offense didn’t look the same in the first full game without two-time Pro Bowl center Alex Mack. The Browns averaged 2.3 yards a rush and quarterback Brian Hoyer was harassed all day. The Jaguars have a stout frontline, but the Browns missed Mack, who’s done for the season Read More…

Brian Hoyer one of many who had bad day for the Browns

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer walks off the field after throwing an interception to Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Telvin Smith Sunday.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Coach Mike Pettine knew quarterback Brian Hoyer didn’t play well. He wanted everyone else to realize Hoyer wasn’t alone Sunday in Cleveland’s 24-6 loss to the Jaguars. “Today is a really good example of when a team wins a quarterback gets a lot of credit, and when they don’t he’s going to Read More…