Shurmur: No O-Line Worries

Despite Pashos injury, Shurmur not worried about Browns o-line the day after the disappointing 27-17 loss to the Bengals.

BEREA — Right tackle Tony Pashos appeared as though he was getting close to playing last week when he returned to practice after injuring his ankle early in training camp. Pashos didn't practice last Wednesday, but was upgraded to questionable last Thursday and last Friday after practicing both days.

Then, his game status was downgraded to doubtful. Finally, he was inactive for Sunday's game against Cincinnati..

Pat Shurmur was asked about Pashos' injury a day after the Browns' 27-17 loss to the Bengals.

"There's a chance he might not play this week," Shurmur said.

Shurmur offered no new information whether Pashos re-injured the ankle. However, when a coach talks like that this early in the week, it doesn't sound optimistic that Shurmur will play this Sunday against the Colts. Pashos was fitted with an insert for his shoe for practice last week.

Before Shurmur was asked about Pashos, he said that the Browns will continue to rotate at tackle. In other words,  Oniel Cousins and Artis Hicks will most likely continue to platoon in Pashos' place.

Shurmur didn't give either player a ringing endorsement. Cousins started and Hicks came in and played when the Browns scored their first two touchdowns.

"They both had some good plays," he said. "As we move forward, we'll keep looking at the rotation."

It appeared that when Hicks signed, he would push rookie Jason Pinkston for the left guard slot.

Shurmur said that Pinkston played a pretty good game.

"Jason Pinkston being a rookie did a heck of a nice job," he said. "But there are some areas he needs to improve on."

The Browns currently have no one listed as the backup to Joe Thomas at left tackle and Cousins is listed as the only other tackle. However, Hicks and John Greco have played tackle.

Shurmur was asked if he stays up night thinking about the offensive line situation.

"I am not worried about it."


Moving On: Shurmur said as devastating as the loss to Cincinnati was, the Browns have put it behind them.

"The easiest thing to do after this happens is get discouraged and you don't do that," he said. "It's easy to come in and throw furniture around. You need to come in and make corrections and go on.

"(A first game loss) is not fatal unless you let it be. There has been places I've been, where we've lost the first game and went on to make the playoffs."

Shurmur was encouraged by the way the Browns came back after digging a 13-0 deficit with some costly mistakes.

"It shows the (players) have some resilience and know how to get the lead," he said. "We hit a little spot in there where we go back and forth and then the play that everyone wants to talk about."

Shurmur says he and the team go by the 24-hour rule.

"We have the 24-hour rule win, lose, or draw," he said. "We make the corrections and move on."

Shurmur said in the past he has seen teams make huge leaps from the first game to the second. He's counting on it again this season.

"There's a huge amount improvement between the first and second game and I'm counting on it," Shurmur said."I am very confident. I saw some things where we didn't start off too well and we came back. I saw some young guys flash."

New Punter?: Shurmur wouldn't come out and say that Richmond McGee would be replaced, but he didn't give McGee an endorsement the punter will remain.

"We reviewed it today and we're going to make some decisions," Shurmur said. "I wouldn't say he lost his job right now, but we're evaluating."

McGee punted eight times with a net average of 31.6. He had one touchback that should've been downed inside the five. However, his undoing was a 20-yard punt that gave the Bengals the ball on the Browns' 41. The Bengals turned the good field position into a field goal. Later in the game, McGee shanked another punt for 28 yards, which jump-started the Bengals' on their game-winning touchdown to A.J. Green.

A possibility replacement for punting is Brad Maynard.

Flag Day: There has been some comparisons to the fact that Shurmur doesn't make players run laps when they commit penalties like Eric Mangini did, nor does he have officials at each practice. However, Shurmur said there is no excuse to have 11 penalties, with seven coming in the first quarter.

"There's an emphasis there (on penalties)," he said. "You don't see (players) running laps, but there are consequences for them."

No Running Game: The Browns averaged 3.2 yards rushing with 83 yards on 26 carries. Peyton Hillis had 17 carries for 57 yards.

"I thought we had some good runs," Shurmur said. "You try to look at the ones that gained four or more yards and we had about 12 of those."

By the Numbers: After the first week the Browns are ranked 23rd in the NFL in offense and eighth in defense ... They are tied for fourth with the 49ers in pass defense ... The Browns were just 4-of-15 on third down for a meager 27 percent ... Rookie DL Phil Taylor was credited with six tackles with two tackles for a loss and one QB hurry ... The Browns had four sacks with LB D'Qwell Jackson getting two, CB Joe Haden one and DL Brian Schaefering and DL Marcus Benard combining for one ... Jackson led the Browns with 11 tackles in his first game in nearly two years.

Injury Update: Shurmur said the only injury he was aware of to come out of the game was to DB Demitri Patterson, who injured his ankle.

"We came out pretty well," he said.

The other players who didn't play in the opener because of injury were OL Tony Pashos (ankle), DB Eric Hagg (knee) and LB Titus Brown (ankle).

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