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Transcript from press conference with Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 19, 2010

Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll met with reporters Friday afternoon. Here is a transcript from the press conference:

Browns Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll press conference 11-19-10

(On how tough the last series was in overtime) -- “It was just tough to lose.  It was a great game throughout the game.  Competitive, it was every bit what we thought it was going to be against that squad.  They were a tough team and I give our guys a lot of credit too they played their butts off against a tough defense.  Colt (McCoy) did a nice job.  It came right down there to the end with 1:35 left thought. We had a good little play, they were expecting the run.  We had Ben (Watson) down the pipe and we just missed it.  It would have been nice to hit it but I thought it was a competitive game, just wish we could have pulled it out.”

(On the possibility of Joshua Cribbs not playing this week and what would happen to their scheme) -- “In the bottom left hand of our call sheet, each week we have about 20 plays specifically designed for Josh, whether it be Wildcat or specific passes or you saw him run the reverse.  You can’t replace a Josh Cribbs so if he’s not ready to go then some of those plays we obviously won’t have and some we’ll go ahead and things that I think are applicable to some of the other guys, we’ll put them in there.  Again, it’s not Josh running them so if he can’t go, whoever else is in there we’re going to expect to step up but some of those plays we won’t have available.”

(On if their two point plays are different than their two yard line plays) -- “The way that you set it up on a call sheet and everybody has a different ways to do their call sheet, we kind of have four areas in the red zone including the fringe that we put them on and we have specific two point plays that we work on each week.  When you run one of those two point plays then you move on to the next one.  We specifically have a couple two point plays that we’ve been working on since the summer.”

(On if he would run a two point play in a game situation) -- “If I thought it was the best thing to run then yes I would run it, but we kind of save those two for the two point plays.”

(On how he has grown as an offensive coordinator since last year) -- “I think anytime you get experience in doing something it helps you.  On top of that year two you have guys around you, coaches included, players that know what you’re expectations are and you have some new players too.  You get a little better when you get a guy like Peyton Hillis or Ben Watson.  Quarterbacks have done a nice job when they’re in there.  You constantly look to get better each week.  Split second decisions, having enough courage to call a throwback in a critical situation and you’re belief in the players in them going out and executing it.  I think the experience that you get from each practice, each day it’s been a positive.”

(On how he deals with critical fans) -- “You have a firm belief in what you’ve learned throughout the years as a coach.  I’ve got to work for some pretty good ones, some pretty good ones that people have been critical of them too. Some of them have three Super Bowl rings as a head coach.  You can’t let anything affect you. You have to believe in a certain system, you have to believe in the fundamentals that you’ve been taught, you have to believe in the players, you have to coach them, you have to teach them and that’s all you can do.  You know you go out there, you do your best, you have belief in what you’re doing, you present it to the players and then you go out there and make them do it.”

(On what he meant when he said the courage to call the throwback) -- “I don’t know if I should say courage.  I think belief that the player is going to go out there and do it and execute it at that critical juncture of the game.  It’s something that you practice, practice, practice and I think as you get your bearings and you have some more games under your belt, it’s easier to do.”

(On if McCoy showed him something on that last drive of regulation that he wasn’t sure about before then) -- “We had a two minute drive in practice on Friday and it didn’t go like it went in the game.  He was calm on the sideline which he’s been since he’s been out there and he kind of geared everybody up and said this is what we’re going to do.  He knew what plays we were running, he felt comfortable with the plays that we had for that package for that game.  He missed a couple throws in that drive and he was very stoic and calm and cool and collected, it was nice to see.  It was definitely nice to see, to do that in that situation against that defense.  It was tough and he did a nice job.  Hopefully, he’ll have more of those.”

(On if he could have done anything differently with the missed throws) -- “The one with Ben (Watson) was an inch and it could have been just a slight slowdown of a step. He had it right on his hands. That was close. It was right over top of (Jim) Leonhard.  The one to Mo (Mohamed Massaquoi) he let it rip and it was tight down there. There was a little tussling like always goes on with (Darrelle) Revis and Mo and he let it rip and just as he let it rip they were fighting a little bit and it was a step off.  It would have been great if he hit that one.”

(On if McCoy should have put a little more air under it) -- “It was close Jeff (Schudel), it really was.  I think at the top of the route, if you watch it on the coaches tape, at the top of the route those two were going at it a little bit and he let it go right before he was making his move and it was just a foot off.”

(On if it that play would have been a touchdown) -- “It could have been.  If he stayed up it was going to be close. It would have been close.”

(On if they are reluctant to give Brian Robiskie the ball) -- “I won’t say we’re reluctant.  We decided at the end of the two minute drive there to go with Evan (Moore).  Evan’s been doing a nice job.  Evan’s been playing some receiver for us, he’s played tight end spots but he’s also played receiver and he’s played outside where some of the receivers play.  At the end of the Pittsburgh game he played and he’s made quite a substantial amount of plays out there vertical throws, jump balls and we decided to go with him at the end of the two minute.”

(On the how the call sheet is divided into four sections) -- “Just in the red zone spot.  There are tons of different sections there so you have it planned before you go out there for a game, if you get into a situation or it’s this and you want to do this and you got this or whatever it may be.  The Kansas City game when we threw it to Josh (Cribbs) it was a specific play that we knew we were going to throw if we got into that situation and you just call it.”

(On if they had a lot of plays for Cribbs planned for the Jets game) -- “Yes and like I said we usually have about 20 plays and see how it’s going.  It’s different, if Peyton’s (Hillis) getting into a rhythm or Colt’s (McCoy) getting into a rhythm, those are kind of intermixed.  If it kind of gets slowed down and you need it or you got it in the openers but usually there’s around 20 plays for Josh.  When he goes out like in the Pittsburgh game, we had even more than that planned.”

(On how many sections there are on the entire call sheet) -- “I thinking off the top of my head. Dan Smash (Shamash), upstairs, he’s an assistant, he is working on it right now. He is a wizard with this computer he’s got. It’s probably about 25 sections.  It’s grouped into inside zone runs, outside zone runs, gaptrap runs, perimeter runs, gadget plays, draws, unbalanced runs, play action, run action, goes right down the list, Wildcat, get the ball to (Joshua) Cribbs plays, drop backs, three steps, empties, third down and one, third down two-five, whatever it may be just right down the list.”

(On how many plays a week are on the call sheet) -- “It varies. I think there’s about close to 150-160 on it for this week.”

(On if a play could be on more than one section of the call sheet) -- “It could be, if you like a particular play.  Some plays are first and second down core plays that you like against certain coverages that you think you’re going to get.  Some maybe are just for third down if they are more of a man team or more of a double team or more of a pressure team.  Some can be in two different spots, some can be in three different spots.”

(On how the call sheet varies each week) -- “You know you have core plays in your system.  Each week, you think, ‘Okay, maybe pull these plays that are going to work against the defenses that they like to show.’  Some don’t really matter.  Some we are going to run and we are going to make them go because that’s what our bread and butter is.  There are different plays each week, there are different schemes each week that we like to run.  It’s not just dramatically different, we have been working on them throughout camp and things like that.  I think it’s a little tailored to the defenses that we played too.  Yes, there are some that are different and there are some that are the same.”

(On his impressions of McCoy after his first four games) -- “For one, he’s played four games, I don’t mean to sound like a party pooper.  He understands that too, I think he has a very level head and that’s important.  I talked about him a little bit last week about being able to watch tape on Monday and Tuesday and being able to go out there and recognize it and make the right check.  He’s very good at that, he really is.  For a young guy, he’s very, very good at it.  He sees the field well.  Again, we’ve played some teams that move around and there are certain keys that he picks up on during the week and he can apply them in a very quick manner out on the field under pressure in pressure situations.  He’s gotten better in the pocket, he does a good job of evading tacklers.  He did it again last week.  That’s something that I think is just a feel for him.  I think he has a good understanding of how we want to operate and the things that we expect him to do and he’s done that for four games.  We know he’s nowhere near where he wants to be.  He really is a perfectionist.  We were done, we had a Friday practice today and the last period, the defense was going and usually some of the starters sit around.  I just kind of sat back and I saw him walk over there and he grabbed Mohamed (Massaquoi) and (Ben) Watson and (Chansi) Stuckey and (Brian) Robiskie and he said, ‘Let’s go down to the end of the bubble.’  I’m watching him from afar and he’s throwing a certain route over and over and over again and that was at the end of practice today.  You love his ‘want to,’ he wants to be really, really good.  He’s done a good job so far, but again, it’s four games.  He’s going against a tough defense again this week on the road in a challenging environment.  We expect him to play well, we do.”

(On if McCoy is ahead of the developing curve for a young quarterback when he has his receivers make adjustments during their routes in games) -- “The thing that I keep reminding myself with him is he’s played four games.  Training camp is a little over a month, so he’s had the time to play four games that he would have had in like a training camp.  He didn’t get any of these reps, he didn’t throw comebacks to Mohamed over and over and over again.  He didn’t throw a hitch route to Brian and the timing.  He didn’t see the look where the corner came inside.  A lot of this is happening just on the run.  He just grabs them extra because he wants to get as many different looks as he can get so he feels comfortable with it.  He’s the one ultimately throwing the ball with guys coming at him.  As long as he has good timing with his guys and he gets into a rhythm with Mohamed and he knows where Mohamed is going to be versus this look, that’s developed over time.  That’s what he’s trying to do.”

(On if he could include Seneca Wallace in some Wildcat packages if he is healthy enough) -- “I think there are certain things that you can use him as.  Maybe not the exact same place s Josh (Cribbs).  Josh is a wide receiver, but he’s also a pretty big guy that has taken some pounding and can hit those little tiny holes.  There are definitely some plays within that package that Seneca could operate in.  There’s no question about that.”

(On if he is concerned about their offensive line depth) -- “You love to have as much continuity on the offensive line as you can.  With Billy (Yates) going down, I think he was doing a good job for us.  Those guys were back today, Eric (Steinbach) and Chop (Floyd Womack), so hopefully they will be ready to go this week.  If you didn’t have those type of guys out there, yes it would be.”

(On if he is hands-on with the offensive line and who plays where) -- “I’m hands on with it.  I think Hop (George Warhop) does a great job with those guys though, I really think the world of Warhop.  He gets those guys prepared.  He does it starting in training camp and he gives me these sheets of where they’re lined up, you had to have a 1,600 on your SATs to figure it out sometimes.  He has them in the right spots and he does a good job of making sure that they can play different positions.  If one guy goes down, you’ve got to push that guy over there and that’s why he rotates them around so much.”

(On Eric Mangini saying that he has notes from meetings going back to 2000) -- “Yes, I try to take notes.”

(On if he learned that habit from Bill Belichick) -- “To be honest with you, I learned it from my mother and my grandparents, just to be meticulous.  You have to and it was great to be able to learn from guys like Nick Saban and Bill Belichick and those type of guys that you worked for as a young coach.  It’s pretty valuable stuff, to learn some of the things that the best head coaches have taught their guys.  They’ve been pretty successful where they’ve been at.”

(On Belichick taking notes when talking to the media when he was in Cleveland) -- “I think it’s a good reference point to go back.  That’s just something that you pride yourself on, making sure that you're prepared and learning from guys.”

(On how McCoy gaining more trust from the coaching staff might change the way he calls a game) -- “I think that you have to earn trust.  Each week, he has been out there playing.  You earn that trust by watching him through the week at practice.  He’s had some good weeks at practice where the ball rarely touches the ground and goes to the right guys.  He’s good with the play clock, he’s done a nice job with all of that stuff.  At the end of the day when it comes down to it where you have to execute a play, from watching him at practice and dealing with him every day in the practice settings, you see the type of quarterback that he wants to be.  He really wants to be good, he’s very, very competitive.  When you watch him every day at practice and when you put the ball in his hands and put him in a pressure situation at practice, I know it’s not live, then he goes out and executes it on a Wednesday.  Then we come back and give him a completely different look and he goes out and executes the same play.  That helps you, it definitely does.”

(On McCoy putting throws in places where only the receiver can get it like to Evan Moore last Sunday) -- “That route we kind of implemented to Evan.  It’s something that he liked to run at Texas and as a matter of fact on the play, we had a play called and they gave us a look that they would have gotten us with pressure.  He just calmly, the clock is running down, eased it up, changed the protection, changed the route and threw it pinpoint on him with Revis Island on him, a tight end.  He’s got a lot of confidence to do that too and I’m happy that he can go out and operate in that type of setting.  He has the tools to do that, I trust that he does the right thing.  That wasn’t the exact play and he got it out exactly like we talked about the night before.  It happened very quick, so it’s good to see.”

(On if McCoy was facing a lot of pressure on that play) -- “Yes, it was a good play by the kid.  They did it earlier in the game where they brought an extra one and he just threw it up to Evan quick and it saved us, obviously, from a sack.”


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