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Pat Shurmur puts Greg Little on notice

Pat Shurmur was pretty blunt with the media today. After watching it, he still somehow seemed to come off defensive too, which is ponderous after a game like the Browns played yesterday. Still, he seemed to intimate that Greg Little’s spot on the active roster on gameday could be in jeopardy if he continues to drop the ball.

After talking about Greg Little and his posing antics and indicating that he’d talked to Little, Shurmur spoke a little bit more generically when he said, “We can’t play a guy that’s going to drop footballs.”

Little dropped one officially yesterday, but two if you count that weird play where Weeden’s pass went through Little’s hands and into the arms of Josh Gordon. Little has also struggled holding onto the ball much of the time since the beginning of last year.

Although slight of frame, Jordan Norwood is probably one of the more polished receivers on the roster. While his ceiling isn’t thought to be as high as Greg Little’s with the larger, bruising frame, there is very little question about Norwood’s route running or catching abilities.

You can take our Facebook poll on the topic. Would you support Pat Shurmur benching Greg Little?

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  • Little’s antics on the field filled me with rage. He acts like catching the ball is some feat from god. It is his friggin job and doing a touchdown dance for a simple reception is pathetic.

  • Harv 21

    I’d start Norwood in a hot minute. But I would not deactivate Little. Someone needs to hide the Deactivate button from Shurmur, he gets crazy with that thing. Make Little stand on the sidelines holding his helmet, thinking he might come in, and give him a little wink every time Norwood hangs on. Or sign a veteran FA – that’ll get his attention.

  • Garry_Owen

    5 words: Plaxico Burress.

  • Garry_Owen

    Sign him.

  • Garry_Owen

    Now.

  • Harv 21

    well, Senor Internal Dialogo, Plaxico has past issues, um, he wouldn’t know exactly where to be in the wco, um, he’d ruin the offensive chemistry, um … ok, his name has 2 Bs, 2 Rs, and an X. That’s not a receiver, that’s a cheap escape from very bad Scrabble tiles.

  • JK

    What’s the point of that? Bring in and pay an old, past his prime, WR.. for what? Who knows if he’s been working out or if he’s in shape. You want him to come in & be your WR1? I don’t. Get these young guys more looks and evaluate what you have.

  • Garry_Owen

    Well . . . a little research (or, let’s be honest, time wasted listening to sports talk radio) will tell you that Burress has, indeed, stayed in shape. The scuttlebutt is that he is probably in better shape than he was last year (which, granted, isn’t that great). Anyway, he’s in “better-than-prison” shape.
    What would we bring him in to do? I don’t know, maybe CATCH THE BALL. He’s always had great hands. Yes, I’d bring him in to do that.
    As our #1 receiver? Nope. As a replacement for Greg Little – whatever Greg Little might be. (He plays like #2, if you know what I mean . . .) I am confident that he can, for at least one year, do much better what Greg Little is being paid a ton of money to NOT do.
    Look, at least Plax can lead by example. He has years of experience in the league. Winning. That alone would provide more value to the WR squad than anyone on the current roster provides. If nothing else, he can show Little how not to be an idiot, or to be a better professional idiot. You know, “how to shoot yourself in the foot the proper way.” (Pardon the pun. This one. Not the other ones. Those are too bad to be pardoned.)

  • Garry_Owen

    Combine those with TL and TW tiles, and you’ve got yourself a winner.
    [Didn’t know you were bi-lingual! Muy Gut!]

  • AkronPoppy

    I’ve seen this show before, except that receiver came with a pedigree from Michigan and was a consensus top pick. It was tough watching Baltimore and New England wide receivers making plays on the ball and breaking up would be interceptions while I don’t see the same energy from our guys.

  • JK

    I get your point, I just think if you’re looking for a mentor or someone to catch a few balls then we can do a little better than Plax. Also I’d rather have the Browns not pay someone who isn’t going to make that much of a difference anyway.

  • Garry_Owen

    They wouldn’t have to pay him much. It’s a buyer’s market for his services.
    Honestly, though, who could we sign that would be better? (I’m only talking for this year, mind you.)

  • MrCleaveland

    Negatory.

    No. More. Head. Cases.

  • Do you want to evaluate the receivers or the first round quarterback the Browns just drafted? How you think Weedon can be properly evaluated without having 1 receiver that could start on at least 75% of the other teams in the NFL.

  • Garry_Owen

    No offense taken.

  • JK

    I recognize the fact that WeedEn is most likely not a big part of the problem because the WRs we have run bad routes, drop balls, are young/rookies, etc. But how was that any different from who Colt was throwing to last year? If anything it’s better. My main point is that Plax does not put us over the hump by any means so why pay him?

    Also, how do you figure Plax can “start on atleast 75% of the other teams in the NFL” when he’s started for 0% of the other teams in the league through 3 weeks…?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Ask Colt McCoy that question.

  • talljeff

    just really need to voice my approval for the term ‘better-than-prison shape.’ very nice. as i sit on my bed eating cookies, i sadly have realized in no way am i in ‘better than prison’ shape.

  • Garry_Owen

    Good cookies?

  • maxfnmloans

    Did Greg Little set team records for touchdowns and yardage in a season? Braylon was an idiot for certain, but he was miles beyond Greg Little.

  • mgbode

    gotta compare their rookie years and possibly pace for Little in his 2nd year. BE didn’t blow up until year3 afterall.

  • Akronpoppy

    My point is that Braylon (deservedly) had a little longer leash. Little is no BE.

  • markn95

    I always think of Chris Rock’s “don’t ask for credit for something you’re SUPPOSED to do” bit when Little dials up one of his celebrations. Really, no one can say it better than him.

  • Hypno_Toad

    The thought of Plax as a role model for Greg Little keeps me up at night.

  • Garry_Owen

    My sources (?) say he’s matured finally. Mellowed, even. Prison might have contributed.

  • SDA

    Totally agree why not start Norwood. We get stuck on the “prototypical” receiver. If he can run a route and catch a ball he’s in!!

  • geomac1310

    I cant stand Greg Little. Totally reminds me of a certain receiver we had from Michigan.

  • Hypno_Toad

    Can we send Chris Perez to prison?

  • JHop

    The Browns should sign Ochocinco, T.O., and Plaxico. At least give me something interesting to watch.

  • Garry_Owen

    He’s sort of in a prison of his own making.

  • BenRM

    I’m not all that old school, so Little’s “antics” wouldn’t bother me if they were accompanied by production. Stop. Dropping. Passes. Then pose and preen all you like.

  • Wheels11

    All may be a stretch. I agree though, try to bring one of those guys in, a Veteran at the WR would not only help our WR but would also help Weeden in my opinion.

    But which one of those guys wants to come to Cleveland????

  • Plaxico’s fine he shot himself accidentally. And now we should resent him for life? I’m sure he learned his lesson and I’m sure he was in pain. Anything right now would be an improvement, from a guy who has led the NFL in Drops his first 2 seasons.

  • mgbode

    no, anything would not be an improvement. Greg Little is getting open. a WR not even getting open would be worse. now, he needs to hang on, yes. sadly, we don’t have any better options (i’ll include Plax and whatever other retread FA WR on the market as well)