Cleveland Browns kicker Phil Dawson (4) kicks a 53-yard field goal out of the hold of Brad Maynard (7) in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks in an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, in Cleveland. The field goal proved to be the game winner in the Browns 6-3 win. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today to discuss his team's 6-3 win over the Seattle Seahawks. Here are some of the highlights:
Kicker Phil Dawson suffered a thigh contusion early in the game against the Seahawks and played through it, Shurmur said. "He actually gutted it out pretty good," Shurmur said. "He probably won't be kicking early in the week 'cause he's a little bit sore. But he didn't have any setbacks as the game went on. I don't want to predict what it's gonna be like for Sunday (against the San Francisco 49ers), but we're anticipating he'll be there." Dawson made field goals of 52 and 53 yards. It was the first time in his 13-year NFL career that he made two field goals of 50 yards or more in the same game.
Running back Peyton Hillis, who was sidelined against the Seahawks with a pulled hamstring, ran today and is progressing well, Shurmur said. Strongside linebacker Scott Fujita (concussion) and Artis Hicks (back), both of whom were inactive against the Seahawks, are progressing, Shurmur said.
Right guard Shawn Lauvao left the game with a bruised right knee and is day-to-day, Shurmur said. Wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi and tight end Benjamin Watson left the game with concussions are day-to-day, Shurmur said. Safety Ray Ventrone played despite dealing with a hamstring injury, but he couldn't finish the game. Vetrone is day-to-day, Shurmur said.
Cornerback Joe Haden (knee) is sore today, but he was not setback by playing against the Seahawks.
Offensive lineman Joe Thomas has a "little bit of glute strain, but he's fine," Shurmur said.
Quarterback Colt McCoy's health is fine even though he limped some on Sunday, Shurmur said. "I didn't see him run today, but he was walking straight," Shurmur said.
Although Dawson made two field goals, he also had two blocked by Seahawks defensive end Red Bryant. "We had issues in the left-guard area," Shurmur said. "We had one player there early, then we moved him, had another player there and in was in that left-guard area. Part of it is the matchup. Red Bryant, he's a big guy and he did a nice job of getting penetration there. We need to clean that up. We can't do that. The execution of the field goals just wasn't to my liking, and you can't have them blocked."
Last week, Browns President Mike Holmgren said,"In all likelihood, we'll hire an offensive coordinator next year because that frees the head coach up and his preparation and how he can prepare for the game during the week." Shurmur responded to Holmgren's comments for the first time. "I think the normal way to look at that is we'll sit down at the end of the year and see if that's the case," Shurmur said. "I think it's a normal structure for the head coach to call the plays. I've got guys on my staff that are doing things, and that staff on offense is working together in a way that I would expect to see it next year if we have an offensive coordinator in place. I think that's an offseason discussion. I think it's a natural thing to have a head coach, offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, special teams coordinator."