December 21, 2014

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Browns Notes: Bengals coach Marvin Lewis calls Browns QB Johnny Manziel a ‘midget’ during radio show

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel runs with the ball during the second half against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

BEREA — Bengals coach Marvin Lewis might want the Browns to stick with quarterback Brian Hoyer for another week — and not just because he’s struggling. Lewis called Cleveland rookie Johnny Manziel a “midget” Monday night in an interview with Cincinnati radio station WLW 700-AM. That should give Manziel, who’s 5-foot-11¾, added motivation if he’s Read More…

Browns QB Brian Hoyer doesn’t know if he’ll keep job, but preparing as if he will

Brian Hoyer

BEREA — Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer hasn’t talked to coach Mike Pettine or been told if he’ll keep his starting job, but he’s carrying on as if he will. “I haven’t been told any different and I’ll prepare the same way,” he said this afternoon. “Coach, that’s his decision and I respect his decision. “For Read More…

Browns defense dominates only to stumble late

Browns linebacker Paul Kruger forces Colts QB Andrew Luck to fumble as he and Desmond Bryant combine on a sack in the first quarter. The Browns recovered for a TD. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Browns defense kept the team afloat for 59-plus minutes, forcing Indianapolis’ top-ranked offense into four turnovers and scoring two touchdowns. But it couldn’t stop Andrew Luck when it mattered most. The quarterback led the Colts 90 yards for the winning touchdown, a 1-yard pass to T.Y. Hilton with 32 seconds left Sunday Read More…

Browns Notes: Billy Cundiff continues slump, misses FG in 5th straight game

Cleveland Browns kicker Billy Cundiff boots a 39-yard field goal against the Indianapolis Colts. (AP Photo/David Richard)

CLEVELAND — Five missed field goals in five weeks have placed Browns kicker Billy Cundiff squarely on the hot seat. Cundiff failed on a 40-yard attempt and made a 39-yarder Sunday as the Indianapolis Colts edged Cleveland 25-24 at FirstEnergy Stadium. The ninth-year pro is 7-for-12 on field goal attempts over the last five games Read More…

QB Brian Hoyer bombs again as Cleveland’s playoff hopes dealt big blow by Colts’ comeback

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer is sacked by Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Erik Walden in the first quarter Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Playing for his job and quite possibly his future in Cleveland, quarterback Brian Hoyer came up short. And long. And wide. In the biggest game of his career, he was again a shadow of his former self, misfiring repeatedly as his personal slide stretched to four games. And rookie Johnny Manziel never left Read More…

Brian Dulik: It’s time to make the move to Johnny Manziel

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel warms up before the game against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Browns coach Mike Pettine showed admirable courage and loyalty by starting Brian Hoyer at quarterback against the Indianapolis Colts. In return, Hoyer gave him myriad reasons why rookie Johnny Manziel should be under center for the rest of the season. Hoyer managed only 140 passing yards and threw two interceptions Sunday, allowing Indianapolis to rally Read More…

Browns Pregame Update: TE Jordan Cameron back from concussion, will start; 3 points of interest; important numbers; the pick

CLEVELAND — Browns tight end Jordan Cameron is back. Cameron will be active for today’s pivotal game vs. the Colts and expected to start after missing five straight games with a concussion. He should give quarterback Brian Hoyer another target as he tries to keep his job. Cameron tweeted “Go time” this morning, announcing his Read More…

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

Brian Hoyer

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…

Colts running back Trent Richardson ignores his critics, says he’s still the same player Browns drafted third in 2012

BEREA — Colts running back Trent Richardson willingly admits his NFL career hasn’t gone as planned. “T-Rich” didn’t expect the Browns to draft him with the No. 3 overall pick in 2012, nor did he expect them to trade him two games into the next season. More than anything else, though, the former Alabama standout 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…