Playing hard, physical not new for Browns

Posted by Vic Carucci on November 29, 2012 – 12:03 am

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:

Norma – They need to play that hard and physical all the time. The coach has to have fire in the belly and not stand back and be so passive.

Norma, I think the Browns actually have played as hard and as physical against other opponents as they did against the Steelers.

In fact, one of their stronger efforts and more physical games came at Pittsburgh last season. Remember that impressive goal-line stand? You can’t get much more physical than that.

As for the coach needing to have a fire in his belly, I couldn’t disagree more. Pat Shurmur is extremely fiery and far from passive. Although he might not always show a tremendous amount of emotion on the sidelines or during news conferences, he is every bit as passionate about his job and his team as anyone connected with the Browns.

Frankly, I think it’s a plus that he maintains a fairly even keel most of the time. That tends to help in the many decisions that coaches face during a game.

Josh – I’m still jacked out of my mind about the win. I say win out, show some heart; 8-8 is a huge building block for such a very young team.

Love the way you’re thinking, Josh.

Winning out would be a tremendous way for the Browns to end the season. Is it possible? Anything’s possible. Is it likely? Who knows?

The schedule offers some significant challenges, especially with three of the final five games on the road, beginning Sunday at Oakland and including back-to-back games at Denver and Pittsburgh to end the year.

But I would disagree with your point about winning out being an indication of the Browns showing “some heart.” I think this team has shown heart all season, and, despite a losing record, has competed at a high level through the vast majority of its games.

Robby – Steeler fan here, congrats on the win. YINZ deserve it. Just don’t ever do it again!

Thanks, Robby. We truly appreciate it.

Your final comment is being ignored, of course.

Scotty – I think Brandon Weeden will be fine as the Browns’ quarterback. The games are at least fun to watch now, much better than it was last year.

I agree, Scotty.

Weeden will be fine. He’s a talented player who has had his share of ups and downs, but that’s typical of what you see in a rookie quarterback. The same can be said for Andrew Luck and other rookie quarterbacks from the present and the past.

You’re also right about Browns games being fun to watch, and that is largely due to an offense that is capable of generating more big plays through the air. Weeden’s arm allows for that, along with the dynamic skills of running back Trent Richardson and of wide receiver Josh Gordon.

Even on a day when the Browns were far from explosive offensively, they still managed to generate 20 points against a Steelers defense that entered last week’s game ranked first in the NFL.

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