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Hue Jackson post-game press conference - 8/19

Opening statement:

"Obviously, we have some work to do. We need to continue to get better in a lot of areas. On offense, I thought (QB) Robert (Griffin III) did some good things with the first offense. I don't think we're well-oiled yet, but I see potential of us being what I think we can be. I thought he played pretty well, thought he did a good job of taking care of the ball and distributing the ball to some of our playmakers. For the most part, early in the game protection was pretty good. The second half, I didn't think we played as well. To me, there was a huge drop off, and there are some guys that we just have to get better and we have to get them better in a hurry. On defense early, I think we're seeing a common theme that people are starting to run the ball at us pretty good, and we need to get that shored up fast. We obviously have to cover better. We have some work to do on our football team, offensively and defensively. I thought tonight special teams did some things better. We just can't have penalties and those things, but at the same time, there was some really good things. Can't miss a PAT, obviously, with (K Travis) Coons. I understand the process we're in and we're just going to keep working at this thing."

On what Griffin did better tonight than in the first preseason game:

"He took care of the ball better. Obviously, we're in the scoring zone and he didn't turn it over. He was able to make a huge play to (TE) Gary Barnidge down the sideline, where last week, we were in a similar situation and it wasn't the right situation and we turned it over. That's improvement to me. There was some consistency in the running game. Crow (RB Isaiah Crowell) did some good things running the ball. I see signs of things I need to see on offense as we continue to move forward."

On a message being sent to the league that WR Terrelle Pryor is deep-ball threat, given his two long receptions in two weeks:

"Oh, absolutely. That means he better back up because he'll run past you. He's made some huge plays, but he's got to continue to get better. He does. There were a couple times from a legal formation standpoint it could've been called but it wasn't. We have to make sure we shore all that up. We need to be much better than we were tonight."

On if Griffin running the football is that crucial to the offense and if that is a cause for anxiety:

"Both of them were called runs. He was smart. He is able to take care of his team. What I mean by that is get on the ground. You have to be out there playing, not standing next to me. I think he's gotten that message and he's handled that right. There are certain times we'll do certain things with him, but we're going to let him play quarterback. I think this guy is growing, I think we see it and I think he'll continue to get better."

On OL Cameron Erving having another bad snap in shotgun formation:

"Yeah, and I don't want to have to coach that, but it's something we have to fix. That was disappointing to have the ball go over the quarterback's head. That's the first thing he said to me was, 'Coach, I can't do that.' I think he gets it. He's young at the position and we're going to keep working with him and get him better because I think he has the talent that we want. Obviously, the most important thing is he has got to snap the ball first, and he'll get that."

On how important it was for the Browns to go for it on 4th-and-two:

"It was very important. I wanted to see our guys in tough situations as tough as they are and that was one. We didn't handle that part of it real well. We only had a couple plays in that situation, and we called and we get a penalty in an illegal formation. That's unacceptable to me, especially with our offense. That's something that should be cleaned up quickly because we shouldn't do that and can't do that, obviously."

On the Browns difficulties in run defense:

"First and foremost, everybody has to just do their job. What happens when you start spreading a leak, everybody tries to cover up for another guy because I'm going to cover up for this guy, and I think we need to do that better, but more so than that I think we have got to tackle better. There were a lot of missed tackles tonight. I can't wait to watch the tape to see exactly how many missed tackles we had, but we have to be a better tackling football team. This is a work in progress. We get it, and we have to do it better than what we're doing."

On DL Carl Nassib's performance and him frequently being around the football:

"He is. He makes plays. I thought our young defensive linemen, they fought. Carl, a huge sack, a knock-down fumble, sack-fumble. The guy is doing some really good things, and he's going to be a good football player, obviously. He has to keep learning how we do things, how we go about our business on defense and keep getting better, but he has the characteristics that we're looking for."

On if the Browns considered playing WR Corey Coleman tonight and how close Coleman is to returning to the field:

"I think he's very close. My thought was to get him and (WR) Josh (Gordon) both out there in pregame so they understand the process of how we do it. Hopefully, next week, they'll have an opportunity to both be out there and play in a game."

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