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Turner: Offense working hard to improve

Posted Sep 12, 2013

Offensive coordinator Norv Turner is working to better his charges in advance of Sunday’s game against the reigning Super Bowl-champion Baltimore Ravens.

Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner has broken down the game film from last Sunday’s loss to the Miami Dolphins, and in preparing for this week’s match-up against the reigning Super Bowl-champion Baltimore Ravens, he knows it will take a total team effort for improvement.

“We’ve got to get everybody to play better, and we’ve got to keep working to put our guys in position to make plays,” Turner said. “We left a lot of plays out there where we had opportunities to make big plays, and it was a breakdown. It was a one-man breakdown.

“To me, the biggest thing in that football game was third down. You can’t be one of 14 on third down. We’ve got to convert third downs. We’re working hard on third downs. If we convert third downs, you keep the game in more of a normal circumstance. We’re able to run the ball more and we’ll play better.”

In addition to improving the Browns’ third-down conversion percentage, Turner stressed the importance of maintaining possession of the football. Quarterback Brandon Weeden threw three interceptions in the first half of the loss to the Dolphins.

Two of Weeden’s interceptions tipped off the hands of Browns receivers, first, Greg Little, and later, tight end Jordan Cameron.

“I was impressed with what Brandon did in terms of the mental part of it, handling the adversity, handling the plays,” Turner said. “The interceptions, I don’t get caught up in whose fault it is. We need to eliminate them. We’ve got to eliminate turnovers. You talk about rhythm, you talk about the number of carries, if you turn the ball over three times in the first quarter-and-a-half, you make it tough on your football team.

“When the ball comes to you and you get your hands on it, you catch the football. When we’re throwing the ball over the middle, we’ve got to keep it down so the ball doesn’t get batted in the air where they get a chance.”

Turner has also focused his efforts on improving the Browns’ pass protection. Weeden was sacked six times, five of which came as the team fought its way back into the game during the second half.

Part of pass protection involves running backs and tight ends chipping on-coming edge rushers.

“That’s a big part of it, and one of the things that happened, unfortunately, there were times where we didn’t get it done the way we wanted to, so it’s been a big emphasis,” Turner said. “Everyone’s got to step up. We’ve got to coach better. The players have to play better.”