Christian Kirksey: Cleveland Browns 'have to keep going'

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns remain the only winless team in the National Football League after Sunday’s 35-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys at FirstEnergy Stadium.

However, despite the 0-9 record, which matches the 1975 team for the worst start in franchise history and extended their winless streak to an organizational mark of 12 games dating back to last December, the Browns remain focused on the task of preparing for Thursday’s AFC North Division tilt against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.

“It is just adversity,” linebacker Christian Kirksey said. “Each year, no matter what you are doing, you are going to face some kind of adversity. Right now, ours is being winless, but that is life. You have to keep going.”

Although the Browns were close in four of their losses, they have surrendered 28 or more points in five straight games, and at least 31 in four of the last five outings, including three consecutive contests.

Defensively, the Browns rank near the bottom of the league in key statistical categories. They have surrendered an average of 30.3 points (31st), 421.7 yards (31st) and 146.4 rushing yards (31st) through the first nine games of the season.

“You have to take the punches and you have to roll with it,” Kirksey said. “One thing I know about this team is that we are going to continue to fight. I have full faith in our coaching staff, and I have full faith in our organization that we are going to keep fighting. That is our main goal.”

In order to accomplish that goal and get things moving in a positive direction under Hue Jackson, their eighth head coach since returning to the NFL in 1999, the Browns must recommit themselves to the preparation done during the week leading up to games.

“We just have to go into the film room and really critique ourselves and see the areas we need to improve,” Kirksey said. “Each year, you have that something you need to work on. Now, we have multiple things we need to work on. It will get fixed. You have to continue to practice, to watch film and continue to learn more and grow closer as a defense. We need to get it done. We just have to keep working and keep pushing.”


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