Manziel runs all over, but runs out of time in loss to Chiefs

Johnny Manziel ran all over the Chiefs defense, but in the end he ran out of time in a 17-13 loss to the Chiefs. Manziel set a Browns quarterback record rushing for 108 yards, but didn’t have a chance to throw for the end zone as time ran out on the potential game-winning drive. Manziel slammed […]

Browns Start Strong, Lose Big in Seattle

The Cleveland Browns offense and Johnny Manziel showed signs of growth, but their defense was simply overmatched in a 30-13 loss in Seattle. The defense had no answers to stop the Seahawks as Seattle scored on its first four possessions. Overall,  Seattle converted six of eight possessions into points on the day and you could say […]

Johnny Manziel’s Biggest Hurdle Will Be Dealing With Success

Long before he became a first round NFL draft pick, Johnny Manziel became a public monstrosity, garnering incessant media coverage for everything he did. In our interconnected world, he was shot out of cannon on a similar trajectory—but for very different reasons off the field—of now-flamed-out college sensation Tim Tebow. After a while, it mattered […]

Johnny Manziel Ends Browns Skid, Beats 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers were exactly what the Cleveland Browns needed. The struggling Browns ended a seven-game losing streak with a 24-10 win. The Browns had a running game. They stopped the run. Johnny Manziel made plays.  The Browns had a season high in rushing (233 yards) and a season high (9) sacks. The 49ers (4-9) provided some […]

Browns Laughed Off Home Field by Bengals, Their Fans

The Bengals and the Browns are from the opposite ends of Ohio. And it’s clear the brand of football they’re playing is at opposite ends of the spectrum. Cincinnati cruised to a 37-3 win over the Browns improving to 10-2, while the Browns fall to 2-10. The Bengals sweep the season series for the first […]

Mike Pettine Must Embody Ron Rivera to Save Job

I thought of Mike Pettine as I was reading over a Carolina Panthers puff piece that praised that organization for its decision to stand by head coach Ron Rivera, a move that currently has the Panthers sitting at 11-0. It nearly didn’t happen, though. In October of 2012, NFL.com’s Michael Lombardi, before he “brought his talents” to […]

Somehow Browns Found New Way to Lose to Ravens

An old-timer at a place I once worked used to say, “Just when you think things can’t get any weirder, take a look around.” He wasn’t even talking about being a Browns fan. The Ravens were playing without QB Joe Flacco, WR Steve Smith and RB Justin Forsett, who are all out for the season […]

Johnny Manziel’s Benching Creates Massive Divide in Cleveland

It’s hard to believe that just over a week ago, I was writing about the bright future of the Cleveland Browns offense. Despite the loss, Johnny Manziel displayed clear signs of growth and development with an impressive performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was named the starting quarterback as a result, and told he’d be […]

The Cleveland Browns Offense Has Been a Pleasant Surprise

Given the Cleveland Browns bye week came and went during Week 11 of the regular season, this review comes at an unusual time. Typically, this is something you’d look for within the opening weeks and no later than midseason. To avoid an overflow of information, I’ll be dividing this not-so-midseason review into two parts. Part […]

Failing Browns Regime’s Fate Muddied With Uncertainty

Nothing is permanent in the NFL. Opportunities come and go; fleeting moments that define the saying “make or break” from their outset. At a recent press conference, Cleveland Browns general-manager Ray Farmer was asked about job security. His response was simple. “The reality is that my seat’s no warmer than it was the day I got […]