☰ Menu
Cleveland Browns

Transcript from news conference with Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 10, 2011

Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron met with reporters today. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(On if they worked on stopping the run this week in practice)- “We worked on it last week too.  Last week, it didn’t go the way we had hoped it would’ve gone.  We knew going down there they were just a tremendous offensive football team with a scheme that’s unusual to some degree.  We didn’t do the job that we needed to do, obviously.  We wanted to limit the big play in the passing game and we were fairly successful there, but the run game just got out of hand, too many big plays.  The guys played hard.  We just didn’t hit our fits and I didn’t help them with the best calls at the right times.”

(On if he schemed the run by playing a little bit off the line)- “We try to give our guys a little more room to read it in the zone schemes.  I guess the way that I’ve always kind of looked at things is if it works it was a pretty good idea and if it doesn’t work it wasn’t a good idea.  It’s kind of that simple and it wasn’t the best idea because it didn’t work out.  When you think about it, it makes a little bit of sense, you’ve got to have a little room to lead it.  They’re on you fast, trying to two-hat you and cut you out of your gaps.  They did a really nice job and we didn’t.  They’re a really good team that played well and we didn’t play particularly well on that day.”

(On if it had to do with their two rookies who haven’t seen that scheme before)- “A little bit, but I think overall the bottom line was we just didn’t seem to play at the level that we had played earlier.  We just made too many mistakes, too many mistakes on the same play.  Our tackling wasn’t as crisp.  Lots of things occurred.  The guys struggled, but they fought to stay in it.  We fought to make corrections on the sideline and they were in it. We didn’t lose them in the course of the game.  They were interested on the sideline.  They were trying to regroup to get things done.  We just never really got it done.”

(On if he was pleased with the run defense up until last week)- “We’re giving up too much in the run game.  It’s not total yards.  It’s never total yards, its yards per carry.  That’s the deal.  Last week it got out of hand, the yards per carry was just too big.  I’m not concerned with total yardage, but the yards per carry, when that gets consistently out of whack then you got issues.”

(On where he would like to see opponent’s yards per carry average at)- “I’d like to see it at zero (joking).  Up in the three’s, 3.7-3.8, in that area you’re okay.”

(On what safety spot Eric Hagg is more comfortable at)- “He’s played both.  He’s worked at both.  I would say in all honesty, he’s more comfortable at the down spot because he’s played more down in college.  Eric is really a conscientious guy.  If he’s asked to play a lot he’ll know what he’s doing and really give you everything he’s got.  He’s kind of like Buster (Skrine) that way.  They’re going to give you an honest day’s work and they’re going to prepare themselves to play.  I would say he’s a little more comfortable down.  He played a lot of the nickel position in college.  He was good at it.  He’s a good player.  If he has to play a lot then it’d be good for him.  It would be good for us to see a lot of him.”

(On what safety spot Usama Young would play if T.J. Ward can’t play Sunday)- “Ideally, again really because of the size difference, Usama is a big strong athlete, you’d like to see him closer to the box.  Our safeties always play both.  They’ve got to slide and play both.  It depends on what people are doing motion wise.  If we had our choice, we’d like to keep him down lower.”

(On how he feels Shurmur is handling his first year as a head coaching)- “I think coach does a great job of relating to the team, of getting the team ready to play.  He makes quick decisions.  He makes the right decisions.  I’m going to assume he’s really good with you people.  I haven’t seen that but I’m going to assume he is.  I’m very impressed by him, his preparation, how he prepares, how he addresses the team and how it leads them.”

(On if Shurmur does well with handling adversity)- “I think he’s doing a great job. Hopefully the longer it goes the less adversity you’ll face, that’s what you’re always hoping.”

(On if teams scheme different for D’Qwell Jackson and how he’s played after his strong start to the season)- “He’s played really well.  Clearly, he’s not the biggest linebacker in the league.  We’ve got to do a good job of keeping him as clean as we can keep him running to the ball.  If we can do that, he’s going to make plays because he can find the football.  He’s a very good tackler.  Last week in Houston, they got up on him and we got some big bodies up on him.  That’s hard, it’s hard on any linebacker.  As we said, he’s not the biggest or the tallest and guys up front are huge in this league.  We’ve got to do a better job of keeping him clean, keeping him running, scheme a little more to keep him that way.  But, he’s playing at the same level, I believe, that he’s started the season at.”

(On if Steven Jackson is a different challenge than what they faced last week)- “It’s a different scheme in that regard.  The Texans are kind of full-fledged committed to that scheme.  That’s what they do and anything off of it is a changeup.  Every team will run some zone schemes where they’ll cut you and do that, but not to the extent, at least we haven’t played anybody except Houston at this point, to the extent they run it.  That’s what they do.  That’s their deal.  It will be a different feel to the run game.  But, still as you pointed out, he’s a tremendous running back and they’ve had a lot of success running the ball.  We’re going to have to really step up.”

(On if there is something unique about Jackson)- “He’s a very powerful back.  He’s probably as big and as strong as anybody that we’ve seen to this point.  He’s got good breakaway speed, when he gets to the secondary he can go.  He can give you issues.”

(On what it would mean to the defense if T.J. Ward can’t play)- “You don’t want to lose anybody.  Unfortunately on any football team when you lose a starter it has an effect on the entire team because clearly somebody’s got to move up and it affects special teams, and the whole thing gets affected as you move people.  You don’t want anybody out.  T.J.’s a tough guy.  They all are, but T.J’s got unusual skills.  He can deliver a blow, he likes to deliver a blow.  He plays hard and he was moving a long in the way we do things and doing a nice job.  Injuries never come at good times, but it’s not a great time for us or for him.”

(On if he has a vocal leader on his defense)- “I believe they’re all kinds of leaders and they don’t necessarily have to be vocal.  You have to have leaders, people that lead by example.  I guess if I had a choice, you’d want somebody that was both.  They led by example and they talk.  If I had to choose the guy that talked over non-performance, I’d rather have the guy that just played.”

(On who on the defense leads by example)- “We’ve got some good leaders.  I’d say all of our linebackers are good leaders.  None of them are overly talkative, but they’re not silent.  I would say (Ahtyba) Rubin is as much as there is as a silent leader.  I don’t know if I’d been around anybody that plays harder than Rub and that’s got to affect you.  If you have any kind of awareness at all as an athlete, you’ve got to know that this guy is a player and he’s a real team player too.  I think that’s strong leadership.  If you have people that aren’t aware of that then you probably have the wrong people and that’s not good.”

(On why Rubin fell to the sixth round of the draft)- “I don’t know.  It’s not an exact science as you know.  I’m not familiar with the scheme that he played in college.  I’m not familiar with that.  It’s happened a lot of times.  There are some really great players that weren’t drafted very high and then there are a number of really high draftees that didn’t turn out very well.”

(On if Phil Taylor has been struggling the last few weeks)- “I don’t know that he’s dropped off.  He might have leveled off some in the last couple of weeks.  It’s a long season obviously for everybody and for a rookie it gets particularly long.  Although, it’s shorter for these guys because they had no offseason with us.  He’s getting a lot more experience game-by-game, which should help him.  We anticipate he’ll step up and make his presence felt again this week.”

(On how Buster Skrine played last week)- “Buster did a nice job.  I think he learned some things in the course of the game.  Obviously, he did just playing and playing a team with that kind of talent and with that kind of scheme.  I know he enjoyed it, you can see it in his eyes on the sideline.  He never gives you the impression that he’s overwhelmed by it.  He’s excited about getting back out there.  If you had your choice you’d choose not to be going through these things with injuries, but it can only help us in the long run. As I said, in the short run it’s not a whole lot of fun, but you’ve got to give them experience somehow.”

(On if Skrine would fill in if Patterson can’t go again this week)- “Yes.”


Prev Next

Browns news, features and notes