BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – Hopefully the second preseason game at Green Bay Thursday night goes better than practice did on Tuesday.
The Browns were as sloppy inside the field house as the weather was outside of it.
“I think it was the smart thing to do with the weather the way it is,” Shurmur said. “Just like anything players need to learn how to do it inside with close quarters and lots of bodies.”
Dropped passes, poor routes and throws and even a fumbled snap disrupted any rhythm as the team crammed all 90 players into the 70-yard indoor facility.
“It has nothing to do with where we practice,” coach Pat Shurmur said. “You have to catch the football. If they had been doing it consistently all along and it creeps up in a practice or two, we as coaches emphasize it and they get back on the stick.
“I think today we dropped more than I was used to seeing here the last couple days.”
The Browns spent most of the morning working on red zone situations with very little success.
Tuesday morning’s practice was moved inside and closed to the public due to heavy rain and wet fields.
No. 12 Will Be No. 2: For the second consecutive game, Colt McCoy will serve as the No. 2 quarterback Thursday night in Green Bay Shurmur said Tuesday.
There’s thought that the Browns might be showcasing McCoy who is competing with Seneca Wallace for the backup job behind starter Brandon Weeden but Shurmur denied any method to the madness.
“There is no big reason,” Shurmur said. “That’s just the way I want to do it.”
Own Worst Critic: Rookie right tackle Mitchell Schwartz had a difficult debut Friday night against the Lions.
No one needs to tell him because he saw it himself and was bothered by what he saw in the film room.
“I think I hold myself to pretty high standards, personally,” Schwartz said. “You never want to lose a play, never want to let the guy get to the quarterback. You never want to miss a block in the run game—any of those types of things. You don’t want to get beat on any single play.
“There’s a couple times that that happened, and personally that doesn’t really sit well with me.”
That attention to detail and self criticism is something that Shurmur has noticed about the rookie from California and appreciates.
“I think that’s an important part of his personality,” Shurmur said. “He’s a very detailed guy. He’s very precise. I think that’s what makes him technically pretty sound at what he does. Now, what he encountered the other night was a pretty good pass rush and I saw him working through it as he played the game. He’s a very fine player and I think he’ll continue to improve here through the preseason.”
Schwartz was beat several times up front including one which resulted in a strip sack of Weeden which was recovered by Detroit.
It won’t get any easier this week for him as he’ll likely match up against Clay Matthews Jr.
“He’s such a great player now,” Schwartz said. “He’s turned himself into a real complete player. Obviously, the pass rush stuff, you know about the sacks, but he’s great in the run game as well. He’s not the biggest guy but he does such a good job with his hands and his leverage that he’s able to stuff the bigger tackles in the run game.
“He’s not just a one trick guy who can rush the passer, he can do a little bit of everything.”
Gocong Update: Linebacker Chris Gocong underwent surgery last Friday to repair a torn Achilles.
Gocong sustained the injury on Aug. 4 but Shurmur declined to say that Gocong was headed to inured reserve.
“I don’t know about that right now,” Shurmur said. “This is an extended rehab process when you come back from an Achilles surgery. I’d say there is a pretty good chance he won’t be here for the season.”
Need More Room: There is no question that the field house in Berea will be one of the areas that new owner Jimmy Haslam III will look at upgrading.
Haslam has said repeatedly since agreeing to buy the team that ensuring that the Browns have state of the art facilities to work in and a first class stadium to play in is a priority for him.
Massillon High School has their own full length indoor facility to work in so there is no reason that the Browns shouldn’t.
Much of the Berea complex should be state of the art after former coach Eric Mangini had much of the building renovated during the 2009 offseason.
Some of the changes Mangini made included an expanded locker room, addition of a 120 seat auditorium as well as renovations to the video, meeting and conference rooms, cafeteria and team offices.
Injuries: DE Marcus Benard and WR Mohamed Massaquoi returned to practice.
FB Eddie Williams, who had an undisclosed injury, was waived/injured to make room for defensive lineman Ronnie Cameron who was claimed off of waivers.
12 players did not practice Tuesday.
CB Dimitri Patterson (right ankle), S Usama Young (reported hamstring), RB Trent Richardson (left knee scope), LB Chris Gocong (torn right Achilles tendon), LB D’Qwell Jackson (reported shoulder soreness), DT Scott Paxson (right knee), WR Travis Benjamin (general soreness), TE Ben Watson (undisclosed), TE Jordan Cameron (back), DE Frostee Rucker (right knee), DT Phil Taylor (pectoral surgery) and LB Scott Fujita (general soreness).
Up Next: The Browns will not practice Wednesday. They play their second preseason game at Green Bay Thursday night.