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Following an unsatisfactory finish last season, the Cleveland Browns are making a few changes in search of greater success in 2015. Effort was made to upgrade their defensive unit first, starting with No. 12 overall selection Danny Shelton. The imposing nose tackle will combine with newcomer Randy Starks, a prolific pass rusher who’s ready to make life more difficult for opposing quarterbacks. When it comes to QBs, Cleveland’s got options with Josh McCown and Johnny Manziel vying for snaps in what’s sure to be a hotly-contested AFC North. Is this the year that Johnny Football takes the NFL by storm? Be there in-person to find out with Cleveland Browns tickets, on sale now! The best seats at FirstEnergy Stadium are always within reach when you go with Razorgator!
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12/21/15 - Things were looking up for the Cleveland Browns when they ended their losing streak last week, but they could not follow it up with another win. Perhaps playing an away game was too much of a challenge, or maybe it was that their opponent was last year’s champion, the Seattle Seahawks. Regardless of the reason, the Browns played their best but came up short with 13 points against the Seahawks’ 30. The Browns actually managed to tie the game up before the end of the first quarter, however. From here, they just have one more home game, which will be against the Pittsburgh Steelers on January 3rd. Tickets are still available starting at $55.
12/15/15 - This season has looked quite grim for the Cleveland Browns as they pull up the caboose in the AFC North division. The Browns went on a seven-game losing streak, but were finally able to pull out of it when they faced off against the San Francisco 49ers on December 13. Johnny Manziel, the Browns quarterback, passed for 270 yards and put on a much-needed successful game for the Browns. The Browns defense also performed well, achieving nine sacks and holding the 49ers to only 127 yards the entire game. See if the Browns can get on a winning streak to end the season, when they take on the Seattle Seahawks on December 20.
12/8/15 - The Cleveland Browns may not have had the best season this year, but they have never been a team that lets their fans down. Despite having a disappointing record of 2-10, they are still playing their hardest and giving the fans something to cheer about. In their most recent loss, the Browns were playing the division leader, the Cincinnati Bengals. The Browns were still able to get on the board, however, and the final score came to 37-3. There are two more home games for the season. Be sure to see the Browns in action while you still can. Tickets for the December 13th match against the San Francisco 49ers start at just $11.
12/1/15 - As if things couldn’t get worse for the Cleveland Browns after their disappointing loss to the Ravens last week, fans are now hearing that quarterback Josh McCown is out for the rest of the season with a broken collarbone. Though he will not need surgery, he is also dealing with a concussion and a hurt rib, and the combination of injuries will keep him sidelined. Coach Mike Pettine hasn’t decided whether Johnny Manziel or Austin Davis will be his replacement in Sunday’s game against the Bengals, but fans can expect more information on that decision later in the week. Tickets for the Dec. 6 game at FirstEnergy Stadium can be purchased now for just $16.
11/24/15 - Johnny Manziel is still trying to find his way in NFL competition, and he’ll get another opportunity to start this weekend when the Cleveland Browns face off with the Baltimore Ravens. The Browns were upended by Big Ben and the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, with a final score of 30-9. Johnny Football did pass for 372 yards but rushed for just 17, as the scrambling game which served him so well in college has not been nearly as effective in the pro ranks. Cleveland plays host against the Ravens this weekend and tickets for FirstEnergy Stadium are on sale today! Get your seats with prices starting at just $14 each!
11/17/15 - It’s hard to be a Cleveland Browns fan. The team is currently on a five game losing streak, tacking on the fifth loss last weekend against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Things are less than optimistic looking moving forward, as the Browns are about to host a series of fierce competitors before hitting the road to face an even tougher group. Fortunately for players and fans alike, the Browns are on bye week this Sunday. They’ll have the weekend to take a break and try to rethink their strategy before facing the Baltimore Ravens at home on Monday, November 30. Cleveland needs every ounce of support you can muster, so get your tickets now!
11/10/15 - The Cleveland Browns slid to 2 – 8 this weekend, losing to Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers 30 – 9 on Sunday. Things took a turn for the worst when Pittsburgh’s alternate quarterback left the game in the second quarter, and starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger returned to lead Pittsburgh on several notable drives. The Steelers managed to shut out the Browns in the second and third quarters, ultimately beating Cleveland at home. The Browns will now return to FirstEnergy Stadium to take on the visiting Baltimore Ravens. They’ll need all the support they can get, so be sure to buy your ticket to the game. Prices currently start as low as $16.
11/3/15 - The Cleveland Browns are a NFL team that is currently struggling to pull out of a losing streak. They have lost their last three games and can’t seem to bring home a win. On November 1, the Browns took on the Arizona Cardinals, one of the top teams this year. The Browns were able to take an early lead in the second quarter and head to the locker room with ten points over the Cardinals. Unfortunately, they were unable to keep up the momentum in the second half and instead got completely smashed offensively and defensively by the Cardinals. The Browns lost 20-34 at home that night. Get tickets for their next game before it is too late.
10/27/15 - There was more than one reason it was surprising to see Johnny Football taking snaps on Sunday versus the Rams. The embattled Cleveland Browns quarterback completed 4-of-5 short passes, good for 27 yards in limited action behind Josh McCown this past weekend. Neither QB was particularly effective unfortunately, as the Browns slid to their fifth loss of the season, 24-6 to St. Louis. Travis Coons accounted for all six of Cleveland’s points, knocking a pair of FGs through the uprights in the second and third quarters. The Browns will try to respond on Sunday at home, as they host the NFC West-leading Cardinals. Get your tickets today starting at just $19!
10/19/15 - Amidst the Brown slump, the Cleveland Browns are still able to pull off some amazing feats. Last week, they fell behind the San Diego Chargers by just three points in a close away match, but this week, the Browns travelled to Baltimore to face the Ravens and they were not going to let that happen twice in a row. This time, the Browns pulled ahead in overtime to bring the final score to 33-30. Their record for the season may be 2-4, but the Browns still have a lot of fight in them. As they prepare for one last away match before returning on November 1st, fans prepare to welcome them back to Cleveland.
10/14/15 - It’s looking like the decision to stick with Josh McCown under center is paying off for the Cleveland Browns. The off-again on-again QB went 36-for-51 with 457 yards and a pair of TDs on Sunday, leading his crew to a huge comeback victory over the Ravens. Gary Barnidge played a big part in Cleveland’s win as well, running for a touchdown on 139 total yards. The Browns jumped to a 2-3 record on the year, good enough to stay in the postseason hunt in a tough AFC North division. They’ll host Peyton Manning’s Broncos this weekend at FirstEnergy Stadium, and tickets for the contest are available starting at $79 each!
10/5/15 - The quarterback shuffle continues for the Cleveland Browns, who got a very respectful effort from Josh McCown against the Chargers last weekend but still walked away with the L. San Diego got a game-winning field goal at the horn from rookie kicker Josh Lambo, sending the Browns to a defeat and a 1-3 record on the season. Cleveland rallied from eight points down, getting a TD and two-point conversion in the closing minutes, but the Bolts had one last trick up their collective sleeve. The Browns travel to M&T Bank Stadium to face the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday and tickets are still available to check out the game live! Seats are available starting at $66!
9/28/15 - The Cleveland Browns came so close to pulling off a victory on September 27th when they hosted the Oakland Raiders. With a final score of 20-27, the Browns were just one step behind through the entire match. Even though they lost, the Browns still scored twice as much as they did in the season opener, and even came close to matching their performance last week when they beat out the Tennessee Titans. The Browns are heading out for back-to-back away games, but will return on October 18th to host the Denver Broncos. Tickets are still available starting as low as $85. Be sure to secure your place in the stands now.
9/22/15 - After the disappointing loss in the season opener, the Cleveland Browns triumphed over the Tennessee Titans on the 20th. The Browns came out strong, scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter. Quarterback Johnny Manziel had a 60-yard touchdown pass completed to Travis Benjamin in the second play of the game to start the momentum. He also threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Benjamin with less than three minutes left to ensure their victory. Manziel went 8 for 15 with a total of 172 yards and two touchdowns. Benjamin had a great night that also included returning a punt for a 78-yard touchdown. Isaiah Cromwell scored a rushing touchdown as well. The Browns next host the Raiders on September 27. Tickets remain available, with prices starting at $51.
9/14/15 - The Cleveland Browns had their season opener on September 13th. Even though the Browns were playing on the New York Jets' field, it was hard to tell who was going to take the game. In the first quarter, neither team was able to score any points. Then, going into the half, both teams were nearly tied. Unfortunately, the Browns could not keep their momentum up, and failed to score in the second half, which brought the score to 10-31. Scoring 10 points in a single quarter is an impressive feat, so the Browns did play well, they just had trouble maintaining their performance. They should fare better once they are back on their own field on September 20th for their home opener against the Tennessee Titans.
9/8/15 - The 2015 season begins for the Cleveland Browns in New Jersey when they play the Jets on Sunday, September 13. With only days left, the team is finalizing its roster and preparing for the official start. Although all NFL teams had to submit their official 53-man roster last Saturday, some changes are still being made. For the Browns, this includes waving Terrelle Pryor only days after he survived the chopping block. The Browns got rid of Pryor to make way for ex-Seahawks running back Robert Turbin. Turbin will not be ready to play quite yet, as he still needs to heal his sprained ankle. There is still time to get your tickets to see the season start against the Jets, with tickets available with prices as low as $27.
9/3/15 - The preseason is officially over for the Cleveland Browns, and now it is time to cut the roster to the official 53-man team. There has been some speculation that Dwayne Bowe may face the chopping block, due to Bowe under-performing this preseason that began with him missing most of training camp due to a hamstring injury. However, the Browns' coach Mike Pettine said he has no intention of cutting Bowe. Despite losing 24-0 to the Bears in the last preseason game, the Browns were able to learn a few things, and it will help to decide who will actually make the cut. The Browns head to New York for the regular season opener on Sunday, September 13. You still have a chance to get tickets for the 2015 season, with prices for the opening game starting at $52.
8/26/15 - Is the era of Johnny Football finally ready to kick off? The second-year Cleveland Browns quarterback has made notable progress this preseason, throwing for a touchdown against the Bills and generally looking more confident and comfortable among NFL competition. The decision was recently announced that Manziel will be resting up for the final two warm-up games as the Browns strive to make sure that his arm is as healthy as possible for regular season action. Cleveland will play both of those contests on the road, their first coming in Tampa Bay on Saturday. The Browns’ final preseason outing comes on 9/3 against the Bears, and you can secure your tickets for Soldier Field right now! Get in the game with seats starting at $34 each!
8/19/15 - The preseason has gotten under way, but the Cleveland Browns are struggling. They just finished their second game and they still have not gotten a victory. First, the Browns hosted the Washington Redskins, but they came out a little behind with 20-17. Then, they hosted the Buffalo Bills, but again, they came out just shy with 11-10. Even though these losses are disappointing, the Browns did play well, never losing by more than three small points. As the preseason continues, fans hope their record will improve, but it will be an uphill battle because the final two matches are on away fields. The Browns will be facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Chicago Bears in the coming weeks, then the official season will kick off.
8/10/15 - Training Camp winds up this week, which ends with the Cleveland Browns' first preseason game. On Tuesdays practice, quarterback Johnny Manziel took it easy. He only threw left-handed and did not participate in the 7-on-7s or team drills to rest his throwing arm after feeling sore. He is expected to play on Thursday. On Monday, the team hosted 100 guests from the Northern Ohio USO, and many of the players chatted with the guests after practice. There were members from all five branches of the military and members of Fallen Families, which is an organization who have lost loved ones in the line of duty. On Thursday, August 13, the Browns will play the Redskins for their preseason opener. You can still get your tickets to watch it in person, with prices starting at $2.
8/7/15 - Even with the support of the veteran players on the squad, there are no guarantees that Josh McCown will be starting at quarterback this year for the Cleveland Browns. Johnny Manziel has made strides during this offseason, improving the chances that he’ll see appreciable playing time on the field again in 2015. Johnny Football, as he’s best known from his days of college QB fame, failed to impress in his rookie season with the Browns, completing just 51.4 percent of his passes for 175 yards in five games. He finished with a QB rating of 42.0 but finds himself in position to make significant improvements this season. Preseason tickets are on sale now! Cleveland vs. Washington on Aug. 13th at FirstEnergy Stadium—get your seats from $3 and up!
7/27/15 - It seems the Cleveland Browns is nearly an entirely new team. Following a trend that has run for the last two year, more new players are being added to the Browns than are returning. In fact, there are a total of 67 new players that were not on the team in 2013. Fans do not have to wait long to see how this new set up will fare. With the home opener being on August 14th, there are only a little more than two weeks before the Browns take the field again. Their first opponents will be the Washington Redskins. You can attend the very first game for as little as $1. Do not miss this opportunity to see the brand new Cleveland Browns in action.
7/16/15 - The Cleveland Browns decided to develop their own ESPY style awards this year that focus solely on the franchise. This year, the best celebration goes to Danny Shelton, who lifted NFL commissioner off the ground after being picked 12th during the draft. The best homecoming was awarded to Donte Whitner who had his third straight Pro Bowl appearance. The best idea belonged to Jim O'Neil, who rewarded dog collars and tags to the players for distinct defensive plays. There were several other awards, which the franchise has dubbed the Brownie Awards, which can be seen on their website. Fans can get tickets to see the moments that will make for next year's Brownies, as all 2015 games are on sale now, with prices as low as $1.
6/29/15 - After Brett Favre commented he could still play in an interview, some Cleveland Browns fans are hoping the franchise invites him to come to a practice. The Browns have had difficulty finding a solid quarterback over the past few years. If Favre were to come out of retirement, he could provide help to the Browns. Fans are also wondering if the Browns will use their supplemental draft pick come July 9th, something they have not done since 2012. According to safeties Donte Whitner and Tashaun Gipson, the Browns' secondary is set to be the best in the league, and fans won't have long to wait to see if this is true. Tickets to the entire season, including the home opener on August 13 against the Redskins, are on sale now, starting at $2.
6/15/15 - The Cleveland Browns are starting to come together with their training camp in full swing. Many fans were worried about Dwayne Bowe. He does not have the speed he once did, but he is still making a place for himself as a potent wide receiver. Focusing more on physical force, Bowe is putting his 225 pound frame to good use. There is no doubt that Bowe is still a force to be reckoned with, but is the rest of team acclimating to change just as well? There is just less than two months remaining before the season picks up again, so fans will just have to wait to find out. It may sound like a long time to wait, but it is actually very quickly approaching.
6/1/15 - With the NFL 2015 season only about two months away now, all the teams are starting their offseason training. The Cleveland Browns are no exception, but, surprisingly, they have announced that they will be going to a joint camp in New York with the Buffalo Bills. Having the opportunity to play against a real NFL team during the offseason can serve as an excellent advantage. Meanwhile, many are talking about how much cornerback Joe Haden will bring to the Browns’ game, despite Haden not appearing in NFL’s top 100 players or the top nine cornerbacks lists. It will not be long before fans can see for themselves what the Cleveland Browns have prepared for this upcoming season. Get your tickets today and you can see them in action as early as August 13th.
5/21/15 - With seven of the 12 new players on the Cleveland Browns on the defensive team, it shows where the Browns are looking to improve their game. One report places them with the most improved defense out of all the NFL teams. Danny Shelton, nose guard from Washington, is being discussed as a promising addition to the middle of the field. The other player that could make a difference immediately is Nate Orchard, a linebacker who comes from Utah. Everyone’s counting on the new draft picks to pick up the Browns’ defense to put them on the road to the Super Bowl. The opening preseason game will give you a chance to check these players out firsthand. Get your tickets starting at $3 when the Browns host the Washington Redskins on August 13.
5/7/15 - The NFL draft is over, leaving the Cleveland Browns with a total of 12 new players. That impressive number does not include any of the undrafted free agents that may also join the team. The team entered the draft with 10 picks and left with 12. The Browns drafted two players in the first round, Danny Shelton and Cameron Erving. In subsequent rounds, they drafted Nate Orchard, Duke Johnson, Xavier Cooper, Ibraheim Campbell, Vince Mayle, Charles Gaines, Malcolm Johnson, Randall Telfer, Hayes Pullard, and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu. With so many new players, it may be tough for the coaches to narrow the roster down to the 53 players allowed for the regular season. As the team heads into offseason preparation, you can get tickets to the season, with prices starting at $3.
4/21/15 - With an updated look to the uniforms and an updated look at several key positions, the Cleveland Browns head into the 2015 NFL season with high hopes of breaking through to the playoffs which they narrowly missed in 2014. They’ll start their journey on the road this time, facing off with the Jets in New York in the opening contest. Among other scheduling highlights are Weeks 4 and 5 when the Browns take on the San Diego Chargers and Baltimore Ravens, respectively. They’ll travel to the boisterous Century Link Field in Week 15 to tangle with the NFC champion Seattle Seahawks, and finish out the season by hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers on January 3rd. You can be a part of all the excitement in person—tickets are on sale now!
12/22/14 - On the one hand, the Cleveland Browns saw considerable improvement from Johnny Manziel; despite unspectacular numbers. Unfortunately, Johnny Football was also hurt in the 17-13 loss to Carolina, which likely means Brian Hoyer will start the final game of the Browns’ season.
12/9/14 - Well, is this the beginning of an era? With the Cleveland Browns’ announcement that hyped rookie Johnny Manziel will make his first start this coming weekend for the Browns against division rival Cincinnati, the Browns are hoping that Johnny Football can lead the squad to a playoff berth.
12/2/14 - For the first time this season, the Cleveland Browns brought in wunderkind quarterback Johnny Manziel to try to spark a comeback. While the Browns ultimately fell to Buffalo 26-10, there are some who speculate that the Manziel era may be nigh along the shores of Lake Erie.
11/11/14 - It’s a sign of how topsy-turvy this season has been in the AFC North that Baltimore and Pittsburgh are tied at the bottom of the division, and the Cleveland Browns are at the top. This after the Browns won their third straight game with a 24-3 embarrassment of downstate rival Cincinnati.
11/4/14 - It’s time for the in-state rivalry, as the Cleveland Browns prepare to travel down Interstate 71 for a Thursday night clash with first place Cincinnati. The Browns have done well at home this season, as their 4-1 record shows, but have not done quite as well away from FirstEnergy Stadium, with a road record of 1-2.
10/30/14 - The Cleveland Browns defensive unit is utilizing a unique incentive system to motivate players this season. Each defensive player has received a spiked dog collar, and the coaches are awarding players dog-bone charms to attach to the collar; the bones are awarded not just for plays that show up on the stat sheet, but also for plays that show exceptional effort.
10/10/14 - Come out to First Energy stadium to cheer on your Cleveland Browns as they try to stay in the hunt for the AFC North division title. Positioned only one game behind the division leading Cincinnati Bengals, QB Brian Hoyer and the Browns are in complete control of their playoff destiny. With rookie phenom Johnny “Football” Manziel in tow, your Browns have one of the most exciting young teams on football. RazorGator has tickets for sale for every remaining home game, including contests against divisional rivals Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, as well as visits from marquee teams such as Indianapolis Colts. Come see first year head coach Mike Pettine inspire his team to victory this Sunday, October 12th, as the Browns try to avenge a season opening last second loss to Pittsburgh.
9/29/14 - Week 4 was the bye week for the Cleveland Browns, who will be preparing to take on Tennessee this weekend. Fans will hope the Browns are not caught looking one week ahead to their return matchup with Pittsburgh, who snuck past the Browns in the opening weekend of the 2014 season, 30-27, on a last second field goal by Shawn Suisham. The Browns, who sandwiched a win over New Orleans in between their losses to divisional rivals Pittsburgh and Baltimore, have to be thinking positively, having lost to those two teams (and thus an undefeated season so far) by a grand total of five points.
9/23/14 - The Cleveland Browns tried to execute a trick pass play during their game last weekend against Baltimore. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out quite as well as the one executed by their downstate rivals in Cincinnati – even though Brian Hoyer completed the pass to Johnny Manziel, who appeared before the snap as though he was headed off the field; it turned out that the running back on the play had committed an illegal-motion penalty. (Later, the NFL would rule that, even if the illegal-motion penalty hadn’t been called, the play would have still been illegal, as Manziel was too close to the sideline before Hoyer’s quick snap.) The Browns were ultimately done in by the Ravens 23-21, on a field goal as time expired.
9/16/14 - Last weekend was notable in that Johnny Football made his official NFL regular season debut for the Cleveland Browns. But, it was Brian Hoyer who made all the noise for the Browns in their 26-24 come-from-behind victory over New Orleans. Hoyer completed 60% of his passes (24-for-40) for 204 yards, and one touchdown strike, a three-yarder to Miles Austin in the first quarter. But it was the last drive of the game where Hoyer shone; without his usual tight end and running back, he coolly marched the Browns down the field 85 yards, where Billy Cundiff split the uprights from 29 yards out with just three seconds left. Terrance West led the Browns in rushing in the absence of Ben Tate, with 68 yards on 19 carries; Austin and Andrew Hawkins both caught six passes, Hawkins for 70 yards, Austin for 44 and the touchdown.
9/8/14 - So close, but yet, so far…that has to be the thought of Cleveland Browns fans, who saw their team overcome a 24-point lead by the hated Pittsburgh Steelers to win on a last-second 41 yard field goal by Shawn Suisham, 30-27. After a sluggish preseason in which he was seriously challenged for the starting quarterback job by rookie phenom Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer may have solidified his grasp on the No. 1 slot on the depth chart; finishing 19 for 31 for 230 yards and a touchdown, most of which came in the second half. Big Ben Roethlisberger was typically solid, completing 23 of his 34 attempts for a game-high 365 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Roethlisberger’s favorite target for the day was Antonio Brown, who reeled in 5 balls for 116 yards and a touchdown, while Markus Wheaton caught two key passes on the fateful game-ending Steelers drive among his six. Cleveland’s Andrew Hawkins was his squad’s top receiver, with eight catches for 87 yards.
9/3/14 - Earlier in the preseason, Pittsburgh defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau was projecting that Johnny Manziel would be the Cleveland Browns’ starting quarterback when the two squads met in their season opener. Well, LeBeau wasn’t quite correct – Browns head coach Mike Pettine announced shortly after the second weekend of preseason games that Brian Hoyer would be his starter – but the Steelers are still preparing to face Manziel, only now equally with Hoyer. Both Browns signal-callers had good outings in their last preseason tuner, a 33-13 romp over Chicago. Hoyer led the first-team Browns to only their second touchdown of the preseason, while Manziel was Manziel, completing six of 17 passes for 83 yards and a TD, and also running for 55 yards on a number of improvised scrambles.
8/25/14 - Even though Brian Hoyer has been named the Cleveland Browns’ starting quarterback for their season opener next month with Pittsburgh, both Hoyer and Johnny Manziel saw action in the Browns’ 33-14 loss to St. Louis. Both Hoyer and Manziel had very similar passing numbers – Hoyer was 10-for-16 for 84 yards with a TD pass, an interception, and two sacks; while Manziel completed 10 of 15 for 85 yards while rushing for the other Browns TD, and was also sacked twice, both by Rams rookie Michael Sam. The Browns defense showed they have much to work on, allowing the Rams to gain 23 first downs and convert 12 of 19 third-down plays.
8/20/14 - It’s official. The Cleveland Browns announced on Wednesday that Brian Hoyer would be the team’s starting quarterback for their season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The announcement came after neither Hoyer nor highly-touted (and hyped) rookie Johnny Manziel particularly distinguished themselves in a 24-23 preseason loss to Washington last Monday night. Even though Manziel tossed a touchdown during his time under center, while Hoyer failed to complete a pass against the Redskins, it was evident that “Johnny Football” still had much to learn at the pro level, and he admitted as much during an interview after head coach Mike Pettine made his announcement. “I need to continue to come in here every day and get better,” Manziel said.
8/11/14 - Neither starter Brian Hoyer nor would-be starter Johnny Manziel gained much advantage in their battle to determine who would be the Cleveland Browns’ starting quarterback at the beginning of this season, in their 13-12 weekend loss to Detroit. While Hoyer threw for more yardage (6-of-14 for 92 yards), Manziel completed one more pass and had a higher completion percentage (7-of-11 for 63 yards), and was the Browns’ leading rusher in the game, gaining 27 yards on six carries, including a long of 16 yards up the middle. The team is doing its best to split reps between the two passers; safety Donte whitner told Sports Illustrated’s Monday morning Quarterback blog that t he competition is “fierce” between the pair.
8/4/14 - Johnny Football got his first crack at the first team on Monday, after having what many described as an “impressive” showing during a Cleveland Browns intrasquad scrimmage over the weekend. However, Browns head coach Mike Pettine noted that Johnny Manziel’s reps with the first team were planned, and not a result of his performance over the weekend. Manziel’s first throw with the first-teamers was a 40-yard completion that was actually underthrown and the receiver had to come back for; shortly after that, a Manziel pass was tipped to Donte Whitner, who made the interception. Pettine told reporters that Manziel and Brian Hoyer would “go back and forth” taking reps with the starting offense, but did not specify on which days. The Browns open their preseason schedule this weekend with Detroit.
7/29/14 - Oh yeah, there’s this other guy who plays quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, and if you ask his teammate, offensive tackle Joe Thomas, he compares Brian Hoyer to another pretty fair signal-caller. “He’s a lot like Tom Brady,” Thomas said at training camp this week. “When you look at the way he competes and the way he demands the most of everybody around him, it’s no coincidence that those guys played together.” Thomas also noted the amount of respect Hoyer commands from his teammates, saying, “(He) commands a level of respect because of the way he goes about doing his business the right way and acting like he is the starting quarterback.” While Hoyer has been named the Browns’ starting QB going into training camp, he will face considerable competition from a first-round draft pick out of Texas A&M – some fellow named Manziel.
7/22/14 - As if the Cleveland Browns needed any more news items swirling around them, now there’s this: The team expects to name a starting quarterback by the third game of preseason -- this after saying shortly after drafting former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, that Brian Hoyer was their starter. The Browns are set to take on St. Louis on August 23 in that third game. Coach Mike Pettine plans to meet with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains to help make the decision, which will be closely watched by league pundits and observers. At the same time, Pettine also promised that Manziel’s off-field hijinks would be a “nonstory”; Pettine also praised Manziel’s work ethic, saying “He’s been very humble…worked hard in the weight room. Asked the right questions.”
7/16/14 - Is it possible that the return of basketball superstar LeBron James to Cleveland could be a positive influence on the Cleveland Browns’ mercurial quarterback Johnny Manziel? You might not think so, since the two play different sports, but ESPN’s Pat McManamon makes the case for the possibility. McManamon notes that Manziel is represented by a marketing agency owned by James; and in fact a longtime friend of the four-time NBA MVP does the marketing for “Johnny Football.” At 30 years of age, James qualifies as an “elder statesman” who can impart the wisdom of his experiences to the youthful Manziel when and if necessary. But it remains to be seen whether Manziel would actually take the advice, if offered.
7/8/14 - Is embattled receiver Josh Gordon worth keeping by the Cleveland Browns? Anbalyst Cris Carter, a Hall of Famer, believes the answer is no. Gordon, who is already facing a lengthy suspension by the league for violating its drug policy, was arrested over the Independence Day holiday weekend and charged as driving while intoxicated. Carter underwent similar drug abuse issues before being released by Philadelphia, but there is no way of knowing whether the loss of a much needed support system, if the Browns were to let go of Gordon, would serve as a similar wake-up call. Even though he’s in serious personal and professional trouble, there is still much time for Gordon to clean himself up.
7/1/14 - They had just 1,383 yards rushing, and just four rushing touchdowns, last season. But the Cleveland Browns, lacking somewhat in backfield star power, plan to use a running back-by-committee approach to the ground game this season. The Browns have a combination of Ben Tate, Dion Lewis, and Terrance West as their planned ballcarriers this season, and head coach Mike Pettine believes that’s the route to go in the physical AFC North. “You’d like to have a guy that can carry most of the load, but also be able to alternate guys,” Pettine said to the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper recently. “You’ve got to be able to get fresh legs out there.”
6/24/14 - First came the Cleveland Browns. Then there was the San Diego Padres. And now…the Harlem Globetrotters? Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was drafted by the legendary basketball and entertainment squad this week, along with a number of other “world class” athletes – which also included such sports luminaries as soccer star Landon Donovan, and brothers Mitchell Wiggins Jr. and Nick Wiggins, the older brothers of potential NBA top pick Andrew. “Sweet Lou” Dunbar, director of player personnel, said in a release, “We know that (Manziel) is a fantastic that knows how to be entertaining. ‘Johnny Basketball’ has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?” Despite the notoriety and buzz which occurs from such a selection, it is highly unlikely that the Browns’ biggest 1st round draft pick this will see the light of day in the famous red, white and blue Globetrotters jersey.
6/19/14 - Signed, sealed, delivered. The Cleveland Browns announced that “Johnny Football” Manziel has agreed to contract terms with the club; while specific terms were not announced, a report on ESPN.com indicated that the league’s rookie wage scale would make his compensation in the neighborhood of $8.25 million over four years, with a team option for a fifth, which is standard for first-round picks. Manziel, however, is expected to earn considerably more from endorsements, such as the deal he recently signed with Nike, which allowed the shoe and apparel manufacturer to almost immediately begin selling Manziel-branded gear.
6/11/14 - Johnny Two-Sport? Cleveland Browns (backup) quarterback Johnny Manziel found himself drafted again – this time by baseball’s San Diego Padres, in the recent Major League Baseball draft. Manziel, who did not play baseball at Texas A&M during his time there, was taken in the 28th round of the draft, 837th overall. Several other current NFL quarterbacks were also drafted by MLB teams, including Seattle’s Russell Wilson, who spent some time this past spring with the Texas Rangers (he was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 2007) and San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick, who was selected by the Chicago Cubs in 2009. (Baseball Hall of Famer Dave Winfield was drafted by four teams in the Seventies – including the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings, even though he never played a down of college football.)
6/3/14 - Johnny Manziel is not the first high-profile, hotshot quarterback coming out of college that Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has worked with in his career. While the offensive coordinator for his father, Mike Shanahan in Washington, the Redskins drafted a multi-threat quarterback out of Baylor – Robert Griffin III. One big difference, though, is that RGIII was pretty much handed the starter’s job from the word go, while “Johnny Football” will not have such luxury, instead being made to compete for the starting job with incumbent Brian Hoyer, who recently signed a significant contract with the club.
5/28/14 - So Johnny Football goes to Vegas…and everybody talks about it. Johnny Manziel, the Cleveland Browns draftee, who was known for living a lifestyle easily described as “extravagant” while at Texas A&M, made headlines after a well-documented trip to Las Vegas over Memorial Day weekend. While Manziel posted a photo of his Browns playbook to social media, in an attempt to show he was studying and preparing for OTAs – organized team activities – when not partying, it was the other photos of Johnny Football taken during the weekend that exasperated Browns officials, who have repeatedly implored their quarterback to “act like a backup.” Manziel’s personality is not that kind of guy; the Browns had to know this beforehand, and any attempts to squeeze him into a hole he’s not meant to fit will ultimately backfire.
5/20/14 - In the recent movie “Draft Day,” the Cleveland Browns made a big splash in the draft by taking a linebacker with the first overall pick. Well, it wasn’t the first overall pick – actually they came at it in a roundabout way – but the Browns made probably the biggest news of the 2014 NFL Draft by trading up and choosing Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Johnny Manziel from Texas A&M with the 22nd overall selection. Now the question stands: Can “Johnny Football” unseat anointed starting signal-caller Brian Hoyer in the preseason; and if not, will Manziel be comfortable – and happy – holding a clipboard on the sidelines, when he was Big Man on Campus in College Station, Texas? Is there a quarterback controversy in the offing? Stay tuned.
5/14/14 - The circus is coming to town! Johnny Manziel of course headlines the Browns picks at #22 but they made moves to get the cornerback they were looking for in Justin Gilbert from Oklahoma State at the #8 pick. They are hoping running back Terrance West from Towson turns into the talent they believe he can be.
4/17/14 - After a long and arduous search, the Browns hired Mike Pettine as Cleveland's new coach, and his first test will come this summer in preseason. The Browns' four-game slate is highlighted by a Monday night matchup against the Redskins in Week 2—giving the Browns some rare exposure on a national scale, and their first MNF event in five years. Cleveland opens up summer exhibition games against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field—for the annual Great Lakes Classic competition—followed by a trip to FedEx Field in Washington. They will host two games at home to close out preseason: in Week 3 the Rams will visit the revamped FirstEnergy Stadium, and in Week 4 the Bears will come to town. The only Cleveland Browns tickets currently available are for their Aug 28 showdown with Chicago; get-in for $52 in the Lower Levels.
Three games that highlight the Cleveland Browns schedule this season include: Week 2 home-opener against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints (avg. $172), Week 11 against J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans (avg. $110), and Week 14 when Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts (avg. $125) visit FirstEnergy Stadium. Week 6 against the Steelers (avg. $174) is the most in-demand game in Cleveland this season; the Browns travel to Pittsburgh for the regular-season opener. As you can see, the brown-and-orange will play some worthy opponents early in the season; a week one win would send a strong message to the NFL and the remaining AFC North opponents. For the second straight year, Browns tickets (avg. $148) are the cheapest in the league. Good news in the locker room, Brian Hoyer returned on the field today for the first time since he tore a knee ligament in October. The projected starter behind veterans Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen (signed on a tryout basis through minicamp) is ahead of schedule and expects to be full-strength by training camp.
2/13/14 – The Browns, behind Brian Hoyer, seemed to be on their way to their first winning season since 2007 until the QB tore his ACL in Week 5. Following his exit, the Browns won just one game of the next eleven and finished the season a dismal 4-12. Mike Pettine (Buffalo) was hired on as the new Cleveland Browns head coach this offseason, and 19 days later Ray Farmer as GM. Six of the Bills former assistants will join Pettine in Cleveland, including Jim O’Neil who will take over as the Brown’s defensive coordinator. Can the new coaching staff lead this Browns’ team to their second playoff since the franchise returned to Cleveland in 1999?
12/17/13 - The Cleveland Browns nearly extinguished the Chicago Bear’s playoff dreams, but failed to clamp down on their fourth quarter rally and ultimately fell, 38-31, Sunday morning. Jason Campbell’s 43-yard TD pass to trusty Josh Gordon brought the Browns within 7 points with a minute left on the clock, but Cleveland was unable to spoil Jay Cutler’s return to the field when they were penalized for illegal formation in the finals seconds. Looking forward, Cleveland Browns tickets are $129 on average and $24 to get in and see if they can send the New York Jets reeling.
12/10/13 - The Cleveland Browns suffered their fourth straight hard-fought loss when they visited the New England Patriots on Sunday (26-27). The Browns led 19-3 in the third quarter when Jason Campbell heaved an 80-yd TD pass to Josh Gordon, who set an NFL record of 774 receiving yards in four straight games. But late in the game, the team fell prey to another unbelievable Tom Brady comeback performance which, benefitted by a flagrantly erroneous pass interference call, scooted the Pats past Cleveland. Next week, the Browns face stiff competition when they host the Chicago Bears hot off the heels of their huge Monday Night Football victory. Cleveland Browns tickets are the cheapest of the week, at a mere $47 on average.
12/3/13 - The Cleveland Browns lost to the resurgent Jacksonville Jaguars, 32-28, on Sunday in Ohio. Even though Josh Gordon achieved a remarkable second straight game with 200 receiving yards, the Browns let the lead slip in the last couple seconds, walking away stunned by defeat. Bad news for the Browns: Brandon Weeden joins Jason Campbell as their second quarterback sidelined with a concussion, compelling the Browns to sign free-agent Caleb Hanie. Hopefully the new QB has what it takes to carry the Browns past the New England Patriots this Sunday! Cleveland Browns tickets average a lofty $262 this week.
11/26/13 - The Cleveland Browns have slipped to 4-7 on the season after losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday (27-11). Though they can kiss their playoff hopes goodbye, the Browns have shown extraordinary resilience this season, playing valiantly against worthy opponents despite major fallout at the QB position. Jason Campbell has been a brilliant filling in for the Browns, but he was taken out by a questionable shot to the head on Sunday, and was subsequently replaced by Brandon Weeden. Another bright stop was Josh Gordon, who killed Cleveland’s franchise record for receiving yards, racking up 237 on 14 catches. The Browns will refuse to be silenced as they have all year, and continue to thwart teams with postseason intentions…but first come the Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday. Cleveland Browns tickets are a steal, at just $12 to get in and $42 on average—the lowest of the week!
11/19/13- The Cleveland Browns fell to in-state rivals, the Cincinnati Bengals, on Sunday 20-41. Despite leading in the first quarter, the Browns crumbled in the second, allowing Cincinnati to put up their highest scoring quarter in franchise history (31). After accruing the huge deficit, the Browns were forced to make one-dimensional plays on Sunday: Jason Campbell threw 56 times, with minimal contribution elsewhere. The Browns will head home and host the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 12 with a shot to advance their season. Cleveland Browns tickets are the second cheapest of the week, at $93.
11/12/13 - The Cleveland Browns are in contention for leadership in the AFC North, tied neck-and-neck with the Baltimore Ravens for second place. The race will intensify this Sunday when Cleveland comes out of the bye to take on the Bengals, with hopes of narrowing the 1.5 game lead Cincinnati holds over the division. With admirable QB Jason Campbell at the helm, the Browns are confident in their ability to overcome a struggling Andy Dalton and topple their next opponent. Fans won’t want to miss out on this important AFC game! Cleveland tickets are $148 on average, and $23 to get in.
11/5/13 - The Cleveland Browns broke their 11-game losing streak against the Baltimore Ravens, when they came out on top Sunday, 24-18. Backup QB answer Jason Campbell had a great game, throwing three touchdowns and 262 yards, connecting twice with Davone Bess. The Browns defense played a stellar game, sacking Joe Flacco five times and shutting down the Ravens run game to just 55 yards on 21 attempts. Campbell sustained a minor bruised rib injury in the first quarter, while receiver Greg Little (seven catches for 122 yards on the day) sprained his right shoulder, but they will have time to recover after the win. The Browns are in good standing heading into their bye, at 4-5 on the season and second in the AFC North. They will return in Week 11 pitted against the Cincinnati Bengals.
10/29/13 - The Cleveland Browns were ousted by the (still perfect) Kansas City Chiefs, losing 17-23 on Sunday. Though they lost (for the third time in a row), in his first start, backup QB Jason Campbell was impressive. His promising performance may be enough to keep the Browns afloat, as he finished 22 of 36 for 293 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Browns will try to snap out of their losing record when next host division opponents, the Baltimore Ravens, fresh off their bye. Cleveland Browns tickets have the second lowest average price of Week 9, at $70.
10/22/13 - The Cleveland Browns have fallen to 3-4 on the season following their loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Its been a roller coaster season for the Browns with their quarterback woes, but after Brandon Weeden’s dreadful Sunday performance, starting with a 1.7 QB rating in the first quarter and surmounting in 17 of 42 for 149 yards, one TD and one interception, the Browns are looking to make some major changes. Cleveland is considering benching the current starting QB and there is talk of trading wide receiver Josh Gordon, their strongest player this season, for a "high pick and player". Running backs McGahee and Wittaker were ineffective on Sunday, while Browns receivers (Gordon, Bess, Little) dropped the ball like it was a hot potato time after time. Cleveland will try to snap out of their two game losing streak against the only undefeated team left in the league, the Kansas City Chiefs. Is it possible? They did defeat the Chiefs (albeit a much different team) 30-7 in Week 12 of last season. Cleveland Browns tickets are moderately priced at $110 on average at Arrowhead Stadium.
10/16/13 - With wonder boy Brian Hoyer out, the Cleveland Browns lost to the Detroit Lions, 17-31. Cleveland was unable to score in the second half, with weak play by linebackers Craig Robertson and D’Qwell Jackson; quarterback Brandon Wheeden made matters worse with a horrendous backhand pass late in the game. Initial starting QB Wheeden, who is 0-3 as a starter this year, will in fact keep his position and is heavily supported by the coaching staff. This has come as a surprise to many, amid talk of veteran QB Jason Campbell being a worthy alternative and Wheeden's winning back of the starting position only due to injury of franchise hopeful Brian Hoyer. In Week 7, the Browns will be on the road to face the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field Sunday. Tickets are high for this matchup, at $206 on average.
10/8/13 - The Cleveland Browns continue their roller coaster season: winning Thursday night’s game against the Buffalo Bills, but losing Brian Hoyer to a partially torn ACL en route to victory. The backup quarterback and fan-favorite, was starting his third straight game and looked promising, finally getting comfortable with wide receiver Josh Gordon and tight end Jordan Cameron, before going down in the first quarter. They will now revert back to Brandon Weeden, who was benched after a very poor 0-2 start to the season. Cleveland Browns tickets are $140 on average, and $49 to get in this Sunday.
10/1/13 - Despite receiving flack for trading top player Trent Richardson, the prospering Cleveland Browns seem to be doing something right, as the team secured a second consecutive win, ousting the Cincinnati Bengals 17-6 on Sunday. The Browns successfully thwarted their AFC North rivals, and both Ohio teams are now tied for first place in their division. Citizens of Cleveland were certainly feeling the rush on Sunday, as their baseball team the Cleveland Indians also won that day, to secure the AL Wild Card spot. The Cleveland Browns are on a short week, and will be playing the 2-2 Buffalo Bills this Thursday, October 3, starting Brian Hoyer for the third time. Cleveland Browns tickets at FirstEnergy Stadium start at $32, and average $86.
9/25/13 - The Cleveland Browns avoided an 0-3 record when they defeated the Minnesota Vikings 31-27 with an upset victory that everyone is talking about, especially after trading young talented running back Trent Richardson. Rookie quarterback Brian Hoyer started in last Sunday’s game for Cleveland, and although his status is week-to-week, head coach Rob Chudzinski says he will start again in Week 4 over Brandon Weeden. The Browns are looking for their second consecutive win when they play the Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland this coming Sunday.
Cleveland has been in the Dawg Pound, literally, over the past 9 seasons without the Browns making it to the NFL Playoffs. Although the team finished 4th in the NFC North last season with a 5-11 record, the addition of first-round draft picks QB Brandon Weeden and RB Trent Richardson have the team looking forward to its future and the 2013 NFL season. Weeden, who broke several passing records at Oklahoma State, showed promise in his rookie season, even throwing for more yards than the Washington Redskins Robert Griffin III and Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson. He did throw fewer TDs, however, and