Browns coach Pat Shurmur held a news conference this morning before the team practiced in preparation for its game Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. Here are some of the highlights:
Offensive lineman Tony Pashos, who's pictured below, missed the Browns' first two games of the season with a left ankle injury. But Pashos is going to try to make a comeback this week, Shurmur said. "Tony Pashos is gonna try to come back and be ready to roll," Shurmur said. "He's gonna make an effort. He's gonna be out there and be able to do more. It's hard to say how that's gonna progress. But I know he's planning to try to do more this week than he was able to do last week, so we'll see."
Rookie Jabaal Sheard has switched to left defensive end, and veteran Jayme Mitchell has switched to right defensive end. Shurmur said Sheard is better on the left side. Mitchell's ability to play in both spots "equally well" has allowed the Browns to make the switch, Shurmur said. "Keep in mind, we know the players by name," Shurmur said. "We've got a feel for what they do. But as we go through this thing, we're trying to watch them compete in live action and then try and get them in the right spots. There's no excuse to that. We're just trying to do the very best we can to put them in the right spots, and that's just one example of it."
The Browns are preparing for the possibility that they'll face the Wildcat offense when they reunite with Dolphins offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, who held the same position with the Browns the past two seasons. "Well, I think (the Wildcat) is a part of their past, and I know it's a part of the package that their new offensive coordinator has as well," Shurmur said. "I think we go into every game anticipating and having a plan to see it. ... Wildcat, unbalanced and no huddle -- those are kind of the three-pronged attack of things that you're always preparing for defensively."
Shurmur said quarterback Colt McCoy "played a solid game" Sunday in the Browns' 27-19 win over the Indianapolis Colts. "For us to win consistently, I think there's some things he needs to do better," Shurmur said. "But last Sunday, I thought he executed well enough for us to win."