Shurmur Post Game Press Conference

Shurmur Post Game Press Conference

We have a team here that battles. That's the starting point. I think we could have said that about the team last year, which is a credit to the guys in the locker room. There were a lot of mistakes. I'm sure there were a lot of rookie mistakes out there, but the guys battled, and I think that's important.

Cleveland Browns HEAD COACH PAT SHURMUR

(Opening Statement)- "I'll first start with injuries. The only thing I have really to report is Sheldon Brown had a stinger, that's why he had to leave the game. Other than that, I think for the most part injury-wise we pulled out of it okay. Obviously it's disappointing to lose, very disappointing to lose. I would say this though - and don't ever get me wrong - it's disappointing to lose and there are no moral victories, alright? We played an outstanding football team today, and we went out there with every intention of winning the football game, so that's the message. I've coached in this league a long time, and I've been on teams where you've lost the first game and been in the pla­­yoffs doing everything you want to do. A first week loss is only fatal if the guys in that room let it be because there are a hell of a lot of good things that happened out there that we will build on. There are two months-worth of mistakes that we can correct. That's when I look at it from the sidelines without watching the tape, that's what I'll say. For our defense to get five turnovers I think is outstanding. For us really to only punch in three field goals, that's not good, we all know that. Do our guys on offense need to play better and more efficiently? I think so. I think that's fair to say. We have a team here that battles. That's the starting point. I think we could have said that about the team last year, which is a credit to the guys in the locker room. There were a lot of mistakes. I'm sure there were a lot of rookie mistakes out there, but the guys battled, and I think that's important. That's what we're going to build on. I can't wait to get back to work tomorrow to make the corrections, and get ready to play Cincinnati. That was the other message I gave them; don't let anybody walk in that locker room and try to crack them, don't. I told them they were built for this, in terms of playing football and playing on the big stage, but that means you're built to handle a little bit of adversity that comes with, unfortunately losing, which we got to get fixed. That's where it's at. I'm sure you got some specific questions about things. That was my message to the team."

(On going for a two-points after the touchdown)-"We talked about going for two, but there was a full quarter. We wanted to get the points, absolutely. There's a decision to be made. I think that decision is made near the end of the game where it's a one or two possession game."

(On the way Brandon Weeden played)-" I think he's going to be like everybody in there. He's going to watch the tape. There are some plays he's going to shake his head on that he can do better."

(On if Weeden was wide-eyed on such a big stage)- No, not at all. Brandon Weeden's played on a big stage for a very long time. I did not see a guy that was starry-eyed, not at all. I see a guy that can play better, absolutely. But the stage, no."

(On the way that Trent Richardson played)- "I think they're an outstanding defense, and we need to do a better job of running the football. We tried to run Trent and I think he held up pretty well. I would say this; he'll play better next week. I would say that, and I think he'll tell you the same thing. I will say one more thing about Trent, Trent, now that's a competitor. We had to put a leash on him to get him out of there. He won a couple times getting back in there. That's what you want from a guy that plays that position. He's going to play a lot of great football around here for a long time."

(On if he has seen a guy get his helmet ripped off)-"A guy get his helmet knocked off?"

(On if Richardson knocking Kurt Coleman's helmet off was sending a message)-"Yeah. I thought it was a good hard run. Coleman needs to keep his helmet on tighter."

(On if L.J. Fort should have made the catch before the Eagles touchdown)-"I think we got our hands on the ball. It would have been a great way to end the game at that point. Unfortunately, we didn't. Then we had the ball back with time to go down and kick a field goal, and we didn't get that done."

(On what he was expecting from Brandon Weeden today)-"I think we saw a rookie quarterback playing today. I think he's going to become much better here in the next couple of weeks. I wasn't disappointed with how he played quarterback per se, than I was disappointed in some of the bad plays. I think that's the key. I'm not discouraged at all. In fact, I can't wait for morning to go back in there and try to correct some of the things we did wrong."

(On the young linebackers)-"I'm going to have to see. All I know is I think they did a pretty good job. I know that team pretty well. I know how they're wired. I know we did some things, defensively, that caused them to struggle in some areas, so it's a credit to our guys. It's a credit to them too; they're a very talented team.

(On the pass to Jeremy Maclin in first half) –"He put it right there. There was no break down. We had a guy running stride for stride with him and they found a way to make a play. We had a couple deep balls that we threw where we didn't make a play. That's kind of how this game goes. You battle for six inches in a two yard area, and all of a sudden, boom, somebody makes a play. It's a credit to them. I think it was Maclin that made the catch."

(On if he thought Billy Winn should have been credited with a fumble recovery)-"I know it was a fumble. I saw us with the ball. I know it was a fumble, and I saw us with the ball. That's why I challenged it. That makes sense to me. Whether or not you can challenge it or not, it makes sense to me. He let me challenge it beforehand, right?"

(On if they told him he couldn't challenge it)- "I don't know what he said. I was already getting into the next one. When he told me we weren't getting the ball, I started worrying about the next play."

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