Karlos Dansby, Joe Haden defend Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel Cleveland Browns

It wasn’t all that long ago when Cleveland Browns defensive team captain Karlos Dansby was voicing his displeasure with first-round draft selection Justin Gilbert. Gilbert, recall, was the chief target of the Browns as they looked to shore up their defensive backfield, only to have the player produce a season that left plenty to be

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Browns Pro Bowlers early selections in team drafts

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While the Cleveland Browns were yet again left out of the NFL’s end-of-season tournament for all the marbles, they’re showing yet again that they have premium talent at non-quarterback positions. In what could be viewed as a concession that the Pro Bowl is a farce, the NFL stopped dividing the Pro Bowl teams into AFC

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Cleveland defensive backs headline PFF’s All-AFC North Team

Tashaun Gipson

A startling lack of play-makers would lend itself to the Cleveland Browns being left off of any AFC North lists, but the trenches and the defense graded out incredibly well for Pro Football Focus and their All-AFC North team. While Joe Thomas was an interesting omission on the offensive side of the ball, rookie guard

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WFNY’s 2014 Cleveland Browns Position Review: Cornerbacks

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Over the next many weeks, I will be reviewing and discussing the performance of the 2014 Cleveland Browns position by position. It was a tough season for the Cleveland Browns, falling in five straight games to end the season at 7-9. The team showed some glimpses of promise and some other areas of concern. So

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Joe Thomas Voted First-Team All Pro

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Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas was voted to the Associated Press 2014 All-Pro first team. Thomas received 22 of 50 possible votes, placing second to the Dallas Cowboys’ Tyron Smith, who got 35 votes. This marks the fifth time that Thomas has been voted All-Pro first team, most among this season’s All-Pros. Thomas played all

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The season finale illustrates the defense’s weaknesses: Cleveland Browns Film Room

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The Cleveland Browns finished off their season losing their fifth straight game and ending their season with a 7-9 record. The season finale loss to the Baltimore Ravens capped off a disappointing finish to a season that started with a promising 7-4 record. In the season finale, the Browns held a lead, but once again

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Cleveland Browns Week 17 Winners and Losers

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The 2014 NFL season, at least the regular version, has come to an end. There were highs, there were lows. There was excitement, there was disappointment. There were winners and there were losers. The lights have been turned on and Semisonic is blaring through the surround. Here’s the final round. WINNER: Connor Shaw Let’s get

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Joe Haden officially inactive against Panthers; Cam Newton set to play

Cleveland Browns Joe Haden Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The last time Buster Skrine was forced to cover a 6-foot-5-inch rookie wide receiver for an entire contest, Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans tallied seven catches for 124 yards and two touchdowns. This Sunday, Skrine will be tasked with covering Carolina’s 6-foot-5-inch rookie receiver Kelvin Benjamin as the Browns’ lockdown cornerback Joe Haden is officially inactive with

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A whole slew of Cleveland Browns finished first in Pro Bowl fan voting

Tashaun Gipson Cleveland Browns

The fans have spoken. While Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers led all vote-getters, and Houston Texans’ defensive dynamo JJ Watt led all defenders, several members of the Cleveland Browns were ranked No. 1 in their respective positions. Perrenial Pro Bowler Joe Thomas leads the pack on the offensive side of the ball, but is joined by another

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Joe Haden, Justin Gilbert leave Bengals game with injuries

Cleveland Browns Joe Haden Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Cleveland Browns were off to an awful start trailing the Bengals 17-0 when things got much worse. Joe Haden slowly walked (limped?) to the locker room. It was a big mystery because nobody on the TV broadcast noticed any play where Haden might have been injured. And it was just part of the disaster

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My Sportsman of the Year: Joe Haden

Joe Haden Cleveland Browns

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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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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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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Solid run defense, shutdown coverage, and the amazing Joel Bitonio- Film Room

Justin Gilbert Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns bounced back after a tough loss to the Houston Texans by coming from behind to beat the Atlanta Falcons on a last-second field goal. It was a sloppy game for the Browns, but the team remained calm and came back to win the game with just under a minute to go. The

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Cleveland Browns Week 12 Winners and Losers

Josh Gordon Cleveland Browns

When I look at teams like the Atlanta Falcons or Chicago Bears, I see an NFL case study. You have incredibly talented weapons—Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffrey, Martellus Bennett, Julio Jones, Roddy White, Matt Forte, Steven Jackson—and highly compensated, first-round quarterbacks. You have rosters that are heavily featured on fantasy teams across the league. You have

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Joe Haden set to open shoe store in Cleveland

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Browns star cornerback Joe Haden has really taken to living and being a part of the city of Cleveland. Besides playing at a Pro Bowl level for the Browns, Haden has become a big fan of the Cavaliers and can be seen hanging out around the city of Cleveland on many nights. Haden also loves

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The D Shuts Down Cincy: Browns Film Room

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The Cleveland Browns are in first place after beating the Cincinnati Bengals on national television last Thursday. The Browns completely dominated the Bengals, beating them 24-3. Their defense played in what may have very well been their best game of the season, forcing four Cincinnati turnovers. The unit was able to hold the Bengals’ offense

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Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals: Behind the Box Score

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With Thursday night’s victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, and the Pittsburgh Steelers’ loss to the New York Jets on Sunday, the Cleveland Browns now sits in sole position of first place in the AFC North. The Browns outplayed Cincinnati in every aspect of the game under the bright lights of the Thursday Night Football, and put Cleveland back

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Donte Whitner’s revealing pre-game speech inspired Browns before Bengals game

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At the end of the Cleveland Browns’ pre-game meeting at their Cincinnati hotel, defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil asked strong safety and Cleveland native Donte Whitner to address the team. According to Akron Beacon Journal columnist Marla Ridenour, Whitner delivered a revealing speech that struck a chord with his teammates, inspiring them prior to their Thursday night game against the Bengals.

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GIF: Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis tackled by his own player

Marvin Lewis Ouch

Sometimes, the world is a beautiful place in which everything comes together perfectly. Sometimes, one moment captures the quintessence of a larger event. Sometimes, one play is a microcosm of a whole football game. Sometimes, that game is a 24-3 Cleveland Browns victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. This was the case last night, and poor Bengals head

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