Press Conference

Hue Jackson press conference: Browns vs. Ravens

(opening statement) "Obviously, we didn't play as well as we liked in the second half. I thought the defense did some good things in the first half. I don't think we played as well as we could have on offense. Obviously, I made a switch at quarterback because I felt we needed a spark. I didn't think we were doing some things even in the first half that I thought we could do. Nothing against Cody [Kessler]. I think it's tough when you're a young player, and you come in, and you played the week before, and you're playing again on Thursday. Again, I know I made the statement before – I'm not playing musical chairs. I wasn't playing musical chairs today, but I was trying to give our offense a chance to function at a faster rate and do some different things. That's a decision I thought I needed to make, and I made it. I don't regret it at all. Obviously, the turnovers are what hurt us in the second half. Not able to slow them down in the second half, the same second-half issues reared its ugly half, as always. I haven't solved that yet, and that's kind of where we are."

(on the confidence of Cody Kessler) "I'm not worried about his confidence. I know Cody very well, and Cody totally understands. I think Cody's fine. I'm not worried about that, and I don't think he's worried about his confidence. I think at the time, we weren't playing as well as we needed to. I think he'll bounce back, and we'll bounce back. It's just a part of this League."

(on what he will do now at the quarterback position) "What do you mean, 'What do I do?' Cody is still the quarterback. I took Cody out of the game because I wanted a spark. Like I said, a young player playing a couple days and all of a sudden I think it was a little bit different and difficult, so I wanted to try the veteran. That's what I did, and it's nothing more to it."

(on if he could find out more about Cody on the road) "No, I found out about Cody on the road. I've been on the road with Cody. This is what I wanted to do. You guys can question the decision all you like. I felt good about the decision I made. Whether we lost the game, played better on offense or didn't, you're still going to ask the same questions because I took him out of the game. That's what I wanted to do, so I'm not going to back off it. We lost the game. We turned the ball over. Maybe those things wouldn't have happened with him in there. I made a decision, and I'm not going to back up from that."

(on if he's going back to Cody in 10 days) "Absolutely. I'm still going to play him. He's a young player, and I'm going to go put him back out there. I don't think he's going to be disappointed or hurt or all the sudden hurt his confidence because I took him out. As long as I explain to him why I'm taking him out, then he's fine."

(on if Cody missed chances to go deep) "It wasn't about going deep. I just thought there were some things that normally he does real well. Just wasn't happening early, and I think he'll be the first to tell you that. Those things happen with a young player. It's just part of it. It's a lot of pressure and stress playing on Thursday night in front of everybody, and to me, that's a tough spot to be in for a team that hasn't been playing well. So, I made a decision to put the veteran in there, and that's what we did."

(on trying to get it going on third down) "I wanted to get it all going. I thought Josh [McCown] would give us a spark, and it didn't happen that way. That's not Josh's fault. You can blame all this – what's going on with our football team – on me. There's a lot of things I think on offense that I think we can do a little better and be better at, and we just have to keep working."

(on if he thought about taking Josh out of the game) "No. Once I put the other guy in, I'm going to stay with him. I'm not going to go back and forth. If I made the decision to take the other guy out, I'm going to put the other guy in and go from there."

(on if Robert Griffin III is close to getting back) "I don't know how close. I know he's getting closer. How fast that's going to be, we'll know as we keep getting more reports about where he is. Obviously, he's throwing and moving around and doing all those things, so we'll see where he is as we get ready for next week."

(on if he would like to see Robert Griffin III again this season if healthy) "I think it's too early to say, because until I know exactly what it is and if he can be healthy before we make those decisions. Again, Cody is going to be the quarterback next week. This is no indication of what I think Josh McCown is. He went in there and battled his butt off. Sometimes things don't work good. They just don't. They just happen, and they did. That's part of it."

(on if he has figured out what keeps happening in the second half) "No. I wish I could. I've tried every different kind of speech to no speech, to whatever you can think of. I can't put my finger on it. Obviously, it's a problem. We've got to fix it."

(on having 12 guys on the field on the first play of the game) "I wish I knew that, too. Obviously, there was miscommunication with what the personnel was. I think they were yelling to try to get the guy off, and he didn't hear them. I think he was so wired and dialed-in to what he thought the personnel was that he didn't hear everybody trying to get him off, so it's disappointing."

(on if searching for a spark was motivated by the record) "I don't think it's desperate times calls for desperate measures, but I think it's any situation. If you feel that something's not going the way you want it to, then you need to change it. You've got to change it up every now and then. That's what I decided to do. I think, obviously, scoring a touchdown and being up 7-6 was good. I would have liked to have been up 20-6. I thought there were some plays that we left out there on the field. Again, I wasn't going to sit there and keep watching the plays being missed. You've got to try something different, and, being in the situation we are, why not try something different? I just think that's the best way to go about it. If it works, we'll be excited about it. If it doesn't, then you guys will keep asking me all these questions, so I do get that, and I respect it."

(on saying he's not playing musical chairs, but still making quarterback changes) "You can take it like that, but that's not musical chairs. I'm trying to give our team the best chance that I thought to win. You can say that all you want. I didn't think we were playing good enough at that position at that time, so I wanted to do something different. If I had left him in there, and we're still not playing good, that's not good either. I'm going to try something, and I will continue to try things. I never said Cody was the starting quarterback for the rest of the year. That's what you just said. I never made that statement. I said, 'I'm going to see Cody for the rest of this season, as much as I deem necessary.' That's my choice, and I decided to take him out, and I put Josh in. So, end of discussion on that."

(on if he's surprised at Josh not playing well) "Yes, but again, I think Josh is put in a tough spot, too. I think it's a tough spot for all these guys. I think they're battling as hard as they can. So again, the finger points at me. I don't think it points at them. These are my choices, my decisions. How we got about things on offense, we've got to get better."

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