“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.