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Fire Mike Pettine! OK, then what?

mike-pettine-nfl-cleveland-browns-st.-louis-rams2-590x900The Cleveland Browns head to Cincinnati for a primetime game on Thursday night with the undefeated Bengals.

The Browns will enter the game losers of three consecutive games, five of their last six and 11 of their last 13.

If the Bengals roll over the Browns like many people are expecting, the Browns will have 10 days off to ponder the reality of a 2-7 record and seven games of playing out the string.

That 10-day break will give the media and fans plenty of opportunities to call for head coach Mike Pettine to be fired.

Let’s play along though, for a moment, and say owner Jimmy Haslam holds a press conference next Monday morning to announce that Pettine has been relieved of his duties and the Browns are “moving in a new direction.”

Then what happens?

To find out, head over to our latest post at Dawg Pound Daily.

Browns to debut orange jerseys on Sunday

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It was only a matter of time before the Cleveland Browns did it and Sunday is the day that the club will debut its new orange jerseys.

It will be the sixth time in franchise history that the Browns have worn orange jerseys, and the first time since the 2004 season. The Browns will be looking to even their record while wearing orange jerseys to 3-3 when they take the field at FirstEnergy Stadium against the Arizona Cardinals.

To learn more, and find out how the Browns have done previously while wearing orange, check out our latest at Dawg Pound Daily.

 

Ray Farmer: Browns can’t suspend Johnny Manziel

johnny-manziel-nfl-denver-broncos-cleveland-browns-590x900The Cleveland Browns would have violated NFL rules if they had suspended quarterback Johnny Manziel over the incident with his girlfriend, according to general manager Ray Farmer.

The NFL alone has the authority to discipline a player for any potential personal conduct policy violations, leaving the Browns with just one option – to make Manziel inactive on game day. The Browns chose not to do that while the league handles its investigation of the Oct. 12 incident between Manziel and his girlfried, Colleen Crowley.

Farmer’s comments came on Tuesday when he was a speaker at a luncheon fundraiser for the Cleveland area Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center, according to ESPN. In addition to releasing a short official statement following the incident, Farmer said he met privately with the second-year quarterback.

For the rest of the story, visit out latest post at Dawg Pound Daily.

Did anyone play well for the Browns against the Rams?

todd-gurley-nfl-cleveland-browns-st.-louis-rams-590x900The Cleveland Browns dropped a game on Sunday to the St. Louis Rams in a disappointing and dispiriting fashion.

It’s not so much that the Browns lost – that is what they do, after all – but the way they went about doing it.

Even though Cleveland came into the game having lost three of their past four games, all those games were close, giving fans the illusion that the Browns could walk off the field on the right side of the scoreboard.

That wasn’t the case on Sunday against the Rams, as the Browns fell into an early 10-0 hole and, even though the score was only 10-6 in the third quarter, it never felt as if the Browns were going to be able to pull this one out.

For the rest of the story, visit our latest post at Dawg Pound Daily.

Where is Brian Hartline?

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Almost from the day he put pen to paper on his contract, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has been the focal point of anger from fans and questioning from the media.

A member of the inactive list in four of Cleveland’s first six games, Bowe has only been on the field for 12 offensive plays, and has yet to post a reception. In the meantime, much has been made of the $9 million in guaranteed money that is in Bowe’s contract.

While it is easy to understand the angst over Bowe, why is no one focusing the same attention on Brian Hartline?

To find out the rest of the story, visit our latest post at Dawg Pound Daily.

Born to run? Not this Browns offense

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Coming into the 2015 NFL season, just about everyone with an opinion on the Cleveland Browns believed the team was going to feature a ground-and-pound offense.

Forget the high-octane passing attacks that are all the craze in the NFL, this Browns team was going to turn back the clock 30 years, with second-year running backs Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West, along with rookie Duke Johnson, mimicking the 1985 season that saw Kevin Mack and Earnest Byner each rush for more than 1,000 yards.

But things haven’t gone as planned, which you can learn more about in our latest post at Dawg Pound Daily.

Mike Pettine: We’re supporting Johnny Manziel

mike-pettine-nfl-denver-broncos-cleveland-browns-590x900Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine met with the media on Monday and had to deal with questions relating to last week’s domestic incident between backup quarterback Johnny Manziel and his girlfriend, Colleen Elizabeth Crowley.

From the sound of it, the media was not very happy that Pettine did not reveal every intimate detail about how the Browns are handling the sensitive matter.

Whether anyone in the room wanted to hear it or not, Pettine made it clear that the Browns are taking this seriously.

For the full story, check out our latest post at Dawg Pound Daily.

What should the Browns do with Johnny Manziel?

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was back in the news over the weekend for all the wrong reasons.

Late on Friday, NewsNet 5 in Cleveland broke the news that Manziel was pulled over by police earlier in the week following an alleged domestic dispute with this girlfriend, Colleen Elizabeth Crowley.

The pair had been in an argument while driving and had been drinking earlier in the day. Police investigated and decided to not charge either Manziel or Crowley with anything. (Fox 8 News released the dash camera video today.)

In most cases, that would have probably been the end of the story. But with Manziel’s history of off-the-field problems, the story took on a greater focus.

The question now is: What should the Browns do about Manziel?

To find out the options the Browns are pondering, check out our latest post at Dawg Pound Daily.

Browns season taking on a familiar look

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There is a feeling of deja vu that is starting to envelop the Cleveland Browns as they prepare to face the Denver Broncos on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.

The Browns are coming off a surprising win over an AFC North Divisional rival, are showing surprising signs in the passing game, and are struggling mightily to stop the run on defense.

If this all seems familiar to you Browns fans, it is because we saw all this just one year ago.

To see what we mean, visit our latest post at Dawg Pound Daily.

(Photo courtesy of clevelandbrowns.com)

Browns trying to carve out a role for Justin Gilbert

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It is safe to say that the first 20 games of Justin Gilbert’s NFL career have not gone the way that anyone expected.

Gilbert, the eighth-overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, struggled to such an extent as a rookie that not only could he not unseat Buster Skrine, one of the most-penalized cornerbacks in the league, he continually lost playing time to Pierre Desir (a fourth-round pick) and K’Waun Williams (an undrafted free agent).

By the end of the season it was easy to forget that Gilbert was even still on the roster.

To their credit, the coaching staff is not giving up on Gilbert and are continuing to try to find a role where he can contribute to the team, since he seems unable to do it at cornerback.

To learn more about what the Browns have in store for Gilbert, visit our latest post at Dawg Pound Daily.

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