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Player quotes - 11/7

Posted Nov 7, 2010

Locker room quotes from Browns players after the team's 34-14 win over the New England Patriots Sunday afternoon.

CLEVELAND BROWNS PLAYERS

LB Eric Barton

(On the progress made in the last two games)- “I think we’re just showing we’re a tough team and we’re going to fight for four quarters and whatever happens, happens.”

(On holding the NFL’s No. 1 offense to 14 points)- “It’s great. (Defensive Coordinator) Rob Ryan coached there. Coach Mangini, of course, coached there, so to go out and do it against that team, I mean they’re a talented bunch. Tom Brady-it is what it is. To be able to stop them, it’s a great feeling. It just shows what we can do when we execute and follow the game plan.”

(On if his past experience playing against Patriots QB Tom Brady helped the defense)- “There were certain things that I knew he was going to do and I tried to help, but he’s tough. Everyone knows what he’s going to do. It’s just that you have to go out there and execute.”

WR Josh Cribbs

(On the team starting to get people’s attention)- “I think that at this point in our season we don’t care who we play. I just feel like we’re so reckless right now, with the way we’re going out there and playing, we’re leaving it all on the table. Whether it is the trick plays, moving down the field, we scored offensive points this time. We didn’t have to rely on the defense to score. Everybody did their part. When we can win the turnover game, we can win the football game.”

(On QB Colt McCoy)- “The ability that we know he had, he showed it today. I always boast that he’s the winningest quarterback in college football history and he’s showing that he can carry over to the NFL. He’s doing a great job. With the team behind him, everything is clicking.”

DB Abram Elam

(On his forced fumble and recovery on the same play at the end of the first half)- “Yeah, they were driving down late in the first half and it was an opportunity for us to make a play. We stole the possession from them because that would have to led to points and they were getting the ball after halftime.”

(On if the team works on stripping the ball in practice)- “Definitely. That is a point of emphasis everyday at practice, trying to create turnovers. We’re just trying to get our offense the ball back.”

(On if the ball was in a position to strip)- “No. But it was an opportunity that I was going after the ball. It was a great chance for me to make a play and I did.”

(On if he knew the importance of the fumble recovery)- “I did. There were less than two minutes left and they were going in to score. Anytime you can keep a good team like that from scoring, it’s definitely big for the team.”

(On what the win meant for the team)- “Well, it was a big win for us, knowing the ups and downs of this season, showing that we’re continuing to progress and the things that we’re working on are getting better.”

RB Peyton Hillis

(On the offensive line)- “The offensive line did a nice job today, I couldn’t have done it without them. I have to give thanks to the guys up front for making it all happen.”

(On fumbling and coming back)- “Against a team like that, you never can let off the gas. If you want to be successful in life and in this league, you have to learn to let the mistakes fall behind you and run with the curves. It’s the only thing you can do. We rebounded well today.”

(On the team and game )- “We played the way football should be played; well on both sides of the ball, taking time off the clock, you rest your defense and that’s what you have to do.”

(On the team)- “I think that with the guys and coaches we have on this squad, we’re finally proving to people that this is a winner - not two or three years from now, but a winner now. If we put our mind to it we can beat anybody.”

(On what Coach Bill Belichick said to him after the game)- “He said ‘congrats’ and that he was impressed, and when you get a compliment like that from a great coach, it means a lot.”

(On having two weeks off)- “Two weeks off did wonders and I came out today healthy.  Hopefully there are no side effects going into next week.”

QB Colt McCoy

(On the execution of the game plan)- “I thought we executed well.  Coach Daboll had us all prepared and the coaches did a fantastic job, especially during the bye week.  We worked really hard in the bye week and kind of had an idea of what we wanted to do when we came back.  We really just added on to that and worked really hard.  The offensive line played tremendous.  When those guys play like that it’s easy to run the ball and we get a lot of open lanes in the passing game.  Peyton (Hillis) ran the ball well, and when you can execute like that you give yourselves a chance to win, and that’s what happened today.”

(On his touchdown run)- “Yeah I felt real slow.  We talked all week and when we got into the fringe area, the fringe meaning inside the 30 and 25 (yardlines), they like to play a lot of double coverage.  We felt they might double cover Ben (Watson) a little bit and I just stepped up a little in the pocket and everyone was man-to-man outside.  I was playing (Josh) Cribbs and they double-teamed him, and had Peyton (Hillis) on the outside,  and there were some running lanes.  That’s always in the back of my head, especially this week, when they play that certain coverage.  I was just trying to make a play with my feet, get a first down, and it ended up that the receivers made some great blocks downfield and I got in the end zone.”

(On the fourth down quarterback sneak)- “Nothing is all on me, I thought we executed it really well.  We practiced that during the week.  When we shift them (wide receivers) out like that, you see if the front (defensive line) moves and see who goes out.  Really at that point, backed up, it was pretty gutsy but they moved the front and I had an opening and I took it.”

(On not starting the game with a conservative game plan)- “I like it when we come out and throw the ball on the first play.  We ran a good hard sell play-action.  We had a man-to-man look and I wish I could have gotten the ball up a little bit, he (WR Mohamed Massaquoi) could have had a chance to run a little more maybe.  He made a fantastic catch and that was not the only one he made.  He made one on the sideline on a big third down play, made a great catch, and it was good to get the ball outside to Mo.  We had a long one down the sideline to Peyton (Hillis).  We could work those corners a little bit which really helps out.”

(On his growth as a quarterback the last three games)- “I prepare really hard, I’ve got great coaches and great teammates and the defense played lights out the last two weeks.  I just try to go into a game and be my best for our team.  Today, the offensive line played awesome and Peyton (Hillis) ran the ball so well and the defense played well.  I think we gave them a little bit to play for early on when we got up (by) 10 in the first quarter.  I just really had to go out there and execute and I just played my game.”

(On his accuracy and his confidence)- “I missed a couple of balls early but I felt really confident.  I worked really hard with those guys during the week, and they’re willing to work, and that’s what I try to hang my hat on is that we’re going to go into a game prepared.  It’s up to us the way we executed and I just really thought the receivers played great.  They made some great catches and I had to put some balls into some tight windows and they made plays.  (Josh) Cribbs made a great catch across the middle which enabled us to go for it on third and short and get the first down.  Mo (Massaquoi) made some great catches.  Ben (Watson) made some good catches.  I thought we were close on a little corner route that we threw in the end zone.  I would like to see that one on tape.  (TE) Evan Moore made a great catch down the sidelines.  So when guys are catching the ball like that, I just had to get it into an area where they can catch it.”

WR Chansi Stuckey

(On WR Josh Cribbs’ effectiveness as a quarterback)- “I think because anytime he has the ball, he’s a threat and you have to account for him, so it just spreads things out for other guys.”

(On his touchdown run)- “It was great. (TE) Ben (Watson) and I were just lying on the ground, just laughing and basking in just what happened.  It was very positive.”

(On the touchdown play)- “Well, it’s kind of a confusion play. I go up quickly behind the linemen and try to hide. Josh comes in and snaps it quickly.  You know the threat that he is, so guys are going to run to him and once everything clears out, I give a “go” call to the linemen and they go. Ben (Watson) did a great job of blocking and I just squeezed in the corner at the end zone.”

LT Joe Thomas

(On the win)- “It was a huge win for us today.  I know most of our coaching staff came from the Patriots and the Patriots are one of the top teams in the NFL, so to run the ball the way we did and play great defense on one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL is a big thing.”

(On the last few games)- “We’ve been playing big in big games.  Going back to when we beat the Saints in their house, we sent a message and it put us on a roll that should take us into the second half of the season.”

(On the fans)- “There’s a history here and Browns’ fans are the best fans in the NFL. They’ve been tailgating since as long as I can remember. They’re the best and they get here every Sunday and prove it.”

FB Lawrence Vickers

(On the running game)- “Coach (Mangini) came out and said he wanted a physical game and he wanted us to be the thumpers, so we came out and got our ground game going and did what we needed to do to win the game. Today, we had a chance to run it more and we executed and did our best.”

(On the win)- “It’s great win for Coach Mangini, standing on his own and doing his own thing right now and saying ‘look at the things I’ve done.’”

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