Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Wednesday before practice. Below is a transcript from the news conference provided by the team.
Opening statement: “As we talked about yesterday, the bye week gave us a chance to come back refreshed and refocused. I was very pleased with the way we came back and the guys responded yesterday. I was a good head start – a good bonus practice. Now, we’re right back into our normal routine. As I said yesterday, we don’t get wrapped up into other teams’ records. I don’t think anybody can afford to in this league. There are too many good players, too many good coaches. I think the challenge to our guys week in and week out regardless of the opponent is that we’re playing against our standards. I think that helps protect you, helps insulate you from being really up and down and playing at variant levels. This is a big challenge for us this week, especially going on the road. We’re expecting a tough matchup. It’s a team that’s struggled some of late. (They) opened the season with a heck of a win at Kansas city. I have a lot of respect for (Head) Coach (Ken) Whisenhunt and the rest of that coaching staff. We’re sure it’s going to be a battle.”
On if he thinks that Tennessee is looking at the Browns as an easier matchup after some of the teams they’ve played: “Yeah, I’m sure when we pop up on the schedule based on our current record and less than recent history, people are going to look at the Browns and if they want to pencil it in, it’ll be penciled in as a win more often than not. That’s what we’re out to change. I just…like I said yesterday, that conjecture is for fans. It’s for media. There are way too many good players and too many good coaches in this league. You have to be prepared physically and mentally to play every single week at a high level or you’re going to get beat.”
On what the Titans’ strengths are: “Offensively, I’m very impressed with their skill set. They can throw four different running backs at you. The quarterback we’re expecting to play, (Jake) Locker, can make all the throws but has the added element of the scramble – something we haven’t been mindful of. They invested a lot in that offensive line. That’s a group that on paper is impressive. Then you flip it over on the other side of the ball. I think (Titans DT) Jurrell Casey might be the best defensive player in the league that nobody’s really heard of. He jumps off the tape when you watch him play. He’s outstanding against the run. He has a lot of sack production as well. He’s very disruptive. He’s a guy who we have to be very aware of where he is in the matchup. It’s a very active group. Guys who were here who know (Titans defensive coordinator) Ray (Horton) know that he’s going to be very aggressive with the scheme. They’re going to put pressure on you. They’re going to force you to make decisions very quickly. It is a pressure-based defense. They’re very physical and they play hard. It’s a group where we know, in all phases, we’re going to have our hands full.”To read more or comment...