Browns quarterback Colt McCoy after Sunday's 19-17 loss in Cincinnati.
Can you explain what was going on at the end of the first half?
“We tried to get them to jump offside in that situation before we called timeout. That didn’t work. That’s something we work on a lot. We couldn’t draw them off and decided to go for it, and then we jump offside. That’s just an example of us shooting ourselves in the foot. We did that a lot today. You can’t win games when you do that.”
I think there’s a sack on that. You gave a quick out to Peyton Hillis and thought it wasn’t open?
“No. It was a progression read, so it’s across the board. I was protecting myself on the right side because you start left to go all the way around. Well, they dropped a guy out in the first two reads. I was coming back to the third read and got hit.”
How did the game look to you today after being out for a few weeks?
“I felt pretty good. Obviously, if you don’t get a win, there are a lot of things that you think about that you could have done better —things you could have seen. I thought being back I was seeing it just as good as I was when I got hurt.”
How do you explain moving down and getting that first touchdown, and then your offense struggling until the last possession?
“Yeah, we just have to do a better job just staying on the field. We can talk about our defense and talk how they gave up a lot of yards rushing, but really a huge part of it is on us (the offense). You look at the time of possession and they were on the field almost twice as much as we were. That goes back to us. We’ve got to convert third downs. We’ve got to stay on the field longer. We’ve got to sustain drives. Those are things that, (after) you get a good drive rolling, you’ve got to come back on that second drive and capitalize on the same opportunities that you did on the first drive. You can’t get in a slump like we did and try to come back in the end. We’re pretty good at making drives at the end of the game. We spread them out and throw it and go score. We just can’t put ourselves in that situation over and over and over.”
How much different are the defenses playing Peyton Hillis now than they were earlier in the year? Are they putting more emphasis on him?
“It’s total offense. It’s not just (focusing on) Peyton. We’ve got to be able to throw the football. We threw the ball pretty well today; we just could not get a ground game going. We need to go back and look at things and see what they’re doing and stay on our blocks a little bit longer if we’re not seeing the hole. We’ve got to play complimentary football, just like coach Mangini talks about. At times we do that, and when we do, we’re pretty effective. When we don’t, that’s when we get in those slumps. We get four yards and have to come back on three downs, and get five yards and have to come back on three downs. I thought today the offensive line did a pretty nice job of protecting — we never had anybody just scat free. We worked on that a lot. When you look at Cincinnati’s tape from games before, they always get somebody free — a free shot on the quarterback. I thought today we were able to protect pretty well. We got some guys open. We just have to stay on the field.”
What do you think is the difference, as a team, with the way you play against New Orleans and New England, and then lose to 2-10 and 2-11 teams?
“That’s football. I’m new to it, too. I’ve never been in this position. But it’s not about me. It’s about what can we do to win. You’ve got to win games like this. It’s our division — you’ve got to get hyped up. I thought early on we lacked a little bit of energy — we lacked a little bit of intensity. And that’s stems from me, that stems from the older guys on this team, and it stems from all of us coming together and really playing with a lot of energy and a lot of focus. It’s hard to do late in the season. But if you want to be a successful football team and want to play great late in the stretch, that’s what you’ve got to do.”
How would you describe the mood of this team now?
“I told the guys after the game to just keep fighting. I was so proud of the way we kept fighting. We fought back and we got ourselves back in the game. If we get the onside kick, you never know what happens. It shows the character of our football team. We had some opportunities to make plays and we didn’t, but we never quit. We kept fighting to the very end. I think that shows the kind of class these guys have in this locker room. We’ve got two more games to go out there and play our hearts out, compete and get better.”
It was a tough day for kicking. What about throwing?
“You’ve just got to adjust to that. The balls were heavy and slick, but the other team has got to do the same thing. You’ve got to make it work.”