Post-Game Notes: Goodbye, Jamal

From Soldier Field, Steve King reports on a great runner who is ready to leave the game, and more...

CHICAGO – The Browns lost the game.

Owner Randy Lerner lost his cool – and understandably so (see related story).

And the club may soon be losing its leading rusher and the man who last year became the first Brown in nearly 30 years to have back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.

"I'm done. I'm done after this year," a frustrated Jamal Lewis, who is signed through 2010, said after Sunday's 30-6 loss to the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field that dropped the free-falling Browns to 1-7.

Lewis does not like the personality of the team, or the direction it's headed.

"We have no chemistry," said Lewis, whose fumble was among the five turnovers committed by the Browns in the game, yet also was the only bright spot offensively otherwise on the team with 69 yards rushing in 16 carries. "The good teams have chemistry. They have a personality. You know who they are and what they're trying to do. They play as a team.

"I don't know what we're trying to do. I'm not talking just about X's and O's. I'm talking about where we're going, what we're trying to do as a team."

When it was mentioned to him it sounded as if he was taking a shot at head coach Eric Mangini, since he is the person setting the team's course, Lewis shook his head no.

"I'm not touching the coach," he said. "I'm talking about the players. We're all men. We've got to know where we're going."

He added, "We had a new staff and a lot of new players this year. Everybody bought in, which is what you have to do. But week after week after week as we've gone along, it's been a blur."

But how can that – the lack of those critical intangibles that act as a bond -- happen to a team that's halfway through the season?

"What's our record?" Lewis said rhetorically.

When someone pointed out it's 1-7, he said, "That's how it can happen."

Lewis said he did not see these struggles coming.

"Not with as hard as we worked in training camp, and as hard as we work in practice every day," he said.

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AN EXAMPLE: Here's what Lewis is talking about when he says the Browns aren't a cohesive unit. When asked about his fumble, he said, "I don't think I ever had the ball." But quarterback Derek Anderson said, "I don't know what happened after I handed him the ball."

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FIVE ALIVE: Whoever was responsible for the fumble, the bottom line is that it was, as mentioned, one of five turnovers the Browns had in the game. "That's ridiculous," said Anderson, who threw two interceptions. "If it's not one guy losing the ball, it's another guy. You can't turn it over five times. I don't care what defense you're playing against. We've got to focus. I've got to make better decisions."

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NO PROBLEM: Brady Quinn, who went in for Anderson near the end of the game, was asked if he could help get the offense turned around if he were renamed the starter. "Yes, but I always feel confident I can make something happen," he said.

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IT TAKES TWO: How bad was the Browns passing game on Sunday? So bad that the leading receiver, rookie wideout Mohamed Massaquoi, had just two receptions for 28 yards.

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INJURY UPDATE: Cornerback Eric Wright and inside linebacker Eric Barton both suffered shoulder injuries. Wright returned to the game, but Barton didn't.

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WHO CARES?: Despite the final score, the Browns played pretty well defensively, including getting four sacks. "There were a lot of positives," Mangini said. "We got some pressure on the quarterback, we got a turnover and we handled sudden changes." Yeah, but … "We did a better job today," defensive end Robaire Smith acknowledged. "But we didn't win, so it doesn't matter. There are no positives when you lose."

OUCH:  The Browns are being outscored each game by an average margin of 26-10.

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NO SURPRISE: Dave Zastudil was outstanding punting the ball once again for the Browns, averaging 45.3 on six kicks. For the year, he's at 44.7.

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A DUD: Despite all the advance billing, neither returner, the Browns' Joshua Cribbs nor the Bears' Devin Hester, did much. The highlight was Hester's 32-yard punt return. Cribbs did rush for 28 yards on six attempts for a healthy 4.7 yards-per-carry average, and caught a 23-yard pass, and Hester had a game-high seven receptions for 81 yards.


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