March 28, 2015


New Browns coach Mike Pettine brings toughness and demands it

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BEREA — The new coach of the Browns has a nickname: BFT. The initials stand for Blunt Force Trauma. “The days are too short to dance around subjects some time and I think guys appreciate that,” he said. Mike Pettine was introduced Thursday afternoon, about an hour after being hired as the 15th full-time coach Read More…

Cleveland mayor, Browns reach agreement to fund FirstEnergy Stadium renovations

This architect's rendering provided by the Cleveland Browns shows part of a proposed renovation of FirstEnergy Stadium. (AP Photo/Cleveland Browns)

The Cleveland Browns’ $120 million plan to “modernize” FirstEnergy Stadium is a significant step closer to reality. The Browns and the administration of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson reached an agreement Tuesday to fund the project proposed by the team last week. City Council must approve the deal, which was announced at a joint news conference. Read More…

Browns reveal plans for renovation of stadium — including 2 giant video boards — confident will work out deal with city for financing

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CLEVELAND – Since they arrived last year, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner have spoken often about the need to drastically improve FirstEnergy Stadium. They revealed their plan to accomplish that goal Wednesday in a news conference inside the stadium. The “modernization” proposal of the lakefront facility features two giant scoreboards, a tweak Read More…

Browns get uplifting performance from QB Jason Campbell, but fall to undefeated Kansas City, 23-17, for 3rd straight loss

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As Jason Campbell headed out of the locker room, he stopped to talk with CEO Joe Banner. Banner complimented his performance and reached up to fix the collar on his tan suit. The latest new Browns quarterback looked good on and off the field Sunday and made an obvious difference. But Read More…

Another QB change for Browns: Jason Campbell to start vs. Chiefs, Brandon Weeden benched

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BEREA — Jason Campbell stayed in the middle of the field house to throw to the receivers Wednesday during practice. Brandon Weeden jogged to the corner because the running backs needed someone to hand them the ball. The roles of starter and backup are clearly defined. The Browns had made another change at quarterback. Coach Read More…

QB Brian Hoyer leads way again as Browns beat Bengals, 17-6, for 2nd straight win


CLEVELAND — The ball was barely out of Brian Hoyer’s hand when he started running. In the opposite direction. Hoyer knew he had finished a game-sealing, job-keeping, 91-yard touchdown drive before the 1-yard pass landed in fullback Chris Ogbonnaya’s hands — and he was ready to celebrate. He sprinted away from the Dawg Pound down Read More…

QB Brian Hoyer, coach Rob Chudzinski lead Browns to first win, 31-27, over Vikings

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MINNEAPOLIS — Quarterback Brian Hoyer got the matchup he wanted — tight end Jordan Cameron alone on the left with safety Harrison Smith in man coverage – and threw the pass he’d dreamed about as a kid. A perfect fade to the corner. Touchdown. Browns win. The chaos of last week carried over to Sunday Read More…

Browns WR Josh Gordon shakes off suspension, trade talk for huge game in return to lineup

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon runs into the endzone ahead of Minnesota Vikings free safety Harrison Smith while scoring on a 47-yard touchdown reception. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

MINNEAPOLIS – Receiver Josh Gordon was already motivated to make up for lost time following a two-game suspension to start the season. He got an extra dose of desire before the game Sunday when ESPN reported the Browns had been trying to trade him. “It was made aware to me that there might be a Read More…

Browns drop to 0-2 again with 14-6 loss to Ravens; QB Brandon Weeden leaves with sprained thumb


BALTIMORE – The Browns are 0-2 for the fifth time in six years and the sixth in eight. They’ve lost 11 straight to Baltimore, stretching the definition of rivalry. They have an injured quarterback, and the clock’s already ticking on when he’ll be run out of town. Welcome back to Cleveland, Chud. Things never seem Read More…

UPDATE: Holmgren joining the Browns

Mike Holmgren finally said yes. The Browns announced Monday night that Holmgren agreed to become club president. He spent 17 years as an NFL coach, taking three teams to the Super Bowl, winning with the Packers in 1996. “We are pleased to announce that Mike Holmgren has agreed to join the Cleveland Browns,” owner Randy Read More…