THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Rams head coach Sean McVay and quarterback Matthew Stafford each held press conferences with local media Wednesday, discussing what they've seen from the Browns defense, the play of offensive guards Steve Avila and Kevin Dotson, and more.
On Thursday, defensive tackle Aaron Donald, offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur, defensive coordinator Raheem Morris and wide receiver Cooper Kuppmet with the media, discussing rookie nose tackle Kobie Turner's growth, the impact of running back Kyren Williams' return, and more.
Here are some of the highlights and key takeaways from those conversations.
"They've got great players at all three levels of the defense." – McVay
- Whether along the defensive line, at linebacker, or in the defensive backfield, Cleveland has difference-makers within each group.
- The Browns enter Week 13 allowing the fewest total yards per game in the NFL at 247.9.
"They've done a great job. They're really physical players, both in pass protection and in the run game." – Stafford
- Avila and Dotson have been difference-makers in both phases for the Rams' offense this season.
- Stafford said both players were "huge reasons" some of the screen passes they executed last week against the Cardinals worked so well.
"It's a little long, I think." – Donald
- Donald joked that the length of Turner's "The Conductor" celebration makes him think he's trying to get fined.
- But in all seriousness, Donald said that will become a signature thing for Turner as long as he continues to make plays.
"It's not secret – he a brought a jolt, an energy that is so authentic to his personality." – LaFleur
- Besides his statistical production, Williams' genuine personality and enthusiasm provided just as a big of a spark for Los Angeles' offense last week.
- "Guys can feel it," LaFleur said.
"This is just the players practicing hard and getting better." – Morris
- In the eyes of Morris, that's part what has contributed to the Rams leading the NFL in pass breakups over the last two weeks.
- Morris also credits the Rams coaches for being on the defensive backs and giving them the confidence to go out onto the field and make plays.
"I think his (Jim Schwartz's) Browns team plays with that same energy, same physicality." – Kupp
- The Browns defense has many of the same traits as previous defenses coached by Shcwartz in his career.
- "There's obviously the mixes of pressures that you're gonna see, the guys are gonna come up and challenge you," Kupp said. "And, yeah, they just they play hard."