Transcripts: Browns Postgame Quotes Week 5

Head Coach Mike Pettine

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(on the injury front) "Joe Haden suffered a concussion. He got flipped when he was up in the air. Scott Solomon suffered a knee injury. We aren't sure of the severity of it, but it could be some time. Also, Josh McCown was a little gimpy on the ankle at the end. I'm sure it's feeling good now, but once the adrenaline goes away, we'll evaluate it and see where we are with it."

(opening statement) "I talked to the guys, sometimes you get wins that define things for you, that become a turning point, and we're hoping that was this for us. We did a lot of bad things, but we found a way. That's what this league is all about. To me, the resolve of the men on the sideline, each side looking at each other. We know we didn't play well, but we made just enough plays. We had a great stop in overtime. And I can't speak enough about the guys on offense, how they just kept going out. They were down 14-3, and they were just unfazed by it. That was truly a team win, hopefully, a team-building win. That one was sorely needed and will be much enjoyed."

(on throwing the ball as much as they did) "The plan going in, and I made a comment during the week, is that we may have to throw 50 times in this game, because as stout as they are up front, we knew it would be tough sledding running the football. I knew it would be one of those games, so I thought we would put it in [Josh McCown's] hands and let him throw the ball. We were confident in our pass concepts and the match ups that we could go to. We were in position to make plays, but you have to execute. We protected Josh [McCown] fairly well. He made some huge throws, and we made plays on the receiving end."

(on the Gary Barnidge touchdown catch) "I told him on the sideline that 'if that's not the number one play of the week, then there's something wrong.' I thought he couldn't top the catch from last week. I guess it's just another day at the office for 'big play Barnidge' as we like to call him."

(on the mentality it takes to get a big road win) "We certainly hope it's a huge wave of momentum for us. To me, we talk about mental toughness and character, and those are great words, easy to say, but tough to do. Defensively, we were going up and down the field, and there was no grumbling on the sideline. Guys weren't turning on each other. For the offense, it was just 'hey, more tv time for us, more opportunities.' From the mental toughness standpoint, I always talk about what it takes to win an NFL game."

(on the penalty along the sideline) "It was tough for me to see from where I was. I thought he was just trying to jar the ball loose. Until I get a better chance to see it on the coach's copy, I know it was a bang-bang play. And any time there's a play on the sideline and it's a questionable call, they just have to make a call, and so be it."

(on coming back from that call) "I thought our guys did a great job with that. We were on the short end, or have been on the short end, of a lot of those. And today, we found a way to make more plays than they did at the end."

(on why he didn't call a time out when Baltimore had the ball late) "We talked about it, but the thing is there, if you get a defensive penalty, then you've done a favor for them by stopping the clock. We had conceded the field goal, I wanted to see where they were. And then, on third down, they ended up throwing incomplete, and we didn't have to call a time out. We could have called a time out and had a little more time on the last drive, but we decided to take our chances with the way it played out. We didn't want to do them a favor."

(on Travis Coons, the rookie kicker) "All he does is go out there and make kicks. I know you guys are out there in the pre-game practice and watching him kick. He's spraying the ball all over the place, but we like to say 'he saves his misses for practice.' His preparation, his mentality, he's a rookie, and he's a bit of an adrenaline junkie, so this is just a day in the park for him. This is just what he likes to do. We wanted to get the ball over to that hash mark, and he put it right down the middle."

(on the enormity of this win) "I don't know if it's sunk in yet, but on the plane ride home, it may. This is a huge win for us. You put in so much time, and to play well in stretches and to come up short would be very frustrating. But to find a way to win a game like this, with everything on the line, I can't tell you how satisfying that is."

(on coming east from a west coast game last week) "We were a little worried that the San Diego game took a lot out of us. The travel, the tough loss, we scaled things back a little this week. But, on Wednesday, we talked about it being a division game, we talked about the history of this rivalry, and from then on, I thought our guys practiced with good energy. And that's one thing I think our guys are doing a good job of. We go out, we're productive, we practice with few mistakes. We're sharp, we finish under the allotted time for practice, and I'm just glad we got rewarded for that."

(on the Isaiah Crowell-Duke Johnson backfield duo) "I like having the diversity where the defense is constantly in flux. I know from the other side, we would have to put a tag on it. There's a lot of plays they overlap with, but also a lot of plays that are for each one of them. [Robert] Turbin is close to being ready. We're hopeful he'll be a go, and that will give us a little more juice in our backfield."

QB Josh McCown

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(on his thoughts about playing in M&T Bank Stadium for the first time) "I liked it. It was pretty good. The game was a little closer than you'd like but this is a fun place to play. The fans may not be as passionate as Browns fans but they're pretty close. This is a very special win, and I hope it will give us momentum going forward."

(on the Browns throwing so much) "It was obvious on Wednesday that we were going to have to throw the ball to win this game. But we are ready to do this every week. We've got the receivers. We've got the offensive line, and we've got play-makers. We want to be efficient on offense in terms of running and passing, and I think we were today."

(on bouncing back from the San Diego loss) "I like the way this team responded. Half the teams in this league lose every week but we want to be the team that responds the best every week, and I think we did that today."

(on TE Gary Barnidge's game) "Once again, he was awesome. It's great to have him on our team. On his touchdown, I just threw it up because I was under pressure. I didn't even see the catch. Gary came back and said 'I caught it. I didn't use my hands but I caught it.' "

(on if this was a character-building win) "When you consider the full scope of it, it looks like we did show our full character today. We were behind, and we kept fighting and responded like this. Everybody had a role in this win – the players, the coaches, the trainers, the equipment men. Sometimes a win like this means more than just one win."

(on if feels if he redeemed himself after many wrote him off) "I never wrote me off. The people in Cleveland never wrote me off. I respect the job that [the media] has to do but I can't let it affect me. You have to block out the noise and keep a good mind-set."

(on having an historic game) "I think this will be a cool thing to look back at when my career is over. There are a lot of things that I want to be the first Browns quarterback to do. Those are all team goals. Everybody had a hand in making this a historic game."

(on how aware he was of his stats) "During the game, I have no idea what the stats are. In fact, the play I kept thinking about was the pass to [wide receiver] Travis [Benjamin] in the second quarter. He was wide open, and I threw it low. I just missed him. That was the play that we challenged but he didn't catch it. That bothered me all game."

(On out-playing Ravens QB Joe Flacco) "I don't look at it as me against the other quarterback. We are not on the field at the same time. I have so much respect for Joe, and what he has accomplished. Joe has done what all of us want to do. He took his team to the Super Bowl. He won the game and was the MVP in his contract year."

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TE Gary Barnidge

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(on his TD catch) "I jumped up, and I knew the ball hit his foot. Then, I could feel the ball on my leg. I was cupping it, and I reached down and pulled it in. It's a great catch only because we won. Honestly, it was a lot of luck, not much skill. There's no way you can ever practice a catch like that. I wasn't laughing about it at first but now I can laugh about it because we won the game. I give a lot of credit to [quarterback] Josh [McCown]. He was under a lot of pressure and threw it to me. He threw it right on the money but he did that all day."

(on how this team will move forward) "I'm hoping this win can be a defining moment for this team. It could help us turn the season around. I think all of our passing took its toll on their defense. Our offensive line did a great job."

*RB Duke Johnson Jr. *

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(on the offense) "I think we played well when we needed to. We started out slow. We just can't do that game in and game out to be effective, but we came out and played well when we needed to.

(on winning a road game in the division) "I think that's the biggest thing, a game in the division especially on the road. It shows we can play on the road. Our main thing is just trying to do it consistently. We have games where we make most plays, but then it comes down to just the few plays we don't make. So, it's just all about doing it consistently."

(on the running game) "We won. We got down early, and we couldn't afford to sit and try and run the ball , so we had to go out and take some shots to win the game."

(on winning in overtime) "Winning is winning. We just had to play it out."

(on his game) "I think I played OK. I definitely missed a blitz. That's something I really pride myself on, to recognize the 'D' before it happens. That's one I let slip today. It could have cost us the game, but it didn't. Overall I thought my play was OK."

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OL Joe Thomas

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(on QB Josh McCown) "I tell you, when we were in '21' personnel, which is two backs and a tight end, which is like the base people, [the Ravens] were blitzing to try and take away our running game. They were blitzing the safety and trying to do whatever they could to take away the run game. So after the first quarter, we said, 'Screw it. We're going to play with three wide receivers, and if they're going to try and blitz the run game, we're just going to make the throws on the edges and take the ball down field.' We knew it was going to be one of those huge passing yards game. The way they were trying to blitz us and take away the running game."

(on TE Gary Barnidge's touchdown catch) "We were looking up at the score board, so we got a little bit of a look at the replay. It was kind of hard to make out exactly what happened, but it looked like it bounced off of somebody's foot. I mean it was incredible – two weeks in a row, miracle catches. He must be living right."

(on Josh McCown's veteran leadership) "He's able to get us into the right thing if we give him the option to line up in shotgun, to either hand it off if it's a good look or throw it outside if that's a good look."

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DL Desmond Bryant

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(on the win) "To overcome all the adversity that we faced in the game, I told the guys that this was the greatest kind of win in my opinion."

(on the defenses final stop to force the Baltimore Ravens to kick a field goal in the fourth quarter) "We have that fight in us. There are some dogs out there willing to put it all on the line. We got punched in the mouth early, but we recovered from that. And we were able to finish the game, and there was nothing better than that."

(on how he feels physically) "It felt great to be back out there, especially playing in a place like this [M&T Bank Stadium], where we haven't won in such a long time, I didn't make as big an impact as I wanted to, but there's nothing better than going out there with my brothers and winning a game like that."

(on can this win be a catalyst for the rest of the season) "The way I look at it, we just entered the second quarter of the season. The first quarter didn't go the way we wanted it to. You don't win the game or lose the game in the first quarter, so this was a great start to the second quarter. We've got a long road ahead of us. Denver's not going to come in next week and lay down. We've got a lot of work to do,  but this was a great stepping stone to that."

WR Taylor Gabriel

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(on the win) "It felt good. We all came together as brothers. We could feel it on the sideline, everybody wanted to win and get the divisional win. We were always one play away. There were big catches, big plays by the offense, and the defense stepped up as well. We all came together and got the win."

(on the offensive performance) "Explosive. All big ups to [offensive coordinator John DiFilippo]; he's a great guy. Also, the defense needs credit. They put us in situations all through the game. I'm glad we just got the win."

(on the play of QB Josh McCown) "[Josh] McCown is always a leader. He's always coming into the huddle confident, even when we were down. I'm glad we got the W."

(on feeling confident they'd get the win) "I feel like [head coach Mike Pettine] was always confident on the sidelines. You could see it in everybody's eyes, that we wanted it, so we just came together and got the win."

LB Karlos Dansby

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(on the win) "Any way we can get it done and get a win in the division, you separate yourself. So, however we had to get it done, we got it done."

(on the defensive performance) "I think we did what we had to do to get the win. Whatever was necessary, we did it. A couple guys made some sacrifices and we got off the field when we needed to get off the field. We stood up when we had to. When our backs were against the wall, we stood up and made plays to give our offense an opportunity."

(on stopping the Ravens' offensive drive in overtime) "We were just trying to be consistent and do what we had to do to get the win. We just had to get off the field and keep them in bad field position so we could give our offense an opportunity to win it."

(on the meaning of this win) "It means a lot to us in trying to get to our goals. We gave up some plays we shouldn't have given up, but we can always get better. It wasn't our best game, but we're striving to get there."

RB Isaiah Crowell

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(on the win) "It feels great to get the win, especially in the division and in overtime. My teammates kept fighting and wanted to fight for the team, so I'm glad we got the victory. It was a real emotional game, there were a lot of turns, but we managed to keep our heads level and come out with the victory."

(on his touchdown) "I feel like it wasn't supposed to be, you know, come to me. It was a blitz from the other side, and it didn't have anything to do with me, so I just got out to my side. [QB Josh McCown] dumped it off and I did what I did after that. I had to get to the end zone because my team needed it."

(on the Browns' running attack) "Early, [the Ravens] shot a lot of the gaps, they played us very well. We kept at it, kept fighting, and the ground game came in the second half."

(on the Browns' passing attack) "Josh [McCown] did real well and managed the game well. Everything won't be perfect, but we trust him, and he did his thing. I'm proud of him."

(on overtime) "We did a great job at the end, after fighting through the whole game, and we handled our business. Everybody wanted to win. We kept fighting and pushed the ball down the field. We basically did what we wanted to do, and we came up with a victory."

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