Mike Pettine, Ray Farmer wait predestine as Pittsburgh Steelers kick Cleveland …

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — With manager Mike Pettine and ubiquitous manager Ray Farmer about to be dismissed and their starting quarterback Johnny Manziel reportedly in Las Vegas notwithstanding a concussion, a Browns still had to play a football diversion Sunday.

Ravaged by injuries, they mislaid 28-12 to a Steelers (10-6), who changed into a wild-card playoff symbol when a New York Jets mislaid to Buffalo. The Browns, meanwhile, slipped to 3-12, their misfortune record given 2000, a second year of a enlargement era. Cleveland suffered a 18th detriment in a final 21 games underneath Pettine.

Austin Davis, who started in place of Manziel, threw dual interceptions and fumbled a round divided once. He finished 24-of-46 attempts for 240  yards with dual picks. He also fumbled once and warranted a 49.2 rating. He was sacked 7 times.

The Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger, who softened to 19-2 opposite a Browns, finished 24-of-36 attempts for 349 yards. He threw for 3 touchdowns and dual picks for a 102.7 rating. He was not sacked.

Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown held 13 passes for 187 yards and a TD.

The Browns also mislaid a tip collect sweepstakes for a 2016 NFL Draft. The Titans mislaid to acquire a tip altogether breeze pick. The Browns will have a No. 2 pick.

Browns owners Jimmy Haslam is approaching to glow Pettine and Farmer as early as tonight. If not, it will occur on Monday.

Sources have told cleveland.com that a Browns will go tough after Bears descent coordinator Adam Gase, who was high on their list in a hunt dual years ago.

The grounds has already been laid to speak Gase, sources told cleveland.com, and he skeleton to speak to a Browns soon. He will also be heavily be followed by other teams, including a Eagles and a Dolphins, according to profootballtalk.com.

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Gase pulled himself out of a using dual years ago to concentration on a Broncos’ Super Bowl run. He comes rarely endorsed to Haslam by their mutual good crony Peyton Mannning, whom Gase coached in Denver.

Most assume Gase will move Manning to a Browns in some ability deliberation they’re good friends. But Manning, who wants to play during slightest another year, will expected also have other other appealing opportunities, both on and off a field.

Haslam has prolonged been smitten with his good crony Jon Gruden, who coached a Raiders and Bucs, though it stays to be seen if he can captivate Gruden out of a ESPN promote booth.

Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole reported Sunday that Gruden would be meddlesome in coaching a Colts. Gruden has also done it transparent that he loves Manziel, whom Pettine has certified has problems that need to be addressed in a offseason.

Manziel was ruled out of a culmination Thursday with a concussion, though was speckled in Las Vegas on Saturday night, according to USA Today Sports. 

According to profootballtalk.com, a Browns will also be meddlesome in Chip Kelly, who was dismissed this week by a Eagles. Kelly interviewed with a Browns 3 years ago, though spurned their overtures and took a Eagles pursuit instead.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport also reported that a Browns will go after former Bills control manager Doug Marrone, who interviewed with them after a 2012 deteriorate though took a Bills pursuit instead; and Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, who total to be a prohibited claimant this year.

Marrone, Pettine’s trainer in 2013 in Buffalo, led a Bills to a 9-7 symbol final year and opted out of his agreement before this season. He’s now an partner in Jacksonville.

On a ubiquitous manager front, some sought-after possibilities embody Cardinals crew executive Terry McDonough; Bengals executive of actor crew Duke Tobin; Chiefs executive of football operations Chris Ballard; Vikings partner ubiquitous manager George Paton; Packers executive of actor crew Eliot Wolf; and Falcons partner ubiquitous manager Scott Pioli.

Gary Barnidge beats Ozzie Newsome
Tight finish Gary Barnidge, a Browns’ Player of a Year, went over 1,000 yards and now has some-more receiving yards this year than Ozzie Newsome ever had in a season. Barnidge formerly tied a Hall of Famer’s 9 TD catches, many for a Browns parsimonious end.

Exchange of picks
Robertson picked off Roethlisberger and returned it 38 yards to a Steelers’ 9 in a third quarter, though Pittsburgh’s James Harrison returned a preference by picking off Davis during a idea line on a pass dictated for Barnidge.

Roethlisberger launched a 66-yard explosve to Darrius Heyward-Bey over a control of cornerback Pierre Desir to a Browns’ 21. The Steelers cashed in with a 39-yard margin idea that increasing their lead to 17-9 with 9:39 left in a third.    

First-half recap

The Steelers led 14-9 during a mangle on a 2-yard touchdown pass to parsimonious finish Heath Miller with 7:06 left in a initial quarter; and a 17-yard TD pass to Antonio Brown with 58 seconds left in a half.

With a Browns down to third- and fourth-teamers in a defensive backfield — and with Tashaun Gipson stuffing in during cornerback early on — Brown had a beast game. He held 10 of a 11 passes thrown his approach for 150 yards and a TD in a initial half.

Roethlisberger was picked off by Jordan Poyer in a initial half, and Robertson recovered Brown’s fumble, forced by Karlos Dansby on a Steelers’ opening drive. The Steelers also overcame a forsaken interception and a missed margin idea before a break.

But Roethlisberger got prohibited during a finish of a half, completing a 40-yard pass to Marcus Wheaton and afterwards bursting Gipson and Poyer for a 17-yard TD strike to Brown.

The Browns went 0-for-3 in a red section in a initial half and 0-for-5 by early in a fourth.

Terrelle Pryor’s large catch

Pryor finally got a possibility to make an impact. He held a 42-yard pass from Davis during a finish of a second quarter, violence cornerback Antwon Blake for a contested round during a Steelers’ 15.

It set adult a 33-yard margin idea by Travis Coons that pulled a Browns to within 14-9 as time lapsed in a half.

The locate was Pryor’s initial as a Brown and second of his career. He also held a 22-yard pass when he was a full-time quarterback in Oakland in 2012. Last week, Pryor was a healthy blemish in Kansas City while receiver Dwayne Bowe was active opposite his former team.

In a third quarter, Pryor was sent to a dais after a 15-yard unsportsmanlike control penalty.

Inactives

The following Browns were dead with concussions: Manziel, receiver Marlon Moore, cornerback Tramon Williams, and using behind Glenn Winston.

Charles Gaines was dead since his partner went into labor. Bowe was a healthy blemish for a eighth time this season. Armonty Bryant was dead since of his new detain for Adderall possession.  

What’s next

Black Monday, or maybe even Black Sunday night, when heads will roll.

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