Cleveland Browns' defensive coordinator Dick Jauronin the first half an NFL preseason football game against the Chicago Bears in Chicago, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron met with reporters this afternoon before the team practiced in preparation for its game Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. Here are some of the highlights:
- Jauron took responsibility for the team's defensive blunder in its season-opening loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. On third-and-11, Jauron's defense failed to line up before the Bengals snapped the ball. Bengals quarterback Bruce Gradkowski capitalized by throwing a 41-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver A.J. Green, who was left uncovered in the midst of confusion. "We've just got to be aware," Jauron said. "I had to pick it up. I had to see it, and I didn't see it. After making the call, I was back on my game-plan sheet, thinking probably a call ahead or thinking about the next call, and I missed it. There's nothing else I can say about it. I just missed it. I should have been able to help them. Call a timeout would be the way to do it."
- In an effort to combat future quick snaps, Jauron said the Browns' cornerbacks not will no longer enter the defensive huddle.
- Several players for both teams have said the Bengals detected something that made them believe the Browns' defense would be vulnerable against a quick snap. Jauron agreed. "We struggled to line up to a particular formation a couple of times in that game," Jauron said. "It was three wides on one side and a tight end on the backside in our sub packages. So they might have seen that."
- Jauron spoke highly of middle linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin and cornerback Joe Haden. Jauron said he doesn't remember ever being around a player who had five pass breakups in a game. That's the number Haden recorded against the Bengals.