Berea Report: Putting it Behind Them

The Browns try to move forward following the disappointing first-game loss to the Cowboys. Fred Greetham was in Berea this morning with the team and files this report...

BEREA - It will be tough to do, but the Browns better do it quickly.

That is, put the defeat to the Cowboys behind them and set their sights on the Steelers who are coming off a lambasting of the Texans, 38-17.

"The thing is we know we have to get better as a football team," Romeo Crennel said. "It's the Steelers and it's a division game and we're going to work our hind ends off to get better."

The Browns' defense gave up 487 yards in offense to the Cowboys and the Steelers have pretty good offensive weapons themselves with Ben Roethlisberger, Willie Parker and Hines Ward leading the way.

"They are the numbers and that's what it says," Crennel said.

The Browns were unable to put much pressure on Tony Romo and allowed the Cowboys to rush for 167 yards, but Crennel saw some improvement in the game.

"As you look at the second half, there was more pressure on him," Crennel said. "We did make some adjustments in the second half and did better."

The defense is trying to figure out what hit them.

 "We're trying to pinpoint what went wrong," Kamerion Wimbley said. "They outplayed us and executed when they needed to."

Wimbley and Willie McGinest hit Romo in the second half and Romo was slow in getting up and needed to have a bandage put on his chin after the play. still, the Browns had no sacks.

"We definitely didn't stop them when we needed to," Wimbley said. "We altered a couple of throws and me and Willie hit him and busted up his chin."

The players said they will put the game behind them quickly and turn their focus on the Steelers.

"It's very important after the loss, to get behind each other and look forward to the Steelers," Wimbley said.

Shaun Smith agreed.

"We have to put this game behind us and go out and play hard next week."

It's only week two, but many feel if the Browns hope to win the division they need to defeat the Steelers this week because of the importance for division games.

However, some of the players are down playing the Steelers.

"Every game is a must win Just because it is the next game," Steve Heiden said.

After the opening season loss to the Steelers last year, the Browns rebounded with a huge 51 point performance and a win over the Bengals in the second game.

"Last year has nothing to do with this year," Heiden said.

Crennel thinks the Browns have shown they can respond after a tough loss.

"I think there is a good possibility that we will we able to improve," Crennel said. "We made some of the plays last year. The outcome yesterday could've been better if we would've made some plays."


Cribbs Hopeful: When WR/KR Joshua Cribbs was declared inactive for the game, it affected the Browns in multiple ways as WR Donte Stallworth was injured. Cribbs could've started opposite of WR Braylon Edwards, besides fulfill his return duties.

"With Donte not playing, it set us back," Cribbs said.

Cribbs felt he could've played, but the coaches decided to hold him out. He's hoping to play against the Steelers.

"I think (the chance) is really strong," Cribbs said. "(The ankle) feels good. We're just taking it day to day."

"I was real close," Cribbs said. "I wanted to plead my case (to play). I was heart broken to not be out there with my team."

Stallworth Update: WR Donte Stallworth pulled up lame prior to the game and Crennel had little information to update his situation.

"The injury to Donte Stallworth in the pregame hurt us," Crennel said. "It started off as a groin, but ended up being a quad strain. We'll have to see where he is Wednesday and evaluate it."

Crennel said before the Browns go look for an experienced veteran wide receiver, they'll see what Stallworth's status is.

"He was just trying to warm up and he felt something," Crennel said. "We'll evaluate him and see where he is before we look for someone else."

Jurevicius Sighting: WR Joe Jurevicius was on the sidelines of the Cowboys game in shorts. His right knee was wrapped. He was in the locker room on Monday and was walking with a slight limp. He is on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list and could be activated after the sixth game.

Lerner not Happy: Bernie Kosar said owner Randy Lerner was not very happy that the Browns decided to kick a field goal trailing 28-7 with 10:13 to play in the game with the Browns facing fourth-and-three.

Kosar was a guest on WKNR radio on Monday and said he was in the booth with Lerner during the game.

Crennel was asked Monday if he would kick the field goal if he had to do it over again and he said without hesitating.


Young Pups in Action: Crennel was asked his thoughts on the play of CBs Eric Wright and Brandon McDonald.

"I thought the corners were competitive and they were able to make some plays," Crennel said. "They gave up some plays. The safeties ran some patterns that made us make some choices and we didn't make the right choices."

The Cowboys passed for 320 yards, including 96 by Jason Witten, 87 by Terrell Owens and 82 by Patrick Crayton.

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