Reporting Daryl Ruiter
BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – Cleveland Browns coach Pat Shurmur plans to use the upcoming bye week to make some changes.
And no, he’s not stepping down as head coach – sorry Browns fan.
Shurmur said Monday afternoon that he plans to “streamline some things” in the wake of the bevy of communication breakdowns during Sunday’s 25-15 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Those breakdowns cost the Browns 3 timeouts – 2 in the first half and 1 in the third quarter.
“I take full responsibility for all of it,” Shurmur said. “I think we can streamline some things to help the players execute better.”
The breakdowns happened twice on the same drive in the second quarter and once again in the third.
“I can’t tell you exactly. I know exactly why,” Shurmur said while trying to avoid the specifics of who was responsible. “There were a couple situations getting the right people in the game, getting the play to the quarterback in a timely fashion and then him calling it properly. That’s the string of events.
“A couple times that didn’t get done. And I’m absolutely responsible. We’ll make changes here and I’ll streamline some of the things.”
That was part of the problem with Shurmur and his staff Sunday.
The other was 4th and 2.
Baltimore was able to seal the game with a 43-yard field goal after the Browns failed to convert a 4th down from their own 28 with 3:53 to play.
The Browns had 2 timeouts plus the 2-minute warning but Shurmur elected to go for it instead of punting and counting on his defense to get a stop.
“What I would like us to do is execute, give them a better play and make it,” Shurmur said when asked if he regretted the decision. “I watched the game last night, the Giants punted in that situation and never saw the ball again.
“I would consider doing something different if I can guarantee that I’d get the ball back.”
Weeden’s pass to Greg Little was too high and fell incomplete leaving the Ravens in field goal range to go up by 2 scores.
“I gotta give them a better play,” Shurmur said. “And then we gotta make it. Then you’re talking about it being a gutsy call to keep the drive alive.
“Everybody did the right thing. We didn’t execute it. There were five receivers in the route. [We've] got to do a better job.”
Despite falling to 2-7, a game worse than where they were a season ago, Shurmur isn’t throwing in the towel just yet.
“I am not discouraged,” Shurmur said. “I remember a year ago we played the Baltimore Ravens here and the score was close but they beat the brakes off us.
“This was a very fine football team we played. We had a chance to beat them and we didn’t and that’s what’s disappointing but [I'm] not discouraged.”
He might not be “discouraged” but Browns fans are.