CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns dropped their regular-season opener, 23-10, to the Miami Dolphins at FirstEnergy Stadium Sunday, but instead of dwelling on the setback, the coaches and players identified positives from the game and shifted the focus to their next opponent, the reigning Super Bowl-champion Baltimore Ravens.
The Browns will be the Ravens’ first home opponent since Baltimore claimed the Super Bowl XLVII championship with a win over the San Francisco 49ers back in February.
“It is one game, and that’s our focus, and that’s what I talked to the guys about afterwards,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said. “We will learn from this, and we will move on. There is a lot of football left to be played this season and we will approach it one game a time like we have. We have a big game coming up in the division against Baltimore next week.”
The Browns and Ravens will both be in search of their first wins of the season when the teams meet at M&T Bank Stadium next Sunday afternoon.
As has become the NFL’s tradition in the recent past, the reigning Super Bowl champions are featured in the league’s first game of the following season. Unable to open the season at home because of a scheduling conflict with the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball, the Ravens played the Denver Broncos in Colorado Thursday, and suffered a 49-27 setback.
“It’s not a good feeling at all, but we’ve got a division opponent,” said defensive back
“It’s important for any team, whether you win or lose, to get ready for your next opponent,” Gipson said. “It’s just one game. Next week, we want to come in and prepare for Baltimore. We know Baltimore’s a good team. Baltimore’s been beating us for the last couple seasons, so we definitely want to go out there, put Miami behind us. What’s done is done. We’re going to go back, make corrections, look at tape and move forward. Baltimore’s on everybody’s mind. We’re going to make corrections tomorrow, and after that, we’re going to move forward.
“We still feel we’re an effective team, offensively, defensively and special teams. This one game won’t define us as a unit, as a team. We’re going to go back to doing what we do, play Browns football and get ready for Baltimore.”
Getting ready for Baltimore will take a total team effort, something running back
“With our pride and our family as a team, I feel real good about us,” Richardson said. “We’re still putting it together. We know what we need to work on, and if we go out and pass the ball all night or run the ball all night, we’re going to be behind each other.
“We’re not going to lose hope in us. We’re going to hope that our fans stay behind us. It’s a lesson learned. We’re going to come back and play hard.”
CAMERON EMERGES AS TARGET
After catching 26 passes for 259 yards and one touchdown combined during his first two NFL seasons, Browns tight end
Cameron caught nine of the 13 passes fired in his direction and gained 108 yards -- both career highs -- with a seven-yard touchdown that gave the Browns their only lead of the game, 7-6, with 28 seconds remaining in the first half.
“The play-calling was good,” said Cameron, who became the first Browns tight end ever with 100 yards receiving in the season opener and first since Dec. 5, 2010. “It was a simple corner route. Brandon put the ball where no one else could get it. He made a great throw, and it was pretty much all him. He threw it up in pretty much the perfect spot.”
Despite chilly fall temperatures and constant wind coming out of the Northeast at 13 miles-per-hour during the early morning hours, 71,513 fans packed into FirstEnergy Stadium for the regular-season opener, and their enthusiasm was both noticed and appreciated by those on the sideline.
“The fans were great today,” Chudzinski said. “They were loud, and they were awesome out there today. Getting the chance to be with them and being home was great.”