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What the Browns Said After Their Overtime Win

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Head Coach Hue Jackson

Opening statement: “I think we like it dramatic. That is for sure. Three overtime games in five games I have not been through that one before. This football team will fight. They will play. We do not do anything perfectly by any stretch of the imagination, but they work hard. They are becoming something. That is what I told them. If they will continue to take the coaching, keep working hard and keep doing the things that we are asking them to do, we will have many more of these victories. I am proud of the guys because things do not always happen the way we want them to but they do not blink at all. They keep working. I can see it in their eyes. They believed, and they wanted to get it done. I told them that it was up to them. They had to decide. We are playing a division opponent, a really good Baltimore Raven football team, but I think that we are pretty good team, too, when we do what we are supposed to do.”

On if the game-winning FG was partially blocked: “I think somebody did get a hand on it from their side, yes.”

On Baker Mayfield’s overtime pass with Terrell Suggs closing in: “I will say it again, just the things that Baker has done … I gave him a game ball again today. He hung in there when things were not always perfect. He made plays, really good plays down the field. He has some things that he has to get better at, too, but man, he gave us a chance to be put into position to win the game. He is hard to get down – I think that you guys all see that – in the pocket. He is not an easy guy to put on the ground. He has a way about him. He has good pocket presence. He is able to move around and make plays, and he did that tonight.”

On the challenge of calling plays against Baltimore’s defense: “It is tough. We feel like we have good players, too. If we keep coaching them and keep working through the things that we need to work through, we are going to continue to get better. I think Baker will continue to get better. I think that we will continue to get better as an offense. We just have to keep playing. That is what our guys do. They do it for each other. They do it for the coaches. That is the real key to this. These guys never give up. They keep playing.”

QB Baker Mayfield

On his mentality entering the final drive: “Field position is a huge part of that decision right there. We were talking about what plays we liked, protections that we trusted. We were able to push the ball down field a little bit. Once you get stuck down in there, the mentality is to get the ball out but do so with the first down in mind. Scramble drill happened. (WR Derrick) Willies got open and made a big play. Just goes up. I harped on it in camp – it is the next man up mentality. On guy goes down, and you see a guy who really had not gotten a lot of reps make big plays for us and contributed to our win.”

On if he felt pressure from Terrell Suggs in overtime: “I do not know who it was, but yeah, there were guys all around. We have guys that continued to block. As I continue to get reps with them, they will realize that I am going to try to extend plays. We will just keep moving forward. It was a great defense that we just played today. Obviously, we have a lot of room for improvement, but there were some good things today.”

On the difficulty of play-calling against the Ravens: “It is always tough when you are playing veterans like that that play the game so well. What it comes down to is us doing our job and doing it at a very, very high level. Not trying to do too much. Making sure that you are trying to run the right routes. Not trying to get open for yourself but you run a route trying to get somebody else open. There are just different things that we can continue to work on. That is the great thing about playing a good defense like that. You get to see and test yourself with where you are at.”

On if he paid attention to the Ravens’ defensive rankings: “No, we have a top rushing offense in the league and we want to be up there with a top passing offense in the league. What it comes down to is we know that they have a great defense – we knew that coming into it – but we wanted to play our best again their best. You do not pay attention to stuff on the outside. You have to show up on Sunday and do your job.”

On if this game serves notice to the AFC North that the Browns ‘are back’: “I do not necessarily know if I would say the Cleveland Browns are back. We have a lot of stuff to work on. The AFC North is a great division. We are bringing the competition back within the division, and that is great to see. That is great to see for the AFC North. Hopefully, everybody gets the recognition they deserve. We are taking it one week at a time so moving forward, that was a big win for us.”

WR Jarvis Landry

On the potential pass interference call: “Not so much was it pass interference, but I think it was definitely illegal contact, which is definitely something they should have recognized, regardless if the ball was over-thrown or whatever. No defender can impede the progress of a receiver beyond five yards, I know that. It’s something we are going to have to play through because I don’t think it’s going to stop. It’s going to make our team better. We are going to have to be damn close to perfect. “

On Mayfield’s performance: “Calm, collected and unfazed. He stepped up big and obviously made plays with his arm, feet, getting out of some sacks and extending drives. For a rookie, he’s doing it.”

On getting an AFC North win: “It’s huge. It really is huge. It is a step in the right direction. We have a lot of things to work on, a lot of things to get better at. As long as we keep playing as a team and continue to get better and trusting each other, we will be right there when it comes time to it.”

RB Carlos Hyde

On Mayfield: “Baker is a different breed. He is not like most other quarterbacks, and he is a big-time competitor. He is just non-stop and always comes back out slinging the ball. Even when he makes mistakes, he still comes out and plays the same way. He has a lot of confidence.”

On Mayfield’s ability to extend plays: “He is an escape artist. He knows that he has to keep going to keep the play alive and knows that his guys will be open down the field. He trusts them and he is always making plays."

DL Myles Garrett

On holding the Ravens to three field goals: “We did a good job of keeping them out of the end zone. They can get as many yards as they want to as long as they stay out of the end zone, then we are doing our job. If we can keep them to field goals, then that gives our offense the best chance to win. Our goal is to keep them off the board completely, but I can settle with three points over six, obviously.”

On what the win means to him: “It is another win for me. It does not matter if it is a division team or if they are out of our division. They are a good team, and those are the type of teams you want to beat.”

CB Denzel Ward

On what it says to beat a good divisional team: “I feel we are a great team. We just have to show that night in and night out.”

On his blocked field goal: “Came off the edge. He did not really get hands on me so I just tried to come off as fast as I could, and I got a hand on it."

K Greg Joseph

On his mindset on the game-winning field goal: “Trust in my abilities. You play that scenario over, over and over in your head and practice however many times you do it, whether you are alone or with the team. Awesome feeling. Super happy for my family, but obviously, I have stuff to work on. I missed that PAT and that 55-yarder. If I had made those, we would not be in the position that we were in. Great job by the Ravens for pushing us to the end. Super happy for the guys in there, my family and mainly the guys in the locker room because they deserved that win. It has been a long time coming.”

On if the final kick was partially blocked: “I heard it. I felt good and felt like I hit it good. I was ready to look up and see it go in. You hear the thud on it real quick and just saw it luckily saw it still carry through. Three points is three points. You live, you learn and you move on.”

OL Joel Bitonio

On winning a division game: “It is big to get that division win. It is always worth a little more. And to be at .500 at 2-2-1, it is a good point. Beating a division team that beat up on Pittsburgh a little and we tied with Pittsburgh. We are right there in the mix. If you win your division, you go to the playoffs. That is what we are working on as our first goal right now.”

WR Derrick Willies

On his overtime catch: “The play broke down and Baker started scrambling. I was open, he threw it to me and I was just looking to find some room to run. Baker’s scrambling is something special. If you can get open when he starts scrambling, he will probably get you the ball.”

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