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Jauron press conf. transcript - 10/4

Posted Oct 4, 2012

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

Browns Defensive Coordinator Dick Jauron 10-4-12

(On how they will incorporate James-Michael Johnson into the defense)- “First of all, it’s really good to have him back, to get somebody back. We were counting on him to contribute throughout the whole year. We’re excited to get him back on the field, now we’ve just got to see because it’s his first week back in full practice. He’s moving well, he’s moving around well. If he has any soreness, it’s very minimal. He’ll have to work his way back in. It’ll be a lot of special teams and then we’ll see what happens defensively as we move along. We’re really excited to have him back.”

(On what role Johnson will play)- “I think it will probably be with our base scheme, as opposed to the nickel, but he can play either. That’s how I would see it at this point.”

(On facing another elite quarterback and what they have done to compensate for missing Joe Haden)- “We haven’t really tried to do a whole lot different so in that regard, in terms of calls and defenses, we haven’t done it a lot different. I haven’t really thought about it like that - to try to change things up or protect our corners. Our guys are very competitive, the people that play on the edge, they have to be to play in this league, they just have to be. They have to tough, and have short memories and get right back up and challenge after they don’t look so good on a play, and they’ve done that for us. Hopefully they will continue. I know we’ve said it a number of times, to lose any player is hard, to lose starters is really hard. We’ll look forward to getting Joe back, but they’ve stepped in. This week I know that the Giants have some injuries too, and may have some guys miss the game, they may not, I don’t know that yet. They are a very talented group, so it will be another huge challenge, and as you pointed out with another elite quarterback. We’ve got our work cut out for us. The guys are really excited about it as they are every week. I feel good. I like our guys, they just play. They play, they don’t complain and they come after you.”

(On if Ahtyba Rubin has taken more of a leadership role)- “I haven’t seen him take more. He took a lot last year. He looks the same to me, he acts the same. Everybody looks up to him. Everybody respects him. He’s probably assumed more of a role just because that group has those young guys that we just got. They all have to admire him. You can’t watch him play and watch him work and prepare, and not admire this player. Personally, I don’t know him off the field, I’m just around him in the building, but I feel like they have to admire him as a person too, how he conducts himself. He plays a huge role for us and he’s a terrific player on top of all of that. I haven’t felt that he’s taken more of a leadership role, but I always felt he had a huge role anyway.”

(On Craig Robertson)- “He’s got a great attitude. Bill (Davis) and Chuck (Bullough) do a terrific job getting him ready. He’s embraced the whole thing from training camp on, he was very serious about working to make this football team. Then he was very excited about making it, which is always great to see. He wants to stay and be a big time player in the league. He’s got unique abilities. He’s got toughness, he’s got quickness. He can run. He’s compact. He can deliver a blow. Week by week he’s gaining more and more experience. I really can’t say enough about him, but attitude is hugely important for all of us in whatever we do. In this game it is for sure, and he’s got a really good attitude.”

(On if they expect to be without T.J. Ward this game)- “He hasn’t practiced to date as you know, and you would have to check with Coach Pat (Shurmur) on any injuries stuff. If he can’t go, then we have Bubba (Ray Ventrone), he has the other broken thumb, we have him. He’s a good player then Eric (Haag) and Usama (Young). Hopefully, T.J. will be okay, but as of today he hasn’t practiced yet. He’s playing really well. I think T.J. understands our scheme better. He really wants to do it right. He’s working at it hard. He’s done a nice job.”

(On Eli Manning’s growth over the past couple years and what’s most impressive about him)- “He’s got a tremendous grasp of their offense. I will say that he’s very well coached. They do a terrific job with him. Their whole unit from Tom (Coughlin) through the whole staff, they do a great job. He’s had the benefit of that. He’s calm. You can rattle any quarterback, obviously, if you hit him enough, it doesn’t matter who they are. It’s just not normal not to get a little bit affected by it, but he throws a nice ball in the face of pressure, standing there and deliver it, and deliver it accurately. We’ve seen him do it time and again on video that we’ve watched. They have a talented crew around him. They’ve all grown kind of together. Obviously, when you first come into the league, you’re experiencing it all for the first time, the speed of it, the size of the people and the toughness of it. It’s just different. It’s all very different. Once he grew through all that, he’s just kept growing. As you pointed out, he’s got two championship rings on his shelf now.”

(On Joe Flacco making great throws last week and if Dimitri Patterson needed to play the ball better against Baltimore)- “I would say that in general, no. There were some exceptional throws, and they just made them and made plays. All that being said, and Dimitri would probably be the first one to point it out, he’s got to make plays. He’s just got to make a few more plays. I love Dimitri. He’s just going to battle you to the end. There were some exceptional throws in there. (Anquan) Boldin’s a big receiver, big and strong hands. The back shoulder fade on press is really hard to defend. The one he caught on the sideline where it was inside man, he threw it outside and high. I don’t know many people that are going to get to that. He threw some really good balls and made some really good catches, and Dimitri made some good plays too.”

(On if this season has been unique because of all of the injuries)- “Some seasons you suffer more injuries than others. I’ve never been able to figure out why. You always study your program or study how you do everything. You could do it the same way two years in a row, and have no injuries one year and a bunch the next. It’s just is that kind of a game. Everybody has them. It’s not like we’re alone in the league. You have to find ways to play over them and the next guy has to step up and play. It’s just kind of part of our game.”

(On if Joe Haden will play when he comes back next week)- “I haven’t been through these things that often, a lot of it will depend on his conditioning. I’m going to assume, knowing Joe, that he’s going to come back in really good shape. I assume he’s been training the whole time. Then, we’ll just have to see, and then coach Pat will make a decision as we move along. I don’t really have an answer or a lot of experience with that. I think at his position, a lot of it will depend on conditioning.”

(On Eric Haag’s confidence after starting then being inactive)- “Hopefully, it’s high. He knows, he’s been told, the nature of our business is he will be back on the field. As soon as he was put down, he was told that he’ll be back, unless it’s a very unique year. He’s going to have another opportunity, and he’s got to be ready to go. He’s a smart guy. He’s a very good guy, quality person. I think he’ll be ready to go and play.”

(On if he’s seen a big change in Tom Coughlin from when they coached together in Jacksonville)- “I haven’t coached with him for a long time. Tom and I were assistants together in Green Bay and then in Jacksonville I worked for him. I don’t know. I wouldn’t guess in coaching because I haven’t been with him. As a person, he’s as good as it gets. As a coach, he’s as good as it gets in the business. That’s why he is who he is. That’s why they are who they are. He’s done a terrific job everywhere he’s ever been.”

(On Ishmaa’ily Kitchen)- “I really like Kitch. He’s big and thick. We like big guys. We like a very physical front. He’s learning our system, it was a little more two gap before. He’s learning the gap. He played some gap defense in Baltimore. He’s a good guy. He fits our room. The guys all like him. Like I said, he’s a wide body, he’s a tough guy. We have a lot of confidence that he’ll be with us for a while and keep doing a better job every week.”