TITANS vs BROWNS
Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020
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On if he has been giving QB Baker Mayfield tips recently on catching the football:
"No, we have just been teaching each other some things. That is all. He been teaching me how to throw, and I have been teaching him how to catch (laughter). He made a hell of a play. He made a hell of a play."
On if he ever expected to have a roughing the passer penalty enforced following a hit on him:
"No. No chance. Of course not. As a receiver? No chance, but it happened. We will take the extra yards to go along with it."
On if the Browns felt somewhat unstoppable when getting into a rhythm in the first half:
"We got to a point where we could do the things that we wanted to do with no restrictions. (Head Coach) Kevin (Stefanski) called an amazing game. Obviously, it is crazy to be up by 30 points going into the half. We had to come out and try to protect the ball, try to work clock and still be productive. We did the best that we can. It sucks that it got so close, but we are just happy that we won."
On if this was Mayfield's best game:
"He was hot. He was hot. He continued to stay hot. Everything has been coming off of opportunities. He had the opportunity to drop back and make the plays that we all knew he could make. He trusts in us on the outside and in the backfield to make those catches, as well. That is a testament to a lot of hard work and to the things that he has been doing in his approach to make those throws and be as accurate as he was today."
On the T eligible play that resulted in a TD to T Kendall Lamm:
"Love it. Listen, that is another one of those plays that we have been running since training camp. We finally got a chance to call it. He got a ball that he can take home and cherish for the rest of his life. Hopefully, it is not his last one."
On if is ever surprised by how aggressive Stefanski is during games:
"He is very aware. He is aware of his tendencies and the things he likes to call. He is very aware about the things that he wants to accomplish in the game going into the game before the game even starts. Obviously, you would think that about every coach, but that is something that I have realized and noticed in the details throughout the week and how the plan unfolds when you get to Friday and Saturday and see how the first 15 [plays] come out and the plays get listed. We run plays sometimes and I am not on the field, but I can't give you words for what happened, like the Kendall Lamm, thing. We have been practicing it, but we had no idea that it was going to get called today."
On if he has a sense for how excited Browns fans are to be 9-3:
"Yeah, they should be [excited]. They have every right to be [excited]. It is definitely a special, special time in Cleveland right now. We are excited to be part of that excitement. They have every right to be [excited]."
On if members of the team talked at all about last season's opener leading into this week's game:
"Yeah, of course, we have talked about it. We had the things in mind of obviously how that game played out and pretty much how our season went after it. That kind of set the tone for our season in a sense. It was one of those things that for us, not that this was a revenge game or anything like that, we just understood that they are a great football team and we were going to have to play one of our best games to be able to beat them. Unfortunately, we did not play our best game today. Like I have been saying and I said it last week, we still have a lot to learn, we still have a lot to grow from and we are excited about what we did today, but there are still things that we need to get fixed."
On if beating a team that went to the AFC Championship Game results in the Browns 'gaining more legitimacy' across the NFL:
"I think everybody's eyebrows in a sense have been raised about our team. Today was good for us. It was good for us as a team. Again like I said, there are so many things that we left out there. We left yards out there. I had a drop out there on third down that takes another three minutes off of the clock, if I get a first down right there it takes time off. There were a couple of plays in the game that obviously you can't get back, but you make those plays and this game doesn't even get this close. Those are the little things that I talk about that we kind of have to figure out and look and be critical of but also not try to spend too much time trying to pat ourselves on the back about beating a football team. They are a good football team over there. We just played better today."