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Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-19-09 (Opening statement)- "Good afternoon everybody. In looking at the tape, talking to the team, I really feel that what I saw, or what I talked to them about after the game is pretty consistent. I thought that it was another example of playing hard throughout the course of the game. I thought the best examples of those were, we had the turnover, then were able to generate a turnover in our area. We had another turnover, we were able to generate a turnover after that, then be able to have the drive that we had, leading to what would have been a one score game at that point. Those things are good, and that's what I expect each week, regardless of what the situation in the game is, for us to be able to deal with adversity, come back from it and then respond to it in a positive way. I thought another good example of that was when we went down 14-0, came back with a kickoff return for a touchdown or come out after halftime and have the drive that we had and score points and make it a three point game. Those things are positive. Things that we have to continue to address, and what hurt us this weekend, were the turnovers. It's hard to turn the ball over and be successful, and defensively, some of the big plays. Unfortunately, Ben (Roethlisberger) was able to do some of the things that he's done to a lot of people. I thought we had some good answers for that, but they weren't quite what they need to be, whether they be scheme or execution or other. We're going to correct those things. I think that the style of play is moving forward. The execution needs to continue to get better. We'll watch the film here today. The guys are in the process of doing that now, then we'll move on to next week." (On using the Wildcat formation and if he is hesitant to let Josh Cribbs throw the ball)- "With that, it's been part of our package. It will continue to be part of our package. How much we use it each week will vary. I'm not gun shy in terms of him throwing the ball. It's like anything else, you take calculated risks. If it's not there, him keeping the ball is never a bad option." (On the flu is going around the team)- "Kamerion (Wimbley) was sick on Saturday. We were hoping that he'd be okay for Sunday. We kept him as isolated as we could. He just wasn't able to go. Big Baby (Shaun Rogers) started feeling it on Sunday morning. Those are the only two that we've had. We're taking every measure we can to make sure that we stop it at that. I talked to the guys about that, how important it was to continually wash your hands, continually sanitize, all the things that we all know about trying to prevent things like that. Anytime a player has those symptoms, we'll try to get them the rest and the care they need and not put them in a position where they could potentially pass it on or someone else can catch it." (On if another player was sick early last week)- "[It was] not the same thing. It wasn't the same. It happened and then kind of got through pretty quickly. It wasn't the same."
(On if flu shots have been given to the team)- "We've had flu shots available. I think it was a couple weeks ago. It's that time of year. Everybody just has to be extra vigilant with passing, whether it's picking it up, cleaning their hands. I'm not an expert on it, but some of the things we can do, we need to do." (On if he can order players to get a flu shot)- "I never have advocated that. I think it's one of those things that you have to make a decision on, and everybody is different. Some people feel like when they take the flu shot, they get sick. Other people feel like it's the greatest thing. I just try to educate them on it and let them make the decision." (On if the quarterback needs to be on the field in Wildcat formation)- "No, he doesn't necessarily need to be. Miami does it sometimes where there's no quarterback on the field. You can do it however you want to do it." (On why Derek Anderson was on the field in Wildcat formation)- "I think it just disguises the fact that it could be that or could not be that. When you break the huddle, depending on how many seconds, it may be 20-16 seconds, usually a huddle breaks somewhere around there. That's different then the 45 seconds or the 50 seconds, however it works out." (On if Anderson calls the plays on Wildcat plays)- "Yes, he'll call the play." (On if he is hesitant to reach a new deal with Josh Cribbs because he does not want to set a precedent)- "With all those contract things, those are internal. Like I said, I really like Josh. I think he's done a great job. I like him, obviously, for his special teams value, but the things that he's able to do, offensively, I think, have been very good. I've liked the way he's worked at wide receiver as well. You really haven't seen as many numbers there, but it's not something that we've stopped working on. He's still working on that and I think he'll continue to develop there." (On his thinking behind keeping Derek Anderson at quarterback)- "I think that there have been times where we've moved the ball really effectively. I think the drive that we had at the beginning of the second half is indicative of things that we can do. We have to do a much better job of not stopping ourselves, whether it be with the dropped balls or some throws a little bit off. It could be tightening up the protection or tightening up the routes, all those things. I think we can get better at that, but there are some positive things I've seen throughout the course of Derek working at quarterback that I think will get better." (On what they can do to stop dropped passes)- "It's like any skill set, you have to keep working at it. Something's not just solved by doing it a little bit, it's deliberate practice. It's consistent. It's every single day. It's not focusing on the end result, as much as it's focusing on the process to get to the end result and not getting tied up with, ‘We've had this many drops, that many drops.' It's, ‘Okay, what can we do to practice that skill?' It's like tackling, defensively. We do the tackling drill every week as a group, offensive and defensive guys together. We'll do it towards the start of practice, you guys have seen that
a bunch of times, and then guys will do it in their individual periods as well. It's such a fundamental skill, but you have to keep sharpening the saw with something like that. Blocking, hand placement, all the fundamentals, it's easy to get away from those things, especially in pro football, where your time allocated to that stuff isn't probably as large as it would be in college football, but it's not any less important." (On what he does when he believes dropped passes are more mental than physical)"I think sometimes it's understanding where you have to improve. You saw Mohamed (Massaquoi), where he had some outstanding catches yesterday and then there were a couple of them that I think he was looking to run before he actually got the ball. That's something that you can't do. You take your eyes off the ball for a split second, or start thinking about the next step before you finish that step, and you don't get a chance to get the next step without being able to get the ball. I thought Brian Robiskie had a couple of nice catches yesterday. His first one there on the in cut late, the one on the sideline, he wasn't able to come down inbounds, but it was pretty close. Those things are positive. I think as we go and continue to work together and continue to get opportunities and really continue to work on the process, that'll help." (On who he attributes the dropped passes to)- "I think everybody can improve. I think there are some things we can do with ball placement that can get better. You work on that with the quarterbacks and you work on the things you can work on with the receivers with them. Everybody isolates the things related to their area to get better." (On the progress in the secondary against Pittsburgh)- "There were some big plays that shouldn't' have been nearly as big as they were. They had an opportunity on Santonio Holmes' catch, we just didn't execute the tackle after he caught the ball and he picked up another, whatever it was, 15 or 20 yards. Even on Hines Ward, Hines' catch, where he kind of stepped in front of Santonio on the over. We had a couple guys there. We didn't quite leverage him correctly. Those are all passing yards. The catch is one element of it and you want to get better at stopping that and then the second element is tackling once he's in space. We can improve the consistency of the pass rush. I thought there were some times where he was able to step up and get the ball off. I'd like to see us take better advantage of some of the opportunities that we had. Brodney (Pool) had the interception and I think we had a chance for another one, it would have been tough, but had a chance for another one there. Linebackers play a role in that, too. A lot of those plays, some were zone, some were man. In zones, everybody has to be in the right spot." (On if Brandon McDonald's shoulder bothered him during the game Sunday)- "He and I didn't talk to about it, specifically to that. We'll see where he is. I think everybody has got some nicks here as we go. We'll see where he is for Wednesday, but I anticipate him to be able to practice." (On D'Qwell Jackson's shoulder)- "We're going to find out a little bit more here today. I have to see where that is."
I don't know if you guys have watched it or not. that's imminent. Sometimes it's reading the coverage and being able to understand exactly where you have to fit. so it would just have to be off the TV copy. It's his call. I'd say. There are signs of things that I like and stuff that still has to get fixed. There's nothing. but nothing can change." (On if Corey Williams could be traded). I'd say with all of our third down routes. Things happen. but what do you think?" (On if he anticipates any moves before the trade deadline)."I haven't really been looking at any of that."I've enjoyed getting to know Bernie and spending some time with him. I think there's a lot of room for us to continue to improve there. I anticipate him playing more between the two this week. We've had some good opportunities on third down. but in base. a call comes in and we listen. I really haven't." (On if he has looked at the measurement on film). He gives some good insight and I've enjoyed spending some time with him." (On developing chemistry between Derek Anderson and Chansi Stuckey). It's more informal than that."Corey's played more and more as we've gone here."No." (On if he can ask the NFL to review the measurement call). We'll get some more clarity on it. so I'm not sure. Nothing can really happen from that. I'm not saying that it isn't possible. whether it be from a quarterback's perspective. that's not really what it's been. or even better." (On if he will call the NFL to get further explanation on the fourth-down measurement call during the Pittsburgh game)."I think the official talked about it after the game. not just in sub. I really like some of the insight that he's able to give. Like I said. from an offensive perspective. a couple were batted. we can sharpen those up and do some things to improve there. but you never know."Chansi's caught a lot of balls from him in practice." (On if Kosar will be in meetings regularly or work with the quarterbacks)."The coach's copy. He still works on both offense and defense." (On if it seems like Mike Furrey has dropped off). I think he's done a good job with the things that we've asked him to do. [there is] nothing imminent. I'm not out there pushing forward with anything specifically. in the short time that he's been here. not at all. This morning's been all Pittsburgh and transitioning to Green Bay. to talk to him from a defensive perspective on things that maybe were frustrating to a quarterback. I haven't watched the TV copy of the game. but like anything else."No."Yes." . and talking about it in that context.(On Bernie Kosar's role with the team). you don't have the measurement on it. You just deal with the next situation and move on. Mike probably didn't play as much as he should have this weekend. There's a lot of different ways that our conversations have gone. some we haven't converted on.
came off and Ben (Roethlisberger) was able to step up. everybody sees those things. Those small things become big things. the guard recognized it late. but the tackle was able to pop out. The start of the second half. get a bump on him. That's an area that we hadn't been effective in. you're really trying to get the defense to come up and bite on the run and you're looking for the separation between the linebackers and the safeties. which he would have. things like that. We actually got third downand-one stop and we were pretty close on that fourth-and-one stop. You have to understand those two things. and there's been progress in a lot of them. It was just that much of a difference in the detail. we had held the guard long enough. is that we understand what the game plan is. things like that. We had three sacks. [We] continue to have very limited penalties. but we also have to keep improving the areas where we need to improve on. It's more of an indication that you're going to run the ball. You get a bigger body. or hoping to. with play-action passes. those are key to winning the game. but now it's being able to do those things."Yes. They were all passes and they were all positive passes. so minor progress there. and . and that's positive. that we're able to do some things effectively in the passing game. it's a 25-yard completion."To me. [We] did a better job turning the ball over this week. I really thought that he'd be able to go. we understand what we have to stop from our opponent. but it's how we execute. Instead of that being a sack. I think that we've shown. Even right at the start of the game. third down defensively. That's been something that I've been emphasizing over and over again. four-out-of-five of those plays were plus-10 plays.(On what the team needs to fix immediately)." (On if using Hank Fraley as an eligible receiver limits what Anderson can do)"There are pluses and minuses. but it's constantly making progress in all those areas. but we have to keep going forward with it. and those two things are huge. whether it's third down offensively. If you want to run the ball. I thought even the drive towards the end of the game there. those two things are positive. it's a good example of kind of how the injuries go during the week. but I think there were some sack opportunities that if we had just done it a little bit differently. It gives you some more options in the running game. Some of that could be catching the ball better." (On if Steve Heiden aggravated his knee). in the early part of the season." (On if the team has the talent at wide receiver to have a productive passing game this season). than we had been doing. It's the things that we need to improve on. As we make strides within the room. One of the plusses is you get a more efficient blocker."What I'm looking for is continually focusing on us. you see those things. Having a bigger body in there sells that more. Some of that could be continuing to improve the communication with protections. We've addressed a lot of them. Hank's caught the ball a couple times. which is something I'm looking for. so play-action tends to be more effective. you're not releasing multiple receivers. If you did want to get everybody out. It doesn't happen overnight. just weren't able to close the offensive tackle down enough to let the edge rusher come clean. That's the difference between a sack and a 30-yard completion. the adjustments. but he wouldn't be the first option. then the other things are better and better. A lot of times. [at] a lot of different points. If we had just shortened that edge and let the guy come clean. defensively. I thought we had a great opportunity.
but that's evolved since we played them. throughout the course of the season or the preseason. A lot of young guys had to play a lot yesterday. I thought the situation with Kamerion is a really good example of how things can change dramatically in a hurry." Mangini press conf. Guys that won't be here today: Jerome Harrison. Defensively. I thought they did a nice job against us on special teams in the preseason. That's always a point of emphasis for us offensively. and this is a team that's very good at it defensively. Brodney Pool. Aaron Rogers has been very efficient throwing the ball. 10/21 10. I thought just looking back at the preseason game. "Looking at Green Bay. I think we've made strides since then on special teams. I don't know Dom (Capers) that well. We'll adjust practice. You saw in our . I think they're playing really well. The good thing is they get some experience and grow and if they have to do it again. Kamerion Wimbley. We're trying to. It's not exactly like our 3-4. obviously. Offensively. We're working as hard as we can to promote things to prevent the illness. Corey Williams. obviously stressing important things like sleep and hands and things like that. Anthony Madison. I think they're getting better each week. and they create a lot of pressure on things like PATs and field goals. Chansi Stuckey. Robert Royal. It's the 3-4. We're actually working with quite a few less players. Lawrence Vickers. One of the things they do an outstanding job with is turning the ball over. It's that time of year and unfortunately we have quite a few guys who are dealing with it. but it happens."Good morning everybody. They're able to get a lot of guys out quickly and he's able to get the ball to them. We just have to make some adjustments. but I've always respected and admired the job he's done. in terms of not as many guys to interview. get the guys home and out of the building. Big Baby. We had the flu cases and some more guys have come down with it. was sick. they'll be able to take advantage of the opportunity even better. Alex Mack. He just came in. It'll probably shorten the player availability. we're going to cut practice down a little bit. but there are elements that we've seen before. the first time we played them.21.just wasn't able to when we looked at it. I think are solid. 21 (Opening statement). There were some young-guy mistakes. Jason Trusnik. but then the receivers do a nice job with the run after the catch. Shaun Rogers. and suddenly Jason (Trusnik) and Alex (Hall) have to pick up the slack there. right on down the line. He has a 104 quarterback rating. They've moved it efficiently against everybody they've faced.2009 Eric Mangini press conference: Wed. hopefully. the first signs of any type of illness. How are we doing? Just in terms of practice today. not just hitting the receivers. I think they're playing very well defensively. We'll work around it and continue to move forward on Green Bay. Brian Schaefering. this is a team that presents a lot of challenges. They do a nice job. Especially their coverage units. On special teams. Oct. that was not a predictable thing.
but that's typical for a Wednesday."No. I actually thought that Kaluka (Maiava) did a pretty nice job for his first extended exposure inside. A little tired. Things like that."The exact rule. If there's any sign of it and we think it's heading that way. that they've put in place." (On if any of the players with the flu had received a flu shot)." (On if there are any positions completely affected by the flu). It wasn't something that was apparent on Monday." (On if the team is taking more preventive measures against the flu than normal)"We're being really aggressive preventatively. Houston had a similar situation. extend the walk through a little bit. but there are roster exemptions where you can bring up practice squad guys to play in the game. We'll go through all those things. without having to release somebody. so it's new. they may not feel great. I'm not sure. we can't discuss it. We will continue to research that and go through the process and see where we're at. but nothing that I've seen where we'd send them home right now. I don't have all the specifics."We'll cut back on some reps." (On how he will adjust the defense without having D'Qwell Jackson)." (On if any of the players with the flu are in the building). They blocked one already this year. With HIPAA. give them a chance to just be as vigilant as possible with this. We may keep it the same time." (On what he means by ‘provisions' for teams hit with the flu)."They're all home."We have a couple different options. I'm going to talk to Brad (Seely) and the coordinators maybe about the post-practice meetings. things like that. I didn't go through player by player with that."A lot of these were really new this morning. That's something that we'll have to deal with. Barton can play with MIKE or WILL. increase the amount of time in between plays. David Bowens started last year inside." (On if any of the coaches have the flu). [I am] just trying to get them some extra rest. but take some plays off it. fullback. There are provisions if a team is hit by quite a bit of flu cases. five games. so he's played there. Vickers." (On if the players with the flu have undergone H1N1 testing). Jason Trusnik. but we will go through and see where we're at." (On if they are seeking league guidance on the flu). Jason has played there some. we'd much rather try to minimize the effects on the player and also the possible exposure to the rest of the group."We're researching that now. with the holding penalty and got quite a bit of push.preseason game. we'll have people for each position." (On how he will adjust practice because of the flu)."No. we'll have to adjust there. depending on if you wanted to go with ."I'm not sure. so that gives us some flexibility.
some of that. He'll work with the young guys. He'll work with whoever. everybody develops differently." (On why he moved David Veikune from defensive end to inside linebacker). I should have added him to that list as well. based on the reps that we had allocated during practice." (On why he did not include David Veikune in the list of players who could play inside linebacker). which is unique in itself. because it is. You have to be able to . D'Qwell's such a good guy. It gives us some flexibility there. He's advanced enough where he could play either at any point. His concern isn't him. [inside linebackers] tend to be not quite as tall as the outside [line]backers. [They play] the same position. past experience. It was the easiest. playing the MIKE. the ability to come up and take on guards. I talked to him yesterday. I didn't think to list him with the group. speed."No." (On if it is disappointing that Veikune has not gotten many defensive reps during games since he was as second round pick). just because he's played both spots.'" (On if Jackson has surgery scheduled). I'm not saying that the lines are going to follow exactly the same way. Once he got used to it. Even though he's not playing the field. As we've talked about before. That's who he is."I saw a lot of parallels with him and (Tedy) Bruschi."I'm not sure exactly where it was. when he first moved inside. the timeline exactly. did a little bit of that. It's a different world."It might have been on one of the catches by (Heath) Miller. Because he's been there.a bigger guy or wanted to go with a not as big guy. he's like. not necessarily. let's go on [to] Green Bay. David's made a lot of progress inside. Tedy in 2000. ‘Don't worry about me." (On if Jackson finished the first half with the injury). I don't have right now. he'll be very active in meetings. in terms of the ability to rush from an inside position."I made a mistake. I'm just saying body type. texted with him a little bit last night." (On if he knows how Jackson injured his shoulder). all those things I thought David would do a real nice job with." (On if Veikune will get reps at WILL). Barton's played both. he was very effective. His concern is getting ready for Green Bay. in terms of body type. Tony (Grossi). It was pretty late in the half. It was the progression that we had set. I know you're shocked by my savvy. That's not an easy spot. what I was saying is could move Barton to WILL and Veikune to MIKE."No."Yes."Yes. Even height. When I texted back and forth to him." (On if he has spoken with Jackson). if something happened to D'Qwell. but yes. [there was] quite a bit of transition." (On why Maiava went in during the second half at Pittsburgh instead of Veikune)"Kaluka plays the WILL and that's what D'Qwell plays.
in terms of completions. even when we were looking at Brett (Favre) in New York. pretty good genetics. but he gained . what you consider big plays 40-yard plays." (On Greg Jennings and Donald Driver). He has good strength. which was a comeback for about 15 yards. He's a very intellectual guy.get in. actually talked a lot about the Browns."Yes. Some of the issues we had this past weekend were run after the catch." (On Aaron Rogers). and the reality was they weren't actually 40-yard throws down the field. where he broke it for 40. again."I wish it was just him. thought that would be best for his development." (On the importance of team speed on defense). hopefully it will. You have to be able to make all the run-pass reads. He's picked on a lot of people. all those things. talked about his dad."I liked Clay and spent a lot of time with him. He's a tough guy. obviously. There was the play to Santonio Holmes. his efficiency. 50-yard plays."That's a tough draw when you have to replace Favre in Green Bay. Some teams are built really small and fast and some teams are built bigger. It ends up going for 30 more yards after that. It is a big transition going from end to that spot. Both have some great things to them. but just in watching him. It's a pretty impressive quarterback rating. there were a lot of big plays. He has excellent hands. They run really crisp routes."They're outstanding."I think it's going to be the same as last week. speed. Driver's made some unbelievable catches. working at that spot. He's a physical guy. run the huddle. It might have been a slant to Jennings for 10. out at USC. I don't think it changed his approach that dramatically. where we have to go through the week and see where he is. talked [about] a lot of topics that you don't traditionally have in an interview with a player. Especially with Jennings."It just depends on how you're built." (On if Clay Matthews is like his father). too. I thought the value of him getting that experience. I image he's a pretty hard worker and really has developed his craft over the years. The thought process was to bring somebody in at the beginning of the week and just have another person available should it not go the way we want it. There's a lot of stuff going on there. short term and long term." (On if the Browns were interested in Clay Matthews before the draft). his ability to make people miss after the fact. but you have to do it at some point. We had some chances to tackle him at that spot. That was really the thinking there. things like that. good change of direction. looking at it. You can see the development that he's made over the course of time." (On if Ben Roethlisberger picked on Maiava when he went in)." (On if Michael Gaines was signed because Steve Heiden is still hurt). [We] talked a little politics. a couple one-handed grabs on the sideline. [He's a] smart kid. They're good size guys as well. [He is a] really interesting guy. has tremendous maturity. He. You have to be able to call out all the adjustments. The over route the Hines Ward stepped in front of. I don't know him personally. Both have merit.
Defensively we have made some strides and offensively we need to continue to. That's kind of where we are with the state of affairs. We'll do a little bit of two-minute work as well. 10/22 10. in terms of adjusting to the players that we were missing. There really haven't been any new cases. that I thought were real positive. that other guy wins. In terms of the timetable for the rest of the group coming back." (On if Brandon McDonald relapsed against Pittsburgh). it's about leveraging the player and getting him down. We should get Kamerion (Wimbley) back today and Shaun Rogers back today."How's everybody doing? Good. There are other guys that need to help you at that point. I didn't have the afternoon meetings yesterday. for us. Tony (Grossi)."We give him a lot of reps each week. and that's the reality." (On if he hopes to see Coye Francies at cornerback more). I thought as a group. same thing. It will be a good compliment to the other things that we're trying to get done on third down. [they] adjusted well to the changes that we had."I don't think it was a function of that. it goes back to what we need to get done on third down.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-22-09 (Opening statement). I think there's been some progress. "In terms of Green Bay. You're sitting there on an island. again. Those things." . which we're working on. Those yards all count towards passing yards. We scaled down practice some. It's a little bit like when we were talking about Brian (Robiskie) early in the season. there are certain roles on special teams that he plays and he has to play them better than the next guy that we're bringing. We were able to get the film work done here this morning. At that point. if you're not a starter. but we're pushing forward on that today. You saw it in Denver. Sometimes as a corner." Mangini press conf. Anybody have a cold? I thought yesterday that the guys did a good job. but minimize it to that and not allow it to mushroom into something more. You can't let at a 15-yard completion be a 40-yard completion. I think we had other opportunities too. You have to be able to take your hit. He needs to continue to develop and that's what I'm looking for. it's not about speed or anything. whatever it is. you're trying to breakdown. in terms of the flu related symptoms. you are going to miss a tackle. so that's positive as well.22. I think it was a group effort. otherwise. but we're going to just be as cautious as we can with this to make sure that we don't go into the weekend and put the group that hasn't had it in a position where they could get it. not totally sure yet. It's going to happen.some extra yards. We did some different things last week running the football.
I'm not totally sure."I think we'll be past the bulk of it. there's testing that has to take place." (On if he knows if the other players with the flu do not have H1N1). we're in contact with them and we're trying to keep that communication going consistently so we're aware of what we're able to do and what we're not able to do. It really has been a group effort."Like I said. anybody that we could have go home or any pregnant women. the other group."I checked the manual."Outside of just mixing and matching some combinations of people and things like that. As I said. we wanted to get home. [We will] process the testing and see where we are." (On if it is safe to say that the team will not meet the requirements for roster exemptions from the NFL). I don't know either way. Even in the building. I'm not sure of that status of the rest of them. give it a shot." (On where the team will stay Saturday night). just to be safe. It's open communication. I started some of that myself. It's like anything else. Kamerion probably could have come back yesterday. working with the trainers." (On if you need six confirmed cases of H1N1 to receive roster exemptions)."Again.(On if any of the players with the flu are sicker or in the hospital). but again. which the presumption is that that's swine flu." (On if there is anything in a coaching guide about situations like this)." (On if he thinks there are only two players with H1N1)."I anticipate him being out at practice today. working with the doctors. so I'm not sure where it will be. it was one of those things where we want to make sure it's done and not get past it with him and then create it with somebody else. I feel great."No. With our medical staff. you have to adjust." (On who has taken Tamiflu)."That's my understanding. Everything's being closely monitored. [there was] nothing (joking). in terms of who took what. You're . making sure that we're doing everything we can to eliminate it."We have two that are Influenza A." (On Joshua Cribbs). He looked ready to go. It's really about trying to be safe and limit it as much as possible. We're going through the process of talking to the league and documenting the different things just to see where we are with that." (On if it will take Kamerion Wimbley a couple of days to be back to 100 percent)"He looked pretty good."No."I just know that two are. they're all in contact with them." (On if the coaches are feeling okay). this is new ground for me. I feel like we have a good handle on it. He looked happy. Tony (Grossi). not too bad." (On if he has ever been through anything like this before).
where you're just hoping to God that they don't get beat early. Sometimes you can get in a guy's ear and that's it. you might as well put . ‘Okay if I do these things.always looking for way to teach off something." (On Anderson saying there are about 15 plays over the course of the season he would like to have back). because it's over."That was really early in the process for us. He can move pretty well." (On if he learned how to defend Rodgers in the preseason). you take some chances when you hold the ball a little bit longer. You have a chance at any point to make your case to play and things change dramatically week-to-week. ‘Okay. the result will be better. ‘Is this correctable? Is it not correctable?' And the realization that all of these things are correctable. He can throw on the run and he can create some time. At that point. Everybody responds differently. You don't know when you'll get your chance. here are some of the plays and this is what happened. if you can put things together and then show them. It's a big distinction." (On Derek Anderson not letting dropped balls bother him). He's here late each night. because it is a lot of the same players. you lose the next one. Sometimes you have to get in there and explain the importance of moving on to the next play. then it's not as much of an inherent problem as it is something that can be worked on and improved."He has the ability to move in the pocket. That's a skill set that you try to teach everybody. where he just sprints out one way." (On Aaron Rodgers). to always try to keep them up-to-date and ready to assume a role if a role should open up. whether the protection breaks down and he gets out. I think situations like this are a really good reminder to them [of] how close they are. players and coaches. sometimes day-to-day and you get a chance that maybe you didn't anticipate. You're on a team and you're on the practice squad. we actually had a little pressure. He's really involved in all the different things that are going on and I've been extremely happy with that. You do look at it. where he fakes one way and roles the other way. sometimes dashes. things have changed for us and now you just try to get what you can from it. I've had DBs like that. boots. because if you're worried about that. but things have changed for them. You don't know. They shut it down and it's over. You saw in the first preseason game. That's some of the things that he can do. but the amount of really meaningful stuff that you can take from the game isn't too significant. but he's made a ton of good plays there as well. You look back at that. Now. The worst thing for anybody is to not be ready for that chance when it does show up.'" (On how he deals with receivers who drop balls). It's a good reminder to the practice squad guys. whether it's post practice or additional meetings."I think he's gotten better moving on to the next play. It's an understanding.' and you sit with the player and say. We do a lot of work with those guys. They'll use him on some moving routes."Sometime it depends on who the guy is. we had a three-man rush on. but he was able to sidestep the pressure and then the play went too long and he was able to hit it down the middle early in the first quarter there."When you try to put something that you want a person to improve on. a lot of the core parts of the scheme. I've been impressed with his work ethic.
Some teams will never run on third-and-four. That wasn't a package that Mike was in. 21 is two backs."I'd say that most teams are probably on that same percentage. is it third-and-one? Most teams."No. the best. it could be a combination of offense and defense. or as frequently. sort of. I'd say from a self-scout perspective.' I showed a couple clips today of some catches Mohamed (Massaquoi) had yesterday that were unbelievable catches. like your standard set." . we actually ran three times on third down last week. That skewed his overall participation a little bit. I'm sure he'd love to be more productive and I'd love him to be more productive.them in one of the boxes to watch the rest of the game because it's done. When you look at third down. is what packages stay in." (On if he anticipates using Mike Furrey more this game)."Do I anticipate him playing more this game? Definitely."I think we're somewhere between 54 and 46 [percent]. a tight end."It's one of those situations where they're both really coming back from injuries. Hank's (Fraley) done some work as the extra lineman. a lot of teams. Sometimes the way that goes. To me. we weren't using those groups as much. if you're going to get a run. as we had. 12 is the two tight ends. that percentage of run-pass is much different than say third-and-four." (On if the team throwing 19-of-25 times on third down against Pittsburgh). just take them. He's a complete team guy. the tight end. The other ones should be easy. two receivers. but some of it is opportunity. Some teams. Robert (Royal) got a little bit banged up mid-way through the game and Steve (Heiden) was down. two receivers. it'll depend on." (On if he is comfortable with rotating Floyd Womack and Rex Hadnot at right guard). That's kind of what he can do. look. ‘Okay. I really like Mike. so we were a little light there. It's pretty close to 50-50." (On if the team throws too much on third down). running three times on third down was very different than what we had done. they will be sprinkled in on third-and-12. Sometimes guys just need reassurance that they're going to get another opportunity and you go back to them right away to say." (On if the offenses runs too much on first down). I think that was really the goal." (On if he is disappointed with Furrey). view of Mike is in the Cincinnati game. that was aberration. Now. where he catches a third down then breaks up a third down."Tony (Grossi). We were in a little bit more of that on third down than we have been historically. There are other guys that get beat five times and they're going to come out and compete exactly the same way. I think he's a versatile guy. There are trends that way and it just depends on what your third down percentage is and what you think the best chance of making that down and distance is. so where he'd normally get reps on the three wide receiver sets. We were in a little bit more 21 and 12. They both have different skill sets that you like and you want to involve them as much as you can. but he'll definitely play more than he played last game. like stealing. here's another ball. which is. Jeff (Schudel). it just depends on the down and distance. Some of it's the way the games have gone.
There's really nothing else to it. I am really happy that he is safe. You don't want to . he takes some really small completions and turns them into big plays. I'd much rather everybody be home but guys do go out.m.23. "In terms of the guys that had been out with the illness." Mangini press conf. He's that knowledgeable. is to be able to get past this part of it."What I like about that group is guys can be plugged in and they've done it so much that there's a comfort level with it. we've got almost all of them back. I never want anyone to be an accident. He's a strong runner. It was wet." (On if they are especially high alert against the Packers for big pass plays)."He was in an accident.2009 The transcript of Eric Mangini's Friday 10/23 press conference (Opening statement)."Corey (Williams) is still out."We were on high alert last week.(On if he worries about the continuity on the offensive line). but you don't have curfew year round. How are we doing? Eric Wright was in a car accident last night. Coaches can make the points there and they can hear them and then they will get together with coaches. as well. Some of that is being able to make the tackle at the point of reception."Good morning everybody."I wouldn't necessarily be out at 2:10 in the morning. Hopefully we are over the hump with this now. That's not something that we have. He's impressive that way. He's that aware. We just didn't do it very well. the way he's able to make people miss. What I did yesterday. What I wanted to do was make sure that we watched the tape with the group of guys that got back so they would be familiar with Thursday's practice. Watch that as a group and have the guys that did participate in practice. 10/23 10. There really haven't been any new guys out with illness. That's what I'm looking forward to. Hank." (On if Wright's accident violates any personal conduct policy). they can help them out. get everybody caught up and move into the weekend. He was in this morning and we sent him just to get some further tests. I talked to him about it. The other thing with the Packers is they're able to. especially with a guy like (Greg) Jennings. as opposed to giving them an opportunity to pick up another 15 to 20 yards." (On if it bothers him that Wright was out until 2:10 a." (On if anyone is still out). he can play any spot. after practice today to get caught up on Wednesday and the other game plan specific things. I'm really hopeful that he can play. I mean. I didn't have the afternoon meetings. That's where that is. That didn't sneak up on us.). Hank could probably play DB. because his yards after the catch.
but I'm glad he's healthy." (On when he finds out about situations like this). No. sometimes you find out the next morning. He was in a car accident." (On when he found out about Wright)." (On if he is planning to discipline Wright). or just didn't feel right as you went through it."Yes. I'd much rather everybody be in and studying and doing those types of things but everybody is different. I've been off with the family sometimes hanging out and you get a call."He was in a car accident. didn't look right as you went through it. The first thing you want to do is make sure everybody is safe and then understand exactly what happened and hopefully use that educate people moving forward.see anybody in any kind of accident or any kind of situation like that."Yes." (On if Wright is up and moving around)." (On if there was any substance involved). I just talked to him 10 minutes ago. Now it's a function of. Like I said. they had the film here this morning. sometimes it rings at 2:30 a. I'll talk to him further about best practices. it didn't really play that well. That's really all there is to it. which I think is good information. They'll work with the coaches. I like Jay-Z."I have to see where we are with tests and things like that." (On if Wright will be practicing)."It depends. There are no team based rules on those things. There were no other things involved with it. you start with a bulk of things that you want to do and you look at how it goes. sort of. the final approach. but my preference would be everybody is preparing at all times for the game. I don't know any more about that honestly.m. like I said. I don't ever want to see anybody in that situation. None of them wanted to be out. This wasn't anybody's desire. too." (On if a lot of players went to the Jay-Z concert). I'd much prefer that guys were in. usually what we do is."We didn't scale it back that much. or pretty close to the final approach. Sometimes experiences like these are the best teachers for the person involved and for those around him." (On if players who are out late have character issues)." (On if the team had to scale back on the game plan this week)." (On if Wright will start on Sunday if he is healthy)."They didn't invite me. I'm glad no one else was hurt. so they'll spend . That's actually pretty common. One of the things that I talked to the group about is we're all going to work with them to get them up to speed and they're going to work at it as well. Today is a little bit earlier day. I am hopeful that he should be okay and ready to play."The information that I've gotten. as Friday's typically are. that's each person's decision."This morning. I've had the whole range. What the guys are getting that are in here today is. it was just an accident."As I said. You tend to pull back some stuff anyways because how you thought it was going to play.
That's really where I'll leave it. Sometimes that means reallocating time. get them some reps at different points." (On the media asking Hank Fraley if he has caught passes at practice this week)"He's keeping it under wraps. We have our secret weapon." (On how he handles criticism from the media). by the way. We've used bigger guys at tight end before. without answering all the questions."We signed Michael (Gaines). You just don't know when you're going to have that opportunity to play or when you're going to need to play. You don't want to let a month go by where they haven't worked on the Browns specific things and then suddenly say. The Hank package (joking). this is a good example of situations like that. We have to move forward and be ready on Sunday. ‘Hey. or the ability to adjust to things that happen that are unexpected. you're playing."This week. Things happen and you have to adjust. We have the ability to do that as well. I think he's done a good job with the things that we've asked him to do there. huh? There have been a few challenges here along the way. but they're going to happen. It's the reason I like to work practice squad guys into practice at different points. When I'm talking to the group next year about the ability to be able to deal with adversity. which he'll probably be running down the middle of the field. I think we'll be in the best place we can be. but guys do miss time at different points for different reasons.some time with the coaching staff afterwards to go through Wednesday. It doesn't usually happen on this scale. Really. I don't really know what they have to say.'" (On if he thinks the team will be where they need to be on Sunday). you don't meet with the players post-practice. I don't think we're going to go into the game without making sure that everybody understands what they have to do. like today post-practice. but we'll do some work with them post-practice today and you just adjust. Typically. or guys that maybe are on the back end of the roster. but that's the reason I like to work different combinations of people."I don't read Rolling Stone. try to get some extra time there. I've never had a subscription to it. Everybody is entitled to their opinion. That gives us a couple guys at that position. questions they have. Then you can build some different personnel groups. It comes up every year." . Hank (Fraley). We extended the walk through a little bit."It was a little different week." (On if he feels like he has aged this week). again not to this volume by any stretch. the scouting report. based on the situation that we had. We'll maybe extend it a little bit tomorrow." (On if the team is thin at tight end). wide open this week. as you look through preseason and you look through training camp and OTAs. He's been working and Greg (Estandia) has gotten more familiar with the system since he's been here. I respect everybody's opinion. then you have to figure out the best ways to get them caught up. This is why we do the work post-practice with the young guys. I am sure they are repping it in Green Bay right now. where you weren't planning for something and it pops up and you have to go. We just have to adjust.
we'll keep improving. knowing this is a process and like any other process it takes time. That's what we're going to keep doing and over time we'll keep making progress and that's the important thing. be able to move the ball in all four quarters. Since he has been the starter."We've got a lot of room to grow. as opposed to forcing them back in to where everybody's coming. I don't think that's specifically the offense. and then kind of spun out. I believe that the things that we are committed to are right. I think that as we keep going. I've liked the way he's worked as well. you don't know when you are going to be there. That's what we have to focus on." (On if the secondary has struggled more in zone or man coverages). It's a small point. In terms of my experience with him. What you want to do is maintain that outside position." (On if he views Derek Anderson's play as an audition to see if he can be the longterm quarterback). not the passer rating. Often times. That was a function of better leverage by the group that came in and understanding where he is. I think that was the one. Little decisions . force the back to cut back in.(On if he thinks the national media is unfair to him). but the ability to move the ball more efficiently through the course of the whole game. We also had the play where Hines (Ward) came over. so everybody has their back turned. but it's a huge point." (On Anderson's passer rating in the fourth quarter). That was man-to-man coverage and when you get picked on those crossing routes. Just going back to the other events of this week with the flu and things like that. there will be a DB out there and the DB will take a step inside and get sealed off by the wide receiver and now you've given them the whole sideline. You want to be ready when you do have that chance."I've never classified it as that [an audition]. I thought that he worked well during the preseason. What you don't want to ever do is have two guys with this leverage and a point where the guy can break out. because all of the pursuit is coming inside out. because if you give them that sideline the pursuit now has to take this type of angle. You'd like all your guys to work at the same level. I like the way that he's worked. There are a lot of things that offensively we can improve. understanding where the other defensive back is and trying to funnel it so that you have two edges to the wall and then a point guy to the wall. he was running like a deep-over route. the rest of the coverage is also in man-to-man. There was a play last week where we got picked on the crossing route." (On if a quarterback's preparation increases once he becomes the starter). Derek's done a lot of things that I've been happy with. Us making progress. You'll see that sometimes on outside runs." (On if he knew how hard Anderson worked before he became the starter)."I have only been with him this one year. I've been happy with that. where a back will hit the sideline. us winning games. those catch and run plays go for longer yardage. What I want to do is. [There's] a lot of room to get better there."You'd like all three guys to work at the same level."What I really focus on is us. stepped in front of Santonio (Holmes). us moving forward. I like the commitment that he's shown. I don't spend a lot of time on the national sites or things like that. That's my frame of reference."It's a little bit different.
that's the goal every time. there were opportunities in the passing game." Mangini press conf. 10/26 10."Yes. and things along those lines. good job of leveraging the football and forcing the ball back to where your help is coming from.26. things like that. defensively. it's the same thing. What I really wanted to see is if a play doesn't go the way that we want it to go. A point of emphasis was how good Green Bay is at creating turnovers and our emphasis on being able to protect the football and every drive ending with some kind of kick. because if they can seal that DB inside and we get the edge."All that stuff. I thought we had some chances for those plays and couldn't quite get it to where we needed o get it . being able to limit the gain. in terms of the NFL exemptions. some of it was the protection.2009 Transcript: Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-26-09 (Opening statement). The quarterback center exchange. which you need to have after you get the movement on the first level.like that are the difference between really big plays and plays that aren't as significant." (On if he said he spoke to Wright 10 minutes before his press conference). is still pending. too many times the ball was on the ground. tested and back. there were flashes where we did it effectively and then other points where we just didn't get a hat for a hat. some of it was the throw. defensively. It's the same thing that we use to teach our receivers about how important their blocking is in the perimeter. there are plenty of things from an execution standpoint that I thought we could do much better. Mary Kay (Cabot). With everybody back. Plays that may have been a 15 yard hit or a 10 yard hit ended up going for much longer than they should have." (On if there are any more confirmed cases of swine flu). too. We have to be able to minimize the amount of damage any given play does and that comes with sound execution in tackling. especially for some big plays where we were a little bit off. whether it's a field goal punt or a kickoff." (On if Wright has already been through the testing he spoke about). In terms of running the football. he's been down. to what it should be and I don't think that we tackled very well."Good afternoon everybody. "I thought. offensively."Yes. defensively. whether it was on the goal line or the screen play that we had set up for Josh (Cribbs). I thought. especially defensively. and we need to continue to work on it. it's really not as much of an issue now. That's something that we've talked about. That's something that we've worked on. Some of that was the route. After watching the tape and looking at the things that we didn't do very well in the game. We took some shots.
incorporating the corrections that we need to incorporate to execute the game plan specific things related to Chicago. and it was close there on the last one. Really. Those things have to be put together and those things have to be consistent.to. but I've seen all those different things at different points. which is a style of play and then. There is a lot of that in all the different areas. there have been times where we've done things very well. but they could have been a lot better. there were some chances yesterday that may not have been the deeper throws. at times. [We] didn't quite do that. we had the fourth down stop. focusing on what's important for us every week. different players. but some plays where they could have been better catch and run plays. I think there were some blocks that."I think. whether it was Jamal (Lewis) or whether it was Jerome (Harrison). I'm looking forward to a normal week of practice this week. but to end up with only three points on those drives." (On if he thinks that once you show you can do something once that you should be able to do it consistently). I think we've run the football. I don't think it was as good a day as it could have been for us. It's being able to do it week in and week out." (On if he will consider a quarterback change this week). There have been moments where we've done all those things effectively. Get the ball to the receiver. Jeff (Schudel). I think we've done some good things in the passing game. That's been a real strength for us. both on kickoff and punt coverage. back-to-back 100 yard rushers. although we had shots on the deeper throws. I think we played a good game yesterday on special teams. It's not like the numbers were poor by any stretch. extremely effectively. but we didn't do it. they were in man coverage. I thought the coverage overall was pretty sound. It could have been even more of a strength yesterday. it's going to be hard to put the type of points that you need to put together against a team like Green Bay. just a little bit tighter on those blocks. I think that. There were a couple other scoring drives where I thought we held up pretty well."It may manifest itself differently against that opponent. They missed a field goal. and he would have gone for a lot further than the initial catch. We had a couple nice returns that I think probably had a chance to go the distance on." . but that's an area where I think we have the ability to score at any point and we had made a lot of strides there. defensively. They were down there deep and (Eric) Barton made a play right there on the goal line. I thought it was a good day."No. There were some decent drives. It only takes one there. just didn't get it quite to the right guy. but it's week in and week out being able to do that and being able to correct the problems that are there and not have those create new problems. It's hard to stop them for three. some progress there. in terms of being able to get the ball down the field. We gave them three more downs on the pass interference penalty. There have been moments where we've been able to apply pressure on the quarterback and disrupt the passing game." (On what he can build on from the beginning of the season until now). Josh has a chance to go the distance and we weren't. "On special teams. It's a lot harder to stop them for six. but I don't think it was as good as we could have played yesterday. even on special teams. the six plays there on the goal line.
good catch. certain pressures."Nothing." (On why he thinks good practices are not translating into game performance). They played a little bit more of the bear front then they had show. but there are going to be things that change in the game. you have to be able to adjust to that and react to that and really recall some of the learning that you had prior. Even the throw to (Michael) Gaines yesterday. tried to give the best look they could. but sometimes the look changed a little bit. but if it's going to be 20 percent of the game. nothing to do with it. was actually a good answer. You work on the bear front. That's the type of package that I'd like to." (On the reason for not using the Wildcat yesterday)."I think he gives us the best chance right now to move the ball. there were positive things. you're going to get certain looks. whether it be in terms of reps. zero. worked to catch up there on Friday and Saturday. Then. not like to."I think last week. a place where only he could get it. far from a typical week of practice. The important thing to me is. It's going to be a little bit different and you really have to understand the concept of what you're trying to get done in order to address the difference between what you've seen and what actually shows up. The ability to reference things that maybe you practice a couple weeks earlier." (On if he comes to the conclusion that they should use a certain part of the offense more during the game or after watching film). I thought the guys tried to rally. I've seen him complete those plays.(On his reasoning for keeping Derek Anderson as the starting quarterback). but I've also seen him complete some balls that they were well thrown and well caught. There have been a lot of those. Sometimes it's the type of situation where you can get back to it and it makes sense from ." (On if not playing Brady Quinn has anything to do with the 70 percent of snaps he needs to take to earn his bonus). we're going to have up each week. I thought the look that they gave us. the difficulty with practice is we had a significant number of people miss two out of the three days. there have been other weeks where there have been good things. I think with what we had. that'll change weekly. all those things. Really they had maybe used it two percent of the time over the first part of the season."I think that we probably could have used it more than we did yesterday. meeting time. you're going to get certain things in practice. just a little bit out of his reach over on their sideline. offensively and defensively. I think there have been a significant amount of drops. tried to execute the things the way we needed to execute them. looks. but I don't think he's been alone in producing those numbers."Usually it's during the game. I think there was a shot there on the deep ball to Mohamed (Massaquoi). That comes up every week. I think there have been times where we've had chances and there have been some breakdowns in protection. it was a good throw. not just in the games. it was a good week of practice. I know his numbers have not been impressive. but also in practice. but we had some other things that we could have tried and probably should have tried. in terms of the way they responded to it. I think considering the challenges we faced there. and be able to go back to that without the reps and be able to execute that. and they ran it about 20 percent of the time yesterday. and you've done work on that prior to this week. In terms of what the percentage will be.
" (On if he would talk to Brian Daboll during a game about using the Wildcat). but it really has the same end result." (On if the receivers are open enough to consistently move the ball). hit his arm and it fell a little bit short. or in tight where you can create some traffic problems and catch and run." . and stop moving the ball. We had the offensive pass interference in the first drive.A. [We need to] punctuate a couple drives with those things. which was much heavier man than zone. We didn't execute.A. With the type of defense that they were running yesterday. having those guys stacked. Now you're in second-and-15."Yes. it becomes extra tighter coverage than when you're bunched up and they have to adjust and combo and lock and communicate those things out. [We] put the ball on the ground another time on second and long. I thought on a couple of those balls we had a real shot. things like that." (On what a spread offense could do for the offense). There were a couple plays where we created some cause penalties. who was running an out route. They were able to get it there. He had come off to trap it and the safety hadn't gotten deep enough and D. tried to get it off to him. but to consistently move the ball you need to have those guys open. so if you're running the ball when you're in tight and passing the ball when you're spread out." (On if the rookie wide receivers were open enough). that would be something that I would bring up."Yes. You need to eliminate penalties. Converted a third down to Josh and then they knocked the ball out. it doesn't count as a completion."We've done that at different points with D. but I think that yesterday we probably could have used it more than we did."After the initial play there. You need to be able to get the in and you need to protect." (On if he spoke to Daboll yesterday about using the Wildcat). it would have been a touchdown. no. where we started on the 40. We have used spread."I think there were points where they were both open. We had another drive. Sometimes when you're spread out against man. so we wanted to take a look at that. where I thought we had a good chance. There was one in two-minute where the corner had fallen off on Brian (Robiskie) to come and trap Greg (Estandia). You also need to be able to run the football effectively. It was the second to last play of the two-minute drive there. who fell off the back. where we had a false start on second-and-10. There were some other things that we liked that we wanted to get to. but got the penalty which. Then there was the fade that we were talking about to Mohamed. you don't really have the chance to show one and do the other. didn't get the completion. He got hit right at the end by the corner. If we completed it. in relationship to the score and the situation of the game. (Derek Anderson). Sometimes it comes down to how well you're protecting. it might have been after the missed field goal. Sometimes it probably doesn't make as much sense. You really lose the element of play action when you do that.where you are. Those are usually very effective against man-to-man defense.
The mistakes are going to be analyzed. you just have to keep working at it. We can improve collectively. in terms of how to play the way that we want to play." (On if he thinks the team will get back to playing how they did the previous three games before Green Bay). lose. all that stuff is important. You just don't become consistent. and it will be. We've shown that we can perform better than we have and we can improve individually. that's improvement.' It's a sense of."I think it's like anything else. I think that we can perform better than we have. improving it. You can't do it part of the time. We have to play the game. There is a commitment to that. that's progress. The group of players. It doesn't just happen. I think that anytime you take over a new situation with a new group." (On if the team needs a talent upgrade)."No. There will be a bunch of challenges coming up and you deal with them and you move forward. and I really felt that over the last three weeks we had made a lot of progress. It's going to be the challenge that we had this week. You work at it. It's doing it."I don't think that anybody is pleased with where we are right now. was unique and I appreciate that and I respect that. it's always going to be trying to approve for the next week. I think this week. That's not going to change. It's like anything else."I think that we can perform a lot better with the group that we have. It's like a lot of things that you want to do better in any arena. you understand that it's a process. and you keep working at it. and we need to play the game the same way regardless of whatever things have happened leading up to that point. I wouldn't consider it to be that at all. doing it again and it's a fundamental skill. It always will be. Win. it's a skill that's learned. You can't lose sight of that. ‘things are ok. coaching it. To me. is to make progress and to play a certain way. or a few games that way and not the other games that way. We are going to work at it as diligently and as deliberately as we possibly can. You can't approach a game part of the time that way. We're going to put a plan in place to fix them. There is no sense of.(On if he considers this to be the low point in his head coaching career)." (On what encouragement he can give to the fans). ‘we need to do things better than we're doing things. but they don't change the game. Every challenge is going to be different." ."That's the only football that we're going to play here. but that approach can't be different. you work at it. You can't lose sight of what is important. The mistakes are going to be addressed. You have to work at being consistent and you have to make good choices every day and be able to go out and execute when you have that one opportunity a week to do that. the group of coaches that we have." (On what they can do to improve on the tackling). Understanding how to be a consistent player. and that is what I am looking for with these guys. That's the style with which we're going to play and that's the style that you have to play with to be effective.' And it has to be consistently that approach. Being aware of the different types of situations you're going to be in when you are tackling. Every game situation is going to be different. understanding how to be a consistent team.
That's how we approach next week. It's a different group of players. it was really the same sort of approach. Being part of this experience in three different places. It's a passionate group. it was understanding that are a lot of things that need to be addressed and there is a lot of work that needs to be done. is what can you do to improve? Not lose sight of those things.' I don't think it ever comes down to one thing. when he wasn't the starter and that's what I talk to any of the players about who aren't currently starting. because it changes quickly. It is a process. " (On if there is more work to do with the team than he originally thought). like anybody who is not playing currently." .(On if he has any sense of how long it will take to get the team where he wants it to be). and suddenly you have that opportunity again and you always want to be able to maximize that opportunity when you get it. [It is] really an approach that I experienced firsthand and also learned being part of that with other head coaches. It's a different schedule. it's different. because you don't know when it's going to happen. in terms of working to win every single game. You need to continually address the areas of improvement and you need to be ready when your opportunity strikes." (On what he thought yesterday about fans leaving the game early)."The conversation that I had with Brady is really the approach. That's what I told D. You need to."When I took over."It's important for us to give them something to cheer about. what do we have to do today to improve and understanding that there are things that are going to improve more as we go."I don't think you can look at one factor."I don't have a timetable set up. where you've transitioned to. What can we do right now to be better than we are?" (On people outside the organization thinking it seems like Quinn has no future here). but what you are looking for is continued progress. I understand it's different everywhere you go and there are different challenges everywhere you go. Every place that I have been. ‘this one thing was different. and I respect that. is. That's what we have to do. There are variables upon variables. That's how we approach it. That has been the approach. Some things that you can address today or tomorrow or the next day and other things that you have to move towards as you go. not change your approach. improving and never losing sight of improvement and how we can improve and what areas we can improve and appreciating improvement in whatever style or form that takes. In terms of saying.A. I guess it would be four. There are some things that you can do short term and some things that you can do long term." (On if he began the season thinking the team was going to be successful this season)"I approached it the same way. We need to continue to move forward and make sure that nobody wants to leave the stadium. working to win that game and in the process." (On what is different between this team and his Jets team his first year as head coach). you need to keep working at the same level.
I think defensively. I've faced him several times in Denver. moving out of the pocket. the guys down the field making the tackle. He. That's what the record indicates. With (Jay) Cutler. being able to pick it up and then executing the pattern on the back end. some of it could be purely off pressure. "[Offensively]. I've been in plenty of those games. How are we doing? In getting ready for Chicago. like a lot of the guys we've faced thus far. but he also can extend plays with his feet. I've been in other stadiums where our fans were drowning out their fans. The amount of points produced off those has won a lot of games for them. Do I think that we've made some strides? At points." (On if he thinks they are a better team now than at the beginning of the season). some of the things we talked about."Yes. but he still hit the 61-yarder and he has the ability to do that at any point. He had a touchdown scramble. their ability to not only identify the football. even though this is a different scheme than what we faced last week. they create some challenges in terms of the pressures that they use. I've been on both sides of that spectrum. so we're going to have to do a good job identifying those things. when that's clogged up. their awareness of the football. In terms of being able to create turnovers since he's been there. but the record is what it is and that's a reflection of what we've been able to do to this point.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-28-09 (Opening statement). and we're not going to stop doing that. with the rest of the season. Whether it's the defenders who are sacking the quarterback. 30 percent of their points have come off of turnovers. anytime you play one of Lovie's (Smith) teams."I think we are right where we've played ourselves to be."Good morning everybody. He has great confidence. yes. You know that they work on it consistently. There's some variation in what they do and who comes. get to an edge and create some big plays.(On if he has ever coached in a home game where you can hear the other team's fans above your own). I thought he did a lot of good things in college and that translated into pro football with the production that he had last year. can create plays. some of the movements. to win the games. he's led the NFL in turnovers. I really liked Matt Forté coming out. We're looking tow in each one. even in the preseason." Mangini press conf. He has the natural arm strength. leading all backs in receptions. I think is . whether it's sliding up in the pocket. I think he has the ability to really dig it out and get inside. because you see it. He gets the bulk of their carries. 10/28 10. but there is quite a bit of moment that you have to adjust to as an offensive line. especially out of the backfield. I think that there are plenty of opportunities for us. His ability to get the ball in some tight spots. It's been something consistent since he's been there and it's helped them. He'll scramble some. He'll put the ball into tight spots. but get it out. some of it could just be part of the overall scheme. I know his average isn't what it was. like we saw last week.28. Even in the running game. but he's also shown the ability to.
you're going to get some that go the other way. he creates those problems. when you do have multiple bodies around. I don't think that the goal there was to kick it out of bounds. [is] really impressive in the return game.impressive and also. he can make something happen. put whoever you want back there. coverage unit perspective with the way that these guys can not only hit the return but then also change field and make something happen that's not necessarily the way it's drawn up. I think their skill position guys. I think it was third-and-25 against Atlanta that he went up in got." (On Jay Cutler's interceptions). anticipating a sideline return because it was so tight to the sideline."They play well at home. so he creates those problems. There's great upside and there's some downside there as well. Then you have Greg Olsen and Desmond Clark. I think that Johnny Knox has done a nice job with the way that they've used him vertically. two tight ends that are bigger guys. his ability to extend plays like we've seen is something that we need to adjust to and do a better job with than we have been doing. we all have the same approach. Hester. We want to create and be consistent with the style of play. It's a tough environment to play in. He'll throw the ball into some tight spots because he has great arm strength. and they have. You just need to understand that there are some risks there. There's one on."You know Tony (Grossi). Jay's like that too. I don't think they were trying to kick it out of bounds with those. whether it's Knox." . break a couple tackles and just like if he had in punt return. He had a couple that game that [were] similar to what you saw out of him coming out of college. with Greg having above average vertical speed for a tight end. I think that anytime you're coming off a loss or a tough loss. but that's going to be probably our biggest challenge to date. We want to get the things fixed that we need to fix. They can run him on the reverses. but to start on the 40. so it gets six guys on that side. and then he can take a slant. (Danieal) Manning. the Wild Cats. he hits on the plus side. but he's developing more and more as a receiver." (On if he thinks Green Bay kicked the ball out of bounds so Joshua Cribbs couldn't return it). Bennett's been back there a little bit too. (Devin) Hester. they can all score. We want to get it corrected. Brett will throw the ball into tight spots. kick return. He has excellent accuracy and he usually gets those in. The nice thing they can do with him is. just based on the way that they covered. from a special teams perspective. like we weren't happy with the result last week. They all get some opportunities. "On their [special] teams. Whether it's punt return. but he's made a lot of plays doing what he does. More often than not. overload the coverage. he can get vertical. Every now and then." (On having to play the Bears at home). I think they were trying to pin it in the corner of the end zone and then. he's in the secondary. that's a pretty good situation as well. He can thread the needle."Brett (Favre) has supreme confidence. I'm sure they weren't happy with the result last week. they can all score. really good hands. Earl Bennett made some impressive acrobatic catches over the course of the season. He's created a lot of pressure there.
" (On Hank Fraley). whether it be against a gain. He's helped Alex (Mack) throughout this process. we were in a really unique situation to go into the game without Steve or Robert (Royal) and really working with Michael (Gaines). I like the way that he approaches everything. we've been trying to increase that each week to get him to a place where he can handle more and more reps. but hasn't had any kind of extensive role. He does well. He has great professionalism. too. but he's happy to do it. When we've done that. you really respect his versatility. I think."I thought he played pretty well. I think there have been some individual cases where we haven't held up as well." (On if Fraley was in danger of not making the team before Hadnot got injured)"Rex went down fairly early in the process. I thought on that play. leverage. something that we talked about. or the back against the blitzing linebacker. We'll keep moving with that. Jeff (Schudel). that he's actually making some progress here. When we haven't. Mary Kay (Cabot). Those things are technique errors that can improve. I think that getting to know those guys through the course of training camp. An offensive lineman that can play three interior positions has a lot of value. but overall I thought he did pretty well. He's an excellent communicator. That. where you have a hat for a hat. Tony (Grossi). who's been here. is our ability getting in and out of the huddle. [We] have a real good shot to see him here today practicing." (On how he assesses the offensive line protection).(On if Rex Hadnot is getting more reps). and as you get to know Hank more. Tony (Grossi). get it communicated. and those were our two tight ends for the game. there have been some packages that we've done a really good job with."I think." (On if Steve Heiden is a candidate for injured reserve). at all. who was new this week and Greg (Estandia). He gets a little bit better each week."I really like Hank for a lot of reasons. Hank had been playing some in those packages. I think one of the important things. make sure everybody sees it the same way. he could have played a little bit more in the trail position. often times. hand placement." ."Yes. That's something that we have to do better. It's a tough duty. I thought he played better this game than he had his first opportunity."No. we've been in good shape." (On Mike Furrey in the nickel package). just comes down to technique. We didn't want to create a situation where it was too much right off the bat and have had a plan for that and we're moving forward with the plan. that's where you get hit with something that could have been communicated out more effectively. He's willing to play whatever role he can play. is give ourselves some more time to assess what's happening. but your hat doesn't hold up against their hat. We had to use him a bit more. which is something we'll focus on too. A lot of people have been beaten by Donald Driver in the slot. There is somewhat of a learning curve there. Last week. He approaches it the same way he approaches his offensive line play. assess what's happening. I don't think I was looking at it that way.
"I don't know what the numbers are. Could he have come earlier? Yes. David Bowens played in there as well."With Mike. Being able to use that to help us. so he can get the things that he needs to do offensively. where David went to MIKE and (Eric) Barton went to WILL. things as they distribute could take a little bit. when he initially went to the flat. I'm not sure what the . where Harrison was going to. with patterns where you have multiple receivers tight." (On Kaluka Maiava's play against Green Bay). it's just with bunch patterns. It's not where we were with Troy Brown. I don't know if it'll be every package or a variation of packages. with a guy that had never played defense. I think if we had held maybe a beat longer on the flat. had the squat corner. you try to go to the flat right now. but a little bit longer to clean up. just have to see how he does through the course of the week. Then it goes from the flat to the inside player in the progression. because they have different combination coverages based on you being bunched up."On that particular play."You are able to see the field." (On what happened on the play in the second quarter near the goal line when Jerome Harrison appeared to be open). There are some different matches that we have there. It's not as quick of a read. the corner was sitting there and then the corner came off and squatted on Furrey." (On if Anderson could have gotten the ball to Cribbs earlier on the play Cribbs fumbled on). I thought there were some things to build on and he'll get some more chances. that initial look. He had played defense. without it being an overload situation. The way that play's designed is. but then went to his second read and that's when the corner fell off on Furrey. It's really effective against a lot of man-to-man coverages because they have to deal with leverage and things like that. I think (David) Veikune could get some opportunities. as say." (On if Anderson is able to see the field). he could have had a chance. he came back to Cribbs later. based on whether or not he's open or not happen. so I think he stayed on the first progression and was looking for that. thought he had a chance there for a bigger play down the field and then came back to Cribbs. so that's another option that we've worked with. you could have. it's a little unique. for his first start and extended action. We got the first down. We ended up losing the ball on the fumble. because he has started and played a lot of games on defense. He had played pretty well on defense.(On what is says about the secondary that he uses Furrey in the nickel)."I think there were times he did really well. probably could have stayed a beat longer with it. Overall. I think that the personal foul penalty is something that I wasn't real fired up about and he'd like to have that play back. Derek (Anderson) went to the flat." (On if there is a trend in the NFL of coaches going for it on fourth down)."What happened is. I'd say it's a little different based on who you're playing against and how confident they feel with what they have there. when that corner came off on Furrey. looked there initially. I think is a good thing. you might get if they were extended. but each route has a progression. I'm not talking about a significant amount of time. He's a smart guy. as well as defensively.
Just like when we were talking about with Brian (Robiskie)." (On if his approach has changed on fourth down). it works out better for that person. You remember that as well."No. we'll keep working different people in different spots to see what the best spots are. but I thought they were well caught in contested areas. That was positive as well. You go for it on your 30. I think he's made some nice plays and I think there are some plays that he can improve on and he knows that. It's not a knock on Abe and it's never a knock on somebody when you transition them in. if it works you look really good. for going for it on fourth down." (On if it was disappointing that Abe Elam was not in some of nickel packages against Green Bay). His role is always going to be defined by the game plan and the things he can do in the game plan. He needs to find a way to do the same thing. . We're getting to know him here. and also have to see where we are with Steve and Robert. especially compared to the previous years.numbers are. you talk about it the whole next week. You're looking for continued progress from that spot. he has to do it on special teams first and he has to show us that he's better than the guys that are in his spot right now. I think he needs to continue to work on his pass protection and he's been doing that as well. they weren't necessarily big gains. I thought he made a couple."He'll work through the week. I talk to him about how important that is. that's a scoring play. Defensively. He made some nice catches during the course of the week."No. There's definitely something to be said. if you don't get it. odds are they're going to score. Where statistically the percentage is high. I've gone for it on fourth down a lot of different times. has made some nice catches as well." (On if they need to maximize what Jerome Harrison can bring to the offense)"Jerome's gotten a significant number of carries this season. statistically the percentage of them scoring if they stop you is also high. We have a lot of rookies that are playing or contributing."I talk to Coye quite a bit. since he's been here. Sometimes. Sometimes. There have been some good opportunities for him and there will be some other good opportunities for him as we go. it worked out really poorly. I'm not opposed to any breakdown of carries in any game. You have to look at those two things when you're evaluating it. but there's also the risk-reward factor." (On Michael Gaines' 21-yard catch against Green Bay). Essentially at that point. Really Greg (Estandia). It's just. Those are decisions that. Some things we felt that we could do a little bit better with somebody else. he has to keep trying to make a case for himself. He has good hands. I'd like to think we have a good shot at that. numerically or statistically." (On if Coye Francies is close to getting on the field defensively). you feel like the matchup is better or the things that you're doing in that scheme. it worked out really well. We'll see where both those guys are."Mike is the guy that caught the touchdown pass against us in the preseason game." (On if Phil Dawson will try to play on Sunday). If it doesn't.
We spend a lot of time on this. he just needs to make his strong case to do that. that we're doing things fundamentally sound to either limit the production or to maximize the production offensively." (On Chansi Stuckey's development)."Good morning everybody. Ideally. There's nothing we could do about it and it wasn't a situation where you wanted to go out with coming off an illness and rep a lot of stuff. you have some different packages. We'll do that again today. I want to go through the week. You want everybody there. he had a little boy." Mangini press conf. He works." (On if Steve Heiden will be able to play on Sunday). David Jr."No. [We are] just continually focusing on fundamentals and improving those things to make sure that even after we execute the scheme or there's a completion or whatever it is."Each guy I'm sure responded differently to not being here. whether it's him or Mike or Brian. He was part of that group that missed two days of practice. what we're going to be working on is our third down package. It happened late Tuesday night. Cribbs has different packages. but you do want to be able to get all the reps that you can get during the course of the week and it helps. 10/29 10. because there was a week there where he got a little .2009 Transcript: Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-29-09 (Opening statement)." (On if there have been any new cases of the flu since last week). offensively and defensively.I've played with a lot of rookie defensive backs in the past and I don't think that he's any different than those guys. He took a little bit of a step back last week. We added some tackling drills to continue to emphasize that. trying to make sure that we have a plan in place that: 1) is going to be effective against what they do and 2) emphasizes the things that we think we can really improve on and carry over. You're always trying to use their strengths. I think that would have been counterproductive. It helps a lot."I think we have a good chance there. "I thought yesterday overall was a good start to the week. who missed yesterday for personal reasons. so that's good news. not just this week but week-to-week. so he's back with us. I'm looking forward to him to keep carving out spots. this week will be a normal NFL week of practice. In terms of today."He's been playing in a role and he'll continue to play in a role. David Bowens. Everybody's happy and healthy." (On if the week off affected the way Kamerion Wimbley had been playing). Practice is important.29. How are we doing? One piece of housekeeping.
" (On if he would be more inclined to keep Dawson out this week since the bye is next week). made some progress there. I think there's a real good shot. to me. That stat is significant. and how we can improve the execution." (On if he thinks Dawson would be back already if his injury had been to his plant leg instead of his kicking leg). so points we've generated from our turnovers versus points that the opponent has generated from the turnovers we've given up. based on is the outside receiver going to run a come-back. Ideally. I think we're net minus 56. because it's been significant. which is easier because you stay with the guy that you're on."It feels like we've dealt with that every week. Carson (Palmer). Turnovers for us is a stat that I do look at."He does give some insight. St. what happens if it breaks down and it adds some preparation. he'll be back as well. At the end of the day. is the most important thing. Not that stationary quarterbacks are easier to deal with. the fits on the break down have to be consistent. . it's critical that you keep those guys in the pocket so you don't get to that next level. it's hard. The amount of points that we've given up as a result of turnovers. Tom (Brady) doesn't move around a lot in the pocket. Defensively. but we wouldn't do that whether it's the bye week next week or not. but we have to get through the rest of the week and make sure everything responds the way we think it's going to respond and we hope it responds. With the bye week next week. or anything along those lines. It's something that has to improve and until it does.bit of time and wasn't able to participate like we hoped he would."We wouldn't put him out there if we felt that there was a chance that it could be a big setback. when it breaks down." (On how useful Michael Gaines is when preparing for Chicago)." (On Jay Cutler's ability to keep plays alive and how the secondary will have to defend against it). John is here as well. It's different on the back end because the defense that you have called to cover the play that you anticipate getting run. or is he going to continue down the field. I'm not sure how that would have affected it from a timeline perspective. (Joe) Flacco. but they put up pretty big numbers. that's when we feel that he's able to do it. that's the goal."No. Peyton (Manning) doesn't move around a lot in the pocket. depending on what kind of passer they are." (On if he pays much attention to statistics). he has good mobility. I think the same thing with Phil (Dawson). because the stats will come if we improve the execution. It all works together and you have to prepare for what they run. but the point total is low. Clair. I've been a part of situations where the numbers weren't very good. Whenever he is out there. There's a bunch of different things that happen and as a defensive line. Is the closest receiver going to be the low level guy or is he going to be the deeper level guy. so then you have to cover your scramble rules based on manto-man defense. Traditionally that's been consistent with this style of defense. That. or zone defense and understanding where you have to fit. it's not something that we're rushing. It's hard each week."I didn't look at it that way. what I'm looking at is where we can improve the execution. who has some experience with the Bears as well. he's another guy that is able to move around in the pocket in create some different things. Each team has a set of scramble rules and each team's scramble rules are different.
There is so much movement that you usually have somebody who knows something about that team. kind of hit his hip so he couldn't get in the hole to get the linebacker he was assigned to. When you're used to hitting someone. not big (Joe) Klecko. Everybody talks about being back there and you get back there and it gets noisy."Yes. We have to get that fixed. It's dedication. it's still. and even though you are. (Dan) Klecko. in terms of our style of play and that's the starting point. too. the traditional checks. You've done some of that. Those things are going to be different based on which individual you're playing against. I think. We had a play that. so I'm sure they're taking that into account. the puller got knocked off." (On if he has ever thought about putting a defensive lineman in on offense when inside the five yard line). every team changes it up. He's made some really impressive catches. Typically. the things like that. It's just as important to prepare the same way after a win as you would any other week. It's always easy to come in after a win and prepare. We've worked a couple different guys as tight ends. kind of. I thought you were talking about more the fullback spot. too. He's not that little. as we he was coming around. To me. had a real good chance to get home and we had that exchange and we ended up losing a little bit of yardage on that."Last week. it's different. with the blocking. little Klecko. The scheme. That's the formula. There isn't one. maybe every couple weeks. it's on understanding what's important to get fixed and the difference between the right approach and the wrong approach. when we had him."I don't really look at it as selling them on anything. those aren't going to stay the same through this week. Maybe the traditional audibles. he's 300 pounds. I think. It's commitment." (On if Mike Vrabel is successful at playing on offense because he is so smart). The ." (On the problem with running the ball inside the five yard line). when you get to this point in the season. I thought we had a chance on the other one. That's the difference between having a hat or not having a hat. and the level of preparation has to remain consistent." (On what he sells the team on when they are 1-6)."He has great hands. It's hard work. We didn't have a hat for a hat on that and he just got chipped. It's not the same world. It's really the same approach if you aren't winning. It's more teaching that element as opposed to selling any sort of miracle cure. His pull could have been a little bit deeper and I think it would have avoided the contact. It's a different world though. but the style of play has to remain consistent. Everybody wants to be back there. odds are.They know both those guys are here. those things are going to change week-to-week. or enough every couple weeks so that it's not following the same pattern. one of the problems was we had the fumbled exchange. There have been a lot of weeks in the recent past here where we've had the right approach and I didn't think we played the way we should play on Sunday. and guys figure that out pretty quickly when they're back there. It's consistency. I used to put (Richard) Seymour back there some. especially on the goal line. is maybe eight inches on the pull. We're willing to try different people there. the calls. is the only way to win is to be consistent and to fix things and understanding that.
Kenyon's a pretty consistent guy. Some of it I haven't liked."We've done a lot of that. I think in that context." (On if not feeling confident enough to run the ball inside the five affects how a game is called)."Yes. probably more so on the first one than the second one." (On Brian Robiskie). I think he probably has more play time and production than guys that were drafted in that spot. I think there's been progress. he wasn't in bounds. he caught the one on the sideline. Really." (On if the team loses confidence when they get in the red zone and aren't able to score). but I think he has done some better things over the course of his time of playing more. which is higher than his normal total." (On if Seymour and Klecko got hurt playing fullback). Alex (Mack) has been able to play 100 percent of the snaps and I think he's making some real strides there as well. It wasn't a question of not having confidence there. or the defensive linemen that were available in that area and then look at Kenyon's production versus that group."You always want to get seven. when we were looking at other defensive linemen that were available in that range. both of them did. it was just the fumbled exchange hurt us at that point. I think." (On Kenyon Coleman specifically)."That was really part of the trade. I think there's an approach that we need to . [he] caught the other in-cut. same route. Some of the things I think that we need to reengage in and reincorporate into the scheme. we'll keep getting him more and more involved as we go. so we'll do some of that too."I think he's done a good job in the role that he's had. but you put the tight end outside the receiver and he runs the number one position's route and the number two. I think we had a shot. It may be the same concept." (On if two defensive players getting hurt on offensive will change your mind about using them in that role). it's been positive. just he hasn't gotten a lot of opportunities to get the ball. The few opportunities that he has had. then you get a little bit different match up."Brian." (On the draft day trade for Kenyon Coleman). stick at the top of the routes. it does. to get it in. it's just some different matchups. in that role. I kind of moved away from the d-lineman/fullback role a little bit from that. He has a sack this year. same read for the quarterback. Hopefully. Seymour ended up getting hurt. That's a positive.other thing that happened. Same concept. Klecko ended up getting hurt. really understanding the different coverages. There's been some scaling back with some of the stuff we do."Yes. He's performed how I envisioned him to perform. Some of it I've liked."We felt confident last week that we could run it in and we did call two of the three plays there to do that. the numbers don't really show it. Sometimes it's taking the core plays and getting to them in a different way that creates the defense that you want to run those core plays." (On if they adjust the playbook when the offense is not playing well). When you were looking at the range. Route depths.
Everybody has to understand it. too Terry (Pluto). We have been doing it since training camp. Jake is Han Solo and Luke is Luke Skywalker. It's fun. is another skill that is developed and as it improves. is such a fundamental skill. We got it a couple days this week. Good times. you saw yesterday. in terms of being able to get the ball into the end zone. It is a little bit different package than what we have seen over the last couple of weeks. you get down there more often. I can't stress that enough. it's the difference between a very small amount of distance. I had to watch that documentary last Friday about the making of. I am sure the players are wondering what that is for. I know the Star Wars Symphony is coming to Cleveland. [It's for] when I Skype with them. It's great. Yoda. continuing to emphasize tackling. they are big Star Wars fans. that's Luke." Mangini press conf.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-30-09 (On what his kids are going to be for Halloween). what to anticipate. the reads. good times. I thought they did a nice job with that. Like I was talking about with the puller. how to attack it. to me. It's something that can improve and needs to improve across the board. I am usually either Darth Vader or the Emperor. I thought that defensively we had a good day. I think there are some things that we need to clean up from yesterday that we will do here today." (On if not being able to score when in the red zone becomes more magnified when you are not in the red zone a lot). 10/30 10. Everybody has to take part in it. The ability to identify what they are in. because there's not a lot of margin for error. but one he gets knocked off. You really understand how important the smallest details are. I have a Darth Vader mask in my office.continue to take. We are going to keep doing it. we have Puss in Boots from Shrek. That. It's a different type of . Ideally."Today what we are going to do. the protection. That. understanding where a defender's leverage is. In all three areas whether it be the routes. "Offensively. all of the different places I have been and [I] believe in it. if he had gone deeper we probably would have had the hat that we needed. It also helps our offensive players with running with the football. That would help too." (Opening statement)."Let's see. and really I'm looking to get down there more often to increase the averages of getting in. we improve. I thought we had a really good day yesterday with the communication.30. I think it's more about understanding how subtle the differences are down there and being able to capitalize on those things. I can't emphasize that enough."Yes. I hope nobody ever walks in when that is happening. the other one. just law of averages. You have everybody jammed up inside. [I] have been doing that for years. to me. I feel like we are getting closer in understanding how to deal with it. that's the one year old and Luke Skywalker. The two oldest. what the check is. Luke loves Luke Skywalker. and [to] do it quickly is key.
" (On how the trade for Kenyon Coleman has worked out). the receiver so you have to build the package as you go.front in terms of the way they penetrate versus some of the other teams that have been a little bit more reacting. Same thing with Abe (Elam). so they have to deal." (On if it was determined before the draft that the team did not need to draft a quarterback). I think that if you look at Kenyon's production versus the other d-linemen that were available high in the draft." (On the notion of using Josh Cribbs as a running back). tight end and running back set. but you think that he has a chance to keep developing. it's hard to get those days back that you miss in practice. but with Brad Smith where you could get into multiple wide receiver set. I liked working with those guys and I liked the things that they brought to the table. everybody would be out because you don't have a running back. motion him back in the backfield and now you are in a three wide receiver." . potentially be really good in that role." (On why he chose to play Cribbs at wide receiver instead of running back). our receiver group when we first got here was in a bit of a state of flux. on a good note. What we will do today is. It takes a lot of work by the player and the group to get that. That wasn't part of the equation. It takes time. It's something that we have done a little bit of. I thought that was an area where we needed to develop depth. We all need that and I think especially with the younger guys. clean up those things. in terms of that position going into the draft. Some of the veteran guys who have years of experience can relate things back. I think there are a lot of plusses with it. Brett's (Ratliff) been in his role and that's really the role that I saw him having when he came here. traditionally that would be an empty formation. It's one personnel group which presents one set of issues. (Derek Anderson) and Brady (Quinn) here. Josh has played a lot of different roles with the Wildcat. It's not that you don't think that he's going to be as good in the other role. but having D. We are making some strides there as well.A. Alex (Mack) has started every snap and I think he gets a little bit better each week. We would take Brad. at times. It wasn't really our mindset."You look at all the players available."He does have really good hands. but you are creating another one because that guy does have some running back skills. You can run those types of plays with a guy like that. at a position that has as much communication as the center does and as many variations as the center does. where our initial spot was."I like the players that we got. Say you had four wide receivers on the field and a tight end. He's good with run after the catch. and the production that he's had and the play time that he's had."I've done some of that in the past. we all need to practice. He's building that experience each time he plays and each time he practices. work on the red zone and ideally finish the week. it was important to me to see those guys. I don't think last week was his best week. practice wise. that's been a plus decision. but as a young guy. I've liked the things that he's done. and also. He is strong when he is running his routes. and I don't love making comparisons between guys.
There were a lot of moving parts. Greg has been able to go to some degree. bring someone to a game. the things you're asking them to do. That's what you're working with at that point. and I've said it a lot. I can tell you."It was tough last week. With (Michael) Gaines. the most important thing is what is the role? What is the game day role? The role can take a lot of different shapes. definitely.(On if he saw enough from Anderson and Quinn before the draft to have a good idea of what they are capable of). You try to build some flexibility with the plays. which is two backs. Steve's been able to go to some degree. the good news is. the third defensive back playing in the slot. but as you go through the season. he's been here an extra week and he has some exposure to those different spots. see them in your system. Is it as clear as you would like it to be? No. You also have to then." (On if he has separate game plans depending on how many tight ends will be able to play). Greg (Estandia) had played. as well as play some tight end. Are you a substituted safety? Are you the third wide receiver? What is your role? How are you contributing on game day? You want to be able to make sure that the 45 guys that you bring there are all adding value to the game. sort of hoping that one of those other two guys. What you don't want to do is."It's like anything else. Going back to a long time ago. which is good. so Gaines had to play some fullback. Robert's been able to go to some degree." (On how much the health of the tight ends affects the game plan). (Lawrence) Vickers was out. he had just come in. 11 there's a tight end. Some of the reps that you take off somebody else." (On if a player's playing time can be decided solely on his performance at his primary position). three wide receivers. If you've carved out a role somewhere else. [we] we're sure. whether it be Robert or Steve. you can't do it. If you're the star. You may feel like you have a really good handle on a guy. like he has been. but it's not what's best. had been here a little while. or play a role on substituted defenses that is significant. allows them to play better at their spot. but they really have to beat somebody out at their position in order for that to be the dominant part of the decision making process. 12 there are two tight ends. Hank may be able to be an in-line guy."Yes."Yes. If they're not doing either one of those things and you bring them to the game and they're not giving you reps on [special] teams. we had the flu element." (On if there is a possibility of a player earning playing time by performing well enough at their primary position. or 10 [personnel]. 21 there's a tight end. for Gaines. four wide receivers. Hank (Fraley) had played a role there to some degree. but at least it's moving in that direction. You're kind of down to 20 personnel. because we had both those guys (Robert Royal and Steve Heiden) down. but not on special teams). give them reps because you feel like they should have reps. you know them much better than you did coming into it. all those things come into play. Now. the whole concept ."There's not really a group that you have where you can [plan for not having a tight end]. you look at what they've done based on the systems they were in and getting to know them and going through that experience. you look at both sides of it. could go. We've gotten Lawrence back. getting to know them through the course of the season. one back.
Sometimes there are setbacks. because there was progress there."The one thing I've been really pleased with is. I thought we can throw the ball better. why we're doing it." (On the intensity of the team against Green Bay). I think collectively. which base plays are we going to go back to. At the point. the three weeks prior I thought that we were really getting a sense of how we had to play each game. what's our alternative. what our next steps are.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-3-09 . I have an understanding of what we're doing." (On if Daboll takes it hard after a rough game). the thought process. I think that was [a] good job by them. we can coach better.of building flexibility. ‘Okay. we can pick up blitzes better. and be involved in all three areas to whatever capacity I can and in whatever positive way that I can. they all take it hard. there are plenty of areas to improve." Mangini press conf. so it wasn't going to get home either way. It's like anything else. but you have to move on.03. You have the next team and the next opportunity and you look at it objectively and correct it and move forward. you take a chance. you just make the tackle. There are plenty of things that everybody can do better.' and I don't think you'll ever find that."I try to help out in all three areas. that's exactly what we want. we're bringing a lot of different guys just based on formation and I think Abe has done a good job when he has blitzed. what's the next move. ‘Who can play here? Who can fill in here?' in case you get into spots like this where you have moving parts or you don't know what exactly the equation's going to be come Sunday because you're working through it during the week. Believe me. You have to learn from it and you have to be able to come back and do those other things that we've been looking for. We had been moving closer to understanding that. We run a lot of different things out of that set."Yes. and if they were able to pick that up."Most coaches I've been around. or if it looks a little bit differently. I think that play could have been minimized if we had made the tackle. it's not just offensively. You don't want to take a step back to move forward. but there's a way that you have to do it. 11/3 11." (On Green Bay saying that they had practiced against Elam's blitz all week). You enjoy the win for about a half hour and then the losses tend to stick longer. there's not one area where we could say. there are a lot of decisions that look really good. if those things that we planned for aren't working. not for whatever it went." (On how satisfied he has been with Brian Daboll's play calling and if he has thought about taking a bigger role in it). it should go for 15. we can catch the ball better."I think that when you win the game. It was a quick pass." (On if he has been pleased with how Elam has done in blitz situations).
whether it be scheme. I can tell you that for a variety of reasons things didn't work out. all that I can say at this point. a scouting report. We really analyzed the things that we did well. Mary Kay (Cabot). as individual coaches and as players. Jeff (Schudel). "Today was first and second down. "What we did this morning and last night is. What I will talk about is anything that is to do with the things that we're doing this week and things directly related to the team that we're working on. as part of that. George (Kokinis) is a friend of mine and I respect him and I wish his family well. sort of a Browns scouting report and adjustments. things that we want to remove from the various packages and some things that we want to add. The coaches put together clips to reflect that. this was the best decision in order to move forward. Tomorrow will be more of a third down emphasis."I understand. as a staff last night."This is really." (On what having two dismissals in the past week says about the stability of the organization)."As I said. we're all looking to focus on things that we can get better at and collectively doing that so that we can move forward after the bye week and make the progress that we're looking for. We have a strong structure in place on both the pro side and the college side and things will continue to operate effectively on a day-to-day basis. the things that. in terms of this topic. [We] presented that to the players and then we'll go out and practice that here this afternoon. We felt that. I've really said all that I can say."We've had one situation where that was the case. we went through the first and second down packages.(Opening statement)."Good morning everybody. it's the same thing. What I can talk about are the things that we're doing here today. organizationally. whatever the case may be. What I will talk about are the things that we're doing as a team over the course of the week in order to improve. but I hope you can also respect that I've added all that I can add right now. In terms of the decision that was made yesterday. As a coaching staff."In terms of the timetable." (On why he did not mention the General Manager change yesterday). like a typical Thursday. that we think we can continue to improve on. What I can say is that I feel like we have a very strong structure in place on the personnel side and I'm confident that day-to-day we'll be able to execute the things that we need to execute. I hope that you can respect that." . I understand that you all have a lot of questions and there is really nothing that I'm going to add to this." (On if a new General Manager will be hired this season). things like that. I can tell you that anytime a decision like this is made it is difficult personally and professionally. for a variety of reasons. You never go into a situation like this with the intention of it not working out. technique." (On why he won't talk about the General Manager situation). I completely appreciate that. and I appreciate the questions that you guys (the media) have." (On who will address the General Manager situation if he will not). there's nothing else that I'm going to add.
"There's really a variety of reasons. can sit down with the players one-on-one and either address their performance.(On if Bernie Kosar will fill some on Kokinis' responsibilities). We have. We'll meet more on personnel. I look forward to those meetings. we're looking at it from a scheme perspective and also from a personnel perspective. how we can help him improve. those meetings have been very valuable. We will spend some more time as a coaching staff going through. It is a unique time where you can put some more emphasis on individual technique. address their concerns."Mary Kay (Cabot). Just from my experience over the last three years. what we're going to do is. this is all that I can say." (On if he has made any further conclusions about possible changes). where they can look at that individually to help them get a better feel for what they've done or with their position coach." (On if he understands why fans want to know what is going on within the organization). but really. all of us are focused on. whether it be actual game tapes or whether it be practice tapes."No. like I said. Whether it be during the individual periods. the important thing that I've stressed. I spent a lot of time with the coaching staff yesterday. Tony (Grossi). [I have] historically made a lot of strides during the bye week." (On if there are legal reasons why he can't talk about Kokinis). whether it be today or yesterday or at any point." . areas where we think either that player can improve." (On how he keeps this from becoming a distraction to the players). is the important thing for us is to be able to focus individually first on what we can improve. and I'll just leave it at that. but that's also a component of this. player-by-player." (On if Randy Lerner plans to address the situation). address what they're hoping to achieve over the course of the rest of the season. I hope that you can understand that as well. We need to get that done this week and that's what we're focused on."I think that you have to talk to Neal (Gulkis) about that."In talking to the team. and then collectively what we can improve. Tony (Grossi). with myself. with the coordinator. I can just tell you what I'm addressing. like I said. this morning and trying to really work through the different things that we think need to be addressed short term."I completely understand the questions and I respect that. need to be addressed long term. I hope you can understand that as well. Those things are the important things that we need to do. I understand the question. some of the points of emphasis that we need to really work on with them. point of attack tapes made on each guy. however we're going to get that in place and really formulate a plan for each guy and also look at the ways that we can develop them into bigger roles or into different roles that we think can help us. in terms of player performances and evaluation and things like that on Thursday. where we can go really share some time and I can give them my perspective on things. I can just tell you the things that I can address and it's for a variety of reasons.
Bill would always listen to anybody's opinion and anybody's ideas. I remember my early experiences with Bill (Belichick) as a young guy. You want as many players around like that. but it's a cliché for a reason. the way that they players are working. Each group of guys has been radically different."No. You appreciate people trying to constantly improve at what they're doing or constantly help the group improve. as long as there was a rational to it." (On what he thinks the image of the Browns is around the league). first and foremost. It does take deliberate practice. there are things that come up every day that aren't on the agenda. . It does take time. Each year's been radically different. It was true with my experience in New York with Bill Parcells. I know that the things that we're doing. Tony (Grossi). It's our stuff. It was true with my experience in New England with Bill (Belichick). It was true in New York with the Jets. I really respected that and learned a lot from him from that perspective." (On if this is harder than he thought it was going to be when he took the job). You want to hire as many people as you possibly can like that. I've been part of it as a head coach myself and there's not one specific pattern that it follows. is the opportunity periods. There's no substitute for constantly analyzing ways to improve and being committed to doing that. It's our packages. we'll try to work all three guys to some degree. because that's the truth. There's no substitute for hard work. that are unique to that coaching staff."My goal is to win and my goal is to improve. That is consistent with every place that I've been. is all based on one end goal and that is to win. there's no blue print for how to deal with those things. in this case Brett. to get some of those reps that he may not get during the course of a normal practice. every experience I've had. That's often a time for the third quarterback. Even when I was in my third year in New York." (On his thoughts on final personnel decisions being given to someone else in the future). There's no substitute for that. There just isn't. but the consistent thing is the way that you have to approach it. It was true with my experience as a head coach with the Jets. I've been part of this process before. What we do still do. you have to try to make good decisions on and you have to move forward. the way that they coaches are working. It's obviously our players. [He] was open to it and was willing to introduce those things or try those things."I didn't look at it in terms of how hard it would be. It may be a cliché." (On if Ratliff is a candidate to start after the bye week). but also to improve at every level at all times. that are unique to that group of players. the way that the organization is working. I've been part of it with different head coaches. It does take a lot of hard work. I looked at it in terms of how important the process was and understanding that each place is going to have different challenges that are unique to that organization. That's not going to change. That's true here. but it is stuff that you have to look at. You appreciate the feedback."Over these practices and things like that. They aren't on the schedule. You appreciate the honesty."You'd have to ask people around the league. It was the same thing with Bill Parcells.(On if Brett Ratliff will get more reps). There's never opposition to someone that can help us achieve that goal. There isn't a set pattern. as long as it was well thought out.
you install if you're going to add some things or correct some things. nickname was ." Mangini press conf."You never go into any situation with the intention of it not working out and that was true in this case.just individuals that are intrinsically motivated to be the best at their craft and to make sure that the organization is as positive and as productive as possible."I think that everybody who's here right now is contributing to the things that were doing now and hopefully the things that we're building towards in the future. their approach. you analyze it. what I decided to do this week as well. Marcus. Every mentor that I've had has had that approach.09. to me. regardless of how much success they've had and that's probably why they've had the success that they have had. it's really an extension of the bye week for us. you go through it. 11/9 11. review the tape and then go out and practice the things that you want to get corrected. He was a hand in the dirt guy."Good morning everybody. I feel comfortable with the guys that we've brought in and their contributions. is we elevated Marcus Benard from the practice squad to the active roster." (On if it was a difficult decision)." (On if this was an organizational decision he signed off on). That's what the emphasis is here today. is we had the two days last week where we covered each phase. It's all part of what you continue to grow. things like that. third down. I think the players. The organization felt this gave us the best chance to move forward. Following that process leading up to it from a preparation perspective. which is always positive to be able to do. That's always rejuvenating. He was an undrafted free agent. I spent a lot of time with the boys yesterday and the day before. it's nice for them to get some time with their families or get away. you look at the thing you're going to carry through. "In terms of what we're doing here today. There's really nothing else I can add. Everybody contributes to that process. who always had his hand in the dirt in college. our focus will still be on us and the concentration will be in the red area and goal line and the areas that you'd normally cover on a Friday during a typical week.2009 Transcript: Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-9-09 (Opening statement). their work ethic."Really it's what I said. Today. first and second down. is a good example of what we're always trying to do. How are we doing? [My bye week] was good actually. That's the nice thing about the week. it's an organizational decision that we felt gave us the best chance to move forward. "One thing that we did housekeeping wise. What I've traditionally done." (On how many of the players he brought in this season he thinks have the potential to be franchise impact players).
his strength." (On if he has told the quarterbacks his decision yet). We'll talk about that more and our preparation for the Ravens." (On if he has made a decision at quarterback)."I think we'll know more. it's easy to lose track of how long these guys have been working and . It's good to have the players back in. we'll at least have some real clarity either later today or tomorrow. You have Kaluka (Maiava). He was our [practice] player of the week against Buffalo." (On if Jamal Lewis is okay)." (On if there is still one roster spot open).King Kong. even if I'm not talking [at a press conference]. he'll practice here today." (On Eric Barton). Once we do. I think he's done an outstanding job."He's outside. we do. in talking to him.' That will be dependent on his play on special teams." (On what linebacker position Benard plays)."Yes. who's worked as a WILL. You'd like to be able to always elevate off your practice squad and we were able to do that here today and I'm happy for him. We'll talk about that in conjunction with our work on the Ravens. (Blake) Costanzo who's worked as a WILL. The next step is to get to the 45-man roster. Now. We have a little variation in body types. I have an idea where we're heading. similar to David Bowens and David Veikune. I know where I'm headed. similar to keeping David Veikune inside."What I'll do is I'll let you guys know about that on Wednesday. He had a lot of production in college at a smaller school and then."Yes. Mary Kay (Cabot). so that's part of it. I think he has the ability to where he could play inside from his athleticism. really letting him concentrate on one spot. I said. I'll let Neal (Gulkis) let you know. to come here." (On if they will need another inside linebacker if Barton can't play). things like that. That's the other nice thing with the bye week. but you can have combinations based on the package. but want to go through the workouts and see where those are. those positions are mirrored. I'm going to keep him outside."(Jason) Trusnik has played in there. what other roles he can play for us defensively."I haven't sat down with the quarterbacks. I'd just rather talk about it on Wednesday. to stand up. I think. It's good to be able to get out there together. I think his best chance to contribute is outside. to have to learn how to play linebacker and all the other things that go with transitioning from college to pro football as an undrafted guy. so he could be a potential candidate from a MIKE perspective. based on what you're seeing. The thing that's been consistent with him is his work ethic." (On if he knows what position will be filled with the roster spot). or his role on special teams and then. ‘That's the first step. so you have those three there. Ideally in a 3-4."We'll have some more guys in for workouts tomorrow. It doesn't have to be filled by one guy all the time in all the different packages. so that's what we'll be doing. The weather's been pretty amazing over of the course of the weekend and it looks like we have another day like that today.
hitting and things like that. It does give you an opportunity to get some guys some extra rest. He'll be back here today." (On if all of the players made it back)- "Yes, everybody else made it back. Everybody else was on time in making it back. You're always looking forward to that attendance sheet coming through." (On his message to the team coming out of the bye week)- "When you look at it, and I think the players have an appreciation for it, when you look at where we've fallen short in different areas, again it comes down to things that are correctable, like ball security, our consistency in catching the ball, placing the ball, depths of routes, depths in coverage, rush lanes defensively. There are a lot of things from a fundamental perspective that if we improve on, then the outcome will be different. I experienced this in New York all three years, to take a step back to look at it, to look at it, to look at it objectively, be able to spend some time on it, show the players it and have the realization that, if we correct these things and do these things better, then the outcome will be different. Often times, a long play versus an intermediate play versus a no gain comes down to a small technique thing. There was a play against Green Bay late in the game, where Robaire (Smith), who's really been outstanding, especially over the last couple weeks, just got caught inside a little bit. The softness in the c-gap, the back was able to get through and that ended up being a significant play from amount of yards gained, but that's correctable. He's played that a lot of times, he just kind of bit a little early. It wasn't him alone, it was also the outside linebacker getting a little bit of width. To be able to see those plays and understand how that small amount of softness can translate in to a big gain, it's positive from the perspective of it is correctable." (On how many players met with him during the bye week)- "There were different guys at different points. The other thing is, that is really open today as well too. I'll get together with some more of those guys here today. The exact number, I'm not sure what the total number was, but it's good. It's positive. I also had the opportunity to spend some time with coaches, where you don't usually get a chance to sit down with a lot of guys and say, ‘Here are some things I really like. Here are some things I think you can improve.' Get their feedback on things, on a one-on-one basis, that they think we can improve, they think they can improve. It was a coach in New York who actually brought that to my attention. He had done a lot in college and it really was nothing that I had ever been exposed to. In pro football, I had never sat down with a head coach for a one-on-one to talk about things I could do better, usually those came in a very loud fashion and publicly. I thought it was positive and I thought it was a good idea and incorporated it." (On meeting with the coordinators)- "Interestingly, with the coordinators, you do spend more time with those guys. I'll spend, probably, the most of my time with Rob Ryan and Brad (Seely), just because each week you're going through the game plan, you're going through the corrections on a daily basis. That's a little different, I guess, than the meetings I was talking about, with more the assistants."
(On what he talked about with Brian Daboll during the bye week)- "I guess what I'm getting at is that wasn't that type of meeting, because we meet quite often. It's more time spent day-to-day then say, the other position coaches." (On what they can do to get the offense going)- "I really believe there are a lot of things that we can do to make the offense more effective. I think the starting point for us is protecting the football. The amount of opportunities is always going to be limited by the times we have the football. We're giving it away too often. It's not purely in the form of interceptions, it's ball security. We need to do a better job as a show team constantly pressuring the ball, almost to the point where it's overkill, because that's the amount of emphasis that you have to put on it. Whenever the running back is finishing the run, you want to have two, three guys tearing it away to keep giving that awareness to the running back, to the receiver. Every play getting those guys pressuring the football, because the better we protect it, the more chance we'll have to score, the more chance we'll have to sustain drives and that, to me, is the starting point. Then, it's being able to take advantage of the opportunities that are there, whether it's throws or catches, being able to execute those. That's the second thing. I think from a scheme perspective, there's a range of things in the different areas, first and second down, third down, red zone, that we have looked at that we'll incorporate moving into the second half." (On if they will do more fumble drills now than in the first half of the season)- "It's been a point of emphasis, but obviously we're not doing it effectively enough. We do track all those things during the course of practice. I thought the show team guys, last week, did a really nice job. They were all over the football every play, regardless of where the guy was. They were knocking it out on his way back to the huddle. Sometimes that's what you have to do, is over emphasize it, to get what we need to get done, done." (On if the GM rumors are a distraction)- "It's not going to be a distraction for me, or any of the coaches or any of the players. There are so many things that come up during the course of a season, whether it's this or any of the other elements that come up, or have come up, that really, like any other part of what you're teaching, it's very important that you can focus on what's important. What's important for us is what we're doing on a daily basis and our preparation for the next opponent. Being part of different programs and seeing the way distractions can affect, or aren't allowed to affect things, has given me good insight into how important that skill is. The emphasis is always going to be on the things that we need to do on that day and not the things that are happening externally." (On the rumor about Mike Holmgren)- "With any of the names that come up, I'm sure there's been a range of names that have come up. I talk to Randy (Lerner) all the time about different things. Again, my emphasis, my focus, is going to be on what we're doing here day-to-day getting the team ready." (On if there is a sense of urgency to bring in a GM-type person before the end of the season)- "What I believe in is that anybody that can help us be successful, anybody that can help us move forward, I'm always open to, whether it's in that role or any other role.
Whether it's a player, coach, whatever it is, I'm open to anybody that can help us improve. We're always looking to do that individually and organizationally." (On if he talked to any GM candidates last week)- "What I've been focused on is the team and the things that we can do to improve the team. That's what I'll continue to focus on." (On if there is anything he wants to change about his approach for the next eight weeks)- "You're always going through that self-reflection and looking at the way I approach squad meetings, the way I approach staff meetings, preparation for the next opponent, practice schedules, the outline of practice, distribution of personnel, all those things are things that I'm looking at. I like to think that we change those as we go and there are some things that we'll continue to change as we go." (On if he is going to make any changes in his approach)- "Yes, and there have been throughout the course of the season. It won't stop this week. It will keep going each week. Looking at it, what did we do well? What did we do poorly? What were preparation errors? What are things that we want to emphasize? What's the best distribution of time? All those things are things that you look at." (On if the use of the Wildcat was looked at during the bye week)- "That was a component of it. We've been running elements of the Wildcat since the first week. We ran it in the Minnesota game. We've run it at different points throughout the season, some with greater frequency, some with greater success. It's a good package. It's something that I like, that Brian likes. Obviously, Josh (Cribbs) really likes it. It's going to be different based on how the team plays it, how they adjust to it, but it is a good package that we'll continue to carryover and continue to have available each week." (On how the practice schedule will change with a Monday night game)- "It's different coming off the bye as well, because today is really a Browns-centered day, not a Ravens' day. There have been elements of Ravens prep throughout all three days, but it's really Browns-centered. In terms of the daily schedule, that will be pretty consistent, with the extra day (Saturday) being more of a review type day than anything else."
Mangini press conf. 11/11
Transcript: Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-11-09 (Opening statement)- "Good morning everybody. How are we doing? A couple things, we signed Josh Stamer to the active roster. We currently have one roster spot open and [there are] some things that we're looking at in terms of filling that, but I'll let you know when we do that as we move forward. In terms of the quarterback situation, I had a chance to sit down with both guys, which is what I wanted to do before I shared the
starting . I think he's done some good things in the role that he was playing. I think that he's worked hard since the first transition was made and I respect that. to me. it's a very good running game and we weren't very good there. (Joe) Flacco. I think that he's had some good weeks of practice. continues to improve and [we] didn't disrupt him very much. I think that familiarity should help us and the work that we did over the bye week should help us as well."With any of these decisions. believe me. I look forward to him taking advantage of this opportunity and helping us improve offensively. There are a lot of tools in this offense that are available and I'm looking forward to him using those and I think he can. because this is my first experience with him. which is what I asked of him. That's one of the things that he and I talked about last night. I think that he's worked at the same level that he worked at when he was the starter and prior to becoming the starter and." (On where Quinn has improved the most)." (On what Quinn needs to do better than he did the first two and a half games)"Collectively. I think it's a creative pressure package that they have defensively. "In terms of Baltimore. That's never the intention when a decision like this is made. and even when they don't pressure. I think. I think especially over the last two to three weeks he's been very efficient as a passer and I've liked the things he's done. On special teams there were three guys that we identified that we needed to control in order for our return game to be effective and they have five out of the nine special teams tackles. that's the key for any type of improvement. there's more familiarity. I think his comfort level in the system has gotten better. I watched him some in college when he was coming out and things like that." (On what makes him think Quinn will play better than he did the beginning of the season). I'm not looking to change. as you play conference opponents for the second time. Defensively. That's what I asked him to do."Yes. the coaching squad's perspective."It's hard to put it in a long term context. That's what I'm looking for." (On if he will stick with the quarterback decision for the rest of the season). they've got players that can cause problems. The positive thing is having the exposure that we've had with some of the new guys. we had four turnovers. He's had more time in the system. there's plenty all of us can do better in all three phases. We have our work cut out for us."I like to think that throughout the course of the season guys continue to improve. one of the things that happens is. You look at the opportunities that were there and there were opportunities in all three phases that I didn't think we did a very good job capitalizing on." (On if Derek Anderson will be the backup quarterback). All three of those things will kill you. I think that his overall control of the offense has gotten better. His quarterback rating was outstanding and they generated some big plays. You have to protect the football. even from my perspective.decision with anybody else and Brady (Quinn) will start this week against Baltimore. You go back and you look at the first game. I liked what he did over the bye week practices.
throw it to the guy who's open. and I think that's a great quality. Obviously. Brady approaches everything in a very serious way. Where the ball was in a place where it could have been caught and it wasn't. They feel like it's the right adjustment. When you come out of it. we . I've seen him make a lot of good decisions and what I want him to do is be comfortable with his thought process. you make a mistake. it's not going to be a function of. moving the chains and scoring points." (On Quinn's completions earlier being mostly shorter passes). then that creates some other opportunities. getting it to the open guy. be comfortable with his reads. that's hard. Sometimes that comes with being more comfortable and I've seen that comfort level increase and I'm anticipating that will translate. We played New England one time. ‘We have to throw it to this place." (On if Quinn was hesitant to make certain throws earlier in the season). That's what I'm looking for."In fairness to Derek. It happens a lot of times defensively. whether it's a tight end on a five-yard out or whether it's a go route to somebody." (On what happened with Anderson). As you get into the games. but just be comfortable with what you see and go with what you see." (On if Quinn is over thinking things). I've played against a lot of really successful quarterbacks. I think these guys have worked really well together. It's a function of getting it to the right guy. Were there throws that he missed? There were some of those and there were some reads that could have been better."Sometimes it's a function of just going through your read progression and going with what you know. I really do. I know it wasn't felt by me. I think that it's an opportunity to continue to grow and I'm sure he will. I've enjoyed getting to know him. you've done the work. because we couldn't get there with the heat and they just kept being patient." (On if Anderson lost confidence in the players around him)."To me. you just have to go with the things that you've learned and I anticipate him doing that. they're slow to make it and you have some guys doing it and some guys not doing it. they threw 10 hitches because of the way we were pressuring and killed us. this is some sort of final statement on who he is. You just have to go with what you know. At the end of the day. taking it and taking it. in a very detailed way. I don't think that. this many times because you're only completing short balls. whether it's a hitch. We've all experienced that. I really like Derek and I really liked the way that he handled himself. I like the way that he's worked. you've done the homework. I never saw that from any of the players. by any means. That's going to happen.' Throw it to the open receiver. too.with myself and the coaches and moving right on down. I think that helps. If you make a mistake. you've prepped and now it's a function of going with what you see and sometimes you're right and sometimes you're wrong. It wasn't felt by the coaching staff. I think that there were a lot of things that played a part in this. where the secondary will see something. There were times where I feel like he really knew where to go with the ball and maybe didn't go there as quickly as he could of."I never got that sense at all. Even last game where we moved the chains and put the ball on the ground. whether it's a check down. be comfortable with what he knows."I think that anybody who has a lot of decision to make has to go through those quickly.
" (On if Quinn would have developed more if he had stayed in all season). That decision will be made at some point. was when he wasn't starting. but this is a good group of guys. to not let any of the things that he's done tail off and he didn't. similar to David Veikune. He started inside last year for five games. Bowens has played inside. you need to prepare at the same level week in and week out because you don't know when things are going to change." . and then has learned inside. to have to flexibility to move those guys around based on need or depth is a good approach. You're going to get another opportunity and when you get that opportunity. it's a great chance."Again. there are a lot of different opinions on all injuries. regardless of whether you're the starter." (On Quinn's mindset while he was the backup). you make the decision at the time based on the information that you have and you're always trying to make the best decision at that point. It doesn't always go the way that you anticipate it going. same as D. I think that in any situation you're in. now you're on the best chance to maximize it. With that opportunity." (On using David Bowens as an inside linebacker and Jason Trusnik as an outside linebacker). Cody Spencer was another guy. Look at the inside linebacker position."Anything like that is hypothetical. That's what you expect. we've lost both our inside linebackers." (On if he anticipates Anderson getting another opportunity to start). so he's played inside quite a bit."He's been consistent throughout this whole period. Even with Jason. how important it was to not let the preparation drop off. Roman Phifer. That's the way that I approach it and that's any decision. but you deal with the decisions and you work to improve. he was a guy who had only had his hand in the dirt and then worked outside. He and I talked about that when we had our initial conversation. those four linebacker spots. Jeff (Schudel). We've had probably about four or five guys like that who've played both outside and inside." (On if Barton's injury is career-threatening). They're committed to getting the things fixed that we need to get fixed and I appreciate that work ethic."My comment. It doesn't always go the way that you want it. He's worked inside quite a bit. right on down the line. There are a lot of guys in this system who can play both.A. Guys are getting opportunities that maybe they wouldn't have gotten had we had both Eric (Barton) and D'Qwell (Jackson) here. You evaluate it. My feeling with any decision is. Brad Kassell. Ideally.want it to translate into a lot more production. you're the backup."That was our base set."It's something that he's looking at with the doctors and discussing." (On if Barton will need surgery). was more big picture. I'm trying to think of some of the other guys. That's what you want. You look at it and you move forward based on the information that you have and how you feel. The important thing to me is [to] keep talking to Eric and keep working with him and make the best decision for him.
just knowing Jim (Schwartz) and spending time with Jim and working with Jim. hitting the hole shot in between the corner and the safety in cover two.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-18-09 (Opening statement). You try to go through and get the most important points and then during the course of the week as there are some parallels or things that you can draw on from the last game in the teaching of the game plan for the next game. I really am."Good morning everybody. With Detroit. [We] weren't anticipating initially when we made the trade for him to be thrust into that type of role so quickly.18. [he has] been a little bit banged up.' You have to deal with what's there and what our opportunities are and how do you change that. "I think offensively with (Matt) Stafford. [he] has hit some of those. he has really made a lot of nice throws through the course of the season. How are we doing? Today with the short week. At the start of the Chicago game. [It is] a little different with the short week. but he was and he took advantage of it. I think all those things have improved. [There have been] some times where. I spent some time with him before the draft. but that's pretty common with a rookie quarterback like he is. whether it's stutter-goes. you do that whenever possible. Even with his partner on the other side. how they're preparing. He's had some impressive plays this season. should've. really tight coverage one-handed . He's had some games where he's struggled. two fade routes for touchdowns. Jim's a really smart guy. but you can't deal in ‘could've. I can see improvement from the team as the weeks have gone by."I thought he did a really good job. I know how they're working. I sent Mike (Tannenbaum) a text just telling him he'd be proud of Jason's progress.(On Trusnik's play at outside linebacker). he's a guy that can ruin the game. You look at Calvin Johnson. made some outstanding catches throughout the course of the season. 11/18 11. I like the things that he did in Tennessee. whether it's the fade route. in terms of how much time you can really spend watching the tape of the previous opponent. they hit that stutter-go that I was talking about. the way that he could almost answer questions before you asked the question and his control of the Georgia offense and things like that. the other member of the Johnson tandem (Bryant Johnson). I like the things that he's doing there as well. When you look at the body of work. He's made some really nice catches as well. we spent a little bit of time on the Baltimore game with the group and then really moved right into Detroit and the preparation that we have for them. [He is] really impressive." (On if he thinks the receivers will be more reliable the second half of the season)"I'm looking for all of us to increase our consistency. I like the presence that he's had. [He is] obviously a guy that they can go to and rely on. his poise in running the offense." Mangini press conf. 67-yarder against New Orleans. [He] had the 64-yarder. there's a lot of plays that could be there. I'm sure he has that same control over Detroit's offense.
that helps anybody when they go through times that may be frustrating." (On the team's performance the second half of the Baltimore game). "Defensively. I don't think that anybody was trying not to protect the football. There's a lot more movement then we had against Chicago and I thought overall the communication was sound. different formations. personally it looked like he was trying to make the tackle." (On if he thinks Brady Quinn is mentally prepared to go on). That's something that we'll have to do a good job with. In the running game."What Brady did. some gap-trap type things. but 11 percent of their plays in the running game are negative plays. it's that much more important to really protect the football. It could be the corner coming. who is really good at turning the ball over. it could be the safety coming in rolled up cover two.grabs. that's not easy to do and I thought he did it well. things that we've seen at different points throughout the course of the year. mixture of linebackers."Yes. I think that the style of running offense that they have."I just think that when you play a team like Baltimore. I don't think he'd look to ever hurt someone deliberately. I thought that he did a really nice job with that. This week against Baltimore we were able to do the same thing and what I really liked is there's a lot of shifting. with Jim. Knowing Brady. but expect him to practice later this week. usually not good things happen. I thought that he tried to use those as well. This is another week where you're dealing with multiple blitz packages. What he did with running the offense and the approach that we had. he's going to stop the run. It just takes that one play. I think the fact that he is such a good person and his confidence in who he is. and they always have been. In terms of the injury that happened. even the plays where Josh went into Wildcat. I think a couple weeks ago against Chicago. Multiple personnel groups. there's a lot of motioning. we didn't do well enough." (On if he expects Joshua Cribbs to practice today). I know if you look at their average it may not seem that way. When you bounce the ball up. he's a good person. physical guy with good hands and he seems to be getting more and more comfortable in their offense as well. there's some changes for them to generate some big plays. where it was more of a stationary offense. I am. There were points where we got things going and until we eliminate the self-inflicted stuff it's going to be hard to sustain much. Defensively. . I think that he's a big. I thought he did well. different combinations. [they have] three different types of backs. but different tools that you have within the offense. in terms of running the no huddle offense the whole game." (On if he is comfortable with Quinn going forward). With Brandon Pettigrew. things like that. There were times in the game. The throws that we had and the opportunities that we had to catch it. we were able to get to a lot of adjustments and I thought the communication was very good."We'll probably going to hold him out today. They're about eighth in the NFL right now in generating negative plays in the running game. and I've talked about this. all those things were done out of no huddle.
again. because the show team is working off of cards. you can't have those. You're trying to go through no huddle and the other side's trying to show the look that you want and get the guys in the right place. but that package. so it's legit. and when I say third down. The thing with Chris is. If you get in that situation. Tony (Grossi). There really wasn't a lot of space for him to work on that. to give him a chance to see what he can do. you prepare for what you've seen on tape." (On how Jennings played against Baltimore). he's gotten a little bit better each week. defensively. give him some chances for carries. he has to be able to fill that role in way that's either at the same level or higher. where it was a miscommunication on the deep ball and in a tight game." (On if Cribbs said anything about his lateral). This was trying to work him in to the rotation.and that's what we had. so in order to kind of maintain the roles and what we thought was the best guy for each role. I'm sure they'll work on some of the things they've seen us do throughout the course of the season. I never want to see anybody hurt at any point on either team and never want to put anybody in a position where that could happen."It's like anything else. The next step for us was to give him a chance to carry the ball in games. picked up eight yards. If he goes to the game and takes a spot of a guy who maybe plays more of a [special] teams role. I think our ability to go in and out of it at any point is very helpful."I thought he did well. He got caught up in the moment and the play. I'm sure they'll work on Wildcat-type things. but made a guy miss. how he does this week. It's not the easiest thing in the world to simulate during the course of a week. He had a carry early in the season. we use some of those plays on early downs too. I talked to Josh about that I talked to the team about that. or whatever it was." (On if Jennings penalty on the kicker was legit). That's really how I felt." (On if he spoke to Cribbs about him handling the end of the game differently). I wanted to be able to get him active. You simulate it the best you can. I'd probably do it differently. J."I want to see. his role isn't as significant on third down. That was the thought process.'s (Jerome Harrison) done most of that stuff."I've liked what Chris has done in practice. Really. I'm sure they'll work on that.C." (On the reason for Chris Jennings' extended playing time). The other thing that Chris has to continue to do is help on [special] teams."Yes. That's what all the guys are like. It's natural for everybody to be competitive. that's Josh being competitive as well."Again. I forget who it was against. You don't traditionally kneel down in those situations. in retrospect. I talked to Josh about that and told the team the same thing. You do the best you can." (On if he expects Jennings to be more involved for the rest of the season). [He] had a catch earlier in the season." (On if he thinks the Lions can prepare for the no huddle). . I thought he had a couple runs that were good runs and one that I think he lost a yard or two. but I'd have probably approached it differently."I mean they called it.
how many sacks you're getting."No. You have to go through the process of how do you generate more of those. more points."When you go through the tape. You look at the missed opportunities. dropped ball. when you're taking away third down conversions and the amount of plays in a game decrease. I think that part of that has to be earning the right to get those reps. let's just put him in because he's a running back and Jamal is retiring. but he ended up getting the guy on the other side. here's a guy who's worked really hard."I'm open if they want to talk to me about it. it has to be better than that. The way the route was designed. it was a call.1 yards a pass or anything like that. the way that they ran the stunt. whatever the area is. when you're taking away extra drives." ."No." (On how he keeps the player's confidence at a high level). I think that they just didn't get back inside. Then you're giving yourself the best opportunity to score those points. I didn't say a word to them about it because I'm completely comfortable with the way that we practice."I don't think that was him whiffing. It's really got to start there. One year it could be sacks. With Chris. the self-inflicted wounds. It has to start there. another year it could be forced fumbles. He's improved on special teams. It's more that than the other. because usually the way it hit. he would take the guy that was coming to his side. you identify the areas where there have been problems. the first play of the game. another year it could be picks. I have been involved in this in different areas. it had the shallow crossers. that's not the approach." (On if Jerome Harrison missed a block on Ray Lewis' sack)."Yes." (On if he has thought about reducing Jamal Lewis' role in an effort to develop the younger players). You're not looking to average 2. It's more. it wasn't a function of here's a young guy.1 yards per pass). was offset over here.C. whether it be turnovers." (On if they have to average better than 2. Alex (Mack) took the first one and J. obviously for us. You're able to be a lot more effective in that. He tried to come back inside. but I am completely comfortable with what we do." (On if the union coming in is something he would talk to the captains about). and the way that they formed it. so he wasn't in great position to pick that up.When they're in for a play. Ideally you have some catch and run type plays. Here's a guy who's shown day in and day out that he deserves an opportunity. It wasn't designed hook and ladder. a middle dog cross two inside linebackers. the 50th play of the game. now let's give him a chance. how do you generate. they're going to try to do what they can do to achieve the goal of the play." (On if he spoke to the team about the union coming in). the odds of you being very productive decrease as well."That's not really how I'm looking at it. whether it's the last play of the game." (On if the play call was a hook and ladder).
" (On if Steve Heiden and Dave Zastudil will practice today). catch the football. The guy is a freak athletically. There are a lot of things that they do that as you have a system in place for a long time. you have to deal with them rushing three and then you have to deal with the different packages. it doesn't look great for the weekend. sliding the protection over. because the reps are there with the group. protecting the football so you can have more drives. It's unique when you play the Ravens." (On what his long term process is and how the players he has acquired since becoming head coach play into that process)."That's not really something that I'm going to talk about."I think the short term process is getting ready for each week and playing each game. That's a pretty good defense that we played. I'm sure whatever he applied himself [to]. they all can rush the passer. neither one will work today."I think he should come on down."No. That's one element to it and that's the most important element right now."There have been times where I thought it's been very good." (On what can be done to the protection in order to give Quinn more time). [he would] probably be good in baseball or soccer or swimming. There were other times where. understanding how you have to practice to get ready for games. understanding the concepts that you run offensively and defensively. the guy is gifted athletically. They combine the front there. I'm not making any excuses or anything like that. It wasn't good enough. The long term process is understanding how you're going to prepare for a game. they run the same blitz. when you have guys that have worked together for that long.C. the safeties.(On what has to be done to make the passing game more effective). but then they also bring a combination of the star." (On LeBron James saying he could help the team). That's a great thing when you're a defensive coordinator."Like I said."Like we talked about.. there are some areas there where we can improve. I thought that there were times that we did do a good job in terms of identifying it. That is a pretty stout defense. be able to get the ball to the places we need to get it to. When we do have those opportunities. I know he's pretty busy right now. you can keep adding and building. competitive and tough. It's not easy to slide over. whether it was the play that we were talking about with J. because it doesn't matter who's in their front. getting things picked up. the different blitz pattern and where he was located versus where he had to get to. so I'll let him talk about that. get Ray Lewis with a full head of steam and they got us on that one. just guys are in different spots. There are some shots that we had down the field where we would have taken a shot but didn't hold up as well as we need to in protection. I think with Zastudil. With that veteran group of guys. you have to deal with them rushing four. Anytime you play those guys. so a year from now . but if he wants to give it a shot. who you can run the same concept but give a completely different look to the offense. Protection." (On if the pressure on Quinn was a function of the protection or the Ravens' defense). Randy's (Lerner) really handling that." (On if Mike Holmgren was interviewed by the organization yesterday). then they have multiple blitzes.
[You] figure both of those guys. It's a concentration on third down with some review of the things that we did . I think that both of them have chance to come in and compete and see where they fit. as you put experiences in together. A lot of these guys typically would be getting ready for bowl games now. We'll just have to see how that goes. did a really nice job this week in a significant. There's some reps built up in that. It's the young players that are here. Look at Alex Mack. it's not like that. they're all learning as you go. as you put time in together.these aren't new things in relationship to the defense that you're facing or the offense that you're facing. Kaluka. I'm sure you guys got the release on Steve Heiden and Dave Zastudil. The two kids that we claimed off waivers. he's played quite a bit of football and I think he's gotten little bit better each week." (On if Reggie Hodges punted well enough for the team to go forward with him). he's going to have to continue to punt at a level that we're looking for. Often times for the young guys. Every week you're going to face somebody that's talented. Next year they're going to be at a higher starting point. significant role and working with a guy who wasn't playing inside. [We] just didn't think that they were going to be in a position to play moving forward and thought it was the best thing that we could do at this time. Kaluka hadn't had that type of play time and David (Bowens) obviously hadn't had that play time inside and hadn't been the play caller. Sometimes it improves. working inside. "In terms of what we're doing today. We'll just keep him honoring that. someone that's older than themselves. whether it be initially on special teams or whether it be special teams and some type of role offensively and defensively. you know how it works in college football. neither one of them. I have some experience with Reggie in the past. (Maiava) I thought. There's a lot of football left. like we were talking about with the Ravens' defense. 11/19 11. we'll be inside again."I think it's like anything else. which is always disappointing. With Mohamed (Massaquoi) and (Brian) Robiskie and (David) Veikune and those guys. it's stuff that guys work through. If that wasn't the case. put them on IR. Working with the game plan. playing in the dome. all those different elements come into play that as you put reps together. It's different. then obviously we'd continue looking. There are no teams on the schedule that you schedule to.19. You just monitor it and work with it and see where you are each week.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-19-09 (Opening statement). That's a process. understanding what it means to be a pro."Good morning everybody." (On Zastudil's injury). Reggie's worked in this role in the past with other teams as well. How are we doing? Yesterday we." Mangini press conf."I think that with a lot of different things. Sometimes it doesn't improve. you get to start at a higher level the following season.
Sometimes it's just how the plant foot comes down or a little bit of a twist. It was getting the injury on Monday night and the amount of time that it would take to rehab that. We had Mike Nugent last year where he just stepped wrong in the first game of the season and ended up hurting himself. He's a reliable receiver." (On if the kicker's injuries are an accumulation of wear and tear from not having other kickers in training camp). It's a little bit harder coming off a Monday night game. I don't think that's the case at all. I don't think those opportunities will go away."I really like Steve." (On if he regrets trading Kellen Winslow and Braylon Edwards). [We] added a receiver."When you make the decisions. We'll see which combination of guys is the best each game. with him missing practice last week. you make the decision that you think are best. that he'd be ready to play at the level that he'd want to be able to play at and we'd want him to be able to play at in time to really continue to help us this season." .yesterday. I anticipate him being ready to go for next season. I think that he's got a lot of football left in him. but I thought they did a nice job with it. I think that he's a good blocker. I don't think it was a function of that. from a time perspective. I think if anything he's disappointed that it went the way that it did. I think we'll just see where we are here. Chansi (Stuckey). we just thought that it would be better for this game. The combination of the two just didn't seem. It's such a specific skill set that sometimes those things happen. Clair not practicing yesterday)." (On if surgery is possible for Zastudil)."It has to continue to improve. There have been a lot of different reasons why it hasn't happened. He is a good teammate."No. He's worked incredibly hard to play this season and he'll work equally as hard this offseason to get back. to be one of the inactives. I've been in a lot of training camps where you've only had the two kickers that you go into the season with."He should participate today." (On if this injury is something Heiden might not want to come back from). He was still continuing to maintain and work through the previous injury." (On if Heiden's injury is a function of him coming back from his knee injury too soon)."I don't think that it's been ruled out." (On John St. I thought that overall yesterday was a productive day for us. He's part of that competition as well." (On how he judges the wide receiver's progress). Sometimes those things happen. It's less rest for the guys. I think that we've had plenty of opportunities to score."No. but the important thing is addressing those and getting those fixed. not at all." (On if he would want Heiden back next year). I'd say it's definitely a possibility. I think we've had plenty of opportunities to move the football. I enjoy working with Steve and coaching Steve."No.
"I don't know if you can specifically point to how the coverages would change or not change."Yes. It's the same thing with Kurt Warner. Offensively." (On if he thinks they can capitalize on the Lions' defense and score). [We] didn't do a very good job against the running game. playing a new position. from the Baltimore perspective. I don't know how many drives they had of over 40 or 50 yards in that first game and weren't very effective in disrupting (Joe) Flacco at all. Other teams will push the coverage."I feel like there are a lot of things each week that you can look at and see.(On if he can tell how much not having Edwards opposite Mohamed Massaquoi has affected Massaquoi's production). Some people have connections to either coaches or front office people in those leagues [Canadian Football League]. There weren't a lot of positives coming out of that game. In terms of playing the Ravens this past time." . or the progress or your effectiveness." (On if he gets a better idea of where the team is when they play a team like the Lions). I thought the defense played significantly better than what we did in the first game. get a sense of your level of improvement. connections there. It takes time. when the arena league was operating. With a rookie coming to a new system." (On how they find players like Chris Jennings). Some teams you face. With the new football leagues that are coming out. the coverage is what the coverage is. he'll continue to improve. but I thought that defensively this game. He's worked at it. and when I say that. he was a weak side linebacker there." (On Kaluka Maiava)."There's a lot of different ways. being able to adjust and address it during the game. there were a lot of positives against a good offense with really the same people. seeing the coverages that you're getting. but I think we have a good group as well. He'll continue to have opportunities and I expect him to improve the production as we go. with understanding the defense. you'll track those leagues. It just depends week in and week out. You track those leagues. I think there were some things that we did in terms of the no huddle. just didn't help us enough. That really wasn't different the last game or the game before. I thought on special teams we could have done a better job this past week then we did and I was looking for that. We missed some opportunities during the game that I think could have helped us. That's a good special teams group they have in Baltimore. and this was true when I met him at USC. He had a really outstanding feel for the things that they were doing there."As he gets more and more comfortable with playing inside. He could explain all the different adjustments and he had been in that system for quite some time. but it wasn't in the 3-4. That's the system they run. being about to go the places that you want to go to with the ball and then if the plan you have isn't dictating the coverages you expected or the things that you expected. It's much more executing the game plan. it was in more of a 4-3 type system. He's gotten more and more reps. He's gotten more and more opportunities. you go into every game with things that you feel you can capitalize on. the formationing and items like that that did help us. that played against us the first time we played them. I would expect as he keeps a deeper understanding each week. Every team is different.
Tony (Grossi). That was what I based my initial impression off of. He can be disruptive in both the 3-4 and when we play him offset or in sub. He's competitive in the games. he is a very competitive guy. That was part of the miscommunication. He played primarily on third down and there was quite a bit of protection required there. everybody knows. It's usually a big play. Again. You don't know necessarily who's going to find out about a player. but you're not really getting anything done."I think there's been some times where he's played really well and some times where he's had some plays that he'd want back and we'd want back. three guys and it's spread out differently. You try to draw information from everybody in the building. That pass play. The important thing is to be resilient and really identify the things you have to fix."I don't know if it was his best game. Being out there at corner." (On if Monday night's game was Shaun Rogers' best game of the season). when you get beat or have a breakdown. you're on your own often. There are a lot of plays like that. As a cornerback you go through different challenges during the course of the season. It may be a college scout who has a good connection to the Canadian league. There's times where the defensive linemen may get beat four or five times. [We] wanted to take a look at Chris. as opposed to things being said one way or the other. Brandon was supposed to have help. He's played on first and second down. I think he's played well in all the games." (On Brandon McDonald getting beat by Derrick Mason). If he continues to progress in practice I think that will continue to be the case. but out there." (On the type of season McDonald is having). You have three running backs and you're distributing the reps. field goal block to go push. but we always want people to share their information and then you research it and look into it further. because I think he's earned a look based on the things that he's done and that was something that we did this past week." (On if Rogers' motor was a question for him when he got here).(On who in the organization is responsible for finding Jennings). come right back and no big deal. they score that first touchdown. I think it as the first one. It's a lot easier to do it at 190 [pounds]. His motor runs high."Sometimes. but he'd work to fix the things that he had to fix. Shaun gets something done there. he beats a lot of people. What I like about Shaun is."He played last week. I can't remember. He pursues well to the football. too. You're doing your job and you're pushing. He's competitive in practice. It's easy for a big guy on PAT. The thing with Brandon though. It's one play. with that the connection may not be in pro personnel. it's three or four yards. I don't think he was alone on that play by any stretch." . because in watching the game tape form last season you saw the motor on tape where he's running the football. go at it the same way. [he] goes and blocks the extra point." (On if pass protection is the main reason Jerome Harrison is not getting more playing time)."It really wasn't. nobody really notices in the pile up."Derrick Mason. It's a function of improving the areas you have to improve in. Ty Law could get beat. at 360 [pounds] that's not easy to do. first or second one.
"Yes he is. big hits on tape in college. It affects outcomes."Yes." (On if Joshua Cribbs is going to practice today). If this happened. then this is what those 11 guys would do. [He is a] really good kid. I met with him quite a bit before the draft. He could answer questions by anticipating where you're going next."They've played some different combinations. . Another guy that's been fun to watch is (Louis) Delmas. It affects production. It stops drives. There's been a lot of good throws on tape. the winning percentage is dramatic. That's something that I think we should be better at and you have to be better at." (On Detroit's secondary).(On how well he got to know Matthew Stafford before the draft). Each week he'll improve. Robaire has really been outstanding. It's hard to win that way. There are a lot of good plays on tape. [he is] really bright. to me. there's a lot of different reasons why that could be what it is." (On why Anthony Henry did not play last week). I think he's going go to have a really productive long career. The differential in points based on turnovers is significant."The thing. this is what the 11 guys would do."I think you were right. It always has and it always will. He's made some plays on the move. Nothing affects outcome bigger than give-away. that is most under our control and most important is to not have the turnovers. not just in terms of his play. There were times where we were going to ask a question and he was already starting to answer it. his understanding of his college offense [was] outstanding. There's been a bunch of times where we've been on the negative side of that. Interceptions I know affect passer rating quite a bit and he's had some of those."I watched tape on him." (On if he anticipated the struggles the team would face)." (On if he thinks if they could improve the turnover ratio that it would positively affect everything else). There's been some tight throws in cover two. It wasn't complete but throwing to his left on a rope in the end zone on a read out by the receiver."I'm not sure exactly how they finally got to the outcome they got to. but in meeting with him and talking to him and interviewing him. I'm sure he's getting that same feel for what they're trying to do in Detroit. a minus two. does a good job with the outs to the tight ends and slot receivers. You have to. bit hits in pro football."Robaire has been outstanding. He could tell you if this happened. The difference between an even game. I thought it was pretty indicative of some of the things he can do with his arm. There was a really nice roll out play against Minnesota. really bright. but that's not uncommon. He's made some mistakes." (On the reasons Stafford's production is low). He has good ability to deliver the football. some nice throws on the fade ball. a minus three. but the things that he does in the [class] room. He'd go player-by-player and give everybody's assignment. His control of his college offense. take-away ratio. all those things. a minus one. in between the corner and safety. very tough. turnover ratio dramatically affects outcome." (On Robaire Smith).
[We are] really on our typical preparation path. [They] pretty strongly endorsed David Bowens so he will be serving as the defensive captain through the rest of the season. with both of those guys being on IR. [there's] no strong variation there. Baby (Shaun Rogers) inside.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-20-09 (Opening statement). Another strength of his is the mentoring of younger players and just his overall approach to each game. He always had a period in the game where he may go in for two or three series as outside linebacker. good finish. for playing the first game inside this season. He's the type of guy where you can say in a meeting. which way to go. Going from an outside linebacker to an inside linebacker. being responsible for the huddle." Mangini press conf. just had the defense yesterday vote for a replacement captain. 11/20 11. I think as you've seen over the last couple games."I'd say that 20. I would imagine." (On if the defensive line had the best game of the season against Baltimore). For him. I think he's done it really well. with him playing inside. There may be 10. That's a great example to the young guys. but him understanding the whole defense and what we're trying to get done with each defense and why. It's him understanding his job. I think there have been a lot of games where they've played well. directional call."Good morning everybody.He's a guy that will have a coverage. he is going to do it [and] he is going to do it to the best of his ability. Today we will continue to work inside in preparation. without having the two defensive captains. I think Eric (Barton) did a great job with communication and D'Qwell (Jackson). has been really good." (On David Bowens playing only 20 percent of the snaps early in his career). being responsible for making all of the checks with the front seven.20. he may come in . that's not easy. stout against the run. automatic front and coverage. I think all those guys have done a nice job in the different roles that they've had. I personally feel it's a really good choice. I think. He's always been someone that whatever you ask him to do. I was happy with that. (Mosley) or Corey (Williams). I think it's a pretty stout group. bring in (Ahtyba) Rubin or C. to each day. You are always trying to find good roles for him if he wasn't going to be the starter. what the check is. He's a guy that I've known for a while. 12 checks based on all the formations. He'll know what the coverage is.J. I've been extremely happy with him."They played well against Baltimore. that was the minimum for him. How are we doing? Just a little news. with Kenyon (Coleman) on the left and Robaire on the right. aggressive. He's played multiple positions and he's played them all well. ‘We're going to go through this AFC. it's called an AFC. He's going to try to make those around him better. physical.' and he'll nail 13 in a row. the level of communication. but usually the defensive linemen are given the call by the linebacker. based on formations. His play. it changes some. obviously.
" (On his relationship with Shaun Rogers). He's got a great work ethic. Was he a math major at Georgetown? He might have been."I think the process part is just the reality. I would have loved to have him earlier on. Although I don't think we have had very many games where the weather hasn't been good. He's seen a lot of different things. He's got a great approach during the offseason. Playing indoors. our wives both were working at a homeless shelter the other day together. I think it's a reality. He can do a lot of things. I love having him now. He's got a great approach in season. I would imagine. I had my kids there and we were talking about that. The longevity part I completely understand. It's nice to be able to take a step back and just enjoy each other's company from that perspective. so he can fit into any system." (On what he remembers most about Schwartz from their days with the Browns). but the ups and downs where you go through a year and you have to take that approach. We were talking this morning. based on whether it's the cap or the draft or whatever it is and you go through that cycle. He is constantly looking for innovative ways to do things. you might have to kind of start over. I would have loved to have him. It's pretty unique from my experience with being in Cleveland. and just sharing some of those experiences." (On if playing indoors can help get the passing game going). I think Jim's had a lot of experience."I completely understand why he's played as long as he has. [We've had] pretty amazing weather so far." (On explaining why Bowens doesn't have many career starts but has had a long career). He's a great guy. you are guaranteed good weather. I am not sure when it happened."I remember. but I think he was able to do it himself. typically. He is really smart. I forget what it was. He can rush the passer." (On if Joshua Cribbs can return to all of his roles on Sunday). He's got toughness. Even though he was with one team for a long time I am sure. he was using regression formulas for a while to evaluate tendencies. He's coached a long time." .two or three series at inside linebacker. He's been part of some really good teams. with their kids. With the Halloween party and seeing him with his daughter. There's a lot of analysis. I'd say smart is one of the things and a great worker. You might lose some guys in free agency. There are a lot of good conversations we've had. probably came to 20 or well over 20 plays a game."I am always hoping that is going to be the case. where we can get the passing game rolling. He worked on the goal line and that position flexibility. which usually helps." (On if he and Jim Schwartz learned about ‘the processes' from Bill Belichick). I'd probably have to bring somebody in to help me with that part of it."Shaun and I get along really well. [It is] fun to see some of the guys that you only see in this environment. Why he didn't play more early on? That I am not sure of. He is a really smart guy. He's been a good guy to get to know."I anticipate Josh playing all of the roles he normally plays this week. It's been fun getting to know him. He'd have a designated role in dime defense where he was in each series for that.
talked about the comfort level there. All those guys had worked with the other offensive linemen."No." (On if the injuries on the offensive line caused any problems in developing chemistry). but there's one. John had worked in there a little bit. Rex (Hadnot). You have certain things that Jerome does. Unfortunately there's only one running back. just like all these guys can. Floyd (Womack). Chris has really worked hard to create opportunities for himself. you have to talk to him. but it takes a little while."In terms of that. Hank had been in there. There has been some changes in there at different points. Chris has done a nice job.(On if Rogers dressed up for the Halloween party). He's very consistent in the way that he approaches things and all three of those guys are. four. Anything that he wants to talk about. I think John's (St. You can create some packages like that."I think there's a lot of factors. he didn't dress up for that Halloween party. I think. three. talked about the range. You have certain things that you want to see Chris do. he can come talk with me at any point. They're both back. which goes back to why you work those guys in a lot of different spots."The good thing is that they had all worked in there and they had worked in different spots." (On it seeming like Jerome Harrison is upset)."Really. It's funny watching him chase around a little one. you look at the percentage of conversion rate. We actually did a whole study on if you're kicking form this yard line versus a fourth down and one. I'm sure they talked to the special teams coach. Rex is in there. were doing a lot of good things. It's not like some other positions where you can play multiple guys at the same time. at the guard spot. You get the field goal blocked and it's a tie game."No. I'm used to him chasing around big ones. two." (On if he watched the Miami at Carolina game last night). I thought Rex was having a good camp and then Floyd got dinged early on. so that's been a positive because it wasn't the first time that they had worked with Floyd or Hank or any of those guys. Each week it gets better. but he's been out at right tackle." (On the plusses and minuses of kicking a 45-yard field goal versus going for it on fourth-and-three). it does take a while to come back and get in the flow. Clair) had some good games. I don't even know who won. it's been more than two guys because you've had Hank (Fraley) in there for a bit. because you don't know who's going to be there and when someone's going to have to step in and fill the role. [We] went through a tough spot there. Floyd's been in there. When you have three running backs. Percentage of kicking the field goal and . They're moving a little bit past the injuries. it's from the spot of where the field goal was kicked. You miss the field goal. Fourth-and-three. When you miss time with an injury and you come back. five. and I think really with Chris Jennings. Rex got hurt during camp and then Floyd got hurt early in the season and both guys. Try to build in the flexibly so that they all can work in each of the roles if they have to." (On the right side of the offensive line). I think there have been some games where there have been some struggles. You have certain things that you like Jamal (Lewis) to do.
We played him in New York one time. 11/25 11. Baby [Shaun Rogers] blocking the extra point and then going into overtime. I thought that the first time we played them. get the ball back. it's bad. they didn't have any timeouts. Do you feel really good about it? What do you feel about what they're going to do? There's a host of decisions there. We trust you to get this. Miss the fourth down conversion. [It was] obviously a difficult loss. It's like a track meet." (On if he sees a negative message being sent to the Patriots' defense with Belichick's decision)."Good morning everybody. You go for that fourth down and you make it and it's great. He's special in that situation. it's really bad. It was a game where they got up early. Field goal get's blocked.making it. We played him in Indy. How are we doing? A couple things in getting ready for the Bengals. You have Tom Brady and that offense. but I liked our approach. we were down 14-0. all those . I see a really positive message being sent to the Patriots offense. we ended up winning . six minutes and they went into overtime. We have to kick off. I've been a part of enough of those games with Peyton Manning where he gets the ball. I really liked the way we played that game. I think the medical staff did a really good job of making sure every possible step was taken to be right. I thought that was the first time that we played the style of football that we're looking to play. they score." (On if Joshua Cribbs' recovery seems amazing after how bad it looked).2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-25 -09 (Opening statement). We were up by four with 1:50 left." Mangini press conf. that's pretty high percentage football.25. [we were] able to come back. I don't question that call at all. You take some chances. at different points it didn't look very good. Some of the other part comes in how comfortable do you feel with that play that you have. In the Tampa Bay game."I really do think the things that they did were precautionary. You kick the field goal. Maybe you should have onside kicked."I think that Bill's made a lot of great calls. but that was another one where we were up and now we're sitting on the goal line. blitz." (On Bill Belichick's decision to go for it on fourth-and-two from his own 28-yard line)."No. five. I think they walked down the field the drive before. percentage of converting the fourth down to a first down and kind of look at it like you would any other stats. I liked the way we dealt with adversity. Everybody's seen Peyton Manning do what Peyton Manning does each week. Not a great feeling. because that's a ‘gotta have it' play. you make it. If you don't get it back. especially in Indy. They were all negative. down 25 points with whatever it was. good things usually happen. it's great. We had the tests done that night.Willie McGinest came off the edge and tacked the guy on the one yard line. You would want them to do that with any player anytime there's a chance that it could be something more.
Jim and I are fine. They have some pressure packages like we see each week and they'll change them up a little bit and we'll have to deal with that. great teammate. some of his expectations and just have a very clear vision of what you have to do collectively. they lead the division. as well. if not better. [He is a] tough guy. I think the one thing you see with Cincinnati. They got one in the end zone right in the end zone. this weekend.1 yards a carry. whether it was in Baltimore. Last game we did a much better job protecting the football and that's something that we're going to have to do." (On if he has spoken with Jim Schwartz)."Yes. right on down the line. It will be a challenge for us on special teams. is they've dealt with tough situations throughout the season and [have] been very resilient and won some tough games. In the running game they're able to penetrate and create some negative runs. That's been his trademark. he does some nice things in the punt return games. Laveranues Coles is a guy I've talked about before. Marvin's (Lewis) winning percentage is impressive. I could see a situation where all three backs are up." (On if Harrison seemed disappointed about not being part of the game plan lately)"That's the nice thing about any conversation is you can go through and talk about some of the things that you can do better. to achieve anywhere near the same results. as well. We've always had a good relationship so we talked through that. [They are] 7-3 now. know really well." (On if he will use Jerome Harrison at Cincinnati). (Bernard) Scott's handling some of that.things were positive. my . I had a good conversation with Jerome last week. That was something that he's always been very successful at doing. I anticipate him having a good week of practice."Jerome is live for every game. I like Jim. great competitor. They got a couple against us. they have some weapons in the passing game and the running game with the emergence of Bernard Scott and the addition of Larry Johnson. [they] really should be 8-2. but I could see all three of those guys being up or Jerome being up and Chris being down. They average close to 5. I think he's made some really nice contributions. All three of those backs are. I thought we did a nice job last time we played them on special teams. As you look at them defensively. We cleared the air. but defensively. The bottom line is we didn't do enough to win the game. whether it was here. They had the one where they stripped the ball out and returned it for a touchdown. but it will have to be at the same level. He had that impressive return against Pittsburgh. Outside of a fluke play against Denver.900 percent. some of the things I'm looking for. from a numbers perspective. We have our hands full there and I don't think we did a good enough job in the running game last game. "Offensively. I talked to Jim for a while. really collectively. We'll see how the week goes from a special teams perspective. when they've been able to force turnovers and the offense has been able to protect the ball. Chris Jennings has done some good things. is creating turnovers. It just depends on how it goes. Andre Caldwell. he's been dangerous and then with Quan Cosby. In the return game. (Chad) Ochocinco is as dangerous as ever. where ever he's been they've done that. It's close to . It's a nice situation with those guys being as competitive as they are. Caldwell.
and getting the protection where it needs to get to. It could be a drill that they're running during special teams. You don't want to be like a one hit wonder. [He has a] great personality. I thought Brady (Quinn) and Alex Mack and the whole group did a nice job with identifying the different looks. He was back. The other key thing was no turnovers.'" (On if he thinks the offense turned the corner). he was rehabbing. [He is a] really bright guy. He works. Tony (Grossi). Mary Kay (Cabot). we just haven't done them to our capacity. Watch his approach. He's as tough as I've been around. huge difference in what can happen offensively when you don't turn the ball over." (On Robaire Smith's season). we made them. That's why he's played as long as he has. I thought it was a good talk."I don't really look at it that way. however many years? Just watch him. ‘You want to know how to play eight years."I expect it every week. I was encouraged. I really like him."What I was really happy with. ‘We should really be clicking by Week 11. He's a pro. It's no different for those two guys either. [There were] very limited balls that were catchable and dropped. and they had a lot of different looks. You almost have to slow him down in practice against the scout team. He goes out every day. is the plays that were there to be made." (On if it was disappointing to not have Brian Robiskie and David Veikune active at Detroit). it looked really positive in terms of his approach and the progress he was making and even the early part of practices and things. Learns his job. Chansi Stuckey had been hurt the week before. I'm happy he's here."I hadn't looked at it that way. Watch the way that he studies. so that's positive as well. Marcus Benard was active and that's positive. It doesn't matter what the drill is." (On if Smith's return from his Achilles injury is remarkable). he is so competitive. It was a nice use of different tools by Brady and the receivers and taking advantage of some of the things they gave us. pretty funny guy. Here's a guy that's worked his way up and made a case for himself and had a chance to play. To me it's not. You have to go out and do it the next week. he was down. We worked on the no huddle and have gotten better at that." (On if he should expect a new level of offense by this point in the season). They're live all during the week. Those are all things that we've done. Those are all things that we've talked about through the course of the season. To see that. Emulate that and you have the best chance to reach your potential. his expectations and what he has to do to be active. Whoever makes the best case during practice will be up and how they fit in the [special] teams game will play a role as well. [I know] coming in. just because he is so physical. You love to be able to point at guys like that and say. I thought he had a good week of practice and goes out. 10 years.' you want to see that each week. he's doing the best he can at it. [There is a] huge. The protection. I think they were all encouraged. You like to do that anytime that a guy has a question. he had had the surgery. really physical. I look at it as bringing the guys that do the best job during that week and give us the best chance to win. learns the concepts of the whole defense.expectations. [There were] very limited misses on . has several key receptions during the game."He's had an outstanding season. Just by judging from his rehab and those things.
[My] first year in New York we ran no huddle every snap of the whole season and then [at] different points throughout the next two years [we] did the same thing. You start chipping away at those things. that's the players. being able to take a step back and look at it and evaluate it." (On if the game plan was for Brady Quinn to use the pump fake or if it was instinctive). even though he did some good things. so if you're going to you're to the right you want to be able to try to hold them to keep them out of the mix. He just kept working at it and ended up doing really nice things. I think it's something that maybe we did a little bit more last week. You can see different looks. but he wasn't ready at that point. There are plusses and minuses to both ways of doing it. . I think that as we move forward. Some guys it takes a while. That's one approach." (On why they waited until Quinn got back in to emphasize the no huddle). There may be some things with shifting and motioning. but it's part of the program each week."[I have had] just so many experiences with young guys where they hit at different times." (On if when they made the quarterback change is when they went to the no huddle)"We practiced it each week with D. where you don't have as clean a read. Some guys it takes a year or so. then got an opportunity to play and did a nice job. but you get an advantage in terms of their adjustments aren't as clean. I think I was frustrated with the situation and probably expressed that more than I probably should have. those self-inflicted wounds. Some guys hit really quickly. he just wasn't ready to assume that role and that's a guy that's played inside linebacker his whole career and is a really bright. the Indianapolis system."You try to incorporate that anytime you're throwing deep balls because you want to be able to hold the safety."I've always really liked it. We had plenty of opportunities to win the game and we didn't. [We] just moved to it a little bit more with the bye week where we had some time to look at it and discuss it. The other approach is the no huddle. [He] just wasn't ready at that point." (On fans thinking it was lame to blame the loss at Detroit on the Lions' injuries). you can usually anticipate what the coverage is more often than not. I took both approaches. It might have been more a function of that than anything else. when we first had him in New England. but he wasn't ready to start even though he was talented. That wasn't good enough. it wasn't like I was trying to shy away from accountability because at the end of the way we're accountable for losing the game and for not making enough plays. That's me. but at the end of the way we're responsible for it. where you're stopping yourself and now you're going to move the ball. the stationary read and go. that's the coaches.throws that were makeable. David Givens."In terms of those things. They can't get to what they want to get to as quickly as they'd like to get to it. David Harris didn't start right away in New York. [he had] a lot of dropped balls initially. Some other guys are able to step in right away and be really effective. hard working guy that cared. If you're stationary. You can really key in on certain things and you see that with the New England system.A. That's what it was. (Derek Anderson) and that was still part of the offense. I like it. which can force them to declare quicker." (On if Robiskie's production is not what he expected).
Everybody's determined to fix it. It's something that we're committed to. That's my personal experience. that needs to improve. which is a consistent winning team that plays at a high level all the time. Like I said. You feel like you learn some things each game as a team. that's what the players are committed to and that's what the organization is committed to and that's not going to change and they deserve it. [I'm] looking to see continued progress. is what I looked at and what I was really encouraged by. [There have been] different points throughout the year where that's been very effective. I'm not sure his exact play time numbers. That's ongoing and there's no lack of resolve by anybody here. It's something that work is ongoing. On special teams it's the same thing."I don't remember that happening."I don't know what happened with Josh out there.what I'm looking for is for us to be able to play complementary football. we can move it effectively. We have 53 guys and we can only take 45. Some of those decisions are based on special teams and who can give us the value there. When we don't turn the ball over. That's what we're committed to. Everybody's frustrated with where we are. We turn the ball over or we drop a pass. work as hard as we possibly can to give the fans what they deserve."What I really look at. to me. I'm not sure what Josh's experience was. whatever it is. You see signs of it. When you get your opportunities on offense and defense you have to make them count. Game in and game out you have to play with the game intensity game in and game out. as a staff and you try to take that learning and apply it to the next game." (On why Robiskie and Veikune have not played much). when we don't have selfinflicted wounds. We've shown what we can do offensively. as a unit."Robiskie has played quite a bit the games he's been active. We're going to work as hard as possible and as diligently as possible to make sure that happens. but we have to put all three together and play complementary football. I look at the different opportunities where we had a chance to move the ball throughout the course of the season and there's been plenty of them. He realizes that and that's something that he's working at. We've shown what we can do defensively. that's what the caches are committed to." (On if any players have tried to engage in trash talk with him before a game)." (On if the Lions having the last ranked defense affects how he looks at the offense's performance against them). They deserve it. I can't remember and even if that was the case. and I know it's hard to see because the production hasn't been there offensively. As this process goes on. but it has to be consistent." . There's no doubt about it. His production. you have a game to play so you just focus on that. those were against defenses that were ranked differently then where Detroit may have been. not really. No. That's what we do each day. You have to make a contribution there." (On Josh McDaniels' trash talking with opposing players before his game and if players have tried to get him started during pre-game warm ups). Each week we have to make decisions. When you're in that situation it starts there for you. that I'm committed to. Everybody's committed to it. The execution.
but putting it together is what we have to do. I think there have been times throughout the course of the season where there have been some really good things. You like those guys with the wrestling backgrounds because they understand leverage. There were different times in overtime where they had chances and we were able to stop them. He's come a long. My brother-in-law just got in. He was. Matt's a guy that came into his own. which is all encouraging. They understand hand placement and things like that. He had a nice play against Cincinnati where he was almost caught in the backfield and picked up eight yards. . [I'm] looking forward to him to just keep moving along that path. but I was really happy with the way that we approached the game. I think." Mangini press conf. 11/27 11. we fought the same level. I thought. [We] hung out a lot. That's why we had the later start."Good morning everybody. I'd say from an approach perspective. Some guys from the building that didn't have family in town came over. He's young. He was tough to handle whenever we faced him in New York. We'll see how quickly he is able to get all the information and that will determine how big of a role he has at the game on Sunday. He's inexperienced. "Yesterday we didn't have the afternoon meetings."We didn't win. He is chipping away at establishing a role which I've been happy with. You saw that we claimed Matt Roth off waivers. He was assigned to us. [My] back's a little sore from picking up the kids. hung out with the boys. really early for that. so we had a good group. I thought that was outstanding. a two-time wrestling champ in high school. How are we doing? Did everybody have a good Thanksgiving? [Mine] was great. It was good stuff. [He is] a tough guy. They had that chance to kick the extra point and to block that. but I didn't. long way from when we first got him. game planning and things like that.(On if the game against Cincinnati has been their best game of the season). He's enthusiastic. That feature back role. My sister's here from out of town. so we just pushed things a little bit back today just to make sure that we got the tape covered from yesterday and still have a similar amount of time for installation. He's made some nice plays. I was really happy with the resilience of the group and it didn't matter what happened in the game. It's good to have him here. I thought I did. My three year old wanted to wrestle a lot." (On if he thinks Chris Jennings can be a featured back in the is league).27. It was the first time that he had really played that role.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-27-09 (Opening statement). that takes some time and there's a lot of things to it that you have to do. last year as an outside linebacker. I really liked that."It's really. I should have got you [the media] those times.
He's tough to deal with from that perspective. Do you have them for a couple years? Is it something that you'd have to deal with directly after the season? The nice thing about claiming guys or bringing guys in. Like I said. Talking about him. they had Joey Porter on the other side. I think Mohamed (Massaquoi) went and bought some Timberland's. You don't get the same contact. Things change sometimes year-to-year. extra time. all that stuff. you look at all those opportunities that come up and you try to think both short term." (On the odds of Roth being able to step in and play right away). It is hard to come to a new place to pick up all the terminology. ‘Look. not in exactly the same system." (On if Jason Trusnik could move more to inside linebacker with the addition of Roth). because you don't get the same exposure." (On if seeing a former second round draft pick and starter on the waiver wire makes him think the player can have a significant role in future years). it's going to snow."I didn't really get into that with Matt at all. even if it's just to learn about them. He's spending a lot of time with Matt Eberflus. He played inside there before. I think they're in a little state of shock. buddy. Situations change year-to-year." (On if Miami was trying to move Roth to defensive end). This is the beginning. physical guy. I don't know what exactly happened. the only real difference between today and yesterday was just cutting off some time in the afternoon to get them home with their families and putting a little bit of time here on the front end to make sure we cover everything we need to cover. never dealt with snow.' And every day we'd come out and it's beautiful. in the preseason last year and he hadn't played in any regular season games at outside linebacker to that point. I thought. [We are] giving him reps in practice. with his background and not being a rookie. It's like. that'll go quicker. but he was playing the outside linebacker spot there which is a relatively close comparison. Hopefully." (On why Roth only played four games this year).' We will roll through. do our standard Friday prep. He has been backing up David (Bowens). it was more a function of seeing him as an outside linebacker in. November was the third best ever. I think he had a couple sacks."Again. ‘How could they help us right now?' and what's their contract status. They're getting used to that. they had him on this side."In terms of today. I kept telling them. I didn't get too deep into that with him. the other interesting thing this morning. not in games. he did a really good job of collapsing the pocket."That's a good question. we had a lot of guys that have never driven in snow. For me. Kaluka (Maiava). I don't know what he had against us. It's so different then when you are drafting. it's valuable because you see them in meeting rooms. [He is] a strong. ‘Get used to it. they play a little bit more gapped down guys than we do. even though it may be the same concept it's just translating it into what you know takes some time. but he has . his first winter jacket."Yes. I just know that when we faced him he was impressive."Jason has to work both inside and outside now. to try to get ready. you see them on the practice field.
against Atlanta." . ‘We're going to build off this."I like to think that we've made a lot of strides in different areas. They have Larry Johnson. Kaluka's done a nice job. then that evolved over time and it became part of our package. We had Eric (Barton). [but] by defensive linemen chasing or the linebackers chasing and the guy gets stood up and they come and blow him up. Even in our game. We had Steve (Heiden). We had Dave (Zastudil). It's hard to say that definitely. There's some big hits that happen down the field that aren't by the secondary necessarily. We hadn't been playing much cover two in 2001 and Tampa [Bay]. We should bring that out of the attic. it gives you a little more flexibility as to what you can or will do. They make a lot of plays like that. I think had won the Super Bowl or Tampa been pretty dominant defensively. Eric was calling the defense. because they played a ton of that in New York when Bill (Parcells) and Bill (Belichick) were there. It was a different approach. we won like 40-something to 14 and that became a big part of [our defense]. ‘That was a great concept. it was more of an eight man drop and that evolved. We've lost some guys that played key roles in that game. It's hard to go apples-to-apples."We had D'Qwell (Jackson). we had never really done that in New England until we played. Sometimes you go back to the playbook and say. whether it be the no huddle or shifting and motioning. put a bunch of that stuff in. It was a different type of cover two then the typical Giants cover two. some of the things defensively in terms of our approach to different formations. D'Qwell was helping to call the defense and both those guys are gone now and I think David's done a nice job. the 4-6 stuff. you think. There's a lot of guys to the ball after every play. I think one of the things that impresses me is the motor of the defense. I thought it was a good indication of how they play where Jerome [Harrison] got stood up and somebody came around from the backside. All that being said. the week of Thanksgiving. I think on both sides of the ball we've done some different things. Those are effort and awareness plays that you appreciate as an opposing coach. had eight sacks. I think if anything. It's different because you've taken out some players that had really significant roles. We just changed it.' and the next season something else hits. It's like a lot of the diamond fronts. Guys have stepped in. Eric Barton and D'Qwell played all the snaps inside at that point." (On if Cincinnati looks like a tough team). Typically in the offseason you really like that stuff. we've had other guys that have stepped in and done a nice job. The funny thing about your season is you go in with a plan of how you're going to play it and often times something else hits and then you stay with that and an area that you weren't going to emphasize becomes a huge part of what you do. but they've done some different things as well."I was talking on the conference call." (On how the team has changed since playing Cincinnati the first time). Some of the things that they're doing offensively have evolved because of success they've had in different areas. the bear fronts. It evolves throughout the season.worked inside before. had the awareness to get the ball out.'" (On if he thinks the team is better overall than in Week 4). so we incorporated some of that against Indy [Indianapolis] the second or third game.
C. where you're down 14-0. ‘Anybody shocked by this outcome? Look at how we practiced during the week. Any of those guys could go in and do that." (On how serious Shaun Rogers' injury is). I said. I didn't think that we played to our potential last week. We have a bunch of time [to] go back and respond to it. You're always looking for that position to play well and usually when that position plays well. we block the PAT. is more what's been a little bit up and down for us. It was a lot of back and forth and that takes physical toughness. Mosley's played some at the nose position. The margin of error for a guy like him or Calvin Johnson. Even last year in New York. Vic (Lawrence Vickers) and Robert (Royal). but it also takes mental toughness to know. and you can't do it. I thought we had a lousy week of practice leading up to the Denver game."He didn't have a lot of yards against us. They go up. can you do it the next week."I think overall it's consistency. it's so small that you drop off a little bit and it kills you. Like any other position. It wasn't a surprise. [He has] great hands. We were down 14-0 early and come back and respond and fight. I thought last game was a good example of that. you're in every game."You're constantly working on that. You coach off of situations that you've been in. There was a lot of hype. not just physically but mentally. So what. We went out and played exactly like we practiced. You can't just roll it out. come off a game where we didn't respond very well to adversity.J. You only have to be wrong on him a couple times and he kills you. I think we're a good special teams unit. can you do it the week after? Can you have those . ‘That's a situation. I'll wait until we get out there to make sure. We had come off the."(Ahtyba) Rubin's played inside there. That's not taking anything away from what they [Detroit] did. I thought we showed a lot of toughness in that game. clicked offensively and we didn't do the same things we had been doing from a technique perspective defensively and that was disappointing."I think that with Shaun. At that point we were 8-3. A lot of we were just going to roll it out there and win games. but you have to go out. Baltimore. I think we've had spots of good things. but [they've] been moving along here throughout the course of the week. who'd we play before.(On how you get a team to be tougher). Even on special teams. very good intensity.'" (On if he has seen ups and downs in the team's toughness this year). That's what I said to the guys after the game." (On who would play inside if Rogers can't play).'" (On Chad Ochocinco). because everybody else sees what your record is. I think we have a shot to see all three of them practice today. Everybody else responds. What did you think was going to happen? [We're] going to show up and win the game because of our record? It just doesn't work. he had impact plays. but like he usually does. Things hit. You better practice with the same intensity and we got smoked by Denver." (On if Carson Palmer's stats reinforce the need to have a franchise quarterback)"Everybody wants one. Last week it clicked. Corey's (Williams) actually played a little bit at the nose position. He had two touchdowns. so what. now it's. You better play with the same intensity. I'm sure a little turkey doesn't hurt anybody. you can continue to improve at it.
hitting some of those deep balls that we hit. They're just tough experiences. You see the formation. can we do them on a week in and week out basis. Sometimes it's through different approaches. That's a tough skill to learn. but that's what I am committed to doing." (On if he is confident the team is over the loss at Detroit). If you don't then they're just tough losses. ‘You have the greatest human MRI machine in the world. You see that we're outnumbered in the running game and you throw a quick look pass to the receiver. whatever it is. Sometimes it's through pushing.same performances week in and week out and not be up and down? [It's a] constant challenge. It's not on a script. Sometimes you don't even know what your potential is because you frame of reference is college or your frame of reference is limited. all those things are things you see. It's not necessarily a part of the call. but to learn from the past and not to look too far in the future. You come out. is to make sure that guys achieve their potential."Yes. which I believe we can. I think Brett's [Favre] playing pretty well right now and it's made a difference for him. he called me and said. You get to see how everybody responds to difficult times. The value in anything is what do you get out of it? What do you take away from it? How do you learn about yourself? How do you learn about your teammates and how do you respond? Teddy Atlas. I was talking to him. It's hard to always be in the moment.' and it's true."You saw a lot of elements of it last week. Some of these lessons have been learned in a very hard fashion." (On where he thinks Quinn's potential is). It's true. but we have to actually do it. is learning how to not dwell on the past. because you get to see how everybody deals with adversity."I think I have a very high comfort level with what I think a lot of the guys can be. Whatever bar it is. and that's another part of the process. three weeks down the road or whatever it is.' Sometimes you don't even know how good you can be. he's in Russia now training a fighter."I wouldn't say that it's just important for him. Being able to change the protection to get that picked up to allow the route to develop. We're going to have to throw it quick. but they only have value if you take something away from them. If the protection doesn't look very good over here we're going to get hit. because you're surrounded by revisiting what happened and they're always talk about two. I view it as." (On if he still has some questions about exactly the kind of quarterback Quinn can be). One of the things that come up often times with players and my communication with players or talking about my approach is. where [there were] just some really smart decisions." (On how important these last six games are for the Brady Quinn). These are all opportunities. but the best chance you have to be . Sometimes it's through positive reinforcement. ‘This is what you can be and my job is to push you as hard as I can to achieve that potential. each week to go out as a group and improve and build on the lessons of the weeks before. Now it's. but you know that's something that you can do to respond to a situation that's not very good. but it's my job to make sure that you reach that potential. It's important for all of us. I have to make sure that you reach that and collectively that we reach that.
I thought we started slow in all three phases." . That's going to take some time and just see where we are during the course of the week. in terms of Big Baby (Shaun Rogers).2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-30-09 (Opening statement)."No.successful is to be in the moment. but I thought it was too slow from what we had outlined and what we wanted to get accomplished. I really felt like if we had come out better in the first half. We spent a lot of time in New York researching that and researching the best ways to evaluate when to bring a player back. so not very good news there. It's just unfortunate. I'm happy with the fact that we didn't turn the ball over. I thought we had some opportunities for completions that we either dropped or were missed throws and those were the things that we didn't have the week before. from the opening kickoff to the first offensive series. 11/30 11. We did a few things in the first offensive series that I liked. I think. It hurts." Mangini press conf. so we'll have to wait and see on that. and the same thing defensively." (On if Rogers has anything broken). "In terms of what I said to the team this morning and how I felt about the game. Some of them they got us on. like anything else. He is going to need surgery and this is just where he is."I don't really want to get into specifics of it. with Brodney (Pool). We had opportunities throughout the course of the game. I thought in the second half we played better."A couple updates from the game. it will be a ‘wait and see' type situation." (On where Rogers' injury is located). With Kenyon (Coleman) and Kam (Kamerion Wimbley). I carried those things over here and we'll go through that process and just see where he is throughout the course of the week and evaluate as we go. the safest way to bring a player back. we just didn't take advantage of them. had opportunities. With concussions. we take that very seriously. It takes discipline. he had a concussion. We handled most of them. Offensively. With the other three players that were injured. He wants to be out there. At 13-7 it's a good situation and we just couldn't continue on the momentum that we had from the first drive. that's never been the case with him. I thought that we started slow. Cincinnati did a good job with some of the looks that they gave us that were a little bit different. he is going to be going on IR."It's like his lower leg and his ankle. things could have been different.30." (On if the team's record has anything to do with putting Rogers on IR). really unfortunate. He is very disappointed. It's a learned skill.
He has excellent speed when he gets to the edge." (On where the breakdowns in the run defense occurred at Cincinnati). how they fit. I really think that (Ahtyba) Rubin's done a nice job throughout the whole season."He's big. we've tried to be very aggressive with that in New York and here as well. understanding that injuries are a part of the game. and it's something we take very seriously."We'll look at that. It's important to us. a lot of that I have to more or less allow the lead to come from the medical staff." (On if he thinks hits have become more violent over the past couple of years)"Again."No. We'll take the steps that we need to take. but I know that anything that is out there that could possibly either be preventive or after someone has had one give them more protection. training camp. Coupling D'Qwell (Jackson) and Eric (Barton). My emphasis and our emphasis is safety and proper evaluation and things like that. [We will] kind of see what's available. [We've] seen that on some of his kickoff returns and things like . whether it's some combination of the active roster or the practice squad. I'm not sure."Medically. In terms of the specific helmet. but you understand the intent of why they're doing it is to try to protect the players and you respect that. you have to keep him inside. Sometimes you get a penalty that you might disagree with. That's everybody's goal. if anything. but trying to minimize risk wherever you can. They have to deal with him from a game plan perspective. With (Bernard) Scott." (On if there is a special helmet Pool can wear)."There were a couple different spots." (On how Pool's concussion history will be factored into his return). He's really developing in that role and this is a great opportunity for him to continue to develop in that role. I don't get involved with the specific parts of that. He has very good ability to cut." (On what the team loses when Rogers is out of the lineup). It's just one of those things that you do everything you can to make sure that you're not putting the player at any greater risk and that you have the best information available when you're making those decisions. who's available. He has done a real nice job."I don't know all the different things that are being discussed. we're all for it. You have to keep him within the tackle box.(On if the team's approach to concussions has been affected by the NFL's emphasis on the injury). It's difficult from that perspective." (On if they will have to add defensive linemen to the roster). I'm not sure. I think. He's disruptive. really that whole interior's changed dramatically from the start of the season. I remember over the course of time there being a lot of violent hits. the whole offseason. Nobody wants to see anybody get hurt." (On if he thinks the NFL is on the way to installing preventive practice measures against concussions). I think everybody's open to whatever puts the players in the best position to avoid those things. the NFL's done a great job of really emphasizing player safety. organizationally."I'm sure we have researched all those things.
a defined role. but he has to make even more of a case for himself. They have a big. which is the outside player or the hot. That does happen from time-to-time. His block recognition. get a positive play. I thought our tackling at times led to extra yards that really shouldn't have been the case. [We want to] force them into post snap reads. the softness in the c-gap. I thought he did a nice job finding the crease." (On the perception that on passes to Mohamed Massaquoi."[He is] very good with his hands and his hand placement inside of the center's chest. not that he hasn't. We're trying to do it. understanding where the double teams are going to come from. Some of it's going to be a function of what we see that they're doing. Sometimes they're there and you take a shot. like we've called throughout the course of the season. Quinn throws to one spot and Massaquoi is not there). changes the route adjustment. whether he'll work back at safety or work at corner."With any of the playing time. They're trying to do it."We called vertical passes yesterday. because you can. you throw him off too early and go to your right. I think he needs to keep working and establishing a role. Some of it's a function of protection where we weren't able to get it to the deeper receiver because we didn't have the blitz picked up or had to go to the hot site. is to show one coverage. I think that it will depend on. [There were] a couple times where the throws weren't there. which is the inside player because you don't have the numbers to pick it up." (On if Brandon McDonald and Coye Francies will get more playing time if Pool is out). if you're outnumbered you have to go to either the site adjust." (On the area where Ahytba Rubin has made the most improvement this year). he's been successful for a long time and he's a good back." . We've had different combinations of people working at those different spots. it's got to be earned. You have to be patient and know the right time to throw the offensive player off and I think that's improved for him.that. That's always the goal. if the running back's starting to your right." (On if Quinn gets rid of the ball too early sometimes). Sometimes you don't have it deep and you want to get the check down. I don't think it was a fundamental lack of understanding by the players as to what the adjustment is. They blitzed a little bit more than they had the previous game and they had up until this point. There's a couple times where Mohamed was a little deep when he should have been maybe two or three yards more shallow. I think he's gotten better at shedding the blocker and being more patient with shedding. physical offensive line. as we look at San Diego." (On if the offensive design for Cincinnati was short passes). where we're going to have Mike Adams."No. he'll cut back to the void that you create. [Those are] all things that come with time and experience and I think he's improved in all those areas. defensively. whether it be directly outside or in that c-gap. what his reaction should be on those blocks."I don't think there have been a significant number of breakdowns in terms of what the assignment is. Larry Johnson. change the coverage and that changes the quarterback's read. With Coye.
" (On at what point in a season like this would he start to worry about losing players)"That's not something I'm worried about at all. Neither one of the guys was going to play extensively on special teams and I thought that Jake earned the opportunity."This week I thought that Jake (Allen) has had two really good weeks since he got here. It's a unique position at receiver."Some are a function of that. What packages is he going to play in? What roles is he going to play in those packages? You have to make those decisions throughout the course of the season." (On which offensive problem area is the easiest to fix). I think Chansi's (Stuckey) doing a really nice job in the slot." (On if Brian Robiskie has not been active due to effort or performance)." (On what can be done to work on having a higher completion percentage). I think there are a lot of things that take place during that process. and I saw the success that we had that year. Sometimes it's a function of that. You continue to get a feel for your receivers. I don't anticipate that being an issue throughout the rest of the season. He's had a lot of play time. because that's why we do all the work that we do during the week. He could be active again this week. Do you bring the third tight end? Do you bring the third running back? Do you bring the fifth wide receiver? Usually the determining factor is what else they can do in the game. I think that's important. They work hard through the course of the week. You continue to drill it. Mohamed's (Massaquoi) played well throughout the season. That's why I was disappointed coming out and not playing better early in the game. Sometimes you just miss some."The one thing I have been happy with the last two games is not turning the ball over.' He missed on them. It's .(On if Quinn's mis-throws when he is pressured). too. I've been at places where you go through transitions and been a part of that and understand that and understand the things that go into building short term and long term. Mike Furrey plays on defense. Some are throws that he's made before and made them easily. I think that there have been some positive things throughout the course of the year in all three phases. I've been happy with the way the guys have worked. This is a good group of guys. You're looking at either going with four receivers or going with five and the fifth receiver you're trying to have a defined role." (On if the feelings surrounding the 1995 Browns' season are similar to this season)"I was here in '94. I think that the one thing that you do when you are facing adversity is you use each opportunity to change that and that's what we have every week. I expect this group of guys to maintain their commitment to change the outcome. but he's going to have to go out and earn that play time. Every Sunday we have an opportunity to change the outcome."We constantly are working on timing and release and things like that. Some are just ‘you miss. That's what we're going to continue to do. It's a function of us being able to collectively do that at the same time and be able to take the lessons that you learn and apply them to the next week and take advantage of that opportunity. You have Josh (Cribbs) who obviously has a dominant role on special teams. They have been consistent with that and I haven't questioned that at any point throughout the course of the season. Brian's played in a lot of games.
That's been good. We had certain plays up. He's a good friend. I think that when you have the opportunity to catch the ball. we had blockers out there. then it's a function of being able to hit the hot or the site. then worked with him again in New England. I thought Mohamed made a tremendous catch going towards the tunnel on our sideline. hitting Chansi for a first down when it wasn't picked up."No. made all those throws and need to continue to make the throws when the guy's open. He's a good coach. there are going to be things each game that are different. throw back to Brady."I like Charlie. Even though he was hitting the same spot." (On if he would look into Weis because of his relationship with Quinn). I hope he hasn't gotten fired and I wish him the best. I thought Mike Furrey had a really nice catch." (On the reports that Charlie Weis has been fired from Notre Dame and the type of relationship he has with Weis). it was just designed a little bit differently. The week before we had hit it against a pressure look in Detroit and went for 34 yards. Three or four times yesterday I thought Brady did an excellent job with that."I think they're all important. which was right there. Two plays earlier he really should have had a catch and dropped it. In that last drive there. There's going to be things designed to beat the protection. I haven't heard any news one way or the other. He's a really good football coach. The difference between getting that initial block and not is the difference between that play going for nothing or significant gain. I think it was thirdand-14. the direct snap to Josh. I thought guys at different times made some really nice plays. which is such a fundamental skill set and something that we work on consistently. Those are the things that we did do in the Detroit game and you saw the difference. essentially it's the same number of blockers. I think that we've thrown the ball. not necessarily. you have to be able to maximize those things. so we tried to get him the ball a little bit different way where they couldn't get in that same front and coverage. rolled back in and made the catch. We tend to get a very specific type of adjustment when Josh is lined up at the quarterback position. I think you saw the play." (On if he thinks catching the ball is the easiest area to fix). even Greg (Estandia) on the scramble. I worked with him New York. third-and-five. just trying to build it a different way to take away the standard sort of front we've been getting. The more you do that the less likely they are to pressure. I respect him a lot. Even the tear screen to Josh.really important. the third down play." . That's really all I've thought about that situation. looking the ball in." (On if they saw something from the Bengals defense that caused them to not use the Wildcat at Cincinnati). missed the guy and he tackled Josh for no gain. I thought that we did that well at spurts last week. I don't know what his status is. From a protection perspective. tucking it away and then turning and running. I've always liked Charlie. You had another third down play."I really haven't thought about any of that and don't know what Charlie's situation is. They were bringing pressure off the other side. I've been friendly and talked since he's been at Notre Dame. It was consistent concentration.
it doesn't matter who you want to talk about. Brady will continue to start.(On if Pool has had any other concussions this year). I think one of the things that jumps out at you. You look at their defense and one of the things that you notice right off the bat is the volume of giveaways that they've been able to create. [It's] something that's going to be very important again this weekend. good skill guys. outside of (Philip) Rivers' quarterback rating and his number of TDs to interceptions. They've done a nice job in terms of sacks allowed."Good morning everybody. They have very effective rushers when they do bring them.02. "On special teams. the score was fairly lopsided and most of those are the result of turnovers that they were able to generate. so that's been something that we've improved on." Mangini press conf. In terms of specific advice related to specific injuries. I've been happy with the way the offense has operated the last two games and going nine games with a turnover and being able to get to the point now where we've had two in a row here without having a turnover."No. Facing (Darren) Sproles over the years. they can score. Really when you look at the Kansas City game. pretty much whatever area you watch with this team. I want all the guys to be safe and to be smart and you be supportive as well. 12/2 12. It's primarily a three-deep zone. Almost 20 percent of all their pass plays go for 16 plus yards. I think each guy has to really spend time with the doctors and make that decision themselves. they can produce. They've done a nice of protecting the football. How are you doing? Just getting ready for the Chargers.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-2-09 (Opening statement). It's a zone blitz team so they'll bring combinations of blitzers and typically play zone behind it. they've been very successful throughout the course of the year."I think that the best thing I can do is have them listen to the people that really understand the injuries. [They can] give it to either of the backs or the fullbacks and both those guys can hurt you in the running game. is the volume of plays that they've had of 16 or more yards." (On if there would ever be a time he would tell a player with multiple concussions to retire) . I don't know enough about each of the specific injuries to really give any sort of advice as to how to treat the injury or respond to the injury. he can take it straight ahead and beat you with his speed that way . "Their offense." (On if Quinn will be the starter). [they have] good coverage unties. but sometimes you get a mixture of a couple of other things and they do it from a lot of different looks. The pressure that they've been able to put on quarterbacks has been successful in generating sacks as well. so that's going to be something that we're going to have to deal with both in the passing game and the running game."Yes. That's lead to some key turnovers.
"As I said."He's here. He's definitely not going to play this weekend and there's a chance he won't be playing again this year."We haven't done anything yet." . It's a challenge. That discussion. It's never a fun conversation. Mike Adams had played there quite a bit. I'm not really sure." (On if it is difficult to talk with a player about not playing again). Situations change each week and just because someone moves out of the starting role for a little while doesn't mean they can't move back in and play at a higher level than they've been playing and continue to improve." (On what happened on the play that injured Pool). I think. We're going to have to see how the week goes and see how it plays out. Tony (Grossi). Hank's (Poteat) played there at different points throughout his career and throughout his time here as well. I'll have more information for you."I can't remember if it was actually helmet-to-helmet or whether it was helmet to some other pad."There are a couple different options. is a discussion for a later time period. we haven't talked about the long term. this is something that we're still moving forward on. but they're always important. Like I said.or he can change directions."I think we have a shot with both those guys." (On Kenyon Coleman and Kamerion Wimbley)." (On if Pool will have to consider not playing again). we have to first move through this part of the decision making process and get all the information and see where we are and then you really discuss moving forward at a later point. but unfortunately it's something that is a reality. There are some different combinations that we have." (On what he will do at safety this week)." (On if he has filled the roster vacancy). The other thing that I've really liked that they've done is not have very many penalties and I think that's helped them as well. Mike Furrey's played there quite a bit." (On the status of Brodney Pool). I'm not totally sure." (On if he would be comfortable putting Brandon McDonald in a starting role)."In terms of the specific thing."It's not looking very positive." (On if Pool is around the team still). It's a big challenge against a good team. You never want to have a conversation about injuries with anybody." (On if Pool was injured on a helmet-to-helmet or helmet-to-knee hit). go the wide field and create some problems in that area as well."I think with that. Bubba (Ray) Ventrone."Yes.
That'll be a discussion. Give the ball to LaDainian Tomlinson. we have a lot of tests that go into it." (On if he ever had a concussion when he played)." (On what input the coaches have in guiding the league's decisions regarding concussion). especially anything that has long term affects. Take your pick. I'm not exactly sure when the timeline was. It's something we stress. Whatever the plan is collectively that is brought up and adopted we'll adapt to. I can say that it is important. I think it's tough in a lot of areas. There's a very detailed process. We wouldn't put anybody back on the field that wasn't able to be cleared medically to do so."Again.(On if Pool's injury happened on the play Coleman got hurt). but it is something that's important. I don't know what the right answer is there." (On if he expects the Chargers to run the ball a lot). We'll take as much guidance as we can on it and just always put the players in the best position. so we went through the complete process. I haven't really thought about it. the league spends a ton of time on. I'm totally in support of whatever can help in terms of player safety."Again. I just don't feel qualified enough on this topic to really give a lot of insight on it."I honestly haven't thought about it."I just don't feel like I'm enough of an expert on the topic. the people that really understand all the nuances of it. to get their feedback and collectively try to make the best decision. It's something that we've studied. Marla (Ridenour)." (On if Pool will be placed on injured reserve)." . I think that it's important to leave it up to the people that really understand this a lot better than I do. Tony (Grossi). I know that they are working on it and they'll continue to work on it and consult people. Throw it to Vincent Jackson. I think a lot of those decisions. Give the ball to Sproles. we take seriously and will continue to take seriously. I do think it's important for the experts. for the different offseason meetings. Tony (Grossi). I'm in support of that." (On if they went back and determined if Pool's preseason injury was a concussion)"I know that all the injuries."I don't really know what their philosophy is going to be. Throw it to (Antonio) Gates. They're all good. I think. It hasn't been something that you delve into significantly right now. Part of the reason you wear helmets is to protect against guys bumping heads by accident."I don't think so. that's something that I'll have more information for you probably either later today or by tomorrow. I don't know what the range of options are. [They] consult all the experts in the field and research thoroughly. base line tests and comparative tests." (On if they could accomplish the same things in practice without helmets). that we've worked on. You try to minimize risk whenever you can." (On if the emphasis on concussions is overdue)." (On how he would feel if the league made a rule about practicing without helmets)"Tony (Grossi). They have a lot of good options."Again.
(On what he would do if he was the opposing coach in this situation)- "I've been part of different scenarios like that. I remember a game where the whole secondary for the other team was beat up. It was all new guys. I think there was an anticipation offensively that we were going to score a ton of points and I think we lost like 19-6. You just don't know. I think the important thing is the guys that do have opportunities to come in take advantage of those opportunities. I have a lot of faith in (Ahtyba) Rubin. If Kenyon can't play, whether it's C.J. (Mosley) or Corey (Williams), both those guys I think will do a great job. They played significantly throughout the course of the year. We moved different guys inside. Jason Trusnik [has] never really been a heavy inside linebacker, or really a starter fulltime, he has 10 tackles last week. I think that's the positive part of this, is guys get a real opportunity to step up and show the things they can do. I've seen so many times where you're pleasantly surprised by the way that they respond. These guys all have been working hard and they've all been studying. It's another really good lesson for the group that you just don't know when your opportunity will be and you don't know whether it's going to be for 10 plays or 10 games or five games or what it's going to be. You want to make sure when you get that chance you really maximize it. I remember Curtis Martin always used to tell a story, when he first got to New England, I forget which backs were in front of him, and he told those guys, ‘You better hope that I never get in.' They all laughed, you know he was a rookie. He was serious. I don't know if you guys know Curtis, but when he talks he's not joking about what he's saying. He told them, he said look, ‘You better hope I never get in, because none of you guys are playing again.' He got in and none of them played again, but it was a big joke when he first said it. Sometimes you get that shot and you don't come back." (On if he remembers when Antonio Gates came out of college)- "I don't. I wasn't part of that evaluation. I know there's been a boatload of trying to find the next Antonio Gates and it doesn't really happen that often. He had played football [before], so he did have a football background. We tried all different kinds of guys. We tried out a Rugby Union player from Australia, one of their best players, in New York. [We tried out] a basketball player a couple times. I can't remember his name now, but he was the heavyweight champion from Ohio State, wrestler. He hadn't played football and we brought him to rookie mini-camp a couple years ago. We had him and the kid from, I think it was, Iowa. Both of them had been heavy weight champs back-to-back years, tried them out." (On how he rates Gates as a tight end)- "How would you rate him? He's really, really good. He's really, really good. They can split him out and he can run routes on cornerbacks and safeties and do that effectively. He has a great ability to adjust to the ball wherever it's thrown. Often times when you look at tight ends, some tight ends may have really good hands, but most of the routes that they catch are in stride or clean catches. The tight ends that are able to adjust to balls thrown behind them or thrown high, those are the ones that have incredible value because often times they're in traffic, they quarterback's got to throw it away from a linebacker that may be in front of them or somebody coming down and their ability to pluck it from different spots. That was one of the things I liked about Dustin Keller when he came out, is you could see on tape the way that he could adjust to the football almost around the whole clock, all the different spots on a clock. It's easier said than done."
(On the keys to limiting Gates' production)- "When you face guys like this you try to do a lot of things to stop him. I've seen it all tried with him, whether it's playing nickel, where they have a DB on him. I've seen some teams put their best corner back on him. I've seen him get jammed up at the line of scrimmage. I've seen him get double teamed from a linebacker and a safety, from two safeties. You see it all. They can move him around, split him out, put him in different personnel groups. It's not like the other group of skill players aren't very dangerous for this team. With Rivers, he's more than happy to throw it down the field to any of the other guys, as well and they've been effective there." (On Corey Williams at nose tackle)- "He's worked in there, more so throughout the course of the season than in mini-camp and training camp and he's done a nice job. The thing about him is he's a little different than your typical nose, because he's got some good wiggle. You can stunt him and do things like that that you wouldn't maybe do with just a pure mauler type. That adds an element of uncertainty for the offensive line. He has done a nice job in terms of taking on the center, being stout, so that's a possibility. C.J.'s played in there as well and he volunteered to do that. He wanted to try it out and I thought he's done some nice things in there." (On if he assumes there will be less double teams with Shaun Rogers not playing)"Typically in a 3-4 defense there's only so many ways that you block it. If you want to run a straight ahead direct run, you double team on the nose to the backside WILL linebacker, they fan out. There are not that many variations of the blocking schemes that you get. They have to account for the front seven to get a hat for a hat, so it's just numerically how you want to do it. You can double team on the end if you wanted to, some teams do that. It's a change. It's sort of new over the last, I'd say, four years." (On if he has seen any difference in LaDainian Tomlinson over the past couple years)- "He has eight touchdowns. Dramatic differences? I don't think there have been dramatic differences with him. I see him make guys miss in the hole. I see him get the edge. I see a lot of the same things that you've come to appreciate over the years. They do mix Sproles in quite a bit and you understand why. He's a guy that's explosive as well." (On if a bad record can affect injuries)- "No, I think when guys get rolled up on or whatever it is, it's not a function of what your record is, it's just a function of what happened in the game. I've been part of seasons where you may not have had the season you wanted and haven't had a ton of injuries. I think a lot of teams deal with injuries throughout the course of the season. It's important to be able to have depth. Almost every team in the league has lost somebody significant and lost other players as well. You don't go in planning for it, but unfortunately it happens. When I say planning for it, you're always planning depth wise, but you're anticipating these are the players that are going to play and ideally play through 16 games and then what's your contingency if they can't."
Mangini press conf. 12/3
Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-3-09 (Opening statement)- "Good morning everybody. How are you doing? As you know, yesterday we put Jamal (Lewis) on IR and Brodney (Pool) on IR. [It is] obviously disappointing for them. Jamal has had such a tremendous career and [this is] not the way he wanted to finish it up. I can't thank him enough for the contributions he's made, his work ethic, his toughness, his commitment to the younger players and all the things that he's done just in my short experience with him. With Brodney, I really thought that he had continued to develop throughout the course of the season. I think that the strides he's made in the deep part of the field and understanding the system, all those things have been real positives. It's not the way that he wanted to finish the season either, but it was really the best decision right now for the players from a medical perspective. We claimed Ramzee Robinson off of waivers. [He is a] cornerback. We currently have one spot open. We'll see how the week goes in terms of how we're going to fill that spot. "With practice today, [we are] working on third down and reemphasizing some of the things that we did yesterday. They'll do some similar things on first and second down that they do on third down. There are some game plan specific things that we'll have to adjust to once we get into the game. They are a multiple team in terms of their attack offensively and defensively in that area, so we've got our work cut out for us here today." (On if Lewis suffered brain trauma)- "I'm not going to get into specifics of the injury. When we were aware of him having symptoms we did the testing and at that point the doctors felt it was best for him to go on injured reserve, so that's the decision that we made." (On if Lewis was hurt during the Cincinnati game or before)- "The first that we were aware of it was after the game, actually not directly after the game, but the next day. Immediately, we started testing and that's when the doctors made the decision. We wanted to go through the whole process before and talk to everybody and make sure that we were as thorough as possible before making the final decision, but that was the process." (On if Lewis is seeing a specialist today)- "With both he and Brodney, they've gone through a series of tests. They'll continue to do that. We'll do everything organizationally and in working with them to make sure that we get all the information possible, not just in the short term but in the long term." (On if there have been more concussions this year or if the NFL is just taking them more seriously)- "In my experience in New York, we always treated [concussions] very seriously and tried to do everything possible in terms of pretesting, post testing, anything that we could do to make sure that player safety was the priority. I think a lot of teams do the same thing. In terms of trends, I'm not sure what the trends are, what the numbers are,
but I can tell you that personally, from a head coaching perspective, it was a priority for us in New York. It's been a priority here. The emphasis is on player safety." (On the league's emphasis on concussions)- "I think the league each year tried to develop things that protect the players and I think that's a great thing. They spend a lot of time researching it. They talk to a lot of different people, the leading experts in the field and I think that's very positive. The more that we can keep guys healthy and on the field the better it is for everybody." (On if he encourages players to wear mouth guards)- "Really with all protective equipment, I think there's benefit to all of it. There's a reason for all the different components of protective equipment. The mouth guard in relationship to concussions, again I'm not sure what that study is, but I know that if it has any positive affect there, it's a good thing." (On if Lewis had complained about concussion symptoms before Cincinnati)- "The first that we were made aware of it was this week. Immediately, we started testing and that's when we found what we found and then went through the process." (On how the decision to put Pool on injured reserve worked)- "With any injuries it's driven by the medical staff. You make sure that you have all the information. You go through all the testing and then you make a decision after that. It's as thorough a process as we can possibly have and again, the priority is on player safety." (On if Pool's season would still be over if his injury had occurred earlier)- "Again, it's based on the doctors and what they think and what the staff thinks collectively. It's not where you are in the season, what your record is. It's none of those things. It's based on player safety." (On if the doctors gave Pool a timeline for returning)- "We talked about it more in terms of the season and we'll address moving forward after that." (On if he is convinced Lewis will retire)- "That's really Jamal's decision and that's a very personal decision for each player. I'd rather leave that question up to him. Whatever decision he makes I'll support." (On if the team will do anything Sunday to honor Lewis)- "Marla (Ridenour), this is so new that we haven't really talked in terms of those things. Really the emphasis has been on preparing for the game from my perspective. Obviously with this news and this transition, that's taken a lot of time as well and it's an important thing. At the game, that wasn't something that I personally talked about with anybody. He has had a tremendous career and I respect all the things that he's done." (On if the team goes outside of their medical staff to evaluate head injuries)"Anytime there's a specific injury, what we're always going to try to do is get the best
information, however we can do that. If it's independent, it's independent. Whatever we need to do to get the best information is what we always adhere to." (On if Lewis and Pool have only seen doctors in Cleveland)- "Yes." (On if he thinks players have a false sense of security about safer helmets)- "I really couldn't answer for all the different players. I know that as an organization you're trying to get the best possible equipment. You're always looking for trends. It could be related to concussions. It could be related to dehydration. There are often new things that become available. I know there were some items that became available this year in terms of dehydration that we tried during camp. You're constantly looking for anything that can protect the players. It could be in the form of a helmet. It could be in the form of types of undershirts again for hydration, things like that. Best practices, you're always searching for best practices." (On why he did not say anything to the media on Wednesday about Lewis' injury)"It's like anything else, Tony (Grossi), you have to go through the process and go through the testing. Until you have concrete information, that's what you do." (On if the team needs another running back)- "We usually activate two more often than not. We'll look at different guys. We've brought different guys in not just week but all throughout the course of the season at all positions. We have Thomas Brown on the practice squad. He's done a nice job. We'll evaluate all those things. Typically we bring two to the game and that's what we have on our roster." (On if the team needs a running back better than who they already have)- "I think that both those guys (Jerome Harrison and Chris Jennings) have done a nice job when they've had opportunities. Jerome has had some good games. I like the progress that they're making. I think Chris Jennings is a guy that has done a good job with the opportunities that he's had and he's working to create more opportunities and they'll have that now. Again, you never want to see anybody injured or lost. It is a great opportunity for younger players or guys that maybe weren't in that lead role to make a case for themselves and step up and be productive." (On how much injuries complicate an already difficult season)- "Injuries happen at different rates each year. You're constantly stressing flexibility, depth. I know we talked about that a lot during training camp and the early part of the season. There's the counterargument about continuity versus flexibility. You just don't know when it's going to happen. You don't know at what rate it's going to happen. You don't anticipate losing two middle linebackers, but it happens and it's happened [to] different teams, different places, different positions. You're constantly trying to build depth. Hopefully the guys that you have there and that have been working there then step up and are able to fill the void."
a lot of good progress so I anticipate him continuing along that path. [I] really liked the range that he showed. a lot of good experience. Again. I was happy with a lot of the things that he was doing in the deep part of the field."It wasn't really that type of discussion."I don't get a vote in that. He's done a lot of good things. he's had a lot of good reps." Mangini press conf. It was more symptom-based and that's when we initiated the testing. 12/4 12. Like with any new system. you hope [he makes it]. I would imagine that any of the guys that come back who have had experience and reps would continue to improve. I was pleased with that." (On the upside he sees in Pool). You're not thinking about what your responsibilities are." (On the specific hit that triggered Lewis' symptoms). I don't think necessarily the personality off the field is a direct relation to the personality on the field." (On if he thinks Lewis is a Hall of Famer). I'd be happy for him to do that if that was something that he'd like to do. At that point. Tony (Grossi)." (On what symptoms Lewis complained of).2009 .(On if the league mandating the use of an independent neurologist is in affect yet)"Often times you do that anyways." (On if Pool has a fierce enough personality to come back because he is soft-spoken)"I've known a lot of guys that are really soft-spoken off the field but play with a great intensity on the field." (On if Lewis had a chance to talk to the team before he left)."That wasn't something that he and I talked about or he mentioned him wanting to do. but I think he's had a tremendous career. but that's something that's going to be in place. He's had an impressive career."I'm not going to get into specifics of all the different things. with the future. It's always a plus and you're always able to do more and more individually and collectively. You hope. I think he became a better communicator as the season went on. the first that we were made aware of it was on Monday. as you get more comfortable you tend to play faster because you're not thinking through the adjustments. Those things are all positive. that's when we did the testing. It's much more of a reaction type thing."As I said." (On if Lewis said when he was hit). as he got more comfortable not just working in the system but working with whether it be Abe (Elam) or Mike Adams or whoever he was back there with."I've seen him make progress throughout the course of the year. I think anything that helps the process is a good thing.04.
They have so many ways to build formations and so many players that can really produce big plays if you're not exactly sound on what you're doing. The other nice thing is both teams are working the same amount of time. so that's something that we'll review a little bit here this morning and also go through the red area and goal line and move forward from there. You may not be able to do all of the things you'd like to do in a typical week in terms of changing the scheme or how extensive the plan can be. Mike Furrey's been working on defense. How are you guys doing? Today what we're doing is we're going to clean up some things from yesterday in the third down work that we did." (On if they will be moving guys around in the secondary). I think those games are always a little bit tougher when it's someone out of conference or you have no exposure to."Yes. [It will be] a combination there. I've played these games before. I thought there were some good things defensively."Good morning everybody. I mean you look at it. That's tough." (On if he will back off reps for some players in the San Diego game in preparation for the Steelers game). say Baltimore. I'm not sure how many interceptions he had. We played New England on Thursday night.Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-4-09 (Opening statement). That wouldn't be the approach." (On how he will approach the short week coming up). Hank (Poteat) has played bother corner and safety."We experienced the same thing last year [in New York]. I haven't done that in the past."No. typically. You can't really take the same approach from that perspective either. He's started 11 games there in the past. You're balancing the level of install. but the familiarity does help. Ray Ventrone has gotten reps throughout the course of the season and some reps in games. It's tough as it is just to get the same level of preparation. You don't know how many reps either sides going to have." (On if he is going to let the players play their normal amounts on Sunday and see what happens on Thursday). I think he had four or five interceptions and was third or fourth on the team in tackles. so you have to really understand what the final formation is and where the different pieces are. probably not. I'd be totally comfortable. That'll be the focal point this morning slash afternoon. You try to play the best players that give you the chance to win. so there's some familiarity with who you're playing and what the scheme is."No. You're balancing that. with the shifting and the motioning and things like that. Are you going to have 65 snaps on defense? Are you going to have 75? Are you going to have 50? You don't know until the game plays out." (On if he is comfortable starting Furrey at safety). but this is similar to. The nice thing about that and the nice thing about our situation is it is a conference opponent."The positive thing for us is that Mike (Adams) has played both corner and safety so he has that ability. It would be hard to go through and say that's the right number of reps in each game. . You have to be conscious of where the guys are physically.
What's exciting about it is it's a . that would be different. working together on their own. Ahtyba (Rubin)."He's been rotating through as well. I think it's a really great opportunity for guys to establish themselves as real solid contributors. There hasn't been a significant amount of mental errors considering that there are so many new pieces. Some of it [is] learning guy's names. if Kam (Kamerion Wimbley) couldn't play. That's pretty versatile. That's something we've always tried to do. What we try to do in practice is mix the players in different periods so they are working with different people. sort of simulating the game through tapes so that they all have to communicate and I think that's been helpful. Nose [tackle] isn't there." (On if Brandon McDonald's role is still in sub defense). continue to develop as an outside linebacker. that heightens it and I think they've responded well. that's another new spot. I think [there are] like three or four. He understands the whole defense. and I'm optimistic that he can. I think Jason Trusnik is a good example of that. He's played both spots in the same game." (On how challenging the possibility of having four new defensive starters is). but you want to have those different combinations because you don't know when they're going to be working together. then he's moved to inside linebacker. Really. There's quite a few new guys. We've had quite a few new faces come through." (On how the secondary has looked during the course of the week). [He] ended up starting. if he's not able to go [we] really have to see where he's at. David Bowens. He's led the team twice in tackles. is just evaluate the week of practice and look at how they did and the matchups and kind of finalize it towards the end of the week." (On if he spends more time teaching in practice than he would like to at this point in the season). They've done a lot of stuff as a group outside of just what we do in the typical day. continue his role on special teams. I've seen some progress. he started but he was outside. hearing the same voices all the time. Mary Kay (Cabot). he's great that way. [We] really brought him here to play a role.somewhere in that range. because you don't know. Same thing with Kenyon (Coleman). He started 11 games and either the next year or the year before he had 98 catches."It's challenging. He's able to help communicate the calls. Look at David Bowens. You're always working to get a high level of communication and having some new pieces in. Each week what we do with that. We try to do that defensively every week with every position. Mike Adams working at corner and safety. [That is] pretty incredible."You're constantly teaching. Some stuff you do have to spend time on that you wouldn't typically spend time on. What you like is to see the way the other guys respond. I really think the group has done a nice job. That's always helped us."We have gotten a couple new guys. but it's good though."Yes. It's not always the same guys getting the same reps all the time. Both inside linebackers aren't there. They get the same number of reps that they would. him getting the chance that he's getting. working at outside linebacker then he goes inside. making calls." (On if Bowens is even more of a coach on the field now). We don't have a lot of guys in the same spots that they were in at the start of the season.
but everybody was helping him. David Bowens knew him from Miami. He could start at any point. being in a similar type system that helped him. but they find ways to do it very effectively. a lot of play time." (On if he looked at Maiava as a situational player when he was drafted). [I've] had a few guys kind of in that middle range that have been very effective. He works like a starter does."Yes. it's not a function of what . He was a bigger guy. I think that every game that you play you learn some things and you develop a little bit. It's almost like a real sense of community." (On if Brian Robiskie could be active this week). Coaches were helping him. He's not a tiny guy. he could start. Roman Phifer played inside there. Every week you have that chance." (On if Kaluka Maiava could start this week). Chansi's been able to come on a little bit more over the last couple games. but there's a lot more football to go and they've already played a lot of football. everybody trying to help everybody else out to be successful."You're really looking at him as a third and fourth down player when you [draft him]. Often times with [being] inactive. I don't know how long it is until a bowl game. a much more experienced player.challenge. On the flip side of that." (On what he is not seeing from Robiskie that has caused him to be inactive when Matt Roth stepped right in and played). The guys really responded to him. we're looking about 250 [pounds] for those inside guys."Matt Roth is a much older player. D'Qwell (Jackson) had similar size."I think every game that you play you have a chance to define those things. but I've been happy with Jason (Trusnik) and I've been happy with Chansi (Stuckey). He has a lot of reps in the system."Yes and really every week is a week that he could be active." (On if it important to give Brady Quinn these last five games to define he is). they're getting ready for bowl games now and this is a whole new world. He had that one set back with the injury. like drafts. but his style wasn't the just blow it up type. but I think he's getting more and more comfortable working with the group that we have. We have the potential now for two other young players here in the future and you have to see who those guys end up being. It's not really apples-to-apples. They may not be able to go down and take on the blocker exactly the way that a thumper would. sometimes when you aren't playing you have to use that time as well to continue your development. The important thing is to keep that development going. [is] here two days." (On how the Braylon Edwards trade has worked out so far). you can't really evaluate a draft for two or three years down the road. He's 235 [pounds]. He had a nice day yesterday and I anticipate he'll have a good end of the week here today. Typically though. I think he's done a really nice job for a young guy. They'd be off doing exams. Most of those guys. It's not a set pattern where he's going to be down for two and up for three. Being a veteran guy. You saw what Matt Roth was able to do."I think with any trade you have to really let it play out. [He] comes in. [We] probably won't know the value for a couple years. They're all working through that as well. I'm not hesitant at all to ever start him. he was working hard himself.
" (On what Mohamed Massaquoi needs to do to gain consistency). He's done a good job mentally. We are all committed to getting better results. That's not an easy position to play.they're not doing." (On if Alex Mack is a good NFL starter or a good rookie). but that's true with every position." . I think he's got a long. Sometimes it's a function of does the quarterback get the ball to you? It's not just one defined element there. You get some guys that are drafted high and they may not play as much and [it] really hits the second year or it hits later in the season. I understand it."I think he's played pretty well throughout the course of the season."I know everybody is working to make sure that that isn't the case. From my perspective. it's a function of what somebody else is doing. fifth receiver role or fifth corner back role. It's different than a running back where they get those touches and you can determine how many touches they get. fourth safety role. We all want better results."I'll tell you. then it's going to be a week-to-week type situation. It just doesn't work that way. we'd love to have all the fans there and all the seats filled. Every guy's different. He's been consistent. It's a great environment. Do I think he could do a lot of things better? Yes. ‘if you this one thing you're going to be productive." (On if he was expecting more out of Robiskie). We're all frustrated."It's hard to say that. consistently as a group and it will happen. you can't guarantee how many touches they're going to get in a game. Your production is often dependent on what the defense does and someone has to get you the ball."I am not really out of the building very often. Every situation is different." (On if he gets a sense around town that the fans' frustration level has grown throughout the season)." (On if Massaquoi is performing equally well in all games). I think he's played well." (On how disappointing it would be to have the game blacked out). He's done a good job physically. If you don't have one of those two things that always guarantees that you're on the 45. I understand their frustration. If you're rolling over the top of somebody or it's heavier in your direction you're going to get less balls. with draft picks it's different. With receivers. bright career here. I don't think there's any set pattern for draft picks or young guys in terms of they have to develop over this timeline and this is the grid. I see my kids. You get some undrafted guys that come in and play a ton. He's come in. he's played every snap."With receivers. Obviously. I am always excited to have if that'd be the case. diligently. it's different. He's another guy that will continue to grow and continue to mature and hopefully be a guy that can have those productive games week in and week out. you have to contribute in a meaningful way on special teams or you have to have a very specific role in a very specific package that you do better than somebody else. It's a great feeling.' Sometimes the coverage dictates how many balls you get. I get it. I've seen it go a lot of different ways. We're working to fix that every day. A big component of that when you're in that fourth.
smooth. but you guys remember Don Davis? He played linebacker. "In terms of the game. I can't remember who we had inside. I think he came in off the street. I never felt that for a second form the guys and really liked the way that they just fought back. he started at star. With me. Mosley on Injured Reserve. he was 240 [pounds]. but it is obviously disappointing for C. I thought that the best thing we did was when faced with the situation that we were faced with at 27-7. Larry Izzo at one point played some safety for us. We signed Derreck Robinson. It's just tough for him. but as long as we're moving forward that's what's most important to me. It's a skill to be able to deal with adversity and fight through the adversity and play out the four quarters. he was fluid. I'm just disappointed for him. I think all in rookies counted for about 13 receptions. we're going to put C. Troy. You mix and match and they did a great job. Troy Brown. Those guys did a great job. What I'm looking for is consistency and to not dig that deep of a hole. That's really good progress from that group. I don't know what the stretch was. He had been contributing throughout the course of the year and that role was going to increase. who was a receiver. playing safety.(On what he is shooting for as they go through the last five games in relation to his career)."Good afternoon everybody. it would have been very easy to kind of let the rest of the game play out."In New England a couple games. a defensive lineman. A lot of things had to go right during that time period for us to get into that position. As I've said before. He started for us at safety. A couple things."For me.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-7-09 (Opening statement). I feel like I've been talking about this quite a bit. he started at the other corner." (On if he has a seen a situation like this with so many injuries and roster turnover before).J. Earthwind Moreland. Randall Gay.” Mangini press conf. it's about being the best possible head coach I can be and preparing the team as well as they possibly can be prepared. 12/7 12. . I was also really pleased to see some of the performances by guys that got either their initial opportunity or another opportunity and really took advantage of it. he was transitioning into more of an O and D player. it's not really about the career. To giving them the best possible opportunity to be successful every week. To making sure that we are consistently making progress and building both short term and long term. He did a good job. is to consistently be moving forward.J. Watching Don Davis. sometimes the progress isn't as apparent as we'd want it to be. a really fast linebacker. He got a chance to play even more than he had been. he was a rookie free agent. he started at corner. and I was pleased to see that. They fought back and got to a point where we're onside kicking for an opportunity to get the ball back and go down and score.07.
I thought the protection yesterday against San Diego was. not that getting ready for New England is easy. Overall. not trying to make something happen just because you feel the pressure to make something happen. really when you look at it. but also some really good catches."They're tough. I thought. If everybody's not on the same page. you anticipate the opportunity to play them. but I thought that we had a chance for a couple other ones that could have been big plays and potentially game changing plays. We are starting to work on the scouting report. solid calculated risks based on what we were getting." (On how different the short week is). or take your pick. We've improved in . We played New England last year on a Thursday night and. We played Dallas one time on Thanksgiving. "I thought on special teams. It's better when you're playing an opponent you're familiar with because you do have some things to draw on. We'll have a walk through a little later this afternoon. one of the things that is challenging when you play a team like San Diego is dealing with their weapons but then also having to deal with the different spots that they're going to be in and communicating out the adjustments and really understanding how you have to play the different calls. I think his awareness of what the defense is giving us and if it's not there. We had some good returns. They can turn a small mistake into a really big play. The next day will be more of tying it all together and getting ready to play another difficult team to prepare for and obviously a team that. the backs that were involved. We have really transitioned into Pittsburgh. outstanding. but going to the check-down or going to the underneath receiver. there were times we played really well and some plays that I think we could have done much better on. I thought yesterday there were some balls that were caught that were really difficult catches. which they did yesterday. It's really hard when you have guys like Antonio Gates or (Darren) Sproles. whenever you play them. which is always positive. make sure that those things are understood and understood in a very thorough fashion. Very few times was he pressured. it's hard. When he had chances to throw it down the field he did and I they were really. offensively. defensively. too. in terms of what's being played or who fits where. but the things that you do do you have to make sure that they're done well. for the most part. presenting some of the gameplan to the players on a limited basis here today. We've come in here enough times talking about balls that were dropped that were easily catchable balls." (On the difference in Brady Quinn the last three games). it starts with communication. The key thing is to just zero in on what you want to get accomplished. especially in the kickoff return game. I think there were some really good throws. I think he's made good decisions there. Regardless of who's in or who's out or what's happening."I think. Tomorrow is our biggest preparation day. because everything was so new. It was a little bit harder. I don't think we did a good enough job with that yesterday. we have improved significantly the amount of turnovers from the bye week until now."I think it's collective. but at least there was a lot of familiarity. You probably can't do all the things that you'd normally do during the course of the week. I thought those guys held up well and not just the offensive line. presenting the scouting report to the players. and that helps. but the tight ends that were involved.
" (On if he thinks he would see more consistency from Quinn if he had been starting all season). The things I was happy with both guys. Consistency. you really just want to almost like you would on a last play. That's a function of all the different areas improving. defensively. Some of that's just the time clock in your head. I'd like to think that regardless of who was at quarterback."I think he had a really good week of practice. I thought we played much better in the first and fourth quarter than we did in the second and third quarter. just because he was behind where Brady was initially. within weeks of practice. That's been a problem area for us. You keep addressing the problems.'" (On if anybody was open on the two-point conversion). The opposition doesn't dramatically change. substantial gains there. It's not an easy skill to learn and it takes a lot of discipline." (On how he gets Quinn to establish some consistency). too. because as we've talked about."Yes. I think as a group we're playing better and that's reflected in the different areas. to me. obviously. we've made substantial amount of gains. we've made improvements. I think even yesterday. there are things I was unhappy with across the unit. one really good kickoff return. The scheme doesn't dramatically change. one really bad defensive series. ‘I've got a maximum of this amount of time because something's probably going to get cut free. He probably had no sense of that happening. we could have helped by not. offensively. Since the bye it's increased significantly. It's so important just be able to approach it day in and day out the same way. You can't relax. With that. I think Evan Moore is a good example of that."It would have been tight. collectively. I understand what he saw and both those plays I thought were really well protected. how he's going to respond. That's always somewhat of the unknown when you have a guy who's . I've been happy with his overall decision making. or the sack that we had there on second-and-one. Same thing in the red zone. We've improved on third down. I think he had a really good week of practice last week. (On Brian Robiskie). one really good defensive series. if it's not there. Either you get a batted ball or you get into a tight spot or whatever the case may be.the red area. You never now with a guy you haven't seen play in a game. He's had two really strong weeks of practice and got an opportunity. we'd be performing better. I think. whether it was the strip that we had in the red zone. within seasons. There's a strong correlation in my mind that how you practice is usually how you play. One just came off the left side a little bit late. one really average kickoff return. Turnovers. There were a couple plays yesterday where I would have liked him to get rid of the ball sooner. you just have to keep it alive. a penalty. allowing them to hold the ball as long and provide some more opportunities there. there have been substantial gains there. It's deliberate practice and you're going to get improvement."I think that. There can't be any moment where it's not the same exact approach and you're looking for that within games. throw it up. If it gets picked it doesn't matter. Third down. is the goal across the board. A lot of the things that he did yesterday were things that we've been seeing throughout the course of time that he's been here." (On if he is happy with Quinn's in-game decisions)."That's really the goal. You keep working at it. though.
how's he going to respond? That's how Chris Jennings got bumped up. They held the ball a long time. if you're running the ball you can't bounce it out. What we do week in and week out. He's capable of doing that at all times and I thought he made some strides there. You want to see Brian come back and have the same level or production. in terms of three-andouts." (On if something as simple as Moore coming in can provide a spark for the offense)"I think anytime you can insert someone with six catches for 80 yards. I thought he had an outstanding block on the edge pressure guy. What I really liked about him yesterday was his blocking. Chris Jennings has flashed at different points. is the most important thing because as Tony (Grossi) said. ‘okay. He really sealed the edge on the backside and allowed for that long completion to take place. That limited the opportunities as well. both running the ball and catching the ball. He's had some quiet games. it can be up one week and down the next week. sustained the drive. that type of thing. I don't know if you remember the play where Brady sprinted out to his right. I think that when you're a team in San Diego's position. That was his feedback. We've had some really good protection and we've had some games where the production wasn't as sound. during the game what do they do?' I think he had an outstanding week and it reflected in the way he played. That's something that we've talked about."I talked to Norv (Turner) after the game and the first thing he said was how impressed he was with the way the guys fought and he wanted me to tell the group that. (Jerome Harrison) had a really nice day yesterday. you've got a lot of things riding on every single game. You don't' want to bounce it out and make it third-and-four. not just from the quarterback position. the things that we've improved. [It was] a combination of things. You put him against another uniform in a game situation." (On what convinces him that the Chargers didn't stop fighting)."We had the one drive there where we had second-and-one. You need to see the consistency." (On what happened to the offense in the second and third quarters). to me. the important thing is whether you're running the ball or passing the ball is. That.standing out in practice. Everybody has a different approach on second-and-one. The next step is. I don't think we did a very good job defensively. or Evan. We were in a position where I think we could have either scored or gotten close. Mohamed's (Massaquoi) had some 100-yard games. which I agree with. you want to be able to take the shot."Really. He said that we had a tough group of guys. It helps.C. That would have helped us. Those second-and-ones plays. If you're throwing the ball. if it's not there you get rid of it. that's good. You don't let down. what I'm looking for right now is the next game. can we maintain that improvement and then address other areas and improve in those areas? That's what you have to find out and you have to see. We didn't take a shot and got sacked on the play. but from all these positions. You live to fight another day." (On if he has seen enough improvement in Quinn to feel comfortable about the quarterback position moving forward beyond this year). I think J." .
"I believe in what we're doing wholeheartedly."I think it's a good group of guys that care about what they're doing. He's been able to run it effectively inside. You have a player with that much better leverage. You have to commit to doing it the right way. There might be a stalemate every now and then. I haven't sat back and questioned their work ethic at any point. They work hard. what we call it a ram pass. and I think Leon has a chance to be an outstanding feature back. That's something he and I talked about coming in. I can't imagine them playing any other way. They care about each other. you saw him on the. I know that the outcome hasn't been what I've wanted. blocking consistently is something that he does and he's continuing to work on. whether it be catching the football out of the backfield. organizationally. There's evolution in terms of the coaching staff. He's done some good things on the edge. but usually he's going to fight size a little bit. it takes time. We're constantly focusing on that." (On what Jerome Harrison can do on the field to that leads him to believe Harrison can be a featured back).(On if the fact that the team is still playing hard speaks for how they feel about him). I also knew coming in here that things don't happen overnight and that you have to work at it and you make progress in different areas. I think they care." (On if C.J. things like that." (On if he expects Lerner to stick by him). There's no one set timeline. It's a good group of guys. You see him run the football. whether it be on the field. in terms of his prep or even feedback from him or the trainers in terms of where he was physically. There are a lot of things that go into building a successful organization over time. It's important to do it the right way. There are things that happen. That's what we're committed to. They care about the team. You have to come in and make good decisions every day. He gained over 100 yards against Cincinnati. I think they appreciate the progress that they have made in different areas. where he kind of bent up the seam coming out of the backfield. There's no one set formula. It doesn't happen overnight and I understand that. It hasn't been what anybody's wanted. I don't think it's gone the way that any of us has wanted it to go. I've been in a lot of different situations like this and to do it the right way. It's not easy to build something that lasts and that can compete year in and year out. with Leon Washington. He's caught screens and check downs and different routes like that." . I've had a back that has some similarities."He's done a lot of different things that you'd look for from a feature back. hand placement." (On if he thinks he'll have to convince Randy Lerner that the team is headed in the right direction). They care about what they're doing." (On if it took Harrison's body a couple weeks to recover after the Cincinnati game)"I don't remember any difference."I'll find out here shortly. Picking up the blitz."I think that we share the same vision and understand that it's not easy. There are things that happen. Mosley is headed for surgery). but I would imagine that's probably the direction it's going. Very rarely is he going to be facing a guy that he's substantially bigger than. the approach.
"Good morning everybody. but we'll look at that. They have generated a ton of sacks.(On if it would give him any satisfaction to end the Steelers playoff hopes). You have to do certain things to try to stop the run. I think we all have. Obviously with Pittsburgh there's a lot to get ready for."We just got the Oakland game in a little while ago. push a lot of adjustments and game plan specific things through here today. I'm sure that's what they're experiencing right now is. We have to try to push a lot of information through. We had our problems last game. everything's condensed. so I haven't watched the game yet."What would give me satisfaction is to go out. They are able to create of negative plays there. They created some negative plays against us." Mangini press conf. play good football and win the game. I know they've gone through a stretch here where it hasn't gone the way that they've expected it to go. generating that through pressure. even when they're bringing four. They are second in sacks and number one against the rush. It'll be a little different than a typical Saturday would be prior to the game. We tried to get a jump on the scouting report. the first and second down plan. What we started yesterday is really.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-8-09 (Opening statement). He's very strong in the pocket. 12/8 12. It makes you more resolved to get it fixed. at home. is he is able to generate so many plays that go longer than the standard play would. It hit us two or three times last . I covered San Diego with the group and then the coordinators went through and started our work on Pittsburgh. Being able to identifying where they're bringing it. defensively. but it's the same for both teams. ‘We're going to get this fixed. whether it's been my time here or New York or New England. the red zone. Today is trying to fuse reviewing that and introducing the third down. kind of the same thing. They're a good football team. They're pretty good." (On Oakland's drive at the end of the game against Pittsburgh). They had the two sacks late for strips. two-minute. To be able to play Pittsburgh though. I've been looking forward to this for a while. "Offensively. The one thing with Ben (Roethlisberger). but just understanding what it's like coming off of a Super Bowl and the challenges that you face. picking it up and then being able to move forward from that. I didn't see the way Oakland did it. the first and second down information. That's what I'm looking for. difficulty just makes you hardened.08. There were some negative plays in the running play.' I'm sure we'll get their best. the different combinations of rushers that they bring. We'll review it tomorrow. He's elusive in the pocket and the receivers do an excellent job reading out and creating some opportunities. which opens up some things in the passing game. I think they're still very explosive from a running game perspective with (Rashard) Mendenhall averaging five yards a carry. that causes issues. They are fifth in the league in defense. The problems that they create week in and week whether it's defensively. the effectiveness of the rushers.
that pick he made in that game. He's difficult to pick up as a blitzer. Just remember him in college and seeing the things he did. was it the first game of the season. they really create some problems in the return game with Stefan Logan. They know how to win. he fills a role and he understands how to fit and the strengths and weaknesses of each of the calls."I think that one thing you understand is the consistent rivalry."I know we talked about that a little bit in the weeks following. He's a sure tackler. I can't remember. it's something you look forward to. Some stay on the call sheet and you just decide when you want to get back to them. He's elusive. it starts with sort of a core group. I don't think it was a full-time type situation. That's something that you have to deal with. He can change direction. [There are] some explosive plays there. To be able to do that at Browns Stadium. I know he got off to a little bit of a slow start when he first came in. They're resilient. I don't know how much he played as a rookie. You just see him progressing as the season goes on."They've done a lot of things defensively very well for a long time. It's hard to replace a player like him. You saw the play he made on Josh's (Cribbs) throw where he was able to cut in front of the throw and make the interception." (On how the Steelers defense changes without Polamalu). [There were] two pretty amazing catches that sustained that drive. I know we haven't been on the plus side of that rivalry. (On Troy Polamalu). You ." (On how the Wildcat offense has evolved since the first Pittsburgh game)." (On the Steelers coming off of four consecutive losses). It may not have been reflected here recently. It's like any specific package. but the next guy will step in and I'm sure [he'll] do a great job. He has great instincts. You add on things that you like. I think it was Tennessee. It was special. Over the course of time a lot of different players have played in that system and done a great job. In the passing game. it hardens your resolve more so than anything else. They're able to plug the next guy in. "I think on special teams. something that everybody deals with and he's outstanding at it. He's got that type of speed. It doesn't change the feeling that goes into the game. but it doesn't change the emotion that goes into the game. They're a very good football team." (On why he has been looking forward to this game for a long time). I watched the Oakland game. You add some plays. when you're faced with adversity. that last drive they had a chance to end it with an interception. but just in experiencing coming off a really successful season and going into the next. He has really good instincts in the running game. both run and pass."The games they've lost now have been by a total of 15 points. He can get the wide side of the field. Some plays may be specific to that week and you don't carry them through to the next week. I remember the Pittsburgh games back when I was here the first time and playing them and that feeling."He's outstanding. They've lost some close games. he's made some plays. Those things remain consistent and they still do them well. Two of them have been in overtime.game.
The deal is. You either play for the field goal or you throw it deep and try to get the jump ball and take a chance on if you throw it in bounds. I'm sure they're calling it that because the site is for teaching younger coaches and has different levels."I'm not really looking at it that way. I think he's got outstanding fundamentals. I'm looking at it as being able to beat Pittsburgh. especially on a pass rush situation. I think he plays with a really good base. I think that's how it got the name. that you can. Those are the two decisions there. Brady comes up. if it's not open. Some things get added on or stay on." (On Joshua Cribbs saying if they beat the Steelers that the fans will forgive them for the rest of the season). keep it and that's a pretty good option. The things that we're trying to do moving forward are important and that's billed on the progress we've made. At this point.try some new things. We haven't been open. That takes the sting out of the rush and then you're not dealing with the momentum at that point." (On if the Wildcat would be harder to defense against if there was more of a passing threat involved). he calls the play. I'm looking to keep moving forward." . Really."I think most really good players have outstanding fundamentals."There was only time for one play. I don't think many teams that run the Wildcat throw with any kind of high percentage."It hasn't really affected it. We wanted to have a couple guys on the sideline to deal with that. It's just a function of whether or not you can get the guys open. That's a key part of playing offensive line is the width of your base and your ability to time up the punch so that you're delivering the maximum amount of blow. Obviously this is a special game because of who it is. Tony (Grossi). whether it's the pee wee football or whoever it is. is making sure that the kids really understand the fundamentals of blocking and tackling. You want to have it enough so it's an option and you have to honor it. it's just you do it from the line of scrimmage and people adjust."We've had other ones up." (On Joe Thomas being named to USA Football/NFLPA's All Fundamentals team and why it's called that). I think his hand placement and his punch is excellent and something he consistently works on. It's actually a great program. whether or not you can get the next play off. It doesn't change who calls the play or any of those things. One of the things they emphasize." (On if he thought there was only time for one more play on the play they used a oneman rush against San Diego). I think if anything the package has widened a little bit since the first time we met. Everybody hears the play and goes. but you also wanted to have enough depth in case they went jump ball."One of your receivers is the quarterback. whether or not it makes sense." (On how the use of the no huddle affects the use of the Wildcat). whether or not you can protect it. Some things come off." (On why Cribbs has only thrown one pass since the Pittsburgh game).
"I think that would be one way to describe it. He changed some of the protection calls at the line of scrimmage to get us to a point where we had the numbers to pick it up and that opened up some things." (On what struck him about the Pittsburgh game in his first stint with the Browns)"It was a great atmosphere. whether it's the combination blocks or pulling or whatever it is. his ability to identify fronts. there's no chance. ‘I want to take care of this. but there's a tempo that you have to do that at. I think his base and his balance and his drive blocking have improved. Not just the atmosphere of the game. some things that are unique to us. I know was the result of us not communicating the adjustment. What that means is you can't get sealed inside by a receiver down the field because all of your help is coming from the inside out. I think that year we might have played them three times. the feeling during the course of the week. I felt like he sped things up a lot of times. His comfort level there has increased significantly. His ability to communicate with the rest of the group. but then down the field not holding the sideline. you have to deal with the potential safety blitzers. There's also going to be some variations. and what you want to do in the secondary. but it's not really the exact way that you want them to do it. but there's so many of these zone blitzes and things like that that you can't zero in just on him."He did pretty well. even though he wasn't playing. is if the player has the ball in space you always have to hold the sideline. but it's just understood. all those things I think have improved. I don't think. but it's up there." . It may not be something that is spoken about at that point. so not only was there not a player in the flat when there was supposed to be."I thought Brady did a really nice job against San Diego last week and they run quite a bit of zone blitzing. There's a lot of stuff going on and it's effective. You have to make sure that that player cuts back in to where the pursuit is coming from." (On how difficult it will be for Quinn to recognize all of the problems Pittsburgh's defense presents)." (On if Steelers week is more intense). I wouldn't say the percentages are exactly equal. He's a big enough problem. which is great." (On why the team is still giving up long plays). the secondary pressure. At first. I thought he did a nice job IDing where the pressure was coming from.(On how Alex Mack as progressed this season). He wanted to get to his assignment quickly and make sure he took care of his job. The other thing that we didn't do very well. don't get me wrong. but you also have to deal with the linebackers. Hampton is one component of it. That's pretty common with the young guys is. You have no chance. playoffs in '94. We didn't hold the sideline on that play.' You go quickly and you did your job."I think Alex gets better each game. It's different. you feel it. I've seen significant gains as we've gone throughout the season. He'll pick up some things from the first game." (On how Mack played against Casey Hampton earlier this season). I think the way that he gets better is his comfort level."Last week. The one thing about him is he'll study it. We were supposed to have a player out in the flat. the first long play I think. but even during the course of the week.
found a seam in the pocket and picked up 13 yards. The thing that I respect about Robert is he works really hard to get ready to play. Like I said. Not every quarterback can do that. At earlier points I felt like we were dropping really catchable balls. the screen was covered. it's huge." . I think the faces may change.(On if rivalries have diminished in the age of free agency). he's got great control of that and he has the ability when things don't go well to make something happen. It hasn't gone exactly the way that he's wanted it to go from a health perspective. He's got a real good sense of where the rushers are. our left and pick up 13 yards. I think the one thing that's set him back is he has had a series of different things that he's had to work through. so it's have I've known. Over the last few weeks I feel like we've caught some difficult balls and that's a big distinction." (On Quinn going 126 passing attempts without an interception). He has a 100. to his left and throw really accurate passes on the move. take-away ratios and the affect those have on outcomes. but the spirit stays the same. I've played him multiple times over a lot of different years and he's created problems regardless of what team I've been involved in. but sometimes that happens. He can scramble and hurt you that way. he's got a good feel of where his pressure points are and where he can escape to." (On what Robert Royal's lack of production is a result of). You look at the give-away. I think the other thing that's really helped is us taking advantage of opportunities that we've had. I know we had the strip sack. but coming up to the the line of scrimmage.2 quarterback rating." (On Roethlisberger having good numbers against Oakland despite losing the game)"His numbers have been good all year."It's been a point of emphasis for us offensively. He's got the ability to avoid to his right. He's worked aggressively to get back on the field. He's got great arm strength."Robert's been bumped up a couple different times throughout the season. When I entered was free agency." (On if there is something about Ben Roethlisberger that makes him unique)"There's a lot about him that makes him unique. You have the presence in the pocket and protecting it from that perspective and then also the decision making down the field and when to take chances. Being able to protect the football for the passer is really twofold. assessing the defense. He's a professional in the room. He does a good job with him teammates. He's got tremendous strength. not turning the ball over."I wasn't here for the period before free agency. Even though he's not looking at the rush. We had him last game where they were going to throw a screen. when not to take chances. I think that's been positive for us across the board. He's a professional in that aspect. seeing where the weakness is and taking advantage of it. We had the play covered. where you have to put the ball in order to make sure the defensive back doesn't have a chance to get it. not just in the things that he can create from a broken play perspective. He was able to scramble to his right. He's a really good quarterback. I think he's gotten better each year. He had the awareness. Just the mechanics of running the offense.
I think that throughout the course of the year they have worked hard and things haven't always gone the way we wanted to go. Cincinnati. because he's one component of it. if they continue to improve that they have a chance.11. They have a chance to come up to the 53 and then they have a chance to come up to the 45. Being able to run the ball effectively. Sometimes those strides are apparent and sometimes they are not as apparent. You look at a game where a guy like Marcus Bernard contributed two sacks or Brian Schaefering with his sack and a half and the play time that he had. it reinforced a lot of things that I felt coming out of the game. things like that that have come into play and I think like any part of the process this stuff is learned. I think all those things are going to be challenges this week. whether it be the post practice work with those guys or the extra meetings or things like that.(On if going against Pittsburgh's defense will gauge where Quinn is at).2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-11-09 (Opening statement). It is learned over time. Chris Jennings. I was really happy with the way the guys played and happy that they were rewarded for it. Taking advantage of balls that are thrown and being able to catch it in tight coverage." (On how important it is for players elevated from the practice squad to take advantage of the opportunity). It's a good group across the board that can generate a lot of negative plays. to continually develop them because you don't know when you are going to need to call on them. They were pretty amazing. This is another good defense. [They have] a different style. organizationally. being able to deal with their moving pressures in order to run the ball effectively. Evan Moore. especially during that last drive ho loud it was. Baltimore. That's why. It had to be cold where they were sitting. It was cold where I was sitting."Good afternoon everybody. You want to make sure that they are progressing the same way the other guys are who may be taking more of the game plan specific reps."I think actually he's faced some pretty good defenses. but it's going to be a challenge for us offensively. I was happy that they were rewarded for that. Just watching the tape. trying to build in versatility." . It was cold." Mangini press conf. It's important for the guys to know that if they work hard. They fight through everything so it's great to have them. right on down the line some of the new players. I also just wanted to thank the fans that came out last night. [They are] number one in rush defense. San Diego's defense was good. because there will be some tight coverage. as a group. They've worked hard to learn the entire system. guys playing different positions. but we have made strides. It's good to see those guys get a chance and take advantage of that chance. Mohamed (Massaquoi). That stuff has huge value. 12/11 12. Being able to pick up the blitzing linebackers and understanding where they're coming from in order to get the passing game going. we spend so much time. Kaluka (Maiava)."I think it's extremely important.
it was a pretty impressive performance. Some of the other stuff depends on balancing that out with the fact that he is the returner on both kickoff returns and punt returns. Learning how to play complementary football is part of that. we can all see what happens. There is a sense of community and everybody takes part in it.' I've never questioned the way these guys have approached things. the snaps in Wildcat. There are so many different elements to it. ‘ok when we do these things."I got a message from Randy (Lerner)." (On if Joshua Cribbs looked better on tape today)."Nothing right now. look what's possible. making tackles.000 times."There is some element of that and it just depends when they get here. How extensive their background is before they get here. These guys have worked hard and I know you're probably tired hearing the word process. who we haven't beat in a long time. Guys at other positions. but learning how to win is part of that. It's great to be able to now point to that and say. too. We embrace guys that come here and everybody wants to help them be successful. It's the coaches. he has things to draw on from his NFL experience. from all those different spots. There's that special feeling with playing them.'" (On if he got a special message from anyone). To be able to do that against a team like Pittsburgh. Andy Reid sent a note. He is a fun guy to watch."Yes. Learning how to deal with adversity is part of that. I think we did a lot of those things last night. You appreciate things like that just because it's nice of them to take time to do that. defenses that he can associate. I imagine that something will get done. Usually. the snaps on special teams and he does the coverage units as well. I talked to Jim (Brown) after the game."For me it's really just a great opportunity for the team to experience some of the fruits of their labor. obviously." (On if something will get done with Cribbs' contract). You are balancing out the snaps at receiver."It's hard to say. He gets a full game. What you don't want to do is eliminate his effectiveness there because it is such a huge field position change. reps wise. It's something that we are looking into and want to. or the potential for that every time he touches the ball. they help out. A guy like Matt Roth. Some other guys that you may get late you have to accelerate everything. Some of it depends on the effectiveness. the guys at their position they help out. ‘When we do this. A lot of different friends around the league sent some notes." . him running the ball." (On the ideal number of plays for the Wildcat in a game).(On having to teach new players on the roster). He did a lot of different things and he did them well." (On the win against Pittsburgh goes a long way towards next season). but it is nice to now say. Whether it was his returns." (On if there is anything new with Cribbs' contract). and I've said it 1. catching the ball. There's that intensity. I think it's outstanding. There's that rivalry. move forward with. that learning curve is quicker."It looked pretty good yesterday.
Those things are truth. It's going to happen." (On if the players coming closer together). My emphasis. the starting point is communication."We just exchanged texts and I'll talk to him a little bit later here today. They use words like ‘family' when they talk about each other."It was a nice. I think it's different than a lot of approaches because it is so game plan specific. you play good defense."That really hasn't been my emphasis at all or focus at all. my focus. coaching team and continuing to move forward. It's a shock to the system I think. You play harder for guys that you like. I've experienced it. defensively. I know we are going to win a lot of games here. These guys are good guys working towards the same goal."I see them getting closer and closer as they get to know each other more and spend more time together." (On if there is any uncertainty about bringing someone in). There have been times where maybe we could have done a little bit more. When everybody know what we are playing and it's sound across the board. I've seen it. I believe in hard work. I believe in what we do. everything is on this year. Everybody interacts with everybody else."That's never been talked about. I mean that in a sincere way. Communication is so important. Thursday. it's not by position group. You do a lot of things in training camp. is on moving forward each day. Finding that balance. you win. There's a lot of learning that goes on Wednesday." (On if he has talked to Lerner about next year). There were times during the earlier part of the season maybe we did too much. Usually. That's what you are looking for. I know it works. I believe in what we do. It could be me asking a question and they try to help each other out. each person understands their role in the defense. I believe in it. I wouldn't look to do that. I've experienced it. is communication. What we always look for every play. is on these guys. It's truth in sports. I believe in discipline. disguise and pursuit. I've seen it work. but week in and week out it's different. It's specific to Pittsburgh. I believe in a team. positive message" (On if he is worried about his future)." (On what was said in the text message). . They have a good time with each other. I know it is going to work here. You are looking for chemistry. That to me is the essence of winning. What I'm concerned about are the guys. You have those things. you study core concepts on how to run the defense.(On if he talked to Randy Lerner in person)." (On Rob Ryan's defensive scheme). the team. It was pretty late when I finally got out of the locker room and got going and I think he was heading back to se will catch up."I think anybody that we can bring in to help is a positive thing. Really. Friday so there's a lot of adjustments that have to take place. There's a different level of intensity when you care about each other and really understand that everybody is working for everybody else. They support each other in meetings. I know we are going to have a team that week in and week out the city is going to be proud of. I am confident in it. I believe it to my core. I know it works. and you have to get used to this defensive approach I think."A big part of playing good defense is being on the same page. I believe in good people.
Our success and failures are all going to be based on how work together and how we operate s a group. I think there were some throws that we could have been more accurate with. Sometimes it's hard for anybody to come up and talk. You can do some different things when you have wind than when you don't. You have to learn about each other. It's not a slogan. You are looking for accuracy. Exposing guys to ideas that may be different. My high school coach used to say. regardless of the weather. I look at is as teaching and exposing guys to new ideas. Once you do. Like I said. Usually they go hand in hand. Sometimes it's hard for young guys to come up and talk. It's true. I thought Brady did a nice job with that throughout the course of the night last night. understanding that everybody is working toward the same thing and understanding that we all depend on each other."I haven't felt at any point where there wasn't support. We have got a range . It's something you do for somebody. You have one breakdown in 11 guys. most often they do. You want to show them how it works.when you first get exposed to it. I remember when we went to the Jets initially with (Bill) Parcells and (Bill) Belichick and that group. it takes time. You've got a community. and that is different. It's just dramatically different when you get a whole game plan on Wednesday and there's 10-15 new defenses in it or changes in the way that you are going to do it. I thought I was making major concessions. You have to try to convey as much as possible the importance of doing it and the value in doing it." (On how to judge Brady Quinn's performance with the wind). I am always looking for mechanics."I really have found that anytime that you make a change. it affects the whole play. You want them to experience it. but I actually came in here a lot less heavyhanded than when I went to New York. It's because it helps you win games. and you are dealing with that change. is understanding what the objectives are. It's nice when they can see it work and feel it work and really understand it."The wind definitely played a part in it. that may be out of their comfort zone but you want them to try it.' I've never wanted to instill discipline for the sake of being in charge." (On if he came into Cleveland more heavy-handed than he would have somewhere else). I never really have looked at it as selling guys on it. then the guys start looking forward to Wednesday to see what the plan is. That's not what it's about. it is difficult. It's not what you say so you can refute something someone else says. I thought some guys made some pretty nice catches as well. That's also part of the process. I swear. The wind does play a factor in some of those throws and you have to take that into account but it factors in for both guys. I think that often times it takes a while to understand that the open door is truly open. We've got guys from all over the country. It can be a little bit like going to the principal's office. It does take time. ‘Discipline isn't something you do to somebody."I know this might be hard to believe." (On if the players are coming around to him now and buying into the system more than when he first got to Cleveland). if you haven't done that before it's hard to get adjusted to. Everybody loves progress but not a lot of people love change." (On if he has the support of the players). part of the growth.
You have seen them play. You are talking about hiring a staff. I don't feel like it's going to be a function of selling."Yes. See how we function as a staff because it's good and it's right. I'm transparent. Some of it's been good. You have gotten to know them. It's it. Come to our meetings. See how we operate. You want to move forward with the next steps. Anybody that comes in I am excited to talk to. I understand the things that we have done throughout our time here to continue to move it forward. Even last night I probably stayed up later than I probably would have that's because I was here back in '94 and '95. I don't feel good about what our record is and nobody does. That's real progress."I would imagine that anybody who would merit the title ‘czar' would look a lot deeper than just the record. It's important. Anybody who comes in can take a look at it. That's all they are there for and nothing else. happens. They can sit down and talk to the coaches."He and I have talked about that and he knows how strongly I feel about him and the contributions he makes and all of those things. You have seen them play your schemes. I feel good about it. Timetable don't know. definitely."I feel going into the offseason. but there's a reason behind it. what we believe in. All of those things are to be determined. sit in on any meeting. It's just going o be a function of showing who we are. It is radically different. I feel good about the things that we have done here. I don't want guy's money. I don't want to exert power to exert power. evaluating the players. some of it's been bad. watch our practices. I don't think we beat them those years and it sucked not beating them. structure don't know. There's been a thought process." (On what he would say to a football ‘czar' about his record). and I think that anybody who comes in will appreciate those things. trying to get ready for the draft. moving into free agency. I can get home now. See how we teach. I'm confident in it. I understand the situation I initially came into. I get that. the things we have done. but he knows how I feel about them and he's a guy I really appreciate more than just for what he does on the field. Going into an offseason where that's not the case. They have seen other practices. the draft and your frame of reference is a lot different because you have sat in the meetings with the players.of ages. That's the goal. Your starting point is so much more advanced than where it was. There are a thousand things that go into entering into an organization. you are starting at a totally different launching point than where we were last year going into the offseason. ."I feel good about the approach we have taken here. At the end of the day whatever happens." (On if he is more comfortable with his job now). Like I've said. than you are focusing more on free agency. watch our practices." (On how he would sell himself to a czar). It's nice to beat them." (On if he will enjoy the fact that they beat Pittsburgh). There's been rationale for all of the decisions." (On if he has told Cribbs that they will take care of him). Come take a look because it's a good product. Like any community. moving your families. I want the group to operate efficiently. there's got to be rules so that everybody can operate efficiently. It's important and it's important to the city.
David Bowens was the defensive player of the game. The first kid went and I think he said T or B so then they call on Jake and say. He was the offensive assistant in New York when I was the defensive assistant. C-O-L-D. He learned under Dan Henning and . how sweet he misses his father. Blake Costanzo was special teams [player of the week] and Titus (Brown) was the practice player of the week."Good morning everybody. He's got an energy that's contagious. I believe in the things that we are doing. The teacher says. whatever happens I am excited to work with that person. How are we doing? A couple things just to start off. He also won our offensive player of the game from last week. which is outstanding and well deserved. I think there are a lot of similarities between where the two teams are right now. they took the C out and just had blank space and they wanted the kids to fill in a letter. Again. I know his dad really well. all of those things are new. now he's played there before. even though it was on the other side of the ball. To go in and to play a new position. but Titus has been doing a great job so it was kind of a combination of things.I got a note from the guy who dropped off the paper this morning. Dick Haley." (On David Bowens' leadership). She was in the back of the room. I think he's handled it great. He involves everybody into the defense. Julie went to Jake's school and they were discussing the word cold."He is outstanding. It's important to him. innovative.' Everybody sees things differently. Like I said. dad. (On if someone comes in and cleans house and if he thinks it would be a mistake). I really appreciate it and I get it. he is really smart. To be the captain. 12/16 12.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-16-09 (Opening statement). He was outstanding when he wasn't calling defenses. very. The guys give him a hard time for being old and having gray hair and things like that. who is arguably one of the best personnel men in the NFL. I think. I can't emphasize enough how important the practice player of the week is. I've known Todd (Haley) for a long time. He works with everybody. Jake what do you have?' ‘D-A-D' Julie was thinking.16. but he hasn't been the signal caller before so that's new. "In terms of Kansas City. It's important for him to do everything the right way. Just getting to know Todd and working in that same capacity. old. in terms of the Pittsburgh game and last week Josh Cribbs is going to be named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. Everybody when they get a chance operates differently and I appreciate the age jokes. a few announcements."I think whoever comes in. I can appreciate a little bit with the age with an experience the other day. That wisdom has been a huge benefit. That's in the future and really that's not my focus what so ever." Mangini press conf. ‘Why D-A-D?' ‘D-A-D. It was a short week. ‘Okay.
33 before he had to sit out the four games. They've been excellent with their coverage units. so he can create some plays like that. with Rodney (Harrison) and (Tedy) Bruschi. he's been a huge asset. I imagine he'll eventually go into coaching and he'll be outstanding. blocked another punt against Washington. a really smart guy. The returner. they're all different. It was the same thing in Arizona. He leads the team in sacks. I think that even though they haven't won as many games as they would have liked. 5. When he gets going he makes some really impressive throws. one of the trademarks of that defense last year. All these 3-4's we face. two surprise onside kicks. chase type plays. "On [special] teams. "Defensively. is how hard the guys play. I believe. so there's going to be a lot of areas we have to prep for there. again with Charles. I see a lot of improvement as the season has gone on. Matt has the ability to make big plays down the field." (On how his meeting with Holmgren went). He's right there with the rest of that group. "Offensively. not as well as maybe I know Andy (Reid) or Bill Parcells. [I] was there in New England when he first came in from USC and watched his development over the years. he had the 96-yarder against Pittsburgh. [He is] incredibly competitive. He has the ability. They blocked a punt against Baltimore." (On if Mike Holmgren is here today). Playing these guys in Arizona. even though it's three down linemen. I thought he played really well against us last year when he was in New England. they haven't really given up a lot of big returns at all this season. they've been in multiple games. playing this group of coaches in Arizona last year. either this morning or yesterday night. the way they pursue to the ball and they make a lot of plays. A couple others they lost by six points or less. which it's coached. [He is an] Ohio native. I'm sure his leadership has been a good thing for them defensively. He's a guy that can hurt you all over the field."I've known Mike for a while. With the passing game. He's a smart guy. He's tough. but we actually had a good conversation at . in terms of what his expectations are and guys meeting those expectations. I think his transition to the outside linebacker position has been a successful one. won in overtime. He could remember defenses that we ran two and three years prior and site them and give the specific play and how it worked. picking up Chris Chambers during the season. (David) Garrard. He creates a lot of pressure.2 yards a carry for (Jamaal) Charles.Charlie Weis and I see a lot of that in the offensive play calling. and I see it here. I know Matt (Cassel). in terms of his knowledge of the game. effort type plays. With Tamba Hali. [They have] done some creative things in the kicking game in terms of the fakes. He's going to get better as he gets more and more comfortable in that role. four linebackers."No. His 44 rushing attempts I think is fourth behind. with 86 catches last year. to extend plays. In the return game. I think the other thing that they've got going offensively is the running game has emerged. like a lot of the quarterbacks we've faced. it's really the third week in a row now we've faced a 3-4 defense. Dwayne Bowe. Aaron Rodgers and Vince Young. he left. Mike Vrabel is a guy I've known for a long time. It's the same thing here.
because it brought energy to the practice. it's great. but as a head coach. I'm not going to go into the play-by-play of it. I know him some through Andy Reid and through Bill Parcells. I wouldn't be surprised if he's not coaching major college football or pro football at some point and be really successful.the owner's meetings a few years back. He knew the defense. We had bought a home in Cape Cod and the importance of having one place where the kids could go every year and we were just talking about that and his thoughts on it."I think anytime you can bring in someone with a wealth of experience as not just a position coach and coordinator. not just his assignment. It was great too. could coach the defense. It was a good. I've made calls. positive conversation."He's got good hands. worked his way up. I thought it was a good conversation. different aspects of the season." (On if Holmgren seemed like he would take the offer to sit it on meetings and observe the team)."It always is. I mean he's a special guy. because he'd disguise things." (On if it is tough to trade away a veteran player)."We didn't really talk about that. That's really what it was. He is obviously very talented as a coach. guys like that that maybe weren't on staff. like Dick Vermeil. We ended up getting the house and have been really happy with it. That whole show . we had brought him in initially as a special teams player and he established himself as a really good defensive player. He's a wealth of knowledge. It's great to have those guys. Really. They've handled a lot of different decisions. every day in practice [he] worked."I think this visit was something designed for both sides to get to know each other. things like that. it's positive. We visited some last year before the Seattle game. but have that experience because they've been through most things."We talked about a lot of things. could draw up the defense. My stance on that is really the same. He had given me some really good advice back then. They'd go back and forth. Bill Callahan was on the staff in New York and he had been a head coach and he was great. knew the defense. Some things come up where you're like. I'm telling you. It's good to be able to bounce those ideas off somebody else. They've seen most things." (On what he talked about with Holmgren). You can't coach his instincts." (On Vrabel's versatility). Mike used to be on the show team and he'd want to play safety on the show team. ‘Hey what do you think about this? How would you handle it? What was your approach?' To hear another voice." (On if Holmgren could be a sounding board for him if he joined the team). He's get Tom all fired up. which was his last home game there. He'd disguise stuff. We actually revisited that conversation. The team. He used to frustrate Tom (Brady) to no end. Even talking to (Jason) Trusnik when he was a young guy first starting out. [He is] a guy that wasn't highly drafted." (On if he sensed a strong interest on Holmgren's part). When you have a guy like Mike Vrabel. I talked to him about emulating a guy like Mike Vrabel whose work ethic. I think he's a good guy. We talked a little bit. You can't coach his toughness.
That's what you strive for organizationally. You can't ask for a better situation. Everything is tied into everything else. There's good things going on and that's from everybody staying focused on the task at hand. he has a wealth of knowledge. you can talk to any of the girls. It just increases the intensity. I'm happy with the progress we've made."It's not unsettling at all." (On his relationship with Scott Pioli). We lived together in New England when we first got there. That's what you want. that whole period changes because now it goes from working on the plays to working on the plays and also wanting to throw touchdowns on Vrabel. we ended up talking and now we're married. do you want to come out. money. myself and Jules and him and Dallas. That's what you strive for as a team. he was friends with Mark (Shapiro) and he was going out and he said. That's real progress from where we've been. talented people that you can put in the building.' I said. just don't talk to my buddy's sister. I'll go out.team. that have the same approach in terms of being focused on winning. is made. claiming guys."Like I said. he was part of that same group of 20-20's that were here. the opponent at hand. ‘Hey.' and he said. contract decisions." (On how his relationship ended up following the controversy in New England). He is demanding. I'm really happy with the way the guys have been working. how those things all fit. how the third running back versus the third tight end versus the second fullback. of course."You have to talk to Mike about that. He's responsible for that and I thank him for that." (On if he feels like Holmgren is an ideal candidate). Like I said. that's the best thing you can have. the last four games we've been the best team in the NFL in terms of not turning the ball over. Scott actually is responsible for me meeting Julie. ‘We're going to meet my buddy's sister and her girlfriends and look. ‘Yeah. You have to see how the fifth receiver fits into the special teams plan. I think that's a great thing. I think he's another guy that just grinds and grinds and works. things like that to . being a head coach as long as he was.' Which. In terms of where things are. I mean offensively."I don't think there's a sense of it ever being a personal issue. It was just business. I'm all for anybody that can come in and help us organizationally be more successful."The first time we weren't together was when I went to New York as the head coach. claiming position. Like I said. It's the first time we've held two teams under 100 [rushing] yards in two years. What I'm focused on and what I ask the players to be focused on is the task at hand. He's tough. We've improved in almost every offensive category. I think it was one of those meetings that was everybody getting to know each other and whatever decision is made. Every other year we were together." (On if he thinks Holmgren wants the job here). cutting guys. all those things that you'd expect from someone who's achieved what he's achieved. I sat next to her." (On if the talk of a football czar is unsettling). to get a group of people that are all focused on the same task. You learn so much more about football than you do as a coordinator. The more smart people. so I've known him for a long time. On the relocation weekend to Baltimore. because you have to see the big picture. You only have so many resources between draft picks.
However you get to that point. I think sometimes as a coordinator or a position coach you get a little bit of tunnel vision. the key thing is to get the right person and move forward organizationally. it's the right guy and it's trying to figure out the right guy for you. (Brian) Daboll brought. Again. demanding training camps. Again." (On what was challenging about facing a Holmgren-coached team). As a head coach. Each decision affects the other decision." (On Jamaal Charles). which is outstanding." (On if he expects other candidates to interview). tough. is the best approach. he's more the digit system offensively and that family tree and that was really positive. whether it's levels on the outside. What I'm looking to do is coach the guys. His goal is to win."With Jamaal."No. All those things are components of it that come into play. hard working guys. but know he's not right for you. Mike ran really physical. I don't know if there's any title to that offensive system. . one of the most attractive things about him was he brought experience in that system that we were able to incorporate offensively. That's it. There's going to be misdirection. you have to see all of those things. I think the most important thing is to get the right person in place and to move forward. Taking the best things from each component of that and building your system. I don't think there's anything inconsistent about that philosophy. so I don't know what the best path is. but the philosophy that I think we all want is winning."It's been close to a year since we played them. whether it's him as a kickoff returner or him as a running back or even him as a receiver. levels on the inside. Whether it's West Coast. Whatever point it is. East Coast. Sometimes you have to appreciate a player's value. He's got a wealth of experience." (On if his coaching philosophy could mesh with Holmgren's)."I think often times you're labeled with family trees and philosophies and things like that.improve the team. Tony (Grossi). Bring in Brian Schottenheimer. with drafting. It's Kansas City for us and that's the most important thing. whether that's today. Once you determine what's right for you then you determine the players that are right for you. I'm not sure what the best path is. it's winning. I think that's universal. I think. There's going to be multiple personnel groups. I think all coaches appreciate smart. going back to Bill Callahan." (On if Holmgren's coaching philosophy would conflict with the type of players he is looking for). guys that are competitive and selfless and guys that football's important to."I haven't been involved in czar searches before. the coaches to focus on. whether it's three weeks from now." (On if there is any advantage to having a czar here before the end of the season). I'm really not looking to get that involved in the process. There are a lot of plays on tape. That's what I want the guys to focus on. he's elusive."You know. I'd say there's a lot of challenging things about facing the West Coast offense. you see how it affects you. They're going to create levels. There's going to be quick hitting plays. but whatever that is.
There are quite a few hits on the quarterback that don't translate into sacks. so getting a feel for that is something that we're going to have to continue to work on here today. but it really was. I'm not sure if it was 40 or 60 [yards]. We did a nice job in the kicking game establishing field position. he can make a lot of people miss. I thought that the way that we played against Pittsburgh. more shifting than motioning from their (Kansas City's) offense. Each team that faces him is appreciating his ability to create plays in a couple different ways. This is a really good team on third down defensively. continuing along the line that we've had with the communication. Offensively. catches a great. it might have been (Quentin) Jammer. I do think there are some things that have to be cleaned up.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-17-09 (Opening statement). What I really like about him is a lot of times the elusive backs aren't the most physical backs. . I thought that we got a good jump on what we're trying to accomplish in terms of not just the scheme but also the way that we need to stop the core players and also our attack. which will change the call from one thing to the other. putting ourselves in a position to at least challenge there at the end of the game with the onside kick. was it Cromartie. I know the sack numbers haven't been as high as probably they have hoped it to be." (On what the team needs to do in the final games to prove it is making progress)"I've seen quite a bit of it. 12/17 12. It happens pretty quickly. Browns Kids Club Jr. use up the clock. downing punts inside the 10. offensively in terms of our third down conversion rate. some of it comes from designed pressure. I'd say especially defensively. it's either a 40 or 60-yarder on (Antonio) Cromartie. the way they rush." Mangini press conf. things like that. If we had gotten the two point conversion we wouldn't have been kicking the field goal there. and I know you've heard that word a ton of times here. run the ball. but it was a pretty impressive catch that way. He can also run through some tackles. Moving to third down. some of it comes from games and some of it comes from just sheer effort and intensity."Good morning everybody. You get him into space. He's one-on-one with the corner. One thing they do really well though is when they do get to the quarterback they usually get the ball out. One of the things that I really liked against San Diego was down the way we were down. They can make people miss. I think. runs a double move. How are you doing? Yesterday's practice. I like the group of pass rushers they have. being able to move the ball. We would have been going to tie the game. we've made a lot of progress. Reporter for a Day). things like that. whether it's a checkdown or screen. where it was complementary football. because there has been quite a bit of shifting. which is pretty consistent with the defenses he (Clancy Pendergast) coached in Arizona as well. That's a really important lesson against a very good team. That's going to be a challenge for us. A lot of that.17. but they do apply quite a bit of pressure.There's a great play where he catches. How are you guys doing? Good morning Alexis (Martin. coming back.
"I'm not sure what we're going to get in Kansas City. It started to clear up for a lot of guys. They may all be doing the same thing from a concept standpoint. so that you can't count on. Tony (Grossi)." . may get more reps. The weather's going to be the same for both quarterbacks. our base defense didn't have nearly as many reps as our sub defense. you'd like to be able to run the same defense. the coordinated pass rush. As you build up reps. as you build up a better understanding of how it all fits together. When you do that. I want to see the complementary football and then the other lessons that we've learned throughout the season continue to be applied to the next game and the two games after that. I'm not sure what the right amount of tape would be for him."It's pretty consistent. one of those groups may get bumped up. different people doing it. What I'm looking for from Brady is the same type of operation that he's had and when we do get the opportunities. A lot of that stuff is packaged-based. where we saw sacks from a lot of different people based on the scheme and that's something that's traditionally part of what we do defensively.Defensively as well. Even though you're playing it and it looks like it's supposed to look. it was all linebackers in there. Ideally. when you can play the scheme with all 11 parts sitting in the right spots."He played quite a bit against Pittsburgh. Even with Pittsburgh. with what happened in '06 in New York. Again.' One time it's Marcus. ‘Okay. We improved significantly in New York after the bye. I'm not sure what the right volume is. If one thing's working maybe better than you expected or not working as well as you expected. You really have to work off the tape that you have. but that was just because of their approach and the packages that we played against it. how each piece works together. The next time it's Kam. You install the defense and there's a way to play it. which was at the same time."That's a good question. usually you make some significant jumps. but it's different bodies. midway through the season. in terms of his percentage of play time. it's not really operating like it's supposed to operate. The other thing. Chansi (Stuckey) may be in one package or (Mike) Furrey and Brian may be in a different package. because it started to hit for a lot of guys. but just switch whose role is whose." (On how he accounts for the improvements in the run defense). You could look at some of that stuff. whether it was Marcus or Kam (Kamerion Wimbley) or Matt (Roth)." (On if he is looking to see what Brady Quinn can do in a game without poor weather conditions). Marcus is going to be on our offensive right side and he's going to use these few pass rushing moves. exactly how you have to fit. I've liked the steps forward that we've taken offensively and I want to see more of that. they were all working in different spots at different times. The next time it's Roth." (On how long it takes for a team to learn what to do against an unknown player like Marcus Benard). I wasn't really looking at it in terms of that. it gets better. David Bowens. so a guy like (Ahtyba) Rubin didn't have a significant number of reps in the game." (On if he was tempted to play Brian Robiskie more against Pittsburgh after his performance against San Diego). He played a little bit against Detroit. He played in the preseason. being able to take advantage of the opportunities.
"I think he's made strides throughout the season." (On Corey Williams' development)." (On if Rogers was sometimes too quick for his own good in the run scheme). I remember with Mike DeVito. we've held the ball longer. we've moved the ball a lot more effectively. They're penetrators. I think that's what it's come down to. there's not a lot of Shaun's. There hasn't been a fundamental shift in how we approach our opponent. I see Rubin. I think the biggest thing is we've executed better. Ted Washington. He just has great instincts and speed for that size. It was nice to see him go in and play as well as he did." (On if the play calling has improved over the last four games). Those were two areas that we've struggled with."I think the execution has improved. He's really thick. He's improved throughout the course of the season in reading the core blocks. where this is more of a read and react and there's patience. not turning the ball over. He has a nice base. Kris Jenkins. it really broke for him and he was so much better at playing those things. that's huge. those are big. The two-gap is different than what most teams play. his feel for what's coming and anticipating those things has gotten a lot better. There's not a wide range of blocks that you're going to get as a 3-4 nose tackle. it gives you more plays."He's played really well. Our ability to convert on third down. was strong." . but he couldn't put together how the back played into the blocking schemes. When you look at the things that we've been able to do. it was at different tempos. but there were times where he was like that."He's pretty thick. It gives you more chances. You can also use the back to anticipate where the pressure points are going to come and he has a much better since of that. I think that he's played well at different points throughout the course of the year as well. As we've improved in those two areas. One of the important things that I was looking for is consistency in the base defense and really embracing and understanding how you have to play the techniques. Just look at the jump in those two categories. but he's pretty thick. It gives you field position. his rookie year." (On if Rubin has surprised him since he does not look like a space-eater type of player). I was looking for that to continue to improve and I think he has throughout the season. as the season's gone on. Compared to Shaun. It's game plan specific. good hands. That happened on occasion. He'd get beat on some stuff that he had seen a ton of times and then the next year he came back. it's much more one-gap than it is two-gap. San Diego and Kansas City are 3-4 teams. Even though Pittsburgh. so a crease would open up that wouldn't typically be there. It's trying to maximize our strengths. It's been the same approach. I'm not sure what he weighs. He has good hand placement. Even though he was reading the play the correct way. It gives you extra drives. we've score more points. it's hard to make that comparison. The protection has improved. [he was] similar to Rubin in the sense that he played with a good base.(On how Ahtyba Rubin has played in place of Shaun Rogers). Him. big men."I think that his reactions were so quick that he would sometimes get to the point of attack before the rest of the defense had gotten there. I wouldn't say it was just all the time.
I think it does create problems."Throughout the course of the season. It's all follows the same pattern. I think the production there would have been significantly better as well. whatever the case may be. In terms of exposure to college players or potential free agents. his sacrifice."No."I've always been a fan of the no huddle. They were in last week. you've seen we've brought in quite a few players. I really like Josh. I think we've really made some strides there. very effective because there's so much happening from a coaching perspective. Usually it means that you're doing a good job in base if they shift to a different personnel group." . I really do. not just as a player. As you go through the season there's a lot of things that still have to get done. as a person. because we were holding up well. It shifted the other way. as it did in the Jets. whether we brought them in or claimed them off waivers or signed them from the practice squad.(On if the no huddle offense has been the key to the offense's improvement). It just wasn't." (On if he has to wait for the front office to be established before he can negotiate any deals). those types of things. I'm sure the addition of a general manager or whatever that title becomes. It's pretty consistent around the league. still have to be looked at in the same context of how does it affect now. He is selfless." (On if he has to wait until the front office is worked out to negotiate a long term deal). That's following the consistent pattern here. how does it affect the salary cap." (On if he was looking at any personnel acquisition for the following year at this time of year when he was with the Jets). that's going to be an important component of all the things that we do moving forward."What we're doing is really taking the same approach. is looking at things short term. We're operating in that same pattern. not necessarily. You get the reports. I'm not really doing it here. his dedication. I think that even when we weren't running it if we had caught more of the balls there were catchable. looking at things long term. I always like to start that after the season. if we had held on to more balls that we ended up turning over." (On if the success of the sub defense against Pittsburgh alters the way he looks at the run defense)." (On Joshua Cribbs saying he is optimistic about getting a new contract before the season is over). how does it affect the plan. I do think that has helped. the first layer reports."I don't have the timeline. still have to be addressed. that wasn't something that I would do towards the end of the year."I didn't really do that."I didn't do it there. as a part of the organization." (On if he does any work on college players now). but I can tell you I really like Josh. The scouts are doing a great job. They had their preliminary meetings. I think we've run it well and it's not easy to do. All the different staffs are doing that now. I didn't think. I think if we were getting gashed we probably wouldn't have seen as much 11 personnel.
I think he's very good in pass coverage. especially at this point. There are certain guys that you face. when I face a big receiver. There are certain styles of receivers that you face." (On how close Eric Wright is to being a Pro Bowl cornerback). really understand the player that he's playing against and apply those things. There's a little bit of communication with that yesterday and I think we'll have that taken care of here this morning. Today. Eric's a very smart person. They do a couple things just a little bit different than what we've seen on third down. I like the approach throughout the course of the week and look to finish the week strong. In last week's case Josh (Cribbs) got some more carries. I think the one area that he can continue to improve is run support and tackling."I don't think it's hard to evaluate him.C. One of the things that you always want corners to do is continue to build their library of receivers so that they have something they can draw on. Offensively."You'd have to look at it in the context of a lot of other corners. That's something that he and I have talked about." (On if he knew how he was going to split reps at running back going into the Pittsburgh game)."There's a plan going into the game. I think he's got really good instincts and ball skills. I think he's very fluid. when I've got half field help. I think that every week he faces somebody that's pretty impressive as a pass rusher and very rarely do you hear that person's name. We just have to be able to recognize it defensively and make sure that we have the right check for what they are doing. and then we evaluate it during the game to see who's being more effective. I think Joe is really good. we have a few things we need to clean up from yesterday with the third down approach. when I face a shorter quicker guy.18. which types of runs are being more effective.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-18-09 (Opening statement). As someone from a coverage aspect. I think he does an excellent job. I think he's got excellent feet. With an offensive lineman. usually the better it is. If it leans more towards Chris (Jennings) then he'll get some more carries. I think there will be a few things that we'll revisit in the running game here today and a couple things on third down as well. I thought that overall the execution was better than Wednesday. (Jerome Harrison) then he'll get some more carries. as well as being gifted athletically and physically.(On if it is tough to evaluate Joe Thomas' season given the team's record)." . ‘Joe Thomas didn't get his block. He has the ability to really understand the scheme. What I can tell you about Eric is. the less you're mentioning him. I think this week he'll have his hands full as well with Tamba Hali. He's just going to get better and better. He's got a young career. If it leans more towards J. I think he's been outstanding. 12/18 12.' or ‘Joe Thomas was beaten on that play'." Mangini press conf."Good morning everybody. coaching a lot of different guys. Very few times you look out and say. that he's going to face multiple times.
"I think. He is going to take a lot of hits between the kickoff returns and the punt returns. either running the ball 12 times and catching a few passes or in the return game). We've faced a lot of good running backs throughout the season and you have different things to deal with those guys. He really did what you said. There's the threat of him on the reverse.' You put those out there. anytime he is in there. if they play a full game. if he is in a different spot than say the Wildcat position. [We will] really have to see today and it will probably come down to a game-time decision with him. ‘These are the packages that we like."I think he's improved. the quarterback becomes a runner and you gain extra players. but a full game would be about 65. How many returns does he have? How many kickoff returns? How many punt returns? Those things affect it. you could still return like he has been."I don't know if there is a set number. He is on the coverage teams as well. whether it's the fullback and a guy that would be in a tailback position. It's hard to say.(On if he would go into a game saying Player X is going to get most of the carries. Now. Someone has to cover the quarterback. as a defensive coordinator. That dictates some of the coverage as well. because that number can vary each game."I think if you are carrying the ball 12 times a game and catching a few passes. made a tackle and ran the ball. you may transition into something a little further down the list. One of the nice things about Josh is. You want to be able to put your normal offense out there and run those plays." (On what putting Cribbs solely at running back would do to a defensive coordinator). If they do start checking it then the plays that you have designed based on your normal offense should be very effective against it. You have to take that in account. That's a pretty effective game. He's just in a spot that is very demanding. I'd say it depends how many special teams plays there are. Most people play. knowing that plan could change). The other nice thing about Josh is. when he is in the Wildcat you gain an extra blocker. I thought that he was very effective last week. There's the threat of him on the catch-and-run. so that every time he is in they can't check the defense. You run through the plays that you like and see how it's going." (On Robaire Smith). you can now run your standard defenses."It's more. How many snap do you want to use him as a receiver? That would affect it." (On where he feels like a guy like Cribbs could be most effective. because those plays are going to be traditional type plays. having him there and having him there in a capacity where he can actually run a standard play is important. To have him in a standard offensive set as a running back. that wouldn't be a bad thing. there is always a threat. That's where the numbers part of it comes in. caught a pass. If it's hitting like you expect to hit then you'll stay with it. He is going to be involved in a lot of physical plays on the coverage plays. because you know what they are going to be in." . that can vary on how demanding the position is or the focus of the position." (On how much Cribbs could carry the ball and still be effective on special teams). He returned the ball. If not. somewhere around 65 plays on average. Even if he is not getting the ball.
In order to do that. even when we were evaluating talent as young guys to be able to draw on some of his background from his dad and things like that. Really. That's why I never liked. ‘He's the best to cover him. If Kam (Kamerion Wimbley) is best on a certain guy. we've known each other starting in '97 when we worked in New York. It doesn't seem like that big of a deal. go over to the left hand side." (On his relationship with Todd Haley and if they are facing similar situations with their teams this year). He's tough and demanding. it could be the left. The volume of runs you get on the left are different.(On if he is still trying to settle the secondary). it was the flip of the relationship that I had with Schwartzy (Jim Schwartz). is through the course of the season always have the ability to dictate the coverage. Then. You end up spending a lot of time with him. ‘Alright. today you are on the right. I was the defensive assistant. Our approach has always been. His dad is an outstanding evaluator. where I was the offensive assistant and he was the defensive assistant. Kamerion has to have the ability to move to those three spots. it could be a walk around type person.' From a safety. maybe a little different than . You have to handle 8. during training camp. That helps because you don't know how you are going to move them around. It is a similar situation. He was the offensive assistant.' and then they get all their reps as the right corner. but the types of blocks that you get on the left are different. otherwise you get 10-12 games into the season and say. He has been for a long time. you always want to [have that] and really offensively too. Corey (Williams) playing some at the nose. It's sort of like a team within a team. so you have to know both spots. it's right and left.' Defensively. Ideally. He had that experience growing up around football and with Dick Haley. It wasn't too big for him. be able to take people and say."I think it's going to stay game-to-game throughout the rest of the season. worked some different guys in at the slot or the guy who covers the inside receiver in sub. you saw Robaire. He has to have those reps. He was making the transition into football at that point. but he understands his problems may be a little different than the problems that I'm facing. this is where the biggest problem is. Are the schedules right? Are they posted? Does everybody have a copy of it? Do we have to change the films? Are the cutups done? There are so many things operationally that you're always dealing with each other to make sure the practice flows fluidly. He really has a good sense of humor. saying.'" (On if he is trying to matchup the secondary to the players the opponent has). then you would move Kamerion over there to that spot. Same thing with the d-line. We've had different combinations at safety. ‘Go play nose. when Kenyon (Coleman) got hurt. so you can do that. It was nice. It could be the right. This is his first time around. You get a game or two into the season and you want to cover a certain receiver and now he has to play over on the left and he's got no reps. ‘Okay. there was no intimidation. He's bright. He's the best to cover him."Todd. He's worked there throughout the course of the year. He's looking to make progress each week. it's not strong and free."What you'd like to do. that's what you have throughout the course of the season is the flexibility to say. The configuration of the secondary will be game-togame. Jeff (Schudel). One of the nice things is Mike (Adams) has shown the ability to go out and play there [at corner] and be effective and go back at safety. play there and be effective.' It's like you get 10 that week and that's hard.000 different things. He's a funny guy. ‘Okay you are the right corner. push the coverage wherever you want to push it to.
It's not always easy. You can't fix all the different things that need to be fixed right away. ‘Wow. you could be harsher than you should be or you could be not as objective as you should be." (On if he wants the new general manager to step back and evaluate his work as a whole before making any decisions)."I don't like to do that until the end of the season because you want to be able to take a little bit of time and move away from things and then come back and evaluate it. I won't spend any time putting together a selling kit."What did he say on the conference call? Did he draw first blood? (joking) I loved everything about him.' I thought that was a great quote. I think he should be fine. At the end of the season. look at it critically and really assess where you are."No.' That's the way it is. depending on how you finish. It's like any other relationship. I really have been part of both those situations and it's not the right way. but you're encouraged by the things you do make improvement with. free agency. That sometimes happens and you have to look at it in a lot of different . We've talked a few times during the season about different issues or questions. It's not like that. There have been a lot of really talented coaches that haven't had good seasons." (On if he has started to put together a wish list of offseason needs). things that were done both with a short term vision and a long term vision. How rational and insightful. You kind of want to put it in the microwave. I think he'll be ready to go and he'll be effective."I don't know why that is. I feel pretty good about us doing it without over pointing it. I think I could sit down with anybody at any point and go through step-by-step decisions that were made. I'm sure there were things that he couldn't wait to have a break from at the end of the season and the same with me. PR. department by department. salary cap. He has a big family. not at all. When you share an experience like that. This is a little bit of new ground for him. Kenyon really hasn't missed too many games over his career. I spent more time with him than probably anybody else. it's a bond you have for a long time. I've experienced both those and learned from both those things and realized you need to take some time to step away and go back and look at it objectively." (On if there was anything that drove him nuts about Haley). operations. I read somewhere the other day. Why is that guys? Why are you talking about it? (joking) I don't know." (On if he has prepared a selling kit to present to whoever becomes the general manager)."I really do believe that anybody with a wealth of experience. You just learn to appreciate each other. understands the different components that go into it. It's not really fair to getting the right answer. medical. You don't want to make emotional decisions or quick decisions. how appropriate. He's a good dude. ‘Rome wasn't built in a day. Any aspect of the organization. player acquisition. especially if they've had coaching experience. have it hot and have it ready." (On if Kenyon Coleman will be able to play this weekend)." (On why he is one of the only head coaches in their first year with a team said to be on the hot seat by the media). draft. Someone threw it on my desk and I thought."Yes.what Schwartzy's or any of the first year head coaches.
what the speculation is. It's kind of like become a parent. Going through that in different places as an assistant. My job is to give that to them and not just one year. I can't believe I just said that. whether it be DBs or a coordinator. that can be part of giving the city of Cleveland what they deserve. If you've built different teams. With Mike. but when the lens softens and you look at the other situations involved." . it's not all it's cracked up to be is it Eric?' ‘Yeah Bill. it's different. That's what I believe in.' Sometimes when you look at the world through your lens. if you've been a part of different teams. which is a consistent winner year in and year out and a team that they can be proud of on the field and off the field. What I will say is." (On if he wants Holmgren to take the job). ‘Oh my God. I feel good about the things that I've done in that role and there's a body of work there."I really think it depends on the person and the experiences that they've had. I'm sorry. Being in Cleveland as a younger coach and being here now. I know as a head coach." (On why national writers are saying he would no longer be with the team if Mike Holmgren was hired). The conversation wasn't any different than those other times. They want a team that works. It's a good part of the process. That's what they deserve. ‘God. Bill Parcells. ‘I get it. I'm not kind of doing the score card of different opinions. different experiences." (On if he thinks his fate is tied to these last three games). Anybody that comes in can evaluate that. I feel really good about the things that I've done in this role. that's the only evaluation that you make.'" (On if a general manager with head coaching experience would be able to step back and evaluate the team as opposed to a career personnel guy). at all. whatever it is. you get different perspectives on it."I'm not really look at it that way. but now I get it. Has it always produced the results that you wanted? No. I mean it's so obvious and it's so deserved. because the goal is to win every game. I understand exactly why Bill (Parcells) and Bill (Belichick) did this. You make decisions as you go and you continue to improve and progress. I've been a head coach for four years now [at] different places. I completely understand why you did what you did. different players. the passion hasn't changed and what they deserve hasn't changed. cares and is passionate and fights and is smart. He's a good guy. you've experienced a lot of things as well. because you learn and you experience things. he'd go. backing."I don't want to get into that component of it. when I first got the job there were times where I'd sit in that seat going. There are stories that come out that often times have no merit. I wouldn't characterize it as different.ways. he and I have talked at different points. That never made sense to me.' I call those guys up sometimes and be like. Some do. but every year. Jeff (Schudel). facts."I don't really look at that. I imagine they'd look at things as a big picture type philosophy. They always chuckle when you call them. whether it's at the owner's meetings or prior to us playing them last year.' It just changes. I complained about this. ‘Oh. I want someone to come here that can help us improve. I say some things that my dad says or my mom used to say and it's like. too. Each situation is different.
there are all those packages. It's not fair to the players. He sustained an injury on the quarterback keep there late in the game and just won't be able to play again this season. coming a yard away from the team record. That wasn't a function of a lack of faith in the defensive line. That'll continue to happen as long as we take the lessons that we've learned and apply them to the next week. just announcements from the game. Lawrence Vickers was outstanding. It was a really group effort. It's hard to talk about the importance of focus and concentration and working at the task at hand and then allow yourself to be distracted by something like that. Last game we had a different package with all linebackers and defensive backs." Mangini press conf. I thought was excellent. some where he may be the second guy. It doesn't change the guys in the room. but some of the hustle plays that he made down the line of scrimmage."Good morning everybody. probably hard to figure out who the offensive player of the game was. They all got game balls for that. the same thing. It doesn't change the coaching staff. I mean those guys were really impressive. 12/22 12. you could move backwards.22. Once you take a step back. It'll also be based on what we're getting and what's being effective for us. Jerome (Harrison) got that honor and also gave game balls to really the whole offensive group. players of the game this week.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-22-09 (Opening statement)."With the d-line. I thought that Joe Thomas and (Eric) Steinbach and some of their double teams and Rex (Hadnot). it's a lot of the same approach. We'll take the same approach this week. I did the same thing with the return team.A. Our practice player of the week was Coye Francies. It's not fair to the coaches. The receivers down the field. it's just what we thought would be effective. the core blocks. there's some great blocks." (On if he is disappointed with the timing of the meeting with Holmgren). gave them all game balls as well. "The other news that we have is we had to put Brady Quinn on injured reserve this morning. It's not fair for anybody in that group to do it because there have been so many positive things. Defensive player of the week was (Ahtyba) Rubin. Whether it's the nickel. (Joshua) Cribbs was the special teams player of the week. especially for a guy his size and he did it throughout the game. Last week. What I liked most about what he did during the game is he played the blocks really well."You face different things that could potentially be distractions and we've faced a bunch throughout the course of the year. D. Just watching the tape again showing it to them this morning. with . [There are] some where he may be the first guy.(On if there is any urgency to get Corey Williams more reps). the amount of sub personnel that they played with really dictated what we played with and the numbers got changed a little bit. How are you doing? A couple things. (Derek Anderson) will start this week. the dime or the base or the other variations we have.
These guys are a big. They've been generating a lot of pressure on the quarterback."He just got injured on that run that he had." (On if Quinn will need surgery). Denver scoring with 39 seconds left. He's a true tight end. They're 15th in sacks. but the things that they're doing from a scheme perspective have been sound. they have a little bit style of running game than what we've faced here recently. (Sebastian) Janikowski can hit from forever.Brett (Ratliff) as the two and Cribbs will be the three. there are some things that we have to adjust to in terms of the style with which they run the football. To be able to put different people in there and still move the ball against some good defenses. especially in these close games. They have three good backs. They've won three out of the last five against three pretty good teams. As I said. they built Philadelphia earlier in the year. "Defensively. I think that they've had a lot of uncertainty at quarterback. so they've played some good football. The way they won them."A foot. Dealing with this tight end (Zach Miller). "In terms of Oakland. I think says it all. there's some really outstanding catches late to sustain that drive. offensive lineman. coming back late in the game. I think they've gotten better as the year's gone on. Cincinnati was kind of the same thing and then getting a turnover late on special teams. "On special teams." (On what happened on the play Quinn got injured)." . Really." (On what Quinn's injury is). He had a great catch against Pittsburgh on the sideline to get a first down. a lot of injuries there. making plays. I don't know where field goal range is with him. Offensively. I think it's over 10 percent of their plays. arguably the best tandem in terms of punter and kicker. which has helped them quite a bit. physical. The young kid (Louis) Murphy has a couple really big plays. looking at this team I've seen them do a lot of good things as the season's gone on. and he hurt us last year when we played them. The thing just flies off his foot. go for negative yards. he has excellent hands. We signed Scott Kooistra. they all can hurt you. They don't give you many chances to get much done in the return game. they've been outstanding. but it's back there. the rushing plays that they face. We have our work cut out for us there. so we'll get him a few reps working at quarterback. is the most impressive thing. On third down."Don't know that yet. you have really. It's a lot of man-to-man tight coverage where they really challenge you and they're bringing the rush hard up the field. it's going to take a little while. he wouldn't be able to play this week. what we'll have to deal with is a penetrating defense. he can catch and he's dangerous in the passing game. the quarterback keep late in the game on the sideline. [In their game against] Pittsburgh. penetrating group. (Justin) Fargas. Like I said. I think the longest punt return against them is 23 yards. (Darren) McFadden. Looking at it. I think. He can block. wouldn't be able to play next week. whether it's (Michael) Bush. They've had a lot of changes. They've generated some big plays. They're 10th or 11th in red zone defense. good run after the catch.
He and I were talking about it last night and even he wasn't sure exactly how it happened." (On if he was injured on the quarterback sneak for 13 yards). Even the ball handling on the one that he kept. We've improved in quite a few categories. We'll just see where we are. I think that a lot of things that I was hoping for at the beginning of the season we really started to see in the later part of the season. I didn't know if you guys remember. The angle that you have."That's something really I go back and look at after the season. One or two more plays. I think the no huddle helped him quite a bit. Last game. I thought that operated very effectively and got better as we went and it helped us quite a bit. because you have the play called and sometimes it's not going to be very good and they have their forces massed at a place where it's not going to be successful. We made a pretty radical transition going to all no huddle.(On if someone stepped on Quinn or if he turned wrong). late [in the game]. I remember looking and thinking."It was only one more play I think. He worked on it during training camp. That was one of those plays that wasn't called. He's been positive throughout the process. just like Brady was." (On if Quinn has shown enough to be considered as the quarterback of the future)"I think he's done a lot of good things. this isn't going to be very good.' but the way that he sold the run it sucked Brown like a hard edge down the line and there was nobody there. the bootleg. it's hard to see exactly what it is. To understand where you can then attack them is important. I'm not saying that's the only reason. (Mike) Brown was right there on the edge. I expect the same thing from D. It doesn't seem like that's a big deal. but I think that's been positive for us.A. I thought that he improved with that throughout the course of the season. he's been working on it. where (Chansi) Stuckey kind of bowed out." (On which foot Quinn injured). Those types of things are the types of things that you're looking for." . but that was the difference between the play working or it getting blown up. His ability to do that as well as he did helped us. got it out to him. I really do. we call it a bubble screen. guys stepping in and they've responded well."No."I think it's positive." (On Quinn being able to finish the game at Kansas City). I think that over the course of time we've gotten better as a group."It's hard to tell on the film." (On if they will be able to run the no huddle with Anderson)."Yes."I think it's the right. Brady saw it." (On how he would assess Quinn's season). ‘Oh man. I'm comfortable that he'll be able to go out and do it effectively. We've had a few moving parts throughout the season. we got the first down. defensively. I think he had done a really nice job. They had a lot of people in the box. offensively." (On Derek Anderson's state of mind).
at Brady's progress and the offense's progress. I think they'll both continue to develop. what is it. had another solid game with five catches." (On if Quinn can be fairly judged based on the parts around him). I think the positive is we have a guy that really understands quarterbacks coming in to help out. We've called that a couple times throughout the course of the season. I don't know. That was a real need position."I think that you have to look at what the situation is and put it in a context. like we'll look at any other position. protecting the ball." (On his reaction to Mike Holmgren joining the Browns as club President). take-away ratio. we didn't really have a lot of depth at receiver and that was something that we had to address in the draft. The play right after the catch on the sideline I think is another example to point at. I've heard. and so would I. I don't know at what point it really hits. I think that's a pretty unique performance by any stretch. It was a lot less effective. I think Evan Moore has been a really pleasant surprise and good pickup for us. It was positive that we were able to do that. You see some guys that bounce around. so I think he'll be able to shed some like on this as well. I think adding Chansi helped. Not sure whether it [the catch] was in or not. They've come on. in terms of winning on a ." (On if 13 starts in three years is a fair number to judge a quarterback by)"Everybody has a different opinion on that. don't get an opportunity. We gave one away last game."I think we'll look at that. really has a wealthy of knowledge. last game. We need to see how that growth continues and always need to look for opportunities to improve. (Doug) Flutie was up in Canada. like you would do any other position. I think the thing that you see is hits different for different guys. I mean. being able to run it over. 1. It's critical. he was in the arena league for a while and suddenly gets a chance and lights it up. the games have changed."It's the same as we've talked about before. were the turnovers. Going into this season. It's a combination of those two. him being able to go up. I really like the catch he had on the sideline. To be able to bring somebody in of his stature. Our give-away. There have been some good things. the one that hit our young linebacker in the chest could have been an easy one."I think that's something that we definitely have to improve on.000 snaps. I don't know what the exact number is for that. get the snap off quickly. You guys probably remember the one early against Baltimore and that looked a lot different. When we've stopped turning over the ball.(On how much of a concern Quinn's passing numbers are). The experiences that he's had. A guy like Kurt Warner. taking two young guys as early as we did. (Matt) Cassel hadn't thrown a ball. or maybe he had a little bit of burn late one year against Miami. The other thing that I know he'd like to have back from last game." (On if he feels comfortable with the receiving corps right now). We've done a good job of protecting the football and that's critical. not give Kansas City the chance to challenge. They've shown different things at different times. There are some positives. I thought Chansi. We're not going to have the running game production that we had last week very often. one of those games that we had in New England. suddenly get an opportunity and play really well. we obviously need to generate a lot more defensively than we have. The games have changed for us.
We were 5-11 in New England with Bill (Belichick). the coaches as well."Yes. Last night was when it moved forward and we were pretty deep into game planning and it was pretty late when we found out. I won't focus on that." (On if it would be easier to switch systems when you have been playing as long as Warner). it takes time as well." (On if it is good to hear Holmgren say that he likes to give everyone a chance to prove themselves). there are always the variables. anytime you can add someone that's really smart and has a wealth of knowledge. it's a pretty good situation. I think that's outstanding. I think if you've coached and you've been a head coach you understand the different things that go into any season." (On how switching offensive systems can affect a quarterback's development)"Again. You go through those things. . I don't think it's an exact science by any stretch. that wasn't the focus of our conversation. I know he'll be in here next week. they were 4-12. What you're trying to look for are what are the constants. Different guys have switched systems at different points. I'm just trying to draw parallels between quarterbacks. he's switching systems. the receiving corps. I'm trying to think of the system they run in New Orleans and how similar that was to San Diego. I think that was kind of a switch [for Drew Brees]. won't focus on it next week. I think anytime you make an adjustment like that. the system. All those things are variables that you look at. the opportunities. is getting ready for Oakland. asses it and see how you want to move forward. the strong offensive background that he has. Jeff Fisher was taking a lot of heat early on." (On if he knows when he will get clarity on the long term with Holmgren). what factors are there regardless of all the variables.consistent basis. his last year in Seattle had a tough season. There have been some good things and some things that haven't been as good. I think it hits at different points. The timeline and things like that. Mike."We didn't talk about that. The key thing is to look at what the situation was."Nothing really had moved forward during that point." (On if he had any contact with Holmgren over the past week). To be able to pinpoint and say there's one formula for evaluating any position. that's going to improve as well. What I'm going to continue to focus on is coaching the group and that's what the players are focusing on. He did a nice job turning that around. Plus. I won't focus on it this week. the protection. I think that's great as well. I think Kurt Warner switched systems out in Arizona when the new staff came in and he was pretty effective." (On if Randy Lerner has given him any assurance that he will be given every opportunity to move forward with the team). it's tough to say. There are always variables to every equation. Like I said. I haven't focused on that."Yes. We'll see how that goes. You feel those constants are strong enough that as you change the variables and improve the variables."I haven't talked about that. I talked to Randy last night just about Mike and him coming to terms. That's really a discussion for after the season. With Cassel.
" (On how happy he is that the team is coming together). again."I'm happy for these guys. They've supported each other.24. find something that is part of him regardless of what system he's in."I don't think it's a certainty right now."There's some of that. That's not what I'm focused on.Whatever the decision is."There wasn't a ton of tape so you're going to have to go back and research it some more. It's not putting together a power point presentation or a resume or any of that stuff. Whether it was against San Diego."I can't say this enough. I want them to take advantage of the opportunities they have here this week and then the opportunity they have next week. like I said before." (On if he thinks winning the last two games is important to his job security). I know what kind of staff we have." (On what he sees in Charlie Frye on tape). it's just I believe in the things that we've done. You could look at some of that as well. You do that at times when it's a guy that you don't have a lot of familiarity with. I know the different situations that we've faced. I'm not trying to be flippant or anything like that. There are some serious variable as to who's going to play. I think there's still some uncertainty as to how that's going to unfold this week as well. I'm very comfortable with the things that we've done and I know the things that we're building here. I feel comfortable with where we're headed and the progress we've made." (On if he doesn't know what quarterback they will face this weekend). 12/24 12. It's not going to be a focal point. These guys have worked like crazy here. the different things that we've been able to do. I believe in the progress we've made. They've worked hard. the last two games. The only thing that's tough about that is. you don't know what they were being asked to do here versus what they're being asked to do there. We're going to have to look at what the consistencies have been in the scheme regardless of who the quarterback is and then be able to plug in the strengths and weaknesses of the quarterback based on the things we can anticipate are going to happen regardless of who's in there. We've brought in new players and they've embraced those new players." (On if he has looked at Frye's Browns tape to see his strengths)." Mangini press conf. We're going to have to look at the scheme. the decision is. I'm proud of the way they're playing. Just ask them.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-24-09 . They've worked tougher. it's not keeping a score card as to what's important for job security. They deserve those things. they'll tell you. You do try to. It's good stuff and it's good stuff for them. They've earned it.
late in the game. but I got her some anyways because I know she will. We've done it with a lot of different guys."I did. We just moved it up a day. That's another reason that they've won the games they won. I don't think it's going to happen short term. When you combine that kind of athletic ability. often time in high school they play everything."Good morning everybody. he said he is really. second and third down. We have quite a bit to do there. I've always taken this mindset with players. why not use that? It takes a special guy to be able to do that because there is a volume of information. He'd be a dangerous returner if he got a pick. ‘We are not going to do anything. It is a different way of looking at things. I'll put the boys' names on it and it will be from them." (On if his holiday shopping is done). goal line. They have been able to hold teams to field goals instead of touchdowns. It's nice to allow the guys a chance to spend some time with their kids. but he is studying other guys that play the position.' She got me the first time and that's not good." (On how serious Joshua Cribbs was considered to be used on defense and if it's still something to think about). That's another area of strength. I've used this schedule quite a bit over the years. Their third down. The other nice thing is it builds flexibility. that kind of talent with what Rob explained to be his work ethic. if it doesn't work I don't think you are any worse off. I don't think we've missed anything in terms of our preparation." (On Nnamdi Asomugha). pluck the ball. He'd be great with interceptions. Today. Wallace Wright. I think there's real value in it. He is very aggressive. She's not getting me with that trick again. not just studying receivers. He has good ball skills in terms of his ability to locate the ball. He is a physical tackler." (On if Cribbs has a defensive player's mindset). it's great. I think that Oakland's done a really nice job defensively in the red zone. Brad Smith some at safety. She pulls the same trick every year."I would think about. review of first. We will have a normal Saturday on Saturday. Shaun Ellis at tight end.(Opening statement). He is always. you try them. Julie and I are not supposed to be exchanging gifts. What Rob liked so much about him is. in college there are some guys that carry over and when you get to pro football it is so specialized that very rarely do you see guys play other spots. There are some guys that if they are in a role offensively or defensively and they are getting 20-25 plays a game there and they can contribute on the other side of the ball and they have those skill sets. How are we doing? Today we will finish off our week of preparation and the guys will be off tomorrow for Christmas. Even in New York I worked Jerricho Cotchery a little bit at corner at one point."I talked to Rob (Ryan) a lot about him. really smart and committed to being the best player at his position. however they choose to celebrate it."Yes. He is always working. it could be something that evolves. their red zone are both areas that I've seen get better as the season has gone on. we'll follow a normal Friday schedule so it will be the red zone. If it works great. it's hard to stop . I think at the end of the day they are football players and if they have that skill set and can handle the load. If you can get reps from a guy on both sides. That's an area of improvement. wake up with them as they're opening their presents or family that's in town. They have been able to score in the red zone at critical times.
I think these guys have gotten much more comfortable with the offense. Just routine. It's hard not to see the improvement and sometimes dominance that he has. I thought he did a really good job playing that position when we asked him to. they develop a routine. Corey (Williams) has made progress as well." (On if Rob Ryan helped out the offense this week). He's made some outstanding catches and I hope that translates into the game. He hadn't played nose. Wherever he could help. much more comfortable with the things they are being asked to do and there's less thinking. Not that we're not looking for him to be crisp on everything. There's not a lot of margin for error.the improvement."Not sure. Brian ran some ideas by him. If you don't run your route correctly of if you telegraph your break points."I think you look over there."I know he and Brian (Daboll) met about different things. That's probably why he's become the player that he has become. He is impressive. everything is new ground. A lot of times when you look over there and the guy is not open then you look the other place. Like Baby (Shaun Rogers) does. He's a really good person. The early part of the season. everything is a feeling out process early on. There are a couple guys battling colds here today so we'll see where they are at in terms of practice." (On how the wide receivers have improved). That's a little bit of a shock. there's more playing. You go through training camp. Brian Robiskie's had a really good week of practice so far this week. but that's not even close to what happens once you get to the regular season games. but you get with players like that and a little mistake could become a big mistake. It usually translates into a turnover. He came in his first year and we used him a little bit at nose tackle. He's made some progress. He wanted to spend time with the older guys. He's got excellent first step quickness for a man that size. He wanted to figure out what they were doing and that from day one." . They don't make you pay with just a big hit or broken up pass. Seymour can do that as well. take care of their body. he's strong. In terms of talent."He was great. the way that he can penetrate. Just watching him from his rookie year to where he is now and how he developed and his commitment. You think you've kind of gotten it figured out coming out of the preseason games." (On if anything changes for rookie receivers going against Asomugha)." (On coaching Richard Seymour)." (On if John St. That's important. He can throw people around."You better run precise routes."I think they've all got a better sense of just how things work. There are some things defensively that carry over from when he was there and there are a few things that are different. we may be down a couple guys. he did. Maybe you don't there as long sometimes as would. you go into preseason games then the tempo changed dramatically when you go into the regular season. guys like that make you pay with an interception." (On if quarterbacks don't throw on Asomugha). Clair can play this week). What's best in terms of the way they study the information. I'm not sure with a few of them. It was important for him to get better.
Those have been translating into the game." Mangini press conf.(On if there have been less dropped passes at practice). Sometimes it's just best to part ways. I am excited to have them there and look forward to seeing them there. is recognizing all the different things that can happen. As we identify different areas we want him to improve in." (On why the Dolphins put Roth on waivers). recognizing the blocks. I think he's done an excellent job in terms of fitting in with the group." (On Matt Roth). that's what an edge is supposed to look like. Boom. There may be multiple reasons." (On how Derek Anderson has looked running the no huddle). That's easy to happen in the game as well. I think that we've improved there. There really haven't been times where the clock is running down or we don't have guys lined up correctly or any of those things. I definitely think there's been improvement across the board." (On David Veikune). He's tough. The other thing that he's improved on is his communication. It's been loud."I didn't get into that with Bill (Parcells) at all. It's good to watch. in the second half."Yes. thanks for asking (joking). The guys seem to really enjoy having him here. The block recognition."Matt's been great. They are practicing at the tempo that they play at and making some catches that at times are difficult catches. you don't just have to get lined up yourself. We were still practicing it at different periods. I think that's gotten better. which I think is the toughest things that a person goes through from having their hand in the dirt to going back. He ran it in the early part of the season even though we weren't running it as much in the games. most of that was no huddle. It just stops. they thought it was the best thing at the time. Sometimes the most important catches at practice are the routine catches because they are easy to kind of lose your concentration. making the adjustment. the edge is set. You just make a decision and you move forward."He's looked good. There were a couple plays against Kansas City last week."Our fans have been great throughout the course of the season. 12/30 . it's getting the call from the coach. I think it's been pretty seamless."He is doing what I'm asking him to do and that's to remain consistent." (On a possible blackout). It just happens. I'm sure their criteria is the same as ours. When he sets the edge. giving it to the group. to really work at it. It's a dramatic shift in responsibility from having your hand in the dirt and being in an even front or an over front and your two jobs are spill the outside run and contain on pass. you have to get everybody else lined up as well. There may be understandable reasons. That would be the first word I would use to describe him. I thought he did well there. I had to watch it for all those years in New York when he was setting he edge on us. the tackle is coming out and he just jolts him. It's coming up. He's done well this week too. Being an interior guy. I don't want to black cat it. They've endured quite a bit of cold there when we played Pittsburgh. One of the areas was his ability to press the guards. In the Pittsburgh game.
You look at the fumbles they've recovered. Defensively. which is a real testament to them. there are a lot of new players. You see that on the tape. this is his third year. but there are things that are going to unique that we haven't seen. as I looked at this team. so it was a really positive day all the way around from that perspective. He's deceptive like that. really good balance. That's a challenge and we've had that challenge throughout the course of the season from different teams. He can blow the game open at any point. This year he has 61 catches and seven touchdowns. not very tall. He's the second leading rusher. "Offensively. has become a big play threat for them. They force you to go the long. They really lost three games by four or less points. The amount of production he's had is pretty impressive. they have 10 fumbles recovered. in terms of Players of the Week.30. They don't give up a lot of big plays in the passing game. I'd say the most impressive thing they do is punt coverage. They don't give up a lot of big plays in the running game. With (David) Garrard. they don't give up a lot of big plays. it really starts with the running game. he's a good example of a guy. who I remember watching coming out of college. on special teams it was Nick Sorensen. because the show.12. our Players of the Game this week offensively were Alex Mack. If you don't handle it. similar to Ben (Roethlisberger) in the sense that he can extend plays with his feet. He is complemented by Torry Holt. That shows up every game. They're 7-8. They give up four yards per return. There's a ton of plays where guys have a chance to sack him and they fall of him or he makes them miss. . The most amount of yards they've given up in a game. As you guys know Joe (Thomas) and Josh (Cribbs) made the Pro Bowl yesterday. The other position I didn't mention was the practice player of the week and that was Thomas Brown. number one in the NFL in penalties."Good morning everybody. Then he creates something down the field that wasn't open prior to him moving. "On special teams. Those things change pretty dramatically and they can change quickly. excellent center of gravity. He has developed nicely this season. It's not necessarily the Pittsburgh-type situation where it's 50 percent pressure and you're dealing with it every down. He's carried the ball 296 times. He runs excellent patterns. He's caught another 50 balls. When you look at this running back. The first two years he had 16 catches. but they're working at it. It's a little deceptive because they've forced 21. "In terms of Jacksonville. where down the field they're getting the ball out. defensively was Matt Roth. They are very disciplined. There's going to be some game plan specific pressures. but he is well built. the look that we get is critical for the preparation in the game. he is small in the sense. small isn't really fair. the amount that you have to deal with increases substantially as well. He's very deceptive. A couple announcements from last game. vision. I think with (Mike) Sims-Walker. It always hasn't quite bounced their way. You see the crispness of his routes. I like to think that's the most important award that we give out. really good burst. hard way.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-30-09 (Opening statement).
‘Okay. intelligence."I think it depends on the team and it depends on the player and it depends on what kind of player you are. well he got this many carries or this many receptions. It's a hard position to play. I don't think it was something that we pointed out where he has a track record of doing that. where he got his guy initially and then came off on another guy to change it from a four or five yard run to a 10 to 12 yard run. character. Louis at St. then you're going to get a lot more of it. getting to his blocks." (On the most impressive thing about Mack's season).' When we watched him collectively as a staff. is 26 yards in one game punt return wise. We'll have our work cut out for us there. you get your picture up. I had a player in New York who was like that. Louis and they did it to him. Once you know that. That's hard to do." (On if the way Mack handled the confrontations with Richard Seymour factored into him winning the award)."I thought he made a lot of outstanding blocks. I don't know if he got caught up in the moment or what happened there. but he's a really good person and really good player. Often times the offensive line goes overlooked."It's so easy and natural to respond."It reminds me a lot of Nick's (Mangold) first season. If you've shown the tendency to react. he's a great guy. ‘Look. that can help too. They're both really conscientious. the early snaps from New York that first year with Nick and with Alex." (On what the players get for earning Player of the Week). Rich."Not necessarily. I thought he did a really nice job getting things communicated. Sometimes it's just that awareness that you are a target. [He had] some extra effort blocks that sprung some big runs. especially in the heat of the moment and if you're getting baited. We were playing St."They get their picture up. There's nothing better than to know somebody's a hot head and then to be able to get them to hit you or get them to be worried about what you're saying instead of playing the coverage. I talked to Richard after the game." (On why Mack won Offensive Player of the Game). [They have] excellent balance. strength. It has to be salary cap compliant. it's impressive. Kind of like employee of the month." (On if more extracurricular stuff goes on than people realize). A guy can have a really impressive day. You can't give them anything outside of that. He got a 15-yard penalty and it's like. ‘If I can draw a penalty here it's going to be really good for us. It's hard to have that poise to just take a step back and realize that. you can't see what's going on here? You can't see what they're doing to you?' He got a lot better as the year went on.' I thought he showed excellent poise there. a game ball. it'd be like watching a mirror image of the two guys.cumulatively now. You're counted on to get the . so all those things combined. There's nothing tangible to look at and say. It's a really hard position to play and as a young guy. They get a little bit better parking. If I could cut the lap running." (On if he anticipated Seymour trying to bait Mack during the game). to go in and start 16 games like he has. but they don't put up any stats. talked to him a little bit before the game.
or how he approached the offseason. I think he'll continue to get better. There are 8. I'll probably hook them up in the offseason and have them talk to each other. because where we were picking you're not sure who's going to be there. I can see the potential for Alex to do a lot of the same things. or a big third-and-one." (On if the team aimed to get Mack during the draft). winning the game there and then we went on that run of how many consecutive games leading up to the Super Bowl. I thought Kansas City. in his role. What I would say.communication to both sides of the ball.000 mock drafts and you don't know how exactly it's going to come and whether or not there will be any trades."I think it's something that you can draw on if you experience it. I think there are a lot of similarities. but they are both really similar in the type of player that they are in terms of long term potential and growth and teammates and stuff like that. I don't know if you remember me talking just about where we were in New England." (On if there was a turning point that led to the current win streak)."I think he has the potential to do that. Nick was really diligent and Nick committed every offseason to getting stronger and bigger and more knowledgeable. even if it's like the difference between your first year and your second year. he had an excellent game as well. I don't really want to highlight the differences between either guy." (On if he thinks wins at the end of a season can carry over to the next season). ‘Remember when this happened. I think it's a good thing to be able to point back to and talk about. We were playing San Diego and we stopped them on like fourth-and-one."You identify a range of guys."Yes." (On if Oakland was Mack's best game)." (On if Mack and Mangold are similar players). He's playing. which could change dramatically who you take. to hear the change of the snap count. I think he has the work ethic to do that."It was probably his most complete game. For him to come in and start 16 games like he has. but it was a function of a . if you were a part of the group that did it. or something like that. it resonates when you talk about. I think he's played really well in some other games. He found good mentors. We ended up scoring. When you have a group of guys that share that experience. because I think there are probably a lot of things that Nick could help him with. I think he's played really well.' There are a lot of different lessons from this season that you'd be able to point back to and talk about and draw on. Tony (Grossi). more playing than thinking."No. That was probably when the transition took place. whether or not you'll have the ability to trade. Nick's that type of guy that he would help without feeling like he was giving up some sort of competitive edge. They had to punt to us. He's a lot more comfortable in his skin. There's a lot of responsibility. if you make a mistake the ball's on the ground." (On if he sees Mack getting to where Mangold is now). is there was a range of people and when we got to where we were I was pretty happy with getting him. but there are some subtle differences between the two.
we change on Friday. anybody that we can bring in that can help us. Everybody working towards the same goal. This guy didn't make it. I'm really proud of the way Lawrence has grown this season. but he worked at it and worked at it.lot of stuff leading up to that point. I was really happy for Joe and Josh. It's dramatic. the offense wasn't able to compensate for that. Fill the building with as many as you can. I think most people point to that game. it's a really good thing." (On his reaction to Lawrence Vickers not making the Pro Bowl). in terms of how they have to study. Sometimes it's even individual players. coaches. It's great to see. It's kind of the same thing with Bryan Thomas. These questions always come each year. whether it was one good thing on special teams or it was one really good thing offensively or one really good thing defensively.' You can't control the voting. It was the same thing in the building. He'll tell you. He and I were talking at the Halloween party and he just was explaining to me how he's changed the way he studied. committed to the same thing. It's a good thing to be a part of. There are all of those different things that you saw. The huge thing that we worked on with him was his hand placement. His consistency in blocking has been really good. I haven't had to say it in weeks."Like I've said before. you get in a hole. it's great."I didn't really have a set reaction to who made it or who didn't make it. I'm sure he was sick of hearing it. but it was a spot here. He struggled with it early and then got it and was really outstanding later on. I was on him every day. sometimes it was holding. Now. It's fun to go to work. when he goes and blocks it's consistently power angles and he worked at it. I don't know. being able to dig out of the hole. but that game to me was just when you finally sort of got over the hump." (On if there has been anything this season like the point in New England to help the team turn the corner)." . He used to come with this really wide reach. I think it's really paid off for him and I'm happy to see the way that his blocking has evolved. Sometimes you get so caught up in exactly what the paper says instead of trying to learn the concepts that when the paper changes it screws up the way you've learned."In terms of a defining moment. You see some guys where the light comes on. ‘This guy made it. but they weren't coming from all three phases or the defense was having a bad day. players. because we change on Wednesday. You can't control any of that stuff. I'm all for. a spot here. It's not the same as it was last week." (On if he would be comfortable with Mike Holmgren's planned hierarchy with a general manager). You get smart people looking to do the same thing. The amount of errors that he's made from a mental error perspective is dramatically different. There's been a lot of things that I thought were good. He couldn't generate the power. I've been a part of it before. every meeting. It's more rope memory than it is conceptual memory. a spot here. I think Kamerion Wimbley made a ton of progress from the beginning of the season with how he was approaching the game plans to where he is now. front office. It was a very different exposure for him. being able to put that out of your mind and come back and make the next play. You drop a pass early. we change on Thursday. I'm sure it was to shut me up.
I'm anxious for this week. That's what I'm looking forward to. I'm anxious for us to go win the game. but you've been in different situations throughout your career where there's a ton of stuff happening externally. because the future. I think that offensively. It's not fair for me to be focused on something that's external. I talked to him the other day and we'll sit down either Monday or Tuesday. just look at the progress we've made there. Mike Furrey was named our Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee.(On if he will have questions about how the team will operate in his meeting with Holmgren). I'm anxious for the guys to have a good week of practice. I was really impressed with the toy drive that he put together and filling up a tractor trailer full of toys and getting all the guys involved and being able to distribute them in a lot of different areas . which is Jacksonville and making sure that I do the best job coaching these guys this week to get them ready to play."I haven't really thought about the structure of the meeting or anything like that."I think everybody has a different approach to the way they do things. Every major category is up. if you worry about it. You can't control that. Both him and his wife do a lot of work in the community.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-31-09 (Opening statement)." (On if it has been hard to not think about Holmgren). I don't think so. which I think is well deserved." Mangini press conf. They've been great in terms of not focusing on external things and really focusing on what's important."No. but you can control the things in front of you."Good morning everybody. Rob's (Ryan) an excellent coach." (On if he is anxious to meet with Holmgren). Some of the things that he's done off the field." (On if he wishes Holmgren had been here to see how the team is run). It takes time and that's just how it works. That's always the most important thing. One's not necessarily better than the other. what value does that have? It comes soon enough. These guys have worked hard and they've made a lot of progress. I wouldn't have hired them if I didn't feel that way."No. We've doubled our point total since the bye."Again. I know this may seem hard to believe. all that stuff is in the future. I need to focus on what's important. Everybody has a different way to do things. 12/31 12. Same thing defensively. I think. I don't know if it's fortunate or unfortunate. I think it's just more of a conversation between two people. Brad's (Seely) an excellent coach. How are we doing? Just one announcement. are special. There's been some plans that I wish we had back. there's been some really good plans." (On his thoughts if he were asked to go in a different direction with his coordinators).31.
is he got a much better sense as the season went on for how to run routes. we'll work on punt and punt return. but I've liked the way that he's worked. I think that each guy develops differently in terms of production." (On how he would characterize Robiskie's rookie year). he had seven catches and nine drops. I think it's well deserved."I think that what I really liked. Tony (Grossi).around Cleveland. He has good speed. I think that one of the areas that we've improved significantly in is third down defense. I thought overall it was good. but I've liked the progress he's made. that's pretty hard to do over 15 games. I'd say the best example of that was the third down conversion that he made where he caught it underneath. Jake (Allen) will probably get another opportunity here. the guy is in the league two years and has 16 catches and this year has 61 catches and seven touchdowns. I think he'll continue to develop as a receiver and continue to develop in other areas as well. where to go. but I felt like he got a better feel for it. He has a good feel for running routes and I'm excited to see him get a chance to play. That's huge progress and important. they've (Jacksonville) done an excellent job throughout the season on third down. but not that optimistic. as well and that's been more and more the pattern for him and the season has gone on. I think it was his first year. Instead of extending it and trying to run lateral. I feel like there are a few things that we need to just get ironed out on both sides of the ball. and you saw it last game." (On Brian Robiskie's status for the game)."I'd say it's not looking good. things like that. They have a lot of different ways they can convert. In terms of yesterday's practice. For such a short amount of time to put something like that together and to make it such a nice event is a good indication of who he is and what he believes in. the key block against Kansas City really saved the touchdown on Josh's (Cribbs) second kickoff return. A seventh round draft pick. "Today we'll move into third down. I told you guys yesterday that they are probably the best punt cover team that we've face throughout the year. It hits at different times for different guys. It's going to be an important day for us in that area. there's two tackles on special teams. On special teams today. Anytime the most amount of yards that you've given up on returns in 26. I was trying to think of the receiver that Brian and I were talking about the other day that we drafted in New England from Notre Dame. We'll have a lot to prepare for there. One year. One of the biggest ways is with the quarterback either extending the play or running with the football and he's done that quite a bit. There were a few hiccups here and there with really understanding the system. You just look at Sims (Mike Sims-Walker). Really offensively. He understood what the route was. It hits a different times for different guys. I'm hoping. so hopefully that'll be something that he wins because I think it's great. He's a guy that I think has consistently improved since he's gotten here. he turned it up right away and was able to get the first down. We're going to have some challenges there. [David] Givens. He was another guy that as he got going it really took off for him and he ended up having a nice career. I thought he had a really excellent week of practice last week. The other thing I was really excited about for him. It's year around for him." .
It's like a goal line package. It's hard to say. I think. I had Aaron Glenn. I think with a training camp under his belt. I think your point is really important. with a training camp under (Jason) Trusnik's belt. [There are] some small corners. because he can make the roster in either spot. Asante Samuel. Now when you get those guys that are 6'3". Leon (Washington) was an undersized guy. because it allows us to do things that maybe we weren't being as effective doing prior. What you do is you have the ideal. but then you also have to look at production." (On if he would like Matt Roth at just one spot in the future). I think it was called Texas because everything's big in Texas." (On why Harrison has gotten better in blitz pickup). You have to really see over time how he continues to develop. especially over the last four or five weeks where he's been impressive in that area. he's a little bit slighter than most corners. but it's key. I'm really pleased with the way that Jerome has developed this season as well. There were multiple times. He's improved the way that he's taken on the blocks. however you want to slot him. On that touchdown pass to Mohamed (Massaquoi) he really saves the play with his awareness and coming back in and getting the block that he gets. We had a package in New York. You'd like them all to be a certain height and weight. a real advantage by playing both inside and outside. If there's another inside guy you wanted to keep you could do the same thing. There are so many exceptions to the rules. I'd say. It gets lost a little bit. but they don't always fit into that mold. You look at a guy like Wes Welker. but yet you can run all . 250 [pounds] and thumpers and you can bring them inside or outside. An area that's gone underappreciated with him. is the things that's he's done in the passing game. which now stalemates it or puts him in a lot better position to compensate for the usual size differential. That gives you a lot of depth. where you move Shaun Ellis out to outside linebacker at 290 and then take all the biggest guys you have and you put them in. that's where [David] Bowens has value too. Jason's had."I think he'll stay outside and play that type of role. I had Ray Mickens. most of the time the guy he's blocking is bigger than he is."I think he's improved his technique. because as they're coming in if you sit and are stationary. Deion Branch was an undersized guy."I'm not a huge fan of comparing. Really. because of how much production he's had in the running game.(On how he would compare Jerome Harrison to Maurice Jones-Drew). you're going to absorb the blow and with him."It's hard. he has done it for longer." (On how much he pays attention to size if a player is not prototypical for his position). If you had another outside linebacker you wanted to keep you move Trus to inside and play him there. the ideal height and weight and speed and all those things. which was important. you have two guys there that are both stout. Both those guys have played really well. weight. height is probably what you want. his production is through the roof and he's an undersized guy. I've seen some big guys play small and a lot of small guys play big. I think he's done a nicer job of aggressively going up and fitting it with his hands and a good base. He's played both spots. I'm happy with that. you can get big on somebody in a hurry if you want to. You have to look at playing speed versus timed speed. He can play outside linebacker and now he's played inside linebacker.
You have your parallel plans. ‘Oh."I think as a group we're tackling better. There were very few times where we lined up and didn't have a size advantage in that grouping. if they're here. You run the same thing. if they're not here. you're just potentially giving up big plays. It's like. I think one of the biggest things that we've done better is communicate and get to the right spots. or we ran a pressure and we had two guys in the same gap. okay. This is where the soft spot is."You look at it and without any clarity it's hard to know who is going to be available and it's hard to know who on your team is either going to be here or not going to be here. Ideally what you want to get to is. Today we probably gave out 14 pages of third down defense and nobody blinked. At that point you're not running a pressure anymore."He's like a tank.the things that you want to run. I always like wrestlers because they have good base. start his route with certainty. know how to throw people." (On when a decision on the CBA is supposed to be finalized)." (On if there has been anyone in particular that has made vast improvements in the secondary). A lot of the production early it wasn't a function of them just beating us based on the throw or the catch. know how to use their hands.' because you're just used to it because that's what we do. .' and let the quarterback go back. The first time you give them four or five pages of new defense [they're] overwhelmed and they can't believe how much stuff is going in and the communication is difficult. As guys have really understood what we're going. but you look at it on tape and you're like. now it doesn't look like what we're doing anymore." (On how much time he has spent thinking about free agency and the upcoming CBA). He was a wrestler in college and I think that helps. ‘Well who's the big? Who's the small? Who's coming?' You break tendencies without ever really having to break tendencies." (On what makes Roth such a good pass rusher). You have to kill him to stop him and good luck with that. ‘Okay. This is what we're doing. but this time Bowens is the down lineman and Roth is the cover guy or Abe (Elam) is the underneath zone player and Brandon (McDonald) is back at safety."It's like the typical progression of how it's gone everywhere I've been. the receiver. this is what they're in. He's just tough. so you have to plan for all of it. You better block him with somebody big because he's going to run over anything small in his way. It makes sense to you. good leverage. That's gotten better overall. Even the big guys are going to have a problem. Everybody talked through it. I'm sure everybody's going through the same thing. if this group is available." (On how hard the defensive assignments are for players to learn). it was we weren't in the right spot."I'm not sure to tell you the truth. if they're not available. I think the disguise has helped too. You just keep flipping who does what they're supposed to do and it doesn't make any sense. You don't know what the landscape is. They're walking around and that's what you want. You want that uncertainty there. They're moving around. you have 11 guys and you can just keep moving them around. You don't want to give the offense any pre-snap information where they can say.
‘Oh my God. that's down. where the first eight games. it just puts things back into perspective. Nothing changes my perspective as much as they do. he didn't tell me how to punch the first fight. You're going to look at the games that they played this year. but it's . you're exercising. Same thing offensively. You try to go the extreme the other way and make sure you get enough sleep. the amount of points given up is down significantly. you look at interceptions and fumbles. Defensively. where you get to experience Christmas again as a little kid. Red zone's been good." (On if he can relate to what Urban Myers is dealing with). You work a ton of hours. You can look at training camp. For me. I was thinking. I'm not sure exactly what that is. Even New Year's. shifts and motions and new plays and game plan specific things. When you first deal with that it's like. I know we're all committed to keep moving forward." (On if he thinks the offense and defense being ranked 32 are an accurate portrayal of the team right now). you're not going to evaluate it off of one game."I think it's accurate in the sense that that's what it is over 15 games. quizzes."Yes. it's so dramatically different in almost every statistical category. throughout." (On how he balances the stress of being overworked and his health. Turnovers. I don't even know what it is. you're eating well. [there were] too many 30's. probably last year. That happened in New York as well. It's just so much fun to go spend time with them. Time of possession is up. probably the whole staff' (joking). the best stress relievers are the boys. 12 to 16 or 12 to 19. ‘Accurate." (On how he balances the stress of being overworked). The amount of sacks given up."I think it's an important game to all of us because it's out last opportunity to play this season. You don't like to make a decision without looking at all of the different things that go into it."I think unfortunately you leave all that stuff to the offseason. Jake smoked me three times in Wii Boxing the other night. any of that stuff. Stuff like that. I think we scored 78 points in the first eight games and 149 in the last seven. all those things. There's that comfort level of. because of all the things that they're experiencing.You're not worried about it. If you look at the first eight versus the last seven. you definitely can. You invest so heavily during the week for that game on Sunday and when you lose it's miserable and when you win you're happy for a little while. That's where the importance comes. we'll get it right between walk throughs. family and the future). It's an important game because it's our last one. When you look at the quarterback position or any of these positions. Nobody bats an eye anymore. The amount of sacks we have is up from. I think.' but now it's just what we do. It's just what we do. the volume is down. You can look at OTAs."I thought you were going to say overweight." (On if this is an important game for Derek Anderson or just another game). because they're not worried about any of that stuff. okay. red zone. we were top ten in most things. The last eight games. practice. in terms of your health. something like that. Now. Third down defensively the last three games has been about 25 percent. You look at it as a progression and it looks a lot differently than if you look at it as a group of numbers.
You probably wouldn't want to put a stationary guy in like a move the pocket. otherwise. I think Tom Brady will probably be good in any system he runs or Peyton Manning."I don't want to end the old year on a bad note here. but I'm sure when I get home tonight I'll probably squeeze a couple in. You want any back to be able to go through 16 games and handle the things he's being asked to do. he'd be good in any system he runs. you want all those guys to stay healthy. bootleg-type offense. I think it's traits. what's the right number of touches for a running back. ‘Well. Is it a smaller back 15? Is it 25? I've heard that whole thing." (On if he has any New Year's resolutions). Everybody's vested. Everybody's trying to find that edge to help the team be successful. why? Why is that the magic number? Why is 15 what he gets?' I don't know." (On what is physically wrong with Quinn's foot). what do we have.' I'm thinking. None jump out right way. Jeff (Schudel). I don't know what exact characteristics would have to be part of that formula. but I don't want to get into that." (On what happened to Quinn's foot).'" .not where near as much as when you lose."I think that's still something that we're going to investigate. It's a constant debate. I don't know if there's always a magic number where if you give him just this amount of plays then you have the best chance of him lasting." (On if Brady Quinn was able to avoid surgery). ‘He can only have 15 touches a game and that's his limit."Like I said."No. There are definitely all those issues involved. quite a few hours left to hash that out." (On if he needs to see a guy like Harrison stay healthy over an extended period of time getting the number of carries he has gotten the past couple of weeks)."Yes. I think the key thing is can you run the offense well? Can you understand where the reads are? I think there are consistent things for quarterbacks and different quarterbacks would be good in different systems regardless. [Jeff Schudel: "Give us a call."I don't know if there definitely has to be one formula for running an offense." (On how Anderson fits in the West Coast Offense). No bus rides to Hartford. There hasn't been a conclusion there."] Give you a call? ‘Dear guys. on that play it's hard to really tell what the thing was.
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