Browns' struggles continue to show

Posted Dec 23, 2013

Here are some highlights:

Vic Carucci: “The way the Browns played yesterday was inexcusable in so many ways. I’m not sure where to begin, but two things stick out to me: four times being in the red zone and one field goal. That math will never work for me. That was Geno Smith out there, one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL. A rookie who has thus far been in way over his head, who we made seem like a Super Bowl champion. I don’t think this Browns team is engaged at all at playing at a level that says you are a professional, that you care about the coaching staff and the direction that this team could be headed. There is so much to look forward to, but I just don’t feel like looking forward to it now. I can’t separate these two feelings, this team is going out in such a horrible way that it really stings and that feeling is going to linger.”

Nathan Zegura: “Yesterday was one of the worst performances that I’ve seen from the Browns all year. They simply cannot get off the field on third downs. When you are 12 of 18 on third downs, you’ll never win in the NFL. These guys are professionals who are getting paid to play and execute and we are seeing it happen game after game, they just aren’t executing. I’m starting to wonder if what we are doing on defense is as effective as it is 'made out to be.' The way that they have lost the last few games is just so disheartening. Other than pride, what are they playing for? It sounds as if the self-doubt has set in, and that’s when you are going to have problems.”

Jim Donovan: “I thought there were three areas that we needed to conquer in order to win: showing more effort than the Jets, Campbell dramatically outplaying Smith, and because of Campbell out playing Smith, Josh Gordon would have had an incredible game. None of that came to fruition yesterday. I really thought our defense would have a field day against Smith, but to put no pressure on him at all, it just doesn’t make sense to me. When you look at what some of the other teams across the league did yesterday, the way they got themselves out of situations, there is just a professionalism that resonates through the entire team. The Browns don’t have that.”

Doug Dieken: “At some point this team has to learn to get someone down and put their feet on their throat. It just seems like all of a sudden we are getting different bodies in there. The continuity is lost, the coaching staff does a lot of substitution, and just as a player gets into a rhythm, they are pulled. It seems like every two series we are rotating people. You have to stay in the game in order to get a rhythm down. We all thought this defense was the growth of this team, but we are sitting here wondering if we even have playmakers on the defensive side of the ball. Right now, nobody is doing that. The Browns need to find a system and stay with that system, work your people into it, and then draft and develop.”

Rob Chudzinski: “We’re not happy with our performance. Our execution, bottom line, just wasn’t good enough. Every play counts and you don’t know which play it is that will make a difference so you have to approach them all the same. We will never throw our arms up; we are always going to work hard and analyze to try to get it done. It’s not always just one thing that needs to be fixed. You go through the course of a season and there are going to be different things that come up and that’s the constant process you have to go through. We will continue to hammer away, hammer away, and hammer away. We will work through it and come out on the other side. At the end of the day, we are looking for a win, wherever, whenever it is.”

Je'Rod Cherry: “I’m not surprised by the Browns’ lack of effort because I get the mentality that they are going through. What I have a problem with is that there are too many guys who simply seem comfortable with their current situation. There are no guarantees that you will be here next year, but these guys continue to go out on the field and slap it around and think there are no consequences. I don’t think that this defense is a myth, per say, I just think it’s ‘not always as advertised…’ In the heat of the battle, young guys want to look at someone as a leader and when you look at your quarterback and he is saying that the team is ‘deflated,’ how else are the guys suppose to feel?"

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