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Player Quotes - 10/14

Posted Oct 14, 2012

Postgame quotes from Browns players following the 34-24 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

WR Josh Gordon

(On first win)- “It’s great to finally have a win behind us, a win underneath our belts.  Like I was saying before, the losses were definitely something that we needed to help build a lot of character and see where everybody’s heads are at.  Today everybody definitely battled back, fought the whole sixty minutes, the whole four quarters.  We are glad to come out with a win.”

(On beating guys deep for big touchdowns)- “It’s really just scheming. We scheme in practice we work on it.  If we see a mismatch we try and take advantage of it.  In that case it was definitely happening and we took advantage of it.”

(On second half and the four straight scoring possessions)- “It was huge, the offense needed something like that.  We had a couple sparks here and not really as consistent as much as we needed to.  So, today was a big day for us, came a long way I definitely think we are on the right track.”

DL Jabaal Sheard

(On big day for Montario Hardesty and Brandon Weeden)- “Yes, it’s great to see those guys step up, I know that they are hungry with Trent getting all the carries.  They got their opportunity and that’s when you show up.”

DL Billy Winn

(On the late run by the Bengals before the forced fumble)- “We knew going into this game that we were going to finish and we were going to play the full sixty minutes.  Give it everything we got and leave it on the field.  I think we were able to get that done.”

(Did you think you were going to go all the way?)- “I thought so, my legs were telling me keep going and then I felt the guy on my neck.”

(On the amazing performance defensively without Ahtyba Rubin and Phil Taylor along with other injuries)- “We knew we were a little short on defense, but it comes down to carrying that flag.  A guy goes down, it’s a part of football, you just have to finish, you have to pick it up and get going.”

CB Joe Haden

(On first win of the season)- “Oh my goodness, it was like a big weight off of everybody’s shoulders.  It felt like we won the Super Bowl, honestly.  I mean, everybody’s just excited.  You know, once you get the first one out of the way, I feel like it becomes a lot easier and people want to get used to this feeling.  I’m just so happy that it was the game that I came back and we just made it happen.”

(On the defense in the second half)- “We feel like we have playmakers.  You know what I’m saying, that everybody just feels like they have to step up and keep doing their job; keep getting ‘three and outs’.  And even if, like coach always says, stop the bleeding.  They’re going to make a play that’s going to be big for their team.  So, once they make that play, we just have to make sure the next one is ours, and I feel like that’s what we did.”

(On Sheldon Brown ‘pick six’) -“Man, I was so excited, I felt like I got it.  I mean, Sheldon, he’s one of the big leaders on the defense.  Just a top-flight person, like a stand up guy.  You always want the best for him.  And for him to get the ‘pick six’, it just was, it was icing on the cake.”

(On the challenge vs A.J. Green) -“I felt comfortable, I felt good out there.  I mean, A.J. is really, I feel like he’s one of the most talented receivers I’ve ever played against.  And of course, he’s going to get his plays and we’re going to go against each other.  We’ll go back and forth.  And I just felt really comfortable out there and my boys helped me out, T.J. (Ward) and Usama (Young) and we were just communicating and we did it.”

TE Jordan Cameron

(On Weeden adjusting plays) - “He did a good job, he kept me in his sights and didn’t give up on the play and it was good.”

(On first win of the season) -“I think it’s great.  You know, we finally get a taste for what it feels like to win and we have to build off of this and let this steamroll into something bigger.”

(On what Coach Shurmur told the players) -“You have to embrace this win, you know, but we have to get back to next with the Colts.  So, it’s a process, you know.  Obviously, we’ll celebrate today and tomorrow but we’ll look at the film and everything, but yeah I’m glad that we won.”

QB Brandon Weeden

(On getting the first victory of the season)- “It feels good. We’ve been so close so many times and to actually get over the hump and close a game out, play the way we did in the second half, the defense played great and Sheldon (Brown) made a play. It feels good. If feels really good. It’s a lot more fun coming out of that locker room with everybody excited. Going to work tomorrow is going to be a lot more fun than it has been in the last five weeks and that’s why we play the game. We want to have fun, win games and we finally got that notch on our belt.”

(On Montario Hardesty coming in off the bench and how important his contribution was)- “It was huge. I told him he’s one of the players of the game. Just filling in for Trent (Richardson), Trent takes a large load of what we do, but for Montario to come off the bench with basically very few reps and to play the way he did and put us in the situations he did, I thought he played great. I was really excited for him and that’s what we need, we need our guys that are backup guys. This league is so physical, injuries unfortunately happen and you need guys like that to step up and I was pumped for him. He played great.”

(On the resiliency of the offense today and what sparked them in the fourth quarter)- “The play of the game without a doubt and I told him this on the sideline was Josh Cribbs’ big return to flip the field position. We were backed up. We were back there inside our 20 over and over, that’s tough and then we had penalties. We were second and 20 on the 20 (yard line). That’s a pretty tough situation, but we were able to overcome it. Like I said, that play that Cribbs made was the biggest play of the game. It got us momentum one, but it also flipped the field and so that’s the way this league is. That’s a very, very good defense we just faced and we knew they were going to be a challenge for us, but our guys stepped up and made plays late in the game when we needed to.”

(On if something special is developing between himself and Josh Gordon)- “It’s all him. He’s able to get on top of the secondary so fast because he’s deceptively fast. He can fly and he’s such a long strider, but that’s all him. He’s the one running wide open. I’m doing the easy past, I’m just throwing and he’s running underneath and making a great play. He has come a long way and I told you guys this a while back, but the guy is making strides. You can start to tell he’s getting more comfortable, he’s getting more in tune with what we do and thank God because he’s a heck of a football player.”

(On Josh Cooper coming in and playing today)- “That’s my boy, that’s my boy. I was so pumped for him I could barely call the play in the huddle. I was so excited for him and he made a great catch. He made a good one. It’s not the easiest catch in your NFL career. You usually want to catch a hitch or something like that, but he caught a back shoulder wheel route and it was a heck of a catch. It didn’t surprise me, that guy can flat out play. I was spoiled at Oklahoma State with him, so whenever I heard he was getting an opportunity I was pumped for him personally, but I was also pumped for us. I think he’s a guy that can make a lot of plays.”

RB Trent Richardson

(On how he feels)- “I took a shot, but I’ll be back. I’ll be ready for next week. I was in and out of the game and I tried to do as much as I could while I was in the game. Coach (Shurmur) didn’t want to take the risk of me being injured even more.”

(On how it feels to get the win today)- “It’s a big relief. Words cannot even explain how I feel right now. It’s a big relief and just the fact that we know that we’ve been in every game and we should have been finishing strong like this, it just shows what the sky is for. The sky is the limit for us and it shows that we can accomplish a lot as long as we stick together and believe.”

(On Montario Hardesty’s performance)- “You’ve got to love it. Montario, he is a beast and the way he played ball, it’s rare the way he plays ball. A lot of people think Montario is one of those guys that is not going to try to run you over or not going to be in there for the thick and thin, but Montario is one of those guys who is going to give everything he can on each and every play. Montario is out there working hard. He practiced hard all week. It doesn’t matter to him whenever his name is called. If it’s special teams he’s in there.”

(On the game plan focusing around him getting the ball today)- “Yeah, Coach (Shurmur) put me in different places where I could touch the ball. I think on the first four or five plays I touched the ball and we were moving the ball and moving the sticks and everybody came alive. That’s why people just try to game plan for me. That’s why we have Josh Cribbs on special teams, we’ve got Josh Gordon at receiver and we’ve got Montario Hardesty. We’ve got Chris Ogbonnaya, I call him OB, but we’ve got guys like that and we’ve got an incredible defense. They really just showed that as a whole that we can really just do this thing, we can turn this season around.”

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