Browns face Chiefs in first test after coaching changes

Kate Arhar
Cleveland Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

Chiefs 37 – Browns 21

Its been tumultuous week here in Cleveland. On Monday, head coach Hue Jackson was fired. While fans speculated on the timing and on when offensive coordinator Todd Haley would be named as interim coach, the announcement came that Haley was fired also.

This leaves defensive coordinator Gregg Williams as the “last man standing” in this year’s edition of “Cleveland Browns Coaching Survivor.” Not sure if you can call being put in charge of this team a personal victory, but Williams had his hands full facing the insanely productive Kansas City Chiefs offense and their incredibly talented quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

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Cleveland Browns: shoulda, coulda, woulda

Kate Arhar
Cleveland Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

Browns 14 – Chargers 38

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit was one of my favorite movies. What does that have to do with football? Well, stay here with me just a moment…

There is a scene when Rita (Lauryn Hill) is talking to her mother (Sheryl Lee Ralph) and mom says “But there are a lot of talented people right down there on the streets singin’ their ‘shoulda-coulda-woulda’s.'”

Of all the lines in that movie, it’s one that really stuck with me. And after the blistering loss the Cleveland Browns took this week from the Los Angeles Chargers, it seems like the perfect theme to recap the game.

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Browns fans finally get a Victory Monday

Kate Arhar
Kate Arhar, Cleveland Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

Cleveland Browns 12 – Baltimore Ravens 9

The wait is finally over!  Browns fans get to enjoy their first Victory Monday in a very long time…. two years in fact.

While it took their third overtime game to get a Sunday win, the Browns did it in their usual thrilling, heart-attack inducing, pretty darn lucky and maybe a little ugly fashion. Add to that the fact that it was a division game and, well, fans are going crazy right now!

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Kate’s True or False: Get to know her

Kate Arhar
Kate Arhar Cleveland Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

Kate shared 10 statements about herself for Our Turf Football’s social media.

You had to guess if they were True or False.

In case you missed it, here they are complete with answers.

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The drought is over: Browns WIN!

Kate Arhar
Kate Arhar Cleveland Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

Browns 21 – 17 Jets 

BROWNS WIN! BROWNS WIN! THE DROUGHT IS OVER!

Never let it be said that I bury the lead! So many things to talk about regarding the Cleveland Browns vs the New York Jets Thursday night game but I figured I’d start with the most important fact of all – BROWNS WIN!

635 days since their last victory. 1,413 days since their last win on a Thursday night. 30 quarterbacks since their return in 1999. Three games into the season and they’ve scored 21 points in all of them. These are just a few of the fun and crazy and sometimes heartbreaking numbers that belong to the Browns.

Hopefully, one of those numbers – 30 QBs – will be held for the next 10+ years. Due to an injury to Tyrod Taylor, fans finally got to see the number one pick from the draft, Baker Mayfield, and they were not disappointed.

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Browns kick Gordon to the curb, but not much else

Kate Arhar
Cleveland Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

Cleveland 18 – 21 New Orleans

For the second week in a row, the Cleveland Browns put up a great fight but came away empty, largely due to problems with the kicking game. After settling for a tie in week one vs the Pittsburgh Steelers, they tried to get that first win in two years down in New Orleans.

Placekicker Zane Gonzalez really struggled, missing two extra points and a field goal to the left, then missed a chance to tie things up with a field goal attempt that went way right.

The offense, while not spectacular, did enough to win but you can’t leave eight points off the board when you are facing a great opponent. Even the defense recovering fumbles by wide receivers Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn Jr. wasn’t enough to keep the Browns ahead on the scoreboard. They’ve won the turnover battle the last two weeks, but the offense has only come away with 10 points as a result.

Quarterback Tyrod Taylor played an adequate game, and while fans were clamoring to give rookie Baker Mayfield a shot, Taylor managed an amazing deep pass to rookie wide receiver Antonio Callaway for a 47-yard touchdown that could give them the lead, if they had managed to get the extra point. All for naught…

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Browns vs Eagles: Defense and Injuries

Kate Arhar
Cleveland Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

Browns 5 – 0 Eagles

Last night’s preseason match-up between the defending Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles and the Cleveland Browns was anticipated to be a huge offensive blow out.  Instead, it became a tale of defense and injuries.

Browns cornerback Denzel Ward suffered a lower back injury in the first quarter that kept him sidelined for the remained of the game. He will undergo an MRI today.

Quarterback Tyrod Taylor, after scrambling on a 4-and-goal play, landed awkwardly on his wrist and is sent to the locker room for evaluation.  In what fans are calling “True Hue Fashion,” he returned to the field and was put back into the game for three more series. It was clear that he was not 100% and that the wrist was bothering him, clear at least to fans and the Eagles defense. No one – myself included – can figure out why on earth the named starting QB for the season would be rushed back into a preseason game! Continue reading “Browns vs Eagles: Defense and Injuries”

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Atlanta Falcons: 5 Quick Questions

Kate Arhar
Cleveland Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

Any team that goes up against the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl immediately gains a ton of fans. The Atlanta Falcons are one such team. After leading for most of Super Bowl LI back in 2017, the Falcons lost in gut-wrenching fashion – at least most of us were wrenched.

But last season they seemed to suffer from some sort of Super Bowl Hangover. Will 2018 be the season they bounce back?

I recently met a huge Falcons fan on twitter, so I asked Angela Spencer // @AngieSpencer28 five questions and got her thoughts regarding the upcoming season…

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Cleveland Browns: What is Your “Why?”

Kate Arhar
Cleveland Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

Last night the new season of HBO’s “Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Cleveland Browns” premiered. While there are a number of funny and interesting things to take away from the first episode, what made the biggest impact on me was a seemingly simple question: What is your “Why?”

Linebacker Christian Kirksey, drafted in 2014, has stepped up as a leader during training camp and is finding ways to motivate his teammates. In a scene that stayed with me, he asked everyone in the room: “What is your why?”

He challenged them to write down the reason they practice, workout, play on a piece of paper and put it somewhere they will see every day to keep them motivated and remind them why they are doing what they do.

Which made me wonder: Why do Browns Fans stay by this team?

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Browns Trade WR Corey Coleman…

Kate Arhar
Cleveland Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

One of the perceived strengths of the Cleveland Browns heading into training camp was the wide receiver corps. The offseason acquisition of Jarvis Landry, the reinstatement of Josh Gordon, and the third year of first-round draft pick Corey Coleman had everyone – fans and media alike – projecting good things for the offense.

But last night the Browns traded Corey Coleman to the Buffalo Bills.

Wait, WHAT?!?!?

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