OBR Blog: Week 14

Browns lose in disappointing fashion (again) and, oh look, they play the Steelers Thursday.

OBR Newswire updates for December 8th through December 10th
OBR Newswire on December 10th, 2011 AT 10:00 AM

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12/09
4:48 AM

Inopportune Offense: As has been the theme of the 2011 season, the Browns defense plays well enough to keep the … http://t.co/FbGAQ5jX


12/09
4:48 AM

Running Game Stalls: The Browns didn’t rush the ball well and the statistics are misleading. In the end, the Ste… http://t.co/9j3zMwrw


12/08
8:28 PM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Browns win toss for second game in row.


12/08
8:28 PM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Browns win toss for second game in row.


12/08
7:52 PM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Hillis active and starting.

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12/08
9:33 AM

Browns-Steelers Preview: A sense of dread creeps into Brownstown with the Steelers up next — and on national TV. http://t.co/cgjT59p1


12/08
12:40 AM

Enough Already!: With another losing season on the horizon, many Browns fans are on the fence. Whether to keep t… http://t.co/AbfORjTW


12/07
11:07 PM

Browns Expect A Heavy Dose Of Mendenhall: As Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger plays with a broken bone in his th… http://t.co/rAzgTJd9


12/06
8:19 PM

RT @FredGreethamOBR Browns lead the NFL in dropped passes with 35 according to Stats LLC. McCoy is at 57.7 %. without drops he’s 65.8 %.


12/06
5:12 PM

(Subscriber) Game Plan on the Run? No Problem: Bruce Arians has a solid idea when it comes to devising a Steeler… http://t.co/Zx2cNbgB


12/06
4:29 PM

Jackson Healthy, Thriving in 2011: Browns’ middle linebacker D’Qwell Jackson has been a bright spot in an otherw… http://t.co/eQrvmkKT

OBR Newswire updates for December 5th through December 6th
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Shurmur Press Conference Transcript, Dec. 5
Don Delco on December 6th, 2011 AT 9:10 AM

(Opening statement) – "Two guys I'll rule out this week, Quinton Spears and T.J. Ward. They will not be ready to play on Thursday. From the game yesterday, Peyton Hillis sustained a left hip strain and I'm going to list him as day-to-day. He is a little bit sore today. Mike Adams, no worse for wear. Chris Gocong, oblique strain, day-to-day, he'll be fine for Thursday. Colt (McCoy), knee sprain, no structural damage, a little bit sore but he'll be day-to-day. Tony Pashos, elbow strain, but he'll be fine. The rest of the guy's will be full go."

"As I mentioned yesterday, you've got to have a short memory when it comes to a day like that. When we win it's a team win that was a team loss. We didn't do anything well enough, we didn't score enough points, we didn't control the run. The two missed field goals and the turnover, those end up being ways to get them stopped, which kept the score relatively close, but we didn't and then we gave up a punt return for a touchdown. You win together, you lose together and we as coaches have to do a better job of getting our guys in the right spot so they can perform. That's where it's at we're on to Pittsburgh. It's a short week as we know. Basically, get a couple of walk-throughs and a big day of practice and then go play against an opponent. We know what they are on offense, with Ben Roethlisberger, outstanding running game and they're first (overall) on defense. Another terrific team that we're going to face, they're coming off a victory, a division victory and we've got to get ready to go. So that's where we're at."

(On if there's any chance McCoy does not play on Thursday) – "At this point we'll just have to see. I think he got hit on a screen pass. It was kind of a glancing shot and then he played the whole game so I think he's probably just sore. I wouldn't say that he would miss the game."

(On if he saw any progress yesterday) – "I saw some things we did well. We certainly didn't do enough things well enough to win the game though. There were some things we got better at, but not enough."

(On what he saw progress wise) – "I'll keep that for a further conversation as we move forward. When you lose the game you didn't do anything well enough."

(On how involved he is with the special teams units and if he will look to make a change in coordinators) – "Well, I think we've had things happen during special teams. I think Chris (Tabor) is a fine coach and our guys are working extremely hard at it. We just need to find a way to be more productive and more consistent."

(On what jumped out about the run defense from yesterday) – "We let them have some explosive runs, which you can't have. There's going to be times when the runners going to break through the linebacker level and you've got to get them on the ground. Then there are other times when they just picked away at us. There's a mixture of things there that we need to cleanup."

(On if it's tougher when a division opponent beats you in a specific way) – "Well, the one game at a time scenario comes to mind right now and we'll get a chance to play these guys again here at the end of the year. So, it's one game at a time right now."

(On if yesterday showed that the team has a long way to go to match up with Baltimore and Pittsburgh) – "Based on last night's performance against Baltimore, yes. I like to think that you're never as bad or never as good after a performance."

(On how disconcerting was it for the Ravens to run the ball and not be able to stop them) – "Well, we just need to do a better job. I don't know what word I'll use other than we need to do a better job at stopping the run and you have to keep teams from scoring points. We found a way, basically, it was two touchdowns and a field goal. That's the important thing, eliminating scores and the important thing is to score."

(On if it was an odd game defensively) – "Like I said, it's about eliminating the score. When you give up yardage and that's why the raw yardage numbers aren't always an indicator. Now, it was last night in some ways, but when you get them stopped that's the important thing. Get them stopped and disallow them from scoring."

(On his mindset and his message to the team at this point) – "You just keep pushing. I think that's the important thing. If this were a real easy thing then everybody could do it and so I think you just keep pushing, you just keep pushing. You might get tired of me saying that, but that's what you do and try and find a way to win a game."

(On if he feels that he and his staff are putting players in the best position to succeed or does he not have enough talent to succeed) – "Coaches and players, we've all got to do a better job, that's what I'll say."

(On if he's still excited to be a head coach after two thirds of the season) – "I'm still excited to lead these guys and help pull through what it takes to win games. I'm excited and energized by the challenge that we have ahead and I'm not discouraged, not one bit. I'm not discouraged. Disappointed when we lose. When we win, I'm not so much happy for me when we win. I'm happy for the players, I'm happy for the coaches, I'm happy for the fans, I'm happy for everyone that follows us, fights for us and the guys in that locker room that actually do it. That's what I'm happiest for and I want them to have that feeling."

(On how Hillis got hurt) – "Just in general, running the football."

(On if Hillis will practice) – "He's sore today, so we'll just see how he does through the week here. It'll be a short week. This see how he does through the week thing is a few hours I think."

(On his message to the fans who may have lost faith and if he saw the empty seats in the stands) – "I don't know. I was pretty much concerned about what was going on, on the field. I understand why that happens. It was raining, it was cold, and we were down. I understand why that happens. I don't lose faith on things. I would hope and I would think that the fans won't as well. We're busting our fanny to get this thing right and it will get right."

(On why teams like San Francisco and Carolina have been able to make progress in ‘wins' and why he keeps saying they're making progress, but they don't see it in ‘wins') – "I don't want to compare our teams to those teams. I think we got beat by the 49ers and they've had a nice year. We haven't played the Carolina Panthers, so I wouldn't compare us to them."

(On if it's still tough to evaluate McCoy) – "I have a pretty good feel for what our players are and how they're competing through things. We have four more games here to help do that as well."

(On how he feels McCoy played this past week) – "He battled. He battled."

(On if he envisioned making some strides and then taking any step backs down the road) – "You want constant progress and you want it to show up as victories. We didn't play well enough last night to win. I think that's what happened."

(On what McCoy needs to do to play better) – "I think every player that plays, you see good and bad things. I think every player just needs to be more consistent and every coach needs to be more consistent. There just needs to be more consistency from the first snap to the last. That comes basically by eliminating your errors. He's no different. When we ask the questions about Colt I think it can refer to everybody."

(On what kind of identity he wants from the offense) – "We want an offense that's an efficient, physical offense that finds a way to score points. Enough points to win, that's what we want."

(On what the West Coast offense passing game is designed to look like) – "You want to get completions obviously and you want to put the ball in the end zone. That's what you want to do. That's a quick question and there could be a long answer, but you need to get completions. You got to find a way to get big plays and you have to put the ball in the end zone. That's what we want to do."

(On if he finds himself saying ‘we got a long way to go') – "No, I don't know if I've said that. I think we've got progress to make. When you're at this point in the season and you don't have as many victories as you want to have, then yeah, we got progress to make. I don't know if I would use the phrase ‘long way to go'."

(On if it was disturbing to see dropped passes and if he could attribute them to the weather) – "Can't drop balls. Can't drop balls. You just can't do it, especially when they're catchable. We talk about it all the time and the players would tell you. Any ball in the air is ours. If it's thrown by our quarterback or there's, that needs to be the mentality and we've got to get that done."

(On the Browns leading the league in dropped passes) – "We can't drop balls and that's unacceptable. We keep working to correct it. We'll make a special emphasis as we go."

(On if it's discouraging that it seems the team is not fixing any of the mistakes that were made earlier in the season) – "You can't drop balls, I made that statement. I've seen things improve in areas. We'll talk about them at a later time. We don't want to drop balls, we got that. We need to do the things necessary to win games. Whether it started early or it's finishing late, we just need to keep getting better."

(On the schedule for a Thursday night game) – "We're meeting today. Really there's not much you can do on the cleanup from Baltimore, so we just move right on to Pittsburgh. We've planned ahead on off days, not so much last week, but we've got a jump on what we need to get done. We will have meetings, a walk-through, because it's also important that we try to get their bodies right for a short turnaround. We will practice tomorrow and then have more practice on Wednesday, get on a plane and go down there. It's quick, but I'm used to it. I know how the schedule is supposed to look. We did it in Philadelphia a couple of times. I'm aware of how to do it."

(On if they are flying to Pittsburgh) – "Yeah."

(On if he has to coach differently when it comes to managing timeouts regardless of a team's record) – "No, I wouldn't go back on that. I think it's important if you have the field and you have the timeouts, and you have an opportunity to get the ball back before the half, then you certainly use them. I don't care what your record is. I think that's important. You do what you can. Now when the field flips then you don't want to help them. They made a play on us. You don't want to help them. You never know what can happen. You force them to punt, you block a punt. They're all kinds of things. You don't try to characterize it based on, in my opinion, how you think your guys are doing."

(On why the team hasn't been able to make big plays) – "There have been games when it has happened, but there have been games when it hasn't on both sides. We‘ve found a way to get some big plays. The idea is to score enough points to win and to keep them from scoring. That's the important thing. When you don't win you don't do that and that's what we need to do."

(On his message to fans) – "I think it's just like everything you do. You just keep plugging ahead and this thing will turn when we least expect it. We just keep pushing. You just keep pushing. Again, I saw some eyes roll in here, so I can tell that maybe doesn't sink in real well. But, I will say this all you do is keep pushing. I don't have the memory of what's happened before. I do know this though, I've been around teams that have won and have built winners. You just be patient."

(On if this is the core and foundation moving forward of a good football team) – "Yeah, I think we've got some good young players that are doing some things well. Without talking about Jabaal Sheard again, played well again yesterday. Phil (Taylor) battled. You have a lot of rookies out there and a lot of first and second year players getting a lot of important playing time. I think that's important. We'll build on it."

(On what the mood and confidence level within the locker room is right now) – "I think these guys want to win a game and they want to do what it takes to win. I think they're forging forward just like I am."



12/06
2:42 AM

Bridging The Gap: The gap between the Browns and other teams in the game doesn’t appear to have closed. Compared… http://t.co/Af7kgYYt


12/06
2:11 AM

Shurmur Tries To Explain The Inexplicable: When the going gets bad, it gets very bad. In Cleveland, head coach P… http://t.co/rtsQOSas


12/06
2:00 AM

(Subscriber) Outside Evaluation: The season is ongoing and the Browns have struggled to a 4-8 record, nearly ens… http://t.co/LKOLjEWo


12/06
2:00 AM

(Subscriber) Outside Evaluation: The season is ongoing and the Browns have struggled to a 4-8 record, nearly ens… http://t.co/LKOLjEWo


12/05
2:44 PM

Progress?: Despite the ugly nature of the Browns loss on Sunday to the Baltimore Ravens, Browns head coach Pat S… http://t.co/tDthbtlP


12/05
2:13 PM

December Doldrums: There is no way to sugar-coat the Browns game on Sunday. Not the way the team played. Not the… http://t.co/3I9FLISt

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OBR Newswire on December 5th, 2011 AT 11:00 AM

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11/29
2:02 PM

Long Snapper Issues Continue to be Costly: The play of long snapper Ryan Pointbriand has been compared to that o… http://t.co/SfM0skkm


11/29
2:02 PM

Long Snapper Issues Continue to be Costly: The play of long snapper Ryan Pointbriand has been compared to that o… http://t.co/SfM0skkm


11/29
12:49 PM

(Subscriber) What We Learned: Browns-Bengals: DK digs deep into the Browns’ roster and pinpoints areas of intere… http://t.co/Xb7DgkIB


11/29
9:33 AM

Fujita could be out for the season: Hot News for OLB Scott Fujita http://t.co/sBoY9sYZ


11/29
9:33 AM

Fujita could be out for the season: Hot News for OLB Scott Fujita http://t.co/sBoY9sYZ


11/29
9:33 AM

Fujita could be out for the season: Hot News for OLB Scott Fujita http://t.co/sBoY9sYZ


11/29
1:18 AM

News, Notes and Jason Pinkston: Dropped passes and missed opportunities continue to riddle the Browns offense. I… http://t.co/eiYZozjL


11/29
1:18 AM

Injuries Riddle Browns Defense: The aftermath of the Browns 23-20 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals is likely to sh… http://t.co/u4iqBZuh


11/29
1:18 AM

Rookies play like veterans in Cincy 23-20 win: The Browns much like the Bengals have youth and inexperience at n… http://t.co/qUC57qfc


11/29
1:18 AM

Rookies play like veterans in Cincy 23-20 win: The Browns much like the Bengals have youth and inexperience at n… http://t.co/qUC57qfc

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11/28
10:10 AM

OBR Blog: Week 13: Shopping for holiday presents is beginning to look like a better idea come Sundays. http://t.co/1BTrNQhW


11/27
8:08 PM

(Subscriber) Thoughts of a Rambling Mind: The 2011 season has been a difficult one to sit back and watch develop… http://t.co/9PAdbdRP


11/27
6:18 PM

Cleveland Browns Post-Game Notes: It’s game-day and the Browns ultimately disappointed. Blowing a 10-point lead … http://t.co/rWMzBE8U


11/27
5:45 PM

Defense Lets Browns Down: The Browns run defense is rather porous by the numbers and Sunday in Cincinnati was no… http://t.co/C5wNu3gz


11/27
5:13 PM

Big Plays Doom Browns 23-20: Once again the Browns hung tough, only to lose in the closing moments. After anothe… http://t.co/c2l0PT8J

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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