What the Browns Said After Ravens' Week 16 Win


Head Coach Freddie Kitchens

(opening statement)

"It was very disappointing. The result was very disappointing. At the end of the day, we did not do enough to get off the field on third down and then making plays to stay on the field offensively on third down. I thought special teams, besides the missed extra point, played extremely hard and extremely well. I am proud of the way the guys kept fighting and kept battling to the very end so I am proud of them for that. I just wish we could have made a few more plays to get the job done and get the result that we wanted."

(on electing to throw late in the first half rather than run the clock out)

"We could have. We were trying to get the clock started. A couple of short passes that got batted down. We could have ran it and could have done a lot of things but called a couple of 5-yard routes and the clock never got started so it is second guessed once it happened."

(on the third-and-1 with RB Kareem Hunt that resulted in a loss near the end of the first half)

"Yeah, trying to take a shot and go for it on fourth down if we did not get it, but it did not happen. Trick play… It was going to be a halfback pass and the corner came off the edge. If we would have gotten it off, we would have been alright."

(on how deflating the loss is after getting off to a good start)

"Yeah, it is always deflating, but I think we came out and moved the ball offensively in the second half. Things happen during the course of the game – ups and downs. You have to be able to overcome the downs and convert on the ups to create them into seven points. We just did not do that enough. At the end of the day, we did not get off the field on third down. They were 7-11 on third down and were 3-12 so there is a big discrepancy there, and we had opportunities. We had opportunities to make some plays and we just did not do it."

(on not keeping their playoff hopes alive when other games went their way)

"Listen, we knew there was a great opportunity there for that to happen. We had to go out and play well, and we did in spurts. We just did not play good enough the whole time. Baltimore is good football team. I do not know how many in a row that is now that they have won – 11 in a row – so they are a good football team. We just did not make enough plays to win the game."

(on a heated exchange he had with Odell Beckham Jr. on the sideline)

"I think it was something dealing with one of their guys. It was not the call or anything like that. I do not think there is a big deal there. He is voicing frustration on how they are treating him."

(on RB Nick Chubb being held to just 45 rushing yards)

"I thought [the Ravens] were getting after it a bit up front. At the end of the day, they were covering their gaps and we were not blocking well enough upfront or we were missing holes. One of two things happens in the run game when you do not run the ball. You either can't block them or you are missing the cuts. I thought they did a good job of getting an extra defender in there. We still want to run the ball because you want to control the ball and keep their offense off the field to a certain extent. We need to run the ball better than we did. We definitely did not do that."

QB Baker Mayfield

(on the sequence at the end of the first half with three deflected passes)

"Obviously, in a two-minute situation trying to get points before halftime. We had two timeouts with a little over a minute. We were just trying to push the ball down field. They brought some pressures so we were trying to get the ball out quick. The second one, they blitzed and he kind of ran into Jarvis (Landry) so it slowed his blitz down and then he got a hand on it or I really think that would have been a good play. It is just the little things on that drive."

(on the disappointment of letting the game slip away after being ahead for much of the first half)

"Yeah, we just didn't make the plays on offense we needed to. Six points in the first half isn't good enough. We have to make more plays, take advantage of our one-on-ones and execute. A team like that is going to find ways to win. They have done that all year. We know that we have to do our job consistently." 

(on if the Ravens have set the bar for where the Browns want to get to in the AFC North)

"We split 1-1 with them. We just didn't make the plays today. They are a great team. Obviously, their record indicates that. They are rolling right now and have a lot of momentum. We have to do our job. We have a very high standard for ourselves, and we didn't meet that."

(on Beckham pointing to the Ravens after the failed two-point conversion)

"No, just friendly jawing back and forth between him and (Ravens CB Marcus) Peters. I know they have a good relationship so I think it is just competition."

(on the Browns finishing with a losing record after the high preseason expectations)

"We set the bar high for ourselves. Our expectations were extremely high, and we didn't meet that so that is the most disappointing thing. In the bigger picture and mindset, it is a process to turn around what this once was to where we want to go and where we should be at right now. It is a process and there is a lot of room for improvement and progress to be made."

(on how a coaching change would affect the progression of the team)

"That is not my decision to make so whatever happens, happens. Moving forward, I know how I am going to handle it getting whatever receiving corps and tight ends we have together in the offseason and making sure we are on the same page so we hit the ground running in the spring – kind of like I hit on earlier in the week – to where there is no room to be made up come training camp. It is a process, but I am looking forward to this group and seeing what we put together and how we work."

WR Odell Beckham Jr.

(on the shift of momentum at the end of the first half)

"That was probably the best team in the NFL. It's tough to beat a team like that if we can't convert, move the ball and give them too many opportunities. You just have to take your hats off to them. They are a very good team, if not the best in the league."

(on if the Ravens looked like a different team than compared to Week 4)

"They didn't look any different. You have seen them play other teams in the league, and I feel that we played them the toughest both times. The outcome could have been very different, but that is the NFL and that is football. Those little turn of events can change the game."

(on the Ravens' two touchdowns at the end of the first half)

"There are all kind of analytics and statistics about the team who scores before half and then gets the ball back. They kind of doubled up on us. There is not much we can do at this point. Like I said, it is a very good team."

G Joel Bitonio

(on the frustration when the run game isn't clicking)

"It was tough. We ran on them pretty well the first time [Week 4 in Baltimore] so we were going to have a big plan. We just couldn't find a way. In the second half, that first drive, we got a few good chunks. There was a not-so-great call on (C) JC (Tretter) early in the game. It's tough. We couldn't get in a rhythm and when we did, we were behind so we had to start throwing the ball."

WR Jarvis Landry

(on the team's offensive performance)

"We knew it was going to be a tough game and we knew their offense is one of the best in the league. We tried to do our part on offense to help the defense out, but we really did not do that today as an offense. We played hard for sure, but we did not play well."

S Damarious Randall

(on holding the Ravens scoreless until the final two minutes of the half)

"I felt like we had them up on the ropes when we were up 6-0 going into halftime and we just blinked and they were up 14-6 going into halftime. You just can't give good teams like that opportunities to score."

(on the Ravens offense compared to Week 4)

"When you let them get into a rhythm, they are a very tough team to stop. Offensively, they really weren't much different. They have the same players doing the exact same plays."

(on the difference between the two teams)

"We don't have the same guys out there. We have some horses, but you have to tip your hat to them for fighting hard and coming out winning the game and clinching the No. 1 seed. They have had a hell of a year – a top offense and a top defense. They got the MVP at quarterback.

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