Jauron press conf. transcript - 10/25

Posted Oct 25, 2012

The transcript of defensive coordinator Dick Jauron's Thursday afternoon press conference.

Browns Defensive Coordinator Dick Jauron Press Conference 10-25-12

(On if the young defensive linemen struggled maintaining their assignments last week)- “No I didn’t think so actually. I thought they played pretty well again up front. We made some errors in our fits. That doesn’t mean every play they played terrific up front. In a 70-play game, you’re going to have good and bad downs. But no, I thought the young guys played pretty well again. They’ve been consistently solid and we talk about it a lot. Really, I don’t want to say it’s a surprise, because clearly we drafted them for this reason, but they’ve played better than you could anticipate, and continue to improve I think.”

(On if he feels good about the depth on the defensive line with John Hughes and Billy Winn along with Phil Taylor and Ahtyba Rubin returning in the future)- “I feel very good about it. Inside, our depth, when we get everybody back, is really pretty good. They are all playing at a good level. We like Kitch (Ishmaa’ily Kitchen) too. Kitch has done a nice job. He’s come along. He’s learning more and more about our scheme and how we play, and he’s willing and he’s big. We like that combination. We’re happy about it. Again, up front there are a lot of really good young players. I think it bodes well for the organization as it moves forward and as we move forward this year.”

(On if James-Michael Johnson could play inside linebacker or if he’s better suited for outside)- “I think that he can handle the MIKE in time. We don’t need him in there right now. Obviously with Scott’s (Fujita) injury, there’s a real need at the SAM, but I do believe that he can play them both. He can probably all three of them in time. I think he’s smart enough and he’s talented enough to do it. He’s certainly helping us in doing the job at the SAM at this point, but I think he can play inside.”

(On defending Antonio Gates)- “What can you say about this guy? He’s one of the premier, if not the, pass catching tight end in the business, and probably as good as the best of them have ever been. It’s very, very hard to matchup with him. With the big body on the safety and the athletic ability, he can be covered and still be open. He’s got excellent hands. He knows how to get open. Obviously they have a relationship, the quarterback and he have a relationship. They have played together a long time. They are very difficult to stop, very difficult. He’s a very smart receiver, knows how to release, knows how to set you up in his routes. It’s just a tough assignment for every team including us as you go up against him.”

(On if the tight end position has had the most versatility in the league in regards to lining them up and what they can do)- “When you have that talented big man, as we were just talking about, it poses that problem for you inside. Generally they are more athletic than your backers and then bigger than your skilled secondary players. Occasionally, you find a big strong safety that has a chance. It’s just hard. I don’t know where the transition began. I played with Charlie Sanders, who was just a tremendous player. He had that advantage over people all the time. I guess it’s just the individuals that are born with that gift.”

(On starting out poorly defensively in the first two series and then getting better against the Colts and what happened there)- “That’s about it. Defensively the deal for us always is, if we score 14, we’ve got to hold them to 13. When you plot it seasonally you say, if you can hold people to 17, it’s a pretty good day in our league, but it’s not if you lose. We started out, and we usually challenge most throws. They made them. They made a lot of throws. They made plays in their first drives, it was disheartening to say the least. Because we made them go the long way, you end up towards halftime. Even if our offense hadn’t done well and moved the ball and scored, you still say, ‘Okay we’re still in this thing.’ We didn’t give up the big plays, the huge plays. That was a positive. The loss is just a huge negative over the whole thing. We changed a few things, not a lot, our guys maybe calmed down, the young guys and just played more consistently and better over the course of the game, and made a few more plays.”

(On what went wrong on the first pass to Reggie Wayne)- “I didn’t have them in a great defense a three-deep concept. The play-action always gets your backers because they got to react to hard run fake. It opens up the middle of the field. Our backers were responding well and running to it. It was a 20-yard in cut, which is hard for any defensive back to cover in man. We’re kind of outside in on it, and they made a good throw.”

(On where the rush from the right side came on that play)- “I think it was Frostee (Rucker).”

(On the key to gaining consistency in defending the run)- “Sometimes it’s calls. I don’t put them in the best defenses. Then fits, we’re 4-3 scheme and there are fits. There are gaps that are controlled by the front. There are gaps that are controlled by the linebackers, and gaps by the secondary where everybody fits. It’s not an easy thing to hold that fit as the play moves. It’s not stationary, obviously. Everything is dynamic in there. You get different blocking angles and pullers and things happen. Our guys, we have young guys, but sometimes our older veterans they’ll miss their fits too. Sometimes anybody’s going to miss a fit. That’s generally been it. It’s either not the best call, I didn’t give them the best call or something breaks down up front by somebody. It could be a secondary player not hitting the right gap, or a linebacker or the front. It happened, of course it happened a lot more against the Giants and they had a nice scheme. They did a nice job against us.”

(On if ‘fits’ means maintaining your gaps)- “Pretty much, yeah. On every play, probably both sides of the ball, I’ve never done the offensive side, but on both sides of the ball, you have an assignment. It’s certainly a lot easier in writing than it is on that field, I’ll say that. That’s it. It’s alignment, it’s assignment and it’s technique on every play. It’s hard. Forrest Gregg used to say, ‘If it was easy, people would walk off the street and do it,’ because they want to do it.”

(On how he approached the game against the Colts because people say you should pressure a rookie quarterback)- “We went in thinking we would pressure about 20-25 percent of the time, then the game progresses and we see what’s happening, see what they are doing, then move along from there.”

(On if Philip Rivers is an inconsistent quarterback)- “No, I wouldn’t say so. I would say no. If he were inconsistent, which means all the time, every game, we wouldn’t be talking about him as one of the elite players in the league. He’s clearly one of the elite quarterbacks in the league. Every quarterback, including the best that have ever played, have bad games. They all do. They all have a game where they would like to have plays back. He puts up a lot of points and he makes remarkable throws from some unusual positions. He’s really good.”

(On if he talked to Buster Skrine about his confidence after Giants game)- “I’ve never sensed that Buster had any confidence issues. I know I’ve never spoken to him about his confidence because I’ve never doubted it. I just think he’s a very good football player. He’s got a great attitude. He comes out every day with the same attitude. He’s a willing learner and he’s progressing. He’s still very young in this game at this level, but he’s got the things that you certainly like to coach. He’s tough, he’s fast and he’s a really good person. He likes to play. Buster is doing a nice job.”

(On Skrine’s run support)- “Buster probably as tough as anybody I’ve been around. He’s a very tough football player. He’s got a pretty good feel for the game. He’s learning the feel for different spots. He plays inside in the sub package and that’s not an easy thing to do. He’s very willing. Thankfully, it doesn’t make a big different to him who he’s on. He’ll go up and play Reggie Wayne like he would maybe a younger receiver, not as accomplished receiver and play them just as hard and just the same way. It’s a really great experience for him to be gaining.”

(On if Sheldon Brown’s success having two takeaways the last two games is due to him being a crafty veteran)- “Definitely, the experience is definitely part of it. It’s not just experience. Even when Sheldon was as younger player, he was a good player before he had experience. When he got into the situation on Sunday for maybe a very young defensive back, they are not there very often. They are not in the back field very often sacking the quarterback. He knew exactly what he wanted to do. He went after the ball in the right way. He got it loose in the right way, and then he recovered it. It was a remarkable play, and it has to do with his skill and his experience.”

(On T.J. Ward saying the defense has more interceptions this year because they are catching the ball and if there is more to that)- “Interceptions are a combination of lots of things, clearly. The situation the football game, pressure up front, those kinds of issues, but it always comes down to catching the ball. I’ve always felt as a defensive back and as a coach, I’ve always felt that any time you catch it, it’s a great play. I don’t care if its 20-yards overthrown, it’s a great play because it’s a takeaway. Then we got a chance to be on offense with the ball, the defense, so we can attack and score. His point is well taken, if you don’t catch it, clearly, it’s not an interception. We’re catching the ball. It’s a big part of it every year. Every year, when you go back at the end of the season, you look at it as an individual player or as a football team and say, ‘If we had only caught our chances.’ Some of them are really difficult, a lot of bodies around, a lot of contact at the ball so you’re not going to catch every one of those. Some of them are not that hard, the ball surprises you. You’ve just got to make your catches, and make your plays.”

(On how Joe Haden played in his second game back)- “Joe’s playing well, kind of like Buster. He’s got this innate toughness that you really admire. He’ll tackle, he’ll cover you. He likes a challenge. He’s still rusty, but he’s getting back to where he was before he went on his leave.”

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