Childress press conf. transcript - 9/25

Posted Sep 25, 2012

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

Browns Offensive Coordinator Brad Childress Press Conference 9-25-12

(On if he wants to rip the replacement officials)- “I’m not going there.”

(On how tough a test it is for the rookies to face the Ravens defense)- “Going on the road is its own dilemma. Tough defense, very hostile environment and I think coach Shurmur puts it the right way when he talks about everybody has seen RV’s before, but what do RV’s do? They go places and they plug into somebody else’s electricity. I think that’s what we’ll be attempting to do as we head out to Baltimore.”

(On what the biggest challenge is getting the running game going)- “Putting yourself in a situation where you feel like you can run the ball and run it for four yards or so per carry. I’m mindful of the fact that we threw the ball a good bit in the second half, but we felt like that was the best way to be able to move the football at that point in time, but just being able to be consistent with it so you can continue to go back to it.”

(On if he could point to some things they left on the field that would have gave them a respectable amount of yardage last game)- “I think a couple of those go balls, certainly. Somewhere you’ve got to hit one of those or otherwise they go in the books as a long foul ball. We’ve had a couple opportunities up the field and we need to hit a couple of those things because those have a way of taking some people out of where you’re playing.”

(On the missed go routes)- “I think they need to be in play and they need to give the guy an opportunity to make a play.”

(On if the routes were fine in both cases)- “Yeah, they were beat.”

(On if he felt they had to pass in the second half against Buffalo because they were loading up the box and daring them to throw)- “I don’t know so much to dare, everybody plays their version of an eight-man unit and there’s not a defensive coordinator in this league that’s going to step up and say, ‘I’ll tell you what we’re going to do is we’re going to let them run it and defend the pass.’ Everybody, whether it’s the Baltimore Ravens or it’s us or the Green Bay Packers - is going to see some version of if you’ve got six, they’ve got seven. If you’ve got seven, they’ve got an eight man box. If you’ve got eight, they’ve got a nine man box. I don’t know that they were daring us to pass. That just happens to be the way they were playing and we weren’t having great results in the run.”

(On what he tells Weeden after he misses a receiver on a deep pass)- “‘Give the guy an opportunity to make a play.’ That’s what we always talk about. If it’s a double route or something of that nature, we just talk about paying those guys a lot of money, you’ve got to give them an opportunity to compete for it.”

(On the Ravens defense and what makes them go)- “There’s numbers of guys that make it go. It all starts up front and of course (Haloti) Ngata is playing at a high level and (Ma’ake) Kemoeatu is playing at a high level in there. The young man from Utah, (Paul) Kruger that replaced the kid that went to San Diego is really playing, I feel like at a high level. They haven’t missed (Terrell) Suggs, although Suggs is a rare talent. That’s the one thing about defense, you can kind of swarm and play defense and the whole is greater than just the part.”

(On Weeden facing Ed Reed and being aware of him at all times)- “You said it, aware. Do you scheme around him? You don’t scheme around him because he’s got a mind of his own. He and to me a guy like (Troy) Polamalu show up in places and they’re very extremely instinctual and obviously have been tremendously productive.”

(On if Weeden played well against Buffalo other than the interceptions)- “It’s like our whole offense, it was a little bit of an uneven performance. That would probably be the best way for me to term it.”

(On what they need to get better in the running game)- “We have to get Trent (Richardson) to the second level and get him past the line of scrimmage and not make him battle as much at the line of scrimmage. Obviously move it past the defensive line and on to the linebackers and second level because that’s to me where he can end up doing most of his damage.”

(On how the team accomplishes getting Richardson to the second level)- “You play better in the offensive front, you run the ball better, you scheme better. It starts with us as coaches.”

(On how you prepare Weeden and Richardson for the intensity of facing Ray Lewis and the atmosphere in Baltimore)- “Some of those types of things that you’re describing are on the job training. I mean you don’t get it until one of those guys gets right in your grill and then you get it, but those guys have played at a couple of the best conferences in the United States. You’re seeing a lot of SEC players playing professional football not unlike a (Marcell) Dareus that he played against last week. Ray himself, you’ve got to witness that to experience it.”

(On how Travis Benjamin has been since he joined the team)- “Pretty steady. He stayed healthy which I think is no small feat. He’s not a giant guy, but he’s there taking the reps all the time and he’s a smart guy, he’s a quick study. We’ve kept him at one position, but he’s been able to jump in at other positions. I think he’s been pretty steady. He’s a pretty smart kid, competes, caught it probably way better than we might have had a right to expect and made some moment of truth catches too where there’s more people competing for the football than just him.”

(On how Joe Thomas has played this season)- “Joe’s playing okay. I just think we all have to play better on offense. I don't think there's any one guy that’s playing lights out. I don't feel like there's anybody that's stinking the joint up either. It's really kind of nondescript right now, and we're going to have to build our personality as we go here.”

(On what the offenses’ personality is)- “I would leave that up do you guys to describe. I don't know that I would be great at putting words to that. I think it's a work in progress, I really do.”

(On if he sees signs from Josh Gordon that says he can be a productive player)- “You see flashes, yeah. You see flashes in some of his play and what he does. He hasn't had a tremendous amount opportunities around the ball, at least as the regular season has started. He's been semi-productive when he has been around the ball. I would have liked to see him make that catch. It would have been a tough try that first third down. I would have liked to see a better throw. I would like to see us standing on the other side of the 50 with that conversion.”

(On if we can expect to see Joshua Cribbs more involved in the offense)- “He’s already playing maybe 24, 25, maybe even 30 plays in special teams. We’re going to water drop him in there, but to tell you that he would have a leading role, I would be misleading anybody to say that. We’re going to have plays for him in there that are his plays. Even though they’re his plays, it doesn’t mean the ball is going to be able go to him just by virtue of some of the progressions we have. We can look at him, if he’s gloved or he’s covered, then you can’t go there. You could have the best intentions with Josh and still not be able to get him the football.”

(On if Travis Benjamin will be getting more reps in the future)- “He’s done a good job with the reps he’s had. You want to see if a guy’s productive with what he has, and then when a guy gives you a little production, does a couple things, then you have a tendency as a coach to say, ‘Well, maybe we could have him do this, or maybe we could have him try that.’ Yeah, I think his reps will elevate as the year goes on. As far where his progress is right now, he’s progressing just like everybody else. I wouldn’t put him at an echelon higher than anybody else. Time and distance, it’s what have you done for me lately. He did okay last week. Let’s see how he does this week.”

(On Jordan Cameron’s performance against the Bills)- “I think it’s probably the best outing of his career. I think he feels healthy right now. It’s good to see a healthy Jordan Cameron out there being able to get out there and make plays because he has some play making ability. That’s another guy, when you see him make plays, you’re going to find more ways to get the ball in his hands.”

(On the possibly playing without Mohamed Massaquoi and if he has to give Greg Little a ‘kick in the pants’ sometimes)- “I’m not anticipating that with Mo. You have to kick all of them in the pants every now and then.”

(On if they will have enough fire power to move the ball against the Ravens defense)- “I think we do. I think we’ll have to be at our best. Our best should be good enough. We’re good enough to play with anybody in this league.”

(On his thoughts on playing a Thursday night game)- “It’s a tough turnaround. From our standpoint, we have a lousy taste in our mouth. The faster we can get back and get out on the grass, yesterday, which is when we got back out there, the faster we can move on and set our sights on something else. Every team, if I’m not mistaken, is going to play in a Thursday night game this year. You can make an argument, that maybe it’s better early in the season than it is late in the season, when it’s a little bit more of a grind and t’s a little tougher turn around on your body.”

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