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Childress press conf. transcript - 9/13

Posted Sep 13, 2012

The transcript of offensive coordinator Brad Childress' Thursday afternoon press conference.

Browns Offensive Coordinator Brad Childress Press Conference 9-13-12

(On how much could the receiver’s progress affect the rhythm of what he was trying to do offensively) – “There’s disruption going on. Those corners are good corners, maybe the best pair around. The way that they play is a kind of up in your face style, which is something that we need to be able to contend with, probably on a weekly basis here. Does it disrupt timing? Sure. Sure it does. It disrupts timing in any offense that you play. Those off schedule throws, those ones that aren’t timing throws, they’re just as important as the ones that are the rhythm one time throws.”

(On what he can do during the game to get Brandon Weeden back on track) – “You’re trying to give him throws that he’s comfortable with. We had our chances, we had some swings at it, and we just didn’t execute quite the way we needed to execute.”

(On the challenges to dealing with Weeden as a rookie the week after his first start) – “That’s usually the quarterback coach’s job. That’s usually part father confessor, part psychiatrist, hug him and help them up off the floor. That’s what happens in that quarterback room and that’s a weekly deal. It’s the same way as sticking a pin in it when you think you’re better than you really are. It’s always easier to coach a humble guy, and he’s a humble guy anyway. Just propping him back up and getting him back up on the horse, I think that’s the biggest thing. I’d worry about him if, I’ve said this before to you guys, he didn’t keep shooting, which you got to keep shooting. You can’t all of a sudden kind of go in the fetal position.”

(On a play in the fourth quarter when you get the ball and drive toward mid field) – “You’re really going to have to paint a picture for me, because that one’s so far gone. That’s like a hundred years ago right now.”

(On how he used Trent Richardson late in the game last week during a series when he received three straight carries and what his overall mindset was) – “You’re talking about late in the game then? I mean, I felt like he was strong. As I mentioned last week, I thought there were still a couple days at the time I talked to you that we wanted to see him make incremental jumps, which I think we saw. I saw a little bit more spryness yesterday even in practice. We were comfortable with where he was at and we were mindful of where he was at. (We) talked about how many carries he had each and every time a series ended. How many plays was he in for? How many plays did he touch the ball? That type of thing. Obviously, we didn’t want to overdo it and we didn’t think we did.”

(On if he was worried about Richardson receiving more carries than he was originally anticipated to receive) – “No. I think you have to trust your eyes. I think you guys were shopping for numbers more than anything else. We like to make everything finite and in a box. We kind of capitulate and tell you a handful or twenty or twenty- five so you can write a number, but really it’s kind of a feel thing. Again, we were mindful of it as we went.”

(On how he would describe Richardson’s personality) – “I don’t see that side of him. He’s very quiet, humble. He funs with the running backs a little bit, but he’s not like a prankster. He’s very confident, as well he should be. You like a guy that has confidence in himself.”

(On if the passer rating means anything to him) – “I honestly can’t tell you. What is it, thirteen or fifteen things, or eighteen things that go in a passer rating? Does anybody know? See, it doesn’t mean anything to you either.”

(On passer ratings being calculated using completions, yards, interceptions and touchdowns) – “You just highlighted some of them, but it’s not just regulated by that. Way back when, when I did care about it, I used to know some of the other factors that were involved in it. There’s a bunch of them, you ought to look it up. It’s convoluted to say the least.”

(On if Greg Little’s drops can be categorized as an issue with concentration) – “I hate to say it was a concentration thing, because he was in the moment, he dropped the ball. There are two things you don’t like to have happen. You don’t like to have the quarterback sacked and the second worst thing that happens on a sack is a strip sack where the quarterback is knocked out of the game (in the) one every seven times that happens. Same thing with a drop, tip balls favor to defense. The drop is a bad thing and then for it to stay alive and turn into an interception, and in that particular time, obviously points that mattered a great deal to us.”

(On if Weeden’s confidence would have been changed in a more positive way had Little caught the pass inside the five-yard line and scored) – “Again, that would be for me hypothetical for me to tell you, ‘Yeah he doesn’t miss a pass the rest of the day’. You know what I’m saying? Yeah, those are confidence boosters, your first and goal inside the five yard line, if I’m not mistaken.”

(On if Josh Gordon is ready or if he struggled due to Philadelphia’s strong corners) – “Those are good corners. Was he ready? He's ready now. He’d be the first one to tell you that, that's a whole different animal than probably anything he faced at Baylor.”

(On Weeden and Little working on their chemistry) – “We're a progression system so we may have great intentions in wanting to throw footballs to receiver A, he's the number one read. By the way this thing is kind of defined, if we go to receiver A, that we want to throw it to and he's covered, then we progress to two and three, and guys have to be patient with that. They all look at the openers when you put openers together, that one goes to me, that one goes to this guy and that one goes to this guy. There are no articles of war. We don't know what exact coverage they’re going to play. We can try to surmise but we don't know for sure. Chemistry wise, I wouldn't say that there's chemistry riff or anything like that between those two guys. I just say we’re one game in and you know typically when someone makes plays for you, you have a tendency to continue to look at somebody. That’ll evolve as the season goes on.”

(On if anything has given him confidence that Richardson can be the dynamic runner they’d like to have sooner than later) – “He's a dynamic player. It will just be a matter of when, it's not a matter if. He’ll continue to be a good player.”

(On what his impressions have been of Coach Shurmur’s coaching style) – “He’s very matter of fact. He’s a good teacher, extremely well organized. All guys want to know where they stand, so he lets them know where they stand providing they want to hear where they stand sometimes. He’s not afraid to tell it to you.”

(On how tough is that first year as an NFL head coach) – “Very tough, very difficult. We all put books together and manuals for job interviews and things you think somebody wants to hear. But I know this, I could have five things that I wanted to get done first thing when I walked in the office way early in the morning and in five minutes, I could be going 180 degrees away from that and never got those five things even close to being addressed had I cast my gaze on something else.”

(On if he has an appreciation of what Coach Shurmur went through last year) – “Absolutely. I knew exactly what he went through last year.”

(On if it’s possible that Weeden is just not ready to be a starter in the NFL right now) – “I don't feel that way. I don't think he cowered in the face of it. I thought he had a good demeanor during the course of the game. I just think if you go back and pull apart, because everyone goes back to those interceptions. You pull apart what kind of interceptions those were. The first one we talked about, it was a tipped ball, which could go from being an interception to first and goal, where you say, ‘That was a pretty good throw.’ The two down the sideline to (Dominique Rodgers) Cromartie he doesn't give Travis (Benjamin) a chance to use his speed. Not necessarily his size, but his speed. That's one of those put it out there to him and you have to give him an opportunity to make a play. We can talk about Travis playing defense and everything and those things are all part of it. But, give him an opportunity to make a play. The last one is a straight overthrow. I don't feel like it's too big for him. You’re going to throw interceptions. I think the first pick of the draft (Andrew Luck) threw three.”

(On Weeden hanging on to the ball when he’s getting hit) – “It’s a sack of gold and you have to lock it up in the pocket. I know they’re coaching on that side of the ball too, just strip and sack. Sack’s not good enough to rake it. He needs to continue to do that. That’s a real volatile position, when you’re back and you’re starting to come through. All it takes, literally, is a finger on that ball. It comes out, and those long arm pass rushers are able to reach around tackles and touch it sometimes.”

(On if they’ve been working on any of the mechanics of Weeden overthrowing) – “No, I think he got the pocket pushed in on him on the last one. That ball was high and kind of sailed on him.”

(On if he agrees with Coach Shurmur’s decision to go for the extra point instead of two and if it’s too early to go for two) – “Too early. It was too early in my opinion. There were fourteen minutes and how many seconds left. We didn’t think at that point in time we would ever be back down there again. We wanted the points. We didn’t want to fool with going for two.”

(On how you should evaluate quarterbacks) – “We look at things like completion percentage. You’d like to be a 65 percent thrower in this offense, I believe. As you evaluate your offense, you look at yards per pass attempt. Are you getting the ball down the field? Are you throwing for chunks of yards? Are you orchestrating the whole deal efficiently? Are you throwing on early downs and putting yourself in a position to have makeable third downs. That’s how you look at the runs too. Plus and minus four yards on first down, half of it back on the second down and then make a third down.”

(On the play where Benjamin Watson was wide open and Weeden missed him) – “He missed it. He should have hit him. I don’t know if something flashed in front of his face. He just flat out missed him. He would tell you so.”

(On the two potential touchdowns to Mohamed Massaquoi and Alex Smith) – “To Massaquoi early? Missed him. I think he got pushed in on a little bit.”

(On if they were running their eight-minute offense during their last series with the ball) – “It usually falls into a four minute offense, but I know there was more time than that left. You want to be able to take care of the football, move the ball efficiently, (and) run the football. However you elect to do it, you’re trying to take time off the clock. More importantly, first downs are huge because that’s going to take time off the clock all by itself. Obviously, we weren’t good enough to do that.”

(On if the first down yardage wasn’t good enough) – “Tony (Grossi) to be honest with you, I can’t remember the plays. You can refresh my memory judge but I can’t. Read out of the record, but I’m going to have to tell you. However you choose to do it, you just need to be more efficient doing it.”

(On how he assessed the performance of the offensive line) – “(It) could’ve been better, just like everybody. It wasn’t good enough, by coaches, by players. It wasn’t good enough and good enough to win. Winning is a great deodorant. We look past a lot of things had we found a way to hang on and win by six or win by three. It just wasn’t good enough by all of us.”

(On how the offensive line performed in regards to run blocking) – “If you look at the yards per carry, you’d like for those things to be approaching forward and above and I don’t think we were there. We need to improve in that area.”

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