Browns Daily Wrap: Feeling the energy

Posted Nov 15, 2013

On Friday’s edition of “ Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven by Liberty Ford,” co-hosts Vic Carucci and Nathan Zegura discussed the tasks the Browns need to complete this weekend in order to get a win against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, and the positive energy exuding from the atmosphere of the locker room this week. Nathan and Vic sat down with Browns president Alec Scheiner to get an in-depth rundown of the new stadium renovations and why they are so important to the future of the team. Je’Rod Cherry also made his daily appearance to give his predictions and opinions about Sunday’s game.

Browns cornerback Joe Haden also sat down with Jamir Howerton, of, to express how important this upcoming game is and how the Browns team is planning to execute against the Cincinnati Bengals in order to come out on top of the AFC North.

Here are some highlights:

Vic Carucci: “You can feel it (positive energy). It’s palpable, it’s in the air, and everyone in this building knows it’s a special week. It’s a fun feeling, and I think you just feel a sense of purpose and real trust that things are put in place. I think that, as we sit here, we believe the (long-term) plan will work and that this team also feels good about the short-term plan. There is less of a sense that this team feels that they can’t compete. …This game is going to come down to the Browns’ ability to make certain that (Cincinnati Bengals quarterback) Andy Dalton does not find any comfort level that he had prior to the last two games. They need to make sure they get the ‘Bad Andy.’”

Nathan Zegura: “True leadership is having a plan and having a process and sticking to your process when it comes time. It is okay to have missteps along the way, as long as long as you follow your process. …I think this is going to be a tight game from start to finish. It is so important to get Andy Dalton under pressure. They have to omit big plays and that is what they did in the first game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The singular, number one key for the Cleveland Browns is to pressure Dalton, eliminate turnovers and make ‘Bad Andy’ play and they can easily win this game.”

Alec Scheiner: “(The renovation’s) a huge endeavor and we have been planning this for a long time. This isn’t easy architecturally, and we are very excited about it. We knew this stadium was a bit outdated and we needed to take a turn. There are really three components: 1) We want to link back to our history; 2) We can borrow ideas from other stadiums; 3) We listen to our fans, and that’s the most important thing here is hearing the concerns for our fans. What is gratifying to us is seeing good decision-making and good results and we just have to keep making good decisions and be consistent. They won’t all work out but if they do we will be a good NFL franchise.”

Joe Haden: “I feel like I’m one of the best corners in the league and I have to do what I have to do and I have to go in having battles with top receivers. Everybody is really emerging and this is one of our best skill-positioned teams to face. At the end of the day, this is a big game in general. We are going in here for something, to be number one, and that is so big to be involved with anything to do with winning.”

Je’Rod Cherry: “The pass-rush has to step up, and we need to hold our own and let it be predicated on the defensive line to let it do what it is capable of doing. You have to have that pass rush, because that is why we are vulnerable. The confidence would be hanging high. Would they be able to handle that much success? We would have to discuss that this coming Monday.”

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