While the Ravens left Cleveland celebrating a victory Monday night, the crushing loss left the Browns in shambles.
Starting quarterback Josh McCown suffered a season-ending injury. The debate has continued over whether the Browns (2-9) would better off starting Austin Davis or Johnny Manziel at quarterback, although coach Mike Pettine has already named Davis the starter for Sunday’s home game against the Bengals.
Meanwhile, talk about Pettine’s job security has never been more rampant. Many believe Browns owner Jimmy Haslam will fire Pettine after the season. Pettine told reporters Thursdaythat he expected a discussion about his future in the not-distant future.
“Anybody that knows me and anybody that knows Jimmy Haslam…our conversations are always blunt,” said Pettine via ESPN.com. “Time is so valuable during the season that (when) we get into a conversation we deal with topics head on; there’s no dancing around them.”
It will be Pettine’s job to convince Haslam that the future will be brighter without another coaching change. That could be a hard sell, considering the Browns have lost 14 of their last 16 regular season games.
“This is a bottom line business, and where we are isn’t good enough,” Pettine said. “The question is do we have a plan to fix it, is it fixable? I feel like we do. We’ll have to wait and see.”
Haslam may not be willing to wait much longer.
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On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.
The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School.
In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.
17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon.
Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.
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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.
“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.
The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.
Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.
The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.
This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.
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