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Browns postgame quotes - Dec. 1

Posted Dec 1, 2013

Postgame quotes from Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski and several players following Sunday's loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Browns Head Coach Rob Chudzinski                                                       

Opening statement: “Disappointing, difficult loss. We made too many critical mistakes we were not able to overcome today. We won’t stand for losing. We’re going to get this fixed; it’s unacceptable. It’s not about the effort of the group today; it’s about the mistakes. This was a team loss. Everybody is accountable. Every area of the team can get better and could be better today. We will stick together as this team has done. They’re professionals and they won’t give up. They didn’t give up today. I’m fully committed to getting this thing turned and finishing our last four games and getting this thing on the right track.”

On what he saw on Jacksonville’s last touchdown drive: “It was disappointing. Certainly, in that position, we’d love to be able to shut them down at that point. We were unable to do that. I give Jacksonville credit. They did a good job of mixing things up and being able to hit some plays and get some plays. Obviously, [they] got the touchdown in that situation that put the game away.”

On offensive struggles at the end of the second quarter: “It was critical in the course of the game. It was huge and a huge momentum swing going into the half. Multiple turnovers there occurred, and [we] can’t have it. They were able to get 13 points in a short amount of time, and it really changed the complexion of the game. I thought our guys rallied at halftime and came out with a big drive in the second half and showed their determination and showed the type of character that this teams is made of. But again, those critical mistakes, turnovers, are killing us in those games. We’re just not able to overcome.”

On not running out the clock in the first half: “I thought we had enough time and we actually put together a first down. We moved the ball into a position I thought we’d get a chance to potentially get a field goal and have something there going on at the end of the half. That’s the way we’ve been. We’re going to be aggressive in those  situations and give our guys a chance to be able to make plays.”

On if his mindset changes due to not having his starting quarterback in the game: “Well you can always think twice about everything, especially when it doesn’t end up working out. But (QB) Brandon (Weeden), I thought in the first half played well. Obviously on the last few drives there, (he) didn’t as much. We took a couple of chances in terms of throwing some short passes and were able to move that ball a little bit. It felt like we were in a position where we could get something at the end there. We had time. We had timeouts.”

On WR Josh Gordon: “He’s making plays and showing the improvement he’s making and the type of player that he can be. He continues to work at it and hopefully continues to develop. With the attitude he’s taken, I think his future is bright.”

On why Gordon left the game briefly in the third quarter: “He was hit in the head, and he came out, was evaluated and was cleared.”

On what happened on the snap that led to the safety and if he wants the quarterback to get the safety in that situation: “It was just a bad snap over his head, and a lot of times, you don’t know where the defenders are coming from. Taking a safety is what you would do in that case, with the ball rolling around back there in the end zone.”

On why it was out of the question to put QB Alex Tanney in at halftime: “Just time on task. A couple of days, putting him in that situation, we were very limited in what we had in the package that we had with him and just felt that coming out of that second half, I think the guys had regrouped. They showed it in that first drive coming down.”

On if Tanney’s role will continue to expand in practice: “The more time he gets and the more practice he gets, obviously, he’ll be more exposed to the offense and be able to run more offense.”

Browns Players

DB Tashaun Gipson:

On bouncing back from a loss like today’s:
“You know, at the end of the day, we’re all professional athletes. In this game, you’re going to take some losses, you just have to bounce back and prepare next week. We’ve got a tough challenge coming up in Tom Brady, who’s probably one of the top two quarterbacks arguably. So we’re definitely going to have our hands full next week. The big thing with us is we just have to forget about this and move forward. At the end of the day, that’s what we’re going to do. And it’s a sour taste in everyone’s mouth. We felt like this was a winnable game and the ‘W’ went to them today.”

On feeling for Joe Haden: “That’s like my brother. For him to be down on himself after he played a game like he did and what he meant for this defense, it’s kind of a terrible feeling for him to be so down on himself. He holds himself to a higher standard feeling like he is one of the elite cornerbacks in the game. It’s definitely going to be tough for him, I’m right behind him and I know the field. He’d make that play ten times out of ten if it happened again.”

On not covering on the first touchdown to TE Clay Harbor: “It was a ‘Cover Three’. Coming out the middle of the post, we have three guys running so I’m going to make the play. Was the coverage designed and that was my man? Nope. But, absolutely, at the end of the day that’s what we get paid for. I saw it and should have made the play – didn’t. The coverage was Cover 3; I was actually ‘post safety’ on that play.”

On the run defense today not being what it usually is: “Absolutely. We pride ourselves on not letting anybody run the ball against us and for them [Jaguars] to come out and run against us kind of made us take a step back and prioritize what we’re doing defensively. This run defense is second to none and I feel like those guys, if we could do it all over again, I think there would be a different outcome. I tip my hat to them, they came out game-planned us, and they made plays and we didn’t.”

FB Chris Ogbonnaya:

On not giving up after a bad game: “I think that one thing we have continued to get better at is overcoming adversity. I think this game was a prime example of that, but in the same breath, we just have to continue to work and minimize the critical mistakes that we do make and just keep playing. That’s how the game is. They’re a good team, you have to give them credit, and they play in the NFL, too. Unfortunately for us, it didn’t swing our way today.”

On the high snap over Brandon Weeden’s head resulting in a safety: “I wasn’t in the game on that play so I’m not sure, but it’s part of the game. We were able to overcome that. I think Josh [Gordon] is playing out of his mind, he’s got incredible talent. He continues to mature and he continues to get better. I just mean within the game, you know, how he approaches the game, he’s more vocal, he’s doing the little things right to become a pro and that’s all you can ask of him. Brandon [Weeden] did a great job today overcoming some plays that he made and we, as a team, need to continue to gel and continue to make those plays late like we need to.”

On how the game blew up a little bit: “No, that’s football. Things are going to happen throughout the course of the game and you just have to be able to adapt to them.”

On the team not being able to put things together: “We just have to continue to work. I think when you’re in a new system and learning how your coaches want to attack things, you just have to continue to go at it in the best way possible. I think that we’ve done that. We’ve been in plenty of close games; unfortunately we haven’t finished them the way we want to finish them. That’s something we’ll just have to continue to work at.”

WR Josh Gordon:

On appreciating such a performance like this one: “I really can’t.  For us it’s all about winning this one, it’s what we came here to do.  We expect to [win] every Sunday, but as a group collectively we couldn’t get it done, and that’s what matters most to me.”

On some point looking back at what you’ve done these past two weeks: “Individually it’s great, but if it was one of those individual sports, then I could accept that.  As a team we have to do a lot better, we have to get over that hump.”

On the 95 yard TD reception: “It was great.  I thought that we were actually going to have a momentum swing right there and we did for a second.  It was a great play, Brandon made a good read on it, and I tried to finish it as hard as I could.”

On the huge hit that he took in the third quarter: “Oh yes, he got a good hit on me, that’s all.  He got me in the chin, but I felt fine though.  Nothing wrong with me.  I wasn’t concussed; I told them I could come back out there, and win the game. I’m alright though.”

LB Jabaal Sheard:

On what has happened to the defense these past few weeks: “I don’t know. We just have to do a better job at rushing the quarterback and winning early.”

On how Jacksonville was able to march down the field near the end of the game: “I was disappointed. We didn’t finish strong and, as a good defense that’s trying to be a top defense, you have to make plays at that time in the game. We did not do a good job on defense. We didn’t sack the quarterback and we didn’t take advantage of our opportunities.”

On how it has been difficult to sack the quarterback these past few weeks: “I don’t know. We just have to watch the film and see what happened. We just haven’t been able to get there. To be honest with you, my side did well on coverage and he (Chad Henne) just scrambled around and found some room.”

C Alex Mack:

On the play on the field not changing week to week: “I think it’s important to take it one game at a time.  We have another game up here, and it’s going to be important for us to get together and play a good game.  There are a couple errors here and there.  The games are tough, those are good teams.  It’s tough to make a couple mistakes and still win. We were close.”

On losing 3 straight games after being in the playoff hunt: “The season is long, a lot of games, a lot of plays.  It comes down to just winning one game at a time, and that’s all we have to focus on. You guys can talk about the whole big picture thing.”

TE Jordan Cameron:

On playing less aggressively on offense at certain times in the game: “That’s not my job.  They call the plays, Norv [Turner] has been doing it for a long time, we trust him and what he’s doing and he does a great job.”

On being stunned after what’s happened the last 3 weeks: “We are learning.  The NFL, it’s tough.  It’s hard to get a win, we are going up against good defenses every week.  It’s disappointing.  I don’t think it’s a matter of us competing, I think everyone is trying really hard, trying to make some plays.  We can’t get down, it’s hard not to get down, there are highs and lows.  When Josh [Gordon] scored, everyone is up and the energy is great, and then we come back down, it’s just one of those things we have to be mentally tough and weather the storm right now.”

On the three turnovers in the second quarter mentally leading to more mistakes: “It could be that, but we just can’t turn the ball over.  Whatever the negative energy, or momentum, whatever that it is, we just can’t do it.  It’s the main thing we preached all week, protecting the ball, and we have to do a better job of that.”

On what he saw on the interception intended for him: “I have to look at that.  I don’t know if that was Cover 2.  I know there were two safeties, and I have to see the play on film.”