Players want winning feeling

Posted Oct 6, 2012

The Browns’ players and coaches are working toward a victory against the New York Giants on Sunday afternoon.

The Cleveland Browns have suffered three one-score losses in the first four weeks of the 2012 regular season and heading into Sunday’s game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium, the players are focused on getting the first victory of the year.

“This game is all about confidence and when you have young guys out there playing, you have to gain a feeling of how to play this game for 60 minutes in this league and what it’s going take,” said Sheldon Brown, veteran defensive back for the Browns. “I think Philadelphia’s won three games by less than two or three points and we’ve lost in the same fashion. It takes time, but once they get it, it will be fine.”

Second-year Browns coach Pat Shurmur agreed with Brown that a win would spark confidence in the team during the next week of preparation.

“Anytime teams find a way to win, fight, battle, scratch, the confidence going into the next week, it’s easier,” Shurmur said. “Not that you prepare any less hard, but the confidence that you did it then helps you drive into the next one.”

Linebacker Scott Fujita said that once the team gets the first win, there could be a snowball effect.

“I’m one of those guys who thinks winning can be contagious,” Fujita said. “We have yet to put together four quarters of football this season. That’s the problem, we haven’t been able to close games out or play the whole four quarters. Once we do that, hopefully, we can turn the corner, but again, it’s making plays in the fourth quarter. So far, on all sides of the ball, we have not done that.”

Through the first four games of the season, the Browns have had seven rookies start at least one game. The seven rookies -- including right tackle Mitchell Schwartz, quarterback Brandon Weeden and running back Trent Richardson -- combined to make 20 starts.

Schwartz, Weeden and Richardson have started every game for the Browns and Fujita has been impressed with what he has seen out of the first-year players.

“The young guys have played really, really well,” Fujita said. “I’m not going to play forever, so I think this team is in really good hands with some of the young guys who are going to carry this team into the future.

“We’re 0-4 and no one’s happy about that. I think our record ought to be better than it is right now, but it is what it is. You’ve got to find a way to put together complete games and once we can start doing that, I think the sky’s the limit. The young guys, I’m so impressed with all of them. The way they’ve worked, the way they’ve competed and just how professional they are, it’s impressive.”

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