The Cleveland Browns bring a four-game losing streak and 2-6-1 record into Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, but there is no proverbial folding of the tent and just playing out the final seven games of the 2018 regular season.
Not with rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield leading the offense.
“We still have a lot of games left,” Mayfield said. “If I was down about it, I do not think that I would be the man for the job.
“Losing sucks. There is no way around that. Have to be able to push forward. Like I said after the game, we have to be able to find the positives right now and build on those. Once we continue to do that, we are able to focus on eliminating the negatives after that. It is about finding out what we need as a team. Right now, that is leadership and being able to continually improve every week.”
Despite the current four-game losing streak, which dropped the Browns three games in back of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the win column in the AFC North Division, veteran cornerback Damarious Randall is confident the team can get the 2018 season back on track.
“I feel like we’re holding together pretty good,” Randall said. “Everybody has each other’s back and we’re going to go out there Sunday and fight for each other.
“Dealing with losing is tough, man. Everybody hates losing, but that just goes to show that we’ve got to capitalize on our opportunities that we had in the beginning of the season, just as far as just learning experience because we could’ve easily been 6-0. Even with this four-game losing streak, we could still be looking at a pretty nice 6-4, 5-5 type of record right about now, so just for all of those things, to be up in consideration, we’ve just got to learn from it and just grow from it.”
Interim coach/defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has seen plenty of work put in since taking control of the team on October 29, and despite last week’s 37-21 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at FirstEnergy Stadium, he saw a team that was focused and ready to get back to work.
In fact, Williams saw several players give up their days off Tuesday to come into the facility and study film of the Falcons.
“Atlanta is really good,” Williams said. “We have been playing those teams all year long. All of a sudden, week by week, someone jumps up, someone jumps back, all of that stuff. We have improved a lot here from year one to year two in the passing game.
“We have to do a better job of tackling this week. We have to do that. They present some very, very good things in the passing game. We are going to have to do a very good job with that, yes.”