Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 2/22/12
BEREA -- Pat Shurmur has read all the predictions that have the Cleveland Browns trading up to take Robert Griffin III in the NFL Draft.But called the predictions just that -- predictions.I have never met the man, Shurmur said of Griffin, the Baylor quarterback whom most expect to become a Brown.To Shurmur, in-depth scouting begins this week at the NFLs Scouting Combine, and part of his process is getting to know a player as well as he can. So he wasnt about to reveal a great deal about the Browns plans or thinking. Except to say he was excited about the Combine's workouts and interviews.Folks are making predictions, Shurmur said, when were still gathering information.He did say that Griffin is obviously very accomplished as a college quarterback.As we go through it all well determine if hes what everybody says he is, Shurmur said, adding that not revealing everything the Browns plan to do is part of the draft process.Shurmurs media gaggle was as a prelude to the Combine, which will be Thursday through Sunday in Indianapolis. He addressed a number of topics, among them the re-signing of running back Peyton Hillis and linebacker DQwell Jackson.Shurmur made no secret of the teams intentions with Jackson.Hes a guy we want back, Shurmur said.Expect him to sign a long-term deal or receive the franchise tag.As for Hillis, Shurmur was not as definitive.I liked what I saw when he was in there playing healthy, Shurmur said.Hillis did not endear himself to the Browns with some of his actions last season, and its not known how much money he is seeking. If Hillis doesnt re-sign, the Browns would look to upgrade via free agency or the draft.On other topics, Shurmur said:---Colt McCoy should spend the offseason trying to improve as much as he can. Shurmur said McCoy can dramatically improve -- which means win games -- and he will work at it.I think all players live with the thought that theyre bringing in other guys (at their position), Shurmur said. With that in mind, Shurmur said McCoy can attack this offseason and get as good as he can get within our system.He added that this offseason is about helping McCoy and helping the Browns solidify the position. We need to do what we can to get the quarterback thing right, Shurmur said.--As of mid-February, the plan calls for Shurmur to continue calling plays, though he stressed over and over that drawing up the game plan and playcard will be a collaborative effort with new offensive coordinator Brad Childress and the offensive staff. The plan now calls for Childress to be in the press box, with Shurmur on the field.There is constant interaction, Shurmur said, as well as constant communication.--He said he has no worries working with Childress. He said the two were hired the same day to work for Andy Reid in Philadelphia. They jogged every day and lived in the same neighborhood.I trust Brad, Childress said.--If Jackson does not get the franchise tag, the team could use it again on placekicker Phil Dawson. Dawson and cornerback Dmitri Patterson are two potential free agents Shurmur said he would like back.--The coach does not think it will be a hard sell to convince free agents to come and play for the Browns.Theres no place else Id rather be, Shurmur said.
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