OBR Blog - Week Five

Bye week is here. Browns are 2-2 (so are the Steelers). It could be worse...

OBR Newswire updates for October 5th through October 9th
OBR Newswire on October 9th, 2011 AT 5:00 PM

These are links from the OBR Newswire for October 5th through October 9th:

10:34 PM

2011 Quarterly Awards – Part Two: Giving even more awards to the team that gives us so much. http://t.co/5OiZgAxw

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Inside Slant, Notes and Quotes: Blown plays on defense. Missed opportunities and the inability to resurrect a pa… http://t.co/kSTU0CKb

4:30 AM

Enough is Enough: RB Peyton Hillis continues to be at center stage of the media fire-storm, due to missing a gam… http://t.co/BkX5aMNH

8:01 AM

(Subscriber) Vinny the Fly: No Ointment Needed: You want the truth? Only Browns fans at The OBR can handle the t… http://t.co/Qy9hHY88

8:00 AM

RT @laneadkins: Vinny the Fly talks Hillis, DK hands out quarterly awards and Fred reflects on first 1/4 of the season, only @ TheOBR.com

2:48 AM

Quarterly Awards – 2011 – Part One: The season has reached the quarter mark, with it being the bye-week, there i… http://t.co/pG1KksBe

9:14 PM

Browns-Titans: Gameballs and Goats: The fans came. The fans saw. The fans disapprove. A lot. http://t.co/9Kbhthrw

12:39 PM

Shurmur, agent defend Peyton Hillis: Hot News for FB Peyton Hillis http://t.co/agloEnW2

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OBR Newswire on October 5th, 2011 AT 10:00 AM

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Player Quotes, Oct. 4
Don Delco on October 5th, 2011 AT 9:21 AM

Colt McCoy

(On where this team is now offensively through the first four games)- "I think the way we all looked at it in the meeting today was that we are 2-2. Going into the bye week, we have a chance to make our season or let something slip by again. For us, today was a good practice and we are going to get out of here after tomorrow and kind of rest and fuel up and re-group and just get ready for Oakland and I think that's all we can do. But, nobody's heads are down, we got beat and we didn't play like we wanted to. We got down early and you've just got to put it behind you. The sun's out today, it's a good day and just keep working."

(On how he played the first quarter of the season)- "I would be the first to tell you that there are a lot of things that you can work on, improve on, but I think it's a process. The guys in here are working really hard. I'm working really hard. I know our coaches are working really hard to really kind of get where we want to be. As for the game last, we lost so it's hard to evaluate your play when you lose because that's the only thing that's on your mind. We've just got to re-group, stay together and keep fighting."

(On if bye week is a good time to take a step back and let some things sink in a little bit)-"Absolutely, we did that a little bit today. In meetings, we looked at it and some of the cut-up's and what have been some of our best plays and what are some plays that we were kind of high on that haven't worked as much. Who's the best receiver at what route? What's our best protection? What's our best run scheme? I think that's the one thing that you do in a bye week is kind of evaluate yourself. Through four weeks, we've won two games and we've lost two games. We'd like to be sitting here undefeated, but that's not the case. We just have to come back off this bye week fresh and ready to go on the road."

Joe Thomas

(On Colt McCoy taking tough hits recently and his toughness)- "I have been impressed. He's a really tough kid. There's a reason he played all of those snaps in college and got all of those wins. It's going to take a big hit for him to knock him out, so he's been very impressive as far as that goes."

(On if he knew how sick Alex Mack was)- "No, he was complaining like the whole the day and the night before that his stomach hurt and I'm not a doctor. You never know what it's going to be, but obviously I was a little surprised to come in on Monday and he had appendicitis, which is obviously pretty difficult to deal with much less play an entire NFL game."

Shurmur Press Conference Transcript, Oct. 4
Don Delco on October 5th, 2011 AT 9:21 AM

(Opening statement)- "I think we had a good practice. Players of note that you didn't see out here today, obviously Alex Mack. His surgery went well, he's resting, I guess, comfortably. One of the first things he asked for was his grade sheet from Sunday. He's getting himself back mentally and we'll see how he does as we move forward. It's too early to speculate as to his availability for Oakland. Joe Haden wasn't out here as well, he actually came I and looked pretty good, but I think it was better served he get his work done inside and Joshua Cribbs as well. Again, we felt like he made good progress over night and he was inside as well. Otherwise, I think everybody else was out here of note. Xavier Omon went home, his girlfriend is having a baby so I think that's about it. Otherwise, everybody was out here. We spent most of the practice working on individual, skills and breakdown from individual routes to blocks to taking on blocks. There was some tackling even though we weren't in pads and then we finished up with 7-on-7, team and then two 10-minute periods dedicated for special teams as well. We just went back to the basics, I think it's an important thing this time of year as we get ourselves ready for the latter part of the season."

(On if there's any level of hope Haden can play in Oakland)- "Yeah, I think everybody we've mentioned, I'm not ruling any of them on right now. We'll have to see as we go here through the end of the week. We'll know more as we go forward, we're hopeful."

(On if Mack is still in the hospital)- "My understanding is he is, but he won't be there for long I'm sure."

(On how many adjustments need to made going forward for the last 12 games)- "I've already spent a lot of time looking at everything we've done, not only in the first four games, but also through the preseason, offensively. There'll be some things we'll focus on more and things we'll focus on less. You'll probably see more of certain guys in the game then you may have seen. Those are the types of things. There'll be plays and concepts we'll use more and some we'll put on the shelf for a while. Those are what you do, making wholesale changes is not the way to go. We have plenty of things we do base wise that I think are important that we emphasize. Then, just continue to try to get the ball to the guys that we know can make plays. On defense it would be the same. We have a scheme of defense that we play and the emphasis will be how to play that scheme better, a wrinkle or two, but without changing in the foundation. The same goes for special teams. How do we get what we do better and where do we maybe want to shift our focus in terms of becoming even better."

(On where he thinks the players are with absorbing and implementing what they're telling them)- "I think they're right there mentally. I think we all, this group, me, the players, you all go through Monday and when you get your sleep Monday night, no matter how good it is, you come in in the morning with a new perspective and you're moving forward and I think I felt that from the players today. They really embraced the fact that we're out here, every one of us, trying to get better and then we'll worry as we go along her how that applies to Oakland. But, I feel good about what we tried to get done."

(On if he will simplify the playbook as they move forward or if he'll continue to do what they've been doing)- "I don't know if simplify is the right word. As I mentioned, you'll refocus on certain things you're doing better more and some of things that maybe it's just not quite our group that worked at other places for me, we'll deemphasize those. I wouldn't say simplify, we'd like to be able to do what we do, better."

(On how much Colt McCoy can improve within a season)- "He's a young player and in my mind almost a rookie. His improvement can be great from practice-to-practice and game-to-game. I think a lot."

(On if he's worried about McCoy taking a lot of hits the last few weeks)- "I think you worry about that any a quarterback gets hit. We're concerned about it, we focus on it and try to eliminate it. Like I said, let's hope in our tenure here that I never have to call 61 passes again because that's not the way to play the game, in my opinion, because that's obviously the way things went, but we don't want that."

(On if he thinks McCoy is taking more hits than he should)- "We've played some defenses that can put pressure on the quarterback. Of course, that's part of it and the other part of it is just us an offense doing what we have to do to get the ball out quicker, protect better and generally execute more efficiently."

(On if he has to keep McCoy from getting demoralized from lack of results on offense)- "I don't know. I wouldn't want to use lack of results, I wouldn't want to use demoralized, he's a very positive guy. He's very hard on himself, he's very critical of himself but he's very confident as well and I think that's what pulls you through as you're trying to improve."

(On how Shawn Lauvao is doing a right guard)- "I think Shawn played one of his better games this past week so he's doing good. I think he had an outstanding preseason, I think he started off well and then I think he would tell you that this past game was one of his better ones.”

(On what he would ask of Lauvao and Jason Pinkston to improve on this bye week)- "First off, I told the guys just before we left the practice field that the bye week is not time off, it's time away. We all have to do what we can to get our bodies, our minds and our whatever's ready to go for the last 12-week push here. In the immediate time frame, it's important that they still exercise, get their lifts in while they're away, find the time to sit down and think about what they could have done better to help make us 4-0 at this point. I'm going to ask everyone, coaches and players alike, to do the same thing so that's what they need to do. Then, come back in good shape eager to get to work and keep pushing forward."

(On if the fourth-and-one play they ran with Armond Smith was a play meant for a fourth down situation or just a way to get him the ball)- "Typically that was a third-and-short, fourth-and-short type play. That was the place that you would try and call it, not just to get him the ball in, what seems to be and we might all agree, a very critical situation."

(On if it's an effort to encourage team speed whenever he can with Armond Smith in the game)- "I think he does add speed to the field and I think that's a good thing. Again, as I go back through my evaluation of us and me, we'll just see how we do that moving forward. He's our third running back, I'm hoping as we move forward that we have Peyton (Hillis) and Montario (Hardesty) doing exactly what they are here to do so we'll see."

(On keeping Armond Smith on the team and if they're still worried his fumbling from the preseason)- "No, I wasn't concerned about his fumbles. I'm obviously concerned about ball security. He's got speed and there's some talent there and that's why he made the team. Based on when we put the team together, he was our third best at running back, that's why he's here. Now, what he brings to the table, he's got speed, as I mentioned. He's like any young player, he's developing and that's kind of where it's at."

(On Jordan Norwood's development and where he fits in)- "He got in, basically, at the end when we were running route after route and he made a play. Again, he can run and I think he got a little banged up going through camp and I feel like he's a role player at receiver now so he may show up every once in awhile in there. He's a contributor, he's a returner and there's things like most role players on teams that they're good at, have a skill and a talent for and that's why he's here."

(On how he would evaluate himself after four games as an NFL head coach)- "I think I've got to get better. We're 2-2 and as a coach you want to be greedy and be 4-0. I'm going to evaluate what I need to do better and some of that's strategy so we'll just move forward."

(On if he thinks fans need to know that there's a lot of developing going on with this young football team to be fair to the situation)- "Well I think that's for somebody else to say. In my opinion, this is a sport where you develop every day that you practice or every day that you meet and along the way as you're developing, you need to win games so that's the focus. We need to get better, we need to execute more efficiently and we need to put our guys in the right spots to do the right things and along the way we need to win. That's the reality of it so I live in that reality."

(On how Dimitri Patterson has played so far)- "He's done a nice job. I think of him as well as I think of Buster (Skrine). They've done a good job of challenging and we're really glad that he's here. He's done a nice job."

(On if Patterson's versatility gives him the opportunity to let him fill in if Haden can't go)- "We feel like Dimitri can play inside or out and with that be said, if we need him to go in and assume a role as a starter, we feel like he is.”

(On if he had a new appreciation for the wind at Cleveland Browns Stadium and if it was tough to throw the ball)- "It was blowing in pregame quite a bit. I don't think by the time we started playing that the throwing was affected, but when you're sitting there lining to try and kick a field goal, I have an appreciation for our kicker for sure. He put that thing and hit it right down the middle in conditions. I think the wind probably affects the kicks sometimes more so than the throws, at least that day. In pregame it was a little bit more difficult. I think once the game started, for whatever reason, when the rain started the wind settled down some. I'm getting use to which way the wind blows and I'm leaning on kickers, they know, they're like meteorologists. Phil knows so we were discussing if we kicked off for the first kickoff what we were going to do. I'm looking at the flag thinking one way and he goes no, no we want to do this so I'm using his intimate knowledge of that setting."

(On if the dual role of being a head coach and an offensive coordinator has slowed down for him)- "I think the preseason helped with that and I obviously lean on the assistants quite a bit for some of the advice that you need to get in terms of challenging plays and some of the usage of timeouts and when you do all those things. In terms of calling the plays though we have a pretty good idea of what we want to call and when we call them. There may be a decision or two whether you run or throw so I think that's going pretty smoothly. Now, whether they work or not, that's something for us to talk about later."

(On if he sees Greg Little as a guy who can make big plays)- "Yeah, he showed up. You see in a game where he made plays and I think we need to help that blossom. We need to put him in position and give him a chance. I've said it all along, Sunday is his favorite day. When he puts that game uniform on, he brightens up and he's ready to roll. Not that he doesn't practice hard, but there's certain things about days of the week that make guys shine and I think he does."

(On if the extra talks he had with Little during camp are starting to sink in for him now)- "The extra talks are daily and it depends on what's happened with what the talks relate to. It could be those laces are going to cost you $5,000 to whatever. I enjoy him because he can make plays, I enjoy the fact that he likes to play the game and he's a football player so I enjoy working with him. But, the talks they haven't stopped, they're pretty consistent."

(On how Owen Marecic is handling his rookie season so far)- "I think he's handling his role well. It's very rare that you see him make a mistake. He's shown up and done some things on special teams, which Chris (Tabor) feels like has been impressive for a rookie. He's handling his role well and I'm looking for him to continue to improve."

(On examples of what he and McCoy talk about during this point of the season as their relationship evolves)- "Some of it has to do with the details of the play, some of it has to do with the tempo of how we play getting in and out of the huddle, some of it has to do with letting mistakes go and moving on to the next play, some of it has to deal with ‘Okay, practice is a little bit slow here, let's get this thing picked up,' those types of conversations. After the game, win or lose, it just comes from me, I'll say these are the five things you need to do better and typically he's right there. Quarterbacks know almost immediately when they walk off the field if the screwed up or not, they really don't need to see it. Now, seeing it reconfirms it and brings back those thoughts, but normally he's right there."

(On if he and McCoy are on the same page)- "I think we are and it will even get better as we move forward. But, yeah I think we are."

(On what Mike Adams has done to make the rotation at safety work)- "I think he's a steady performer and I think he's generally played well so that's where he fits. He's exuded himself as a leader and he's handled kind of rotating in there well, which is part of it. I talked about this with the skill players. Guys get selfish about playing time, they want to be in there all the time. When you're not, the most important thing is how you handle it and I think he's handle that well too."

Shurmur Press Conference Transcript, Oct. 3
Don Delco on October 5th, 2011 AT 9:20 AM

(Opening statement) – "Good afternoon, how's it going? Let me touch on the injuries. Sheldon Brown pulled through the game fine. I don't think he was any worse for wear. Joshua Cribbs has what's characterized as a slight knee sprain. He'll be day-to-day so we'll see how that goes. Joe Haden sustained a knee sprain as well so we're continuing to evaluate that. He won't practice tomorrow and we'll just have to see as we move forward how significant it is. At this point, I don't know anything, there's a chance he may miss some time, but I don't know. I don't know that yet. We'll see, being that our next game is not for a couple weeks. Tony Pashos pulled through the game fine. I think he has the general soreness you would have after playing 91 snaps and I think he's going to be fine as we move forward. Something new today, Alex Mack came in with symptoms that look like appendicitis and it was evaluated and it appears like he's going to have his appendix out here, very soon, this afternoon. That just happened. He came in this morning with soreness or the tenderness that would point to that and they evaluated him and he's going to have to have it out. We'll see how that goes. I wouldn't want to speculate on time until after he has his surgery so we'll find out. Other than that, Eric Hagg will continue to work. (Mohamed) Mo Massaquoi pulled out of it, his ankle feels fine. He has a shoulder sprain that I don't think they think is very significant so we should move forward. Other than that, I think that's all the injuries. I don't have much to add then what I talked about last night and I'll open it up to questions, I'm sure you've got some things that you're interested in and we'll just move forward. I mentioned to the team that I'm disappointed that we lost. I think everybody played hard, tried to do all the right things, there are just ways that we can play better. "

(On if Peyton Hillis fits this West Coast system) - "I think Peyton Hillis fits extremely well. He played yesterday, he got the football. I think it's important he touches the ball and he did. We got to the point where we got the ball for the first time in the third quarter and it was 24-6, we're moving the football and it quickly turned to 31-6. Then, the ratio of whether you run it or throw it starts to change significantly, but he was having success running the ball and he did fine."

(On if Joe Haden has had an MRI on his knee) - "He has been evaluated and they're calling it a knee sprain. I don't want to misspeak that so I think that's where it is."

(On if reports are true that Hillis would not play or they wouldn't play him because of his contract situation) - "I think there's a lot going on with that question or comment, but that's not the case. He played and he was a contributor yesterday. I think what's being talked about is something that happened two weeks ago. In my mind, it's not an issue and as we move forward I hope it becomes something that we don't talk about. He's our running back, we handed him the football, we threw it to him and he did a good job."

(On if he was really sick) - "My understanding was he was sick and that's why he didn't play and he wasn't sick this past week and he played. It sounds as though we're going to talk about this, but I think I'm not just saying it, that's what happened."

(On if the Browns would ever diminish Hillis' role because he has an unresolved contract issue) - "Absolutely not, absolutely not. I think that's a non-issue. I think what you look at; you look at the game, you look at how it gets played out and at the end of the game you sit and look at a piece of paper that talks about what happened in the game. Well, the game changes as the score changes and we did some things where the score got stretched out on us, and you naturally now are trying to race yourself back into the game and a lot of times that involves throwing it. I would never think of throwing the ball 61 times. For some folks that might be fun, I would never do that if we're in a situation where it's different."

(On if it concerns him that the ESPN source about the Hillis situation came from the locker room/ organization) - "When information gets out you obviously like to see names attached to it. I am aware enough to know that there are all kinds of ways information spreads now. I've never sent one Twitter, I don't have Facebook, I'm not aware of really how it all happens. You folks are very good at getting information and it spreads. I've expressed to the team that I would prefer that we keep business in-house and I think sometimes that's hard to do. I can't really control how the team feels about certain situations other than we're constantly talking about being very professional, about doing your job and doing those types of things. Until somebody says so and so said it, it's very hard for me to comment beyond that."

(On speaking to Evan Moore and Peyton Hillis in terms of lack of play) - "Neither one of them said anything to me about it. I would say this, everyone in that locker room was disappointed that we lost and I think its skill players, guys that touch the ball. There's something about their nature where they want it all the time and I think that's something good. I think we all know that when we don't get everything that we're looking for there are certain ways to handle it. It's very hard for me to say beyond that."

(On players saying ‘you have to ask the coach') - "I think that's natural. Again, I can't tell you I just know this, there were a lot of guys in the locker room disappointed because we lost, me being one of them. I went home last night, but I wasn't throwing furniture. I was upset. I'm sure I wasn't great at conversation last night. I was upset that we lost, but you know what, we get a good night sleep or the best you can, you come in, you handle the issues of the day and you move forward trying to do the best you can to get your team ready to play the next game."

(On if he reflects on his own play calling) - "I looked at everything we did and I think it's important you evaluate everything. I wish we would have done a lot of things better and I always look at plays, whether the design was good, where you call them, when you call them and all that. I'm always evaluating."

(On if they have thought about throwing the ball more vertically down the field) - "There was, I think what happens to is the structure of the defense changes when they get ahead. They play a little softer in coverage which makes it a little bit more difficult to get them on one play."

(On playing both Hillis and Montario Hardesty and getting them enough touches where they get into a rhythm) - "I think it's important. I think Peyton needs to play most of the time and I think he played 50 or so snaps, I think 55. I'll go back and double check it. I think Hardesty played in the thirties and there were times when they were in their together. No, it's important and I think Peyton will get and should get more snaps and more carries. That's just natural."

(On if he talked to Hillis personally that morning before Miami and if he asked him if he could play knowing that it was an illness and not an injury related situation) - "What I would say it this, he and I had a conversation. My understanding was that he was ill and he didn't play. That's my understanding and so we moved forward and that's when Hardesty played a lot. Yesterday, he (Hillis) was healthy and he played and he started and did a good job."

(On if Hillis looked legitimately sick to him) - "Yes, he looked sick. I'm not trying to talk around it. He was ill and he looked ill."

(On whose decision was it for Hillis not to play) - "The young man was sick and he didn't play, OK and that's the end of it. He played yesterday and I think that's what the important thing is. Two weeks ago he didn't play. We played the Miami Dolphins and won the game. Yesterday, he did. He was a significant contributor yesterday and we didn't win."

(On if he heard any grumbling from players in the locker room about Hillis not playing last week) - "No, I did not."

(On when he addressed the team and said ‘let's keep our business in-house', was he referring directly to the ESPN report that some teammates questioned whether or not Hillis didn't play for specific reasons) - "I think what I said was you were asking me about reports that were from either players or the team. What I did say was it's hard for me to say because nobody had their name on those comments. Again, to answer your question, I think it's important that teams are able to operate as teams. Information spreads, I understand that."

(On if he has considered getting Evan Moore more involved in the passing game) - "He was in there for 20 (plays) and I don't know if it was obvious, but we had a package where we had three tight ends, one receiver and one back, which we used a handful of times. Evan shows up quite a bit in the red zone. We got in there one time yesterday and so that contributes also. Game situations dictate it sometimes."

(On if Joe Haden will need a scope for his knee) - "I don't know that. At this point, my understanding is there is no surgery needed."

(On if Alex Mack needs to miss time who his replacement would be) – "We have a couple of choices and let's see first what happens with this surgery. We will work obviously (John) Greco at center and then Shawn (Lauvao) also played center."

(On if he is still figuring out what the offense does best) - "I don't know if we were trying to figure that out. I think I am getting to know the players a lot better. I think that's something that you find out each week. You obviously want to put your best players out there as often as possible."

(On if Montario Hardesty is looking up field first before seeing the ball in his hands) - "I think sometimes when you catch in those check downs your tendency is to start running before you catch it. That's fair."

(On what the team does best offensively at this point) - "I think we can run the football and I do think we are becoming better at throwing it. Each game dictates it. We have a lot of things that we can do and then you try to do the things you think are best against the teams you are playing."

(On how often he has been able to stay with his initial game plan this season) – "I think obviously yesterday none because we got in a situation where we had to throw it most of the time. The two games that we won I think we were able to stick to and be pretty consistent running and throwing throughout the game. In the first game I think we were able to for most of the game."

(On what you do during the bye week) - "The off week is designed to focus on that especially tomorrow in practice and then on Wednesday we will do some skill drills, weight lifting, and running. Work on the fundamentals and try to work on getting the Browns better with an eye towards Oakland. That's typically what the byes are designed for. The new rules say that you have to give the players four days off in a row and the way I want to structure it they will be totally off Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Bring them back Monday for practice and give them their traditional Tuesday off and then get into rhythm for Oakland."

(On if he felt Nate Washington's 57-yard touchdown was an illegal play) - "There are rules for those types of plays. It was a good play on their part."

(On if Colt McCoy should stay in the pocket longer at times) - "I don't think I would say that generally. Colt at times will flush if the protection breaks down in some place, but I don't think that's an issue. There are generally things we need to work on to get better at, but typically if the route is a longer designing route you need to hang in there just a touch longer."

(On if the defensive backs needed to switch on that play) - "They did a nice job with that play. There are rules for that though."

(On if the referee getting hurt played a part) - "Yes, they had an injury didn't they. They were working with one less."

(On if defensive backs are able to bump receivers more than five yards off the ball) - "You're not allowed to rub, but they executed the play well."

(On if he will submit a letter to the league of office regarding that play) - "League business."

(On emphasizing what needs to be improved better by the defense) - "Tackling. You noticed there was a long play to the tight end, the deep cross. It was a terrific throw. We had an opportunity and every once in a while they get a chunk. We had five explosive passes too. Where then alright you executed now you have to get the guy on the ground. I think we had a chance to eliminate that from being a score and we didn't and that comes back to tackling."

(On how Tony Pashos did in his first game of the season) - "Bear in mind no one performed well enough to win, but for his first time out there I think I saw some good things."

(On if he has found personnel groupings and consistent play calling more difficult than expected) – "No, but as I have mentioned, I'm learning about our players as we go. Every week I get a little better idea of what they can and can't do because they are presented with more situations and you see them operating more different situations."

(On if fans need to come to the realization that Hillis is not going to carry the load like he did last year) - "That part is hard for me because I wasn't here a year ago and I know he is a terrific player. He's a big part of what we do and again, if I were here a year ago and I could have felt all of this I might have a different answer. The running back in any offense, especially ours, is a very important piece and he needs to touch the football."

(On the pass protection) - "I thought for the most part the pass protection was pretty good. We had a couple snap issues on one, but when you are in a situation where you are in a pass first scenario then you have to buckle down. I thought for the most part they did a pretty good job there."

(On whether not having an offseason program is hurting the team) - "No. I'll stick to what I've said. We are just like everybody else."

(On new coaches being affected by the lockout) - "It's hard for me to say. The most ideal situation is you have a bunch of years and a bunch of time together. The real situation was we didn't and we need to go out and perform. We just have to. I don't know how I am being viewed by making that answer, but that's the reality of it. Nobody quite cares and this is me. You can look at the sheet and say ‘boy oh boy they did a nice job.' We didn't we lost. There are fifteen other teams that are dealing with the same scenario and there are no excuses. We have to win. Whether we did or didn't practice in the offseason is a moot point right now. We need to move forward and focus on the next games we play."

(On getting to know the personnel better during a bye week) - "Typically in the bye week what coaches do is, and I don't know what is happening in other places but, the players get there time off. There is some practice going on and then you are able as coaches to sit back and evaluate what you have done to this point and decide how you move forward. That can be personnel, it could be scheme. Here is what we've done well. Here is what we need to focus on as we move forward. Here are some things that have worked for us and other places that aren't us. We will put them over there. I think all teams do that and so we will do the same."

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Time for Reflection: At 2-2, Browns begin bye week pleased with improvment, but searching for answers http://t.co/xtSj7QNl

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Upon Further Review: O-Line Chronicles: When assigning blame for a blowout loss, let's not forget the O-line. http://t.co/QQDVLd0C

3:58 AM

Browns C Alex Mack has appendectomy: Hot News for C Alex Mack http://t.co/zA8NA18R

3:25 PM

Shurmur: Hillis ‘Fits' in Offense: Browns coach Pat Shurmur spends a majority of Monday’s press conference answe… http://t.co/ACwkh8fr

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OBR Newswire on October 3rd, 2011 AT 11:00 AM

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7:16 AM

OBR Blog – Week Five: Bye week is here. Browns are 2-2 (so are the Steelers). It could be worse… http://t.co/2YkOfLWq

7:05 PM

Big Plays Doom Defense: Outside of being caught off guard in the season opener, the Browns defense had been stin… http://t.co/NAfGMWgV

5:30 PM

Browns Offense Unmasked: The Browns offense has played well in spurts in the 2011 season. Today against the high… http://t.co/T9NnYF6x

4:59 PM

Browns fall behind early, lose to Titans: Tennessee QB Matt Hasselbeck, a former student under Browns team presi… http://t.co/Sf3n17n3

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