Browns Head Coach Rob Chudzinski met with the media on Wednesday to talk about the Baltimore Ravens, Josh Gordon not being traded and other issues.
"Baltimore week, a division game, excited about having the reigning Super Bowl champions come into our house. They're a great team, a great coaching staff. I know our coaches, our players, our fans are going to be excited about the opportunity and ready for the challenge this week. They're coming off of a bye week. Offensively, as you're looking at them, they've gotten more healthy. (Ravens WR) Jacoby Jones is back and playing. Obviously, he's a real threat deep, as well as in the kicking game and the return game. [They have a] new offensive tackle Eugene Monroe, who is playing very well. (Ravens QB Joe) Flacco, as we know, operates the offense and does a great job for them. (Ravens RB) Ray Rice is a dual-threat receiver and runner, and (Ravens RB) Bernard Pierce is a formidable tandem at the running back position and very productive. (Ravens WR) Torrey Smith is having a great year, big plays. You look at the number of big plays that he's been able to have and produce this season, very impressive. (Ravens TE) Dallas Clark and (Ravens WR) Marlon Brown also are contributors and have done a nice job in giving Flacco some other weapons. They're playing good up front, a good offensive line. As you look at their defense, really playing excellent defense. Points per game in the last six games, I think they're leading the league. If you look at the last six games, third down, red zone and sacks are all up high and the tops of the league defensively in those categories. It starts up front with (Ravens LB Terrell) Suggs and (Ravens LB Elvis) Dumervil and (Ravens LB Courtney) Upshaw, those guys on the edge rushing. Their front seven is excellent. We know all of the guys: (Ravens DL Haloti) Ngata and (Ravens DL Chris) Canty and (Ravens DL Arthur) Jones. I think (Ravens LB) Daryl Smith is playing very well at linebacker, as well. They're a solid secondary, again, playing very good defense. On special teams, as I mentioned, they have a multitude of returners with Jacoby Jones back, but they have (Ravens WR) Tandon Doss and (Ravens WR Deonte) Thompson; both have been doing a great job. I think they're first and eighth in the league in returns and now have Jacoby Jones back on top of it. We know their kicker and punter, (Ravens K Justin) Tucker and (Ravens P Sam) Koch, are outstanding in that. We have our work cut out for us. We're excited about this week. The guys are excited about this challenge and building off of some of the things that we were able to do well last week."
On relief that WR Josh Gordon is still on the team:
"I'm excited. Josh is part of our team. He's here. I liked the progress that he's made as a player and the strides that he's made, and looking forward to continuing improvement on his part."
On if Gordon feels supported and wanted in the organization despite trade rumors:
"I can't answer that for him. From my part and our part, we want him here, and he's here."
On talking to Gordon since the trade deadline:
"I haven't talked specifically about it. It's the same message all along to not listen to the noise, ignore the things that are floating and circling around; that ultimately it's about us, this locker room. We want you here so we're moving on."
On if Gordon handled the outside noise well and how he might respond now that the deadline has passed:
"Guys are human; they hear those things. It may affect them at times. By the same token, the message is, from my standpoint, that we need to do everything we can to get better to play and to win football games and that's what the focus has to be."
On signing WR Armanti Edwards:
"We signed Armanti Edwards. He's a guy that I have familiarity with and has familiarity with the system. He can play multiple positions as a receiver. Also, he's a returner, and has been a punt returner and kickoff returner, as well. With losing (WR) Travis (Benjamin) the other day, he fills in those positions, those roles for us."
On if Edwards will be returning kickoffs or punts this week:
"We'll have him as one of our options of doing that."
On signing OL Reid Fragel:
"Reid is a guy that our scouts had identified and kept an eye on. He gives us some depth at the offensive line position as a developmental guy."
On what he remembers about Edwards in his time at Carolina and what he can do to help the offense:
"I wasn't there at that particular time, but Armanti is a bright guy. He was making a conversion from quarterback to playing receiver, which takes some time. He knows, like I said, all of the positions. He has good skills. He can run. He can catch and do those types of things. He's been a returner. We're hoping that sometimes a new start, a fresh start, can help guys."
On if Edwards is like TE MarQueis Gray when it comes to Wildcat situations:
"He's done some of those things before."
On not adding a third quarterback to the active roster:
"Just looking at right now where we can help our team and need to help our team, just feel like those are the positions we can do right now to help the best."
On if the team can activate OL Jason Pinkston at any time in the last eight weeks of the season:
"We can do it through next week. We'll keep him where he's at for one more week. He's been working back into it, and he's been improving. Again, we'll make that determination next week."
On how Gordon has done off the field and what he needs to do mentally:
"He's grown a lot, as I mentioned before, not just as a player but as a person in understanding and maturing on and off the field. He's not perfect, none of us are, but I see progress. I see him going in the right direction in all areas. I'm excited about his future, and I'm excited about him being here."
On the importance of this division game against Baltimore:
"They're all important, and the fact that it's a division game magnifies it, but our approach, again, is the same. We're going to approach them all that we're working, doing everything we can for that particular game, and we'll be prepared to win the game."
On if he thinks Suggs is back to full speed from last year's injury:
"He looks pretty effective to me. He's been able to really be a disruptor and generate pass rush as their whole front has. Their pressure packages, some of the stuff they do on third down, especially, have created problems for teams. They're up high in the league in terms of sacks. I think they're in the top two or three in terms of sacks and third downs. You look at the group, they were Super Bowl champs for a reason, and a lot of those guys are still doing well, producing and their defense has played better and better as the season has gone on."
On evaluating LB Paul Kruger's performance and his sack total:
"Again, I think some of that ties to the number of snaps he's had to take when we had some points in time when we had some injuries. I look at last week's game, and I really think he was very productive from not just a sacks standpoint but from a pressure and disruption standpoint. I think he's back on track of where you'd want him to be."
On four division games remaining and taking a step toward not being a weaker team in the AFC North:
"We need to step up and we need to win games, whether those are division games, which you're talking about. This is a tough division. The AFC North, multiple Super Bowl winners, multiple playoff teams, everybody has been in the playoffs. We've been the kid brother for a while, and we need to stand up in this division and do the things that we need to do."
On Gordon handling additional pressure compared to his time at Baylor:
"Yeah, I think a lot of the things he's going through are new for him. He's being a guy who's stepped up. The expectation level has risen for him. That's something that he may never have had to deal with much before, Understanding that being consistent, we talk about a lot with young guys is about consistency. These are things that I think he's grown and gotten better, and I think he'll continue to get better. I think his head, his goals and his approach is in the right place."
On DB T.J. Ward's play this season:
"I think he brings a real attitude to our defense. He's tough, he plays tough, he likes the physical part of the game and plays physically. That's what you need to do on defense. He's learned the system and really stepped into a leadership role in terms of on the back end and understanding what to do, getting guys lined up and doing all of the things you would want a safety to do."
On if Ward's and DB Tashaun Gipson's play styles are similar:
"From a mental standpoint, they both have a great understanding of what we're doing, and they're interchangeable in that way. T.J. is a little bit bigger and stronger; Tashaun can run a little bit better, but I think they're very interchangeable. You see them a lot, whether they're deep, whether they're down, whether they're playing two-deep, wherever they are, we play them at interchangeable positions."
On if LB Quentin Groves is about ready to play:
"He's going to practice today, and we'll see how it goes and how he responds this week."
On the team compared to Week 2 against the Ravens:
"We're a lot different. I think we're a lot better team now. I think we have a lot better idea from a scheme standpoint and guys understand their roles where we're at. We have some guys playing that weren't playing the first game; they have some guys playing that weren't playing the first game. I'm excited about the direction that we're going. I think we still have improvements to make, but I think that as we've gotten better every week, that's what I'm looking for, and I think we're doing that."
On if he sees Rice as the same running back that he has seen years before despite his numbers this season:
"Absolutely, I know he's had some injuries a few weeks back, but from what I've heard, he's back to full speed. He's a dynamic player. He can hurt you in the run game. He's a great runner, can find holes, get through, has got great vision and quickness. Then in the pass game, you have to contend with him out of the backfield or lining up in an empty formation."
On if he has talked to the defense, particularly DL Phil Taylor, about the altercation between him and Rice in Week 2:
"I'm not worried about that at all."
On going for fourth-and-1 in the third quarter against Kansas City:
"We were down 10 at that point. We were in good position to get points. A fourth-and-1, I felt good about what we had as a fourth-and-1 call. Getting a touchdown there as opposed to a field goal coming out in the third quarter, I felt good about it. I had faith in our guys about executing that play and being able to get a touchdown out of it at that point. Obviously, any time you can get a touchdown over a field goal, I understand it was a two-possession game and a field goal is just fine, but we're going to be aggressive. We talk about attacking; we talk about aggressive. The guys relish that and I think they play to that and that's part of our identity."