Browns Daily Wrap: 4th QB the charm?

Posted Dec 3, 2013

On Tuesday’s edition of “Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven by Liberty Ford,” co-hosts Vic Carucci and Nathan Zegura discussed the possibility that newly signed quarterback Caleb Hanie will start against the New England Patriots Sunday. Nathan and Vic were joined by former Browns cornerback Hanford Dixon and Je’Rod Cherry to get their input on the potential of a fourth different quarterback starting for the Browns this season.

Browns wide receiver Davone Bess also sat down with Jamir Howerton, of, to express how this team plans to stick together and work with Hanie in an effort to find success.

Here are some highlights:

Nathan Zegura: “It is amazing to think where we were in the month of November and now where we are in the month of December. Every team in the bottom of their division except two have started multiple quarterbacks this season. That, right there, shows where the football world is headed today. …The Browns have to try to figure out how, on a short time frame, to have that success. Throwing the football against New England is more of a daunting task. This is a defense that has struggled against the run, but unfortunately for the Browns, the run game has not been our strong suit. They’re used to this fire drill to try and get acclimated to a new person. My worry is that Caleb Hanie has not played in this type of offense. This is a big challenge and a pretty difficult situation for any quarterback to play against a New England team.”

Vic Carucci: “(The possibility of Hanie starting) speaks to what the train wreck this season has become since that (second) Baltimore game. You cannot soften this to what this season has become. The suddenness of it all is what really jolts me. …I think there comes a point where the rest of us can either cry or laugh at how crazy all this has been, but if you are a player, you have to be ready for a dramatic difference. It’s now everyone trying to develop a sense of timing with someone they don’t know. …The coaching staff deals with things in a very narrow focus because they are trying to keep a team that has lost many players engaged. I really think it is down to a coaching staff that has to look at themselves in the mirror and say, ‘This is our best option (at quarterback).’ They have to do what is best.”

Davone Bess: “We got to keep swinging no matter what the circumstances are. We have to stay together and it is going to show the character of the guys in the locker room. I think we have resilient guys and resilient coaches. When Hanie gets here, we are going to need him and approach the situation and be ready when opportunities come. Just trying to get that timing and that chemistry down to make it second nature is what we need to accomplish.”

Hanford Dixon: “It’s just crazy! So much promise was there with (Brian) Hoyer and the way he was playing and then he got injured the way he did, and then (Jason) Campbell and then (Brandon) Weeden with concussions. It is strange, but we have to move on. There are still games to be played and, believe it or not, the way the AFC North is, there is going to be another team to come out of there and make the playoffs. Everybody is just looking at each other in the mirror to see what they can do to help this team win. That’s where everyone is right now. I have a lot of confidence in our guys. We have to have a good game plan and we just have to execute it. We are going to have to get some drives to go up the field to keep Tom Brady on the sideline.”

Je'Rod Cherry: “You can have two perspectives: 1) We stand no chance in you-know-what to winning this football game, and 2) We have nothing to lose. They need to have the attitude that they can’t control what Caleb Hanie can do, but they can go out there and say they will do their best to help their football team out and go from there. I would choose Hanie over Alex Tanney, because he has experience of playing in a real NFL game. You’re better off with Hanie as opposed to Tanney. You are asking for trouble if you put the best defensive mind (Bill Belichick) with someone that has no experience. They need to be intense about the situation and prepare for the opponent. There’s a distinct possibility that the Patriots realize that they are playing the Browns and not be as animated. You hope what they did against Houston will occur again.”

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