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Do the Cleveland Browns Have a Starting Quarterback…Or Two Backups?

December 22nd, 2014 at 8:17 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

The Cleveland Browns' question of "who is the starting quarterback" may finally have been answered: none of the above.

When Brian Hoyer failed to move the Browns' offense, the Browns turned to rookie Johnny Manziel before he was ready to take over.

Manziel somehow performed even worse before getting injured in yesterday's 17-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

So who will run the show for the Browns in 2014. Hoyer had the keys to the kingdom and performed well in leading the Browns to a 7-4 record.

However, his game fell off a cliff as he shows why he's been a backup most of his career.

Manziell may need to sit on the bench for all of 2015 before he can perhaps be worth anything as an NFL player.

So do the Browns need to look for a new starting quarterback and let Hoyer and Manziell back him up? They may have no other choice.

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Growing Pains Plague Cleveland Browns, Johnny Manziel in Loss to Cincinnati Bengals

December 15th, 2014 at 11:59 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

So much for the idea of Johnny Manziel sparking the Cleveland Browns to an unlikely playoff run.

The Cincinnati Bengals steamrolled the hometown Browns 30-0 in Manziel's first start. Johnny Football completed 10-of-18 passes for just 80 yards with two interceptions.

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton had a bad day too (117 yards), but it didn't matter because the Bengals rushed 45 times for 244 yards.

Browns linebacker Craig Robertson led the team with 10 tackles. He also grabbed an interception, returning it 15 yards.

Cleveland (7-7) completed its home schedule with a 4-4 record. The Browns will finish on the road against the Carolina Panthers (5-8-1) and Baltimore Ravens (9-5).

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Cleveland Browns Quarterback Controversy: Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel?

December 1st, 2014 at 8:41 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

The Cleveland Browns wanted to focus on the playoff chase, but now a full-blown quarterback controversy has popped up with four games left in the season.

In the midst of his third straight poor performance, Brian Hoyer found himself on the sidelines. Johnny Manziel took over and led the Browns to their only touchdown in a 26-10 loss at Buffalo.

With a 7-5 record, Cleveland still has a shot at the playoffs. However, their choices are a rookie and a guy who has thrown five interceptions in the last two games.

Who should be the starter? Manziel.

Hoyer's accuracy has fallen off a cliff, and he has not shown he's the right choice to lead the Browns past the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

Manziel has waited all year for a chance to play, and the Browns won't know what they have in him until they give him a real opportunity.

Head coach Mike Pettine said he will be make a choice by Wednesday.

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Cleveland Browns Rack up Wins, Injuries; Tashaun Gipson Hurt

November 25th, 2014 at 7:34 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

The joy Cleveland Browns fans feel over the team's 7-4 record is tempered by the alarm of the Browns' injury epidemic.

Free safety Tashaun Gipson is the latest casualty. He suffered a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee on Sunday, according to the Plain Dealer.

Gipson was hurt when he collided with teammate Joe Haden as they were defending a pass intended for Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones.

Gipson had been enjoying the best season of his career, as he leads the NFL with six interceptions.

Coach MIke Pettine said "we just don't know" whether to put Gipson on the injured list, since there is a chance he could return in time for the playoffs.

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Cleveland Browns Vs. Houston Texans: Preview and Prediction

November 14th, 2014 at 4:09 PM
By Jeff D. Gorman

Beating the Houston Texans (4-5) at home will not be an easy feat for YOUR first-place Cleveland Browns (applause).

The Browns have better overall talent, but Houston boasts two of the best individual players in football: running back Arian Foster and defensive lineman J.J. Watt.

Two factors play into the Browns' favor. First of all, Foster is coming off a groin injury, so he may not be as effective as he usually. Secondly, Texans' quarterback Ryan Mallett will be making his first NFL start.

The Browns need to jump out to an early lead. They can't let the Texans hang around at the end of the game, or Watt will pull off a big defensive play to turn things Houston's way.

Cleveland also needs to concentrate on shutting down Foster (if he plays) and dare the Texans to beat them with the inexperienced, rocket-armed Mallett.

Prediction: Cleveland 23, Houston 16.

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