Browns learning to be 'guard dog'

Posted Dec 20, 2013

On a Friday edition of “Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven by Liberty Ford,” co-hosts Vic Carucci and Nathan Zegura were joined by former Browns defensive end Al “Bubba” Baker and Nate Ulrich, from the Akron Beacon Journal, to discuss their thoughts on what they feel there is left to play for in the remaining two games and also to break down the future potential for this team. Je’Rod Cherry also made his daily appearance to express his feelings on how Browns wide receiver Greg Little needs to step up in the game this Sunday against the New York Jets.

Browns quarterback Jason Campbell also sat down with Jamir Howerton, of, to give his opinion on the Jets team and how they plan on executing against them in MetLife Stadium this Sunday.

Here are some highlights:

Vic Carucci: “When it gets to the start of next year and what is on the line for him (Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski), he can’t be in a real growth-and-development mode. We do expect change and we do expect turnover and we expect this draft to be a key part of it and he has to have guys on the team to help him (as opposed to mostly young players learning on the job). …I think Jason Campbell wants it known that he does have a handle on the emotion of this team. He made it pretty clear when he spoke about the New England loss. I like the positive nature Jason Campbell has. I think it is very sincere and I think it is the right tone.”

Nathan Zegura: “This is one of the strange cycles of the NFL right now, because you are given so little time to turn things around and you must win and you must win now. Rob Chudzinski will be given a pass this year because there was no expectation for it, but I think next season they will need to have a turn around. This year, we had a massive turnover on the roster. Next year, I think we will have a turnover where we will have upgraded talent on this team. I think Rob Chudzinski has learned a lot this season. He will have all offseason to work on this and next year will be a better-positioned team. …I think it will be Jason Campbell that will pass on the leadership for there to be a victory (Sunday), but everyone needs to step up.”

Jason Campbell: “I thought we had a great week of practice. I thought the guys were very into it and energetic. It is important to us to learn all of our assignments. This is an opportunity for the young players to step up. It gives other guys opportunity to make plays to get themselves on tape and show others what they can do. (The Jets’) front seven gets a lot of pressure. It’s a group that plays well in (coach Rex Ryan’s) systems, and they do a lot of things to try and confuse the quarterbacks. It is definitely a game we have to prepare a lot for. I am working on what I can do better from last week’s game; I think I have been doing a pretty good job of that. I always ask what I can do better in this game and move forward and finish out strong.”

Al "Bubba" Baker: “I have always been anti-3-4 schemes until I saw what (the Browns) did this year. I think it speaks volumes that they haven’t given up numbers to running backs. What I saw and have seen in this team is that when you get a puppy at six weeks old and you’re running around saying you have a guard dog. Our team has to learn that. They need to learn that nobody should come in our home and beat us here. Are they going to be good? Absolutely! If they can keep this coaching staff together we can do it. We need a quarterback; realistically we need a marquee quarterback. This game is about running the football, stopping the run and getting off the field on third down and long. We are losing games because we can’t run the ball. We have to work on our pass rush and get more production out of our star players.”

Nate Ulrich: “It is like crawling on broken glass towards the finish line. It is playing when you have nothing to play for. It is brutal. I think Joe Haden will play. I think there is some redemption for Joe Haden to come back like the Joe Haden in the beginning of the year. It is a time for him to step in and prove something to himself and his teammates. You have to get Josh Gordon the ball and give him a chance. I am really looking forward to Josh Gordon because this is the stadium where he really broke out and put himself on the map; he likes the idea of going back to this place and trying to do some damage. I think it is all about Jason Campbell getting the ball to Josh Gordon. Just like (Browns offensive coordinator) Norv Turner said yesterday, the plays were there, ‘but we just didn’t get the ball off.’”

Je'Rod Cherry: “If you’re the Greg Littles of the world, you have to be saying to yourself that you have to make something happen and do what you’re worth. Josh Gordon needs to do something on the field. This is an opportunity for Greg Little to say I need to step up and show that I matter. It’s going to be one or two things: a motivator for Greg Little or and indictment that he cannot get it done. Statistics generally don’t lie.”

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