Press Conference

Hue Jackson press conference: Browns vs. Saints


Opening statement:**

"First of all, I want to commend our fans for being here and supporting our football team and coming out tonight and helping encourage these guys to rally and finish this game and win it, and t our football team for all of the work they have put in to go win a game. They keep score. As I have said before, no matter how you do it, I just think it is good for the confidence of our players. They needed to go win this game. We found a way to do that. Obviously, there was some sloppy play early. Way too many penalties for my liking. We had 12. Way too many. There were penalties that you have to really look at and work through. We had some fundamental penalties, and we had some illegal alignment penalties. Those are things that we will definitely work through and get straightened out. Like I told the group in the locker room, now you will listen very carefully to (defensive coordinator) Coach (Gregg) Williams, myself, and (special teams coordinator) Coach (Chris) Tabor and the rest of the staff when we tell you things because these are the things that stop you from winning. The penalties and those type of things don't help you win games. It stops drives, and obviously, we had to deal with a lot of that tonight. There was some spotty play, but there was some good play at times, too. We have to grow from these things. This is early in the preseason. It is one game. Obviously, we had an opportunity to win that game so there is going to be some growth next week before we get ready to play New York."

On how DL Myles Garrett played:

"I will obviously watch more of the tape, but I thought he held his own. When he had an opportunity to rush, he rushed well and that there was a little pressure here and there. He made one play in the backfield. I did see that. I will watch more once I get an opportunity to see the tape."

On if he kept QB DeShone Kizer in the game for the entire second half in hopes of something good to happen:

"No, my plan was to play him the second half. It was. Once I thought about it, as I said, the young guys need to play and that is what I did. I didn't think the way it happened with the ones – it was right before the second quarter happened and there was another drive that they had that bled over into us – I wouldn't have taken those guys out. (QB) Cody (Kessler) got an opportunity, and I would have liked to get him a few more snaps, but I wanted to see DeShone play. I thought I needed to put him out there in the fire. I think it was a great experience for him. There is a lot for him to learn from, but there was a lot of good things that he did, and he stood in there and made some plays with his arm. He will be the first to tell you there are so many things that he has to grow from. Just calling the play right, he will be the first to tell you that so he will grow that way, but there were some positives there, too.

On Kizer's two long completions:"I like when we are scoring, and we catch them and we score, no doubt. There were some other opportunities, too. We had one with (WR) Kenny Britt that all of the sudden we didn't get our feet in. It is just those things, but there were so many good situations for us to have happened in a game. Towards the end of the half we got to practice 'foul ball,' which you don't get to practice that. We decided not to punt the ball to the other team to give them a chance to return it. There were some two-minute situations in this game. We went for it on fourth down. We went for a two-point play. There are a lot of good things for these young guys to grow from. A lot of these things don't happen in preseason games so I am glad they did because these things will make a difference as we move forward."

On if Kizer's two long completions into the wind are good for his confidence:

"I am sure he is in the locker room excited, but he will be the first to tell you, there are so many other things to clean up. He probably would tell you it should have been two more long balls for big plays. He has a lot of work to do. He has to keep growing, and he has to keep working, but a night like tonight, for a young player as you mentioned, will give him confidence. The ears really get open now – keep listening to the coaches and great things happen. Hopefully, he will keep working. I am sure he will, just like the rest of our quarterbacks and the rest of our football team. We just have to continue to grow and get better."

On if Kizer did enough to warrant starting the second preseason game:

"I think it is way too early to talk about that. I need to go watch the tape and all that. Let's see it for what it was. The guy made some plays at the end that gave us a chance to win, but there is still so much growth that needs to happen for this young player. We all know he is talented, as I said before, but there are still some things he needs to do better.

On if Kizer's winning TD to WR Jordan Payton was the play called:

"I gave him two plays. I gave him two plays, and I thought in that moment, he handled that extremely well. He had an opportunity to do a couple of things and he did the right thing based on our conversation. Payton converted the route, which he should have, and DeShone found him for the win."

On if he was impressed with Kizer's movement in the pocket:

"Yes, but there were a couple of times where he held the ball way too long. That is the knock of a rookie quarterback and playing with different players and all of that. There is a lot to clean up for our football team, and we are going to grow from this. I am excited about the win for the guys, for all of the hard work and for everything we have done and for our organization, everybody because there was a winner and a loser tonight. We won so that is good stuff, but there is a lot for us to clean up and grow from."

On QB Brock Osweiler's performance:

"I will watch the tape. There are some things he did well, and there are things he didn't do as well. We will watch it and make the corrections we need to make and go from there. That is what you do. I wasn't expecting perfection tonight. I was expecting our team to compete and have an opportunity to win the game. That is what we did. We all as coaches – every coach in there as we talked earlier in the week – we knew when this thing was over there was going to be a lot to correct and get better at. We are competing against each other every day. When you start playing other teams, you find out the warts you have so that you can fix those. That is what we have to do as a football staff."

On if Osweiler's overthrows were a result of unfamiliarity with WRs:

"No, he can make those plays. I didn't see much separation from our guys, too. It goes both ways. I don't want to make it all about the quarterback. I don't want to make it all about the receivers. There is some work, as I said earlier, as a football team that we need to do and we have to do in order to get better."

On Kessler's performance:

"He made some plays. Cody ran around, made some plays and threw the ball down the field. There are some things he did well, and just like the other two guys, I really want to watch the tape and make sure I study it and study it very closely so that I can help these guys and make them better."

On where he goes from here with the Browns QBs:

"I go back to work tomorrow, look at all the tape and then make a decision about where we are. As I said, this was one week. I never told you guys this is how it was going to be from here on in. I said I am going to evaluate this after a week and see where we are. This was for this game on Thursday night against New Orleans. We will see where we are for next week."

On if Saturday is when changes could be made in the QB rotation:

"I don't know. Let me see the tape. Let me see how I feel. Let me see where we are."

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