NASHVILLE – Quarterback Jeff Garcia tried to take positives out of the Browns' performance in a 24-3 loss to the Titans, but it wasn't easy.
"There were some positive things we can take out of it, but there's definitely a lot of room to grow," Garcia said. "We're not going to kid ourselves. We need to be a much better team. It doesn't matter that it's preseason. There' s a lot more this team has to offer, and we didn't display that tonight."
Garcia completed three of five passes for 23 yards. He was sacked the first two times he dropped back to pass.
"It was one of those situations where the offensive line is still trying to come together," Garcia said. "The first time I thought I could squeeze away and make something positive happen, and the second one happened too fast to make anything of it. As the game went on they did a better job of giving me more protection."
If there was something coach Butch Davis could smile about, it was the play of running backs Lee Suggs and William Green. Rotating on almost every play, Suggs and Green combined for 47 yards on eight carries in the first quarter. Suggs had 24 yards on five carries, and Green gained 23 yards on three carries.
"We said we really wanted to try in the first quarter with our starters knowing they were only going to play 12, 15 to 18 plays to establish our running game," Davis said. "I thought Lee Suggs and William Green ran as hard as I've seen them run. I thought the line, the tight ends and fullbacks did a nice job (of blocking)."
Green wasn't pleased despite his performance. "We got our behind kicked, and we have to do better," Green said. "There's no excuse for that."
"You expect that from Kelly," Davis said. "We just need to get the ball in the end zone."
Browns cornerback Daylon McCutcheon was slow in reacting to a move by Mason, who broke wide open. McCutcheon was penalized for pass interference on the previous play. The call covered 42 yards.
"I think I'm capable of playing better," McCutcheon said. "You have to be more consistent. I'm disappointed, but you learn from your mistakes."
"Him coming out and wanting to get in the mix and play with emotion is something we're going to feed off of," Garcia said. "He needs to be more aware of situations as to not hurting the team but more so enhancing the team."