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Browns learn importance of finishing

Posted Dec 2, 2013

The Cleveland Browns learned a valuable, albeit difficult, lesson Sunday on the importance of finishing opponents.

In Sunday’s 32-28 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars at FirstEnergy Stadium, the Cleveland Browns learned just how important it is to finish an opponent.

The Browns held a three-point lead with 3:55 remaining in the fourth quarter, but the Jaguars marched 80 yards in nine plays and took the lead for good on a 20-yard touchdown reception by wide receiver Cecil Shorts III with 40 seconds remaining.

“We made too many critical mistakes we were not able to overcome,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said. “We won’t stand for losing. We’re going to get this fixed. It’s unacceptable. It’s not about the effort of the group. It’s about the mistakes.”

Browns safety Tashaun Gipson added, “I just think we could have made the key stops when we needed to get off the field on third down and limit some of the big plays. I don’t think it’s anything they came out and did. I think those were all self-inflicted negatives, and at the end of the day, we’re pros and we have to make those plays. They came out and played better football than us.”

During the loss to the Jaguars, the Browns’ third straight setback, the players learned the importance of overcoming mistakes, like the three turnovers in the last two minutes of the second quarter that turned a seven-point lead into a six-point deficit at halftime.

“The NFL, it’s tough,” tight end Jordan Cameron said. “It’s hard to get a win. We are going up against good defenses every week. It’s disappointing. I don’t think it’s a matter of us competing. I think everyone is trying really hard, trying to make some good plays. We can’t get down.”

Avoiding the drops in production with the ebbs and flows of a game is something Browns running back Chris Ogbonnaya said he feels the team has shown an ability to do in the past, and expects to see more of over the final four games of the 2013 season.

“One thing we have continued to get better at is overcoming adversity,” Ogbonnaya said. “I think this game was a prime example of that, but in the same breath, we just have to continue to work and minimize the critical mistakes that we do make and just keep playing. That’s how the game is.

“When you’re in a new system and learning how your coaches want to attack things, you just have to continue to go at it in the best way possible. I think that we’ve done that. We’ve been in plenty of close games. Unfortunately, we haven’t finished them that way we want to finish them.”