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Players working with sense of purpose

Posted Oct 24, 2013

The Cleveland Browns are focused on working with sense of purpose as they prepare for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

After two straight losses and a quarterback change, the Cleveland Browns have a renewed sense of purpose as they prepare for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

At 3-4, the Browns are only two games behind the front-running Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North Division with nine to play, so they have plenty of incentive to get back on track.

“There’s definitely a sense of urgency,” said Jason Campbell, who replaces Brandon Weeden as the Browns’ starting quarterback. “We’re still right in the middle of our division, fighting for that position, but the only thing you can do is take it one game at a time.

“We can’t get ahead of ourselves, but you’d rather be playing for something during December than not playing for anything. That’s what brings the sense of urgency, to have a shot when it’s all said and done.”

In the first seven weeks of the season, the Browns have matched up against two division leaders in Cincinnati and Green Bay, and are slated to face another three in New England, Cincinnati and Kansas City over their final nine games.

The Browns’ remaining opponents carry a 30-25 record, including the last remaining undefeated team in the NFL, the Chiefs (7-0).

“We’ve played some really good teams, some solid teams,” Campbell said. “Green Bay is a playoff team. Detroit, they’re pretty good too. Our schedule doesn’t get any easier. As a matter of fact, it may get a little tougher. We just have to continue to keep striving forward. We’ve been playing some really good football teams, and you have to give them some credit as well.”

And with the bye week two games away, the Browns want to build as much positive momentum as they can before the break between a home game against the Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 3, and at the Bengals on Nov. 17.

“There’s a sense of urgency for the whole team,” wide receiver Josh Gordon said. “It started back in the offseason. We’re trying to get a win each week. Especially with the bye week around the corner, we definitely want to get some wins heading into that.”

Fellow wideout Davone Bess added, “We know that we have a lot of work to do, and it’s not just one person. Starting with Brandon, we’ve all got some accountability to own up to, and that’s the nature of this business. That’s what it is. We all signed up for it, and we’ve got to get better.”

It is because of that desire to improve and build momentum that Browns coach Rob Chudzinski believes his players will be able to break a two-game losing streak Sunday.

“We have a group of guys that are very resilient,” Chudzinski said. “They want to win, and they want to do everything they can do to win. They recognize that, individually, each one of us has to focus on what we need to do to get better. I expect them to be ready to play, and whoever is playing that position, or any position, that they’re going to rally behind and play.”