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Cleveland Browns Middle Linebacker D"Qwell Jackson is showing the rest of the National Football League that he is back.
Jackson was named earlier this week as the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for September.
“It was very special, but I’ve got to take it in stride. A lot of people told me congratulations. I worked extremely hard and it’s the first step, we were able to get a win and it came at a good time,”said Jackson.
Besides being healthy for the first time in two years, Jackson says playing in the 4-3 defense is a big help.
“It’s been nothing but great things so far", said Jackson. "We have a great group of talent in front of me, great team and a great coaching staff. We have been able to get some victories and at the end of the day it’s all about getting victories. I have been here for quite a spell now and I am more ready for wins than personal accolades.”
Jackson knew early on that he would be able to be a contributor to the Browns defense this season. “It’s been all day to day. Every day you try to get better and every day you get a different feel", said Jackson. "I think it was some time in training camp where my legs felt great, my body felt great. That is one thing that I focused on in the offseason, just making sure I was healthy, putting the right things into my body to allow me to play fast throughout the course of a season.”
Cleveland Browns linebacker D’Qwell Jackson has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Month for September, the NFL announced today.
In his first three games back after missing the previous 26 contests due to injury, Jackson amassed 30 tackles, 2.5 sacks, one pass defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery as the Browns posted a 2-1 record during the month. His 30 tackles are tied for fourth in the NFL, while his 2.5 sacks rank second among all AFC linebackers and is tied for fourth in the conference. The Browns defense has allowed just five touchdowns this season, which is tied for fourth in the league.
This is the first AFC award of Jackson’s six-year career. He is the first Brown to be selected as either AFC Defensive or Offensive Player of the Month since the award was established in 1986.
It's back to the drawing board for the Cleveland Browns this week. Head Coach Pat Shurmur says the coaching staff will have to fix a 'freighter-full" of mistakes the team made in the 17-16 win over Miami this past Sunday.
“We’ll, we’ve got to find a way to start fast and we were just watching the tape on offense and we were running the same type of plays the second half that we were running in the first half and it was very clear that we were just executing them better in the second half, coming out of the halftime". said Shurmur.
"That’s the message. Listen guys, relax and just execute. Take the gimmes, get yards on the runs that we’re running the football, get into manageable third downs, let’s move the football and find a way to stay on the field", Shurmur told the media at his weekly Monday news conference.
"What you’ll find is that all those great things that you want to do you don’t get a chance to do if you don’t get enough plays and it think you’ve got to start fast to get enough plays on offense. Then, the defense doesn’t have to play two thirds of the game as well. That’s at the front.”
The Browns will get back on the practice field Wednesday to get ready for the Tennessee Titans match-up Sunday at Browns Stadium.
Cleveland’s 2-1 record marks the Browns best start to a season since 2002 when the club also opened at 2-1.
· With today’s win the Browns improve to 8-7 all-time against the Dolphins during the regular season, including winning the last four meetings.
· With a 30-yard third quarter field goal, kicker Phil Dawson moved past Don Cockroft (1,080) for second place on the Browns’ all-time scoring list. The longest tenured member of the Browns, Dawson finished with five points today and has totaled 1,082 in his career. Lou Groza is the team’s all-time points scored leader with 1,349.
· Quarterback Colt McCoy completed 19 of 39 passes for 210 yards with two touchdowns. He led the Browns on a 13-play, 80 yard game-winning drive. On that drive, McCoy was 9 of 13 passing for 75 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown pass to Mohamed Massaquoi with 43 seconds remaining in the contest. McCoy has thrown at least one touchdown pass in every game this season. He is the first Browns quarterback to open a season with at least one touchdown pass in the first three games since Derek Anderson opened the 2007 season with at least one touchdown pass in the first seven games.
· Wide receiver Joshua Cribbs totaled three receptions for 49 yards, including a 33-yard second quarter touchdown. Cribbs now has 16 career touchdowns with two rushing, two on punt returns, four receiving and eight on kickoff returns.
· Tight end Benjamin Watson led the team in receptions (5) and receiving yards (64). Wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi finished with two receptions for 26 yards, including a 14 yard score. Wide receiver Greg Little added three receptions for 24 yards. All of Massaquoi and Little’s receptions came during the Browns’ game winning drive.
· The Browns registered five sacks today, their most since totaling eight against Pittsburgh on December 10, 2009. Defensive linemen Ahtyba Rubin and Jayme Mitchell each recorded 1.5 sacks. The total was a career-high for Rubin, who also added nine tackles. Mitchell also forced a fumble. Defensive lineman Phil Taylor notched his first career sack, while linebackers Chris Gocong and D’Qwell Jackson were each credited with half a sack.
· Linebacker D’Qwell Jackson has led the team in tackles in all three games this season. He totaled 11 tackles, one fumble recovery and half a sack today. Jackson has a team-best 30 tackles this season.
· The Browns had the ball today for a total of 22:09. It was the first time the team has won a game with a time of possession at 22:09 of lower since a 21-16 win at New Orleans on October 31, 1999 when the offense registered a time of possession of 19:10.
· Defensive back Mike Adams recorded his 10th career interception. Of his 10, three have come against Miami.
· The Browns offensive line did not allow a sack today and have yielded just three all season.
· In his first career start, running back Montario Hardesty totaled 67 rushing yards on 14 carries for a 4.8 average.
· Defensive linemen Phil Taylor and Ahtyba Rubin currently rank second and third on the team in tackles with 18 and 16, respectively.
· Browns defensive back Sheldon Brown has played in 147 consecutive regular season games, a figure which currently ranks sixth among all active defensive players.
· Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas has started and played in each of the first 67 games of his career.
Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur said “Colt McCoy knows how to win games”. And that’s exactly what the second year quarterback did in leading the Browns to a 17-16 win over the Miami Dolphins Sunday afternoon at Browns Stadium.
McCoy led the Browns on a two-minute drive that led to the game-winning touchdown. McCoy hit wide receiver Mohammed Massaquoi with a leaping grab in along the sidelines from 14 yards to tie the score at 16. Phil Dawson added the extra point to give the Browns a one-point lead.
Miami had a chance in the final 43 seconds. Thanks to two Browns penalties, the Dolphins took over at the Cleveland 47. Chad Henne misfired on three passes. His fourth down throw to Brandon Marshall was picked off by Browns safety Mike Adams to end the threat.
After the game, Shurmur was asked if he had any words for McCoy before the final drive. Shurmur told the quarterback. “Get in the end zone. Get us in the end zone”.
The Browns began the drive on their own 20 with 3:23 to go. McCoy hit five straight passes to get the offense to the Miami 43 yard line. Passes to Benjamin Watson and Montario Hardesty got the Browns to the Miami 27. Then, a costly offside on Miami on a third and 10 gave the Browns another chance. A pass to Evan Moore gave the Browns a first down at the 14 setting up Massaquoi’s heroics.
After the game, Shurmur said ‘what I was proudest of is when it wasn’t pretty, and at times it was very ugly, they hung in there and competed. Because you don’t know. I’m excited for those guys in that locker room because we have two victories in week three”.
Miami got on the scoreboard in the first quarter. Following an interception of a Colt McCoy pass by Jimmy Wilson at the Browns 43 yard line, the Dolphins began a four-play drive that got them into the end zone. Danny Thomas took a screen pass from quarterback Chad Henne and went into the end zone untouched to give Miami a 7-0 lead.
The Browns got their first touchdown in the second quarter. On a first down play from the Miami 33, Colt McCoy rolled out of the pocket and found Josh Cribbs in the right corner of the end zone. The pass was a little high, but Cribbs went up and got it over Miami cornerback Sean Smith for the touchdown. That tied the game at 7.
The Dolphins completed the first half scoring with 30 seconds to go in the second quarter. Dan Carpenter completed an 11-play 75-yard drive with a 23-yard field goal. That allowed Miami to go into the locker room with a 10-7 lead.
Cleveland got the offense going on the opening drive in the second half. In seven plays, the Browns moved from their 20 yard line to the Miami 12. But, the drive stalled out. Phil Dawson came on to boot a 30-yard field goal to tie the game at 10.
Miami added field goals from Carpenter of 41 and 38 yards to give the Dolphins a 16-10 lead.
The Browns are back at Cleveland Browns Stadium next Sunday to take on the Tennessee Titans.
Miami – 7 – 3 – 3 – 3 = 16
Cleveland – 0 – 7 – 3 – 7 = 17
M- Danny Thomas 10 yard pass from Chad Henne (Carpenter Kick) 8:09
C – Josh Cribbs 33 yard pass from Colt McCoy. (Phil Dawson Kick) 7:16
M – Dan Carpenter 23 yard Field Goal 0:27
C – Phil Dawson 30 yard Field Goal 10:37
M – Dan Carpenter 41 yard Field Goal 2:29
M – Dan Carpenter 38 yard Field Goal 3:23
C- Mohammed Massaquoi 14 yard pass from Colt McCoy (Dawson Kick) 0:43
The Cleveland Browns were able to correct the mistakes from the first game of the regular season and defeat the Colts 27-19 this past Sunday.
Those changes from Week Number One to Week Number Two impressed Browns head coach Pat Shurmur.
“I feel like this team responds when we ask them to clean up mistakes and refocus their efforts," said Shurmur. "I feel like they did that and so we’ll see if we can do it. Again, I’ve mentioned this about consistency, if we see somebody do something once, in order to be consistent you have to do it over and over. The way to respond this week is to be able to put the good feeling of winning behind you and then work on the preparation that needs to get done moving forward.”
Shurmer said he's been pleased with the way his team has responded to his philosophy.
“I was sure they bounced back and play well because I have seen them respond to everything we’ve asked them to do," said Shurmur. " I think that’s what made me sure. Well they made me right. I am happy they did that. I am happy.”
Peyton Hillis rushed for 94 yards and twotouchdowns, leading the Cleveland Browns to a 27-19 victory at Indianapolis yesterday.
The Browns (1-1) ended a five-game losing streak to the Colts, with their first win in the series since September 25th, 1994.
Colt McCoy was 22 of 32 for 211 yards with one TD.
Without Peyton Manning, the Colts just don't look like themselves. They are 0-2 for the first time since 1998 and never seriously challenged the Browns after falling behind 14-9 late in the first half.
Kerry Collins, Manning's replacement, started 9 of 12 on Sunday but finished 19 of 38 for 191 yards with one interception, one TDand one lost fumble.
The Browns took advantage of Indy's struggles. McCoy's 16-yard TD pass to Evan Moore made it 7-6, and Hillis' 1-yard score put Cleveland up 14-9 at the half. The Browns never trailed again.
The Browns are back at Cleveland Browns Stadium this coming Sunday to plat the Miami Dolphins.
All four teams in the AFC North Division, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Baltimore and Pittsburgh are 1-1 and tied for first place.
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It's not too often that Pro Bowl players get to face off against one another in a National Football League.
The Cleveland Browns and the Indianapolis Colts both have Pro Bowl players that will battle one another on Sunday when the teams meet in week number two of the NFL Season.
The Browns have Pro Bowl offensive tackle Joe Thomas. The Colts have Pro Bowl defensive end Dwight Freeney.
Thomas is in his fifth year with the Browns. He played his college football at Wisconsin.
Freeney is in his 10th season and played his college football at Syracuse.
Freeney says when he is playing against a tackle like Thomas, he bring a little bit extra to the table.
Both the Browns and the Colts are looking for their first victory of the season on Sunday. You'll be able to hear the game on 97.5 WONE.
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