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McCoy wants quicker start

Posted Oct 21, 2011

Quarterback Colt McCoy wants the Browns offense to start off faster than they have in the first five games of the year.

Through the first five games of the 2011 regular season, the Browns have scored just once in the first quarter, a 48-yard Phil Dawson field goal in the Browns’ 31-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Oct. 2nd.

While they have been outscored 34-3 in the first quarter, the Browns hold a 45-33 advantage over their opponents in second quarter points. Quarterback Colt McCoy is looking to take that second quarter production and turn it into first quarter touchdowns on Sunday afternoon against the Seattle Seahawks.

“We’ve got to do a better job,” McCoy said. “The second quarter -- for whatever reason -- we kind of come alive and that’s how offenses are supposed to work right there. We know we can do it. We’ve just got to collectively not mess up. Don’t mess up on the little things. Don’t screw basic plays up. When we can do that across the board, then I think, as a team, as an offense, we’ll move the ball and have an opportunity to win.”

Although it is important to score early, the Browns are aware of the need to keep an even keel should they struggle to execute their assignments.

“When you kind of beat yourself up and slow yourself down by messing up on little things, that’s when you kind of get out of rhythm and all of a sudden, it’s third-and-long and you’re off the field,” McCoy said. “That’s the frustrating part.”

McCoy may be frustrated with the offense having slow starts, but his teammates and coach are confident in him.

“He’s dealing with victories and losses the way I would anticipate a quarterback that’s developing and learning how to play in this league does,” Browns coach Pat Shurmur said of McCoy. “He comes in after each game, he’s very critical of his errors; he tries to build on the things he did well and then, he tries to put that improvement in the play against the next opponent and I think that’s what he’s doing.”

Added running back Chris Ogbonnaya, “He’s a competitor; he wants to win. I think he’s got all the ability to do that and he’s just got to keep working. He’s a great player. I’m very confident in what he has the ability to do.”

In his last two games, McCoy has combined to complete 61 of 106 attempts for 565 yards and three touchdowns against one interception. During that stretch, he set franchise records for most attempts (61) and completions (40) in a game.

“The offense is seen through the eyes of the quarterback,” Shurmur said. “In order to be good, you have got to be physical up front. When you call runs, you need to get yards; you can’t drop passes and you need to execute. I would say if time permitting, we would all go through and I’d point out all the errors. It’s spread around. It’s general efficiency, but if you’re going to win games, the quarterback needs to play well. I really believe that.”

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