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27 August 2017

Cleveland Browns Postgame Quotes (8/26/17)

(On Quarterback DeShone Kizer’s performance tonight)
“I thought he did some good things. I know the numbers weren’t like I would like or he would like, but I thought he moved the team and made some plays. I think our surrounding cast has got to continue to help him. We got to catch that ball down there, which I think would have led to hopefully a score. We did put points on the board. I thought it was a tremendous drive, he made a play outside the pocket with Corey (Coleman). I thought he did some really good things. I’m going to go back and watch the tape, but I feel comfortable with him. I thought he handled things really well. His eyes were good, the conversations we had was what you want with your quarterback. He tried to stick a ball in there later on. Just learning guys’ body language over the middle when a guy is stopping and those things. Those are the things he has to continue to grow on, but I thought he managed the team well. He did some really good things and we’ll keep coaching him up.”
(On if Kizer is the starting quarterback)
“I’m going to watch the tape. I told you guys, the covers are on now. I’m really close. He has the right feel for me and for what I’m looking for, but I’ll go back and watch the tape. I’m sure I’ll let you guys know right away.”
(On if Kizer has to play on Thursday)
“I don’t know that. I think what’s most important is if he ends up being our starter, there’s some other things we need to do and see. Again, we’ll cross that bridge as we go.”
(On the Browns run game)
“I told our guys a second ago we need to get in better shape. I thought we kind of had them going and were doing some really good things, but I could see us starting to wear them down but also us starting to wear down. We need to get into a little bit better shape. Duke (Johnson Jr.) is going to be the first to tell you he’s got to take care of the ball down there. We can’t turn the ball over in the scoring zone. As I told the offense, we got to find a way to score points. That’s the name of the game. Defense is doing some really good things. They give up a few plays, but they get stout and they don’t let you in. That’s a Gregg Williams coached defense and that’s great. That’s the other side of it. We can continue to keep building, keep working, keep getting better, which I know we will over the next week or so, and we got a chance to do some good things.”
(On field position Kizer was given to work with)
“It’s great. I like to see him when he’s in those tough situations. He did something that I was very proud of. He’s backed up back there and I call a pass play because I need to know if he’ll be very team-protecting and he did; he rolled and threw the ball out of bounds. Awesome. Those are the things that I have to find out about him. If a guy will do that and protect our team, we’ll have a chance to win games with him because our team understands that [not] turning the ball over, being able to score points, and stopping people from being able to score points; all those things go into the bucket when it comes to winning games. We just got to keep improving in those areas.”
(On the difference in how his team handled the National Anthem)
“Honestly, I never look back. I kept my eyes forward and sung the National Anthem. I just know that our guys would handle everything respectfully. You’re not talking about anyone kneeling so I would think that that is an improvement. I think whatever the guys did, I support them 100 percent and I’m sure they tried to handle it with class.”
(On if the team’s conversation with Jim Brown influenced the change)
“I don’t know that. I was not part of that conversation. I wasn’t in there for the conversation.”
(On if turnovers and drops affected Kizer’s numbers)
“No doubt. It would be a whole different game for him. That’s why I feel good about the things that he accomplished tonight. I thought he came well prepared to play. Again, that was his first opportunity out there with those guys truly from start until we said, ‘ok enough with the ones and I thought he showed well.’ I thought he did some good things and we can build on some things as we move forward.”
(On if Kizer acted any differently the past two days)
“No. No and that’s what I like about him. I think he’s doing everything I’m asking him to do. I think he’s doing everything I think he needs to do to prepare himself for this opportunity. Obviously, he did some good things and he made a jump. I’m still not ready to just do it. I will here soon, but I like to watch the tape and make sure everything is correct before I make that decision.”
(On if he’s ready to name Kizer starting quarterback)
“He did not fall flat on his face. He didn’t. Matter of fact, he did some things better that I thought he would to be honest with you. Again, I like to talk to our quarterbacks. I like to talk to all of these guys and kind of let them know where they are. It’s just how I’ve done it up to this point and I don’t want to change that. I think it’s important that we all have a conversation after I watch the tape and see where we are, then make that decision.”
(On the competition for backup quarterback position)
“We’ll see because Kevin (Hogan) did some good things today. That was tremendous at the end. The guy made some plays with his legs, his arm, and throwing a wet ball. Again, running the offense, he did some really good things. That’s why I need to see the tape to be able to talk to all of our guys and be very forthcoming and upfront with the guys about where we are.”
(On what he thinks about his first game starting)
“There’s a lot to think about. You know, obviously we want to capitalize on every opportunity that we have with the ball to go and score touchdowns and when the defense plays as well as it has been these last three games it is our duty on the offense to make sure that we turn those short fields and quick turnovers into points. Obviously today we get down into the redzone twice and we don’t do so. A field goal in one and a fumble in another is unacceptable. Those need to be touchdowns in order for us to continue the success we have been having. But overall I think it was an awesome opportunity to go out and compete against some ones with the ones and take the things that we have been doing in practice and apply them to a game situation.”
(On is this week was different after being told he would start)
“Not even the slightest bit. The preparation was the exact same, especially the last week when I knew I was going into the first half. I was getting reps with the ones, a couple more reps at practice for sure but overall I have been able to create a process that I trust in and I am looking to build upon it and learn from it and take it into regular season.”
(On if he thinks he will be the starting quarterback going forward)
“It’s my job to go perform in whatever situation coach puts me in. Whether it be the starter, second team, third team, whatever it is. If it’s a preseason game or regular season game, I just want to go out and do whatever I can to help this team get into winning position.”
(On if lack of help from receivers hurt his rhythm)
“No, there is some footwork things that I have to continue to clean up. Some momentum things that obviously play into it that you have to be able to fight against as an offense. When you’re driving and having the drives that you have you have to make sure that that carries on to the next drive. You can’t allow the other offense to step on the field and take you out of that, me personally and us as an offense, But overall, until I go see this on tape, you can take this in two ways, you see six of whatever the stats were and you can call it a bad game but if you go out there and watch what we are able to do as far as developing drives, we know that if we build on that, by the time week one comes on, we will have a good offense ready to go out and compete and support the great defense that we have right now.”
(On if having poor field position to start drives was good experience)
“Absolutely. All these games, you are just looking for different experiences, especially as a rookie out there in my first start, I want to feel everything. To be backed up and have some fans yelling behind you and have to adjust your cadence. To have some situations in which we go out there and we don’t have the success that we want, the sideline communication is a big thing that I was able to go out and participate in so all these different situations are going to be for me to pull from throughout this year and hopefully have some success and learn from.”
(On if he still needs to play on Thursday if he is named the starter on Monday)
“Absolutely. Every rep is valuable at this point. I think Coach Jackson will obviously make the call on that, but for me I think that any time you put me out there, it’s an opportunity for me to learn and get better and another preseason game is just another opportunity to learn about myself and put myself in these same situations we were just talking about to learn from so I can pull from later in the year.”
(On if he was nervous going into game)
“No. We had a really good week at preparation, a really good game plan, I was able to go out there and feel comfortable right away. Obviously a big third-down conversion in that first drive, I was able to get some of those early game jitters out of the way and Corey [Coleman] made some big plays and we started building off of each other and creating some momentum.”
(On the connection he and Corey Coleman are starting to establish)
“Corey Coleman is one of our great playmakers of many. When you put him backside one-on-one you have to be able to create some sort of connection between quarterback to your X-receiver. For him to go out and make the plays that he did only allows me to create trust for him. If you are going to play him man-to-man backside and give us an opportunity to throw the ball that way, if we can get the protection right, we will have to go out and expose that.”
(On if he is confidant he will build chemistry with more receivers)
“Absolutely, Kenny Britt is a guy who has been in this league for quite some time and has been making plays since I have been in seventh or eighth grade. Those plays are going to continue to be made and as long as the young guys continue to develop the way that we have been developing and this relationship between me and these guys continue to develop, we are going to be able to make some big plays. To see our defense go out there and stop teams and keep teams out of the end zone the way that they have is something that fires me up because that means all I have to do I go out there and score touchdowns afterwards and that is the ultimate goal.”
(On moving past the disappointment of falling to the second round of the draft)
“Everything happens for a reason. It’s truly a blessing to in this organization going through the things we’re going through. That was a moment that was an opportunity to end one phase of my life and start another. Right now, it’s about making sure that from that day forward, I do whatever it takes to make sure that I never feel that hurt again. I continue to reflect on those different situations before that time and making sure that I’m taking but the positives. There is a lot of things that you can go back and pull yourself down from in a four and eight season in my last college career game and then also expecting to be a first-round guy and falling to the second round. But right now it’s all about the positives and learning from them and doing whatever I can to, once again, do whatever I can to put this team in position to win games.”
(On the team’s conversation with Jim Brown)
“Mr. Brown is a tight member to this team and his presence is obviously felt anytime he walks in. Yesterday was an opportunity for him to step in front of us and give another great speech for us to be motivated and understand our responsibilities off the field as well as on the field.  He continues to talk to us and push us to get back to the success that he’s had. We will continue to use him as an asset.”
(On defensive back Jabrill Peppers first interception)
“On my first interception in Miami, JT [Jamar Taylor] brought me my ball like, ‘Aye bro, I think you forgotten something.” Actually, he said, “Aye bro, I think you forgot something.’ (in a harsh voice) So, when he gave me the football and I saw Jabrill drop his, I’m like, ‘Oh, vet moment. Aye, you forgot this.’”
(On what Peppers’ reaction was when Boddy-Calhoun gave him his interception ball)
“He said he didn’t forget it. He said he ran to a coach, but watch the film. He dropped it. He dropped it. It’s all good though. I’m just glad he got it. I’m just glad he got us out of that bad situation.”
(On Cleveland’s first-half performance and not giving up a third-down conversion)
“I think it was good. It’s funny you say that. I didn’t even know that. I’m more disappointed we ended that half off with three points. I think we could have stopped them on that two-minute drive. They only got three points. They didn’t get in our end zone.”
(On working with rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer)
“It’s great, he came, he’s real poise. He did a great job. He drove the ball right down the field. I’m proud of him. We got a long way to go. Going to keep working and keep getting better.”
(On success converting on third down)
“It was just practice, just practice. We’re really solid in what we want. He just trusted in me and he [Kizer] had an unbelievable performance.”
(On his 32-yard reception from Kizer)
“Right, he just trusted in me. I’m going to be in the right spot and I’ve got full trust in him.”
(On the potential between Kizer and himself for this season)
 “We’ve just got to keep working. We take it one day at a time, one game at a time. We’ve got to focus, we have a goal, we’re trying to reach it. So, we’re just trying to get better.”
(On his thoughts about his performance)
“I’m feeling good, really blessed to be out there. I’ve got to keep on getting better and remain focused and keep on climbing that ladder.”
(On the team’s first-half performance)
“I think we can still do better. There’s still a couple things we can tighten up on, but everybody running to the ball, trying to put hits out there. We’re just playing with a lot of passion, a lot of effort, everybody trying to get to the ball, trying to make plays. We still know that there is a lot better that we can still play. We’re just excited about it.”
(On how the pressure of the defensive front helps the secondary)
“It’s a game changer. When those dudes are getting after the quarterback it throws off timing. They don’t feel comfortable back there. They’re just throwing off their back foot sometimes. You can get some passes thrown that aren’t as accurate as they usually are. Pass rushers are a defensive back’s best friend.”
(On seeing defensive back Jabrill Peppers get his first interception)
“I was happy for him. Jabrill, he’s just a good young player on this team that knows ball. He’s a good football player. Ever since we put the pads on, that’s when you are able to tell just like his instincts and his nose for the ball. I’m just happy for him and he just needs to keep pushing. He loves the game, so you can tell he’s never satisfied.”
(On how important Peppers’ interception was)
“It’s sudden change. Coach Gregg [Williams] always talks about sudden change. Whenever we come on the field – whatever position we are in, just getting back off of it. It’s just the mentality we have as a defense is not trying to let anybody score any touchdowns on us and it just feels good being able to make those stops.”
(On how he feels about the defensive and the team getting wins in the preseason)
“Like you said, it’s still the preseason. We still have a long way to go. We’re building. We’re just trying to make plays, trying to make tackles, trying to keep people out of the end zone and just trying to play good defense. Coach Gregg [Williams] [makes] a lot of good calls, puts us in good situations and we just have to be able to make the plays.”
(On having a lot of playmakers on the defense)
“There’s a lot of young guys out here making plays, sliding around. The older guys are taking charge. We’re coming together, we’re playing as a team, but we still have a long way to go. We’re showing signs of becoming a good defense.”
(On defensive back Jabrill Pepper’s first interception)
“It was real cool to see him actually go out there and make a play and get some return yards too. It was a good play by him. He read the ball well and just made a play in the air.”
(On Peppers becoming a leader on the defense even as a rookie)
“Whenever you’re a great playmaker, great player you don’t look at is as you’re a rookie, be quiet, you don’t say anything. If you feel like saying something, everybody is leader in their own way and he is doing a tremendous job for us.
(On demonstrations during the National Anthem)
“We’re just trying to figure out the best way that we can go about our responsibility and the things that we can do to try to impact the change. I think we didn’t have enough time to fully decide what exactly we wanted to do, but we knew we wanted to change it up a little bit. We know we want to try to continue to get bigger numbers involved on our team of guys that are willing to do stuff and be a part of it. We’re going to continue to talk about it, continue to evolve it and come up with the best way that we feel that we can make a difference and make an impact. Not only with what we do during an anthem but what we do on Mondays, our off-days, on Tuesdays, in our community and different things of that nature. So, I think right now, just categorize it as a work in progress and try to figure out the best way to go about it.”
(On the defensive performance in tonight’s game)
“We’re continuing to grow and I think it’s still a work in progress. We still have room to grow, but I think we’re starting to understand what is being asked of us from a coach’s standpoint and what we can be on defense. I obviously don’t think we’re there yet, but the progress is fun to watch. Guys are flying around out there, getting accustomed to playing with one another with the new faces and all of that. It’s football and you go out there and whenever you win a game, it’s a lot a fun.”

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