Browns WRs Make Noise Before, After Loss

The Cleveland Browns receivers are making noise today, both before and after the loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Quincy Morgan is perhaps the loudest, as he feels he has been overlooked thus far in the 2003 campaign. Here are game notes from Mike McLain, straight from Baltimore...

BALTIMORE – Quincy Morgan wasn't a happy camper after the Browns' 33-13 loss to Baltimore.

Morgan felt he was open several times, but quarterback Kelly Holcomb wasn't able to find him.

"Get out the film and look at it," Morgan said. "I know I was getting open. I can't say what the other guys were doing."

Morgan has just two receptions in two games. The passing attack in general has been poor. Holcomb was 17 of 37 passes for 147 yards. He threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Johnson and had two passes intercepted, one that was returned 54 yards by safety Ed Reed for a touchdown.

"They played a lot more cover-2 (zone coverage) today," Holcomb said. "They weren't going to let you throw the ball down the field. You have to be able to run the football."


KJ FIRES UP ZEUS: Orlando Brown credited Kevin Johnson for getting him fired up to play.

"KJ got us hyped us," Brown said. "He said, ‘Remember when I used to score, and I gave you the ball to spike it? I'm going to do that this week.'

"I told Ray (Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis) not to let him score. KJ doesn't know how to keep his mouth shut."


LESS THAN SPECIAL: The Browns special teams were terrible. Chris Gardocki had a 10-yard punt in the second quarter that gave Baltimore the ball at the Cleveland 45, leading to a Matt Stover field goal. Phil Dawson's kick off after a field goal in the second quarter sailed out of bounds. The Ravens had possession at their 40 and were able to score on a Stover field goal.

"On special teams we have to win that skill-position war," said Andre King, who was penalized for an illegal block on a punt return. "We had a few breakdowns that we can't have if we want to put our offense on high ground."


SIMPLE SOLUTIONS: The Browns have a lot of work to do to get ready for Sunday's game in San Francisco.

"It's not tough to correct. Just quit screwing up," offensive guard Shaun O'Hara said. "It's not one position group. It's all of us taking turns shooting ourselves in the foot. This is the NFL. You can't continue to do that and succeed. You have to be close to letter perfect to win games, and we're obviously not right now."


NOTES AND NUMBERS: Prior to Lewis' 295-yard rushing performance, the previous single-game record against the Browns was set by Pittsburgh's John Henry Johnson in 1964. The Browns went on to win the NFL Championship that year with a 27-0 win over the Baltimore Colts.

Browns running back William Green lost a fumble in the first quarter. Green had gone 235 carries without losing a fumble.

Former Browns cornerback Corey Fuller let his temper get the best of him in the third quarter. After a reception by William Green, Fuller was penalized 15 yards for taunting.

Browns cornerback Michael Lehan pulled a hamstring in the second quarter and didn't return. Lehan missed the final two preseason games and the first regular-season game with a pulled calf.

Inactives for the Browns were safety Michael Jameson; receiver C.J. Jones; fullback Kevin McLeod; offensive linemen Chad Beasley and Enoch DeMar; defensive linemen Tyrone Rogers and Antonio Garay, and quarterback Josh Booty.


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