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Where is Brian Hartline?

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

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.

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Browns trying to carve out a role for Justin Gilbert

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.

Browns at a loss to stop the losing

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The Cleveland Browns on Sunday did what has come naturally to the team since its return to the NFL in 1999.

After dropping a 30-27 decision to San Diego, the Browns have now lost four in a row to the Chargers, and seven of their past 11 meetings. Cleveland has also lost three of its first four games to open the 2015 NFL season, eight of its past nine dating back to last year, and has now lost 175 times in total since returning to the NFL in 1999.

As much of a constant as the losing has been an ongoing list of coaches and players who have been unable to stop the crashing waves that continue to swamp the team.

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

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Browns fall to Chargers on late field goal, 30-27

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They did it again.

Just when it looked like the Cleveland Browns were going to potentially have a chance at a win that would change the narrative surrounding the club, the “same old Browns” made their untimely appearance against San Diego.

The Browns looked to have the momentum following a 10-play, 67-yard scoring drive and two-point conversion to tie the game at 27 with just a little more than two minutes remaining.

All the team needed was a defensive stop, with the worst case being the game would go into overtime.

To read the rest of the story, visit our game recap at Dawg Pound Daily.

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Browns quarterbacks what we expected them to be

manziel-mccownjpg1432812159794It was not a night for the offensive highlight reel when the Cleveland Browns took on the Buffalo Bills at FirstEnergy Stadium on Thursday.

But it was a night that showed the Browns’ quarterbacks are exactly what we expected them to be.

A week after looking like the quarterback that threw for 1,829 yards, 13 touchdowns and just one interception while starting 13 games for Chicago in 2013, Josh McCown turned into the Tampa Bay-version that went 1-10 for the Buccaneers last season, while completing just 56 percent of his passes, throwing 14 interceptions and taking 36 sacks.

But Johnny Manziel did not look much better.

To get the full scoop, check out our latest post at Dawg Pound Daily.

Browns vs. Bills: 5 things to watch for

hoyer or manzielThe Cleveland Browns host the Buffalo Bills tonight in the second preseason friendly of the season.

The Browns had 20 players miss practice on Tuesday against Buffalo and 17 of those 20 were out because of injuries. The injuries, combined with the Browns having a nine-day break until their next preseason friendly, on Aug. 29 against Tampa Bay, has head coach Mike Pettine scrambling a bit to come up with an appropriate plan for tonight’s game.

“We feel like we are close to getting some of our guys back, and also with the long break to Tampa, that is kind of a nice luxury to have,” Pettine said. “We will get some of our guys back. We feel we will be much better off headed into that [game], assuming we can get through Thursday night pretty clean.

“I think what we would like to do is time it up for Tampa that we can have as many of our ones and key backups out there and get some quality work then. We are looking to get some solid work done Thursday night.”

While tonight’s game may not be as important as next week’s traditional “dress rehearsal,” there are several storylines to follow as the Browns continue preparing for the opening of the 2015 NFL season.

To see what we’re looking for out of the Browns, check out our latest at Dawg Pound Daily.

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