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Shurmur press conf. transcript - 9/11

Posted Sep 11, 2011

The transcript of Coach Pat Shurmur's postgame press conference following the 27-17 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday.

CLEVELAND BROWNS COACH PAT SHURMUR

(Opening statement)- “You start out (the way we did) and look what happened, I mean you’ve made a season full of mistakes there in the first quarter.  I think we had seven penalties in the first quarter.  No excuses.  I don’t care if you’re a rookie, I don’t care if you’ve been in this thing for 12 years and I don’t care if this is your last game, you can’t make mistakes and I think there were a lot of unforced errors there.  Now we found a way to score 17 unanswered points.  We had them backed up a couple of times and we got three points out of the deal.  Not good enough.   You can’t win when you do that.  There are a lot of things we have to learn from this thing.  We had a situation where they made a big play on us.  Once that happens, the game is not over.  You’ve got to put yourself in position where you go down the field, you score and you win.  We had a couple chances to do that and we didn’t do it.  I think the one thing you’ll get from me after games like this is that I’m disappointed.  I’m disappointed for our team and for the players that put so much into it.  But, I told them this thing will only be fatal if we let it be.  We’ve got a game in seven days, there’s plenty of stuff to clean up.  We’ve got a locker room full of disappointed guys.  I need to do a better job coaching and we’ve got to play better and then we’ll win these games.  That’s the message. You’re not going to get any excuses from me.  I think the effort was there from snap to snap, down to down.  There were a lot of guys battling, but we’ve got to play better.  I think that’s the message and it starts with me.”

(On the defensive miscue that resulted in the A.J. Green touchdown)- “Yeah they quick-snapped us.  I have to watch the tape, but it’s my understanding that they changed personnel, lined up and then quick-snapped it.  There are rules that go along with that, so we’ll see.  That’s what happened.”

(On if he got an explanation from the officials on that play)- “Not really”

(On what rule he’s referring to)- “My understanding is when the offense changes personnel, my understanding is the defense is allowed to do so as well and have time to do it.  That’s my understanding.  Now we’ll all see, I’m going to have to go back and watch the tape, but we’ll all see if that actually happened.”

(On if they tried to call a timeout)- “No, because I didn’t anticipate that the ball was going to get snapped.”

(On if there was a lack of focus)- “We’ll have to see and look.  There were some offsides, we were in the neutral zone and we jumped offsides.  I don’t think it’s a lack of focus, we just can’t do it.”

(On the sideline interference call)- “That’s on me, I knocked him over.  I knocked the ref over.  It happens.  I didn’t mean to, but it happens.”

(On if the offensive line’s play in the fourth quarter affected Colt McCoy’s performance)- “I don’t know.  I’ll have to see that.  I don’t know how it all played out, but guys were in there battling.  We had a little rotation in there with the three guys at left guard and right tackle.  Artis Hicks went in there, but I wouldn’t say that.  We just have to play better all the way around.  We had dropped balls as well.  I could tell there were a couple bad decisions so we have got to be better.”

(On deciding to go for it on fourth down)- “I felt like we need to get the thing going.  With one timeout, we had used the timeouts and put ourselves in that position.  Fortunately, things happened in that drive that helped us when we had a chance so we just felt like we needed to keep going there.”

(On the punting situation)- “We’re going to look at everything including the punter and the punting situation.  Absolutely.”

(On what changed after putting up 17 points and then punting four times in a row)- “They stopped us.  We didn’t execute as well as we needed to, we put ourselves in some long yardage situations on third down and we didn’t get it done.  I need to call better plays and I need to get the guys in better position to make plays.  (Look at) what happened when we scored 17 points.  When we were scoring points, we were staying ahead of the downs, we were short on third downs, we were actually converting on second down and that’s when you’re playing good ball.”

(On Joshua Cribbs’ return game performance providing a spark for the team) - “Yeah I think Josh is one of those players, he’s a very exciting playmaker.  I thought he did a nice job of getting us jump-started.  He’s back there licking his chops trying to bring those balls out and I am glad he did in that situation.  The guy is a playmaker.  He loves to play and really he popped that last return out pretty good.  Greg Little, you saw him come down and whack the guy and they really about hurt each other.”

(On what Joe Haden had to do on the quick snap play for a touchdown) - “Cover the guy.  You know I am going to fully evaluate what happened on that play, but it’s my understanding that they changed personnel offensively.”

(On if there is any way to avoid a play like Greg Little blocking a defender into Joshua Cribbs) - “No, Greg was blocking.  He nailed the guy that bounced into Josh.  There is no formula for that.”

(On if a timeout should have been called on Cincinnati’s touchdown pass to A.J. Green) - “Again, we have to go back and evaluate that whole situation.  That being the case, we will decide on what we should have done better there.  What happened is not what needs to happen and again, no excuses.  We have to get that thing covered up and we have to play better.”

(On if it is the responsibility of a player on defense to call timeout in that situation)- “Yes, we are all responsible.”

(On Cedric Benson running left the whole game until the final touchdown)- “They didn’t run the ball three times to the right (before that point).  He just popped it and you see that frequently in four minute situations, where everybody is selling out.  You know you have eleven guys around the line a scrimmage and then the ball pops out.  Nothing abnormal there other than we didn’t defend it.”