BEREA: Browns All-Pro left tackle Joe Thomas wasn’t seeking playoff karma when he sent a congratulatory text message to his buddy and former teammate D’Qwell Jackson after the Indianapolis Colts clinched the AFC South title Sunday.
BEREA: In the aftermath of Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel’s disastrous debut as an NFL starter, questions about whether his teammates fully support him have crept to the forefront.
Manziel is convinced they are in his corner. In fact, he believes their backing will help him rebound from a 30-0 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals when the Browns (7-7) visit the Carolina Panthers (5-8-1) on Sunday.
BEREA: Browns coach Mike Pettine says he has a lot of respect for Bernie Kosar, but he thinks the former quarterback’s remarks this week about the organization’s losing culture were “a little dramatic.”
“The issue is systemically from a culture in Berea,” Kosar said Monday during a radio interview on The Mike Trivisonno Show on WTAM (1100-AM). “They’ve got to get it together because I don’t know of anyone who can be consistently successful within this culture, within this organization right now.”
BEREA: Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins defended his decision to wear a T-shirt supporting two black Ohioans killed by law enforcement as he delivered an impassioned speech with tears in his eyes Monday afternoon at team headquarters.
BEREA: Legendary Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar ripped the organization in the aftermath of a 30-0 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals and blamed its “really uneducated” front office for perpetuating a losing culture.
Kosar fired the verbal shots Monday during a radio interview with the Mike Trivisonno Show on WTAM (1100-AM).
CLEVELAND: All the hype, buzz and hoopla surrounding Johnny Manziel’s first NFL start fizzled in nightmarish fashion Sunday as the Browns’ immensely popular rookie quarterback proved to be overmatched by the Cincinnati Bengals.
A Browns fan, clad in a Joe Haden jersey, shoving rookie running back Jeremy Hill when he attempted to leap into the stands and into the arms of two men wearing Bengals gear during a second-quarter touchdown celebration turned out to be the proudest moment for Cleveland in Johnny Football’s debut.
BEREA: The Browns will finally be able to open the big, immaculately wrapped gift under the Christmas tree, peek under the hood of their new sports car and attend the midnight showing of the blockbuster movie Hollywood has teased with trailers for months.
1. Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel will make his first NFL start as the Browns (7-6) host the Bengals (8-4-1) at 1 p.m. Sunday in the regular-season home finale at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Browns need to win this game and their final two games at the Carolina Panthers and at the Baltimore Ravens to put themselves in a position to make the playoffs. This is a different Browns team from the one that won 24-3 at Cincinnati in a nationally televised Thursday night game Nov. 6. Brian Hoyer was the Browns starting quarterback then, and Ben Tate, Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West each rushed for a touchdown. Hoyer is now the backup quarterback, and Crowell and West are featured running backs with Tate waived and now with the Minnesota Vikings.