Browns coach Pat Shurmur spoke to reporters today after the first full-squad practice of training camp and the statement from owner Randy Lerner that revealed he negotiating to sell the team. Here is a transcript from the news conference:


(Opening statement)- Obviously today there was big news. I know you guys received a release from the club and I know Mike Holmgren spoke to you so Ive got nothing to add, absolutely nothing to add. When the news broke, my first concern when I was hired here, I hired a staff of guys to help me coach this football team so my first concern was the coaches that they were informed of this early on and then next were the players. Those were the two groups in the organization and of course the trainers and the support staff. That was my concern so we informed them. I also informed them that the goals, the things we talked about last night in the meeting as me move forward this year have not changed not one bit, not one bit. What were trying to do as a football team should be unchanged by what was talked about today. We are a much better football team, well be much better prepared this season. I feel like weve got a better group to put on the field and I think we function better as a staff, so thats my concern and thats what I told the players. The feedback from them is they understand that message. That being said, I am not going to answer any questions regarding todays news. If youve got football questions I would be happy to answer them.


(On the psychology of the players and staff after todays news)- Were at the time of year where, as I mentioned, our focus is to work through this training camp and get this team as good as we can be to start the season and play. Everybody deals with things that distract you or adversity, thats not the case here. Were getting a football team ready to play. We have a very professional group of guys on this team and we have a bunch of prideful guys that understand that message.


(On his message to the players last night)- I expect that were a much improved football team. We all agreed that what we did last year wasnt good enough and weve highlighted areas that, we as a team and thats between the team and I, we need to be better and we need to work on here in practice and go ahead and do it. Thats the message.


(On what players were not at practice today)- I am not going to talk about injuries and who wasnt out there. You guys were available to see it.


(On why Ahtyba Rubin and Evan Moore did not practice today)- They just didnt practice today and there is going to be a couple of days before they are back out there.


(On if everyone passed their conditioning test)- Yeah, they all passed. A couple of guys struggled, but they all passed.


(On the low expectations of the team nationally and if he used that as motivation in his meeting)- What Im concerned about is the thought process that this team has as we move forward within the building. Im not concerned with that. My concern is the players, their mindset, winning football games and the fans of this community who can go to work on Monday and be proud because their team won. Thats what my concerns are.


(On if todays news will be a distraction)- Im not talking about this. What Im saying is based on what were doing, it will not become a distraction.


(On how the defense looked today)- I thought the defense challenged very well today in practice. I thought we got come excellent work. You can tell initially, always in the first practice when you put shells on and helmets and you add the linemen in there, the passing game takes a day or two to look the way I want it to look, but I thought the defense challenged well and thats a good thing.


(On if Greg Little and Josh Gordon can play at the same time)- I think its very real to think they would both be on the field quite a bit. I think thats a smart thing. They are very good players.


(On if he addressed each quarterback individually after meeting with the team)- Im going to tell you guys where the starter is at some point. Ill tell you on my time. The quarterbacks know that theyre out here competing and trying to get better and so thats what we talked about.