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Browns OC Todd Haley press conference - 10/11

Offensive coordinator Todd Haley:

On Snoop Dogg visiting practice on Wednesday:

“Snoop, I got to meet him. I got to make sure that he and I were all good. We had a couple of rough years there(laughter). It got smoother over the last few and then him being out there and saying that he is a part of the Dawg Pound, we are good now. I can go back to listening to West Coast rap (laughter).”

On the Browns defense creating takeaways and how that impacts the offense:

“It is huge It is the biggest win-loss stat there is in football. I show the offense every week – last week, I think that the records were 4-1 if you were plus-one [in turnover margin] or better, 5-2 if you were plus-two or better. There is no bigger stat. If you can end up in the plus category, however it happens, if your defense gets five or six and you give it away a couple of times, you are still plus-three. Very rarely does it work against that pattern. That is through years and years – 20-30 years of statistics that if you can end up in the plus territory, especially on the road, it has a direct correlation to winning. The aberration was that first game against Pittsburgh. Statistically, that is 98-99 percent that you win that game. I show that every week, along with the fact of how many games are decided by three points or less, seven points or less. Just try to stress the point that a lot of and most of these games – all of ours this year – are coming down to a field goal or seven points. Usually, the smarter team, the team that is more aware has the best chance to win and obviously, the one that protects the football. It is awesome what the defense is doing. Like you said, we need to continue to take advantage of the field position and opportunities. We are making progress that way.”

On taking a shot on the first offensive play after a turnover:

“Anytime that there is a big turnover, there is a momentum shift. I think everybody feels it. Everybody is excited to get back out there. As an offense, I know that. The defense is not really prepared to come out on the field. They are usually on the bench having discussions, looking at pictures. All of a sudden, they have to grab their helmets and get out there. There is an unsettledness generally. You try to take advantage of that as best you can.”

On WR Derrick Willies:

“I think he is a great example for our guys. That if you keep working and keep taking [reps], even all of those reps may be carded offense reps, it is being noticed and it is your chance to work on your craft to continue to get better. He is a big body that could run. It is hard to look a lot better than he looks. He has come a long way. I was very, very proud of him. I get after him in practice all of the time. I call him ear plugs, ear muffs or blinders. I think sometimes he is looking through a scope, but he has really worked hard to pay attention, become more aware. Just was really proud of him. Even the plays he was not directly involved in, he did some little subtle nuance things that helped other guys get open. I was proud of him. For our group, that is a great thing to see. It is a great thing to see for the (WR Da’Mmari) Scotts that are on the practice squad, the young (OL Austin) Corbetts, (OL Kyle) Kalis, our new tight end Pharaoh (Brown) that if you keep working and you stay ready, when your number gets called that you get a chance to step in and help, just a great example of a guy doing that and making huge plays for us that helped us win.”

On his relationship with Chargers Head Coach Anthony Lynn:

“Anthony and I are very good friends, very close. We had time together in Dallas and a couple of unique moments together. Somebody that I really care about. (Chargers offensive coordinator) Kenny Whisenhunt I worked with a couple of different places – the New York Jets way back and in Arizona. They are a well-coached group. I am proud of Anthony and what he is doing. He has gone out there, and it is clear when you watch the tape that the group is well coached, trying to do what they are supposed to be doing, playing physical and playing hard.”

On if he thinks about how Lynn is preparing for him:

“I would just like to beat him (laughter). There will not be any hugs and kisses before the game. That is just the way I am with all of the guys that I know. That is nice of him to say. He is a heck of a coach. He has proven that through the years. I really enjoyed our time together.”

On if it unsettling having three rookies at WR:

“It could be, but it is not. It could have been unsettling in the game last week. That is why I was so proud of Willies and made sure I pointed that out to the entire group that this is how it works. You develop your own. Next man up. If somebody goes down, somebody ideally that you have been training, working and coaching steps in and gets the job done. It could be [unsettling], but it is not. I am excited to see these guys go out and get better.”

On if defenses are placing more of an emphasis to take away WR Jarvis Landry, given the other Browns WRs’ experience:

“I think that because of what he has done, he is going to get the attention. Until somebody is just flat out making too many plays to ignore, I think that is the way that it is going to be. Jarvis is a very smart guy that understands coverage, double coverage, brackets and things of that sort. He is a competitive guy that wants to go out and win. He is generally one of those guys that is always open.”

On challenges preparing three rookie WRs for a game:

“I think the preparation has been going on. We had a very young group and we had injuries and all kinds of things going on through the spring and training camp. That preparation is not going on last minute. It has been an ongoing process of trying to develop your young players. I think I said it my first time in this room, the key in this business to being a good team and a consistently good team is that you better develop your young guys. We just have had some guys step in and do it earlier than you would like or earlier than maybe normal so to speak. I think that it speaks to (wide receivers coach) Adam Henry, and (quarterbacks coach) Kenny (Zampese) with (QB) Baker (Mayfield). Those guys, it is their job to get the players ready. It is the player’s job to be ready. They need to step up this week.”

On if there has been a continued temptation to sign a veteran WR:

“I do not know that to be a fact. I think there have been guys that we talked to and worked out. It comes back to what do we have here, what they are capable of and what do we think the ceiling is of these guys. Days like the other day when a young guys – I keep saying young guy like Willies, but Antonio is a young guy that has made arguably a couple of our biggest plays of the year in the pass game. The further you go, the more I think you like to see your own, the guys you put a lot of time and effort in step in and do the job.”

On being how being second in the league in rushing yards per game helps the offense’s goals:

“Thank you (laughter). I think it is very important. With a young group, with a young quarterback, if you can win the line of scrimmage and run the ball efficiently and effectively, it is a big, big thing. In this division as the season goes on, I think that becomes a bigger thing. You have to be able to run the football when teams know there is probably a good chance that you are going to run it, whether it is weather related, cold or whatever it is. Specifically in this division, having been in it for a long time, you have to be able to run the football, and it is not something I think you can just flip the switch and all of a sudden be a good running football team. You have to stay dedicated to it. You have to stick with it, even like last week when it did not look too pretty at times or penalties were calling things back. It ended up paying off. (RB) Duke (Johnson Jr.) did a great job. We popped a couple of runs late that arguably were the biggest plays of the game to get us in a tighter and give us a better shot at the field goal. All of these things have been going on with our team are really good. You can say we have been in more close games than anybody else. We are sharpening our sword for hopefully critical situations as we go forward. We would like none of the games to be close and win every single week, but our group – offense, defense and special teams – I have to believe we are as mentally hardened as anybody, and we have to use it to our advantage.”

On evaluating Mayfield after playing against a top defense in the Ravens:

“I was encouraged. Everything was not as perfect. There are areas he has to continue to improve, but he can make plays. Even with a lot of the negativity that was going on at different times for different reasons, I never felt like we did not have a chance to make a play. His attitude is tremendous. He is into the game on the sideline in between and during timeouts, whatever it is. There is never a time where you are looking into his eye and feeling like we have a chance. Those are all positives. For us a group, we have to eliminate the minus plays, and a lot of those come through mental errors. We just have to be smarter.”

On if Johnson needs more touches earlier in the game:

“You want all of your players involved. At running back, sometimes that is a little tougher than others. You can’t just run him out there. We have been heavy pass with him in there. We have to make sure that we are running the ball with him and throwing it to him. At the same time, we are trying to get (RB) Nick Chubb carries. He had a little bad luck in there in his opportunities, but when you open the game with (RB) Carlos (Hyde) running into the teeth of the defense for 10-11 yards, that gets you excited, too. It is a good problem, and I think it is all part of the recipe for being a real good offense. If you have guys No. 1making the most of their opportunities – like I said, Nick Chubb had three touches two weeks ago and had 100 yards. Duke, I think he played more plays than normal. We were in third down a bunch and two-minute, and at the end of the game two-minute, we had a lot of situations that got him in there, but I thought he made the most of his opportunities. A guy like Willies did not have a ton of plays, but he made the most of his opportunities. (TE) David (Njoku) made better use of his opportunities and was productive. When you have that dynamic happening when guys know they are not going to get a ton of opportunities but they are taking advantage of them, it is a recipe for having a chance to be a pretty good offense.”

On how much Mayfield’s pass to Willies in overtime exemplifies why he was the No. 1 overall selection:

“A lot. I think he is very good in the pocket. He is much more elusive than you would think he is if you just looked at measurements, time, speed and things like that, but he has a knack for feeling pressure, finding his way out of it, and at the same time, his eyes are down the field. That gives us big opportunities. We have not really taken advantage of it enough, whether it was dropped balls. In games, you have to count on two, three or four times that there is probably going to be an opportunity for a scramble pass. Guys’ awareness of getting open spot, keeping their eyes on the quarterback, and those are big field-flipping type plays like you saw. I think it illustrates a lot of what gives him a chance to be a good player.”

On the Browns’ reverse near the goal line:

“Dumb call. Dumb call (laughter). When they don’t work, they are dumb, and that was a dumb call. I heard from (Pro Football Hall of Famer Bill) Parcells immediately. You just have to stick the knife in again. I get it.”

On if WR Jarvis Landry is as good as any receiver he has coached:

“He is up there with anyone. His hands are up there with any of the great ones that I have been around. He is in combative catches up there with the (Cardinals WR) Larry’s (Fitzgerald), the A.B.’s (Steelers WR Antonio Bryant). The tighter it is, usually, the greater stuff you are going to see from just great focus, great awareness, he is able to block out any potential hits that guys running at him. His focus in tremendous, and those 50-50 balls, I like our chances when they are going up to him.”

On DL Larry Ogunjobi and how a DT creating that type of disruption from the interior line can impact an opposing offense:

“I think it is very disruptive. Anytime you have disruption up through the pocket, it is very difficult to deal with.”

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