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Shurmur gets first NFL win

Posted Sep 18, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Browns gave coach Pat Shurmur his first win as an NFL head coach Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

INDIANAPOLIS -- One down and many to go.

The Browns got their first victory of the season with a 27-19 win over the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium Sunday and for coach Pat Shurmur, it was his first win as a head coach in the National Football League.

“I’m proud of our team. I think they played well,” Shurmur said in his postgame press conference. “Victories, I think, start after the last game. I think they came in and cleaned up their corrections from last week -- and we had a boatload -- and made an effort to put that game behind them and move forward to put everything in place to win this one. I’m proud of their efforts for that.”

While the win meant a lot to Shurmur, it was also important to his players.

“He was very positive, very optimistic, but you could still tell he wants to win,” running back Peyton Hillis said. “It was great to give him that first victory and just seemed like a lot of stress was lifted off his shoulders and it’s good to give back to your head coach like that.”

Even without Peyton Manning taking the snaps and throwing the passes, the Browns did not take the Colts for granted coming into the game.

“What I’m most proud of is we’ve got a good group of guys that play hard,” Shurmur said. “They buy into what I’m telling them and what we’re coaching them to do. When you win, it’s just a reward for doing all those things. Don’t underestimate that team. That’s a team that’s won 12 games the last two years and many, many before that. They’re a very talented team, an organization that is to be admired and for us to get our first victory this year against them, that’s a big deal.”

Although the Browns did a get a win over the Indianapolis Colts, the 24-hour rule is in effect, meaning players have only a little bit of time to enjoy the victory before getting back to work on the upcoming opponent.

The Browns will be home for almost a month to the day before their next road game, as they welcome the Miami Dolphins and Tennessee Titans to Cleveland Browns Stadium in consecutive weeks.

“Now, it’s about consistency,” Shurmur said. “That’s what us coaches will focus on this week. We won one game and trust me, after losing a game, it feels a lot better. We as coaches and players, we fight to do our jobs, play this sport, play the game, but we fight to win. Regardless of how you get to Monday, all 32 teams are working on how to win the next game, so even though the mood will be a little better, the work and what we try to get accomplished need to be exactly the same.”

RED ZONE PLAY

Both the Browns’ offense and defense were effective in Sunday’s win over the Colts.

The Browns converted eight of 16 third down attempts and limited the Colts to four of 14 in similar situations. The Browns also forced the Colts to kick four field goals instead of punctuating drives with touchdowns.

“If you’re going to be a team that has success over the long haul, you have to be able to make teams kick field goals,” Shurmur said. “You’ve got to score touchdowns yourself and then, you’ve got to be good on third down. We always focus on that.”

A LATER START

Due to a delay in travel, the Browns arrived in Indianapolis later than they planned on Saturday night. They simply adjusted to the situation.

“We were fortunate enough to get here where our evening meeting schedule didn’t get disrupted,” Shurmur said. “Just like anything, you got dealt a bad hand and they handled it well.”

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