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Pat Shurmur Talks Bengals, Haden, and Weeden

(Opening statement)- “Just for the record when we’re in here I know we all have a job to do and listen, I only joke with people I admire. I know you guys have a hard job to do so just keep that in mind. I think there’s a time when a little sense of humor helps things. Would you all agree? That being said, this week’s game captain will be Frostee Rucker. I think it’s a good choice and he played for the Bengals, I just don’t want him to peak too soon. I think he’s done a lot of good things since he’s come to town and he’s displayed some of the veteran leadership that you need to see. I appreciate that and our players chose him to be the fourth captain. I think it’s a good choice. Otherwise, it will sound a little bit redundant like it is as you develop a routine to play the next opponent, but its Wednesday. We’re working on base, getting ready to play Cincinnati.”

(On how tough of a blow it is to the secondary with Joe Haden suspended)- “We’re going to miss Joe for a month and the next guys in there will do a good job. I’m very confident that the players we have on this team will go in and challenge and play extremely well. That’s just the way it goes and we’re all aware of the rules so we move forward.”

(On if he was disappointed that Haden got in trouble)- “Joe had an outstanding training camp, I think he made plays throughout the preseason and then in our first game he had some real good plays. We had these conversations, I anticipate that when he comes back he’ll pick up where he left off.”

(On if Haden expressed any remorse or apologized to him)- “Joe and I had a lot of conversations behind the scenes. I’ll keep that between he and I.”

(On how Haden’s suspension affects the defensive scheme)- “I think defensively scheme-wise you’re always flexible. If you have a guy who you think is your number one corner you can put him on their number one receiver, it’s all perceived or you can play it right and left. We will hold our plan until gameday. You’re always ready defensively to do either and I think we’ll just see how it unfolds.”

(On if Sheldon Brown will be at practice today)- “Yeah, Sheldon will be out there.”

(On if Trevin Wade was inactive last Sunday because of special teams)- “Yeah, he was inactive, but there’s a chance he’ll be active this week. I think when you factor in the corners if you’re a down-the-line corner or a role play corner you have to have a big role. We kept Johnson Bademosi up, but Trevin does a nice job on special teams. If he’s up this week, I’m sure he will contribute well.”

(On if the suspension of Haden caused him to address his team about the rules)- “No, we constantly inform our players about the rules in all situations. This is something that happened. Anytime something happens it brings light to it, you just reinforce it, but there’s a constant process that I take our team through as we inform them about any NFL rule. You have to do it over and over and over because you always have new guys on the team so you just repeat that process.”

(On if he and Brad Childress gave Brandon Weeden a more complex and comprehensive menu of plays than they normally would give a rookie because Weeden is a 28-year old rookie)- “No, we ran the plays we thought would be successful against Philadelphia based on the quarterback and the players we had out there. It was no more complicated or simple than any process that we go through.”

(On if they are still working on developing the chemistry between Weeden and Greg Little)- “I think so. We’re going to focus on one misfire or drop or whatever you want to call it, but I think their chemistry is about where it should be at this point. As we go through the season it will get even better. Greg Little is no different than any of our other receivers.”

(On A.J. Green and the Bengals moving him around more this year)- “They move him around. When you’re an outside receiver and you line up in a two-back slot there’s times when you’re inside, but it’s obvious they want to try and get him the football. I see them trying to use him the same way. It was very effective for them last year. Each game they develop a few wrinkles for the team they’re playing so we might see something different. I thought they did a good job the other night. BenJarvus Green-Ellis had effective runs, (Andrew) Hawkins caught the bubble screens and whatnot, got some completions for (Andy) Dalton and then they made an attempt to get the ball to A.J., which they did. Not to mention (Jermaine) Gresham, I think they’ve got an offense that can be very potent.”

(On his impressions of A.J. Green last year coming out of Georgia)- “We liked him a lot. We felt he was going to be a top flight receiver in this league there’s no question. When you see a guy have success in his rookie season and you liked him in the draft, it comes as no surprise to me.”

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