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Transcript from news conference with Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 17, 2011
Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron on the sidelines before an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

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

(On Phil Taylor having a nice game against the Rams)- “At least in my opinion he had maybe his best game last week.  He had worked hard leading up to it.  The preparation was part of it.  I do believe like we’ve said all along, that every week he learns a little more.  Obviously, he’s playing against different people and different schemes to some degree.  There’s a lot to learn in there and a lot to feel.  They can come at him in a lot of ways.  He did a very nice job a week ago.  He made some big plays for us in that game and was a force inside at some critical times.”

(On keeping the rookies motivated and prepared every week and if they hit a wall)- “I don’t know that they hit a wall.  I do know that it’s just a longer season than they’ve ever experienced.  They’re body clock at some time might be telling this that football season is over, but it’s halfway over in this league.  I believe you just keep talking about it and reminding them.  I don’t think it’s a big deal.  I really don’t because it’s pretty clear we’re still going and we’re right in the middle of it.  We’re practicing and we’re meeting the way, nothing changes.  I’ve never felt that it was necessary to address it often, maybe only to encourage them to do the small things that they may not be used to doing. If they don’t do those things they will be affected, what they eat, when they eat, how they eat.  One of the great things today in our business is that we feed them and we feed them well.  They eat at least two really good meals a day.  They’re not on their own to feed themselves, but they are sometimes for dinner.  You’ve got to remind them sometimes of those kinds of things.  For the rookies, it’s the first time their totally on their own in that regard.  There’s no training table at night for them.  We take pretty good care of them here.  Physically, it can be a grind for everybody.  For them, honestly I think it’s less so at least that’s how I vaguely remember it. When you’re young you feel like you could play twice a week.  After a while you know you cannot, but for those guys I don’t think that’s the issue.  I think it’s mostly mental and just to keep reminding them, take care of the details, the small things.”

(On if you can have a problem when one unit is playing better than the other)- “I don’t think I’ve ever played in one, where we had any issues.  I can’t recall, or coached in one where we had issues of that nature.”

(On what Maurice Jones-Drew brings to the table for the Jaguars offense)- “He is a very rare combination.  He’s got a body type that you don’t see a lot in this league.  He’s definitely not small, that is not a small person.  He’s short, very compact and very powerful.  There’s not a lot of surface to strike.  When you’re trying to tackle him, he doesn’t give you a lot of surface to hit.  He has great pad level.  He runs with a low profile, great balance and great power. Whenever you watch tape of him you see him run over linebackers, see him run over defensive linemen and come out the other side running.  It’s a tremendous challenge.  They do a real nice job scheming for him in the run game.  He’s not just a runner, he’s a very big part of their passing game and he’s a terrific protector.  This is an all around football player.  This is a real pro this guy.  He’s got the numbers to prove that he really plays well.  We’ll have a tough time.  We have our work cut out for us with this one.”

(On if he’s seen a change in Mercedes Lewis from last year to this year)- “No, we played him last year when I was in Philadelphia. He’s a very talented tight end.  He does a nice job in their run game.  He’s developed into a good blocker, very dangerous receiver.  He’s so big and fast.  He can move down the field so you can match him size wise maybe with a linebacker, but it’s hard to match that speed with a linebacker.  With a safety on him, he’s got a size advantage.  He really does give them a really good weapon that they’ve used well in the past.”

(On if there’s a key to stopping Lewis when he draws a mismatch)- “It’s just hard. Obviously the shorter the throw, the harder it is to stop because those throws inside, body position is almost like basketball boxing out of the body behind him, it’s just hard to stop him.  Down the field he’s got a reach advantage.  In the red zone you can have a leaping advantage, but really out in the field very seldom do you get a leaping advantage, but you get a reach advantage.  In the red zone you can throw the ball up to make it a jump ball and he’s got an advantage there. He’s a very talented player.”

(On if it was a surprised to see Phil Taylor making an Ahtyba Rubin-like tackle down the field last week and if that was a play he wouldn’t have made earlier in the season)- “I don’t know if I would say that.  I do think that any young player playing around a player like Rubin, watching Rub play, has to affect him.  It has to rub off on him.  That’s how the game should be played.  If you find yourself not doing that all the time, there’s a strong reminder right there.  I really believe it does affect how people act, it does affect other people.”

(On how Usama Young played last week filling in for T.J. Ward)- “He really had a good game.  I think it was his best game for us.  It was a strong game against a big back, he made some really good tackles.  That was a very difficult back to get to the ground.  He had a size mismatch on most players on the field, the running back did.  Usama came to the ball hard.  He hit his fits and he attacked the football.  I thought he really played a good game for us.”

(On what Taylor can still develop in his game going forward)- “I believe like most young players that are learning the game at the NFL level, he still is feeling certain things.  You need to get him to the part where he’s just coming off the ball hard every snap, not feeling it, not waiting to see what happens.  He will have a sense of what’s going to happen around him and just exploding on every snap.  He’ll get there.”

(On if that’s comes with experience and games played)- “Yeah, just needs time.”

(On if Joe Haden was off last week especially in the first half)- “I do believe that early in the game Joe wasn’t challenging like he normally does.  As soon as Jerome (Henderson) and he talked about it on the sidelines, he crawled back up on him and kind of ended that I thought.  Joe is a really good player a very, very good player.  I do believe he’s just going to get better too.  In the course of the entire game Joe did a nice job, but early they had a couple of catches on him.”

(On if it was a case of Haden reacting instead of being physical)- “Joe can force the issue.  He’s good enough to force the issue all the time.  We’d like him to do it and he likes to do it.  We’ve just got to keep reminding him at times, not very often, but occasionally.”

(On what he saw from Emmanuel Stephens)- “Emmanuel had a really good game.  I believe he had four tackles and a couple of assists.  He plays really hard.  I really like this young man a lot.  He kind of fits in with Rub for sure, they don’t say a whole lot, but they both play awfully hard.  That’s a refreshing thing.  It’s a really nice thing to see.  They just play.  I believe that Pee-Wee (Dwaine Board) would tell you he’s a very coachable guy, wants to do it right.  I’m really happy with how he performed a week ago.”

(On Blaine Gabbert)- “He’s a very talented young man. He’s got a strong arm and he’s mobile.  He can hurt you with his legs, come out of the pocket and hurt you.  We’ve got to do our best to keep him in there.  He’s learning how to play, the same as all young players.  He can get the ball there in a hurry and he can throw it a long way.  They obviously have some targets that he can get it to.  That mobility always concerns you.  It limits some of the things you feel you can do or try to do against him.  They’ve got a good one.”

(On if Cleveland is one of the most passionate cities he’s coached in)- “They’re all good in this league and their all passionate, but it is different. Maybe because it’s just the so called older places or the older franchises, I grew up as a kid watching them.  They seem to have a special connection and of course the city lost that connection briefly, but probably never lost the passion for this team.  I think and again because of my age it is special.  It’s one of those special ones, the older established ones.  They’re definitely passionate and it’s fun.”

(On if he has talked to Shurmur about the criticism he has received recently)- “No, he doesn’t seem to be having any problems with it.  He certainly hasn’t asked for my opinion.”

(On if being a former head coach, he knows what it’s like)- “There’s lots of ways to answer that aren’t there (joking).  It’s a great game.  There’s lots of things that surround it and most of those are great too.  Some of them are not so great and winning solves all the problems.  We’ve just got to win.”

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