Back to basics for Browns

"We have 14 games left and the first two haven't been pretty. We have to get a win under our belt. You have to think about wins, but you have to think about going back to the basics. You have to come out here to practice and try to get better. You can't start pressing. You just have to play the game. That is what got us last year to where we were. We just played the games. I think everyone is worried about getting a win instead of making first downs and stops. We need to get back to the basics."

Q: After starting 0-2, are games becoming 'must-wins' for your team?

Holcomb: Every game seems like a must game. We have 14 games left and the first two haven't been pretty. We have to get a win under our belt. You have to think about wins, but you have to think about going back to the basics. You have to come out here to practice and try to get better. You can't start pressing. You just have to play the game. That is what got us last year to where we were. We just played the games. I think everyone is worried about getting a win instead of making first downs and stops. We need to get back to the basics.

Q: What does that mean for you specifically?

Holcomb: You can't force the balls down the field like I have done. We've been in situations where the offense has needed to make plays and I've forced the ball down field. That is all on me. You can't do that. You have to take what the defense gives you. If they are not going to give you anything down the field, you have to be patient. I've kind of been impatient.

Q: How do you feel about newspapers calling for your team to put Tim Couch back in at quarterback?

Holcomb: You have a job to do. You can't worry about that. If you worry about that, then you are not worried about playing football. You know people are going to start that. I knew people were going to start it last year with what happened. It is just the nature of the business and you have to look over that.

Q: Is the most popular guy in town always the backup quarterback?

Holcomb: I don't think there is any question about that. Whoever is not playing, everybody thinks the other guy can come in and get the job done. That has been like that over time. That is the way it was last year when I was the backup and that is the way it is this year. But, you just have to focus on your job and focus on what you are doing.

Q: How would you describe your relationship with Couch?

Holcomb: It's been good. It hasn't changed. Coming into the season, I didn't know how it was going to be. But, he's been very supportive of me. I don't think you can ask for better guys.

Q: What kind of challenge does the 49ers defense present?

Holcomb: They give you speed and a lot of different looks. They are very fast. I think they are rated number one in the league in defense. You have to be aware of where they are. They have some great players. They are really quick. They hustle to the ball. They have some good pass rushers. We have to get ready for them this week.

Q: Have their various formations over the last two games made it hard to prepare?

Holcomb: Yeah, they have used a lot of fronts the last couple of games when I watched them on film. They do try to confuse you and I'm sure they have some new stuff for us. So, we just have to be prepared and we have to let the system work. We have a pretty good offensive system and a pretty good blocking scheme. So, if we let it work, then we will be able to pick up a lot of things.

Q: Do you have to identify Julian Peterson when you are at the line?

Holcomb: I don't think there is any question about that. He's a good football player. He's really quick and he's a good rusher. He can cover guys. You have to know where he is at all times.

Q: Anyone else on 49ers defense that stands out?

Holcomb: Jamie Winborn. He's pretty good. All around defensively, they are really good. Of course, they have Bryant Young on the line. He's been there for a long time and he is still playing well. We have to be prepared for everything that they give us because they do give you a bunch of different looks and they will get up in your face and pressure you man-to-man. We have to be ready for that.


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