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Browns Daily Wrap: Playing against Cutler

Posted Dec 14, 2013


On Friday’s edition of “Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven by Liberty Ford,” co-hosts Vic Carucci and Nathan Zegura discussed the challenge the Cleveland Browns’ defense will face against the Chicago Bears Sunday and the importance of finding a running game. Nate Ulrich, from the Akron Beacon Journal, spoke with Vic and Nathan about the quarterback situation in Chicago and how it affects the way the Browns’ defense should play.

Jamir Howerton, from ClevelandBrowns.com, went inside the locker room with wide receiver Davone Bess, who spoke about how the Browns have been preparing throughout the week. Je’Rod Cherry rounded out the show by discussing the harm of playing for a draft pick as opposed to playing for the victory.

Here are some highlights:

Vic Carucci: “To me, the Bears’ quarterback situation just gets more interesting as the week goes on. Obviously, (Jay) Cutler is the starter, but you start to wonder, what was the thinking behind this decision? There is an overwhelming opinion throughout the country that they should stick with (Josh) McCown, the hot hand. Why break something that is already fixed? My thinking is that (Bears coach) Marc Trestman knows something that he just isn’t saying. Cutler is a risk-taker and will push the limits and because the postseason is on the line for them, maybe they think that Cutler is the guy who will be able to take those risks to get them there. …We better see some serious signs of life from the Browns’ running game on Sunday. If you can’t run against the Bears, you can’t run against anyone, period. They need to capitalize on Cutler’s risk-taking tendencies, force the turnovers, and run, run, run.”


Nathan Zegura: “I think Trestman is thinking that they can beat Cleveland and that this game will be used as opportunity for Cutler to get his feet wet, throw the ball around and get ready for the stretch that they have ahead of them. Cutler has the better arm and can make the plays, and I think they know that Cutler can get them where they want to go. But if they are looking at this game as an easy layup, the Browns should take that as an opportunity to come out and trample them. It is going to be important that the Browns’ offense can run the ball on Sunday. If you can’t run against the Bears, then you have some serious problems. The path to victory (for the Browns) will come by forcing the turnovers from Cutler and being on the right side of those critical, game-deciding plays.”


Nate Ulrich: “I think Cutler is a guy who the Bears have an interest in having a future with, and that’s why they made their decision. The Bears look at him as a weapon and if they can use that weapon with their offense, then they will have a pretty good chance against the Browns. Cutler has a ‘gunslinger mentality,’ but I think that the Browns’ defense can take advantage of that and make the plays to force the turnover. The Bears have a stacked offense that creates a lot of matchup problems for the Browns. The bottom line is that the Browns will have to pick their poison; there is no easy way to defend this team.”



Davone Bess: “Preparations went really well. We know they are a good football team and they will come out fired-up and ready to go. We just need to keep swinging; that will show what kind of character is in the locker room. We just need to keep fighting. It’s a great opportunity. Why not seize the moment? (Jason Campbell) is a great player and you can see his experience and poise, but you have to stay on top. We can’t give them an opportunity to get ahead of us. The best thing about our offense is we have a bunch of guys who can make plays. …(The fans) are a big part of why we do what we do. We just need to stay together and understand they are just as important as us.”


Je'Rod Cherry: “Intentionally losing (for better draft position), that’s a horrible idea. It puts your team in flux and makes you question your decision-makers. You don’t want to be a part of that mentality or have any mindset like that. Here’s the thing, the guys in the locker room now aren’t looking for a savior coming out of the draft. They aren’t thinking in those terms and it causes a flux in the team. One good thing can take place if you lose, and that is if you get enough guys who get sick and tired of losing, that’s when you have something there.”

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