Shurmur calls game clinching drive against Oakland a confidence booster

It was a big moment in the game on Sunday. The Raiders had the momentum after pulling to within a field goal mid-way through the 4th quarter. That’s when the Browns went on a 14 play, 94 yard drive consuming 6:04 of game clock.

Browns coach Pat Shurmur talked about the drive on Monday-

“Anytime you do something once, then you become confident that you can do it again. If you’re not getting that part done, then of course you’re waiting for the other shoe to drop or we’re going to screw something up, all that stuff. You get beyond it by doing it and I think that’s where the confidence comes in. Hopefully we can repeat it as we move forward.”

In addition, he was asked if he thought the team had ‘turned a corner’ the last few weeks-

“I don’t know about turning the corner. That’s a good question. What I do know is we beat a quality opponent at home last week and we went on the road and won a game on the road. Now, what we’ve got to do is try to build on that. I think for the most part, we’ve got a pretty healthy team and we’ve got a lot of young players that are getting better. I’ve mention this throughout the year, when you’re working with young players and only time will tell how good they can be, you see guys improve. I think that’s a good thing.”

Listen to Craig and I discuss that game clinching drive and much more on today’s podcast.

  • ThatAlex

    Anytime I read comments from Shurmur, the first thing that comes to mind is “Man, he really sounds like a rookie coach.” He seems perpetually unsure of himself.

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    “…then of course you’re waiting for the other shoe to drop or we’re going to screw something up, all that stuff.”

    Sounds about right for our Cleveland sports neuroses.

  • BenRM

    Any time I read comments about comments from Shurmur, the first thing that comes to mind is, “Man, Cleveland fans have ridiculous expectations about everything.”

  • Harv 21

    ugh. Only Suremore would say it like that. He doesn’t know about turning a corner, perfect. Are you the coach or not? Fire doofus now before his stupid gets contagious. We need a guy with some fire who fires his players up on the sideline and has straight hair.

  • ridiculous expectations?

  • C-Bus Kevin

    It’s a long way to go, but if the Browns stay hot and finish 8-8, Shurmur stays on the sidelines, and I wouldn’t be upset about it either. It would mean the team’s on the right track (3-3 in the division with two wins over Pittsburgh).

    Here’s the question…how about a slightly lesser record. In my opinion…

    4-12: Fired
    5-11: Fired
    6-10: Fired
    7-9: I would fire him, but that one could depend on how the team looks and who they beat down the home stretch.

  • mgbode

    I think record actually doesn’t have nearly as much to do with it. Haslam/Banner are looking for a guy who they believe in philosophy, leadership, and the details of getting things done. If Shurmur is that guy, then fine. If not, also fine. We need the whole organization on the same page.

  • BuckeyeDawg

    We are 4-3 in our last 7, we were an eyelash away from beating what appears to be a pretty decent Colts team at their place, we gift wrapped the Dallas game on the road, and we were leading with 9 minutes to go against Baltimore. If they can finish with 6-7 wins and we take into consideration how ridiculously close they were to 9-10 wins (don’t forget about the Philly game), with the youngest team in the league, I don’t see how you fire Shurmur. And this is coming from a guy who was calling for his head 6 weeks ago.

    if they do fire him, I can live with it. He still has plenty of downside. But when you look at the big picture, if the Browns finish strong I think it’s likely he comes back. And honestly, after starting 0-5, he will have earned it.

  • mgbode

    Shurmur is the same guy who started with those 5 losses though.

    This is the problem trying to go by wins/losses. He is the same guy who dug the hole even if he almost gets back out of it.

    But, the fact that we have been competitive in every single game this year despite starting the most ridiculously young offense (and alot of youth on defense) definitely has some merit to the conversation.

    Alot to consider here. I hope whatever choice Haslam/Banner make is the correct one.

  • BuckeyeDawg

    I guess the ultimate question becomes “is this team winning in spite of Shurmur or because of him. You can make a strong case that poor coaching has cost us a couple games this year. You can also make the case that the team is clearly improving and is still playing hard with him as the coach, which is a testament to him.

    It’s tough. My gut tells me that he’s not a head coach that going to lead us to a championship. But there is mounting evidence that he seems to be improving along with the team. Nobody envisioned Belichick holding the Lombardi trophy over his head during his 2nd year in Cleveland either…

  • C-Bus Kevin

    I think we’re pretty much on the same page.

    On the other hand, Shurmur is one more Marecic dropped pass from pitchforks. Oh well…such is life in pro sports.