By: Will Burge
Two grieving teams – Both the Browns and the Chiefs are less than a week removed from tragedies at their team facilities. While Kansas City’s incident certainly hit closer to home for the players, both teams responded with a victory.
So how will the Chiefs look this week after an extremely emotional victory? That is the big question.
The memorial for Jovan Belcher was today and as Brady Quinn put it today on a conference call with the media, they are still in the “midst of the storm.” The Browns cannot rest on the fact that the Chiefs will most likely have a “let down” game.
Romeo Crennel said, “When you go out there on the field and you cross the white line, even though you have problems and you’re feeling bad for yourself, when the ball is snapped the opponent is going to try to beat you.”
You can’t feel bad, you just have to win.
Young team building confidence – You can call the wins ugly, you can call them cheap, but you still have to call them wins. The Browns have now won 2 in a row and 4 of the last 7 games. A stretch of football like that can only help a young team’s confidence.
“For the younger guys…we are just getting our confidence up,” said Trent Richardson. “The vets are just like ‘we got to keep going’. It’s always nice to talk about victories, no matter what.”
“I think (our confidence) is definitely on the way up. We’re 4-8 and guys are still coming to work real enthusiastic and guys are still excited about the opportunity,” said Brandon Weeden. “We’re hungry and it makes it more fun to come to work every day.”
Confidence and health are a dangerous combination for a very young roster. This will be the first time in quite a while that the Browns are favored in a game and it will be interesting to see how they approach Sunday.
Jamming Josh – I went back and watched the coach’s film, as I do every Wednesday, and something really jumped out at me this week. Josh Gordon’s improving statistics is a direct result of him becoming more physical and confident at the line of scrimmage.
The Raiders decided they were going to jam Gordon at the line on just about every play and boy did he make them pay.
On his touchdown catch, Gordon was pressed and with a flick of his wrist, pushed the defensive back to the side and blew right by him. There were multiple slants where the corner tried to move him off his route and had zero success.
Early in the year he was being physically dominated and intimidated at the line. He is now the one doing the intimidating.
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