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Browns postgame player reactions vs. Cardinals


RB Isaiah Crowell **On how difficult it was to get the offense moving:
"It was kind of difficult to get things going, but we just have to keep pushing and moving forward."

On QB Josh McCown's toughness:
"McCown is a really tough guy. I would go to war with him any day. I feel like he laid it out on the line, just like he does every day."

DB Tashaun Gipson
On the difficulties maintaining the lead in the game:
"I wouldn't say it was one specific thing.  In the second half, their defense came out playing lights out and their offense came out and generated enough points to get them back in the game. At the end of the day, we had to make plays and we didn't. You'll lose that battle every time."

On the turnovers:
"Anytime you can generate as many turnovers without turning the ball over, that's usually a recipe for success. It's more than just turning the ball over. We couldn't get off the field on third down and gave up the big plays. That's just how it goes. No matter how many turnovers or takeaways you have, if you give up the big plays, you're going to lose that football game."

On the injuries to the secondary:
"It's a huge blow. For the last couple of weeks, me and (DB) Joe (Haden) have been down. It's been (DB Donte Witner) Whit and (DB) Tramon (Williams) back there. It's a revolving door with injuries in the secondary. It's unfortunate because we've got the guys and we've got the talent. With these concussions and the short week, they'll probably be out this Thursday night game. It's a huge blow. You've got two guys who are tops at their position, but the saying in this league is 'Next man up'. We can't harp about it. We've got a super short week and the guys who are replacing them have big shoes to fill."

LB Paul Kruger
On his inability to get to Cardinals QB Carson Palmer
"They definitely put it out there every game. They are a deep-ball team. They have a quarterback who can make those throws and receivers who are talented guys. It wasn't suprising, but it was a little frustrating not being able to get to him."

On if his name being mentioned in pre-game trade rumors was a distraction:
"I don't think so. I heard about it, but don't give much thought. First of all, it's not a time to think about those things. Secondly, rumors are always flying around so you can't give it too much mind until they either come to fruition or dissolve."

On the difference between the first and second half:
"I wish I could pinpoint it. We definitely lost momentum. We didn't do a good job of turning that momentum quickly enough to get ourselves back in it. I feel like we just did not make enough plays that got our momentum back."

On the inability to execute on third down:
"They executed well. Their guys made some great catches. I think in the first and second quarter, we did a much better job. We can't allow ourselves to digress over a half like that, and it's something we have to figure out quick."

OL Joe Thomas
On QB Josh McCown's discomfort in the second half and if it affected him:
"He got hit a lot. When you are a quarterback and you get hit a lot, it hurts. It's always really hard for me to evaluate quarterback play, even when I watch the film because I just don't know a lot about it. At times, you could see there was discomfort when he got hit, but I don't think that's anything different than any other quarterback that gets hit. He's super tough. It is really impressive for a guy that's mid-30's. I know I'm on the other side of 30 now, and when I get hit, it hurts.  For a smaller guy than myself to get hit by bigger guys, it's got to hurt. He is super tough. There's a perseverance within Josh that's really impressive."

On if he's worried about the Browns being 2-6:
"Worrying doesn't really help you, it just wastes energy. Obviously, we are not where we want to be – 2-6 is not a good record. We have to find a way to find some answers and win some of these games. It's important to control the things that are in your control. I heard a while ago something about 'People who are mentally weak are ones that worry about things that are out of their control.' It's a battle when you're on a team that's not winning to worry about things that are out of your control, but that's a fight that you deal with in the NFL when you're on a team that's not winning."

DB Tramon Williams
On the difference of play between the first half and the second half:
"It's hard to say. Anytime you are up 20-7, you feel good, especially when you are coming into halftime. You always hope to keep the energy up and come out of  halftime with the same intensity, but it just didn't happen. We just gave up too many big plays."

On not being able to stop Arizona on third down:
"I'm not sure. Up until this point, we had been really good on third downs. For the Cardinals to convert the third downs today, I really just don't have an answer for that."

On where the Browns are right now and trade rumors:
"I guess that is what comes with losing. I don't know much about the rumors, but 2-6 is definitely not where we want to be at. We feel that we are a better team than the record shows. We have been in too many games where we just didn't come out on the right side of it. Just like today, we felt like we could have beat this team. At the end of the day, good teams find a way to win. Obviously, up to this point, we haven't been a good team."

On if there is more than just not coming up with big plays:
"It is something that you can't explain. I guarantee that if you ask a lot of these guys that they would feel that they could beat that team. With some teams, you get on the field with them and you're like, 'we can beat this team.' That is what we felt like today. Other times, you play some hard teams and you feel like it is going to come down to the wire. During this whole game, we felt like we should have pulled this game out."

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