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Hue Jackson press conference - 9/9


On why the Browns held a walkthrough today as opposed to a full practice:**

"Because we practiced very hard on Wednesday and Thursday. It is time to back down a little bit and get the players in the right frame of mind mentally. We have done the physical part. Now, we do the mental part two-fold today. Then we kind of wrap back up again tomorrow a little bit before we get ready to take off."

On Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi Brown's statement regarding QB Robert Griffin III being a long-term investment rather than simply a two-year commitment:

"Obviously, me and Sashi had a lot of conversations. Nothing is etched in stone right now. We feel good about the things he has done here since the day he came here. He has demonstrated leadership, ability to play the position for us. He has showed the poise that we look for in a quarterback. All those conversations are things we will continue to have as we move through the season. Does he have a possibility to have more discussions as we move forward about his long-term commitment to our organization? Yes, but I think you guys kind of know me, I'm just kind of focused on this weekend and this game. I'm sure he is, too."

On the unknown for the Browns in Week 1 in his and the group's first year:

"I think it is unknown everywhere. You said it. That is part of being with a staff and people you know because you are going to have to make adjustments on the fly, and that is the way I think every staff kind of goes into it. I'm not trying to speak for everybody else, but I know we will. We have to. There are going to be some things that are expected and there will be some things that are unexpected. It is just how you handle the unexpected that will make a difference to your football team."

On if he has a pretty good idea of how the Browns will look against the Eagles:

"How my team is going to look? I know how my team is going to look. We practice and I know who is out there. I know what we are trying to do offensively, defensively and special teams wise. Yeah, I have a pretty good idea of what we should look like on Sunday."

On if he has taken time to reflect on entering a season opener during a second opportunity as an NFL head coach:

"No, honestly I haven't. I haven't thought about it, not one time. What I have thought about is what we need to do to win the game, how to best prepare our team. That has been going on since the day I got the job – what do I think it is going to take to give us the best opportunity this season to be winners, creating the right environment, creating the right culture, making sure that we stay collaborative within our building, which I think we have been outstanding, making sure that our players understand the work ethic that it takes to be a big time NFL pro player and then what it takes to win each and every week. I think we have done that. Now, the proof is in we have to go win. That is all that is left to do. That is where my mind is all the time. It is not really on what has gone on in the past in my career."

On Eagles DT Fletcher Cox:

"He is a tremendous football player. He is one of the best at his position. He has played everywhere along that line. They are like any other team. They are looking for a matchup and they are trying to find the weakest link on the line and put him there, just like I think all good coaches do. I have seen him at defensive end. I have seen him at defensive tackle. I have seen him up and around in his career. He has flexibility as a football player. There are a lot of things he can do. He is a really good football player."

On if he has anything planned for his first pregame speech:

"I don't have anything planned. Anything that comes from me to our players really comes from my heart at the end of the day. I don't go write anything up. I'm kind of a reaction person. I see things and I react, sometimes unfavorably, sometimes favorably. I think our players know anything I say to them will be coming from me. It won't be something that I put together or thought through or anything like that. I have a time where I can get a little fiery, and there are times I kind of let it go and let the players take care of it because at the end of the day, it is a player's game and they have to make the choice and decision. I don't think they need me up there with some fiery speech to get them to play. I think our guys understand and know what the situation is come Sunday."

On preventing sacks and keeping QB Robert Griffin III off the ground, given the pressure he faced during the Tampa Bay game was not a result of his play:

"I think you said it, that it had nothing to do with him, as opposed to what I think people think that he is holding the ball. That was not it at all. When a quarterback gets hit, a lot of people take responsibility for that. It is not just him. The offensive line, receivers, backs and tight ends, everybody has a role to play in order to make sure that the quarterback stays clean, and he has one, too. You have to get the ball out of your hand, but at the same time, sometimes it all goes to the quarterback and it is not where it is. If we are getting hit like that, then I have to do a better job of putting us in a better situation to help our offensive football team. We don't plan on that. That is not the plan, but sometimes those things do happen. Hopefully, not at that regularity that was happening. That is not something that we would be excited to see."

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