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Norv Turner fires back at questions

Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner was asked about throwing the ball 39 times and running it 17 in last Sunday’s loss to the Chicago Bears.

“We had a good mix,” Turner said.

Because he believes throwing the ball gives the Browns their best chance to win. Even on a windy, cold day when the Browns (finally) averaged 5.5 yards per carry in the run game.

“Anyone who’s seen our 12 games before that, 13 games before that, I don’t think would sit there and think we should be running the ball more,” Turner said.

Yikes.

“We need to throw the ball,” Turner said. “Like I said, people that have watched us know that if we’re not successful throwing the ball we’re not going to have a lot of production.”

Turner also pointedly answered questions about not throwing the ball more to Josh Gordon, who had 10 targets but just one in the first half.

The first play of the game was called for Gordon, but Jason Campbell was pressured and threw to the other side of the field, an incompletion to Greg Little. Turner said the throw late in the half over the middle that sailed just past Gordon’s fingertips could have been a 60-yard touchdown.

Turner said Gordon had 10 passes thrown to him, and another three or four that could have been.

“Over four quarters that’s pretty good,” he said.

Turner compared it to the New England game, when Gordon’s first reception was in the second quarter.

“He’s had two 200-yard games so obviously we’re forcing the ball to him,” Turner said.

For the record, Turner also ripped anyone who called Gordon’s late touchdown irrelevant.

“It’s amazing how people have short memories,” Turner said, pointing out New England scored with a minute left in the game against Cleveland and won thanks to an onside kick.

“That play is a pretty meaningful play,” Turner said.