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Pat Shumur Chats on the Browns First Day Back to Work After the Bye

(Opening Statement) – “All the guys are back. We had a good practice and I’m sure you have a weekend full of questions. I’ll let you fire away.”

(On if he went to the Bahamas for the bye week) – “Nope. (I was in) Berea and parts close. I didn’t leave town.”

(On what he was able to accomplish during the bye) – “I think it was good. Early in the week we got a good practice in. As coaches we got a chance to sit down and evaluate what went right, early in the year, and what didn’t go well, and what we want to try to focus on. That part was good. I think the players got a chance to get away a little bit and take advantage of some much needed rest.”

(On if there can be a dramatic change in second half of season) – “I think there are things that happen in games that you don’t want to happen again. When you look at it, you try to look at every reason why things happen. (You) try to eliminate mistakes and put the players in the best position to win games.”

(On streamlining the play calling process) – “We needed to generally do a better job and really, it only popped up this last game. I had a chance to watch games yesterday, and you see quite frequently where quarterbacks are taking timeouts. It happens in almost every game. For the most part, the communication has been pretty good. We had some issues in the last game, and there were specific reasons for it and we correct it. Other than that, you’re always looking for better ways to communicate. We just keep looking at what we do and keep trying to improve it.”

(On if he and Brad Childress will continue to collaborate on play calling) – “We call the plays just like we do. We get the plays in, and the plays that go in have to be called properly in the huddle and then executed that way. No, I don’t think anybody’s going to recognize any big changes there. That’s that.”

(On if he thinks Ahtyba Rubin will be back against Dallas) – “Yeah, he was out there today practicing, so we’re hopeful he’ll be back.”

(On how excited he is to have Rubin and Phil Taylor back together) – “We’re starting to see more of the guys back that we thought we’d be seeing early in the year, which is good. Aside from Chris Gocong and guys that were hurt for the season, the roster looks more like I thought it would look when the season started.”

(On the possibility of Billy Winn playing defensive tackle and end with Taylor’s return) – “Yeah, that’s a good point. When you have more defensive tackles that’ll allow Billy, if we choose to, play him at end more. Which gives us a little flexibility there.”

(On if Winn’s quickness would work at the end position) – “I think he has the body type to play end and he has quickness. Yeah, I think he could do it.”

(On the story that Mike Holmgren is interested in coaching job in Dallas being a distraction) – “I don’t think it’s a distraction to us. Of course, I’m not going to comment on it. That’s a question that you need to ask Mike. As far as I know, the Cowboys have a coach, so I don’t know where that came from. It’s not a distraction for us.”

(On if Holmgren has the itch to coach) – “I don’t know that. I think that’s what he was for a long time. Again, I think that’s a question for him. I don’t know.”

(On how he and Childress call the plays) – “We decide what plays we’re going to call. We say call it and we call it. I don’t think it’s that big of deal. We had a couple situations in the game.”

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One Response to “Pat Shumur Chats on the Browns First Day Back to Work After the Bye”

  1. jason valerius says:

    Brilliant interview Pat. Thanks for all the great info.

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