Browns Offensive Coordinator Brad Childress Press Conference 11-29-12
(On if the expected weather in Oakland affects how the game plan is put together) – "No, you really factor in trying to beat the defense that you think you're going to see. I don't think they've got a typhoon defense or something like that they're going to play in certain situations. While our special teams coach may have a typhoon return, I don't think we have a typhoon offense."
(On how much he works with Colt McCoy to prepare in case he has to go in a game on a weekly basis) – "Just in sides. I wouldn't tell you I work with him individually, that's what Whip (Mark Whipple) does. He's parts of to every meeting. Does he take any turns out on the practice field? Really, extremely limited, that's just the way we operate."
(On how McCoy is as the scout team quarterback) – "Pretty good."
(On if Trent Richardson is more of a 'mudder' than some running backs) – "I don't know, we may find out. I don't recollect seeing him in college in a monsoon situation, but we'll find out. I suspect he'd be pretty good."
(On if Richardson showed him anything against the Steelers run defense) – "That he can do that, he can take that beating and beat on them some and give it back. That's the way football is sometimes and just the fact that he had that many carries, that's hard work. We didn't have a lot of breakouts, but that's a pretty good defense."
(On the field conditions Sunday being very wet and the conditions of the turf) – "I think the NFL has rules about you have to tarp is and stuff like that. I wouldn't think it to be to their advantage to leave the thing uncovered. You guys could check that, but I'm pretty sure you have to have it covered up if there is inclement weather. You go back to those games where people pull it and things have gotten frozen and things like that. There are certain rules I think. I know it's a baseball field at least they tarp the infield. Probably have to tarp the whole field."
(On if he has seen the tight ends get better throughout the season) – "I think they can't help but have gotten better just by the number of reps. Now does it always show itself in terms of touchdown passes? Those guys have been valuable guys without the touchdown passes and they do good things. It's just a matter of they can show up in a quarterbacks read and not get lobbied against. Those are two good players. I think they're both coming into their own a little bit in terms of understanding what we're doing and the great flexibility they have playing tight end to do what they can do in there."
(On if Josh Gordon has shown him that he can run more routes at this point of the season) – "By virtue of the fact that he understands some of the base stuff. The base way we run routes. There are still routes that he runs better than other and I think that's just a matter of playing to a guys strength. There are some routes that we probably wouldn't put him on. I'm not going to share any of those with you, but guys have strong suits. Yeah, we've loaded up his playbook pretty good. He hasn't spit the bit at all anywhere along the line."
(On the Oakland Raiders defense) – "I always see, Mary Kay (Cabot), is I start with the defensive front and they have a chance to have your hands full just along the front. It all starts up front, to me. Whether (Richard) Seymour's in there or not, Tommy Kelly's a very good player in there. (Matt) Shaughnessy is playing good at the one end position. When I start with the defensive front and linebackers, those are some big old suckers that can play football."
(On Gordon and Greg Little as a wide receiver tandem) – "Well I'd like to predict that people get better along the course of the way. I think they're just scratching the surface right now to be honest with you. I think they can both be a lot better just by virtue of familiarity in what we're doing. Just the fact that Josh has just learned the drill, what it's like to take one whole lap around the track. Greg has had one lap around the track and so I see some things."
(On how much talent is there between Gordon and Little) – "I don't know how to quantify that."
(On if they have enough talent to be a better than average starting duo) – "Yeah, I'd say better than average. Yeah."
(On what makes Joe Thomas one of the better left tackles) – "He's got great feet, he's got a good reach, he can use his hands, he can separate and get people to stay away from. He's doesn't have soft hands, like a concert pianist, he has hard hands. Some guys have those and they pull away from you when you get hit. He's got a good reach and he's got good balance because you can get out of balance in a heck of a hurry. He's got the ability to be able to sit down on a rush when somebody wants to bull rush him. He's able to drop his weight and be able to sit down which all those big guys, those big aircraft carriers can't do. They can't all sit down and hold up when somebody just wants to drive them down the middle. Those are a few of the factors, plus he's very smart, takes great notes, prepares great, so he's got all those things going for him."
(On what his assessment is of the Browns defense) – "They're like a bunch of fire ants. You hear Pat (Shurmur) say it, he doesn't say take the ball away. They take the ball off people and people aren't readily wanting to have the ball taken off them. That's what I see. I see lots of guys in on the pile and it's like a feeding frenzy, which is the way you want all defense. You want all 11 guys to show up in the screen."
(On how tough it is on rookies when the weekly schedule changes and they have to leave a day earlier) – "I was talking to one of the coaches that has a couple young players. They're all so focused down on what's next, what's next, what's next, what's next. I would think it might be a little more difficult for maybe somebody that has family in California and a little bit of spare time. Although, we do a pretty good job of taking most of their time while we're traveling and bed checking and then meeting again in the morning. They'll have a little time in the afternoon, but just a little bit of a distraction if they allow it to be a distraction."
(On comparing the styles and strength of Mitchell Schwartz and Joe Thomas and what he has seen from Schwartz now as opposed to Thomas early in his career) – "I would say very, very, very similar. Aside from one plays in the left hand stance, one plays in the right hand stance, but very similar. I see those same attributes of being able to sit down against the rush. I think Joe was probably ahead of him in terms of the hand fighting and using his arms, using his length, but Mitchell is a very quick study and he rarely makes the same mistake twice. Whether it's during the course of a game or whether it's correcting him in practice. I think he's the chief note taker for that group. I believe he's the guy that everybody gets the cliff notes from when they go back. He's the scribe if I'm not mistaken. He's pretty good."
(On if Brandon Weeden can get something out of the Pittsburgh game even though he didn't have a great game) – "I think he can get something out of it. I think one of the things he came away and said they're, he didn't say overrated, he said, 'But we could stay on the field with those guys. We stack up with those guys.' I think there's some concern when you say we're playing the vaunted Pittsburgh Steelers, number one defense etc. that they're going to do something out of the ordinary that you've seen on film. I think he came away feeling that way. We have every right to be on the field with them and beat them. One of our coaches told him, 'You know what? As long as you feel that way you're going to have a great chance to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers every week."
(On if that's something that Weeden expressed to him) – "It's something that he expressed to one of our coaches."
(On what the problem is with only getting 17 points with seven takeaways) – "I think the takeaway from that is, obviously, on first and second down some instances were poor. We had a couple holding penalties that stuck us back at basically third and hard to make. I think what we've done in weeks past is move those things down to where you're sitting third and two to six, and you're not looking at a bunch of third and 12,13,14,16. I can't tell you on that big card we have, there are a lot of calls for that. There are a few, but odds are the defense is going to be successful."
(On what was with all the holding calls) – "I don't know you'd have to ask Carl Paganelli. It's the umpire by the way."
(On if defenses have adjusted to the routes Weeden is comfortable with) – "I think defenses get a book on the things that you continue to go back to. We try to go back to some things, but kind of put a different skirt on it every week so you don't know what you're looking at until it finally happens to you. I don't see anybody taking things away because this is what he does and this is what we do, more importantly. I don't see people necessarily legislating against the things that we think we do well."
(On if they know the players can get away with holding from different officials) – "We know if we feel like the crew are over officious jerks, to quote Marv Levy. We have opinions about certainly all those crews, and some fall more into that category than others. Yeah, we have pretty strong opinions."
(On if last Sunday's crew fell into that category) – "I'd leave that up to you guys."