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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Watch the game-changing penalty on Paul Kruger’s sack of Andrew Luck

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The Cleveland Browns lost to the Colts on Sunday, and all the momentum seemed to change when Paul Kruger was charged with a personal foul on his sack of Andrew Luck. At the time, the play would have forced fourth and ten and a likely punt. As it turned out, the Colts got a 15-yard

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My Sportsman of the Year: Brian Hoyer

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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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Did Trent Richardson trash the Colts offensive line?

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It’s a big week of NFL football for the Cleveland Browns as many former players come to the lakefront as members of the Colts. The Colts hired Rob Chudzinski as a special assistant to the head coach. They recently signed Josh Cribbs. They’ve got former Browns safety Mike Adams. And of course, there’s a former Browns

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Will Johnny Manziel replace Brian Hoyer against Indy? – WFNY Podcast – 2014-12-01

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Mike Burgermeister of 603Brown.com joined me to talk about the Browns latest loss to the Buffalo Bills. Brian Hoyer looked horrendous, Mike Pettine made the move to Johnny Manziel and the rest is history.  But, what does that all mean for next Sunday against the Colts? The matchup with the Colts is a good one

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The Browns should give Brian Hoyer the start versus Colts

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A divided fan base became all that much more divided Sunday as the Cleveland Browns lost miserably to the Buffalo Bills. This week, as the Browns face a must-win game against the Indianapolis Colts, the fans will smell blood regardless of who Mike Pettine chooses to start at quarterback. And to think this is going to

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Colts are favorites to sign CFL star, former Buckeye Duron Carter

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Do you remember Duron Carter? The son of Hall of Famer Cris Carter, who had that very brief stint of his own at Ohio State? Well, Carter has emerged as a star in the Canadian Football League and has suddenly attracted the interest of several NFL teams. CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported on the

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Joe Banner discusses Brian Hoyer and trading Trent Richardson

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We’ve already discussed Joe Banner’s Twitter account on these pages. Many still won’t even believe it’s the real deal, preferring to assume like many other accounts that @JoeBanner13 is a fake. Anyway, this morning Mr. Banner recounted what it was like one year ago today when he traded Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts. a

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Should NFL owner misdeeds cost a team draft picks?

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I recently read a piece of commentary by ESPN.com’s Jeffri Chadiha which pertained to the NFL and how it should punish Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay for his looming drug-related issues. This isn’t specifically Cleveland-related just yet, but it’s no small stretch to think that it could be someday. I don’t think Jimmy Haslam is going to

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The ends don’t justify means in Peter King’s defense of Joe Banner and Michael Lombardi

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Peter King is one of the best NFL writers in the nation and as a national guy his perspective can sometimes be instructive to help local fans take blinders off. As a follower of the Browns, it’s pretty easy to lose perspective on the more overarching story-lines that make up an NFL season or era

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2014 NFL Draft: Thoughts after the first round

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I have a lot of random thoughts after the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, so here goes… “Johnny Manziel is a good draft pick regardless of how it works out if for no other reason than because of the rookie wage scale. In talking about this draft before it happened, there was a lot of

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Is this Trent Richardson’s last chance to prove he’s not a bust?

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This season marks Trent Richardson’s last chance to claim he isn’t an NFL draft bust. While many consider him an unmitigated bust already (“Two yards per carry!”), he’s still a physical specimen that will make just about any coaching staff think they can work with him. And there are some mitigating factors for his struggles

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D’Qwell Jackson follows Chud, T-Rich to Indianapolis Colts

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The Browns were kind to give D’Qwell Jackson a chance to sell himself around the NFL and make the best choice for himself. As it turns out, the best choice was in Indianapolis where Jackson is reported to be pulling a 4-year deal worth $22 million ($11 million guaranteed) with the Colts. Jackson follows former

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Indianapolis Colts hire Rob Chudzinski as special assistant

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Former Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski will be joining the Indianapolis Colts as a special assistant, the team announced on Saturday. The Browns fired Chudzinski, 45, on Dec. 29 after their final game of the season. Cleveland eventually replaced him with Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. Over in Indianapolis, Chudzinski will join the

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The Trent Richardson Trade — WFNY’s Top 10 Cleveland Sports Stories of 2013: No. 2

If you thought that 2012 was one crazy year in the world of Cleveland Sports, 2013 proved that there is rarely a dull moment. There were good times and bad, hirings and firings, wins and losses, and appearances in postseasons and courtrooms. As the year comes to a close, like we have done the last

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For now, belief in Joe Banner overshadows Browns wins and losses

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One of the most interesting aspects of the 2013 Cleveland Browns is that despite the losses on the field, I’m still very satisfied with the organizational structure that’s been built in Berea. The organizational structure they’ve put in place is by far the most comprehensive of any I can remember since 1999, and that starts

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Jeff Saturday files suit against city of Cleveland over income taxes

The city of Cleveland taxes NFL players who earn paychecks by playing games on the shores of Lake Erie, but now it appears their methods are under fire. The Indiana Business Journal reports that former Colts center Jeff Saturday has filed suit against the city of Cleveland for their taxation procedures. At issue is exactly

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NFL News: Trent Richardson demoted in Indianapolis

Trent Richardson has been officially demoted from the starting running back position in Indianapolis, reports NFL Network’s Mike Silver earlier this morning. Richardson was traded by the Browns in mid-September for a 2014 first-round pick. In nine games with the Colts, he’s continued to struggle, rushing for 287 yards on 103 carries (2.8 avg) with

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