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Browns officially return to relevance

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They may be bad this year.  They may be good.  But for the first time in a long time, the Browns are relevant.

The relevance comes from the second of their two first-round picks, a former Heisman winner who made plenty of off-field headlines and who wears No. 2 and currently sits in that same spot on the team’s depth chart.  But Johnny Manziel will play for the first time in the NFL tonight, and it’s the biggest story in the league — as evidenced by the clock on the league-owned network counting down the seconds to a game that Manziel won’t enter for the first 900 of it.

When Manziel plays, keep an eye on whether he can run away from pressure the way he did at the college level, and whether he can get up when he takes a square hit from an NFL caliber defensive player who is surely sick of hearing about Johnny Manziel.

Coach Mike Pettine plans to pick a starter before the third preseason game, which means that half of the hay will be in the barn tonight.  If you want to know when the game starts, just tune in to NFL Network and wait for the clock to strike zero.

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63 Responses to “Browns officially return to relevance”
  1. mrbigass says: Aug 9, 2014 7:19 PM

    Oh Johnny, can you deliver us from the factory of sadness?

  2. canetic says: Aug 9, 2014 7:21 PM

    There’s the relevance you get by drafting Tebow, and then there’s the relevance you get by having Peyton Manning as your QB. A big difference.

  3. gbfanforever says: Aug 9, 2014 7:22 PM

    This is still pre-season football where D coordinators dial up vanilla calls and the field is filled with second stringers by the 2nd quarter. Not very representative of regular season action.

  4. isheimfromcolfax says: Aug 9, 2014 7:22 PM

    Umm no!

  5. wwwmattcom says: Aug 9, 2014 7:24 PM

    What Pettine can deliver, Josh Gordon and Manziel can taketh away.

    I’ll root against them though, Donte Whitener is my motivation.

  6. wallydippins says: Aug 9, 2014 7:24 PM

    Browns fans are just happy they didn’t get stuck with Teddy “tiny hands” Bridgewater in that draft!

  7. Big Ant TV says: Aug 9, 2014 7:25 PM

    all these browns haters
    if manziel sucks we know da deal then another QB in 2015
    if he succeeds then u all will be maddd

  8. vikescry1 says: Aug 9, 2014 7:36 PM

    @bigantTV i don’t quite think people are hating on the browns imo. i’m not a browns fan but would like to see them do well. of course not against my team though. i believe people are tired of the media hype over manziel, and the dude hasn’t even made a play in the nfl yet. i mean you have to admit it, this year has been a lot like the year tebow was drafted by the broncos??? just saying.

  9. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 9, 2014 7:37 PM

    If you think 2-14 is relevant then i guess so.

  10. teal379 says: Aug 9, 2014 7:38 PM

    Don’t confuse ‘circus’ with ‘relevance’.

    Just because a house is burning to the ground, doesn’t mean it’s important.

  11. numberoneinthehoodg says: Aug 9, 2014 7:42 PM

    No they didn’t

    Vegas

  12. jayniner says: Aug 9, 2014 7:43 PM

    What about the

    #factoryofsadness

    No, don’t take that away from us!

  13. rajbais says: Aug 9, 2014 7:44 PM

    How about they make the playoffs for two straight years.

    It took that for the Bengals to have respect.

  14. realdealsteel says: Aug 9, 2014 7:45 PM

    Nope. Manziel is a bust. But Hoyer is a good QB. Hoyer is the real future at QB.

  15. tigers182 says: Aug 9, 2014 7:47 PM

    How long until Pettine is on the hotseat? 2 preseason games?

  16. jeepguy14 says: Aug 9, 2014 7:49 PM

    I wasn’t aware becoming relevant in the NFL was so simple. Here I am thinking it was based on winning consistently. Guess that’s why I’m not an NFL GM lol. Welcome to NFL relevance Cleveland. At least for this season.

  17. govtminion says: Aug 9, 2014 7:53 PM

    I don’t remember a player being this overhyped since Tebow… and Vince Young… and Reggie Bush… I can keep going.

    Doesn’t mean he’ll be a bust, but there’s not a whole lot of good that comes from a player getting this much attention before playing a down in the NFL. (Paying attention, Michael Sam?)

  18. Chris says: Aug 9, 2014 7:56 PM

    The cameraman in the photo is taller. lol

    Bust.

  19. jacksonjames4 says: Aug 9, 2014 8:04 PM

    Uh, no they didn’t

  20. elrock7 says: Aug 9, 2014 8:05 PM

    Manziel is immature and doesn’t have his priorities straight.

    How could he possibly lead or have the respect of men?

    He is more concerned with partying with Justin beiber, than working on everything else.

    This is the opinion of someone who couldn’t give a rats rear, whether he does well or not.

  21. theparadoxx82 says: Aug 9, 2014 8:06 PM

    rel·e·vant – adjective
    closely connected or appropriate to the matter at hand.

    How does an over covered player make a team more relevant to the sport of football?
    Especially one that isn’t even starting.

    Media attention does not make a team any better. Media attention also has little to no relation to the actual game of football.

  22. infinitig says: Aug 9, 2014 8:07 PM

    Hoyer is starting his 7th Season in the NFL. If he was the future I think New England, Pittsburgh, Arizona might have kept him. Arizona went out and got Carson Palmer and released Hoyer.

    Manziel deserves a shot since obviously Hoyer has had 6 years to try and really hasn’t shown us much.

  23. si1m says: Aug 9, 2014 8:08 PM

    “Browns return to relevance this year” – said every year for the past 15.

  24. jayovalentine says: Aug 9, 2014 8:12 PM

    How are they relevant again?? It’s only the first preseason game lol

  25. Steeler Nation is so far above you and your lowly franchise. We built this league. Pittsburgh's three rivers are made from the tears of our opponents. Bow to your supreme overlords. says: Aug 9, 2014 8:13 PM

    Hoyer looks like garbage

  26. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Aug 9, 2014 8:14 PM

    With the Browns, relevance tends to be short-lived

  27. pastabelly says: Aug 9, 2014 8:15 PM

    Go Hoyer!!

  28. basexc9 says: Aug 9, 2014 8:18 PM

    Lol what? You have to win games to be relevant.

  29. badguy711 says: Aug 9, 2014 8:18 PM

    The Browns may become relevant again. They have some solid players and I think both their new GM and Coach are seriously underrated.

    But that clown Manziel ain’t gonna be the reason why. No way that guy becomes a star in the NFL. He’ll settle in as a middle of the pack backup before he fades into obscurity.

  30. yeogib says: Aug 9, 2014 8:24 PM

    Did Ryan Leaf make the Chargers relevant?

  31. ajgreenhof says: Aug 9, 2014 8:33 PM

    Finally the one time I’m happy to see the Browns invade my TV.

    I wanna see who Burfict is going to smear into the turf in the nearby future.

  32. peytonwantsaflag says: Aug 9, 2014 8:34 PM

    “Relevance” -I do not think that word means what you think it means.

  33. gator2006 says: Aug 9, 2014 8:35 PM

    Cleveland’s gameday announcer: “Look at that presence of mind by Johnny Manziel, knowing the offense is going to go out and grabbing his helmet. Do you know how many rookies have forgotten their helmet?”

  34. csbanter says: Aug 9, 2014 8:39 PM

    The Johnny Manziel era has begun!!!!!

  35. stexan says: Aug 9, 2014 8:43 PM

    3 & out. So he’s officially a bust and the Browns are now irrelevant again, right?
    Or maybe he should at least get another series before it’s decided.

  36. sbbrowns says: Aug 9, 2014 8:47 PM

    Yeah, it began with a THUD! Welcome to the NFL Johnny!!!

  37. maxtng says: Aug 9, 2014 8:55 PM

    I know posts like this are simply designed to generate responses, and I am guilty of responding, but at best the Clowns are a last place team.

    Nobody will deny that.

    They simply now have a new head clown to get everyone pumped up before the fanbase absolutely hates him in a year.

  38. 941bucs says: Aug 9, 2014 9:07 PM

    Is that a mohawk or a receding hairline in that pic?

  39. matterson20 says: Aug 9, 2014 9:18 PM

    They’re not relevant until they make the playoffs.

  40. thefiesty1 says: Aug 9, 2014 9:19 PM

    NOT! Poor outing against another bad team. Johnny Pigskin NOT impressive, even against the Lions.

  41. snaponrules says: Aug 9, 2014 9:21 PM

    Yes they are just as relevant as the bills.
    In other words…not at all.

  42. youpeopleareallthesame says: Aug 9, 2014 9:26 PM

    I wouldn’t go THAT far. They still have to beat Baltimore, Cincy, and Pit. Good luck!

  43. purpleppleeaters says: Aug 9, 2014 9:32 PM

    One does not gain relevance merely by drafting a prospect. Many prospects never achieve relevance, themselves, much less for a perennially poor team.

    Let this one simmer for a tad, before anyone gets too far ahead of themselves?

  44. fargo49er says: Aug 9, 2014 9:35 PM

    Manziel > Bridgewater….Skol!!!

  45. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 9, 2014 9:36 PM

    Hoyer your 15 minutes of fame are officially over. Johnny is better by a substantial margin. Enjoy going back to being a backup QB.

    Nothing against Hoyer personally, seems like a good dude, but it’s not even close between Johnny and Hoyer.

  46. jammer101 says: Aug 9, 2014 9:59 PM

    The loyal Browns fan base deserves this return to relevance. They have suffered for years and years, stuck with them through some outright horrible seasons. The defense is looking up, and Johnny Football appears to be able to dodge tackles in the NFL like he did at Texas A&M….good news for the long suffering Brownie fans!!

  47. pfu2 says: Aug 9, 2014 10:06 PM

    His arm looked strong, Browns may have finally found a real QB!

  48. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 9, 2014 10:25 PM

    Love hearing the team announcers on NFLN. So much better than ,lame network guys.

  49. bkbouncer says: Aug 9, 2014 10:55 PM

    If having a highly anticipated rookie on your team makes you relevant, wouldn’t that make the Browns the most relevant team in football since they returned in 1999?

  50. djstat says: Aug 9, 2014 11:08 PM

    Real event? Says who? Maybe Johnny Football needs to prove he can win in the big leagues…remember Ryan leaf

  51. infectorman says: Aug 9, 2014 11:16 PM

    he looked Doug Flutie tiny out there.
    Looks like a nickel back more than a quarterback

  52. t8ertot says: Aug 9, 2014 11:20 PM

    They’re only relevant because it’s the offseason. Just like every other year.

  53. daisymaytr says: Aug 10, 2014 1:37 AM

    Being the butt of a joke does not make you relevant. Ask the Jets

  54. dtlb58 says: Aug 10, 2014 2:35 AM

    If they are 4-12 how are they relevant?

  55. sorosbolshevism says: Aug 10, 2014 3:04 AM

    Two words…Tim Couch!

  56. RegisHawk says: Aug 10, 2014 4:49 AM

    Uh…no. Just because the media wants to sniff this guy’s butt doesn’t mean the rest of the world does.

  57. bonniebengal says: Aug 10, 2014 5:15 AM

    He looks tiny in that picture. What is he, 5’4″?

  58. george1859 says: Aug 10, 2014 8:30 AM

    Relevance?
    Don’t you mean ” side show”?

  59. excessivedrinking says: Aug 10, 2014 8:41 AM

    10+ losses in ten of the last eleven years, a new HC, new coordinators, unsettled (and poor) quarterback situation, and a history of losing. Even their perennial 4th place schedule won’t end their double digit losing streak…again.

  60. mnsadsportsfan says: Aug 10, 2014 8:49 AM

    You playin Bieber in those head phones?

  61. djshnooks says: Aug 10, 2014 12:23 PM

    Winning makes you relevant.

    Not some backup QB who won’t last more than 5 years in the NFL as a QB.

    Eric Crouch 2.0

  62. clevelandrocks73 says: Aug 10, 2014 11:06 PM

    Being from NE Ohio I have been a true Browns fan my whole life. Even at the end of a losing season I have spent hard-earned money on tickets traveling on snow-covered roads to sit and freeze to watch my team play. I moved to south Florida a long time ago and I am still a loyal fan.

    Here in Tampa they can’t even sell enough tickets to keep the home games from being subject to blackout. This is a team who has a fairly recent Superbowl title and is in contention for the playoffs most of the time. Tampa is home to mostly very wealthy people who have no trouble affording to buy season tickets. These are not true fans. They are band wagoners hitching up only when the Bucs are doing well.

    Most of the geniuses here would fit right in.

    As much as I love to hate the Steelers, Bengals, and Ravens, AFC North fans know what it means to be a true fan. These are people who will go to the ends of the earth just to be a small part of the team and city they love. The rest of you are just along for the ride. I endure all the Cleveland jokes and criticism from all kinds of “fans”. We have been all but ignored in the league for a very long time until now.

    Deal with it haters.

  63. td40 says: Aug 11, 2014 12:57 PM

    Ha ha… So may fans of the other AFCN teams angry as hell that the Browns are even being talked about. That’s what drives 98% of the negative comments here.

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