CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns entered their Week Five matchup with the New England Patriots as the best rushing team in the National Football League, but that changed in a hurry, as the running game was limited to 29 yards on 22 carries.
But instead of being concerned about the individual statistics, third-year running back Isaiah Crowell aims to correct the problem this afternoon against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.
“I’m really just trying to focus on helping my team win,” Crowell said. “We have fallen short each week, so that is the main focus, trying to get a victory.
“I feel like really just hitting it better, just reading out the blocks better, just because I know every week it is not going to be gashing holes, me pressing the hole and having my landmark and everything perfect.”
Crowell came into last week's game with 394 yards and three touchdowns on 61 carries, but managed just 22 yards and no scores on 13 rushes against New England.
“He was upset, and he was upset during the course of the game that things weren’t going the way that he wanted them to go,” running backs coach Kirby Wilson said. “He is such a competitor. He couldn’t wait to get back to work to find out what exactly went wrong.
“When you calm down and you look at the film, you grade it and evaluate, and then,you move forward. He couldn’t wait to get back to work to prove that he is better and we are better at what we do. I’m looking forward to watching him perform on Sunday.”
With the memory of the struggles against the Patriots fresh in their minds, the Browns coming into the game against the Titans looking for the answer to the question of “how do you rebound from such a demoralizing defeat?”
“We have a lot of competitors on this team, and the great thing about working with these young men is that they desire to be great,” Wilson said. “They have a lot of resiliency, and they are going to bounce back and show what they are worth. We are proud of them. We are proud of the way they work. We are proud of their efforts. We are proud of the way they prepare. We are looking forward to the next challenge.”