The Browns are back from the bye week and preparing to take on the Dallas Cowboys. The last time the two teams met was back in 2008, with the Cowboys winning 28-10. Here are some notes today from Berea.
-The Browns have voted Ben Watson as the teams 4th captain this week. Watson is 3rd on the team in receptions with 21. But his biggest achievement maybe the leadership he has brought to this ballclub. Multiple young guys on the team on both the defensive and offensive side praise his leadership.
-Shurmur was asked today what Brandon Weeden must do to improve and his answer was short and to the point. “Don’t throw interceptions. Done, end of story. I want to be right to the point.”
-Then Weeden was asked about the comment made by Shurmur, “That’s kind of been my priority since I played pee-wee football. We never want to throw interceptions.
My aggressive manor and mindset sometimes gets me in trouble, and you guys know that. I’m not going to take that away from myself. I agree, I have to take care of the football. I have to cut down on them.
I think guys that are aggressive like that, sometimes that’s one category they unfortunately may have a couple more than they’d like. It’s not good, but we’re just being aggressive. Sometimes, making that aggressive throw, sometimes it catapults you and gets you momentum. You get a big throw and kind of spark a drive or something. I agree with what he’s saying.”
-Cowboys QB Tony Romo is known to make big plays when he breaks the pocket and Coach Shurmur is aware of it, “I think you’ll watch it around the league, any Sunday, in any game, when a quarterback breaks the pocket and extends the play, there are big plays to be made.
I think that can be said of any quarterback. I know through his career, he’s made his fair share of those plays. We’re aware of that. It’s important that when you pass rush, you try to put pressure on them and keep them in there. I think that’s going to be important for us.”
-Browns tackle Joe Thomas has a monster match up with Cowboys DE DeMarcus Ware and Thomas sees him as the best at his position, “The guy does everything great. You’d be hard pressed to find a better outside linebacker in the NFL in the last 15-plus years.
He stops the run (and) he’s a fantastic pass rusher. I don’t know what his sack numbers are since he’s been in the league, but I don’t know if anybody has had more. I’m sure he’s right at the top and when you average one sack a game it’s pretty impressive. Everything he does is phenomenal.
He’s the type of guy that you try to keep quiet, but you can’t shut him down no matter what you do for a whole game.”