BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – Offensive coordinator Brad Childress and coach Pat Shurmur cleared the air during the bye week.
Shurmur and Childress worked out the communication issues that “reared their ugly head,” as Childress put it, in a 25-15 loss to the Ravens nearly 2 weeks ago.
“I think we had communication issues,” Childress admitted Thursday. “Whether it be a little indecision, or I wasn’t speaking clearly or Pat [Shurmur] wasn’t speaking clearly, or we were caught on the last play.”
The miscommunication between the 2 cost the Browns 3 timeouts – 2 in the second quarter and 1 in the third quarter.
Childress made it clear that they are both back on the same page.
“We just talked about the tempo with which [play calls] has got to get in, at what point it’s got to get in and how were going about doing that,” Childress said. “[Also] who is talking on the line and when they are talking on the line, those types of things.”
While it was a problem against Baltimore, Childress denied it’s been a regular pattern or problem. Nor has it had a negative affect on rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden.
“I don’t feel like it’s been an ongoing thing,” Childress said. “I think it’s reared it’s ugly head here recently. Hopefully we don’t have to go through that again.”
Don’t Jinx It: Kicker Phil Dawson is 17 for 17 on FGs this season and has made his last 23 dating back to last season.
He’s also 16 of 16 on extra points this season.
So when Shurmur was asked about Dawson’s perfection Thursday morning, he cringed.
“Why are you doing that? Gosh darn it,” Shurmur joked. But he forgot to knock on wood.
One can understand Shurmur’s superstition – Dawson is the only thing of consistency for the Browns this year or any other one dating back to 1999.
Not Fine: Receiver Josh Gordon said Thursday that he was fined $20,000 by the NFL for a blindside block against the Ravens.
The league admitted that it wasn’t a helmet to helmet hit but he was still fined for hitting a defenseless defender.
“They told me it wasn’t a helmet-to-helmet hit,” Gordon said. “It was just that he wasn’t looking. He never looked my way at all. We were confused about it for a while and we still are because that’s my blocking responsibility, and if I wouldn’t have done it, our runner would have gotten tackled for a loss. If you don’t make a play, Coach is going to look at you like, ‘What’s going on?'”
Gordon said that he is appealing the fine.
On The Mend: Cornerback Dimitri Patterson remains out with a sprained left ankle but he hopes to return soon.
Patterson said Thursday that he has been out of the walking boot for 2 weeks and began running and ramping up his rehab this week.
Patterson has been sidelined the last 4 games and will miss a 5th straight Sunday at Dallas due to the injury.
Injury report: Did Not Practice: CBs Dimitri Patterson (ankle) and Joe Haden (oblique).
Limited: DT Ahtyba Rubin (calf) and DB Ray Ventrone (hand/calf).
Full Participation: WRs Josh Cribbs (wrist), Josh Cooper (illness) and Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring), LB D’Qwell Jackson (calf), RB Trent Richardson (chest/rib/finger), QB Brandon Weeden (groin/thigh), S T.J. Ward (hand), DB Buster Skrine (ankle), DLs Frostee Rucker (shoulder) and Phil Taylor (chest/ankle).