OBR Blog: Week 13

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12/05
4:01 AM

(Subscriber) Embarrassing? Yes, But Why?: The Browns were dealt an embarrassing loss by the Baltimore Ravens on … http://t.co/rGJ5KjqW


12/05
1:34 AM

Browns Player Quotes: Following a tough loss to the Ravens 24-10, Sunday at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Browns’ pl… http://t.co/YouxJ37S


12/05
1:34 AM

Browns Post-Game Notes: The Browns loss to the Ravens wasn’t as close as the 24-10 may indicate. Despite the bea… http://t.co/v6v7GlL7


12/05
1:01 AM

Ravens Run Over Browns: Run defense has been a common problem for each Browns team since 1999. The 2011 version … http://t.co/ShDcjyxY


12/04
3:55 PM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Good News: Ray Lewis is inactive. Bad News: Ravens had 9 sacks against 49ers without him.


12/04
3:46 PM

You can get a live tweetcast of the game by following OBR founder and FSO webdork @BarryMcBride. He doesn’t like the Ratbirds. #FeelTheSnark


12/04
2:39 PM

RT @FredGreethamOBR RB Montario Hardesty is active after being active against the Bengals and not playing due to a ‘tweak’ in pregame.


12/04
2:39 PM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Inactives: QB T Lewis, DB TJ Ward, OL S Vallos, OL O Cousins, TE J Cameron, LB Q Spears and DL A English


12/04
7:17 AM

Not Forgotten, Nor Forgiven 16 Years Later: It’s been 16 years since Browns fans around the world heard the Brow… http://t.co/bczNzaZ6


12/02
11:22 AM

Browns-Ravens Preview: The Browns enter into game two of what figures to be their most difficult stretch of the … http://t.co/7TUVKPUd


12/02
9:37 AM

Game Snap Shot – Browns vs Ravens: Game-day is nearing and the Browns will be taking center stage against the ri… http://t.co/7UBJmwLQ


12/02
9:37 AM

Browns and McCoy facing Ravens pass rush: News and notes coming from the Browns loss Sunday in Cincinnati. If th… http://t.co/BcpRqMzq


12/02
9:37 AM

Browns and McCoy facing Ravens pass rush: News and notes coming from the Browns loss Sunday in Cincinnati. If th… http://t.co/BcpRqMzq

Jauron Press Conference Transcript, Dec. 1
Don Delco on December 1st, 2011 AT 5:20 PM

(On who the right defensive end will be this week)- "There are a number of guys obviously that will play there off the depth chart, so it will be Schaef (Brian Schaefering) and Auston (English). Auston's getting healthier every week. Schaef will play some out there. Jayme (Mitchell) should be healthier than he's been. We've got a number of options to rotate there."

(On how much time Schaefering has spent inside versus outside this season)- "Recently, I'd say probably about 50-50. Earlier was mostly inside, but he plays both and he does a nice job."

(On Joe Flacco being an efficient quarterback)- "He's a quarterback for an 8-3 team, they're a really good football team. He's managing games and doing a nice job for them. He has a big arm, very strong arm. He always has the threat to stretch the field and they have great speed outside now and they can stretch the field. They have the speed to run under a ball and he can throw it a long way. It really does open up a lot of things for them. All around him he's surrounded around very, very talented players, but he does a very nice job. He's got good mobility in the pocket I believe. You wouldn't say down the field he's got great mobility, but in the pocket he keeps things alive and he gets the ball out. Mostly when they're pressured, you see him getting the ball out, he delivers it. He does a really nice job."

(On Joe Flacco's has proven that quarterbacks can win without completing 65 percent of their passes)- "They do a lot of things really well, they're 8-3 and he's the guy on their offense. He leads their offense. I think he's a guy that wins games and he has over the years.”

(On what makes the Ravens defense so good every year)- "I only see them now when we play common opponents. They're talented, they're well-conceived, they're a pressured defense, they've been together a good deal of time and they know what they're doing obviously inside that scheme. They have really good players. They play hard. They make a lot of plays. I haven't studied them, certainly, not since the season started."

(On Eric Hagg plying a lot last week and where he stands going forward)- "I'm happy with how he's coming along. He suffered that setback early and it really did set him back. Now he's getting a chance to not only get lots of reps in practice, but he's getting lots of reps on gameday, which will really help us over time I believe. He'll get better every week. He's very conscientious and he's a capable guy, he's very into it. It's important to him. He's got good coverage skills particularly on people that generally give your safeties a problem, bigger receivers, bigger tight ends. Obviously, they can give him problems too because he's not as big as most of those tight ends are."

(On if Hagg was in good position on Jermaine Gresham's touchdown or if it was a matter of the opponent taking advantage of a rookie not looking for the ball)- "It was a couple things, if he had to do it over again he'd rather have slightly outside shade as opposed to slightly inside shade. He lost vision early. He'd like to stay on top a little more than he did. He was in pretty good position at the ball and then you've got a bigger receiver with better vision to the ball at the end of it. He was still on top, which is where you want to be. You don't want to get pinned behind that big body. The quarterback made a good throw and the bigger receiver got it. The red zone is part of the field where the jump ball does come into effect. Every place else I've always thought it was reach, but not necessarily your ability to jump. Down in the red zone, your ability to jump comes into play. If your 6-6 and you've got a four or five inch advantage, it's a problem."

(On if Hagg showed resiliency by bouncing back and breaking up a pass on third down later in that game and if that was an example of him keeping his wits)- "I think you could say all of those things. It's not a surprise when a guy makes a play. It was great experience for him to be out there. It was obviously great for us at that time that he made that play. Eric plays that position well. He played it well in college at really the highest level of college football that you can play. We drafted him for those reasons. We hadn't seen him a lot as a safety in true safety situations. We had seen him a lot in those kinds of situations, underneath covering tight end type people, even some wide receivers. Again, his work ethic, his attitude and then his physical skills I believe over time are going to get better and better and help us."

(On how the depth of the defense has held up to this point and how it will be tested without Scott Fujita and Emmanuel Stephens)- "It's never good to lose anybody. It's never good to lose two starters. Scott's been very productive and a key part of everything we do. Communication with him has been really pretty good and some people have to step up to fill that void. We were just so happy with Emmanuel with how he was playing and how hard he plays. It's just really unfortunate for us and for him. Hopefully, he'll heal fast and well, but not obviously enough for this year."

(On if Mike Adams will play Sunday)- "I don't know at this point, but we're optimistic. We're certainly optimistic."

(On if Fujita has some productive years ahead of him)- "Yeah, I do. He's played well. He's clearly a guy that takes care of himself. He's very professional and his approach to everything, studying the game, preparing himself physically and mentally, staying in shape in the offseason. All of those things, he really applies himself. He's the definition of a pro, he's a real pro. He works at his craft and he represents himself and the organization well. You can totally trust him all the time. There are lots of really good things about him."

(On if it's good that they will be able to get a look at Kaluka Maiava)- "I suppose looking at the bright side, that is a bright side. With Kaluka, I think you've got a real good idea of what you have. It's not a mystery. He's as tough as any player I've been around. He likes to play, applies himself. He's a real good, real solid guy. It will be good to see him out on the field. He didn't want to get the opportunity the way he got it. He wishes Scott was healthy, but he's going to be happy that he's out there playing more and we certainly trust him. He's a tough guy."

(On if he feels Maiava could be starter caliber in the league and not just a fourth linebacker)- "I believe he can. Going back to his college film, he was a really good player coming out of college. When he put on tape to watch that group of linebackers, which had some big name players in it, he always jumped out of those tapes. He was always a guy that made plays. He played hard, played fast and played smart."

(On if it makes a defensive coordinator's job easier when you have a safety like Ed Reed or Troy Polamalu on your defense)- "I don't know those players personally. Anytime you have players that are big time playmakers and on top of that they're your team leaders and communicators, you have a very rare guy. If he can make all the plays to rally everybody around him, he can make plays in a tough situation, he can make big plays in a game then it just turns the tide. They're big time playmakers backing everything up. When you mentioned them, their names they speak for themselves, turn on the TV. and you watch them. Anytime you put on a tape you see them. They show up in big ways."

(On if having Torrey Smith change their game plan defensively because of he can stretch the field)- "Any team that does stretch the field, they open up another dimension. He certainly can do it. Going back to Joe Flacco, he's got the arm strength and the ability to stand in the pocket and deliver the ball. This guy's got the ability and the speed to run under it. You have to spend time worrying about it, you certainly do. Not that you didn't before I'm sure, I haven't played against them in the recent past. This is the only team that I recollect. They can stretch the field and they do every game. They're going to challenge you over the top a number of times. I can remember playing against Fran Tarkenton. You wouldn't say he had the strongest arm in the world, but he certainly had a great arm. He would stretch you over the top just to keep you back there and honest. Playing things honest, keep you from jumping down on their offense, clamping down on it and sitting on things. They definitely do that, they'll keep you honest."

(On if he was unhappy with the defense on the play to A.J. Green and if there was anything they could have done because of the way they through it and went up for it)- "You've got a chance at the ball. It was an interesting play at the top of it, our post safety had another receiver just on top of that so it was hard for Mike (Adams) to get through that one to the receiver. Joe (Haden) had slipped under him and sometimes that's good and sometimes it's not. It wasn't good there. He needed to be on the up-field shoulder and he would've had a chance. The receiver is taller than Joe. Joe's has got unusual ability to stretch and leap so it would've been interesting but it was one of those deals that it worked out the way it did unfortunately."

(On if Rubin was close to disrupting Dalton on that play)- "Oh yeah, Rubin was right there."

(On if it was just a split second difference)- "Yeah, that's what makes the game so good so interesting. It's always a few things here, a little thing there, another step, six inches of reach, anything like that."

(On if the best defense would have been hitting Dalton)- "Any of the above except what happened, I guess."

(On his assessment of Colt McCoy)- "That's not my area. I like Colt a lot, but I don't study him. I very seldom watch him, very seldom, if ever."

(On if he observes McCoy's nuances from practicing against him)- "I don't, I have nuances I've got to look at on the other side so I don't. I really like the young man, I can say that."

(On if he has thought that this defensive unit could be really special in the coming years)- "I really like our guys. I like the way they approach the game usually. There are a lot of young people out there. There are some good leaders and I think more will emerge over time. I'm very optimistic. It's always a struggle. It's a continuing struggle every week, which again it's part of the great thing about the sport. In the NFL, it's so hard. It's so hard to win a game. To have a group of people to work that hard together all the time and to have to accept what happens like last Sunday to accept it, learn from it and then put it behind you as fast as you can and go on. It's a lot of fun too. I like the group and I am optimistic. I'm always optimistic, maybe that's not true, most of the time I'm really optimistic (joking)."


Shurmur Press Conference Transcript, Dec. 1
Don Delco on December 1st, 2011 AT 4:20 PM

(Opening statement)- "In terms of practice today, Quinton Spears and T.J. Ward will be the only two players that are out. The rest of the guys will either practice fully or be limited in some fashion so hopefully that'll help you. Montario (Hardesty), of course, will do more than he did yesterday since he was out. We'll just see how much he can do as we get ready."

(On if he's had a chance to talk to Joshua Cribbs)- "I do talk to him quite frequently."

(On if Cribbs aired any frustrations to him)- "I don't have a problem with guys feeling that way. From what I've heard, Neal (Gulkis) keeps me updated on things, he was basically just talking about how he feels. That he wants to win and that's okay."

(On if he felt Peyton Hillis might not have been 100% on Sunday and if Hillis had the same burst that he has seen earlier in the year)- "I'm getting use to seeing him out there playing again, but I felt like he was at full speed or game speed. It looked like he was competing at game speed."

(On if Hillis looked okay practicing yesterday)- "He looked great yesterday in practice. My conversations with him, he's told me that he feels fine."

(On if his film studies involve looking at the two Browns-Ravens games from last year)- "I've watched both of them, yes."

(On why Hillis had 144 yards in the first game and 35 yards in the second)- "I think in the first game Peyton had a couple of long runs, that kind of adds up the yardage total and he had a terrific game. They came back the second game and he didn't have quite as much success running the football. There are reasons why and I'll kind of keep those private, but it had nothing to do with how hard he was running or what the Browns were trying to do. I thought the Ravens probably executed a little better."

(On what he learned from the Ravens-49ers game and them stopping Frank Gore)- "It's obvious to me, when you think about teams you try to stop what they do the best first. The San Francisco 49ers were a team that focuses around scheme runs and a lot of two tight end packed in there pretty tight type runs and different schemes and they went and tried to do that. Then when they got them throwing the football then they had great success, of course, sacking them. They had nine sacks. They played a good game. They played well and the Niners competed well and it was a tight game. It was a very tight game and it was always within one score and that's how the game was played out. I thought they executed well on defense, I'm sure if you ask Jim Harbaugh he would probably say that they wish they would have played a little better and then it might have been different."

(On if he's doing anything different with Colt McCoy knowing how good the Ravens pass rush has been)- "No, we're going through our normal process and the way we try to throw the football. We have a mixture of drops, we leave the quarterback in the pocket and then we also move him so we're just going through the normal progression. I think it's important he understands where the pressure is coming from. We can block them all at some point and then there's times when we release everybody so he's aware of that. It's very important for the quarterback to keep a downfield focus and trust his blockers are going to get them blocked and be very well aware of where the extra guys are coming from."

(On facing safeties like Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu and how each team uses them)- "They're both very instinctive. You can see both guys are very effective either in the deep part of the field going after balls or close to the line of scrimmage in run support or down covering a tight end/back. They use them in similar ways and they're both terrific players that play at a high level. If you put a ball in the wrong spot they're going to get it and they're very good against the run. They use them a lot in the same way."

(On if he has a concern when players speak out about their role in the locker room)- "I have an open door and I expect if they have an issue they come see me man-to-man about it and that's the way we handle things here. I don't know who exactly you're referring to that's just structurally how we do it."

(On Evan Moore speaking out earlier in the year and Cribbs saying yesterday that he didn't want to answer questions about his role)- "I don't know, I didn't hear the questions so I don't know what their response should or should not be. I know this, you have guys that want to contribute to winning and his role is heavy on special teams and in the case of Josh, who you just brought up, we use him quite a bit. I think he had the second most reps of the receivers. I think I mentioned it yesterday, he's got more catches and more yards at this point in the season than he had all of last year so that's that. In terms of my process and the way we deal with it, we handle it man-to-man behind closed doors and if I see something then I'll call him in, if they have an issue then they'll come see me."

(On if Cribbs has told him that he's unhappy with his role)- "No, not at all and we talk all the time. I don't think the answer he gave yesterday, based on what I've heard from Neal, was that he was that he was unhappy with his role."

(On Cribbs not answering the question if he was unhappy with his role)- "That's his choice. Then his answer or what he talked about, it sounded to me was that he just wants to win."

(On if he would ever advise a quarterback not to make a tackle after throwing an interception, referring to Jay Cutler's situation)- "You're talking about Jay Cutler, that's an unfortunate situation. We tell all the players to play to the whistle and then I think it's important everybody is smart. In the situation of an interception, chaos breaks out and we had a situation earlier in the year where if we would have of tackled, we needed to get him on the ground. We're all football players and I think it's important that we all play to the whistle and finish plays."

(On if Hillis is healthier than he's been since September)- "I think he's healthy. You'd have to ask him how he feels compared to being in September, but he looked good player yesterday in practice and I thought he competed well in the game last Sunday so I feel like he is."

(On how he feels about Sheldon Brown over the course of this season)- "I think Sheldon's had a consistently good year. He brings leadership to the group, he understands how to play the game and he's very veteran in the way he approaches not only the preparation, but his performance on Sunday."

(On Jabaal Sheard not being happy with his performance last week and if he likes seeing that in a player)- "Absolutely, I think that's terrific. When I guy plays well or has production and they walk away and say I could have played better. I think that's what you want, I really do and there are a lot of things that happened in the game. A lot of times it's not obvious to most and things happen in games so although everybody may say, ‘Boy, he played terrific.' Real competitors focus on those four to five things that happened where he knows he could maybe have had more of an impact. I think that's when you know you've got a talented player that gets it and is going to move forward and continue to improve."

(On what kind of guy John Harbaugh is)- "When I knew John, he was the special teams coach and we had great success on special teams and then for one year he was the secondary coach. That's how I knew John. He's very organized, I think he has a view of the big picture and I'm not surprised that he's having success as a head coach. I think he has the general characteristics of guys that I've seen been successful in this league. He communicates well, his messages are clear and he has a good feel of what he wants from his team and I think those are three starting points."

(On what part of Joe Flacco's game has gotten better)- "I think he plays well. When you talk about a quarterback in this league they're all very talented. I think what Joe does is he plays well within their scheme. He executes what they do well and I think that's an important attribute for a quarterback. He's tall, he's got a very strong arm, they finds ways to throw the ball outside the numbers, now he has a speedster on the outside that they try to get over the top of the defense and then he's got other very efficient receivers that work either underneath or part of some combination. I think he's doing a terrific job and I think he's a top flight quarterback. He's won a lot of games and that's the mark of a quarterback, get your team in the end zone and win games."

(On if anyone is better than Ray Rice as a running back and pass catcher)- "He's playing at a high level. He, obviously, can run the ball extremely well and he does do a good job of catching it. I don't know if there's anybody better, I really wasn't prepared to come in and line them up for you, but I know he's terrific."

(On if a right end emerged yesterday at practice)- "No, because we had some guys in there limited. Jayme (Mitchell) will be out there in practice a little bit more today and then we'll have Auston English and (Brian) Schaefering was out there playing so we're going to try and get that sorted out before the end of the week."

(On if his play calling changes when he knows he's facing a great pass rush)- "You'll go into the game knowing this is a certain guy you need to block, this is a certain guy that you don't want to wreck the game. The challenge for them is they've got about three or four of them up front and I think it's important that we just go in and we have to do what we do and do it well. I think our offensive line has found ways in the last three weeks to get a lot of good stuff done and then with that within the system and the scheme just go out and execute."

(On if the Ravens' pass rush has to do with how gifted they are athletically or if it's more scheme)- "They're like any team. They have scheme, there's things that they try to do to free up a rusher. When you have a none-on-one, when you don't have a blocker for a guy then he should get home or he shouldn't be playing in this league and that's what scheme gets you. The other part of it is and every defensive coordinator would agree with this, if I could play some form of a conservative coverage and get pressure on you with four guys then that is ideal. Then you don't have to use as much scheme and I think that's what they do a good job of as well. When they pin their ears back and come after you, they do a good job there. That makes for a team that's going to generate pass rush."

(On if having Hillis back helps not only the running game, but the whole offense)- "I still think we're getting better and becoming more efficient regardless of who the back is, but when you have a top flight running back in there and I think Obi (Chris Ogbonnaya) played in top flight way the last few weeks. But, when you have a top flight back in there, when you hand him the ball and he's carving out yards, your second down, third down calls tend to be a little bit easier then when they start to think you may not run it quite as much so I think that's what he gives you. I've always felt like a solid running game is the quarterback's best friend. I love to run the football. If we could run it and gain yards every play and score lots of points, I'd run it every down if that were the case. Obviously, I'm making light of it because it's important you throw the ball efficiently as well. I think they go hand-in-hand."

(On if knowing he will have Hillis back helps in preparation)- "I think it gives him an edge because of his preparation. He came into this week kind of knowing he was involved, not that he didn't prepare last week, but there's that getting my body right and ready phase that he's still working on of course, but it probably helps him with the details of his preparation. Anytime the guys can all work together for a longer period of time, which is throughout the week, I think it helps you. It at least gives you the best chance to be efficient on Sunday."

(On the distractions with Hillis earlier in the year)- "We're getting ready to play the Ravens. I hope so. Were they distractions? I don't know. Again, I'm not making light of it, we just keep plowing ahead. What is it December 1? We've got about three days until we play the Ravens and that's where we're at and we just keep plowing ahead. Peyton Hillis will be part of the game."

(On the reports from a while ago that the team leaders talked to Hillis and that being a distraction)- "Teams work through things. Everybody does a very good job of finding out what happens, but there's a lot of things that happen that nobody knows about beyond the team so that were just something that came to light. We're moving forward and I'm hoping all that's behind us. I'm hoping as we move forward that everybody that we don't play in the game is a healthy scratch and we're moving forward in an aggressive way to play that next opponent."

(On if it's too simplistic to say the offense is better now because of the running game improving recently)- "Like I mentioned, it's all tied together. When you're a team that can run the football and once again, when no matter what you call your style of offense, in the years that I've been around good winning football in our system, you've been good running the football as well as throwing it and I think that's important. Regardless of who you're handing the ball to, you've got to find a way to be good at running the football. Whether you're a team that's going to line up in the ‘I' and run power O or you're going to be a one-back team and run off-tackle or you're going to scheme every run against a perfect look, you've got find a way to carve out yardage running the football. Some teams you play it's tougher than others, but you've got to make an attempt to do it because there is just so much that comes off of that."

(On lining Hillis up at the fullback spot)- "We've got that, we call it Pony, two halfbacks. We have that in there. That's been a part of our plan since training camp. Then again, you try to utilize it in a way that best suits their skill set. We were backed up on the one yard line and we put him at fullback and handed him the ball."

(On if he can give three examples of things that the offense can build on)- "Three examples? I've got to prepare for these better (joking). I think what you're looking for is you're looking for general efficiency and I've seen that. That comes after guys have run the same routes over and over and over and over. Targets has become a buzz word now this week. What happens is you run plays over and over and over and the ball could go to one, two, three or four and if it gets all the way to four well he wasn't the guy we were initially targeting, but that's efficiency throwing the football. Efficiency running the football, getting a hat on a hat and if there's an extra one the back makes him miss. It's about making an effort to score points and we scored more points last week, which was good. Then all the other key factors to offense, turnovers, eliminating penalties. Some of those things I think get lost a little bit because what you're trying to do is score points and win."

(On if Scott Paxson is in the mix to play defensive end)- "He plays inside primarily, but all those guys in the game when it all starts, you get a guy in and they can play out there in a limited role, all eight of those guys if they have to. I don't think you'll see Phil Taylor out at defensive end, but for the most part most of them can jump out if they have to."

(On if Emmanuel Stephens needs surgery)- "At this point, no."

(On if Scott Fujita has had his surgery yet)- "I don't think so. Not yet."



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Browns Player Quotes, Nov. 30
Don Delco on December 1st, 2011 AT 8:29 AM

Colt McCoy

(On if they plan on attacking the Ravens defense the same way they opened up last week)- "I thought for the first time in a while we started fast this game. That felt really good. It felt like we played well and moved the ball, executed and scored points. That's what we need to do every game. That's what we need to try to do, but Baltimore presents its own problems. I think they had nine sacks last game and statistically they're ranked at the top if not the best in most categories so we understand they're a tough test for us. We certainly have to be ready."

(On if he learns more from playing against Ed Reed than from watching film on him)- "Yes, I played them once last year at home and they just have really good players everywhere. I assume Ray (Lewis) will play this week and Ed Reed does a great job, obviously. He's probably a Hall of Famer. You just have to know where they are at all times. You can't get caught sleeping and try to throw a quick route and not know where he is. For me as a quarterback, that's obviously important this week."

(On if there's anything different about Reed compared to other safeties)- "I just think he's very smart. He's very instinctual and he takes chances. Sometimes guys who take chances like that are hard to get a read on and he just does a really nice job. You just have to know where's at."

(On watching Baltimore's defense on Thanksgiving Day)- "In this division you're going to face a tough defense every week. Cincinnati's a really good defense, Baltimore's really good, Pittsburgh's really good so this is just one more test for us. We're excited that we get to play at home. That'll be good for us and we want to get one week better. We felt like we got better, we just didn't finish like we wanted to last week. I think it's important for us as a young team to really focus on some of the positives things that we did and build off those and then correct the things where we were short, where we messed up or we didn't finish and then put it behind us and move forward. That's the only way we can get better as a group."

(On if there's a fear factor when playing against a pass rush like the Ravens)- "You've got to trust your guys, you've got to trust your running backs, you've got to trust your offensive line to pick up the protection and then you've got to trust the guys to get open. That's how it is week to week. This week they are really good up front. They do a lot of twists, a lot of games. I think they'll probably pressure more than anybody we've seen, at least numbers coming into this game they've pressured more than anybody we've played. We've got a lot on our plate, a lot to handle but we're excited about the challenge."

(On how much it helps to have Peyton Hills when going against a team like the Ravens)- "A lot, I think it will really help having Peyton here all week. Last week, he came in kind of towards the end, we didn't know how much he was really going to play. I think having him this week, we'll be able to really benefit from that."

Joe Thomas

(On if the Ravens defense looks the same on film)- "They're always good and the same is good when you talk about the Ravens defense because they've been good for a long time. They've got a lot of really good players, a lot of veteran players."

(On if the Ravens front seven is as good as it gets in the NFL)- "Every year when we play them, they're going to give us our best challenge because they put some impressive specimens out on the field every year."

(On if he feels their pass protection is improving recently and if that is happening just in time)- "I think we're improving, definitely. It's going to be a real nice challenge for us this week. They obviously get a lot of sacks. They get after the quarterback, they are kind of built off of getting home. It's going to be a good challenge for us for sure."

(On if he feels McCoy has more trust that the pocket is going to hold up longer)- "I think our protection has improved. We're just playing better as an offense. Those things all kind of go together; making big plays in the passing game, running the ball better, pass protection. It all builds off each other."

(On the Ravens totaling nine sacks last Thursday)- "They're good. They know how to get home. If you get into a situation where it's a known passing situation, watch out because they're going to pin their ears back and do whatever they can to get home."


Shurmur Press Conference Transcript, Nov. 30
Don Delco on December 1st, 2011 AT 8:28 AM

(Opening statement)- "Let me just talk about the guys that will miss practice today. Mike Adams, as I've mentioned, has a shoulder sprain so he'll miss practice today. He's making good progress, nothing final on this weekend yet. Montario (Hardesty), we're going to give him a little rest today just to see if we can jump start his healing back as we go forward. Quinton Spears won't practice. T.J. Ward he continues to improve, he's been running but he won't practice. The rest of the guys will be limited in some fashion aside from, of course, the guys that won't be here with the roster moves we made with putting Scott Fujita and Emmanuel Stephens on IR. We moved up a couple guys from the practice squad and, obviously, we made a change at long snapper. I'm looking forward to getting the preparation going, we had a good morning of meetings, walk-through was good and get out there and get prepared for the Ravens."

(On if Ryan Pontbriand's problems this year were beyond the two bad snaps over the last three weeks)- "I mentioned this to the team. We made a personnel move, he's not the reason we lost or won games. We did it as a team. It's an unfortunate part of this business and I don't like doing it. I have a strong feeling for the players that play here and when it happens it happens. I would say you look at everything, you look everybody's work in total and we just felt like we needed to make a move."

(On if Pontbriand saying that he was in a slump had anything to do with his departure)- "There really were no comments or anything specific. We just felt like it was time to make a switch."

(On if this is a case was like others where a really good long snapper just loses his ability)- "I don't know. We tried numerous things to try to get it consistent and I think that's a question for him. There are examples in all sports really where guys that have been so good for so long don't find a way to be consistent. Again, we just needed to make a change and that's what we did."

(On if they were trying to send a message to the team)- "No, I don't want to send messages to the players through the media or basically through actions just to send a message. We're trying to win football games and do the very best we can. I did talk to the players about how everything that happens in life there's a lesson in it or there's something we can learn from everything. I mentioned this morning, I made a note, our first significant snowfall was November 30 and next year I'll be aware of that in terms of weather we practice inside or out. I think anything that happens in life you can take things from and I'm sure this is just another event."

(On Jayme Mitchell's status)- "He'll be out there today. He'll practice in a limited fashion, but he'll be out there."

(On if Mitchell can't go who would start at right end)- "We're going to have a right end by committee this week so we'll see. As you go through practice, typically guys are limited this time of year. In the portion that you'll see, you'll see a number of guys playing right end."

(On if Peyton Hillis is limited in any way today)- "He'll practice fully today. He's a full-go so he's on my full go list."

(On if Hardesty will practice this week)- "We're hoping to get him back out there soon, but we just feel like we'll give him a day here to see if we can help settle it down. We don't feel like he re-injured himself, we just feel like we want to help speed up the healing process and we feel like at least a day here might do that."

(On if Owen Marecic will practice)- "He's ready to go."

(On if he's worried about the depth at linebacker with losing Fujita)- "Scott, obviously, added a lot to this team. He meant a lot from an experience, leadership and just quality of play. We've done that at other positions and we feel confident that the guys that step up will do a good job. I think every team in the league is dealing with this right now. This is the time of year when guys that have been playing primarily backup roles or were role players now are sometimes thrust into starting roles."

(On if Kaluka Maiava will practice today)- "He'll be out there today. He'll be limited, but he'll be out there."

(On how the uncertainty at running back last week affected his game plan)- "As you know early in the week we had Obi (Chris Ogbonnaya) and Thomas Clayton, then in the middle of the week Montario, then middle of the week we get Peyton back so then we think we're going in with three and then we really play with two. Head up knees bent, I think that's the way you handle it. The running game is such where they all can go in and execute the runs we call. Obviously, some guys are better at certain runs than others and we're fortunate that Peyton was able to handle 40-plus snaps and really not be any worse for wear so we were fortunate from that standpoint. Had Montario been healthy, I think they all would have played a little bit less. That was the plan. Then when he was only available in an emergency situation then obviously it's just sheer numbers, their reps go up."

(On the Ravens' pass rush)- "Nine sacks their last game, that's pretty good. When you think of the Ravens you think of a team that's been a very fine defensive team for a lot of years regardless of who the coach has been. There's no mystery, they've got talent at every level, the d-line, the linebackers and the secondary. They've got leadership at every level from the top down from Ed Reed to Ray Lewis and then upfront with (Terrell) Suggs so they've got talent, they've got leadership and they've got an aggressive scheme. It's the makings of a good defense."

(On if he can use these next two games as a barometer for how far they need to go)- "That's probably a better question, unfortunately for after we play these games. Our focus and concentration is on the Ravens and we'll see as we go. We've made progress and I think the part for me is we need to make progress and win games and that's where we're at."

(On if he faced the Ravens an offensive coordinator)- "I played them last year in the preseason in St. Louis so I've got an understanding of what they do on defense. The guys that are here from last year, obviously, have a very good feel having played them a bunch of times. I've got a decent idea of what they are."

(On if the Ravens defense is as good as it gets)- "I think they're a good defense. I think in our division we've got four outstanding defenses and I think that's going to be the case here in the AFC North for a long time. We've got to go out there and battle and go after them because that's the way you get things done."

(On the depth on defense)- "I think every team is depleted depth wise now this time of year and it's just the guys that are in there have got to play a bigger role. I think that's the message as you move forward and we've just got to get that done."

(On where Titus Brown lined up when he recorded his sack)- "He's helped us in pass rush situations. When you're a backup linebacker, you really have to back up inside and outside. He's got some skills at pass rusher so there's time when we put him in there."

(On if Brown has a chance to go into the starting lineup because of Fujita's injury)- "In terms of at the linebacker spot right now we're going to move Kaluka and (Chris) Gocong. He'll be ready to go in case something comes up."

(On if Colt McCoy struggles in the pocket with feel and timing)- "I wouldn't say that. I think he's working through everything. I think he's got a better feel."

(On if McCoy has improved with his feel in the pocket)- "I think so. There were times last week when he stepped up and he had some scrabble yardage as well. That shows that he's stepping up through the pocket and if guys aren't open or the coverage is tight enough where they're playing man and they're running with their backs turned, now he's putting them in positions to get scrambles and extend drives and I think that's good. That shows me that there's pocket presence."

(On if McCoy threw some balls last week that the receivers could have done a better job fighting for them)- "I think it's been documented, I think we had some drops."

(On if it was beyond the drops)- "I think he made some good throws, he made some throws that were a little bit of the mark and we dropped a couple. It was a combination. I don't think it's one thing."

(On Marvin Lewis saying McCoy would run after his first read and if McCoy is running too much)- "No, I don't think so. I would say Colt goes through his progression. I wouldn't characterize it as his first read. He understands how important it is. Typically if you're going to have a long drive and you guys all watch a lot of football, typically if there is a long drive somewhere in there the quarterback does something with his feet to extend the drive. Whether it's scramble for yardage and get down or break the pocket, maybe make a throw or maybe break the pocket and throw the ball away. I think that's all part of what you want to see. I think he's done a good job with some of that stuff of late. I think that's good."

(On McCoy's shoulder)- "He's fine. He was out their throwing today. My conversations with him the last couple of days have been great, upbeat. He's ready to get going, but he'll do everything today for sure."

(On if he feels the team offensively and defensively is not making enough plays in the fourth quarter and if youth has anything to do with that)- "I think each game is a different story. We found a way to get ahead this week and didn't finish it. There have been other games when we've been behind and we've raced back. I think when you have players that are youthful as they go through things and learn more, it helps them the next time they go through it. I don't think that's significant one way or the other. We've just got to do it."

(On if Greg Little has been targeted more than anybody else because he gets open more than anybody else)- "There was four or five occasions where Colt went through his progression like what Marvin (Lewis) was talking about and got back to Greg as a number three or a number four. That's what happened. I wouldn't say it's significant him compared to other receivers. There were throws in there where Mo (Mohamed) was first in the progression that didn't get there for whatever reason and there was a couple where Jordan Norwood was first in the progression. The first scramble of the game, we were trying to throw the ball to Jordan. They took Jordan away. He stepped up in the pocket. Greg was coming open, but they doubled Greg and then he scrambled. In my mind he went from one to two and then three was covered on his side view mirror, so he ran with it. That happens quite frequently. At the end of the game hopefully all the receivers get some production. How the game dictates it, sometimes things come in little bigger bunches. The guys on the team, when they are on the field we want them to be able to produce. Sometimes the game dictates a little bit where the ball goes and that's why you don't run just one receiver routes."

(On why Little is the top targeted receiver this year statistically)- "I think he's improved. We already talked about how he dropped some balls last week, but I expect to see him continue to improve. I think the ball is getting spread around. I think at this point, Josh (Cribbs) has got more receptions and more yards than any year he's played. Tight ends as whole are getting their production. You'll see as we get our backs back healthier, you'll see them catch more check downs. You've got Mo who is in and out of the lineup, we need to get him throws and Jordan Norwood. We're talking about why the ball gets spread around."

(On Tom Heckert saying in camp that Norwood was a player and if he saw Norwood's potential)- "I think he's a playmaker. It's important that he touches the ball and he's done a good job. He's been a steady performer with what we've asked him to do."

(On what Joe Flacco does well)- "I think when you have a quarterback that's won as many games as he's won, I think he executes well within their system, what they ask him to do. He's obviously led that team to a lot of victories. I think he's an excellent thrower. I think like anything there are games where he is still getting used to some of his new personnel. Guys that he's playing with, he's got relatively new tight ends. He's got a new receiver. Anquan Boldin he has just been there a couple years. There's some of that, but I think he's a top-flight quarterback in this league. It's no mystery to me that he's had great success."

(On Torrey Smith)- "He's an extremely fast, explosive guy. He's got some explosive plays for them. I think earlier in the year against St. Louis, he caught two deep balls right away, which stretched the score out, which changes the game. When teams know that a guy can do that, it has an effect on defense."

(On how important it is to have a speed guy that can stretch the field and if Norwood could be that guy)- "Obviously, you want the biggest fastest people you can get that are good football players at all positions. If you've got a guy that can really run and get down the field, you want that. It's like asking about signing a bill for clean water, of course you want clean water. That's what you're looking for. I think what Jordan gives us is not so much the speed, but he finds a way to get open and uncover. I think that's as equally an important attribute for a receiver. There are times when you just can't run by a defense, they're going to just not let you. Now what do you do? You've got to get open and I think he's displayed an ability to do that."

(On if McCoy has played more consistently in the last three games and he still considers him a rookie)- "I think I've called him almost a rookie. I think he's made progress in the last three weeks, no question. I think we all have and I think it's important that we keep that going."

(On if they were so honed in on Little so much that they would have taken him even if Torrey Smith was still available)- "No, I wouldn't say that."

(On if they looked at Smith during the draft process)- "Oh absolutely, we liked him a great deal. There's no question that we thought he'd be a great receiver."

(On if he was disappointed when Smith was taken ahead of their pick)- "Any time good players go to teams in the division, you don't like to see that. He's a good player and he's playing well for them for sure."



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Shurmur Press Conference Transcript, Nov. 22
Don Delco on November 22nd, 2011 AT 6:37 AM

(Opening statement) – "Alright, as we get started here. Peyton Hillis once again will be out this week, (I'll) just give you that right up front. Injuries from the game, Owen Marecic sustained a concussion and we'll see how he progresses this week. We obviously follow the guidelines and the standards returning from those injuries very strictly so we'll see how he does. I can't tell you yet his availability for Sunday. Quinton Spears has a hamstring injury and we'll have to see how he does. It's somewhat significant so we'll have to see how he progresses through the week. T.J. Ward will be out as well, as he recovers from his foot sprain, so we'll know more as we go. Other guys, based on what I see here unless someone becomes more or less sore, just game soreness. I feel like the rest of the guys will have a very good chance of being there on Sunday."

"Not much to add to yesterday's comments. I felt like, starting on defense, we did what we had to do to do to get them stopped. I felt like there were guys in there making plays. We went up against Maurice Jones-Drew, who's a terrific runner. I felt like we did a much better job of controlling the effect he had on the game, which as I talked about yesterday kind of opens up some other things, but you have to make a decision of what you want to stop. I thought we kept him from having a huge impact, although he did get some production. I think that's important. When you look at it, we eliminated a lot of scoring on their part, which is what you need to do."

"On offense, we were generally pretty efficient. I thought the offensive line did a nice job, they worked well together. I think there were some guys in there that played their best games. I think the tight ends got their production, they did well. There were some things I saw from the receivers that I would mark as improvements and they got their production. I'm kind of leaving the backs for last here, well second to last we'll always talk about Colt (McCoy) of course. Owen Marecic has been a steady performer the whole season and I thought he did some really, really good things. A lot of what a fullback does goes unnoticed and I thought he did a very fine job. We'll hopefully get him back soon. Then, Chris Ogbonnaya, gosh, he had great production again, couple of long runs and he was a steady performer. I feel good for his performance and he really is holding it together until we get a couple of those guys back, I think that's good. Colt, a wise man told me it's never as good or it's never as bad as it seems after the game is played. A good night's sleep kind of changes your views. I thought he did well, I thought he played well, but then as a coach you go back and look at every single play and there were a handful of plays in there that could have made the game better. I thought he did a lot of good things. The nice thing is we won the game and so there are a few things in there that they are going over right now that will even make it a better performance if he gets it cleaned up."

"The special teams competed and I think what you get from this team is they do play hard. I would challenge anybody that says they don't. These guys battle, they're all in and I'm really impressed with how they try to perform in a way that we ask. I think that's what you want from a team and that's what you build on."

(On players bouncing back after making mistakes) – "I think you're right and there's a lot of good information within that question. I feel like you're exactly right. You cannot throw the ball late over the middle and the throw was late. I think there were a couple other problems with that play. The route could have been better, but the important thing is through the course of the game the quarterback is going to have a bad play or two and that's the ones we tend to focus on. Now, when it happens within the game and there's a lot of game left to play, how does he respond to that? And I think that's what you're looking for and that's the nature of the guy that we're trying to evaluate, just like everyone else. I thought he responded well."

(On quarterbacks being like a tea bag and you don't know what you've got till you put it in hot water) – "That's a good analogy. Yeah, and the water gets a little bit hot for us around here and he seems to respond. I'm gaining a very strong appreciation for how tough he is and that really is the cornerstone of what makes a good football player. All the other stuff we'll either congratulate or debate and I think that's part of it."

(On if McCoy checked out fine medically) – "Yeah, Colt's fine."

(On if McCoy has a shoulder injury) – "He's fine. There's nothing to add. He got banged around a little bit and yeah, it was his shoulder, but he's fine. We didn't go through any major evaluation of him so he's fine."

(On if there was no need to evaluate him) – "Don't ask about the MRI, I don't think he had one. I don't think he needs one."

(On if Mohamed Massaquoi came out of the game okay after taking a big hit) – "Mo's fine. The ball, I think he caught a little out route on the right and it was a good catch. He actually got hit, but it wasn't necessarily in the head so he's fine."

(On how close Montario Hardesty was to playing yesterday) – "We felt like he was close. I would probably approach this week much like we did last week. I'm hopeful and so as he goes through the week we'll get him (going). You have to be a little bit careful with this one, being it's a calf on a runner. For those of as that walk a calf injury might not be a big deal, but for a runner we've just got to make sure he right."

(On how tough it is to deal with games coming down to one play) – "Well, I think that's the reality. I didn't look it up, darn it, I was going to, how many games come down to the last drive and how many come down to the last play? You watch the clips every week and my goodness its fourth-and-six and a drive to win the game and you get it or you don't. That's just the reality of it. I think we just get used to dealing with that."

(On if he thinks how different it would be today if Jacksonville score's on the last play of the game) – "It would feel like last Monday (joking). I'm well aware of how it would feel. You always think of whatever we do in this profession you try to make the right decision and then you live with the consequences. Unfortunately, once in a while you lose and we know how bad it feels and so that's what you think about."

(On his thoughts about the missed field goal) – "Yeah, he should, he's the kicker and he put a good kick on it. I'm not going to dispute it. I wanted to challenge it and had the ball tracked lower than the top of the flags I could have challenged it and I would have. They reminded me that once it goes above the iron it's nothing they can do. Then, it's just based on what they see. There's a guy standing right under the goal post. I believe Phil I really do, I believe Phil, like I trust our players, but they were in a good position to make the call."

(On McCoy having two games in-a-row of 70% or better completion percentage) – "That's good, that's good."

(On if McCoy is more comfortable with the offense) – "I think they're getting more and more comfortable with each other, the receivers. I think we had a good week of practice. It's important the timing and where they are going to be, getting used to seeing where they are going to be and being able to make those throws. I think the practices have been good. The guys that are in the game are being able to practice, so they get used to working together, which was good last week. The practices were generally efficient, so you like to think that's going to help Sunday's performance."

(On if he was frustrated by Ogbonnaya running out of bounds during his 40-yard run) – "Well, that was a very long gain and at that point, I wouldn't say we were dead into four-minute yet. We had changed the field there. You instruct the quarterback, he's in with 20 (seconds on play clock), makes the play call, out with 12 and then try to snap it as close to one (second) as possible. At that point, it was such a long run and I was worried he pulled his hamstring. My understanding is he didn't. The players are aware, when we're in four-minute, which means we're trying to move the ball, get first downs, stay in bounds, that is the one time when you're killing clock when unless the guy is extremely wide open you can take a sack. The situation that dictates that, then you want to stay in bounds. At the end of the day, should he have probably stayed in bounds there? Probably, but at that point I didn't tell them in the huddle yet it was four-minute."

(On the possibility of Ogbonnaya becoming the featured back) – "I think you play the best players and the guys that have produced you put them on the field. I think Chris has been very productive. He's done things for our team that will warrant him playing, at least some, when our other guys come back. We'll just see how it goes when they come back. I'm not concerned about that. That's a good problem to have, when you have a line of guys that you feel good about."

(On if he feels Hillis will come back this year) – "I'm hopeful that he will. Based on how he's rehabbing his hamstring I would anticipate that he'll be back soon. I can't tell you yet exactly, that's the thing. Each guy is different."

(On Joe Haden's defensive pass interference on the last drive) – "I'm not going to dispute penalties. There are a lot of things that happen during the game. Quite frankly, during the game, whether you're watching the monitor or a TV copy I don't have that view of things and then the coach's copy. I haven't watched the TV copy yet. Joe is typically tight in coverage and there's a lot of bumping and jostling going on. Supposedly there was a PI (pass interference) on both sides. That happens. What you coach Joe to do is be aggressive and he understands the rules about when he can jam him and when he can't. You keep practicing that."

(On the rotation at defensive end) – "There were just a couple of plays when Jabaal (Sheard) went. Jayme (Mitchell) came in and we were using Jayme as a sub. When they get into a situation we get a rotation that sometimes looks a little different than we plan, just getting guys in there, fresh bodies to rush. There was no design. Jayme is playing on both sides. I felt like (Emmanuel) Stephens did a good job. Emmanuel did a good job on the right and then Jabaal on the left."

(On if Stephens started because of Mitchell being a little banged up) – "No, it was a coach's decision. We started Emmanuel."

(On if Stephens will be starting for the foreseeable future) – "Stephens is the starter."

(On if he sneaked a Hail Mary in during the Jaguars' last drive) – "No, I do the Hail Mary's before the game and hope they last throughout."

(On if there was any consideration to keeping the three points and not accepting the penalty) – "Nope. No consideration. When we got the first down I said, ‘Offense you're up. Try to score touchdowns.' We were in the red zone too weren't we? That's right (jokingly). In that situation, we wanted to push it forward because you have to trust the way you play. Let's say for instance, and I trust the fact we put the field goal team back out there, let's say we go three and out. We'll go kick it again. I'm trusting we got three points, now let's try to get seven. That's that situation. The situation last week at the end of the game, we're talking about a little different scenario. If we had not gotten points there, then we would all be talking about a different thing, but that's part of it."

(On the ability of McCoy to put two 85 yard drives together and the offense's progress) – "I think long drives, that's to be commended. Let's not forget though that this game is about scoring. When you've got the ball they don't. You want to finish long drives with touchdowns hopefully. What it does is it says that there were a lot of players doing a lot of things right. I think that's what you build on."

(On if it's helpful for the team to know who the main group of players will be early in the week during preparation) – "That's a very good question and it is because the guys have to get used to working together. We talk frequently about the O-line working together. I think that's important. When you have the skill guys in there that are playing together I think you have a chance to be better on Sunday when they work together all week. The reality of this league is we've got some guys with game soreness that may not do much on Wednesday and then you got to get them up to speed on Thursday. Every once in a while a guy will only show up (practice) on Friday and then play Sunday. That's the challenge and I think as pro's they find a way to make it work. It's always better when guys have a chance to work for a longer period of time together. It always helps on Sunday."

(On if he has noticed a change in McCoy the last couple weeks) – "That's another good question and I would agree with what you are saying. I think there are some areas where he's exerting himself more. I thought starting the year that Colt was a rookie. This is going into week 12 and I think he's had the benefit of those other games he has played. There are some areas where I see he's getting it. Then there are other areas where we're still working."

(On if the pinch nerve he suffered in his right shoulder in college affected him and if the trainers feel it is affecting him presently) – "I don't know that. He's got a little bit of a sore shoulder. I don't know how it relates to his old injury."

(On if McCoy will practice at all this week) – "Oh yeah."

(On if he was told at any point yesterday that McCoy may not go back into the game) – "Joe (Sheehan) never came to me and said ‘Colt's down.' No."

(On the offensive line's performance) – "I felt like Shawn Lauvao did a nice job. In our opinion I think he played his best game. That's one guy. Tony Pashos played very hard. I thought we had a good performance really out of all of them. If I had to single one guy out, probably Shawn Lauvao. Again, amongst the guys I thought they all played pretty well together."

(On his approach to watching the last play of the game) – "No, I had to watch it. Again, it was winner take all right there. I said it last night, I have a lot of confidence in our defense and we made a nice play on it. I was watching it. The Hail Mary's held up."

(On if his confidence in the offense has grown the last two weeks) – "Yes, and I like to when it comes to timeouts. There will be games when it doesn't go this way. If you have an opportunity to stop them with a reasonable amount of time, and a reasonable field position or starting point then you try to do that, so you can get a two minute drive. That's always what I'm thinking near the end of the half. Initially during that drive if we use the timeouts right that we could do that. That's what we're trying. I think it's just general philosophy. I have confidence in our guys. I don't think it's because we're playing better or worse. I just think that's what you want to try to do. If you can use them smartly it makes sense to use your timeouts if they can help you strategically, especially before the half."

(On the importance of picking up blitz packages) – "I think it's important. Defenses can smell blood in the water. If you're a team that cannot block the blitz you are going to get it time and time again. Teams blitz more or less depending on their scheme. We are going to play a team this week that's going to come after us, the Bengals. We're aware of that and then we try to call plays structured to attack that. It's very, very important to block the blitz. If you don't do it, and especially in a way that's structured right, then you'll continue to get pressure."

(On starting Stephens over Mitchell) – "Coach's choice, we felt like he played well the week before. We felt like he warranted being the starter. That's it."

(On if there is an issue with Mitchell against the run) – "Nope, no issue. Coach's choice."



11/22
6:11 AM

Around the Browns: The win on Sunday wasn’t decisive, nor was it pretty. In Cleveland, the win was another step … http://t.co/YixMJ8ie

Hillis out for Sunday’s game in Cincinnati
Don Delco on November 21st, 2011 AT 4:11 PM

Another week, another game with Browns running back Peyton Hillis standing on the sidelines in Browns NFL Team Shop gear.

According to reports Monday, Hillis will miss his sixth consecutive game with a hamstring injury. He has not played since Oct. 16 at Oakland.

Last Sunday in the 14-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Browns running back Chris Ogbannaya rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown.



11/21
3:16 PM

Offense Getting Better: Pat Shurmur saw an “efficient” performance by Browns offense Sunday. http://t.co/kx0HyzzX

Browns-Ravens Dec. 4 moved to 4 p.m.
Don Delco on November 21st, 2011 AT 2:04 PM

From the Cleveland Browns:

As a result of NFL flex scheduling, the Browns game against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, December 4, at Cleveland Browns Stadium has been changed to a 4:05 p.m. kickoff. The game was originally scheduled for 1:00 p.m.


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OBR Newswire on November 21st, 2011 AT 9:00 AM

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11/21
8:27 AM

OBR Blog: Week 12: Have a Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from The OBR. http://t.co/x5aj3KNV


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6:58 PM

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11/20
4:51 PM

Browns Edge Jaguars 14-10: The Browns defense bent, but didn’t break as penalties help Jacksonville drive inside… http://t.co/0MgJ9S31


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