Browns Defensive Coordinator Dick Jauron Press Conference 11-29-12
(On the defense getting eight turnovers against Pittsburgh)- "It's rare. Obviously, they were playing without some people. The Steelers were, but our guys did a great job. I thought they played hard and they tackled well, knocked the ball out and stripped the ball a number of times. It was a rare occasion to get eight."
(On if the defense is becoming dominant now that they have almost everyone back healthy)- "Up front we've got them. Obviously, we're not going to get them back at linebacker and we've still been short in the secondary. Up front we're pretty good. We thought we would be going in when we drafted Billy (Winn) and John (Hughes), and then we got J.P. (Juqua Parker) and Frostee (Rucker), we knew we would have more depth. Losing Phil (Taylor) and losing Rube (Ahtyba Rubin) for a good amount of time set us back, but it certainly helped the development of John and Billy. They got a lot of snaps in there. As we move forward, it's a good group up front. I think they'll just get better over time."
(On how every team practices taking the ball away and how they ended up with so many)- "Probably like everything in life, there's a good amount of hard work, planning, effort and a good amount of luck in whatever you do. It happens on gameday too - you certainly work at it - but eight happens very, very rarely. It's hard. The other guys are always good. They're always taught to protect it. The ball is the issue in our game. We try to strip it all the time. It bounced our way last Sunday."
(On how he teaches stripping the ball vs. making sure you get the tackle)- "For us, we always teach the first man in tackles. He's a tackler. Now, it's a little different on the quarterback in the pocket because if you're coming from the blind side, you always go for the ball. You're going to go for the ball hand. Out in the field or a running back with the ball, the first man is a tackler. Once the tackle is secure, then the next guys in will try to strip the ball. They'll try to get that ball and pull it out. You can get it. With that being said, players don't always do exactly how they're taught to do it technique wise or even assignment wise at times. Sometimes they make plays. You try not to coach them out of plays, but you've got to have certainly enough discipline to win. You walk a lot of fine lines, but players make plays."
(On how Billy Winn's role has changed since Ahtyba Rubin and Phil Taylor have returned)- "We've gotten to rest him. He was taking lots of snaps early in the year. We've gotten to rest him more and he's playing both tackle and defensive end for us and doing some other things too in other packages. Really, so far, knock on wood, Billy has had a terrific year."
(On what he likes about Winn in the nickel role)- "He's very quick and explosive. He's bright enough and smart enough. Over time, he'll get the experience to get a feel for that role. He's a big man. He's explosive so he can penetrate a gap and he can get the edge on a blocker, which is really the issue. He's a talented young man. He works really hard at it."
(On if Taylor is getting limited snaps because they are bringing him back from injury)- "He's still coming back. We're trying to rotate all those guys in there and keep them as fresh as we can. I think it will pay dividends over time."
(On if they are making an effort to give Taylor less snaps because of his injury)- "Pretty much right now he's been back, I think it's his fourth or fifth week back. We feel good about his conditioning. He kept himself in good shape even with the injury. He clearly was not in football shape, there's no way he could have been."
(On if the wind and rainy forecast for Sunday affects how they game plan)- "No, not necessarily. We'll have to just see what the weather does on gameday and see how the field is. That may affect how people call the game."
(On if on the defensive side of the ball just has to react to what they see)- "Yeah, all the time on our side because the offense can do essentially whatever they want or choose to do. They'll show you things from previous weeks, but they change up enough too."
(On Max Starks making allegations that Browns defensive linemen were doing illegal things and his response to that)- "I don't really know what he means. We don't teach anything illegal. We don't teach anything dirty, that's for sure. I guess you'd have to know exactly what he was referring to to respond to it. I don't know."
(On how he feels about the younger players on the defensive line)- "The entire group, not just the defensive line, we've talked about Billy and John a lot, I enjoy talking about them. They've both done an outstanding job. Certainly, Craig (Robertson), L.J. (Fort) and JMJ (James-Michael Johnson) at the linebacker have really gotten a lot of experience for us this year. Craig in the sub package and now JMJ's starting and doing a nice job. They're good players, at the very least role players and certainly starters in some cases. That's really helped us. Now, Buster (Skrine) has certainly got a lot of playing time and a lot of experience. That's got to help. Trevin (Wade) has been active almost all year. I'm just talking about the younger guys. Tashaun (Gipson) is back playing now too. All of those things I think should bode well for the organization."
(On if he feels like he's teaching College 101 with so many young players)- "The offseason program this year helped us some and as time goes on obviously, if you can keep the core group together, it's better. It gets better and better over time."
(On what he's seen in the growth of T.J. Ward)- "I have a lot of admiration for his toughness. He's a comparative and tough guy. He understands our scheme better. I think he understands it better every week. That toughness and his desire to play the game and play it hard, I think shows up. He made a couple of really nice plays last Sunday knocking the ball out, big plays for us."
(On what Darren McFadden brings to their offense)- "They're a very talented football team. He's a huge talent, extremely fast. He's faster than players generally have a feel for. You've got to have an edge on every defense, but he can outrun your force, and still turn the corner and gain yards. You definitely don't want to see him in the open field. They'll use him out of the backfield to catch the ball. They'll flank him out as a receiver. He's a very dynamic player. I don't know if he was the first pick in the draft but he was top five and you can see why whenever you see him on tape."
(On if his defense is becoming an intimidating defense)- "You'd hope so, you'd certainly hope so. I think they're working at it. The guys are working. We've got a long ways to go and we're running out of games. Hopefully, we can find a way to beat a really good team on Sunday. Their record is not good, as ours isn't, but they're a very talented football team. That's what we see on video anyway."
(On if Frostee Rucker has met their expectations when they signed him)- "We needed to improve the right defensive end position of our football team. We were looking for a big run player in our division that could hold up over there at that position. I think we've gotten that. I think he's done a nice job in that regard. He doesn't play a lot in our sub package. That's not what we were looking for. He's holding up there as a right defensive end in our base package."