The Browns quest for “the answer” at QB is the wrong one

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The Cleveland Browns are constantly looking for “the answer” at quarterback, but it seems more and more that they’re asking the wrong question. The question they keep asking is how do you come up with Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers—hell, even Ben Roethlisberger or Joe Flacco? The Browns seem to operate as if they’re

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Cleveland Browns Week 16 Winners and Losers

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I spent a good portion of my Sunday afternoon pacing in front of the television. You see, I’m in the finals in all three of my fantasy football leagues and an entire season of minor tweaks and a boat load of luck got me to where I am. But you also see that given the

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Browns make it interesting but fall to Panthers 17-13

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The Cleveland Browns faced off against the Panthers in a game that was made even more meaningless with the official elimination of the Browns from the NFL playoffs. The Chargers won a game on Saturday that officially did the Browns in and seeing if Johnny Manziel could do better than his debut wasn’t nearly enough

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My Sportsman of the Year: Joe Thomas

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Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year is an annual must-read. Sadly, that the national recognition rarely has anything to do with the teams or individuals whom we cover. In turn, WFNY will soon announce its choice for 2014’s Cleveland Sportsman of the Year. Here’s one of the nominations for that honor by an WFNY writer.

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What happened to the defense? Cleveland Browns Film Room

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The Cleveland Browns were blown out this week in the home finale versus in-state rival Cincinnati Bengals, 30-0. The team was completely outplayed by the Bengals in all phases of the game. The offense was shutdown, unable to score and even move the ball. But the real surprise was the fall of the Browns’ defense.

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Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals: Behind the Box Score

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The start of the Johnny Football era was a disaster as the Cincinnati Bengals dismantled the Cleveland Browns 30-0, proving to be a harsh welcome of Johnny Manziel to the AFC North. The Browns offense reverted back to the “same old Browns” never giving the team a chance to win the game. The run defense was non-existent.

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Johnny Manziel looked unprepared for his first start

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The Cleveland Browns were embarrassed in their second meeting with the Cincinnati Bengals. Johnny Manziel was only one component to that as the Browns defense gave up rushing yards in embarrassing bunches. The Browns failed in pretty much every phase of the game and from the very beginning. The Bengals punched first and that was

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The Saddest Walk in America

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It’s the saddest walk in America. If you’ve trod that ground yourself, you already know what I’m talking about. It’s the walk back to the City of Cleveland Municipal Parking Lot from FirstEnergy Stadium after a Cleveland Browns loss. It’s a walk of silence, of disappointment, of introspection. It’s nothing like the walk to the

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Cleveland Browns Week 15 Winners and Losers

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The hype was palpable. There were gifs and references and tweets from national folks of all shapes and sizes. Yahoo! was in the house. The New York Times were on hand. ESPN had a litany of individuals inside of the FirstEnergy Stadium press box. FOX had the graphics all fired up and ready to go.

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Johnny Manziel, Browns crushed by Bengals

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Hindsight is painful sometimes. After the Browns were decimated from beginning to end by the Bengals in Cleveland with faint playoff hopes still alive, it all seems so silly to think they might have been able to rattle off three wins in a row to keep playoff dreams alive. The Browns do have a way

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The D is Mightier: Cleveland Browns Film Room

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The Cleveland Browns lost a tough game this past Sunday, falling to the Indianapolis Colts in a dramatic finish 25-24. The Browns were ahead for much of the game until Colts’ quarterback Andrew Luck led a game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter to get the win. The offense struggled for most of the contest,

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Browns Tickets Up 47% After Johnny Manziel Announced As Starter

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It’s finally time for Johnny Manziel to take over as the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. Browns fans are clearly excited for the Johnny Football era in Cleveland, at least according to prices on the secondary market. After Manziel was announced as the starter just after noon eastern, the price of Browns tickets skyrocketed

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Santa Claus Came to Town: Phil Taylor provides a Christmas for local children

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On a cold night in December, there’s a jolly man riding around town in a matching suit with an epic beard and a cap placed upon his head. He has a few toys at his disposal—your standard juvenile arsenal of foam-launching equipment. But instead of a sleigh, boots with bells and reindeer leading the way, that man

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Cleveland Browns vs. Indianapolis Colts: Behind the Box Score

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Brian Hoyer struggled, Billy Cundiff missed a gimme, and the Cleveland Browns defense was world class. Add it all up and it equals a one point win for Indianapolis. Despite two defensive touchdowns and holding the Colt’s high powered offense in check, Cleveland’s offense crippled the team, allowing Andrew Luck enough of a window to

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Cleveland Browns Week 14 (Winners and) Loser

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Editor’s note: Breaking format a bit today as there’s only one man worth discussing. There was a moment, late Sunday afternoon, where Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine was enraged with the officiating crew that was tasked with keeping things even keel during his team’s contest with the Indianapolis Colts. The clock was winding down

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Browns lose big one to Colts as Johnny Manziel sits

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My wife and I arrived at the stadium just in time to see the college football playoffs announcement that put Ohio State in the playoff against Alabama. (I wanted to start off this post with some good news.) Even as the announcement ignited the crowd, I couldn’t help but wonder if that would be the

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Browns QB George Ratterman’s unbelievable journey: Reliving Yesteryear

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It was comical, the way some of the public testimony contrasted with the erudite proceedings. Interrogator: “The Cincinnati newspapers run advertisements as to the gambling places open for business (just across the river) in Newport (Kentucky).” Subject: “I never read them.” Okay. Interrogator: “(So: you are) the only man in that entire vicinity who didn’t

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Better Back: Trent Richardson or Isaiah Crowell?

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A year ago Cleveland said “good riddance” to Trent Richardson, collecting a first round pick in exchange for his 3.5 yards-per-carry average. Instead of letting bygones be bygones and Trent fading into the obscurity that swallows the Indianapolis Colts’ running back position, Browns fans kept Richardson alive, collectively taking to twitter to bask in each

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Behind a struggling offense a defense shines: Cleveland Browns Film Room

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The Cleveland Browns lost to the Buffalo Bills 26-10 last week and all of the news was about the quarterback controversy. The offensive struggles of the Browns were the big news of the game, but it overshadowed the outstanding defensive performance. The Browns’ defense kept the Browns in the game even when the offense was

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Brian Hoyer, Johnny Manziel, and the basic rules of quarterback controversies

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It’s now official: The Cleveland Browns are embroiled in controversy. Half the fan base wants to see Johnny Manziel start this weekend against the Colts. The other half wants Brian Hoyer to get one more shot to try and salvage a playoff year in Cleveland football. Even more than we know about the Browns and

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