Apparently, head coach Pat Shurmur thought Joe Haden was being a little to rough at practice with Browns receiver Travis Benjamin. Reportedly Haden tackled Benjamin to the ground by pulling his jersey in the end zone. Shurmur didn’t like that one bit and he had heated words with the Browns Shut Down Corner, Shurmur even used foul language in front of the fans that were at practice. For the fans, I think they were glad Shurmur showed some emotions, I really don’t think Shurmur’s foul language would upset anyone who has attended a Browns game.
The funny thing is that’s what Shurmur was worried about the most at his post game press conference, his use of foul language. I wonder if Shumur is going to bench Haden or even trade him now. We all know Shurmur can’t deal with adversity. He may have to have Mike Holmgren come out and handle the media for him now like he did during concussion gate. At his P.C.,When the first question came about the Haden incident, which already was reported on Twitter, Shurmur got testy.
“I’m not gonna talk about it,” he said. “That’s between me and the player. I have a great deal of respect for Joe. If you want details, you’re going to have to find it on Twitter. My only apology is that I used bad language and the fans were here to see it.”
When a follow-up question was asked, Shurmur said, “Don’t ask. That’s between me and the player. Joe’s a great competitor and I appreciate what he does and who he is. I’m not talking about it anymore. You’ll have to go somewhere else to find out.”
Shurmur was then asked a general question about his policy about not tackling players to the ground.
“I think it’s important that we practice smart,” he said. “You have to be able to practice at game speed (without tackling). I want all of our guys to make it to the horse race. Everything I do, all my thoughts, revolve around our players and our team. I told the guys that.”
Benjamin shrugged off the play of Haden. “That’s just defensive football,” he said.
Haden is facing a possible league suspension for testing for a banned substance in the off-season. The stress of the ordeal may be weighing on him. He has had a terrific camp and usually carries his happy go lucky attitude with him on and off the field.
A team source said there has been no indication from the league if and when Haden might face discipline for the reported positive test.
It will be interesting to see if there is now bad blood between Haden and Shurmur…..
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