With Robert Griffin III sidelined with his shoulder injury, the Browns will turn to 37-year-old Josh McCown in Week 2 when they take on the Ravens.
Here is what you need to know:
1. McCown has a 2-1 record against the Ravens, and has left an impression on coach John Harbaugh.
Asked about McCown during his press conference Monday, Harbaugh did not immediately recall the Ravens’ lone victory over McCown last season. However, Harbaugh did recall both losses to McCown – o one last season, and in 2013 when McCown was with the Bears.
“I just remember this guy just having no conscious, and just throwing the ball in there and completing passes against us,” Harbaugh said. “We have a lot of respect for him. We know what kind of a player he is, we know how good he is. I think he’s been super-good against us. We know we’re going to have our hands full. We’re going to need all hands on deck to get ready for the offense led by Josh McCown.”
2. McCown has thrown 120 straight passes against the Ravens without throwing an interception.
The Ravens haven’t been able to force McCown into making mistakes. If that holds true Sunday, it will increase the Browns’ chances of winning.
3. McCown has a good relationship with Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman, who spent two seasons as McCown’s head coach with the Bears.
Trestman can give the Ravens some insight into McCown’s strengths and weaknesses. But frankly, that hasn’t kept McCown from hurting the Ravens before.