Putting win vs. Steelers in perspective

Posted by Vic Carucci on November 27, 2012 – 10:12 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:

Karen – Let’s face it. Beating the Steelers was our Super Bowl!

I get where you’re coming from, Karen.

It was a massive win for Cleveland and for Browns fans everywhere. It has made just about everything in and around the community look and feel just a little bit better. This is the most excitement in the aftermath of a game than anyone who roots for this team has experienced in a very long time.

So, in many respects, yes, the victory did serve as a Super Bowl of sorts, especially because it came at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

But that is not how the coaches or players on this team see it. They are still very cognizant of the fact it was only the third triumph in 11 games, and that doesn’t translate to a successful season.

For Pat Shurmur and his team, the Steelers’ game is merely a building block for the Browns rather than their entire foundation. And there are five opportunities left – beginning at Oakland on Sunday – to add to it.

All of the euphoria and excitement generated last Sunday will be quickly forgotten if the Browns are unable to generate some traction. As well as they performed defensively, they have every reason to believe they can do exactly that.

Now, they have to go ahead and do it.

Darla – All the turnovers against Pittsburgh were nice! Gotta stop the holding calls, though.

You are so right, Darla.

Although I think, to some degree, the officiating crew might have been a bit overzealous with the holding calls, the fact is the Browns had far too many of them.

After drawing so many penalty flags (on defense and special teams) against the Cowboys in Week 11, the Browns needed to be far more disciplined against the Steelers. And, on offense, they weren’t.

This is part of the maturing of a team that I believe is coming into its own and learning what it takes to perform at a consistently high level.

The time has come to severely cut down on penalties in all phases.

Michael – Can’t tell you how good it is to turn on “Sports Center,” and see them say the Browns won! Not to mention that we beat Pittsburgh!

I had the same feeling when I turned on the television Monday morning, Michael.

It’s called being relevant. It occurs when you win.

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