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Hue Jackson press conference - 8/6

On the Orange and Brown Scrimmage at Ohio Stadium:

"I thought it was really important. I think it was really good for our guys to have an opportunity to come here to Ohio State. What a great environment and more so than that. More so than that, what a tremendous turnout by our fans. That says a lot about the following of the Browns. I know we have tremendous fans, but I never knew they traveled all over the place. That's really great.

"I thought it was important for our team to really get ready for next Friday. We had a hard night last night, and we came back today. I wanted to prepare them for what to expect next week as far as being on the road, understanding how we go through our process preparing for a game and getting ready for it. I thought they handled that part of it well because if we didn't, nobody would've been together for pregame warmup, and I think that's where it all starts. You have to learn how to do those things as a football team, and I think we accomplished what we set out to accomplish."

On if the Browns are any closer to naming a starting QB:

"Oh, I'm close. Very close. We'll know here pretty soon exactly what we're doing. I'm going to go back and talk to the people that I trust and that I spend a lot of time with making these kind of decisions, and we'll move forward."

On QB Robert Griffin III appearing to be more comfortable in the past week:

"I think I've said everything every day that everyone is seeing him get better and better every day. I'm not surprised. We try to create the right environment for him to be all he can be, and he's working extremely hard because this is something he really wants to do. Obviously, we still have work to do, but I think he's done a great job thus far. There are still some ladders to climb, and we're going to keep climbing them."

On if he's anxious to see how Griffin will respond in a live game situation:

"No question. I'm interested to see our whole team respond to a live game situation because we haven't done that under me. It's going to be a great indication of where we are as a football team next Friday, but this is just the start of it right now."

On if he's surprised at how WR Terrelle Pryor is performing at WR after coaching him when he played QB:

"He's done a tremendous job. There are a lot of guys that I can say that about, but he's definitely one. H has taken this opportunity and he is trying to make the most of it. Remember I drafted him with (late Raiders Owner) Al Davis when he came out to Oakland. He couldn't do any football for six weeks, and he wanted to be a quarterback. That is what really believed he was. I'll never forget last year when he was with me in Cincinnati for a little while and wanted to be a quarterback. I didn't have enough confidence to ask him to change positions at that time, and that's why we let him go to be honest with you because I felt like he needed to make a decision about what he needed to do. He has a close friend of mine named Craig Austin. I said tell him that maybe he needs to play receiver and do it full time. He made that decision, and he has never looked back. I think we see the fruit of his hard work. That's what it is. He's worked extremely hard and that's what you see."

On if Pryor was a point of emphasis for the Browns during the Orange and Brown scrimmage because it was at Ohio State:

"No. You know what's interesting – one night it could be this guy, the next night it could be that guy. No, he wasn't. We didn't set it up that way. Obviously, that's the way it's going to be for our football team. One day, it might be (WR) Corey (Coleman), another day it, might be Terrelle and the next day it might be Hawk (WR Andrew Hawkins). It could be a lot of different people, and that's the fun part about our offensive football team. We have some guys that can make some plays."

On in what area Griffin has grown the most from the spring to now:

"I think the biggest area he has grown is just his confidence in playing the position. You have to know how to play quarterback in the National Football League, and with (associate head coach – offense) Pep (Hamilton) and myself, we pride ourselves on getting guys ready to play. He has accepted every challenge we've given him – all of our quarterbacks have – and I know this is about Robert, but I think all of our quarterbacks have done that. I think they've all gotten better.

On whether or not Griffin's confidence needed to be restored after sitting out last year:

"I think anybody's confidence needs to be restored when things haven't happened the way you want them to. I think he's playing with tremendous poise, confidence, understanding. You guys know I keep talking about mastering the quarterback position, and that's what he's trying to do."

On WR Corey Coleman not playing today and his injury status:

"He'll be fine. He just had a little hamstring issue, and I just didn't want to push it too far. We're too close to getting ready for the season. He could have been out here if I wanted him to. It's important to take care of our players and protect them that way." 

On what the Browns to see from Griffin III in the first preseason game:

"Just play. Play the way we ask our quarterbacks to play, and that's to take our offense and run our offense and score points. That's what we try to do every time we have the ball. That's what the quarterback's charge is."

On the atmosphere at Ohio Stadium today for the Orange and Brown Scrimmage:

"Unbelievable. I've never been a part of anything like this. I thank our fans. I thank them for coming out and our administration for having this day down here. It's tremendous. It gives us a chance to get away. I think it's a lot of fun. I think our players enjoyed it more than anything."

On Pryor and how he's performed in camp:

"He's done an outstanding job. Terrelle has done a great job. He'll continue to do it and he needs to continue to keep getting better."

On Pryor's pass attempt:

"Well we'll talk about that one (laughter). We don't want the other team touching the ball so we'll make sure that he does a better job of securing the ball in that situation."

On OL Spencer Drango's performance and working with the first team:

"He's working at it. He's one of our young players who I'm excited about. I think he has a bright future here, but as I said to all of you guys, we're still going to continue to search and find the best five linemen up there for our football team. I think the key to our football team will be our lines, offensively and defensively. If we can continue to improve and get better, then we'll have a chance to be where we want to be."

On OL Cameron Erving and if he'll return to the field soon:

"He will be. Oh yeah, Cam will be back very soon."

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