BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – Quarterback Jason Campbell has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against Jacksonville and the Browns are still miffed that no flag was thrown.
Chudzinski said that he spoke with the league about the hit but declined to get into specifics about the conversation.
Offensive coordinator Norv Turner was beside himself that a flag wasn’t thrown on the play that saw Steelers cornerback William Gay clock Campbell right in the face and knock him out of the game.
“I thought he got hit in the face mask right from the beginning and then obviously you see the replay and it’s really easy to see from all the angles except the one that the referee had – he’s standing behind,” Turner said. “You’d just like someone to come in and help him make that call.
“The way it’s being emphasized by the league, it should never be missed. And the ones that they’ve made mistakes on is where they’ve gone too far. So this one obviously they didn’t go far enough.”
Gay was fined $15,750 for the hit by the NFL on Friday. The league admitted that the call was missed but Gay “unnecessarily delivered a forcible blow to the head and neck area.”
Campbell fumbled and it was returned by the Steelers to the 4 setting up an easy TD to turn a 13-3 game into a 20-3 blowout.
“I know there’s two officials that sit in the booth and are watching the game and it would be nice to have them be able to review those type of plays,” left tackle Joe Thomas said. “They’re turning out to be as big of a momentum swing, as big of a play in the game, as a turnover or a touchdown and those are automatic because the NFL has said those plays are so important that we need to automatically review them. But a potential 15-yard penalty or a fumble returned for almost a touchdown, that’s a humongous play in the game.”
Campbell has been getting better despite not practicing this week.
“He’s checked in every day but we’ve sent him home,” Chudzinski said. “He is feeling better though.”
Ready If Needed – Alex Tanney has been working overtime this week to learn the Browns offense and is ready if called upon.
“He’s put a lot into it in a short amount of time. We’ve had him for a couple of days. He’s been working overtime,” Chudzinski said. “He’s worked as hard as he can to get himself ready.
“We’ll have a package of plays for him if he needs to play, and I’m confident that he’ll be able to go in and execute those plays.”
Offensive coordinator Norv Turner has been working with Tanney this week to get him up to speed – and in a hurry since he’ll be the backup and 1 play away Sunday.
“He’s sharp, he’s eager, he’s got a nice arm,” Turner said. “The biggest thing for me with young guys is they have to player faster. He needs to learn how to play quicker and faster, but most young guys are that way. We’re doing everything we can to get him ready. If he has to play, he’ll be ready to go.”
Stat Machine – There isn’t a statistic that defensive coordinator Ray Horton doesn’t know about his defense.
“We are the No. 4 defense in the league. We are probably No. 6 in pass (defense) and No. 8 in rush (defense),” Horton said. “We’re 6 sacks away from the lead in sacks. We’re No. 1 in yards per play. We are No. 1 in pass yards per play. We’re No. 1 in rush yards per play.
“Everything that we want to do statistically is there. Would we like more wins? Yes, but to get where you want to be, you’ve got to be able to be a good rush defense, a good pass defense, a good sack defense, and the numbers say that we are.”
Horton also mentioned the team’s improvement in getting off the field on third down.
“Since the second half of the Kansas City game, we are the No. 1 team in third-down defense,” Horton said.
Without question the Browns defense is vastly improved under Horton, unfortunately wins haven’t followed – something that is out of his control – but the improvement on D is a start.
“Statistically, wins are the most important thing and that’s what we’re trying to do, but the foundation of winning is those numbers that I gave you,” Horton said
Gordon Looks For Big Day – The Jaguars young secondary has receiver Josh Gordon, who is coming off a franchise record-breaking performance last week, licking his chops.
“They’ve got 3 rookies back there in the defensive back area and we want to go out there and try to take advantage,” Gordon said.
Gordon tied Ozzie Newsome’s record with 14 catches and broke his receiving yards record with 237 against the Steelers last week.
With 988 yards already, he’s on pace to obliterate Braylon Edwards’ franchise record for receiving yards in a season – and do it in just 14 games.
“That would be a great deal. Anytime you get into the history books, it’s a great feat for anybody no matter what it is,” Gordon said. “But something like that at wide receiver, it’s definitely a goal of mine. The fact it’s happened on the NFL level is a big deal to me, so hopefully I can chase that rabbit and I can get it, but ultimately we want some more wins. We want to win out.”
Minor Move – The Browns re-signed offensive lineman Patrick Lewis to the practice squad and released receiver Reggie Dunn. Lewis was waived earlier in the week to help make room for quarterback Alex Tanney.
Injury Report – OUT: QB Jason Campbell (concussion), LB Tank Carder (shoulder); DOUBTFUL: LB Craig Robertson (knee); QUESTIONABLE: TE MarQueis Gray (hamstring), DE Armonty Bryant (back); PROBABLE: WR Josh Cooper (illness), CB Buster Skrine (ribs), RT Mitchell Schwartz (toe), RB Willis McGahee (knees), P Spencer Lanning (knee), LB Paul Kruger (finger)
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