Browns Wednesday: Mike Pettine transcript

Browns Wednesday: Mike Pettine transcript
Browns Wednesday: Mike Pettine transcript (WOIO)
Browns Wednesday: Mike Pettine transcript (WOIO)
On if the loss last year to Jacksonville has been brought up at all by the players that were here last year:

"I'm sure it does. I haven't talked to any of them about it, but I know it's there. That was here too I believe, right?"

On if he's doing anything different as far as the routine on the road after going through a couple of road games:

"Yeah, we're looking at it. We talked to some of the players, and we'll make some adjustments to the schedule on game day and see if that helps us."

On what the differences will be without giving away any big secrets:

"Just the schedule itself. Just the timing of certain things."

On not being settled on the right guard yet and if that will just be a practice thing and seeing how well each guy performs:


On what he'll do to prepare for the hot weather that they're facing:

"To me…I talked at length with (head athletic trainer) Joe Sheehan – it's very helpful because Joe actually used to work in Jacksonville, so he's very well aware of what it's like there at certain times of the year – and looked at the forecast and know it will be in the 80s. I'm sure the sun will be out. It's something you want to be aware of. It's not something (where) you can just say, 'Hey, on Saturday we want to make sure we drink a little more.' We have a hydration protocol that we started today with our guys that will be important to them to follow. We talked about it in the team meeting. We'll do some subtle things down there as well. We're aware of it. I don't want to make a huge deal of it. It's something that we had to put a little time and thought into. I think too…I talked to (head equipment manager) Brad (Melland). I think we'll be in all white. I think that will be beneficial as well."

On if they'll have a walk-through on the beach on Saturday:

"No, nothing like that."

On why it was such a surprise that Jacksonville drafted him, since he was one of the draft's top quarterbacks and they needed a quarterback:

"Just usually with the information coming out of there, you can get a pretty good feel. I think they just did a…I think a lot of the league was surprised when you just kind of looked at the mocks and what was going on and assessing who was going to take one. I thought they covered their tracks well."

On if his rushing numbers all come off the scramble or if they design anything:

"No, they have designed runs. They run some zone read with him as well."

On how seriously they would have considered him at number four if he had been there:

"I think we stated this before. There wasn't any quarterback in the discussion for us at four, but we certainly had a first round grade on him."

On their sack totals:

"They're putting pressure. They're getting there with four. Especially given our adjustments we'll have to make on the offensive line, they'll cause some problems for you."

On why he didn't foresee taking a quarterback at four:

"We weren't going to stray from the board form a value standpoint. We weren't going to take a player that was rated outside of…you always want to be taking a player that you have ranked above the position where you're taking him. You're hopeful that if you're picking at four, you're taking a guy who's ranked in your top three, or like I said, when we traded out, you're always looking for that value. You don't want to reach for a guy from a positional need. We talked about this post-draft. The ranking, it's weighted by the importance of the position anyway, so you didn't want to push it up even further just because there was a perceived need."

On if he would have picked Bills WR Sammy Watkins if they had stayed at four:

"Yeah, I think we said that already. I think if we would have stayed at four it would have been him."

On if talk about QB Brian Hoyer's contract can be a distraction:

"It can be if we allow it to be. To me, that's generated externally, and internally we're focused on the task at hand. It's something that you have to deal with issues and distractions along the way. Distractions come in all shapes and sizes, and when you talk about dealing with success and dealing with prosperity it's, 'OK, now you've got a guy that's playing well. Look at his contract situations.' This is just an example of that. Brian will be the first one to tell you he's focused on this game just like we all are. If things weren't going well, then we'd be dealing with a different set of distractions. It's just part of the external noise that will test our ability to stay focused."

On RB Terrance West responding well to being inactive against the Steelers and if he'll see how West does in practice and decide whether to make him active against Jacksonville:

"You just answered your own question."

On if Hoyer and Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan have a special chemistry:

"They have a good relationship. It's like football-speak. They talk the same language. You can be sitting close to them and be taken aback by the conversations that they're having about defense and fronts and plays and checks and just a lot of different things. It's good, and I think there's a lot of god interaction in the quarterback room among the quarterbacks with (Browns quarterbacks coach) Dowell (Loggains) and with Kyle. I know there's a lot of back-and-forth with the game plan."

On if he is taken aback because Shanahan and Hoyer's conversations are so technical:

"Yeah, to me, it's similar to the comment I made about the offensive line when I called them football nerds last week. That's how you want your quarterback to be. They're going to have very high-level conversations, and Brian's a guy that he's…You talk about that 'gym rat' mentality. He's a football junkie, and he wants to know if he saw something else around the league that worked and wants to get it put in he'll politic to try to get it in. It's good stuff, and it's what you want."

On if Mack's surgery has been scheduled:

"Yeah, the surgery, I believe, is scheduled for tomorrow. I think he's going to have it done in North Carolina."

On if the Browns' defense uses the same scheme against Bortles that it did against Roethlisberger because he's referred to as ‘Baby Ben':

"It's a different offense, but you have to be aware of him for sure. He is looking to get out if you make it available to him. He's a better athlete than probably what he appears to be, probably a little bit faster. That's with a lot of rookies that if they don't want to turn the ball over, a lot of them will run more often in their early years until they get comfortable with making reads against NFL defenses. It's certainly a weapon that they have that we have to be aware of. We knew it going into the Tennessee game and didn't do a good job of it, and that's going to be a point of emphasis for us this week."

On if it's still the Browns' intent to acquire another defensive end to replace Armonty Bryant:

"Yeah, but we're not going to take the position just to take that position. We'll see what's out there. This was a short term situation with Fua. We're hopeful that he can be productive for us when he does get out there and be a contributor as the year goes on. That's (Browns General Manager) Ray's (Farmer) department. They're looking at tape around the league every day, scanning the waiver wire. When a guy becomes available, if they think he can help us win, then we'll bring him in. As we've already shown, we're not afraid to kind of churn the bottom of the roster and the practice squad."