Pass game coordinator/WRs coach Chad O’Shea (10.2.20)

Pass game coordinator/wide receivers coach Chad O’Shea:

On how the success in the run game affects what the Browns do in the pass game:

“I think it is very beneficial when you run the ball as well as we have and have had success in that area. It only benefits the pass game. That is the way I think that when you talk about playing team football on offense and the ability to run the ball, it all starts with that so it is beneficial.”


On WR Odell Beckham Jr. being a full participant in today’s practice after being listed on yesterday’s injury report:

“Odell when he is on the practice field, he works really hard. He had another good day in his preparation today on the field. I really look forward to him being out there on Sunday contributing to us as a team.”


On WR Donovan Peoples-Jones:

“Donovan has made progress every day he has been here. He really has embraced everything we have asked of him. He has worked extremely hard. He has worked extremely hard in learning the playbook. He is somebody that takes a lot of pride in that area. Once he has been on the field, he has really been somebody that has worked hard and improved every day. I look forward to continuing to coach him. He has definitely made some progress for us.”


On who can step in and fill a similar role as WR JoJo Natson on offense:

“Every week is different as far as the way you approach the gameplan and who you utilize. JoJo did a great job for us in some areas that were strengths as far as his skillset. I think it is our job as coaches now to identify maybe different ways to go about things. I do not think any player is exactly the same so to say that we can replace JoJo with another player and do the same exact things that we did with JoJo. I think it is just a matter of us as a coaching staff of finding ways to be successful and utilize the guys we have in maybe different ways and in different roles than we used JoJo.”


On WR KhaDarel Hodge:

“KhaDarel is a very dependable player for us. I know we have a lot of trust in him. The quarterback trusts that he is going to do the right thing. He works extremely hard. He studies hard. He is outstanding in his preparation. I will say that has been the case for our group this year. They have all approached it that way. Their preparation has been good. We have talked to them a lot about putting the team first, and I would say Hodge definitely falls in that category, and I would say I feel like our group falls in that category of we are putting the team first, whether it is doing some things in the run game blocking or playing maybe in different roles than what they expected to play. I think that is what is most important is that we put the team first, and KhaDarel is somebody that definitely I think is being in that category.”

On WR Jarvis Landry playing in his 100th consecutive NFL game on Sunday:

“I think it is awesome. I have a lot of respect for Jarvis and the way he prepares and the way he plays the game. He is highly competitive. He is so passionate when he is on the field. He is a very instinctive player, and I do not think it is an accident that he is playing in his 100th game. He has done a great job this year. I give him a lot of credit of coming off a surgery and working extremely hard to be out there on the field and to be able to compete. Again, he is playing in his 100th game, and I believe that there is a reason behind that. One of the reasons is that he is driven, he is competitive and he is very passionate about this game that we are playing here.”

On WR Rashard Higgins and what Higgins has to do to get on the field:

“Rashard Higgins has been outstanding in all areas. He has worked extremely hard. He is playing in multiple positions for us on the practice field. He has been very professional in everything that he has done with us. I enjoy coaching him. I enjoy having him in the room with us. I know that the other players, whether it is the receiver position or other positions, have respect for him. I certainly think that he has done a lot of great things. Unfortunately because of some of the issues you have on a gameday roster and so many people being active or inactive, there are always decisions to make and what is best for the team. I am encouraged by Higgins. I am glad he is here, and I am glad I have the opportunity to coach him.” 

On the Cowboys pass defense:

“Every week is very different when you look at the opponent, and there are certainly challenges that we have this week. It is a team that is, like we all are, we are trying to play without preseason and do some things schematically to see who we are. I think a lot of these guys. I really do. I have a lot of respect for them. I think they play well together. Regardless of what their scheme is, I think they have done a good job of playing with a lot of effort, but certainly, it will be a challenge for us this week versus Dallas’ team.”

On if the Browns WRs spend extra time to work on blocking:

“Blocking is something that we definitely have approached and taken a lot of pride in here, not just because we run the ball well in this first part of the season but it is something that I strongly believe in. It should be an identity of our receivers here at the Browns is that we are going to commit to the running game and play very well with tremendous effort in that area. I think that our guys have taken a lot of pride in it. I think at the receiver position, nothing shows your commitment more to the team and your willingness to help the team in this area. If we go out there and play with great effort in the run game and have a great attitude towards our role in that area, it really displays that we are committed to the team and that we embrace the team concept. I feel like our guys have done that. With receivers by nature, would they like to catch as many balls as they can? Absolutely, and I would want them to be competitive and wanting the ball as much as they can, but they know what is most important is we are always going to put the team first in all of our decisions we make as a coaching staff and what we do, and they know blocking is a big part of our success and the expectation for us to go out there and block with a great effort and do our job in the run game. I certainly take a lot of pride in the way our guys have approached this area of the game.”

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