Browns Daily Wrap: Finding a leader

Posted Nov 19, 2013

On Tuesday’s edition of “Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven by Liberty Ford,” co-hosts Vic Carucci and Nathan Zegura were joined by the voice of the Browns, Jim Donovan, from the PNC Bank Cleveland Browns Radio Network, and Je’Rod Cherry to discuss a lack of leadership on offense. Vic, Nathan, Jim and Je’Rod also discussed the future of the team and strides it needs to take to win against the Steelers Sunday and remain in the playoff hunt.

Browns running back Fozzy Whittaker also sat down with Jamir Howerton, of, to talk about how the team’s handling the tough loss against the Cincinnati Bengals and how they are planning to bounce back against the Steelers.

Here are some highlights:

Nathan Zegura: “The Bengals were very unimpressive and the Browns were just more unimpressive with the mistakes they made. I think they were prepared and I think what it came down to was, could they execute and take care of moments when it came down to it? The answer was no. On the offensive side there really isn’t an identity. The leadership can come from three places in my opinion: the quarterback, from the offensive line or from a running back like (the Vikings’) Adrian Peterson or (the Seahawks’) Marshawn Lynch. There isn’t anybody there.”

Vic Carucci: “This is not a team loaded with really strong leaders. There is a void of leadership on the offensive side of the ball to match what D’Qwell Jackson is on the defensive side. And what was the side of the ball that responded against the Bengals? The defense. You need that type of leadership in games like that and through all of these (high-stakes) games this time of year. (On offense) it has to naturally come from the quarterback, but I don’t think it’s Jason Campbell who is going to do that. He’s a nine-year veteran, he’s the ‘adult’ of the offense, but I wouldn’t classify him as the strongest leader in terms of his personality. Who is that guy? The Browns have to find him.”

Jim Donovan: “The numbers just don’t add up at all in this game (against the Bengals). This was unbelievable to watch, and I could not believe what I was seeing with my own eyes. The dangerous part of this is that the Bengals have guys that can quickly turn this game around and score touchdowns. I think, for the Browns to win a game, the equation has to be that all three units of offense, defense and special teams have to contribute. I don’t think one unit is ready to lead the Browns totally to get a victory on a Sunday. I really expect them to be 6-6 in the next couple of weeks. They have two very winnable games. On the professional side, we are going to lean on the fact that Jason Campbell needs to be more of a leader, but they have to get more involved and get back on that Baltimore game plan.”

Je’Rod Cherry: “We were in a situation where we could’ve done something meaningful and significant and they did not step up and do that. You have to be a team of over-comers and that’s what it takes to be a Super Bowl champion, and I didn’t see that collectively. If you do not show up and show out when your number is called and go out there and fulfill it, then you will be sitting at home watching this team on TV. That message needs to be hit harder and harder.”

Fozzy Whittaker: “(The loss against the Bengals) was bad for us. We had an opportunity to play for something and we just didn’t show up offensively as a team. We struggled, had some turnovers. The defense played well, but as we know, it’s the ultimate team game and that is something we have to work on. The beauty about it is that it is only one loss and we get the opportunity to make up for it this week. We did things to hurt ourselves that could have had a different outcome and we need to execute better. It’s critical to stay focused, because this is what football is all about. We are in the hunt and it is a great opportunity to make our mark.”

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