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Hue Jackson press conference - 11/15

Head Coach Hue Jackson:

Opening statement:

"Another opportunity against a good football team, Jacksonville. Obviously, they are 6-3. Playing well. They have had some big victories. Obviously, they are playing for something. They come in here this weekend into FirstEnergy, and it is going to be a good game, a good opportunity for our football team. Our football team is working hard. Guys came to practice again as they always have. They just continue to amaze me week in and week out. They come in the building. They understand what we are trying to accomplish. They get right to it. They go out to practice, and they try to make the most of it. I'm proud of the guys for that because they don't waiver about anything. I appreciate that from our football team.

On the injury front, we had a couple of guys that didn't practice – (OL) Shon Coleman and (OL) JC Tretter. We will know more about those guys as we go through the week. Hopefully, we will get them back. I think we will have an opportunity to get them both back. We will just go from there."

On clarifying if Coleman is still in concussion protocol:

"Yes, he is."

On Coleman saying he was no longer in the concussion protocol during the open locker room session:

"I don't think he understands what is or isn't is. I'm being honest. I think when guys are able to sit up and walk around and not have to be at home with the lights off and all of that. He still is a part of that right now. In his mind, he is ready to practice and play right now but not the protocol. The protocol doesn't say so."

On if the Browns will add a tackle to the roster if Coleman is not cleared:

"There is a possibility. If we think there is a possibility that we think he won't be cleared, then we would do that."

On Jaguars S Tashaun Gipson's comments about the Browns:

"He is entitled to say what he wants. I have competed against him. I don't know him personally. The one thing he did say was he really enjoyed his time with the fans and there are players that he had relationships with, but I'm not going to get into all of that. We have to play a game on Sunday and that is what it is about – the game."

On if he addressed Gipson's comments with the team:

"Oh, I did. I'm sure I did. You can bet your bottom dollar I did, yeah."

On if Gipson's comments are motivation for Sunday's game:

"It is not about that. I don't think we need any motivation. We are an 0-9 football team so I don't think we are looking for anything. The opportunity to play is motivation enough for this football team. We want to win. That is what it is all about."

On clarifying the reasoning behind addressing Gipson's comments with the team:

"Anytime anybody says something about the organization and the football team, you want your people to be aware, but we have earned this. People are going to say things. You guys say things. People say things all the time. We get it. It isn't going to change until we change it. The only way you change it is you start winning."

On how to slow down Jacksonville's pass rush:

"They are good. We have to find out on Sunday. We have played some good pass rush teams. We have played some good defensive football teams. They are good. There is no question about it. (Jaguars DL Calais) Campbell, No. 91 (Jaguars DE Yannick Ngakoue), No. 50 (Jaguars LB Telvin Smith), they have good players. We respect that, but we still have to play the game. We are going to show up on Sunday. I know that."

On QB DeShone Kizer being listed as limited after today's practice:

"Again, they put that down. I don't know. Limited, doubtful, questionable, he practiced. He is going to be fine."

On if Kizer had any limitations in practice:

"No. No. I don't sense that. Is he sore? Yes, but I think that is expected. I think we will get through that part of it shortly."

On what has made the Jaguars pass rush so effective:

"Players. Players. (Jaguars DL Calais) Campbell, No. 91 (Jaguars DL Yannick Ngakoue), (Jaguars DL Malik Jackson) No. 97 – I can go on and on and on. They are a good defensive football team. They have good corners, good secondary play. (Jaguars S Tashaun) Gipson is playing well. They are able to play man coverage on people, which gives their rush more of an opportunity to get there."

On WR Corey Coleman and if he can make an immediate impact:

"I think he can. He is one of our better players, and he is back on the field. He is going to go out there and play. I do not want anyone to think that Corey is back so here comes the savior of the team, but here comes back one of our better players that we have not had in a while. We have to get the chemistry back, get to playing and see where he is, but I expect good things from Corey this weekend."

On Jaguars K Josh Lambo's and the Jaguars' struggles:

"Can we continue to keep those going?"

On if the Browns can replicate the blocked field goal against the Chargers to the Jaguars:

"We did a good job. Tabes (special teams coordinator Chris Tabor) does a great job of positioning our players and putting them in spots where we have the opportunity to make plays that way. We came close to blocking a couple this year. We will do everything we can to block it, no question. We do not want to give him the opportunity to kick it. We will cross that bridge on Sunday."

On the importance of the run game on Sunday, particularly given expected weather conditions:

"AFC North football. That is what it is, AFC North football. You have to be able to run the ball. It is that time of year where you start to run the football. Hopefully, we can run it well. We have to run it better than what we did in Detroit. I know that. I think our players understand that. This is a good team. We have our work cut out for us. That is the fun part."

On if the Browns ran the ball well in Detroit:

"OK. I expect more. They will be the first to tell you that. I think there is more out there for us to do and more to get. We did OK."

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