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Transcript from press conference with Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 17, 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 12-17-10

(On how the offense will be different this week with Colt McCoy at quarterback) -- “It seems like we have this talk every few weeks (joking).  He has specific plays that he really likes to run, but in terms of the overall package, the check with mes, the run/run checks, the pass/run checks, the run/pass checks, those won’t change.  When we had Jake (Delhomme) in there, he has run the no huddle.  Colt has been in and out of it, so he can do both.”

(On him getting criticism about his play calling after last week’s game) -- “That’s why we are in this game, the fans make this game.  I’d put myself under considerable fire if we put up six points.  You go out there, you grind it out and you get ready for the next game.  We better (darn) sure try to put up more than six points.”

(On what he would do differently in last week’s game) -- “We definitely had some chances.  We definitely had some chances in the red zone to score some points.  Just the two times we were down there, we could have made a huge difference and we didn’t get it done.  Then our third down production was just terrible, it wasn’t good.  We were in third and manageable situations, so third down improvement definitely.”

(On why they struggled on third last week when Peyton Hillis has had success previously) -- “You’re in that third and three, third and four and third and five yard range.  You get tight man to man coverage and need to work our crossers.  We got hit a couple of times, all of us just didn’t do a good enough job on third down.  I think that was one of the main things for this past game was two down in the red zone and third down.  We were running the ball and getting positive yards on first down, and then we got to third down and weren’t getting it done.”

(On if he wanted to go for it on fourth down on their opening possession last game) -- “Oh that’s up to Eric (Mangini).  Whatever Eric wants to do.”

(On if that is Coach Mangini’s decision and if he discusses it with him) -- Yes, we will talk about it, but at the end of the day, it’s his decision.  What he chooses is what we go with.”

(On if they thought they were going to be able to run all game on Buffalo last week based on the success they had on their first possession) -- “I think that the running game average was pretty good throughout the day.  I think the main portion of the game, at least offensively, was third downs.  It really was.  Throwing it, catching it and protecting and getting open, we need to do a better job on third down.  We are going to have to this week.”

(On if their yards per carry average last game was really telling of how well they actually ran the ball throughout the game) -- “Efficiency-wise in the running game throughout the whole day, it was pretty high efficient runs.  Four yards or more or third and one runs, it was a fairly high number after the game when you look at it.  Again, I would say our third down was our Achilles’ heel.”

(On if he could have tried more packages with Seneca Wallace and Joshua Cribbs) -- “Yes, in hindsight.  If you’re whatever we were on third down, you’d like to try a bunch of different things.”

(On why Wallace handed it off to Hillis both times he was in) -- “It was a play we’ve seen hit against them a few times, just the blocking scheme in general was a little wrap-type play. We just added a little boot with it for Seneca to try to hold the end a little bit more than say Jake (could).  Just to widen them out a little bit and give us a little crease.  Those two plays that they were in there, I think were 25 and eight (yards).  The second time, they played it pretty well, they played the play well.  (Chris) Kelsay did a nice job, he saw it the first time when he creased him early on.  The second time, we came back and he played it well.  He squeezed it real hard and it was just the guys making a play because they played it pretty well.  Peyton bore it up in there. Alex (Mack) did a good job, but he kind of ran through Kyle Williams for some extra yards.”

(On the decision to start Colt McCoy the last three games of the season) -- “Eric, we talked a little bit and he said, ‘I’m going to go with Colt,’ and I’m all aboard.  I think the times that he’s been in there, he’s done a good job.  He’s got that youthful exuberance about him.  I’m excited.”

(On what should people expect to see differently out of McCoy from the first few games he started) -- “I don’t know if you’ll see a big huge difference, he’s a pretty consistent guy in terms of everything he does.  He’s good with his feet, he’s good with the time clock in his head, his rhythm.  I’m sure he’ll have some anxious butterflies in his stomach coming back out and playing.  He’s only played five games in his entire career.  I know he’s excited about the opportunity again.”

(On what it’s like to keep having different quarterbacks starting) -- “It is what it is.  They’re out there, you’ve got to get used to just even in practice from one week to the next if someone’s in there differently, it’s just the cadence factor, just start with that.  His voice inflection, how he says the hard count then just getting the snap.  I know it’s the basic play of football but it’s a little bit different.  Then on top of that maybe a certain play here they do not feel comfortable with or this guy does something different, so it’s different.  On top of that the receivers, they’re throwing with a guy for a couple weeks over and over again and now it’s the next time and you’ve just got to try to get the best rhythm that you can.”

(On if that stunts what he can do as an offensive coordinator) -- “No, I’m not going to make excuses. You just have to play the hand you’re dealt.”

(On if he has maximized the potential with this group of players) -- “No, I’m not going to say that. Got to do a better job, try to win more games.”

(On if there are games that he reflects on what he could have done better after losses) -- “I think you do that regardless if you win or lose after every game.  You try to do as much as you can do and you take a look, you review the tape, you go through it with the players. Everybody’s accountable and that’s the way you deal with it.  I’m in charge of it so I’ll accept it.”

(On if he worries he will take the fall for things that have happened this season) -- “I take care of what I have to take care of for the next week and that’s the approach that I’ve taken and that’s the approach that I’ll take.  Bust my (tail) this week, go down to Cincinnati with Colt and the rest of the guys and try to get a win, put up more than six points.”

(On if they are helping Peyton Hillis try to hang on to the ball better) -- “You constantly are stressing ball security and Gary Brown, his coach, does a good job and he’s played in the league a while.  Those guys work after, different types of drills for ball security whether it’s the ropes, whether they’re falling on the way down.  He’s such a hardnosed runner that he’s trying to fight for every extra yard and a lot of the balls have come out when he’s been going down toward the ground and they’ve been popping them out.  With all our skill players you put more emphasis on it but he’s had a few of them.”

(On his ability to be an offensive coordinator) -- “The only thing that I’m focused on is this week.  I’m going to grind out, all of us are going to grind out the entire staff, the players and we’ll give everything we have. We’re going to try to put some puts up on the board against Cincinnati this week.”

(On if Hillis has to adjust to teams adjusting for him and Jairus Byrd saying he planned for the hurdle) -- “He can say that, if he would have lowered his shoulder and ran over him he could have said that too.  He made a nice play on it.  Everybody’s got access to all the film in the league each week whether it’s him or somebody else and you try to take advantage of looking at it and seeing some type of tendency.  The guy, they made a nice play on him when he hit it up in the air.  There’s plenty of tape on him too putting his shoulder through a couple of people and trying to run them over.  I think it goes either way.  Each week the main thing that you’ve got to do as a ball carrier is secure the ball.  He’s working on it, I’ve got faith in him.”

(On if Eric Steinbach is having a Pro Bowl season) -- “He’s been pretty consistent for us.  I don’t study it that way. He’s been a pretty consistent guy for us throughout the year good communicator, has made some nice plays, any of those types of things.”

(On if Steinbach is doing anything better than he was doing last year) -- “I think he plays with his hands better.  I think Hop (George Warhop) has done a good job with him.  Plays with a little bit lower base, he’s been firmer in the pocket for us.  I think he’s improved from the year that we got here, yes.”

(On how key Steinbach is in the successful of their ‘bread and butter run play’ to Hillis) -- “He pulls and we ran it twice against the Bills in short yardage and one was with (Mike) Bell actually. We got both of them.  He’s really good at that play for us.”

(On if Steinbach is underrated at pulling) -- “I can’t tell you if he is underrated or overrated I know he’s a good puller both on his side or if he is coming across the ball.  He’s got good athletic movement skills for a guard.”


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