Reporting Daryl Ruiter
BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – Cleveland Browns coach Pat Shurmur won’t look back or too far ahead.
It’s been his mantra since he took over as coach in 2011.
Shurmur staying in the moment and for the last 8 weeks, most of them have been pretty enjoyable.
Despite the recent 3-game win streak, which is the longest since they saved Eric Mangini’s job with a 4-game win streak to end the 2009 season, the rumors of his demise persist.
“I’m not worried about any of that,” Shurmur said. “I’m not worried about saving [my job], I’m worried about doing my job.”
Shurmur pointed out Monday afternoon that the Browns have had 72 games started by rookies – nearly double that of the next team in line who has 44.
Instead of reading the rumor mill, Shurmur is enjoying watching his players celebrate, which he says is “intoxicating.”.
“I’ve always been fond of our team,” Shurmur said. “When we ask them to do stuff they respond. When you see it come together and they have success as a teacher or a coach, that’s where you get your joy.”
Winners of 5 of their last 8, the Browns are still alive for a playoff spot and are on the hottest that they’ve been since the 2007 season but Shurmur is turning his attention to the Washington Redskins.
“No,” Shurmur said. “We focus on the next game.”
Who would’ve thought that after an 0-5 start they’d still be alive?
Not many. But with a wild card berth a possibility – a remote one at that – it’s hard not to think about ‘what if?’
What if Joe Haden wasn’t suspended for 4 games or Phil Taylor didn’t miss the first 8? What if L.J Fort comes up with that interception in the end zone against the Eagles on opening day? What if Josh Gordon catches that bomb in Indianapolis? What if they were able to hang on in the closing seconds at Dallas?
“I don’t play the ‘What if’ game,” Shurmur said. “I just keep going forward.”