Greco plans to refocus, reenergize

Posted Nov 9, 2012

Browns offensive lineman John Greco plans on refocusing his mind and reenergizing his body during the bye week.

Cleveland Browns offensive lineman John Greco began the year as a reserve that did not play against the Philadelphia Eagles or Buffalo Bills and contributed only on special teams in games at Baltimore and the New York Giants.

However, Greco was inserted into the offensive lineup when starting left guard Jason Pinkston battled through an illness and could not finish the Browns’ 34-24 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Oct. 14. With Pinkston being placed on injured reserve with reported blood clots, Greco has made three starts at left guard.

Behind Greco, quarterback Brandon Weeden was not sacked in a loss at Indianapolis and running back Trent Richardson rushed for back-to-back 100-yard games against the San Diego Chargers and Baltimore.

During the bye week, Greco plans to prepare for the remainder of the regular season.

“I’m going to go home to Youngstown, clear my head a little bit, try to get reenergized with seven games left,” Greco said. “We play a tough team in the Dallas Cowboys here in a couple weeks, so I’ll just reenergize, get some rest, refocus and finish this season the right way.”

The Browns will play four of the final seven games away from home, with trips to Dallas (Nov. 18), Oakland (Dec. 2), Denver (Dec. 23) and Pittsburgh (Dec. 30) surrounding home games against the Steelers (Nov. 25), Kansas City Chiefs (Dec. 9) and Washington Redskins (Dec. 16).

Although Greco said that he plans on resting up for the second half of the year, he did acknowledge that he will follow the advice of coach Pat Shurmur and defensive captain/middle linebacker D’Qwell Jackson and focus on football.

“I think you have to, a little bit,” Greco said. “You have to clear your head, but I’m going to take my iPad. We have all the stuff loaded up, the film, and I’ll look at myself the past few games, see what things I did well; see what things I can use some work on, try to fine-tune things and watch the Cowboys a little bit.”

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