Berea - It’s a good thing the Browns don’t have memories like elephants.
Otherwise, how could they forget how bad they played against the Steelers just a week earlier.
“In this game you have to have a short memory,” Robaire Smith said. “Whether you win or lose, it was just one game.”
Just a week later, the Browns explode for 51 points and look like an offensive juggernaut after looking like a team in disarray just five days after trading their starting quarterback.
“The biggest story of the game was the offense and how they performed,” Romeo Crennel said. “We asked them to run the ball and protect the quarterback. We had receivers going after the ball and making things happen. Those things really impact the game.”
The Browns feel this validates the offensive system put in by Rob Chudzinski in the off-season.
“Obviously, that gives us confidence,” Joe Jurevicius, who had two touchdowns, said. “It just shows us that all of our hard work in the off-season paid off. We have a belief in what we’re doing will work.”
Kellen Winslow, who had 100-yards receiving, said the Browns were in sync all day, offensively.
“We were all executing on all cylinders,” Winslow said. “We converted third downs all day.”
Winslow thinks there is still room for improvement.
“There were still plays to made on the field.”
Winslow was quick to give the credit to the offensive line, who did not allow any sacks. Since Derek Anderson has taken over at quarterback, they have only allowed one sack.
“The offensive line did a phenomenal job,” Winslow said. “They deserve the credit. Derek was able to see the field clearly and make the plays.”
The 51 points and 554 net yards on offense is a testament to the play of the entire offense.
“When we see those guys make plays, that gets us all excited,”Hank Fraley said. “We know that we gave Derek enough time and that fires us up.”
Crennel thinks the Browns can build on this win.
“Hopefully, we can build on this and gain some confidence,” he said. “There’s a thin line between being good and bad,
“If you make a throw and the receiver dives and makes a good play, then it’s a good throw,” he said. “If he dives and misses it, then it’s a bad throw.”
Crennel said you always worry about a let down after a terrific offensive performance.
“These guys will be told they’re the best thing since sliced bread because we rushed for over 200 yards and threw five touchdowns,” Crennel said. “We have to get them to understand that nothing has changed.”
Turning Point?: Crennel was asked if he thought Sunday’s win over the Bengals was a turning point in the season.
“It was only the second game of the season,” he said. “Generally, after the season you can look back and say what was the turning point.”
Injury Update: S Brodney Pool suffered a concussion in the game and will be evaluated this week. DB Daven Holly (mild concussion) didn’t play in Sunday’s game and will be evaluated Wednesday.
“Hopefully, we’ll have him later in the week,” Crennel said.
If Pool is unable to go, the Browns will need to add depth. Michael Adams replaced Pool, but the Browns only have three safeties with Gary Baxter still unable to play.
“We’ll need more depth there if (Pool) can’t go,” Crennel said.
Crennel said the Browns would’ve had to use a cornerback at safety if Adams or Sean Jones went down.
P Dave Zastudil still has a sore back after punting against the Bengals. He appeared to have re-injured his back on his last kick.
“He was sore and we’ll have to go day-to-day to see how he’s doing,” Crennel said.
On Replays: Crennel was asked if he thought the touchdown by Bengals’ WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh should’ve been overturned. He challenged the score, but the touchdown stood.
“It was close,” Crennel said. “It looked like it should’ve went our way.”
Game Balls: Crennel was asked who was given game balls. He said the entire offense, Robaire Smith on defense and Joshua Cribbs on special teams.