July 30, 2014

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Browns coach Pat Shurmur said he didn’t consider pulling QB Brandon Weeden for Colt McCoy

BEREA – Browns coach Pat Shurmur said he never considered pulling rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden and replacing him with Colt McCoy on Sunday during the 38-21 loss to the Redskins.

“I’m not saying you never go to the backup quarterback, but I didn’t consider it yesterday,” Shurmur said this afternoon.

Shurmur said he evaluates every throw made by Weeden and grades each performance, but the evaluations remain private. Weeden was 21-for-35 for 244 yards, a touchdown, two interceptions and a 66.8 rating.

Shurmur still believes Weeden is the long-term answer.

“Yes. I’m looking forward to him having a much better game this week against Denver,” he said. “I think that’s where the focus needs to be.”

The futures for Shurmur and Weeden beyond Dec. 30 are uncertain. New owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner have said repeatedly they will make personnel decisions after the season, which ends in two weeks in Pittsburgh.

Weeden turned 29 in October, but Shurmur doesn’t think that limits his potential for improvement.

“I haven’t thought about his age once this year,” Shurmur said. “I think of him as a rookie. And I think he’ll be much better in his second year.”

Shurmur said he talked to rookie Trent Richardson regarding the running back’s postgame comments that Shurmur abandoned the game plan too early and it cost the team.

“I explained to him that after a game, he will be asked questions and I think it’s very important that when we’re all in a state of being disappointed that we lost that we keep our focus on No. 1 regrouping and getting ready to play the next game,” Shurmur said.

He didn’t have an update on the injuries suffered Sunday by safety T.J. Ward (knee) and defensive end Frostee Rucker (groin). Both left the game and didn’t return.

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