Ex-Brown Gip­son out for re­venge with Jags

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - FRONT PAGE - By Jeff Schudel

For­mer Browns safety Tashaun Gip­son wants to ex­tend the Browns’ sea­son of mis­ery.

For­mer Browns safety Tashaun Gip­son, now start­ing for Jack­sonville, wants to ex­tend the Browns’ sea­son of mis­ery when he and the Jaguars visit FirstEn­ergy Sta­dium on Nov. 19.

“I truly hope that we hang 40 on them,” Gip­son said on Nov. 13 dur­ing an in­ter­view with ESPN’s Fred­die and Fitz ra­dio show. “Their of­fense prob­a­bly shouldn’t score against our de­fense and I’m ex­cited. That’s the true thing.

“You look back and I feel bad for those guys be­cause it’s noth­ing that they can do. They just go out there and play. It’s the guys above them who make these de­ci­sions and, you know, it’s un­for­tu­nate. We’ve seen it time and time again, the op­por­tu­nity that’s slipped by them.”

Sashi Brown, Browns ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of football op­er­a­tions, takes a lot of heat for play­ers he has passed on in the draft, but he has also let play­ers walk away in free agency who would make the Browns bet­ter had he re­tained them. Gip­son is one of them. Cen­ter Alex Mack (Fal­cons), right tackle Mitchell Schwartz (Chiefs), wide re­ceiver Travis Ben­jamin (Charg­ers) and corner­back Joe Haden (Steel­ers) are a few oth­ers. Haden was cut, and not lost in free agency, and though Haden is in­jured (bro­ken fibula), he cer­tainly is bet­ter than what the Browns roll out at corner­back ev­ery Sun­day.

“It’s per­sonal, but yet at the end of the day you’re still blessed ... know­ing that I’m in a sit­u­a­tion right now where I don’t look back about it,” Gip­son said. “I don’t look back with any re­grets.

I’m ex­tremely ex­cited with where I’m at right now, but you know it’s def­i­nitely go­ing to be per­sonal, man, for sure.”

Gip­son should be ex­cited. The Jaguars are 6-3, tied for first in the AFC South. Their stout de­fense has al­lowed the fewest points (134) in the league.

The Browns, 0-9, are the only win­less team in the NFL. They are 1-24 since Brown chose not to re-sign Schwartz, Ben­jamin, wide re­ceiver Tay­lor Gabriel and Gip­son. Only the 49ers (260) and Colts (280) have al­lowed more than the 240 points scored on the Browns.

Gip­son has three of 11 in­ter­cep­tions by the Jaguars to tie for the team lead. Gip­son is fourth on the team with 39 tack­les.

“Ev­ery time (Ea­gles quar­ter­back) Car­son Wentz pops up on the TV, some­body brings it up (that the Browns didn’t draft him),” Gip­son said. “I had to play against (Tex­ans rookie quar­ter­back) De­shaun Wat­son. It’s un­for­tu­nate what hap­pened to him (sea­son-end­ing knee in­jury), but that’s go­ing to be one of the best young quar­ter­backs in the league and one of the best quar­ter­backs in the league in the com­ing years.

“It’s things like that you

just con­tinue to scratch your head. You’ve just got to look back and say, ‘Man, I’m glad to get up out of there.’ ”

The Browns had the 12th pick in the 2017 draft and traded it to Hous­ton for the 25th pick in 2017 and the Tex­ans’ first pick in 2018. The Browns drafted safety Jabrill Pep­pers with the 25th pick.

Gip­son was orig­i­nally signed by the Browns as an un­drafted rookie in 2012 when Pat Shur­mur was head coach and Tom Heck­ert gen­eral man­ager. He was kept by CEO Joe Ban­ner and coach Rob Chudzin­ski in 2013 and kept by coach Mike Pet­tine and GM Ray Farmer in the next regime change, but Brown did not try to keep him.

Gip­son signed a fiveyear, $35.5 mil­lion deal with the Jaguars on March 10, 2016. He was asked that day by re­porters in Jack­sonville about so many play­ers leav­ing the Browns. He paused be­fore an­swer­ing.

“The pause tells you ev­ery­thing,” Gib­son said. “No, I think, I won’t sit here and say that — I couldn’t tell you. I’ll be the last guy to sit here and bash the city of Cleve­land. It’s hon­estly just as con­fus­ing to me as it is to the fans and the city

of Cleve­land. To ev­ery­body that’s on the out­side look­ing in, how do you lose two Pro Bowlers (Gip­son and Mack) and an up and com­ing right tackle (Schwartz) and one of the best re­turn­ers (Ben­jamin), as well as an up and com­ing re­ceiver (Gabriel), in one free agency class? I don’t know. But, for me, it’s not my job to know.

“I know that when an op­por­tu­nity came, Cleve­land, they made their choice and we had to move on from it.”

Brown drafted Der­rick Kin­dred to re­place Gip­son. Kin­dred had no in­ter­cep­tions last year and one this sea­son.

Collins on IR

The Browns on Nov. 14 placed line­backer Jamie Collins on in­jured re­serve. He suf­fered a sea­son-end­ing right knee in­jury on Nov. 12 in Detroit.

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILE

Jaguars free safety Tashaun Gip­son crit­i­cized the Browns’ front of­fice in a ra­dio broad­cast.

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