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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 21, 2011

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today following practice. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(Opening statement)- “You didn’t notice three guys out there, Peyton Hillis, Ray Ventrone and Scott Fujita.  At this point the only one I’m ruling out is Fujita.  Everybody else on this team is available and we’ll decide later.”

(On how Joe Haden looked in practice)- “He looked good, he practiced throughout. I thought he looked great.”

(On if Haden is a go for Sunday)- “As I said, I’m not ruling anybody out at this point.  He practiced and he’s available.”

(On if Haden would start or be brought back slowly)- “If Joe’s a go, he’ll be available the whole game and we’ll play him as much as we need him and we feel is right.”

(On if Montario Hardesty fills in for Hillis does he feel better about it knowing Hardesty has the Miami game under his belt)- “Yeah, I’m glad Montario has had an opportunity to get experience, I think that’ll help him.  Then, Chris Ogbonnaya will be up as well and that would be how we would go with it.”

(On Hardesty dropping a pass today in practice and what is going on with that)- “He dropped the ball and we don’t want him to drop the ball.  We work on catching.  You get what you emphasize and we’ve worked on him catching the football, that’s what’s going on.”

(On establishing the running game early)- “I think it’s important that we maintain balance and a balance in my mind is efficiency running and throwing throughout the game.  I think it’s fair to say we need to be able to run and pass early.”

(On how he can check the progress with the guards in practice)- “I’ve talked about everybody on offense playing better and so in terms of charting progress, it’s important that we watch every play. We always grade every play and it’s important whether they’re run blocking or pass blocking that they get better.  I don’t want to point out just the guards, but I think it’s important that they, like everybody and we’ve talked a lot about the quarterback.  He as well as everybody on this team needs to improve and we chart it, we work on it and we emphasize it.”

(On if Hardesty get most of the carries or if he would split carries with Ogbonnaya if Hillis is not able to go)- “We have plays for all the backs so we’ll use them in the ways we see fit.”

(On what Hillis did today)- “He wasn’t at practice and he’s been working with the trainers inside.”

(On if Fujita is at home)- “I’ll have to check with that, I did not see him this morning.  I think so.”

(On if practice did not go smoothly today because it looked like he was fired up)- “No, I thought it was an excellent practice. There’s a lot of practice that you folks don’t see.  I think my demeanor was very similar to a lot of practices.”

(On if he could explain the difference between a no-huddle offense and a two-minute offense)- “The difference between in the two-minute you’re racing the clock as well as trying to get the ball down the field.  In the no huddle there’s no time issue that you need to deal with.  That would be the difference.”

(On how Jabaal Sheard has been playing since switching sides)- “I think Jabaal’s done a nice job and I think his steady improvement really took a jump when we moved him over to the left side.  I’m pleased with where he’s going.”


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