There's no such thing as moral victories.
That's what Butch Davis drummed into his players' heads in the locker room Sunday after the Browns lost 34-31 to undefeated Philadelphia.
He continued in that vein Monday. Usually, Davis downplays the negative and accentuates the positive, but he was in no such mood.
"I don't like losing," Davis said. "It makes me sick.
"We didn't win a game (Sunday) where we had a really good chance to beat a helluva good football team."
There were plenty of hopeful signs in the loss, Davis conceded. The offense scored 31 points for the second straight game. Not since 1987 have the Browns had consecutive games scoring 30 or more points.
Jeff Garcia looks more and more comfortable in the offense. He threw for 236 yards despite having a depleted receiving corps.
But the defense gave up too many big plays and yielded 488 yards to the Eagles.
Defensive end Kenard Lang said the defense committed 20-30 mental errors.
"When you spread the mental errors over all the position groups and the nickel package, there were more mental errors than we had in maybe two years," Davis said.
With a bye week upcoming, the Browns have two weeks to stew about the loss. Cleveland returns to face Baltimore, Pittsburgh and the New York Jets, who have a combined record of 14-4.