BEREA, OH (WOIO) - Josh McCown saw the Baltimore Ravens twice last season.
The first time, in Baltimore, McCown went out and threw for a Browns-record 457 yards in a 33-30 OT win, his only win as a Browns starter. How well did things go that day? That was the game in which Gary Barnidge caught a TD toss with his feet.
"I remember we won that game", McCown told reporters on Wednesday. "We certainly needed to win that game ... the game took us and we were able to throw the ball -- 450-yard passing games are rare. So I do not know if you expect a repeat performance, but if the game takes us there, we certainly want to be able to deliver that. That is my mindset."
The second time didn't go nearly as well. McCown was knocked out of the game with a broken collarbone, and the Ravens were the beneficiaries of a bizarre play, as safety Will Hill returned a blocked field goal 64 yards to beat the Browns on the final play of the game.
McCown remembers it well.
"The first thing that comes to mind is just the heartbreaking way to lose," McCown said. "We wanted to win the football game and (former Browns and Broncos QB) Austin (Davis) comes in and puts us in a great position to have a chance and we do not finish with a field goal. That is the first thing, for me, is that we did not finish the game. We didn't win. Obviously, it is heartbreaking when you get hurt and finish your season. That was frustrating, but it is part of it. I'm looking forward to coming back against these guys. Like I said before, it is a familiar opponent for me, and I'm looking forward to competing against them."
Now McCown gets another shot at the Ravens, back in the starting lineup after RG3's shoulder injury sidelined him for at least eight weeks. And there are more than a few who believe McCown actually gives the Browns a better chance to win. His teammates aren't taking sides, but McCown clearly has some fans in the room.
"It is a huge advantage for us because he was a starter last year," offensive lineman Joe Thomas said. "We are probably in the best situation of any team to be able to handle the backup quarterback coming in and being the starter for a significant amount of time. You can see in preseason how badly other teams wanted Josh because of the trade rumors, because of his experience as a starter. You do not find guys like that on very many rosters."
At the end of the day, McCown wants the Browns to be a high-level offense.
"We want to play at a high level," he said. "You have to behave that way and think in that mindset even before that happens. It is just everybody on the same page and thinking that way that this is what we are going to do. We are going to go out and execute at a high level. It is a standard that we hold ourselves to in the walk-thrus, practice, and then ultimately on Sunday."
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