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Transcript from news conference with Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 20, 2011

Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron met with reporters today before the team practiced in preparation for its game Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(On the media trying to figure out when Scott Fujita suffered his injury against Oakland)- “We’ve tried to figure it out too.  We thought it was relatively early in the game.  I want to say in the second sometime maybe.  We thought it might be a lead play where he just had contact with the fullback on a helmet to helmet.  It didn’t look all that bad, but it doesn’t have to to have what happened, happen. It was too bad. Hopefully, he’ll be fine soon and be back out there.”

(On Scott Fujita means to them defensively)- “A lot, he’s obviously a very smart guy.  He’s a very smart player.  He’s a very team oriented player. I’m sure to his teammates it’s the same too, but for a coaching staff he gives us a lot of comfort.  He can translate a lot of things that need to be translated at times. If D’Qwell (Jackson) needs any help, he can help in making the calls.  He knows all the signals, he does all that kind of stuff and he helps with getting guys lined up. He’s a very aware, very, very aware guy on the football field. Then a solid player, he makes a number of plays, almost always in the right spot at the right time.”

(On Kaluka Maiava’s performance at Oakland)- “He did a very good job on Sunday, the whole time he was in but particularly in the two plays, the third down and the fourth down plays. He did a very good job in terms of meeting the lead blocker, giving us a chance to stop that fourth down play down there in the goal line going in which really ends up giving us a chance at the game. He’s a very smart football player, he’s got a nice feel, very tough guy, really likes the competition, enjoys playing.  He fits in well with us and he’ll fit in well.  He’ll fit in well on Sunday.”

(On if he will need to make any changes if Joe Haden can’t play)- “As we’ve talked about almost every week now, Joe’s level of play was so high when he was out there.  No matter who goes out there, it’s not going to exactly the same because Joe is just one of those rare guys.  We tried to compensate somewhat, but not a whole lot.  We tried to stick with the game plan that our guys new and liked, so they were comfortable with it.  They did a pretty good job.  They did a pretty good job adjusting.”

(On how Dimitri Patterson played and if they gave up completion underneath to avoid the deep ball)- “We did and the completions underneath where mine.  That’s how we decided to play it, we just told them we’re going to try to make this team lead to get in our end zone and they have enough speed and enough talent that we don’t want to give them quick scores.  If they’re going to score on us we’d like to make them earn it, go the long route and stay in the football game.  Those were on me more than they were on him.”

(On if he significantly changed the game plan after the first drive to contain Darren McFadden)- “I wouldn’t say it wasn’t significant, but you always kind of change things, tweak a few things.  On the field, I think Billy (Davis) does a great job, so does Pee-Wee (Dwaine Board) and Jerome (Henderson) down there.  We do a lot of talking and try to find something that is working.  They’re a very good team.  They have been doing really well on offense going into that game and obviously he was leading the league.  The first run was a disappointment, but it was probably not the best call I made all day.  I didn’t put us in the best situation there.  That was a 24-yarder I think. After that I thought we did a good job because he is awfully good.  Every time he touches the ball, you’re a little bit nervous on the sideline watching it.”

(On Jabaal Sheard’s performance against Oakland and his progress the last few games)- “Jabaal is just going to be a really good football player, I know that he is.  He’s improving week by week as he gets more experience in this league and see’s more of the right tackles that he’s going to face.  He’s quick off the ball, he’s got a sense of the game around him and he’s a tough guy.  He enjoys playing.  I know that Pee-Wee, Dwaine, has done a really good job with helping him. He has a lot of experience both playing and coaching that he can help him with.  Dwaine can give him that insight, but the player has to make plays and he’s done an outstanding job.  I just hope and we’re counting on him just getting better and better every week.”

(On the possibility that both Joe Haden and Buster Skrine may not being able to play)- “That wouldn’t be the best scenario for us.  If that happens, if that occurs, there are other people that just have to step up and play.  It offers an opportunity for them to step up and play.  Buster is a young player.  He’s got a lot to learn like any young player in the league, but he really battles you.  He never gives you the feeling that he’s overmatched or is in awe of anybody.  He’ll go out and he’ll line up against anybody I believe and just play him or try to play him like Jerome’s trying to get him to play.  We’re really happy with those guys.  We wish they’d all be on the field and if there not it’s not ideal, but it gives another person a chance to step up.”

(On Mike Adams giving him versatility on defense)- “Absolutely, Mike gives us a feeling.  Mike can plug into a lot of spots, which is a great thing to have and something you have to have really in this league.”

(On if he’d like to keep Adams at one position instead of moving him around)- “Definitely, you’d like to keep him at the safety position.  That’s his number one spot.  That’s where he plays.  The fact that he can step up and play those other spots, it’s really added to his ability to stay in the league a long time and play special teams.  Those players are really critically important to every football team.”

(On how difficult it is to be patient with a young team)- “I don’t know. I don’t find it difficult.  I don’t know that I’m that patient, whatever I am, I don’t find it that hard I guess.”

(On the Browns defense being ranked seventh in the league and what that reflects and if that’s important to him)- “I guess the question was what does it mean?  I don’t think it means a whole lot.  I guess there’s a lot of ways to answer anything, but that question, it definitely has meaning.  The guys have worked awfully hard.  They’ve really worked awfully hard both the coaching staff and the players and the players make the plays.  They’ve done a nice job to this point.  It’s so early in the season.  We’ve got such a long ways to go that we’ll just keep grinding away.  That’s the kind of group we have I believe and we’d like to get more of that, just keep grinding.  Play one play and play it the best you can and just let it go and don’t worry about it anymore then go to the next one and we’ll just keep rolling it through the season.”

(On the challenges Marshawn Lynch presents to the defense)- “I don’t have any problems addressing Marshawn Lynch.  I was with him a long time, but I’ll address they’re team first.  They’re good.  They’re a talented team and the last six quarters of football that they’ve played in their no huddle offense, has been really, really been productive.  He’s been obviously a part of that.  We anticipate that’s what we’re going to see from them.  There’s every reason to believe that they’ll do it and there’s very little reason to believe we’ll see a lot of anything else, but we could.  We’ll see multiple personnel, but I think the majority of it will be they’re no huddle scheme.  Marshawn is a very good player, very, very tough player, physically talented, really enjoys the game.  He poses a problem.  He’s a really good inside runner.  He can run outside too.  He’s got great balance, hard to get off his feet.  You’ve got to keep playing until the whistle because he’ll keep playing until the whistle. He’s a really good one, a very good one.”

(On the run Lynch had in the playoffs last year)- “That’s kind of Marshawn to me.  That’s what he is.  He’s a grinder, he’s a tough guy, and he likes the game.  I always thought he was really good in tough moments, in big moments.”

(On the challenges the no huddle offense presents)- “It puts a premium on communication obviously. Both sides of the ball, they’ve got to communicate too.  We’ve got to communicate quickly and the offense in terms of personnel they can dictate.  In a no huddle though at least defensively you know what’s out there.  When teams huddle, on the sideline you’re waiting for what’s the personnel?  What do they have?  What’s the grouping?  At least in the no huddle you know what’s in there.  It makes you go fast.  It makes you stay up with them. Because you don’t see it often your guys have to get used to it.  I think maybe particularly the big guys, but everybody for sure.  You don’t want your big guys in a stance waiting for the play.  We’ll have to get a feel for it early.  We’d try to do that in practice, but you can’t really duplicate exactly what you’re going to see.  It definitely poses some issues for defenses.”

(On if they have to worry about fatigue at all from the no huddle)- “I suppose you do, but they do too. There are times in any no huddle situation where you can substitute.  If the ball is thrown 40 yards down the field, 50 yards down the field, you’ve got time to get people in and out if you need to.  Any time they substitute, which they do on the move, you can substitute.  The officials are supposed to hold the game up if they need to if they substitute offensively for us to substitute as long they don’t go to the huddle.  If they come off the bench and go to the line we can come off our bench and the official should give us ample time to get lined up.  It stresses everybody.”

(On the challenges of getting ready for two quarterbacks)- “I think in this case they both look good in that offense.  I think they have a good quarterback whoever they play, whoever he decides to play.  Our challenge will remain the same, just try to keep them contained.”

(On if he has helped out Pat Shurmur out as a first–year head coach and if he reflects back to his first year as a head coach in 1999)- “I’ve never felt like he needed any of my help.  I can’t say that I’ve thought back to 1999 in a while.”

(On how tough it is to be a first-year head coach)- “I don’t know how to the answer that really.  I guess I’ll say exactly what I’m thinking, I loved every job I had.  I loved coaching the secondary, I loved being a coordinator, I loved being a head coach.  They were all really, really good.  I don’t know how tough it is.  It’s tough when you don’t win, that gets tough.  The coaching part of it, I don’t know it’s just kind of exciting.  It’s always really exciting.  I’ve always felt in any position on gameday you always learn something.  You can prepare for all kinds of stuff and something new will happen.  Something will come up that you just can’t get ready for.  You’ve got to make a decision on the spot or you’ve got to prepare for it in the future.  It’s always really good.”

(On if he and Shurmur are compatible)- “I hope so.  I think we are.  I love working for him.”

(On if Maiava could play WILL and Chris Gocong play SAM)- “That’s a consideration and is probably what will happen.”

(On Gocong’s versatility)- “That group of linebackers is a good one and now that Titus (Brown) is getting back, it’s a nice group.  It’s a solid group in there.  They are talented and they work really well together.  Chris has enough experience where he’s pretty comfortable doing it.  It really is a good feeling that you have a guy that can do that.”


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