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Joe Haden expects 'crazy week of practice' heading into Browns home opener

Joe Haden's focus was locked on the present Tuesday as he promoted his second annual charitable offering for the Cleveland Browns Foundation's 2015 Radiothon.

When prompted about the team's upcoming shot at redemption Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, though, he couldn't help but look forward to Wednesday, when the Browns begin their official, on-field preparations for the home opener at FirstEnergy Stadium.

"I know this week is going to be a crazy week of practice and preparation is going to be serious," Haden said on The Really Big Show. "We left a bad taste in our mouths. We don't want our fans to think we built it up so bad and now it's over. We're going to come back out with a vengeance."

Fans have until 1 p.m. Wednesday to place their bids on numerous items and experiences available in this year's Radiothon, a 28-hour fundraiser that will benefit the Cleveland Browns Foundation in its mission to promote education and youth development across the Greater Cleveland area. Haden's offering is the same as last year's and just as good: One winner and the winner's guest will attend the Cleveland Cavaliers' Oct. 15 game against the Indiana Pacers with Haden and sit next to him in courtside seats.

Fans can bid online or by phone at a number that will be revealed throughout the broadcast on ESPN 850 WKNR.

"I know all of these dudes," Haden said, referring to the Cavs. "I'm within arm's length of LeBron."

As he watches the bids flood in, Haden said he would maximize his day off with a massage before he returned Wednesday for what he expects to be a highly competitive, productive practice.

"We don't want to turn one loss into two," Haden said. "We want to get back to the film. Everybody, just the way the defense is and the way we feel and the way we feel our defense should play, everybody was so sick to their stomachs. That's the way I would feel everyone to expect. We came in yesterday and we just can't wait to get back out there."

Haden, personally, was frustrated with his performance against Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who caught six passes for 62 yards and a touchdown in New York's 31-10 victory.

The learning lesson Haden took from the season opener was simple: Make plays.

"Those one-and-one battles, you've got to win them," Haden said. "That's what we always talk about and that's how the defense is going to be run. When you have your playmakers in position to make plays, you have to make more than you don't. It's on you to make your plays, you need to make them and that's the only way we're going to be successful."

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