Brian Hoyer Transcript

Hoyer on how the WRs have stepped up in the first two games: “I love all those guys just because their mentality is to come out and work and get as much better every day as they can. They work really hard. They’re in the scheme. It’s not easy.

On if this is the same type of Ravens defense, even though they have some new players:

“Yeah, no doubt. I think it starts up front with those guys. Those guys that are in their front seven have been there for a long time. Then, you’ve got some newer guys in the backend. (Ravens WR) Jimmy Smith’s been there and some other guys, but what you see on film is exactly what you expect out of the Baltimore Ravens: tough, sound defense, know exactly what they’re supposed to be doing and they have some good playmakers, too.”

On Ravens OLB Terrell Suggs:

“You don’t really have to say much about Terrell Suggs. You know that he’s a threat on every play. You always have to be mindful of where he’s at, but also the other two guys – (Ravens OLB Courtney) Upshaw and (Ravens OLB Elvis) Dumervil – those guys too, great pass rushers, great linebackers in that system. We’re definitely aware of where they are at all times.”

On if the Ravens defensive front will be a challenge for the Browns’ offense:

“Sure, I think it’s always a test in this league. I think especially when you put stuff out on film, people are going to try to take away what works. Obviously, you have the guys I just mentioned, plus (Ravens DT) Haloti Ngata, (Ravens DL Chris) Canty, those types of guys that are going to try to make it hard for us to run the ball. I think our schemes are prepared for that, but it is going to be a challenge. We’ll really see where were at when we go out and play this game.”

On if there is a little less pressure on him after getting a win last week and it being a few weeks into the season:

“No, not at all. I think I’ve had the same mentality all along. I’ve told you guys before, (Head) Coach (Mike) Pettine, (offensive coordinator) Kyle (Shanahan), (quarterbacks coach) Dowell (Loggains), they’ve all sat me down and said, ‘Look, just go out and play. Don’t worry about anything else.’ Like I said, I trust those guys. I take them for their word and go out and play. Then, that makes it easy on me.”

On TE Jordan Cameron practicing today on a limited basis:

“That’s great. I think, obviously, Jordan’s a huge part of this offense. As you guys see, I asked for his locker to be next to mine. We talk on a daily basis. He is such a big part, and to have him back out there at least limited, we’ll see how it goes the rest of the week, but he looked pretty good out there.”

On his connection with Cameron:

“It makes it easier when you have a big target who’s very talented. I think it’s easy to find a guy like that. I think a lot of it is throughout the progression, and even going back to last year, I think the tight end was very important in the offense and same thing now this year. It helps when you’ve got a guy who’s a Pro-Bowl caliber player. I think that makes it easy.”

On Cameron saying that he hasn’t reached his potential yet and if he can see Cameron’s motivation:

“Yeah, no doubt. I think that my favorite thing about Jordan is he’s always working. He’s always trying to get better. Every time we look over he’s over there with (tight ends coach Brian) Angelichio working on something. When you have talent and you have that type of work ethic, I think the sky’s the limit. Yeah, he had a great year last year, but I think, like he said, I know what he’s capable of, he knows what he’s capable of and I think we’re excited to see where we get with that.”

On Ravens QB Joe Flacco:

“I know Joe personally because we share agents so I’ve known him for a while. Obviously, he’s a great quarterback [like] anyone who can win the Super Bowl. That run that he had in the playoffs a few years back was unbelievable. He’s an impressive quarterback.”

On the difference defensively in the Ravens’ games against the Steelers and the Bengals:

“I think when you watch the two films there are some differences, but I think, for the most part, it’s just execution. I’m not sure what they said about it, but sometimes a game just gets away from you. I think you watch that Steelers film, and you look at the Ravens, and it’s exactly what you expect from them.”

On Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh saying that Hoyer is the best Browns quarterback in a while:

“I haven’t heard about that. It’s a nice compliment, but I’ve got a long way to go.”

On if there is a rivalry with the Ravens in regards to the Browns moving to Baltimore in 1995:

“There are probably not many other guys on this team that know about that history. I think, just like we talked about with the Steelers, none of that history counts coming into this game. The only thing that counts is our week of preparation and how the game is played on Sunday. Obviously, me being from here, I know that’s the old Browns. I don’t know how many people know that here, but like I said, it doesn’t matter. We went out, had a great day today. We’ve got to continue to build on that. Once you’re playing a game, you’re not thinking of the history between the two organizations.”

On this week being the first time that he’s played against the Ravens:

“I’ve been on teams that have played them before.”

On if he feels like a rookie by facing a team that he’s never played against before:

“Not really because I do have experience. When I was in New England, I think we played them every year. We played them twice one year – once in the regular season, once in the playoffs. Obviously, when I was here last year the first time we played them I was on the field, second time I had already been hurt. There’s a familiarity with their players, their schemes, that type of thing. Like I said, you just put the work in during the week and that’s really what you go into during the game. Yeah, it might be nice to have played a team before, but that’s not something I’m concerned about.”

On if he has painful memories from being at the final Browns game of the 1995 season before the team moved to Baltimore:

“I just remember being scared at the game because of the people ripping out the benches, the atmosphere. I remember they could only play in one end zone of the field because the Dawg Pound was so crazy. That’s pretty much my extent of that memory.”

On how helpful being at the Browns' facility would be for WR Josh Gordon:

“Obviously, Josh, we saw what he did last year; we saw how big of a playmaker he is and what his potential is. We’ll see how it plays out. I’m not really concerned about it. I’ve told you guys, I’m worried about the guys in this room, but to get Josh back around would obviously be great for us.”

On how the WRs have stepped up in the first two games:

“I love all those guys just because their mentality is to come out and work and get as much better every day as they can. They work really hard. They’re in the scheme. It’s not easy. We’re moving those guys around. It can be difficult, and each and every one of them studies their butt off. They go out there and practice really hard, and when you have that you have a lot of trust in those guys because you know they know what they’re supposed to do and they’re going to do 120 percent. As far as the past two weeks, I think all of them have caught balls. They’ve all stepped up at big times, and like I said, I have confidence in all of them, which makes it easy for me because I just go through my progression and try to find the open guy.”

On his connection on the field with WR Miles Austin:

“I think things are going well. I think we’re always continuing to try to improve, and not just with Miles, with all of those guys. It goes on a week-to-week basis now where it’s more game planning. You may run one play one week and then you might not run it again for a few more weeks. Now you get to kind of get to refine things a little bit and really focus on the game plan.”

On if he has changed the way he throws to WR Andrew Hawkins because of his shorter stature:

“No, I think that just comes with knowing who your receiver is. Obviously, Miles and ‘Hawk’ are a little bit different in stature, but the more repetition you get with guys and how they run certain routes and where you can place the ball, that obviously becomes more apparent.”

On if Hawkins hit a lull during training camp:

“No, I don’t think so. I think it’s just kind of the progression of training camp, rotations, things like that. I think Hawk has always been very consistent, and that’s what I admire about him most. Ever since he first got here, the one thing you know you’re going to get from Hawk is 120 percent effort. He’s going to give it all he has, whether he knows he’s getting the ball or not. He’s going to know exactly where he’s supposed to be and kind of just comes together as you go along. Like you said, it’s been looking pretty good the last two weeks.”

On what he learned about handling success when he was with the Patriots:

“Sometimes when we had a win there, it felt like a loss. I think you kind of have to have that mentality. You have to [say], ‘Yeah, we won the game, but what can we do to become better.’ I think it’s such a long season. We’re only two games in. Yeah, it was a great win, but really, you just have to move on and realize that the best teams in this league, they get better week after week after week. They really hit their peak towards the end of the season. I think that’s the biggest thing that I took with my time in New England is as a team, we continued to get better and better. You want to hit that peak in November, December so you’re making a push at the end of the season to get yourself where you want to be. I think our team has done a good job. We’ve moved on. We had a great day today at practice, and that’s what the mentality has to be.”

On if he remembers his dad’s reaction to the Browns moving to Baltimore and if he rooted for any other teams after the move:

“No, I never did. I don’t remember his specific feelings. I just remember as a kid the only thing I ever knew was going to the Browns’ games on Sundays. Now, all of a sudden it’s gone. I think I was just like everybody else in this city. It was heartbreaking.”

On if he was angry about the Ravens winning the Super Bowl years after moving from Cleveland:

“No, I didn’t even follow football so much anymore. It wasn’t part of my life so I don’t think I felt that as much as maybe some of the older generation who thought that should have been us. I didn’t think about it that way.”

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