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http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/baker-mayfield-jersey , those bumbling, fumbling, quarterback-searching, coach-firing, draft-busting losers.They've disappeared. Maybe gone for good."This is a new team," said center JC Tretter. "We had goals we came into the season with, and we're starting to show what we're capable of. Obviously, it's been a rough couple seasons for the Browns, but this team is a totally different team."Totally.With an impressive 35-20 victory at Cincinnati on Sunday, the Browns (4-6-1) not only ended their 25-game road losing streak 鈥?one shy of the NFL record, but they posted consecutive wins for the first time since 2014. Cleveland also broke a seven-game skid against the Bengals, exacted some revenge on former coach Hue Jackson for rejoining a division rival, and pushed itself into the AFC playoff conversation, albeit as a long shot.As November fades, the Browns feel they're getting stronger."Being in the hunt in December is all you can really ask for when you start the season," linebacker Joe Schobert said Monday. "Just to have meaningful games is big for the morale in the whole building, and as well as the fans and fan base that has been kind of starving for wins the last couple of years."To be able to put ourselves in position for that is just a sign of a step forward as this organization."The surge didn't seem possible a few weeks ago after Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley were fired following an Oct. 28 loss in Pittsburgh. The same ol' Browns were still sinking.But under interim coach Gregg Williams Authentic Baker Mayfield Jersey , and with running backs coach Freddie Kitchens calling plays better suited for Mayfield's strengths, the Browns have turned around their season. They're 2-1 since Williams took over and there has been a noticeable change in the team's temperament. Penalties are down, the Browns are playing with a crispness and purpose, and they're backing up big talk with bigger actions.Tretter, who has played the past month despite a severely sprained ankle, said Williams' influence has been dramatic and decisive."Discipline has been great," he said. "It is something that we desperately needed. He has really reined everybody in and gotten everybody focused on one single goal. His leadership has been very strong. He fires up the team. He has that personality. Everybody knows that. He has just done a great job of really rallying the troops to one cause. You see that on Sundays."Tretter said Williams has placed a premium on attention to detail. He's holding players accountable for their mistakes and giving everyone clear expectations."They're spelled out for you, there's no confusion about what's going on," Tretter said. "Every meeting hits on the same points over and over again, where there's really no gray area of what's expected of each player on this team. That has really helped us take that next step."Obviously you always worry about that with a midseason transition, but Gregg's done a great job of rallying the troops and getting everybody on the same page."Williams will interview for Cleveland's full-time job when the season ends, and while his resume gets a boost every time the Browns play well, his chances of being hired seem remote.However, as long as the Browns keep winning and Mayfield continues progressing, Williams' stock will rise.The 60-year-old's powerful personality has also rubbed off on his players, who didn't miss a chance Sunday to get in their shots at Jackson, whether it was safety Damarious Randall handing the former coach the ball after an interception Greg Joseph Jersey Elite , or Mayfield giving him a cold shoulder following Cleveland's win.Williams said he's just being himself, and downplayed his impact as a disciplinarian."I do not want to overblow it at all 鈥?I say what I mean and I mean what I say," Williams said. "It is about being on time, doing things the right way, not doing things halfway and doing things all of the way. Ability alone does not win at this level. You have to go above and beyond."Williams had been reluctant to mention any playoff possibilities, but last week used the postseason prize as a motivator to reinforce a bigger message: The Browns can make this season special."You are starting to see a team that everybody in this building knew was here," Tretter said. "We do understand that if we do take it one game at a time and everything goes our way, there is an opportunity to keep playing football games into January and into February, but that is something that we can't look too far ahead on right now."NOTES: Williams reported no major injuries from Sunday's win. ... Williams said he "can't keep up with my texts and my voicemails" from friends and colleagues around the league who are impressed with the Browns. "It is not going unnoticed," he said. Tampa Bay's struggling defense will be without middle linebacker Kwon Alexander for the remainder of the season.The fourth-year pro was injured during the first half of Sunday's 26-23 overtime victory over the Cleveland Browns.A MRI performed Monday confirmed that the 24-year-old, a fourth-round draft pick in 2015, has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee."It's unfortunate," coach Dirk Koetter said. "Kwon was playing so well, and was the heart and soul of our defense."Koetter said backup linebacker Jack Cichy also suffered a season-ending knee injury against Cleveland and will miss the remainder of the year."Our locker room at halftime was extremely emotional," Koetter said. "Kwon came out of the training room right about the time we were getting ready to go back on the field. It was emotional. You could tell guys really care (about him)."Alexander has started all 46 games he's appeared in during his NFL career. He was a Pro Bowl selection two years ago and was having one of his best games of the season when he took an awkward step while rushing the passer and tumbled to the ground in the final minute of the second quarter.He walked off the field and to the locker room without help, but he did not play the second half."Guys like Kwon mean everything to this team, and I have empathy for him http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/greg-joseph-jersey ," quarterback Jameis Winston said."Before we left out there for halftime, he was like: 'Never take anything for granted.' He's so right," Winston added. "We see the passion he plays with. We see the heart he puts in the locker room. ... We're going to miss him, and I know he is going to make an amazing comeback."Losing Alexander and Cichy will severely test a unit that was criticized for its play during a three-game losing streak that followed a 2-0 start.Cornerback Vernon Hargreves III and safety Chris Conte were placed on injured reserve in September. First-round draft pick Vita Vea missed most of training camp and the start of the season with a calf problem, and four other players 鈥?tackles Gerald McCoy and Beau Allen, end Vinny Curry and cornerback Brent Grimes 鈥?have missed at least one start because of injuries.With Tampa Bay sitting at or near the bottom of the league in several key categories, including points allowed, defensive coordinator Mike Smith was fired last week and replaced by linebackers coach Mark Duffner.The defense was sharper in its first game under Duffner, sacking Baker Mayfield five times and yielding a season-low 305 yards to the offensively challenged Browns."You've got to have a next-man-up mentality. Kwon is a key piece to this defense," linebacker Lavonte David said, adding that several reserves stepped up and played well while filling in for McCoy, Curry and Alexander against Cleveland."Those guys ... filled the void, and that's what you've got to do," David added. 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