Pat Shurmur Contiues to be High on RT Mitchell Schwartz

It’s tough to play the offensive line in this league. I think he also has crossed those hurdles as you go through the offseason. This will be his first game as a pro. I anticipate he’s going to battle. I anticipate he’ll have a winning performance. If he makes mistakes along the way, we’ll get them fixed and keep moving. […] I think he’s a guy that started and played in almost every single game in his college career. He’s gone through this getting ready to play process. He’s played a lot of snaps. I think that gives me a little bit more comfort than a guy that came in and maybe was a one-year starter or there was something about his college history where he hadn’t played all that much. I think he’s draws on that a little bit. I think he’s playing with some guys in that offensive line that are veteran players. Even though they might not be right next to him, although Shawn Lauvao has played a couple years now, I think they’ll help him get through it. I just know by his personality that he’s going to battle. That’s what you need from an offensive lineman.

— Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shumur, Friday, on 2012 second-round draft selection Mitchell Schwartz. Schwartz had a very hot and cold preseason, experiencing considerable issues during the team’s preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Browns’ Week 1 opponent.

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  • eldaveablo

    I think it’s kind of ridiculous that Schwartz has to be defended before the first GAME. Alex Mack had some bumps along the way his rookie year, and now he’s a key part of the foundation. Let’s relax a bit.

  • BrownsFanSF

    100% agree. He’s gonna get beat a couple times this year, there is nothing that’s going to stop that. As long as he keeps battling and getting better then I am on board. No one is born knowing how to be and NFL tackle (‘cept maybe Joe Thomas)

  • Kildawg

    Schwartz is lucky that he has perennial All-Pro Joe Thomas and Pro Bowl-caliber Alex Mack to help him out. Hopefully the Browns can have a very solid O-Line for at least 5 to 10 years.

  • Hypno_Toad

    Yeah but I’m not sold on either of our guards. Both are young and have had good times and bad times. This year should be key for both of them. Hopefully at least one of them solidifies them self as a legitimate NFL starter so we can plug in the last hole in the next draft.

  • renobrowns

    We need to have the RB and TE really work hard to pick up the blitz and catch the hot reads on the right side.

  • Warburton MacKinnon

    Most of what I have seen by Schwartz would seem to say he would be good if he had a decent guard to his left,unfourtunately that is not the case. If we had a better guard on the right side of the line he’d be fine…but we have a shitty one.