CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns dropped to 0-11 after Sunday’s 24-9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium, and have just five more chances to do what they have been unable to do in the first three months of the regular season, get into the win column.
With three more games at FirstEnergy Stadium and a pair of road trips left on the schedule, veteran quarterback Josh McCown feels the Browns must find whatever motivates them to come through with a victory.
“You have to find the same things, really, should be your primary focus and motivation, whatever you boil that down to as a man individually, and then, you go out there and you do your job because we get paid to do a job,” McCown said.
According to McCown, his focus is on doing whatever is possible to win because of his “love for playing this game.”
“It is a difficult time, there is no doubt about it, but we will keep preparing and come out fighting because that is what it is about,” McCown said. “It is about being in the fire right now and saying, ‘What are my core values?’
“When you are in the fire, what is going to burn up and what is going to come out of that fire and be there? That is what my foundation is and that is what I am about. That is for me playing through for my faith and my family and for this game and for the love of this game. That is what it is about. As hard as this time is, it doesn’t change anything for me.”
The veteran-laden Steelers showed their physical superiority over the much younger Browns and registered eight sacks in the lopsided win. Both Cody Kessler and McCown absorbed the punishment of four sacks each.
Six players registered sacks against the Browns, led by the 2.5 from Stephon Tuitt, and Pittsburgh’s top two tacklers, Ryan Shazier and Lawrence Timmons, each tallied one apiece. Shazier added a forced fumble that was recovered by nose tackle Javon Hargrave in the end zone for a touchdown.
Prior to the win over the Browns, the Steelers had just 13 sacks on the entire season.
Following the loss to the Steelers, left tackle Joe Thomas and wide receiver Terrelle Pryor expressed frustration with the decisions of the front office and the need to better protect the quarterbacks, a problem that has plagued the Browns all season long.
But despite the questions, McCown, one of six players to see time at quarterback this season, believes everybody is still on board with Coach Hue Jackson and his staff.
“It is unfortunate, but I think everybody understood going in that you are in the first year of a head coach and so many things change,” McCown said. “Nobody certainly expected to be 0-11 -- that is for sure -- but at the same time, I believe the players and everybody in this building has continued to trust the vision that Coach Jackson has for us and where he is taking us. It has been a rough start, there is no doubt about it, but we will keep trusting where we are going and look forward to better days.”