Browns-Jets: Game Notebook

The Browns defense played tough, but couldn't pitch a shutout, which it appears they need to do. Mike McLain brings you news, notes, and numbers from today's game, including some reaction from the locker room after today's 10-7 loss to the Jets...<BR><BR>

CLEVELAND - At least the Browns' defense showed up to play.

Until the Jets put together a 75-yard drive to score the winning points in a 10-7 win over the Browns, their offense was kept under control most of the day. Quarterback Quincy Carter was sacked six times and completed 11-of-20 passes for 116 yards. The Browns held the Jets to 235 yards, but the defense didn't get much help from the offense.

It was as if the defense needed to pitch a shutout.

"We think that way every week," outside linebacker Chaun Thompson said. "The defense has to start shutting people out. That's not because of the offense. We need to shut out everybody. A lot of this is on the defense."

The high number of sacks was the result of a steady diet of blitzes thrown at Carter.

Thompson, who had his first career sack the previous week against Pittsburgh, added two more against the Jets. Other sacks Sunday were registered by linebacker Andra Davis, free safety Chris Crocker, end Kenard Lang and tackle Gerard Warren.

No one on defense has called out the offense about its consistently-poor showings, but frustration is starting to set in.

"It's not a burden," Roye said. "We get paid to go out there and make plays. But it gets frustrating because you see them working hard, and for things not to go good is disappointing. Everybody has to be accountable for himself."


TIME TO BE PROS: The Browns aren't technically out of the playoff race with a 3-7 record, but realistically there's no hope.

It's now up to the players to keep up their spirits.

"That's the reason why we get paid," center Jeff Faine. "It's going to be tough. It's frustrating right now, but we're professionals, and we have to act like professionals."


INJURY UPDATE:
The news isn't good for right offensive tackle Ryan Tucker, who injured his left knee in the second half. Tucker was helped off the field and left the stadium on crutches. Tucker was replaced by Joaquin Gonzalez, who started at right guard. Paul Zukauskas moved to right guard after he went in for Enoch DeMar at left guard.

Browns cornerback Daylon McCutcheon left in the first half with a toe injury and was replaced by Michael Lehan. McCutcheon returned in the second quarter.

Quarterback Jeff Garcia left in the second quarter with a shoulder injury. Kelly Holcomb played the rest of the game.


NUMBERS OF NOTE:
The six sacks registered by the Browns are a season high. The defense had a sack on each of the Jets' first four possessions. The sack output is the most since the defense had eight sacks again the expansion Houston Texans Oct. 20, 2002.

Orpheus Roye blocked a field-goal kick by Jets kicker Doug Brien in the first quarter. It was the first block by the Browns since Dec. 2, 2002, when Gerard Warren blocked a kick against the Carolina Panthers.

Phil Dawson's streak of 27 consecutive field goals ended when he was wide right on a 42-yard attempt in the second period. Dawson's streak is the longest in team history.

Richard Alston returned a kick 52 yards in the second half, marking the third straight game in which he's had a return of more than 50 yards. Alston had a 74-yard return against Pittsburgh and a 93-yard return against Baltimore.


INACTIVES:
Inactive for the Browns were running back Adimchinobe Echemandu; offensive linemen Kirk Chambers, Damion Cook and Javiar Collins; receivers Andre King and Andre Davis, and defensive lineman Corey Jackson.


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