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Ask Vic: Gordon’s maturity shows

Posted Dec 10, 2013

Senior Editor Vic Carucci answers fan questions from the Browns’ official Facebook and Twitter pages, and Daily@ClevelandBrowns.com.

You’ve got questions and comments that you submit to the Browns’ official Facebook and Twitter pages, and Daily@ClevelandBrowns.com. Here’s what I have to say about what you have to say:

Paul says: “The best part about Sunday was hearing the interview with Josh Gordon on the ‘Browns Overtime’ postgame show. He sounds so mature now, at 22. Impressive.”

I say: I agree, Paul. Josh definitely is sounding much more mature in his dealings with the media.

He is demonstrating greater self-confidence, which is also showing up in his play. A year ago, he was someone with practically no clue about what it took to play wide receiver in the NFL. He was out of shape, from more than a year of being away from football, and had little understanding about his assignments or the playbook in general. He was a highly talented athlete in desperate need of direction.

I’m inclined to think that he has found it.

Gordon’s spectacular performance this season tells a convincing story about a player who has a firm grasp on the requirements of his job and, perhaps more importantly, what it takes to perform at the highest level. By all indications, he has changed from a person who was pretty much a loner as a rookie to someone who has become more engaged and involved with his teammates. Joe Haden, for one, has noticed as much and has embraced Gordon more as a friend this year.

I think the fact the Browns came extremely close to trading Gordon earlier in the season served as a definite wake-up call for him. He not only wants to be a part of this team, but is focused on being a consistent contributor to its growth into a contender.

Tim says: “I am not disappointed in the Browns this week. I’m disappointed in the refs, who handed New England the game on a silver platter.”

I say: I share your disappointment with the officiating, Tim. The personal-foul and pass-interference calls that did plenty to help the Patriots storm back from a 12-point deficit in the final 2:39 simply shouldn’t have been made.

That said, the Browns still could have done their part to avoid having what looked like a sure victory slip from their grasp.

And it’s imperative that the Browns focus on what they need to do to close out a win – and stop the bleeding of a four-game losing streak and seven losses in their last eight games – rather than on being robbed by the officials.

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