Don’t blame Mike Pettine for benching Johnny Manziel. Blame Johnny.

When Johnny Manziel was first drafted by the Cleveland Browns, nobody knew exactly what he would do. Before long, he was heading to Vegas and there was a sense that the world needed to let Johnny be Johnny. Broadway Joe Namath had his name tossed out as an example, and many Browns fans bargained away the implications of their new party-boy QB by claiming he wasn’t doing anything...
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Browns' Haden, Whitner remain in concussion protocol

Browns cornerback Joe Haden is facing the prospect of missing his fifth game this season. Andrew Weber Andrew Weber-USA TODAY SportsThe Cleveland Browns may be without one-half of their starting secondary once again this Sunday in Pittsburgh.Head coach Mike Pettine refused to comment on the status of his two Pro Bowl selections in the secondary, saying both cornerback Joe Haden...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Browns Injury Report: Haden, Whitner Sit Out Wednesday; McCown Limited

The Cleveland Browns may not have played a game since last Thursday, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at their first injury report of the week that was released on Wednesday. Not practicing on Wednesday for the Browns were cornerback Joe Haden (concussion), safety Donte Whitner (concussion), guard Joel... The post Browns Injury Report: Haden, Whitner Sit Out Wednesday; McCown...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

5 NFL players set for resurgent second half of 2015 season

Preseason expectations can be a dangerous thing since some NFL players don’t hit their stride until the second half of the year. In some cases, though, it’s better late than never. The compilation of the list factored in total production and overall performance, while the impact of a slow start also played a role but wasn’t a leading element. Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Should we fear Andy Dalton?

He’s still fun to make fun of, what with the ginger mane and the crushing interceptions and the playoff losses and all, but Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton may not be the source of comedy that he once was. The Red Rifle has the Bengals at 7-0 and is playing the best football of his career. Like, easily the best football of his career. Just ask him. “Yeah, I...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Haden, Whitner, among six Browns declared out

Safety Donte Whitner is one of four Browns in the concussion protocol heading into Thursday night's game against the Bengals. Diamond Images Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)If the Cleveland Browns are going to pull an upset in Cincinnati on Thursday night, they're going to have to do it without some of their more important players.Already without starting quarterback Josh...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Battle of Ohio could be Bengals romp

The schedule maker couldn't have been less kind to the Browns. Cleveland hasn't had much go right recently, losers of five of the past six, with a banged-up quarterback Josh McCown out - Johnny Manziel will start - and two key defensive backs, Joe Haden and Donte Whitner, having been concussed. The Browns might be short-handed at wide receiver, too. And now, on Thursday, they head...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Concussions taking their toll on Browns

Cornerback Joe Haden is one of four Browns in the concussion protocol this week. Ken Blaze-USA TODAY SportsThree more Browns suffered concussions during this past Sunday's loss to Arizona, adding to a laundry list of players in danger of missing Thursday's prime-time matchup with the Bengals in Cincinnati. The most worrying case is that of Joe Haden, who had just returned from...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals: 2015 Week 9 NFL Pick

Cleveland Browns (2-6) at Cincinnati Bengals (7-0) The Bengals are 7-0 for the first time in franchise history and are one of four remaining undefeated teams. Their undefeated season is highly unlikely to end this week, as they’re favored by 10 at home against the lowly Browns. I actually don’t think that line is high enough, as the Bengals rank 3rd in rate of moving the chains...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Browns: Numbers to know heading into Cincinnati

The Cleveland Browns hit the road to play their in-state rival Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night. The Browns are pretty much playing for pride right now and depending on how things shakeout with the trade deadline looming they may just be playing to get to know each other. Here are some numbers to know heading into the “Battle of Ohio”: AROUND COVER32 Power Rankings: Three...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Bengals need to go airborne to beat Cleveland Browns

It’s a new year and a new game in the Battle for Ohio. The Cincinnati Bengals will be riding their momentum from a week eight victory over their divisional rival, the Pittsburgh Steelers. On a short week, the Bengals will need to exploit key weaknesses in the Browns’ defense this week to ensure their victory. The Cleveland Browns looked terrifyingly efficient in their first half...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Donte Whitner and Joe Haden out for Week 9 in Cicny

Just when you thought things couldn’t get much worse… With the Cleveland Browns having a quick turnaround to their Thursday night contest against the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals, injuries sustained by their starting secondary will have a lingering effect. According to Tom Withers of the Associated Press, a pair of Pro Bowlers—safety Donte Whitner, and cornerback Joe Haden—will...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Browns fighting to stay relevant as season slips away

The Cleveland Browns are working to stay relevant after a 2-5 start and off field issues that seem to keep popping up like weeds. For a team that ranks No. 28 overall defensively, No. 32 against the run and No. 23 in points allowed while being No. 28 in rushing as well. According to Bud Shaw of, the time is now or the Browns will fade into the winter as another high...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Haden and Alex Mack to the Jaguars? A trade would “like to see”

With the NFL trade deadline just one week away, the Around the NFL crew at gave their input on six trades they would like to see go down before the clock hits zero on deadline day. One among that list of trades, from writer Marc Sessler: Browns cornerback Joe Haden and center Alex Mack to the Jacksonville Jaguars. All the Browns would get in return? The Jaguars’ first...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Haden: 'I'm going to be ready for whatever'

Joe Haden isn’t used to being hurt. You also have to think the Pro Bowl cornerback is not used to being the subject of criticism, but as the Cleveland Browns are off to a depressing 2-5 start, the team’s signature defensive player hasn’t made a big impact. He’s started four of the seven games, but he’s really only played in three. He’s only got 15 tackles so, two passes...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

CB Joe Haden to play, but doesn't want to be eased back in

Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden says he's 100 percent ready to go against Arizona on Sunday. Haden, who missed the last two games due to a concussion, says the time off did wonders for his entire body, not just his head. “It has done a lot for my finger, honestly,” Haden said, per ESPN. “My whole body – I have been hurt the whole season so it was time to heal up my...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Arians won't avoid Browns' Haden: 'I don't care if it's Deion Sanders'

Bruce Arians says he won't let any player dictate his game plan. Matt Kartozian USA TODAY SportsThe Cleveland Browns are expected to have top cornerback Joe Haden back in the lineup for Sunday's matchup versus the Arizona Cardinals.The presence of Haden, who has missed the past two games due to a concussion, will have no bearing on Arizona's game plan, coach Bruce Arians said Thursday...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Ohio State Self-Reported NCAA Violation After Cardale Jones Attended Celebrity Softball Game

Every year, NCAA member schools have to self-report dozens of violations, the vast majority of which are quite inane. Ohio State’s student newspaper The Lantern reports that the school reported 29 minor violations, six of which came from the football program. The most interesting of them centers on quarterback Cardale Jones’ attendance as a celebrity softball game hosted by...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Haden, Gipson, Robertson could play Sunday against Arizona

The Cleveland Browns could have three of their top players on defense — cornerback Joe Haden, safety Tashaun Gipson, and linebacker Craig Robertson — back on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, head coach Mike Pettine said before Wednesday’s practice. “There is a chance we will have all three back,” Pettine said, “Which would be a big boost for us defensively.”...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Haden, Gipson miss Sunday's loss to Rams: Bowe again a healthy scratch

Browns corner Joe Haden is still in the NFL's concussion protocol. Jeff Gross Jeff Gross/Getty ImagesThe Browns were without one-half of their starting secondary once again in Sunday's 24-6 loss to the St. Louis Rams.Corner Joe Haden was inactive for his second straight game with a concussion, while free safety Tashaun missed his third in a row with an ankle injury. Pierre Desir...
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October 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Weekend web roundup: Cleveland Browns

Browns CB Haden to miss second straight game Sep 20, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden (23) breaks up a pass intended for Tennessee wide receiver Harry ... Mike Pettine press conference - 10/23 “No, no we've been running these calls not just here in Cleveland but other places. A lot of the stuff we're doing is Day 1 install. I think guys start...
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October 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Browns Haden Ruled Out for Sunday

Photo Credit: USATodaySports.comCleveland Browns pro bowl cornerback Joe Haden has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs the St. Louis Rams.The news, which came Friday afternoon, was reported by Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer and Northeast Ohio Media Group: Haden suffered the concussion during the team's overtime victory against the Baltimore Ravens on the first play of the fourth...
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October 23, 2015  |  Discuss

With the Browns as they are, comedy is necessary: While We’re Waiting…

Happy Wednesday, Blawg Pound. Hope you’re having a good week out there. Hope you had a nice Sunday. Hope the Browns didn’t bum you out too much. Hope you aren’t too down about the whole Johnny thing. Hope you haven’t seen the — thus far wholly unfounded, it should be emphasized — rumors about Joe Haden being involved with money laundering. Hope you’re hanging in there...
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October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Joe Haden Allegedly Under Investigation for Role in Money Laundering Scheme

Photo via: Gamedayr.comMisery loves company. That seems to be especially true for the Cleveland Browns organization this past week. Last Monday, after Johnny Manziel got pulled over after getting into a domestic dispute with his girlfriend, the team suffered a heartbreaking loss Sunday at home against the Denver Broncos. Now, rumors are swirling that, according to Chat Sports, Pro...
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October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Ranking top NFL Rookie of the Year candidates after Week 6

Marcus Mariota burst onto the scene with a four-touchdown performance during his professional debut, but the Tennessee Titans quarterback hasn’t run away as the favorite for the 2015 NFL Rookie of the Year honor. Now, the Associated Press extends the award to one rookie on offense and one on defense, but this piece takes a look at the top five first-year players overall. Keep...
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October 20, 2015  |  Discuss
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