RB Nick Chubb (12.9.20)

RB Nick Chubb:

On the Browns being ‘legit contenders’:

“Just have to keep it going. Have to do what we have been doing, which is working every day and every week. Keep that momentum rolling. Do not change anything. Stay who we are and keep working.”

On challenges the Ravens defense present in the running game:

“They are a great defense. They have a lot of big guys up front. A lot of experience. Big guys. Smart on the backend, too, and also the guys in the middle. They are a great team. It will be a great challenge for us, but we are looking forward to it.”

On Browns teammates selecting him as the 2020 Ed Block Award winner:

“It meant a lot. It definitely meant a lot for me. The team sees the work I put in, and they see how I work every day. I am glad that they acknowledge it. I am glad that they appreciate me enough to allow me to win the award.”

On if he was confident that he was going to be able to bounce back from his knee injury and where his mental toughness comes from:

“I knew I would be great. The Browns have done a great job of taking care of guys who have been hurt here. (Browns physical therapist) Anthony Trem, he is the guy I really worked with every day so he did a great job of taking care of me and getting me back on the field. It came from just I think from injuries in the past that I have had and that were much worse than anything I have done as of lately. I think that gave me the mental strength to know that I can overcome anything.”

On how excited he is for back-to-back primetime games and the team’s ability to handle the national attention:

“We are all excited. I can’t lie and say that I enjoy night games more than the morning games so I can get it over and get back home, but I am excited for what we have going here. I am excited for the fans to get to watch primetime. I am excited for all of it.”

On how has the Browns have changed since facing Baltimore in Week 1:

“I think that was a great learning experience for us. I think we learned that we have to keep working. We were not as good as we wanted to be during that time. We might have thought we were a little better before that, but I think we just learned we have to eliminate all the errors, do not turn the ball over and go out there and play hard every snap.”

On how the Browns bounced back from the Week 1 loss:

“We just learned from our mistakes from that game. After that happened, we did not want to fall back into like last year. We got beat like that and so we were like, ‘We are not going to let that happened.’ Everybody had that mindset to not let what happened last year happen again after getting beat by Tennessee last year in the opener.”

On what makes RB Kareem Hunt and him such close friends:

“Just the person he is. He is just great to be around. He is fun. He is funny, and he is a cool guy to be around. He makes you laugh about everything. On the field, too, he is just great in every way. He is just a nice person to be around.”

On if Hunt draws out more of his personality and if he enjoys people like Hunt who can bring him out of his quietness:

“I can say probably Kareem is the one that gets me talking more and laughing more in the locker room than everybody, just because of his personality. I do enjoy that, hanging out and laughing and cutting up a little bit.”

On his familiarity of the Browns’ history and move to Baltimore: 

“I will be honest, I do not know much about it. I did not know much about Cleveland at all until I got here, but I did learn fast about everything and about Jim Brown and the history of the Browns when I got here, but I still do not know that much.”

On if last year’s primetime games were a good learning experience for the team heading into back-to-back primetime games: 

“I am not sure. We just have to go out there and play the game. It does not matter what time. We still have a lot more things to worry about. I do not think time will be an issue. I do not think the big stage will be an issue for us, either.”

On Hunt running down Titans S Kenny Vaccaro after the fumble in the fourth quarter: 

“He loves football.”

On if was surprised Hunt caught Vaccaro: 

“Not at all. I knew if anybody on that field was going to catch him, it would probably be Kareem so it was good he was out there.”

On if there is more pressure to win games when in position to be a playoff team: 

“It is more pressure to win any game, no matter what situation you are in. I can say I guess I do feel a little bit more just because of the situation we are in. We are in December. Every game counts. We have to make sure we continue to win and continue getting better.”

On if he was more mad or shocked when he was tackled on the screen play last week: 

“Probably a little bit of both. I saw him coming, but I thought he was going to dive and I thought I was going to keep running, but he got me down. Congrats to him. I do not know what he did, but he got me down.”

On if the team talks about what is ahead and the playoff possibilities: 

“No, we do not. We worry about today. That is our mindset is just worry about today, and everything else will fall in place for us.”

On his initial reaction and expectations when the Browns signed Hunt, given they are now close friends: 

“I did not know what was going to happen. Kareem is an awesome back. He is incredible. He can do a lot of things that I probably can’t do to be honest. I was not sure what was going to happen and how it was going to be when he came in. I knew I had eight games on him to prove that I could do something, too. I am glad how things are now. I am glad that we are working together, and I am glad that he is on the team. I would not want it any other way.”

On if Hunt and he initially discussed how they could work as a tandem or if that was left unsaid: 

“No, it was not anything really said. Kind of unsaid. We both knew we would figure out a way to work together.”

On if he is keeping a close eye on Hunt’s and his stats as they are both trying to reach 1,000 rushing yards: 

“No, I am not. I know the coaches will put us in the right place at the right time to make sure that we figure out a way to get there. I am not really worrying about it either way.”

On how much run game coordinator/running backs coach Stump Mitchell brings up Hunt and him both reaching 1,000 rushing yards: 

“I do not how much, but he definitely talks about it. He talks about his goals that he has for all of us all the time, and he is pushing us to reach them.”

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