September 30, 2014

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Scott Petrak’s Browns Predictions: No Gordon, no playoffs, but expect a better year

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The Browns won four games last year, in case you had forgotten the latest nightmare. I’ll use that as the baseline to determine my prediction for this season. Talent was added in running back Ben Tate, left guard Joel Bitonio, cornerback Justin Gilbert, safety Donte Whitner and linebackers Karlos Dansby and Chris Kirksey. That should Read More…

The recipe for an intriguing Browns opener? A new coach, a hometown quarterback … and the Steelers on the road

The last Browns coach to win his first game was Bud Carson, a 51-0 romp in Pittsburgh in 1989. He was fired during the next season. The last Browns quarterback to win an opener was Jeff Garcia in 2004, Cleveland’s only opening win since the return in 1999. He didn’t make it through the season Read More…

Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer living dream of leading hometown team

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Brian Hoyer is busy. He’s still learning his receivers. He’s digesting Kyle Shanahan’s game plan. He’s studying endless film of the always-tough Steelers defense. Hoyer, just days away from his first opening-day start in the NFL, allowed himself 10 seconds to think about what it would mean to have success with the team he grew Read More…

Browns rookie QB Johnny Manziel says he’ll be ready if and when he’s needed

BEREA — Johnny Manziel has heard the message loud and clear from coach Mike Pettine. Whenever and wherever the rookie quarterback makes his NFL debut, he had better be prepared. “Throughout this week, I’ve been really dialed in with everything that’s going on because I need to be ready,” Manziel said Friday following practice. “That’s Read More…

Browns Jordan Cameron hopes to build after big year

Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron is brought down by St. Louis Rams outside linebacker Alec Ogletree during a preseason game Aug. 23.  (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)

BEREA — Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock and … Jordan Cameron. Cameron, Cleveland’s tight end, isn’t a famous artist, but he worked in the abstract for the first two-plus years of his career. Could he make the conversion from basketball court to football field? Would his immense athleticism translate? Was he tough enough to make the Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine long road from preps to pros

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Mike Pettine stands yards behind the practice drill, arms crossed in front of his chest, dark shades hiding all expression in his brown eyes, sunlight bouncing off his shaved head. Decked out in Browns gear, he looks the part of NFL head coach. The scene was drastically different a little more than a decade ago. Read More…

Browns Notes: Despite recent criticism, Kyle Shanahan happy with Johnny Manziel

Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, center, talks with quarterbacks Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer on the sidelines against the St. Louis Rams in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)

BEREA – Kyle Shanahan never designed a package of plays for his backup quarterback to run in a game in his previous six years as an offensive coordinator. He’s willing to consider it with rookie Johnny Manziel. “Yeah, I think it can work,” Shanahan said Thursday after practice. “Other people have done it. It’s had Read More…

Mike Pettine not sure Steelers consider Browns series a rivalry

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine will make his regular season head coaching debut against the Steelers on Sunday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — Mike Pettine’s question mark made a statement. The rookie coach talked to his players about the history of Browns vs. Steelers, who will renew acquaintances Sunday in Pittsburgh in the season opener. His presentation included a slide: Rivalry? “I researched the history and I talked to the players about it. It’s not pretty,” Read More…

Browns notes: ESPN analyst Merril Hoge rips Johnny Manziel

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BEREA — ESPN analyst Merril Hoge hasn’t changed his predraft opinion of Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel. In fact, it’s gotten stronger. And nastier. “If you’re the Steelers defense you want No. 2 to walk out on that field,” Hoge told WDVE-FM in Pittsburgh on Wednesday morning. “You want him on that field. “He has Read More…

Steelers expect to face 2 Browns quarterbacks … Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel

Cleveland Browns quarterbacks Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer stretch before a preseason game against the Chicago Bears Thursday. The Steelers are preparing to face both quarterbacks in the season opener on Sunday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Browns coach Mike Pettine wants to keep the Steelers guessing regarding a possible package of plays for rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel for the opener Sunday in Pittsburgh. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is guessing he’ll see Manziel. “We have a great deal of respect for Johnny Manziel and his talents and what he did to get Read More…