Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 10/4/12
I’m very well aware of [the team's history]. In ‘95, I worked for Nick Saban, who was here. I know a lot of the guys that were on that staff. I’m very well aware of what it means to lose your team. Actually, I came from an organization, the St. Louis Rams, whose team went to Arizona. When the Cardinals came to play the Rams, it was just like the Ravens playing the Browns. I’m not insensitive to it. I believe that history is important. I believe in all that, I really do. I think as a coach what’s important is, although I’m sensitive to all that, I get it — I grew up in a town that their team hasn’t won a Super Bowl yet. I get it, really I do. I understand it. I think as the coach your focus has to be keeping your players in the moment, and the moments that we’re dealing with right now is our preparation to play the Giants. I think that’s important. I live here. I was told about all that before I got here. I’ve lived it. I eat in Cleveland restaurants. I don’t know what to tell you other than the fact that I get it. I think it’s important that as the head coach of this team, you keep the team focused, and keep their eye on the ball moving forward.

– Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur in response to criticism regarding his not viewing the NFL Network’s “Clevleland ’95″ documentary on Wednesday night.

[Related: Cleveland ’95: Time Doesn’t Heal All Wounds]

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