Ravens prepared to go up against the new and improved Cleveland Browns

11/1/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsWhen the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Cleveland Browns during Week 2 of the NFL 2013 season, their quarterback was Brandon Weeden and running back Trent Richardson was carrying the game. Josh Gordon was still under NFL suspension during that time so he was absent from the game.
Cleveland has made some changes over the weeks following their defeat. Weeden is no longer the number one choice for starting quarterback and has been replaced two times, for Brian Hoyer and Jason Campbell. Gordon has served his four game suspension and is back in action. Richardson was traded off to the Colts and in his place Willis McGahee has stepped in to fill the gap.
Even though this means a lot has changed within the Cleveland Browns since they last played against them, Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees has opted to choose the same gameplan that they played before against them to win 14-6.
"You've got to just get ready for the system. I don't think it will be much different than what (they) did with Weeden. ... Willis is a lot like Richardson in a way. This isn't a bounce-out, try-to-get-to-the-edge runner,” Pees said.
“This is a downhill thumper, which is what Richardson was. So I don't see a great deal of difference. It's different names, but I just don't see a whole lot of difference in this offense."
Even so, he did acknowledge that Josh Gordon, their danger player had returned and they would have to do something about him.
"Here's a guy who can take the top off of a defense in a hurry," Pees said.
But the Ravens have something good on their side too. Their special teams are back to full strength. With the release of safety Michael Huff and defensive end Marcus Spears, the Ravens have added their safeties Brynden Trawick and Omar Brown to the active 53 man roster. The special teams now as good as they were at Week 1.
Special team’s coordinator Jerry Rosburg was really happy with how things were going down at his end.
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