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Transcript from news conference with Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 23, 2011

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

(On Emmanuel Stephens working his way into the starting lineup)- “Emmanuel was a really good pick up for us and he’s a hard working young man.  He’s a tough guy, plays hard and explosive off the line of scrimmage.  He’s very young in his career and learning how to play, but he really has given us solid games and has played well.  I’m really happy we got him and I think there’s a very good deal of upside to him too.  I think he’ll just continue to improve.”

(On if Jayme Mitchell lost his starting job because of the move to right end and if he wasn’t producing there)- “No, like any decision that we make, we make it on what we think is in the best interest of the football team.  When we moved Jabaal to left, Jabaal just turns out to be better at the left than he is at the right.  He’s a really good defensive end.  We moved Jayme over to the right side and eventually we felt Emmanuel was playing better than Jayme so we made the switch at that that side.  That’s really all there is to it.”

(On Mitchell getting some reps at left end last game, how he performed and if he is more comfortable on the left side)- “He did okay. I think he’s definitely more comfortable on that side.  He likes playing over there better.  They’ll all play.  As what we said all year, we’d like to play them in a rotation.  We’re falling into a better rotation the more we learn about our guys and how to play them so everybody will play.  Everybody that’s up should up. Last week Auston (English) didn’t play much just because we wanted to make sure that leg was okay.  He played maybe five or six plays.  We just felt he might need another week.  That was the reason he wasn’t in the rotation too.”

(On how Usama Young has played filling in for T.J. Ward)- “Usama’s done a nice job particularly against the run game.  He’s a very tough guy and that’s obviously a huge part of this game.  He’s physically tough.  He comes in and he tackles people.  He tackles big people and he hits with authority.  He really has a great presence for us particularly in the run game.  He does a decent job against the pass also, I’ve been really happy with him.”

(On how Andy Dalton has matured from the first game to now)- “I thought he was pretty good coming into that first game.  He’s certainly more experienced.  It seems to me this guy has been a good player throughout his whole career.  I’m sure he was probably a really good player in high school, but he did a tremendous job in college.  He’s got a presence about him and he still shows pretty much the same thing. He’s got 10 games under his belt and he’s got good experience in the NFL now.  He’s really doing a very good job with their offense.”

(On how Usama Young did on Marcedes Lewis and what makes Jermaine Gresham tough)- “Both of those guys you’re talking about, these tight ends are very athletic and they’re big.  It’s hard to defend.  They have a lot of advantages.  They can box you out down the field size wise, speed wise they can run.  They have the advantage of no contact after five yards.  There are a lot of things that they have working for them in their favor.  They’re rare athletes, big rare athletes.”

(On the team getting a lot of pressure but not finishing it off with sacks and if he is satisfied with the pass rush)- “I think our guys do a good job generally. I think Pee-Wee (Dwaine Board) does a great job of working with them. They are a young group.  I do believe over time we’re just going to get better and better in that area.  You’d like to see lots and lots of sacks obviously, but the main thing is pressure.  If you can get constant pressure and hits on the quarterback, they’re more important than sacks.  You’d take a lot of pressures over a normal number of sacks.  You’d love to get both.  You’d love to get a lot of pressures and a whole lot of sacks.  That’s the deal.  We’re okay.  We’ve got to improve in a lot of areas and that’s one of them.”

(On if it’s a good thing that the team is playing AFC North teams in five of its next six games)- “Yeah, it’s a great thing.  It gives us an opportunity.  We have a great opportunity in front of us.  These games are huge games.  This game coming up is a huge game for both teams.  They’re coming off two tough losses in the division.  We have one loss in the division that was to them and we’re starting our division play.  It’s really very exciting and really important.”

(On Bengals having eight defensive linemen with at least one sack and if that is their objective for the defense)- “You need it in this league.  I think we’ve talked in here about it from the very first time we met.  We need to play in waves up front.  You need to be able to do that and not fall off as you substitute.  That way you can keep them fresh for the whole year.  You can imagine, it’s a real grind in there.  You’ve got 340 pound men every snap and they are battling each other.  It takes a toll on you.  That’s the goal.”

(On Phil Taylor’s progress)- “He’s improving.  He’s starting to step back up and climb again.  He leveled off for a while, which is understandable for a rookie.  I think he’s getting a lot more comfortable in the one technique.  He’s played in the little three also, but mostly in the one technique now.  He’s doing a much better job and has a much better feel.  He’s clearly got skills.  He gets around the ball.  He had a number of tackles last week.  I know there’s always a discrepancy there, everybody has different stats, but he did a nice job.  He got around the football.  He’s getting better and is a good player.  We need him, clearly we need him.  In this six game schedule in front of us which is our chance, we need him to play really well for us to have any chance at all.”

(On the final play against Jacksonville and if he felt Maurice Jones-Drew would get the ball)- “When you have a running back like that and clearly they know they have a running back like that, they know we’re playing for the run.  Our front was stacked.  I think decision wise, I think they probably did the right thing.  That guy is really good, Dirk Koetter, and has been for a long time.  We anticipated he would have the ball and I’m sure they anticipated we were going to stack the front, try not to let him in the end zone running the ball.”

(On what went well on the last play of the game)- “We got the breaks.  We played well.  The guys did a good job, but you’ve got to get a little bit lucky too.  On the last play, D’Qwell (Jackson) made a real nice play.  That’s a tough down because he ends up playing on a wide receiver inside.  The quarterback has some time because we’ve got to clear run first before we get on our way to the quarterback.  D’Qwell did a nice job.  Clearly there’s a time clock in the quarterback’s head.  He’s got to get it out.  He can’t take a sack.  He delivers the ball and D’Qwell’s right there on the receiver.  It was a good down for us.”

(On if his heart skipped a beat when he saw a linebacker on their best receiver)- “There’s lots of things that make your heart skip beats (joking).  It was fun.  It’s unbelievable what four seconds or where a pass goes or if they catch it or don’t catch it. It makes your Sunday or breaks your Sunday.”

(On the Bengals losing Leon Hall and where losing your top corner ranks in terms of losing a guy that can damage your defense)- “I think you said it earlier, you don’t want to lose anybody.  They all hurt.  I don’t know where it ranks.  I suspect it depends on who the guy is and at what position.  Every position has exceptional players.  You don’t have a lot of them.  You don’t have a lot of playmakers that decide games on Sunday and when you lose them it hurts.  You don’t generally replace them.  The guy that’s behind him is behind him for a reason, he may or may not make as many plays as that guy makes.”

(On how well Joe Haden has been playing this season)- “Joe is really a good player.  I do believe he’s going to get better.  There are things he does exceptionally well, things you can’t teach him.  He’s very tough.  He’s a very tough guy, a very competitive guy.  Jerome (Henderson) does a terrific job with him.  As he gets more and more into technique, he’s just going to improve.  You can help a guy with some things.  You certainly can’t teach speed and Joe can run.  He can change direction.  He’s got a unique ability to reach the ball.  He’s got a long reach and a temperament that’s really good for that position.  He’s got a short memory.  He’ll come back the next down and just battle you.  We’re lucky to have Joe.”

(On if they can do anything to help Haden’s hands)- “He’s got good hands.  That one was just too bad.  The ball gets on you so fast on the field and you’re not alone, occasionally you are, when you’re trying to catch one of those.  You’re usually in traffic, which doesn’t make it any easier.  It’s just one of those things.  I’m sure he’ll catch a lot of them before he’s done.”

(On Haden’s penalties last Sunday and if he is attracting the official because of he’s so physical)- “Probably and again technique wise, he’s just going to get better and better over time.  Those other guys are really good too.  There’s nobody out there that’s a slouch.  Everybody in the league can beat you in some way or another.  The offenses are more and more sophisticated.  They’re all double moves and triple moves, and they’ll pump and you can’t touch them after five.  It’s hard.  It’s a difficult position to play.”

(On if he thinks Sheldon Brown will be challenged more in the upcoming game and if he is up for that challenge)- “I definitely do.  He certainly has been to this point.  He hasn’t given up a lot of plays.  Everybody we play knows Joe is out there.  Sheldon is no slouch.  He knows how to play in this league.  He’s played for a long time and he’s a real pro.  Like I said, this an interesting six game span.”

(On a player like A.J. Green does to a defensive coordinator’s preparation)- “You have to be aware of him, very aware of him.  If he was by himself it would make it easier.  Unfortunately, they are a very talented football team.  If you have statistics that bend one way or the other in situations you can use them, you can double him at times, you can do certain things, but you just can’t neglect the rest of them because they are awfully good all around him.”

(On how Green fits against other receivers they have faced and would Haden play him one on one)- “Obviously, he’s a very good receiver.  He’s a top receiver in the league and he’s got great speed.  We’ll have to see what his status is.  Coming in we are going to assume that he’s going to play.  You can do a lot of different things.  You can match in specific instances, you can not match other times, you can do a lot of things with the corner and with that situation in terms of matching or not matching.  You don’t have to have match on every down.  You probably just have to match enough to mix it up so you don’t only match in a certain defense because they will certainly pick that up in a hurry.  If you only match in man to man, it’s probably not a good idea, but you can do a number of different things.”

(On the five yard rule and how different it is now than when he played)- “Oh it’s a lot different now.  The ball just couldn’t be in the air.  Everybody was fair game until that ball was in the air.  It was a lot different.”

(On if that was easier to defend a receiver compared to now)- “I’m a defensive coach but I think this is a better rule.  There were some issues in those days.  There was some unfairness maybe tilted towards the defense.  Now, almost all the unfairness is tilted towards the defense.  There was a little bit of unfairness tilted towards the offense in those days, but not much.”

(On if Paul Brown had any influence in his career when he was with the Bengals)- “Oh yeah.  First of all it was just a great thrill to meet him.  Paul Brown was a huge name in football anywhere.  To be on a field talking with the man was a huge thrill for me.  He wasn’t coaching at the time when I played there.  He was running the team.  I really enjoyed him.  Now, I didn’t play for him and maybe that’s why (joking).  I knew a lot of guys that did play for him.  He was a very tough, a very demanding guy to play for.  It was a part of history.  I have fond memories of thinking back and feeling very fortunate to have met some of the people that were part of a great history, professional football, any football in general and this is one of them.  Paul was one of them.”

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