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CLEVELAND (AP) — Something shocking has happened to the Browns Darren Fells 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 — 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 T. J. Carrie Color Rush Jersey ,” 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, 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 https://www.brownsfanshop.com , 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, 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 — 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. The NFL is looking for the next generation of youth football stars to help usher in its second century.The league launched a casting call Sunday asking parents and youth coaches of boys and girls ages 9-12 to submit videos of the kids’ best moves on the football field for a chance to attend Super Bowl 54 in Miami and to appear in a follow-up commercial to last year's epic star-studded banquet spot that kicked off the league's 100th season.In that spot, some of the game's greats from past and present fought over a golden football that toppled from atop a giant cake when Marshawn Lynch's attempt to sneak a dollop of frosting went horribly — or was it wonderfully? — wrong."We kicked off the 100th season in a big way. Now we want to create an even bigger juggernaut commercial Browns Customized Color Rush Jerseys , even more ambitious than before, that serves as the passing of the torch to this next generation of superstars," NFL chief marketing officer Tim Ellis said.In a spot launching "The Next 100 Super Bowl Contest," Deion Sanders calls for parents and youth coaches to send in videos showcasing their kids' best moves and highlighting their passion for America's most popular sport.Thirty-two kids will be selected to attend the Super Bowl and appear in the new spot along with retired and current superstars."We started looking at a lot of the videos that kids are putting online of themselves playing and we were just blown away at how amazing some of their moves were and how good they were at that age," Ellis told The Associated Press. "I mean, some of these kids were doing these one-handed catches like Odell Beckham Jr. We were just all like clapping and yelling and celebrating like, how can these kids be this good at this age? It's incredible."Ellis said "the reason we wanted to get someone like Deion, who is a revered player by our generation, is that we knew he could help us get that level of awareness and get people really talking about this. And ultimately, our goal is to get this talked about on the school grounds, right? We want all the kids talking about it at school, together with their parents, among the community and really drive that level of passion and excitement to encourage kids to think about football in a different way and to actually participate."Sanders said he's honored to be involved in the new project that caps the league’s yearlong celebration of its centennial season."I didn't just become 'Prime Time' when I reached the NFL,” Sanders said. “It started on a youth football field in Fort Myers, Florida. That's when I was doing the Billy 'White Shoes' Johnson Cleveland Browns T-Shirts , emulating some of the stars that were prevalent and current in the NFL. That's where that started; I just took it to the next level, the next stage. And that's what some of these youngsters are having an opportunity to do."Parents and coaches, with parental permission, can submit their kids' video showcasing their skills at tackle or flag football at PlayFootball.com/Next100.Sanders said he was especially thrilled the league is looking for both boys and girls: "My daughter, she played for my youth football team all the way up to 12 years old and she played tackle, not just flag, and she loved every minute of it.”A Hall of Fame defensive back who also starred in Major League Baseball, Sanders said some of today’s rising NFL stars such as Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson aren't just great football players but "bona fide athletes. They played dual sports coming up. These guys did it all. And that's the kind of love and excitement and passion that we want" to find in this national casting call.Ellis said the NFL is expecting "tens of thousands of videos" to be submitted and the league's teams will help narrow down the finalists."At the end of this commercial, we will say, 'Here's to the next 100,'” Ellis said. “So, we thought it was appropriate for us to use this unique opportunity as a passing of the torch.”Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton