Browns have sights on Titans’ Johnson

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He celebrated his 36th birthday last week by passing for 311 yards, and his three-game total of 932 is the highest for the franchise since Warren Moon in 1992.

Hasselbeck is certain the Browns will be well prepared for him. After all, he was raised in the league by Browns president Mike Holmgren, who coached him with the Seahawks. Between Shurmur and Holmgren, the Browns have a thorough knowledge of Hasselbeck’s every tendency and tick.

“They probably know me better than I know me in a way,” he said. “For sure, Mike. But I wouldn’t say the same thing about the guys playing on their defense.”

Like Tennessee, Cleveland’s offense has struggled so far this season. However, the Browns defense has responded and rescued the club from a disastrous start.

Last week, the Browns recorded five sacks before stopping Miami near midfield in the final minute to preserve a 17-16 win. Cornerback Joe Haden held Dolphins star wide receiver Brandon Marshall in check and this week he’ll likely be matched against Tennessee’s Nate Washington, who will assume Britt’s role as the Titans’ No. 1 target.

Haden, though, will be on guard to stop Johnson.

He’s due, maybe overdue, to have a big game and the Browns don’t want to be the first team Johnson runs through.

“We know anytime it can happen. He’s CJ2K,” Haden said. “He is really good, elusive, fast and one of the best players in the league. We just have to make sure we keep him contained and everybody stays to the run. That puts a little more pressure on us in the secondary knowing that we are going to have to put an extra person in the box to contain him, but in the back of our minds, we have to just lock it up.”

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