Twenty-five years after the humiliating moment, Craig Ehlo’s wound has healed.
The frequent ribbing, the endless questions, even a college player’s re-enactment of “The Shot,” morphed from annoyance to flattery. Ehlo, the former Cavs guard, has come to enjoy discussing his futile effort to defend Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan’s game-winning jumper in the deciding first-round game of the 1989 Eastern Conference playoffs.
BEREA: The Browns believe rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel is benefiting from serving as a backup this season party because he has an opportunity to watch Brian Hoyer and learn lessons about leading on the professional level.
So in the aftermath of a 24-6 loss to the previously winless Jacksonville Jaguars, Manziel took note as Hoyer worked relentlessly in an effort to bounce back after his worst performance as an NFL starter and seize command of the team. The Browns (3-3) will host the Oakland Raiders (0-6) at 4:25 p.m. Sunday.
BEREA: Browns undrafted rookie nickel cornerback K’Waun Williams returned to practice Wednesday after being medically cleared from a concussion he suffered Oct. 12 in a 31-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
What went right: Free safety Tashaun Gipson had two interceptions and cornerback Buster Skrine tallied another. The three takeaways gave the Browns the ball at the Jaguars’ 17, the Jaguars’ 33 and the Browns’ 12, but the offense produced just three points off them. “With three turnovers, you expect to win that football game if we do what we’re supposed to do [on offense],” wide receiver Andrew Hawkins said.
BEREA: When the Browns ended their 25-day search for a head coach by choosing Mike Pettine on Jan. 23, many outsiders doubted his ability to secure a high-quality offensive coordinator because he had been hired later than his NFL peers.
0 — The number of games the Browns have played without Alex Mack as their starting center since his debut in 2009. Also, zero is the number of games that John Greco, Mack’s replacement, has started at center in his seven-year career.