Jeff Driskel: "At the end of the day, we didn’t do enough to win."

QB Jeff Driskel Postgame Press Conference vs Browns

On the Brown’s commitment to stop the run:

“They came out in the first half and played a lot of single safety and blitzes. We expected that. That’s been their M.O. over the past few games. We just didn’t do a good enough job of making plays in the first half. We just never really got anything going. We didn’t get into a rhythm. During the first half, we didn’t do much offensively. Then, we came out in the second half, and they still had their same game plan. We were able to move the ball and find some guys down the field. It was just one of those deals where it was just too little too late. We got rolling in the 4th quarter, but we were fighting against the clock, and we came up short.”

On not being able to capitalize offensively:

“It’s tough. It just comes down to execution. Whether it’s me getting under the right protection, throwing accurate balls, or just being able to hit them whenever they’re bringing one more guy than we can protect. There’s a lot of space out there, and we weren’t able to capitalize off of what they were doing. It wasn’t a shock. We knew what they’ve been like the last few weeks. We just didn’t do enough to make enough plays to win the football game.”

On what to take away from today’s game:

“We lost the game. That’s obviously what we’re playing for, to go out and find a way to win no matter how you do that. In the second half, we moved the ball, we scored, and the two-point-conversion was huge to come within striking distance. At the end of the day, we didn’t do enough to win. Because of the character of the guys, you couldn’t tell that we were losing. The character of the guys said ‘We’re going to go out there and we’re going to score on this next drive.’ And, I think that’s my takeaway: the character of the guys in that huddle.”

On the play call for the two-point conversion:

“It was a play action. A play action pass. We had guys, (Bengals WRs) John (Ross) and Cody (Core), who were running away from man coverage. Cody did a really nice job of extending the play. The DB had his back to me so, I gave him a high ball, and he went up and made a good play. That was a really big play to come within one score.”

On the Bengals finishing fourth in the AFC North this year:

“I don’t think you look at the roster. I think you have to look at yourself. ‘What can I do better to prevent this in the weeks and seasons to come?’ Obviously, we came into the season thinking that we were going to be able to win this division. We go into every game thinking that we’re going to win the football game. So, we have to find a way to win tight football games. We have one more this season, and we’re going to do everything we can to get a win so we can end the season on a win.”

On Bengals RB Joe Mixon:

"He’s a great running back. He’s a guy who can hit the holes when they’re there. When there’s nothing there, he can create. He’s tough and he’s going to keep running hard. He’s done that all season long. He’s been very consistent for us and, I think he’s just going to keep improving. He’s tough. I love playing with that guy. He has a ‘next play’ mentality. I think he’s probably looking at the game just like everyone else. ‘What could I have done more?.’ He’s not out there getting frustrated or pointing fingers. He’s putting his head down, running the football hard and doing what he can to help us score points.”

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