Desire to keep working shows maturity

Posted by Vic Carucci on October 30, 2012 – 9:11 pm

By Vic Carucci, Senior Editor

You’ve got questions and comments that you submit to the Browns’ official Facebook and Twitter pages. Here’s what I have to say about what you have to say:

Chris – I head after the Chargers’ game that Pat Shurmur was going to give the players a “Victory Monday” off, but that they decided to forgo a day off to go back to work on the Ravens. FREAKING AWESOME!!! Love the lunch-pail mentality. They may not win Sunday, but Joe Flacco & Ray Rice better bring a lunch pail, because it isn’t gonna be easy!

Chris, it is, as you put it, “awesome” that the players showed a clear understanding that they need all of the work they can get to prepare for their next game – that they aren’t good enough or accomplished enough to give up an opportunity to study as much tape as possible and meet with their coaches and be as ready as they can be for Sunday.

It’s even more impressive when you consider how young this team is. That shows that these players have the maturity and sense of accountability and desire to do everything they can to try and build some much-needed traction after winning two of their last three games. That also shows that the players aren’t focused on the fact they have lost six games, which could easily discourage a team from wanting to do anything extra. I think there is a core belief within the squad that something good is being built, not only for the long-term future but for the present as well.

And, yes, it is very much a workmanlike, “lunch-pail,” mentality, which is what Cleveland is all about.

James – Go Browns! We’re not there yet, but we’re only a few key pieces away from being legit! We need Jordan Cameron to step it up, and some experience at the linebackers and wide receivers and we should be good!

You’re absolutely right, James. I don’t think the Browns are nowhere near what they want to be, but can definitely get there by adding those “key pieces” you mentioned.

A dominant pass-rusher would be a huge help to this team, and I could see that being a focus in the draft and/or free agency.

Cameron continues to make strides as a play-making tight end. He is learning more and more about what it takes to excel at the position in the NFL. He is trying to rely more on strength rather than simply athleticism. But as an athlete, he is capable of being a dynamic force.

Keep in mind, though, that the tight end is not a primary focus of the Browns’ passing game. This is still very much a wide-receiver-driven attack, and as the young players at that position develop, they are going to continue to see more and more passes, along with Trent Richardson. But Cameron definitely can increase his role and impact by showing steady improvement.

Marc – Personally I think it was the brown jerseys that allowed us to beat the Charger. About damn time! Go Browns!

Let the record show that the Browns are 1-1 in their brown jerseys this season, Marc.

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