The Cleveland Browns returned to the practice field inside the Casey Coleman Fieldhouse on Monday morning after the players were dismissed from the facility last Tuesday afternoon for the team’s annual bye week.
The Browns got back to work Monday in preparing for Sunday’s game against Dallas at Arlington’s Cowboys Stadium.
“We had a good practice,” Browns coach Pat Shurmur said. “I think it was good. Early in the week, we got a good practice in.
“I thought their energy level was great. They all were back on time. I think they all handled their off time extremely well. We had a good practice here. I could tell that they’ve all done some conditioning. We ended it with a very spirited two-minute drill, which tells me they’re back into it and ready to roll.”
During the break, Shurmur and his staff took an opportunity to review the team’s first nine games. He is looking to improve on the 2-7 record and correct those miscues which hurt the team in their close losses.
“As coaches, we got a chance to sit down and evaluate what went right early in the year and what didn’t go well and what we want to try to focus on. That part was good,” Shurmur said. “I think the players got a chance to get away a little bit and take advantage of some much-needed rest.”
Of the team’s seven losses, four came by one score and six were by 10 or less points. The Browns’ lone defeat by more than 10 points came in a 41-27 loss at the New York Giants on Oct. 7. They built a 14-0 lead at MetLife Stadium before the Giants outscored them, 41-13, after the game’s first five minutes.
“I think there are things that happen in games that you don’t want to happen again,” Shurmur said. “When you look at it, you try to look at every reason why things happen. (You) try to eliminate mistakes and put the players in the best position to win games.”
While working on improving the Browns for the final seven games of the season, Shurmur always kept his immediate attention on the first opponent after the bye week in the Cowboys. He made that a point of emphasis when addressing the team prior to the first practice of the week.
“We just talk about doing what we have to do to beat Dallas, that’s number one,” Shurmur said. “That’s the focus on the process of beating Dallas, which is the preparation and then, you take it from there. We know the results in the first half weren’t good enough when it comes to wins and losses. We’re doing what we can to win the first one and then, take it from there.”
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