Running The Ball Equals Success

After rushing for 173 yards last week against the Baltimore Ravens, the Browns are confident and prepared to be a run-oriented team.

BEREA., Ohio — It only took three weeks for the Browns to figure out that for them to be successful they need to run the ball effectively.

Last week's loss to the Ravens showed the Browns can play with anyone if they can control the line of scrimmage.

"I think for us, on offense, we want to be able to run the ball," Joe Thomas said. "I think if we can successfully kind of grind the ball through four quarters, give our defense a chance to rest and open up some things in the passing game, I think we are going to have more successes than failures."

The Browns put up 173 yards on the ground against one of the best defenses in the NFL against the run.

"It kind of set the tone for how our offense wants to play," Josh Cribbs said. "I can't speak for our defense or the other units of the team, but I know on offense, we push people around and that's how we set the tone. We are going to run the ball and that's going to open up the passing game for us."

Thomas said the Browns have capable backs who can hit the holes in Peyton Hillis, Jerome Harrison or James Davis.

"I think that up front, we do a pretty nice job on the offensive line of making seams for these guys," Thomas said. "You can't take anything from Peyton or Jerome, they're great running backs. They found the seam, they bought into the game plan that we had that week and I look for that to continue this week."

Quarterback Seneca Wallace says the team can win either way.

"We can win either way," Wallace said. "You can win games running the ball for 150 yards and pass for nothing. It's a whole team sport, it takes both sides of the ball. We do what we do on the offensive side of the ball the best way we can, putting ourselves in a situation to score points and obviously, the defense is going to do what they have to do. If we have to run the ball in order to set up our pass, then that's what we'll do."


Injury Update: DL Kenyon Coleman (knee), DB Derrick Roberson (hip), DL Shaun Rogers (ankle, hip), DL Robaire Smith (back), OL John St. Clair (ankle) and LB Jason Trusnik (head) did not practice on Thursday and were listed as doubtful. Mangini said all but St. Clair and Roberson would practice Friday.

QB Jake Delhomme (ankle) was questionable, along with WR Josh Cribbs (ankle), RB James Davis (thigh), RB Jerome Harrison (thigh), OL Shawn Lauvao (ankle), WR Brian Robiskie (hamstring) and FB Lawrence Vickers (groin).

Mangini said that Delhomme came through the practice in good shape.

"He responded well and we'll see where he is on Friday and Saturday," Mangini said.

Mangini said he could end up starting or being the backup or inactive as he's been the last two weeks.

LB Marcus Benard (ankle) and OL Joe Thomas (elbow) were probable on the report.

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