Pat Shurmur Speaks to the Media the Day After the Loss to the Giants

(Opening Statement) – “After watching the game in detail, I’ll go back on a little bit of what I said yesterday. I thought we came out and we started fast, 14-0 start is pretty good. We were running the football. We hit a couple big passes against them. We caused a turnover. We created field position with the kicking game, so we had a good start. I felt like going into the second quarter, we were continuing to play that way. Then we hit a three minute period there that at least initially changed the course of the game. (It’s) safe to say, when you talk about the opportunity lost of not scoring points. It was about a 21-point swing in my mind. The challenge there is going in at half time is to come back out and restart your motor. We came out and I thought we were playing hard and we just didn’t overcome it. That’s what happens in the game. It’s very important, no matter how hard you play, the results are important and that’s winning. We can’t let a three minute period wreck a performance against the Super Bowl champs. (We) can’t do it. They took advantage of what we gave them and we didn’t overcome it. That’s where it’s at. We’re moving forward. (We’re) looking forward to playing the Bengals this week. The fellas are just finishing up the corrections from yesterday. We’re playing a team that we know pretty well. They’re coming off a tough loss and (we’re) looking forward to playing them here at home.”

(On if he has talked to Joe Haden) – “I did, early this morning.”

(On his message to Haden and if he conveyed disappointment or anger to him) – “No, this is the first Joe could be in the building. So the first stop he made this morning, he came in early. I don’t know if it was the first stop, but it was early this morning, he came in and we visited. We just talked about what we’re going to do as we progress. Beyond that, I’ll keep it private.”

(On what having Haden back means for the defense) – “He’s one of our better defensive players, so we’re glad to have him back.”

(On Haden’s absence having a domino effect on the secondary) – “We have Joe Haden back. We’re going to put him in the lineup. We’re getting ready to play the Bengals. Moving forward, that’s where we’re at.”

(On if Haden has to go through a conditioning test) – “No, he’s back. I’m sure you guys will get a chance to see him here in a few minutes. I’m sure you got a few questions for him.”

(On Ahtyba Rubin, D’Qwell Jackson and Dimitri Patterson’s injuries from Sunday) – “We’ll have to just see as the week progresses. No updates on them.”

(On if Haden apologized directly to him) – “Joe and I had a good talk. Period.”

(On how the interception on third and one looked when he saw it on tape) – “It was an interception each time I saw it. It looked the same every time. We need to execute it better.”

(On if Jordan Norwood was open early on that particular out route) – “I think so.”

(On saying ‘the next guy up, no excuses’) – “I believe it by the way. When I say it, I believe that. I just don’t say it, I believe it.”

(On not using missing players as justification for performance) – “It’s a good question but I’m not wired that way. I’m not. We’re going to put 46 guys active in orange helmets with white and brown stripes and we’re going to play. That’s it. That’s the mindset of everybody in that locker room. We’re just going to do that. No, there are no excuses. There really isn’t. We have a very proud team and you just keep pushing.”

(On if he thinks Brandon Weeden is learning from the interceptions he’s throwing) – “I know he is. Part of being a pro is when things don’t go the way you want it being hard on yourself. That’s part of it. It’s fair to say that the head coach and the quarterback tend to be very hard on themselves.”

(On how his offensive line looked Sunday) – “I thought they battled pretty well. I saw Brandon get hit twice only. (That’s) pretty good. We talked about all week how that’s a pretty darn good front. I thought they battled pretty well. That being said, not well enough for us to win.”

(On where Weeden is in terms of his development) – “I still think he made progress yesterday. I think he stood in the pocket yesterday and threw the ball to number two and number three in the progression a few times. He hit on a deep ball early in the game to a receiver he’s just been working with for a few weeks. There was some general efficiency there. There were a couple bad plays that he’d love to have back. How he responds to all that, that’s this week’s challenge as we get ready to play the Bengals.”

(On what he sees as the issue with the secondary) – “I think there’s some situational football that we can do better, short yardage on offense of course. I thought we gave up some plays in the red zone in coverage I think that we need to get better on.”

(On Weeden saying he needs to ‘take chances’ and how difficult it is to change that mentality) – “Take chances? Being aggressive is probably a better way to phrase that, but you got to have a general respect for the football. On the third and short play, I think it was guy trying to make a play. You can learn from that, at the 25-yard line, third and one. If it doesn’t play out the way it should on time, and you’re outside the pocket, I think we all know what you could and should do with the football. Then it gives us the decision to either go for it on fourth and one or kick a field goal and take some points. I think there’s a fine line between being aggressive and that football’s important, making sure that you play smart as well.”

(On why Ahmad Bradshaw had so much room to run) – “I think they blocked us pretty well. They hit us on a couple of schemes where the scheme was going to get them six or eight yards, then we got to just minimize the damage and get them on the ground. I think that’s important. If you pop a couple long ones, which they did, and you can’t let the runner do that, then that’s how you get a 200-yard game.”

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