BEREA - The Browns are trying to use the bye week as a week to not only get players healthy, but reboot their high-powered offense from a year ago which saw the team average nearly 25 points a game.
“We need the next few days to practice and get better,” Derek Anderson said.
Romeo Crennel said that just getting more time for Anderson to click with the offense will make an impact. Crennel doesn’t think—nor does Anderson—that there’s any lingering affects from the concussion he suffered in the second preseason game with the Giants.
“The missed time had more of an impact (than the concussion),” Crennel said. “He was cleared as far as the concussion goes. He’s making decisions.
“I think it was more of the missed time and the missed weapons around him,” he said. “It’s just not him. There are always others around him that effect his play.
“I think you can get your timing back and reflexes back,” Crennel said. “Take Braylon Edwards for example. If you look at the Jets games, and then he misses three weeks and he presses and timing is not there.
“Now, since that first game, things are coming around for him,” he said. “It’s a process. When you miss time, you just don’t jump right back in where you were.”
Crennel said Anderson might need to go back to taking what the defense gives him, like he did in 2007.
“He might be trying to go down field a little more than he did last year,” Crennel said. “He seemed to take more what the defense gave him last year.”
Braylon Edwards thinks the offense is coming back and has weathered the storm regarding injuries, through the first quarter of the season.
“I don’t think we can go any further down,” he said. “We’re moving in the right direction. We’re trying to get in the groove and use this week as a self evaluation period and see where we are.
“As a team, we haven’t been hitting on all cylinders,” Edwards said. “We have to do that. “
The Browns still feel they can rebound and vie for the AFC North title.
“We still have hope and a chance, but we have to put it together,” Edwards said. “We have a shot, but we have to win games.”
And to win games, the Browns will have to score more than 11 points a game.
Cribbs Return Big: Getting KR Josh Cribbs back 100 percent healthy can do wonders for the Browns, especially on the offensive side of the ball.
“Josh Cribbs provides us field position and other opportunities,” Crennel said.
“Everyone feeds off the momentum of a return,” Cribbs said. “If we can get that going again, it will definitely help us.”
Cribbs had a Pro Bowl season in 2007 and the Browns were continually in good field position to start their offense.
“The phase of adjusting is over and we all have to step up, including myself,” he said. “It’s time to get going and to hold nothing back.”
Cribbs admitted he hasn’t been 100 percent in the first four games, but did have his best return to date of 44 yards against the Bengals.
“I’ll be 100 percent by the Giants’ game,” he said. “I wasn’t quite there, but enough to contribute.
“I feel like the old Josh will be back and we can pick up the pieces,” he said. “It’s real good for the confidence of the team. Let’s get the ship moving.”
Cribbs said he has kept an eye on how the Dolphins used RB Ronnie Brown a week ago.
“Every time a team uses an athlete like myself and it’s like a light bulb going off in the mind of the offensive coordinator or myself.”
Guitar Hero: WR Braylon Edwards says he’s personally getting back to his 2007 form.
“I’m still having fun, but I think I can play better and get back to the level I was at (last year).”
Edwards was asked about his post-touchdown celebration against Cincinnati, where he knelt down and played the air guitar.
“I play a lot of guitar hero lately and it came out naturally.”
Brady Down: Crennel was asked if he felt that QB Brady Quinn was discouraged having not played.
“I don’t think so,” he said. “Sometimes, a player gets discouraged if he doesn’t play. You look at Philip Rivers, who sat for a while, but then he has been able to play at a high level.
“If he’s discouraged, he doesn’t show it,” he said. “He works hard at his job. He understands the situation, and if he is called upon he will be ready.”
Injury News: Crennel said that several players will be rested as the team practices starting Wednesday: DB Sean Jones (knee), DL Shaun Rogers (shoulder), OL Kevin Shaffer (concussion), TE Kellen Winslow (knee), DL Shaun Smith (hand) and RB Jason Wright (knee). Crennel said he doesn’t expect any lingering effects and is just giving the players rest. WR Donte Stallworth and LB Willie McGinest practiced.
“Sean Jones rehab is going good,” Crennel said. “He might be somewhat limited for the Giants game.”
Crennel did say that he didn’t expect WR Joe Jurevicius to begin practicing after the Giants’ game when he would be eligible to practice.
“Right now, it might take a little longer and I’m not anticipating him practicing after the Giants’ game.“
Rucker Begins: Rookie TE Martin Rucker practiced Wednesday for the first time after undergoing knee surgery in training camp.