Found November 30, 2011 on
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BERA -- Only the Cleveland Browns can make a folk hero out of their long snapper.
And the Browns did it by releasing him.
Back in 2003, Ryan Pontbriand cackled long and loud the day he was drafted by the Browns in the fifth round. He sounded as shocked to be taken by Butch Davis as fans and media were to hear of his selection. Long snappers are found, not drafted, but Davis and then-snapper Ryan Kuehl -- then the best in the league -- didnt see eye to eye so Davis let Kuehl go and Pontbriand drafted.
Pontbriand eventually became the best, and justified the draft choice by being as dependable as any player on the team -- to the point that he went to two Pro Bowls.
Until this season.
For whatever reason, Pontbriand lost it, and when he dribbled a snap in Sundays loss to Cincinnati on what could have been a go-ahead 55-yard field goal, the Browns had enough. Two weeks earlier against St. Louis, Pontbriands bad snap had hit Alex Macks foot, which resulted in another potential go-ah...
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Ryan Pontbriand's release seemed sudden, but that's how fast a long snapper can develop the yips.
The Cleveland Browns waived long snapper Ryan Pontbriand on Monday after a pair of bad snaps in recent weeks.
Pontbriand's low snap on Sunday led to Phil Dawson missing a go-ahead 55-yard field goal in a loss to Cincinnati on Sunday.
A week prior against the Rams, Pontbriand’s errant snap resulted in Dawson missing a short field goal in a 13-12 loss.
Pontbriand had been...
Tuesday's decision to let go of long snapper Ryan Pontbriand is a decision that the team could quickly regret.
In a move that was hinted by head coach Pat Shurmur on Monday, the Browns have gone ahead and waived long snapper Ryan Pontbriand, who, up until this season, was typically only mentioned when named to the Pro … [visit site to read more]Cleveland Browns Waive Long Snapper Ryan Pontbriand - Dawg Pound Daily - Dawg Pound Daily - A Cleveland Browns Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
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“And somewhere in there, buried beneath the loss and the throngs of Maize ‘n Blue swarming the field and the sheer exhaustion that accompanies the end of a three-month...
So I guess Mike Polk will have to buy another jersey?
Tony Grossi is reporting that the Browns have confirmed to him that they waived Ryan Pontbriand. I find it pretty shocking, to be honest. I know Pontbriand was “in a slump” of sorts, but we are really only talking about two mistakes. The first one, which helped the Browns lose to the Rams was a deflection off of Alex...
Long-snapper Ryan Pontbriand was released today. Was it the right move?
The cold and cruel side of business in the NFL caught up with Ryan Pontbriand.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The cold and cruel side of business in the NFL caught up with Ryan Pontbriand. He won't get a chance to snap out of his slump
Coach says Cribbs has not expressed unhappiness with his role. Ryan Pontbriand says in a statement he looks forward to playing with another team.