Pat Shurmur Updates on Injured Players, Dawson to the Pro Bowl, Being Proud Of His Team

(Opening statement)- “I’m sure it’s on the tip of your tongue so Colt (McCoy), Trent (Richardson), Brandon (Weeden) and Sheldon (Brown) are same status as yesterday. It will be easy for you guys to type out.”

(On if he is still not ruling out any of those players)- “No, I’m not going to rule anybody out yet. We’ll just have to see. Everybody comes back from these things, some quicker than others so we’ll just see. But as we get closer, of course, if they can’t play I’m not going to try to hold it to game time.”

(On Phil Dawson being named to the Pro Bowl)- “I probably should have led off with that. I’m extremely pleased that he’s been recognized. I have a huge appreciation for him, of course. In the last two years, he’s one of the outstanding kickers and he does it – we would all agree – in a climate at times that’s less than ideal for kickers. He’s kicked at a high level for a very long time. I’m extremely thrilled that he was recognized by his peers, the coaches and the fans. I think that’s good much like Joe Thomas. Again, a very steady player. In order to be an offensive lineman you have to play at a high level and be very steady and Joe has done that. I’m happy for those two guys that they were recognized.”

(On having playmakers on defense and if that is becoming more important due to the evolution of offenses in the NFL)- “There’s no question, you want explosive plays on both sides of the ball. Typically on defense that means sacks, tackles for losses, interceptions, fumble recoveries for touchdowns. You want explosive plays because there are a lot of close ball games and throughout the season you need to have some difference making plays on defense. You need some scores, so yeah those are very important and they’re very demoralizing for an opponent when that happens. Just like anything in football, you want to be very efficient, but you also then want to be explosive. I think the same can be said for offense, defense and special teams.”

(On if he thinks the Browns are better at creating explosive plays on defense because of an emphasis on creating turnovers)- “I think the players really grabbed on to what we were talking about – being able to catch the football which, of course, relates to interceptions. Then we’ve added some defensive linemen. Sometimes it’s scheme when you pressure. Getting sacks is important. As much as it’s important to get sacks, disrupting the quarterback, his rhythm and timing are also important. From a run-game standpoint, controlling the run, you don’t always stop it, but controlling it is a team thing and that also comes down to not allowing them to have big runs. That’s kind of how you play it.”

(On who is responsible for bringing in Josh Johnson)- “There’ a conversation about any move we make and we assessed the need to bring in a quarterback so there was a conversation between all of us.”

(On if they considered bring back Seneca Wallace)- “We considered Seneca, yeah.”

(On if Wallace did not want to come to the Browns)- “We decided to go with Josh, but we talked.”

(On if it would have been easier to have Wallace in)- “I don’t know that.”

(On if he designs the game plan differently thinking that Montario Hardesty could be the starter)- “The run-game is similar regardless of who it is. Our running game would be designed in a similar way. Hardesty will start the game and then Brandon Jackson and Chris Ogbonnaya will both play.”

(On if he is confident he will get what he wants out of his team this week)- “Absolutely. They know how important it is to go out and prepare to win a football game and they want to do that. We’ve talked about how we want to end the year with a win. If you’re in the playoffs that means you win the Super Bowl. In this situation, we want to do what we can to win a football game so they understand the importance.”

(On what he has learned this year about Ishmaa’ily Kitchen as a player and as a person)- “I didn’t know much about him when we picked him up, but we got a bunch of screams from Baltimore, ‘Gosh darn it, we hoped that we could have gotten him back.’ That was my first little bit on him. Then we watched him play and he’s given us some good snaps and we think he’s a fine football player that’s going to even develop to more of a player than he has been this year.”

(On what they knew about Josh Johnson)- “We know a lot about him. I evaluated him coming out of college. I’ve watched his career. He’s a tall quarterback, he’s got a big arm and there’s something to him. Having now worked with him for a couple of days there’s something to him and we felt like he would give us a good chance to go in there and in the event he has to play, we’ll pare it down, give him things he knows and let it rip.”

(On what he is most proud of over the last two years)- “I don’t know. It’s hard to say. I think that’s a question probably for after the season. My thoughts now are going toward Pittsburgh. I think we’ve made improvements. Some may say not fast enough, but I think we’ve made improvements. I think we came into a less than ideal situation when we got here. Every situation is different and I’m proud of that. I’m proud of the work that the guys that I hired did in terms of inspiring the players to improve. It’s a little different thought process when you’re working with so many young ones. There are certain things you’ve got to keep hammering home that when you’ve got a veteran crew, you know you talk about other things. So these guys I think did an outstanding job of that. We have not won enough football games and I know that’s the way this things works, but in our situation I see improvement and I’ll leave it at that. The rest of it, going in depth to all that, I think that’s a discussion for after we play Pittsburgh.”

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One Response to “Pat Shurmur Updates on Injured Players, Dawson to the Pro Bowl, Being Proud Of His Team”

  1. Dan B says:

    I am really curious as to how “hurt” Colt is. Shurmur DOES NOT want him in the game, he may make him look even worse than he already does if he were to have a good game. That kid played hurt ALL last season, now you are telling me he can’t go, aweful funny they have not gone into detail as to what is wrong with him.

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