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Norv Turner likes passion of players

Posted Dec 19, 2013

Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner said he believes the best players in the league have a desire to be good.

Following last Sunday’s 38-31 loss to the Chicago Bears at FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland Browns quarterback Jason Campbell jogged off the field dejected after completing only 23 of 39 attempts for 273 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions, one of which Chicago returned for a score.

Campbell said Wednesday that he always takes losses hard, and that last Sunday was no exception. And his offensive coordinator, Norv Turner, said he believes it is a good thing that players express disappointment like Campbell showed after the loss to the Bears.

“The best players are the guys that are that way, and they want to be good,” Turner said. “They want to be the best, and when you come off a performance like Jason had in New England, you play at that level and you don’t really miss a throw and you make all the plays, you feel like you did everything you could to help your team win. When you come in Monday, you see three or four plays that had a big impact on the game.

“The ball sailed on him. It happens in the wind, but it sailed on him on that play to Josh (Gordon). Josh would’ve had a good chance of scoring on that play. It could’ve been a 55-yard touchdown at the end of the half. Instead, we punt, they go two-minute and get a touchdown. That’s a big swing in the game. I think you want that in your players. You want them to say, ‘Hey, those are my plays to make. I can make them, and I’m going to make them the next opportunity I have to do it.’”

In addition to Campbell, Turner said he saw the same level of frustration from veteran wide receiver Davone Bess.

Known as a sure-handed pass-catcher when he was acquired from the Miami Dolphins in a draft weekend trade, Bess dropped three passes and fumbled away a late punt return in the fourth quarter of a 23-17 loss at the Kansas City Chiefs, but responded with a two-touchdown performance in a 24-18 win over the Baltimore Ravens one week later on Nov. 4.

However, since that time, Bess has made 11 catches for 77 yards with no touchdowns, and caught just one of the three passes thrown his way against the Bears.

“That was a tough play in the game, but those are plays that he’s made,” Turner said. “Those are difference makers. Rather than being on your side of the 50-yard line, you’re kicking field goals.

“He’s a lot like Jason. He’s awfully hard on himself, works awfully hard at it, and he expects to make those plays. He has responded when he’s been in that situation.”