The Browns are going through the paces to prepare for the Broncos. The team practiced without Cameron Jordan, (head) Mohamed Massaquoi, (knee) and Frostee Rucker (shoulder/hip). Here are some notes on the injuries and how the team is preparing for Peyton Manning.
-Defensive coordinator understands that the challenge that faces the team this Sunday will be daunting, “It’s clearly really tough. There are very few teams that have any kind of record against him over the years of his playing career. He’s clearly headed for the Hall of Fame.
He’s one of the best that has ever played the game. He’s very smart. He studies, prepares himself well. It’s difficult and about everything has been tried, that’s for sure. He doesn’t win every one of them so we’ll prepare and we’ll go out there and try to play our best game.”
-One player that has surprised many this season is safety Tashaun Gipson who is a free agent rookie who if he is healthy enough will start at free safety as Usama Young bounces over to strong safety with TJ Ward out the final two weeks.
Coach Shurmur was asked about Gipson’s progress this season, “I feel good about Gipson. He’s done a very nice job for us in there. He communicates well. He’s a good athlete. We see him intercept passes. He does all the thing you need from a safety and I’m looking forward to him having a good game.”
-Jauron also has been impressed with Gipson’s growth, “I feel good about Gipson. He’s done a very nice job for us in there. He communicates well. He’s a good athlete. We see him intercept passes. He does all the thing you need from a safety and I’m looking forward to him having a good game.”
-One thing that is being told to the team this week is that they must get off to a quick start, “Yeah, I think we’ve got to play well first snap to last. We’ve got to make sure when we have opportunities to score points we do it.
I think they’ve scored more than 30 points in nine or 10 games this year so that’s a pretty explosive offense. When we get our opportunities, we’ve got to make sure we make them count.”