How would you rate how Jeff Driskel played after coming in due to the thumb injury to Andy Dalton?
“He’s a confident player as well. I know he’s going to come in as the top player he is. That’s’ why he’s here. He came in and played a phenomenal game to me. Regardless, we were still moving the ball with him there. We just have to start faster, earlier in the game.”
Did the Browns’ smack talk before or during the game get under your skin at all?
“Nah, it didn’t get under my skin, but I did feel some type of way (about it) because, how can you say one person (A.J. Green and his injury) justifies a win? But at the end of the day, we had to go out there and show them that wasn’t the reason (we wouldn’t win). I’m not saying it is, but, regardless, I’m going to go out there and fight my tail off and try to get a win.”
Is it bewildering that the team was 4-1 at one point and it’s since spiraled in a bad direction?
“Yeah, it hurt a lot, especially for me. I’m really mad, but it’s football. It’s the National Football League. It’s hard to rally up wins consecutively. But we’re a great team, and I believe that. We’ve got guys that can step in for the guys that are hurt, and we can still win. We’ve just got to play a little more perfect. We’ve got to play penalty-free and just play — just ball and make plays like we always do.”
All teams face injuries, but it has to seem crazy with the amount of guys you’ve lost this season, no?
“I still feel we have the better team overall; we just started slow. We knew we had to outscore them. No matter what the defense is doing, we’ve got to score points regardless. But we started slow, and that’s what we need to fix. That’s what we’ve been trying to fix through this journey. Once we develop better efficiency, we’ll start running (smoothly).”