2014 Cleveland Browns season

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2014 Cleveland Browns season
Head coach Mike Pettine
General manager Ray Farmer
Owner Jimmy Haslam
Home field FirstEnergy Stadium
Results
Record 7-9
Division place 4th AFC North
Playoff finish Did not qualify
Pro Bowlers FS Tashaun Gipson
CB Joe Haden (captain)
OT Joe Thomas
SS Donte Whitner
Uniform
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The 2014 Cleveland Browns season was the franchise's 66th season as a professional sports franchise and its 62nd as a member of the National Football League. It was the first under new head coach Mike Pettine, as former head coach Rob Chudzinski was fired after a 4–12 campaign,[1] as well as the first under new general manager Ray Farmer. The Browns improved upon their overall record, going 7–9 and securing their first season without double digit losses since 2007. However, they failed to make the playoffs for the twelfth consecutive year, the longest postseason drought in franchise history.

Offseason[edit]

Personnel changes[edit]

Coaching staff changes[edit]

On December 29, 2013, the Browns fired head coach Rob Chudzinski. In his only season as coach, Chudzinski posted a record of 4–12, including a 7-game losing streak to end the season, although he ended the Browns' 11-game losing streak to the division rival Baltimore Ravens. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner left the team to take the same position with the Minnesota Vikings, and defensive coordinator Ray Horton took the same position with the Tennessee Titans.

On January 23, 2014, the Browns hired former Buffalo Bills' defensive coordinator Mike Pettine as head coach. Pettine served as defensive coordinator of the Bills in 2013, defensive coordinator of the New York Jets from 2009–2012, and a defensive assistant with the Baltimore Ravens from 2002–2008. This will be Pettine's first opportunity as an NFL head coach.

On January 27, the Browns hired former Bills' linebackers coach Jim O'Neil as defensive coordinator. O'Neil has served as a defensive assistant under Pettine with both the Jets and the Bills.[2]

Also, on January 27, the Browns filled out their defensive coaching staff by adding three assistant coaches who worked under Pettine in Buffalo: Chuck Driesbach as linebackers coach, Brian Fleury as assistant linebackers coach and Jeff Hafley as secondary coach.[2] The Browns also hired former Tampa Bay Buccaneers' tight ends coach Brian Angelichio to the same position and retained assistant secondary coach Bobby Babich, special teams coach Chris Tabor, and assistant special teams coach Shawn Mennenga from Chudzinski's coaching staff.[2]

On February 3, the Browns hired former Washington Redskins' offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to take the same position with the team. Shanahan, the son of Super Bowl champion head coach Mike Shanahan, served as the Houston Texans' offensive coordinator from 2008–2009, and the Redskins' offensive coordinator from 2010–2013.

Front office changes[edit]

On February 11, the Browns fired general manager Mike Lombardi and promoted assistant general manager Ray Farmer to take his place as GM. In addition, CEO Joe Banner resigned from his role with the team.[3]

Also on February 11, the Browns hired Bill Kuharich as assistant general manager to Farmer. Kuharich worked with Farmer in the Kansas City Chiefs player personnel department, and has also worked in the New Orleans Saints player personnel department.[4]

Roster changes[edit]

Free agents[edit]

Pos Player Tag 2014 Team Signed
G Oniel Cousins UFA Tampa Bay Buccaneers March 16[5]
K Billy Cundiff UFA Cleveland Browns March 6[6]
G Shawn Lauvao UFA Washington Redskins March 11[7]
C Alex Mack UFA/TT Cleveland Browns April 11
RB Willis McGahee UFA
LB Craig Robertson ERFA Cleveland Browns March 6[8]
S T. J. Ward UFA Denver Broncos March 11[9]
Players shaded in green re-signed with the Browns
UFA: Unrestricted free agent

RFA: Restricted free agent
ERFA: Exclusive rights free agent
FT: Player was designated with the franchise tag
TT: Player was designated with the transition tag

Releases[edit]

Pos Player Released 2014 Team Signed
WR Davone Bess March 5[10]
QB Jason Campbell March 12[11] Cincinnati Bengals March 19[12]
LB D'Qwell Jackson February 26[13] Indianapolis Colts March 6[14]
WR Greg Little May 16[15] Oakland Raiders May 19[16]
QB Brandon Weeden March 12[11] Dallas Cowboys March 17[17]

Signings[edit]

Pos Player 2013 Team Signed
WR Anthony Armstrong N/A May 19[18]
WR Miles Austin Dallas Cowboys May 15[19]
WR Earl Bennett Chicago Bears May 15[19]
WR Nate Burleson Detroit Lions April 6[20]
LB Karlos Dansby Arizona Cardinals March 11[21]
LB Zac Diles Tennessee Titans May 1[22]
TE Jim Dray Arizona Cardinals March 13[23]
WR Andrew Hawkins Cincinnati Bengals March 18[24]
G Paul McQuistan Seattle Seahawks March 24[25]
FB Chris Pressley Cincinnati Bengals April 14[26]
RB Ben Tate Houston Texans March 15[27]
QB Tyler Thigpen N/A May 1[22]
CB Isaiah Trufant New York Jets March 11[28]
S Donte Whitner San Francisco 49ers March 11[21]
QB Vince Young Green Bay Packers May 1[22]

Draft[edit]

Main article: 2014 NFL Draft
2014 Cleveland Browns draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 8 Justin Gilbert  CB Oklahoma St Pick from MIN
1 22 Johnny Manziel  QB Texas A&M Pick from PHI
2 35 Joel Bitonio  OT Nevada
3 71 Christian Kirksey  LB Iowa
3 94 Terrance West  RB Towson Pick from SF
4 127 Pierre Desir  CB Lindenwood
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career
Notes
  • The Browns traded their original first-round selection (No. 4 overall) to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for the Bills' first round selection (No. 9 overall) and their 2015 first and fourth round selections.
  • The Browns then traded the No. 9 overall selection, along with their fifth round selection (No. 145 overall) to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for the No. 8 overall selection.
  • The Browns traded the No. 26 selection, along with a third round selection (No. 83 overall), to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for the No. 22 overall selection.
  • The Browns acquired an additional third-round selection (No. 83 overall) in a trade that sent the team's 2013 fourth-round selection to the Pittsburgh Steelers. This selection was later traded to the Eagles (see above).
  • The Browns acquired an additional fourth-round selection (No. 127 overall) in a trade that sent the team's 2013 fifth-round selection to the Indianapolis Colts.

The Browns did not have selections from rounds 5–7 as a result of the following trades:

Undrafted free agent signings[edit]

Pos Player College Signed
FB Ray Agnew Southern Illinois May 12
DL Calvin Barnett Oklahoma State May 12
DB Darwin Cook West Virginia May 12
RB Isaiah Crowell Alabama State May 12
OL Anthony Dima Massachusetts May 12
WR Chandler Jones San Jose State May 12
WR Jonathan Krause Vanderbilt May 12
DL Elhadji Ndiaye Nebraska-Kearney May 15
OL Michael Philipp Oregon State May 12
QB Connor Shaw South Carolina May 12
WR Kenny Shaw Florida State May 12
WR Willie Snead Ball State May 12

Gordon suspension[edit]

On May 9, it was announced that wide receiver Josh Gordon could face a possible season-long suspension due to a fourth failed drug test. On July 4, 2014 Josh Gordon was arrested for DWI in Raleigh, NC.[29] On August 27, the suspension was upheld after Gordon's appeal.[30] On September 12, after the NFL and the NFLPA approved a new drug testing program, Gordon's suspension was retroactively reduced to 10 games. On November 17, his reinstatement was officially announced and he returned Week 12 at the Georgia Dome, against the Atlanta Falcons, on November 23.[31]

Preseason[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 9 at Detroit Lions L 12–13 0–1 Ford Field Recap
2 August 18 at Washington Redskins L 23–24 0–2 FedEx Field Recap
3 August 23 St. Louis Rams L 14–33 0–3 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
4 August 28 Chicago Bears W 33–13 1–3 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

The Browns had no games west of the Mississippi River in 2014, by virtue of their conference rotation with the NFC South and AFC South division opponents, and common record teams, playing at FirstEnergy Stadium. Their only game outside of the Eastern Time Zone was in Nashville, Tennessee against the Tennessee Titans in Week 5. Their November 6 game in Week 10 was their only scheduled national television appearance on the NFL Network, against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 7 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 27–30 0–1 Heinz Field Recap
2 September 14 New Orleans Saints W 26–24 1–1 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
3 September 21 Baltimore Ravens L 21–23 1–2 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
4 Bye
5 October 5 at Tennessee Titans W 29–28 2–2 LP Field Recap
6 October 12 Pittsburgh Steelers W 31–10 3–2 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
7 October 19 at Jacksonville Jaguars L 6–24 3–3 EverBank Field Recap
8 October 26 Oakland Raiders W 23–13 4–3 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
9 November 2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 22–17 5–3 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
10 November 6 at Cincinnati Bengals W 24–3 6–3 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
11 November 16 Houston Texans L 7–23 6–4 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
12 November 23 at Atlanta Falcons W 26–24 7–4 Georgia Dome Recap
13 November 30 at Buffalo Bills L 10–26 7–5 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
14 December 7 Indianapolis Colts L 24–25 7–6 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
15 December 14 Cincinnati Bengals L 0–30 7–7 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
16 December 21 at Carolina Panthers L 13–17 7–8 Bank of America Stadium Recap
17 December 28 at Baltimore Ravens L 10–20 7–9 M&T Bank Stadium Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: at Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Week One: Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 3 0 14 10 27
Steelers 10 17 0 3 30

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Game information
First quarter
  • PIT (9:58) - Shaun Suisham 36 yd field goal
    Steelers 3, Browns 0 Drive: 9 plays, 62 yds, 5:02
  • CLE (5:39) - Billy Cundiff 39 yd field goal
    Steelers 3, Browns 3 Drive: 8 plays, 54 yds, 4:19
  • PIT (1:24) - LeGarrette Blount 7 yd run (Shaun Suisham kick)
    Steelers 10, Browns 3 Drive: 9 plays, 80 yds, 4:49
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
  • CLE (14:57) - Billy Cundiff 24 yd field goal
    Steelers 27, Browns 20 Drive: 12 plays, 75 yds, 4:42
  • CLE (11:15) - Travis Benjamin 9 yd pass from Brian Hoyer (Billy Cundiff kick)
    Steelers 27, Browns 27 Drive: 7 plays, 51 yds, 2:35
  • PIT (0:00) - Shaun Suisham 41 yd field goal
    Steelers 30, Browns 27 Drive: 5 plays, 33 yds, 0:47
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The Steelers dominated the first half, and the Browns trailed 27-3 at halftime. WR/PR Antonio Brown was flagged 15 yds. for unnecessary roughness on a return when he attempted to hurdle over P Spencer Lanning, kicking him in the face; no fine, ejection, or other sanctions were imposed. However, the Browns scored 24 straight points in the second half to tie the game at 27-27. Unfortunately, the comeback attempt fell short as Steelers K Shaun Suisham kicked a 41-yard game-winning field goal as time expired. With the loss, the Browns lost their tenth straight season opener, setting an NFL record. It was also their eleventh consecutive road loss to the Steelers.

Week 2: vs. New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week Two: New Orleans Saints at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 0 10 7 7 24
Browns 10 6 7 3 26

at FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • NO (5:16) - Shayne Graham 27 yd field goal
    Browns 10, Saints 3 Drive: 7 plays, 73 yds, 3:28
  • CLE (3:25) - Tashaun Gipson 62 yd interception return (2 pt conversion failed)
    Browns 16, Saints 3
  • NO (0:03) - Jimmy Graham 9 yd pass from Drew Brees (Shayne Graham kick)
    Browns 16, Saints 10 Drive: 12 plays, 85 yds, 3:22
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
  • NO (12:12) - Mark Ingram 1 yd run (Shayne Graham kick)
    Saints 24, Browns 23 Drive: 13 plays, 80 yds, 6:07
  • CLE (0:03) - Billy Cundiff 29 yd field goal
    Browns 26, Saints 23 Drive: 14 plays, 85 yds, 2:43
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This was the Browns' first home opener win since 2004, and also marked Johnny Manziel's NFL debut. The defense, primarily by rotating DB's Tashaun Gipson, Buster Skrine, rookie Justin Gilbert and Joe Haden, were able to neutralize TE Jimmy Graham and QB Drew Brees for almost the entire first half; Graham eventually finished with 118 yds. and 2 TD's. Rookie Terrence West, who had 2500+ all-purpose yards at Division II-school Towson Univ., ran for almost 70 yards and one TD. Billy Cundiff hit the game-winning FG as time expired.

Week 3: vs. Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Week Three: Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Ravens 3 7 7 6 23
Browns 7 0 14 0 21

at FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information
First quarter
  • BAL (9:11) - Justin Tucker 38 yd field goal
    Ravens 3, Browns 0 Drive: 12 plays, 55 yds, 5:49
  • CLE (3:13) - Terrance West 1 yd run (Billy Cundiff kick)
    Browns 7, Ravens 3 Drive: 11 plays, 80 yds, 5:56
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
  • BAL (5:00) - Justin Tucker 21 yd field goal
    Browns 21, Ravens 20 Drive: 8 plays, 71 yds, 2:42
  • BAL (0:00) - Justin Tucker 32 yd field goal
    Ravens 23, Browns 21 Drive: 6 plays, 37 yds, 1:58
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For the Browns, this would mark the third straight regular season game that they played in: that would be decided by 3 or fewer points, and that would have a game winning field goal in the final ten seconds of the fourth quarter. In a tightly contested match, the Browns led 21-17 heading into the fourth. A series of errors (including a missed 50 yard field goal try and a blocked field goal attempt) prevented them from scoring, while the Ravens scored 6 unanswered. Throughout the first three periods, the Browns were 5/7 on third down conversions; they were 0/4 on third down conversions and gained only one first down in the decisive fourth quarter. Ravens K Justin Tucker kicked the game-winning field goal as time expired. With the loss, the Browns suffered their first home loss of the season as their record fell to 1-2 entering the bye week. The Browns also fell to 1-12 against the Ravens with Joe Flacco as the QB under center. Victories by the Bengals and the Steelers would leave the Browns in sole possession of last place in the AFC North.

The Browns were the only team in the NFL not to have a turnover in the first three games of the season.

Week 5: at Tennessee Titans[edit]

Week Five: Cleveland Browns at Tennessee Titans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 0 10 3 16 29
Titans 7 21 0 0 28

at LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • CLE (12:55) - Billy Cundiff 42 yd field goal
    Titans 28, Browns 13 Drive: 5 plays, 56 yds, 2:05
Fourth quarter
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This marked the Browns' only game outside of the Eastern time zone during the 2014 season. The Browns ended a 7-game away losing streak and improved to 2-2 with the win. For the fourth time this season, the Browns participated in a game that was decided by 3 or fewer points. It was also the fourth time in as many games that the winning score was produced with less than 2 minutes to go in the 4th quarter. The game was aggressive, with 14 penalties for 142 yards, and the ejection of the Titans' linebacker Derrick Morgan. The Titans dominated in the early minutes, scoring the first 14 points of the contest and leaping out to a 28-3 lead. Despite trailing by as many as 25 points in the second quarter, the Browns scored the final 26 points of the game while the Titans failed to score any points in the second half. Travis Benjamin caught the game-winning TD pass from Brian Hoyer with 69 seconds left in the game.

The Browns' 25 point rally represented the largest comeback in franchise history and the largest comeback by a road team in NFL history. For his outstanding play on punt and kick coverage, Browns DL Tank Carder was recognized as the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.

Week 6: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Week Six: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 0 0 7 10
Browns 0 21 3 7 31

at FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information
First quarter
  • PIT (5:09) - Shaun Suisham 20 yd field goal
    Steelers 3, Browns 0 Drive: 10 plays, 63 yds, 6:11
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • CLE (3:23) - Billy Cundiff 40 yd field goal
    Browns 24, Steelers 3 Drive: 6 plays, 58 yds, 2:52
Fourth quarter
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This was the second and final regular season meeting between the two teams. The Browns snapped a four-game losing streak to the Steelers in a 31-10 blowout victory. They also won their first divisional game of the season, ending a five-game losing streak to division foes. The Steelers led 3-0 after the first quarter. However, the Browns scored 21 straight points in the second quarter, building a 21-3 halftime lead. Adding a field goal in the third quarter and a touchdown in the fourth, the Dawgs created an insurmountable 31-3 lead. The Steelers' late touchdown in the fourth quarter produced the final score. Steelers' QB Ben Roethlisberger suffered only his second career loss in 20 career games against the Browns. For Cleveland, the 21 point margin of victory was the most lopsided win over Pittsburgh since they routed them 51-0 in a Week 1 matchup during the 1989 season. The Browns moved into third place in the AFC North with a 3-2 record while the Steelers fell into fourth place with a 3-3 record. Through five games this season, the Browns have committed only 2 turnovers while forcing at least one turnover in four of their five games this season. Center Alex Mack would be out for the rest of the season with a knee injury. Claimed on waivers during the summer, he is replaced by Nick McDonald.

Week 7: at Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Week Seven: Cleveland Browns at Jacksonville Jaguars – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 3 3 0 0 6
Jaguars 0 7 3 14 24

at EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

  • Date: October 19
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 76 °F (24 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 61,341
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (CBS): Andrew Catalon, Steve Beuerlein and Steve Tasker
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
  • CLE (6:30) - Billy Cundiff 40 yd field goal
    Browns 3, Jaguars 0 Drive: 4 plays, -5 yds, 1:22
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • JAX (10:00) - Josh Scobee 30 yd field goal
    Jaguars 10, Browns 6 Drive: 7 plays, 13 yds, 2:08
Fourth quarter
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The Browns entered this game with a 3-2 record, coming off a blowout victory over the Steelers and were looking to win their third consecutive game. Meanwhile, the Jaguars entered with a 0-6 record, and a 9-game losing streak, coming off a tough loss to the Tennessee Titans. Despite being heavy favorites to win this matchup, the Browns were routed 24-6. The Browns led 6-0 late in the first half and had the opportunity to kick a field goal and go up 9-0. Instead, Browns HC Mike Pettine opted to go for it on 4th & 1. The conversion attempt failed, and within seconds, the Jaguars scored a touchdown to close out the half, leading 7-6. Following a lost fumble by Brian Hoyer, the Jaguars added a field goal to make it 10-6. In the fourth, the Browns finally imploded. KR Jordan Poyer attempted to catch the punt at the Browns' 2 yard line; the ball went off his facemask, and the Jaguars recovered, scoring a touchdown on their next drive to make it 17-6. On the Browns' next drive, Hoyer threw an interception and the Jags converted another touchdown a few seconds later, making the final score 24-6. After committing only 2 turnovers in their first 5 games, the Browns committed 3 turnovers against the Jaguars. 17 of the Jaguars' 24 points came off turnovers. The defense picked off Blake Bortles three times, but they were able to score only 3 points off of those turnovers. Hoyer struggled mightily throughout the game, going 16/41 for 215 yards, 0 touchdowns, an interception, and a lost fumble. It was the Browns' lowest scoring output of the season and the fewest points that they had scored with Hoyer as their starting quarterback. It was the first time that the Browns had failed to score a touchdown in a game since Week 2 against the Ravens (in the 2013 season). It was also the first time that the Browns failed to score any points in the second half (it last occurred in Week 2 of the 2013 season when the Browns were outscored by the Ravens 14-0 in the second half). The Jaguars won their first game of the season to improve to 1-6; The Browns' record dropped to 3-3 as they fell to 4th place in the AFC North.

Week 8: vs. Oakland Raiders[edit]

Week Eight: Oakland Raiders at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 0 6 0 7 13
Browns 6 3 0 14 23

at FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Date: October 26
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 55 °F (13 °C), (Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 67,431
  • Referee: Ron Torbert
  • TV announcers (CBS): Spero Dedes and Solomon Wilcots
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
  • CLE (9:54) - Billy Cundiff 52 yd field goal
    Browns 3, Raiders 0 Drive: 5 plays, 14 yds, 1:06
  • CLE (2:28) - Billy Cundiff 33 yd field goal
    Browns 6, Raiders 0 Drive: 8 plays, 56 yds, 4:23
Second quarter
  • CLE (5:46) - Billy Cundiff 26 yd field goal
    Browns 9, Raiders 0 Drive: 11 plays, 78 yds, 5:14
  • OAK (1:50) - Sebastian Janikowski 46 yd field goal
    Browns 9, Raiders 3 Drive: 9 plays, 53 yds, 3:56
  • OAK (0:00) - Sebastian Janikowski 38 yd field goal
    Browns 9, Raiders 6 Drive: 6 plays, 43 yds, 1:22
Third quarter
  • No scoring
Fourth quarter
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After suffering a disappointing loss to the previously winless Jaguars the week before, the Browns faced yet another winless opponent in the Oakland Raiders. Both teams struggled for much of the game, kicking a combined five field goals as the Browns held a 9-6 second half lead. At the end of the third quarter the Browns finally got the break they needed when S Joe Haden recovered a Darren McFadden fumble deep in Cleveland territory and returned it 34 yards. Four plays later, QB Brian Hoyer found WR Andrew Hawkins for a four-yard touchdown pass and a 16-6 lead. The Raiders would never recover and the Browns, despite giving up the Raiders' lone TD pass from Derek Carr to Andre Holmes with 7 seconds left, won the game 23-13.

TE Jordan Cameron suffered a concussion and is expected to be out at least 1 week per NFL rules regarding protocol for head-contact impact.

Week 9: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Week Nine: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 0 10 7 0 17
Browns 3 6 7 6 22

at FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information
First quarter
  • CLE (5:59) - Billy Cundiff 49 yd field goal
    Browns 3, Buccaneers 0 Drive: 8 plays, 46 yds, 3:44
Second quarter
  • CLE (13:34) - Billy Cundiff 29 yd field goal
    Browns 6, Buccaneers 0 Drive: 5 plays, 10 yds, 1:43
  • TB (8:44) - Mike Evans 24 yd pass from Mike Glennon (Patrick Murray kick)
    Buccaneers 7, Browns 6 Drive: 8 plays, 80 yds, 4:50
  • TB (2:25) - Patrick Murray 40 yd field goal
    Buccaneers 10, Browns 6 Drive: 7 plays, 42 yds, 3:48
  • CLE (0:00) - Billy Cundiff 43 yd field goal
    Buccaneers 10, Browns 9 Drive: 8 plays, 54 yds, 2:25
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
  • CLE (8:59) - Taylor Gabriel 34 yd pass from Brian Hoyer (2 pt conversion failed)
    Browns 22, Buccaneers 17 Drive: 2 plays, 35 yds, 0:43
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The "soft schedule" run ends with the last of three teams combined to have 2 wins during the season. Rookie WR Mike Evans, a teammate of Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M and the recipient of more than 200 catches in 2 years, was the favorite target for QB Mike Glennon, scoring both of Tampa Bay's TD's in the game. Patrick Murray added a field goal but missed three others. Cleveland played like the #3-ranked defense in the AFC, blocking Murray's first FG attempt, tipping a punt that gained only 12 yards, getting 2 INT's and a fumble, and keeping the Bucs out of the end zone in the fourth quarter. QB Brian Hoyer passed for 300 yds but threw 2 picks along with two scores, with the game-winner to rookie wide receiver Taylor Gabriel. A very anemic running game netted less than 100 yds, underscoring the loss of C Alex Mack.

Week 10: at Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Week Ten: Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 7 10 7 0 24
Bengals 3 0 0 0 3

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Game information
First quarter
  • CLE (10:40) - Ben Tate 4 yd run (Billy Cundiff kick)
    Browns 7, Bengals 0 Drive: 5 plays, 18 yds, 2:38
  • CIN (6:18) - Mike Nugent 43 yd field goal
    Browns 7, Bengals 3 Drive: 7 plays, 7 yds, 1:22
Second quarter
  • CLE (12:57) - Isaiah Crowell 2 yd run (Billy Cundiff kick)
    Browns 14, Bengals 3 Drive: 8 plays, 59 yds, 4:01
  • CLE (3:59) - Billy Cundiff 32 yd field goal
    Browns 17, Bengals 3 Drive: 14 plays, 63 yds, 5:56
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
  • No scoring
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This was the 82nd meeting between the teams in the "Battle of Ohio." The Browns' defense suffocated the Bengals, forcing four turnovers while limiting the Bengals' offense to 3 points and surrendering only one red zone drive. Bengals QB Andy Dalton struggled severely, going 10/33 for 86 yards while throwing 3 interceptions, and being sacked twice on consecutive plays by DT Desmond Bryant. His final passer rating was 2.0, the lowest in Bengals team history. Cleveland found its sea legs using the "running back by committee" approach, with all three of its starting rushers (Ben Tate, Terrence West, and Isiah Crowell) scoring TD's in compiling 170 yds on the ground. The Bengals lost their first regular season home game since Week 14 of the 2012 season (against the Cowboys). The 21-point loss represented the Bengals' most lopsided defeat since the Ravens routed them by 31 points in Week 13 of the 2008 season. For the Browns, their 21-point victory marked their largest road margin since the 1993 season (when the Browns beat the L.A. Rams by 28 points), won multiple road games in a season for the first time since 2010, snapped a 5-game road losing streak to the Bengals and a 17-game road losing streak to division foes (both of which began in 2008). The Browns' 6-3 record is the franchise's best 9-game start since returning to the league in 1999, and their best start since the 1994 season when the Browns opened the season with a 7-2 record. With the convincing win on Thursday night in front of a national audience, and after a Steelers loss on Sunday, the Browns held sole possession of first place in the AFC North, the first time the Browns solely led a division since 1995.

TE Jordan Cameron missed his second week of action due to a concussion. The Browns' defense has kept their opponents out of the end zone for 5 straight quarters. DB Tashaun Gipson, who the leads the league with 6 INT's, also has a concussion; his status for the next game is uncertain.

Week 11: vs. Houston Texans[edit]

Week Eleven: Houston Texans at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 7 7 3 6 23
Browns 0 7 0 0 7

at FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Date: November 16
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 35 °F (2 °C), (Light Snow)
  • Game attendance: 67,431
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Andrew Catalon, Steve Beuerlein and Steve Tasker
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • HOU (5:16) - Randy Bullock 46 yd field goal
    Texans 17, Browns 7 Drive: 10 plays, 60 yds, 2:40
Fourth quarter
  • HOU (9:47) - Randy Bullock 37 yd field goal
    Texans 20, Browns 7 Drive: 13 plays, 38 yds, 5:28
  • HOU (2:47) - Randy Bullock 50 yd field goal
    Texans 23, Browns 7 Drive: 6 plays, 40 yds, 1:14
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This marked the first of four games against potential playoff-bound teams in the Texans, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, and Indianapolis Colts. The Browns saw their three-game winning streak end as the Texans' defense and run game dominated the Browns in a 23-7 blowout loss. Texans DE J.J. Watt, who played tight end in high school, scored the 5th offensive TD of his career. The Browns' lone score came in the 2nd quarter. A touchdown from Brian Hoyer to Browns' receiver Andrew Hawkins tied the game at 7 in the second quarter. However, the Texans scored the final 16 points of the contest. Hoyer struggled as he was 20/50 passing for 330 yards, throwing only one touchdown while throwing a 4th quarter interception. It was only the second time this season that the Browns got shut out in the second half of a game, an event that also occurred in their 24-6 loss to the Jaguars. With the loss, the Browns fell out of 1st place in the AFC North and into a tie for 3rd place behind the Bengals and Steelers, who both won that week.

Defensive linemen John Hughes and Phil Taylor were lost for the season on IR, and Jordan Cameron missed his 3rd straight game due to a concussion. On November 18, the Browns released RB Ben Tate.

Week 12: at Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Week Twelve: Cleveland Browns at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 7 6 10 3 26
Falcons 7 7 0 10 24

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: November 23
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (domed stadium)
  • Game attendance: 70,046
  • Referee: Brad Allen
  • TV announcers (CBS): Andrew Catalon, Steve Beuerlein and Steve Tasker
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • CLE (13:17) - Billy Cundiff 33 yd field goal
    Browns 10, Falcons 7 Drive: 6 plays, 14 yds, 1:37
  • CLE (9:20) - Billy Cundiff 37 yd field goal
    Browns 13, Falcons 7 Drive: 5 plays, 21 yds, 1:55
  • ATL (0:55) - Jacquizz Rodgers 8 yd pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick)
    Falcons 14, Browns 13 Drive: 7 plays, 50 yds, 1:57
Third quarter
  • CLE (9:46) - Billy Cundiff 32 yd field goal
    Browns 16, Falcons 14 Drive: 11 plays, 66 yds, 5:14
  • CLE (0:46) - Isaiah Crowell 26 yd run (Billy Cundiff kick)
    Browns 23, Falcons 14 Drive: 9 plays, 70 yds, 4:58
Fourth quarter
  • ATL (9:31) - Steven Jackson 1 yd run (Matt Bryant kick)
    Browns 23, Falcons 21 Drive: 14 plays, 80 yds, 6:15
  • ATL (0:44) - Matt Bryant 53 yd field goal
    Falcons 24, Browns 23 Drive: 7 plays, 20 yds, 1:58
  • CLE (0:00) - Billy Cundiff 37 yd field goal
    Browns 26, Falcons 24 Drive: 7 plays, 61 yds, 0:44
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This was Josh Gordon's first action, back from his 10-game suspension. He led all receivers with 120 total yards. Down 24-23 with 44 seconds left, Hoyer, who had 3 interceptions and 0 touchdowns, drove the ball 61 yards including the key pass to Gordon inside the 35 yard line, setting up Billy Cundiff's 2nd game-winning field goal of the season with 5 seconds left for a 26-24 victory. (Ironically, this was exactly the same score as his other GW FG against the Saints in Week 2.) The Browns won consecutive road games for the first time since 2008, and Hoyer became the first Browns quarterback since Brian Sipe in 1980 to record consecutive 300+ yd games. S Tashaun Gipson left the game in the fourth quarter after colliding with CB Joe Haden and suffering a serious knee injury on the play. Gipson would miss the rest of the regular season.

Week 13: at Buffalo Bills[edit]

Week Thirteen: Cleveland Browns at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 3 0 0 7 10
Bills 0 0 14 12 26

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: November 30
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 57 °F (14 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 68,576
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green and Evan Washburn
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
  • CLE (4:51) - Billy Cundiff 22 yd field goal
    Browns 3, Bills 0 Drive: 15 plays, 91 yds, 6:03
Second quarter
  • No scoring
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
  • BUF (13:41) - Dan Carpenter 49 yd field goal
    Bills 17, Browns 3 Drive: 6 plays, 17 yds, 3:01
  • BUF (12:01) - Dan Carpenter 34 yd field goal
    Bills 20, Browns 3 Drive: 4 plays, 5 yds, 0:58
  • CLE (8:47) - Johnny Manziel 10 yd run (Billy Cundiff kick)
    Bills 20, Browns 10 Drive: 8 plays, 80 yds, 3:14
  • BUF (3:32) - Dan Carpenter 34 yd field goal
    Bills 23, Browns 10 Drive: 10 plays, 64 yds, 5:15
  • BUF (0:27) - Dan Carpenter 35 yd field goal
    Bills 26, Browns 10 Drive: 4 plays, 6 yds, 2:16
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The Bills' defense dominated the Browns in a 26-10 defeat. The first half was low scoring; K Billy Cundiff made a 22-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead. Several special teams errors occurred in the second quarter that prevented either team from scoring. Cundiff missed a field goal and the Bills' K Dan Carpenter's 53 yard field goal try was blocked by S Joe Haden. The Bills dominated the second half, scoring 20 unanswered points to seize control. The Bills scored a touchdown early in the third to go up 7-3. On the Browns' next drive, RB Terrance West fumbled, and the Bills recovered for a touchdown, adding a field goal in the 4th quarter to make it 17-3. Hoyer threw an INT on the next drive, and the Bills kicked another field goal, building a 20-3 lead. At that moment, Hoyer was benched for Johnny Manziel for the remainder of the game. Manziel led an 80-yard touchdown drive on his first series, running for a touchdown to cut the deficit to 20-10. On Manziel's second drive, the Browns failed to gain a first down, turning the ball over on downs. The Bills kicked 2 more field goals to make it 26-10, producing the final margin. With the loss, the Browns fell to 7-5, still in 4th place in the AFC North (due to tiebreakers). For Hoyer, this was the second consecutive game where he had 0 passing touchdowns and multiple interceptions. It was the Browns' first loss this season when holding a lead after the first half. The 26 points allowed by the Browns in the second half were the most points that they had surrendered in the second half of any game this season.

Following the game, Browns coach Mike Pettine announced that he was uncertain who would start at QB against the Indianapolis Colts, but he would decide by Wednesday. WR Miles Austin was hospitalized at the end of the game for a kidney injury sustained from a helmet-leading tackle in the 2nd quarter. He was later ruled out for the remainder of the season. On December 3, Pettine announced that Hoyer would start against the Colts.

Week 14: vs. Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Week Fourteen: Indianapolis Colts at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 0 7 9 9 25
Browns 7 7 7 3 24

at FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
  • IND (14:52) - Adam Vinatieri 33 yd field goal
    Browns 21, Colts 19 Drive: 8 plays, 37 yds, 2:32
  • CLE (8:34) - Billy Cundiff 39 yd field goal
    Browns 24, Colts 19 Drive: 4 plays, 2 yds, 1:34
  • IND (0:32) - T. Y. Hilton 1 yd pass from Andrew Luck (2 pt conversion failed)
    Colts 25, Browns 24 Drive: 11 plays, 90 yds, 3:14
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The Colts rallied from a 14-point deficit in the second half to knock off the Browns, 25-24. The defense got off to a fast start right away and dominated for 59 minutes, forcing 4 turnovers in the contest. QB Andrew Luck fumbled on the Colts' 1 yard line, and the ball was recovered in the endzone to make it 7-0. With a chance to go up 10-0, Browns K Billy Cundiff missed a 40 yd. field goal that would later prove to be very costly. Following the miss, Luck rushed for a TD to tie the game at 7-7. On the next drive, Hoyer led the Browns downfield; Rookie RB Isaiah Crowell ran in for a touchdown to lead 14-7 at halftime. In the second half, the Colts' turnover problems continued, committing a fumble on their first drive that the Browns couldn't convert into points. Later in the quarter, Luck threw a "pick-six" to Browns rookie DB Justin Gilbert (his 1st INT of the year), and the Browns went up 21-7. The next two Colts' drives resulted in points (a field goal and a T.Y. Hilton touchdown), cutting the deficit to 21-16 heading into the 4th quarter. Adding another FG in the 4th to make it 21-19, and with a chance to take the lead, Luck threw another interception (he was sacked 3 times). However, the Browns failed to get a first down and were forced to settle for 3, making it 24-19 Browns and leaving the door open for the Colts to take the lead. With less than 4 minutes to go, Luck led a 90-yard game-winning touchdown drive. The Browns had a chance to end the game with a stop on 4th and inches at the 3 yard line, but RB Dan Herron avoided the tackle and picked up 2 yards for a Colts first down. Luck would throw the game-winning TD pass to Hilton on the next play, making it 25-24 Colts with 36 seconds left. After a failed two point conversion, and with the Browns having one more chance to win the game, Hoyer threw his 2nd INT with less than 10 seconds remaining, and the Colts ran out the clock.

The Browns' offense was barely noticeable throughout the contest. TE Jordan Cameron returned to duty after 5 weeks, leading all Browns receivers with only 41 yds. 17 of the teams' 24 points came off of Colts turnovers, the defense converting two into TD's. Punt and kick coverage teams kept returning fan-favorite KR Joshua Cribbs in check, and traded RB Trent Richardson was held to 30 yds. on 7 carries. MLB D'Qwell Jackson had 9 tackles for Indy, but no sacks. In the second half, the Browns' offense failed to convert a single 3rd down (0/6). For the fourth consecutive game, Hoyer was dismal, passing 14/31 for 140 yards, 0 TD's, and 2 INT's (the third straight game that Hoyer had 0 TD's and multiple INT's). It was the second game in a row that the Browns failed to win after holding a halftime lead. It was only the second time that the Browns lost when holding a 4th quarter lead at any point (the other loss coming to the Ravens in Week 3).

After starting 6-3, the Browns are 1-3 in their last 4 games. The Browns' offense scored 26 points in their one victory while all 3 losses featured the offense scoring 10 or fewer points. The Browns fell to 7-6 on the season; wins by the Steelers and Ravens would leave the Browns in sole possession of 4th place in the AFC North. It was the first time this season that the Browns lost back-to-back games, and consecutive home games. The Browns also lost their ninth consecutive December game, a drought that goes back to Week 15 of the 2012 season. A loss in Week 15 to the Bengals (8-4-1) would eliminate the Browns (7-6) from contention for the AFC North title and possibly the postseason.

On Tuesday, it was announced that Johnny Manziel would start over the struggling Brian Hoyer. Starting G Ryan Seymour moved to center, replacing Nick McDonald as the team's 4th center to start a game. He is expected to finish the season at that position. K Billy Cundiff was released from the team on December 13, replaced by K Garrett Hartley.

Week 15: vs. Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Week Fifteen: Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 10 10 3 7 30
Browns 0 0 0 0 0

at FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Date: December 14
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 44 °F (7 °C), (Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 67,431
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
  • CIN (7:53) - Jeremy Hill 2 yd run (Mike Nugent kick)
    Bengals 7, Browns 0 Drive: 14 plays, 81 yds, 7:07
  • CIN (1:57) - Mike Nugent 44 yd field goal
    Bengals 10, Browns 0 Drive: 9 plays, 46 yds, 3:39
Second quarter
  • CIN (13:11) - Jeremy Hill 16 yd run (Mike Nugent kick)
    Bengals 17, Browns 0 Drive: 5 plays, 36 yds, 1:57
  • CIN (10:20) - Mike Nugent 44 yd field goal
    Bengals 20, Browns 0 Drive: 4 plays, 7 yds, 0:57
Third quarter
  • CIN (2:35) - Mike Nugent 34 yd field goal
    Bengals 23, Browns 0 Drive: 11 plays, 30 yds, 6:39
Fourth quarter
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This was the second and final regular season meeting between the two teams. The Browns, having won the first meeting in Cincinnati, were looking to sweep the season series for the first time since the 2002 season. However, the Bengals throttled the Browns in a 30-0 defeat, dominating from start to finish. The Bengals pounced on the Browns early, scoring a touchdown on their opening drive. They went up 20-0 in the first half and never looked back. Manziel was awful in his first start for the Browns, going 10/18 for 80 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. The Browns' 38 offensive plays were the lowest in the NFL this season.

The Browns were shut out in a game for the first time since Week 10 against the Ravens in the 2009 season. The 30 point margin of defeat was the Browns' most lopsided loss since they were routed by 32 points (41-9) in a home game against the Steelers in Week 17 of the 2010 season. It was the most lopsided loss for the Browns in the Browns-Bengals rivalry since they were routed 30-0 by the Bengals in Week 11 of the 2006 season. And it also was the largest margin of defeat in a home shutout this season. The Browns extended their losing streak in December games, having lost 10 consecutive games. Their last win in a December game came in Week 14 of the 2012 season against the Chiefs. The Browns were only the second team to get shutout at home this season (Redskins lost 24-0 to the Rams at home in Week 14).

With the loss, the Browns dropped their third consecutive game as they fell to 7-7 on the season (4-4 at home), remained in 4th place in the AFC North, and were mathematically eliminated from AFC North title contention. The Browns have now gone 22 consecutive seasons without a division title, the longest active drought in the league. After a 6-3 start, they went 1-4 in their last five games, including an 0-3 record in their last three home games. It was the fourth time in five games that the offense failed to score more than 10 points.

On Saturday, December 20, the Chargers defeated the 49ers on the road, rallying from a 21-point 3rd quarter deficit to win 38-35 in overtime. With the Chargers' victory, the Browns were mathematically eliminated from postseason contention. The Browns were largely done in by their inability to win tiebreakers. They lost conference tiebreakers to both the Steelers and Chargers, who are guaranteed to finish with at least 9 wins and at least 6 conference victories. By comparison, the Browns had a 4-7 conference record and could finish with no more than 9 wins and 5 conference victories. The Browns have now gone twelve straight seasons without a playoff berth, the longest drought in franchise history.

Week 16: at Carolina Panthers[edit]

Week Sixteen: Cleveland Browns at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 0 3 3 7 13
Panthers 3 7 0 7 17

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Date: December 21
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 48 °F (9 °C), mostly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 73,810
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Tom McCarthy and Adam Archuleta
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
  • CAR (2:47) - Graham Gano 23 yd field goal
    Panthers 3, Browns 0 Drive: 14 plays, 77 yds, 6:25
Second quarter
  • CLE (13:25) - Garrett Hartley 43 yd field goal
    Panthers 3, Browns 3 Drive: 10 plays, 55 yds, 4:22
  • CAR (1:55) - Cam Newton 2 yd run (Graham Gano kick)
    Panthers 10, Browns 3 Drive: 12 plays, 57 yds, 6:26
Third quarter
  • CLE (3:14) - Garrett Hartley 31 yd field goal
    Panthers 10, Browns 6 Drive: 9 plays, 43 yds, 5:02
Fourth quarter
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Having been eliminated from postseason contention, the Browns entered this game playing for pride and looking to sweep the NFC South. In a low scoring first half, the Panthers jumped out to a 10-3 lead. QB Johnny Manziel got off to another slow start, going 3 for 8 with only 32 passing yards. The Browns gained only 2 first downs with Manziel in the first half (with one first down coming via penalty). With less than two minutes remaining in the first half, Manziel injured his hamstring, and was ruled out for the rest of the game. In the third quarter, the Browns added a field goal from newly signed K Garrett Hartley, cutting the deficit to 10-6. In the fourth quarter, Hoyer threw an 81-yard TD pass to TE Jordan Cameron, and the Browns led 13-10. However, the Panthers would score the go-ahead touchdown on their next drive and go up 17-13. With the Browns facing a 4th and 11 at midfield, HC Mike Pettine elected to punt. The Browns' defense couldn't force a punt or turnover, and the Panthers ran out the clock.

With the loss, the Browns lost their fourth straight game as their record dropped to 7-8 and guaranteed a finish in fourth place in the AFC North. The Browns have lost 11 consecutive December games going back to Week 15 of the 2012 season. The Browns have now gone seven consecutive seasons without a winning record. Since the franchise returned to the NFL in 1999, the Browns have finished without a winning record 14 of the last 16 years.

The AFC North division went 11 straight weeks with all teams having winning records, and 12 of 16 weeks above .500, best in the league since 2008. On December 23, Pro Bowl selections were announced for the season: DB's Tashaun Gipson and Joe Haden are on the starting roster, along with OT Joe Thomas, his 8th straight trip and the first offensive lineman in NFL history to be nominated in each of his first 8 seasons, passing the great Lou Groza and second only to the legendary Jim Brown for the team's all-time nomination record. On December 24, QB Johnny Manziel was placed on IR; practice squad QB Connor Shaw is taking first-team reps, and Tyler Thigpen was signed to a temporary contract.

On December 26, due to injuries to both Hoyer and Manziel, Connor Shaw was announced to be the starting quarterback for the Browns' Week 17 matchup against the Ravens. On December 27, Browns' WR Josh Gordon was suspended for the season finale for a violation of team rules. He will be the first player to lead the NFL in receiving and then fail to score a touchdown the following season since Raymond Berry in 1961.

Week 17: at Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Week Seventeen: Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 0 3 7 0 10
Ravens 0 3 0 17 20

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Game information
First quarter
  • No scoring
Second quarter
  • BAL (8:05) - Justin Tucker 25 yd field goal
    Ravens 3, Browns 0 Drive: 9 plays, 51 yds, 3:32
  • CLE (2:32) - Garrett Hartley 38 yd field goal
    Ravens 3, Browns 3 Drive: 10 plays, 55 yds, 5:33
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
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In the season finale against the former team from Cleveland, undrafted rookie QB Connor Shaw started the game as the teams' 3rd QB for the season. Defensive and Kicking units kept the game close, as both offenses were disrupted for the entire first half; K's Justin Tucker and Garrett Hartley scored field goals for a 3-3 tie. In the third quarter, the Browns got key plays from Shaw and rookie RB Terrence West, as he scored on a 2-yard run to take the lead 10-3. Because of the amount of plays on the field for the defense, however, they ran out of gas in the fourth, and QB Joe Flacco led Baltimore to 17 straight unanswered points, including a pair of passing TD's to Kamar Aiken and Torrey Smith, for the Ravens' 20-10 win.

By virtue of the San Diego Chargers' loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Ravens became the third team in the AFC North to earn a playoff spot. The Browns fell short of doubling their win total from the previous season, ending with a five-game losing streak, and ranking 12th in the Conference (see below.) The Browns also extended their losing streak in December games to 12.

Secondary and coverage unit specialist Jim Leonhard announced that he will retire after a 10-year playing career in the NFL.

Standings and Postseason[edit]

By virtue of the Buffalo Bills' record for the trade that sends their first-round pick to Cleveland, the Browns have the #12 and #19 picks in Round 1 of the 2015 NFL Draft. They also get an additional pick from the Bills in Round 4, and a conditional 6th-rounder from Baltimore. Rounds 2 & 3 give them picks #43 & #77, respectively.

On January 3, 2015, T Joe Thomas was named to the Associated Press’ 2014 NFL All-Pro team for the fifth time. On January 12, the Pro Football Writers' Assn. named Thomas to the All-NFL team while G Joel Bitonio joined Thomas on the All-AFC team. Bitonio joined the Baltimore Ravens LB C.J. Moseley as the only two rookies on the squad.

On January 19, due to Seattle Seahawks S Earl Thomas' advancement to Super Bowl XLIX, Browns S Donte Whitner was added to the Pro Bowl roster, his 3rd career nomination. Cleveland joins Seattle and Denver in becoming the only three teams to have at least three members of their secondary to earn Pro Bowl honors. Team rosters were selected by NFL legends Cris Carter and Michael Irvin, therefore the slot was filled without regard to either conference. CB Joe Haden was named a captain of one of the Pro Bowl rosters alongside RB DeMarco Murray of Dallas on January 15. DE J.J. Watt of Houston and WR Antonio Brown of Pittsburgh were named opposite roster captains.

The Browns' Week 5, 25-point comeback win at the Tennessee Titans was selected as a finalist for the GMC "Never Say Never" moment of 2014. The winner was the Green Bay Packers Week 6 win over the Miami Dolphins, announced on February 6.

On January 28, Joe Haden was named a Global Ambassador for the Special Olympics. He’s the first American professional football player to ever hold the title, joining celebrity athletes gymnast Nadia Comaneci, figure skater Scott Hamilton, golfer Padraig Harrington, NBA stars Yao Ming and Dikembe Mutombo, speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno, and swimmer Michael Phelps.

Division[edit]

AFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(3) Pittsburgh Steelers 11 5 0 .688 4–2 9–3 436 368 W4
(5) Cincinnati Bengals 10 5 1 .656 3–3 7–5 365 344 L1
(6) Baltimore Ravens 10 6 0 .625 3–3 6–6 409 302 W1
Cleveland Browns 7 9 0 .438 2–4 4–8 299 337 L5

Conference[edit]

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA PD STK
Division leaders
1[a] New England Patriots East 12 4 0 .750 4–2 9–3 468 313 155 L1
2[a] Denver Broncos West 12 4 0 .750 6–0 10–2 482 354 128 W1
3[b] Pittsburgh Steelers North 11 5 0 .688 4–2 9–3 436 368 68 W4
4[b] Indianapolis Colts South 11 5 0 .688 6–0 9–3 458 369 89 W1
Wild Cards
5 Cincinnati Bengals North 10 5 1 .656 3–3 7–5 365 344 21 L1
6 Baltimore Ravens North 10 6 0 .625 3–3 6–6 409 302 107 W1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7[c] Houston Texans South 9 7 0 .563 4–2 8–4 372 307 65 W2
8[c] Kansas City Chiefs West 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 353 281 72 W1
9[c] San Diego Chargers West 9 7 0 .563 2–4 6–6 348 348 0 L1
10[c] Buffalo Bills East 9 7 0 .563 4–2 5–7 343 289 54 W1
11 Miami Dolphins East 8 8 0 .500 3–3 6–6 388 373 15 L1
12 Cleveland Browns North 7 9 0 .438 2–4 4–8 299 337 –38 L5
13 New York Jets East 4 12 0 .250 1–5 4–8 283 401 –118 W1
14[d] Jacksonville Jaguars South 3 13 0 .188 1–5 2–10 249 412 –163 L1
15[d] Oakland Raiders West 3 13 0 .188 1–5 2–10 253 452 –199 L1
16 Tennessee Titans South 2 14 0 .125 1–5 2–10 254 438 –184 L10
Tiebreakers[e]
  1. ^ a b New England defeated Denver head-to-head (Week 9, 43–21).
  2. ^ a b Pittsburgh defeated Indianapolis head-to-head (Week 8, 51–34).
  3. ^ a b c d Kansas City finished ahead of San Diego in the AFC West based on head-to-head sweep (Week 7, 23–20; Week 17, 19–7).
    Houston finished ahead of Kansas City and Buffalo based on conference record.
    Kansas City finished ahead of Buffalo based on head-to-head victory (Week 10, 17–13).
    San Diego finished ahead of Buffalo based on head-to-head victory (Week 3, 22–10).
  4. ^ a b Jacksonville finished ahead of Oakland based on record vs. common opponents (1–4 to 0–5).
  5. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

Staff[edit]

2014 Cleveland Browns staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final roster[edit]

2014 Cleveland Browns final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
52 Active, 10 Inactive, 7 Practice squad

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