QB Jacoby Brissett (11.27.22)


On today’s win:

“I mean this in no disrespect, but in the words of (Buccaneers QB) Tom Brady, that was [expletive] awesome. That was [expletive] awesome.”


On talking with Brady postgame:

“Yeah, obviously, a guy I look up. A great friend. It was more of a ‘Good game. Love you,’ and just kind of kept moving.”


On multiple Browns players stepping up in key moments during today’s win:

“I think that just speaks to the team. When we were going through our rough patch, I always just kept preaching that the men in that room are the right men for the task. It was never going to be easy. We needed everybody today. We knew that going into this game that it was going to be a 60-minute game. Everybody stepped up and played their parts well. Everybody made plays when we needed them to. Guys stepped up. I think the most encouraging part was the mental toughness and stability of this group. At one point, we all hit lulls in the game. We just kept on fighting and kept on sticking to it. That just speaks to the character of the men in that room.”


On what this win means to him, given it is potentially his final scheduled start of the 2022 season:

“I haven’t even thought about it. I’m obviously grateful for this opportunity and grateful for those men in that room. Because it is the ‘scheduled’ one, this was a great game to kind of end it on, but we have to stack them. We have to stack them.”


On Head Coach Kevin Stefanski giving him a game ball, particularly stating it was because of who he is as a leader and teammate:

“That was super special. I wasn’t expecting it. Like I said though, this has never been about me. It has always been about the team. This was our team’s opportunity to step up in a big moment, and I think we did that. I think the belief in the room, in our plan and the guys when we are out there executing, I think that belief never wavered. It is a testament to those guys on the team.”


On if he said anything to WR Amari Cooper after the dropped pass on fourth down:

“I told him I was coming back to him, and I did.”


On his reaction to TE David Njoku’s TD catch:

“I can’t curse because I will get fined (laughter), but I said the ‘s’ word. Honestly, it was a great catch – don’t get me wrong – but I wasn’t surprised. Before the game Saturday, I was talking to Kevin about the plan and what we like in the red zone, and originally, I didn’t like that play versus that coverage. I was like, ‘I want something else.’ Those guys in that room – (quarterbacks coach) Drew (Petzing), Kevin, AVP (offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt), (QB) Josh (Dobbs), (QB) Kellen (Mond) and (QB) Deshaun (Watson) – we were just sitting there and thinking about like, ‘Why is this play good?’ It was like, ‘Well, because we have one of our best players the opportunity to be one on one because they are doubling everybody else in coverage.’ I threw it, and I thought I threw it too high and I was about to start crying (laughter). I saw him pull it down, and I was like, ‘I could have ran up and kissed him.’ Clearly I didn’t (laughter).”


On if he wanted to attempt a two-point conversion after Njoku’s TD:

“Hell yeah. I wanted to just put them out of their misery early. Obviously knowing the situation, I know it wasn’t the right decision.”


On whether the emotions of this win surpassed the feelings of his first start and win with the Browns against the Panthers:

“That is a tough question. I would probably say no just because that was my first time ever getting the chance to play so that is a very special one, not to say that this one isn’t.”


On WR Anthony Schwartz getting the first TD of the game, given the ups and downs of Schwartz’ season, as well as his block on the play:

“Every day when Schwartzy does something, we are fans of him. ‘Good job, Schwartzy.’ Dave [Njoku] is probably the leader of that group. Obviously, it hasn’t been the ideal, but he is a guy who has stuck with it and just continued to put in the work and continued to put in the work. We ran that play versus the Panthers, and he ran inside of me. I was like, ‘Dude, don’t do that again. Go outside.’ When I handed the ball off to the back, I was like, ‘Oh, the end. I hope I don’t have to block the defensive end because that was going to be bad.’ I was just running, and I was like, ‘Nobody is around me. Schwartzy is way faster than me. He should be in the end zone by now.’ Then No. 31 (Buccaneers S Antoine Winfield Jr.) just came, and I just tried to get in his way and I ended up blocking him. I’m just extremely happy for him. He had a bunch of good plays in the game. He had a big catch that got us in good field position. He made a great special teams tackle. A guy who is just sticking with it. Like I said, that is just the character of the men in that room.”


On how he expects to continue to contribute with QB Deshaun Watson returning from suspension:

“I feel like this week y’all feel like I am about to die or something (laughter). I still have a job to do. I’m still on the team. I will figure that out when the time comes, but I still have to be the same person every day no matter my situation or status. I think that is what makes me me. I am excited for him to come back. Looking forward to next week.”


On Browns players gravitating toward him, including two players saying he was their favorite QB they have ever played with:

“Was one of them (LB) Anthony Walker (Jr.)? Good. Oh, that’s three. That is special. I don’t take being in the locker room lightly or being in the huddle and going to work with these guys. I don’t take that lightly. I just try to go out there and be myself, put my best foot forward, work hard and be somebody the players can lean on. That is better than the win.”


On the source of his mindset described in the previous question:

“I guess my upbringing – my upbringing, the people who helped raise me, high schools coaches, college coaches and mentors. I think it just comes from them. It is just like who I am.”


On helping infuse new life and hope back into the team with today’s win:

“I don’t think the hope went away for us. We show up to work every day. We are coming to work. We are not coming to lose. The guys continue to come to work. I was a small part in that. I was doing my job honestly. It is not about me. It is about the team.”


On if he could tell DE Myles Garrett was battling pain at the end of the game:

“I did not want to watch the defense (laughter). I was trying to look everywhere else but on the field. Myles is tough. He is one of the toughest guys on this team and in this league. I am sure he is fighting through a lot. He puts the team first, and that is what you want in one of your leaders.”


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