Offense Getting Better

Pat Shurmur saw an "efficient" performance by Browns offense Sunday.

BEREA, Ohio — Despite scoring only two touchdowns and getting the win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur said he's seeing improvement in the offense in general.

"Generally, we were pretty efficient," Shurmur said. "I thought the line played very well together. It was one of their best games. I think Shawn Lauvao played one of his best games and Tony Pashos did, too. I thought they all played pretty well.

"I saw things from the receivers that I marked as improvement. I thought Owen Marecic has been a steady performer all season and though he did a very fine job. Chris Ogbonnaya had great production a couple of long runs. He's really holding it together until we get a couple guys back."

Shurmur said sometimes things look better after a night's sleep.

"A wise man said it's never as good as you think or as bad as you think," he said. "We did a lot of good things. The nice thing is we won the game. We can clean up (what we did wrong) and have a better performance."

The focal point of the offense on the quarterback and Colt McCoy made progress again, according to Shurmur. He had the glaring interception that took points off the board, but responded with long drives to help the Browns win later on.

"Those long drives were good and you want to finish long drives," Shurmur said. "What it says is there were a lot of players doing good things."

Shurmur said McCoy learned from his interception.

"You cannot throw the ball late over the middle late," Shurmur said. "However, through the course of the game, the quarterback is going to have a bad play or two. What you're looking for when it's relatively early is how he's going to respond."

McCoy hurt his shoulder trying to make the tackle on Dawan Landry after throwing the interception, but Shurmur said the shoulder is fine and an MRI wasn't necessary.

"I'm gaining a very strong appreciation for how tough he is," Shurmur said. "That is a very good cornerstone for what you're trying to evaluate."

Statistically, McCoy has completed more than 72 percent of his passes the last two games.

"That's a good thing," Shurmur said. "I think they're getting more and more comfortable with each other. The timing is getting better and better."

McCoy is 11th in the AFC with a 79.2 QB rating. He is currently ahead of Joe Flacco (77.6), Matt Cassel (76.6), Kyle Orton (75.7), Curtis Painter (67.4) and Blaine Gabbert (64.4). Mark Sanchez (79.9) and Andy Dalton (79.6) are less than a point ahead of McCoy.

For the season, McCoy is 214-for-359 passing for 2,181 yards (59.6 pct.) with 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Shurmur said he sees McCoy becoming more and more the leader and taking ownership of the offense.

"There are some things that he is exerting himself," he said. "I thought when we started the year, Colt was a rookie. I think there are some areas where I would say that ‘He's getting it'."

Notebook

Hillis, Ward Ruled Out: Shurmur declared running back Peyton Hillis (hamstring) and defensive back T.J. Ward (foot) out for this week's game with the Bengals.

"I'm hopeful he'll be back (at sometime this year)," Shurmur said of Hillis.

Other than those two, Shurmur said Marecic suffered a concussion and isn't sure of his status. Besides Marecic, Shurmur said there was nothing more than ‘general soreness' for the other players. He said McCoy's shoulder is ‘fine'. Linebacker Quinton Spears suffered a hamstring injury.

"With (Marecic), we'll see how he progresses," he said. "I can't tell you about his availability.

"Other than just game soreness we feel there's a very good chance of the other players being there Sunday."

Hardesty Close: Shurmur said that running back Montario Hardesty was close to being active against the Jaguars and is hopeful he will be able to play this week.

"We felt he was close last week," Shurmur said. "You have to be careful because it's a calf. For walking it's not as important as somebody who is running."

Massaquoi All Right: Wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi came through the game in good shape coming back from his concussion. He caught two passes for 19 yards and took a hit.

Stephens Starts: Defensive lineman Emmanuel Stephens has replaced DE Jayme Mitchell in the starting lineup. Shurmur said Stephens has done a good job.

"It was coaches choice," Shurmur said. "We think he played well the week before."

Stephens made his first start against the Rams when Mitchell was injured.

Numbers Game: The Browns rank fifth overall in team defense in the NFL, first against the pass and 29th against the run. Offensively, the Browns are 29th overall (29th rushing and 23rd passing)…RB Chris Ogbonnaya leads the Browns with 285 yards on 67 carries (4.3 avg.) to RB Montario Hardesty (75 for 244 yards, 3.3 avg.) and RB Peyton Hillis (60 for 211 yards, 3.5 avg.)…WR Greg Little leads the Browns with 42 receptions for 438 yards (10.4 avg.).

Time Changed: The Browns next home game with the Ravens on Dec. 4 will now be starting at 4:05 p.m. instead of 1 p.m.


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