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Browns players excited about playing with Josh McCown

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 1: Quarterback Josh McCown #13 of the Cleveland Browns passes during the second quarter against the Chicago Bears during a preseason game at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) Getty Images

Robert Griffin III is out, possibly for the season. Josh McCown is in. And the Browns are making the most of it.

“He’s going to be awesome Sunday,” receiver Terrelle Pryor said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I can’t wait. I can’t wait to go play for him and I can’t wait to catch balls from him.”

McCown has been spending time with guys like Pryor and Josh Gordon away from work. And that is helping forge a bond.

“Absolutely, you have to build trust, no matter who you’re playing with,” Pryor said. “You have to know that guy is going to have your back. The best way to do that is to spend time together. It doesn’t have to be for a long time. Go to dinner or whatever.”

The praise isn’t confined to the guys who have a clear interest in keeping the quarterback happy.

“Everybody’s excited about Josh,” cornerback Joe Haden said. “They know what he can do for this team. I just felt bad for RGIII, all the work that he put in, and how much it really means to him. But as far as Josh coming in, I’m just super excited that he’s still on this team. We feel very confident in Josh.”

The confidence gets its first test on Sunday against the Ravens. Earlier this week, the “cohesion” in the organization about which McCown raved on PFT Live was tested, too, with someone in the front office leaking to Adam Schefter of ESPN the notion that coach Hue Jackson had been too focused on fixing Griffin.

Jackson should be upset about that, and a good showing on Sunday will give him extra juice for sending a message that apparently needs to be communicated within the walls of the facility: If you have a problem with me, bring it up with me and not with someone else.

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12 Responses to “Browns players excited about playing with Josh McCown”
  1. TheBrownswillstinkagain says: Sep 18, 2016 9:34 AM

    Josh McCown is the only player on the Browns thats easy to cheer for. The other 52 are just flat out idiots

  2. jasons81 says: Sep 18, 2016 9:35 AM

    Losing RG3 will benefit this team. McCown may not be great but he’s no primadonna. RG3 had a phenomenal rookie season and quite possibly it went to his head and ruined him, alienated him from the coaching staff and teammates. But I’ve seen nothing since that rookie season to justify his high sense of self worth.

  3. MichaelEdits says: Sep 18, 2016 9:49 AM

    I would be too. This is what we call an upgrade.

  4. accipiterq says: Sep 18, 2016 9:53 AM

    Probably the first time since high school anyone’s said that.

    He wasn’t half-bad last year I suppose, which is better than any Cleveland QB in the past decade.

  5. petedutcherjr says: Sep 18, 2016 10:01 AM

    Josh McCown is the worst QB in the NFL.

    Players are all talk. They’re used to losing and they know the season is over already. Browns missed out on trading for a good QB (Mike Glennon).

  6. jag1959 says: Sep 18, 2016 10:01 AM

    “Everybody’s excited about Josh,”

    File under things you never thought you’d hear anyone say. But the reality is it translates to:
    “Everybody’s relieved to have someone besides RGme taking the snaps.”

  7. immafubared says: Sep 18, 2016 10:09 AM

    Really. Isnt that like trashing a guy who did go out and give it his all, got hurt and now your happy his replacement is taking over. Ya I would so want to be part of that team.

  8. onebuffalove716 says: Sep 18, 2016 10:14 AM

    Bills and Browns racing to see who drafts the top qb next year. Any other teams I’m forgetting?

  9. Kaz says: Sep 18, 2016 10:28 AM

    Hue will be fired at end of season due to IRGIII blunder. Seems like everyone in building knew he was a bum but Hue. Even caused them to pass up on franchise qb’s for him.

    Josh will due just enough to lose them the number 1 pick in the draft (by winning some games), and they’ll be further away from a franchise qb then they were in the 16 draft.

    Hue’s as good as gone.

  10. patsbrat says: Sep 18, 2016 10:52 AM

    Some QBs are coach killers, but RGIII’s career so far has been killed by his coaches. Shanahan played him with what was likely a manageable injury and turned it into a major injury, then Gruden didn’t adjust his scheme to RGIII’s skill set. Now another injury set back, though no fault of Hue’s.

    RGIII has turned into a ‘what could have been’ story as a result.

  11. jmc8888 says: Sep 18, 2016 11:03 AM

    He’s a better QB then RGIII.

    Hue wanted RGIII
    Smartest idiots in the room wanted Kessler

    Meanwhile the Browns fans best shot at victories sat on the bench.

    Now that injury has forced the morons to start McCown, of course Browns players are excited.

    Too bad the roster has been decimated by the morons running the team. McCown is going to have to be Superman to overcome Sashi’s and Co. and Hue’s idiocy, but for the Browns fans sake I hope he can.

    I hope he can survive that crap OL Sashi gave McCown and he can last long enough for Gordon to come back.

    I hope McCown can reconnect with Barnridge.

    I hope that McCown actually having an ability to be a traditional drop back QB (but also with amazing athleticism), helps the run game and Crowell and Duke get going.

    Sashi and Hue stacked the deck against McCown, Browns fans, and winning with their idiocy. Hopefully McCown can bring some joy to Browns fans, because the people running the team sure can’t.

  12. genericcommenter says: Sep 18, 2016 4:01 PM

    There’s a lot going on here. McCown is the best QB on the roster today, but the Browns weren’t building a team to win anytime in the next couple years. Teams aren’t going to build around a 37 year-old journeyman. He did great in 5 games for the Bears a couple years ago and did very well when he played last year (better than you think).

    Hue has a reputation as a “QB guru” – so of course he was hired with the idea that he was going to work on a reclamation project and/or coach up a rookie. The rookie the team wanted wasn’t available in the draft this year, so they made the moves they feel they had to. RG3 was the only guy on the roster they thought he might be able to “fix” this year. McCown is a solid backup/fill-in starter that no one needs to coach up and Kessler isn’t ready to play (though he might have to). That left Hue spending “too much” time on RG3 because that’s kinda what he was hired to do.

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