OBR Blog - Week Two

Death, taxes and the Browns start a season 0-1. Next Up: Manning-less Colts

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Just What the Defense Needed: Kerry Collins helps the Browns D re-gain their stride. http://t.co/YIRTnS1O

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Browns Post-Game Notes
Barry McBride on September 18th, 2011 AT 4:35 PM

·         With today's win, the Browns improved to 15-12 all-time against the Colts, including a 10-5 mark on the road and a 5-4 record in Indianapolis.
·         Running back Peyton Hillis scored his first two touchdowns of the season, the first on a one-yard touchdown plunge in the second quarter and later a 24-yard rush in the fourth quarter. He now has four career games with multiple rushing touchdowns and this was his first since he scored three against Carolina on November 28, 2010. Hillis led the Browns last year with 11 rushing scores. His racked up 117 total yards today with 94 rushing and 23 receiving as he tied for the team lead with four receptions.
·         Quarterback Colt McCoy completed 22 of 32 passes for 211 yards with one touchdown, no interceptions and a 97.3 rating. McCoy completed passes to eight different receivers.
·         Tight end Evan Moore's 16 yard touchdown reception was his second of the season and third of his career. Moore became the first Browns player to record a touchdown reception in each of the first two games of a season since wide receiver Andre Davis in 2002 and the first Browns tight end with a touchdown reception in each of the first two games of a season since Ozzie Newsome in 1979.
·         Last year, Joshua Cribbs' longest kickoff return was 37 yards.  This year, he already has returns of 51 yards (last week against Cincinnati) and 52 yards (today). Both of those returns this season have led to Browns touchdowns. With 80 kickoff return yards today, Cribbs surpassed Desmond Howard (7,959) for seventh place on the NFL all-time kickoff return yards list. Cribbs has totaled 8,034 career kickoff return yards. He also registered a 43-yard punt return this afternoon which also set up a Cleveland touchdown. The punt return was his longest since a 67-yard return for a touchdown against Minnesota on September 13, 2009.
·         Defensive back Usama Young recorded his fourth career interception and first since November 15, 2009 as a member of the New Orleans Saints at St. Louis.
·         Linebacker D'Qwell Jackson led the team with eight tackles. He also led the team in tackles last week with 11 against Cincinnati (9/11). 
·         Defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin recorded his first sack of the season and third of his career. Rookie defensive lineman Jabaal Sheard recorded his first career sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery.
·         Making his Browns debut, punter Brad Maynard punted five times with a net average of 40.2, while placing three inside the 20 yard line.
·         Browns defensive back Sheldon Brown has played in 146 consecutive regular season games, a figure which currently ranks sixth among all active defensive players.
·         Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas has started and played in each of the first 66 games of his career.
·         Browns defensive back Mike Adams appeared in his 100th career regular season contest.

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Colts won the toss. Elected to receive.

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Browns inactives: Thad Lewis, Carlton Mitchell, Eric Haag, Titus Brown, Steve Vallos, Tony Pashos and Cameron.

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Browns inactives: Thad Lewis, Carlton Mitchell, Eric Haag, Titus Brown, Steve Vallos, Tony Pashos and Cameron.

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Browns inactives: Thad Lewis, Carlton Mitchell, Eric Haag, Titus Brown, Steve Vallos, Tony Pashos and Cameron.

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Shurmur Press Conference Transcript, Sept. 16
Don Delco on September 16th, 2011 AT 5:33 PM

(On coach George Warhop indicating it could be several weeks until Tony Pashos returns)- "We'll have to see. He's still in the boot and he's probably going to be out this week. Then I think we'll just take it week to week, but there is a chance."

(On practicing outside rather than inside knowing Indianapolis plays in a dome)- "I think the surfaces that you find now in domes, we've worked before inside, I think the surfaces are similar. To get a feel for the dome, we'll do that in warm-ups, we've played in domes before so I don't think that's the issue. We've got more room outside here. I think practicing on the grass is a little bit easier on their legs so typically we'll do that."

(On if either Artis Hicks or Oniel Cousins have separated from the other)- "Not really, we'll probably start Artis in there, but you'll see Oniel in there as well."

(On Mike Adams playing in his 100th game)- "One hundred games, that's a tremendous feat in this league at any position. That speaks to durability, that speaks to having a good long career and I'm sure it'll be meaningful for him."

(On if Pashos had any kind of setback)- "No, I wouldn't consider anything a setback right now. We're just trying to get it settled down. Unfortunately, sometimes you can't really predict the final time."

(On what Mike Adam brings to the team)- "He gives leadership, he's done a really good job of helping direct in the back, which is part of what he does and he played well in the game. He's a guy that were glad is here and it's always good when you're working some younger guys in there to have a veteran presence like Mike."

(On Joe Haden's overall performance)- "I thought Joe played an aggressive game where he was very, very efficient and I'm happy with what he did in the first game. Again, I think as we move forward here, we expect that type of performance from and he expects it from himself. We're hoping he'll have another good one like he had here Sunday in Indy."

(On matching Haden up against a specific receiver)- "No, their receivers typically will play right and left so we haven't talked about that. If we get into a situation in a game and we're playing a steady does of man then that could happen."

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OBR Newswire updates for September 15th through September 16th
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Browns Player Quotes, Sept. 15
Don Delco on September 15th, 2011 AT 4:02 PM

Peyton Hillis

(On if he wanted more touches last week and if he was disappointed that the game didn't dictate that)- "Everybody wants the ball more, but like you just said the game dictates a lot and when you get down in the fourth quarter you have to throw the ball more and save the clock. For us as an offense we have to go out there, keep the ball in our hands and give the defense a rest. You have to stay in those second and short to medium range areas."

(On him and Montario Hardesty playing in the back field at the same time)- "It's great, Montario is a great back. If you have both of us in there, you have to account for both of us, so it takes a lot of eyes off of just one person and keeps the defense open minded of what we could do."

(On the playing on their turf)- "It's very fast. You don't have to worry about the elements, being wet or anything like that which is good. It's very fast, I expect both teams to be fast on the field and perform well."

D'Qwell Jackson

(On if the game last week is really who the Colts are)- "No, we know who they are. They have great weapons on the offensive side of the ball. They're a great team. For about 10 years now they've been a dominate team and we can't go in thinking this is an easy win. In this league there are no easy wins. Every week you've have to come ready to play. The Colts, they are going to look to have a great showing. It's their first home game, they didn't play well last week so they'll be ready for us and it'll be a dog fight. We felt like we should have won last week and they have a lot to prove so it'll be a good ball game."

(On what they expect to see with Kerry Collins)- "He's a veteran guy so I know he's going to get back in stride. He can fix things in a hurry. The guy has been playing for a number of years now so he's a veteran. That's one of the reasons why they brought him in so we can't take him for granted, not for one second."

(On being back on the field and his outstanding performance against Cincinnati)- "It felt great. Finally, it's one that counted. I thought I had a pretty decent preseason so I just wanted to have some carryover. It didn't surprise me, but it was definitely a great feeling to get back out there to get a feel of the system. The scheme allows myself and our backers to go out and make a tremendous amount of plays."

Jauron Press Conference Transcript, Sept. 15
Don Delco on September 15th, 2011 AT 3:36 PM

(On how frustrating the quick snap play was)- "After playing so hard for so long, our guys really fought hard and put us in a situation to win the game, and to have that happen to you was hugely disappointing to everybody, certainly to us, our players and to our fans. It was just one of those things that you clearly don't expect and when it happens you probably never forget it."

(On how they can combat that from happening again)- "Well in terms of combating it, we will leave our corners out. Our corners probably won't come to the huddle anymore. That's one thing you can do and that will help us clearly, but then we just have to be aware. I had to pick it up. I had to see it and I didn't see it. After making a call, I was back on my game plan sheet, thinking of a call ahead or thinking about the next call, and I missed it. There is nothing else that I can say about it, I just missed it. I should have been able to help them, calling a timeout would be the way to do it."

(On if they had a trend of getting out of the huddle late)- "We struggled to line up to a particular formation a couple times in that game. It was three wides on one side and a tight end on the back side in our sub packages so they might have seen that. It's not a highly unusual formation, we haven't seen in a lot of it from them coming into the game. A lot of our coverages, it demands that both of our corners and what you would call our nickel, are on the same side and the safety has to go back side so they might have."

(On D'Qwell Jackson's performance)- "I really can't say enough about him in terms of his demeanor and how excited he is to be playing, how serious he is about playing, how professional he is in his approach, his preparation and how badly he wants to do it right and win."

(On if there was a headset problem on that play)- "The way that I remember, you try to piece it together afterwards and put the play together from the video and the video is all snapped delayed. They huddled faster than they normally did. That shouldn't be a problem though. When the offense is ready to snap the ball, we have to be ready to play defense and that's my responsibility. I just failed to get it done on that play."

(On if there is a drastic difference in game planning without facing Peyton Manning)- "We've played against Peyton before obviously, but we have only game planned this one game. You are asking what the difference is without him in the lineup and not necessarily for us, but for everybody else. We have a lot of respect for Kerry Collins. He is a veteran, he is a strong armed veteran and he will have another week of preparation. They are coming off a defeat kind of similar in some ways to our defeat very disappointing for them as I am sure ours was for us. We anticipate that they will be ready to play, and as you pointed out, they have a lot of outstanding players on that offensive side and a veteran quarterback with another week. I know your question was a comparison between maybe Peyton and the world, because he is a rare bird. Obviously they've won a lot of football games with him in the quarterback position. I think everyone in the league and every football fan has a lot of respect for what he does on the field, but he's not there. They will be ready to play without him and we will have our hands full."

(On Joe Haden getting too exuberant at times and if he needs to focus more)- "I guess I would answer the question by saying that there is nobody anywhere in any business that can't do better with a little more focus so I would say, yeah Joe could do better, but he sure played a heck of a game. He was very into it. Unless he is getting un-sportsmen like conduct and those kinds of issues and we didn't from him, I think he is okay. He is highly a competitive guy and he is getting better all the time. He is just an outstanding corner and he is very, very competitive for that position as far as my experience has been."

(On what Haden was doing well)- "He has the ability and the desire to just climb up on a receiver and just want to eliminate them from the game. He wants to wipe them out, erase him from the quarterback's attention. He was close enough on a lot of those plays. He got his hands on a lot of balls. It's a credit to his ability, his work ethic along with his toughness. I think Jerome (Henderson) does a terrific job getting him ready."

(On if Haden's five pass break-ups is a huge number)- "That's a huge number. Yeah, that's a huge number in a game. I am not sure that I have ever been around that number."

(On why the opposing team didn't away from Haden)- "I hadn't thought about it like that. I was kind of glad they kept trying."

(On Mike Adams and what it says that he is about to play in his 100th game)- "Mike is a real pro. He shows up to work every day and gives outstanding effort on the practice field and on gameday. We were actually talking about it just yesterday, he and I, and it's a remarkable achievement. It is really is a remarkable achievement. We were talking about how quickly it goes by. It seems like it just starts and you are into the 100th game and then I told him it goes even faster after that."

(On the Bengals running to their left side and if he thinks other teams will do that)- "Possibly, clearly everyone studies everybody else. That's what we do and if they have success doing something, it is likely to be repeated. If they think they find a weakness, they will certainly attack it consistently."

(On trying to stop Dallas Clark)- "He's a huge challenge for everybody. The whole league has struggled with Dallas Clark and actually most of their people really to be perfectly honest about it. Dallas Clark as receiving tight end poses a huge number of problems because he is bigger than your defensive backs and is generally more skilled in terms of the receiving stuff then your linebackers. You have to have a good match for him and they will put him out, they will keep him in the tight end position and match him inside generally against people in their sub package when they go three wides or they can put him in the slot and play like three wides with their two tight ends, two wide out personnel. I would say he is equally good at both because he can put you on his back and he's got those long arms and good hands. It's hard to get through his body to make a play if you are a smaller player. The linebackers are generally not agile enough to stay with him down the field. He fits their offense and has fit their offense really well."

(On if T.J. Ward need to get better at covering tight ends)- "T.J. will certainly improve as he ages in the game, as he gets more and more experience. He's another guy that is highly competitive though and he will work at it and he is going to have to use his quickness and strength against Dallas."

(On how the defensive line played)- "We were clearly really pleased where that game was going until the two plays at the end occurred and it was a tribute to all of those guys. They were playing so hard and they were so into it. I do believe that they are just going to get better. It was hopefully just the beginning particularly for Phil (Taylor) and Jabaal (Sheard). We told them going in it's not going to be anything like you have ever experienced before. I think that they would probably agree with that. From here we are hoping they go even faster because now they know this is how it's played. This is what you've got to do. This is what you have to do every single snap. We were pretty happy with the young guys. We probably have to find a way to rest them more and rotate players. We will keep working on that up front."

(On if he doesn't deviate from his set rotation schedule)- "I think once we get into we would like to deviate from it. There are times in a game where regardless of the rotation you want certain people out there and you have to have them out there. We are just still in a lot of ways learning about our guys in the real league play, but over time at the critical juncture of the game, you clearly want what you thought was your first group out there."

(On what stands out about Ahtyba Rubin)- "Probably his professionalism, clearly he is physically gifted. He is a very large and a very powerful man, but he's a real worker. I think he works as hard as anybody we have. As you know he is not a real talker, but he is very much a leader and I think there is a huge place for people that lead by example. Sometimes you need both, but I think it is much preferred the lead by example then somebody that you don't necessarily look at him as a leader, but he talked like a leader. This guy just plays. He plays every snap and works every down in practice. He's got huge value for us."

(On how the corners will know the coverage if they aren't in the huddle)- "We can signal it from the sidelines. They can signal it in out from the huddle too. We have hand signals for everything. I don't believe it won't be an issue. I really don't think it will be an issue in terms of communication."

(On if he believes this is a defense he can win with)- "I believe we can win, I definitely believe we can win. After the game talking in the locker room, certainly with the coaches and the players, but particularly with the staff, I felt like we can beat anybody. We have to play at a very high level to do it, but we can beat anybody. On the flipside of that, anybody that comes in can beat us. We are going to have to clearly eliminate the errors that it cost us that game. If we do that I think we can stay in games and win them."

(On if the team has talent)- "I believe we have talent."

Shurmur Press Conference Transcript, Sept. 15
Don Delco on September 15th, 2011 AT 2:07 PM

(Opening statement)- "Good morning. I thought at yesterday's practice we got a lot done. We're ready, after the walkthrough this morning, to get another hopefully good practice in this afternoon and keep going through the process of getting ready to play Indianapolis."

(On if Mohamed Massaquoi got hurt during practice yesterday)- "No, I think it's something about his hamstring. In my opinion Mohamed is still dealing with not having had as many reps as he might have had in training camp. There's no real issue with him, I think he'll be there. He did not hurt himself yesterday and there was really nothing to report from anything that happened on Sunday."

(On if Massaquoi will sit out today)- "No, he'll be out there. He'll be practicing. In fact for being limited yesterday, he did just about everything. I just want to make sure we're doing it the right way."

(On T.J. Ward matching up against Dallas Clark)- "I think T.J. does a nice job in coverage. The nature of the size sometimes, he's tight to the coverage. Throughout the year, we're going to face some really good pass catching tight ends and I think Dallas Clark is one of those type of players. He's very explosive, but I feel like T.J. will be up to the task and it will be a good match for him."

(On if there is any news on Tony Pashos)- "No, nothing new. I think we'll be the same as yesterday. He won't be at practice and he's just doing what he can to get that foot settled down."

(On Gary Brackett being out for this game and if it changes their game plan)- "He's a fine football player and I'm sure they'll fill in with a guy that's equally as good. When you lose a MIKE linebacker, there's a lot going on in there in terms of leadership and getting guys lined up. I don't know how they would consider it, but I think he's a fine player. Him being out is something that we're aware. How we're going to change our plan? I wouldn't say there's anything different there, but he is a fine player and I'm sure he'll be missed."

(On if D'Qwell Jackson still has room for improvement)- "There really isn't much that he's done that we haven't said, ‘Wow, that's good.' He had a lot of production last week. He had a bunch of tackles, he was disruptive and each time he was playing in games in the preseason, he was doing the same thing. I'm pleased with where he's come. Like everybody else, I think he would say he wishes he had played better, but he did have quite a bit of production and I thought he did a pretty good job."

(On the mental aspect Jackson brings to the game)- "Mentally, I think he's been terrific. That's what you ask your MIKE linebacker to be able do. Obviously, he has to play his position physically, but he typically is the guy who calls the signals, makes the adjustments and I think he's done that well."

(On if he is concerned about Colt McCoy having a lot of tipped passes at the line of scrimmage)- "I think tipped balls are a team thing. The quarterback needs to be able to throw in lanes. If we're throwing three step drops then we need to do a better job of getting their hands down and there's ways that that can happen. It's something we've talked about. You don't want it to happen because typically you'll look at it and say there's a guy wide open and then the ball got tipped. That's normally what happens, very rarely to you see a ball get tipped and the guy running is covered. That's just Murphy's Law. Again, I'm not trying to make light of it, but it's a team thing and it's important that it's something that we recognize and we try to make corrections."

(On if he is still getting a feel for integrating the running game into his passing game)- "I think you look at game situations and you do everything you can to try and win the game and the score sometimes dictates. I do like to run the football and I think it's very important. When you run the football you have to do a good job of getting yards. I feel like we're set up here where we can run the football and be somewhat efficient, but we have to go do it. Then we have to get the game in a situation where you can stay run/pass and I think that's when you play the best ball. Again, we keep going back to the game, but we didn't have many plays in the first quarter. Typically, you run the ball and then at the end of the game you're trying to get in position to kick a field goal or score a touchdown so your may throw a little more there than if the score was different. I believe in running the football, I think it's important we do it and I feel we've got backs that can carry it."

(On if this young team can put that game behind them and bounce back)- "Yeah, I think so. I'm trying to move on and I think we all have. I think that's what practice and preparation on the next opponent brings. That's the beauty of the NFL in my opinion. That's where you've got to be pretty strong mentally, you've got to be able to forget what happens Sunday, good or bad and move on. In my world and our world, it's Thursday and that's where we're at in terms of our preparation in preparing for our next opponent. Part of the process is moving on, it's unfortunate that you can't win them all, but we're doing everything we can to win the next one."

(On if he relies on his leadership counsel to pick everyone up)- "Yeah, I think that's an important piece. I think guys that are considered leaders, they do their job well enough where they can help guide the rest and I think that's what you expect."

(On if he would try to throw away from Joe Haden if he was an offensive coordinator)- "We try to throw on him in practice and it's difficult. We've talked about Joe a few times during training camp. I think he's a guy who likes to challenge, it's hard to find a guy that likes playing the game as much as he does and he's very talented. The challenge for him will to be to do it over the course of the season just like anyone."

(On if Haden should have intercepted one of the five balls he batted down)- "It's hard to say. I know he's trying to."

(On if the same 22 starters from last week will start this week)- "There could be some changes, but some of that may be what personnel we chose to start with in terms of the receiving core. Then there are a couple other spots where it could be slightly different, but I wouldn't expect to see major changes."

(On if he goes into games thinking he needs to get certain playmakers involved right away)- "We have a lot of plays, a lot of different plays. We choose the ones and try to develop the ones that we're going to run that week to try to attack the defense we face. I think it's important around all that that our good skill players touch the football. It kind of all goes together."

(On if it's frustrating when you can't string first downs together and playmakers don't get enough touches)-"I think it's important you get more plays in the game, more plays in the bulk of the game. I wouldn't call it frustrating, but I think it's something we need to get better at and really I think there was a stretch during the game where that was happening. We were getting yards and moving the football and then early on, as we've talked about numerous times now, it didn't happen so you end up losing plays."

(On the similarities between guiding Sam Bradford through his development and now guiding McCoy)- "I think they're very similar in some ways. You're focusing on fundamentals, you're focusing on the scheme and then you're focusing on the opponent. I think all those things just kind of get wrapped up each week just a little bit differently, but you work on fundamentals all the time, you work on the schemes that we're running all the time and then how we're using them to attack a defense. Then there's a third component, if we want to throw right or left, if we want to throw inside or outside or if we're working on getting the ball to somebody. Those are all kind of happening all together."

(On if Bradford and McCoy tend to receive teaching in a similar way)- "I think they're wired the same way in terms of quarterbacks and how they approach the game. I think they're very similar in that way."

(On if he plans on rotating Oniel Cousins and Artis Hicks at right tackle this week)- "That's initially the plan right now. Like I said, I'd like to settle on a starting right tackle here."

(On if they'll make any adjustments on kick and kickoff return after seeing it for one week in the regular season)- "I think there's coaching points that can be taken, there were probably not as many kickoff returns this weekend, but there sure were some long ones. I think part of the coaching point is, and again it was a long time ago when I covered kicks and I wasn't very good at it, but the natural reaction might be as you're running down there is it's going to go out and then all of a sudden here he comes. That little delay may be something. I know we're constantly telling our guys that you cover it like its coming out and then the only time you react is when it doesn't. I think there can be more emphasis put on that to make sure that the ball doesn't come out on you."

(On if squibs or hard grounders can be effective)- "I think anytime you have a squib, typically what you're trying to do is minimize the long return by kicking it to a guy that's primarily a blocker. Now, you tend to give up field position, but you kind of rob Peter to pay Paul so they don't run in back on you."

(On kicking the ball higher to allow the coverage team more time to get down the field)- "That's been touched on quite a bit in the preseason. I think teams are probably going to try and do that to some degree, but if the balls definitely in play, it's definitely coming out on you. I think what you'll see and we'll all evaluate this as we go here, but you're going to see kickers that have the leg to do it still trying to boom it out. I think that's going to be the primary way that teams are going to approach this and then I do think you're maybe building a mentality like we talked about where the end line is like the goal line."

(On if they script their first plays or if they call plays based of field position)- "We generally put a script together."

(On the larger sizes of coaching staffs today and if the complexity of the game has increased due to advances in technology)- "I don't know if it's the technology. I think the technology helps us determine things about an opponent better than it used to be. I was a GA when we had the last game at Michigan State of reel-to-reel where you had to cut and splice. I have the memory of doing that then we went to video. I think the technology of the game has helped us do our jobs more efficiently behind the scene. Typical of technology, now you do more and more and more. In terms of staff sizes, I think they have swelled, generally speaking, I'm just not sure if it's because of the technology. I think back when coaching staffs, and you can tell when you go into some of the older stadiums when you go in the coaches locker room there's stalls for about 10 guys. Now you're dressing on top of each other. I think the game has just changed somewhat."

(On if the growths in staffs have to do with the complexity of the game)- "I think what's happened, if you look at it from that standpoint maybe more than technology, is the game has really become specialized. When we go to Nickel they go to Nickel. You don't have guys playing both ways, maybe because of the specialization of the sport, maybe that has to do with the number of coaches."

(On if he ever did the splicing himself)- "I did, I was a GA so I did a lot of that kind of stuff. You'd cut the film and tape it up on the wall then you go back and roll them up and cut and splice. We all as young coaches had to do that, that was just part of the process."

(On why they don't have anyone on the staff with the title Quality Control)- "They are defensive and offensive assistants. In college they were quality control coaches. I don't know what we are, I know we're all coaches."

(On who gets the responsibilities of a Quality Control coach)- "I think the way we've structured it here is that some of the work that some coaches maybe have not done in the past they're doing themselves now. We backed off just a little bit on staff behind the scenes. We have Quality Control-type duties that we all do. I find myself even doing some things that people would have done if you had more people doing it. Anyways, we have defensive, offensive, and special team's assistants that do quite a bit of that."

(On Ahtyba Rubin's performance and adjusting to the new scheme)- "I thought he battled and handled it pretty well. He's a steady guy and he's a good football player."

(On if the new kickoff rule may result in more injuries with returners bringing it out so deep)- "I don't know and again it's probably going to take a full year to see. I don't know, we'll see. I don't know the statistics of how many came out in this year's first game as opposed to last years, I don't know that. I'm assuming, in fact I do know, there probably were more touchbacks then there would have been a year ago. Returners now, they're skill players and they have great courage and they want to shine so they're chomping at the bit to bring it out. That's a little bit of what you are getting."

(On Rubin's extension)- "It's along the same lines as Joe Thomas and Evan Moore, we've targeted him as a guy that we're wanting to be here for the long term and we're glad he's here. He's the type of player that you want around, he's a good player, he's a great teammate and he handles this in a way that you would expect any professional in terms of doing his job and doing it on a day-to-day basis so we're glad he's here."

(On how frequent you see defensive tackles make plays down the field like Rubin does)- "He does that because he hustles. I think he chases the ball and he does what you need from players on defense. I don't know how often you see it, I'm just glad to see it when our guys do it."

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Shurmur Press Conference Transcript, Sept. 12
Don Delco on September 13th, 2011 AT 7:09 AM

(Opening statement)- "Good afternoon. After watching the tape I really wouldn't go back on a lot of the things I said last night, in terms of making mistakes, being sloppy early. I had a chance to look at some of the other points of the game in more detail and I can talk to those as you as the questions. I saw a lot of guys playing hard. I actually saw some things on the tape, some guys that were in there for the first time, young guys that played well and competed. To go back on it, we started out extremely slow. We had a very, very, very poor offensive first quarter if you think about it, penalties, you get yourself behind in third down situations, you have third and longs. Our third and shorter situations we did a decent job. You hurt yourself on third down by what you do on first and second down in some cases. The punting added to it early. Basically what happened was is we played a first quarter and we're down 13-0, then we found a way before half to go up 14-13, which to me shows that these guys have some resilience, know how to fight back, know how to get their focus and get the lead. At halftime we come out and we stop them and we go down and score, which is okay, they understand the message at halftime that we're going out and trying to start fast. Then we hit a little spot in there where it was just back and forth, back and forth. The play everybody's focusing on is the one where they quick snapped us and they made a play. I'm sure you'll have questions about that, but then after that there was a lot of game left. It's a three-point game so you just have to go out and play. Eventually that gets treated like it was a contested ball that they threw in the end zone for whatever reason and you go on and play, but there's stuff we can learn from the play we just discussed. We just didn't get it done. When I look back on it, at least I thought Jason Pinkston for a rookie did a heck of a good job at left guard. We had a little rotation at right tackle and we'll keep working there. Then there are things within the game, there were a lot of guys on defense that competed well. You saw Josh Cribbs, that kickoff return jump started us and that punt return had a chance at the end there to go the distance. There were some good things there. There were parts of the game I thought Colt (McCoy) played very well. That's what we're building on. Once we get through this press conference, the guys right now are just finishing up some tape. I have a 24-hour rule win, lose or draw we play this thing out, we do the corrections and then we move on to the Indianapolis Colts. That's the focus."

(On what he saw on the quick snap play and if the Bengals made personnel changes)- "My understanding looking at it is it's hard to tell and I did watch it, but it was a quick huddle and they got to the line of scrimmage and then the ball got snapped. Now, here's the deal, there are no excuses. If they no huddle or quick huddle, we have to cover down. We have to get out there and cover down. If that doesn't happen properly let's try and blow it dead, call a timeout. It got snapped so quickly that we could really get it because initially you're trying to get everybody where they need to be. It's something we'll work on and we'll make sure that never happens again, but we just didn't get it executed."

(On if they tried to call a timeout and whose responsibility is that)- "Well the guys on sideline and defense, they're constantly substituting in and out. That's what that is. We have guys on the sideline that do that."

(On if the Bengals changed personnel)- "They did, they changed personnel, but like I said there's no excuses. We've got to make sure we match and regardless of what happens when they lineup with two wide outs out there we've got to cover down. I don't care if we're all in the middle holding hands, somebody's got to go cover those guys. We've practiced it and they know it and it's a hard lesson to learn. Again, we'll talk about this, it's something that we're going to write about and discuss. We'll learn from that."

(On who's responsible for calling a timeout)- "Me, we have two defensive coaches on the field that are watching the substitutions so we can call it from the sideline. The middle linebacker, somebody on the field if they see it can call timeout. We need to emphasize the fact that if we have that happen let's just get ourselves resettled. We've talked about, we've coached it. Like is the case with a lot of things when you have a young team, it's got to be reemphasized. You've got to cover them down, just got to do it."

(On the players not recognizing they were lined up because their backs were to the Benglas)- "That's part of it too, you've got to see them lined up. Again, I get a feel for where you're going, we're all responsible. The sideline which includes me, that's where I stand. In fact, I ran into one of the officials so it's obvious I'm down there. It's me, the guys on defense that are substituting and then the players in the huddle. You see it happen frequently with the quarterback, if it's not lined up right, ‘Ahh shoot, timeout.' But, we'll get that corrected, we'll get it reemphasized and get it done."

(On if the play was legal)- "That's a good question and as we go forward here the things that I ask the league to look at I'm going to try and keep that somewhat private. I do believe as coaches and as officials, we're all trying to get it right. It's a human game officiated by human beings, coached by human beings and played by human beings. That information finds its way out at times, but I'm going try not to comment on it publicly."

(On if the Bengals tried the play earlier in the game)- "Not to my knowledge, there was some conversation from one of their players I heard and they screwed themselves up. That's them talking about it. From what we saw, we didn't."

(On if they anticipated if this might happen)- "We'll you're always ready for no huddle or quick snap. We've practiced it, but when it presented itself, it didn't get done."

(On why they made all the mistakes and penalties in the first quarter)- "It's hard to say. The three offsides penalties were from guys who had played a year ago so who knows. All I know is we've got to correct it and everybody in there today is going through that process."

(On if there was confusion about what personnel group should have been out there because there were 12 men on the field)- "We were substituting because they were substituting. It happened real quickly and we were in the process of getting spread out and getting one of the guys out."

(On if it should have been just Buster Skrine or Dimitri Patterson on the field and not both)- "One or the other, correct."

(On if the defensive call had gone in late)- "No, I don't think the timing was an issue. That's a product of the shot clock and I don't think that was the case."

(On how the team did injury wise)- "I think pretty well. I don't know what the official injury is, but I think Dimitri Patterson had an ankle injury that he was dealing with. Otherwise, bumps and bruises right now that we know of now. There'll be another treatment here this afternoon, but as far as that, I think we did pretty well in terms of injuries."

(On what was problem with the offense down the stretch)- "We need to execute better. We had chances in my opinion. We had a couple dropped balls. We just didn't execute the way that you need to. We were in a position nearing midfield with just needing a few more yards to kick a field goal to tie it at the least, but we didn't get it done."

(On Richmond McGee having three punts less than 30 yards and if that's something they will review)- "We're reviewing it today and we're going to make some decisions there as we move forward. They'll become obvious I'm sure."

(On if McGee has lost his job)- "I wouldn't say he's lost his job right now, but we're evaluating it."

(On Artis Hicks and Oniel Cousins rotating and if they will keep doing that if Tony Pashos is out)- "I think they both had some good plays and then there were some things where it makes it tough to say this guy is your starter right now. As we move forward, we'll still keep an eye on what's happening with the left guard, but as we move forward you might still see a rotation over there at the right side."

(On Tony Pashos' status)- "There's a chance he might not play this week. Beyond that I don't know."

(On his thoughts about the kickoff rule and the disadvantage it gives him)- "I don't know, I think what you're starting to see is it almost looks like the returners are treating that back line like the goal line. In fact, I had a chance to watch a few clips of the game last night and returners in this league have great courage because they realize they have the opportunity to make a play. We'll have to see. I think it's going to take a couple more weeks to really see how that plays out, but Josh obviously jump started us with his return. He's a playmaker."

(On if there were any surprises for him during his first game as a head coach)- "I don't know about surprises. I think there's a lot to learn and I think there's a huge amount of improvement in football between the first and second game and I'm counting on that so no, not really."

(On the pass that McCoy threw to Evan Moore and if it was a catchable ball)- "I think if you ask him, he'll tell you that he should make that play."

(On McCoy being out of sync with his wide receivers and the factors involved with that)- "There are a lot of factors involved when you don't get enough completions. Some of it has to do with progression, some of it has to do with the routes, some of it has to do with protection and maybe having to move slightly. Each play is different and I probably have a little different view of it. We've just got to be better."

(On if he envisions McCoy throwing the ball 40 times a game or if the game dictated that)- "I think we had 26 rushes and when you add the end of the game where you have 10-12 throws right in a row, I don't envision that. We're going to do what it takes to win the game and at the end of the game when you have to try and get the ball down the field in a short amount of time you tend to throw the ball more. I like our running backs and I like our offensive line and the way they run block. That's what we're trying to do."

(On how he thought the running game was yesterday)- "I thought we had some good runs. You try to look at the runs that gain plus four yards or more and I think we had 12 of those. In terms of run efficiency, you try to look at runs that do that and I think we had about 60%. If you're in a situation where you're running it a little bit more than you get a little bit out of it."

(On how confident he is that the team won't have another embarrassing performance)- "Very confident because I saw things in this game where it didn't start off so well and then we came right back. I thought the defense played pretty much consistently well beside from, I'm not going to say except ‘for errors,' we have to do what we have to do to win. I saw some guys flash, some young guys played in there as well as some veterans and now we just have to eliminate mistakes and do the right thing all the time. I think that's important."

(On who he was impressed with)- "Well I think there's a handful of guys, I thought Buster (Skrine) went in there and did a good job on defense. D'Qwell (Jackson), my goodness, he had overall twelve tackles and a couple of sacks. He played well. I thought Phil Taylor did a nice job. As you look around, Alex Mack played a terrific game at center, but when you don't win the game it's hard to talk about individual performance being good, because it wasn't good enough. The reason why I pointed out Jason is because everyone was probably wondering how the rookie did. I think he did a good job for the first time, but his performance needs to be better if we are going to win. I think that needs to be the focus."

(On if McCoy scrambling a lot was from him dealing with defensive pressures)- "I don't think there was anything specific. Some of it is the clock goes off and you take off. Some of it is you might get a guy flashing in your face and then were some that were predesigned where we move him. There was nothing in particular."

(On the Bengals running to the right side a lot)- "Our weak side, I don't know. It's hard to say, some of it may have to do with their personnel. Each week we all as coaches decide inside and inside out, right side, left side, depending on matchups."

(On brushing off a loss)- "Monday's are tough for coach's win or lose because there is always stuff to clean up. You are always dealing with something. Unfortunately I have been through this a few times as an assistant so I've watched it happen. I am just dealing with more issues. That's all, but the process is the same. The key is, the easiest thing to do after this happens, because you are all disappointed, but the easiest thing to do is to get discouraged. You don't do that and it's also easy to come in and start hollering, screaming and throwing furniture and you don't do that either. That's the easy thing to do. The important thing is for the guys to understand their mistakes and then talk about specifically how you are going to correct them. Then you go to work beating the next opponent because it's a long season. A lot has been made of the first game, but places I have been we have lost the first game or two and still been in the playoffs and you had a terrific years. I think that's the important piece is to keep the focus and move on."

(On McCoy's performance)- "I just think and again he will probably say the same thing, there are a few plays or easy ones that we didn't take. You know we talk about taking the easy ones that he will look back on or one that he has already looked at twice. I know he and Mark (Whipple) watched the tape this morning early and then we watched it as a group. I am sure somewhere in between he watched it again and he probably watched it last night. Quarterbacks tend to do that. I think what you do as a quarterback is you look back on those four or five plays that if you could have been better, how it changes things. It's very common to see him walking around saying, I wish I would have done this, this, this, this, this and this and know exactly what the mistakes were and I think Colt is that way."

(On what the mistakes were)- "Quarterback play always boils down to decision making, timing and accuracy. Within those this, this, this, this and this play it's probably one of those three things."

(On if Greg Little could have done anything different on the punt return)- "I tell you what he did, he knocked the daylights out of that guy. When you look at it and I am sure you all are going to get a chance to see it, the only thing I would say is to do it a little bit quicker so there is a little bit more room in between you and Josh, because that was quite a block. He had the responsibility of forcing the punt and then peeling back."

(On if he is worried about right tackle)- "I am not worried."

(On if the one play kept him up at night)- "I was up last night, but I had about 10 of them I was thinking about. The one we are talking about though, I think that is just part of it, that's part of the little cross your bare. Now your hair doesn't turn gray, it just falls out. That's just part of it. We all compete. We want things to be right. We all want to win and there is a great amount of effort that is put into it. When it doesn't happen and I see coach in the back there, you just constantly replay it and you always will. You just do. It's just part of what you carry with you, but you have to move on. That's part of it."

(On how you clean up the penalties)- "You practice it, you try to recreate those same situations. You usually get what you emphasize and that's been emphasized and we have worked on using multiple cadences. It's a little bit punitive when they jump off sides in practice, although you folks don't seeing them running laps, we have ways that we take care of it. There is an emphasis there, a general execution that when it doesn't happen you go back and you re-emphasize it because they didn't hear enough the first time you do it again. Then you do it again and that is just part of it."

(On if the penalties affected what they wanted to do in the first quarter)- "You adjust what you call. You would like to be getting first downs calls off of second down plays. Anyways, I was up thinking about that too."

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OBR Newswire on September 12th, 2011 AT 7:00 AM

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