With the huge story of the day being that the Browns are in current negations with truck stop magnate Jimmy Haslam, watching the actually practice somewhat took back stage today in Berea.
But here are a few notes from what I was able to capture. -Only two players did not participate during the two hour practice and they were tight end Evan Moore and defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin. Both where on the field and Rubin even ran on the side.
-Coach Shurmur wouldn’t say what the injuries are, but that both players should be back within the next few days.
-On the field a couple plays stood out as Joe Haden taught a few lessons to Brandon Weeden as he jumped in front of one his first passes in team drills. Nothing to jump to conclusions here, just looks like Haden is ready to not only become a Pro Bowler but he also seemed to put a charge into the defense.
-On the other side, offense always comes about slower then defense and that was no different here. It’s probably a good thing for Weeden to face someone like Haden daily as the aggressive style of defensive back play will be an adjustment for the gunslinger from Oklahoma State.
- Of the players I spoke to about the sale of the team all had kind words for the Lerner family, but they realize that they must carry on and prepare for the season.
-Coach Shurmur opened his press conference by stating obviously today there was big news. I know you guys received a release from the club and I know Mike Holmgren spoke to you so I’ve got nothing to add, absolutely nothing to add.
When the news broke, my first concern – when I was hired here, I hired a staff of guys to help me coach this football team so my first concern was the coaches – that they were informed of this early on and then next were the players. Those were the two grou¬¬ps in the organization and of course the trainers and the support staff. That was my concern so we informed them. I also informed them that the goals, the things we talked about last night in the meeting as me move forward this year have not changed not one bit, not one bit. What we’re trying to do as a football team should be unchanged by what was talked about today. We are a much better football team; we’ll be much better prepared this season. I feel like we’ve got a better group to put on the field and I think we function better as a staff, so that’s my concern and that’s what I told the players. The feedback from them is they understand that message.