BEREA, Ohio - "Business as usual." That's the way Browns head coach Mike Pettine says the team has to address Josh Gordon's looming league suspension.
"All my time in the league, there is going to be a handful of guys that just don't get it but I think the league has done more then enough to get the word out and I think the better clubs are the ones that are very proactive instead of reactive and I think that's the situation we have here," Pettine said.
With just five practices remaining before the team breaks for a month, the Browns are doing everything they can to adjust to live without their Pro Bowl receiver. The NFL is under no time frame to make a decision which is why the Browns have taken a proactive approach in acquiring wide receivers like Nate Burleson and Earl Bennett.
Nate Burleson, who the Browns signed as a free agent, has played with great receivers like Randy Moss, who had his own troubles off the field and Calvin Johnson. Burleson feels he can use that wisdom to help Gordon overcome the issues that have plagued him off the field.
"What I want is to get him to understand is that if he can harness what he has and what he's been gifted with, there's gonna be trouble in this league for a long time."
That's the problem that faces the Browns, they know they have a great talent in Gordon, but they also know that ultimately Gordon's future will rest with him after he serves his league suspension.
Quarterback Brian Hoyer said, "You don't want to assume anything because he is such a threat and talent on that offense, hopefully it all works out for the best and we will go from there."
Pettine said his team has done a great job not letting Gordon's off-the-field troubles become a distraction, It's easy to say that now, but losing your best receiver is not something a team like the Browns is looking forward to dealing with as they try to push this team forward.