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Quinn, Charles lead Chiefs to Cleveland

Posted Dec 5, 2012

Brady Quinn and Jamaal Charles lead Kansas City’s offense into Cleveland Browns Stadium for Sunday’s game with the Browns.

Due to a concussion, quarterback Brady Quinn has had a rollercoaster season for the Kansas City Chiefs. However, he is coming off of his best performance of the year in a 27-21 win over the Carolina Panthers last Sunday.

Quinn, a former first-round pick of the Browns in 2007, completed 19 of 23 attempts for 201 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions and had a 132.1 quarterback rating in the win. He also scrambled three times for 12 yards.

“I think he had an outstanding game last week,” Browns coach Pat Shurmur said. “He led his team to victory, No. 1. He made some good throws. He’s a big, physical, strong guy. He uses his legs, so if things break down and he’s got a running lane, he’s willing to use his legs. He played a good game last week.”

Despite starting the season as the backup to Matt Cassel and missing time with the concussion, Quinn has completed 67 of 106 attempts for 635 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions. This year’s games have been the first Quinn has played in since being traded by the Browns to the Denver Broncos in February of 2010.

“A lot of it comes from the individual,” Shurmur said of a player’s ability to respond to adversity. “The ability to just go and work and prepare yourself to play and when you get an opportunity to play, try to play as well as you can. That’s where the players tend to motivate themselves and the ones that are around for a very long time learn how to do that. We, as coaches, try to inspire that as well.”

When Quinn is not throwing the football, he is handing it off to the one-two punch of Jamaal Charles and former Browns running back, Peyton Hillis, who was traded to Cleveland in exchange for Quinn.

Charles has gained 1,055 yards and scored three touchdowns on 222 carries this season, in addition to his 30 catches for 200 yards out of the backfield. Hillis has rushed for 193 yards and one score on 59 carries.

“They’re one of the finer running teams in the league,” Shurmur said. “Jamaal Charles, I’ve mentioned it already, when you hand him the football, he can score from wherever they hand it to him. That’s very dangerous. You don’t get that from a lot of running backs and of course, they spell him with Peyton Hillis. Peyton plays in situations and he, of course, had some production last week. He had a touchdown. Their run game is very good. They’ve got a very good offensive line and it’s well-coordinated and they’re getting production from it.

“(Hillis has) got a very bruising style as a runner. He runs the same type of runs that Jamaal runs within their offense. Then, they also use him quite a bit on short-yardage and goal line situations where the runs are a little bit more downhill. Being aware of his style is one thing, but it’s very important that we watch how he’s being played in their offense. I think that’s what we’re focusing on.”

EXTRA MOTIVATION

The Chiefs have several connections to the Browns organization.

In addition to Quinn, Hillis, defensive lineman Shaun Smith and safety Abram Elam, Kansas City’s general manager, Scott Pioli, coach, Romeo Crennel, offensive coordinator, Brian Daboll and assistant head coach, Maurice Carthon, all worked in the Browns’ front office. Defensive line coach Anthony Pleasant played for the Browns from 1990-95.

“Every game that’s played, you’ll find maybe it’s (with) a small amount of people, there is crossover,” Shurmur said. “There’s enough changing that goes on in the league with players and coaches where you have people that are playing against a team that they once worked for. It’s players and coaches alike for the Chiefs. I think what’s important as we get ready to play this football game is it’s the Browns playing the Chiefs.

“Some of the people that are coming to play us you know very well. I’m sure you always want to do well against a team you used to work for. I get that, but we also have a prideful group of guys that want to win for our team and our city.”

PLAY UP FRONT

The Browns’ offensive line has allowed quarterback Brandon Weeden to be sacked 21 times for 140 lost yards, including only once in last Sunday’s 20-17 win over the Oakland Raiders.

“I thought they battled,” Shurmur said of the offensive line’s play in Oakland. “We did get challenged a little bit in some areas. Brandon (Weeden), I think did a good job of standing in there and making some good throws with a little bit of heat. Again, getting sacks and giving up sacks is a coordinated effort.
“Brandon does, for the most part, a pretty good job of getting rid of the football. He made some quality throws in terms of people in his face. In terms of the offensive line and how they played, we knew that was going to be a physical, gritty game just like this week. The Chiefs’ front seven is outstanding. I think they battled. They did a good job.”

GIPSON MAKES IMPRESSION

Undrafted rookie free agent Tashaun Gipson made his second straight start in the Browns’ secondary on Sunday against the Raiders. He registered a team-best and career-high eight tackles in the win.

Gipson started against the Steelers when the Browns began the game in the nickel package and at Oakland in place of Usama Young, who missed the game with a head injury.

“He can play scrimmage snaps in the secondary,” Shurmur said. “We’re looking forward to seeing him continue to improve.”

FOURTH CAPTAIN

For the fifth time this season, the nomination for the fourth game captain made by the Browns’ three permanent captains, middle linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, offensive lineman Joe Thomas and kicker Phil Dawson, was a rookie.

Mitchell Schwartz will be the team’s fourth game captain against the Chiefs. He will join running back Trent Richardson (Week 6), quarterback Brandon Weeden (Week 8) and defensive back Johnson Bademosi (Week 11) as the other first-year Browns to named a game captain this year.

“He’s another good choice,” Shurmur said of Schwartz. “When you go through our starting lineup, we’ve got a lot of rookies and guys that have played a lot of football. Mitchell’s done a good job this year. I thought that they chose wisely.”

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