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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 11, 2011

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today after his team practiced in preparation for its home game Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(Opening statement)- “I don’t have anything new to add injury wise, I’ll let the report come out.  Obviously, there were some more guys practicing.  I will add this, Usama Young was out here and went through the whole thing and looked good.  Other than that we’ll just see. It was a good practice, it was pretty spirited actually and their attention to detail was pretty good so we’ll clean it up tomorrow then we’ll go play.”

(On if T.J. Ward is out for Sunday)- “T.J. will probably be out, most likely.”

(On if Mohamed Massaquoi will be out for Sunday)- “Yeah, but again we’ll wait and see.”

(On if Massaquoi was out here)- “Mo was here today.  He was in the meetings.  I talked to him briefly today and he said he was feeling better.”

(On if he preaches a sense of urgency to win and move to a 4-5 record)- “We’ll I don’t know about preaching, but I always feel a sense of urgency and I think the players feel that from me.  When it comes to urgency, the focus is on winning the next game and then whatever the numbers are they are in terms of 4-5 or whatever.  I feel it, our players feel it and I do talk about it often.”

(On comparing Steven Jackson to Ben Tate and Arian Foster)- “They’re all big physical backs.  Steven runs with a lot of emotion and once he gets his pads turned up the field, he’s very difficult to bring down just because he’s such a big guy.  He’s going to be a good challenge for us for sure.”

(On if Phil Dawson was able to practice today)- “He practiced today. He sure did.”

(On if Dawson did all of the kicking)- “Yeah.”

(On Emmanuel Stephens getting a lot of reps at practice)- “He’s done a good job and he’s probably going to get a lot of reps this weekend. We feel good about the way he plays.  He plays extremely hard, he knows what he’s doing and he’s going to get an opportunity to show what he can do.”

(On the Rams going up against a younger quarterback compared to the veteran quarterbacks they’ve faced the last couple weeks)- “You would have to ask them how they look at or approach attacking Colt (McCoy).  From a defensive perspective, I think they try to attack the scheme and the players in it whether they are experienced or not.  I’m sure we’ll see some things and every week they’ll do certain things that they didn’t do the week before.  We’re prepared for it and ready to deal with it when it happens.”

(On why St. Louis’ defense dominated the first half last week)- “I think they played hard.  I don’t think they allowed their skill players to make any real big plays and I think they just do a good job scheme wise of just eliminating the big play and then getting you into unmanageable third downs and then pressuring you.”

(On if Young would start at safety if Ward is out)- “Yes, T.J.’s in a cast right now so Usama Young would start.”

(On if he’s confident in Young)- “I’m absolutely confident that he’s going to do great.  He practiced well today.”

(On if he thinks Chris Ogbonnaya will continue to improve having another week under his belt)- “I do.  I think there are areas that you get better at as you play and I think that’s where he’ll get better.  He’ll be more comfortable with the plays and seeing more looks and then being able to execute.  I feel like that’s where he’ll be better.”

(On if he sensed Ogbonnaya was nervous during his first start)- “I don’t think he was nervous.  I think he was like the rest of the team, we wished we’d played better.”


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