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Hue Jackson press conference - 9/22

On how and when WR Corey Coleman broke his hand:

"In practice. The guy made it through the whole practice. We didn't know it was that way until we had a chance to X-ray him after practice. It is football. Those things happen. Glad we will get him back, though, hopefully soon. It is unfortunate. The guy was playing good, but that is part of this thing called football. On we go."

On if it feels like a barrage with all of the injuries:

"Seen it before. Been through it before. The fun part – not the fun part, I shouldn't say that. There is nothing fun about that. At the same time, I think we are going to get a lot of these guys back at some point. It would be different if I felt like they were out for the year. They are not. These guys are going to come back and hopefully come back and hit the ground running where they were. We hate it, but these things do happen from time to time."

On if his 'world is still not rocked':

"No, I keep telling you guys, I'm not blinking. I think you guys know me. I'm never going to do that. This football team and this organization depends on me to have a positive outlook about it all, and I do because I have seen this before. We all have. When you are changing things and you are trying to come from where we've been, these are the things that you have to go through. That saying, 'Without struggle, there would be no progress.' We are struggling, but we are going to get some progress here pretty soon. I promise you that.

On how disappointed Coleman is about the injury, given his breakout performance against the Ravens:

"HE is very frustrated. I will be the first to tell you that. He likes to play. I don't think Corey has ever had a broken bone in his body. This is new to him. At the same time, this is an opportunity for him to grow in a lot of different areas that pertains to football and conditioning, learning more about nutrition and all the other parts of this deal called pro football. We are not going to let anything slide that way. I think he is going to keep growing and keep getting better in a bunch of other areas while he heals up, and then hopefully, that will propel him on for the rest of the season."

On WR Rashard Higgins development:

"Good. He is doing well. He needs to play more. All those young guys need to play more, and obviously, they will get an opportunity to play more now. It has been good. Those guys have been chomping at the bit to get out there and have more opportunities so they are going to get those."

On DB Ibraheim Campbell's status and if DB Derrick Kindred is the next man up in the event he cannot play on Sunday:

"He is progressing. He is progressing every day. Like you said, if he doesn't, Derrick will be in there and be playing quite a bit."

On clarifying how Coleman was injured in practice:

"Nobody really knows exactly when it happened. I think it was a ball that was caught, and then obviously, I think people thought it was a jammed finger because that's probably what it looks like at the beginning. Then all of a sudden it progresses to more. Corey practiced the whole day, and then at end, I think he went to meetings and then after meetings I think all of a sudden he felt like maybe something is not right here. Corey is a tough guy. I don't think it is anybody's fault. It is not all of a sudden a defender did something or he did something. It is just unfortunate. You are at practice and somebody sticks a hand in some place and this is what you get every now and then. It is just part of it."

On Coleman continued to make catches with a broken hand in practice:

"Oh, yes, he was. That is what I'm saying. He was practicing. The guy, he is tough. He practiced and that is what was amazing. I probably was the most surprised when our medical staff came up to tell me. I almost fell out of my chair. I told him, 'You have to be kidding me' because the guy practiced the whole practice. These things happen, but we are not going to all of a sudden slow down or they are not going to cancel games or postpone games or anything like that. Miami is saying, 'Come on down.' We have to go play."

On if what Miami defensive coordinator Vance Joseph is doing schematically surprises him:

"No, not at all. He has an extensive background in a lot of different schemes. He has been around the National Football League. Obviously, he was with a good defense in Cincinnati. He has been in San Francisco. He has been at the Texans with (Broncos defensive coordinator) Wade Phillips. He has a background on how to play defense and adapt defenses to his personnel, and that is what he has done. You have an incredible front seven led by (Dolphins DT Ndamukong) Suh and the rest of the gang, (Dolphins DE) Mario Williams and the rest of that crew. I'm sure he has had to do what he needed to do to make sure those players are playing at a high level. That is what he has done."

On if Miami's front four scheme is similar to what the Browns faced in Philadelphia:

"Somewhat. Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Tampa, they all have some of those same elements, but I think what he is trying to do and what he is accomplishing is maybe a little bit different on the back end than what those teams have done."

On his response to losing players to injury and if he would not have responded as well in his first year as a head coach:

"Yeah, you all would have been digging me out of the locker room, if I hadn't done this before, somewhere buried deep (laughter). Probably so. To me, I would not want anyone in their first opportunity to go through this, but I know that these things happen having been a head coach before in this league, having been a coordinator, even having been a position coach where you lose one of your best players at the position. You can't worry about those things because you know that it is just part of this. There are a whole bunch of players across the league that have been lost by many teams. That is well documented. These things happen, maybe not to the rate we have. I will be the first to tell you, I have never lost two quarterbacks in two weeks and turnaround and lose a young defensive player and here comes your receiver. No, that is a bit much, but I do know that these things happen. Like I said, if we were not going to get them back, maybe I would not be sitting here right now, but we are. That is just part of it. Our guys, they will be the first to tell you, honestly, I haven't really made any mention of it other than 'Here we go,' because that is all you can do. They are not going to change the schedule. They are not going to tell us, 'You guys get a couple weeks off and see if they can heal up.' They say, 'You have a game to play' so we have a game to play and we are looking forward to playing."

On if WR Andrew Hawkins replaces Coleman as starting WR:

"Yes, he would. Yes sir."

On the Browns' third receiver:

"It could be (WR Rashard) Higgins. It could be (WR) Ricardo Louis. It could be (TE) Seth DeValve. It could be a lot of different [guys]. It all depends on personnel packages and how we play."

On QB Cody Kessler's week of practice thus far:

"He has had a good week. He has done a good job. We all know he is very accurate. He knows where to go with the ball, how to go there with the ball. He knows how to get us in the right protection and do all those things. We are practicing. It is not a game. Thus far, the two days he has had, he has done really well. I'm not surprised by that. It is exactly what I have seen since he started. He is just getting more reps at it and more turns at it, and he has done a good job."

On how much Kessler's character and intangibles played into the Browns' evaluation of him:

"Oh yeah, all those things play into it. You want a guy that is unflappable a little bit, a guy that does not get too high, does not get too low, just stays very consistent, a guy that can demonstrate poise and toughness and resiliency because that is what this game demands. Yeah, he had a lot of characteristics that we liked, and he needs to display those this weekend. I think he will. As I have said before, I know a lot of us make it about Cody, it is really about our team. In order for Cody to play well, his team around him has to play well offensively, defensively, and special teams. It will not just be him. He just has to do his part to the best of his ability."

On Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill:

"He can throw the ball. That is well documented. He also can run. He is a talented athlete. He knows how to make plays. He knows how to get his playmakers the ball. He is a good quarterback."

On the biggest challenge for the Browns offensive coaches in creating a gameplan for different QBs in three consecutive weeks:

"It is tough, but we feel like our offense is flexible. I have said that since day one. We ought to have an offense that is flexible enough to adapt for these particular situations because we all know that it is unfortunate that people do get hurt. You have to be able to have enough variety in your system to when people do, you are able to do something else. We have practiced enough things to where whoever is playing quarterback for us, running back, receiver that we can adapt. Our guys have done an outstanding job of doing that."

On if he is a 'sleep in the office' type of coach:

"I can be. I can be. I have done a little bit of it all in my career. You do what you have to do to win, and that is what our staff is about. The hard part for us right now is we haven't tasted winning. A lot of us, whether it is stay all night, stay all day, whatever it takes, there is no time as a coach, and I think it is that way throughout the National Football League. We don't worry about time. We just get done what we need to get done and kind of go from there. Our guys work at it, and I am proud of our staff. They have done a terrific job of trying to prepare players. Our players have done a good job. We are working extremely hard at it. We just need to get over that wall."

On how beneficial it is that Kessler ran a pro-style offense in college and can speak the language:

"We are a little different, though. He has had to adapt. He really has, and I think he has done a good job. He is very bright and he works at it. He is a tireless worker. He has adapted our verbiage, our terminology, and I think he has done a good job. It does help that he has been around some people that maybe myself and (associate head coach – offense) Pep (Hamilton) knows because it gives him an opportunity to bounce things off of them and understand what we are trying to accomplish a little bit better."

On DL Tyrone Holmes and his performance on Sunday:

"Obviously, he has a tremendous get-off. His initial quickness is extremely good. He is able to push tackles and create pressure. He did a good job. I think he is learning how to play within our base scheme of defense. I don't think he has ever really played outside linebacker. He is adapting that way, but when it is time to put his hand down and rush the passer, he does know how to do that."

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