'Different' Browns team for rematch

Posted Nov 1, 2013

The Cleveland Browns feel they are a different team and have improved since last playing the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 15.

Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said his team isn’t the same one that suffered a 14-6 loss at Baltimore in Week Two after shutting out the Ravens in the first half.

“We’re a lot different,” Chudzinski said. “I think we’re a lot better team right now. I think we have a lot better idea from a scheme standpoint and guys understanding their roles. We have some guys playing that weren’t playing the first game. They have some guys playing that weren’t playing the first game.

“I’m excited about the direction that we’re going. I think we still have some improvements to make, but I think, as we’ve gotten better every week, that’s what I’m looking for and I think we’re doing that.”

Veteran inside linebacker, and defensive captain, D’Qwell Jackson sees one way in which the Browns are vastly different from the team they were in Week Two.

After playing well during a three-game winning streak, but unable to sustain the momentum over the next three weeks of the season, Jackson sees a group of players hungry to eliminate inconsistencies and always ready to play at the top of its game.

“We’re tired of not being consistent,” Jackson said. “All of the outside noise that had anything to do with taking away our focus going into each week, that’s all out the window now. I think guys are able to focus more now, and come out faster.

“We’ve had better first halves, better second halves, and it’s like a tail of two different teams. At the midway point, we’re tired of the noise, and we’ve got start fast, hit guys in the mouth early and get that lead going into halftime.”

Rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo feels the key to getting consistent results is a consistent effort, no matter the point in the game.

“We just have to have that mindset that we’re going to play four quarters,” Mingo said. “To start out, we’ve got to come out going full speed, come into the second quarter playing full speed, come out at halftime and have no letdowns, no let off and just keep your foot on the gas pedal and just keep going, and no matter what the scoreboard says, keep playing.”

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