In assessing the Browns 34-17 loss to the Patriots on Sunday, Romeo Crennel said the tone was set early as the Browns drove to the Patriots' one and turned the ball over without scoring any points.
"That hurt us getting no points out of that first drive," Crennel said. "When you go up against a good football team, you have to take advantage of your opportunities."
The Browns turned the ball over four times and the Patriots took full advantage of the opportunities the Browns afforded them.
"The big story of the game was the turnovers," Crennel said. "When you give Tom Brady the ball in good field position, he's going to make plays.
"Generally, you learn you can't turn the ball over when you play good teams," he said. "They're a good football team. There's no doubt about that."
Crennel said he didn't take any satisfaction in the fact the Browns were able to move the ball against the top-ranked defense in the NFL. He doesn't think that will help the Browns beat the Dolphins this Sunday.
"Each Sunday is a different Sunday," Crennel said. "We knew we had the ability to move the ball. We've shown that in the first four games. The thing you have to do is to do it consistently. It doesn't matter who you are playing."
The Browns host the Dolphins on Sunday before going into the bye. The Dolphins are winless after losing to the Texans, 22-19. They also lost quarterback Trent Green to a concussion. The Browns are hoping to enter the bye week with a 3-3 record.
"We have to work hard this week to get on the winning track," Crennel said.
Anderson's Play: QB Derek Anderson had some bright spots in the game, but had three interceptions, although two were tipped. He finished with 22 completions for 287 yards and two touchdowns.
However, the first interception took points off the board as the Browns were at the one on first-and-goal. Crennel was asked about Anderson's inconsistency.
"I think the first (interception) he made a bad choice," Crennel said. "The other times the balls were tipped. If he completes those balls, we're not talking about his inconsistency."
Overall, Crennel said he was happy with Anderson's play.
"Generally, I thought he did pretty well."
Injury Update:TE Darnell Dinkins (hand), WR Joe Jurevicius (knee), RB Jamal Lewis (foot) were mentioned by Crennel as injuries in the game. He said x-rays were negative on both Lewis and Jurevicius. He said they will have MRIs. DB Brodney Pool suffered a thigh contusion, but he thinks he'll be o.k.
Lewis had an 11-yard run on the game's first play when he was injured. He didn't return. RB Jason Wright rushed for 59 yards and caught four passes for 42 yards in his place.
"If (Lewis) can't go, we have a running back inactive (Jerome Harrison) and we'd make Jamal inactive," Crennel said. "I think (Lewis) wanted to come back in, but the medical people didn't think he should play."
"He's rusty," Crennel said. "He's missed a month, but we'll work him in from time to time and see where he's at."
Big Ted: DL Ted Washington was inactive for the Patriots' game. Crennel said it was a game plan situation.
"It was the game plan," he said. "We thought it was going to be more of a nickel game, so I made him inactive."