OBR Blog: Week 10

Browns playing pooly in all phases of the game. Are the Rams a slump buster?

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Jauron Press Conference Transcript, Nov. 10
Don Delco on November 10th, 2011 AT 5:15 PM

(On if they worked on stopping the run this week in practice)- "We worked on it last week too. Last week, it didn't go the way we had hoped it would've gone. We knew going down there they were just a tremendous offensive football team with a scheme that's unusual to some degree. We didn't do the job that we needed to do, obviously. We wanted to limit the big play in the passing game and we were fairly successful there, but the run game just got out of hand, too many big plays. The guys played hard. We just didn't hit our fits and I didn't help them with the best calls at the right times."

(On if he schemed the run by playing a little bit off the line)- "We try to give our guys a little more room to read it in the zone schemes. I guess the way that I've always kind of looked at things is if it works it was a pretty good idea and if it doesn't work it wasn't a good idea. It's kind of that simple and it wasn't the best idea because it didn't work out. When you think about it, it makes a little bit of sense, you've got to have a little room to lead it. They're on you fast, trying to two-hat you and cut you out of your gaps. They did a really nice job and we didn't. They're a really good team that played well and we didn't play particularly well on that day."

(On if it had to do with their two rookies who haven't seen that scheme before)- "A little bit, but I think overall the bottom line was we just didn't seem to play at the level that we had played earlier. We just made too many mistakes, too many mistakes on the same play. Our tackling wasn't as crisp. Lots of things occurred. The guys struggled, but they fought to stay in it. We fought to make corrections on the sideline and they were in it. We didn't lose them in the course of the game. They were interested on the sideline. They were trying to regroup to get things done. We just never really got it done."

(On if he was pleased with the run defense up until last week)- "We're giving up too much in the run game. It's not total yards. It's never total yards, its yards per carry. That's the deal. Last week it got out of hand, the yards per carry was just too big. I'm not concerned with total yardage, but the yards per carry, when that gets consistently out of whack then you got issues."

(On where he would like to see opponent's yards per carry average at)- "I'd like to see it at zero (joking). Up in the three's, 3.7-3.8, in that area you're okay."

(On what safety spot Eric Hagg is more comfortable at)- "He's played both. He's worked at both. I would say in all honesty, he's more comfortable at the down spot because he's played more down in college. Eric is really a conscientious guy. If he's asked to play a lot he'll know what he's doing and really give you everything he's got. He's kind of like Buster (Skrine) that way. They're going to give you an honest day's work and they're going to prepare themselves to play. I would say he's a little more comfortable down. He played a lot of the nickel position in college. He was good at it. He's a good player. If he has to play a lot then it'd be good for him. It would be good for us to see a lot of him."

(On what safety spot Usama Young would play if T.J. Ward can't play Sunday)- "Ideally, again really because of the size difference, Usama is a big strong athlete, you'd like to see him closer to the box. Our safeties always play both. They've got to slide and play both. It depends on what people are doing motion wise. If we had our choice, we'd like to keep him down lower."

(On how he feels Shurmur is handling his first year as a head coaching)- "I think coach does a great job of relating to the team, of getting the team ready to play. He makes quick decisions. He makes the right decisions. I'm going to assume he's really good with you people. I haven't seen that but I'm going to assume he is. I'm very impressed by him, his preparation, how he prepares, how he addresses the team and how it leads them."

(On if Shurmur does well with handling adversity)- "I think he's doing a great job. Hopefully the longer it goes the less adversity you'll face, that's what you're always hoping."

(On if teams scheme different for D'Qwell Jackson and how he's played after his strong start to the season)- "He's played really well. Clearly, he's not the biggest linebacker in the league. We've got to do a good job of keeping him as clean as we can keep him running to the ball. If we can do that, he's going to make plays because he can find the football. He's a very good tackler. Last week in Houston, they got up on him and we got some big bodies up on him. That's hard, it's hard on any linebacker. As we said, he's not the biggest or the tallest and guys up front are huge in this league. We've got to do a better job of keeping him clean, keeping him running, scheme a little more to keep him that way. But, he's playing at the same level, I believe, that he's started the season at."

(On if Steven Jackson is a different challenge than what they faced last week)- "It's a different scheme in that regard. The Texans are kind of full-fledged committed to that scheme. That's what they do and anything off of it is a changeup. Every team will run some zone schemes where they'll cut you and do that, but not to the extent, at least we haven't played anybody except Houston at this point, to the extent they run it. That's what they do. That's their deal. It will be a different feel to the run game. But, still as you pointed out, he's a tremendous running back and they've had a lot of success running the ball. We're going to have to really step up."

(On if there is something unique about Jackson)- "He's a very powerful back. He's probably as big and as strong as anybody that we've seen to this point. He's got good breakaway speed, when he gets to the secondary he can go. He can give you issues."

(On what it would mean to the defense if T.J. Ward can't play)- "You don't want to lose anybody. Unfortunately on any football team when you lose a starter it has an effect on the entire team because clearly somebody's got to move up and it affects special teams, and the whole thing gets affected as you move people. You don't want anybody out. T.J.'s a tough guy. They all are, but T.J's got unusual skills. He can deliver a blow, he likes to deliver a blow. He plays hard and he was moving a long in the way we do things and doing a nice job. Injuries never come at good times, but it's not a great time for us or for him."

(On if he has a vocal leader on his defense)- "I believe they're all kinds of leaders and they don't necessarily have to be vocal. You have to have leaders, people that lead by example. I guess if I had a choice, you'd want somebody that was both. They led by example and they talk. If I had to choose the guy that talked over non-performance, I'd rather have the guy that just played."

(On who on the defense leads by example)- "We've got some good leaders. I'd say all of our linebackers are good leaders. None of them are overly talkative, but they're not silent. I would say (Ahtyba) Rubin is as much as there is as a silent leader. I don't know if I'd been around anybody that plays harder than Rub and that's got to affect you. If you have any kind of awareness at all as an athlete, you've got to know that this guy is a player and he's a real team player too. I think that's strong leadership. If you have people that aren't aware of that then you probably have the wrong people and that's not good."

(On why Rubin fell to the sixth round of the draft)- "I don't know. It's not an exact science as you know. I'm not familiar with the scheme that he played in college. I'm not familiar with that. It's happened a lot of times. There are some really great players that weren't drafted very high and then there are a number of really high draftees that didn't turn out very well."

(On if Phil Taylor has been struggling the last few weeks)- "I don't know that he's dropped off. He might have leveled off some in the last couple of weeks. It's a long season obviously for everybody and for a rookie it gets particularly long. Although, it's shorter for these guys because they had no offseason with us. He's getting a lot more experience game-by-game, which should help him. We anticipate he'll step up and make his presence felt again this week."

(On how Buster Skrine played last week)- "Buster did a nice job. I think he learned some things in the course of the game. Obviously, he did just playing and playing a team with that kind of talent and with that kind of scheme. I know he enjoyed it, you can see it in his eyes on the sideline. He never gives you the impression that he's overwhelmed by it. He's excited about getting back out there. If you had your choice you'd choose not to be going through these things with injuries, but it can only help us in the long run. As I said, in the short run it's not a whole lot of fun, but you've got to give them experience somehow."

(On if Skrine would fill in if Patterson can't go again this week)- "Yes."

Shurmur Press Conference Transcript, Nov. 10
Don Delco on November 10th, 2011 AT 4:45 PM

(Opening statement)- "Mo (Mohamed) Massaquoi, we sent him home this morning. He still wasn't feeling right so we sent him home, felt like that was the best course of action. You won't see Phil Dawson out there he had what can be described as migraines. We sent him home and he won't kick today, but we don't feel like that's going to be anything that's going to affect Sunday. Otherwise we'll just let the injury report stand at the end of practice. There'll be guys that will practice fully and then there will be other guys that aren't out there so there won't be much change from the guys that are out from yesterday, generally speaking."

(On where this teams falls on a scale of how much they audible compared to other teams)- "It's hard to say. I know there are some systems where you call the play and run it, there are other systems where the quarterback is at the line of scrimmage with maybe three or four options on a play. That being the case, I would imagine we're somewhere in between."

(On if McCoy has audibled at different times throughout the year)- "That's part of what we do, depending on what play is called and then everybody has situations where you call a play and run it. Then there's other ones where the play is being run into a look that's unacceptable and you make a change."

(On what kind of challenges he sees with facing Chris Long)- "I think he's having an outstanding year. When we went there three years ago, I was impressed with him and he was a young player at the time. He was a very talented young player that was doing better and right now I think he's having outstanding production. He's a very good pass rusher, I think he's very sturdy in terms of the run and he's got to the point where I think he's very good with his hands. If you screw up on your set he can hurt you."

(On Tony Pashos' availability and the situation at right tackle)- "We're going to go into the game the same as we were last week. My thoughts are that Tony will be there."

(On if Sam Bradford improved over the two halves last season and how that applies to McCoy)- "I think Sam made steady progress last year, first game to last. I don't think his progress could be defined in halves. As you go through the season the season tends to ebb and flow in terms of performance for everybody. A guy might have two or three good games and then one he's not so fond of and then he'll have another couple. I think that's the same for all players and I think Colt is improving and I anticipate that he'll do the same."

(On if a player like McCoy can bolt out of the blue and look remarkably better then he has)- "I think you'll see that from players at different times in their career, that's for sure. I think his next great performance is Sunday and that's what we're hoping for."

(On how Eric Hagg looks at practice)- "Eric's done a nice job. He looks much more comfortable in there than he did when he first came back from injury a couple weeks ago. He had a good practice yesterday and he'll be out there, we'll get a chance to watch him move around again today."

(On how he would describe Hagg)- "Eric is one of our young players that improves and sees something new every day. I think he's a very aware guy. I think he's a physical tackler and at least the practices and competitive situations I've seen him in in training camp, we felt really good about the progress he was making in those competitive situations, which is pretty much the last time we saw him do that. We're anticipating he'll play well."

(On if they considered putting Hagg on injured reserve when he got hurt during training camp)- "We evaluated that, but we knew that he would be back in time to play a good chunk of the season and because he had done so well in our mind in training camp, we just didn't want to put him down so that's why we kept him up. But, we had those discussions. We do with really every injury depending on the length of time it takes for them to return."

(On what they could do to make the second half of the season look better than the first half of the season)- "Win eight games. That's starting with the first one we play and I think, in my mind, that's the ultimate improvement on the first half. As we move forward though in terms of system, in terms of the players that are playing, you're looking for general efficiency, guys doing more things right all the time whether it's being their alignment, their assignment, their ability to make a play, you're looking for guys that are giving great effort on every play and you're looking for overall team production. That to me is what I will evaluate on whether we're making improvements."

(On if he looks at the season in quarters when breaking down progress)- "I'm a little bit more narrow minded then that. My focus right now is on our next practice and I don't mean to be cliché and then it's Sunday then we reload and play the next game. We're at the halfway point so that's typically when you sit and take a little inventory as to where you're at, but you can't do too much of that at this point because you're team constantly changes as to who's in the game, the team you're playing and you try to keep your focus on the next opponent and as we focus on our next opponent, today's task is to get the short yardage, goal line and third down ready."

(On if T. J. Ward is out for this week)- "There's a good chance he'll be out. I don't want to rule him out yet, but there's a very good chance that he won't play."

(On if Ward is still in a cast)- "Yes."

(On Hagg being known as a ball hawk in college)- "I think those are the instincts we saw in terms of being a ball hawk. He got his hands on a lot of balls in training camp when we were competing against one another. In fact, I'm remembering back to when he hurt his knee in practice, it was a red zone drill where he made a play on the ball and then he kind of just fell on his knee. We had remarked just in the personnel meeting the night before how well he was doing because he had gotten his hand on a lot of balls. We're hopeful and that's really an important skill for a safety and we're hoping that he'll do it Sunday."

(On his impressions of Robert Quinn)- "We did a lot of work on him, as you know we were looking for defensive linemen and we had him in on one of our visits. I met with him three times, at the combine, one other time and then here. As an organization, we obviously met with him a handful of times more and we were very impressed by him. We felt like he was going to be an outstanding pro."

(On Quinn's production)- "He's done a nice job, the last couple of weeks he's gotten production. It appears like they're using him in their nickel where they move James Hall inside as kind of a hybrid, joker, spinner or whatnot."

(On if Massaquoi will have to endure around round of tests with his concussion like symptoms)- "We'll have to further evaluate how we're going to progress. At this point, he's receiving the attention he needs from our medical people and it's not uncommon for this situation. He comes in in the morning and he doesn't feel well, to then send him home. We're on top of the situation, I don't know if you can categorize it as a round of tests, but we're doing everything we can to make sure he's going to be right."

(On how long it took him to feel comfortable on attempting long field goals with Dawson)- "I don't ever really remember flinching when I look over and I say punt or field goal? ‘Let's kick it.' I've never flinched on him, I trust him. I've never had a thought process where I needed to feel comfortable with him, I trust him. When he sets his mark and he says, ‘Get it to this point and we can kick it.' When we get it to that point, we kick it and I think that's how much I trust him."

(On how much of the second half of the season is consciously about foundation building)- "I think we're looking to get better every day and I think that's how you build a foundation. But, I don't think you say, ‘Okay, were getting ready for…' The future's now and I think that locker room understands that. We're trying to compete and win as many games as we can and add them up at the end. I think if you start thinking beyond that, at least in my way of thinking, you start thinking beyond that then that locker room mentally changes. I don't want that."

(On the media witnessing one-on-one drills with the wide receivers yesterday in practice and it that is something new)- "We just moved it up in practice. Because we were limited in numbers, I cut the time yesterday on the competitive part of practice by 10 minutes. You benefitted from by being able to see it. That's one of the first things you don't see and you just happened to see it. We do it every practice, we do one-on-one and you just had the nice surprise of seeing it."

(On if John Greco has been a victim wanting to get younger players more experience)- "I think with those guys we're trying to put the guys we think are going to do the best job in there at this point. John's ready to go, John's a pro and he's like any player, he wants to get in there and compete. We're not trying to get the guys experience, the nature of the way our roster is, they're getting it and I think that's where you're at. We're trying to do what we can to win games and as you put things together and you go out and compete that's where the performance comes in terms of us being able to evaluate how they're doing."

(On if he talked to Shawn Lauvao about the altercation he had with Brian Cushing)- "I talked to him. That's between the player and the coach."

(On wanting hard and aggressive play, but there being a fine line you can't cross)- "Obviously, you want guys that are going to play fast and physical, but there's also a thing called using good judgment and that's something that we and I preach quite frequently. I think it's important you use good judgment in everything that you do. Whether it's me talking to you, playing the game or how you choose to drive home at night. I think that's just normal and natural and we talk to our players about that all the time because it is a fine line. It's a physical game where you're trying to win your matchup and you've got play it between when the ball is snapped and the whistle. You can't do it after."

(On how much room for improvement he sees with the offensive line)- "I think there's plenty of room for improvement and I'd like it to be steady. Meaning I want Sunday's game to be better than the last and then the next game to be better than the last. I think that's what I'm looking for. I think offensive linemen, regardless of their skill level, the longer they work together the better they get and I think when you talk about linemen you're talking about guys winning their individual battles, but the success of that group is based on how well they all work together. I think the longer they play together the better they get."

(On Joe Thomas having some false start penalties this season)- "He just jumped and there's different reasons for it. I don't think there's anything significant other than he can't jump. We talk about it."

(On if Dimitri Patterson will practice today)- "Patterson will be out there. He'll be limited. Usama (Young) will be out there as well. I don't know what we're going to finally list them at. They'll do some things, but I don't know how much yet. We're going to have to see."

(On how McCoy and Bradford are different as people with their personalities)- "I think they're very similar in a lot of ways. It's really hard to separate them personality wise. They're very competitive, very hard on themselves, want to do everything perfect. They root for different schools. I think there are a lot of similarities there, there really is and it would be hard for me to characterize any significant difference. I think as quarterbacks, they're both wired right."

(On if Bradford is a coach's kid too)- "Sam's got a tremendous mother and father. They would compete eating ice cream cones, they're very competitive guys and I think that's what helps drive them to succeed. Both of them have probably been very successful on any team they've ever played on. Growing up they both played multiple sports and they both had great success. I think that's part of what drives them."

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Shurmur Press Conference Transcript, Nov. 9
Don Delco on November 10th, 2011 AT 9:47 AM

(Opening statement)- "For today's practice, Auston English, Montario Hardesty, Peyton Hillis, Mohamed Massaquoi, Dimitri Patterson, T.J. Ward and Usama Young won't practice. Some of them will be inside, but some of them will be outside. If you're out there then you'll see that, the rest of the guys will be out there. We thought we could go outside, but we got rained on. The weather man was a little off so we'll probably go back inside. Other than that we're playing the Rams and I'm familiar with them in ways that I don't know how it affects the game, but I have a lot of people that I've had relationships with because I worked there. I mentioned it two days ago, let's not look at their record. I know they've got a team that's eager to get a victory, they're well coached and they have good players so I anticipate it's going to be a tough test."

(On Ward's status)- "He's not going to practice today and I can't tell you what's going to happen for Sunday. We'll have to see."

(On if Ward had an MRI on Monday)- "He's in a cast, he's getting it settled down and we'll just see. As we move forward I'll give you more details, but he won't be at practice."

(On if Ward is in a foot cast)- "Foot cast."

(On if Tony Pashos will practice today)- "He's out there. I'm sorry if I didn't mention that. He's limited, but he'll be out there for sure."

(On what is wrong with Massaquoi)- "He's got symptoms and again he didn't have any specific episode in the game to make him what we consider worse. He came in this morning and he had some symptoms related to his concussion so we sent him home. That's where he is at,"

(On being in St. Louis when they drafted Sam Bradford and seeing his growth over the season)- "Last year Sam was a guy, we drafted him and he had the benefit of a full offseason with minicamps, training camp and really he had a chance to develop in an offseason. We went through training camp and really didn't name him the starter until the week right before the first game and then he was in there pretty much every snap. He helped the St. Louis Rams win seven games and I think he's a fine quarterback and I'm assuming that he's making that same progress this year. I know he's had injury that's kept him out, he got injured at the end of the Green Bay game. It kept him out a couple of weeks, I know they have a very reliable backup in A.J. Feely. Based on what I saw last week, Sam went in there and executed pretty well. You could tell he wasn't totally 100% physically, but he's a tough guy and I think he's developed well and he'll continue to develop within their system."

(On if they're anticipating that they might face Feely this week and what he's like as a quarterback)- "I think A.J. is a fine thrower, he looks like he's picked up their system and executes well within it. He helped them beat the Saints, which is no easy task, and he's the same style of quarterback as Sam. Regardless of who's in there, I'm sure the system will be the same. We'll be ready to play both because we're planning for their system."

(On if he's talked to Bradford at all this year)- "I haven't. We have communicated periodically through texts."

(On what they will do if Ward and Young are unable to play Sunday)- "Well we've got our backups that'll get in there, (Eric) Hagg, and then we'll have to cover those spots with some of the corner position guys."

(On Steven Jackson being one of the league's elite running backs)- "Wow, he's a very physical runner. I think he's had two outstanding games here back to back. He dealt with injury early in the year, which didn't allow him to play, but it appears to me like he's healthy. He runs with a lot of emotion and he's a tough guy to bring down. He's a key reason why I think in the last couple games they've found a way to move the ball."

(On if Josh McDaniels is trying to do in St. Louis what they did in New England when he was there)- "I think you see similar concepts. Just like any coordinator, you try to use the pieces that you have available to you and make them fit. They've had to deal with injuries as well at the receiver position, they've been in and out. It appears that Brandon Lloyd is becoming their favorite target, which doesn't surprise me. You have Sam Bradford, you have Steven Jackson, Brandon Lloyd and a lot of the other pieces, the tight ends and the receivers that they have that do a good job of getting their catches when they come their way. But, I see a lot of the same concepts that they employ in New England."

(On if he knows McDaniels at all)- "I really don't know Josh all that well. I've been in his presence a couple of times and we're friendly, but we've really never crossed paths much."

(On if preparing for Jackson will be easier than preparing for Frank Gore or Arian Foster because Jackson is more of an inside runner)- "I think they're both hard to prepare for, but when you look at the scheme and the style of the runner that's obviously what you get ready for. But, you mentioned Gore and Steven Jackson, they're both in some ways different style runners for sure."

(On if learning two new systems early in a career can stunt a quarterback's growth)- "I think quarterbacks at this level are here because they know how to play the game. You learn a system and then in order to execute efficiently you've got to get use to the pieces around you, timing with you receivers, the thought process of the play caller, how well you block them, the types of runs, if you have a system where audibles are used. Some system's there aren't many audibles. You call the play that's run and other systems there are lots of audibles where you make the decision at the line of scrimmage and most systems are somewhere in between. Those are all the things the quarterback has to get used to, not to mention the verbiage. When you have a chance to be in a system for a long time it helps. As you're learning it then everybody has to kind of has to grow together and I think at sometimes it affects the quarterback."

(On if it was obvious that Bradford was going to be the first pick for the Rams last year)- "Bradford was the right pick for the St. Louis Rams, that's what I'll say. I'm enjoying the opportunity to work with Colt here at the Cleveland Browns. I don't know what's obvious or not, but as you go through the draft process you decide which one you're going to pick."

(On if injuries and youth have limited the variety of offensive play calls that he feels comfortable calling)- "We talked a little earlier about the longer you play together and worked together you get more comfortable with one another and obviously you can build on what you do. I think last week every draft pick from last year played in the game. We're playing a lot of young guys that are trying to get better. You can't do everything you might want to do until they are all up and running on some of the basics."

(On what has been the biggest challenge through eight games this season)- "I don't know. I'm really enjoying it believe it or not. I probably don't show it. I'm enjoying the interaction with the coaches. I'm enjoying working with the players. I enjoy the process. I'm a very impatient guy. I don't enjoy the results yet. I think the people around me need to just tell me to keep going and relax, but I don't tend to listen to that very well."

(On how difficult it is to develop a team and win)- "It's difficult, but I think what you do is you come to work each day and try to get better at something, get better at something, get better at something and then pile it all up and then find a way to win games. I think what is interesting is we all take notes, as coaches we take notes and track our years. I went back and looked at our first year in Philadelphia and we didn't have great success. We were developing Donovan McNabb. We were really good on defense. St. Louis we had a tough year the first year. You go back you try to replay the games and the emotions of it and try to learn from it like we all do. We're fighting through it."

(On if there's a common denominator in the three situations)- "The feelings are all the same because we want results. You work very hard. There's a lot of people that put a lot of time and effort into the product on Sunday and you want results. The results in this business are winning."

(On if he reaches for a vision on what it's supposed to look like or if he's too busy going through the process where he can't really bother with the vision)- "No, I try to sit back and look at the big picture daily as we move forward. But, as coaches and as educators we tend to focus and very quickly to get back to the details. We just know doing the details and taking care of the little things more consistently and better, it's just the reality then the results become better."

(On if there is a timetable for winning)- "I would like it to be Sunday. I think that's what you shoot for. Once you win one, and we've won three, but once you win one then you build for consistency for the next one. Then you deal with all the issues of becoming over confident and sloppy. Each week there's a different set of points you need to make."

(On if any running back is ruled out for Sunday)- "Hardesty and Hillis will not play for sure."

(On if it's too early for Thomas Clayton to flip roles with Chris Ogbonnaya)- "I think they will both play. He'll probably play a little bit more than he did. I think Chris will still have a role on first, second and third down."

(On what gives him hope for the running game moving forward)- "I think the running game is like on defense stopping the run, it's a team thing. The scheme we put together, how well we block them, when you call the runs, those types of things. I'm hopeful we're going to be one week better with those two guys."

(On reports that Joe Paterno is going to retire at the end of the year and how stunning it is to him)- "I don't have many details on all that. In terms of Joe, my goodness he's done so many great things in this profession. To be at one place that long and coach at such a high level and they're having a great year this year. I think probably everybody anticipated he would retire soon. I haven't heard that report, but if it's made official, he's one of the greatest college coaches of all time."

(On if Penn State recruited him)- "No, a lot of big programs didn't and they were right (joking)."

(On his and McCoy's history with Bradford and if there has been any conversations what an exciting game this might be)- "Not much, I think Sam and Colt are friendly from their years playing in the same conference. They know each other well. Quarterbacks find a way to get to know each other. I don't know this, but I'm sure they've communicated more this year than I have this year with Sam."

(On if he looked at the Oklahoma-Texas game films when he was scouting the two quarterbacks and if anything stood out)- "I did, but nothing significant no. With both quarterbacks, believe it or not, the scouting department put together a tape of all their throws. I watched every one of their throws from college, junior and senior year. They all kind of ran together. When you make the decision to choose a quarterback you just don't just kind of watch a half and go for a jog. You watch the games, but then you sit there and you watch throw after throw, after throw, after throw. You just do that."

(On if last week was McCoy's most encouraging performance)- "I think in this business you can't be very good for very long unless you're tough. I think Colt displayed toughness this past week. I don't think there is anybody that would dispute that. You can build on that for sure."

(On McCoy's accuracy looking sharper against the Texans)- "I thought so."

(On if he sees any difference in his team preparing for St. Louis in trying to get a victory for him)- "Not really, we spent most of our time Monday obviously cleaning up what happened against Houston. Today, we spent most of our time talking about their team and our first and second down plan against them. No, there hasn't been much time to discuss what winning or losing would mean."

Browns Player Quotes, Nov. 9
Don Delco on November 10th, 2011 AT 9:45 AM

Colt McCoy

(On being aware of Chris Long and the St. Louis defensive front)- "I think they do have a really experienced front. You look at their front four and three of them have played 10 or more years so they're crafty, they're veterans, they know how to play and Chris is having a great year. I think he has seven or eight sacks so far and you definitely have to be aware of where he is and maybe use the running back to chip him en route, things like that. He's a really good player."

(On what it's like facing Sam Bradford this weekend)- "Both of us are competitors, both of us want to win. We're kind of in unique situations, we kind of flip flopped offenses without an offseason. I think it's going to be fun. I enjoy watching him play, we see each other in the offseason and I'm glad he's back from his injury."

(On facing Bradford in college knowing that the winner had a chance at a National Championship berth)- "That was always one of my favorites each year. There were a lot of implications on who played in the National Championship from that game. That was definitely a lot of fun."

(On wanting to win every game and complete every pass, does he ever think about the big picture)- "It's hard. You prepare so hard and you're here all hours of the day and you compete, you do that to win games. That's what I'll do each week. We're never going to give up on that ever. But, I also know that we are building something special and sometimes growing pains aren't that fun, but at times when you have an opportunity to play at home and you've got a chance to win a game, you go out there and give it everything you've got. That's what we'll do this week."

(On where he and Greg Little are in terms developing chemistry)- "We're still working. I think for knowing Greg's circumstances, I think he's doing a tremendous job. With no offseason and him coming in and being asked to do a lot for us, he's one of our go to guys and he missed a year of football. To be where he is right now and to see the growth that we've made in seven or eight games, I think it's been really good. Sometimes it's hard to see from outside of here, but he works really hard, he likes the game, he likes to play, he practices hard, we have good chemistry, we're pretty tight and it's getting there."

Chris Ogbonnaya

(On what he remembers about the Oklahoma-Texas games with Bradford facing McCoy)- "They were just always real close. They are two great competitors. Sam is a good friend of mine. Playing OU is always a rivalry game so it's always going to be intense, always going to be close. They got us I think one time and in my last couple years we got them."

(On if it helps knowing early in the week that Hardesty and Hillis are out so he knows he will get a lot of work)- "It makes for no difference to be honest with you. I prepare every week the same. Finding out today or finding out Saturday would make no difference. Like I always say, you've got to prepare like you're the starter and you've got to be prepared to go."

(On how McCoy and Bradford are different physically)- "It's tough to say. I didn't really play with Sam enough I guess to say. It would be unfair to make that statement or make some sort of inference off that just because I didn't play enough games with Sam. I was only there really the preseason. I played with Colt in college and a couple games now here in Cleveland. It's kind of hard to say. With them, they are both great winners, they have great college pedigrees and are now having success in the NFL."

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Browns Make Practice Squad Move
Don Delco on November 8th, 2011 AT 7:36 PM

From the Browns’ PR staff this afternoon:

The Cleveland Browns today signed fullback Eddie Williams to the practice squad and released fullback Will Ta'ufo'ou from the practice squad.

Originally drafted by Washington in the seventh round (221st overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft, Williams spent the first seven weeks of the season on the Redskins' practice squad before being elevated to the 53-man roster on November 2, 2009. He was inactive for three games before being placed on injured reserve on November 24. Williams spent the entire 2010 season on the Bears' practice squad. He was with the Bears through training camp this season and spent the first week of the regular season on the Browns' practice squad before being signed to Seattle's active roster. He appeared in three games with the Seahawks totaling two rushing yards on two attempts and one reception for 17 yards. He also spent one week on Seattle's practice squad before being released on October 12.

A four-year letterman at the University of Idaho (2005-08), Williams recorded 100 receptions for 1,205 yards and 11 touchdowns as a wide receiver. He also amassed 195 rushing yards and three scores on 19 attempts. As a senior, he earned first-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors after leading the team in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown receptions. A native of San Mateo, Calif., the 6-1, 242-pound Williams attended Aragon High School.

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Yelling at a Factory of Sadness
Barry McBride on November 7th, 2011 AT 1:46 PM

Pretty hilarious (and true) stuff from Cleveland comedian Mike Polk on the continued futility of the Browns.

Also, contains naughty words. Viewer discretion advised.

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