Focus quickly turns to Ravens

Posted Sep 23, 2012

Wide receivers Mohamed Massaquoi and Joshua Cribbs both spoke about working to reverse the team’s fortunes after a 24-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills Sunday afternoon at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

The home team’s locker room at Cleveland Browns Stadium was a quiet place following Sunday’s 24-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Music and large conversions were absent, as players answered questions from the media and then, quickly turned their collective focus to the short week ahead with a Thursday night game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.

“It should feel pretty dead in here; that lets you know how much guys want to win,” two-time Pro Bowl kick returner Joshua Cribbs said. “It’d be a different atmosphere if we were just laughing and joking and planning what we’re going to do tonight, but guys are really holding themselves accountable for it.

“Guys, as individuals, really wanted to make plays for us. Individually, guys are putting a lot on their shoulders and that’s a good thing. They’re taking this loss to heart.”

Wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, who missed much of the second half due to a hamstring injury, said the players, individually, and the team as a whole, have a “different attitude” and are not hanging their heads about the team’s 0-3 start.

“We go into every game expecting to win, just like we’re going to do this Thursday, but we definitely have to play better,” Massaquoi said. “We have to make sure we execute better. Whatever the things are that hinder us from being a successful team, we have to figure out a way to nip that real fast because the season isn’t going to wait.”

Unlike a normal work week in the NFL where the team would review film and go over corrections from the Buffalo game on Monday, the Browns are on an accelerated schedule.

For the second straight season, the Browns will play an AFC North Division game on the road in front of a national television audience on NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football. The Browns will practice Monday and Tuesday before their travel day to Baltimore on Wednesday.

They will have roughly 100 hours between the end of the Buffalo game and kickoff to the matchup against the Ravens.

“We want to take the necessary corrections into tomorrow,” Cribbs said. “Anything we don’t need for tomorrow, we’re going to let it go because we’ve got a quick turnaround before we line up again Thursday. At this point, you’ve got to be a professional and do what’s necessary to go out there and give our best effort to win on Thursday.

“As a team, it’s a short turnaround. All we can do right now is be sad in the moment and get on with our business. We’ve got to be professionals about it.”

Massaquoi feels the team is close to turning its preparations throughout the week into a victory on gameday.

“We work hard, but we have to figure out a way to get a win on Sundays when it matters,” Massaquoi said. “We work too hard. We have a lot of good players in this room. We just have to figure out a way to get over the hump. Once we get over the hump, I think the momentum will swing in our favor. We’ve just got to find a way to get over the hump.”

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