Kyle Shanahan Transcript

Shanahan on if he expects to not have Cameron on Sunday: “I think it can go either way. Really, in my mind, it’s the same as last week. I’m definitely hoping he can be ready.

On how TE Jordan Cameron has looked:

“He’s looked very limited.”

On how incredible the last drive in the Saints game was:

“It was great. I was happy for all of us. Anytime you’re in your own end zone with that much time to go, the odds aren’t always high. We overcame a lot, especially overcoming a sack, overcoming being backed up. The guys did a great job on that second down with the cadence getting them to draw them offside. (QB) Brian (Hoyer) made some huge throws. (WR) Miles (Austin), (TE Gary) Barnidge, a bunch of guys made some huge catches. The line gave them time to throw. It was a great team effort.”

On what the call was on the fourth-down play if he expected the ball to go to Barnidge and what he thought Hoyer saw on that play:

“It was all based off of coverage and based off the coverage we got. He had to go to Gary. No, it wasn’t the first option. The coverage took away the other two, so Gary was his third. That was the guy who had to make the play. He wasn’t wide open. Brian put it in a perfect spot, and Gary made a hell of a catch. It was a play I was really happy for Brian on because it was similar to one last week, or the week before where we missed vs. Pittsburgh. We had a very similar look there in an even more critical situation. It was a lot tougher of a look. He got it done, and that was the difference between winning and losing.”

On if he expects to not have Cameron on Sunday:

“I think it can go either way. Really, in my mind, it’s the same as last week. I’m definitely hoping he can be ready. You’ve got to have some stuff available for him, but when a guy is limited on a Thursday, you know there’s no guarantee. You can’t game plan all around him. You’ve got to make sure you have stuff ready no matter what happens. It’s usually something I don’t really know until Sunday.”

On if he’s learning more every game about RB Isaiah Crowell and what trust he has in him:

“Trust grows with everybody the more reps you get, the more reps they get, the more reps we get together, the more situations they get in, especially with all rookies. They haven’t seen everything. Even when you try to give it to them in practice and stuff, it really doesn’t count until the game. You never know what guys are going to do, how they’re going to respond. I think he has responded very well when he has gotten in there, especially when (RB Ben) Tate got hurt. I think he’s gotten better. I think he was better in the second week than he was in the first week. I know he did a good job in the first week. Hopefully, he continues to do that. You either get better or you get worse. I think he’s worked really hard each week. He takes practice seriously every day. I’m looking forward to him getting better throughout the year.”

On Crowell having a more physical running style than the others:

“Yeah, I would say that Crowell does a good job of getting downhill. He doesn’t mess around. Whether it’s the right read or the wrong read, he’s going to put his foot down and go downhill. Usually when you do that, you end up with a pretty good yards per carry. I like that. I want guys who can have a good yards per carry. It kind of helps you stay in manageable third downs and move the chains.”

On QB Johnny Manziel will play more but still in a limited role like the last game:

“It’s really something I can honestly say I really don’t know until the game, until the second I do it. It’s something that’s always an option. It was an option in Pittsburgh. It was an option vs. New Orleans. You go with your gut feeling. It has a lot to do with the fronts we’re getting. If I think we need to do it, I think it’s something that’s capable of changing defenses a little bit, and it’s not a big difference for the rest of our team. I really couldn’t tell you. It’ll always be an option throughout the year. It was an option vs. Pittsburgh – didn’t do it. It was an option vs. New Orleans – did do it, not for many plays. We’ll see this week.”

On what he gained from putting Manziel in for those plays:

“You’d have to ask the other defenses, I mean, the defensive coordinators. I think it makes them think about other stuff, makes people have to work other stuff. We definitely have some different fronts and different coverages when he was in there so they definitely had a plan for that. It was good to see that. I thought it was good just to get Johnny in there, also. Guys are amped up, and you never know how they’re going to do when they get their first reps. I thought it was good for Johnny to get in there and be a part of the win. I thought it was also good for Brian because he had to go through it, and he responded very well. I told him he did so well when he came back in that he almost encouraged us to do it more. I don’t know if he liked that, but he did a good job coming in.”

On the fact that all of the Browns offensive touchdowns have been in the red zone and so far no team has scored on the Ravens in the red zone:

“That’s why they’re a good defense. They’ve given up one touchdown this year. It was on an 80-yard bomb or something. It was a long throw to (Bengals WR A.J.) Green. Besides that, no one’s gotten in the end zone on them. That means they don’t give up big plays. They make you work for it. They make you go all the way down the field. You can’t beat yourself. You’ve got to run the ball. When you throw the ball, you’ve got to catch, make good decisions. You’ve got to get up the field. You can’t dance because there aren’t many explosive plays vs. this defense. You have to keep moving the chains. If you do that, then you might get some opportunities in the red zone. You’ve always looking for a big play vs. a team like this. It’s going to be tough. I don’t want to say they’re totally bend but don’t break because they are an aggressive team, but it’s tough to get the big play on them.”

On how pleased he’s been with the production he’s gotten from WR Andrew Hawkins:

“I’ve been very pleased. I think Hawk, I’ve always liked him my whole career watching him. Everyone can tell how quick he is and how fast he is, but just getting to know him, I never realized how good of a football player he is. He is extremely competitive. He doesn’t turn anything down. Nothing is too big for him. He wants the ball. He wants to block. He gets after the defense in every aspect of the game. Whether it’s a run play, whether it’s a pass play, whether he’s running with the ball, he plays very physical for a smaller guy, and I enjoy coaching him.”

On if Hawkins is an effective blocker despite his limited size:
“Yeah, definitely. He’s a smaller guy, but he’s not a week guy. He’s strong. He’s not going to just sit there and dominate a guy by himself, but when the backs can press it, they can help him out. He gives the backs a two-way go, and his man rarely does make the play. He does his job in the run game, and that’s all we ask.”

On if he learned most of his football knowledge from his father Mike Shanahan or if he absorbed a lot from Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak:

“I never coached with my dad in my life until I went to Washington, so everything I got from my dad was just growing up and talking around the table and stuff at dinner. I never went to meetings. I was never at the office. I was trying to be a football player when I was younger. When I got into coaching I worked for Karl Dorrell, Jon Gruden, Gary Kubiak. Those guys really are the ones who brought me up with my start in football, and then, when I got with my dad, it was kind of neat to see how much our stuff was similar because I had worked for a guy like Kubiak who had been with him his whole career. Most of my coaching started out with Jon Gruden and Gary Kubiak.”

On the challenge of a pass rush that has Ravens OLBs Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil:

“It’s a huge challenge because those two are definitely good. The other two players, all four of their outside backers can rush the passer so they keep them fresh and they can go every play. Their inside players are big. They don’t have to generate pressure by bringing extra people. They can get there with a four-man rush. They have a lot of stunts that are tough to block, and when you play for the stunts, they’re going to knock you over and collapse that pocket. They do have a bunch of blitzed that can really stress your protections. They really have the personally and the scheme to do it all so you’ve got to be ready for everything.”

On if Manziel made the right read on his pass attempt against the Saints:

“Yeah, it was the right read. He hesitated a little bit. You’d like to get it there a little bit quicker so the guy didn’t have a chance to break it up, but that was where the ball needed to go.”

On what Hoyer has done from a leadership standpoint on and off the field:

“I think he got better in the second week than his first week. I think he did some good things in the first week also, but I think Brian’s a competitive guy. I enjoy it. I’m similar. We both want to win. We both want to do as good as we possibly can. It means the world to Brian, and anybody who this sport, this job means as much to him as I feel it does to myself. That’s a guy I’ll do anything for, and it’s fun when you have a guy like that because you can tell he’s going to give it his all. Whether he even does his best or not, he’s a guy you root for just like all you guys do and myself included. I think the way he is, the way he works – he’s gotten better in these two weeks, and I think he’ll continue to get better throughout the year.”

On if Hoyer has the ‘it’ factor that good quarterbacks have:

“We’ll see. It’s two games. I’ll let you know at the end of the year.”

On if Hoyer throws better in the second half:
“I don’t know. You’ll very rarely get me to speak in absolutes, especially after two games. I really don’t know. It has been the case in these last two weeks, but everything’s different. The first week, the no-huddle, we ran the ball great – I think seven yards a carry. The second week in the no-huddle, we were one yard a carry. You never know, especially after two games. After 16 games at the end of the year, I’ll probably be able to answer those questions a little bit better.”

On the rookie running backs and their pass blocking being a concern going into the season:

“It’s still a concern, but it always is with backs, especially young backs because they’re going to see stuff in games that they’ve never seen before, especially coming out of college and especially when you’ve got two guys from a smaller college. That stress wasn’t put on them as much as it is now. I think in two games they’ve seen some stuff they didn’t realize the urgency of it. We missed some blocks, not just the backs but also some O linemen, some the quarterback on a couple, the whole team. When you’re able to miss some stuff and still come out with a win, it’s a good thing because you watch the tape. You realize the urgency you have to have in protections. It’s OK because it didn’t cost us the game, but you realize if you do that too much it can cost the game.”

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