HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 06: Head coach Pat Shurmur of the Cleveland Browns tries to figure out the Houston Texans defense on November 6, 2011 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur spoke with the local media today regarding the team's 30-12 loss to the Houston Texans. I already addressed some of what he said about Peyton Hillis earlier, so the highlights after the jump are the ones that do not involve Hillis. [Read full press conference transcript here]
(Opening statement on the injuries) - "Mohamed Massaquoi as I mentioned yesterday came out of the game. He was feeling woozy and he actually went home today, he wasn’t feeling well so he’s out of the building. There was no specific episode in the game that caused him, we’re just having that evaluated. Tony Pashos got kicked in the leg so we’ll see how he is. Dimitri Patterson is progressing, we’ll see as we near the end of the week his availability. T.J. Ward had a dislocated finger, they popped it back in, got it fixed and then he had a foot sprain. I don’t have any details on that yet he’s still being evaluated on the foot. Usama Young has a hip injury and again, we’ll see how he does as he goes through the week."
(On Massaquoi’s condition being related to the concussion) – "We’re having that evaluated. We’re very strict with that protocol when it involves concussion situations. There is no wiggle room. We follow the guidelines as to when a player can be back. He was able to compete, he practiced, he followed all the guidelines and standards. Joe (Sheehan) is very to the letter on that. He got in the game, he competed for a while and then he got woozy, so he came out."
(On if he was hit in the head during the game) – "No, there was no significant play in the game that caused him to get worse."
(On what troubled him the most about yesterday) – "I think we got behind early for a couple of reasons. They drove the ball on us and then we fumbled the ball on the first snap. On a run that’s going to gain yards, can’t do that. So we spot them 10 points there and then we throw an interception right before half and give them another three. Those are the types of things that upset me and that’s how that game went. We’ll work on correcting those. "
(On why a timeout was not called after Colt McCoy was sacked before the half) – "I chose not to call one. We got a play that we wanted, he threw the ball to Greg (Little) in the slot. I chose not to call one, there’s no reason to at that point."
(On if Little should have run a different route on the interception) – "I’m going to leave that to the correction. No, Greg was running the right route. Greg needs to look for the football."
(On if he gave any thought to putting Seneca Wallace in the game) – "No, not at all."
(On the breakdowns in protection) – "There was only one snap yesterday where we didn’t have a hat for everybody that was rushing, however that works. We had new guys in there playing at running back and a new guy at tackle and there was only one play where didn’t have a hat for a hat where it should have been picked up. We need to get better at making sure that gets done."
(On how much responsibility falls on McCoy to put new guys in the right place) – "It falls on everybody in the game being responsible to do their job. The ultimate success or failure of an offense falls on the head coach and the quarterback making sure that it gets done. The way we had the protection schemed up, like I said, we had a hat for a hat on every play but one."