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Pat Shurmur Talks on the Day After the Loss to the Eagles

(Opening Statement) – “Let me just start by saying, it’s no more or less disappointing that we lost that first ball game. This is the day when you go back and you look at it all, you re-evaluate it, you try to make corrections and I would say from a defensive standpoint, I thought it was a great effort. (I) talked all offseason about getting turnovers, which we did, and yards aside, we eliminated scoring on a very explosive offense. To hold that offense to 17 points in over 90 plays I think is a pretty good job. We got pressure on the quarterback. I thought there was solid play from the defensive line (and) the linebacking core, which obviously there were a lot of young players out there playing and even in the secondary. When Sheldon (Brown) got hurt, the guys in the secondary did a good job of really limiting the big plays. They got a big play in the two minute drive before the half, and they had some other things that happened, but I thought they battled. A great effort can’t be confused with a win and there are some things in there that we have to get better at. On offense, I think it’s fair to say that every phase of the offense needs to improve. Although at times, I did think the pass protection was pretty decent. We need to run the ball better. We have to put more plays together. We have to do better on third-down. We have to do better in the red zone and you have to take care of the football. You can ask me specific questions, but it’s just got to be better. The special teams, very solid effort. I thought they contributed significantly to what could have been a victory. I thought some of the young linebackers on the team, some of the young secondary players, show up on special teams and they did some good stuff. (Tashaun) Gipson and (Johnson) Bademosi and (Tank) Carder, who has only been here a week. (Joshua) Cribbs obviously did some great things. Alex Smith played a big role in his effort to block. When I look back on it, we were right there. I look at some of the things that happened in the game. We had a 1:26 (remaining) and we have the football and they have three timeouts. If we execute on that third-down play, now we’re in control of, possibly stepping it up and going after a score. At 3-3 at that point, I thought that was the right way to approach it. Then later in the game, seven minutes to go, we’re up by six, we’re in around mid field, we execute those two or three plays a little bit better, we get a few more downs. We can, at the very least, kick a field-goal, now you’re talking about a nine point game. There are things in there that we need to do better if we want to be the kind of team we want to be. Those are the things we talk about.”

(On the first step to Brandon Weeden improving) – “I think he’s got to look at this game and make the corrections. (I) told the team this, every error that happened yesterday is correctable and I think that’s the great news. We’re not looking at plays and situations that they can’t improve on. That’s where he’s at right now. He’s finishing that process of watching the game, which he had already watched by the time he got here today. Make the corrections, which will be very obvious to him, and of course we need to take care of the ball better.”

(On if Weeden was the first guy in the building) – “I don’t know that. I was more concerned about me.”

(On how does he correct the missed touchdown pass to Mohamed Massaquoi) – “Make a better throw. He took five on the hitch and he threw it.”

(On how Weeden will make a better throw to Massaquoi) – “The guys wide open and you have to hit him. That’s how you make a better throw. I don’t know what to tell you. He took a five step drop, the guys running wide open, you got to keep it in bounds and make a better throw. That’s all there is to it. I wish there was some kind of formula or theorem, but that’s not the case.”

(On what he would say to fans that are clamoring for Colt McCoy) – “Clamoring for Colt? Brandon Weeden is our starter, and he’s going to get better, that’s what I’m going to tell them. Right? I’m looking right into that little camera thing of yours. By the way that thing creeps me out just for the record. Sorry, you’re the only one with one of those things.”

(On Weeden having his should up when he threw) – “I think the way you have to keep your front shoulder down of course and step in. I don’t think there’s anything other than we can work on it. I think when guys throw high, they let their front shoulder get up and the ball sails on.”

(On if Weeden wasn’t stepping into his throws) – “I don’t think that’s the case. I think there are times when you do because there is pressure in your face, but you still have to make the throw. I think a lot of times, you can’t throw the ball exactly the way you draw it up because you get a little pressure and you have to move. That’s what we work on. He’s got to get it better.”

(On Weeden overthrowing all game) – “I don’t know about that. I just think that generally speaking, he would tell you that he needs to throw the ball more accurately. Each pass has a reason why it’s successful or it’s not. We work on those. We know all the fundamentals of it. We can sit here and go through each one and I can tell you about it if you want. (I’m) not sure we all have time for that.”

(On if the two interceptions to Travis Benjamin were the same route) – “They were different routes, but same results, right?”

(On the reason for the interceptions to Benjamin) – “They have two pro bowl corners, so where are you going to throw it? We wanted to take a shot. Two things, the ball needs to be thrown in a position where the receiver can get it and if the ball is thrown in position where the defender’s got a good chance to get it, the ball needs to be defended by the receiver. That’s what we talk about. Of course, we’re always aware of match-ups. You got Nnamdi (Asomugha) and then of course you got (Dominique Rodgers-) Cromartie. What do you want me to do, not throw the ball? What I’m not okay with, is I didn’t like where the throw was.”

(On the fullback not catching the ball before the end of the half) – “That’s the third down I was talking about in the flat. That was just poor execution all the way around. We didn’t cut the edge, Ben Watson’s running wide open on the corner route, (the) ball was thrown to the fullback, not a perfect throw but catchable. All in all that was just bad football.”

(On Greg Little’s dropped pass at the goal-line losing them a potential lead) – “You have to catch them. (You) have to catch the balls. There were a couple drops on the other side. It’s important that we catch the balls that are contested. I agree with you.”

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