The transcript of Coach Pat Shurmur's Wednesday
afternoon press conference.
Browns Head Coach Pat Shurmur Press Conference 8-1-12
(Opening statement) - "Alright, well our afternoon
practice, I thought the guys handled the schedule well
(with) a little bit of a change. I felt good about the
fact that after their day off, and again it wasn't a
vacation day, I thought they all handled it extremely
well, very professional. We came back this morning and
had a chance to review things and for the most part we
had pretty good execution out here. We did a lot of red
zone work of course and then base and I think we got a
lot done today. I was pleased with the progress today and
we'll go in tonight and do the meetings and keep moving.
I think there are some players out here that are making
progress and you probably have questions about some of
the specifics. Some of the young DB's and receivers have
established themselves and are playing pretty good ball.
Not to mention some of the young linemen who did a decent
job of blocking today. With that being said I will take
(On if has shown more than expected at this point) - "I
don't know if (it has been) more than I expected. I
anticipated with his natural size that he might get
banged around and be less efficient, but he has done a
great job. I think he handles the traffic pretty well and
you can see today he caught the ball in contested
situations extremely well. We knew that he had the skill
and ability to play in this league and at least to this
point, he's doing a good job of improving his game."
(On the ability to call more fade routes in the red zone
with ) - "I think the fade you know it can be a good play
if you have a guy that is a mismatch size-wise or what
not. It's something I think is important to have in your
red zone package, but from that standpoint too, they can
take that away and that's why you have all of the other
route combinations. Just by his natural size, he should
have the potential to be a pretty good fade runner."
(On Josh Gordon making some good catches today) - "He did
a good job in the red zone and again, he is a big target.
Physically, he is like a tight end running around in
there and obviously, athletically, he fits the wide
(On 's strengths as compared to the other tight ends) -
"Well, I think Alex is a guy that can play on the line of
scrimmage. We've played him in space, in the slot and
then we've also played him in the backfield. He can play
multiple positions which are important to an offense."
(On if Alex Smith has a feisty attitude) - "I think it's
fair to say he's pretty feisty. I think most of these
guys are pretty feisty. They keep it from you like I do
(On 's play this off-season and the overall importance of
the tight end in this offense) - "I think it's important.
It's like Tony's (Grossi) question about the fade. You
talk about tight ends because of their size in the red
zone. Those are all things that are important and you
have to be good at multiple things and I think the key
for Jordan Cameron is that he continues to improve his
game. You have to be able to do more than one thing for
us to throw you the football. If the red light goes on
when you are in the game because all you're doing is
throwing it then that's the key to the drill. If the
defense knows it's a pass. So blocking, all the other
things you do when you don't have the football and I
think that's what he's working on."
(On the depth at the linebacker position) - "I think our
young linebackers as a group have stood out as a group to
me in terms of their performance out here. I mentioned a
couple days ago how linebackers are like offensive and
defensive linemen. Their kind of all in a pile and when
we evaluate them we say 'ok, let's see how they do when
you put the pads on' and I think some of these young
linemen, you know JMJ (James Michael Johnson) is doing a
good job, (Craig) Robertson, (L.J.) Fort, (Emmanuel)
Acho, the list goes on of young linebackers. I think for
the most part that group is doing a good job."
(On ) - "Colt's doing great. I think he's continuing to
improve. I'm seeing him do things in this camp that he
didn't do a year ago and he's getting more comfortable
within our system and he's coming to work every day and
working hard. I think he's doing a good job."
(On what he is doing this year that he wasn't doing last
year) - "Well, I just think he's more comfortable in the
progressions. If it doesn't go to number one or number
two, he's throwing it to three instead of taking off and
running, those types of things. Command in the huddle,
knowing what his receivers can do and where he can put
the football. All the general quarterback play stuff."
(On how important the preseason will be for Jordan
Cameron) - "I think he needs to get lots of reps in the
preseason games and he will. He'll be a guy that can play
the "Y" or the tight end position and then also the
second tight end position in two tight end sets. He'll
play quite a bit in the preseason for sure."
(On not practicing today) - "No, he won't be out long,
but he missed today. He's ok. We'll evaluate him. He'll
be back soon."
(On a timetable for ) - "He'll be back soon. He is doing
more and more and more and he should be back soon."
(On if is the total package at the safety position) -
"He's a young player and he's caught our eye and he's
lining up in there with the one's at the weak safety
spot. I think he can do all the things you have to do to
play safety in this league. He can play the deep part of
the field, play the half or the quarters, I think he can
come up and support the run. When he is in man-to-man
situations, typically he'll be matched up on a tight end
or a back and I think he can do that effectively, too.
Again, there's development that needs to happen. We feel
good about where he's at and we hope he has another month
or so of development before we kick it off for real."
(On his 2011 expectations for and how they have changed
for 2012) - "He's just kind of a tough gritty guy. He
plays hard in there. He rattles around and plays well
against the run. I think he's kind of one of those
veteran defensive tackles type guys that's probably
getting a few more reps than he would have a year ago.
He's one of those veteran guys that grabs as many reps as
he can. I think that's a good thing. "
(On if he will replace Phil Taylor until he comes back) -
"He'll be one of the guys. I would say on our roster,
we're going to have to roll a few people in there. That's
what we're trying to find, that right mix. We'll get
(Ahtyba) Rubin back here real soon. Obviously, we'd feel
good about him playing. Then its ok we're going to man
that other spot with the guys that we've talked about,
(Billy) Winn, (John) Hughes, (Scott) Paxson, (Brian)
Schaefering, those guys."
(On what did to get in with the first team defense) - "He
was just getting rotated in. He may have bought someone
lunch, I don't know (jokingly). There were a lot of guys
in there rotating."
(On if there are enough reps for Travis Benjamin to be a
significant contributor) - "Absolutely. I think both of
those guys, if they progress like they're doing, at the
pace they're going now, then I think they are going to be
major contributors. Both those guys."
(On not being out there) - "He's not out there. He
probably won't be out there for a while."
(On his observations of Marcus Bernard) - "He's doing a
good job. He's way further ahead this year, than he was
last year at this time. Remember, he tried to put on a
bunch of weight, in my opinion was not good weight based
on his frame. He was in much better shape when he
reported. I think he's doing a good job. Again, preseason
games will be important for him as well."
(On ) - "I think he's doing a good job. He was in there
today most of the time today with the ones. I've talked
about their individual battles, but also working with the
group. We'll go in and take a look at it. There was some
good competition today. We ran the ball to the right a
little bit. Did you see that? We were testing him. Was
that Marty (Gitlin)? Do you guys get together and say
we're going to look at this and this? (jokingly)."
(On and ) - "They are doing well. Hughes flashes in kind
of the run situations, where all of sudden it looks like
he is blocked and then he will show up. Winn is a flash
to me, his quickness in terms of pass rush. I don't want
pigeonhole one as a run player and one as a pass rusher,
but I think those are my initial thoughts. Both are guys
that can play on all three downs, but that's initially
where I'm at."