Countdown to The Draft
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By: Will Burge
Woke up on the wrong side of the bed – Pat Shurmur is not the most jovial coach in the NFL but he was especially grumpy today. He was short with his answers and was not in the mood for jokes.
He was asked what part of Brandon Weeden’s game most needs improvement in the final seven weeks and his answer was straight to the point.
“Don’t throw interceptions, done. End of Story.”
Shurmur was also asked whether Trent Richardson is healthy coming out of the bye week. He had a very snarky answer.
“He says he is,” Shurmur said. “I haven’t like punched him in the ribs or anything, but he’s gonna be out there practicing. He said he feels good.”
Finally, when pressed to answer a question more elaborately about Weeden, Shurmur said what the media already knew.
“We’ll be out of here soon, I’m not going to be very long winded on (my answers).”
Maybe it is the stress of his record, maybe it is the NFL Films crew following and recording his every move, or maybe Starbucks was out of his favorite muffin, but whatever it was Shurmur was not a happy camper.
Trent on Trent – Wednesday is the day the media gets to speak with Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden. Today, Richardson said he is still not 100% healthy, but will not use his injury as an excuse for his performance in the past or future.
“My mindset is that I just need to explode on the scene right now,” said Richardson. “I’m not 100% but I’m still working on it.”
This will also be a special game for him because of his ties to NFL all-time rushing leader, Emmett Smith. Both running backs came from the same town, went to the same high school, and had the same coach. In fact, Richardson says they still talk two or three times a month.
Everything is bigger in Texas – For many of the Browns players and coaches this will be their first trip to Dallas Cowboys Stadium. Normally that wouldn’t be a big deal but when one the world’s largest HD screens is housed above the field, people have a tendency to get distracted.
The distraction is so prominent that Pat Shurmur felt the need to address it with his team.
“Yeah, Ive talked to them (about the scoreboard),” said Shurmur. “Every time we play an away game I talk about not letting the venue become a distraction.”
Brandon Weeden played there in college and said it's hard to miss.
“It’s huge,” said Weeden. “It’s overwhelming if you’re sitting in the stands.”
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