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Catching up on the “battles”

By Pat McManamon

Pat Shurmur answered 14 questions after his opening remarks following the 20-14 win over Pittsburgh, and had four battle references.

Given it was a win over Pittsburgh, it seems appropriate to review them:

In his opening remarks: “I thought the players executed, fought and battled and went to the field knowing that we had the opportunity to be a good football team.”

On the run defense: “I thought our guys battled and did a good job of controlling so that the run game didn’t have a huge effect on the game.”

On the feeling at halftime, after the Browns had given up a ridiculous touchdown drive that ended with a pass interference penalty on Sheldon Brown in the end zone and Chris Rainey bouncing outside of a pile of would-be tacklers to score from one yard: “I felt like our guys had a feel for the game and again, we had battled all the way through.”

Finally, on all the holding penalties called in the game: “Those are some full grown men out there playing defense and they’re hard to block and our guys battled and I think that showed up and I’m proud of their effort.”

Overall, Shurmur represented well with his battle references. He was poised, polished and focused, and he stayed in the moment.

Clearly, it was a one-battle-at-a-time news conference.

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