Browns shift focus to Chiefs

Posted Oct 20, 2013

GREEN BAY, Wisc. -- Following Sunday’s 31-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers, the Cleveland Browns quickly switched their focus to next week’s trip to Arrowhead Stadium to play the Kansas City Chiefs.

GREEN BAY, Wisc. -- The past is past, and the focus is squarely on the future.

That was the message of the Cleveland Browns’ players after the team’s 31-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Sunday. And for the Browns, focusing on the future means turning their attention to the Kansas City Chiefs, who improved to 7-0 under new coach Andy Reid with their 17-16 win over the Houston Texans Sunday.

“It’s kind of a machine; that’s how you’ve got to think of this team,” Browns safety T.J. Ward said following the loss. “We’ve got to come back, get our attention on Kansas City, watch the film, see what we did wrong, correct the mistakes and hopefully, we don’t make them again next week against Kansas City.

“I know that all our players and all my teammates gave it 100 percent, and that’s what really counts the most. We made some mistakes. That’s going to happen in ball games, but as long as you have everybody out there giving it their all, giving 100 percent, you can’t really ask for more. Everyone wants to win. No one wants to lose.”

Veteran defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin said the Browns can use the loss to Green Bay “as a learning experience” in preparing for the Chiefs, and that his position group will lead the charge as the Browns (3-4) fight to get back in the race for the AFC North Division championship.

“We’ve still got a lot of games ahead of us, and we’ll just keep working,” Rubin said. “There’s no quit in us, and we’re going to keep fighting and keep moving in the direction that we want to go. It comes from just being a player. You want to always win. You’re competing, and you’re giving your all. There isn’t any quit in us, especially this D-line. We’re going to go to work on Monday and find a way to win.”

Six-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas added, “We’ve still got a lot of season ahead of us. Disappointed but not discouraged would be the best way to describe it. We’re 3-4 right now with a lot of season to go. Everything we want is still out there in front of us. Just because we lost today doesn’t mean the season’s over. It’s a long season, so we’ve just got to come back on Monday and get prepared for our next opponent.”

Safety Tashaun Gipson said succinctly that the team has “to go play Cleveland Browns football” in order to end their two-game losing streak and get back in the win column.

“It’s truly things that we’ve done, whether it’s missed opportunities where we get our hands on balls or missed opportunities to get to Aaron Rodgers, at least two or three times that I can think of,” Gipson said. “We’ve just got to capitalize on those plays when they come our way.

“We’ve got the guys to do it. Our front seven holds themselves accountable for things, and us on the back end, we hold ourselves accountable, and it’s a team effort.”

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