OBR Daily Blog 1/1-2

Happy New Year! Here's to a healthy, happy and winning 2011!


01/03
9:10 AM

We have added several updates to Lane Adkins’ exclusive subscriber story: http://cle.scout.com/2/1036178.html


01/03
8:57 AM

Fan View: Firing Mangini: Browns fan, and confessed hand-plucker of chickens, Emily Posts bakes up some food for… http://bit.ly/i7RFj7


01/03
3:02 AM

(Subscriber) Raiders-Chiefs Game Grades: In the regular season finale, Oakland dominates the Chiefs in Arrowhead… http://bit.ly/e9lyIe


01/02
9:46 PM

Its all about the draft browns fans. Either 5 or 6. Tied with Arizona.


01/02
9:44 PM

(Subscriber) Adkins: It Begins: Lane brings us the very latest from inside the organization as Mike Holmgren’s o… http://bit.ly/fBBgBC


01/02
9:11 PM

Browns-Steelers: Joe’s Game Review: Starting with an interception, ending with a fumble. Another Browns-Steelers… http://bit.ly/eELaD5


01/02
9:11 PM

Red Zone, Red Faces: Browns inability to score TDs in red zone a season-long frustration http://bit.ly/ghVuOJ

Transcript: Browns Players, Post-Game, 1/2
Barry McBride on January 2nd, 2011 AT 8:37 PM

QB Colt McCoy

(On how the game got away)- “Well, early on we just didn’t execute on offense, didn’t stay on the field like we should have and we had a couple early turnovers that really killed us. When those things happen, kind of like last week, it puts your offense in a bind, it puts your defense in bind. And when they (Pittsburgh) score the very first play the next time they get the ball, it’s just hard. It’s hard to bounce back. They’re a really good football team. I mean, they had a lot to play for today and they came in and played near perfect. So, it’s on us.”

(On missed chances in end zone)- “Yeah, we were close. We were close. It would have been huge for us to get a touchdown instead of a field goal. Having to settle for a field goal right there, making it 14-7 instead of 14-3, I think we have a little more life. But, again, in saying that, we can do better. We can do better. We shouldn’t let it get to14-0 before we start a drive anyway. But that was a big drive for us and we got points. We need to come out and find a way after that to sustain drives.”

(On his first interception by Steelers S Troy Polamalu)- “It’s just one of things. It happened so fast. One of the things we wanted to do offensively this week was spread it out. Get their base people in there and go empty [backfield], hit the first one, hit the second one and then we feel like we’re rolling. Those (mistakes) are things that we have got to eliminate as a team, just the boom-boom plays, the tipped balls, maybe a protection here or there. Just little things, little things like that are easily correctable, easily fixable.”

(On how his rookie season went)- “My rookie season, well, I think we all know that I wasn’t expected to play and I got a unique opportunity when two guys in front of me go down and I have to step up and play. I don’t like to credit myself, but I stayed in it. I stayed in game plans without reps, without really much attention and I completely understand that we were focused on getting QB Jake (Delhomme) and QB Seneca (Wallace) ready to play this year. Just being able to hang in there and fight and then get thrust into it, I got a lot of experience. I have earned a lot of experience that’s really going to help the last two weeks, especially last week. I thought this week it was better. I got a lot of experience, eight games that nobody expected me to get, and I’m fired up about it. I’m fired up about the guys in this locker room. I know they compete to the very end, they fight to the very end. There is a good core of guys in there that we’re building an organization around and I’m super proud to be a part of it. And I know it’s down times right now, but when I come back next year, I’m not a rookie anymore. It’s time to play, it’s time to go, and I understand that.”

(On the team’s struggles in recent weeks )- “You always have to look in a positive way about negative things.  What can you take positive about this?  What can I take that’s going to help me?  And definitely I’ve got so much I can learn from.  I can watch these tapes, I can watch these films, and I can watch our Division opponents as they’re in the playoffs, and I can see what they do.  That’s going to make a huge difference, if I go back and I learn from it, learn from these mistakes, learn from just the ups and downs of the NFL.  It’s tough, it is.  It’s a tough sport, but I know I’m in the right place. I can’t picture myself being anywhere else, and I know God has given me a unique opportunity, and the talents and abilities to be here.  I know I’m going to give everything I’ve got for our team and for our organization, and there are great things in the future.”

(On how Eric Mangini has helped him develop this year)- “Yes, he has.  He and Coach (Brian) Daboll.  You know you have to have great coaches to really throw a rookie out on the field.  Coach (Brian) Daboll has spent hours and hours with me after I started to play and became the starter.  I’ve spent a lot of time studying, breaking down tape.  We’ve put a lot of hard work in together.  I don’t know what the future holds for our coaching staff, but I do know there are guys in this locker room that are committed to changing the way its been around here, and I’m one of them.”

(On if it’s hard to grasp losing)- “Well, you can’t ever accept it.  I think that’s the number one thing.  You can’t ever accept the losses, what goes on.  You work 365 days a year for 16 Sundays.  When things don’t go the way you want, when things go downhill, the true character guys are the ones who step up and play, and just find a way to win.  We didn’t get it done like we wanted to this year, but like I said, and I was telling Mary (Kay Cabot) there’s so many opportunities for us as a team, there are so many opportunities to turn on the tape and watch, especially for me as a quarterback, just to see things the way things happen.  You know, there were a couple times today where we were just not on the same page with the signals, with things at the line of scrimmage.  We were off.  Our communication was off a little bit, and those are things that have got to change.  I was talking earlier about the little things.  Those are the things that need to change, and they will.”

(On if he was injured today)- “I’m o.k. I’m o.k.  Physically, it was a tough game, they’re a tough defense.  I got hit probably more than I’ve been hit all year, but I’m o.k.”

(On if he broke his helmet after a hit)- “I hope I didn’t break my helmet.”

(On if he had X-rays today)- “No.”

(On what he attributes to being ‘off’ today)- “I think one thing you can attribute it to is the defense that we’re going against.  If you look at what’s happened this year, we’ve played against New Orleans, New England, Baltimore and Pittsburgh twice.  Just looking at that experience alone, you weren’t even going to play all year, but you got to play against five or six of the best teams in the NFL and beat a couple of them.  That’s the experience that’s crucial for me as a quarterback.  I can look back and watch those things and learn from them, and ultimately, put all my heart and effort into it and become a better quarterback.”

(On if he wants the Browns to put the team on his shoulders and if he’s driven to be a starting quarterback)- “Well, I certainly hope so.  You know I am driven, I am committed here.  Trust me, and it’s not just me, there are tons of guys in there.  Like I said, you can’t ever accept the things that go on that are negative here.  You just can’t accept those things.  You’ve got to find a way to fix them, a way to change them, and move on.  I think this year was huge for me, just maturing as a quarterback, and becoming a better quarterback- experience that I got and saw playing against those teams.  I’ve seen every blitz there is in the NFL.  And those are things you have to learn from.  I’m not saying it’s going to be easy when we come back because it’s not, but it’s going to be better, I promise you that.”

(On the possibility of running the West Coast offense in the future)- “Well, I have no idea what’s in the future, but we ran more of that style when I was in college.”

(On his confidence level from the beginning of this season until now)- “Being in the position that I play, being in this spot as a quarterback, you can’t ever lose confidence in yourself.  You have to have ultimate complete trust in yourself, and I had that.  I still do.  I believe in the talents and gifts that God has given me to play quarterback.  After that, you have to be given the opportunity.  You’ve got to have the opportunity.  You’ve got to have guys that believe in you.  I know that that locker room does, and we just have to find ways to win.”

(On Eric Mangini’s system)- “I’ve said before and I’ll say it today, Coach Mangini and his staff, for me personally, have done a great job.  They’ve really taught me and coached me, especially in the time since I’ve started playing.  Coach Daboll has spent hours and hours with me, studying film and breaking down film, and they’re both very smart football coaches.  Like I said, I do not know what the future holds, but I know coach Holmgren is our President, and I know he’s going to make the right decisions to figure out how this organization can become a winner.”

(On what he believes the great things in the future will come from)- “I personally can do so much better.  I know I will, I know I can.  I know that the guys in the locker room, the core group of guys in there believe in each other too.  It’s not the coaches, the coaches can’t win games for you.  It’s who you have, the eleven guys that step out on the field, and play and execute.  We’ve got to do a better job.  It’s on us.”

(On if his interceptions in recent games should be a concern)- “Those happen.  The last one today you had a guy wide open running and I throw it, and right as I throw it, I get hit, and the ball comes down. I didn’t even see where the ball went, but I know there was a guy wide open.  And we had a tipped ball.  Mo (WR Mohamed Massaquoi) and I were on the same page, I point to the guy, and we just mis-communicated.  I thought he was going to do something, and he thought I was going to do something else, and those are the little things that we talked about.  Those happen, and yet, those things lose games.  Turnovers lose games for you.  Yeah, they need to change.  They need to get fixed, need to get better, and it starts with me.  But I don’t dwell on those.  You’ve got to move on.  I thought we played the last two quarters pretty effectively.  We came out and never stopped fighting, and we scored a touchdown.  Those are the positive things we take from this.  As a quarterback, you can’t dwell on the interceptions because it’s all of us.  We’ve got to be better.”

WR Mohamed Massaquoi

(On the Steelers distracting Cleveland from its game plan)- “Very disappointing. It was our last game, our last chance to play for our fans. They played a great game, obviously. Like I said, this was the last game, so going into the offseason we’ll just try to really critique everything and pay attention to everything, and just try to get a little bit better.”

(On rumors of coaching changes)- “For me, this offseason, I’m just going to look at myself to see what I can do better, and to see how I can become a better player and take my game to the next level.”

(On the Browns losing their last four games)- “As a competitor, you never want to lose. I hate losing. Personally, I don’t take losing lightly. Like I said, I want to be the best possible player that I can be coming back next year. I’m just going to do everything I possibly can do, evaluate myself the best I can, and take the negatives and try to improve them to positives.”

(On the upcoming off-season)- “For me personally, just go back and re-evaluate everything during this off-

.season, and take advantage of every moment just to try to make myself the best that I can be. I’ll try to get with some guys that are successful and try to learn from them, so next year when I come back I can take my game to another level.”

(On today’s game)- “To the fans that stuck around and continued to cheer, I definitely appreciate it. It’s been said time and time before that Cleveland has some of the most loyal fans. We just recognize some of the things that the [Pittsburgh] Steelers did. You can’t deny they are a successful team and just try to watch them and how their guys go about things, so that next year when I have a chance to replay them in this rematch, we can come out on top and I can do the best that I can.”

K Phil Dawson

(On getting a picture with LS Ryan Pontbriand at the end of the game)- “I’ve been with Ryan longer than any teammate in my career and we’ve developed a pretty special relationship.  So we just wanted to make sure that we got a pretty good picture.”

(On his feelings at the end of the game)- “We just got drummed by the Steelers, that is the first set of emotions.  You all know me, I’ve talked about that game a lot.  It’s hard to think about anything other than that, to be quite honest.  I’ve had quite a few different sets of emotions today and it is just tough right now.”

(On whether he has felt these emotions before)- “Today was a unique day.  I was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support by fans yelling at me or people who work at the stadium just, people that I’ve become friends with in the community.  This has been a pretty emotional week for me and I’m just overwhelmed with how just how great people have been to me.”

(On next year)- “I am just going to sit down and see what happens.  We’ll just have to wait and see.

(On how long the process will take)- “No one knows.  This offseason, I am not the only one with uncertainty.  Every NFL player has uncertainty this offseason.  There is really no calendar for when things are going to happen so I am going to home, go back to Texas, get in the sunshine a little bit, do a little fishing and wait to let the dust settle.”

OT Joe Thomas

(On Head Coach Eric Mangini’s postgame speech)- “He thanked us for our effort and our hard work during the season. He said whatever happens, happens, and that hopefully he would see us next year. If not, he’s thankful for the work we put in.”

(On the off-season)- “I’m sure everybody thinks there is a possibility (of Mangini leaving), we’ll see what happens next season. We knew that was the way it was going to be coming into the season, so I don’t think anything was different.”

(On distraction from a possible coaching change )- “You worry about your opponent and the guy that’s going to be across from you. You can’t worry about the bigger picture or what’s going to go on next year.”

DL Kenyon Coleman

(On coming into this game)- “I felt that coming into this game we were ready to play.  I think you have to give credit to the Steelers.  They came out there and played a good game.  Obviously the outcome is not what we wanted.  We fought hard this year and unfortunately we did not want it to end like that.  We just have to keep the perspective that we fought hard all year.”

(On if the team did enough to save Eric Mangini’s job)- “This is my fourth year playing here (in Cleveland) and he is a great coach and a great guy.  We will just have to wait and see what happens.”

(On if Eric Mangini shared anything with his players about his future)- “He just wanted to say that he appreciated our hard work.  Obviously no one wants the record that we had.  I don’t think the record reflects the guys in this room but, at the end of the day, what we put on tape and what we put on the field is how people will perceive us.  This team is a family and this is my ninth year and I have never been a part of something like this.  Like I said, our record is what it is, but taking away from this year and just realizing that there are people on this team who love each other and who take care of each other and we hope the best.”

(On his thought on a pending lockout)- “Honestly, they can get it done in a week, they could get it done in a month.  It’s just really a lot of unknowns but that’s just the nature of the NFL.  Every year you don’t know if you are going to make the team so you just (take it) day by day.  Obviously, we are in the offseason and I am going to enjoy my family and we will see what happens.”

OL Eric Steinbach

(On today’s game)- “We did not make the plays out there and they jumped up quick on us and that haunted us.  Stuff that was usually working just really wasn’t working.”

(On the team’s collapse since the Miami game)- “We just basically lost the games.  I don’t know; there was really no magic or secret formula.  You just have to come out and make the plays and play complementary football in all three phases.  Each week we were missing a phase here or a phase there.”

(On the lack of production from the talent on this team)- “It’s just a little disappointing because no one wants to have a losing record or finish the season that way.  You see teams that don’t really have the talent that win and you see guys with a bunch of talent that do not win.  Again, no secret to it, you either can come out and play sixty minutes and win – or you don’t.”


Transcript: Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini, 1/2
Barry McBride on January 2nd, 2011 AT 8:36 PM

(Opening statement)- “Just in talking to the guys, it’s a really disappointing way to end the season.  There are not many positives to talk about.  I thought we got beat in all three phases, but they had a better plan than we did and when that happens against a team like this, you have a day like today.  I didn’t think that was what it was going to be, I’m disappointed that it was.  When I look at what these guys have done throughout the course of the season, I’m proud of that and I’m proud of them.  I’m disappointed for them and for all of us and the fans that this is the way the season ended.”

(On how he would explain the performance today)- “I didn’t really think this would be the performance that we would have today.  I think that when you start the game with a pick and then the big play to Mike Wallace, those are two things that you can’t do against a team like Pittsburgh.  That’s not the way you want to start it, then we couldn’t get back on track.  We couldn’t get any momentum in any of the three phases, and we had opportunities.  We had opportunities for touchdowns where we couldn’t hold on to the ball.  We had opportunities defensively, whether it was keeping Ben (Roethlisberger) in the pocket, and we didn’t take advantage of those either.”

(On four straight losses to end the season)- “You want to end the season on a positive note and continue to move forward.  Like a lot of our opportunities this season, we were close in different ones and you have to be able to take that step and close games out and finish games, finish those opportunities.  We didn’t do well enough of that.”

(On if there was a lack of intensity this week and today)- “No, I didn’t have that sense at all.  I didn’t have that sense during the week, I didn’t have that sense last night and I didn’t have that sense before the game.  We didn’t play very well in any phase, we just didn’t play well.  I didn’t think it was a lack of intensity at all, I just thought it was a lack of performance against a team that performed at a very high level.  That’s the only chance you have against a team like that is to perform at a high level and not make mistakes.  We turned the ball over three times, we missed opportunities on third down and you can’t do it.  You can’t do it.”

(On if he will be able to convince Mike Holmgren to bring him back for next season)- “We’ll get together tomorrow and see where it goes.  I think the team has done a lot of good things this season.  It’s difficult to feel any of those positives right now in wake of what just happened.  It’s hard to do that for anybody, but they have (done good things) and like I said, I appreciate what they’ve done this season, I really do Jeff (Schudel).  It’s just difficult right now with all of the emotion after a game like today to really take a step back and look at that.”

(On if feels he has done enough to deserve to stay)- “I’m going to leave that conversation to Mike and myself.  I do believe what I told you, that this organization and this team have a very bright future.  I think that we’ve taken a lot of steps that we need to take and it’s hard when you’re going through that process to be able to see the other side of things and to be able to appreciate those things.  It’s even harder when you come off a defeat like we had today, it really is, to take a step back and be objective.  Nobody feels good right now.  None of the players, none of the coaches, nobody feels good.  You never feel good after a game like today.  The thing I do feel good about is the people tat we’ve assembled, the work that we’ve done and the progress that we’ve made.  This is the first time this season where I felt like we weren’t in the game, we weren’t able to keep the game in terms where we had an opportunity to win it.  It was the first time.”

(On if Colt McCoy has regressed in the last two weeks)- “I think that Colt is dealing with the reality of the exceptional defenses that we deal with in this division.  In the last two weeks you have got two of the best defenses, not only in this division, but in the NFL.  Outside of that, our ability to run the football effectively would have helped him quite a bit and I don’t think we did that very well the last couple of weeks either.”

(On if McCoy was injured today)- “No.”

(On the field goal when they were down 14-0)- “I didn’t really anticipate us not being able to slow them down defensively.  I thought 11 points, to get back into the game and get points there and I didn’t want to come away from that drive with no points.  There’s no thought process there of them continuing to be able to drive the football like they did.  I didn’t really think that was a possibility.”

(On how there were a lot of dropped passes and mistakes and if there was a lack of concentration on the field)- “I think we’re going to look at Colt’s performance and see the interceptions, but he did throw some nice balls and he gave us some chances to score some points.  I’m not taking away from the interceptions, but you have got to be able to make those plays.  We had two opportunities on the goal line to score where the ball was put into a place that it should be caught.  That is concentration, that is being able to finish the plays and I would expect us to be able to do that.”

(On Mohamed Massaquoi ran the wrong route on McCoy’s second interception)- “I don’t think so, I’m trying to visualize the route that he ran.”

(On it looked like McCoy was anticipating Massaquoi going a different direction on that play)- “I think Colt was anticipating him coming back.  He was trying to throw the under throw and fade and then Mohamed saw it as continuing the route, Colt saw it as him breaking off.  That’s what happened.”

(On what happened in the secondary on the touchdown pass to Wallace in the first quarter)- “The safety should have been deep, should have stayed deep.  They ran an over with a post, the safety bit on the over and they hit the post.  It’s Mike Wallace, he’s got more 40 yard completions than any duo or whatever the stat is.  We stay deep on Wallace and worst case scenario you give up the over, you don’t give up the post.  It’s not any secret where the deep ball is going to go.”

(On if he would need a break if his time is up here after coming straight to Cleveland after leaving New York in 2009)- “I think that I just look at things and evaluate things.  One of the real things that I’ve felt personally is that I’ve been able to grow tremendously as a coach and as a person and I think that happens with any profession.  You learn from your mistakes, you learn from just the process.  I feel lucky for the opportunity to continue to grow in this role and in this job and I think that will continue.  In terms of what could happen, we’ll  have to see, but I am really happy with the things that I’ve been able to learn.”

(On how other teams that were in the Browns’ place last year have made changes and improved this year)- “It happens for different people at different times and I’ve been a part of both things, some things that happen more quickly, some things that happen less quickly.  I think the Steelers are a great team to point to.  One of the things that the Steelers have done is been consistent and they’ve had continuity.  There’s been a consistent philosophy there and they win year in and year out with a few hiccups here and there.  I think that’s a formula that’s proven and tested and works and I believe in that.  I believe that you can continue to build on what you’ve done and nothing really that’s worthwhile is achieved over night, very rarely, very rarely.  If you want to build sustainable success, you have a sustainable philosophy and you have some things that you believe in, things that are foundations for success in the long term.”



01/02
8:31 PM

“They talk about going out with a good game, but the truth is their cars are packed up” – Steelers LB Larry Foote, post-game.

Post-Game Notes from the Team
Barry McBride on January 2nd, 2011 AT 8:17 PM

·         Tight end Benjamin Watson recorded a game-high seven receptions for 67 yards. He finished the season with a team-best 68 receptions and 763 yards. His reception total is the sixth-most in a single-season by a Browns tight end and his yardage total is the eighth-most. He joins Ozzie Newsome (1981-85) as the only Browns tight ends to lead the club in both receptions and receiving yards in the same season. Watson is the first tight end to lead the Browns in receiving yards since Newsome in 1985.

·         Rookie quarterback Colt McCoy completed 20 of 41 passes for 209 yards with one touchdown. He led the Browns this season with 1,576 passing yards and joins Bernie Kosar (1985) and Tim Couch (1999) as the only rookies to lead the Browns in passing yards.

·         Wide receiver Brian Robiskie hauled in two passes for 35 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown. He became the first Browns wide receiver to register a receiving touchdown in three consecutive games since Braylon Edwards in 2007 (Weeks 12-14).

·         Rookie defensive back T.J. Ward tied for the team-lead today with seven tackles and led the club with 105 on the season. The last rookie to lead the Browns in tackles was linebacker Wali Rainer in 1999.  Ward also led the team with 18 special teams tackles and became the first player to lead the Browns in both defensive and special teams tackles since their return in 1999.

·         With 34 total return yards today, wide receiver Joshua Cribbs passed Michael Bates (9,154) for 10th on the NFL career list. Cribbs has racked up 9,172 career return yards.

·         With one reception today, running back Peyton Hillis recorded his 61 of the season, which is tied for fifth-most in a single-season by a Browns running back. Greg Pruitt holds the team record for catches by a running back with 65 set in 1981.

·         Defensive back Sheldon Brown has appeared in all 144 regular season games in his career, which began with Philadelphia in 2002. His streak is the second-longest among all active defensive backs, trailing only Tampa Bay’s Ronde Barber.

·         Offensive lineman Joe Thomas has started all 64 career games at left tackle and has not missed an offensive snap since joining the Browns as the third overall pick in the 2007 draft.



01/02
5:05 PM

A Thorough Whipping, 41-9: The Steelers blasted the Browns from the start, and didn’t let up. Fred Greetham endu… http://bit.ly/hKXujp


01/02
5:05 PM

A Thorough Whipping, 41-9: The Steelers blasted the Browns from the start, and didn’t let up. Fred Greetham endu… http://bit.ly/hKXujp


01/02
4:35 PM

VOTE! Gameballs and Goats: Vote, or you have to meet with Mike Holmgren on Monday. http://bit.ly/f2g5yS


01/02
4:18 PM

Goatballs voting booth now available, along with last week’s results: http://cle.scout.com/2/1036065.html


01/02
4:12 PM

It’s over. Forty-something point for them and, I dunno, less for us. Whatever. #SteelersSuck


01/02
4:00 PM

Steelers are ambling down the field, mercifully brining clock… two and a half minutes left….


01/02
3:55 PM

Browns score their first touchdown. Wallace’s two-point pass attempt ends in incompletion and despair. STEELERS 41, BROWNS 9, 6:33 left.


01/02
3:52 PM

McCoy throws to Robiskie in the end zone, complete, ruled incomplete. Officials then reconsider, decide it’s complete. Cleveland goes for 2.


01/02
3:49 PM

@rickwfny Yeah, he rolled his other foot out of bounds. Challenge denied.


01/02
3:49 PM

@rickwfny Yeah, he rolled his other foot out of bounds. Challenge denied.


01/02
3:46 PM

McCoy’s pass to Royal in the end zone looks complete, but ruled a trap. Mangini challenging, 6:40 remaining. Steelers 41, Browns 3


01/02
3:46 PM

McCoy’s pass to Royal in the end zone looks complete, but ruled a trap. Mangini challenging, 6:40 remaining. Steelers 41, Browns 3


01/02
3:44 PM

Browns stun the Steelers by going for it on fourth-and-inches. First down at the 12. Promptly get called for delay of game. 7:55 left.


01/02
3:44 PM

Browns stun the Steelers by going for it on fourth-and-inches. First down at the 12. Promptly get called for delay of game. 7:55 left.


01/02
3:44 PM

Browns stun the Steelers by going for it on fourth-and-inches. First down at the 12. Promptly get called for delay of game. 7:55 left.


01/02
3:42 PM

Browns half-yard of a first down at the Steelers 12. This is in Phil Dawson’s range!


01/02
3:40 PM

McCoy completes a pass to Cribbs for 31 yards. Tack on another 15 for a face mask. First down Browns at Pitt 22 #SteelersSuck


01/02
3:33 PM

While we were contemplating the abyss, the Steelers tacked on another 3 points with a field goal. STEELERS 41, BROWNS 3 12:32 left.


01/02
3:32 PM

More of a “flopping”. Like a nearly dead carp on dry land. RT @JRCherry3 @TheOBR Did the Browns slap it out there or did they get slapped?


01/02
3:28 PM

Time out, Steelers lining up for field goal. Nearly 90 hard-core, brave souls left on the OBR chat room. http://cle.scout.com/2/1036008.html


01/02
3:26 PM

Steelers inside the Browns five. Second and two from the four. 14:34 left.


01/02
3:26 PM

Steelers inside the Browns five. Second and two from the four. 14:34 left.


01/02
3:25 PM

Best news of the day! @magician300 In a Steelers bar in VA and the game isn’t on any longer. We found a way to piss off some Steelers fans!


01/02
3:23 PM

The third quarter has come to a merciful close. Steelers first down at the Browns 30, driving again. STEELERS 38, BROWNS 3


01/02
3:22 PM

“We're not looking to go and just slap it out there… We've got a lot of fight left in us. We're going to give them (heck)” Rob Ryan, 12/31


01/02
3:22 PM

“We're not looking to go and just slap it out there… We've got a lot of fight left in us. We're going to give them (heck)” Rob Ryan, 12/31


01/02
3:22 PM

“We're not looking to go and just slap it out there… We've got a lot of fight left in us. We're going to give them (heck)” Rob Ryan, 12/31


01/02
3:18 PM

Browns now on offense at their 23, McCoy sacked for the fourth time today. Punting. Steelers ball at their 42, 2:28, 3Q


01/02
3:17 PM

“We know we're from Cleveland, we know how big of a game it is and we're going to get in there and get after their (behinds).” – Rob Ryan


01/02
3:17 PM

“We know we're from Cleveland, we know how big of a game it is and we're going to get in there and get after their (behinds).” – Rob Ryan


01/02
3:12 PM

Ben Roethlisberger has left the game, having overpowered a clearly addled and overmatched Browns defense. STEELERS 38-3, 3:56 3Q


01/02
3:12 PM

Attendance 68,303


01/02
3:12 PM

Attendance 68,303


01/02
3:12 PM

Attendance 68,303


01/02
3:06 PM

Not here. Why do they hate us? Why? RT 4castnate @stevesirk @TheOBR National coverage just switched to Raiders – Chiefs. #stopthefight


01/02
3:03 PM

Nightmare on West Third Street: Steelers (once again) embarrassing Browns in Cleveland. http://bit.ly/grDHTJ


01/02
2:59 PM

Up 4 TDs, the Steelers use a flea-flicker from the four to score another TD against the overmatched Browns. STEELERS 38, BROWNS 3


01/02
2:53 PM

We’re about five minutes into the second half, Steelers driving at the Browns 15, 9:49.


01/02
2:43 PM

Yep. Now if he can just convince his team to come out. RT @Nic_Dion Does Mangini come back from the locker room


01/02
2:37 PM

PRO TIP: Bashing one’s head against a brick wall enhances memory loss. RT @irishjay Good thing I still have some Christmas Ale left @TheOBR


01/02
2:32 PM

It’s halftime!!! Halftime! Yaaaaay! STEELERS 31, BROWNS 3


01/02
2:31 PM

If anyone wants an extra helping of commiseration, misery, and clumsy double entendres, join us here: http://cle.scout.com/2/1036008.html


01/02
2:25 PM

Shaun Suisham kicks a 41 yard field goal to extend the Steelers lead to 31-3. 1:30 2Q.


01/02
2:25 PM

Shaun Suisham kicks a 41 yard field goal to extend the Steelers lead to 31-3. 1:30 2Q.


01/02
2:24 PM

Hard to defend this effort. @HungarianWolf @TheOBR Where are all the Mangini supporters now? He didn’t have his team ready to play


01/02
2:22 PM

And how good the Steelers are, unfortunately. @oscarrob711 This should show how bad we are


01/02
2:22 PM

And how good the Steelers are, unfortunately. @oscarrob711 This should show how bad we are


01/02
2:22 PM

And how good the Steelers are, unfortunately. @oscarrob711 This should show how bad we are


01/02
2:21 PM

We’ve hit the two-minute warning. McCoy throws his helmet in frustration.


01/02
2:21 PM

We’ve hit the two-minute warning. McCoy throws his helmet in frustration.


01/02
2:21 PM

We’ve hit the two-minute warning. McCoy throws his helmet in frustration.


01/02
2:17 PM

McCoy hit as he throws and ball is picked. He’s in pain. Tragically, the Browns were only 15 yards out of Dawson’s field goal range. 2:33 2Q


01/02
2:16 PM

Yep. Other than bandwagoning NEO Steeler fans. RT @kedwardson @TheOBR Click, click, click… That would be TVs shutting off all over Ohio.


01/02
2:11 PM

Browns defense violated once more by a Roethlisberger TD pass, four yards to Miller. STEELERS 28, BROWNS 3 or something. 4:53 2Q


01/02
2:11 PM

Browns defense violated once more by a Roethlisberger TD pass, four yards to Miller. STEELERS 28, BROWNS 3 or something. 4:53 2Q


01/02
2:05 PM

Josh Cribbs back in the game. McCoy’s pass picked off and run back to the Browns 24. Browns challenging. 6:28 2Q


01/02
1:59 PM

K. RT @SportsTalkCLE Drink Barry, Drink. A LOT.


01/02
1:57 PM

Steelers offense completely dominant. Three possessions, three touchdowns. STEELERS 21, BROWNS 3, 7:51 2Q


01/02
1:56 PM

@cselzer21 Roethlisberger’s ham-fisted passes are part of the overall assault.


01/02
1:52 PM

Steelers driving again, now at the Browns 13. 11:05 2Q


01/02
1:50 PM

Fans chanting “No Means No”, overheard on TV feed as Roethlisberger scrambles.


01/02
1:50 PM

Fans chanting “No Means No”, overheard on TV feed as Roethlisberger scrambles.


01/02
1:47 PM

@saveallunicorns Concise and accurate tweet, IMO.


01/02
1:47 PM

@saveallunicorns Concise and accurate tweet, IMO.


01/02
1:46 PM

Josh Cribbs (foot) return questionable.


01/02
1:46 PM

Josh Cribbs (foot) return questionable.


01/02
1:45 PM

Down 14, Browns decide to kick a field goal from the two. It’s good. STEELERS 14, BROWNS 3 14:43 2Q


01/02
1:42 PM

McCoy now 8-of-13, 101 yards, 1 pick, 53.7 rating. Roethlisberger 3-5, 105 yards, 1 TD, 143,8 rating.


01/02
1:42 PM

McCoy now 8-of-13, 101 yards, 1 pick, 53.7 rating. Roethlisberger 3-5, 105 yards, 1 TD, 143,8 rating.


01/02
1:42 PM

McCoy now 8-of-13, 101 yards, 1 pick, 53.7 rating. Roethlisberger 3-5, 105 yards, 1 TD, 143,8 rating.


01/02
1:40 PM

Browns now inside the five thanks to a 31 yard pass to MoMass. First quarter ends. Steelers 14, Browns 0.


01/02
1:40 PM

Browns now inside the five thanks to a 31 yard pass to MoMass. First quarter ends. Steelers 14, Browns 0.


01/02
1:40 PM

Browns now inside the five thanks to a 31 yard pass to MoMass. First quarter ends. Steelers 14, Browns 0.


01/02
1:39 PM

Browns are moving the ball now, crossing at the 36 1:27 1Q


01/02
1:39 PM

Browns are moving the ball now, crossing at the 36 1:27 1Q


01/02
1:39 PM

Browns are moving the ball now, crossing at the 36 1:27 1Q


01/02
1:32 PM

Cribbs is on the sidelines now wearing a coat. He walked off the field, limping slightly. Hillis is in the game now.


01/02
1:29 PM

Josh Cribbs returns to the 18, but is hurt on the field. Because, you know, things are never so bad that they can’t get worse.


01/02
1:28 PM

Steelers drive right downfield, go up 14-0. On the upside, the Browns ticket office’s outreach to backwoods Appalachia appears successful.


01/02
1:16 PM

@geofflatulippe Agree. TJ Ward showing his rookie status there, and Watson just couldn’t handle the ball. McCoy getting a lot of pressure.


01/02
1:15 PM

Browns second drive stalls on a McCoy sack. Steelers take over after the punt on their 29. STEELERS 7, BROWNS 0, 11:35 1Q


01/02
1:10 PM

@rickwfny The “predictably” references Polamalu playing, since he was listed as questionable and we knew he would play. Not McCoy. Sorry.


01/02
1:08 PM

@CoraxSays My explanation is that the Steelers are good at football, and the Browns aren’t that good at it right now.


01/02
1:07 PM

Roethlisberger then assaults the Browns defense with a 61-yard TD pass to Mike Wallace. STEELERS 7, BROWNS 0 14:17 1Q.


01/02
1:06 PM

Browns get the ball, start flinging it. Polamalu in the game, predictably, picks off the second throw.


01/02
1:06 PM

@ThreeRiversBlog It’s nothing a pint or so of Irish Whiskey can’t fix.


01/02
1:01 PM

Pittsburgh won the toss. Defer to second half. Browns will receive.


01/02
1:00 PM

@ThreeRiversBlog I’d say “Break a leg”, and mean it. ;-)


01/02
11:59 AM

Live Chat! Browns vs. Steelers: Join us here, on the forums, or in old-school chat during the game! The OBR is n… http://bit.ly/f3Y8bV

Season’s final pregame notable, uh, notes
Don Delco on January 2nd, 2011 AT 11:56 AM

•Ben Watson can become only the third Browns’ tight end to finish with 800 yards receiving in a season, joining Ozzie Newsome and Kellen Winslow.

•Marcus Benard needs 2.5 sacks to become the ninth Brown to record double digit sacks since they became a stat in 1982.

•Phil Dawson needs six more points to reach 100 on the season. He already holds a team record with five 100-point seasons.

•Peyton Hillis needs only six… SIX… rushing touchdowns to tie Jim Brown for the team’s single-season record (17).

•Ahtyba Rubin leads all NFL defensive lineman with 79 total tackles this season.



01/02
11:50 AM

Final uniform nerd alert of the season: Browns – brown jerseys, white pants; Steelers – Does it matter? It’s gross regardless.


01/02
11:50 AM

Browns inactives norwood c mitchell j mitchell quaye sanford d williams ivey delhomme. Hillis active. Polamalu active.


01/01
5:04 PM

Browns-Steelers: Don’s Game Preview: Don’t expect the Browns to roll over in hopes of a better draft spot… http://bit.ly/h98osm


01/01
4:33 PM

Fan View: I Wish They’d Say Nothing: Jeff B. hopes that NFL folks start off 2011 by being a bit more aware of th… http://bit.ly/eD2sUH


01/01
1:33 PM

(Subscriber) Xs & Os: The Condiment Red Zone: Have the Steelers shown how they will attack the Browns goal line … http://bit.ly/fQTu7i


01/01
10:32 AM

First highlight on Phil Dawson’s reel on his site is a wonderful memory from 1999. Steelers suck. http://www.phildawsonedge.com

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01/01
12:06 AM

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