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

You’ve got questions and comments that you submit to the Browns’ official Facebook and Twitter pages, and 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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