Watson: Browns win a “great confidence booster”

I would imagine [Jimmy Haslam III] is very happy. To be able to come in and win against that [Pittsburgh] organization his first time around has to be very gratifying for him. He came and congratulated everybody. He didn’t address the team, but we’ll see him around. He definitely congratulated everyone. [...] It’s a great accomplishment. This is a team that we struggled against in the past and to come in and have a close-fought game like this and come out on top it’s a great confidence booster for this team. You know, we’ve had a lot of games where we’ve been very close and haven’t been able to finish. Our defense played tremendously. To have eight turnovers, that’s tremendous defense. It’s a good team win. It’s good for the team moving forward.

— Cleveland Browns tight end Ben Watson, Sunday, following the team’s 20-14 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Watson had a crucial, full-extension third-down catch which would set up an early-game scoring drive for Cleveland.

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  • maxfnmloans

    always nice to get a win over the Steelers. There is no Luck or Griffin in the top of the draft, so this win isn’t going to screw that up, and the offense was still offensive enough that I doubt this win did anything to bolster Shurmur’s chances of surviving beyond the season. Winner winner chicken dinner

  • Du

    It’s good for Mike Holmgren too. Now he can get out of town on a ‘positive’ note.

    Something tells me he was waiting for a win before he announcing he was leaving.

  • Natedawg86

    Haslam must always be on the winning side of the Browns/steelers games. Lets hope the trend continues.

  • slbeef

    First off, nothing is better than beating the Steelers at home. Nothing.
    I am waiting for that Super Bowl victory as are we all, but until then, I would be happy with 2-14 seasons, as long as the two wins were against the Steelers. The best thing still possible this year would be to beat them in Pittsburgh and knock them out of the playoffs. So we have that possibility going for us.
    But if I were the Browns, I wouldn’t get too cocky over ekeing out a win over a banged up Steelers team led by a 37 year old career third string QB that turned the ball over 8 times. The Brown’s offense needed very short fields in order to score and the secondary continues to struggle to keep reveivers from catching balls without interferring with them. We need a stud corner back, and Weeden needs to start growing faster than he ages. The next two games offer a real chance to put a winning streak together (and drop 5 or 6 draft positions), but we are a half dozen starters away from challenging for this division. Probably waiting for the next year after the next year, but we’re getting there.

  • mgbode

    eh, beating the Charlie Batch led Steelers is better than losing to the Charlie Batch led Steelers.

    agreed, no reason to get cocky over it, but the team should feel good about it. they have had alot of close losses this year, it’s good to get a close win over a hated rival.

  • DontbringLBJback

    Ok, so we had a short field on multiple occasions, but the Steelers are still the #1 ranked DEF in the league. TRich was tackled for a lose… what about 6 or 7 times? They pressured Weeden or sacked him… what about 10 or 12 times? Even with the great performance from our DEF, any Browns team of the past 3 or 4 years would have still lost this game. I think next year this team is in the playoffs if we can add a shut down corner (maybe Q. Jammer, who is still very good), and we have to go after Greg Jennings, or Dwayne Bowe. There is no question in my mind that Haslam is gonna spend some bucks this off season.