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We could have had it all: Cleveland ’95 A Football Life

While watching the NFL Network’s presentation of Cleveland ’95: A Football Life on Wednesday night, we couldn’t help but think that Adele’s Rolling in the Deep would have made a perfect backdrop to the program.

The show did a good job highlighting the various staff members that Bill Belichick collected in his five years in Cleveland and the difficult circumstances they worked under – especially that last year.

The producers never really delivered, though, on the premise that the Browns would have unquestionably won a championship if the team never moved to Baltimore and Belichick would have been allowed to finish what he started.

For the full story, head over to The Cleveland Fan.

(Photo by Getty Images)

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Browns battle but still beaten by Baltimore

The battling Cleveland Browns dealt with rainy weather, heavy balls and the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night at M&T Bank Stadium.

And while the Browns gave a better effort than they did just four days prior, they still ended the night on the wrong end of the scoreboard, falling to 0-4 on the season after a 23-16 loss to the Ravens.

We know there are no moral victories and all that, but the fact that the Browns had a chance to tie the game at the end is a positive. The Ravens are a Super Bowl contender that has won 12 consecutive home games and 20-of-21 overall at home. After spending all week hearing about how the Browns were going to be embarrassed on national TV, it was good to see the Browns hang with the Ravens as best they could.

For the full story, head over to The Cleveland Fan.

(Photo by ClevelandBrowns.com)

Browns vs. Ravens – Week 4

The Cleveland Browns head to Baltimore to take on the Ravens in the NFL Network’s nationally televised Thursday night game of the week.

Should be a lovely time.

How will the Browns respond after a team-wide poor showing on Sunday against Buffalo? In some ways, having a short week could be a blessing for the Browns as they get a chance to wash the losing taste out of their months quickly.

Plus, facing a division foe should help with the game planning. As the teams face each other twice a year, there really shouldn’t be anything the Ravens can throw at the Browns that they are not expecting.

Of course, being the Browns, none of that may matter.

For the full preview, head over to The Cleveland Fan.

Browns vs. Bills – Week 3

The Cleveland Browns return home on Sunday to take on the Buffalo Bills on Cleveland Browns Legends Day with the Browns looking for their first win of the season.

The Browns have lost eight consecutive games since beating Jacksonville in Week 11 last season. Things haven’t been this bad since the end of the Romeo Crennel era and the dawn of the Eric Mangini error, when the team lost 10 in a row.

On the other hand, Buffalo hasn’t won a road game in more than a year, last winning away from home in Week 1 of last season.

For the full preview, head over to The Cleveland Fan.

(Photo courtesy of ClevelandBrowns.com)

Browns vs. Bengals – Week 2

The winless Cleveland Browns travel to Cincinnati today to take on the winless Bengals in the 78th meeting of the so-called Battle of Ohio.

While much has been made of the fact that the Browns are 1-12 in opening games since 1999, they have actually been respectable in Week 2, going 6-7 in the same span – with four of those six wins coming against the Bengals. However, the Bengals have won three in a row in the series and six of the last seven meetings.

For the full preview of today’s game, head over to The Cleveland Fan.

(Photo courtesy of ClevelandBrowns.com)

 

Where does Trent Richardson’s debut rank in Browns history?

It is certainly not a stretch to say that rookie running back Trent Richardson struggled on Sunday in his NFL debut for the Cleveland Browns.

The numbers speak for themselves: 19 carries for 39 yards and a long gain of just nine yards. Richardson looked like a running back who hadn’t taken a real snap in a game since the BCS Championship game in January, and certainly nothing like the running back the Browns and their fans expected when the team drafted him third overall in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Richardson’s long day brought up a rough comparison to another Browns running back taken in the first round of the draft. According to Cold Hard Football Facts, Richardson’s 2.1 yards per carry was the lowest average for the first running back selected in the draft who was making his NFL debut since – William Green in 2002.

To find out how Richardson ranks with other Browns running backs, head over to The Cleveland Fan.

(Photo courtesy of The Associated Press)

New season, same results as Browns fall to Eagles

The final result was one that many (most?) Cleveland Browns fans expected.

It was the journey to that result that was a surprise.

The Browns dropped the opening game of the 2012 NFL season to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, 17-16, the franchise’s 13th loss in 14 Week 1 games dating back to 1999.

Hit up The Cleveland Fan for the rest of the sorted tale.

(Photo courtesy of The Plain Dealer)

Browns vs. Eagles – Week 1

It’s finally here.

The Cleveland Browns open the 2012 NFL season today at home against Philadelphia, a team that the Browns saw just a few weeks ago in the preseason.

The baby Browns are set to begin what is sure to be another “interesting” season of football with 15 rookies and 11 second-year players on the roster. How quickly a majority of those players get up to speed and how well they play will go a long way toward determining if the Browns are finally on the right track.

For a full preview of today’s game, head over to The Cleveland Fan.

Cleveland forever.

(Photo courtesy of ClevelandBrowns.com)

What does the preseason really mean for the Browns?

Preseason friendlies (or exhibition games, if you will) are a strange beast in the National Football League. Especially when it comes to the Cleveland Browns.

Do poorly, and it’s a sign that the coaches and management are incompetent, every draft pick is a bust and all hope is lost. Win and, well, the other team obviously wasn’t trying and it’s a sign that the coaches and management are incompetent, every draft pick is a bust and all hope is lost.

There is really no middle ground (at least according to some fans).

So what to make of the Browns effort against Green Bay, a 35-10 win for the good guys?

Read more…

Sixteen truths about the upcoming season for the Browns

Coming off a 4-12 season and with multiple rookies taking over at key positions, 2012 could be shaping up to be a rough season for the Cleveland Browns.

Not helping matters is the fact that the Browns play in the AFC North Division – the National Football League’s Group of Death – which contributes to the Browns having the third most-difficult schedule heading in the season.

According to ESPN, of the 10 teams that had the toughest schedules in 2011, the New York Giants (fourth-hardest) made the playoffs. But of the 10 teams with the easiest schedules, eight of them advanced to the post-season.

Fear not, though, Browns fans. Here are 16 truths – one for each opponent – to help get you ready for the upcoming season.

Head over to The Cleveland Fan for the rest of the story.

(Photo by The Associated Press)

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