Time for Reflection

At 2-2, Browns begin bye week pleased with improvment, but searching for answers

BEREA — With the first quarter of the season complete, Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur said he and his coaching staff will spend the bye week evaluating what worked and what didn't work on offense.

"We'll try and make sure certain guys are in games, without making wholesale changes," Shurmur said

Shurmur wouldn't be specific as to what players he meant.

"We want to get the ball to guys who we know can make plays," he said.

Quarterback Colt McCoy said the process already began at practice Tuesday.

"We're going to look at what we do well and reflect, starting today, as to what we do well and what we need to do better," McCoy said.

One of the keys moving forward will be the progression of McCoy. Even though he's started 12 NFL games, eight were last year under a different system.

"He's a young player," Shurmur said. "He's almost a rookie. He could improve a lot just in practice-to-practice, as well as game-to-game."

McCoy is 100-for-172 passing for 984 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions. His quarterback rating is 78.7.

"I don't think much about last year," McCoy said. "We're in a new system and I'm focused on this year. The coaches see me that way. That's how it is. I'd be the first to tell you I have a lot to work on. It's a process and I'm working really hard, the other players and coaches are, too."

Joe Thomas likes what he sees in McCoy. That is part of the reason he signed a seven-year, $84 million contract extension.

"Every week he looks more comfortable," Thomas said. "He has confidence in everything. There are so many moving parts in evaluating his progress. I've seen a lot of good things from him. He's made nice progress each week and I'm excited to see him at the end of the season."

Shurmur said he has seen growth in McCoy.

"It's the little things like the details of the play, the temp of the huddle, letting mistakes go and moving on the next play," Shurmur said.

McCoy is going to take a couple days off and then get back after it for the rest of the season.

"We're 2-2 going into the bye week," McCoy said. "We have a chance to make our season. I think our ceiling is extremely high."


Mack Update: Shurmur said that center Alex Mack has successful surgery to remove his appendix on Monday.

"He's doing well," Shurmur said. "He's resting. He asked for his grade sheet from last week's game."

Shurmur said Mack was in the hospital and wasn't sure if Mack would be able to play against the Raiders.

"It's too early."

Joe Thomas wouldn't be surprised if Mack is ready to play Oct. 16.

"I think if we didn't have a bye, he'd play this week."

Haden, Cribbs Update: Neither defensive back Joe Haden (knee) or wide receiver Josh Cribbs (knee) practiced. Besides Mack, they were the only two held out. Haden wore a brace on his knee.

"Haden looked pretty good," Shurmur said. "We kept he and (Cribbs) inside during practice. They're making progress."

Shurmur said none of the players have been ruled out for next week's game.

"I'm not ruling any of them out," he said. "We'll know more going forward."

Time Off: The players are off from Wednesday through Sunday. They will return for practice Monday in preparation for a trip to Oakland to take on the Raiders on Oct. 9.

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