Chudzinski press conf. transcript - 8/15

Posted Aug 15, 2013

The transcript of Coach Rob Chudzinski's postgame press conference following the Browns' 24-6 win over the Detroit Lions.

Opening statement:

“Tonight was a good opportunity for us to play against a very good and very talented football team that presented a number of challenges going into the game. Obviously, the result we are happy with. We are always looking to win, regardless of preseason or not. Fortunately, we were able to come out and play and start fast, which we’ve been able to do the past two games. A number of good things coming out of the game, (one being) no turnovers for the second week in a row. We started fast on defense, especially the first few drives. Offensively, we started getting some good drives, long drives and were able to create some plays. Some of the negatives from tonight were the penalties. We had too many penalties. We had a punt return for a touchdown that was brought back and obviously those are unacceptable. We also had a number of injuries, I will go through those in a minute. Every day is an opportunity for us to get better and we have to continue to get better. To keep things in perspective in terms of where we are at, we have a lot of work to do. It was good to see a number of guys get in there when they got opportunities and make good with those opportunities. As far as the injuries go, I will go through the list here. Barkevious Mingo has a bruised lung. We will keep him in the hospital overnight as a precaution and we will see tomorrow where he is at. Gary Barnidge had a shoulder sprain. Dion Lewis had a fractured fibula, so we will report back on that tomorrow. (Jason) Pinkston had an ankle sprain. He had x-rays and the x-rays are negative, so it is just a sprain. (Brandon) Bogotay, his groin got tight during the game so Shayne (Graham) kicked the second half.”

On if Barkevious Mingo took a helmet to the ribs:

“I am not sure exactly how it happened. I am not sure.”

On what the team’s running back situation is and if they will put Dion Lewis on the IR:

“We will see about that tomorrow. I will give you a full report tomorrow on the whole thing medically. We will have to make that determination based on that.”

On injuries overshadowing a good on-field performance:

“It was a tough night from an injury perspective, obviously. We made some strides from a performance standpoint. I was happy and pleased with the performance. That’s the game. Guys get injured and other guys get opportunities and have to step up. That’s what good teams are able to do and find guys who make good with their opportunities. That’s what we will have to do.”

On if the Lions had more of a defensive scheme against them than the Rams:

“I will be able to determine that later on looking at the tape. I think that both teams, for the most part, ran pretty basic packages and tried to execute those.”

On having to sign a running back or offensive guard:

“I think tomorrow I will have a better idea with some of those things as we get a sense where those guys are at.”

On if Bogotay was hurt on his last kickoff attempt:

“His groin tightened up and I don’t know if it was because of that kickoff or not.  His groin tightened up and he couldn’t go on.”

On if he liked what he saw from Bogotay up until his injury”

“I did.  He hit a nice field goal there at the beginning of the game and his kickoffs were good before that last one where he obviously didn’t get a good hit on it.”

On Brandon Weeden having a good performance for the second straight preseason game:

“I was pleased (with him).  At first glance, he was efficient out there, accurate and had a couple of really nice throws where he was able to get into some tight areas.  He looked comfortable out there.”

On the developing chemistry between Weeden and Jordan Cameron:

“Those guys hooked up on a couple of really nice plays tonight.  Jordan really showed a lot of his athleticism going up and making those spectacular catches, outstanding catches.  Those are the things that you would like to see him continue to improve and grow on.”

On if the Lions’ front seven presented a better test for Weeden:

“They were getting some pressure on us and he was able to step up a few times and make some plays and adjust in the pocket, which is what you have to do in this league.  I think, again, they presented challenges to us and for us and I think we were able to handle those fairly well.”

On Trent Richardson’s night and how his health is after his first preseason action tonight:

“He came out of it healthy.  I was pleased to see he had a couple of really nice runs.  He showed his physicality, got in there and mixed it up a little bit.  I think he had 10 plays and that was about exactly what we wanted to get him.”

On the starting defense’s performance tonight and overall this preseason:

“I’ve been pleased with them.  They have been hungry and I think that’s our team right now.  We talk about that a lot, being hungry, and every time we step on the field we have something to prove.  Those guys are playing that way.”

On if he was worried after Ndamukong Suh laid a big hit on Richardson:

“No, not really.  It’s part of the game and Trent has shown to be pretty durable and pretty physical.”

On Phil Taylor’s performance and if he was disruptive at the line of scrimmage:

“I think Phil has been playing some really good football.  It’s not a surprise.  He has been doing those things in practice and he has been really focused this training camp.  Since I’ve been here, he’s been focused.  I think he’s carrying it over to the field and that’s what you like seeing.”

On if Taylor’s play can be contagious among the other defensive linemen:

“I think that group is a high-energy, high-effort group and they are coached by a high-energy, high-effort guy in Joe Cullen.  You’re seeing it on the field.”


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