Archive for 2011


08/15
6:39 AM

Pryor not giving up on supplemental draft bid: Hot News for FO Cleveland Browns Organization http://t.co/Hid4f9j


08/14
6:37 PM

Upon Further Review: Browns-Packers: DK dissects the Browns first pre-season game and declare that hope springs … http://bit.ly/qmDR4L


08/14
6:05 PM

Confident McCoy shines for Browns: Second-year quarterback looks like he belongs against Packers. Zac Jackson re… http://t.co/iYCvAk7

OBR Newswire updates for August 12th through August 14th
OBR Newswire on August 14th, 2011 AT 4:00 PM

These are links from the OBR Newswire for August 12th through August 14th:


Transcript: Browns players Packers post-game
Barry McBride on August 14th, 2011 AT 8:18 AM

WR Joshua Cribbs

(On the play of the first offensive unit)- "I think it was a good day for the first offensive unit. Colt (McCoy) looked really good out there and the line blocked pretty well. It was just like practice. We played hard and we got things done."

(On the run-pass mixture)- "That was the West Coast Offense. We spread the ball around and in this offense the, the receivers make plays and that was evident out there today."

(On the offense building some confidence)- "That matters a lot. We gave ourselves some confidence (tonight) by doing what we just did (winning). We moved the ball effectively up and down the field and even with the turnover, we moved the ball effectively with Seneca (Wallace). The guys did a great job coming out here after just two, two-and-a-half weeks into it and playing against the defending champions. I think we did pretty good."

(On his touchdown catch)- "It was just a simple throw and catch. There was great blocking up front by the guys and a great throw by Colt (McCoy). He laid it up there real nice and I went up and got it. I guess I can catch."

RB Peyton Hillis

(On the play of the offense)- "We looked good tonight. I am really proud of the way the guys responded for it being the first time being out. It looks like we are executing real well. Don't get me wrong, we have a long way to go, but for the first time, I think the guys did pretty well."

(On the emphasis on passing tonight)- "The thing about it is, if throwing is working, why not throw some more? Colt (McCoy) came out today and really responded. I am very proud of him and our younger receivers. It is a work in progress, but it looks like the passing game is coming along.

(On moving the ball against Green Bay's No. 1 defense)- "It was great to go down and score on the first drive like that. We were connecting on all cylinders and the guys didn't freeze up or buckle under pressure. They did a great job."

(On his breakout season after coming to Cleveland last year)- "It is one of those things. I came to Cleveland and wasn't expecting much. But I came to a running back family with a great coach – Gary Brown – and he has really done a lot for me. He has made me feel accepted, made me feel wanted and along with the fans of Cleveland, this has been a dream come true."

LB Titus Brown

(On the touchdown not being the only play he made)- "It was a great call by Coach Jauron. He always puts us in the best position to make plays and we just went out and instituted them. (LB Brian) Smith came in and around and knocked the ball out; I was just there to scoop it. So, really he gets all the glory and I just ran it in."

(On having the right attitude)- "I was just going out and trying to compete and show this club that I belong here."

(On the feeling on the field)- "We were just going out there to compete. That's basically what we do. A Browns' tradition- defense."

(On his play during the second half)- "It's all play calling. We're just out there executing the plays that are called. We can't do anything without the play callers."

(On playing for a new staff)- "With a new staff, everything is 0-0. Coach Jauron always says you only get one chance to make a person trust you; and I took that to heart. I just went out there and played my best."

TE Benjamin Watson

(On the play of the offense)- "We spread the ball around a lot. It was really good for us to go out there and play against another opponent. We've been doing well in practice, but when you get to game speed, it can be totally different. What we saw (tonight) we're happy with, though there are definitely some things that we can improve on."

(On the role of the tight end in the West Coast Offense)- "We always want to be involved in the offense, whatever it is, blocking or catching. It was definitely good to get out there and be involved."

(On the progress made by the offense tonight)- "It was a good sign. It was just the first preseason game. We won the game and we are happy about that. We did some good things and we have to improve on some things. Don't take it any further than that. We've got some work to do, we are still in training camp, we are still working out kinks and we are still going to face some adversity. When that happens, it will be important to see how we respond."

(On his 37-yard reception)- "My wife is going to ask me tonight what I was doing trying to jump over that guy. I am glad that I made the play and came out of it without any injuries."

QB Colt McCoy

(On the way they played tonight)- "Pretty good. I think tonight we talked about it before the game, it's a great opportunity to go out and see where you're at. You've been going Browns versus Browns everyday and you're seeing the same looks. You're ready to go out there and see something different, adjust to it and gauge where you're at. We put together a couple of nice drives, got stalled one time on a bang-bang play. For the most part I really feel like it starts up front. The offensive line did a great job tonight protecting, the first time going up against a 3-4 look since our defense plays a 4-3. They did a tremendous job up front and we were able to throw and catch a little bit and get in the end zone a couple of times."

(On his lateral pass to FB Owen Marecic)- "I should have just run it. Owen is my fifth read in the progression. They took away all the front side. Ben (Watson) was match up and I had a little lane to get four or five yards. If I could have that one back, that's what I would do, just take off and run. I think I caught Owen off guard a little bit. He's out there by himself but usually that doesn't go there. They did a nice job covering our routes. So I if I had that one back I would have just run it for the yards."

(On the way the offense operated)- "It was pretty smooth. It was the first time Pat (Shurmur) and I were on the headsets together. We kind of joked at first, "Hey this is the first time for both of us." I gave him a hard time when he threw that red flag out there, that was the first time for that too. There were a lot of firsts tonight. I felt the operation went well. We were in and out of the huddle. We wanted to create a tempo early on and I felt like we did that for the most part. I guess we had a little hiccup on third and one. We'll go back and watch that situation, there's some good teaching there. We'll keep working. I'll be the first to tell you, we're nowhere where we need to be. We'll go back this week and start installing again. We've still got things to put in, things to work on. It was fun tonight to kind of see where we are as an offense. I thought for the most part we went out there and executed pretty well."

(On being in sync with the receivers)- "I thought the guys did a really nice job creating separation. On the touchdown to Josh (Cribbs), he did a nice job of holding space. He kind of moved the safety a bit in the two-high look. One of my favorite plays of the night is Robo (Brian Robiskie). We run a little play-action deep slant. Normally, you hit that ball in the first window but they rolled the safety down and Robo converted over the top and I hit him in the second window. It was a nice job by him of staying alive. There were some good things, there really were. What I was preaching to those guys on the sidelines during the second half and in the locker room tonight was, ‘hey, we did a good job but don't pat yourself on the back because it is just the first preseason game.' We've got a long ways to go, a lot of work to do but it is good to know that we can come out here and be pretty comfortable from the start." (On the play of the tight ends)- "Our tight ends are going to be huge for us. Whether that is Evan (Moore), Ben (Watson) or Alex Smith. Jordan Cameron played a lot tonight. If a team wants to play us some man-to-man, like they were tonight, you've got to be aware of where your tight ends are. I thought Ben (Watson) did a good job tonight."

(On being efficient tonight)- "We understand that we have a long way to go. We understand that there are still a lot of things to do to critique ourselves and perfect our craft. I think for the first time coming out and as we move forward into practice on Monday, we'll have a little boost of confidence. Nowhere, and by no means, am I saying that we're here and we're ready. We've got a long ways to go, but tonight is a good start."

(On the play by TE Benjamin Watson on the second touchdown drive)- "I mentioned earlier that any time the team plays the man-to-man tonight, whether it is two high safeties or one high safety, you've got to find a way to get your tight ends the ball. On top of that, it gets those linebackers pretty tired. They've got to run with those guys (tight ends). We see it every day in practice, (Scott) Fujita and D'Qwell (Jackson) are dead dog tired after practice because the tight ends are running everywhere. I felt like I had some matchups early, getting into the game and seeing what they (Green Bay) were doing. The first pass to Ben (Watson) was the third read in the progression. I'm alerted from the snap. I was trying to get the ball to (Joshua) Cribbs outside but the corner sat hard so I reset and found him (Watson) in the window. On the next play, we just ran a vertical game and Ben beat his guy off the line. I just had to move the safety with my eyes and he (Watson) made a nice catch. Those are just things that, as we move forward, all of us have to be on the same page to grow. Tonight, we started off pretty well."

(On if Watson is usually open in that window)- "We've only had 11 practices, so tonight, the things that we were doing, are the things that so far through camp, we feel comfortable with. In this offense, it is kind of figuring out what do I like and what don't I like. I like throwing to my tight ends. Those guys can work, those guys play hard. Once again, when you are manned up against safeties and linebackers, you've got to let those guys work."

(On Coach Shurmur's game day demeanor)- "It was a first for him, for us, for his defense, it was a first for a lot of people. I think that Pat (Shurmur) is doing a tremendous job with what we've got as far as time. That's one of the biggest things offensively, defensively and special teams. Everybody is new, we haven't had that many practices. The time that we've spent on the practice field is like gold. You practice, go in and watch the tape and you learn. I think for us it is important that we keep doing that so that we can continue to make progress. For Pat (Shurmur), he did a great job. He carries himself well, as you all know, and I think that I am really going to enjoy playing for him. Tonight was the first time in a game situation where he was calling plays. In practice, he's got the headset on, he knows what's going on. He calls some (plays) here and there but, in the games, is where you start to get a feel. I kind of knew where he was headed each time and we got the plays in and out. I felt like probably the best thing we did tonight was we had tempo. We got in and out of the huddle and to the line of scrimmage and ran the play. For the most part, we executed pretty well."


Transcript: Browns Head Coach Pat Shurmur, 8/13
Barry McBride on August 14th, 2011 AT 8:16 AM

(Opening statement)- "Before I get started let me just talk about injuries. Fortunately, there's not much to talk about. Coye Francies has a lower back (injury), but he's day-to-day. Carlton Mitchell wasn't in there. He had surgery on his finger and he'll be out a couple of weeks. Eric Hagg will have surgery Monday on a minor knee deal. Those two guys didn't compete and then you had the other list of guys that weren't in the game. It was fun. It's fun to play the game. I told the players before the game that playing games is what coaches and players do. All through camp they've kind of responded and worked hard. There were some good things that happened in the game. We tried to set a record with our first play called ‘time out'. It's just an indication that there's some communication that needs to be worked out as we move forward, but I thought the effort was good. There were some guys that showed up that we expected to show up and make plays. There were some others guys that flashed and did well for themselves. There were a lot of game situations in there that we had a chance to work through. From a two-minute drill at the end of the half where we were just trying to work the ball down the field to a four-minute drill at the end; we had some clock management situations to work through. We had a challenge. In the preseason you're working through all those mechanics. I thought there was good communication amongst the coaches. I thought the players played hard. I talked to them about when bad plays happen in the game that you have to overcome them and play on. We turned the ball over a couple of times, which the defense stopped. There's something to build on there, but we have a long way to go. There were some flashes of things there that I think we can build on. The players come back to work on Monday and we will get back to the business of training camp for a couple of days and then start to prepare for Detroit. All in all, it was a night where we got to see some things from our players. As coaches, we got a chance to communicate and I've got a long list of things that we'll end up working on and talking about. It's nice to see these players have success."

(On where he thought they would be this first preseason game)- "I didn't know where we would be Week 1. For the first unit to go down there and score and then the defense to battle in there the same way, I thought that was good. It was good to see Colt (McCoy) to go in there and execute pretty efficiently. It looked like to me the game was moving pretty slow for him, which is good. He didn't have any real mistakes to speak of other than the first throw, which was inaccuracy. I think if he could have it back he would have taken off and run with it."

(On Colt's performance tonight compared to practices)- "He's had some good practices. Again, I'm basing it on some of the first practices when we came together for the first time. He's shown some of the things in practice that he did today. Colt's a little bit of a gamer, so this situation when he's playing in a game, in my opinion, is right up his alley. "

(On the new offensive system allowing receivers to get open compared to situations in the past.)- "I don't know. I don't want to compare to last year. Again, I don't know what they were being taught although I watched the tape. It's hard. I do know this: we had some guys in there today that were working hard to get open. We had a chance to play against man coverage, which is really good. We found a way, for the most part, to be somewhat efficient throwing it. Credit to the players and I'd like to think the system has a little bit to do with it, but the players do the business. "

(On what the first game was like for him)- "It was very exciting. Needless to say, I thought I could get a lot of sleep last night and I did get a decent night's sleep. Any first is exciting and to be a head coach in the NFL is very exciting. I learned from Andy Reid a long time ago, it's hard to win in this league. Even though this one doesn't really go in the record books as a regular season victory, that feeling that you get when you win a game is something we all long for and try to search out. That part feels good. When I watch the game operation and watch the players compete and somebody that's teaching young men, to see them respond to some of the things we've been talking about. I thought it was good."

(On Titus Brown)- "No I saw him. He ran really fast with the ball in his hands. Now I have to listen to all the noise about him playing offense (joking). No, but that was a great play. Really when you look at things statistically, it's an even game except for that play and then you end up winning at least by a touchdown. Those are the types of things that you need to do. You need to score on defense, you need to score on special teams and we found a way to do it. He is a fun guy to be around. You all know him, but life is fun for him and he works very hard and he is a big, physical linebacker. I was kind of watching because if he would have got tracked down, it would have been worse. Then his buddies would've got on him pretty good."

(On if McCoy made all the reads he had to make)- "I thought so. The first play sticks out. Just like your first play he pushed up in the pocket and he came to the sideline and he tried to flip it over to Owen (Marecic). My first response was, ‘Oh geez, that's backwards.' I didn't want to make it too obvious, but he came right back and said, ‘Coach, I should of just ran with it.' He knows what he's looking at. As we get more and more comfortable with one another, as he gets more and more comfortable with his players and the system, I hope he will progress next week."

(On if McCoy exceeded his expectations)- "Well, he let us on two scoring drives. That is the mark of a good quarterback: getting your team in the end zone. I don't know if that exceeded it, but I think that's a real good start."

(On balancing the offense)- "Well, we are in training camp mode, but it's just so happens that we play four games. Those days in training camp that are hot and you are in pads, if you don't do them now you never get them back. The idea for the players now is to come back and correct this game and we get back to the business of getting the Browns better. We will spend two or three days here, Browns vs. Browns, working on the fundamentals. As I mentioned when we get near the end of the week, we will start working on the Detroit Lions."

(On Josh Cribbs being developed in the offense)- "I think Josh is a playmaker. Our hopes are that he is going to have an opportunity to return some kicks, then we are lining him up at receiver and we are going to do what we can offensively to give him the football. Most of the time, you throw it to the receivers. I don't want to sound trite, but I thought he did a good job getting open. He is very strong to the ball, he catches the ball well and he finds ways to get yards after the catch. I am really happy with his progress in what we are doing as well."

(On if Carlton Mitchell could end up on injured reserve)- "I think that is way too early to know. The injuries we are talking about with them, although they are surgeries, we anticipate them coming quickly."

(On if he had butterflies before the game)- "I don't really get butterflies. I don't know what I get, but they are not butterflies."



08/13
11:21 PM

First Impression Fodder: Browns leave plenty to discuss following 27-17 win over Green Bay in 2011 preseason opener. http://t.co/BVdKXTx


08/13
11:21 PM

First Impression Fodder: Browns leave plenty to discuss following 27-17 win over Green Bay in 2011 preseason opener. http://t.co/BVdKXTx


08/13
10:52 PM

Here’s a photo gallery from the Browns pre-season win over the Packers: http://ow.ly/62Cjj


08/13
9:53 PM

Browns come out on top in their first pre-season game of the Pat Shurmur era, 27-17: http://ow.ly/62Bwc


08/13
9:47 PM

VOTE! Gameballs and Goats: Vote, or you need to come to our office with your playbook. http://t.co/4B4WPDs


08/13
9:40 PM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Browns beat previous SB champ fourth yr in row. (Other 3 regular season).


08/13
9:40 PM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Browns beat previous SB champ fourth yr in row. (Other 3 regular season).


08/13
8:01 PM

Second-teams come in, and Browns fall behind by three at halftime, 17-14 Packers. http://ow.ly/62zV4


08/13
7:18 PM

Watson the star as Browns offense moves smoothly down the field to start the second quarter. BROWNS 14, PACKERS 7 http://ow.ly/62zfU


08/13
7:14 PM

Browns look solid in their first quarter of 2011 football. BROWNS 7, PACKERS 7. Join us in chat! http://ow.ly/62zcU


08/13
7:07 PM

RT @fsohiozjackson: That TD not Sheldon Brown’s fault. 12 to 85 just that good. I miss the Blake Costanzo Era on kick returns already.


08/13
7:01 PM

RT @dreknott: Taylor just caused his1st holding call


08/13
6:50 PM

Colt McCoy and the Browns offense looks sharp on the first drive. BROWNS 7, PACKERS 0, 8:40 First quarter.


08/13
6:40 PM

Dontay Moch out two months with broken foot: Hot News for FO Cleveland Browns Organization http://t.co/9uUJmuD


08/13
6:30 PM

Browns offense getting introduced. Fitting, the spotlight will be on them tonight.


08/13
6:09 PM

Live Chat! Browns vs. Packers: Join us here, on the forums, or in old-school chat during the game! The OBR is no… http://t.co/G5pSq2w


08/13
12:53 PM

Fun With Real Quotes: Pat Shurmur Edition: Coach-to-English translation is provided as another free service by y… http://t.co/Fh5EbWH


08/13
7:52 AM

Browns-Packers Preview: Browns kickoff the preseason with the defending Super Bowl champs. http://t.co/Wbyel7O


08/12
10:47 AM

Russell Okung has high-ankle sprain: Hot News for FO Cleveland Browns Organization http://bit.ly/oJ0z2a

Latest Links from the OBR Newswire
OBR Newswire on August 11th, 2011 AT 8:00 PM

These are links from the OBR Newswire for August 11th from 14:28 to 19:16:



08/11
4:11 PM

Ward over Mays a Good Sign: Heckert's decision to draft relative unknown may be sign of good things to come http://bit.ly/pUBMqG

Browns Player Quotes, Aug. 11
Don Delco on August 11th, 2011 AT 2:06 PM

As provided by Browns’ PR staff:

Joshua Cribbs

(On opening with the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers)- "We played them last year and we know it's a good football team. You know how preseason is, certain guys won't play. I don't know how much playing time I will get, but we will get back into the groove of things. Defending champs or not, every year is a new year around this time. It's going to be a good year for the Browns."

(On the kickoff rule change)- "Everything just goes back five yards. It's not going to be those if it's three yards deep to look around and wonder if you can bring it out. Those are bring the ball out. There is going to be a lot of catches that will be in the end zone that are going to be brought out. It's going to be deep maybe as far as eight yards depending on how it's kicked, line drive, but balls will be brought out the end zone this year."

Peyton Hillis

(On the excitement of facing another opponent)- "I think it's going to be really good for our team. We have been waiting all off season to finally get back in this groove and we finally get the opportunity. It's came on fast, but we have to pick up the pieces and go along with it."

(On how the offense has came along so far)- "It's been going good. We have been getting better every day and we have been taking care of our bodies, so overall it's been great."

(On Colt McCoy)- "The thing about Colt is he is a very determined player. When he messes up he will be in the film room two hours after that to try to fix it. You have to respect a guy like that. He loves the game and he wants to win. He is a terrific guy at the same time, so you want to see him succeed and you know he will succeed because of his attitude."

(On Brandon Jackson)- "Brandon Jackson is a very intelligent player. He has obviously come from a winning tradition, he just won a Super Bowl last year. From my understanding, he is very smart and very versatile. It's definitely a guy you can put out there in any situation and he will get the job done."

Greg Little

(On his mindset going into the first game)- "I am definitely excited to get back out there and be amongst a full contact game situation. I am eager and just preparing myself to do well."

(On coming back after 22 months off)- "It's not like I have been sitting on the couch, but I have been preparing myself for this day and the days preluding. I am looking forward to actually getting back out there and playing."


Shurmur Press Conference Transcript, Aug. 11
Don Delco on August 11th, 2011 AT 1:39 PM

As provided by Browns’ PR staff.

(Opening statement)- "Let me start with the injuries. (Jabari) Fletcher again wasn't out here with a knee sprain. (Chris) Gocong again with a stinger. (Montario) Hardesty, as you saw, there's no change there. He's working on the side. (Mohamed) Massaquoi was out here in a boot. He looks like he's getting ready to go to a shoe soon and be moving around. (Dominic) Alford was out in practice today in a limited basis. You saw he left yesterday with a back injury. In practice, Eric Hagg in the red-zone drill, kind of reached to make a play on a corner route and just fell on his knee. There just having it evaluated. I'm not sure what his status is yet. As you saw, I took the pads off the players today. They had three days in pads, about nine hours in pads in the last three days. The idea of today's practice and we have to do this for the season, there is a learning to curve to able get your work in in just helmets and spider pads. We did a 9-on-7 drill, then we did quite a bit of team work with a red-zone move the ball, team and third downs. The key to these practices, like every other one, is that they're moving fast, which I thought they did. You could tell they're a little heavy legged from three straight days in pads. Which is okay, that's the way they should be at this time of year. Now, they have a little bit of time to get their body's back before we play Green Bay. Normal afternoon schedule, we'll have meetings and walk-through. The focus will now shift to the Packers. We talked to the players, our intention is to play the ones for a quarter. Keep in mind these preseason games are extremely important. It's important that we learn a lot about our team, the whole team. Most teams approach it this way. Whether you're a guy that's lined up as a first teamer, second teamer or guy fighting to make the team, every rep is valuable. We take these games very seriously. To start the year out against an opponent like the Super Bowl champs will be a good gauge. We'll try and play the ones roughly a quarter. Then the twos will get in there for a couple of quarters. Then the rest of the guys will play typically in the fourth quarter. That's generally how we're going to do it. "

(On Usama Young missing some of practice)- "He's been working with a hamstring and he just felt it tighten up a little bit so it's just precautionary."

(On what questions he wants answered on Saturday)- "How good our team is. That really is true. You're looking at a situation where 90 players and 20 coaches have gotten together for the first time for two weeks. I want to see where we're at as a team. My sense is we're going to find we have a long way to go. Within the position groups, we want to see good competition. When I brought the team in initially I told them, make it as hard on us as we can to decide on who the 53 guys are going to be. I hope after a performance against another team that we have a lot of guys that show up and make plays. That's what we're looking for. There's going to be a lot to see, a lot to evaluate and we'll take it all in on Sunday."

(On if a quarter is a little longer than the starters would play in a non-lockout year)- "No, it's typical of the way I'm use too."

(On Peyton Hillis)- "He's an impressive guy. He has a very physical presence. Not only in his size, but the way he plays the game. Very detailed. He takes his job very seriously. He's very critical of himself if he makes mistakes and typically you don't see an error repeat itself. Those are all things that make him a fine player."

(On Hillis in the west coast offense)- "He catches the ball well. He's a good runner. When he's asked to pass protect he'll stick it up in there. My opinion, he's a three-dimensional back."

(On Buster Skrine making good plays today against Greg Little)- "I'll tell you what, he competes. He's a scrappy, scrappy guy. You see him flash. I'll tell you that's another matchup that's been good, is Greg Little and Buster. Neither one is intimidated by the other and they get after each other. It's been good."

(On Skrine playing nickel with the number ones)- "Were just trying to get some of the guys a little bit freshened up for the game. He's a guy that can play the nickel so he jumped in there."

(On working with Hillis on ball control)- "We always focus with all our ball carriers on balls security. We have ways of talking about it with four points of pressure and anytime there's a ball on the ground it's a big point of emphasis to not have it happen. Conversely, we teach stripping the ball and getting the ball out on defense. Other than generally emphasizing it and you see Gary Brown do drill work. That focuses on ball security. He is much like any other player. We focus on it, we demand them to take care of the football and then throw them out there and let him play."

(On what they are looking for from Richmond McGee)- "I think Punters in this league have to have the total game. If we're in a pooch punt situation, we're trying to get inside the ten or there about. If we're out in the field, we want to kick a ball that's down the field, but that's coverable. That's what you're looking for. You don't want shanks, you don't want balls kicked right when you're kicking it left. You're looking for the general execution and he has to get it off in a timely way."

(On if McGee has been consistent during practice)- "Yes, I feel like he's done a good job."

(On if McGee will be the holder and if there are any other candidates to hold)- "At this point, he's going to hold this week. He'll be the holder."

(On if he thinks teams will try to block their kicks because of the new punter)- "We're always prepared for teams coming after us. There are a lot of teams in the league that are breaking in either new or rookie punters. We're always prepared for that. They may come after us and they may not."

(On how Benjamin Watson's skill set fits into the west coast)- "He's a two-dimensional tight end as well. He's a fine blocker and just watching his work last year, he's displayed himself as a pretty fine pass receiver. That's a valuable guy. He's one of those guys that can play on all three downs."

(On if they still need a veteran linebacker in free agency because they have so many undrafted free agent linebackers)- "I think we are trying to find the best players. With the roster the way it is right now, we have some of those situations lined up and then at all positions we're looking for the best players. I don't know if anybody's roster is totally picked from only the guys on the field right now. There's a chance that there could be guys playing on other teams that might be here so we'll see."

(On how Phil Taylor's been doing)- "Phil's done a good job. He's in there battling. There are a couple things that Phil's getting use to. The defense, the style of NFL football and he's done a good job. He's a consistent performer in there, he's a load as you know against the run and I thought he did some things today to generate a little bit of pass rush which I thought was good. I'm pleased with his progress."

(On Brandon Jackson's contribution to the offense)- "He's key guy for us. You have to have more than one running back. Nobody can do it alone at that position. What he displayed last year, he started 13 games for the Super Bowl champs. He had a major contribution for them in a system which I feel he is a scheme fit as well, because a lot of their terminology is similar to us. He was able to get in here and get up to speed. I love the way he practices. He finishes all his runs. Every time he touches the football it's an opportunity to score. You've all seen him. We all wish we looked that good. He's a stocky and well-built guy. He's a good pass protector and I'm glad he's here."

(On if he's worried there will be injuries because they haven't had any hitting in practice)- "I disagree. We've done a lot of hitting, we just haven't tackled to the ground. That would be the only difference in a scrimmage. In every padded practice, all of our teams drills have been what we would call thud. Its full speed the only difference is you don't tackle the back. From that standpoint, I feel like we've banged them. Pretty typical of what I've seen in other training camps. Some of the tackling things, cutting guys, we don't cut in practice. That's got to get done if we are going to do it in a preseason game. Our tacklers, our defenders, you practice your tackling at a full speed rate in the preseason games. That's what I'm expecting."

(On Buster Skrine having four different coordinators in college and if he has a big jump to the NFL)- "I've watched him play quite a bit in college. I don't know what exactly they were trying to teach him. I know there's a lot more that happens at this level mentally. He has to absorb much more than he did in college and go out there in perform. There's something about him that's fun to be around because he's very competitive. One of the first days I looked out there he was in the back of the stretch line, way in the back. I mentioned to him, ‘You sit back here all the time you ought to start pushing to the front of these lines.' I came back the next day he was out here fighting to get stretched much closer to the front. That's his nature and I think that's going to bode him well."

(On the excitement of the first game)- "I'm very excited. I'm trying not to show it, buts its down in there. It's fun. I mentioned this when the team came back. Coaching and playing is what we do. For us this is very fun to go out there and compete and see how good we are and try to win a game. That's what motivates us. You work with a bunch of players for a certain period of time. You try to encourage them and empower them to do well and you want to go out there and see it happen. That's where the anticipation is. I wouldn't call it anxiety or being nervous. You just want to go out and perform well and play these games to win them and that's what we're going to try and do."

(On the Packers running a 3-4 defense)- "We've been practicing. If you look closely at our drill work there have been times throughout the camps that we've worked against the 3-4. We're preparing for it."

(On if he is a headset thrower)- "There was a time in my life when I was very out of my mind and I've learned not to be. There's a lot going on. I've had my moments, but I don't go into a game planning on throwing a headset. I think they're expensive."



08/11
12:30 PM

Little Hoping to Play Big: Rookie wide out Greg Little will be on display Saturday vs. Green Bay http://bit.ly/oY2dh0


08/11
9:49 AM

Matt Roth is a Jaguar for $3 million: Hot News for LB Matt Roth http://bit.ly/qfgRfp


08/11
9:49 AM

Gocong on sideline.


08/11
9:49 AM

Gocong on sideline.


08/11
9:43 AM

Matt Roth is now a Jacksonville Jaguar: http://ow.ly/60JUi


08/11
9:43 AM

Matt Roth is now a Jacksonville Jaguar: http://ow.ly/60JUi


08/11
9:40 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Matt roth to jags per aaron wilson.


08/11
9:36 AM

J.mitchell back at left end.


08/11
9:35 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Practicing in shorts and pads on a pretty cool and non humid day.


08/11
9:35 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Practicing in shorts and pads on a pretty cool and non humid day.


08/11
6:38 AM

Dispatches From Bengals' Camp: Marvin Lewis, the Bengals are starting over in 2011. http://bit.ly/qM1kCT


08/10
3:23 PM

UFL down to four teams, six games: Hot News for FO Cleveland Browns Organization http://bit.ly/pAxPgX

McCoy Quotes, Aug. 10
Don Delco on August 10th, 2011 AT 2:18 PM

As provided by Browns’ PR staff.

Colt McCoy

(On the transition to the West Coast offense)- "It's day to day. That's the way we look at it in the locker room, we are still installing some plays. We are looking for consistency. Today, I felt the Browns as a whole team got better. We started off a little slow, but we are getting better every day. If you watch the offense and you critique some of the things and you go back and watch the tape. I think our spacing is getting better, out timing is getting better. The offensive line is sifting out some things and my footwork. It's a day to day thing, but we are improving each time we get out here. That is the most important thing."

(On building confidence with the receivers)- "I think for me, most importantly you've just got to know where to go with the football and what is a good decision and what's not a good decision. Sometimes that throw may or may not be there, but that may not be the right place where you are supposed to go with the ball based on our concepts. We have built in a lot of deep throws, medium throws, shallow throws, ways to get the ball out of your hands. I think for me the process is adjusting to exactly versus what look on where to go with the football, so today I threw one up and Greg (Little) made a nice play. You slowly start to build that confidence and know where the guys are going to be at. Those are the things that just take time through practice and we just have to continue to work."

(On if the offensive line is the strength of this team)- "I believe that yes. Our offensive line is playing extremely well. They are creating some holes for Peyton (Hillis). When we can run the ball, we can pass protect pretty well. Most of those guys played together last year. I think the only new one is Shawn Lauvao stepping in. But, he has gelled well with those guys and they are the strong point on our offense. They are the foundation of what we need to do. Those guys are playing well."

(On his mindset coming into Saturday's game)- "Honestly, right now I don't think anyone in the locker room has really thought about Green Bay yet. Like I said, we are still putting some new things in and we are working on our craft. I think here in the next day or two we will start leaning towards that and kind of back off a little bit. At the same time for us, we will still be in training camp mode. We still have some things to work on. There are some plays that we have only ran one or two times, maybe just in the right formation instead of the left. Those are things that we will continue to work out, continue to get our spacing right. We certainly have a lot left to do, a lot to work on and all of that comes with practice. As much quality time as we spend out here working, come back out in the walk-through. The walk-throughs have been huge. You can't get any timing there, but you can get spacing and know where you are supposed to be. Each day we get better, the film is like gold. You come out here and make some mistakes across the board and you come back up and correct them and hopefully don't make those again."


Shurmur Press Conference Transcript, Aug. 10
Don Delco on August 10th, 2011 AT 1:56 PM

As provided by Browns’ PR staff.

(Opening statement)- "Good morning. Let me start with the injuries. Jabari Fletcher again didn't practice, he has a knee sprain. Chris Gocong with a stinger, didn't practice as well, but we didn't see anything significant about his injury. He'll be back in there soon. (Montario) Hardesty continued to work on the side and looked good running. (Mohamed) Massaquoi as you noticed is out of a cast and in a boot now. That is what we kind of thought would happen by this time. Jayme Mitchell didn't practice, a little knee soreness, but again nothing really to report there. Dominic Alford today hurt his back and why you might have noticed him leave the field. Otherwise, all the guys were out there and again it was good competition. Once again, they benefitted from the lack of hot weather. It was a beautiful day out here, but you'd like it to be just a little hotter for a training camp setting. The guys ran around well. This is the third padded practice in a row. Third three hour of sorts padded practice in a row and I think they pushed through it pretty well. We did more situational work and I thought there was great competition. I think we're getting better as a team. You can see the guys communicating better while they're playing. You're starting to see some guys that we're counting on to make plays, flash and make plays. Generally speaking, there's less mistakes. That tells me that they're starting to absorb some of the stuff that we're teaching. I do think there is plenty to work on and even though we're approaching the Green Bay game, I like to think we're still in training camp mode. Meaning that we're doing a lot of work Browns vs. Browns. At least up until today to get ourselves better and ready to play."

(On when they will begin to focus on Green Bay)- "We're going that way. We're going to be full bore on Green Bay tomorrow. Even though we'll be doing Browns vs. Browns. Through the meetings through the rest of the day we will start to focus on Green Bay and how the stuff we're doing relates to who we're playing."

(On how long the starters will play on Saturday)- "We haven't told the players yet how long they're going to play. We're going to do that this evening or tomorrow morning. I'll be willing to talk about it tomorrow."

(On if Buster Skrine is catching his eye)- "He is. He's done a nice job as far as challenging. When he's in a position, he's challenging to make a play and that's what I think you want from a corner. As a young player or if he's playing against a guy that's play against him. That's what you see in camp. You like to see guys that are in the mix and then you like to see them make their share."

(On if Skrine is better inside now than outside)- "I don't know if I'd say that. He's a guy that has the ability to play inside where some corners cant."

(On James Dockery's impact lately)- "He made a nice play at the end there. He's showed up and made some plays. Especially in those two-minute drills. Let's hope that continues. Maybe we'll see it Saturday night."

(On how Jabaal Sheard is coming along since the start of camp)- "He's been very steady. Steadier than you might expect from a rookie, in terms of just generally playing well. That's good. He's like anybody right now. He's tired and sore. We like to think when he gets his legs freshened for a game situation, he'll be more explosive. He's doing well."

(On if Sheard has more than one pass rush moves)- "He's got plenty of moves. You and I have no moves (joking). He's got plenty of moves. He's good."

(On when Massaquoi will return)- "Soon. It'd be hard to say, I wouldn't put a day on it. That's obviously the progression you take. From the cast, to the walking boot and to the shoe. We're not anywhere where we didn't expect at this point. Soon."

(On if Massaquoi could be back next week)- "There's a possibility. A possibility he could be out here running around next week."

(On if Colt McCoy gets better each day)- "I think it's a gradual improvement that you're seeing, but we all have better days than others. You can see the improvement daily. As people watching the sport whether you're coaching it, reporting on it or a fan of the sport it's easy in the quarterback position to focus on maybe a play or two. Whether it's great or good. As coaches, we're looking for consistency. It's always the case and I don't know what it is about football, but there's times when you walk off the field and say, ‘Boy that was a great practice.' Then you go and watch the tape and it was just an ok practice and vice versa because you focus on a play or two. Same thing on the other side, there's times when you walk off the field and say, ‘My goodness that was horrible we couldn't even get out of the huddle.' Then you go back and look at it and say, ‘There was a lot of good stuff in there.' That's what happens and we're all watching the same stuff all the time now 24/7. Everyone once in awhile you can draw those conclusions."

(On McCoy's comfort level with the transition of the offense)- "As much as he can be in Day 10 or whatever day of camp this is. It's starting to smooth out for him. When you're talking about quarterbacks you talk about where the game slows down. Guys are struggling to see things. Everything's fast and it's just a blur of colors. As they get comfortable with what they're doing it slows down they see it real clean and they execute."

(On Usama Young starting over Mike Adams)- "We'd like to see him become the starter, but if Mike Adams is the starter than that's the deal. But I think he is a little bit versatile. You're looking for guys back there that can play. If you're the starter then you're the guy. If you're not the starter than you have to be somewhat versatile. A guy that can play corner and safety is a good thing."

(On being excited about seeing Jarrett Brown throw the ball far)- "It's nice when guys have talent. He has some skill and ability. He's really been fun to work with. I've seen him improve. There's something natural about what he does. You take that natural ability and put it to the scheme. It's very rare that the quarterback can just drop back and throw. There's always some kind of movement in the pocket or you get flushed. He's displayed an ability now when he's out there improvising that he can make a play."

(On if they will carry three quarterbacks this season)- "You like to have your starter. You'd like to have a legitimate backup. Then you always want a guy around that you're developing. You'd like to have a developmental guy. Although we didn't draft one this year, we kind of knew all along that this guy had some skill. We brought him in right at the beginning of the offseason a year ago. He was a guy that Tom (Heckert) and I were familiar with. That's where we're at."

(On Brian Robiskie)- "I would say Robiskie has been very steady. You can say that a lot about what he is. He's just a steady guy in terms of his personality, his performance, being on time and doing the right thing. He's had a steady camp and I think that speaks well to him.”

(On if Robiskie is the receiver he wants for this kind of offense)- "I like what he's done out here. I like Brian. I think he has a chance to be very successful for us."

(On Jarrett Brown's poise in the pocket)- "That's an important piece. When you watch a quarterback, first and foremost, they have to be able to throw the ball. He's got a big arm and he's tall and can see. He's got athletic ability. It'll be on display at some point here in the preseason. It's hard to evaluate. You want to hold total judgment on all of this until you see him play in games. Practice settings, we try the very best we can to put him in situations as game-like as possible. But, there's nothing like the real thing. That's why we try to hold judgment on evaluating guys until we see them out there performing against another team."



08/10
12:12 PM

Camp Report: Moore Creating Mismatches: Browns like Evan Moore’s ability to create problems for opposing defenses. http://bit.ly/onRFE7

OBR Newswire updates for August 8th through August 10th
OBR Newswire on August 10th, 2011 AT 12:00 PM

These are links from the OBR Newswire for August 8th through August 10th:



08/10
10:14 AM

Practice wraps up with stretching.


08/10
10:01 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR James dockery picks off brown.


08/10
9:58 AM

Gocong still on sideline.


08/10
9:49 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Mo mass in walking boot out of soft cast.


08/10
9:40 AM

J mitchell not in on team scrimmage.


08/10
9:36 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Holmgren walking with jauron looks like coach.


08/10
9:32 AM

Wallace connects with little on back to back plays.


08/10
9:32 AM

Wallace connects with little on back to back plays.


08/10
8:29 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR First depth chart. 3 draft picks starters. Taylor sheard and marecic.

Browns First Depth Chart Released (DEFENSE & SPECIAL TEAMS)
Don Delco on August 9th, 2011 AT 7:50 PM

DEFENSE

LE: Jayme Mitchell, Derreck Robinson, Brian Sanford, Jabari Fletcher

DT: Phil Taylor, Scott Paxson, Ko Quaye, Andre Carroll

DT: Ahtyba Rubin, Brian Schaefering, Travis Ivey, Kyle Anderson

RE: Jabaal Sheard, Marcus Benard, Auston English

SLB: Scott Fujita, Brian Smith, Benjamin Jacobs, Sidney Tarver

MLB: D’Qwell Jackson, Titus Brown, Steve Octavien

WLB: Chris Cocong, Kaluka Maiava, Eric Gordon, Archie Donald

LCB: Joe Haden, Buster Skrine, Ramzee Robinson, Darian Hagan

RCB: Sheldon Brown, Dimitri Patterson, Coye Francies, James Dockery

FS: Usama Young, Mike Adams, DeAngelo Smith

SS: T.J. Ward, Eric Hagg, Ryan Ventrone, Carl Gettis

SPECIAL TEAMS

P: Richmond McGee

K: Phil Dawson, Jeff Wolfert

H: Richmond McGee

PR: Josh Cribbs, Jordan Norwood, Armond Smith, James Dockery

KR: Josh Cribbs, Buster Skrine, Armond Smith, James Dockery

LS: Ryan Pontbriand, Tyler Clutts


Browns First Depth Chart Released (OFFENSE)
Don Delco on August 9th, 2011 AT 7:47 PM

Here is the Browns offense’s first depth chart of the 2011 season:

OFFENSE

WR: Brian Robiskie, Carlton Mitchell, Demetrius Williams, Chris Matthews, Rod Winsor

LT: Joe Thomas, Branndon Braxton, Carlton Ford

LG: Eric Steinbach, Pat Murray, Jason Pinkston

C: Alex Mack, Billy Yates, Steve Vallos

RG: Shawn Lauvao, John Greco, Jarrod Shaw

RT: Tony Pashos, Phil Trautwein, Dominic Alford

TE: Benjamin Watson, Evan Moore, Alex Smith, Jordan Cmaeron, Evan Frosch

WR: Josh Cribbs, Greg Little, Jordan Norwood, Jonathan Haggerty, L.J. Castile, Juan Nunez

QB: Colt McCoy, Seneca Wallace, Jarrett Brown, Troy Weatherhead

FB: Owen Marecic, Tyler Clutts

RB: Peyton Hillis, Montario Hardesty, Brandon Jackson, Quinn Porter, Armond Smith


Shurmur Press Conference Transcript, Aug. 9
Don Delco on August 9th, 2011 AT 5:53 PM

As provided by Browns’ PR staff:

(Opening statement)- "I'll start with injuries. Chris Gocong with a stinger didn't practice today. Ramzee Robinson with a groin. (Montario) Hardesty, once again, was working on the side with his knee. Kyle Anderson has an ankle. (Mohamed) Massaquoi is in the cast with a foot. Otherwise, another red zone day. It was really good competition. Most of the plays we ran today in the red zone, we're adding to our list of plays. Some of these were the first time they were running these specific plays and I thought the execution was pretty good. It was good competition, both the 7-on-7 and the team. The run drill, I thought, was good. It looked like the defense, the run fits were proper, there was good banging and I think we got a lot out of that. There was some good stuff there as well. It was a good solid practice. Of course we'll watch it, do our walk-through and move on. As we start to approach Green Bay, of course, our thoughts will start drifting that direction as we put together a plan for playing the Packers. “

(On Jabaal Sheard)- "Sheard's doing well. In fact, we were remarking about that yesterday. Going back and watching the one-on-ones and then the competition in team, we think he's doing a fine job. The competition of him against Joe Thomas makes them both better."

(On if this was the best day offensively thus far)- "I don't know; I'll reserve judgment. You always walk off the field thinking something was really good and you look and it's ‘ehh' or it's bad and you look and it's actually not so bad. We got a lot done today. There were some guys that hadn't had an opportunity to make plays, show up and do it today. Carlton Mitchell made a couple nice plays. The ball got spread around and we got a lot done"

(On what's he's seeing from Sheldon Brown and competition for a starting spot)- "I think there's competition for every job on our team. Sheldon's doing a nice job. His preparation has been very, very good. I think he's getting a lot out of this camp and he's having a good camp. From that standpoint, I'm pleased with what Sheldon's doing. He's playing the position well, and I really feel knowing him like I do, he lends leadership to that group, which is extremely important."

(On Usama Young after a couple days in uniform)- "Good. He's fighting through it. Obviously, he missed some time and it takes those guys a little bit to get use to their pads. I think he's doing a nice job. He's a little bit cleaner with his reads. He's a little tighter in coverage. I thought he was good today fitting the runs in the 9-on-7 period. He's doing well. "

(On Usama splitting reps with Mike Adams and if they are similar type players)- "Yeah, we're looking for Usama to emerge and be our starter and Mike's doing a good job of competing there. That's what you want. We want to play the best guy and I think that's what you're seeing at that position."

(On if Montario Hardesty is missing out not getting any reps)- "Anytime you miss reps when you get back in it, you have to get it going again. He's physically getting himself right. Watching him today, he ran better than I've seen him run. When's he's ready to get in there we'll get him in there. "

(On L.J. Castile showing anything during camp)- "Yeah, he sure did. He showed up Saturday at the end there when he was playing with Jarrett Brown. There were a couple scramble situations where he uncovered and made plays. He's a big guy and he's displayed an ability to catch the football, which are two good attributes. What will be very important for him is when start throwing him in the games, when the lights are bright and they have their nice uniforms on. That's where he'll have a chance to show us what he can do. "

(On a level of anticipation for the first preseason game)- "I don't know about the players, but for me it is. I'm looking forward to the first game because I want to see where we're at. That's an important piece in the preseason, especially, since we had a non-traditional offseason. That will be an important gauge for me. It's easy to evaluate these guys in drills, but you really can't fully evaluate them until they're in team and game situations. "

(On if the starters will get more time than normal due to the lockout)- "I'll reveal that here as we go forward. I think I'm going to stick with my original plan."

(On Evan Moore filling more of a receiver type role)- "What you'll find is if you put him in the game with another tight end, regardless of where you play him, if he's in a slot on the right side or the left side, he ends up getting a linebacker/safety matchup. I think of tight ends as somewhat interchangeable pieces. We teach them to block at the end of the line of scrimmage. Then they learn to really run the routes that you would run in three receiver sets as that third receiver. That's what you're seeing, but defenses treat it differently. If you're lining him up in the slot, they typically leave their regular people in the game which creates a matchup. If you line a receiver up in there that's when they start running in their defensive backs. "

(On if Joe Haden's handling success the right way)- "I think he's a talented guy who had success as a rookie. What we try to teach young people is that now it's important that you display consistency. We're expecting him to have the same success in year two. I think that's where we go with it. We coach him just like we do any other player. We coach them hard and we demand from them. If a Pro-Bowl player is having success or screwing up we'll treat them the way we would a first-timer going through it. We're keeping a close eye on all our guys and I haven't seen anything to make me think that Joe's going to have any let down. "

(On if there's extra conditioning because of no two-a-days)- "The reason we're doing it is because it's skill specific and it's a way for them to get just a little bit extra running. I'm gauging what I saw on Saturday in the scrimmage. It was a warm day and we, as a staff, felt that they could use a little bit extra running. Instead of running them around the field we thought we could just do some skill work. I think it's been good."

(On getting away Friday to see Terrelle Pryor work out in person)- "That's Friday, huh? No, I won't be able to get away. I'll be very well aware what happens there. I'll be here, though"

(On with the players having limited access to learning the offense and defense does anyone stand out)- "It's hard to say who stands out better. I'm pleased with what I've seen. I feel like the offensive line, that unit as a group, and really there has been a lot of conversation about the defensively line. The big guys up front, both groups, are working well as units and are competing hard. I see promise there. I don't know if I'm surprised by that. I guess I was hopeful that we have all great players. I see those units competing hard and I see those units getting better and that's what you need from the guys up front. "

(On D'Qwell Jackson having a great camp)- "I think so. He has the skill and ability, and he really has the mindset of a guy that you want to be your middle linebacker. He's your quarterback on defense, he calls the signals and gets everybody lined up. I've really been impressed with him and his instincts. That ‘it' factor when you wake up in the morning and the world just makes sense, I think D'Qwell has that. It displays itself on the field. Very rarely, we'll make a play once in a while around him, but if you run it again from the same formation he's right there next time. That tells me that he's preparing, watching his tape and correcting. It's very rare that you see him making a mistake. He's doing a fine job"

(On Eric Hagg making plays on Saturday and again today)- "He has flashed [some ability]. He's a big body guy and he finds a way to be around the ball. He's done a good job of knocking the ball out, and that's good. It's really good. He's another one of those guys who's going to get a lot of reps in these preseason games and that will probably tell the story. "

(On Eric Steinbach returning to practice and if he's done anything to impress)- "Yeah he has. He's coming back after missing a little bit of time, but he's right back in the mix. He's a veteran guy where we're getting him his work, but trying not to overwork him too much. He's eager and he's working and I see some improvement. He's one of the guys I'm getting to know a little later than some of the other guys."

(On Mohamed Massaquoi and if he will be with the No. 1 unit when he returns, or if he has lost ground)- "I don't know about losing ground. I do know this; we will play our best players. And again, I don't want it to make it sound like coach-speak. We will try to get him up and going. If he can't handle the load then we will put him in as much as we can, until he can and take it from there."

(On how Jabaal Sheard can benefit from working against Joe Thomas)- "Well, it's a daily competition. When you watch him in just on one on one pass rush, there were days when it looked like he was working his spin move, which was good for Joe to see. He was working on the "rip" and the "swim" moves. He was working his different moves and slapping the arms down. So, you have two good players working together. Joe knows how to react in game plan as a defensive rusher. And so, you kind of see a good competition there and every day it's always good to go against good players. I think that's going to really benefit him. I think that's what you are seeing."

(On considering the non-traditional offseason how different is this from what he had in mind)- "We probably had to go back and knock out a couple of things in each installation, which we will get back to. From the learning standpoint, they are getting the concepts, the players are. I think over the last couple days I have seen less and less mistakes and at some point through the training camp we will go back and add some of the things we may be held off on earlier in camp. So by the time we are playing we got it all in."

(On the tight ends appearing to be so dominant over the wide receivers)- "No, I wouldn't say that. I think what you do is you look at matchups and you look at what the players are in terms of what they bring to the table. I am not sure if we talked about the tight ends more than other positions. But, I think of them in the passing game as receivers. I think if their matchups are good then we will try to get them the football, not that we are going to avoid to throw the ball to the receivers because you have to do that or the field gets real small."

(On if you put more tight ends on the field can cause the team to be slower)- "I guess it depends on who the tight end is. If you put me on the field it would get real slow (joking). In my opinion when they are on the field the defense covers the tight end a certain way. They will be in the progression. Receivers are covered by corners and safeties a particular way. You run the plays and if the play is called to go to the flanker first, if he is open throw it to him. If not, the tight end is second and you throw it to him, and then somewhere in there you find your open guy. What ends up happening a lot of the times is the tight end is two or three in the progression, so if one's not open you give him the ball."

(On Evan Moore and Chris Matthews being tall)- "Well, I think obviously Evan Moore has more of a tight end body. I think you are looking at the receiver type guys who have been used to playing away from the formation their whole life. They are used to running extended type routes. Evan, who is used to playing next to the tackle that has the ability to play in extended place."

(On Chris Matthews)- "He's pretty good. He is a big physical guy. When the ball is thrown and the coverage is tight he finds a way to go get it. I am looking forward to him competing on Saturday against another team."

(On Chris Gocong hopefully being ready for Saturday)- "We are hopeful that he will be, but I don't have any indication he won't at this point."

(On Colt McCoy's learning curve on the West Coast offense)- "I think he has made great strides in one week. I think he did some things today that show me that he has worked his way through a couple of mistakes and corrected them. I think that's good. So, I think he's progressing and we will see how he shows up Saturday."



08/09
2:46 PM

Dolphins sign LB David Nixon: Hot News for FO Cleveland Browns Organization http://bit.ly/qNXqk4


08/09
2:15 PM

Free Agent Leftovers Worth a Sniff: Most of the original 440 free agents available when the market opened have b… http://bit.ly/pYi8dY


08/09
2:15 PM

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10:04 AM

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08/09
9:53 AM

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08/09
9:48 AM

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08/09
9:43 AM

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Shurmur Press Conference Transcript, Aug. 8
Don Delco on August 9th, 2011 AT 8:08 AM

As provided by Browns’ PR staff.

(Opening statement) – "Good long practice this morning. As hot as it was on Saturday it got cool on us today. What we did was add a little bit of group conditioning near the end of practice. As far as injuries today, Chris Gocong got a stinger. He settled down and our understanding is he'll be fine. Ramzee Robinson with a groin, you saw Montario (Hardesty) off to the side again working. Just part of the plan that we have as we go forward. Other than that, I thought there was some good banging in short yardage and goal line again, and then we worked base and third down situations. It felt like it was a good competitive practice. Then we got a little bit of conditioning near the end, which I thought was good. It was skilled drilled conditioning. We did a two-minute drill with the offense and the defense was working on their pressures."

(On gathering the team together an hour into practice) – "After our special cap period, I was just setting the stage. We were going to do 22 seconds on the clock, it was fast field goal. That's all it was. I was just setting up the drill."

(On how much of a concern is Greg Little's drops) – "I disagree with that, because he had quite a few catches Saturday. He had a very good day. Then he came back today and he dropped a couple. What I would say is that he needs to be consistent and play well at a high level every day. I wouldn't say the drops our increasing. I think at times he needs to catch it better.”

(On if this is a tight end friendly offense) – "Typically, when you're releasing a tight end and running routes, at least the way we play ball, the tight end catches quite a few balls. I would anticipate the tight end position or second tight end position, if we're in multiple tight ends, they catch a lot balls. "

(On keeping four tight ends on the roster) – "We'll see as we go along. I think that will sort its self out as we go through the preseason."

(On what he likes about Alex Smith) – "I like Alex (Smith). Alex is multi-dimensional. If you remember a year ago, in the preseason against the Bears, he played the whole game at fullback. We know that he can play at the end of the line of scrimmage. He made some catches on Saturday and he's producing in practice each day. I find him to be somewhat flexible on terms of how we use him. He's done a good job."

(On changing the number of reps at quarterback as we get closer towards the season) – "As you see with most of the drills we do the ones get more than the rest. Typically, if we have a drill where we have ten plays, a lot of times the ones get five or six [reps] and the twos or threes share the rest. I would say from the start, the ones have been getting more than the twos."

(On if the starter's will play more than usual in the preseason) – "My first reaction is that we'll stay with the plan I had initially. I'll reveal that a little bit more as we get near the end of the week."

(On preparation for a preseason game compared to a regular season game) – "I think we've all spent time in the offseason looking at our opponents, including the preseason games. You want to have somewhat of a thought on how you want to approach each game and attack them. We put our notes together and sketch together a plan as we play the (Green Bay) Packers and as we move through the preseason. There's always a little bit of that. As you get closer to that third game, where the ones typically play the most, you probably game plan for that one a little more than others. Just so they have to go through the weekly preparation of the process. That for us would be the (Philadelphia) Eagles."

(On Benjamin Watson) – "He's a very good blocker, he's a solid route runner and he's a big target. You saw it a year ago in fact you (Jeff Schudel) just mentioned he caught 68 balls. He's a productive receiver and all those things tell me that he has a chance to be a good player for us."

(On if anything is different on getting people in for the first game) – "I don't think so. What you do, regardless of how much you've had, once training camp starts there's a process physically and mentally for the players. That usually means that the ones only get a small portion of that first game. All though some teams may do more or less, it'll be within five or ten plays more or less than you would on a year where you had an offseason. That's probably fair around the league."

(On Mohamed Massaquoi) – "He's progressing. We're going to have to go with what Joe (Sheehan) and the doctors say in terms of when he's ready to be out here. I see him watching practice and getting the mental reps. I know he's probably a little anxious. I see him over there on the jugs machine catching balls. For his situation right now I think he's doing about all he can. When he's able to come out here and run around we'll get him out here."

(On how Massaquoi became injured) – "Not really. Typical of guys, every once in a while something will creep up where they didn't know it happened. Where they've had a lot of activity during the day and the next day they get sore. I don't think he can really pin point exactly when it happened. As they get ready training camp, they probably increase their activity and maybe that irritates something. I'm only speculating in that case. Once he got here we noticed he had an issue and we had to work with it."

(On what the issue is) – "It's a foot. I don't know how to exactly say it. There's just some healing that needs to take place in that foot."

(On if it's a ligament) – "No, bone."

(On Shawn Lauvao) – "Yeah, I think he's having a terrific camp. We came into this thing thinking we wanted him to battle and become our starting right guard. Nothing to this point has said to us he's not that guy. We hope he just progresses like he's been doing, through the rest of this camp and then that will be the case."

(On Lauvao going against Phil Taylor in practice) – "He has done a good job and that's a really solid battle in there. When you look at the battle between Shawn (Lauvao) and Phil (Taylor) and then you look at Jabaal (Sheard) working on Joe Thomas. There's quite a bit of good competition. Those are just two matchups, there's a lot more. Those are probably the most visible for me because I'm trying to keep an eye on the progress of our rookies."

(On the performance of the defense during one-minute drill) – "We did a good job. Each group on offense had a situation where they needed to score a touchdown. We had throws in the end zone, but we didn't make the catches. The defense did a good job of challenging."

(On things this team needs to improve on) – "It's probably hard to say. I'm trying not to compare last year because so many things are new."

(On things that need to improve since he started as head coach) – "I'm going to see how they respond in this game. This first game will be a real big indication of how much farther we have to go. I'll say this, we have a long way to go before we're to the point where we're the team that I and the coaches think we should be. The players know that and that's why they're out here working. We're going to get a pretty good gauge on Saturday night. We're playing the Super Bowl champs. I know they're not going to come in here and flop around."

(On Kaluka Maiava rotating in with the first team) – "(Chris) Gocong had a stinger, so he was out of there for a little bit of the practice. That's what Maiava was in there."

(On if Gocong returned to practice) – "I think he was out once he was out. He may have been, I don't know. Joe (Sheehan) just said he had a stinger."

(On any other injuries) – "Ramzee Robinson had a groin and that was it."

(On Marcus Bernard learning to play with his hand on the ground) – "He's got a long way to go physically in terms of getting himself in the kind of shape and condition he needs to be in to compete. He's working through that, he's out there taking reps. I think he'll agree and he'll probably tell you he needs to make some strides there."

(On what he means by "a long way to go") – "He's just got to get in a little bit better playing shape."

(On if Benard bulked up too much) – "I don't know. He's one of those guys that I wasn't around a year ago. Based on what I've seen he needs to do that."

(On Brandon Jackson playing against his former team) – "He did some things in the practice Saturday I thought were impressive. He's got burst, he's got size and he's a good runner. I'm sure he'll be amped up to play his former team. A team he contributed greatly to, he started 13 games for them. I'm sure he's got a lot of friends there. He's not unlike a lot of free agents that go to another team. I'm sure he's got a lot of very strong relationships there. It will be one of those deals where he's a Cleveland Brown and he'll compete, but he'll have a lot of hellos, handshakes and hugs I'm sure."

(On Brandon Jackson not having a penalty or lost fumble during his four seasons with the Packers) – "Sounds good to me. I think I knew that. It's important. You want guys that are durable, productive and efficient and he's displayed that."

(On having a third true tackle or a guy flexible between positions) – "Ideally, you'd like to have, on game day, a guy who can backup tackle and guard. Obviously, the backup guys have to move on both sides. Then you'd like to have a guy that's your backup center and guard. We're developing those guys in the midst of those guys competing. There's a long list of those guys at this point."

(On if it's tougher on Branndon Braxton because he's a true tackle) – "No, I think it's important that you are trying to either develop a tackle to be here or if you don't have that then you do something to go get one. He has a body type and we feel like his best position to make this team is at tackle. I don't think that hurts his chances."



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08/08
11:34 AM

Castile makes nice catch downfield from brown.


08/08
11:28 AM

Moors from colt on quick out.


08/08
11:26 AM

Deep ball to watson broke up by young.


08/08
11:24 AM

Gocong held out of team defense.


08/08
11:24 AM

Gocong held out of team defense.


08/08
11:18 AM

Pashos moving taylor around a bit.


08/08
11:17 AM

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08/08
11:10 AM

Seneca hits b. Jackson down sideline on nice play.


08/08
11:10 AM

Seneca hits b. Jackson down sideline on nice play.


08/08
11:08 AM

Haden back full go.


08/08
11:08 AM

Haden back full go.


08/08
10:54 AM

7 on 7 little robo marecic with first group.


08/08
10:50 AM

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08/08
10:48 AM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Wallace leaves field with trainer.


08/08
10:41 AM

Mi

A. Smith td from McCoy goal line.


08/08
10:34 AM

Wallace hits jackson down sideline.


08/08
10:27 AM

C.mitchell looks good on sideline catch.


08/08
10:15 AM

Norwood back practicing. Just caught pass downfield.


08/08
10:12 AM

B. Jackson catches td pass from McCoy.


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