That's right -- a season's worth of mistakes in the first quarter, but the Cleveland Browns didn't stop the mistakes after that in what ended up becoming a comedy of errors that led to the team's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. I'll have my full review up on Monday or Tuesday, but for now, here is what head coach Pat Shurmur had to say, in summary, following his first loss as a head coach. [Read full transcript here]
(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."
(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 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 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 the punting situation)- "We’re going to look at everything including the punter and the punting situation. Absolutely."
(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."