LB B.J. Goodson (11.23.20)

LB B.J. Goodson:

On DE Myles Garrett being ruled out for this week and his confidence that the defense can continue to perform well without Garrett: 

“Myles’ presence will be missed regardless. He is another great leader for us. What he brings to the table is amazing, as well, but we never had any doubt as far the next man up. We never had any doubt about anyone behind him. Going into this next game, we go into it with the same amount of confidence.”

On LB Sione Takitaki’s mindset recently and Takitaki’s performance yesterday when recording an interception-return TD: 

“I am extremely happy for Taki. He definitely deserved the production that he was able to display yesterday. All along, he has been just grinding and just chomping at the bit of getting better each and every day. That is all that you can ask from anyone. He has done that, and yesterday was one the days that he reaped his harvest.”

On if it is a strength of the Browns LBs that each has had big plays and if there is more consistency to come: 

“Coming from me, I could be a little bit biased, but I believe we have a great linebacker corps. I am confident in all of the guys, and I am extremely happy to be able to go to work with those guys. All of us are eager to get better every single day so no one is content with anything, and I love that.”

On stopping the Eagles run game late in the game: 

“Just making the adjustments on the sideline. Making the couple of tweaks and adjustments on the sideline. It was really that simple.”

On what adjustments the Browns defense made to stop the run: 

“I really do not want to say or give away too much. I try not to do that here in my interviews. I will say, we did a great job of making the adjustments on the sideline and carrying it on the field.”


On if the adjustments came from the Browns coaching staff: 

“Yeah, from the coaching staff and kind of what we felt as players on the field.”

On CB Denzel Ward reporting with a calf injury today and if he knew that Ward was potentially battling with it during the game: 

“No, I did not. Denzel is a warrior. I get excited when he makes plays. I get pretty excited. I did not sense any type of injury from him. I guess we will just see how that goes and hope for the best.”

On what it says about Ward to play through an injury, if it was an impact during yesterday’s game:

“To be honest with you, there is probably a very little amount of NFL players who are completely healthy coming out of camp so to say that someone is battling with something going through a game, it is kind of like the norm in our world.”

On if he can see it in the eyes of the offense when the defense starts to make plays and wear down its opponent:

“To be honest with you, you kind of get the feel of when to kind of put your foot on their neck and impose your will. To be honest with you, during the course of the game, that is not the mindset at all because like you know like this past game, the game was close for a while. With it being close for a while, they do not have to change their offense or go out of the way to do anything crazy or like a team would playing from far behind. We are always just focusing on executing and just trying to get off the field and get our offense back the ball.”

On how well S Ronnie Harrison Jr. has played and how integral Harrison has been to the Browns defense:

“Ronnie is a great piece added to the defense. Excited about his play and his production. His chemistry with all of us as far as a feel and a sense, it is kind of hard to explain, but as far as his chemistry with the rest of the guys, hopefully, we have him back this week.”

On his reaction to LB Mack Wilson’s big hit on the sideline yesterday:

“Mack, you have to love it. You have to love it. That is Mack. To us, that is the norm.”

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