Browns Postgame Quotes - Dec. 15

Posted Dec 15, 2013

Postgame quotes from Sunday's Browns-Bears game at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Browns Head Coach Rob Chudzinski:

Opening statement: “Disappointing and frustrating loss today. Disappointed that we weren’t able to win the last game here at home with our fans. (We) appreciate their loyalty and their support all season long, and that support will pay off down the road. We went into the game, had a number of objectives to achieve to be able to win, specifically, related to turnovers, which we turned the ball over. We were able to force some turnovers for scores, but at the end of the day, we didn’t get done what we needed to get done there in terms of turnovers, and that was a key to the game. It’s about production at the end of the day, and it’s about the outcome at the end of the day. I thought the effort was outstanding. The guys fought all game, and we weren’t able to make the plays in critical situations. Another objective we had was, the end of the first and the beginning of the second half, to outscore the Bears, and they were actually able to outscore us. They had got a touchdown before the end of the half I thought was big in the game. Then, our first possession, they had an interception returned for a touchdown, which was critical in the game. I mentioned our turnovers; we had too many penalties, our third downs were not good enough and we had given up a lot of big plays in that football game. Obviously, there was a number of key plays that turned the game at different times of the game. The challenge with our guys is for these type of experiences to try to grow and get stronger. I talked to them a lot about what you hear, ‘If it doesn’t kill you, it makes you stronger.’ That’s what we have to do, and that’s the approach we have to take, and we want everybody to be part of the solution.”

On if DB Joe Haden’s injury affected the fourth quarter: “Anytime you lose somebody like Joe, it hurts, but that’s football. Guys have to step up and step in and be able to make the plays. We’ll look at the tape and evaluate how well we were able to do that.”

On how serious Haden’s injury is: “He has a hip pointer so we’ll see tomorrow as far as the severity goes of that.”

On being unable to keep a fourth-quarter lead in three consecutive games: “That’s the frustrating thing. As you look at it, each game is different and the reasons why may be different. I’ll look at this one and need to look at it before I can completely know what the reasons are. The biggest thing is being able to correct them. Whatever the reasons are, we have to correct it.”

On what Chicago was able to do to stop WR Josh Gordon: “In that first half, we didn’t get a lot of plays offensively. It wasn’t for a lack of trying or a lack of wanting to get Josh the ball. Again, we’ll look at it. They did a good job. Then in the second half, we were able to get him the ball a little bit more. That’s the thing that sometimes is going to happen. It’s going to go in spurts of when a guy is able to get touches and get the ball, depending on the flow of the game and what the defense is doing to them. We’ll go back and look at that. Obviously, he’s a big part of what we want to do.”

On what he saw on Campbell’s interceptions: “The one was down the sideline to (TE) Jordan Cameron. He was trying to get him to make a play there, one that I know Jason would want back. The other one was a timing route to (WR) Greg Little. He threw it early; the DB really sat on it and made the pick. That was the one in the third quarter, I believe.”

On if Little made a mistake on the interception: “His route? No, he was running his route.”

On if Gordon stopped running on a play late in the first half or if the ball was overthrown: “I’ll look at the tape, but it looked like he was trying to gear [down] in the hole, in the zone, and Jason either thought he was going to keep going or led him to keep going. We’ll take a look at it.”

On how hard it is to see progress after losing five consecutive games: “That’s the frustrating thing. As a coach, anytime you’re looking at games, there’s always going to be some positives; there’s always going to be some things that we need to do better. It’s frustrating because the outcomes aren’t there. When the guys are competing, they want to win so badly. They’re putting forth the effort to do that, both in preparation and in game time. It’s a matter of us doing a better job in the key points of games and everybody doing a better job of being able to close it out and come up with a win.”

Browns Players

DB T.J. Ward:

On the defense without Joe Haden: “Joe [Haden] is a great player, it hurt to see him go down. I think he’s going to be alright. When guys come in they just have to step up. They’re a part of our defense, we expect them to make plays when they come in and for the most part I think they did a good job. Posey, Poyer, and McFadden; I think they all stepped up.”

On what changed defensively in the second half: “We were out of position a couple plays, they got a couple of big runs on us, kind of a throw up ball, I think that was in the third quarter. They just made more plays than we did.”

On whether or not it’s maddening not being able to finish games: “Anytime you lose a game it’s upsetting. Whatever it is, why we’re not finishing these games, we’ve got to figure it out. I don’t know why personally, we’ve just got to figure that out as a team.”

On wondering if this was his last home game as a Cleveland Brown: “No. I wouldn’t worry about that. I just come out and do what I can do and play my best ball and just give it all I can every week.”

On what’s getting better: “I think we have the pieces in play, I think we just need to figure out how to make them all work together. We have a lot of great players on this team. I think this is the best team I’ve been on since I’ve been here. Whatever it is, we need to get over that hump and we have to start winning games because I know we have the players and staff to do it. We just have to do it, point blank, we just have to do it.”

DB Buster Skrine:

On what happens to your defense when Joe Haden leaves the game: “He’s a solid corner who shuts down almost every receiver he goes against, so we’re definitely going to miss him but other guys are going to have to step up.”

On  how close Tashaun Gipson was to getting his third interception on the long touchdown pass that Alshon Jeffrey caught: “I was in the flat, but I did see the play. It seemed like the ball just hung up in the air and he was able to catch it kind of like a punt.”

On the defense being upset with today’s loss: “Yeah, we always pride ourselves on playing well. It feels like every week we’ve been having a good performance, but this week in the fourth quarter we didn’t do what we needed to do.”

On if the wind blowing the ball around was a factor: “I mean, both teams had the same advantage when you’re going towards the locker room. They threw it deep when they had the wind; we threw it deep when we had the wind. They just made plays.”

On giving up three touchdowns in the fourth quarter: “When Joe [Haden] went down, people have to step up. I mean, everybody’s getting paid, so people have to step up.”

QB Jason Campbell:

On WR Josh Gordon starting slowly: “As a quarterback you are always trying to keep him involved.  Trying to get him some balls.  In the first quarter I’m not sure how many plays we had, maybe three or six.  So, we never really got a rhythm going early in the game.  As a rhythm team you tend to score more points and get everyone involved, but you look up and the end of the first quarter has already come and gone. We realized we hadn’t had that many plays and that’s kind of tough.”

On the defense taking blame for not putting games away: “It’s not a one side of the ball situation.  The offense, we had an opportunity in the fourth quarter, to maybe get a field goal and go up, we did some things that went against us, moved backwards.  We were in field goal territory.  That’s an opportunity for us to go up ten.  We have to do our part, it’s not on one side of the ball.  We have to go and look at the film, did I play great today?  No.  I didn’t.  I didn’t have one of my best games.  All of us feel that way.  You have to give them some credit, some things went their way.  The catch that WR Alshon [Jeffery] made, I don’t know how he made it, sometimes you just have to give credit where credit is due.  He just made an outstanding catch.  Our guys were in position to make a play and it just ended up right in his hands.”

On the touchdown pass from QB Jay Cutler to WR Alshon Jeffery: “I wouldn’t say that was as much Jay.  I would say it was pretty much Alshon.  He got hit when he threw it so the ball was just floating in the air.  Alshon just reacted real quick at the end and made the catch.  I think he (Cutler) would say the same thing.”

On Jay starting slow and playing better towards the end of the game: “He’s always acting like that, just firing and keep firing.  He never stops firing.  Some things went against him as well, early in the first half, but they just kept firing and firing.  They got some things to go their way.”

WR Josh Gordon:

On not having the catch in the first half: “It’s just frustrating, but it’s a part of the game. Sometimes we click a little earlier, sometimes we don’t.”

On whether or not Chicago was doing something different defensively: “Not at all. That’s the surprising part; they just played cover two, pretty basic defense. We just missed a few plays.”

On when the team will learn to finish a game: “That’s something that we’re working on and building on. Hopefully we’ll get it done by the end of the season, if not we’re definitely looking forward to next season.”

On Alshon Jeffrey’s jersey: “We did. Me and him are good friends. We talked before the game a few weeks prior. We talked about switching jerseys just because of mutual respect for each other.”

On the wind today: “The wind, it’s been worse in other games. It’s Cleveland; it’s the weather we play in, so it wasn’t too big of a factor.”

On the field condition and losing his footing: “Yeah, it was pretty muddy out there, but that’s still no excuse.”

On the frustration of not having a big game: “I look at is as a blessing to still go out there and play the game. So, I had fun and I’m sure a lot of the guys had fun. It’s just unfortunate when you can’t win. I still enjoyed the game.”

On looking disgusted with the last touchdown: “Considering the circumstances: not enough time really, to get an onside kick and make another drive in about thirty seconds is kind of difficult. The coming from behind thing takes a toll on you.”

RB Edwin Baker:

On what was working for him: “I was running the ball hard and I was just trying to be patient. I was just playing my game.”

On the troubles that the offense had in the second half: “We have to go back to the drawing board. We’re going to come back out next week and be on point.”

On when he scored his first career touchdown: “I wanted to let everybody know that I had been out of the end zone for awhile, and I had to let everybody know that I’m back.”

On how it felt to get back out onto the field and make some big plays: “It meant a lot to me. As a kid, you dream about playing on Sundays. Preseason is a different feeling, but when you are playing in the regular season you know that everybody is watching. It was a dream come true.”

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