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Hue Jackson press conference - 12/14

Opening statement:

"Another practice, I'm really excited about our grounds crew because they have done a good job of cleaning off that field. You would never know it snowed as much as it had. I'm indebted to them. They have given us the chance to go out and practice on the practice field and run around. I think that is good. I think our team being out in the elements is really important because that is where we play. Like I told our guys, we are going to get out there every chance we get. I thank our guys for providing the opportunity for us to get out there."

On how different the Ravens are now than Week 2:

"They are a very good football team. Obviously, they didn't have the start they wanted to the year, but they have been playing some really good football lately. (Ravens QB) Joe (Flacco) is back. The first time we played them, he hadn't practiced much and hadn't done much. They are playing much better on offense. Obviously, they have always been really good on defense. They are a good football team."

On General Manager John Dorsey saying he wants to get Jackson 'real players' in a radio interview today and if he feels Dorsey's support:

"I'm not going to really get into those particular things. John Dorsey has been outstanding. He is football 24/7. I have enjoyed getting to know him more and spending time with him and talking about our football team and what we need to do. Obviously, there are some good players in our locker room. The guys work extremely hard. I think John's big focus is to try to get us more guys as we move forward on our football team that can best help us get this turned and become what we can become. He is walking up and down these halls preaching, 'Let's win. Let's get to winning as fast as we can.' I appreciate that. He is doing everything he needs to do on his end. We have to continue to keep coaching better and get our guys to play better."

On his best interaction with Dorsey so far and if they are working together all the time:

"We are. I'm sure it is new for him being here. There are a lot of different questions we asked of each other from a football operations standpoint. Then just from a football team standpoint, we have some injuries that we are dealing with. We spend a lot of time working through those things and really talking through them. He has some really good ideas on how to do things. It has been good. The back and forth is appreciated because I think that is what it takes to build a relationship between me and him. We are doing that each and every day."

On if the Browns will attend the Senior Bowl again if invited:

"I wouldn't say no, but at the same time, I will do whatever the organization thinks we need to do as we move forward."

On if coaching the Senior Bowl last year was a valuable experience:

"I think it was. I think a year ago was a different time for us. I thought being there coaching the players and being able to spend a little bit more time with them in a different way from morning to night based on meetings, practice and those types of things, that was valuable."

On concerns with three CBs on the injury report and if he thinks they will be OK for Sunday:

"I hope we are, but it is concerning because today was the last big, big practice. We need to see if we can get some guys back or we are going to have to do something to shore it up."

On Ravens OLB Terrell Suggs' being successful at 35-years old:

"I'm not surprised. Terrell Suggs is one of the best players that has played in this league in my opinion. Having been there with him and spent time watching how he prepares and how he works and how much football means to him and how passionate he is about football and the Ravens and their defense, I am not surprised by anything he is doing."

On OL Spencer Drango's performance filling in for OL Joe Thomas and the challenge facing Suggs:

"I'm sure Joe will pass along some ideas of some things that have worked for him, but I think that Joe gets that this is Spencer's probably biggest challenge. I know for a fact that Terrell and Joe really respect each other and respect each other's game and professionalism and everything they brought to the game. I think Spencer has competed extremely well for us this year and has done some really good things. He has had some other challenges week in and week out. The National Football League every week our left tackle has somebody to block, but everybody is not Terrell Suggs, either. We get that. It is going to be a tremendous challenge. He will take any help that he can get from Joe Thomas, myself, his line-mates, anybody, in order to make sure that he is ready to go. One thing I do know about Spencer is he is going to compete. He is going to give it everything he has."

On DL Danny Shelton's performance this year and if he has seen Shelton improve from last season playing in a 3-4 defense:

"I really have. I think it is difficult for the players sometimes when you move systems, but I think (defensive coordinator) Coach (Gregg) Williams has done a good job of putting him in a position to have success and to play well. When he has played, he has been dominant. He has been dominant in doing the things that we have asked him to do in knockback and how he plays the run. Danny is a huge part of our run defense and why I think we have done really well. He has been able to make that adjustment from the 3-4 to the 4-3 kind of seamlessly, but obviously, there is still work to do. I think Danny has had a good season for us."

On if injuries to DBs Briean Boddy-Calhoun and Jabrill Peppers will cause a shakeup playing a strong Baltimore special teams unit:

"They are. You said it, this is probably the best special teams unit that we have played all around. They are well-coached. It is (Ravens Head) Coach (John) Harbaugh's background. They have done a good job. We have to play better than we did a week ago, that is for sure. I think our guys understand that. (Special Teams Coordinator) Coach (Chris) Tabor has worked extremely hard with each unit this week of making sure our focus is right and understanding what Baltimore brings to the table because they are good. It is a challenge, but our guys understand. We have one every week. We have to do some things better than what we did last week, but I think we are looking forward to doing that."

On if he felt the Browns felt they had the fake punt covered but just weren't able to bring down the ball carrier last game:

"Yeah, that is the way we looked at it. Yes."

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