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Browns ready for return to work

Posted Dec 16, 2012

Kicker Phil Dawson and the Browns are ready to get back to work after Sunday’s loss to the Washington Redskins.

Following Sunday’s 38-21 loss to the Washington Redskins in the regular-season home finale at Cleveland Browns Stadium, the Cleveland Browns’ players and coaches were focused on getting back to work for next week’s game against the Denver Broncos.

The loss gave the Browns a 4-4 record at home, their best finish since a 7-1 mark in the 2007 season.

“This one hurts,” kicker Phil Dawson said. “They all hurt, but this one’s a tough one. If guys handle it the way they’ve handled it up to this point, I think guys will handle it well. We’ll come back to work tomorrow and start the process all over again to prepare for a very talented team in Denver. It’ll be a very difficult challenge going over there and trying to play them. This group has done a good job of handling adversity all year and we have a little bit of that going into this week.”

Dawson said Sunday’s loss to the Redskins was “tougher in a sense” because the team was still mathematically in contention for a Wildcard playoff berth. However, the loss officially eliminated the Browns from such consideration.

“That’s a new reality we’re going to have to deal with this coming week that we didn’t have to deal with last week,” Dawson said. “This one stings a little extra tonight, but you don’t get paid to show up to work and work hard only when things are going well or you have a chance to go to the playoffs. You get paid to show up and do your job, no matter what, and tomorrow, we’ve got a chance to be pros.”

Quarterback Brandon Weeden said, “It’s frustrating and it’s frustrating for a number of reasons. We put ourselves in a hole early in the year to where we had to play catch up and these last couple games were almost like playoff games because teams are making pushes and teams are trying to get into the playoffs. That’s a playoff-contending team. They were fighting for a position and we were as well.”

After breaking down the film from Sunday’s loss, the Browns will make their corrections and begin preparing for the Broncos (11-3), who defeated the Baltimore Ravens 34-17 at M&T Bank Stadium Sunday and clinched the AFC West Division.

“We’re just pushing forward,” Browns coach Pat Shurmur said. “We’re going to reload. Everybody’s going to go home. We’re going to get as much of a night’s sleep as we can. We’re going to get up in the morning and get prepared to play the Denver Broncos.”