Browns Daily Wrap: Total team victory

Posted Nov 4, 2013

On a “Victory Monday” edition of “Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven by Liberty Ford,” co-hosts Vic Carucci and Nathan Zegura spoke with the voice of the Cleveland Browns, Jim Donovan, as they reflected on the exciting, 24-18 win over the Baltimore Ravens. Vic, Nathan, and Jim also spoke highly of the entire team effort that was involved in defeating the defending Super Bowl champions.

Coach Rob Chudzinski also sat down with Vic to share with us his insight of the game and the energy level and aggressiveness that the team brought to the table last night. Je’Rod Cherry rounded out the show with his analysis of Sunday’s victory and the momentum that the Browns now carry in to the rest of the season.

Here are some highlights:

Vic Carucci: “The whole team won with overall grit and toughness yesterday. It was truly an amazing game for a team that is now finding their identity. To have a quarterback (Campbell) who had a difficult enough time breathing, let alone throw a football, play with the intensity that he did, it’s really something to watch. He has a calmness and coolness about him that eases everyone in the huddle. When other players see a guy playing in pain, especially the quarterback, a sense of respect and determination falls over everyone else. It’s going to be fun to watch what this team will do on a week-to-week basis now.”

Nathan Zegura: “This was a complete team effort, the best Browns victory thus far. Chud plays to win the game, period. The play-calling by Norv (Turner) was brilliant and Ray (Horton) did a phenomenal job with his defense. I think this may have been a turning point for the offense.  Of the 262 passing yards, only 48 went to (Josh) Gordon and (Jordan) Cameron. It is something to get excited about when you see this offense play with four weapons in the passing game. Campbell has galvanized the Browns to some degree and the best part about it is that this team still has a lot of room for improvement. If you are a Browns fan, this is one of the games that you will remember for a really long time.”

Jim Donovan: “Once again, it’s amazing when you watch a professional run the offense compared to the struggles of (Brandon) Weeden. (Campbell) was gutsy and played in pain. To watch him make the right throws, move the ball down the field, just a solid performance from Jason. This win signifies that there is a changing of the guard in this division; the Browns have finally arrived. The administration could have eased into the changes that took place. Instead, they made moves after the second game and not for anything (in return) materialistically.  That tells me that they are confident in what they are doing for this organization. Overall, from top to bottom, the team did a phenomenal job.”

Rob Chudzinski: “It was a big win, a team win. The guys made plays down the stretch and really embraced the challenge against the defending Super Bowl champs. We have a long way to go and a lot to improve on, but it was a step in the right direction. Jason was really hurting, but did a great job fighting through. You could tell there was no way he was coming out of the game. That’s what I love about him. The key was that when we needed to make plays, we made them. It was a matter of all three phases playing together and playing consistently. We need to work on our running game, which I think is obvious, but our guys wanted to go out there and prove something and that’s exactly what they did. As far as the bye week, the coaches are going to work through Thursday and focus on themselves. We need to clean up some things and reflect on what we can do to get better.”

Je’Rod Cherry: “The Browns told the bully on the block that they were going to punch them in the face, and the Ravens just couldn’t respond.  This is a team who is known as being the doormat, but the Browns are showing that they can compete on a new level. I saw a team yesterday who was able to do things without all their pieces in place. This team has gone through a lot and to see the role players step up and contribute to the win was very important. People always want it easy, but when the team looks back on this season, they will be thankful for these hard times. It’s a great feeling going in to November with the ability to control the division and talking about being a playoff contender.”

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