Amari Cooper Talks TNF Win And Chemistry With Brissett

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CLEVELAND, OHIO - SEPTEMBER 22: Amari Cooper #2 of the Cleveland Browns makes a catch during the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 22, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio.Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

On what QB Jacoby Brissett has proven to the team, city and Browns fans:

“I think he has proven that he can win. I don’t think he has proven anything that we didn’t already know about him. I don’t think he would be in the league if he wasn’t a good quarterback at this point. He has been in the league a long time. He is a veteran and a good player. We are glad to have him.”

On how important it was to have a good game and win tonight following Sunday’s loss to the NY Jets:

“It was really important to come out and bounce back. It was a short week this week so it was a great opportunity for us to come out here and get the win like we did so that we can get that bad taste out of our mouths.”

On how difficult it was for the team to put Sunday’s loss behind it:

“I wouldn’t really call it difficult. We just came out and practice really hard, and we do what we practice. We have guys in the building who can achieve great things. (TE) David (Njoku) had all of the catches. We really believe in ourselves. We do what we practice, and we are happy to come away with a win.”

On his chemistry with Brissett:

“We go out there and practice hard and on our own time. We are always communicating, even outside of the building because we know at the end of the day, we are responsible for how we are playing. Jacoby and I are both from South Florida so it is easy to relate to him. He is a cool person and a really fun guy to be around. The communication is there so we just want to build off of what we have been achieving so far.”

On how fulfilling it is to finish a six or seven-minute offensive drive:

“For an offense, that is a great thing. Sometimes you want to have an explosive offense that can score in a couple of plays. If you wear that defense down, it gives everyone on offense the opportunity to make plays the more first downs you get. Obviously to finish strong with seven instead of three [points], that is how you win in this league.”

On what it means to be first Browns WR in nine years to have back-to-back 100-yard receiving games:

“I didn’t know that. I guess that’s cool. That 100-yard mark is the standard for a receiver to have a good game in everyone else’s eyes. I just come out here and do my job. Do what I practice. Do what we practice. Do what the coaches are asking me to do and continue to show I can just get open and be productive for the team.”

On whether or not he was shocked he stepped out of bounds on the long pass play that was called back for illegal touching:

“I wasn’t shocked. I know better than that. I was caught up in the moment because I just wanted the ball. You only have a small amount of time to get the ball, and I saw the corner getting closer and closer to me so I was just trying to get farther away from him, but I should have been more aware.”

On what led to his open looks tonight:

“I was just doing what I practiced working on fundamentals. For me, watching film and knowing how those guys will try and play against me helped tonight. “

On if Brissett had more zip on the football tonight than usual:

“Not really. He is not really a guy who throws an uncatchable ball. I think he throws it just right.”

On how he found the opening for the deep pass from Brissett:

“It was what we practiced. We knew what type of look we would get in that situation, and it just worked out how we practiced it. I was patient, ran my route and got open.”

On how much it means to Browns fans to beat the Steelers:

“Obviously, in the league, those rivalry games seem like the most important games. I was happy we were able to come out with the win tonight. I kind of have a better feel now of what this rivalry is like, seeing it on the other guys faces after the game. It means a lot.”

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