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By Marla Ridenour Published: November 26, 2007

Leftovers from the Browns' 27-17 victory over Houston:


(on getting beat up) That's what you get paid to do, that's my job, to make plays when it comes my way.

(Browns defense) They played huge. They got pressure all game. McDonald stepped up big-time for Eric Wright. It was a total team effort. It feels good when it's a total team effort.

(on his physical condition) I do stuff I have to do before the games. I don't know about 100 percent. But once the off-season comes we'll talk about what I need to do to get as healthy as I can.

(on a 10-catch day) When the ball's in the air, you don't hear anything, all I see is the ball. I don't remember any of my catches, I remember my drops. That's the perfection side of it.

When the ball is in the air, it's my ball. I don't worry about getting hit, I don't worry about anything else except my ball.

(his and Braylon Edwards' chemistry with Derek Anderson) After practice we work with DA a lot, talking things out. We still have a long way to go. All of us are getting better. The line is doing a hellvua job, they're the MVPs of this team. If you give the quarterback time to throw, we can make plays.


(on the defense) Last week Brodney Pool took one back, this week a new guy Brandon McDonald made a big play when it's needed. We're having confidence in each other and we're doing our responsibilities.


At 7-4, I'm like a kid in a candy store. But we've still got a long ways to go.

(key plays when needed) We're having a lot of success because we make plays when we need them the most.

(This show the defense making strides) I think so. We know we've got a long ways to go.


(On FB Lawrence Vickers) We needed for him to block well. If Jamal gets those kind of yards that says he's doing a pretty good job. It looks like he threw it in there pretty good. It looks like he was trying to be aggressive and go after them.

(Third down stops) They are all important. Defensively our third down percentage was pretty good today. That helps you win the game.

(does the team expect to win) I think every time you have some success your confidence level grows. When we were able to win some games at the beginning of the season, that helped the confidence grow. Right now they feel pretty decent about themselves and what they're able to do.

(running the ball) Running the ball takes its toll physically and mentally on a defense.

(Anderson) He played like our team played, got off to a slow start, then he turned it on and started making some plays. There were one or two throws I'm sure he'd like to have back, particularly that interception, he shouldn't have thrown that one. But he's still playing well enough for us to win.

(scratch your head on his interception) All players are going to have some plays they'd like to have back. The thing you want to know if he realized he shouldn't have made the throw. Right away he knew that was one he wanted back, so I think he learned from it.


The defense played great today, held 'em to 10 pretty much until the end. They're improving every week and guys are understanding what they have to do.

(Winslow TD) Down in the red zone that was kind of a game plan, we knew the way Ryans got depth down there either him or Joe was going to be open. I threw it low and he made a good catch on it.

(interception) I had Braylon, didn't really step into it. I threw it all arm and it got caught up in the wind.

(running game) I had a good feeling coming into it. As physical as Jamal is at the end of the game, those guys don't want to tackle him. Jamal played his butt off today.

(relief to not win in final seconds) It was kinda nice. I still wish we would have converted a few more of those drives into touchdowns instead of field goals and we would have not had to worry about it a little sooner. It was good to get a win and a lot better than a one-point win.

(control playoff destiny) We're going to focus on one game at a time, the way we've been doing it. We can't really worry about what everybody else is doing. As long as we're taking care of business, everything else is going to be all right.

(Winslow) His agility, his speed, he knows how to use his body. You've got to put a 'backer in the game and try to stop the run or put a safety or a nickel on him, then we may run the ball. It gives different matchups for the defense.

He goes and gets it. He always tells me and I trust him. As long as it's one on one I'm going to give him a chance to make plays for us.

(home field advantage) I think just in general, guys are bonding, we pick up for each other. When the defense isn't playing good, we've got to go get something. When we're not moving it, the defense is getting stops. The special teams have been playing great for us all year.

(7-4 record) I wouldn't say it's completely surprised me. We didn't have a great preseason. But in practice through camp we were moving the ball, you kind of feel it out and see what are going to be our key components. You match it all together and get a nice little chemistry.

(team have a swagger) Not in a bad way. But in a good way. You've got to be confident in what you're doing. I try to bring that to our guys in the huddle. 'This is what we're doing and how we're going to do it.' As long as we stay believing in what we're doing, we're going to be fine.


There's no reason to talk about the playoffs where we still have five games to go and there's a lot of teams that are kind of bottled up right now.


The defense played probably their best game of the year. Our offense started off slow, but toward the end we kind of put it together. I think we can be a pretty good team when we're both firing.

(matchup with Mario Williams) He's a great player and we played him tough all day.


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