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  • No Mathematical Limits with a Franchise QB
    No Mathematical Limits with a Franchise QB
    Dave Algase
    In this year of OK (Our Kosar), 2019, the most hopefully-anointed Browns franchise quarterback since Boy Bernie from Boardman is today's darlin' Baker Mayfield. Dorsey's signature decision, and Harvey's hero already, the OK gunslinger stands ready to chipperly shoulder Cleveland's football expectations. And, really, those expectations! Those collective hopes for football deliverance -- a burden bulkier than Brady Quinn, causing overgrown men like Brandon Weeden to take cover and undergrown ones like JFF to take flight in the guise of blonde Billy! The Browns -- dynastic, then dashed, departed, and reborn undead -- are so overdue for another title that the team doc might as well lace the locker room drinking fountains with Pitocin. Back Up, Buddy, You Lost Me There OK, then. OK, Our Kosar, 2019. He wore 20 at Miami, 19 as a Brown. Keep up please. Recall Bernie's rookie year of 1985, when an injury to the newly-acquired vet Gary Danielson put the curly-headed heir apparent…
  • Browns Resurgence and a Browndhog Day Emergence
    Browns Resurgence and a Browndhog Day Emergence
    Dave Algase
    Old Dawg Trey Davis braved the ghost of past fracture and teetered down the basement staircase of his all-too-distant relative. "Ace, you down here?" he called to his nephew, as if he'd be able to hear a response anyway. But a dim lit bulb drew him downward, then the hint of what sounded like "Uuunnnnkkkk" from around the furnace where he turned the corner toward . . . Poor Dawg Trey's knees buckled the instant his limbic system sensed a bright comet, a bowling ball, surging straight toward his nose. From all fours on the concrete, the shocked old man blurted, "You sonuva brother f**" -- but Ace's hearty laughter pealed sharply off the walls. From the face-level crawl space hatch, his shiny bald skull had startled his uncle, who soon recovered to distinguish a full head in the light of a lamp clamped to a floor joist. "You did that on purpose, didn't you," Trey…
  • It figures. Five far-flung facts from The Hardland
    It figures. Five far-flung facts from The Hardland
    Dave Algase
    1. Yesterday's 45-42 loss in Oakland was one of only four games in NFL history to have ended with that score, but the second already in 2018. The Jaguars beat the Steelers in the playoffs last January, overcoming Ben Roethlisberger's 469 passing yards and five TDs. 2. The "new" Browns have never surrendered as many yards in a game as they did to the Raiders yesterday. The 565 yards allowed is the most a Cleveland defense has yielded since a memorable 33-30 overtime loss in Pittsburgh in 1979 (which you can watch here). 3. Nick Chubb is for now far and away the Browns' franchise leader in career yards per carry among those with ten or more rushes. His 63- and 41-yard touchdown bursts spelling workhorse Carlos Hyde yesterday boosted his average rush to 14. 6 yards in his young career. Second place on the list is QB Kevin Hogan at 9. 8 YPC…
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