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Browns quotes vs. Ravens

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 28, 2012

(Courtesy Baltimore Ravens)

Coach Pat Shurmur

(opening statement) “[WR Josh] Cribbs left the game with a concussion. DB Tashaun Gipson and DB Usama Young had some knee injuries, so we’ll see where that goes. It’ll be too early to tell how bad those are tonight. Those are the three injuries I have to report. Tough game, of course, a game like this comes down to a play or two, and I think we can look throughout the second half and we can all point to a play or two that made a difference in a seven-point game. I thought our guys battled hard. I think that can be said
about every game this year, and we’ve got to find a way to get a victory. We had an opportunity tonight, to play a pretty darn good football team, and do that, and we fell a couple plays short. So, that’s the reality of it, and we can point to what plays they are. But, we’ve got to find a way to coach a few plays better and each guy has to find a way to make one or two more plays, and then we’ll get over the top. We’re close in
a lot of ways, but as I mentioned in the last game, until we quantify it with a win, we’ve got a lot of work to do. So, that’s where we’re at.”

(on WR Josh Cribbs’ injury) “He got hit hard. Obviously, you’re concerned anytime that happens. My understanding is that he got banged around but we’ll see where he’s at.”

(on WR Josh Cribbs being a part of the offense) “We had plays in there for him. We lost Mo [WR Mohamed Massaquoi] and so by losing Mo, then we moved Jordan [Norwood] and so we were trying to use all those guys. And as you saw, all of them were in and out of there for some reason. We were down skill players, and we only dressed two tight ends. That made sense for us to use Josh [Cribbs] more.”

(on the unsportsmanlike conduct call) “It was on me. I can’t do that. Fortunately, we had an opportunity in that drive to shoot a ball into the end zone. I’d have felt worse about it. I can’t do that. It’s an emotional game and I have to make sure that I keep my emotions in check. I think that’s fair to say.”

(on the interception for a touchdown) “He [Cary Williams] made a good play. He made a good play. Saw it pretty close, right in front of me.”

(on the last play of the game) “We put four guys in the end zone, and you get one up there.”

(on how QB Brandon Weeden played) “He battled. As I watched the game, watching it from where you all saw it, I thought he made some good throws in there. He took some good shots and made some throws. I think he made progress as a player tonight. When you really make progress is when you lead your team to victory.”

(on having the regular refs back) “I thought they handled it great. I had all the confidence in the world that this was going to be officiated the right way.”

(on RB Trent Richardson) “He battled. He got his rushing yardage. He got another 60 yards catching and running. The key for him is to keep him involved, which I think we did. He’s a battler. He’s got a bright future in this league.”

(on LB Craig Robertson) “It was good, the interception. We finished with an interception on that drive, and that’s good. It’s not about yards, and I know they put up a lot of yards on us. It’s about points, and when you can intercept the ball in the end zone like that, you’re accomplishing something that you need to get done. And it really was following up Josh’s [Cribbs] fumble. It was kind of like now we’re back to square one, playing. So it was a big deal.”

(on Robertson being a young guy but good player) “He’s very athletic. He’s got good instincts. And, he’s displayed pretty good hands. So, I thought he did a good job.”

(on being one play away) “We were ready to tie it up in the last play of the game and I think that’s a tribute to our guys. They understand what it takes to play the game, 60 minutes as hard as they can. I have no problems with our guys doing that, and that’s a credit to some of the guys in the locker room who keep it going. Now, we have to play better. That’s the answer. We’ve just got to play better.”

(on Weeden making steps forward) “I saw him execute some plays today better than he had in previous weeks. He had some situational throws he made. I thought the throw to Greg Little was outstanding. They pressured us the same way on a very similar play and he tried to check it down, where on this one,he held it off and it gave us an opportunity. Sometimes, those full blitzes are feast or famine. We had an opportunity there to make it good for us, where earlier in the game, they hit us on a full blitz and we had to kick a field goal. That’s what happens. That’s what a good offense does, when they come with
full pressure, we make them pay. And when we make that throw, and that catch, then we’re becoming a better offense. I think that’s important.”

(on QB Brandon Weeden’s poise) “He handled it fine. I didn’t see anything that made me think he wasn’t ready for this or he wasn’t competing. Even things that didn’t go well out there, he was able to come back and verbalize it to us, and it was very similar to what we saw in the pictures. I thought he did fine there.”

(on bouncing back in the touchdown drive) “He’s got to keep firing. A good player will find his groove. I think he was seven-for-seven in that drive. I might be wrong on that. Somebody whispered that to me. But, that’s good, that’s good. He led a scoring drive, which you need to do. We just needed to do one more, plus one.”

(on K Phil Dawson) “He’s a big part of this football team. He’s very, very dependable. And as a coach, that’s what you want in a player. Guys that are passionate, productive and durable. And he’s all those.”

QB Brandon Weeden

(on the last play of the game) “There was a little pressure coming at me, and we tried to get Jordan [Norwood] by himself in the corner. I got hit as I threw the ball, and it had a little too much juice on it. I am proud as hell of this football team. We fought down to the last second. I put us in a bad spot when I threw that interception. I just gave them seven points, but we battled back.”

(on the 84-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter) “That drive was huge for our confidence. I said to our guys ‘let’s get some momentum, and give our defense a rest.’ The offensive line played great and Trent [Richardson] had a terrific run for the touchdown. It gave us a lot of momentum at half time. We had to keep ourselves from going backward to sustain drives. When you have to face second-and-20 or third-
and-15, it’s tough to do anything against a great defense.

“That is a great football team we played. We are very disappointed that we lost but we kept coming back.”

(on positives from the game) “I learned a lot from this game. For instance, early in the game, they came at me with a blitz, and I took a sack. Later in the game, they brought the same blitz, and I recognized it right away and adjusted.”

(on the interception) “Travis [Benjamin] ran a five-yard out, and I threw it to his back hip. Williams [Cary] is an aggressive cornerback and he is a very good cornerback. He made a good play. Of course, I’d like to have it back. That play was seven points, and we lost by seven points.”

(on being 0-4) “Honestly, I know there are going to be a lot of negatives outside of this locker room. But, it’s my job to keep this team united. We are all in this as one, and our goal is to just keep fighting. We have a very young team, and I’m excited about the future. Being 0-4 leaves a bad taste in your mouth, but we’ll get better.”

K Phil Dawson

(on why he kicked so well at M&T Bank Stadium) “I look at it as if all of those were in my range. They were all long kicks but I don’t think about the distance. I just try to hit the target and follow through. It’s like in golf, if you think about the distance, it makes it harder. What I try to do, is stick to my routine, and trust my leg.”

(on the weather conditions) “Playing on this field-turf absolutely saved us. If we were playing at home, it would have been very hard. But this field-turf gives you a consistent field, and that’s all you need as a place kicker.”

(on how he keeps getting better with age) “All I want is an opportunity. I’ve spent countless hours working out and getting stronger. It has helped me stay in this league and perform at a high level.”

(on tonight’s game compared to other games here against the Ravens) “I’ve come in here in the past many times, and we were totally outmatched. That was not the case tonight. But, even though it was closer, it’s still a loss. This is a win-loss business. Either you win, or you don’t. But we can definitely build from this.”

RB Trent Richardson

(on the offense) “I thought we fought real hard. We tried to take advantage of every opportunity we had out there, but we did leave some yards out on the field. We did leave a lot of points out there. When we’re out there, we can’t go three-and-out. We have to help the defense out. We’ve got to keep the defense off the field. We’ve got to make sure that we get into the end zone.”

(on his receiving yardage) “I feel like when the ball gets into my hands, or the ball comes my way, I’m going to try to make something happen with the ball. A lot of people count me out of the receiving game. They think I’m just a straight runner, but when I get the ball in my hand, I’ve got to make somebody miss. I like to make the first contact and make someone miss.”

(on playing the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium) “It was loud out there, but there were moments where we quieted the atmosphere, but going against [LB] Ray Lewis – he’s a legend. He’s an icon. It was a dream for me. It was something I’ve always dreamed of – playing Ray Lewis, especially on his home field, and playing the way I played, it could have been better. We would have loved to have gotten the win. We didn’t win, but just playing against Ray Lewis … I think the atmosphere was great.”

(on being so close to winning games) “I think we’re going in the right direction. Obviously, you want to win every game, but you can’t win every game. We’re building something here, and what we’ve got going on is going in the right direction.”

(on the final drive) “We just came up short. The offense tried everything they could to score, but you don’t score every time you’re out there. When you’re out there and trying to put together a drive, you have to execute the plays.”

CB Sheldon Brown

(on the defense) “We fought. We faced a good offensive football team. I think, for the most part, we stopped the ball vertically from going down the field. When we needed to make some stops, we came up with them. Unfortunately, we came up a little short.”

(on the Ravens’ offense) “We’ve seen their tempo. We’ve seen the execution over the last three weeks. They have a good unit that has played together for a while now. I think we did a good enough job to win the game. We just came up short.”

(on containing RB Ray Rice) “Ray [Rice] has hurt us in the running game in the past. The guys up front did a tremendous job of owning the line of scrimmage, [and] dominating up front. The game is won up front. I’d play with these guys any day of the week. Today, again, we came up short.”

(on LB Craig Robertson and the other rookies) “I think all our rookies here are doing a tremendous job. I think [LB] Craig [Robertson] has flown under the radar, but he’ll be known very soon on the field playing one hundred miles an hour. They give great effort. They’re young in the game. These situations will build character for them.”

DT Ahtyba Rubin

(on the defense) “We did good, but we just have to make more plays. One or two more plays, here or there, [and] we would have gotten over the hump tonight.”

(on the Browns’ pass rush) “We got to the quarterback but [with] one or two more plays, it would have been different.”

(on being close to winning) “It’s real close. We’ll stick together and make sure that we get a win in New York [Giants] next week.”

(on containing RB Ray Rice) “Ray Rice is a great player. We just found a way to contain him today.”

(on QB Joe Flacco) “[Joe] Flacco is comfortable in the pocket, slinging the ball down the field, and making some big plays. Next time we just have to make sure that we get to him and put him on the ground.”

T Joe Thomas

(on the offense) “I think we did some good things against a very strong defense. We did a pretty nice job running the ball a little bit. Protecting – we made some really nice throws, but you can see that in a close game like this, it’s just one or two plays, that’s the difference.”

(on the Browns rebuilding) “It was a really close game tonight. All I can say is, I thought we did a really great job. We fought really hard, but we came up a little short.”

(on QB Brandon Weeden) “He’s improved every week. He’s going to be a really strong quarterback for us.”

(on the Ravens’ pass defense) “They’re always good. They have solid guys all across the board, and they’re very deep.”

WR Greg Little

(on how hard the WR Josh Cribbs hit was) “Yep, it was hard. Once I saw he was coherent, it was good to see that. He’s a tough guy and he’s going to bounce back. He’ll be on the field next week.”

(on whether or not the team grew this week) “Yeah, I think we’re going to grow every week but I think we need to take the necessary steps to close games out and just go into the tank and pull it out.”

(on the last possession of the game) “He has a read that he goes through. He just tried to go through that progression and he just threw it to me but he got knocked pretty good and the ball sailed out of bounds.”

(on his dropped pass) “I saw that they were in cover-zero and they ran it maybe two possessions before that. We came to the sideline and talked about it. We knew they were going to come with that look again.My job is just to beat the guy and get through the middle of the field. He moved around in the pocket, kept it alive and threw it up so that I could make a play on it. I just have to come down with it. It’s a tough catch
and I don’t even know how to categorize it. It’s a tough one but if you want to be a great player then you want to make plays that people will remember, and put your team in a position to come back and win the game.”

(on whether or not they still have work to do as a team to win) “Of course, we’re at the point where effort is not enough. We’re battling and guys are spilling their guts, but it’s not enough. We just have to find a way to win.”

LB D’Qwell Jackson

(on the defensive game plan and how it was executed) “From what they showed us on film, we knew they would give Ray [Rice] the ball. We knew they were going to try to run the ball, and we contained him for the most part. I’m not sure what he ended up rushing for, but they’ve been doing some different things.They can obviously run the ball, but tonight they showed that they wanted to spread us out a little bit … keep us on our heels and throw the ball over top.”

(on whether or not the Ravens’ offense showed anything different from what they prepared for) “They showed that in the first couple of games, and if you go back to last season when they played us, they led with the running. They ran a little bit of it, but they didn’t master in spreading us out and working the sticks to try to combat our defensive pass rush. I thought our defensive linemen did a great job of applying pressure to [Joe] Flacco. He obviously countered it with quick throws. He was just throwing them up, and
they came down with them. I thought the defense played fine. We gave up 16, and the offense threw a pick-six. We made them go the long way, and we gave ourselves a chance to win the ball game.”

(on if their focus was to give the offense a chance to win) “When we’re out there, the more opportunitiesthey get on goal, the better it is for us as a whole. They had some good series, and they did some things to keep us on our toes. They ran the no-huddle a lot, but once we settled down and figured it out, we were able to make it a tight ball game towards the end.”

(on how challenging it is to stay positive at 0-4) “It’s our job to show up today, and we have a job to do every Sunday. We have a lot of veterans on this team, and we punch-in and punch-out. I’ve been here for seven years and have only had one winning season. I don’t think that it will be a problem with pushing forward. Yes, we want results, but we know we have a long season ahead. We have 12 more opportunities to go out there and win some games.”

(on how much the Browns depend on his veteran leadership) “Not only me because we have veteran guys on both sides of the ball. They brought in a good core of guys so that’s not the issue. We’re very young, and guys are naïve. They just want to play. It’s a good thing, and I think those guys are excited to play. We gave the offense a chance to win at the end of the game. Seven points is a matter of a couple of plays that could have swung our way.”



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