Normalcy is back in Berea after the facility was overwhelm on Wednesday with the introduction of new CEO Joe Banner, today was more of a normal day as the team practiced indoors as they prepare for the Colts.
-After getting the entire core of receivers on the practice field on Wednesday the team didn’t have Greg Little on the practice field in the time that the media was able to watch practice, we were later told that Little was here in the morning for meetings but was sent home with a touch of the flu later in the morning but he should be fine.
-Coach Shurmur was once again asked about the light coming on for Josh Gordon. He agrees with that thought as he thinks it took a few weeks for Gordon to understand the work it takes during the week to be a successful player on Sunday. Here are more of the coaches thoughts, “I think the light is going on. I think he’s making improvements
I think I made that comment based on what I see all week long, based on how I see him function in the building, based on the way I see him function in meetings and then how he’s practicing more up to mine and our standards.
I think those are all the things you need to see, in my opinion, before a guy can go out on the field and have success. His success the last two weeks has kind of validated that process in my mind and so the key now is to just continue with that.”
-Brad Childress told a funny story about how when the Browns selected Gordon he was off on the Caribbean on a boat. He was told the team had selected Gordon and his response was “who’s Josh Gordon”
-With basically all of the teams receivers practicing Coach Shurmur is enjoying the competition that is forming on his ball club. “We’ve had a different lineup here at receiver as we’ve gone along. That hasn’t been a consistent crew. I think that’s fair to say.
If you’re a guy that you think you’re a starter and you’re standing there watching for whatever reason and you see your backup or your role player in there making plays, you should get a little anxious about it.
I think what’s important is that when you have the next man up theory and we’re going to play the guys that are going to produce some of what you’re talking about kind of goes without saying. It gets competitive. If a young guy that hasn’t had an opportunity gets in there and makes some plays, I think that’s a good thing.”
- Running back Trent Richardson is slated to play on Sunday with more protection around his rib area and Shurmur had a great story when talking to Richardson about the protection,
“No, this is space-age designed stuff. He’s wearing something that’s bullet proof. He told me he thought he already was, now’s he’s got go wear something to make it happen (joking). They make it now where I don’t think it will bind him up too much.”
- Colts receiver Reggie Wayne has continued to put up huge numbers with Andrew Luck taking over for Peyton Manning and Coach Shurmur talked about why he is able to do that,
“He’s got a feel for the position. I’ve always thought he was an outstanding route runner. He can make those defining catches; those tough catches that make you say this is one of the best guys.
I think he’s found a way to find a connection with a new quarterback. He’s one of the most veteran players in that organization so it’s a credit to him that he’s getting production.
He’s kind of playing having to play the game a little differently than he was used to for all those years with Peyton (Manning) running the show.”