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Transcript from news conference with Browns offensive coordinator Brad Childress

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 18, 2012

Browns offensive coordinator Brad Childress met with reporters today. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(On what Josh Gordon’s evolution has meant to the offense)- “Just the deep strike ability, the fact that he’s gotten behind some people and done it twice now. He’ll want to strive for consistency. That won’t happen all the time. Defenses are set up not to let you do that. They will be much more mindful, I think, of where he’s at. It helps you take the top of things and move people away from the line of scrimmage and make them play you with a deep threat.”

(On how much better Gordon has gotten with little technique things)- “I think he’s gotten a lot better. All those little things kind of have equated to him doing some big things.”

(On if teams will defend the offense differently since they’ve had success passing deep)- “I think they’ll be mindful of where he’s at, whether he’s in the slot, or whether he’s outside. Those guys kind of check and see who’s taking the top off, and who can run. They can see somebody can run now. That’s a good thing. They’ll honor him, and maybe play a little bit looser, although people have a tendency to play a good bit of man-to-man versus us.”

(On what he saw in Gordon before they picked him in the Supplemental Draft)- “I never saw a snap of him. I got off a cruise boat and somebody said, ‘We signed Josh Gordon,’ and I said, ‘Who’s Josh Gordon?’”

(On if he’s being serious of about not knowing who Gordon was)- “Honestly, yeah. That was Tom (Heckert) and Pat (Shurmur).”

(On how deflating Owen Marecic’s drops to the whole scheme of things)- “I think I’ve said before, Tony (Grossi), in relationship to anybody dropping the ball, those are a lot of times drive stoppers. They don’t just happen necessarily on third downs and stop a drive, but those are drive killers. You don’t go back and see a lot of statistics about those and it says they were three and out. You focus on a three and out, but what stopped it in fact. Those aren’t good things.”

(On if they need to say anything more to Marecic about dropped balls than he already realizes)- “I don’t think so. I think it can be paralysis by analysis sometimes. He’s a very mindful kid. He’s a great person and he wants to do well so much that it doesn’t do any good to stick his head in a vice and give him one more crack I don’t think.”

(On where he went on his cruise)- “Where did I go? What do they call it? Western or Eastern Caribbean, I can’t remember right now. I don’t know my islands very well, but it was my wife and I.”

(On if he coaches Gordon any harder due to his background)- “No, I don’t think so. I’ve said before, I’m more concerned with what his demeanor is in the building. We don’t follow guys home at night or anything like that, and I don’t hold anything over anybody’s head, it’s just really how they respond to coaching. I’ve told you before he’s a great note taker, he’s on point in terms of what’s going on in the meetings. We just basically judge him that way, and what he does between those white lines.”

(On if Cincinnati was Weeden’s best game)- “I guess I don’t rank order them.”

(On what improvements Weeden showed in the Cincinnati game)- “I think he put a string of good throws together after we hadn’t had much luck in seven series. That thing that I kind of talk about continuing to shoot, he continues to do that. He threw some good deep balls, made a couple of tight spot throws on the sideline, a couple to (Josh) Cooper that I thought were pretty good.”

(On if the throw to Gordon was impressive or if it was expected)- “We were actually, if my memory serves Tony(Grossi), we kicked off, from the press box from left to right, and we were kind of waiting for it to swing back the other way, right to left. It varies on that field. That day, what I remember is, there were times on the field in the pregame that I thought it was coming directly from our bench to their bench. Yet, you look up at the flags coming in the corner, and it was blowing a different direction. It was just important that he really spun that ball.”

(On if the wind took the ball across the field)- “I don’t know. I wasn’t down there.”

(On if the wind kind of knocked the pass down because of the way it died at the end)- “It could have been. It had traveled an awful long way at the time that it did get knocked down. He had a couple that got knocked down in a pregame warm-up that he was kind of like, ‘Slider.’”

(On if Montario Hardesty did enough to rotate in every fourth series)- “I think he’s a good back. Sometimes those good backs just need an opportunity to kind of show their wares. By the same token, you have to be ready when opportunity knocks. I think that’s the best thing he has going for him. Do you put him in? Do you say, ‘Hey, every third series or fourth series?’ We hadn’t really talked about that. The more you can do, the more apt you are to find a way to stick him in there.”

(On if Josh Cooper will still be involved with the offense)- “Yeah, he’ll remain involved. The thing about this offense, again, it’s a progression type of offense. Where he caught the ball, a couple times, he may have been the first read or the second read. He’s involved. He’s one of those wide receivers that have a chance to see the ball then he has familiarity with the quarterback, which never hurts you.”

(On what the biggest issues were with the stretch of no first downs and how they snapped out of it)- “Some of them were close misses. Some of them weren’t converting third down to get another set of downs. I can’t remember exactly the seven circumstances that we came to third down on, but it was just important that we just kept slugging because they were mushing around themselves. You always believe that the next one’s going to be the most important one.”

(On what he saw out of Hardesty when he entered the game)- “He has a little different pace than Trent (Richardson) does. He was juiced up pretty good. Whether it’s the line decided to get it together at that point in time in conjunction with the guy that was running pretty well through there. It was kind of a perfect storm.”

(On Joe Thomas’ responsibilities going against Dwight Freeney)- “It’s kind of like being on the hot corner in baseball. Things are happening fast coming around that edge. A lot of times you can’t always get him chip help. People with a right handed quarterback are going to rush his back side. He’s always going to face, whatever  that team’s premier pass-rusher is, in this case a guy like Dwight Freeney, who because of his build, his stature, will have some natural leverage components on Joe with Joe being a bigger, taller guy and a great spin move. You’ve got to be able to play the guy both ways. It’s not just speed around the outside edge. He’s got a great spin coming back inside.”

(On if he had a strong relationship with Joe Banner in Philadelphia)- “I told Joe I was glad to see him. I don’t know if you’ would say strong relationship or relationship. I know him and his wife and two boys. It was a good relationship. He was a lead part of that organization there. He really had his fingers in everything and was knowledgeable about everything.”

(On the batted balls mostly coming when Weeden throws to his right)- “I don’t know so much about the right. I think a lot of those things have been guys being locked out at the line of scrimmage. Typically, when a guy gets locked out and blocked at the line of scrimmage, then he starts to peak for the quarterbacks eyes, and then gets hand up. It’s a matter of almost doing too good a job on the offensive line because you’ve get them standing at the line of scrimmage, and now a guy’s only response is to jump when the quarterback throws. I don’t know if we made too much about coming to his right, but that’s my recollection of the balls that were tipped.”

(On if the offensive linemen can identify the guys that are good at jumping)- “They do, and then by scheme, there are times when we don’t want to allow them to jump. I.e. in the quick passing game, when you’re only taking three steps, and you’re asking a guy to kind of punch and grab cloth, and not let a guy get up off the ground. There are other times when we want to punch and separate. You have to change just with the offensive linemen, you have to call different schemes so that it’s not the same thing, it’s not the same drop back spot every time. It’s not always going to be five steps or seven steps. It’s got to be three. It’s got to be a bootleg. You’ve got to move the pocket. You’ve got to let them quick set so they can grab cloth. We identify all those things.”

(On how strong the group of wide receivers is as players return from injury)- “The more the merrier as far as I’m concerned. There’s always good competition. It’s great that the next guy can step up. You would like to see guys get healthy and get back. It allows you more weapons.”

(On the merit Weeden gains from gaining a fourth quarter lead)- “I think the merits in that game, and not necessarily just the fourth quarter, are that you learn to play with the lead, and you learn to play from behind. You don’t go into fetal position in either. There’s a learning process with both, dealing with prosperity and dealing with the fact that, ‘Hey we’ve got to pick up we’re seven points down, we’re 10 points down,’ being able to get out of that hole, and how defenses are going to play you. I think both those things are learning processes.”

(On not just sitting on the lead)- “Absolutely. That’s the thing that you have to do in this league is you have to always remain aggressive, I think. That doesn’t mean going five wide receivers with two minutes left, and a three point lead, and we’re going to throw it all over the field. If that’s your selected way to move the football, if that’s the way you move it the best, then that’s what you should probably do.”

(On Freeney and Robert Mathis being in a different scheme)- “It’s unnatural to see them standing in a two-point stance, but they’re able to play enough in a four-point stance when they get in the nickel, where you say, ‘Okay, that’s the Freeney and Mathis I know.’ I think they present some different problems in two-point stances for the tackles. Tackles can probably measure them just a little bit better when they’re down in a three-point stance. I think the two-point stance is a little bit different. They can kind of come at you in different ways. Both of them look like they are adapted. I don’t know that they’re completely comfortable yet because the scheme is so new to them, but I’ve seen them both adapt, and see them both be productive.”


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