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Chudzinski press conf. transcript - Nov. 29

Posted Nov 29, 2013

The transcript of Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski's Friday afternoon press conference.

Opening statement: “Good morning everybody. I hope you have a good Thanksgiving. We have a lot to be thankful for and certainly. For me, it’s an honor to be part of the Cleveland Browns organization and coaching this team. I know our players feel very fortunate as well to be able to play for this organization and be a Brown. We had a good week of practice. (We’re) ready to get playing and excited for Sunday.”

On if QB Jason Campbell has been at the facility: “He has. He’s checked in every day. We’ve sent him home. He is feeling better, though.”

On if there are any issues with Campbell playing in the future: “He’s very close and getting much better.”

On how important it is for a coach to manage a quarterback’s confidence in reference to QB Brandon Weeden starting this week: “It’s important. At that position, you have to be confident. Brandon has had a very good week of preparation and practice, and that’s one of the things specifically that I’ve noticed is he’s been very confident this week and expects to do well.”

On receiving a satisfactory explanation from the NFL regarding the hit that led to Campbell’s concussion: “I did. We talked. Again, I’m not going to get into detail on that.”

On if he senses anything different in Weeden compared to the beginning of the year: “Like I said, I feel like this week he’s been very confident in his preparation. Every opportunity you get and everything that you go through, if you approach it the right way, can be a learning process, and you can grow from those things. I think Brandon throughout has been a professional and has taken that approach. I think that will help him in this opportunity that he has.”

On what he has seen in WR Josh Gordon on the field and off the field that gives him confidence he will not go down a wrong path: “He’s come a long ways in a lot of different areas, and a lot of those things I see on a day-to-day basis. It may be tough to see from somebody else looking from the outside in, but in how he’s approaching the game, how he’s approaching being a profession, the steps he’s taken in those regards, you see it and you see the progress. Yoiung players go through that process and a lot of times it’s two steps forward and sometimes maybe they take a step back, but generally, there’s progress and there’s been a lot of progress on his part. I think you’re starting to see it, and it’s showing out on the field. It’s a matter of consistency. As guys continue to grow, you want them to be consistent in that way.”

On similarities in Gordon and former Browns WR Braylon Edwards: “They’re really different types of players. Both are big guys and big receivers, but they have different athletic attributes and styles are a little bit different.”

On how he would feel if he had to put QB Alex Tanney in against Jacksonville: “He’s put a lot into it in a short amount of time. We’ve had him for a couple of days. He’s been working overtime. You can see that right now. He’s done this with the extra receivers and tight ends, running through the scripts. He’s worked as hard as he can to get himself ready. We’ll have a package of plays for him if he needs to play, and I’m confident that he’ll be able to go in and execute those plays.”

On what skills Tanney has displayed: “Very similar to what I described the other day. You can see he has good ability, is very accurate as a passer and he’s been able to go and execute the things in the few days that we’ve had practice that he’s had those opportunities to do.”

On if the team has been able to refocus after losing the past two games: “Yeah, we have. The guys, this is a resilient group. I think we’ve seen that all season long. Certainly, those were disappointing games, but every week is a new opportunity. This is an opportunity for us to go play again. Their approach has been the same as it has all year long. These guys like playing football, and they are passionate about that. The character of this locker room is outstanding. We’ll be ready to play and we’re going to be excited to play.”

On what Jacksonville has done differently in the last three games since starting 0-8: “They had the bye. I think they made some adjustments from a scheme standpoint, and they’ve gotten some guys back healthy and they’re playing well. They have some weapons on offense, some guys that have proven themselves throughout the course of years: (Jaguars TE) Marcedes Lewis and (Jaguars RB Maurice) Jones-Drew. (Jaguars WR) Cecil Shorts is playing real well for them. On defense, they’re flying around and they’re playing. They have some young guys that have gotten better as the course of this season has gone on. It’s going to be a tremendous challenge for us this weekend, and we’re looking forward to it.”

On if he watched the Pittsburgh-Baltimore game last night: “I just caught bits and pieces of it.”

On if he saw the kickoff return involving Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin’s position on the sideline: “I didn’t see it actually. I haven’t seen it on replay, but I’ve heard enough about it, I probably can picture it [laughter].”

On if there is anything he should watch for in the future related to that play: “Well, you always have to stay back. I try to make sure that I do that.”

On if Campbell reinjured his ribs against Pittsburgh: “Not to an extent that was anything noteworthy.”

On LB Darius Eubanks having to step in last Sunday for injured LB Tank Carder: “Like I said earlier in the week, I thought Darius did a really nice job stepping in last week without a ton of reps. Obviously, he’s been able to get those reps this week. I really like what I’ve seen out of him. I’m look forward to seeing him with this opportunity.”

On if Campbell is playing with broken ribs similar to how former Browns and Colts RB Trent Richardson played last year: “No.”