Pat Shurmur: “We played a physical team and we found a way to finish.”

Are the Browns getting a reputation as a physical football team? We’ve heard all season after teams have played the Browns they seem to have more respect for what the team is building. Then we heard from the Ravens how much they didn’t enjoy having to tackle Trent Richardson.

Against the Steelers the Browns were popping running backs left and right. They created turnovers. Some of those were on punishing hits. So are the Browns creating an identity as a physical team? Pat Shurmur was asked that question yesterday-

“I know we played a physical team. Again, I don’t want to overstate it. Its one football game, but we played a physical team and we found a way to finish. I think that’s something I think our young guys can build on. I don’t think there’s any question there. I saw some veterans in the locker room yesterday that were as excited as the young guys because there are a lot of guys around here that haven’t had great success against Pittsburgh.”

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  • Dee P

    Gaining back relativity in the NFL starts with winning in your own division.

    Winning in your own division starts with dominating your division at home.

    Browns finish 2012 with a 2-1 record at home vs. AFC North.

    Baby steps…..baby steps…..but moving up.

    Give me a LEADER in a head coach and this definitely continues.

  • Garry_Owen

    Stout physicality.

  • Relevance.

  • mgbode

    + cerebralocity

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Woah… Eagles release Jason Babin. Maybe people who know about the Eagles saw that coming, but that was a big shock to me. I wonder if Joe Banner would actually pick him up?

  • Dee P


  • ThatAlex

    The last thing we need is Shurmur getting cocky…glad we won, but it’s time to move on. It isn’t a stretch to believe that almost any team could have beaten the Steelers this past Sunday.

  • Lol, just sayin.

  • Lyon25

    I was shocked too. I wouldn’t mind taking a flyer on him. We can always use pass rushers

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    Maybe we need him to get cocky so he doesn’t tighten up with a 6 point lead in the middle of the 3rd quarter…..

  • Harv 21

    whimsical trench stomping

  • mgbode

    i’m shocked. is he hurt? has Reid been told he’s gone anyway and he’s just helping out a friend (let him go to a contender – ATL?)?

    18 sacks last year
    5.5 in 11games this year.

  • Harv 21

    Pat’s a moron. Only a moron would say something like that. Every time, too much or too little or wrong words or missing words or wrong time or wrong face. Ah, that’s it, the stupid face. I really really hate his face. Stupid curly hair and red cheeks/huffy breath when he gets angry. And the Todd Loobner high-waisted pants. Fire him today so we don’t have to look at him any more. Time for a real coach, real face. Strong set jaw, screams and spits when he screams, spreads feet and hunches down while plays are run. Straight brown hair.
    Let’s do it.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    The funny thing is that Babin’s taking a lot of crap for only registering 5.5 sacks so far this year. Cleveland would shower him with praise for that.

  • SDA

    You shouldn’t keep your feelings all bottled up

  • mgbode

    when was the last Cleveland Browns player to register 23.5 sacks over 2 seasons?

  • mgbode

    Top 5 Waiver claim priority list

    Rk Team
    1 Chiefs – $13.8mil
    2 Jaguars – $20.1mil
    3 Eagles – N/A
    4 Raiders – $4.6mil
    5 Browns – $14.5mil


    above numbers are the cap space available from the trade deadline cap numbers. I am not sure what cap hit the claiming team would take on Babin as I would think only his 2012 pro-rated salary would count. If so, the Raiders should have enough room.

    that’s awfully mean of Reid to do to his old buddies Heckert, Childress, and Shurmur if you ask me.

  • Dee P

    No seriously…my thanks was sincere.

  • Louisvillebrowns

    Know what I hate Pat as well yet ask yourself? Look at how hard the browns are still playing with only now 3 wins. I try not to eat the pudding or drink the kool aid yet, something is about to explode with this team remember the Indians the last year in the old stadium? This year reminds me of that year enjoy the ride good times are coming.
    Any coach in any sport on any level would say ” give me heart and grit over talent and a few years and I”ll give you a dynasty” still could you imagine this backfield with Hills as the fullback and Richardson …..31 dive 10 times anyone?

  • Henry Brown

    It’s good to know you judge leadership on his press conference skills instead of the nice home division record you cited. Speaks volumes.

  • Dee P

    As a fan, I have made my judgement about his leadership based on a whole lot more than his press conference skills. I feel I have witnessed enough of his clock management mistakes, personnel mistakes, play calling mistakes, and play design mistakes over the past year and a half to feel confident in giving my “thumbs down” assessment on Shurmur’s ability to lead this team in a way that positively reflects their overall success on the field.

    The Browns record at home that I cited above – in my opinion – is in spite of Shurmur’s ability as a head coach, not a product of it.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I think it’s a trick question. Never happened right?

  • mgbode

    MDP had 20
    Burnett had 19
    Clay had 18
    *all of those guys played together w/ Belichick & Saban – also Anthony Pleasant was in that 90s group though his best 2 season sack total was merely 15.5*

    but, the best 2 season sack campaign guy played with Clay and MDP in the absolute glory days of the Browns D. Can you think of the name? Is it who you think?

    Reggie Camp 22.5

    Big Daddy Hairston had a 17 sack 2season campaign with those guys too. Remember when we were so dominant?
    QBs facing the Browns from ’84 – ’94 knew they would hurt badly the next morning.

  • Jaker

    Isn’t he free to sign wherever he wants?

  • mgbode

    Subject to waiver rules after the trade deadline I believe

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Wow, Reggie Camp… never would have pulled that name out of my hat. I thought that if anyone had done it, it would be either MDP or Clay Matthews I. Well played sir.

  • mgbode

    Clay is the career sack leader for the Browns but never had that “one” year. He was just consistent, which is a good thing.

    And, I did ‘guess’ the Camp answer before doing the research but only because I had been stumped in the past on a similarly posed question 🙂

  • Absolutely right! Here’s a comment from an SI article about historically big turnover margins and how the Browns almost blew it:

    “The Browns, put another way, barely won a game Sunday that is virtually impossible to lose, clinging to victory in a favorable situation that a competent team would ride to a massive blowout.”

    Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/kerry_byrne/11/27/browns-steelers/index.html#ixzz2DXbPF8mR

    The defense was truly great, but the offense was 18% on 3rd down conversions and can barely score unless the defense gives them the ball on the opponents’ 10 yard line.