Little’s blocking, maturity impressive

Posted by Vic Carucci on December 4, 2012 – 11:52 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:

Paul – My favorite memory from Sunday’s win against the Raiders’ game was Greg Little’s downfield block on Tyvon Branch to let Mohamed Massaquoi go for an extra 10 or so yards! The offense is starting to come along now.

You picked a good one, Paul.

Little’s crushing block on the Raider safety went a long way toward allowing Massaquoi to spring for the Browns’ longest gain through the air in the game, 54 yards.

Little has steadily made himself one of the better blocking receivers in the NFL. He takes great pride in that aspect of his job and in being a complete receiver.

Mike Wilson, the Browns’ receivers coach, constantly reminds all of the players in his position group that when someone else has the ball in his hands, they can’t turn into spectators. They must do everything possible to help maximize the gain.

Little also has shown definite improvement in hanging onto the ball. Overall, he seems to have made great strides in his maturity, which is what should happen to a player in the second half of his second NFL season.

Jim – Wins are wins. The W in the column looks the same no matter how it got there or who it was against. Go Browns!

Well said, Jim.

It didn’t matter that the Raiders entered the game on a four-game losing streak or had been blown out in their previous three outings. It didn’t matter that they were struggling on defense and in their running game.

Wins are extremely difficult to achieve in the NFL. They’re even harder to come by on the road, especially when you have to travel five-plus hours by plane across the country … when you have to adjust to a three-hour time difference … when you’re playing in as hostile environment as any in the league … when you’re on a sloppy, rain-soaked surface that makes for tricky footing.

All that mattered was that the Browns won and cleared the major hurdles of ending a 12-game road losing streak and winning back-to-back games for the first time since Sept. 25, 2011.

Nope, the opponent doesn’t matter. The accomplishments do.

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