Browns Daily Wrap: Offensive collapse

Posted Nov 25, 2013

On another Therapy Monday edition of “Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven by Liberty Ford,” co-hosts Vic Carucci and Nathan Zegura discussed another upsetting loss, 27-11, to the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday. Tom Withers, from the Associated Press, and Doug Dieken, from PNC Bank Cleveland Browns Radio Network, joined Vic and Nathan to break down the Browns’ offensive struggles and the moves that should be made for the remaining five games.

Coach Rob Chudzinski joined Vic and Nathan to share his thoughts on how the team will move forward for the remainder of the season. Je’Rod Cherry finished out the show as he voiced his concerns about some players taking their NFL careers for granted.

Here are some highlights:

Vic Carucci: “Yesterday’s loss to the Steelers was a very discouraging game. I tried really hard on Friday to stay positive and encouraged that the Browns would show up, ready to play, but it was just another dreadful offensive game. It makes me wonder how long this path is going to be until this team gets good. What we are looking at for the next five weeks is going to be tough. There is so much to fix at this point, that I think it is a larger task than we all thought. Obviously, we are all thinking about the future and how (the draft in) May will hopefully bring us some better times. I’m starting to wonder, though, if fixing the offense is a bigger job than we all initially thought it would be.”

Nathan Zegura: “We all tried to get really excited for this game and I think we all were, but now there is very little reason for excitement. It’s horrible how the last two games have gone. You cannot win in this league without scoring points and the Browns are, without question, a bottom-eight team in the NFL in terms of offense. If you were thinking the playoffs before yesterday’s game, don’t anymore. We are now well at the bottom of our division. These final five games are simply a chance for the guys to prove that they want to be here next year.”

Rob Chudzinski: “Losing is never acceptable and everyone is upset and frustrated with the loss to the Steelers. The only thing at this point that we can control is the future. The outcome of the game is not always going to turn out the way we want it to, but we do know we have a lot of improvements to make. It is a process that we are going through and obviously these last couple weeks were some disappointing losses, but there are signs that we are taking steps in the right direction. There are things these guys are learning on a day-to-day basis, so it does take time for the system to make a difference. But all these experiences will help us in the future. Obviously, the focus for this week is going to be Jacksonville and these guys know that there is a job that needs to get done.”

Tom Withers: “I don’t know what to think about yesterday’s game. It has been such a letdown. It is going to be a tough task to fix this offense. The last two weeks have really exposed their flaws. After talking with some of the guys, frustration really captures the mood of the locker room and the entire city for that matter. We expected more and we expected better. You just hope that the guys aren’t pointing fingers at one another.  Both sides are at fault, but I think with all the veteran leadership in the locker room will be able to settle things down. It’s necessary for a team to go through tough times. I just hope in these last five games we can see the young guys really step up.”

Doug Dieken: “Obviously, you look at the situation and it is frustrating and the fact that T.J. (Ward) said something about the offensive play may actually be a good thing. Maybe he needed to get that off his chest and move on now. The best way to take your frustration out is on your opponent, not your own team. I think it’s obvious that the offensive guys need to score more points, and they know that as well, but I am disappointed in the complementary pieces with (Josh) Gordon. If teams take him away, then the other guys need to recognize that and step up and produce. It’s frustrating because I think there is some real talent here; I just haven’t seen it yet.”

Je’Rod Cherry: “I didn’t think yesterday’s game would be as bad as it was. It was the same scenario playing itself out as the Bengals’ game. You get a meaningful football game where you have a chance to go to the playoffs, and the guys just don’t show up. What is really troublesome is if you look at the backbone of the team, not the starters, but the second-, third-string guys who are fighting for their spots. They did nothing, absolutely nothing, to prove they want to play in the NFL. I have to ask myself, where is your attitude, your fight for your life in the NFL? When the majority of your team is made up of guys at the bottom of the roster who don’t perform, that tells you that your team is satisfied at being status quo, and status quo isn’t that good right now. Your job in the NFL is far from guaranteed, it is a privilege and it seems like a lot of the guys on the roster are taking that for granted.”  

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