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Pat Shurmur Addresses the Media the Day After the Loss to the Ravens

(Opening Statement) – “I had a chance last night to say a lot about the game. We got behind against a very good football team. We fought our way back with just under nine minutes, and were winning 15-14. It becomes an issue of being able to finish, and I think that’s what I talked to the players about. They are going to be games where you’re going to be ahead and you’re going to stay ahead the whole way. There will be games when you get behind and you fight your way back in and you have to finish. Then, there are games when you’re ahead, and they come back and get the lead. We just have to finish better. I think there were a lot of plays throughout the game we were visiting today. It is important to be ahead at halftime. We talk a lot about the fourth quarter. We need to play better throughout. There were some decisions, when I look back on them now, of course, that don’t work out. Then I’ll say, ‘well, you know what? Maybe we should have done something else.’ That’s what you do on Monday. I’m sure you’ll have specific questions, so I’ll leave those to you. I am not discouraged. I remember a year ago, we played the Baltimore Ravens here, and the score was close, but they beat the brakes off us. They ran the ball on us. We found a way to get it kind of close. There were special teams issues that popped up. This was a very fine football team we played. I don’t know how it’s reported locally. They’re a very good football team, we had a chance to beat them and we didn’t. That’s what’s disappointing, but not discouraged. You’re going to hear me say it, because I believe it. We’re just getting ourselves ready to go as we move forward. We have a bye week here wedged into the preparation (of) getting ready to play the Cowboys, and that’s where we’re at. I will say, the special teams part of this thing, we’ve made huge improvements there. Huge improvements. That was kind of a heavyweight fight when you watch the special teams compete. They have a lot of very fine athletes. They have a lot of very dangerous people on their special teams units. I think our guys went out there and battled. I think they have done so, for the most part, all year. Best game out of our punter (Reggie Hodges). Phil (Dawson) made five field goals, which we’ll talk about the red zone. You don’t ever want that to happen, but he did it. We didn’t win the game, (and) all that is for not, because we did not win, but we will build on that.”

(On if he would call the fourth and two call differently today) – “What I would like us to do is execute, give him a better play and make it. I watched the game last night, the (New York) Giants punted in that situation (and they) never saw the ball again. Being that we did get the ball back, yeah, I would consider doing something different if I can guarantee I’m going to get the ball back. That will be, I’m sure, in comparison to the one against Indy.”

(On if he would run a more simplified play instead) – “(It was) pretty simple, the one we ran. We just didn’t execute it well. I have to give him a better play and then we’ve got to make it. You’re talking about it being a gutsy call to keep the drive alive.”

(On if Greg Little ran the right route) – “Absolutely. Everybody did the right thing. We didn’t execute it well. There were five receivers in the route, so we’ve got to do a better job.”

(On if they considered using Trent Richardson with four minutes on the clock instead of spreading and throwing) – “We were trying to get going, so we tried to spread the field. We were going to run the ball in one situation from a spread out look, which has been good for us. We didn’t go away from Trent if that’s what you’re talking about.”

(On why the plays didn’t get in on time) – “I mentioned about the communication. That’s something that we’re going to talk about. I’ll take full responsibility for all of it. I think we can streamline some things to help the players execute better. That’s about what I’ll say about that.”

(On the play calling process) – “Brad (Childress) and I call the game. I send in the play to the quarterback, and then he calls the play in the huddle. That’s it. (It’s) very simple.”

(On the conversations between himself and Childress) – “We talk about what the plays are going to be. We have them written down, we just don’t make them up as we go. Then there’s also getting different players in the game because we use multiple players. There’s a lot that goes on. That’s where we need to be better than we were the other night in all of that and make sure it happens.”

(On communications running smoother this year) – “I can’t tell you exactly. I know exactly why. There were a couple situations getting the right people in the game, getting the play to the quarterback in a timely fashion and then him calling it properly. That’s the string of events. There were a couple times yesterday that didn’t get done. I’m absolutely responsible for that. We’ll make changes here and we’ll streamline some of things. That’s what’s nice about the bye week. It’s about the Browns. It’s about whoever you’re team is you focus on, ‘What can we do better as we move forward?’ We just happen to have the latest bye of the season. For instance, we’ll look at third and ones, what we can do better, the people we use, the plays we run as we move forward to make that absolutely better. We’re going to do that.”

(On if Brandon Weeden can call audibles) – “Actually, he changed a couple plays. An audible to me is once you’re at the line of scrimmage, he makes changes there. Yeah, he does.”

(On if Weeden is being overly cautious in the red zone) – “You want to be aggressive, but you also have to have a huge amount of concern for the football. I think they did a nice job yesterday. There are times when teams won’t let you throw it. They played some soft zones where then we were forced to check the balls down. Now, we’ve got to get more out of our check downs. When we choose to run the football, we’ve got to carve out more yardage. Just generally speaking, there are times we’ll look at everything there too, whether we run it or throw it, situations and whatnot.”

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One Response to “Pat Shurmur Addresses the Media the Day After the Loss to the Ravens”

  1. Denolakes says:

    I do believe that Shurmur probably lost his chance to be the HC going forward with this game. Play calling has been an issue all season, but the lack of team preparedness and disorganization during games is indicative of ongoing coaching malfunctions. This type of stuff just should not be happening at this level this far into a season. There is a core of talent now, which is good, but whatever new HC enters the fray, they are going to have to work with these guys and whoever else is drafted/signed. A complete reload is not feasible — unless Haslam wants to lose much more of the fan base for the foreseeable future. While some bright spots t his year and they are able to score points, this year is already a major disappointment and is shaping up to end up that way, again. Living around die-hard Browns fans all my life, nobody seems all that interested anymore.

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