Browns notebook: Linebacker thinks Cleveland can run the table
The Cleveland Browns have had only two winning seasons since their return to the NFL in 1999. But despite starting the season by losing five in a row and eight of 10, linebacker D'Qwell Jackson believes that after a 20-14 win over the Steelers on Sunday, the Browns will win their final five games to finish the season at 8-8.
“I don't have a doubt that we can win out,” Jackson said.
The Browns have games left at home against Washington and Kansas City and road games against Oakland, Denver and the Steelers.
“It's not going to be easy,” Jackson said. “We are going to have to come to work every day and grind every day.”
• Quarterback Brandon Weeden was knocked from the game in the fourth quarter and didn't return when his head hit tackle Joe Thomas' leg after being knocked to the ground. Cleveland coach Pat Shurmur said Weeden was being treated for a concussion.
• The Browns planned to give away a white inflatable flag with the team logo to fans. However, the organization reconsidered after criticism that the international symbol for surrender was being used as a promotional giveaway for a 2-8 team. Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said it wasn't his decision to cancel the promotion. “I was not involved with that decision. To me, that was a lot to do about nothing,” Haslam said.
• The Browns were aware the Steelers were down to their third quarterback in Charlie Batch, but that didn't alter their game plan. “We didn't adjust it,” said nose tackle Phil Taylor, who had a sack and a fumble recovery. “Any given day, any quarterback can light it up. We approach every quarterback like they are the starter.”
• Cornerback Sheldon Brown (5-foot-10, 200 pounds) was called for interfering with Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress (6-5, 232) in the end zone with seven seconds left in the first half. Brown, who finished with an interception and a pass defensed, wasn't happy with the call. “I asked the official if he thought a little guy like me is going to knock a big guy like that down?” Brown said. “It makes no sense to me when they throw the flags like this.”
• A week after being penalized 12 times against Dallas, the Browns were called for 10 penalties for 90 yards, including three holding calls within a span of four plays late in the third quarter.
— Mark Kaboly
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Steelers to bring LB Harrison out of retirement
- Steelers defense must replace three injured starters
- Steelers Lookahead: Struggling 0-3 Bucs come to town
- Steelers notebook: Running game kept Panthers guessing
- Steelers notebook: Rooney says owners support Goodell
- Game changers: Turnover leads to elusive TD for Steelers
- Offense awakens to lead Steelers past Panthers
- Steelers intrigued by athleticism of free agent Jones
- Steelers notebook: Big Ben sees increase in throwing out of shotgun
- Starkey: Can Steelers’ Mitchell find Carolina cure?
- Play to watch: Inside zone read slant/bubble