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Simms: Browns have found perfect persona

By Marla Published: November 11, 2010

Sunday's matchup with the New York Jets will bring the No. 1 CBS Sports announcing crew of Phil Simms and Jim Nantz to Cleveland.

In quotes released by the network, Simms praised the offensive style the Browns have developed and called out the Jets to make more big plays, despite their 6-2 record that is tied for the best in the NFL.

Of the Browns, Simms said, ''The way the Cleveland Browns are playing, the way they built the team to play in that city, in that weather, on that field, which is slow, their team is perfect. They are really big and physical.  It fits what they should be. 

"They are really picking up for the young quarterback.  It’s given the whole team energy.  With Colt McCoy playing, the offensive line, the running back, the defense – they all have to at least do their part and a little more to get it done.  It’s fun to watch. ''

As for the Jets, Simms said, ''If you want to be a Super Bowl contender – the defense, the run game and all that – they’ve got to make more big plays and get the passing game going early.  If they get the right situations with their football team, they are over-the-top dangerous.  When they are on top, they can run the football, and their defense can really take advantage of what their offense does.''

The Browns will also be featured on Sunday's ''The NFL Today'' on CBS, with Shannon Sharpe conducting interviews with coach Eric Mangini, defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, McCoy, running back Peyton Hillis and safety Abram Elam to find out what's behind the 3-5 team's resurgence.

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