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Cleveland Browns: 4 things to do during the bye week

alex-mack-nfl-cleveland-browns-pittsburgh-steelers-590x900The Cleveland Browns head into the bye week in an all-too-familiar position.

Losers of five in a row and 13 of their past 15 (dating back to last season), the Browns sit at the absolute bottom of the NFL with a 2-8 record.

Thoughts of a playoff appearance, the first since 2002, disappeared long ago. A winning season, the first since 2007, is also off the table. A repeat of last season’s seven wins? Not looking good.

After watching the team be outscored 95-39 over the past three weeks, most Browns fans would settle for general competency over the season’s final six games.

Since this is the NFL, rather than Major League Baseball or the NBA, team’s are a bit limited in what they can do to fix problems during the season, but that doesn’t mean the Browns have to stand idly by while waiting for their next game.

To learn the four things the Browns can do – some might even say must do – during the bye week, check out our latest at Dawg Pound Daily.

Johnny Manziel’s height an issue if he lets it be

johnny-manziel-nfl-denver-broncos-cleveland-browns-590x900Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel pointed out an important part of life in the NFL on Wednesday.

“I am not going to be able to sit there like some of these taller quarterbacks in the league and just be able to see everything happen as it plays on,” Manziel said on Wednesday. “There are going to be times where I am not going to be able to see something and I am going to have to make a faith throw.”

While there is no denying that the 5-foot-11 Manziel will, at times, have trouble seeing over the defensive line, this is not anything new. He’s been dealing with being shorter than most quarterbacks since he started playing quarterback and, at age 22, there is no summer growth spurt coming in his future.

Is Manziel’s lack of height an issue? Only if he allows it to be, which is what we look at in our latest at Dawg Pound Daily.

Bernie Kosar selling miracle cure for what ails the Browns

bernie kosar replacedThere is no bigger fan of former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar than the one currently residing right here.

We’ve lost count of how many times we’ve watched Kosar’s performance against the New York Jets in the double-overtime victory in the 1986 playoffs, or his touchdown pass to Webster Slaughter to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers that same year.

We often find ourselves thinking about what might have been if Kosar hadn’t suffered one injury after another, beginning with the season-opening game against the Kansas City Chiefs in 1988.

Having established that we are a fan and not a “hater,” there is one thing that we are certain about above anything else when it comes to the Cleveland Browns.

Kosar should not be allowed anywhere near this club in any role that would have him making any kind of important decisions.

To find out why, check out our latest post at Dawg Pound Daily.

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.

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