BEREA,Ohio--Not Otto Graham.
Not Frank Ryan, Brian Sipe or even Bernie Kosar ever passed for 457 yards in a game for the Browns and yet Josh McCown did just that last season. In an overtime win over the Ravens, McCown put up those gaudy numbers.
However, McCown said the Ravens defense isn't the same one he faced last season.
“Watching the tape, that was last year," McCown said. "This year what we see on tape – watched some last night and watched some this morning – is they are getting back to their form of how Baltimore plays defense. You see that they got some guys back. (LB) Terrell Suggs is back. They are a hard-nosed group. There is no doubt about it, especially the front seven. You add a veteran in the back like (S) Eric Weddle, he is a fantastic player, too.
"They held Buffalo to 50 plays or so," he said. "That is a short amount. That is a lot of three-and-outs and what not. We will have our hands full. We know that, but all the faith in the world in the coaches. They are going to put a great plan together for us. We are going to come out and the thing is from Week 1 to Week 2, similar to preseason, is that everybody can kind of get their regular season jitters out of the way and we can look at the tape of our game, make our corrections and focus on what they are doing, internalize this gameplan and be ready to go play good ball Sunday.”