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Film Room: The good, the bad, and the attitude of top NFL draft prospect Josh Rosen

Josh Rosen is the most polished quarterback in an NFL draft class filled with raw, unadulterated, could-be, might-be prospects. Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson, Sam Darnold and Josh Allen will all get first-round consideration. They all have the ability to move around and make plays out of structure. Some evoke the most vapid of scouting terms &mdash...
Cleveland Browns victim of vicious ‘Jeopardy!’ Twitter trolling 

Cleveland Browns victim of vicious ‘Jeopardy!’ Twitter trolling 

Welcome to 2018, where a group of smart people didn’t know anything about football, but social media managers know the Cleveland Browns are bad.  The Twitter handle for classic gameshow “Jeopardy!” capitalized on a viral video from a recent episode by taking a shot at the 0-16 Browns, who have one of the largest fanbases and worst teams in the league.  Ouch.  This...
Film Room: Josh Allen — the good, the bad, the ugly of mysterious NFL draft prospect

Film Room: Josh Allen — the good, the bad, the ugly of mysterious NFL draft prospect

Wyoming’s Josh Allen is the most divisive prospect of this draft season. The gigantic quarterback has the tools NFL teams crave: Size, mobility and a huge jump-out-your-seat arm that has to be seen to be believed. Sounds perfect, right? Not so fast. Allen is a classic traits vs. production prospect. His performances in 2017 were, to be kind, wobbly. He completed just 57 ...
Joe Thomas goes to bat for Hue Jackson: ‘Nothing says Browns can’t make playoffs next year’

Joe Thomas goes to bat for Hue Jackson: ‘Nothing says Browns can’t make playoffs next year’

Say this for Joe Thomas: More than a decade as a Cleveland Brown has not robbed him of the ability to look on the bright side.  The veteran offensive tackle wrote detailed defense of his head coach, Hue Jackson, published at SI.com on Tuesday.  While Jackson seems to have lost the faith of many fans and media after going 1-31 in his two years in Cleveland, Thomas backs Jackson&rsquo...
Myles Garrett named to PFW All-Rookie team

Myles Garrett named to PFW All-Rookie team

The first overall pick lived up to the hype. After a seven-sack debut season, the Browns’ Myles Garrett was named to the All-Rookie team by the Pro Football Writers on Tuesday. Garrett collected seven sacks despite playing only 11 games and starting nine, slowed by an ankle injury. He added 31 tackles, six tackles for loss, a forced fumble and fumble recovery. Garrett was the only Brown to make...
Browns become second team in NFL history to finish 0-16

Browns become second team in NFL history to finish 0-16

The Cleveland Browns joined the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only teams in NFL history to go 0-16 when they failed to find a way to beat the backup-laden Pittsburgh Steelers in a 28-24 loss on Sunday. Cleveland had a chance late in the fourth quarter, but quarterback DeShone Kizer’s fourth-down pass to Corey Coleman bounced off Coleman’s hands and fell incomplete. And for the 16th time in...
Hue Jackson doesn’t know anyone else in NFL who can do his job

Hue Jackson doesn’t know anyone else in NFL who can do his job

Browns coach Hue Jackson has no wins but an overabundance of entertaining lines. Jackson said Thursday that he still fully expects to keep his job despite the looming possibility of an 0-16 season if Cleveland loses to Pittsburgh on Sunday. He also confirmed he’ll keep his promise to jump in Lake Erie if the Browns went 1-15 again. It’s likely they won’t, to be fair, but he&rsquo...
Hue Jackson: I’m just trying to ensure there’s no parade

Hue Jackson: I’m just trying to ensure there’s no parade

Faced with the very real possibility of going 0-16, Hue Jackson might be thrilled to accept last year’s 1-15 result. Browns fans, no strangers to incompetency and losing, have been organizing a Jan. 6 parade in the event the team finishes winless. “We don’t want to go in the record books that way by any stretch,” Jackson said of becoming the second team to go 0-16, joining...
Hue Jackson needs more Christmas Eve magic

Hue Jackson needs more Christmas Eve magic

In perusing the evergrowing list of peculiar NFL stats, you won’t find one much more unexplainable than Hue Jackson and Christmas Eve. Before being fired after his 2011 season in Oakland, Jackson’s Raiders lost four of five down the stretch to finish 8-8. Their lone win came in overtime at Kansas City - on Christmas Eve. Fast-forward to 2016. Jackson and the Browns are 0-14. They upset...
Amid Bengals speculation, Hue Jackson says he’s focused on Browns

Amid Bengals speculation, Hue Jackson says he’s focused on Browns

If Hue Jackson is a candidate for the potentially opening Bengals job, he’s unaware of it. News broke Sunday that Marvin Lewis and the Bengals will mutually part ways after the season. Lewis denied the report, though there’s little reason to question its validity otherwise. Jackson, now 1-28 as coach of the Browns, had success with Andy Dalton as the Bengals offensive coordinator from...
Sports Today: Bengals give up the ghost

Sports Today: Bengals give up the ghost

Today the sports world still turns in Southwest Ohio whether we want it to or not.  As far as weekends go, this one could have gone better.  I predicted the Bengals would lose to the Bears, though I did not think Cincinnati would look quite that bad.  Marvin Lewis’ team obviously faced an uphill climb with so many defensive starters hurt, especially since this is a team with no...
George Iloka and Mike Mitchell are right to be concerned about the direction of football

George Iloka and Mike Mitchell are right to be concerned about the direction of football

Since the Steelers beat the Bengals in an extremely physical game Monday night, I’ve been trying to figure out how to say what George Iloka said Thursday.  After Steelers safety Mike Mitchell expressed concerns about turning the NFL into a flag football league, Iloka doubled down even though his suspension for a high hit on Antonio Brown was overturned.  Iloka, who was penalized 15...
Sports Today: Stars not aligning for a Bengals bounce back against Bears

Sports Today: Stars not aligning for a Bengals bounce back against Bears

It’s been some week in Bengaldom, eh?  Everyone seems to be having a hard time turning the page from the Bengals’ 23-20 loss to the Steelers on Monday night.  If you weren’t aware, Cincinnati hosts the Chicago Bears on Sunday.  Although the erstwhile Monsters of the Midway are just 3-9, it’s pretty easy to see them winning this weekend.  While the mental...
Cleveland Browns fire executive VP Sashi Brown

Cleveland Browns fire executive VP Sashi Brown

The next Cleveland Browns reset began Thursday with the firing of executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown.  ESPN was first to report the end for Brown, who was hired in January 2016 as part of a new front office group that has seen the team go 1-27.  The Browns are 0-12 this season with four games left.   Brown was hired from the Jacksonville Jaguars front...
Sports Today: Re-examining those Bengals-Browns personal fouls

Sports Today: Re-examining those Bengals-Browns personal fouls

Whenever the Cincinnati Bengals play the Browns and Steelers in back-to-back weeks, you know there’s going to be lots of NFL talk around here.  Looks like Marvin Lewis and I had the same view of the Jabrill Peppers hit on Josh Malone on Sunday.  I bolded “unfortunately” there because I agree. This was not an attempt at a Mike Mitchell-type kill shot.  Yesterday I wrote...
Sports Today: Bengals, Browns ruin great weekend by being Bengals, Browns

Sports Today: Bengals, Browns ruin great weekend by being Bengals, Browns

I guess I should lead off with the Bengals today, but then again what’s the point?  This team is dead in the water.  If I put the over/under on the remainder of Marvin Lewis’ tenure at two weeks, which one are you taking?  I’d go under.  There’s one more game on this three-game road trip, and I think that will pretty much seal the deal.  After the Bengals...
Browns GM says ‘wholly untrue’ he sabotaged trade with Bengals

Browns GM says ‘wholly untrue’ he sabotaged trade with Bengals

Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown dismissed the idea he or anyone in his front office sabotaged the trade with Cincinnati for quarterback AJ McCarron that fell apart last week. The teams failed to submit the proper paperwork to complete the trade before the NFL’s 4 p.m. deadline, and the inability to execute the deal led to speculation that Brown intentionally...
AJ McCarron speaks about failed Bengals-Browns trade

AJ McCarron speaks about failed Bengals-Browns trade

A.J. McCarron reported for work at Paul Brown Stadium on Wednesday just like any other day.  Except the Bengals had a previously scheduled open locker room period and he had to field numerous questions about how he was almost traded to the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday.  The 27-year-old quarterback was diplomatic as he answered questions about the last 24 hours, admitting he has already...
Sports Today: Browns reach new low with botched Bengals trade

Sports Today: Browns reach new low with botched Bengals trade

I clocked out a few minutes before 5 on Tuesday afternoon to get ready for beggar’s night and boy did I miss a lot in the sports world.  This failed A.J. McCarron trade between the Browns and Bengals is nine kinds of hilarious if you’re not a Browns fan.  Honestly, even if you are a Browns fan, it’s probably at least two or three kinds.  And at least now you know your...
Report: Bengals, Browns almost completed A.J. McCarron trade

Report: Bengals, Browns almost completed A.J. McCarron trade

A.J. McCarron and Hue Jackson were reportedly near a reunitement. The Browns and Bengals just missed the 4 p.m. trade deadline buzzer on a deal that would’ve sent McCarron to Cleveland. Jackson has attempted to acquire McCarron in the past. But the subplot here is that it was supposedly the Browns that were late filing the deal. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"...
Sports Today: Jimmy Garoppolo trade leaves Bengals, Browns fans feeling frustrated

Sports Today: Jimmy Garoppolo trade leaves Bengals, Browns fans feeling frustrated

Maybe Jimmy Garoppolo should run for president.  After all, carrying Ohio is generally key to victory, and his trade to the San Francisco 49ers has given people across the state feeling the same way.  Everybody’s upset!  Leave it to Bill Belichick and New England to unite Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns fans.  The Patriots’ decision to send their highly-regarded...
Hue Jackson: We have to be perfect to win

Hue Jackson: We have to be perfect to win

Now 1-23 in his Browns tenure, coach Hue Jackson publicly admitted a not-so-surprising revelation: His team must be perfect to win. Following Cleveland’s 33-16 loss to Minnesota on Sunday, Jackson said at this point, the only way his team avoids 0-16 is to play a perfect game. "Everything has to be perfect. I think that's where we are,” he said. He continued. "I think everything...
Hue Jackson brags on DeShone Kizer despite Browns’ loss

Hue Jackson brags on DeShone Kizer despite Browns’ loss

Hue Jackson has shuffled quarterback DeShone Kizer in and out of the lineup. He initially thought the benching was beneficial, and Sunday’s performance may be some form of validation. The Browns lost to the Vikings in London, with Kizer throwing for just 179 yards and completing 52.9 percent of his passes. He didn’t have a touchdown or interception. But Jackson maintains he’s seeing...
Browns currently have two top 15 picks

Browns currently have two top 15 picks

The Browns fans didn’t want to be watching draft position heading to week 8, but here they are. Cleveland is 0-7 and sits in position for the No. 1 pick. The Browns drafted Myles Garrett with the top pick a year ago. The Browns have two first-rounders, thanks to the Texans trading up for Deshaun Watson. That’d currently be No. 15, but Watson’s performance thus far indicates it&rsquo...
Browns’ Joe Thomas to miss remainder of season

Browns’ Joe Thomas to miss remainder of season

A brutal Cleveland Browns season just got worse. Cleveland dropped to 0-7 on Sunday with more quarterback drama. But the bigger story was the NFL-record snaps streak concluding when Joe Thomas exited the game. Thomas tore his triceps and will need surgery, ending his season. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"...
Watch: Hue Jackson explains Browns benching of DeShone Kizer

Watch: Hue Jackson explains Browns benching of DeShone Kizer

DeShone Kizer was solid for most of the afternoon, but two turnovers prompted Browns coach Hue Jackson to make a change. Cody Kessler helped the Browns keep it manageable and force overtime, where they’d ultimately lose 12-9 to the Titans. Jackson pointed at Kizer’s turnovers as reason for the benching. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet">...
Browns fall in overtime to Titans, remain winless

Browns fall in overtime to Titans, remain winless

Ryan Succop’s fourth field goal — a 47-yarder with 1:55 left in overtime — extended his NFL record for makes inside 50 yards to 55 straight and sent the Tennessee Titans to an ugly 12-9 win on Sunday over the winless Cleveland Browns, who also lost durable Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas with an injury. Succop’s clutch kick enabled the Titans (4-3) to get their second win in six...
Fans react to Joe Thomas’ snaps streak ending

Fans react to Joe Thomas’ snaps streak ending

The NFL’s most impressive streak ended Sunday. Browns left tackle Joe Thomas exited with an elbow injury, concluding his streak at 10,363 snaps. The Browns ran their first play without him in the lineup in 11 seasons. NFL and Browns fans were devastated. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Seeing...
Joe Thomas’ consecutive snaps streak snapped

Joe Thomas’ consecutive snaps streak snapped

An NFL-record streak was ended today. Joe Thomas was injured in the third quarter of the Browns-Titans game, and so he finally missed a snap. Thomas appeared to injure his elbow. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">10,363 consecutive offensive plays.<br><br>What an incredible streak for Joe...
Browns bench Kizer for Kessler mid-game

Browns bench Kizer for Kessler mid-game

Here we go again. Hue Jackson, with his team down 6-3, chose to switch quarterbacks in the third quarter of the Browns-Titans game. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Unbelievable. The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Browns?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Browns</a> bench...
Report: Kizer likely Browns starting QB against Titans

Report: Kizer likely Browns starting QB against Titans

The quarterback carousel in Cleveland never disappoints. DeShone Kizer, benched one game for Kevin Hogan, is likely to be named the starter again by Wednesday, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “(Head coach Hue) Jackson re-iterated that Kizer is ‘huge part of the future here’ and that will be a big part of his thinking process. If the Browns are going to have a young...
Hue Jackson’s day gets worse as DeShaun Watson shines

Hue Jackson’s day gets worse as DeShaun Watson shines

Perhaps Sunday’s loss was only the second-worst occurrence for Hue Jackson and the Browns. News came out that Jackson sent a text message to DeShaun Watson before April’s draft, telling him to “be ready.” The Browns had two chances to pick Watson – they took Myles Garrett No. 1 then traded out of the 12th slot with Houston, which took Watson. Watson leads the NFL in touchdown...
Kevin Hogan flunks first test as starter

Kevin Hogan flunks first test as starter

In an attempt to awaken the offense, Browns coach Hue Jackson made a quarterback switch from DeShone Kizer to Kevin Hogan. It failed. Hogan went 20 of 37 for 140 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions in a blowout 33-17 loss at Houston. Making matters worse, Texans quarterback DeShaun Watson continues to look like a budding star after the Browns passed on him twice in April’s draft. The...
Would ‘Chosen Rosen’ save the Browns?

Would ‘Chosen Rosen’ save the Browns?

The Browns have a clear path to the No. 1 pick. Again. Cleveland wasn’t competitive in a blowout to the Texans on Sunday. It’s 0-6 with difficult final 10 games awaiting. San Francisco is also 0-6, though it’s looked like an NFL team most weeks. With the Browns showing no signs of life, they top almost every mock draft. DeShone Kizer, the team’s second-round pick at quarterback...
Browns benching Kizer, starting Hogan produces strong reactions

Browns benching Kizer, starting Hogan produces strong reactions

Kevin Hogan worked his way from third string afterthought to starting quarterback. Browns coach Hue Jackson named Hogan the starter on Wednesday. He’ll face a Texans defense that, while depleted, should still be among the league’s best on Sunday. The decision has warranted reactions across the board. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><...
Was Hue Jackson overruled in the Browns’ draft room?

Was Hue Jackson overruled in the Browns’ draft room?

One NFL reporter seemed to indicate Hue Jackson may not have as much power as he’d like in the Browns’ decision making. Mike Silver, an NFL Network analyst and University of California graduate (where Jackson attended), suggested the head coach didn’t get his preferred quarterback last April. Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller chimed in, saying Jackson wanted Mitchell Trubisky,...
Hogan to replace Kizer as starting QB for Browns game vs. Texans

Hogan to replace Kizer as starting QB for Browns game vs. Texans

Browns head coach Hue Jackson announced this morning that Kevin Hogan will start Sunday’s game at Houston. Hogan replaced rookie DeShone Kizer in the second half of last week’s 17-14 loss to the Jets. Kizer started the first five games of the season. Hogan is the 28th different staring quarterback for the Browns since 1999. “I’ve made the decision to start Kevin this week,&rdquo...
Suspended Browns WR Josh Gordon comes clean in documentary

Suspended Browns WR Josh Gordon comes clean in documentary

Since 2013, Josh Gordon has been plagued by substance-abuse related suspensions that’ve derailed a once promising NFL career. He hasn’t played a game since December 2014. His first suspension was canceled after he failed a test for codeine, which was in his prescribed cough syrup. He was arrest for DUI in 2014 and suspended 10 games.  Gordon revealed his struggles in a recent...
Browns lose tiebreaker for pole position in NFL draft

Browns lose tiebreaker for pole position in NFL draft

The race to the bottom will require pure incompetency this season, it appears. Despite their struggles, the Browns lost pole position in the draft this weekend. The win-less Giants’ strength of schedule slots them No. 1 overall. The win-less 49ers comes in third. After picking first a year ago, the Browns weren’t supposed to be in this position again. Yes it’s early, but the team...
Suspended Browns receiver Gordon details drug use, hopes for comeback

Suspended Browns receiver Gordon details drug use, hopes for comeback

Revealing he was scared for his life because of another drug relapse, suspended Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is making his case to be reinstated by the NFL. Gordon detailed years of substance use, the depths of his addiction and his determination to turn his life around during a 13-minute video released Tuesday on the website Uninterrupted. The former All-Pro who led the league in yards receiving...
Jackson undecided on Browns’ messy quarterback situation

Jackson undecided on Browns’ messy quarterback situation

Browns coach Hue Jackson is undecided about his starting quarterback. Jackson benched struggling rookie DeShone Kizer at halftime of Sunday’s loss to the New York Jets, replacing the 21-year-old with Kevin Hogan, who moved Cleveland’s offense and threw two touchdown passes. Jackson said Monday that he’s still weighing whether it would be beneficial to sit Kizer, who has thrown a...
Hue Jackson under microscope as he falls to 1-20 as Browns coach

Hue Jackson under microscope as he falls to 1-20 as Browns coach

The Browns lost again Sunday, coming up short in an ugly 17-14 duel with the Jets. That dropped coach Hue Jackson to 1-20 in his Browns tenure. Perhaps even more disturbing, Cleveland’s offense and quarterback play have been putrid under Jackson - the two areas he’s supposed to know best. Jackson’s been criticized all year, and it picked up more steam on Sunday, especially for benching...
Fans and analysts react to DeShone Kizer’s benching

Fans and analysts react to DeShone Kizer’s benching

After an abysmal first half, Browns coach Hue Jackson pulled the plug on rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer. Kizer was benched in the second half on Sunday’s game against the Jets. Kevin Hogan led the Browns on a touchdown drive following the move, but they trail the Jets 17-7 in the fourth quarter. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="...
Watch: David Njoku gives Cleveland first lead of season

Watch: David Njoku gives Cleveland first lead of season

It’s been a good weekend for Miami Hurricanes football. David Njoku thought he’d keep it going. The rookie first-round draft pick caught a pass from Kevin Hogan to give the Browns their first lead of the season at 7-3 over the New York Jets. https://twitter.com/Browns/status/917100518647857152 The lead didn’t last long. Josh McCown led the Jets down the field and they’re back...
Watch: Myles Garrett gets sack No. 2 in game No. 1

Watch: Myles Garrett gets sack No. 2 in game No. 1

This Myles Garrett kid might be pretty good. After notching a sack in his first NFL snap, the Browns defensive lineman, and No. 1 overall pick, punished Jets quarterback Josh McCown again in the second quarter. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">ANOTHER ONE.<a href="https://twitter.com/MylesLGarrett?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"...
Watch: Browns’ Jason McCourty intercepts Josh McCown

Watch: Browns’ Jason McCourty intercepts Josh McCown

Jason McCourty might be the rare Browns free-agent acquisition worth his money. McCourty’s strong season continued Sunday with an interception of Jets quarterback Josh McCown. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We �� you, <a href="https://twitter.com/McCourtyTwins?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"...
Browns squander first chance at points versus Jets

Browns squander first chance at points versus Jets

The Browns almost took their first lead of the season. Instead, Isaiah Crowell fumbled a pitch at the 7-yard line and the Jets protected a scoreless tie during Sunday’s game. Analysts lit into the Browns for another inexplicable mistake. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Browns blow first lead chance...
Predicting Bengals-Bills and all Week 5 games

Predicting Bengals-Bills and all Week 5 games

Cincinnati Bengals beat writer Jay Morrison offers his predictions for Week 5 of NFL games. New York Jets (2-2) at Cleveland Browns (0-4) No idea why/how the Browns are favored in this one. Pick: Jets 17, Browns 13 Carolina Panthers (3-1) at Detroit Lions (3-1) There won’t be anything funny about this one, Cam Pick: Lions 34, Panthers 24 ›› Bengals receiver charged with drug possession...
This week in Bengals history: Nov. 26

This week in Bengals history: Nov. 26

The Cincinnati Bengals have played six times on Nov. 26, and they are 3-3 in those contests. Here is a look at each game: Nov. 26, 2006 – Cincinnati Bengals 30, Cleveland Browns 0 at Cleveland Browns Stadium Carson Palmer threw two touchdown passes to Chris Henry and one to T.J. Houshmandzadeh as the Bengals improved to 6-5. Following the first TD pass to Henry, Shayne Graham kicked his 158th...
Sports Today: Bengals loss a blip, or sign of things to come?

Sports Today: Bengals loss a blip, or sign of things to come?

The Cincinnati Bengals’ season-opening loss to the Baltimore Ravens could not have gone worse.  That isn’t hyperbole. There are virtually no positives to take away from it aside from no one being seriously injured.  The way Marvin Lewis’ team looked Sunday, that won’t matter in the long run because they can’t win with this collection of players if they can&rsquo...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals ready to get started for real

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals ready to get started for real

The Cincinnati Bengals made their final cuts, set their practice squad then made a few more moves.  They kept seven receivers, and they got a lot younger.  The Bengals also got a little smaller on the defensive front, trading high-potential, low-yield Wille Clarke for short-but-productive offseason acquisition Chris Smith.  Four of the players drafted in April didn’t make...
Sports Today: NFL’s terrible rules screw Bengals again

Sports Today: NFL’s terrible rules screw Bengals again

The further criminalization of physical contact in the NFL caught up with the Bengals late Sunday night when news broke Vontaze Burfict is facing a five-game suspension.  My knee-jerk reaction was five games seems like an awful lot, even for a repeat offender.  I thought I should sleep on it, and this morning I still feel that way.  But, hey, rules are rules, right?  Well...
Sports Today: Cleveland Browns vindicate Hue Jackson, prove coach’s point with latest anthem protest

Sports Today: Cleveland Browns vindicate Hue Jackson, prove coach’s point with latest anthem protest

Hue Jackson gets the big picture surrounding the national anthem demonstrations in the NFL more fully than 99 percent of the people who have said or written about it in the past year.  The Cleveland Browns coach was right to point out using the Star-Spangled Banner and the American flag as vehicles of protest has steered the coverage and discussions off course consistently since the first time...
Sports Today: It’s a Cincinnati Bengals game day

Sports Today: It’s a Cincinnati Bengals game day

Cincinnati Bengals fans, the long wait for preseason game No. 1 ends tonight with Marvin Lewis’ team hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Jay Morrison already laid out his six things to watch tonight and hit all the most important aspects of the game I can see, such as they are when the outcome doesn’t matter.  I am with Jay in wanting to see how Trey Hopkins performs on the offensive...
Osweiler to get the start at QB in Browns’ preseason opener

Osweiler to get the start at QB in Browns’ preseason opener

Brock Osweiler will start the Browns preseason opener Thursday night against the Saints, coach Hue Jackson announced Monday morning. The Browns have four quarterbacks — Osweiler, Cody Kessler, DeShone Kizer and Kevin Hogan — in camp vying for the starting job. “At this stage in the evaluation process of our quarterbacks, we are going to have Brock start the preseason opener against...
Browns show promise in training camp

Browns show promise in training camp

BEREA — The Cleveland Browns have taken a positive approach to improving their 1-15 record from a season ago. The Browns were one of the biggest winners on draft day and did an admirable job addressing some needs in free agency. Now it’s time to see if the offseason acquisitions will mesh with existing talent and help win games.   Judging by the first few days of training camp the...
Sports Today: Rejoice as football plans come into focus

Sports Today: Rejoice as football plans come into focus

Good news: The slowest sports week I can remember* this year is almost over.  Ohio State announced yesterday training camp will begin for the Buckeyes next Thursday. Heroic OSU SID Jerry Emig also gave us a way to kill some time yesterday by publishing the 2017 media guide. I’m not afraid to admit I used to love going through those when they were still printed (but I’d rather pretend...
Scary sight for the Browns: No. 1 pick Garrett limping off the field

Scary sight for the Browns: No. 1 pick Garrett limping off the field

Myles Garrett limped off the field Wednesday, a scary sight for the Cleveland Browns. The No. 1 overall draft pick sustained an injury to his left foot late in practice while rushing quarterback Brock Osweiler during a two-minute drill. The severity of the injury is not yet known, and the Browns are hoping it’s not serious. Garrett, who missed time earlier this spring with an unspecified injury...
Sports Today: Bengals rocked, Browns rolling, Ohio State speaks and basketball, basketball, basketball

Sports Today: Bengals rocked, Browns rolling, Ohio State speaks and basketball, basketball, basketball

So, NFL free agency officially started yesterday, and it was pretty much a disaster for the Cincinnati Bengals.  The possibility of losing guard Kevin Zeitler in free agency was always there, but I think most people expected them to at least keep tackle Andrew Whitworth.  They’re both gone, and the offensive line that was shaky to begin with is currently in shambles. Barring a big...
Browns to sign Bitonio to extension; signing center from Packers

Browns to sign Bitonio to extension; signing center from Packers

The Browns are signing guard Joel Bitonio to a contract extension, according to multiple reports. Bitonio, 25, played in only five games for the Browns in 2016 because of a foot injury. The 2017 season would have been the final year of his four-year rookie deal with the Browns. Bitonio was a second-round pick in 2014. The Browns also are reportedly signing center J.C. Tretter, who spent the last four...
Sports Today: 2 Reds positives, Browns QB talk, another Buckeye could be a Bengals fit and more 

Sports Today: 2 Reds positives, Browns QB talk, another Buckeye could be a Bengals fit and more 

Reds win! Reds win! Reds win!  OK, normally this is not headline news in March, but in this case one has indeed belonged to the Reds for the first time.  (We may be heading into a season in which positives are few and far between, so just roll with it…)  The Cincinnati 9 beat the Chicago Cubs 6-2 yesterday to improve to 1-6 on the spring.  Far more significant: Amir Garrett...
Sports Today: NFL combine, Ohio State buzzer-beater, NBA developments and local gems galore 

Sports Today: NFL combine, Ohio State buzzer-beater, NBA developments and local gems galore 

Welcome to NFL Combine week!  (The annual event actually overlaps two weeks, but this is easier shorthand, OK?) There are lots of storylines, starting today when many of the league’s coaches and personnel staffers meet with reporters to talk about the state of their teams.  This draft year already includes a lot of intrigue around the quarterbacks, who seem to be going through...
Projected top pick prays for Cowboys trade to avoid Cleveland Browns

Projected top pick prays for Cowboys trade to avoid Cleveland Browns

Myles Garrett, the Texas A&M defensive end and projected top pick for the Cleveland Browns in the 2017 NFL draft, is begging for divine intervention. Or at least Jerry Jones’ intervention. Garrett filmed a video of himself begging on his knees with his hands clasped for his favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys, to trade for the Browns No. 1 pick so he doesn’t have to play in Cleveland. In...
Joe Thomas has thoughts on who Browns should take No. 1 in the NFL draft

Joe Thomas has thoughts on who Browns should take No. 1 in the NFL draft

Joe Thomas has been with the Browns long enough to be a de facto member of the front office.  Shoot, maybe they should just give him the team because it’s unlikely any member of the organization has done their job as well for as long as he has.  Here’s a test of the long-time left tackle’s football knowledge: He wants the Browns to draft someone he would block instead of...
Johnny Manziel has Twitter advice for President Donald Trump

Johnny Manziel has Twitter advice for President Donald Trump

Johnny Manziel is back on the scene not just in time for the Super Bowl but also to help out our 45th president as he settles into the Oval Office.  The former Browns quarterback offered some important social media advice for President Donald J. Trump on Monday.  “Yo @POTUS even I know to stay away from the notifications section on twitter. (Expletive) will drive you crazy, lead the...
Fans raise enough money for Browns ‘0-16’ parade

Fans raise enough money for Browns ‘0-16’ parade

If the Cleveland Browns can finish off a historic season, should the town and its fans celebrate? That is the question percolating in northeast Ohio these days. At least cost won’t be a problem. A GoFundMe started to raise $1,999 to cover the costs of putting on a parade in honor of the once-proud franchise going 0-16 (if it loses its last two games) has far surpassed that goal. It is already...
7 things to know for NFL Week 15: Bengals-Steelers, Browns-Bills, etc.

7 things to know for NFL Week 15: Bengals-Steelers, Browns-Bills, etc.

Week 15 of the NFL season is upon us.  Here are the things you’ll want to watch for around the league, starting in Cincinnati with the Bengals against the Steelers. Cincinnati enters the weekend in third place in the AFC North, but the Bengals could still improbably win the division if they beat the Steelers this week, the Texans next week and the Ravens in Week 17. Of course, the Steelers...
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