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Browns QB DeShone Kizer press conference - 9/18


QB DeShone Kizer:**

On how he feels today after experiencing a migraine against Baltimore yesterday:

"Good. Back to normal."

On if the migraines he experiences typically occur six-to-seventh months apart:

"Yeah, they typically come twice a year."

On if he typically knows when a migraine is coming on:

"No, it is nothing you can really control. You just try to keep yourself out of stressful positions and continue to have regular sleep habits and a good diet."

On how debilitating migraines can be:

"Depends on how bad it is, but it can get to the point where you feel some numbness in your limbs or your face. You get an aura that continues to grow within your eyesight that doesn't really allow you to see much and then the pain is pretty tough."

On if he experienced migraine symptoms before the game or if it started during the game:

"No, I threw a nice ball to (WR) Rashard (Higgins) down the middle of the field and started noticing some of the visual things."

On how losing WR Corey Coleman affects the offense:

"It is the NFL. It is next man up. There is going to be another guy who is going to come in and work his butt off to try to fill that gap. We know that Corey is a special player for us and a big playmaker for us. We have to find someone else to step in that role."

On Head Coach Hue Jackson commenting he believed something was off when he didn't put a player in motion on a specific play:

"Yeah, I forgot to put the guy in motion."

On if forgetting to put a player in motion was related to his migraine:

"Yeah, my mental was a little off at the time and I typically don't forget things like that. Ended up with a tipped ball that ended up being a pick."

On lessons from his first regular week of preparation following an NFL game, given the additional time for Week 1:

"Yeah, your time management skills have to be perfect. You have to have a process and stay to it and make sure that everything that comes along with that process goes as you plan it from your diet to your sleep to your stress levels around the game to all of the things that you are doing to prepare."

On if he will prepare differently for the Colts:

"Absolutely not. I think I was very prepared for Baltimore and the scheme that they had, and I think that we attacked it the right way. I will continue to try to attack it as we move forward, until coach tells me that there is something off with it."

On how to tell the difference between a migraine and concussion symptoms:

"They are very similar. For me, it is just a feeling that you get. I have been getting them since I have been young so I kind of understand that when one is getting ready to trigger, that it is time to go take your meds and try to get past those symptoms as fast as you can."

On if he usually is able to minimize his migraines symptoms as quickly as yesterday:

"Yeah, if you have all of your proper medicine, for me at least, typically the shortest amount of time is about 45 minutes to an hour." 

On if he takes medicine regularly to prevent migraines or only when he experiences them:

"There is not much that you can do for them other than trying to put something in your system after you get those signs."

On if he only gets migraines twice a year:

"Yeah, only twice a year."

On if it was scary to experience a migraine against the Ravens in a loud M&T Bank Stadium:

"Yeah, it is very unfortunate. That is one of my biggest fears, being a guy who does get chronic migraines. It was bound to happen sometime for me. I would rather earlier in the season where I can learn from it and create a better plan."

On how to speed up the process of receiving the play call through its execution:

"It is the way you practice. We need to make sure that when we are out there that we are on it and that every time that it is time to hop in the huddle everyone is in their position and when we break that huddle to get to the line quickly. It is something that coach put a big emphasis on in training camp and that we are going to continue to put a big emphasis on. Especially when you are on the road and there is some communication things with noise, you are going to make sure that you are set as fast as you can and get the look as fast as you can."

On Jackson saying growth happens when a player is humbled and if he felt humbled yesterday:

"Absolutely, that was one of my worst performances ever in any sport I've ever played, and I'm definitely going to try to make that the biggest learning experience that I possibly can and grow as much as I can from it."

On if he was able to determine why his performance wasn't up to his standards:

"Just putting the ball in uncompromising positions for my receivers is half of it. Throwing the ball across your body, putting the ball a little hard on a running back coming out of the backfield, which ends up in a tipped ball. Those plays happen in the NFL if the ball is not exactly where it needs to be. It is my job to do whatever I can this week to try to limit those uncompromising positions for my receivers."

On playing in his first NFL road game factored into his performance:

"No, I felt I was pretty prepared. I thought that I was ready to go when it came to playing on the road and playing against a really good defense. It is just on me to put the ball where it needs to be through another great week of practice." 

On if he released the ball as fast as he desired:

"I think that kind of goes hand-in-hand with making sure that I'm protecting the football. Whether it be a sack, a fumble or anything that is going to set us back as an offense, I am going to make the proper adjustments to. Last week, it was about getting the ball out. This week, it is going to be about making sure I have two hands on the ball in the pocket and once again and keeping the ball out of harm's way."

On if he is normally pretty reliable about having two hands on the ball in the pocket:

"I am. I am. It was a veteran guy who came around the backside of me. I have to understand that after you are getting into your second and third [read], it is time to either take off or throw the ball away. Once again, that was another timing situation where I should have felt that in the pocket and either went down or got going."

On if his internal clock is based on seconds:

"It's not necessarily a seconds thing. It is more of a feel of the play. Different protections are set for different defenses to come. When you have the offensive line that we have and you have max protection on you, then you have a little more time. When you are in quick protection stuff, the time is a little less. It is just more of feeling the play down the field, and if I'm not getting the routes where we expect them to be or if there is some sort of different alignment from the defense that comes up, I need to be able to feel that and make sure that I'm not putting the ball in harm's way."

On if he has talked to Coleman:

"Yeah, I've talked to him a little bit."

On how Coleman is doing, given the timing of his last season:

"He was one of the first guys in the building today. He knows that it is right back to the grind to get back to the field to help this program."

On if he is able to uplift and encourage Coleman following his injury:

"Everyone goes about that a different way. I know that right now my biggest emphasis is trying to prepare for Indianapolis and get a W on the left side of the column here. Corey is going to have to go in and spend a lot of alone time. That is part of an injury that nobody sees is how much you are out there by yourself trying to get back to normal. I'm going to support him as a friend and as a teammate and I'm looking forward to seeing his progression through this injury. Hopefully, his procedure goes well and we will see him back out there."

On lessons from one of his toughest games:

"Once again, you can't put the ball in harm's way. This league is one where you can't deal with turnovers. You can't win when you are turning the ball over. The fact that it was 21-10 [in the fourth quarter] and not 50-10 is a good show on our defense and the way they were able to play. My biggest thing now is making sure that I'm prepared enough to make sure that the ball is in our hands and in our hands at all times."

On if a poor performance makes him mad:

"Yeah, absolutely. As a competitor, you do get angry. That is one of my poorest performances that I've ever had. I'm just going to try to use it as motivation going into this week to make sure that I can prove to my teammates, prove to the Cleveland fans and prove to this organization the type of guy that I actually am."

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