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Player Quotes - 8/17

Posted Aug 17, 2012

Browns Player Quotes (Brandon Weeden) 8-17-12

(On if he had to tell the players to keep their heads up after a rough start in Green Bay)- “No, what I just told the guys was, ‘Hey, lets rebound. Lets go answer.’ Obviously Montario (Hardesty) wants it back. Charles Woodson made a heck of a play right there, so I think guys were fine. The good thing is we had 59 minutes left in the game. There was a lot of football game left. Guy’s heads weren’t between their legs. We were still excited about what was ahead of us. Our sideline wasn’t deflated by any means.”

(On how he feels after the big hit he took)- “I feel good. I was surprised. I really felt fine after a play or two, I just lost my breath. I tried to call the next play in the huddle and I couldn’t even spit out a word. I’d try to imitate it but I’d make a fool out of myself, it was bad. My offensive line was laughing at me. I actually called the wrong direction. I was hurting there for a second, but I feel good today. I feel a 100 percent healthy.”

(On knowing that the hit was coming and still delivering the ball like he wants to)- “Jordan (Norwood) ran a great route and got open, so I knew I had a chance stick it on him for a first down. That was my main focus. You have to step into them like that the majority of the time even though he came untouched, he was hauling. He was coming at me pretty hard. That’s just part of playing the position. You don’t want to put yourself in that position, but every once in a while you’re going to have to step into a throw like that and Jordan made a heck of a catch for a big time conversion for us. Like I said, we corrected the mistake, we fixed it today, and we’ll move on.”

(On if the coach’s focus has switched to the season opener)- “No, I think we’re still in training camp mode to be honest with you. I think we’re still trying to get better at the fundamentals, the basics. Obviously, in the preseason you don’t do a ton of game planning for the team you’re going to play. You run the plays that you feel like you need to work on. I think I’m just speaking for me what I think, I think the coaches are still focused on getting better each practice on what we do fundamentally. The rest of the preseason will play out and on the 9th we’ll open up with Philly. I don’t think we’re jumping ahead too far. I think we’re taking it one step at a time.”