December 22, 2014

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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…

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…

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 Notes: Josh Cribbs wishes Browns would have called him

Josh Cribbs returns a punt for the Indianapolis Colts against the Jaguars on Nov. 23. Cribbs said he wanted to come back and play for the Browns but the team never contacted him. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

BEREA — Week after week, Joshua Cribbs sat at home watching the Browns’ punt return follies, waiting to be called upon to help. Cleveland general manager Ray Farmer, however, never contacted him — and was indignant when his name was mentioned at a press conference. Indianapolis wound up signing Cribbs to a one-year contract Nov. 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: Pettine not ready to make decision on starting QB

Brian Hoyer, left, and Johnny Manziel will vie for the Browns starting quarterback job.

BEREA — Browns coach Mike Pettine described his team’s offense as “listless” and “stagnant,” but insisted that he hasn’t decided to bench quarterback Brian Hoyer. At the same time, he made it clear that rookie Johnny Manziel is a strong candidate to start this week when Cleveland hosts Indianapolis. “I’m not ready to make decision Read More…

Browns notes: Miles Austin still hospitalized with kidney injury

Miles Austin

BEREA — Browns wide receiver Miles Austin remains hospitalized at the Erie County Medical Center as doctors determine the extent of his damaged kidney. The 30-year-old receiver experienced abdominal discomfort Sunday following Cleveland’s 26-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills. He was transported from Ralph Wilson Stadium in an ambulance and admitted to the suburban medical Read More…