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Browns Postgame Quotes - Nov. 24

Posted Nov 24, 2013

Postgame quotes from the Cleveland Browns following Sunday's 27-11 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Browns Head Coach Rob Chudzinski:

Opening statement: “It was a disappointing game. Losing is never easy. We weren’t good enough today. I give Pittsburgh credit. They played very well. We let opportunities slip through our hands for the last two weeks. (We) still have games left in the season and opportunities to play. The men in that locker room there have a lot of character, and I believe in them. I believe in our coaches. We will bounce back and play well. We lost some of the control that we had in our own future but we’ll bounce back and be ready to play next week.”

On if QB Jason Campbell has a concussion and other injuries: “Jason has a concussion. Let me finish up with other injuries. We had (LB) Tank Carder, (he) has a shoulder injury, and (DB) Buster Skrine has a rib injury.”

On if there should have been a penalty for the hit that led to Campbell’s injury: “I talked to the officials about that. I felt like he was hit on the head on that. They didn’t feel that way.”

On why the officials said they did not call a penalty: “(Campbell) was hit on the shoulder.”

On if they will start to look to bring in another quarterback: “We’ll talk about that tomorrow and just evaluate Jason and see where he is, and we’ll talk tomorrow about that. It’s a possibility.”

On how difficult it is to lose Campbell: “Anytime your quarterback goes down, it’s tough. He actually went down twice in the game and then couldn’t come out on that one, but that’s part of football. That’s when the next guy has to step in and be able to go and operate. We’ll get (QB) Brandon (Weeden) ready to play this week and start this game.”

On DB Joe Haden struggling in this game: “We’ll look at the tape and evaluate the whole game. Obviously, the one, they were able to get behind him, and he just stopped on the play. But I’ll get a look at it tomorrow.”

On if Campbell’s ribs have limited him in the past few games: “Talking to him, I don’t feel that’s the case. He’s indicated that that hasn’t been a problem so I can only go by that. We’ll look at the tape and see what it looks like.”

On if this game was an opportunity for Campbell to get things going: “He did have some success and did some good things in the game. I felt like there were some key times where we had some opportunities with good field position and just weren’t able to capitalize on them in the first half there. Certainly, the turnovers anytime you turn the ball over – we had four of them on the day and those resulted in scores – that’s going to hurt you, and it did hurt us badly.”

On how much of a blow it is to lose Campbell: “Whoever the quarterback is next week, we’ll get him ready to play. We’ll go out and guys will rally behind him, whoever he is, and we’ll play.”

On if it is deflating having hopes to win the division one week to possibly needing to win out to make the playoffs: “Well, that’s part of it. We had opportunities. Like I said, we let them slip through our fingers. Now we can’t control everything. The only thing we can control is ourselves and how we play and how we respond, and let everybody else do what they need to do.”

On what he can do to help FB Chris Ogbonnaya avoid fumbles: “I thought he had the ball pretty tight. It was a great play from (Steelers DB Troy) Polamalu, it looked like to me on the replay. We just have to protect it in those situations. I thought that we had something going on that drive there right before the half. Obviously, that turnover and they were able to, I think, get a field goal out of that. It was a complete swing in the game.”

On if this is a young team that is not ready to beat the teams that they need to beat: “Well, we’re not getting those results. I think that as you look at the games, and I think that’s key, is you have to look at each game and say, “Hey, what were the things that went wrong? What didn’t we do well? What things did we do well? What are the plays we need to make? What are the things we need to do to take the next step?” That’s what we’ve talked about and it’s what we’ll continue to talk about. We’ll take that step; it’s going to happen. I told these guys the future is going to be bright. Tomorrow’s going to be a better day, and that’s the way we’re approaching it and I believe that. I truly believe that.”

On if it is difficult having WR Josh Gordon being the only playmaker: “Josh obviously played and had a big game and has been playing at a high level, and today he did. We have to find some other guys to make plays, as well. I think (TE) Jordan (Cameron) made a few today. Again, we just have to be more consistent with what we’re doing.”

On Gordon continuing to play hard to the game’s end: “All the guys were. I think everyone played and continued to play hard and competed. We were able to get where we were within two scores and an onside kick. I didn’t see any quitting out there at all today. That’s just not this team and that’s why I expect them to respond. The character of those guys in that locker room, they will respond.”

On what he sees differently about Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense: “I think they’re doing a lot of the same things. They’re the same things he’s done well. He’s hard to hit. He’s hard to tackle. He’s hard to bring down. You saw it today. There were a few keys plays where we had a chance and couldn’t get him on the ground and he gets out of it, completes a pass or gets the ball off and throws it somewhere. He’s a great player and he’s a tough guy to play against because of those things. You know what you have to do. It’s just hard to do it against him.”

Browns Players

QB Brandon Weeden:

On if the Browns will need to get another quarterback in this week: “Those decisions are way over my head. I have no idea; that’s way above my pay grade.”

On being booed spilling into other things: “You’ve just gotta laugh at it. All you can do is go out there and march down the field and throw a touchdown. I didn’t hear any boos after I threw that touchdown. It’s just part of it, I was worried about leading the offense and doing what we know we’re capable of.”

On the difference between Gordon being open so many times and getting the ball instead of the other players: “Josh [Gordon] is a good talent; he’s a great route-runner.  He has a great feel for running routes and stuff like that. Norv [Turner] does a great job of drawing up plays to try to get him involved because he’s a big asset for this offense. There are a lot of things that go into it, he’s a big time playmaker and, as the quarterback, you know where those guys are at all times.”

On where the team is after losing five out of six games: “It’s 53 guys. It’s not one guy. It’s collectively a group. We’re all pros, we’re going to come in tomorrow and watch the tape, fix the mistakes and then try to move on. That’s all we can do. We’re obviously not happy with the situation we put ourselves in the last six games. We played some close games and not played so well a couple games – where we let the game get away from us. We’ve got a bunch of mature guys, who are good leaders, that are going to get us back on track.”

On the weather’s impact on the game: “Once you’re out there it’s not too bad. Standing on the sideline for the first half was probably the worst part, you’re not doing anything and not really moving around. We both had to play in it.”

On how it feels taking over again: “Good. It’s going to be good getting some reps in practice and get to throw to the guys I’m going to be throwing to and doing some plays within our offense. I haven’t been able to do that the last few weeks, that’s always a challenge, but it’ll be nice to get out there. Hopefully Jason [Campbell] comes back sooner than later.”

On keeping a great attitude through everything: “We’re all in this together. I think that’s the approach you have to take. I’m always there for Jason [Campbell] and he’s always there for me. It’s a good working relationship. And this is why, exactly, because if my number is called I’m expected to go out there; reps, no reps, 20 degrees, 80 degrees, it doesn’t matter. I’m expected to go out there and manage and get the job done. That’s why you have to stay involved and keep preparing like you’re going to play; it’s a funny game – you just never know how things are going to shake out.”

On how weird this year is: “Yeah, it has. I’ve never been in a situation like it, but that’s the National Football League. It’s a physical game. Quarterbacks are getting hit and it’s just a physical game. You have to be ready at all times, you never know what’s going to happen.”

DB Joe Haden:

On 10 points being scored in the last 2:41 of the second quarter: “They definitely started scoring on us, it started going downhill and we weren’t able to stop it.”

On the injury to QB Jason Campbell deflating the team: “Yes.  You saw it.  That’s what happened.  They were making plays, they were playing aggressive.  When [Jason] Campbell goes down, that’s our guy, but [Brandon] Weeden is always ready to play.  But when a guy has something going, the thinking is you have your guy.  There are no excuses, we have to step up and make something happen.”

On the state of the team after losing two straight games: “I can’t speak for anybody else, but as a defense, no matter where the ball is placed we are just trying to do what we can do.  When you look at it, from a defensive side, we aren’t getting run up and down the field on.  So when we come in looking at what we need to change, of course, it’s big plays.  They made a play on me today.  That’s a great play, a good receiver, a good quarterback, making a good play.  I’m saying I got beat.  We just feel, as a defense, we aren’t getting marched on, we just have to step up, no matter where the ball is placed, we have to be able to do better in the red zone or whatever position we are in.”

On if the season is slipping away: “No. You can’t say that.  We have another game, the season’s not over, until everything is over.  We still have to go out there, we still have to play.  We are playing, no matter what is at stake, we are still playing.  What you put on tape, that’s your resume, and everybody has to ‘ball out’.  Who knows who is going to be here?”

RB Willis McGahee:

On the direction of the team: “It’s football, it isn’t always going to be the same week in and week out.  Everything changes, game plans change.  Coaches have the game plan that they want to put out against different teams and we are doing our best to execute.”

On whether or not the weather was a factor: “No! I don’t think the weather was a factor.”

On the expectation of how well Pittsburgh Steelers would compete: “They were being Pittsburgh. They showed up.  Everybody’s saying that they aren’t the same Pittsburgh, but at the end of the day they did what they do best.”

TE Jordan Cameron:

On the missed TD catch: “I just have to catch the ball.  I just have to catch it.”

On how quickly a game can change: “Yes, you have to take advantage of plays and if you don’t it can come back to haunt you.  If things get out of control real quick, then you just have to weather the storm.”

On where the team is right now, and if there will be a QB change: “We will see, it has yet to be determined.  I don’t know what the situation is with that.  We will have to look at it tomorrow and see what the deal is.  We have to learn from this and get better for tomorrow.”

On how the fans got on Weeden: “For him (Brandon Weeden) I think it would be annoying.  If the crowd is booing the quarterback for the home team, it is never a good thing.  He did a good job, he made some plays, and for being thrown into the fire, he played pretty well.”

DB T.J. Ward:

On blitzing today: “We had a few blitzes. We knew they were going to come in and try to get rid of the ball quickly and that’s what they did. They had one big touchdown pass, but for the most part, I think we contained them. They got the ball on the two [yard line] one time. We’ve got to stop turning the ball over. Turnovers. We had three, we had four; they had zero. That’s why we’re losing – it says it right there. You can’t win ball games turning the ball over.”

On not letting the frustration regarding the offensive situation get to them: “It is frustrating, I’m not going to lie, but it’s out of our power. We have to trust that they’re doing everything in their power to win ball games like we are. And I trust that and I know that, it’s just things aren’t going the way any of us want them to go right now.”

WR Josh Gordon:

On tying the team’s single game receptions record and breaking the single-game reception yards record: “Honestly, it really doesn’t mean that much to me. After taking a loss like that, it means nothing. It is great for me as a wide receiver to get that experience, but if we can’t go out there and win, I don’t really care about it.”

On what happened during the game: “We have had a lot of injuries with the quarterback position which has caused a lot of guys to get frustrated with that. The weather should never be a factor, but we just fell behind. We made one too many mistakes and guys couldn’t get back on top. It’s something that we have to work on.”

On what the quarterback “shuffle” has been doing to the team: “I think for any team it would be difficult. The only benefit is that we have already played with Brandon (Weeden) so it’s easier to adjust to him. We want the fans to get behind guys and we don’t want them to boo guys when they get on the field. Again, we’re not really sure what happened, we just made one too many mistakes and they capitalized on it. We just couldn’t come back quickly enough.”

On if it really affects the team when the quarterback comes on the field and everyone is booing: “I mean it’s difficult, I’m sure it’s difficult for him (Weeden) too. Now, as professionals you have to drown that out, but even still I can’t really say that was what played a part in the loss. But I’m sure that couldn’t have helped either.”