Coaches, Players Still Searching for Answers

Browns players, coaches rehash Sunday's 24-20 loss to Jacksonville

BEREA, Ohio — The Browns had been playing so well and they go to Jacksonville, create six turnovers and still end up losing, 24-20.

A day later, the coaches were still searching for answers.

"There is a range of (reasons)," Eric Mangini said.

Mangini was asked if he ever thought a team would be plus five in turnover ratio and lose. He just shook his head repeatedly before saying,

"No, but we did it."

The players were also looking for answers.

"I just think that Jacksonville had a good game plan and they executed a little better than we did," Lawrence Vickers said. "They just executed better than we did."

The Browns reverted to their play prior to the Saints and Patriots wins in playing just good enough to lose.

"Football is about making plays, whether it's a first play or last play," Scott Fujita said. "Our games have come down to the last play, making a play and we haven't been able to do that.

"A lot of times it just comes down to making a big play in the critical moments of the game. It's unfortunate because the margin of error in this league is so small and we've learned that more than anybody this year."

Evan Moore said Jaguars took the Browns running game away.

"Jacksonville did a good job," Moore said. "We're a run first offense and we couldn't get it done. Our defense produced six turnovers and it's really disappointing to not get the win."

Vickers said the offense doesn't feel more pressure when the defense takes the ball away as many times as they did.

"This is a team sport and at the end of the day all people want to see is a ‘W,' whether it's offense, defense or special teams."

"Obviously, a very frustrating game for us," Mangini said. "We had a lot of opportunities and we didn't take advantage of them."

"All the turnovers aside, we didn't do a good enough job."


McCoy Update: Colt McCoy injured his ankle in the fourth quarter and finished the game, but Mangini shed little light on his status. He did confirm that he did suffer an ankle sprain, but didn't differentiate if it was a ‘high' ankle sprain that Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace suffered.

"We'll see where he is on Wednesday."

If McCoy is unable to play, he said that both Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace are able to play. Wallace was the backup the past two games and Delhomme was the third quarterback against Jacksonville.

"I'd just like to wait and see how it shakes out Wednesday."

Injury Update: Other than McCoy, Mangini said that Josh Cribbs is making progress, as is Mike Adams. He feels Ben Watson will be alright. He said it ‘doesn't look good' for Blake Costanzo.

Lauvao Debut: Third-round draft choice Shawn Lauvao started his first game against Jacksonville and said he had mixed reviews.

"I thought it was going to be way worse," Lauvao said. "Most of it was technical stuff. They really loaded the box and brought a lot of slants and things that were frustrating to us."

Lauvao was asked how he thought he did.

"As a player, I'm so critical of myself," he said. "You want to give your team everything you have. It was a good learning experience. I'd say I did my job, you want to do more and spring a guy for a touchdown."

Lauvao was asked what the problem was with the running game.

"The biggest thing is the five or six guys all have to be on the same page and communicating all the time."

Mangini agreed.

"When you run the ball it is because everybody is hitting on the same level," Mangini said. "We didn't execute well as a unit."

Fujita Update: Scott Fujita was in the locker room with a brace on his knee. He said he does not need surgery and said he expects to play this season.

"I'm just trying to get better right now," he said. "I would love to get out there this week, but it's tough  to say with this type of injury."

Fujita was asked when he thinks he will be ready.

"I have my own personal target date but I still have a knee brace on and am still hobbling around."

Moore's Production: Evan Moore seems to be the guy the Browns go to late in the game. The question is why don't they use him sooner?

"I don't have answers to those questions all." Moore said. "I can do is do as much as I can when I'm called upon. We all want to contribute and I want to take advantage of every opportunity that I get."

Moore caught a 38-yard pass late in the fourth quarter to set up the Browns' last field goal. He also caught a 22-yard pass in the final drive. He finished with three receptions for 69 yards. A week ago against the Jets, Moore beat Darrelle Revis for an 18-yard reception to the three-yard line to set up the touchdown that sent the game into overtime.

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