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Browns try to cut down on finger pointing

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When asked why the Browns have dropped two straight games to fall to 4-7 on the season, safety T.J. Ward opted to give his actual opinion rather than a bland soundbite.

Ward said that eight turnovers over the last two weeks were the reason why the team lost, an assessment that’s not politically correct in the locker room even if it fairly accurately explains why the Browns have been outscored 68-31 in the two losses. Other members of the Browns defense said Monday that they understood Ward’s frustrations, but that the safety can’t express them in a way that could lead to division on the team.

Coach Rob Chudzinski had the same take and said he let the team know that they needed to stick together in the face of tough times.

“I talked to the team about the importance of us sticking together and this is the time when those frustrations come out, when you don’t have as much success in a game that you want to have,” Chudzinski said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Again, we have a lot of football left to play this season. It’s a team sport and we need to stick together in that way. It was in a context of being frustrated about losing, which I understand. Guys who aren’t frustrated or like losing, we don’t want here anyhow. I think that what T.J. said was in frustration. I know as he came in today, he’s looking at his own performance and there’s a lot of things that we all can do better. That’s the approach it’s been with the team.”

The Jaguars are headed to town this weekend, which would normally look like a chance to get well. It looks like Brandon Weeden will be back at quarterback for the Browns, however, and that certainly mitigates any advantage the Browns might hope to have over the visiting side.

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15 Responses to “Browns try to cut down on finger pointing”
  1. thewizardofbs says: Nov 26, 2013 9:23 AM

    Browns try to cut down on finger pointing?

    Try “Browns try to cut down on getting the finger from fans”

  2. johnnyjagfan says: Nov 26, 2013 9:26 AM

    Ward is right. Eight turnovers in two games? Can’t be mediocre and do that and expect to win.

    However, Weeden likes to throw it up for Josh Gordon and that’s how you score against my Jags. I hope we can make it two road wins in two weeks, but I’m seeing a low-scoring Brown win.

  3. playgroundlgnd says: Nov 26, 2013 9:37 AM

    First off.. TJ is a pro bowl caliber safety.. so hebcan say what he wants.

    Secondly.. its not like he’s lying.. he was the only one playing with any heart against the Steelers… hes the only one who showed up to hit. The offense is ruining it as they always do.. for a great defensive unit led by TJ, Haden, DQJ, and Taylor.

    Thirdly… it needs to be said. Someone on the team needs to hold the offense accountable because its rediculous how much better we are than in the years past and have the men bwhind center screwing up what could have been a great season that gave us hope.

  4. steelerben says: Nov 26, 2013 9:48 AM

    Ward said that eight turnovers over the last two weeks were the reason why the team lost, an assessment that’s not politically correct in the locker room even if it fairly accurately explains why the Browns have been outscored 68-31 in the two losses.

    What he wanted to say was “F#&% Brandon Weeden!”

  5. pabrownsfan says: Nov 26, 2013 9:59 AM

    Sometimes the truth hurts. WeDone.

  6. monsterscream says: Nov 26, 2013 10:19 AM

    same ole browns…

  7. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 26, 2013 10:32 AM

    The idiots blame only Brandon Weeden without knowing that Jason Campbell went from a CAREER 61% completion percentage passer to a 56% completion passer once he joined Cleveland’s 4th ranked ball dropping receivers in the NFL.

  8. steelerstrong says: Nov 26, 2013 10:40 AM

    One day this team will get a break. Just another example of how a true franchise QB can stabilize an organization. Once you have one, don’t let him go

  9. godofwine330 says: Nov 26, 2013 10:48 AM

    Weeden is probably staring down the receivers he is going to throw to on Sunday right now. WeDone. How much better off would we have been if we had drafted Kalil & The Muscle Hamster last year? Cordy Glenn in the 2nd round at guard and I would have been happy. They did neither. And T-Rich, Weeden & Shwartz won’t be here or starting next year. What a way to waste the draft last year.

  10. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 26, 2013 10:59 AM

    A franchise quarterback can’t stabilize a team with crappy wide receivers and crappy offensive line.

    3rd ranked in dropped passes in the NFL

    2nd ranked in quarterback sacks in the NFL

  11. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 26, 2013 11:02 AM

    Sheeet!!!

    pittsburgh has a franchise quarterback and they are still 4-5 team.

  12. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 26, 2013 11:04 AM

    Sorry…. 5-6 team (like Cleveland w/o franchise qb).

  13. td40 says: Nov 26, 2013 11:32 AM

    playgroundlgnd says:
    Nov 26, 2013 9:37 AM

    First off.. TJ is a pro bowl caliber safety.. so he can say what he wants.
    ————————————————–

    I sincerely hope you were being sarcastic there. Either that, or you don’t actually watch Browns games.

    TJ Ward is not even approaching the status of pro bowl caliber as a safety. I mean, seriously- you’re joking right? Keep in mind that I am a huge Browns fan (and unless old enough to be a grandfather, I’ve been a fan a lot longer than you)– but lets be realistic here so that we don’t just destroy our credibility. TJ Ward has alligator arms. I’m not the only one saying it, dude. He can’t tackle worth a crap, and has been burned by being out of position so many times I can’t even count. He is an avergae-at-best safety.

  14. varnbo says: Nov 26, 2013 11:43 AM

    Last years draft: #1. Richardson; #2. We Done; #3. Swartz.

    Holmgren actually had the cojones to criticize the Browns after the trade of Richardson.

    A crappy team such as the Browns can’t miss on 3 high draft picks in a single year and show improvement.

    QB is what it’s all about, but you can’t force it by making wasted picks on “hopeful” QB’s.

  15. mrfrostyj says: Nov 26, 2013 6:27 PM

    If Cleveland has proven anything its that anyone other than Weeden can probably look ok in their offense. With that said expect the offensive line to let Weeden get hurt and whatever practice squad guy takes his place to have a career game (before he too eventually gets hurt for Weeden to come back more times than Friday the 13th has movies).

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