HC Freddie Kitchens conference call with Broncos media (10.30.19)

On how the Browns’ defense is preparing to face Broncos QB Brandon Allen 

“First and foremost, I think our guys have done a good job of researching him and stuff like that. You just try to do all the research you can, even going back to college and seeing what his tendencies are and stuff. Things you do with every quarterback, you just have to do a little bit more work to get the information.”

 

On if it’ll be more important than usual to make adjustments to the defense after the first few series

“Definitely, but I think it’s an ongoing thing. You’re always looking to make adjustments because I’m sure those guys are doing a great job there of game planning against us. We’ve got to make adjustments on the fly.”

 

On Broncos OLB Von Miller

“He’s one of the best rushers and he’s playing the run very well. He’s one of the best rushers in the National Football League and high motored. Von hasn’t changed too much from what he’s always been, one of the best players in the NFL.”

 

On Broncos WR Courtland Sutton

“He’s a big and strong guy. He catches the ball and his catch radius is big. He can run and is strong to the catch and he’s been playing very, very well for them.”

 

On what kind of progress he has seen from Browns QB Baker Mayfield in his second year

“I think you’re always evolving as a quarterback. You’re trying to get better each and every day and there’s always something to work on. Nothing new for him, it’s just an ongoing process.”

 

On Browns TE Demetrius Harris

“Demetrius is a big, strong guy. He can do a little bit of both, he can catch the ball and run block pretty effectively when he does it with the right technique and right leverage and things like that. Demetrius has been a good player for us and we continue to try to find ways to keep him involved in the game.”

 

On what he thinks defenses have done to limit WR Odell Beckham Jr. the last few weeks

“I think just play coverage. I don’t think they’ve done anything in particular. When you turn the ball over three straight times you can’t really do much.”

 

On what he’s said to RB Nick Chubb in terms of securing the football to avoid fumbles

“Over the course of Nick’s career, I know it’s only a year and a half, Nick has been very protective of the football and I expect him to get back on track with that.”

 

On how he balances being a head coach while also calling plays on the offensive side

“It’s always a challenge, but I think [Broncos Head Coach Vic Fangio] would agree with the sentiment that it’s part of coaching. The roles have changed, some might have stayed the same, and then you just add a couple of more responsibilities. I’m sure he would agree that that’s no excuse for the way anything has turned out at this point. I have all the respect in the world for Coach Fangio, he’s been a great coach in this league for a long time. I admire what he did in Chicago and I’m admiring the way he’s approaching the season there in Denver.”

 

On how the team has handled the losses and the outside noise

“Yeah, our guys are continuing to work, continuing to get better, keeping their heads down, blocking out the noise and just continuing to try to get better and just get one win. That’s how you start building on things. You have to go out and you have to execute on Sundays. You have to put a good plan together, execute on Sundays and give yourself the best chance to win. You can’t beat yourself.”

 

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