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Jauron press conf. transcript - 11/21

Posted Nov 21, 2012

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

Browns Defensive Coordinator Dick Jauron Press Conference 11-21-12

(On if we should expect to see more Johnson Bademosi at cornerback) – “It depends on the injury situation, but he did a really nice job filling it. He got tested, obviously with the talent level they have in Dallas. He did a nice job. We really like Johnson. He’s very into it and clearly he’s a very tough guy. He wants to do it badly. He wants to do it well. He wants to do it as well as you can possibly do it. He works at it all the time. (He’s a) terrific young man.”

(On how hard it is to teach the guys defensively not to touch guy five yards down the field when the offensive player is initiating) – “It’s tough. It’s a judgment call, and our officials are the best in the world at what they do. It’s just a very, very difficult game to officiate. Things are so fast and so physical on both sides of the ball.”

(On if T.J. Ward has to do anything differently with the penalties he’s been getting) – “I think just keep doing what he’s doing. I saw the replays multiple times and I didn’t see any head to head contact on that play. I don’t know if anybody else did. I don’t know what you tell him. They have to figure it out. I don’t know what you tell the defensive player today.”

(On what you tell the defense in regards to aiming for the sternum and the receivers dropping their heads) – “All we tell our entire defense is don’t ever intentionally hit another player in the head or the neck. Don’t hit the quarterback intentionally in the knees in the pocket. Other than that, you’ve just got to play, because there’s no way that you can make an adjustment in a split second where the offensive player ducks his head or dips his shoulder, or turns or twists or whatever they’re going to do. The quarterbacks throw them into tough spots. Maybe they should stop the quarterback from throwing the ball in those tough spots. Put some of the onus on the offense occasionally.”

(On how the defense prepares for Charlie Batch) – “There are very few people that are Ben Roethlisberger anywhere. Charlie Batch is an NFL quarterback that has had a lot of playing experience in this league. He has won a lot of games. I have a lot of respect for Charlie, I always have. He’ll certainly be able to control the football game, understand their offense and everything they do. He won’t have the arm strength, clearly, that Ben has. Again, there are very few that do anywhere. We’ll have our hands full with their speed and their skill, and just their overall ability on the offensive side.”

(On if Ed’s Reed suspension makes him think of what guys can and can’t do) – “I understand what you’re saying. Ed Reed’s a great player, clearly a Hall of Fame player, and not a cheap shot player by any stretch of the imagination. No, I’m not sure there is any other way to coach it than how we’re coaching it. To say what I said earlier, play as hard and as fast as you can, and don’t intentionally hit another player in the head or the neck, ever. Then we can live with what happens because we have to. You can’t wait to see what the offensive player is going to do with his body before you strike a blow. If you do intentionally hit somebody in the head or the neck, you should be penalized and fined.”

(On where his friendship with Dick LeBeau originated) – “Actually, I was introduced to him as a rookie in Detroit as a player, because I had just missed him by a year. The defensive players obviously thought the world of him. We played, at least this is what I believed what happened; we played in Philadelphia that year. Coach LeBeau was coaching their special teams. I believe that was his job at that time. The guys introduced us before that game and then I got to play for him in Cincinnati.”

(On how long he played for LeBeau) – “Two years.”

(On if the Steelers defense is playing better than last year) – “I don’t know much. I don’t see them on defense.”

(On if his defense is playing better this year) – “I said going in, we’re better, we were deeper. We’ve had a number of injuries. We were deeper going into this year and all around we were more talented. I didn’t know statistics except for the win loss things, really aren’t significant to me anyway. I thought we’d be a deeper and better and faster defense.”

(On if Buster Skrine’s too small to play on the outside all the time) – “I don’t think so. Buster, he’s very much the kind of player you want to coach every day. You want to be around this kind of guy. He just will battle and fight and try to do, technique wise, what he’s taught and never quits. He’s obviously at a disadvantage against some receivers that are big receivers. He’s a good player, and he’s just going to get better. Obviously, you’ve got to eliminate a number of the penalties. Some of them, you obviously don’t agree with. Some of them, they are penalties. You’ve got to battle out there, because the offense clearly is pushing and shoving and grabbing. If you just accept it, you just get pushed all over the field.”

(On if the illegal contacts don’t always get called so he thinks he can do it or if it’s poor technique) – “Some of them, they are not poor technique. You’re in front of a receiver; you’re not going to get out of his way. Let him run down the field. They miss some, they make some. It’s a hard game to play and it’s a hard game to officiate. Like I said, they’re the best in the world. Whenever they throw a flag, half the people are mad at them.”

(On what has prevented Bademosi from playing more cornerback) – “Really just lack of experience, and lack of technique work the way we want it. That’s really it.”

(On if he sees Bademosi having a future in the NFL as a cornerback) – “I do. I think it’ll take him time. He’s going to work his way into it. The experience last Sunday was invaluable to him. I do, I think he can play.”

(On if he thinks the pass rush was so effective against Dallas because Phil Taylor and Ahtyba Rubin are back) – “I think it had some impact inside. I didn’t change their protection schemes. Phil and Rub are good players. They are big, strong, physical players inside too, which helped us. Sometimes those things happen, where we really needed to get that kind of pressure on this guy, because he was a very talented quarterback. Their skill people are extremely talented down there. We needed all of that to keep it close.”

(On if Rubin and Taylor’s presence changed the scheme) – “I don’t think they changed scheme to block those guys. Their protection scheme wasn’t significantly different.”

(On if the inexperience at linebacker limit what they can do scheme wise) – “Not necessarily, no. I don’t think so.”

(On if LeBeau’s scheme totally different from what he does) – “Believe it or not, we don’t talk a lot of football. We’re on opposing teams in the same conference and division. Generally when we talk, we talk about other things.”

(On if they didn’t talk about football as far back as 20 years ago) – “Yeah, probably.”

(On him knowing LeBeau a long time) – “I have known him a long time. Fortunately, for me, I’m not sure how he feels about it (jokingly).”

(On Juqua Parker) – “Tremendous player. (He has) strength, great bull-rush and quickness off the edge. He’s just a proven player.”

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