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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."
not at all.(On Bernie Kosar's role with the team). but you never know. He gives some good insight and I've enjoyed spending some time with him. I'd say. There's a lot of different ways that our conversations have gone. I'd say with all of our third down routes." (On developing chemistry between Derek Anderson and Chansi Stuckey)." (On if Corey Williams could be traded)." (On if he can ask the NFL to review the measurement call)." (On if Kosar will be in meetings regularly or work with the quarterbacks). I haven't watched the TV copy of the game. but what do you think?" (On if he anticipates any moves before the trade deadline). from an offensive perspective. we can sharpen those up and do some things to improve there. I don't know if you guys have watched it or not. He still works on both offense and defense. but in base. There are signs of things that I like and stuff that still has to get fixed." (On if it seems like Mike Furrey has dropped off)."No. so it would just have to be off the TV copy."I haven't really been looking at any of that. I think there's a lot of room for us to continue to improve there. I think he's done a good job with the things that we've asked him to do. and talking about it in that context." ."Yes. but nothing can change. so I'm not sure. that's not really what it's been."Corey's played more and more as we've gone here. I'm not out there pushing forward with anything specifically. I really haven't. whether it be from a quarterback's perspective. Mike probably didn't play as much as he should have this weekend. Nothing can really happen from that. It's his call. you don't have the measurement on it. but like anything else. I'm not saying that it isn't possible. There's nothing. not just in sub. some we haven't converted on. Like I said. [there is] nothing imminent. or even better. in the short time that he's been here. I anticipate him playing more between the two this week. You just deal with the next situation and move on."No. We've had some good opportunities on third down."Chansi's caught a lot of balls from him in practice. It's more informal than that. This morning's been all Pittsburgh and transitioning to Green Bay. Sometimes it's reading the coverage and being able to understand exactly where you have to fit. I really like some of the insight that he's able to give. We'll get some more clarity on it. to talk to him from a defensive perspective on things that maybe were frustrating to a quarterback."I've enjoyed getting to know Bernie and spending some time with him."The coach's copy. Things happen." (On if he will call the NFL to get further explanation on the fourth-down measurement call during the Pittsburgh game)." (On if he has looked at the measurement on film)."I think the official talked about it after the game. that's imminent. a couple were batted. a call comes in and we listen.
than we had been doing. I thought even the drive towards the end of the game there. things like that.(On what the team needs to fix immediately). As we make strides within the room. That's an area that we hadn't been effective in. We've addressed a lot of them. and that's positive. If we had just shortened that edge and let the guy come clean. with play-action passes. A lot of times. in the early part of the season. [at] a lot of different points. it's a good example of kind of how the injuries go during the week. or hoping to. the adjustments. I thought we had a great opportunity. Having a bigger body in there sells that more. but it's how we execute. we had held the guard long enough. whether it's third down offensively. defensively. that we're able to do some things effectively in the passing game. 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. It's more of an indication that you're going to run the ball. you're not releasing multiple receivers. so play-action tends to be more effective. third down defensively. You get a bigger body." (On if Steve Heiden aggravated his knee). If you did want to get everybody out. but now it's being able to do those things. which he would have. things like that. We had three sacks. One of the plusses is you get a more efficient blocker."To me. you see those things. and those two things are huge. [We] did a better job turning the ball over this week. those are key to winning the game. those two things are positive. Instead of that being a sack. Those small things become big things. get a bump on him. is that we understand what the game plan is. The start of the second half. we understand what we have to stop from our opponent. so minor progress there. which is something I'm looking for. but he wouldn't be the first option. and . I really thought that he'd be able to go. It was just that much of a difference in the detail."What I'm looking for is continually focusing on us. Even right at the start of the game. the guard recognized it late." (On if the team has the talent at wide receiver to have a productive passing game this season). but we have to keep going forward with it. That's the difference between a sack and a 30-yard completion. It's the things that we need to improve on. That's been something that I've been emphasizing over and over again. but I think there were some sack opportunities that if we had just done it a little bit differently. [We] continue to have very limited penalties. then the other things are better and better. We actually got third downand-one stop and we were pretty close on that fourth-and-one stop. just weren't able to close the offensive tackle down enough to let the edge rusher come clean. it's a 25-yard completion. It doesn't happen overnight. You have to understand those two things. but it's constantly making progress in all those areas." (On if using Hank Fraley as an eligible receiver limits what Anderson can do)"There are pluses and minuses. They were all passes and they were all positive passes. Hank's caught the ball a couple times. four-out-of-five of those plays were plus-10 plays. came off and Ben (Roethlisberger) was able to step up. Some of that could be continuing to improve the communication with protections. but the tackle was able to pop out."Yes. Some of that could be catching the ball better. If you want to run the ball. and there's been progress in a lot of them. I think that we've shown. everybody sees those things. It gives you some more options in the running game. but we also have to keep improving the areas where we need to improve on.
get the guys home and out of the building."Good morning everybody. He just came in. He has a 104 quarterback rating. in terms of not as many guys to interview. but it happens. we're going to cut practice down a little bit. I think they're getting better each week. not just hitting the receivers. A lot of young guys had to play a lot yesterday. We had the flu cases and some more guys have come down with it. That's always a point of emphasis for us offensively. Big Baby. I think they're playing really well. the first time we played them. We'll adjust practice. We'll work around it and continue to move forward on Green Bay. this is a team that presents a lot of challenges.2009 Eric Mangini press conference: Wed. I thought the situation with Kamerion is a really good example of how things can change dramatically in a hurry. There were some young-guy mistakes. Jason Trusnik. Anthony Madison. they'll be able to take advantage of the opportunity even better. On special teams. was sick. One of the things they do an outstanding job with is turning the ball over. Chansi Stuckey.just wasn't able to when we looked at it. the first signs of any type of illness. Aaron Rogers has been very efficient throwing the ball. obviously. Especially their coverage units. We just have to make some adjustments. obviously stressing important things like sleep and hands and things like that. and suddenly Jason (Trusnik) and Alex (Hall) have to pick up the slack there. It's the 3-4. Defensively. but then the receivers do a nice job with the run after the catch. Robert Royal. but I've always respected and admired the job he's done. 21 (Opening statement). Kamerion Wimbley. They've moved it efficiently against everybody they've faced." Mangini press conf. that was not a predictable thing. It'll probably shorten the player availability. How are we doing? Just in terms of practice today.21. Alex Mack. Lawrence Vickers. We're working as hard as we can to promote things to prevent the illness. I don't know Dom (Capers) that well. but there are elements that we've seen before. I think they're playing very well defensively. Brodney Pool. but that's evolved since we played them. Offensively. "Looking at Green Bay. throughout the course of the season or the preseason. right on down the line. They're able to get a lot of guys out quickly and he's able to get the ball to them. It's not exactly like our 3-4. I thought they did a nice job against us on special teams in the preseason. Oct. I think we've made strides since then on special teams. We're actually working with quite a few less players. We're trying to. I thought just looking back at the preseason game. It's that time of year and unfortunately we have quite a few guys who are dealing with it. You saw in our . 10/21 10. Corey Williams. hopefully. The good thing is they get some experience and grow and if they have to do it again. Guys that won't be here today: Jerome Harrison. and they create a lot of pressure on things like PATs and field goals. and this is a team that's very good at it defensively. I think are solid. They do a nice job. Brian Schaefering. Shaun Rogers.
If there's any sign of it and we think it's heading that way. We will continue to research that and go through the process and see where we're at. Jason Trusnik."No.preseason game. I actually thought that Kaluka (Maiava) did a pretty nice job for his first extended exposure inside." (On if they are seeking league guidance on the flu). but we will go through and see where we're at. we'll have people for each position."They're all home." (On if any of the coaches have the flu)." (On how he will adjust practice because of the flu). but nothing that I've seen where we'd send them home right now. we'd much rather try to minimize the effects on the player and also the possible exposure to the rest of the group. We may keep it the same time. five games. so he's played there. A little tired. Houston had a similar situation."A lot of these were really new this morning. we can't discuss it. fullback. things like that. I'm not sure. they may not feel great."No. There are provisions if a team is hit by quite a bit of flu cases. They blocked one already this year."We're researching that now. increase the amount of time in between plays. Barton can play with MIKE or WILL. [I am] just trying to get them some extra rest. I'm going to talk to Brad (Seely) and the coordinators maybe about the post-practice meetings. but that's typical for a Wednesday. Jason has played there some."We have a couple different options." (On if any of the players with the flu had received a flu shot). but take some plays off it. I don't have all the specifics. That's something that we'll have to deal with. depending on if you wanted to go with . David Bowens started last year inside. but there are roster exemptions where you can bring up practice squad guys to play in the game."I'm not sure. extend the walk through a little bit." (On what he means by ‘provisions' for teams hit with the flu). Vickers. without having to release somebody. I didn't go through player by player with that. It wasn't something that was apparent on Monday. Things like that. With HIPAA." (On if there are any positions completely affected by the flu). with the holding penalty and got quite a bit of push. so that gives us some flexibility." (On if the team is taking more preventive measures against the flu than normal)"We're being really aggressive preventatively." (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)." (On if the players with the flu have undergone H1N1 testing). so it's new. we'll have to adjust there. give them a chance to just be as vigilant as possible with this. that they've put in place."We'll cut back on some reps. We'll go through all those things."The exact rule.
As we've talked about before." (On if it is disappointing that Veikune has not gotten many defensive reps during games since he was as second round pick)."I saw a lot of parallels with him and (Tedy) Bruschi. he was very effective." (On if he has spoken with Jackson). some of that." (On why he moved David Veikune from defensive end to inside linebacker). That's who he is. when he first moved inside. Tedy in 2000. It was the progression that we had set. Even height.'" (On if Jackson has surgery scheduled). speed." (On why he did not include David Veikune in the list of players who could play inside linebacker). what I was saying is could move Barton to WILL and Veikune to MIKE. did a little bit of that. It was the easiest. which is unique in itself. I didn't think to list him with the group." (On if Jackson finished the first half with the injury). David's made a lot of progress inside. he's like. the ability to come up and take on guards.a bigger guy or wanted to go with a not as big guy. It's a different world. [inside linebackers] tend to be not quite as tall as the outside [line]backers. I'm not saying that the lines are going to follow exactly the same way. the timeline exactly. I should have added him to that list as well. [They play] the same position. I'm just saying body type. Even though he's not playing the field."No. It gives us some flexibility there. I don't have right now. Barton's played both. because it is. in terms of the ability to rush from an inside position. if something happened to D'Qwell. When I texted back and forth to him. He'll work with the young guys."It might have been on one of the catches by (Heath) Miller. I know you're shocked by my savvy. That's not an easy spot. all those things I thought David would do a real nice job with. just because he's played both spots. Tony (Grossi). not necessarily. playing the MIKE. I talked to him yesterday. ‘Don't worry about me."I made a mistake."Yes." (On if he knows how Jackson injured his shoulder). Because he's been there. everybody develops differently. D'Qwell's such a good guy. let's go on [to] Green Bay. but yes." (On if Veikune will get reps at WILL). in terms of body type. His concern isn't him."No. His concern is getting ready for Green Bay." (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."Yes. [there was] quite a bit of transition. He'll work with whoever."I'm not sure exactly where it was. He's advanced enough where he could play either at any point. It was pretty late in the half. he'll be very active in meetings. based on the reps that we had allocated during practice. You have to be able to . Once he got used to it. texted with him a little bit last night. past experience.
Some of the issues we had this past weekend were run after the catch. what you consider big plays 40-yard plays." (On if Michael Gaines was signed because Steve Heiden is still hurt)."That's a tough draw when you have to replace Favre in Green Bay."They're outstanding. [He is a] really interesting guy. He has good strength. short term and long term.get in." (On the importance of team speed on defense). You can see the development that he's made over the course of time. Driver's made some unbelievable catches. He's a very intellectual guy. 50-yard plays. but you have to do it at some point. 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. He. out at USC. He's a tough guy." (On if Clay Matthews is like his father). his ability to make people miss after the fact. and the reality was they weren't actually 40-yard throws down the field. talked about his dad. He's a physical guy. all those things. Both have some great things to them. speed. The over route the Hines Ward stepped in front of. I don't think it changed his approach that dramatically."I liked Clay and spent a lot of time with him. actually talked a lot about the Browns. things like that. Both have merit. pretty good genetics. but just in watching him. too. even when we were looking at Brett (Favre) in New York. which was a comeback for about 15 yards. run the huddle. I image he's a pretty hard worker and really has developed his craft over the years. in terms of completions. Some teams are built really small and fast and some teams are built bigger. thought that would be best for his development. good change of direction. You have to be able to call out all the adjustments." (On if the Browns were interested in Clay Matthews before the draft). It is a big transition going from end to that spot."It just depends on how you're built."I wish it was just him. Especially with Jennings. It's a pretty impressive quarterback rating. There was the play to Santonio Holmes. He's picked on a lot of people."I think it's going to be the same as last week. looking at it." (On Greg Jennings and Donald Driver). [We] talked a little politics. It ends up going for 30 more yards after that. I thought the value of him getting that experience. where we have to go through the week and see where he is. There's a lot of stuff going on there. We had some chances to tackle him at that spot. his efficiency." (On Aaron Rogers)."Yes. has tremendous maturity. there were a lot of big plays. hopefully it will. but he gained . again. That was really the thinking there. It might have been a slant to Jennings for 10. You have to be able to make all the run-pass reads. where he broke it for 40. talked [about] a lot of topics that you don't traditionally have in an interview with a player." (On if Ben Roethlisberger picked on Maiava when he went in). They run really crisp routes. obviously. [He's a] smart kid. a couple one-handed grabs on the sideline. They're good size guys as well. working at that spot. I don't know him personally. He has excellent hands.
I thought as a group. in terms of adjusting to the players that we were missing. In terms of the timetable for the rest of the group coming back. it's not about speed or anything.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-22-09 (Opening statement). not totally sure yet. Anybody have a cold? I thought yesterday that the guys did a good job. We did some different things last week running the football. I think there's been some progress." . Defensively we have made some strides and offensively we need to continue to. and that's the reality. in terms of the flu related symptoms. for us. [they] adjusted well to the changes that we had. It's a little bit like when we were talking about Brian (Robiskie) early in the season. so that's positive as well. same thing."We give him a lot of reps each week.22." (On if Brandon McDonald relapsed against Pittsburgh). if you're not a starter. whatever it is. That's kind of where we are with the state of affairs. You have to be able to take your hit. that other guy wins. otherwise. He needs to continue to develop and that's what I'm looking for.some extra yards. Those things. "In terms of Green Bay. that I thought were real positive. We should get Kamerion (Wimbley) back today and Shaun Rogers back today. 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. Those yards all count towards passing yards. We'll do a little bit of two-minute work as well."I don't think it was a function of that. which we're working on." (On if he hopes to see Coye Francies at cornerback more). but minimize it to that and not allow it to mushroom into something more. 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. It will be a good compliment to the other things that we're trying to get done on third down. There really haven't been any new cases. 10/22 10. you're trying to breakdown. We scaled down practice some. it goes back to what we need to get done on third down. Sometimes as a corner. You can't let at a 15-yard completion be a 40-yard completion. I think we had other opportunities too." Mangini press conf. but we're pushing forward on that today. again."How's everybody doing? Good. There are other guys that need to help you at that point. You're sitting there on an island. You saw it in Denver. I didn't have the afternoon meetings yesterday. you are going to miss a tackle. Tony (Grossi). I think it was a group effort. it's about leveraging the player and getting him down. It's going to happen. At that point.
"Outside of just mixing and matching some combinations of people and things like that. I don't know either way. [We will] process the testing and see where we are. anybody that we could have go home or any pregnant women. Tony (Grossi). you have to adjust. Even in the building. I started some of that myself."I think we'll be past the bulk of it. they're all in contact with them." (On if there is anything in a coaching guide about situations like this). I feel great. we wanted to get home." (On if he knows if the other players with the flu do not have H1N1). just to be safe. working with the trainers. It's open communication." (On who has taken Tamiflu). [there was] nothing (joking)."No. I feel like we have a good handle on it. give it a shot. Kamerion probably could have come back yesterday. which the presumption is that that's swine flu. not too bad. the other group. this is new ground for me. working with the doctors." (On Joshua Cribbs)." (On where the team will stay Saturday night). With our medical staff. 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. It's like anything else. in terms of who took what. making sure that we're doing everything we can to eliminate it.(On if any of the players with the flu are sicker or in the hospital)."I checked the manual."I just know that two are. It really has been a group effort. He looked happy." (On if you need six confirmed cases of H1N1 to receive roster exemptions)."No."That's my understanding. As I said." (On if he has ever been through anything like this before)." (On if he thinks there are only two players with H1N1)." (On if it will take Kamerion Wimbley a couple of days to be back to 100 percent)"He looked pretty good." (On if it is safe to say that the team will not meet the requirements for roster exemptions from the NFL)."We have two that are Influenza A. Everything's being closely monitored. He looked ready to go."Again. 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 the coaches are feeling okay). I'm not totally sure. 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. but again."I anticipate him being out at practice today. It's really about trying to be safe and limit it as much as possible."Like I said. so I'm not sure where it will be. I'm not sure of that status of the rest of them. You're . there's testing that has to take place.
" (On Aaron Rodgers). It's a big distinction. where he fakes one way and roles the other way. where he just sprints out one way. You're on a team and you're on the practice squad. boots." (On Derek Anderson not letting dropped balls bother him). That's a skill set that you try to teach everybody. You saw in the first preseason game. You don't know when you'll get your chance. we had a three-man rush on."He has the ability to move in the pocket. He's really involved in all the different things that are going on and I've been extremely happy with that. You don't know."When you try to put something that you want a person to improve on." (On Anderson saying there are about 15 plays over the course of the season he would like to have back). whether it's post practice or additional meetings. ‘Okay if I do these things. sometimes dashes. players and coaches. then it's not as much of an inherent problem as it is something that can be worked on and improved. At that point.'" (On how he deals with receivers who drop balls). 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. ‘Is this correctable? Is it not correctable?' And the realization that all of these things are correctable. I think situations like this are a really good reminder to them [of] how close they are. They'll use him on some moving routes. That's some of the things that he can do. things have changed for us and now you just try to get what you can from it. It's an understanding."That was really early in the process for us. sometimes day-to-day and you get a chance that maybe you didn't anticipate. we actually had a little pressure. You have a chance at any point to make your case to play and things change dramatically week-to-week. Everybody responds differently. you lose the next one. the result will be better. Sometimes you have to get in there and explain the importance of moving on to the next play. ‘Okay. You do look at it. Now. a lot of the core parts of the scheme. if you can put things together and then show them." (On if he learned how to defend Rodgers in the preseason). He can throw on the run and he can create some time. You look back at that. because it's over. but the amount of really meaningful stuff that you can take from the game isn't too significant. He can move pretty well. He's here late each night. I've had DBs like that. whether the protection breaks down and he gets out.' and you sit with the player and say. but he's made a ton of good plays there as well. It's a good reminder to the practice squad guys."Sometime it depends on who the guy is.always looking for way to teach off something. here are some of the plays and this is what happened. We do a lot of work with those guys. I've been impressed with his work ethic. to always try to keep them up-to-date and ready to assume a role if a role should open up. The worst thing for anybody is to not be ready for that chance when it does show up. where you're just hoping to God that they don't get beat early. you take some chances when you hold the ball a little bit longer. but things have changed for them. because it is a lot of the same players."I think he's gotten better moving on to the next play. because if you're worried about that. you might as well put . Sometimes you can get in a guy's ear and that's it. They shut it down and it's over.
look. like your standard set. or as frequently."Do I anticipate him playing more this game? Definitely. as we had. just take them. I'm sure he'd love to be more productive and I'd love him to be more productive. 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. Now. I think he's a versatile guy. I really like Mike." (On if the team throws too much on third down)." . That skewed his overall participation a little bit. It's pretty close to 50-50. view of Mike is in the Cincinnati game. Robert (Royal) got a little bit banged up mid-way through the game and Steve (Heiden) was down."I'd say that most teams are probably on that same percentage. if you're going to get a run. The other ones should be easy. running three times on third down was very different than what we had done. but he'll definitely play more than he played last game. so where he'd normally get reps on the three wide receiver sets. like stealing. Jeff (Schudel). Sometimes the way that goes. so we were a little light there.them in one of the boxes to watch the rest of the game because it's done. Hank's (Fraley) done some work as the extra lineman. There are other guys that get beat five times and they're going to come out and compete exactly the same way." (On if the offenses runs too much on first down). we actually ran three times on third down last week. it just depends on the down and distance." (On if he is disappointed with Furrey). two receivers. is it third-and-one? Most teams. Some teams. a tight end. two receivers. I'd say from a self-scout perspective. We were in a little bit more of that on third down than we have been historically. here's another ball. He's a complete team guy. Some of it's the way the games have gone." (On if he anticipates using Mike Furrey more this game). I think that was really the goal. That wasn't a package that Mike was in. That's kind of what he can do. a lot of teams. We were in a little bit more 21 and 12. which is. 12 is the two tight ends. but some of it is opportunity. we weren't using those groups as much. they will be sprinkled in on third-and-12. 21 is two backs. is what packages stay in." (On if he is comfortable with rotating Floyd Womack and Rex Hadnot at right guard). where he catches a third down then breaks up a third down. the tight end."No. the best. it could be a combination of offense and defense. Some teams will never run on third-and-four."Tony (Grossi). ‘Okay. it'll depend on."It's one of those situations where they're both really coming back from injuries. When you look at third down." (On if the team throwing 19-of-25 times on third down against Pittsburgh). They both have different skill sets that you like and you want to involve them as much as you can. sort of."I think we're somewhere between 54 and 46 [percent].' I showed a couple clips today of some catches Mohamed (Massaquoi) had yesterday that were unbelievable catches. To me. Sometimes guys just need reassurance that they're going to get another opportunity and you go back to them right away to say. that percentage of run-pass is much different than say third-and-four. that was aberration.
" (On if it bothers him that Wright was out until 2:10 a. I am really happy that he is safe." (On if they are especially high alert against the Packers for big pass plays). he takes some really small completions and turns them into big plays. Hank."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. That's where that is. He's that knowledgeable. but you don't have curfew year round. is to be able to get past this part of it. especially with a guy like (Greg) Jennings. He was in this morning and we sent him just to get some further tests. Some of that is being able to make the tackle at the point of reception." Mangini press conf. What I did yesterday. Hopefully we are over the hump with this now. as well. Hank could probably play DB. That's what I'm looking forward to. the way he's able to make people miss."We were on high alert last week. 10/23 10. I never want anyone to be an accident."I wouldn't necessarily be out at 2:10 in the morning. we've got almost all of them back. he can play any spot. after practice today to get caught up on Wednesday and the other game plan specific things.). There really haven't been any new guys out with illness." (On if Wright's accident violates any personal conduct policy). He's impressive that way. There's really nothing else to it. "In terms of the guys that had been out with the illness. We just didn't do it very well. because his yards after the catch. I mean.m. I'm really hopeful that he can play. That's not something that we have." (On if anyone is still out). I didn't have the afternoon meetings. How are we doing? Eric Wright was in a car accident last night. He's that aware. Watch that as a group and have the guys that did participate in practice. You don't want to . as opposed to giving them an opportunity to pick up another 15 to 20 yards."He was in an accident. That didn't sneak up on us. Coaches can make the points there and they can hear them and then they will get together with coaches. 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. I'd much rather everybody be home but guys do go out.(On if he worries about the continuity on the offensive line).23."Good morning everybody. It was wet.2009 The transcript of Eric Mangini's Friday 10/23 press conference (Opening statement). get everybody caught up and move into the weekend. I talked to him about it. The other thing with the Packers is they're able to."Corey (Williams) is still out. they can help them out. He's a strong runner.
"The information that I've gotten. Like I said." (On if a lot of players went to the Jay-Z concert). No. I'd much rather everybody be in and studying and doing those types of things but everybody is different. Now it's a function of. you start with a bulk of things that you want to do and you look at how it goes. That's actually pretty common. He was in a car accident. I just talked to him 10 minutes ago. which I think is good information. or just didn't feel right as you went through it.m. What the guys are getting that are in here today is. sort of."He was in a car accident. 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. 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. That's really all there is to it. it didn't really play that well. This wasn't anybody's desire. I'm glad no one else was hurt." (On if Wright will be practicing). but I'm glad he's healthy. There were no other things involved with it. Today is a little bit earlier day." (On when he finds out about situations like this). There are no team based rules on those things. I'd much prefer that guys were in. like I said. I don't ever want to see anybody in that situation."This morning. They'll work with the coaches. sometimes it rings at 2:30 a. usually what we do is. I don't know any more about that honestly. None of them wanted to be out." (On if Wright will start on Sunday if he is healthy)."I have to see where we are with tests and things like that. You tend to pull back some stuff anyways because how you thought it was going to play. I'll talk to him further about best practices. as Friday's typically are."Yes. they had the film here this morning." (On if he is planning to discipline Wright).see anybody in any kind of accident or any kind of situation like that. but my preference would be everybody is preparing at all times for the game. the final approach. didn't look right as you went through it. Sometimes experiences like these are the best teachers for the person involved and for those around him. I've been off with the family sometimes hanging out and you get a call. that's each person's decision." (On if players who are out late have character issues). I've had the whole range." (On when he found out about Wright). or pretty close to the final approach. too. sometimes you find out the next morning."They didn't invite me."As I said."It depends."We didn't scale it back that much. it was just an accident." (On if the team had to scale back on the game plan this week)." (On if Wright is up and moving around)."Yes. I like Jay-Z. I am hopeful that he should be okay and ready to play." (On if there was any substance involved). so they'll spend .
like today post-practice. as you look through preseason and you look through training camp and OTAs. then you have to figure out the best ways to get them caught up. Things happen and you have to adjust. It comes up every year. again not to this volume by any stretch. you're playing. He's been working and Greg (Estandia) has gotten more familiar with the system since he's been here. Really."I don't read Rolling Stone. or the ability to adjust to things that happen that are unexpected. where you weren't planning for something and it pops up and you have to go. Then you can build some different personnel groups. the scouting report. We have our secret weapon. which he'll probably be running down the middle of the field. ‘Hey. Everybody is entitled to their opinion." (On if the team is thin at tight end). We extended the walk through a little bit. but we'll do some work with them post-practice today and you just adjust."This week. without answering all the questions. I don't think we're going to go into the game without making sure that everybody understands what they have to do." (On how he handles criticism from the media). you don't meet with the players post-practice. We have the ability to do that as well. The Hank package (joking). You don't want to let a month go by where they haven't worked on the Browns specific things and then suddenly say. but that's the reason I like to work different combinations of people. I am sure they are repping it in Green Bay right now. That's really where I'll leave it. this is a good example of situations like that. try to get some extra time there. That gives us a couple guys at that position. I don't really know what they have to say. but they're going to happen. You just don't know when you're going to have that opportunity to play or when you're going to need to play. We have to move forward and be ready on Sunday. Typically. I think he's done a good job with the things that we've asked him to do there. We'll maybe extend it a little bit tomorrow. We just have to adjust." (On the media asking Hank Fraley if he has caught passes at practice this week)"He's keeping it under wraps. or guys that maybe are on the back end of the roster. When I'm talking to the group next year about the ability to be able to deal with adversity. Hank (Fraley). It's the reason I like to work practice squad guys into practice at different points. This is why we do the work post-practice with the young guys. We've used bigger guys at tight end before. get them some reps at different points. but guys do miss time at different points for different reasons. questions they have. I think we'll be in the best place we can be." . by the way."We signed Michael (Gaines)." (On if he feels like he has aged this week). wide open this week.'" (On if he thinks the team will be where they need to be on Sunday). based on the situation that we had. huh? There have been a few challenges here along the way. It doesn't usually happen on this scale. I've never had a subscription to it.some time with the coaching staff afterwards to go through Wednesday. Sometimes that means reallocating time. I respect everybody's opinion."It was a little different week.
Often times. I believe that the things that we are committed to are right."It's a little bit different. and then kind of spun out.(On if he thinks the national media is unfair to him). but it's a huge point." (On if he knew how hard Anderson worked before he became the starter). What you want to do is maintain that outside position. 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. It's a small point. What you don't want to ever do is have two guys with this leverage and a point where the guy can break out. Since he has been the starter. knowing this is a process and like any other process it takes time. You'd like all your guys to work at the same level. I don't spend a lot of time on the national sites or things like that. I don't think that's specifically the offense. I like the way that he's worked. as opposed to forcing them back in to where everybody's coming. I've liked the way he's worked as well. [There's] a lot of room to get better there. but the ability to move the ball more efficiently through the course of the whole game. That was man-to-man coverage and when you get picked on those crossing routes. because if you give them that sideline the pursuit now has to take this type of angle. not the passer rating."What I really focus on is us. we'll keep improving. Just going back to the other events of this week with the flu and things like that. That's what we have to focus on. I think that was the one. so everybody has their back turned. because all of the pursuit is coming inside out. where a back will hit the sideline. I've been happy with that. you don't know when you are going to be there. That's what we're going to keep doing and over time we'll keep making progress and that's the important thing. I think that as we keep going. the rest of the coverage is also in man-to-man." (On if the secondary has struggled more in zone or man coverages). Us making progress. Derek's done a lot of things that I've been happy with."I've never classified it as that [an audition]. 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. those catch and run plays go for longer yardage. There are a lot of things that offensively we can improve. force the back to cut back in. You'll see that sometimes on outside runs. be able to move the ball in all four quarters. stepped in front of Santonio (Holmes). We also had the play where Hines (Ward) came over. You want to be ready when you do have that chance. There was a play last week where we got picked on the crossing route. I thought that he worked well during the preseason. he was running like a deep-over route. us winning games. What I want to do is."You'd like all three guys to work at the same level."I have only been with him this one year." (On Anderson's passer rating in the fourth quarter). That was a function of better leverage by the group that came in and understanding where he is." (On if a quarterback's preparation increases once he becomes the starter). That's my frame of reference. In terms of my experience with him. Little decisions . I like the commitment that he's shown."We've got a lot of room to grow. us moving forward." (On if he views Derek Anderson's play as an audition to see if he can be the longterm quarterback).
The quarterback center exchange."All that stuff. I thought. there are plenty of things from an execution standpoint that I thought we could do much better."Yes. With everybody back. too many times the ball was on the ground. that's the goal every time. good job of leveraging the football and forcing the ball back to where your help is coming from. whether it's a field goal punt or a kickoff. Some of that was the route. We took some shots. and things along those lines. I thought we had some chances for those plays and couldn't quite get it to where we needed o get it ." (On if he said he spoke to Wright 10 minutes before his press conference)." (On if there are any more confirmed cases of swine flu). "I thought. Plays that may have been a 15 yard hit or a 10 yard hit ended up going for much longer than they should have. That's something that we've talked about. being able to limit the gain. whether it was on the goal line or the screen play that we had set up for Josh (Cribbs). especially defensively. defensively. especially for some big plays where we were a little bit off.26. things like that. there were opportunities in the passing game. After watching the tape and looking at the things that we didn't do very well in the game. some of it was the throw." Mangini press conf. he's been down. because if they can seal that DB inside and we get the edge. defensively. tested and back. defensively. What I really wanted to see is if a play doesn't go the way that we want it to go. and we need to continue to work on it. offensively. it's really not as much of an issue now."Yes.like that are the difference between really big plays and plays that aren't as significant. That's something that we've worked on. to what it should be and I don't think that we tackled very well. It's the same thing that we use to teach our receivers about how important their blocking is in the perimeter. in terms of the NFL exemptions. too. 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.2009 Transcript: Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-26-09 (Opening statement). it's the same thing. there were flashes where we did it effectively and then other points where we just didn't get a hat for a hat. Mary Kay (Cabot). some of it was the protection."Good afternoon everybody. which you need to have after you get the movement on the first level. We have to be able to minimize the amount of damage any given play does and that comes with sound execution in tackling. 10/26 10. In terms of running the football." (On if Wright has already been through the testing he spoke about). is still pending.
even on special teams. That's been a real strength for us. There have been moments where we've been able to apply pressure on the quarterback and disrupt the passing game. It could have been even more of a strength yesterday. There were some decent drives. I thought it was a good day. defensively." . It's hard to stop them for three. I'm looking forward to a normal week of practice this week. we had the fourth down stop."It may manifest itself differently against that opponent." (On if he will consider a quarterback change this week). different players. "On special teams. there have been times where we've done things very well. There have been moments where we've done all those things effectively. but to end up with only three points on those drives. Josh has a chance to go the distance and we weren't. It only takes one there. both on kickoff and punt coverage. extremely effectively. some progress there. I think we played a good game yesterday on special teams. 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. but some plays where they could have been better catch and run plays. We had a couple nice returns that I think probably had a chance to go the distance on. Jeff (Schudel)."I think. in terms of being able to get the ball down the field. I don't think it was as good a day as it could have been for us. Those things have to be put together and those things have to be consistent. there were some chances yesterday that may not have been the deeper throws. and it was close there on the last one. They were down there deep and (Eric) Barton made a play right there on the goal line. I think that. whether it was Jamal (Lewis) or whether it was Jerome (Harrison). 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. focusing on what's important for us every week. I think we've done some good things in the passing game. I think we've run the football. Get the ball to the receiver. although we had shots on the deeper throws. back-to-back 100 yard rushers. There were a couple other scoring drives where I thought we held up pretty well. just a little bit tighter on those blocks. but they could have been a lot better. at times. and he would have gone for a lot further than the initial catch. It's a lot harder to stop them for six. they were in man coverage. incorporating the corrections that we need to incorporate to execute the game plan specific things related to Chicago. They missed a field goal. just didn't get it quite to the right guy. There is a lot of that in all the different areas. I think there were some blocks that." (On what he can build on from the beginning of the season until now). the six plays there on the goal line. It's being able to do it week in and week out.to. Really. it's going to be hard to put the type of points that you need to put together against a team like Green Bay." (On if he thinks that once you show you can do something once that you should be able to do it consistently). [We] didn't quite do that. We gave them three more downs on the pass interference penalty. but we didn't do it. which is a style of play and then. I thought the coverage overall was pretty sound. but I've seen all those different things at different points. It's not like the numbers were poor by any stretch. but I don't think it was as good as we could have played yesterday."No.
zero."I think that we probably could have used it more than we did yesterday." (On why he thinks good practices are not translating into game performance). but I've also seen him complete some balls that they were well thrown and well caught. but if it's going to be 20 percent of the game. meeting time. but sometimes the look changed a little bit. you're going to get certain things in practice. that'll change weekly. was actually a good answer. That comes up every week. but also in practice. whether it be in terms of reps."I think he gives us the best chance right now to move the ball. The important thing to me is. but I don't think he's been alone in producing those numbers. in terms of the way they responded to it. They played a little bit more of the bear front then they had show. worked to catch up there on Friday and Saturday." (On if not playing Brady Quinn has anything to do with the 70 percent of snaps he needs to take to earn his bonus)."Nothing. tried to execute the things the way we needed to execute them. I know his numbers have not been impressive. There have been a lot of those. I think with what we had. just a little bit out of his reach over on their sideline. I've seen him complete those plays. I think there have been a significant amount of drops. Then. Really they had maybe used it two percent of the time over the first part of the season. and be able to go back to that without the reps and be able to execute that. all those things."Usually it's during the game."I think last week. but there are going to be things that change in the game. certain pressures. and they ran it about 20 percent of the time yesterday. looks. I thought the look that they gave us. That's the type of package that I'd like to. it was a good throw. Even the throw to (Michael) Gaines yesterday. but we had some other things that we could have tried and probably should have tried.(On his reasoning for keeping Derek Anderson as the starting quarterback). I thought the guys tried to rally. not just in the games. it was a good week of practice. You work on the bear front. we're going to have up each week. offensively and defensively. and you've done work on that prior to this week." (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). tried to give the best look they could. far from a typical week of practice. you have to be able to adjust to that and react to that and really recall some of the learning that you had prior. the difficulty with practice is we had a significant number of people miss two out of the three days. not like to." (On the reason for not using the Wildcat yesterday). I think considering the challenges we faced there. In terms of what the percentage will be. The ability to reference things that maybe you practice a couple weeks earlier. I think there have been times where we've had chances and there have been some breakdowns in protection. good catch. Sometimes it's the type of situation where you can get back to it and it makes sense from . a place where only he could get it. I think there was a shot there on the deep ball to Mohamed (Massaquoi). nothing to do with it. 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. you're going to get certain looks. there were positive things. there have been other weeks where there have been good things.
where I thought we had a good chance. Sometimes it comes down to how well you're protecting." (On if he would talk to Brian Daboll during a game about using the Wildcat). no." (On what a spread offense could do for the offense). If we completed it. who fell off the back. [We] put the ball on the ground another time on second and long. but it really has the same end result. having those guys stacked. it doesn't count as a completion. You need to be able to get the in and you need to protect. We have used spread. There were a couple plays where we created some cause penalties. that would be something that I would bring up. it would have been a touchdown."I think there were points where they were both open. He got hit right at the end by the corner."After the initial play there. We had the offensive pass interference in the first drive. things like that. You also need to be able to run the football effectively. Sometimes it probably doesn't make as much sense. Then there was the fade that we were talking about to Mohamed. didn't get the completion. but got the penalty which. you don't really have the chance to show one and do the other. it might have been after the missed field goal. so if you're running the ball when you're in tight and passing the ball when you're spread out." . Those are usually very effective against man-to-man defense. We had another drive. tried to get it off to him. 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 need to] punctuate a couple drives with those things. where we had a false start on second-and-10.A. You really lose the element of play action when you do that. and stop moving the ball."Yes.A."We've done that at different points with D. With the type of defense that they were running yesterday. hit his arm and it fell a little bit short. We didn't execute. but to consistently move the ball you need to have those guys open. Sometimes when you're spread out against man."Yes.where you are. It was the second to last play of the two-minute drive there. or in tight where you can create some traffic problems and catch and run." (On if the rookie wide receivers were open enough). in relationship to the score and the situation of the game." (On if he spoke to Daboll yesterday about using the Wildcat). but I think that yesterday we probably could have used it more than we did. Now you're in second-and-15. so we wanted to take a look at that. You need to eliminate penalties. Converted a third down to Josh and then they knocked the ball out. I thought on a couple of those balls we had a real shot. where we started on the 40. who was running an out route. He had come off to trap it and the safety hadn't gotten deep enough and D. There was one in two-minute where the corner had fallen off on Brian (Robiskie) to come and trap Greg (Estandia). which was much heavier man than zone. (Derek Anderson)." (On if the receivers are open enough to consistently move the ball). There were some other things that we liked that we wanted to get to. They were able to get it there.
We're going to put a plan in place to fix them. There will be a bunch of challenges coming up and you deal with them and you move forward. the group of coaches that we have. The mistakes are going to be addressed. understanding how to be a consistent team. Understanding how to be a consistent player. coaching it. ‘things are ok." (On if he thinks the team will get back to playing how they did the previous three games before Green Bay). that's improvement. It doesn't just happen. It's going to be the challenge that we had this week. it's a skill that's learned."I think that we can perform a lot better with the group that we have. in terms of how to play the way that we want to play." . it's always going to be trying to approve for the next week. that's progress. is to make progress and to play a certain way. Every challenge is going to be different. lose. and I really felt that over the last three weeks we had made a lot of progress. It's like a lot of things that you want to do better in any arena. or a few games that way and not the other games that way. The group of players. The mistakes are going to be analyzed. 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."That's the only football that we're going to play here. You can't do it part of the time. It always will be. you just have to keep working at it. all that stuff is important."I don't think that anybody is pleased with where we are right now.' And it has to be consistently that approach. There is no sense of. You work at it. you understand that it's a process. You can't lose sight of that. I wouldn't consider it to be that at all. We have to play the game." (On what encouragement he can give to the fans). I think that anytime you take over a new situation with a new group. and we need to play the game the same way regardless of whatever things have happened leading up to that point. was unique and I appreciate that and I respect that. doing it again and it's a fundamental skill."I think it's like anything else." (On what they can do to improve on the tackling). You just don't become consistent."No. but that approach can't be different. We are going to work at it as diligently and as deliberately as we possibly can. It's doing it. but they don't change the game. There is a commitment to that. We've shown that we can perform better than we have and we can improve individually. improving it. You can't lose sight of what is important. Being aware of the different types of situations you're going to be in when you are tackling. and that is what I am looking for with these guys. 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.(On if he considers this to be the low point in his head coaching career). To me. We can improve collectively. That's not going to change. Every game situation is going to be different. It's like anything else. and it will be.' It's a sense of. You can't approach a game part of the time that way. you work at it. ‘we need to do things better than we're doing things. Win. and you keep working at it. I think this week." (On if the team needs a talent upgrade). I think that we can perform better than we have.
but what you are looking for is continued progress. where you've transitioned to." (On what he thought yesterday about fans leaving the game early)."When I took over. is.A. Every place that I have been. [It is] really an approach that I experienced firsthand and also learned being part of that with other head coaches. It's a different group of players. because you don't know when it's going to happen. because it changes quickly. is what can you do to improve? Not lose sight of those things. It's a passionate group."The conversation that I had with Brady is really the approach. and suddenly you have that opportunity again and you always want to be able to maximize that opportunity when you get it. you need to keep working at the same level. ‘this one thing was different. You need to. You need to continually address the areas of improvement and you need to be ready when your opportunity strikes. I understand it's different everywhere you go and there are different challenges everywhere you go. " (On if there is more work to do with the team than he originally thought). That's what I told D."It's important for us to give them something to cheer about. working to win that game and in the process." (On if he began the season thinking the team was going to be successful this season)"I approached it the same way. That has been the approach. what do we have to do today to improve and understanding that there are things that are going to improve more as we go. not change your approach.(On if he has any sense of how long it will take to get the team where he wants it to be)." . Being part of this experience in three different places. 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. when he wasn't the starter and that's what I talk to any of the players about who aren't currently starting. 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. it's different."I don't think you can look at one factor. We need to continue to move forward and make sure that nobody wants to leave the stadium."I don't have a timetable set up. That's what we have to do. 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). in terms of working to win every single game. That's how we approach next week. it was really the same sort of 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. It's a different schedule. There are some things that you can do short term and some things that you can do long term. I guess it would be four. That's how we approach it. like anybody who is not playing currently." (On what is different between this team and his Jets team his first year as head coach). In terms of saying. There are variables upon variables. It is a process. and I respect that.' I don't think it ever comes down to one thing.
"[Offensively]. to win the games. We're looking tow in each one. when that's clogged up. He has great confidence. I've faced him several times in Denver. can create plays. even in the preseason. 10/28 10. yes.(On if he has ever coached in a home game where you can hear the other team's fans above your own). but get it out. their ability to not only identify the football."Good morning everybody. with the rest of the season. because you see it. I think defensively. anytime you play one of Lovie's (Smith) teams. He had a touchdown scramble. Whether it's the defenders who are sacking the quarterback."Yes. but he also can extend plays with his feet. In terms of being able to create turnovers since he's been there. Do I think that we've made some strides? At points.28. some of the movements. I think he has the ability to really dig it out and get inside. I know his average isn't what it was. I think is . especially out of the backfield."I think we are right where we've played ourselves to be. some of the things we talked about. whether it's sliding up in the pocket. and we're not going to stop doing that. How are we doing? In getting ready for Chicago. so we're going to have to do a good job identifying those things. I've been on both sides of that spectrum. even though this is a different scheme than what we faced last week. 30 percent of their points have come off of turnovers. but he still hit the 61-yarder and he has the ability to do that at any point. some of it could be purely off pressure. I've been in other stadiums where our fans were drowning out their fans. He'll put the ball into tight spots. You know that they work on it consistently. That's what the record indicates. their awareness of the football." (On if he thinks they are a better team now than at the beginning of the season). I've been in plenty of those games. some of it could just be part of the overall scheme. He gets the bulk of their carries. His ability to get the ball in some tight spots. 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. There's some variation in what they do and who comes. I think that there are plenty of opportunities for us. He. With (Jay) Cutler. the guys down the field making the tackle. He'll scramble some. like we saw last week. He has the natural arm strength.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-28-09 (Opening statement). I really liked Matt Forté coming out. moving out of the pocket. but he's also shown the ability to. but there is quite a bit of moment that you have to adjust to as an offensive line. It's been something consistent since he's been there and it's helped them. get to an edge and create some big plays. they create some challenges in terms of the pressures that they use. The amount of points produced off those has won a lot of games for them. leading all backs in receptions. being able to pick it up and then executing the pattern on the back end. like a lot of the guys we've faced thus far. he's led the NFL in turnovers." Mangini press conf. but the record is what it is and that's a reflection of what we've been able to do to this point. Even in the running game.
that's a pretty good situation as well."They play well at home. (Devin) Hester. Whether it's punt return. There's one on. he hits on the plus side. but to start on the 40. and then he can take a slant." (On Jay Cutler's interceptions). They all get some opportunities. I don't think that the goal there was to kick it out of bounds. and they have. I don't think they were trying to kick it out of bounds with those. they can all score. I think that anytime you're coming off a loss or a tough loss. The nice thing they can do with him is. I think it was third-and-25 against Atlanta that he went up in got. Bennett's been back there a little bit too. but he's developing more and more as a receiver. We want to get it corrected. We want to create and be consistent with the style of play. two tight ends that are bigger guys. overload the coverage. He'll throw the ball into some tight spots because he has great arm strength. break a couple tackles and just like if he had in punt return. 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. really good hands. he can get vertical. anticipating a sideline return because it was so tight to the sideline. so he creates those problems. He has excellent accuracy and he usually gets those in. he can make something happen. they can all score. He can thread the needle. he's in the secondary." (On having to play the Bears at home). Earl Bennett made some impressive acrobatic catches over the course of the season. I think they were trying to pin it in the corner of the end zone and then. so it gets six guys on that side. you're going to get some that go the other way. we all have the same approach. [is] really impressive in the return game. It's a tough environment to play in. the Wild Cats. "On their [special] teams. More often than not. Every now and then. put whoever you want back there. I think their skill position guys."Brett (Favre) has supreme confidence. like we weren't happy with the result last week." (On if he thinks Green Bay kicked the ball out of bounds so Joshua Cribbs couldn't return it).impressive and also. kick return." . from a special teams perspective. Jay's like that too. They can run him on the reverses. Hester. 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'm sure they weren't happy with the result last week. but that's going to be probably our biggest challenge to date. 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. he creates those problems. Brett will throw the ball into tight spots. He had a couple that game that [were] similar to what you saw out of him coming out of college. when you do have multiple bodies around."You know Tony (Grossi). He's created a lot of pressure there. There's great upside and there's some downside there as well. We want to get the things fixed that we need to fix. whether it's Knox. just based on the way that they covered. You just need to understand that there are some risks there. but he's made a lot of plays doing what he does. (Danieal) Manning. with Greg having above average vertical speed for a tight end.
"Yes. but hasn't had any kind of extensive role. you really respect his versatility. Last week. which is something we'll focus on too. I don't think I was looking at it that way. There is somewhat of a learning curve there. get it communicated." (On if Fraley was in danger of not making the team before Hadnot got injured)"Rex went down fairly early in the process. we've been in good shape." . Hank had been playing some in those packages. and those were our two tight ends for the game. That's something that we have to do better. is give ourselves some more time to assess what's happening. I thought on that play. We'll keep moving with that. there have been some packages that we've done a really good job with. He gets a little bit better each week. who's been here. He's helped Alex (Mack) throughout this process. [We] have a real good shot to see him here today practicing. I thought he played better this game than he had his first opportunity. We had to use him a bit more. hand placement. that's where you get hit with something that could have been communicated out more effectively. at all. An offensive lineman that can play three interior positions has a lot of value. too. Those things are technique errors that can improve. 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. He's an excellent communicator. That."No. make sure everybody sees it the same way. He's willing to play whatever role he can play. I think. He approaches it the same way he approaches his offensive line play. I think there have been some individual cases where we haven't held up as well. something that we talked about. Jeff (Schudel). I like the way that he approaches everything. assess what's happening."I think. Tony (Grossi). we were in a really unique situation to go into the game without Steve or Robert (Royal) and really working with Michael (Gaines). or the back against the blitzing linebacker. When we've done that. just comes down to technique. He has great professionalism. where you have a hat for a hat. we've been trying to increase that each week to get him to a place where he can handle more and more reps." (On Hank Fraley)." (On Mike Furrey in the nickel package)."I thought he played pretty well. who was new this week and Greg (Estandia)." (On if Steve Heiden is a candidate for injured reserve). A lot of people have been beaten by Donald Driver in the slot. he could have played a little bit more in the trail position. but your hat doesn't hold up against their hat. but overall I thought he did pretty well."I really like Hank for a lot of reasons. I think that getting to know those guys through the course of training camp. is our ability getting in and out of the huddle. He does well. I think one of the important things." (On how he assesses the offensive line protection). whether it be against a gain. Tony (Grossi). and as you get to know Hank more. Mary Kay (Cabot). It's a tough duty. but he's happy to do it.(On if Rex Hadnot is getting more reps). When we haven't. often times. that he's actually making some progress here. leverage.
"I don't know what the numbers are. It's not as quick of a read. because he has started and played a lot of games on defense. so he can get the things that he needs to do offensively. He had played pretty well on defense. Could he have come earlier? Yes. He's a smart guy. he came back to Cribbs later.(On what is says about the secondary that he uses Furrey in the nickel). I don't know if it'll be every package or a variation of packages. the corner was sitting there and then the corner came off and squatted on Furrey."With Mike. I think is a good thing. based on whether or not he's open or not happen. probably could have stayed a beat longer with it. he could have had a chance. just have to see how he does through the course of the week. it's a little unique. Derek (Anderson) went to the flat. where David went to MIKE and (Eric) Barton went to WILL. It's not where we were with Troy Brown. I'm not sure what the . looked there initially."I think there were times he did really well. There are some different matches that we have there. you try to go to the flat right now. that initial look. where Harrison was going to. had the squat corner. We got the first down." (On what happened on the play in the second quarter near the goal line when Jerome Harrison appeared to be open)."What happened is. so I think he stayed on the first progression and was looking for that. I think if we had held maybe a beat longer on the flat. David Bowens played in there as well. because they have different combination coverages based on you being bunched up. as well as defensively."On that particular play. Being able to use that to help us. as say." (On Kaluka Maiava's play against Green Bay). I think (David) Veikune could get some opportunities. Overall. when he initially went to the flat. so that's another option that we've worked with."You are able to see the field. it's just with bunch patterns. thought he had a chance there for a bigger play down the field and then came back to Cribbs. We ended up losing the ball on the fumble. I thought there were some things to build on and he'll get some more chances. 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. It's really effective against a lot of man-to-man coverages because they have to deal with leverage and things like that." (On if there is a trend in the NFL of coaches going for it on fourth down). but each route has a progression. with a guy that had never played defense. you might get if they were extended. I'm not talking about a significant amount of time." (On if Anderson is able to see the field). 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. with patterns where you have multiple receivers tight." (On if Anderson could have gotten the ball to Cribbs earlier on the play Cribbs fumbled on). Then it goes from the flat to the inside player in the progression. but then went to his second read and that's when the corner fell off on Furrey. for his first start and extended action. without it being an overload situation. He had played defense. when that corner came off on Furrey. you could have. The way that play's designed is. things as they distribute could take a little bit. but a little bit longer to clean up.
statistically the percentage of them scoring if they stop you is also high. We'll see where both those guys are. You remember that as well. He has good hands. It's not a knock on Abe and it's never a knock on somebody when you transition them in. odds are they're going to score. Where statistically the percentage is high. There have been some good opportunities for him and there will be some other good opportunities for him as we go. Sometimes. it worked out really well. but there's also the risk-reward factor. There's definitely something to be said." (On if it was disappointing that Abe Elam was not in some of nickel packages against Green Bay). it works out better for that person. His role is always going to be defined by the game plan and the things he can do in the game plan. Defensively. if it works you look really good. I'd like to think we have a good shot at that. Really Greg (Estandia). He made some nice catches during the course of the week.numbers are. You're looking for continued progress from that spot. numerically or statistically. We have a lot of rookies that are playing or contributing. He needs to find a way to do the same thing."Mike is the guy that caught the touchdown pass against us in the preseason game." (On Michael Gaines' 21-yard catch against Green Bay). I talk to him about how important that is. I'm not opposed to any breakdown of carries in any game. has made some nice catches as well. it worked out really poorly. It's just." (On if Phil Dawson will try to play on Sunday)."I talk to Coye quite a bit. Some things we felt that we could do a little bit better with somebody else." (On if they need to maximize what Jerome Harrison can bring to the offense)"Jerome's gotten a significant number of carries this season. and also have to see where we are with Steve and Robert. I think he needs to continue to work on his pass protection and he's been doing that as well. if you don't get it."No. Essentially at that point. You have to look at those two things when you're evaluating it."No." (On if his approach has changed on fourth down). Sometimes. I thought he made a couple. 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."He'll work through the week. Just like when we were talking about with Brian (Robiskie). especially compared to the previous years. you feel like the matchup is better or the things that you're doing in that scheme. you talk about it the whole next week. he has to keep trying to make a case for himself." (On if Coye Francies is close to getting on the field defensively). for going for it on fourth down. since he's been here. I've gone for it on fourth down a lot of different times. we'll keep working different people in different spots to see what the best spots are. I think he's made some nice plays and I think there are some plays that he can improve on and he knows that. We're getting to know him here. but I thought they were well caught in contested areas. they weren't necessarily big gains. If it doesn't. that's a scoring play. Those are decisions that. That was positive as well. You go for it on your 30. .
He works." (On if there have been any new cases of the flu since last week). He was part of that group that missed two days of practice. We added some tackling drills to continue to emphasize that. How are we doing? One piece of housekeeping. You want everybody there. 10/29 10. he had a little boy."Good morning everybody. David Jr. Ideally.2009 Transcript: Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-29-09 (Opening statement). 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.29. whether it's him or Mike or Brian. 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. Everybody's happy and healthy." (On if Steve Heiden will be able to play on Sunday)."I think we have a good chance there. so that's good news." (On if the week off affected the way Kamerion Wimbley had been playing)." Mangini press conf. because there was a week there where he got a little . Cribbs has different packages. In terms of today."Each guy I'm sure responded differently to not being here. not just this week but week-to-week. I'm looking forward to him to keep carving out spots. We'll do that again today. that we're doing things fundamentally sound to either limit the production or to maximize the production offensively. so he's back with us. Practice is important. what we're going to be working on is our third down package. 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. I want to go through the week. 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. you have some different packages. It helps a lot. We spend a lot of time on this. [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. It happened late Tuesday night. this week will be a normal NFL week of practice. David Bowens. who missed yesterday for personal reasons. I think that would have been counterproductive."No. He took a little bit of a step back last week. "I thought yesterday overall was a good start to the week. he just needs to make his strong case to do that."He's been playing in a role and he'll continue to play in a role." (On Chansi Stuckey's development).
I think we're net minus 56." (On if he thinks Dawson would be back already if his injury had been to his plant leg instead of his kicking leg). Carson (Palmer). Turnovers for us is a stat that I do look at. I'm not sure how that would have affected it from a timeline perspective. because the stats will come if we improve the execution. because it's been significant. based on is the outside receiver going to run a come-back. (Joe) Flacco. he's another guy that is able to move around in the pocket in create some different things. Defensively. Each team has a set of scramble rules and each team's scramble rules are different. The amount of points that we've given up as a result of turnovers. It's different on the back end because the defense that you have called to cover the play that you anticipate getting run. Ideally. what I'm looking at is where we can improve the execution. or is he going to continue down the field. which is easier because you stay with the guy that you're on. I think there's a real good shot. and how we can improve the execution. Is the closest receiver going to be the low level guy or is he going to be the deeper level guy." (On if he would be more inclined to keep Dawson out this week since the bye is next week). but they put up pretty big numbers. Clair. he has good mobility. 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. Whenever he is out there. the fits on the break down have to be consistent. That stat is significant. Peyton (Manning) doesn't move around a lot in the pocket. made some progress there."No."I didn't look at it that way."He does give some insight." (On how useful Michael Gaines is when preparing for Chicago). With the bye week next week."It feels like we've dealt with that every week. Traditionally that's been consistent with this style of defense. Tom (Brady) doesn't move around a lot in the pocket. so then you have to cover your scramble rules based on manto-man defense. who has some experience with the Bears as well. he'll be back as well. is the most important thing. but we wouldn't do that whether it's the bye week next week or not. it's not something that we're rushing. At the end of the day. It all works together and you have to prepare for what they run. when it breaks down. I think the same thing with Phil (Dawson). It's hard each week. so points we've generated from our turnovers versus points that the opponent has generated from the turnovers we've given up.bit of time and wasn't able to participate like we hoped he would. There's a bunch of different things that happen and as a defensive line. that's the goal. It's something that has to improve and until it does." (On Jay Cutler's ability to keep plays alive and how the secondary will have to defend against it). That." (On if he pays much attention to statistics). that's when we feel that he's able to do it. St. or anything along those lines. depending on what kind of passer they are. but the point total is low. John is here as well. it's critical that you keep those guys in the pocket so you don't get to that next level. or zone defense and understanding where you have to fit. ."We wouldn't put him out there if we felt that there was a chance that it could be a big setback. what happens if it breaks down and it adds some preparation. it's hard. Not that stationary quarterbacks are easier to deal with. to me. I've been a part of situations where the numbers weren't very good.
as we he was coming around. The scheme. (Dan) Klecko. with the blocking."Yes." (On if he has ever thought about putting a defensive lineman in on offense when inside the five yard line). He's not that little. We have to get that fixed. It's not the same world. the traditional checks. It's hard work. Everybody talks about being back there and you get back there and it gets noisy. kind of hit his hip so he couldn't get in the hole to get the linebacker he was assigned to. and even though you are. I thought we had a chance on the other one. We had a play that. There isn't one. little Klecko. too. I think. odds are. especially on the goal line. the things like that. Typically. he's 300 pounds. is the only way to win is to be consistent and to fix things and understanding that. but the style of play has to remain consistent. and the level of preparation has to remain consistent. There is so much movement that you usually have somebody who knows something about that team."Last week. It's a different world though. it's on understanding what's important to get fixed and the difference between the right approach and the wrong approach. That's the formula. The . We've worked a couple different guys as tight ends. in terms of our style of play and that's the starting point. 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." (On the problem with running the ball inside the five yard line). His pull could have been a little bit deeper and I think it would have avoided the contact. when we had him. Everybody wants to be back there. I thought you were talking about more the fullback spot. one of the problems was we had the fumbled exchange. We didn't have a hat for a hat on that and he just got chipped. I used to put (Richard) Seymour back there some. You've done some of that. It's commitment. the calls. It's dedication. kind of."I don't really look at it as selling them on anything. He's made some really impressive catches.They know both those guys are here. is maybe eight inches on the pull. It's more teaching that element as opposed to selling any sort of miracle cure. maybe every couple weeks."He has great hands. every team changes it up. Those things are going to be different based on which individual you're playing against. It's just as important to prepare the same way after a win as you would any other week. When you're used to hitting someone. I think." (On if Mike Vrabel is successful at playing on offense because he is so smart). It's always easy to come in after a win and prepare. those things are going to change week-to-week. not big (Joe) Klecko. 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. It's consistency. and guys figure that out pretty quickly when they're back there. it's different. too. so I'm sure they're taking that into account. the puller got knocked off. Maybe the traditional audibles. or enough every couple weeks so that it's not following the same pattern. when you get to this point in the season." (On what he sells the team on when they are 1-6). To me. That's the difference between having a hat or not having a hat. It's really the same approach if you aren't winning. those aren't going to stay the same through this week. it's still. We're willing to try different people there.
probably more so on the first one than the second one." (On if the team loses confidence when they get in the red zone and aren't able to score). the numbers don't really show it." (On Kenyon Coleman specifically). really understanding the different coverages."We felt confident last week that we could run it in and we did call two of the three plays there to do that. It wasn't a question of not having confidence there. Klecko ended up getting hurt. so we'll do some of that too. The few opportunities that he has had. it was just the fumbled exchange hurt us at that point. Some of the things I think that we need to reengage in and reincorporate into the scheme. it does. but you put the tight end outside the receiver and he runs the number one position's route and the number two. Some of it I haven't liked. same route. It may be the same concept. when we were looking at other defensive linemen that were available in that range. Some of it I've liked. or the defensive linemen that were available in that area and then look at Kenyon's production versus that group. to get it in. it's just some different matchups. both of them did. I think in that context. I think there's an approach that we need to . stick at the top of the routes. [he] caught the other in-cut. same read for the quarterback. then you get a little bit different match up. 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. There's been some scaling back with some of the stuff we do. Really. Hopefully. Same concept. Seymour ended up getting hurt. he caught the one on the sideline. just he hasn't gotten a lot of opportunities to get the ball."You always want to get seven. Route depths."Yes.other thing that happened." (On if they adjust the playbook when the offense is not playing well)."I think he's done a good job in the role that he's had."Yes. which is higher than his normal total. He's performed how I envisioned him to perform. I think there's been progress. I think we had a shot."Brian. Alex (Mack) has been able to play 100 percent of the snaps and I think he's making some real strides there as well. but I think he has done some better things over the course of his time of playing more."We've done a lot of that. in that role. When you were looking at the range. Kenyon's a pretty consistent guy. I kind of moved away from the d-lineman/fullback role a little bit from that." (On if not feeling confident enough to run the ball inside the five affects how a game is called)." (On if Seymour and Klecko got hurt playing fullback). That's a positive. He has a sack this year." (On Brian Robiskie). we'll keep getting him more and more involved as we go. I think he probably has more play time and production than guys that were drafted in that spot. I think." (On if two defensive players getting hurt on offensive will change your mind about using them in that role)."That was really part of the trade." (On the draft day trade for Kenyon Coleman). it's been positive. he wasn't in bounds.
We got it a couple days this week. I know the Star Wars Symphony is coming to Cleveland. to me. It's something that can improve and needs to improve across the board. You have everybody jammed up inside. I thought they did a nice job with that. [I] have been doing that for years. It's great.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-30-09 (On what his kids are going to be for Halloween). that's Luke. in terms of being able to get the ball into the end zone. [It's for] when I Skype with them. I hope nobody ever walks in when that is happening."Let's see. I feel like we are getting closer in understanding how to deal with it. It is a little bit different package than what we have seen over the last couple of weeks. Everybody has to understand it. I think it's more about understanding how subtle the differences are down there and being able to capitalize on those things. that's the one year old and Luke Skywalker. we have Puss in Boots from Shrek." (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). I can't stress that enough. I am usually either Darth Vader or the Emperor. we improve. We have been doing it since training camp. the other one. I thought that defensively we had a good day. all of the different places I have been and [I] believe in it. you saw yesterday. In all three areas whether it be the routes. good times. I can't emphasize that enough. Everybody has to take part in it.30. if he had gone deeper we probably would have had the hat that we needed. 10/30 10. The two oldest. That. Good times. and [to] do it quickly is key. I am sure the players are wondering what that is for. what to anticipate. I think there are some things that we need to clean up from yesterday that we will do here today. That. It's a different type of ." (Opening statement). but one he gets knocked off. understanding where a defender's leverage is. It's fun. the protection. I have a Darth Vader mask in my office." Mangini press conf."Yes. Jake is Han Solo and Luke is Luke Skywalker. just law of averages. The ability to identify what they are in. too Terry (Pluto). I thought we had a really good day yesterday with the communication. I had to watch that documentary last Friday about the making of. That would help too. they are big Star Wars fans. is another skill that is developed and as it improves. you get down there more often. "Offensively. and really I'm looking to get down there more often to increase the averages of getting in. it's the difference between a very small amount of distance. Like I was talking about with the puller. because there's not a lot of margin for error. to me. how to attack it. the reads. Luke loves Luke Skywalker. Yoda. is such a fundamental skill. You really understand how important the smallest details are. It also helps our offensive players with running with the football."Today what we are going to do. continuing to emphasize tackling.continue to take. Ideally. what the check is. We are going to keep doing it.
(Derek Anderson) and Brady (Quinn) here.A. Josh has played a lot of different roles with the Wildcat."He does have really good hands. That wasn't part of the equation. Say you had four wide receivers on the field and a tight end. I think that if you look at Kenyon's production versus the other d-linemen that were available high in the draft. so they have to deal. traditionally that would be an empty formation. Some of the veteran guys who have years of experience can relate things back. it's hard to get those days back that you miss in practice."You look at all the players available. clean up those things. that's been a plus decision. He's good with run after the catch."I like the players that we got. at times. but having D. I think there are a lot of plusses with it. but as a young guy. You can run those types of plays with a guy like that. Brett's (Ratliff) been in his role and that's really the role that I saw him having when he came here. We are making some strides there as well. I thought that was an area where we needed to develop depth. It's not that you don't think that he's going to be as good in the other role." (On if it was determined before the draft that the team did not need to draft a quarterback)." (On how the trade for Kenyon Coleman has worked out). on a good note. He is strong when he is running his routes. but you are creating another one because that guy does have some running back skills. tight end and running back set. work on the red zone and ideally finish the week. We all need that and I think especially with the younger guys. It takes time." (On the notion of using Josh Cribbs as a running back). we all need to practice. but with Brad Smith where you could get into multiple wide receiver set. potentially be really good in that role. I don't think last week was his best week.front in terms of the way they penetrate versus some of the other teams that have been a little bit more reacting. and also. He's building that experience each time he plays and each time he practices. It's one personnel group which presents one set of issues. I've liked the things that he's done. where our initial spot was. practice wise. and the production that he's had and the play time that he's had. in terms of that position going into the draft." . our receiver group when we first got here was in a bit of a state of flux. motion him back in the backfield and now you are in a three wide receiver. I liked working with those guys and I liked the things that they brought to the table. It takes a lot of work by the player and the group to get that. What we will do today is." (On why he chose to play Cribbs at wide receiver instead of running back). We would take Brad. Alex (Mack) has started every snap and I think he gets a little bit better each week. but you think that he has a chance to keep developing. and I don't love making comparisons between guys. at a position that has as much communication as the center does and as many variations as the center does. the receiver so you have to build the package as you go. It wasn't really our mindset. It's something that we have done a little bit of. Same thing with Abe (Elam). it was important to me to see those guys. everybody would be out because you don't have a running back."I've done some of that in the past.
" (On how much the health of the tight ends affects the game plan). Greg has been able to go to some degree. one back. Greg (Estandia) had played. whether it be Robert or Steve."Yes. because we had both those guys (Robert Royal and Steve Heiden) down. he's been here an extra week and he has some exposure to those different spots. 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. which is two backs. the most important thing is what is the role? What is the game day role? The role can take a lot of different shapes. as well as play some tight end. or play a role on substituted defenses that is significant. give them reps because you feel like they should have reps."It's like anything else. 11 there's a tight end. You're kind of down to 20 personnel. There were a lot of moving parts. definitely. for Gaines. the third defensive back playing in the slot. or 10 [personnel]. Some of the reps that you take off somebody else. What you don't want to do is. With (Michael) Gaines. You also have to then. the things you're asking them to do." (On if he has separate game plans depending on how many tight ends will be able to play). which is good."There's not really a group that you have where you can [plan for not having a tight end]. Is it as clear as you would like it to be? No. I can tell you. Hank (Fraley) had played a role there to some degree. allows them to play better at their spot. the good news is. (Lawrence) Vickers was out. We've gotten Lawrence back. Steve's been able to go to some degree. Now. and I've said it a lot. but it's not what's best. four wide receivers. Hank may be able to be an in-line guy. You may feel like you have a really good handle on a guy. Robert's been able to go to some degree." (On if there is a possibility of a player earning playing time by performing well enough at their primary position. 12 there are two tight ends. you look at what they've done based on the systems they were in and getting to know them and going through that experience. but not on special teams). but as you go through the season. [we] we're sure. you know them much better than you did coming into it. all those things come into play."It was tough last week. he had just come in. Going back to a long time ago. see them in your system. you look at both sides of it. you can't do it. 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. getting to know them through the course of the season. we had the flu element. three wide receivers. If you're the star."Yes. That's what you're working with at that point. could go.(On if he saw enough from Anderson and Quinn before the draft to have a good idea of what they are capable of)." (On if a player's playing time can be decided solely on his performance at his primary position). bring someone to a game. had been here a little while. the whole concept . You try to build some flexibility with the plays. sort of hoping that one of those other two guys. so Gaines had to play some fullback. like he has been. If you've carved out a role somewhere else. 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. but at least it's moving in that direction. 21 there's a tight end.
" (On Green Bay saying that they had practiced against Elam's blitz all week).of building flexibility. It's like anything else. you just make the tackle. I think that play could have been minimized if we had made the tackle. we can pick up blitzes better."Most coaches I've been around. and if they were able to pick that up. ‘Okay."I think that when you win the game. it's not just offensively. the thought process. or if it looks a little bit differently. but there's a way that you have to do it. ‘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. You have the next team and the next opportunity and you look at it objectively and correct it and move forward. so it wasn't going to get home either way. the three weeks prior I thought that we were really getting a sense of how we had to play each game.' and I don't think you'll ever find that. There are plenty of things that everybody can do better." (On if he has been pleased with how Elam has done in blitz situations). 11/3 11. It was a quick pass. there are a lot of decisions that look really good. We had been moving closer to understanding that." (On how satisfied he has been with Brian Daboll's play calling and if he has thought about taking a bigger role in it). we can catch the ball better. because there was progress there. why we're doing it. but you have to move on. it should go for 15.03. We run a lot of different things out of that set. 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. not for whatever it went. we can coach better. what's our alternative. I have an understanding of what we're doing. what our next steps are."The one thing I've been really pleased with is. if those things that we planned for aren't working. Sometimes there are setbacks. they all take it hard.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-3-09 . there's not one area where we could say. You don't want to take a step back to move forward. there are plenty of areas to improve. 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." (On the intensity of the team against Green Bay). what's the next move." (On if Daboll takes it hard after a rough game)."I try to help out in all three areas. and be involved in all three areas to whatever capacity I can and in whatever positive way that I can. I think collectively. that's exactly what we want. Believe me. You enjoy the win for about a half hour and then the losses tend to stick longer. you take a chance. At the point. which base plays are we going to go back to."Yes." Mangini press conf. I thought we can throw the ball better. I think that was [a] good job by them.
"We've had one situation where that was the case. You never go into a situation like this with the intention of it not working out. as individual coaches and as players. As a coaching staff. What I can talk about are the things that we're doing here today. I hope that you can respect that. [We] presented that to the players and then we'll go out and practice that here this afternoon. 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. all that I can say at this point. the things that. that we think we can continue to improve on. "Today was first and second down. I've really said all that I can say. but I hope you can also respect that I've added all that I can add right now. whether it be scheme."This is really. in terms of this topic. 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. technique." (On what having two dismissals in the past week says about the stability of the organization). a scouting report. We felt that. and I appreciate the questions that you guys (the media) have." (On who will address the General Manager situation if he will not). Mary Kay (Cabot). things that we want to remove from the various packages and some things that we want to add. it's the same thing. We really analyzed the things that we did well. as a staff last night. I can tell you that for a variety of reasons things didn't work out. The coaches put together clips to reflect that. 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. 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. like a typical Thursday. this was the best decision in order to move forward. 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. we went through the first and second down packages."In terms of the timetable."As I said. sort of a Browns scouting report and adjustments.(Opening statement). In terms of the decision that was made yesterday. things like that. I completely appreciate that." . as part of that. Tomorrow will be more of a third down emphasis." (On why he did not mention the General Manager change yesterday). George (Kokinis) is a friend of mine and I respect him and I wish his family well. "What we did this morning and last night is. Jeff (Schudel). 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). there's nothing else that I'm going to add."I understand. organizationally." (On why he won't talk about the General Manager situation). for a variety of reasons. I can tell you that anytime a decision like this is made it is difficult personally and professionally."Good morning everybody. whatever the case may be.
I look forward to those meetings. the important thing that I've stressed. and I'll just leave it at that."In talking to the team. We will spend some more time as a coaching staff going through. some of the points of emphasis that we need to really work on with them. address their concerns. I can just tell you the things that I can address and it's for a variety of reasons. Tony (Grossi). all of us are focused on. I can just tell you what I'm addressing. those meetings have been very valuable. need to be addressed long term. but that's also a component of this."I think that you have to talk to Neal (Gulkis) about that. and then collectively what we can improve. It is a unique time where you can put some more emphasis on individual technique." (On how he keeps this from becoming a distraction to the players). but really. 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." (On if he has made any further conclusions about possible changes)." (On if he understands why fans want to know what is going on within the organization). address what they're hoping to achieve over the course of the rest of the season."There's really a variety of reasons. Those things are the important things that we need to do. what we're going to do is. I understand the question."No. like I said. Just from my experience over the last three years. We have. with myself. I hope you can understand that as well. how we can help him improve. where we can go really share some time and I can give them my perspective on things. Tony (Grossi). Whether it be during the individual periods. point of attack tapes made on each guy. 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. with the coordinator." . is the important thing for us is to be able to focus individually first on what we can improve."Mary Kay (Cabot). player-by-player.(On if Bernie Kosar will fill some on Kokinis' responsibilities). We need to get that done this week and that's what we're focused on. in terms of player performances and evaluation and things like that on Thursday. We'll meet more on personnel." (On if there are legal reasons why he can't talk about Kokinis). I hope that you can understand that as well. whether it be today or yesterday or at any point. I spent a lot of time with the coaching staff yesterday. can sit down with the players one-on-one and either address their performance. areas where we think either that player can improve. whether it be actual game tapes or whether it be practice tapes." (On if Randy Lerner plans to address the situation). this is all that I can say. [I have] historically made a lot of strides during the bye week. like I said. where they can look at that individually to help them get a better feel for what they've done or with their position coach. we're looking at it from a scheme perspective and also from a personnel perspective.
" (On if Ratliff is a candidate to start after the bye week). It was true with my experience as a head coach with the Jets. What we do still do. I remember my early experiences with Bill (Belichick) as a young guy. That is consistent with every place that I've been. There's never opposition to someone that can help us achieve that goal. I've been part of it as a head coach myself and there's not one specific pattern that it follows. You want as many players around like that. That's not going to change. first and foremost. but it is stuff that you have to look at. You appreciate the feedback. that are unique to that group of players. there's no blue print for how to deal with those things. as long as there was a rational to it."No. It was the same thing with Bill Parcells." (On what he thinks the image of the Browns is around the league). That's true here. 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. the way that they players are working. It's obviously our players. It's our packages. I've been part of this process before. Each group of guys has been radically different."You'd have to ask people around the league. there are things that come up every day that aren't on the agenda."I didn't look at it in terms of how hard it would be. the way that the organization is working. You appreciate the honesty. There's no substitute for that. . They aren't on the schedule. It was true in New York with the Jets. but it's a cliché for a reason. There isn't a set pattern. in this case Brett. I've been part of it with different head coaches. There's no substitute for constantly analyzing ways to improve and being committed to doing that." (On his thoughts on final personnel decisions being given to someone else in the future). That's often a time for the third quarterback. It does take time. Tony (Grossi). You want to hire as many people as you possibly can like that. because that's the truth. to get some of those reps that he may not get during the course of a normal practice. is the opportunity periods. Even when I was in my third year in New York. Each year's been radically different. I really respected that and learned a lot from him from that perspective."Over these practices and things like that. Bill would always listen to anybody's opinion and anybody's ideas. as long as it was well thought out. but also to improve at every level at all times."My goal is to win and my goal is to improve. It may be a cliché. is all based on one end goal and that is to win. It was true with my experience in New England with Bill (Belichick)." (On if this is harder than he thought it was going to be when he took the job). but the consistent thing is the way that you have to approach it. [He] was open to it and was willing to introduce those things or try those things. the way that they coaches are working. you have to try to make good decisions on and you have to move forward. There just isn't. It does take a lot of hard work. that are unique to that coaching staff.(On if Brett Ratliff will get more reps). we'll try to work all three guys to some degree. every experience I've had. It does take deliberate practice. It was true with my experience in New York with Bill Parcells. You appreciate people trying to constantly improve at what they're doing or constantly help the group improve. I know that the things that we're doing. There's no substitute for hard work. It's our stuff.
I feel comfortable with the guys that we've brought in and their contributions. He was a hand in the dirt guy. to me. which is always positive to be able to do. it's really an extension of the bye week for us. nickname was . review the tape and then go out and practice the things that you want to get corrected. The organization felt this gave us the best chance to move forward. it's an organizational decision that we felt gave us the best chance to move forward."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. what I decided to do this week as well.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."You never go into any situation with the intention of it not working out and that was true in this case." (On if this was an organizational decision he signed off on). is we had the two days last week where we covered each phase. you look at the thing you're going to carry through." Mangini press conf. things like that. I think the players." (On how many of the players he brought in this season he thinks have the potential to be franchise impact players). 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. third down. is a good example of what we're always trying to do. I spent a lot of time with the boys yesterday and the day before. who always had his hand in the dirt in college. There's really nothing else I can add. their approach. He was an undrafted free agent."Good morning everybody. It's all part of what you continue to grow. "In terms of what we're doing here today. is we elevated Marcus Benard from the practice squad to the active roster. first and second down. Following that process leading up to it from a preparation perspective. That's what the emphasis is here today. Every mentor that I've had has had that approach. it's nice for them to get some time with their families or get away. That's the nice thing about the week. you go through it. regardless of how much success they've had and that's probably why they've had the success that they have had. Marcus. How are we doing? [My bye week] was good actually. you install if you're going to add some things or correct some things. "One thing that we did housekeeping wise. That's always rejuvenating.2009 Transcript: Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-9-09 (Opening statement)."Really it's what I said. Everybody contributes to that process. 11/9 11." (On if it was a difficult decision). What I've traditionally done.09. their work ethic. Today. you analyze it.
We'll talk about that more and our preparation for the Ravens. to stand up. we do." (On if he has made a decision at quarterback). It doesn't have to be filled by one guy all the time in all the different packages. to come here. he'll practice here today. it's easy to lose track of how long these guys have been working and ."He's outside. in talking to him. That's the other nice thing with the bye week. or his role on special teams and then. based on what you're seeing. similar to David Bowens and David Veikune. I think he has the ability to where he could play inside from his athleticism. similar to keeping David Veikune inside. I think he's done an outstanding job."Yes. I said.' That will be dependent on his play on special teams." (On what linebacker position Benard plays). (Blake) Costanzo who's worked as a WILL. I know where I'm headed. those positions are mirrored. I have an idea where we're heading. we'll at least have some real clarity either later today or tomorrow. ‘That's the first step. The next step is to get to the 45-man roster."We'll have some more guys in for workouts tomorrow. so he could be a potential candidate from a MIKE perspective."Yes."(Jason) Trusnik has played in there. I'm going to keep him outside. really letting him concentrate on one spot."I think we'll know more. He was our [practice] player of the week against Buffalo." (On Eric Barton). We'll talk about that in conjunction with our work on the Ravens. I think his best chance to contribute is outside. Mary Kay (Cabot). but want to go through the workouts and see where those are." (On if they will need another inside linebacker if Barton can't play). He had a lot of production in college at a smaller school and then. You have Kaluka (Maiava). 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." (On if he has told the quarterbacks his decision yet). what other roles he can play for us defensively. I'll let Neal (Gulkis) let you know. I think. I'd just rather talk about it on Wednesday. Once we do. so that's what we'll be doing." (On if there is still one roster spot open)."What I'll do is I'll let you guys know about that on Wednesday. The weather's been pretty amazing over of the course of the weekend and it looks like we have another day like that today. We have a little variation in body types."I haven't sat down with the quarterbacks. 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." (On if Jamal Lewis is okay). The thing that's been consistent with him is his work ethic. Now. even if I'm not talking [at a press conference]. Ideally in a 3-4. so that's part of it." (On if he knows what position will be filled with the roster spot). who's worked as a WILL. but you can have combinations based on the package.King Kong. It's good to have the players back in. his strength. things like that. It's good to be able to get out there together. so you have those three there.
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
I'm not looking to change. (Joe) Flacco. 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. I liked what he did over the bye week practices. That's what I'm looking for. 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. starting . 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.decision with anybody else and Brady (Quinn) will start this week against Baltimore. as you play conference opponents for the second time. there's plenty all of us can do better in all three phases. I look forward to him taking advantage of this opportunity and helping us improve offensively."Yes. I think that he's worked hard since the first transition was made and I respect that. it's a very good running game and we weren't very good there. That's what I asked him to do. I think that familiarity should help us and the work that we did over the bye week should help us as well. He's had more time in the system. which is what I asked of him. Defensively." (On if Derek Anderson will be the backup quarterback). You have to protect the football. I watched him some in college when he was coming out and things like that. I think it's a creative pressure package that they have defensively."It's hard to put it in a long term context. believe me. I think. to me. His quarterback rating was outstanding and they generated some big plays. and even when they don't pressure. "In terms of Baltimore. I think that his overall control of the offense has gotten better. there's more familiarity. That's never the intention when a decision like this is made."I like to think that throughout the course of the season guys continue to improve. the coaching squad's perspective."With any of these decisions. even from my perspective. You go back and you look at the first game. I think he's done some good things in the role that he was playing." (On what makes him think Quinn will play better than he did the beginning of the season). We have our work cut out for us. That's one of the things that he and I talked about last night. one of the things that happens is. that's the key for any type of improvement. they've got players that can cause problems. All three of those things will kill you. 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. because this is my first experience with him. continues to improve and [we] didn't disrupt him very much. we had four turnovers. I think that he's had some good weeks of practice." (On what Quinn needs to do better than he did the first two and a half games)"Collectively." (On if he will stick with the quarterback decision for the rest of the season). The positive thing is having the exposure that we've had with some of the new guys. I think his comfort level in the system has gotten better." (On where Quinn has improved the most). 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.
taking it and taking it."I think that anybody who has a lot of decision to make has to go through those quickly. ‘We have to throw it to this place. too. you just have to go with the things that you've learned and I anticipate him doing that." (On if Anderson lost confidence in the players around him). whether it's a tight end on a five-yard out or whether it's a go route to somebody." (On if Quinn was hesitant to make certain throws earlier in the season). where the secondary will see something. I think these guys have worked really well together. this is some sort of final statement on who he is. It happens a lot of times defensively. I think that helps. That's going to happen. Were there throws that he missed? There were some of those and there were some reads that could have been better. by any means. this many times because you're only completing short balls. and I think that's a great quality." (On Quinn's completions earlier being mostly shorter passes). 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. Brady approaches everything in a very serious way. you've done the homework."Sometimes it's a function of just going through your read progression and going with what you know." (On if Quinn is over thinking things). I never saw that from any of the players. 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. whether it's a check down."In fairness to Derek." (On what happened with Anderson).with myself and the coaches and moving right on down. they threw 10 hitches because of the way we were pressuring and killed us. I don't think that."I never got that sense at all. It wasn't felt by the coaching staff. I like the way that he's worked. then that creates some other opportunities. I think that there were a lot of things that played a part in this."To me. I really like Derek and I really liked the way that he handled himself. you make a mistake. throw it to the guy who's open. I've seen him make a lot of good decisions and what I want him to do is be comfortable with his thought process. If you make a mistake. That's what I'm looking for. they're slow to make it and you have some guys doing it and some guys not doing it. I know it wasn't felt by me. You just have to go with what you know. As you get into the games. it's not going to be a function of. We've all experienced that. I really do. we . be comfortable with what he knows. you've done the work. but just be comfortable with what you see and go with what you see. We played New England one time. They feel like it's the right adjustment. At the end of the day. Sometimes that comes with being more comfortable and I've seen that comfort level increase and I'm anticipating that will translate.' Throw it to the open receiver. whether it's a hitch. because we couldn't get there with the heat and they just kept being patient. that's hard. be comfortable with his reads. Even last game where we moved the chains and put the ball on the ground. Obviously. moving the chains and scoring points. getting it to the open guy. I think that it's an opportunity to continue to grow and I'm sure he will. I've played against a lot of really successful quarterbacks. I've enjoyed getting to know him. in a very detailed way. Where the ball was in a place where it could have been caught and it wasn't. It's a function of getting it to the right guy. When you come out of it.
" (On Quinn's mindset while he was the backup). They're committed to getting the things fixed that we need to get fixed and I appreciate that work ethic. Bowens has played inside. similar to David Veikune. there are a lot of different opinions on all injuries. Brad Kassell.want it to translate into a lot more production. He's worked inside quite a bit. and then has learned inside. you're the backup." . My feeling with any decision is. I think that in any situation you're in. was more big picture. We've had probably about four or five guys like that who've played both outside and inside. Ideally. He started inside last year for five games." (On if Quinn would have developed more if he had stayed in all season)."It's something that he's looking at with the doctors and discussing. so he's played inside quite a bit. He and I talked about that when we had our initial conversation.A. 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. That decision will be made at some point. That's what you want. was when he wasn't starting. it's a great chance." (On using David Bowens as an inside linebacker and Jason Trusnik as an outside linebacker)."That was our base set. 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. With that opportunity. now you're on the best chance to maximize it. right on down the line. Guys are getting opportunities that maybe they wouldn't have gotten had we had both Eric (Barton) and D'Qwell (Jackson) here. how important it was to not let the preparation drop off. Look at the inside linebacker position. to not let any of the things that he's done tail off and he didn't."Anything like that is hypothetical. but this is a good group of guys." (On if Barton's injury is career-threatening). Even with Jason. It doesn't always go the way that you anticipate it going. The important thing to me is [to] keep talking to Eric and keep working with him and make the best decision for him. Cody Spencer was another guy. That's the way that I approach it and that's any decision. Roman Phifer." (On if he anticipates Anderson getting another opportunity to start). we've lost both our inside linebackers. That's what you expect. I'm trying to think of some of the other guys." (On if Barton will need surgery). You evaluate it. There are a lot of guys in this system who can play both."Again. you need to prepare at the same level week in and week out because you don't know when things are going to change. but you deal with the decisions and you work to improve."My comment. You look at it and you move forward based on the information that you have and how you feel. It doesn't always go the way that you want it. regardless of whether you're the starter. those four linebacker spots. same as D. he was a guy who had only had his hand in the dirt and then worked outside."He's been consistent throughout this whole period. Jeff (Schudel).
When you look at the body of work. I know how they're working.18. 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. but you can't deal in ‘could've. 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's a guy that can ruin the game.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-18-09 (Opening statement). You look at Calvin Johnson. I'm sure he has that same control over Detroit's offense. [He] had the 64-yarder. the way that he could almost answer questions before you asked the question and his control of the Georgia offense and things like that. I spent some time with him before the draft. I can see improvement from the team as the weeks have gone by. the other member of the Johnson tandem (Bryant Johnson). you do that whenever possible. 11/18 11. really tight coverage one-handed ."Good morning everybody. I like the things that he's doing there as well. I sent Mike (Tannenbaum) a text just telling him he'd be proud of Jason's progress. He's had some games where he's struggled. "I think offensively with (Matt) Stafford. [It is] a little different with the short week. how they're preparing. two fade routes for touchdowns. hitting the hole shot in between the corner and the safety in cover two. should've. He's had some impressive plays this season. I really am." Mangini press conf. I like the presence that he's had. I like the things that he did in Tennessee. At the start of the Chicago game. made some outstanding catches throughout the course of the season. With Detroit. whether it's the fade route. in terms of how much time you can really spend watching the tape of the previous opponent. but he was and he took advantage of it. [he has] been a little bit banged up. [We] weren't anticipating initially when we made the trade for him to be thrust into that type of role so quickly. [he] has hit some of those." (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.' You have to deal with what's there and what our opportunities are and how do you change that. but that's pretty common with a rookie quarterback like he is. just knowing Jim (Schwartz) and spending time with Jim and working with Jim.(On Trusnik's play at outside linebacker). Even with his partner on the other side. there's a lot of plays that could be there. I think all those things have improved. they hit that stutter-go that I was talking about. [He is] obviously a guy that they can go to and rely on. 67-yarder against New Orleans. his poise in running the offense. How are we doing? Today with the short week. [There have been] some times where."I thought he did a really good job. he has really made a lot of nice throws through the course of the season. whether it's stutter-goes. [He is] really impressive. Jim's a really smart guy.
but expect him to practice later this week. Multiple personnel groups. things that we've seen at different points throughout the course of the year." (On if he is comfortable with Quinn going forward). mixture of linebackers. I think that he's a big."What Brady did. I think the fact that he is such a good person and his confidence in who he is. there's a lot of motioning. but 11 percent of their plays in the running game are negative plays. usually not good things happen. different combinations. we were able to get to a lot of adjustments and I thought the communication was very good. It could be the corner coming."Yes. They're about eighth in the NFL right now in generating negative plays in the running game. that's not easy to do and I thought he did it well. I think a couple weeks ago against Chicago. "Defensively. In the running game." (On if he thinks Brady Quinn is mentally prepared to go on). even the plays where Josh went into Wildcat. personally it looked like he was trying to make the tackle. [they have] three different types of backs."We'll probably going to hold him out today. I am." (On if he expects Joshua Cribbs to practice today). This week against Baltimore we were able to do the same thing and what I really liked is there's a lot of shifting."I just think that when you play a team like Baltimore. I thought that he tried to use those as well. all those things were done out of no huddle. Defensively. where it was more of a stationary offense. 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. he's a good person. there's some changes for them to generate some big plays. I know if you look at their average it may not seem that way. It just takes that one play. with Jim. With Brandon Pettigrew. we didn't do well enough. and they always have been. it could be the safety coming in rolled up cover two. I thought that he did a really nice job with that. What he did with running the offense and the approach that we had. that helps anybody when they go through times that may be frustrating. I thought he did well. In terms of the injury that happened. This is another week where you're dealing with multiple blitz packages. he's going to stop the run. There were times in the game. some gap-trap type things.grabs. There's a lot more movement then we had against Chicago and I thought overall the communication was sound. in terms of running the no huddle offense the whole game. I think that the style of running offense that they have. That's something that we'll have to do a good job with. When you bounce the ball up. physical guy with good hands and he seems to be getting more and more comfortable in their offense as well. different formations. I don't think that anybody was trying not to protect the football. who is really good at turning the ball over. The throws that we had and the opportunities that we had to catch it. it's that much more important to really protect the football. . I don't think he'd look to ever hurt someone deliberately. and I've talked about this. Knowing Brady. but different tools that you have within the offense. things like that." (On the team's performance the second half of the Baltimore game).
I talked to Josh about that I talked to the team about that. but I'd have probably approached it differently. You don't traditionally kneel down in those situations. He had a carry early in the season." (On the reason for Chris Jennings' extended playing time). you can't have those. 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. This was trying to work him in to the rotation."It's like anything else. [He] had a catch earlier in the season. That was the thought process.and that's what we had. I forget who it was against." (On if he expects Jennings to be more involved for the rest of the season).C. we use some of those plays on early downs too. I talked to Josh about that and told the team the same thing. or whatever it was."I mean they called it. If you get in that situation. again. he has to be able to fill that role in way that's either at the same level or higher. he's gotten a little bit better each week."Again. in retrospect. He got caught up in the moment and the play." (On if he thinks the Lions can prepare for the no huddle). but that package. picked up eight yards. to give him a chance to see what he can do. J. There really wasn't a lot of space for him to work on that. You simulate it the best you can. Tony (Grossi). I'm sure they'll work on Wildcat-type things. The other thing that Chris has to continue to do is help on [special] teams. If he goes to the game and takes a spot of a guy who maybe plays more of a [special] teams role. I wanted to be able to get him active.'s (Jerome Harrison) done most of that stuff."I want to see." (On if Cribbs said anything about his lateral). Really. so in order to kind of maintain the roles and what we thought was the best guy for each role. so it's legit. 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. his role isn't as significant on third down. defensively. . how he does this week."I thought he did well. I'd probably do it differently. The thing with Chris is."I've liked what Chris has done in practice. The next step for us was to give him a chance to carry the ball in games. I thought he had a couple runs that were good runs and one that I think he lost a yard or two. and when I say third down. because the show team is working off of cards. I'm sure they'll work on that. I'm sure they'll work on some of the things they've seen us do throughout the course of the season. It's not the easiest thing in the world to simulate during the course of a week. that's Josh being competitive as well." (On how Jennings played against Baltimore). where it was a miscommunication on the deep ball and in a tight game. You do the best you can."Yes. but made a guy miss. I think our ability to go in and out of it at any point is very helpful." (On if Jennings penalty on the kicker was legit)." (On if he spoke to Cribbs about him handling the end of the game differently). you prepare for what you've seen on tape. That's really how I felt. That's what all the guys are like. It's natural for everybody to be competitive. give him some chances for carries.
"No. another year it could be forced fumbles. I didn't say a word to them about it because I'm completely comfortable with the way that we practice. so he wasn't in great position to pick that up."I don't think that was him whiffing. It's more. that's not the approach. they're going to try to do what they can do to achieve the goal of the play. it was a call. Ideally you have some catch and run type plays. because usually the way it hit. but he ended up getting the guy on the other side." (On if they have to average better than 2." (On if Jerome Harrison missed a block on Ray Lewis' sack). It's really got to start there. With Chris. The way the route was designed. it has to be better than that. more points." (On if the union coming in is something he would talk to the captains about). It wasn't designed hook and ladder."That's not really how I'm looking at it. how do you generate. and the way that they formed it. another year it could be picks. One year it could be sacks. It's more that than the other. it had the shallow crossers." ." (On if he has thought about reducing Jamal Lewis' role in an effort to develop the younger players).1 yards a pass or anything like that. was offset over here."No. 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."I'm open if they want to talk to me about it. Then you're giving yourself the best opportunity to score those points. the odds of you being very productive decrease as well." (On how he keeps the player's confidence at a high level). obviously for us. when you're taking away third down conversions and the amount of plays in a game decrease. You look at the missed opportunities."Yes. You're able to be a lot more effective in that. how many sacks you're getting. Alex (Mack) took the first one and J. the first play of the game. you identify the areas where there have been problems.When they're in for a play. whatever the area is. the 50th play of the game."When you go through the tape. I have been involved in this in different areas. but I am completely comfortable with what we do. dropped ball.C. here's a guy who's worked really hard. it wasn't a function of here's a young guy. He's improved on special teams. he would take the guy that was coming to his side. You have to go through the process of how do you generate more of those. It has to start there.1 yards per pass). the way that they ran the stunt. the self-inflicted wounds." (On if the play call was a hook and ladder). I think that they just didn't get back inside. now let's give him a chance. Here's a guy who's shown day in and day out that he deserves an opportunity." (On if he spoke to the team about the union coming in). a middle dog cross two inside linebackers. whether it be turnovers. whether it's the last play of the game. when you're taking away extra drives. You're not looking to average 2. He tried to come back inside.
The long term process is understanding how you're going to prepare for a game. you can keep adding and building.(On what has to be done to make the passing game more effective). who you can run the same concept but give a completely different look to the offense."No."I think the short term process is getting ready for each week and playing each game. 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. That's a great thing when you're a defensive coordinator. catch the football. Anytime you play those guys. there are some areas there where we can improve. because it doesn't matter who's in their front. There are a lot of things that they do that as you have a system in place for a long time. I'm sure whatever he applied himself [to]. so a year from now . I thought that there were times that we did do a good job in terms of identifying it. be able to get the ball to the places we need to get it to. The guy is a freak athletically. It's not easy to slide over. the guy is gifted athletically. neither one will work today. getting things picked up. it doesn't look great for the weekend." (On if the pressure on Quinn was a function of the protection or the Ravens' defense). understanding how you have to practice to get ready for games.."I think he should come on down. It wasn't good enough.C. get Ray Lewis with a full head of steam and they got us on that one. I know he's pretty busy right now. then they have multiple blitzes. but then they also bring a combination of the star. whether it was the play that we were talking about with J. Protection." (On what can be done to the protection in order to give Quinn more time). When we do have those opportunities. the safeties. They combine the front there. sliding the protection over." (On if Steve Heiden and Dave Zastudil will practice today). so I'll let him talk about that. That's one element to it and that's the most important element right now." (On what his long term process is and how the players he has acquired since becoming head coach play into that process). There were other times where. That's a pretty good defense that we played. It's unique when you play the Ravens." (On if Mike Holmgren was interviewed by the organization yesterday). understanding the concepts that you run offensively and defensively. With that veteran group of guys."Like we talked about. I'm not making any excuses or anything like that. That is a pretty stout defense."That's not really something that I'm going to talk about. the different blitz pattern and where he was located versus where he had to get to. you have to deal with them rushing three and then you have to deal with the different packages. they all can rush the passer. when you have guys that have worked together for that long. Randy's (Lerner) really handling that."Like I said. they run the same blitz. [he would] probably be good in baseball or soccer or swimming." (On LeBron James saying he could help the team). just guys are in different spots. you have to deal with them rushing four. I think with Zastudil. but if he wants to give it a shot."There have been times where I thought it's been very good. protecting the football so you can have more drives. competitive and tough. because the reps are there with the group.
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. 11/19 11. you know how it works in college football. There's a lot of football left. You just monitor it and work with it and see where you are each week. (Maiava) I thought. someone that's older than themselves. It's a concentration on third down with some review of the things that we did . Kaluka."I think it's like anything else."I think that with a lot of different things. whether it be initially on special teams or whether it be special teams and some type of role offensively and defensively. you get to start at a higher level the following season. There's some reps built up in that. We'll just keep him honoring that. Every week you're going to face somebody that's talented. he's played quite a bit of football and I think he's gotten little bit better each week. as you put experiences in together. Look at Alex Mack. he's going to have to continue to punt at a level that we're looking for. A lot of these guys typically would be getting ready for bowl games now.19. I'm sure you guys got the release on Steve Heiden and Dave Zastudil. did a really nice job this week in a significant. like we were talking about with the Ravens' defense. It's different. "In terms of what we're doing today. That's a process. With Mohamed (Massaquoi) and (Brian) Robiskie and (David) Veikune and those guys. Sometimes it doesn't improve. We'll just have to see how that goes. There are no teams on the schedule that you schedule to. playing in the dome. as you put time in together. Sometimes it improves. Next year they're going to be at a higher starting point. [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. understanding what it means to be a pro. then obviously we'd continue looking. it's not like that. put them on IR. [You] figure both of those guys. they're all learning as you go."Good morning everybody. Often times for the young guys.these aren't new things in relationship to the defense that you're facing or the offense that you're facing. I have some experience with Reggie in the past. neither one of them. significant role and working with a guy who wasn't playing inside. which is always disappointing. it's stuff that guys work through. How are we doing? Yesterday we.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-19-09 (Opening statement). I think that both of them have chance to come in and compete and see where they fit. If that wasn't the case." Mangini press conf. all those different elements come into play that as you put reps together. we'll be inside again. It's the young players that are here." (On Zastudil's injury). The two kids that we claimed off waivers. Working with the game plan. Reggie's worked in this role in the past with other teams as well. working inside." (On if Reggie Hodges punted well enough for the team to go forward with him).
I enjoy working with Steve and coaching Steve."I don't think that it's been ruled out. but the important thing is addressing those and getting those fixed. It's less rest for the guys."When you make the decisions. There have been a lot of different reasons why it hasn't happened." (On John St. I think that he's got a lot of football left in him. we just thought that it would be better for this game. He was still continuing to maintain and work through the previous injury. Chansi (Stuckey)." . [We] added a receiver. but I thought they did a nice job with it. I think that we've had plenty of opportunities to score."No. It was getting the injury on Monday night and the amount of time that it would take to rehab that. I don't think those opportunities will go away. you make the decision that you think are best. I don't think it was a function of that."I really like Steve. I anticipate him being ready to go for next season. Sometimes it's just how the plant foot comes down or a little bit of a twist. not at all. I think we've had plenty of opportunities to move the football. from a time perspective. I've been in a lot of training camps where you've only had the two kickers that you go into the season with." (On if he would want Heiden back next year). I think we'll just see where we are here." (On if this injury is something Heiden might not want to come back from). It's a little bit harder coming off a Monday night game. 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. with him missing practice last week. He's a reliable receiver. to be one of the inactives."It has to continue to improve."He should participate today." (On how he judges the wide receiver's progress). I thought that overall yesterday was a productive day for us. We'll see which combination of guys is the best each game." (On if he regrets trading Kellen Winslow and Braylon Edwards). He's part of that competition as well. We had Mike Nugent last year where he just stepped wrong in the first game of the season and ended up hurting himself. The combination of the two just didn't seem. Sometimes those things happen. I think if anything he's disappointed that it went the way that it did. I think that he's a good blocker."No." (On if surgery is possible for Zastudil). I'd say it's definitely a possibility. He's worked incredibly hard to play this season and he'll work equally as hard this offseason to get back. I don't think that's the case at all.yesterday." (On if Heiden's injury is a function of him coming back from his knee injury too soon). He is a good teammate."No. It's such a specific skill set that sometimes those things happen. Clair not practicing yesterday)." (On if the kicker's injuries are an accumulation of wear and tear from not having other kickers in training camp).
when the arena league was operating. and when I say that. playing a new position. the formationing and items like that that did help us. He's worked at it. I would expect as he keeps a deeper understanding each week." (On how they find players like Chris Jennings). 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. He'll continue to have opportunities and I expect him to improve the production as we go." (On Kaluka Maiava). It takes time. [We] didn't do a very good job against the running game." (On if he thinks they can capitalize on the Lions' defense and score). That really wasn't different the last game or the game before. In terms of playing the Ravens this past time. Every team is different. seeing the coverages that you're getting."I feel like there are a lot of things each week that you can look at and see. with understanding the defense. It's much more executing the game plan. It's the same thing with Kurt Warner. you go into every game with things that you feel you can capitalize on. It just depends week in and week out. he'll continue to improve. He could explain all the different adjustments and he had been in that system for quite some time. Some teams you face. it was in more of a 4-3 type system. Some people have connections to either coaches or front office people in those leagues [Canadian Football League]. being able to adjust and address it during the game. With the new football leagues that are coming out. but I think we have a good group as well. We missed some opportunities during the game that I think could have helped us."There's a lot of different ways. get a sense of your level of improvement."Yes. He's gotten more and more opportunities. that played against us the first time we played them. Offensively. and this was true when I met him at USC. That's the system they run.(On if he can tell how much not having Edwards opposite Mohamed Massaquoi has affected Massaquoi's production). That's a good special teams group they have in Baltimore. You track those leagues. the coverage is what the coverage is. he was a weak side linebacker there. from the Baltimore perspective. I thought the defense played significantly better than what we did in the first game. With a rookie coming to a new system."I don't know if you can specifically point to how the coverages would change or not change." (On if he gets a better idea of where the team is when they play a team like the Lions). I think there were some things that we did in terms of the no huddle. but it wasn't in the 3-4. He's gotten more and more reps. connections there."As he gets more and more comfortable with playing inside. just didn't help us enough. or the progress or your effectiveness. He had a really outstanding feel for the things that they were doing there. Other teams will push the coverage. you'll track those leagues. but I thought that defensively this game. I thought on special teams we could have done a better job this past week then we did and I was looking for that." . There weren't a lot of positives coming out of that game. 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. there were a lot of positives against a good offense with really the same people.
You're doing your job and you're pushing. I think it as the first one. It's a function of improving the areas you have to improve in."Sometimes. [We] wanted to take a look at Chris. That was what I based my initial impression off of."It really wasn't. It's one play. Shaun gets something done there." (On if Monday night's game was Shaun Rogers' best game of the season). at 360 [pounds] that's not easy to do. It's easy for a big guy on PAT. He played primarily on third down and there was quite a bit of protection required there. you're on your own often. His motor runs high. go at it the same way. he is a very competitive guy. You have three running backs and you're distributing the reps. If he continues to progress in practice I think that will continue to be the case. when you get beat or have a breakdown. they score that first touchdown. He's competitive in the games. field goal block to go push. but you're not really getting anything done. but we always want people to share their information and then you research it and look into it further. He's competitive in practice. too. first or second one. You try to draw information from everybody in the building."Derrick Mason. but out there. He's played on first and second down. He can be disruptive in both the 3-4 and when we play him offset or in sub. I think he's played well in all the games. Being out there at corner. Again." (On Brandon McDonald getting beat by Derrick Mason). There are a lot of plays like that. The thing with Brandon though." (On if pass protection is the main reason Jerome Harrison is not getting more playing time). There's times where the defensive linemen may get beat four or five times. come right back and no big deal. That was part of the miscommunication. What I like about Shaun is. I can't remember. I don't think he was alone on that play by any stretch.(On who in the organization is responsible for finding Jennings). Brandon was supposed to have help."I don't know if it was his best game. 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. [he] goes and blocks the extra point." (On the type of season McDonald is having). It's usually a big play. He pursues well to the football. three guys and it's spread out differently. but he'd work to fix the things that he had to fix. That pass play. Ty Law could get beat. It may be a college scout who has a good connection to the Canadian league." . he beats a lot of people. nobody really notices in the pile up."He played last week. You don't know necessarily who's going to find out about a player. everybody knows."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." (On if Rogers' motor was a question for him when he got here). it's three or four yards. The important thing is to be resilient and really identify the things you have to fix. because in watching the game tape form last season you saw the motor on tape where he's running the football. with that the connection may not be in pro personnel. It's a lot easier to do it at 190 [pounds]. Tony (Grossi). as opposed to things being said one way or the other. As a cornerback you go through different challenges during the course of the season.
the winning percentage is dramatic."Yes. That's something that I think we should be better at and you have to be better at. does a good job with the outs to the tight ends and slot receivers." (On the reasons Stafford's production is low). but that's not uncommon." (On why Anthony Henry did not play last week). then this is what those 11 guys would do." (On Robaire Smith). There are a lot of good plays on tape. Interceptions I know affect passer rating quite a bit and he's had some of those. He could tell you if this happened. [He is a] really good kid. There's been some tight throws in cover two. really bright. He's made some mistakes. take-away ratio."I think you were right. a minus one. . that is most under our control and most important is to not have the turnovers. some nice throws on the fade ball."Robaire has been outstanding. He's made some plays on the move. to me. all those things. It always has and it always will. You have to."The thing." (On if he thinks if they could improve the turnover ratio that it would positively affect everything else). not just in terms of his play. bit hits in pro football. The difference between an even game. turnover ratio dramatically affects outcome. He has good ability to deliver the football. I'm sure he's getting that same feel for what they're trying to do in Detroit. Nothing affects outcome bigger than give-away. It wasn't complete but throwing to his left on a rope in the end zone on a read out by the receiver. His control of his college offense." (On if he anticipated the struggles the team would face). He'd go player-by-player and give everybody's assignment." (On Detroit's secondary). big hits on tape in college. a minus three. The differential in points based on turnovers is significant. I met with him quite a bit before the draft. There's been a lot of good throws on tape. If this happened.(On how well he got to know Matthew Stafford before the draft). I think he's going go to have a really productive long career. this is what the 11 guys would do. He could answer questions by anticipating where you're going next."I'm not sure exactly how they finally got to the outcome they got to. There's been a bunch of times where we've been on the negative side of that. It's hard to win that way."I watched tape on him. It affects production." (On if Joshua Cribbs is going to practice today). It stops drives. very tough. I thought it was pretty indicative of some of the things he can do with his arm. there's a lot of different reasons why that could be what it is. but in meeting with him and talking to him and interviewing him. Robaire has really been outstanding. There was a really nice roll out play against Minnesota. but the things that he does in the [class] room. Each week he'll improve."Yes he is. There were times where we were going to ask a question and he was already starting to answer it. Another guy that's been fun to watch is (Louis) Delmas."They've played some different combinations. a minus two. in between the corner and safety. [he is] really bright. his understanding of his college offense [was] outstanding. It affects outcomes.
with both of those guys being on IR. the level of communication. bring in (Ahtyba) Rubin or C. he is going to do it [and] he is going to do it to the best of his ability. with Kenyon (Coleman) on the left and Robaire on the right. Baby (Shaun Rogers) inside. but him understanding the whole defense and what we're trying to get done with each defense and why. Another strength of his is the mentoring of younger players and just his overall approach to each game. for playing the first game inside this season. He's a guy that I've known for a while. ‘We're going to go through this AFC. How are we doing? Just a little news.20. which way to go. 11/20 11. 12 checks based on all the formations. but usually the defensive linemen are given the call by the linebacker." Mangini press conf. He's always been someone that whatever you ask him to do. That's a great example to the young guys. His play. I was happy with that. You are always trying to find good roles for him if he wasn't going to be the starter. he may come in . I think as you've seen over the last couple games. I think there have been a lot of games where they've played well. [We are] really on our typical preparation path. I think he's done it really well. He always had a period in the game where he may go in for two or three series as outside linebacker. automatic front and coverage. There may be 10. Today we will continue to work inside in preparation. what the check is. I've been extremely happy with him. directional call. aggressive. it's called an AFC. He's going to try to make those around him better."They played well against Baltimore. with him playing inside. I would imagine. being responsible for the huddle. good finish. stout against the run. obviously. For him. He'll know what the coverage is. based on formations. physical. it changes some."Good morning everybody.He's a guy that will have a coverage. [there's] no strong variation there. (Mosley) or Corey (Williams). It's him understanding his job. [They] pretty strongly endorsed David Bowens so he will be serving as the defensive captain through the rest of the season. He's the type of guy where you can say in a meeting. to each day. I think it's a pretty stout group. just had the defense yesterday vote for a replacement captain. that was the minimum for him. I think." (On David Bowens playing only 20 percent of the snaps early in his career). without having the two defensive captains. I think all those guys have done a nice job in the different roles that they've had. has been really good. being responsible for making all of the checks with the front seven. I think Eric (Barton) did a great job with communication and D'Qwell (Jackson). I personally feel it's a really good choice. that's not easy."I'd say that 20." (On if the defensive line had the best game of the season against Baltimore). He's played multiple positions and he's played them all well.' and he'll nail 13 in a row.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-20-09 (Opening statement). Going from an outside linebacker to an inside linebacker.J.
I would imagine."I think the process part is just the reality. He can rush the passer. which usually helps. He worked on the goal line and that position flexibility." (On what he remembers most about Schwartz from their days with the Browns). I love having him now. The longevity part I completely understand. It's pretty unique from my experience with being in Cleveland. He's coached a long time. I forget what it was. based on whether it's the cap or the draft or whatever it is and you go through that cycle. [It is] fun to see some of the guys that you only see in this environment. It's nice to be able to take a step back and just enjoy each other's company from that perspective. I'd probably have to bring somebody in to help me with that part of it. He's got a great approach during the offseason. We were talking this morning. I am not sure when it happened. but I think he was able to do it himself. He's got a great work ethic. You might lose some guys in free agency. Playing indoors. our wives both were working at a homeless shelter the other day together. I would have loved to have him earlier on. Why he didn't play more early on? That I am not sure of." (On if he and Jim Schwartz learned about ‘the processes' from Bill Belichick). He is a really smart guy. I think Jim's had a lot of experience. with their kids. and just sharing some of those experiences."I remember. He's seen a lot of different things. I had my kids there and we were talking about that. There are a lot of good conversations we've had. He's been a good guy to get to know. He'd have a designated role in dime defense where he was in each series for that.two or three series at inside linebacker. where we can get the passing game rolling. you might have to kind of start over. Although I don't think we have had very many games where the weather hasn't been good. I'd say smart is one of the things and a great worker."I anticipate Josh playing all of the roles he normally plays this week. With the Halloween party and seeing him with his daughter. There's a lot of analysis."I completely understand why he's played as long as he has." (On if Joshua Cribbs can return to all of his roles on Sunday). I would have loved to have him." . but the ups and downs where you go through a year and you have to take that approach."I am always hoping that is going to be the case. [We've had] pretty amazing weather so far. It's been fun getting to know him. He is constantly looking for innovative ways to do things." (On his relationship with Shaun Rogers)."Shaun and I get along really well. He's got toughness." (On explaining why Bowens doesn't have many career starts but has had a long career). He's a great guy. probably came to 20 or well over 20 plays a game. you are guaranteed good weather. so he can fit into any system. He can do a lot of things. He's been part of some really good teams. Was he a math major at Georgetown? He might have been. typically. He is really smart. He's got a great approach in season. 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." (On if playing indoors can help get the passing game going). I think it's a reality.
"No. Chris has done a nice job. Each week it gets better. talked about the comfort level there. 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. four. five. which goes back to why you work those guys in a lot of different spots. They're moving a little bit past the injuries. he can come talk with me at any point. but there's one. it's from the spot of where the field goal was kicked. Floyd's been in there. You miss the field goal. It's funny watching him chase around a little one."No. I think John's (St. Rex (Hadnot). I don't even know who won. Rex is in there. two. When you miss time with an injury and you come back. Rex got hurt during camp and then Floyd got hurt early in the season and both guys. I think there have been some games where there have been some struggles." (On if the injuries on the offensive line caused any problems in developing chemistry). Unfortunately there's only one running back." (On the plusses and minuses of kicking a 45-yard field goal versus going for it on fourth-and-three). You have certain things that you like Jamal (Lewis) to do. Hank had been in there. at the guard spot." (On if he watched the Miami at Carolina game last night). There has been some changes in there at different points. Percentage of kicking the field goal and . three. but he's been out at right tackle. He's very consistent in the way that he approaches things and all three of those guys are." (On it seeming like Jerome Harrison is upset)."I think there's a lot of factors. he didn't dress up for that Halloween party. You get the field goal blocked and it's a tie game. I'm used to him chasing around big ones. Clair) had some good games. We actually did a whole study on if you're kicking form this yard line versus a fourth down and one. I think. and I think really with Chris Jennings. it does take a while to come back and get in the flow. Floyd (Womack). All those guys had worked with the other offensive linemen. John had worked in there a little bit. You have certain things that you want to see Chris do. Anything that he wants to talk about. I thought Rex was having a good camp and then Floyd got dinged early on. were doing a lot of good things. You can create some packages like that."Really. but it takes a little while. When you have three running backs."The good thing is that they had all worked in there and they had worked in different spots. Try to build in the flexibly so that they all can work in each of the roles if they have to. it's been more than two guys because you've had Hank (Fraley) in there for a bit." (On the right side of the offensive line). Fourth-and-three. It's not like some other positions where you can play multiple guys at the same time. They're both back. you look at the percentage of conversion rate. 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. you have to talk to him.(On if Rogers dressed up for the Halloween party). just like all these guys can. talked about the range."In terms of that. You have certain things that Jerome does. I'm sure they talked to the special teams coach. [We] went through a tough spot there. Chris has really worked hard to create opportunities for himself.
" (On if he sees a negative message being sent to the Patriots' defense with Belichick's decision).making it. You have Tom Brady and that offense."I really do think the things that they did were precautionary."No. We played him in New York one time. you make it. they score. He's special in that situation. they didn't have any timeouts. I thought that the first time we played them. 11/25 11. We had the tests done that night. especially in Indy. Field goal get's blocked. You would want them to do that with any player anytime there's a chance that it could be something more.Willie McGinest came off the edge and tacked the guy on the one yard line. Maybe you should have onside kicked. good things usually happen." (On Bill Belichick's decision to go for it on fourth-and-two from his own 28-yard line).2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-25 -09 (Opening statement). because that's a ‘gotta have it' play. Some of the other part comes in how comfortable do you feel with that play that you have. I've been a part of enough of those games with Peyton Manning where he gets the ball. How are we doing? A couple things in getting ready for the Bengals. but that was another one where we were up and now we're sitting on the goal line. all those .25." Mangini press conf. It was a game where they got up early. Miss the fourth down conversion. It's like a track meet. We played him in Indy."I think that Bill's made a lot of great calls."Good morning everybody. 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. it's bad. We have to kick off. five. [It was] obviously a difficult loss. percentage of converting the fourth down to a first down and kind of look at it like you would any other stats. I think the medical staff did a really good job of making sure every possible step was taken to be right. I really liked the way we played that game. You kick the field goal. but I liked our approach. If you don't get it back. six minutes and they went into overtime. Everybody's seen Peyton Manning do what Peyton Manning does each week. down 25 points with whatever it was. I think they walked down the field the drive before. it's great. I liked the way we dealt with adversity. at different points it didn't look very good. They were all negative. In the Tampa Bay game. I thought that was the first time that we played the style of football that we're looking to play. [we were] able to come back. We were up by four with 1:50 left. Not a great feeling. We trust you to get this. You go for that fourth down and you make it and it's great. blitz." (On if Joshua Cribbs' recovery seems amazing after how bad it looked). it's really bad. we ended up winning . I see a really positive message being sent to the Patriots offense. I don't question that call at all. Baby [Shaun Rogers] blocking the extra point and then going into overtime. that's pretty high percentage football. get the ball back. we were down 14-0. You take some chances.
things were positive. I could see a situation where all three backs are up. when they've been able to force turnovers and the offense has been able to protect the ball. but defensively. great competitor. [They are] 7-3 now. is they've dealt with tough situations throughout the season and [have] been very resilient and won some tough games. as well. They average close to 5. great teammate.900 percent. 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. from a numbers perspective. where ever he's been they've done that. We'll see how the week goes from a special teams perspective.1 yards a carry. he does some nice things in the punt return games. I thought we did a nice job last time we played them on special teams. (Chad) Ochocinco is as dangerous as ever." (On if he will use Jerome Harrison at Cincinnati). whether it was in Baltimore. All three of those backs are. Laveranues Coles is a guy I've talked about before. to achieve anywhere near the same results. Last game we did a much better job protecting the football and that's something that we're going to have to do. He had that impressive return against Pittsburgh. In the return game. Caldwell. We cleared the air. my . I think the one thing you see with Cincinnati. is creating turnovers. As you look at them defensively. I think he's made some really nice contributions. They got a couple against us. I anticipate him having a good week of practice. We have our hands full there and I don't think we did a good enough job in the running game last game. We've always had a good relationship so we talked through that. they lead the division. It just depends on how it goes. The bottom line is we didn't do enough to win the game. [they] really should be 8-2."Jerome is live for every game. right on down the line. if not better. as well. That's been his trademark. they have some weapons in the passing game and the running game with the emergence of Bernard Scott and the addition of Larry Johnson. It's a nice situation with those guys being as competitive as they are. It's close to . They had the one where they stripped the ball out and returned it for a touchdown. I talked to Jim for a while." (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."Yes. Jim and I are fine. I had a good conversation with Jerome last week. but it will have to be at the same level. Andre Caldwell. this weekend. That was something that he's always been very successful at doing. [He is a] tough guy. (Bernard) Scott's handling some of that. It will be a challenge for us on special teams. Chris Jennings has done some good things. know really well. Marvin's (Lewis) winning percentage is impressive. he's been dangerous and then with Quan Cosby. I like Jim. "Offensively. really collectively. some of the things I'm looking for." (On if he has spoken with Jim Schwartz). Outside of a fluke play against Denver. In the running game they're able to penetrate and create some negative runs. some of his expectations and just have a very clear vision of what you have to do collectively. whether it was here. They got one in the end zone right in the end zone. but I could see all three of those guys being up or Jerome being up and Chris being down.
" (On if Smith's return from his Achilles injury is remarkable). ‘You want to know how to play eight years. [There were] very limited misses on . Those are all things that we've talked about through the course of the season."I don't really look at it that way." (On if it was disappointing to not have Brian Robiskie and David Veikune active at Detroit). Watch the way that he studies. however many years? Just watch him. To me it's not. He works. he had had the surgery. I was encouraged. Mary Kay (Cabot). You like to do that anytime that a guy has a question. He's as tough as I've been around."He's had an outstanding season. You love to be able to point at guys like that and say. You have to go out and do it the next week. huge difference in what can happen offensively when you don't turn the ball over. It doesn't matter what the drill is. I look at it as bringing the guys that do the best job during that week and give us the best chance to win. just because he is so physical. [I know] coming in. Those are all things that we've done.' you want to see that each week. The other key thing was no turnovers. He goes out every day. He's a pro. That's why he's played as long as he has. Chansi Stuckey had been hurt the week before. Tony (Grossi)."I expect it every week. we made them. The protection. learns the concepts of the whole defense. Just by judging from his rehab and those things. It could be a drill that they're running during special teams. Marcus Benard was active and that's positive. I thought he had a good week of practice and goes out. I really like him. Learns his job. he is so competitive. I thought Brady (Quinn) and Alex Mack and the whole group did a nice job with identifying the different looks. They're live all during the week. He was back. is the plays that were there to be made. It's no different for those two guys either. his expectations and what he has to do to be active."What I was really happy with."I hadn't looked at it that way. I'm happy he's here. he was down. he was rehabbing. and getting the protection where it needs to get to. 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. Here's a guy that's worked his way up and made a case for himself and had a chance to play. so that's positive as well. [There were] very limited balls that were catchable and dropped. it looked really positive in terms of his approach and the progress he was making and even the early part of practices and things. ‘We should really be clicking by Week 11." (On if he should expect a new level of offense by this point in the season). [He is a] really bright guy. [There is a] huge. and they had a lot of different looks." (On Robaire Smith's season). he's doing the best he can at it. has several key receptions during the game. We worked on the no huddle and have gotten better at that. It was a nice use of different tools by Brady and the receivers and taking advantage of some of the things they gave us.'" (On if he thinks the offense turned the corner). To see that. pretty funny guy. I thought it was a good talk. 10 years. You don't want to be like a one hit wonder.expectations. You almost have to slow him down in practice against the scout team. I think they were all encouraged. Watch his approach. Emulate that and you have the best chance to reach your potential. we just haven't done them to our capacity. really physical. [He has a] great personality.
[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. I think I was frustrated with the situation and probably expressed that more than I probably should have." (On if the game plan was for Brady Quinn to use the pump fake or if it was instinctive). I took both approaches. Some guys it takes a year or so. 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. The other approach is the no huddle. That's one approach. but at the end of the way we're responsible for it. which can force them to declare quicker."You try to incorporate that anytime you're throwing deep balls because you want to be able to hold the safety. You can see different looks. There may be some things with shifting and motioning. but he wasn't ready to start even though he was talented. That wasn't good enough. I think that as we move forward. I like it. (Derek Anderson) and that was still part of the offense. where you don't have as clean a read." (On if Robiskie's production is not what he expected). [He] just wasn't ready at that point. David Givens. that's the players." (On if when they made the quarterback change is when they went to the no huddle)"We practiced it each week with D."I've always really liked it. That's what it was. the Indianapolis system."In terms of those things."[I have had] just so many experiences with young guys where they hit at different times. but you get an advantage in terms of their adjustments aren't as clean. Some guys it takes a while. 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. that's the coaches. If you're stationary." (On why they waited until Quinn got back in to emphasize the no huddle). even though he did some good things. but it's part of the program each week. [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. 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. Some guys hit really quickly. There are plusses and minuses to both ways of doing it." (On fans thinking it was lame to blame the loss at Detroit on the Lions' injuries). . being able to take a step back and look at it and evaluate it. David Harris didn't start right away in New York. They can't get to what they want to get to as quickly as they'd like to get to it. I think it's something that maybe we did a little bit more last week. hard working guy that cared. where you're stopping yourself and now you're going to move the ball. the stationary read and go. you can usually anticipate what the coverage is more often than not. You start chipping away at those things. those self-inflicted wounds. [he had] a lot of dropped balls initially. It might have been more a function of that than anything else.throws that were makeable. when we first had him in New England. but he wasn't ready at that point. We had plenty of opportunities to win the game and we didn't. Some other guys are able to step in right away and be really effective. You can really key in on certain things and you see that with the New England system. then got an opportunity to play and did a nice job. He just kept working at it and ended up doing really nice things. That's me.A.
as a unit. when we don't have selfinflicted wounds." (On if the Lions having the last ranked defense affects how he looks at the offense's performance against them). you have a game to play so you just focus on that. Some of those decisions are based on special teams and who can give us the value there. those were against defenses that were ranked differently then where Detroit may have been. That's what we're committed to. we can move it effectively. but we have to put all three together and play complementary football. When we don't turn the ball over. [There have been] different points throughout the year where that's been very effective."What I really look at. When you're in that situation it starts there for you." . We turn the ball over or we drop a pass. That's ongoing and there's no lack of resolve by anybody here." (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). 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. You feel like you learn some things each game as a team."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. His production. There's no doubt about it. He realizes that and that's something that he's working at. As this process goes on. The execution. that's what the caches are committed to. 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. That's what we do each day. not really. that needs to improve. Everybody's frustrated with where we are. You have to make a contribution there." (On if any players have tried to engage in trash talk with him before a game). We're going to work as hard as possible and as diligently as possible to make sure that happens. as a staff and you try to take that learning and apply it to the next game. work as hard as we possibly can to give the fans what they deserve."I don't remember that happening. whatever it is. Each week we have to make decisions. When you get your opportunities on offense and defense you have to make them count. is what I looked at and what I was really encouraged by. Everybody's determined to fix it. to me. [I'm] looking to see continued progress. Everybody's committed to it. I'm not sure his exact play time numbers. You see signs of it. which is a consistent winning team that plays at a high level all the time. That's my personal experience. We've shown what we can do defensively. It's something that work is ongoing. I can't remember and even if that was the case. It's something that we're committed to. We've shown what we can do offensively. Game in and game out you have to play with the game intensity game in and game out. No. We have 53 guys and we can only take 45. Like I said. They deserve it. but it has to be consistent. that I'm committed to."Robiskie has played quite a bit the games he's been active. On special teams it's the same thing. and I know it's hard to see because the production hasn't been there offensively." (On why Robiskie and Veikune have not played much). I'm not sure what Josh's experience was.
" (On if he thinks Chris Jennings can be a featured back in the is league). It was the first time that he had really played that role. There were different times in overtime where they had chances and we were able to stop them. It was good stuff.(On if the game against Cincinnati has been their best game of the season). long way from when we first got him. He was tough to handle whenever we faced him in New York. we fought the same level. They understand hand placement and things like that. He is chipping away at establishing a role which I've been happy with. but putting it together is what we have to do. I thought that was outstanding. How are we doing? Did everybody have a good Thanksgiving? [Mine] was great. hung out with the boys. My three year old wanted to wrestle a lot. He's come a long. but I was really happy with the way that we approached the game.27. 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 enthusiastic. You like those guys with the wrestling backgrounds because they understand leverage. [I'm] looking forward to him to just keep moving along that path. last year as an outside linebacker."It's really."We didn't win. I really liked that. They had that chance to kick the extra point and to block that. That feature back role. 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. I think. 11/27 11. You saw that we claimed Matt Roth off waivers. I should have got you [the media] those times. It's good to have him here. so we had a good group. "Yesterday we didn't have the afternoon meetings. I was really happy with the resilience of the group and it didn't matter what happened in the game." Mangini press conf. [My] back's a little sore from picking up the kids. a two-time wrestling champ in high school. I thought. but I didn't. [We] hung out a lot. that takes some time and there's a lot of things to it that you have to do. He's inexperienced. I think there have been times throughout the course of the season where there have been some really good things. . really early for that. He's young. I'd say from an approach perspective. [He is] a tough guy. He had a nice play against Cincinnati where he was almost caught in the backfield and picked up eight yards. My sister's here from out of town. which is all encouraging. He was assigned to us."Good morning everybody. I thought I did. My brother-in-law just got in. He's made some nice plays. That's why we had the later start.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-27-09 (Opening statement). game planning and things like that. Some guys from the building that didn't have family in town came over. Matt's a guy that came into his own. He was.
it's going to snow."Jason has to work both inside and outside now.' We will roll through. extra time. you see them on the practice field. ‘How could they help us right now?' and what's their contract status. I think he had a couple sacks. I don't know what exactly happened. in the preseason last year and he hadn't played in any regular season games at outside linebacker to that point. never dealt with snow. November was the third best ever. his first winter jacket. they play a little bit more gapped down guys than we do. It's like. He played inside there before. I don't know what he had against us. they had him on this side. I kept telling them. do our standard Friday prep. not in exactly the same system. He has been backing up David (Bowens)." (On if Jason Trusnik could move more to inside linebacker with the addition of Roth). Kaluka (Maiava). but he was playing the outside linebacker spot there which is a relatively close comparison. physical guy. not in games. I just know that when we faced him he was impressive. that'll go quicker."Again. it's valuable because you see them in meeting rooms.' And every day we'd come out and it's beautiful. even though it may be the same concept it's just translating it into what you know takes some time. they had Joey Porter on the other side." (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). This is the beginning."I didn't really get into that with Matt at all. I think Mohamed (Massaquoi) went and bought some Timberland's. even if it's just to learn about them. He's spending a lot of time with Matt Eberflus. 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. It is hard to come to a new place to pick up all the terminology. ‘Look. Hopefully. Situations change year-to-year. He's tough to deal with from that perspective. I didn't get too deep into that with him."In terms of today. to try to get ready. we had a lot of guys that have never driven in snow. but he has ." (On why Roth only played four games this year). with his background and not being a rookie. because you don't get the same exposure. all that stuff. ‘Get used to it."Yes. Like I said. buddy. For me. They're getting used to that. the other interesting thing this morning. I thought. I think they're in a little state of shock. [He is] a strong." (On the odds of Roth being able to step in and play right away). It's so different then when you are drafting."That's a good question. You don't get the same contact. you look at all those opportunities that come up and you try to think both short term." (On if Miami was trying to move Roth to defensive end). 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. Things change sometimes year-to-year. Talking about him. [We are] giving him reps in practice. he did a really good job of collapsing the pocket. it was more a function of seeing him as an outside linebacker in.
then that evolved over time and it became part of our package. We should bring that out of the attic. had the awareness to get the ball out. Guys have stepped in. ‘That was a great concept. We hadn't been playing much cover two in 2001 and Tampa [Bay]. had eight sacks. it was more of an eight man drop and that evolved. Even in our game. the bear fronts. They have Larry Johnson."I was talking on the conference call. because they played a ton of that in New York when Bill (Parcells) and Bill (Belichick) were there. It was a different type of cover two then the typical Giants cover two. They make a lot of plays like that. I think on both sides of the ball we've done some different things. D'Qwell was helping to call the defense and both those guys are gone now and I think David's done a nice job.' and the next season something else hits. There's a lot of guys to the ball after every play." (On if Cincinnati looks like a tough team). I think one of the things that impresses me is the motor of the defense. We've lost some guys that played key roles in that game. we had never really done that in New England until we played. we won like 40-something to 14 and that became a big part of [our defense]. you think. Sometimes you go back to the playbook and say. we've had other guys that have stepped in and done a nice job. We had Dave (Zastudil). We had Steve (Heiden). Some of the things that they're doing offensively have evolved because of success they've had in different areas. so we incorporated some of that against Indy [Indianapolis] the second or third game. It's like a lot of the diamond fronts. it gives you a little more flexibility as to what you can or will do. [but] by defensive linemen chasing or the linebackers chasing and the guy gets stood up and they come and blow him up. against Atlanta. We just changed it. Eric was calling the defense. but they've done some different things as well. 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. Those are effort and awareness plays that you appreciate as an opposing coach. We had Eric (Barton). All that being said."We had D'Qwell (Jackson). It's hard to say that definitely. whether it be the no huddle or shifting and motioning. I think if anything. It's hard to go apples-to-apples." . I thought it was a good indication of how they play where Jerome [Harrison] got stood up and somebody came around from the backside. the week of Thanksgiving. some of the things defensively in terms of our approach to different formations. Kaluka's done a nice job. Typically in the offseason you really like that stuff." (On how the team has changed since playing Cincinnati the first time). It evolves throughout the season. There's some big hits that happen down the field that aren't by the secondary necessarily. the 4-6 stuff. It's different because you've taken out some players that had really significant roles. put a bunch of that stuff in."I like to think that we've made a lot of strides in different areas. I think had won the Super Bowl or Tampa been pretty dominant defensively. ‘We're going to build off this. Eric Barton and D'Qwell played all the snaps inside at that point.'" (On if he thinks the team is better overall than in Week 4).worked inside before. It was a different approach.
I didn't think that we played to our potential last week. Things hit."I think that with Shaun. We were down 14-0 early and come back and respond and fight. who'd we play before. Corey's (Williams) actually played a little bit at the nose position. now it's. ‘That's a situation. There was a lot of hype. where you're down 14-0."(Ahtyba) Rubin's played inside there. Vic (Lawrence Vickers) and Robert (Royal). We have a bunch of time [to] go back and respond to it. Baltimore. At that point we were 8-3. They go up. he had impact plays. clicked offensively and we didn't do the same things we had been doing from a technique perspective defensively and that was disappointing. C. I think we have a shot to see all three of them practice today." (On if Carson Palmer's stats reinforce the need to have a franchise quarterback)"Everybody wants one. I said. very good intensity. I think we're a good special teams unit. Mosley's played some at the nose position. That's not taking anything away from what they [Detroit] did. Like any other position. We had come off the.(On how you get a team to be tougher).J. I thought we had a lousy week of practice leading up to the Denver game. you can continue to improve at it." (On who would play inside if Rogers can't play). ‘Anybody shocked by this outcome? Look at how we practiced during the week. it's so small that you drop off a little bit and it kills you. I think we've had spots of good things. You can't just roll it out. because everybody else sees what your record is. but you have to go out. You better practice with the same intensity and we got smoked by Denver. so what. Even last year in New York. Last week it clicked. is more what's been a little bit up and down for us. He had two touchdowns. We went out and played exactly like we practiced. That's what I said to the guys after the game. but [they've] been moving along here throughout the course of the week. 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. I'll wait until we get out there to make sure. but like he usually does. Even on special teams. It was a lot of back and forth and that takes physical toughness. I thought last game was a good example of that.'" (On Chad Ochocinco). but it also takes mental toughness to know. You're always looking for that position to play well and usually when that position plays well. You better play with the same intensity. So what. You only have to be wrong on him a couple times and he kills you. A lot of we were just going to roll it out there and win games."You're constantly working on that.'" (On if he has seen ups and downs in the team's toughness this year). Everybody else responds. you're in every game. come off a game where we didn't respond very well to adversity. can you do it the week after? Can you have those ."I think overall it's consistency. can you do it the next week. It wasn't a surprise. we block the PAT. Any of those guys could go in and do that. I'm sure a little turkey doesn't hurt anybody. I thought we showed a lot of toughness in that game." (On how serious Shaun Rogers' injury is). The margin of error for a guy like him or Calvin Johnson. [He has] great hands. You coach off of situations that you've been in. and you can't do it. not just physically but mentally."He didn't have a lot of yards against us.
because you're surrounded by revisiting what happened and they're always talk about two. because you get to see how everybody deals with adversity. Sometimes it's through different approaches. I was talking to him.same performances week in and week out and not be up and down? [It's a] constant challenge. each week to go out as a group and improve and build on the lessons of the weeks before. You see that we're outnumbered in the running game and you throw a quick look pass to the receiver. which I believe we can. is to make sure that guys achieve their potential. Sometimes it's through pushing. Whatever bar it is. You get to see how everybody responds to difficult times. all those things are things you see. hitting some of those deep balls that we hit. and that's another part of the process. whatever it is. If the protection doesn't look very good over here we're going to get hit."You saw a lot of elements of it last week. is learning how to not dwell on the past. You see the formation. he's in Russia now training a fighter. he called me and said. You come out. It's not on a script. but you know that's something that you can do to respond to a situation that's not very good. three weeks down the road or whatever it is. but the best chance you have to be . Sometimes you don't even know what your potential is because you frame of reference is college or your frame of reference is limited."I think I have a very high comfort level with what I think a lot of the guys can be. We're going to have to throw it quick. If you don't then they're just tough losses. These are all opportunities. but it's my job to make sure that you reach that potential. I have to make sure that you reach that and collectively that we reach that. ‘This is what you can be and my job is to push you as hard as I can to achieve that potential." (On where he thinks Quinn's potential is)."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. They're just tough experiences." (On if he still has some questions about exactly the kind of quarterback Quinn can be). That's a tough skill to learn. Sometimes it's through positive reinforcement. It's true. Some of these lessons have been learned in a very hard fashion. but we have to actually do it. It's not necessarily a part of the call." (On if he is confident the team is over the loss at Detroit). It's hard to always be in the moment."Yes.' Sometimes you don't even know how good you can be. ‘You have the greatest human MRI machine in the world. where [there were] just some really smart decisions. I think Brett's [Favre] playing pretty well right now and it's made a difference for him. It's important for all of us. but that's what I am committed to doing." (On how important these last six games are for the Brady Quinn). One of the things that come up often times with players and my communication with players or talking about my approach is. but they only have value if you take something away from them. I view it as.' and it's true. 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. Now it's. but to learn from the past and not to look too far in the future. can we do them on a week in and week out basis.
the safest way to bring a player back. With concussions. it will be a ‘wait and see' type situation.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-30-09 (Opening statement). We handled most of them. in terms of Big Baby (Shaun Rogers). It's just unfortunate. With the other three players that were injured. "In terms of what I said to the team this morning and how I felt about the game. He is going to need surgery and this is just where he is. but I thought it was too slow from what we had outlined and what we wanted to get accomplished. so we'll have to wait and see on that. I really felt like if we had come out better in the first half. so not very good news there." (On where Rogers' injury is located). and the same thing defensively.successful is to be in the moment. Cincinnati did a good job with some of the looks that they gave us that were a little bit different. like anything else. we take that very seriously. He is very disappointed. 11/30 11. with Brodney (Pool). At 13-7 it's a good situation and we just couldn't continue on the momentum that we had from the first drive. I'm happy with the fact that we didn't turn the ball over. things could have been different. We did a few things in the first offensive series that I liked." (On if Rogers has anything broken). 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. It's a learned skill. It takes discipline."No." Mangini press conf. I think."A couple updates from the game. 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.30. I thought we started slow in all three phases. I thought in the second half we played better. That's going to take some time and just see where we are during the course of the week. Some of them they got us on. from the opening kickoff to the first offensive series. he is going to be going on IR. It hurts. I thought that we started slow."I don't really want to get into specifics of it. He wants to be out there." (On if the team's record has anything to do with putting Rogers on IR). we just didn't take advantage of them." . really unfortunate. We spent a lot of time in New York researching that and researching the best ways to evaluate when to bring a player back."It's like his lower leg and his ankle. With Kenyon (Coleman) and Kam (Kamerion Wimbley). had opportunities. he had a concussion. Offensively. that's never been the case with him. We had opportunities throughout the course of the game.
we've tried to be very aggressive with that in New York and here as well. [We will] kind of see what's available. He has very good ability to cut."He's big. but you understand the intent of why they're doing it is to try to protect the players and you respect that. the whole offseason. My emphasis and our emphasis is safety and proper evaluation and things like that. you have to keep him inside. how they fit. Nobody wants to see anybody get hurt. I don't get involved with the specific parts of that." (On what the team loses when Rogers is out of the lineup). understanding that injuries are a part of the game."We'll look at that. a lot of that I have to more or less allow the lead to come from the medical staff. In terms of the specific helmet."I'm sure we have researched all those things. Sometimes you get a penalty that you might disagree with. and it's something we take very seriously."I don't know all the different things that are being discussed. organizationally."Medically. if anything." (On if he thinks the NFL is on the way to installing preventive practice measures against concussions)." (On how Pool's concussion history will be factored into his return). I'm not sure." (On if he thinks hits have become more violent over the past couple of years)"Again. the NFL's done a great job of really emphasizing player safety. I'm not sure. 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. That's everybody's goal. who's available. Coupling D'Qwell (Jackson) and Eric (Barton). We'll take the steps that we need to take. He has done a real nice job. I think everybody's open to whatever puts the players in the best position to avoid those things. I think. It's important to us. really that whole interior's changed dramatically from the start of the season. You have to keep him within the tackle box. He's disruptive. but trying to minimize risk wherever you can. [We've] seen that on some of his kickoff returns and things like . we're all for it. 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."There were a couple different spots.(On if the team's approach to concussions has been affected by the NFL's emphasis on the injury)." (On where the breakdowns in the run defense occurred at Cincinnati). They have to deal with him from a game plan perspective." (On if there is a special helmet Pool can wear). With (Bernard) Scott. whether it's some combination of the active roster or the practice squad." (On if they will have to add defensive linemen to the roster). I really think that (Ahtyba) Rubin's done a nice job throughout the whole season. It's difficult from that perspective. training camp."No. He has excellent speed when he gets to the edge. I remember over the course of time there being a lot of violent hits. He's really developing in that role and this is a great opportunity for him to continue to develop in that role.
a defined role. like we've called throughout the course of the season. That does happen from time-to-time. They blitzed a little bit more than they had the previous game and they had up until this point. They're trying to do it. is to show one coverage. That's always the goal. which is the outside player or the hot." (On if Quinn gets rid of the ball too early sometimes). You have to be patient and know the right time to throw the offensive player off and I think that's improved for him. but he has to make even more of a case for himself. Larry Johnson. I don't think it was a fundamental lack of understanding by the players as to what the adjustment is. We're trying to do it. I thought he did a nice job finding the crease."[He is] very good with his hands and his hand placement inside of the center's chest. [There were] a couple times where the throws weren't there." (On the area where Ahytba Rubin has made the most improvement this year). physical offensive line. There's a couple times where Mohamed was a little deep when he should have been maybe two or three yards more shallow. His block recognition."No. I think he needs to keep working and establishing a role. if the running back's starting to your right. [We want to] force them into post snap reads. it's got to be earned. get a positive play." (On the perception that on passes to Mohamed Massaquoi. whether he'll work back at safety or work at corner. 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. I think he's gotten better at shedding the blocker and being more patient with shedding. [Those are] all things that come with time and experience and I think he's improved in all those areas. he's been successful for a long time and he's a good back. Sometimes they're there and you take a shot. defensively." . as we look at San Diego. not that he hasn't. I thought our tackling at times led to extra yards that really shouldn't have been the case. changes the route adjustment."With any of the playing time.that. understanding where the double teams are going to come from. Quinn throws to one spot and Massaquoi is not there). change the coverage and that changes the quarterback's read. if you're outnumbered you have to go to either the site adjust. whether it be directly outside or in that c-gap. because you can. where we're going to have Mike Adams." (On if Brandon McDonald and Coye Francies will get more playing time if Pool is out). We've had different combinations of people working at those different spots." (On if the offensive design for Cincinnati was short passes). With Coye. I think that it will depend on."I don't think there have been a significant number of breakdowns in terms of what the assignment is. Some of it's going to be a function of what we see that they're doing. the softness in the c-gap. he'll cut back to the void that you create. you throw him off too early and go to your right."We called vertical passes yesterday. what his reaction should be on those blocks. Sometimes you don't have it deep and you want to get the check down. which is the inside player because you don't have the numbers to pick it up. They have a big.
" (On what can be done to work on having a higher completion percentage). You continue to drill it. He's had a lot of play time. Mike Furrey plays on defense."We constantly are working on timing and release and things like that. Sometimes you just miss some."Some are a function of that. I think there are a lot of things that take place during that process.' He missed on them. 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. 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. That's what we're going to continue to do. It's ."The one thing I have been happy with the last two games is not turning the ball over." (On if Brian Robiskie has not been active due to effort or performance). 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 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. Neither one of the guys was going to play extensively on special teams and I thought that Jake earned the opportunity. It's a unique position at receiver. This is a good group of guys. 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. They work hard through the course of the week. I expect this group of guys to maintain their commitment to change the outcome. That's why I was disappointed coming out and not playing better early in the game. 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. I think Chansi's (Stuckey) doing a really nice job in the slot. I think that's important."This week I thought that Jake (Allen) has had two really good weeks since he got here. Some are just ‘you miss.(On if Quinn's mis-throws when he is pressured). You have Josh (Cribbs) who obviously has a dominant role on special teams. 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." (On if the feelings surrounding the 1995 Browns' season are similar to this season)"I was here in '94." (On which offensive problem area is the easiest to fix). Every Sunday we have an opportunity to change the outcome. You continue to get a feel for your receivers. Sometimes it's 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. He could be active again this week. Mohamed's (Massaquoi) played well throughout the season. because that's why we do all the work that we do during the week. but he's going to have to go out and earn that play time. I don't anticipate that being an issue throughout the rest of the season. Some are throws that he's made before and made them easily." (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. too. and I saw the success that we had that year.
I respect him a lot. you have to be able to maximize those things. I thought guys at different times made some really nice plays. Three or four times yesterday I thought Brady did an excellent job with that. even Greg (Estandia) on the scramble. so we tried to get him the ball a little bit different way where they couldn't get in that same front and coverage. I thought Mohamed made a tremendous catch going towards the tunnel on our sideline. made all those throws and need to continue to make the throws when the guy's open. They were bringing pressure off the other side. throw back to Brady. missed the guy and he tackled Josh for no gain."No."I really haven't thought about any of that and don't know what Charlie's situation is." . Two plays earlier he really should have had a catch and dropped it. He's a good friend. I thought Mike Furrey had a really nice catch." (On if they saw something from the Bengals defense that caused them to not use the Wildcat at Cincinnati). I think it was thirdand-14. then worked with him again in New England. I think that when you have the opportunity to catch the ball." (On if he would look into Weis because of his relationship with Quinn). the direct snap to Josh. hitting Chansi for a first down when it wasn't picked up. looking the ball in. I don't know what his status is. which was right there. I think you saw the play. The more you do that the less likely they are to pressure.really important. I thought that we did that well at spurts last week. It was consistent concentration. not necessarily. I've been friendly and talked since he's been at Notre Dame. it was just designed a little bit differently. Those are the things that we did do in the Detroit game and you saw the difference. Even though he was hitting the same spot. rolled back in and made the catch. He's a really good football coach. I've always liked Charlie. I worked with him New York. Even the tear screen to Josh."I like Charlie. the third down play. We had certain plays up. There's going to be things designed to beat the protection. we had blockers out there. which is such a fundamental skill set and something that we work on consistently. then it's a function of being able to hit the hot or the site. He's a good coach." (On if he thinks catching the ball is the easiest area to fix). The week before we had hit it against a pressure look in Detroit and went for 34 yards. That's been good. essentially it's the same number of blockers. The difference between getting that initial block and not is the difference between that play going for nothing or significant gain. I haven't heard any news one way or the other. You had another third down play."I think they're all important. We tend to get a very specific type of adjustment when Josh is lined up at the quarterback position. I hope he hasn't gotten fired and I wish him the best. In that last drive there. there are going to be things each game that are different. From a protection perspective. just trying to build it a different way to take away the standard sort of front we've been getting. tucking it away and then turning and running." (On the reports that Charlie Weis has been fired from Notre Dame and the type of relationship he has with Weis). That's really all I've thought about that situation. I think that we've thrown the ball. third-and-five.
[they have] good coverage unties. I think one of the things that jumps out at you. is the volume of plays that they've had of 16 or more yards. They have very effective rushers when they do bring them. Facing (Darren) Sproles over the years. 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. Almost 20 percent of all their pass plays go for 16 plus yards. In terms of specific advice related to specific injuries."No." (On if there would ever be a time he would tell a player with multiple concussions to retire) . They've done a nice job in terms of sacks allowed. How are you doing? Just getting ready for the Chargers. they can score.(On if Pool has had any other concussions this year). [It's] something that's going to be very important again this weekend. The pressure that they've been able to put on quarterbacks has been successful in generating sacks as well. they can produce. [They can] give it to either of the backs or the fullbacks and both those guys can hurt you in the running game. It's a zone blitz team so they'll bring combinations of blitzers and typically play zone behind it. That's lead to some key turnovers." Mangini press conf. "On special teams. pretty much whatever area you watch with this team. 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. but sometimes you get a mixture of a couple of other things and they do it from a lot of different looks. he can take it straight ahead and beat you with his speed that way . Brady will continue to start. "Their offense.02. 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. I think each guy has to really spend time with the doctors and make that decision themselves. good skill guys. outside of (Philip) Rivers' quarterback rating and his number of TDs to interceptions. They've done a nice of protecting the football. 12/2 12. I want all the guys to be safe and to be smart and you be supportive as well. It's primarily a three-deep zone. so that's been something that we've improved on."Good morning everybody."Yes." (On if Quinn will be the starter)."I think that the best thing I can do is have them listen to the people that really understand the injuries. Really when you look at the Kansas City game.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-2-09 (Opening statement). it doesn't matter who you want to talk about. 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. they've been very successful throughout the course of the year. the score was fairly lopsided and most of those are the result of turnovers that they were able to generate.
" ." (On if Pool was injured on a helmet-to-helmet or helmet-to-knee hit)." (On what he will do at safety this week).or he can change directions."In terms of the specific thing." (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. but unfortunately it's something that is a reality. but they're always important."There are a couple different options."As I said. Bubba (Ray) Ventrone. I'll have more information for you." (On the status of Brodney Pool)."I think with that. is a discussion for a later time period. That discussion. It's never a fun conversation."Yes. We're going to have to see how the week goes and see how it plays out. go the wide field and create some problems in that area as well."We haven't done anything yet. You never want to have a conversation about injuries with anybody."It's not looking very positive. 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. Mike Adams had played there quite a bit."He's here. this is something that we're still moving forward on. I think. There are some different combinations that we have. It's a big challenge against a good team. we haven't talked about the long term. I'm not totally sure. Mike Furrey's played there quite a bit. 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. Like I said." (On if he has filled the roster vacancy)." (On if he would be comfortable putting Brandon McDonald in a starting role)." (On what happened on the play that injured Pool)."I can't remember if it was actually helmet-to-helmet or whether it was helmet to some other pad. He's definitely not going to play this weekend and there's a chance he won't be playing again this year." (On if Pool is around the team still)." (On if Pool will have to consider not playing again)." (On Kenyon Coleman and Kamerion Wimbley). Hank's (Poteat) played there at different points throughout his career and throughout his time here as well. It's a challenge. Tony (Grossi)."I think we have a shot with both those guys. I'm not really sure.
we have a lot of tests that go into it. that's something that I'll have more information for you probably either later today or by tomorrow. [They] consult all the experts in the field and research thoroughly. that we've worked on."Again. I can say that it is important." (On if Pool will be placed on injured reserve). Give the ball to Sproles. It's something we stress. especially anything that has long term affects. I just don't feel qualified enough on this topic to really give a lot of insight on it. Marla (Ridenour)."I just don't feel like I'm enough of an expert on the topic. Take your pick. It's something that we've studied. We'll take as much guidance as we can on it and just always put the players in the best position. I think a lot of those decisions. I don't know what the range of options are. I don't know what the right answer is there. but it is something that's important. I haven't really thought about it. Tony (Grossi). Whatever the plan is collectively that is brought up and adopted we'll adapt to. I think. We wouldn't put anybody back on the field that wasn't able to be cleared medically to do so." . I know that they are working on it and they'll continue to work on it and consult people. Throw it to Vincent Jackson. to get their feedback and collectively try to make the best decision."Again." (On if he expects the Chargers to run the ball a lot). the people that really understand all the nuances of it. we take seriously and will continue to take seriously. I think it's tough in a lot of areas. You try to minimize risk whenever you can. I do think it's important for the experts." (On if the emphasis on concussions is overdue).(On if Pool's injury happened on the play Coleman got hurt)." (On if he ever had a concussion when he played). Throw it to (Antonio) Gates."I don't think so. There's a very detailed process. Part of the reason you wear helmets is to protect against guys bumping heads by accident. for the different offseason meetings." (On what input the coaches have in guiding the league's decisions regarding concussion). I'm in support of that. They're all good. the league spends a ton of time on. That'll be a discussion. I'm not exactly sure when the timeline was."Again. so we went through the complete process. They have a lot of good options. I'm totally in support of whatever can help in terms of player safety."I honestly haven't thought about it." (On how he would feel if the league made a rule about practicing without helmets)"Tony (Grossi). Give the ball to LaDainian Tomlinson. I think that it's important to leave it up to the people that really understand this a lot better than I do." (On if they could accomplish the same things in practice without helmets)." (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. It hasn't been something that you delve into significantly right now. Tony (Grossi). base line tests and comparative tests.
(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."
" (On the upside he sees in Pool)."I don't get a vote in that. Again." (On if he thinks Lewis is a Hall of Famer). I don't think necessarily the personality off the field is a direct relation to the personality on the field. a lot of good progress so I anticipate him continuing along that path. It was more symptom-based and that's when we initiated the testing. You're not thinking about what your responsibilities are. It's much more of a reaction type thing. that's when we did the testing. 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." (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. [I] really liked the range that he showed. It's always a plus and you're always able to do more and more individually and collectively."I've seen him make progress throughout the course of the year." (On the specific hit that triggered Lewis' symptoms). 12/4 12. I think he became a better communicator as the season went on. I was pleased with that. the first that we were made aware of it was on Monday."That wasn't something that he and I talked about or he mentioned him wanting to do. a lot of good experience. with the future. At that point. as you get more comfortable you tend to play faster because you're not thinking through the adjustments.(On if the league mandating the use of an independent neurologist is in affect yet)"Often times you do that anyways. I was happy with a lot of the things that he was doing in the deep part of the field. He's had an impressive career. I would imagine that any of the guys that come back who have had experience and reps would continue to improve. you hope [he makes it]. but that's something that's going to be in place."I'm not going to get into specifics of all the different things. He's done a lot of good things. he's had a lot of good reps. Like with any new system." (On if Lewis had a chance to talk to the team before he left).04. Those things are all positive." (On what symptoms Lewis complained of). I think anything that helps the process is a good thing." (On if Lewis said when he was hit). I'd be happy for him to do that if that was something that he'd like to do. but I think he's had a tremendous career."It wasn't really that type of discussion. Tony (Grossi)." Mangini press conf. You hope.2009 ."As I said.
typically. 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 haven't done that in the past."Good morning everybody. You can't really take the same approach from that perspective either. probably not. I'm not sure how many interceptions he had. I thought there were some good things defensively. 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. say Baltimore. That'll be the focal point this morning slash afternoon. It would be hard to go through and say that's the right number of reps in each game. Ray Ventrone has gotten reps throughout the course of the season and some reps in games." (On if he is comfortable starting Furrey at safety). but the familiarity does help. [It will be] a combination there. You're balancing the level of install. 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."Yes. I've played these games before."We experienced the same thing last year [in New York]."No. I mean you look at it. You try to play the best players that give you the chance to win. I'd be totally comfortable. so there's some familiarity with who you're playing and what the scheme is. so you have to really understand what the final formation is and where the different pieces are." (On how he will approach the short week coming up)." (On if he will back off reps for some players in the San Diego game in preparation for the Steelers game). It's tough as it is just to get the same level of preparation. You have to be conscious of where the guys are physically. That's tough. I think those games are always a little bit tougher when it's someone out of conference or you have no exposure to. We played New England on Thursday night. I think he had four or five interceptions and was third or fourth on the team in tackles. Mike Furrey's been working on defense. Hank (Poteat) has played bother corner and safety.Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-4-09 (Opening statement)."No. 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. . The other nice thing is both teams are working the same amount of time. 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. but this is similar to. He's started 11 games there in the past. The nice thing about that and the nice thing about our situation is it is a conference opponent." (On if they will be moving guys around in the secondary). 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. with the shifting and the motioning and things like that. You're balancing that."The positive thing for us is that Mike (Adams) has played both corner and safety so he has that ability. That wouldn't be the approach.
That's always helped us. We don't have a lot of guys in the same spots that they were in at the start of the season. What we try to do in practice is mix the players in different periods so they are working with different people. that would be different." (On how challenging the possibility of having four new defensive starters is). I really think the group has done a nice job. Some stuff you do have to spend time on that you wouldn't typically spend time on. Some of it [is] learning guy's names.somewhere in that range. He understands the whole defense." (On how the secondary has looked during the course of the week)."He's been rotating through as well. He's led the team twice in tackles. We've had quite a few new faces come through. if Kam (Kamerion Wimbley) couldn't play. What's exciting about it is it's a . Mike Adams working at corner and safety. Look at David Bowens. There's quite a few new guys. That's something we've always tried to do. I think it's a really great opportunity for guys to establish themselves as real solid contributors. if he's not able to go [we] really have to see where he's at. sort of simulating the game through tapes so that they all have to communicate and I think that's been helpful. and I'm optimistic that he can. He started 11 games and either the next year or the year before he had 98 catches. That's pretty versatile. You're always working to get a high level of communication and having some new pieces in. he's great that way. continue to develop as an outside linebacker. then he's moved to inside linebacker. working at outside linebacker then he goes inside. that's another new spot. [That is] pretty incredible. working together on their own. Ahtyba (Rubin). It's not always the same guys getting the same reps all the time. Mary Kay (Cabot). because you don't know." (On if he spends more time teaching in practice than he would like to at this point in the season)."You're constantly teaching. Same thing with Kenyon (Coleman)." (On if Bowens is even more of a coach on the field now). [We] really brought him here to play a role. He's able to help communicate the calls. him getting the chance that he's getting. he started but he was outside. hearing the same voices all the time. There hasn't been a significant amount of mental errors considering that there are so many new pieces. They've done a lot of stuff as a group outside of just what we do in the typical day. that heightens it and I think they've responded well."We have gotten a couple new guys. continue his role on special teams. Really. He's played both spots in the same game. but it's good though. What you like is to see the way the other guys respond. They get the same number of reps that they would. I think Jason Trusnik is a good example of that. Nose [tackle] isn't there. I've seen some progress. We try to do that defensively every week with every position." (On if Brandon McDonald's role is still in sub defense). Each week what we do with that. making calls. David Bowens."It's challenging. I think [there are] like three or four. Both inside linebackers aren't there. but you want to have those different combinations because you don't know when they're going to be working together. 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. [He] ended up starting."Yes.
" (On if he looked at Maiava as a situational player when he was drafted). The important thing is to keep that development going. we're looking about 250 [pounds] for those inside guys. Chansi's been able to come on a little bit more over the last couple games."Matt Roth is a much older player. He had a nice day yesterday and I anticipate he'll have a good end of the week here today. Coaches were helping him."Yes and really every week is a week that he could be active. a much more experienced player. like drafts."I think with any trade you have to really let it play out. He's not a tiny guy. On the flip side of that. but everybody was helping him. Most of those guys. Often times with [being] inactive. but they find ways to do it very effectively. I don't know how long it is until a bowl game. He's 235 [pounds]. everybody trying to help everybody else out to be successful. Roman Phifer played inside there. D'Qwell (Jackson) had similar size. I think that every game that you play you learn some things and you develop a little bit. He works like a starter does."You're really looking at him as a third and fourth down player when you [draft him]. they're getting ready for bowl games now and this is a whole new world. you can't really evaluate a draft for two or three years down the road. sometimes when you aren't playing you have to use that time as well to continue your development. but there's a lot more football to go and they've already played a lot of football. it's not a function of what . [I've] had a few guys kind of in that middle range that have been very effective. He was a bigger guy. 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. David Bowens knew him from Miami."I think every game that you play you have a chance to define those things. [We] probably won't know the value for a couple years. It's not really apples-to-apples." (On what he is not seeing from Robiskie that has caused him to be inactive when Matt Roth stepped right in and played). being in a similar type system that helped him." (On if Brian Robiskie could be active this week). They're all working through that as well. [He] comes in. but I've been happy with Jason (Trusnik) and I've been happy with Chansi (Stuckey). he could start." (On if Kaluka Maiava could start this week). He could start at any point. He has a lot of reps in the system. Being a veteran guy. He had that one set back with the injury. It's almost like a real sense of community. but I think he's getting more and more comfortable working with the group that we have. They may not be able to go down and take on the blocker exactly the way that a thumper would." (On how the Braylon Edwards trade has worked out so far).challenge. [is] here two days. a lot of play time. You saw what Matt Roth was able to do. he was working hard himself. The guys really responded to him." (On if it important to give Brady Quinn these last five games to define he is). It's not a set pattern where he's going to be down for two and up for three."Yes. Typically though. I'm not hesitant at all to ever start him. but his style wasn't the just blow it up type. They'd be off doing exams. Every week you have that chance. I think he's done a really nice job for a young guy.
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. A big component of that when you're in that fourth. It's a great environment. I am always excited to have if that'd be the case. Sometimes it's a function of does the quarterback get the ball to you? It's not just one defined element there. I think he's played well. 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."With receivers."I know everybody is working to make sure that that isn't the case."It's hard to say that. then it's going to be a week-to-week type situation. He's done a good job physically. It's a great feeling. We're all frustrated. He's come in. If you don't have one of those two things that always guarantees that you're on the 45. 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. I've seen it go a lot of different ways. ‘if you this one thing you're going to be productive. Do I think he could do a lot of things better? Yes."I think he's played pretty well throughout the course of the season."I'll tell you. It just doesn't work that way." (On if Alex Mack is a good NFL starter or a good rookie). I get it. It's different than a running back where they get those touches and you can determine how many touches they get. We all want better results. fourth safety role. Your production is often dependent on what the defense does and someone has to get you the ball. with draft picks it's different."I am not really out of the building very often." (On if Massaquoi is performing equally well in all games). consistently as a group and it will happen. it's different." . We're working to fix that every day. Every guy's different. 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. he's played every snap. From my perspective. We are all committed to getting better results. Obviously. I see my kids. Every situation is different." (On what Mohamed Massaquoi needs to do to gain consistency). With receivers. fifth receiver role or fifth corner back role. He's been consistent." (On how disappointing it would be to have the game blacked out). He's done a good job mentally. but that's true with every position." (On if he was expecting more out of Robiskie). diligently. I understand it.they're not doing. 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. you can't guarantee how many touches they're going to get in a game." (On if he gets a sense around town that the fans' frustration level has grown throughout the season).' Sometimes the coverage dictates how many balls you get. I think he's got a long. You get some undrafted guys that come in and play a ton. it's a function of what somebody else is doing. we'd love to have all the fans there and all the seats filled. That's not an easy position to play.
What I'm looking for is consistency and to not dig that deep of a hole. it would have been very easy to kind of let the rest of the game play out. You mix and match and they did a great job. is to consistently be moving forward. With me. I never felt that for a second form the guys and really liked the way that they just fought back."For me. but as long as we're moving forward that's what's most important to me.J. . Those guys did a great job. He got a chance to play even more than he had been. he was a rookie free agent.J. He started for us at safety. but it is obviously disappointing for C. who was a receiver." (On if he has a seen a situation like this with so many injuries and roster turnover before)."In New England a couple games. To making sure that we are consistently making progress and building both short term and long term. 12/7 12.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-7-09 (Opening statement). I thought that the best thing we did was when faced with the situation that we were faced with at 27-7. Randall Gay. 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. smooth.” Mangini press conf.(On what he is shooting for as they go through the last five games in relation to his career). a really fast linebacker. That's really good progress from that group. I don't know what the stretch was. Larry Izzo at one point played some safety for us. playing safety. he was fluid. I can't remember who we had inside. sometimes the progress isn't as apparent as we'd want it to be. Troy. He did a good job. he was transitioning into more of an O and D player. A lot of things had to go right during that time period for us to get into that position. a defensive lineman. he started at corner. but you guys remember Don Davis? He played linebacker. We signed Derreck Robinson. It's a skill to be able to deal with adversity and fight through the adversity and play out the four quarters."Good afternoon everybody. Watching Don Davis. I'm just disappointed for him.07. he was 240 [pounds]. he started at the other corner. it's not really about the career. "In terms of the game. It's just tough for him. A couple things. Troy Brown. he started at star. we're going to put C. Mosley on Injured Reserve. Earthwind Moreland. and I was pleased to see that. I think he came in off the street. I feel like I've been talking about this quite a bit. He had been contributing throughout the course of the year and that role was going to increase. To giving them the best possible opportunity to be successful every week. I think all in rookies counted for about 13 receptions. it's about being the best possible head coach I can be and preparing the team as well as they possibly can be prepared. 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. As I've said before.
I thought yesterday there were some balls that were caught that were really difficult catches." (On how different the short week is). We'll have a walk through a little later this afternoon."They're tough."I think it's collective. I think there were some really good throws. Tomorrow is our biggest preparation day. the backs that were involved. They can turn a small mistake into a really big play. Regardless of who's in or who's out or what's happening. solid calculated risks based on what we were getting. too. and that helps. We played New England last year on a Thursday night and. I thought those guys held up well and not just the offensive line. I think his awareness of what the defense is giving us and if it's not there. but at least there was a lot of familiarity. you anticipate the opportunity to play them. but also some really good catches. we have improved significantly the amount of turnovers from the bye week until now. I thought. We've improved in . not trying to make something happen just because you feel the pressure to make something happen."I think. there were times we played really well and some plays that I think we could have done much better on. defensively. The key thing is to just zero in on what you want to get accomplished. I think he's made good decisions there. in terms of what's being played or who fits where. We have really transitioned into Pittsburgh. or take your pick. which they did yesterday. 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. but the things that you do do you have to make sure that they're done well. especially in the kickoff return game." (On the difference in Brady Quinn the last three games). outstanding. it starts with communication. for the most part. but going to the check-down or going to the underneath receiver. If everybody's not on the same page. which is always positive. make sure that those things are understood and understood in a very thorough fashion. not that getting ready for New England is easy. whenever you play them. I thought the protection yesterday against San Diego was. It's better when you're playing an opponent you're familiar with because you do have some things to draw on. really when you look at it. 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. When he had chances to throw it down the field he did and I they were really. Overall. It was a little bit harder. It's really hard when you have guys like Antonio Gates or (Darren) Sproles. but I thought that we had a chance for a couple other ones that could have been big plays and potentially game changing plays. because everything was so new. it's hard. but the tight ends that were involved. We had some good returns. We've come in here enough times talking about balls that were dropped that were easily catchable balls. We are starting to work on the scouting report. Very few times was he pressured. presenting the scouting report to the players. presenting some of the gameplan to the players on a limited basis here today. "I thought on special teams. We played Dallas one time on Thanksgiving. I don't think we did a good enough job with that yesterday. offensively. You probably can't do all the things that you'd normally do during the course of the week.
we've made improvements. There can't be any moment where it's not the same exact approach and you're looking for that within games. we'd be performing better. you really just want to almost like you would on a last play. because as we've talked about. He probably had no sense of that happening. I'd like to think that regardless of who was at quarterback.the red area. That's been a problem area for us. It's not an easy skill to learn and it takes a lot of discipline. Either you get a batted ball or you get into a tight spot or whatever the case may be." (On how he gets Quinn to establish some consistency). defensively. Consistency. That's a function of all the different areas improving. It's deliberate practice and you're going to get improvement. The things I was happy with both guys. substantial gains there. The scheme doesn't dramatically change. one really good kickoff return. There's a strong correlation in my mind that how you practice is usually how you play. Same thing in the red zone. That's always somewhat of the unknown when you have a guy who's . allowing them to hold the ball as long and provide some more opportunities there. ‘I've got a maximum of this amount of time because something's probably going to get cut free."It would have been tight. (On Brian Robiskie)." (On if he thinks he would see more consistency from Quinn if he had been starting all season). too. You never now with a guy you haven't seen play in a game. I thought we played much better in the first and fourth quarter than we did in the second and third quarter. a penalty. You keep addressing the problems. one really good defensive series."I think he had a really good week of practice. or the sack that we had there on second-and-one.'" (On if anybody was open on the two-point conversion). We've improved on third down. though. You can't relax. I think he had a really good week of practice last week. you just have to keep it alive."Yes. I understand what he saw and both those plays I thought were really well protected."I think that."That's really the goal. obviously. how he's going to respond. It's so important just be able to approach it day in and day out the same way. The opposition doesn't dramatically change. He's had two really strong weeks of practice and got an opportunity. throw it up. if it's not there. there have been substantial gains there. I think. we've made substantial amount of gains. I think Evan Moore is a good example of that. to me. collectively. If it gets picked it doesn't matter. Some of that's just the time clock in your head." (On if he is happy with Quinn's in-game decisions). You keep working at it. I think even yesterday. there are things I was unhappy with across the unit. Third down. we could have helped by not. one really average kickoff return. one really bad defensive series. within weeks of practice. I think as a group we're playing better and that's reflected in the different areas. Since the bye it's increased significantly. One just came off the left side a little bit late. 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. I've been happy with his overall decision making. offensively. just because he was behind where Brady was initially. within seasons. whether it was the strip that we had in the red zone. There were a couple plays yesterday where I would have liked him to get rid of the ball sooner. Turnovers. With that.
to me." . ‘okay. You don't let down. He said that we had a tough group of guys. which I agree with. That was his feedback. if you're running the ball you can't bounce it out. He's had some quiet games. you've got a lot of things riding on every single game. We didn't take a shot and got sacked on the play. in terms of three-andouts. The next step is. it can be up one week and down the next week. you want to be able to take the shot. What I really liked about him yesterday was his blocking. That limited the opportunities as well. That would have helped us. You put him against another uniform in a game situation. Chris Jennings has flashed at different points. I don't think we did a very good job defensively. that type of thing." (On what convinces him that the Chargers didn't stop fighting). (Jerome Harrison) had a really nice day yesterday."We had the one drive there where we had second-and-one. What we do week in and week out. I think J. We were in a position where I think we could have either scored or gotten close. He's capable of doing that at all times and I thought he made some strides there. I don't know if you remember the play where Brady sprinted out to his right. You need to see the consistency. That's something that we've talked about. I thought he had an outstanding block on the edge pressure guy. the important thing is whether you're running the ball or passing the ball is. I think that when you're a team in San Diego's position. If you're throwing the ball. Everybody has a different approach on second-and-one. They held the ball a long time." (On what happened to the offense in the second and third quarters).standing out in practice. both running the ball and catching the ball. It helps. how's he going to respond? That's how Chris Jennings got bumped up. not just from the quarterback position." (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. That. but from all these positions. the things that we've improved. that's good. sustained the drive. 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. during the game what do they do?' I think he had an outstanding week and it reflected in the way he played. [It was] a combination of things. You don't' want to bounce it out and make it third-and-four." (On if he has seen enough improvement in Quinn to feel comfortable about the quarterback position moving forward beyond this year). You want to see Brian come back and have the same level or production.C. Those second-and-ones plays."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. We've had some really good protection and we've had some games where the production wasn't as sound."Really. You live to fight another day. He really sealed the edge on the backside and allowed for that long completion to take place. is the most important thing because as Tony (Grossi) said. or Evan. what I'm looking for right now is the next game. if it's not there you get rid of it. Mohamed's (Massaquoi) had some 100-yard games.
whether it be on the field. You see him run the football. There are things that happen. things like that. you saw him on the." (On if he thinks he'll have to convince Randy Lerner that the team is headed in the right direction). Mosley is headed for surgery)."I'll find out here shortly. I think they appreciate the progress that they have made in different areas. Very rarely is he going to be facing a guy that he's substantially bigger than. It hasn't been what anybody's wanted. it takes time. I don't think it's gone the way that any of us has wanted it to go. I haven't sat back and questioned their work ethic at any point. They care about each other. He gained over 100 yards against Cincinnati. Picking up the blitz."I think it's a good group of guys that care about what they're doing.(On if the fact that the team is still playing hard speaks for how they feel about him). It's important to do it the right way. There are a lot of things that go into building a successful organization over time. the approach. There are things that happen."I think that we share the same vision and understand that it's not easy." (On if he expects Lerner to stick by him). I've been in a lot of different situations like this and to do it the right way. but I would imagine that's probably the direction it's going. organizationally. I can't imagine them playing any other way. They care about what they're doing. where he kind of bent up the seam coming out of the backfield. There's evolution in terms of the coaching staff. blocking consistently is something that he does and he's continuing to work on."I believe in what we're doing wholeheartedly. He's caught screens and check downs and different routes like that. hand placement. and I think Leon has a chance to be an outstanding feature back. but usually he's going to fight size a little bit."He's done a lot of different things that you'd look for from a feature back." . He's done some good things on the edge. He's been able to run it effectively inside." (On if C. That's what we're committed to. We're constantly focusing on that. You have a player with that much better leverage. You have to come in and make good decisions every day. That's something he and I talked about coming in. in terms of his prep or even feedback from him or the trainers in terms of where he was physically. whether it be catching the football out of the backfield. I think they care. what we call it a ram pass. There's no one set timeline. I know that the outcome hasn't been what I've wanted. 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. with Leon Washington. You have to commit to doing it the right way. It's not easy to build something that lasts and that can compete year in and year out. I've had a back that has some similarities." (On what Jerome Harrison can do on the field to that leads him to believe Harrison can be a featured back)." (On if it took Harrison's body a couple weeks to recover after the Cincinnati game)"I don't remember any difference. It doesn't happen overnight and I understand that. They work hard. It's a good group of guys.J. There's no one set formula. They care about the team. There might be a stalemate every now and then.
He's elusive in the pocket and the receivers do an excellent job reading out and creating some opportunities. but we'll look at that. is he is able to generate so many plays that go longer than the standard play would. The problems that they create week in and week whether it's defensively. even when they're bringing four. Today is trying to fuse reviewing that and introducing the third down. We'll review it tomorrow. I think they're still very explosive from a running game perspective with (Rashard) Mendenhall averaging five yards a carry. picking it up and then being able to move forward from that."We just got the Oakland game in a little while ago. push a lot of adjustments and game plan specific things through here today. We have to try to push a lot of information through. I didn't see the way Oakland did it. so I haven't watched the game yet. That's what I'm looking for. The one thing with Ben (Roethlisberger). the red zone. the effectiveness of the rushers. It'll be a little different than a typical Saturday would be prior to the game. difficulty just makes you hardened. Obviously with Pittsburgh there's a lot to get ready for. They have generated a ton of sacks. the different combinations of rushers that they bring. play good football and win the game. It hit us two or three times last . They're a good football team. They are fifth in the league in defense. "Offensively.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-8-09 (Opening statement). I think we all have. the first and second down information. generating that through pressure. at home. There were some negative plays in the running play. defensively. I know they've gone through a stretch here where it hasn't gone the way that they've expected it to go.(On if it would give him any satisfaction to end the Steelers playoff hopes). We tried to get a jump on the scouting report. To be able to play Pittsburgh though. which opens up some things in the passing game. They are second in sacks and number one against the rush. What we started yesterday is really."Good morning everybody. It makes you more resolved to get it fixed. They are able to create of negative plays there. the first and second down plan. Being able to identifying where they're bringing it.08. I covered San Diego with the group and then the coordinators went through and started our work on Pittsburgh. We had our problems last game.' I'm sure we'll get their best. 12/8 12. They had the two sacks late for strips. whether it's been my time here or New York or New England. I've been looking forward to this for a while. I'm sure that's what they're experiencing right now is. that causes issues. kind of the same thing. two-minute. He's very strong in the pocket. but it's the same for both teams. everything's condensed. They created some negative plays against us."What would give me satisfaction is to go out. You have to do certain things to try to stop the run. They're pretty good." (On Oakland's drive at the end of the game against Pittsburgh)." Mangini press conf. ‘We're going to get this fixed. but just understanding what it's like coming off of a Super Bowl and the challenges that you face.
It's hard to replace a player like him. They're a very good football team. Those things remain consistent and they still do them well. something that everybody deals with and he's outstanding at it. It's like any specific package. it hardens your resolve more so than anything else."I think that one thing you understand is the consistent rivalry. They've lost some close games. He's got that type of speed. He can change direction. He's a sure tackler. he's made some plays. You add on things that you like. 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). I know he got off to a little bit of a slow start when he first came in. Two of them have been in overtime." (On how the Wildcat offense has evolved since the first Pittsburgh game). It was special. I think it was Tennessee. I don't think it was a full-time type situation. They're able to plug the next guy in. He's difficult to pick up as a blitzer. You . In the passing game. They're resilient. He can get the wide side of the field. You add some plays. he fills a role and he understands how to fit and the strengths and weaknesses of each of the calls. [There are] some explosive plays there. To be able to do that at Browns Stadium. it starts with sort of a core group. Over the course of time a lot of different players have played in that system and done a great job."The games they've lost now have been by a total of 15 points. they really create some problems in the return game with Stefan Logan. "I think on special teams. I can't remember. I watched the Oakland game. Some stay on the call sheet and you just decide when you want to get back to them. [There were] two pretty amazing catches that sustained that drive. He has really good instincts in the running game. that last drive they had a chance to end it with an interception."They've done a lot of things defensively very well for a long time. was it the first game of the season. They know how to win. Some plays may be specific to that week and you don't carry them through to the next week. but the next guy will step in and I'm sure [he'll] do a great job. That's something that you have to deal with. (On Troy Polamalu). that pick he made in that game." (On the Steelers coming off of four consecutive losses). Just remember him in college and seeing the things he did. it's something you look forward to.game. but it doesn't change the emotion that goes into the game. You just see him progressing as the season goes on. both run and pass. He's elusive. I don't know how much he played as a rookie. It doesn't change the feeling that goes into the game. It may not have been reflected here recently."I know we talked about that a little bit in the weeks following. I remember the Pittsburgh games back when I was here the first time and playing them and that feeling. but just in experiencing coming off a really successful season and going into the next. I know we haven't been on the plus side of that rivalry. He has great instincts. when you're faced with adversity."He's outstanding." (On why he has been looking forward to this game for a long time).
try some new things. Some things come off. keep it and that's a pretty good option."One of your receivers is the quarterback. It doesn't change who calls the play or any of those things. The things that we're trying to do moving forward are important and that's billed on the progress we've made. Obviously this is a special game because of who it is. Some things get added on or stay on. It's actually a great program."I think most really good players have outstanding fundamentals. I'm sure they're calling it that because the site is for teaching younger coaches and has different levels. it's just you do it from the line of scrimmage and people adjust. Everybody hears the play and goes. One of the things they emphasize." (On Joe Thomas being named to USA Football/NFLPA's All Fundamentals team and why it's called that). Brady comes up. Tony (Grossi)."We've had other ones up."I'm not really looking at it that way." . is making sure that the kids really understand the fundamentals of blocking and tackling. At this point. especially on a pass rush situation. I think he plays with a really good base. I think that's how it got the name." (On how the use of the no huddle affects the use of the Wildcat). if it's not open. whether or not you can protect it. whether it's the pee wee football or whoever it is." (On Joshua Cribbs saying if they beat the Steelers that the fans will forgive them for the rest of the season). that you can. whether or not it makes sense. I think his hand placement and his punch is excellent and something he consistently works on. We wanted to have a couple guys on the sideline to deal with that. I'm looking at it as being able to beat Pittsburgh. I think if anything the package has widened a little bit since the first time we met. 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."There was only time for one play. whether or not you can get the next play off. I don't think many teams that run the Wildcat throw with any kind of high percentage. I'm looking to keep moving forward. Those are the two decisions there." (On why Cribbs has only thrown one pass since the Pittsburgh game). Really. 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. but you also wanted to have enough depth in case they went jump ball. The deal is. 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." (On if he thought there was only time for one more play on the play they used a oneman rush against San Diego). We haven't been open."It hasn't really affected it. You want to have it enough so it's an option and you have to honor it. It's just a function of whether or not you can get the guys open. I think he's got outstanding fundamentals.
I've seen significant gains as we've gone throughout the season. so not only was there not a player in the flat when there was supposed to be." (On how Mack played against Casey Hampton earlier this season).' You go quickly and you did your job. You have to make sure that that player cuts back in to where the pursuit is coming from. That's pretty common with the young guys is. His ability to communicate with the rest of the group. The one thing about him is he'll study it. I think the way that he gets better is his comfort level. I felt like he sped things up a lot of times. I thought he did a nice job IDing where the pressure was coming from. don't get me wrong. 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." (On what struck him about the Pittsburgh game in his first stint with the Browns)"It was a great atmosphere. It may not be something that is spoken about at that point. playoffs in '94.(On how Alex Mack as progressed this season). I wouldn't say the percentages are exactly equal." . At first. We were supposed to have a player out in the flat. We didn't hold the sideline on that play. there's no chance. you have to deal with the potential safety blitzers. It's different. but it's just understood. even though he wasn't playing. but then down the field not holding the sideline. He wanted to get to his assignment quickly and make sure he took care of his job. but it's not really the exact way that you want them to do it."He did pretty well."I think that would be one way to describe it. He'll pick up some things from the first game. but it's up there. ‘I want to take care of this. some things that are unique to us. 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. his ability to identify fronts."Last week. I think that year we might have played them three times. all those things I think have improved. There's also going to be some variations. the secondary pressure. which is great. the first long play I think. His comfort level there has increased significantly. I think his base and his balance and his drive blocking have improved. but even during the course of the week." (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). Not just the atmosphere of the game. is if the player has the ball in space you always have to hold the sideline. I don't think. Hampton is one component of it. but there's a tempo that you have to do that at."I think Alex gets better each game. I know was the result of us not communicating the adjustment. the feeling during the course of the week. whether it's the combination blocks or pulling or whatever it is."I thought Brady did a really nice job against San Diego last week and they run quite a bit of zone blitzing. you feel it. He's a big enough problem. There's a lot of stuff going on and it's effective. but there's so many of these zone blitzes and things like that that you can't zero in just on him. but you also have to deal with the linebackers. The other thing that we didn't do very well. You have no chance. and what you want to do in the secondary." (On why the team is still giving up long plays).
Over the last few weeks I feel like we've caught some difficult balls and that's a big distinction. but sometimes that happens. Not every quarterback can do that." (On Roethlisberger having good numbers against Oakland despite losing the game)"His numbers have been good all year. He had the awareness. When I entered was free agency. It hasn't gone exactly the way that he's wanted it to go from a health perspective. so it's have I've known. he's got great control of that and he has the ability when things don't go well to make something happen. He was able to scramble to his right. Even though he's not looking at the rush. but coming up to the the line of scrimmage." ." (On Quinn going 126 passing attempts without an interception). when not to take chances. He's worked aggressively to get back on the field. We had the play covered."I wasn't here for the period before free agency. not just in the things that he can create from a broken play perspective."Robert's been bumped up a couple different times throughout the season. found a seam in the pocket and picked up 13 yards. I think that's been positive for us across the board. our left and pick up 13 yards. Just the mechanics of running the offense." (On what Robert Royal's lack of production is a result of). 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.(On if rivalries have diminished in the age of free agency). We had him last game where they were going to throw a screen. I know we had the strip sack. He's got tremendous strength. the screen was covered. take-away ratios and the affect those have on outcomes. He does a good job with him teammates. but the spirit stays the same. I think the other thing that's really helped is us taking advantage of opportunities that we've had. where you have to put the ball in order to make sure the defensive back doesn't have a chance to get it.2 quarterback rating. He's got the ability to avoid to his right. seeing where the weakness is and taking advantage of it. Like I said. 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. He's a professional in the room. He's a really good quarterback. 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. He has a 100. to his left and throw really accurate passes on the move. You look at the give-away. I think the faces may change. He's got a real good sense of where the rushers are. Being able to protect the football for the passer is really twofold. he's got a good feel of where his pressure points are and where he can escape to. not turning the ball over." (On if there is something about Ben Roethlisberger that makes him unique)"There's a lot about him that makes him unique. The thing that I respect about Robert is he works really hard to get ready to play."It's been a point of emphasis for us offensively. At earlier points I felt like we were dropping really catchable balls. He's a professional in that aspect. He can scramble and hurt you that way. it's huge. assessing the defense. He's got great arm strength. I think he's gotten better each year.
guys playing different positions. I was happy that they were rewarded for that. right on down the line some of the new players. whether it be the post practice work with those guys or the extra meetings or things like that. San Diego's defense was good." Mangini press conf. Evan Moore. They have a chance to come up to the 53 and then they have a chance to come up to the 45. Sometimes those strides are apparent and sometimes they are not as apparent. It's a good group across the board that can generate a lot of negative plays. It was cold. trying to build in versatility. Just watching the tape. as a group. [They have] a different style. It's good to see those guys get a chance and take advantage of that chance. things like that that have come into play and I think like any part of the process this stuff is learned. because there will be some tight coverage." . This is another good defense. [They are] number one in rush defense. especially during that last drive ho loud it was. I think all those things are going to be challenges this week. Mohamed (Massaquoi). It was cold where I was sitting. 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. That stuff has huge value. Cincinnati. Being able to pick up the blitzing linebackers and understanding where they're coming from in order to get the passing game going. but it's going to be a challenge for us offensively. They fight through everything so it's great to have them. it reinforced a lot of things that I felt coming out of the game. because he's one component of it. we spend so much time. Taking advantage of balls that are thrown and being able to catch it in tight coverage. Kaluka (Maiava)."I think actually he's faced some pretty good defenses. Chris Jennings." (On how important it is for players elevated from the practice squad to take advantage of the opportunity). That's why. if they continue to improve that they have a chance. I also just wanted to thank the fans that came out last night. 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. Baltimore."Good afternoon everybody.11. They were pretty amazing. It's important for the guys to know that if they work hard. 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. but we have made strides.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-11-09 (Opening statement). It had to be cold where they were sitting. to continually develop them because you don't know when you are going to need to call on them. They've worked hard to learn the entire system.(On if going against Pittsburgh's defense will gauge where Quinn is at). 12/11 12. It is learned over time. organizationally. Being able to run the ball effectively."I think it's extremely important. I was really happy with the way the guys played and happy that they were rewarded for it. being able to deal with their moving pressures in order to run the ball effectively.
reps wise. making tackles. I think it's outstanding. that learning curve is quicker. There's that intensity. You are balancing out the snaps at receiver.' I've never questioned the way these guys have approached things. defenses that he can associate. move forward with. 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. but it is nice to now say. he has things to draw on from his NFL experience." (On if something will get done with Cribbs' contract). Some other guys that you may get late you have to accelerate everything. the guys at their position they help out."It looked pretty good yesterday. and I've said it 1. There is a sense of community and everybody takes part in it. look what's possible. He is a fun guy to watch. we can all see what happens. Some of it depends on the effectiveness." (On the win against Pittsburgh goes a long way towards next season).000 times. or the potential for that every time he touches the ball. ‘When we do this."There is some element of that and it just depends when they get here. Learning how to deal with adversity is part of that. There's that special feeling with playing them. from all those different spots. the snaps on special teams and he does the coverage units as well."It's hard to say."I got a message from Randy (Lerner). We embrace guys that come here and everybody wants to help them be successful. How extensive their background is before they get here. Learning how to play complementary football is part of that. Whether it was his returns. but learning how to win is part of that. I talked to Jim (Brown) after the game. These guys have worked hard and I know you're probably tired hearing the word process. I imagine that something will get done. There are so many different elements to it. You appreciate things like that just because it's nice of them to take time to do that. catching the ball." (On if there is anything new with Cribbs' contract). him running the ball. Guys at other positions. It's something that we are looking into and want to. ‘ok when we do these things. It's great to be able to now point to that and say."Nothing right now. It's the coaches.(On having to teach new players on the roster). they help out. who we haven't beat in a long time. Andy Reid sent a note. Usually." (On if Joshua Cribbs looked better on tape today). A lot of different friends around the league sent some notes. too."For me it's really just a great opportunity for the team to experience some of the fruits of their labor. A guy like Matt Roth. it was a pretty impressive performance." ."Yes. the snaps in Wildcat. I think we did a lot of those things last night." (On the ideal number of plays for the Wildcat in a game). He gets a full game. obviously. To be able to do that against a team like Pittsburgh. What you don't want to do is eliminate his effectiveness there because it is such a huge field position change. He did a lot of different things and he did them well.'" (On if he got a special message from anyone). There's that rivalry.
"That's never been talked about. Thursday. You have those things. There's a lot of learning that goes on Wednesday. They use words like ‘family' when they talk about each other. my focus. the team. I know it works. Really. but week in and week out it's different." (On if there is any uncertainty about bringing someone in).(On if he talked to Randy Lerner in person). I believe in what we do. the starting point is communication. Communication is so important."I think anybody that we can bring in to help is a positive thing. It could be me asking a question and they try to help each other out. each person understands their role in the defense. You play harder for guys that you like. it's not by position group. I've experienced it. I believe in discipline. I've seen it work. I believe in hard work. It's going to happen. There were times during the earlier part of the season maybe we did too much. you win. I believe in a team. Friday so there's a lot of adjustments that have to take place. and you have to get used to this defensive approach I think. is on moving forward each day. I believe in what we do. coaching team and continuing to move forward. I believe in good people. I know it is going to work here. They have a good time with each other. When everybody know what we are playing and it's sound across the board. You are looking for chemistry. I believe it to my core."That really hasn't been my emphasis at all or focus at all. Those things are truth. everything is on this year. My emphasis. I think it's different than a lot of approaches because it is so game plan specific. is on these guys. I know it works."It was a nice. It's truth in sports. There's a different level of intensity when you care about each other and really understand that everybody is working for everybody else."We just exchanged texts and I'll talk to him a little bit later here today."I see them getting closer and closer as they get to know each other more and spend more time together. defensively. Usually. I've seen it." (On what was said in the text message)." (On Rob Ryan's defensive scheme). you play good defense. you study core concepts on how to run the defense. I wouldn't look to do that. That's what you are looking for. I know we are going to win a lot of games here. It's a shock to the system I think." (On if the players coming closer together). They support each other in meetings. What we always look for every play. disguise and pursuit. That to me is the essence of winning. It's specific to Pittsburgh. I mean that in a sincere way."A big part of playing good defense is being on the same page. I am confident in it. Finding that balance. positive message" (On if he is worried about his future). These guys are good guys working towards the same goal. I've experienced it. 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. is communication. ." (On if he has talked to Lerner about next year). There have been times where maybe we could have done a little bit more. You do a lot of things in training camp. I know we are going to have a team that week in and week out the city is going to be proud of. What I'm concerned about are the guys. Everybody interacts with everybody else. I believe in it.
I never really have looked at it as selling guys on it. We have got a range . I am always looking for mechanics.' I've never wanted to instill discipline for the sake of being in charge. It's nice when they can see it work and feel it work and really understand it."I really have found that anytime that you make a change. part of the growth. I think there were some throws that we could have been more accurate with. That's also part of the process. I swear. then the guys start looking forward to Wednesday to see what the plan is. That's not what it's about. It does take time. that may be out of their comfort zone but you want them to try it.when you first get exposed to it."The wind definitely played a part in it. I thought Brady did a nice job with that throughout the course of the night last night. My high school coach used to say. it affects the whole play. and that is different. It's not a slogan. ‘Discipline isn't something you do to somebody. but I actually came in here a lot less heavyhanded than when I went to New York. is understanding what the objectives are."I know this might be hard to believe. I thought I was making major concessions." (On how to judge Brady Quinn's performance with the wind). 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. Like I said. it takes time. You have to try to convey as much as possible the importance of doing it and the value in doing it." (On if the players are coming around to him now and buying into the system more than when he first got to Cleveland). You want them to experience it. most often they do. understanding that everybody is working toward the same thing and understanding that we all depend on each other. You can do some different things when you have wind than when you don't. if you haven't done that before it's hard to get adjusted to. I look at is as teaching and exposing guys to new ideas. 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. We've got guys from all over the country. it is difficult. You've got a community. You are looking for accuracy. and you are dealing with that change. It's true. You have to learn about each other." (On if he came into Cleveland more heavy-handed than he would have somewhere else). You want to show them how it works. regardless of the weather. I remember when we went to the Jets initially with (Bill) Parcells and (Bill) Belichick and that group. Everybody loves progress but not a lot of people love change. I thought some guys made some pretty nice catches as well. It's not what you say so you can refute something someone else says. It can be a little bit like going to the principal's office. Sometimes it's hard for young guys to come up and talk. Usually they go hand in hand. You have one breakdown in 11 guys. Once you do. It's something you do for somebody."I haven't felt at any point where there wasn't support. I think that often times it takes a while to understand that the open door is truly open. Sometimes it's hard for anybody to come up and talk. Our success and failures are all going to be based on how work together and how we operate s a group. It's because it helps you win games." (On if he has the support of the players). Exposing guys to ideas that may be different.
watch our practices. Like I've said. See how we teach. definitely. That's the goal. There's been a thought process."I would imagine that anybody who would merit the title ‘czar' would look a lot deeper than just the record. I don't feel like it's going to be a function of selling. moving your families. It's important and it's important to the city. There's been rationale for all of the decisions."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. That's real progress. Anybody that comes in I am excited to talk to. I feel good about the things that we have done here. I don't feel good about what our record is and nobody does. structure don't know. but there's a reason behind it. There are a thousand things that go into entering into an organization."I feel going into the offseason. I feel good about it. happens." (On if he has told Cribbs that they will take care of him). I want the group to operate efficiently. It is radically different. It's nice to beat them. I understand the situation I initially came into. You want to move forward with the next steps. You have seen them play your schemes. That's all they are there for and nothing else. there's got to be rules so that everybody can operate efficiently. what we believe in. you are starting at a totally different launching point than where we were last year going into the offseason. I don't want to exert power to exert power."Yes. 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. They have seen other practices."I feel good about the approach we have taken here. watch our practices. I get that. trying to get ready for the draft. All of those things are to be determined. See how we operate. You have seen them play. It's important. Come to our meetings. See how we function as a staff because it's good and it's right. You have gotten to know them. ." (On what he would say to a football ‘czar' about his record). sit in on any meeting." (On how he would sell himself to a czar). I can get home now. Going into an offseason where that's not the case. Anybody who comes in can take a look at it. Timetable don't know. Some of it's been good. I don't think we beat them those years and it sucked not beating them.of ages. Your starting point is so much more advanced than where it was." (On if he is more comfortable with his job now). I'm transparent. some of it's been bad. evaluating the players. the draft and your frame of reference is a lot different because you have sat in the meetings with the players. the things we have done. I don't want guy's money. I understand the things that we have done throughout our time here to continue to move it forward. It's just going o be a function of showing who we are. Come take a look because it's a good product. Even last night I probably stayed up later than I probably would have that's because I was here back in '94 and '95. They can sit down and talk to the coaches. It's it. At the end of the day whatever happens. I'm confident in it. than you are focusing more on free agency. and I think that anybody who comes in will appreciate those things. Like any community." (On if he will enjoy the fact that they beat Pittsburgh). moving into free agency. You are talking about hiring a staff.
I think there are a lot of similarities between where the two teams are right now. He was the offensive assistant in New York when I was the defensive assistant. whatever happens I am excited to work with that person. which is outstanding and well deserved.' Everybody sees things differently. ‘Why D-A-D?' ‘D-A-D. It was a short week. I know his dad really well. old. It's important for him to do everything the right way. That wisdom has been a huge benefit. innovative. I can't emphasize enough how important the practice player of the week is. Dick Haley. in terms of the Pittsburgh game and last week Josh Cribbs is going to be named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. He was outstanding when he wasn't calling defenses. She was in the back of the room."Good morning everybody. To go in and to play a new position. I think. David Bowens was the defensive player of the game. I've known Todd (Haley) for a long time. C-O-L-D. Everybody when they get a chance operates differently and I appreciate the age jokes. all of those things are new. who is arguably one of the best personnel men in the NFL. He's got an energy that's contagious. even though it was on the other side of the ball. Just getting to know Todd and working in that same capacity. How are we doing? A couple things just to start off. He also won our offensive player of the game from last week. He involves everybody into the defense." (On David Bowens' leadership). I can appreciate a little bit with the age with an experience the other day.I got a note from the guy who dropped off the paper this morning. The guys give him a hard time for being old and having gray hair and things like that. That's in the future and really that's not my focus what so ever. dad. ‘Okay. Again. Julie went to Jake's school and they were discussing the word cold. I really appreciate it and I get it. It's important to him. I believe in the things that we are doing. but he hasn't been the signal caller before so that's new. now he's played there before. The teacher says. Blake Costanzo was special teams [player of the week] and Titus (Brown) was the practice player of the week. Like I said. He learned under Dan Henning and . (On if someone comes in and cleans house and if he thinks it would be a mistake). a few announcements. how sweet he misses his father. To be the captain."I think whoever comes in. but Titus has been doing a great job so it was kind of a combination of things. Jake what do you have?' ‘D-A-D' Julie was thinking. very."He is outstanding.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-16-09 (Opening statement). The first kid went and I think he said T or B so then they call on Jake and say.16. I think he's handled it great. "In terms of Kansas City. they took the C out and just had blank space and they wanted the kids to fill in a letter. 12/16 12. he is really smart. He works with everybody." Mangini press conf.
Dwayne Bowe. His 44 rushing attempts I think is fourth behind. With the passing game."No. "Offensively.Charlie Weis and I see a lot of that in the offensive play calling. [He is an] Ohio native. I thought he played really well against us last year when he was in New England. so he can create some plays like that. He's tough. I see a lot of improvement as the season has gone on. he had the 96-yarder against Pittsburgh. "Defensively. I imagine he'll eventually go into coaching and he'll be outstanding. I believe. [He is] incredibly competitive. He leads the team in sacks. In the return game. so there's going to be a lot of areas we have to prep for there. "On [special] teams. playing this group of coaches in Arizona last year. which it's coached. to extend plays. I think his transition to the outside linebacker position has been a successful one. He's going to get better as he gets more and more comfortable in that role.2 yards a carry for (Jamaal) Charles. again with Charles. With Tamba Hali. Mike Vrabel is a guy I've known for a long time. blocked another punt against Washington. I know Matt (Cassel). He creates a lot of pressure. 33 before he had to sit out the four games. It's the same thing here. 5. but we actually had a good conversation at . chase type plays. they're all different. he's been a huge asset. (David) Garrard. It was the same thing in Arizona. They blocked a punt against Baltimore. either this morning or yesterday night. When he gets going he makes some really impressive throws. and I see it here. The returner. in terms of what his expectations are and guys meeting those expectations. I think the other thing that they've got going offensively is the running game has emerged. four linebackers. I'm sure his leadership has been a good thing for them defensively. Aaron Rodgers and Vince Young." (On how his meeting with Holmgren went). He's a guy that can hurt you all over the field. they haven't really given up a lot of big returns at all this season. He could remember defenses that we ran two and three years prior and site them and give the specific play and how it worked. they've been in multiple games."I've known Mike for a while. [They have] done some creative things in the kicking game in terms of the fakes. one of the trademarks of that defense last year." (On if Mike Holmgren is here today). even though it's three down linemen. 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. the way they pursue to the ball and they make a lot of plays. won in overtime. All these 3-4's we face. He's right there with the rest of that group. a really smart guy. with Rodney (Harrison) and (Tedy) Bruschi. it's really the third week in a row now we've faced a 3-4 defense. He has the ability. two surprise onside kicks. is how hard the guys play. in terms of his knowledge of the game. like a lot of the quarterbacks we've faced. A couple others they lost by six points or less. He's a smart guy. with 86 catches last year. effort type plays. They've been excellent with their coverage units. Matt has the ability to make big plays down the field. picking up Chris Chambers during the season. Playing these guys in Arizona. he left. I think that even though they haven't won as many games as they would have liked.
It was a good. My stance on that is really the same. things like that. but have that experience because they've been through most things.the owner's meetings a few years back. I know him some through Andy Reid and through Bill Parcells. I'm telling you. 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. We talked a little bit."I think anytime you can bring in someone with a wealth of experience as not just a position coach and coordinator. He knew the defense." (On if it is tough to trade away a veteran player)." (On if Holmgren could be a sounding board for him if he joined the team). It's good to be able to bounce those ideas off somebody else. could coach the defense. guys like that that maybe weren't on staff. different aspects of the season. I wouldn't be surprised if he's not coaching major college football or pro football at some point and be really successful. it's positive. I've made calls. I thought it was a good conversation."He's got good hands. Really. because he'd disguise things. They'd go back and forth. which was his last home game there. That's really what it was. He had given me some really good advice back then. knew the defense. I talked to him about emulating a guy like Mike Vrabel whose work ethic. The team."I think this visit was something designed for both sides to get to know each other. because it brought energy to the practice. He'd disguise stuff. That whole show . 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. They've handled a lot of different decisions." (On what he talked about with Holmgren). It's great to have those guys."It always is. could draw up the defense. You can't coach his toughness. I think he's a good guy. we had brought him in initially as a special teams player and he established himself as a really good defensive player. You can't coach his instincts. positive conversation."We didn't really talk about that. We ended up getting the house and have been really happy with it. When you have a guy like Mike Vrabel. Some things come up where you're like." (On if Holmgren seemed like he would take the offer to sit it on meetings and observe the team). Bill Callahan was on the staff in New York and he had been a head coach and he was great." (On Vrabel's versatility). He's get Tom all fired up. He used to frustrate Tom (Brady) to no end. [He is] a guy that wasn't highly drafted. like Dick Vermeil. but as a head coach. It was great too. worked his way up. it's great. He is obviously very talented as a coach. Even talking to (Jason) Trusnik when he was a young guy first starting out. every day in practice [he] worked. We visited some last year before the Seattle game. They've seen most things. We actually revisited that conversation."We talked about a lot of things." (On if he sensed a strong interest on Holmgren's part). not just his assignment. I'm not going to go into the play-by-play of it. He's a wealth of knowledge. I mean he's a special guy.
It's the first time we've held two teams under 100 [rushing] yards in two years. He's tough.team. the last four games we've been the best team in the NFL in terms of not turning the ball over."It's not unsettling at all. Every other year we were together."You have to talk to Mike about that. so I've known him for a long time. just don't talk to my buddy's sister. money. how the third running back versus the third tight end versus the second fullback. I think he's another guy that just grinds and grinds and works. ‘We're going to meet my buddy's sister and her girlfriends and look. claiming guys. to get a group of people that are all focused on the same task." (On if he thinks Holmgren wants the job here). because you have to see the big picture. ‘Yeah. The more smart people. You can't ask for a better situation. claiming position. things like that to .' I said. It just increases the intensity. It was just business. Everything is tied into everything else." (On his relationship with Scott Pioli). cutting guys. is made. I'm all for anybody that can come in and help us organizationally be more successful. he has a wealth of knowledge. he was part of that same group of 20-20's that were here. of course. you can talk to any of the girls. being a head coach as long as he was. In terms of where things are. do you want to come out. all those things that you'd expect from someone who's achieved what he's achieved. There's good things going on and that's from everybody staying focused on the task at hand. That's real progress from where we've been. I'm happy with the progress we've made. ‘Hey.' and he said. He is demanding. contract decisions. You learn so much more about football than you do as a coordinator. that have the same approach in terms of being focused on winning. myself and Jules and him and Dallas. I sat next to her. Scott actually is responsible for me meeting Julie." (On how his relationship ended up following the controversy in New England). We lived together in New England when we first got there." (On if he feels like Holmgren is an ideal candidate). 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. that's the best thing you can have. We've improved in almost every offensive category. talented people that you can put in the building. the opponent at hand. I'll go out. I mean offensively. how those things all fit. You only have so many resources between draft picks. he was friends with Mark (Shapiro) and he was going out and he said."The first time we weren't together was when I went to New York as the head coach. I think it was one of those meetings that was everybody getting to know each other and whatever decision is made."Like I said. That's what you strive for organizationally.' Which. On the relocation weekend to Baltimore. I think that's a great thing. we ended up talking and now we're married. Like I said. You have to see how the fifth receiver fits into the special teams plan." (On if the talk of a football czar is unsettling). He's responsible for that and I thank him for that. I'm really happy with the way the guys have been working. That's what you want."I don't think there's a sense of it ever being a personal issue. What I'm focused on and what I ask the players to be focused on is the task at hand. That's what you strive for as a team. Like I said.
it's the right guy and it's trying to figure out the right guy for you. He's got a wealth of experience. guys that are competitive and selfless and guys that football's important to. one of the most attractive things about him was he brought experience in that system that we were able to incorporate offensively. I'm not sure what the best path is. That's it. he's more the digit system offensively and that family tree and that was really positive."I think often times you're labeled with family trees and philosophies and things like that. However you get to that point. I don't think there's anything inconsistent about that philosophy. I'd say there's a lot of challenging things about facing the West Coast offense. but know he's not right for you. which is outstanding. whether it's three weeks from now. I'm really not looking to get that involved in the process. levels on the inside." (On if there is any advantage to having a czar here before the end of the season). There are a lot of plays on tape." (On Jamaal Charles). you have to see all of those things. It's Kansas City for us and that's the most important thing. he's elusive." (On if his coaching philosophy could mesh with Holmgren's). There's going to be multiple personnel groups."No. it's winning. Again. but whatever that is. I think all coaches appreciate smart. I don't know if there's any title to that offensive system. As a head coach. Tony (Grossi)." (On what was challenging about facing a Holmgren-coached team).improve the team. Whatever point it is. His goal is to win. (Brian) Daboll brought. That's what I want the guys to focus on. There's going to be misdirection. Taking the best things from each component of that and building your system. Bring in Brian Schottenheimer. I think that's universal."You know. I think the most important thing is to get the right person in place and to move forward. demanding training camps. There's going to be quick hitting plays. so I don't know what the best path is."It's been close to a year since we played them. I think. Again. Each decision affects the other decision. Whether it's West Coast. the coaches to focus on. Sometimes you have to appreciate a player's value. They're going to create levels."I haven't been involved in czar searches before. I think sometimes as a coordinator or a position coach you get a little bit of tunnel vision. you see how it affects you. whether it's him as a kickoff returner or him as a running back or even him as a receiver. . hard working guys. but the philosophy that I think we all want is winning. East Coast. Mike ran really physical." (On if he expects other candidates to interview). Once you determine what's right for you then you determine the players that are right for you. going back to Bill Callahan. the key thing is to get the right person and move forward organizationally."With Jamaal. with drafting." (On if Holmgren's coaching philosophy would conflict with the type of players he is looking for). whether it's levels on the outside. What I'm looking to do is coach the guys. whether that's today. tough. is the best approach. All those things are components of it that come into play.
This is a really good team on third down defensively. some of it comes from designed pressure. he can make a lot of people miss.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-17-09 (Opening statement). things like that. but it was a pretty impressive catch that way. we've made a lot of progress. run the ball. the way they rush. I know the sack numbers haven't been as high as probably they have hoped it to be. What I really like about him is a lot of times the elusive backs aren't the most physical backs. which is pretty consistent with the defenses he (Clancy Pendergast) coached in Arizona as well. If we had gotten the two point conversion we wouldn't have been kicking the field goal there. I think. and I know you've heard that word a ton of times here. We did a nice job in the kicking game establishing field position. but they do apply quite a bit of pressure."Good morning everybody. Each team that faces him is appreciating his ability to create plays in a couple different ways. You get him into space. We would have been going to tie the game. 12/17 12. downing punts inside the 10. He's one-on-one with the corner. runs a double move. How are you guys doing? Good morning Alexis (Martin. was it Cromartie. it might have been (Quentin) Jammer. so getting a feel for that is something that we're going to have to continue to work on here today. 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. putting ourselves in a position to at least challenge there at the end of the game with the onside kick. continuing along the line that we've had with the communication. some of it comes from games and some of it comes from just sheer effort and intensity. which will change the call from one thing to the other. It happens pretty quickly. coming back. where it was complementary football." (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. whether it's a checkdown or screen. I thought that the way that we played against Pittsburgh. I like the group of pass rushers they have. I'd say especially defensively. . Browns Kids Club Jr. but it really was. A lot of that.There's a great play where he catches. Offensively. He can also run through some tackles. One thing they do really well though is when they do get to the quarterback they usually get the ball out. Reporter for a Day). it's either a 40 or 60-yarder on (Antonio) Cromartie. I'm not sure if it was 40 or 60 [yards]. They can make people miss. being able to move the ball. That's a really important lesson against a very good team.17. things like that. There are quite a few hits on the quarterback that don't translate into sacks. I do think there are some things that have to be cleaned up. How are you doing? Yesterday's practice." Mangini press conf. Moving to third down. One of the things that I really liked against San Diego was down the way we were down. offensively in terms of our third down conversion rate. catches a great. use up the clock. because there has been quite a bit of shifting. That's going to be a challenge for us. more shifting than motioning from their (Kansas City's) offense.
may get more reps. different people doing it. so that you can't count on. our base defense didn't have nearly as many reps as our sub defense. being able to take advantage of the opportunities. so a guy like (Ahtyba) Rubin didn't have a significant number of reps in the game. which was at the same time. You really have to work off the tape that you have. The weather's going to be the same for both quarterbacks. We improved significantly in New York after the bye. Ideally. If one thing's working maybe better than you expected or not working as well as you expected. as you build up a better understanding of how it all fits together. Even though you're playing it and it looks like it's supposed to look. usually you make some significant jumps. exactly how you have to fit. The other thing. midway through the season."It's pretty consistent. I've liked the steps forward that we've taken offensively and I want to see more of that. because it started to hit for a lot of guys."I'm not sure what we're going to get in Kansas City. I'm not sure what the right volume is." (On if he was tempted to play Brian Robiskie more against Pittsburgh after his performance against San Diego). but just switch whose role is whose. in terms of his percentage of play time." (On how he accounts for the improvements in the run defense). Marcus is going to be on our offensive right side and he's going to use these few pass rushing moves. The next time it's Kam. it was all linebackers in there. Again."That's a good question. Chansi (Stuckey) may be in one package or (Mike) Furrey and Brian may be in a different package." . with what happened in '06 in New York. When you do that. I wasn't really looking at it in terms of that. but that was just because of their approach and the packages that we played against it.' One time it's Marcus. ‘Okay. A lot of that stuff is packaged-based. Tony (Grossi)." (On how long it takes for a team to learn what to do against an unknown player like Marcus Benard). David Bowens. As you build up reps. how each piece works together. but it's different bodies. 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. when you can play the scheme with all 11 parts sitting in the right spots. You install the defense and there's a way to play it." (On if he is looking to see what Brady Quinn can do in a game without poor weather conditions). It started to clear up for a lot of guys. you'd like to be able to run the same defense. Even with Pittsburgh. You could look at some of that stuff. the coordinated pass rush. it gets better. 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. I'm not sure what the right amount of tape would be for him. He played in the preseason."He played quite a bit against Pittsburgh. He played a little bit against Detroit. they were all working in different spots at different times. They may all be doing the same thing from a concept standpoint. What I'm looking for from Brady is the same type of operation that he's had and when we do get the opportunities. it's not really operating like it's supposed to operate. one of those groups may get bumped up. whether it was Marcus or Kam (Kamerion Wimbley) or Matt (Roth). The next time it's Roth.Defensively as well.
It was nice to see him go in and play as well as he did. They're penetrators. That happened on occasion. I think that's what it's come down to.(On how Ahtyba Rubin has played in place of Shaun Rogers). we've moved the ball a lot more effectively." (On if the play calling has improved over the last four games)."I think he's made strides throughout the season. good hands. that's huge. I think the biggest thing is we've executed better. it really broke for him and he was so much better at playing those things. Kris Jenkins. He has a nice base. Compared to Shaun. When you look at the things that we've been able to do. there's not a lot of Shaun's. I think that he's played well at different points throughout the course of the year as well. Even though Pittsburgh."He's played really well. He has good hand placement. Our ability to convert on third down. He's really thick. I remember with Mike DeVito. it gives you more plays. I wouldn't say it was just all the time. It gives you extra drives. [he was] similar to Rubin in the sense that he played with a good base. it's hard to make that comparison. as the season's gone on." ." (On Corey Williams' development)."I think the execution has improved. There hasn't been a fundamental shift in how we approach our opponent. I see Rubin. we've score more points. He just has great instincts and speed for that size. It's trying to maximize our strengths. 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. so a crease would open up that wouldn't typically be there. his feel for what's coming and anticipating those things has gotten a lot better. The protection has improved. He'd get beat on some stuff that he had seen a ton of times and then the next year he came back."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. 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. not turning the ball over. Those were two areas that we've struggled with. big men. Even though he was reading the play the correct way. I'm not sure what he weighs. Ted Washington. It's been the same approach. his rookie year. It's game plan specific. we've held the ball longer. There's not a wide range of blocks that you're going to get as a 3-4 nose tackle." (On if Rubin has surprised him since he does not look like a space-eater type of player). As we've improved in those two areas. Him. those are big. but there were times where he was like that. I was looking for that to continue to improve and I think he has throughout the season."He's pretty thick. It gives you field position. it was at different tempos. He's improved throughout the course of the season in reading the core blocks." (On if Rogers was sometimes too quick for his own good in the run scheme). was strong. San Diego and Kansas City are 3-4 teams. The two-gap is different than what most teams play. it's much more one-gap than it is two-gap. but he couldn't put together how the back played into the blocking schemes. where this is more of a read and react and there's patience. but he's pretty thick.
I think that even when we weren't running it if we had caught more of the balls there were catchable. I do think that has helped. that's going to be an important component of all the things that we do moving forward."I've always been a fan of the no huddle. whether we brought them in or claimed them off waivers or signed them from the practice squad. how does it affect the plan. because we were holding up well. as a person." (On if he has to wait for the front office to be established before he can negotiate any deals). his dedication." . I didn't think. I always like to start that after the season. as it did in the Jets. I'm not really doing it here." (On if he does any work on college players now). We're operating in that same pattern. He is selfless. not necessarily. still have to be looked at in the same context of how does it affect now." (On Joshua Cribbs saying he is optimistic about getting a new contract before the season is over)." (On if he has to wait until the front office is worked out to negotiate a long term deal). you've seen we've brought in quite a few players."Throughout the course of the season. I think it does create problems. looking at things long term."I didn't do it there. The scouts are doing a great job. the first layer reports. not just as a player. It just wasn't. how does it affect the salary cap. All the different staffs are doing that now. That's following the consistent pattern here. As you go through the season there's a lot of things that still have to get done." (On if he was looking at any personnel acquisition for the following year at this time of year when he was with the Jets). his sacrifice."No. I think the production there would have been significantly better as well. I think we've really made some strides there. but I can tell you I really like Josh. I really like Josh."I didn't really do that. In terms of exposure to college players or potential free agents. if we had held on to more balls that we ended up turning over. They had their preliminary meetings. It's pretty consistent around the league.(On if the no huddle offense has been the key to the offense's improvement). I think we've run it well and it's not easy to do. It shifted the other way. I really do. Usually it means that you're doing a good job in base if they shift to a different personnel group. still have to be addressed. I think if we were getting gashed we probably wouldn't have seen as much 11 personnel. whatever the case may be. It's all follows the same pattern."What we're doing is really taking the same approach."I don't have the timeline. You get the reports. that wasn't something that I would do towards the end of the year. very effective because there's so much happening from a coaching perspective. They were in last week. those types of things. is looking at things short term. I'm sure the addition of a general manager or whatever that title becomes. as a part of the organization." (On if the success of the sub defense against Pittsburgh alters the way he looks at the run defense).
He's just going to get better and better. They do a couple things just a little bit different than what we've seen on third down. Offensively."I don't think it's hard to evaluate him. as well as being gifted athletically and physically. 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. 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. the less you're mentioning him. There's a little bit of communication with that yesterday and I think we'll have that taken care of here this morning. I think he's very fluid. when I face a shorter quicker guy."Good morning everybody. I think the one area that he can continue to improve is run support and tackling. I think he's got really good instincts and ball skills. and then we evaluate it during the game to see who's being more effective. Very few times you look out and say. In last week's case Josh (Cribbs) got some more carries. I think Joe is really good. 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. 12/18 12." . He's got a young career. There are certain styles of receivers that you face." (On how close Eric Wright is to being a Pro Bowl cornerback).C. I think he's been outstanding. when I face a big receiver. which types of runs are being more effective. I think he does an excellent job. we have a few things we need to clean up from yesterday with the third down approach. As someone from a coverage aspect.(On if it is tough to evaluate Joe Thomas' season given the team's record). when I've got half field help. We just have to be able to recognize it defensively and make sure that we have the right check for what they are doing. I like the approach throughout the course of the week and look to finish the week strong."There's a plan going into the game. I thought that overall the execution was better than Wednesday." (On if he knew how he was going to split reps at running back going into the Pittsburgh game). usually the better it is. With an offensive lineman. I think he's very good in pass coverage.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-18-09 (Opening statement).18. coaching a lot of different guys. Eric's a very smart person.' or ‘Joe Thomas was beaten on that play'. What I can tell you about Eric is. Today. I think he's got excellent feet. If it leans more towards J. really understand the player that he's playing against and apply those things. There are certain guys that you face. (Jerome Harrison) then he'll get some more carries. He has the ability to really understand the scheme. If it leans more towards Chris (Jennings) then he'll get some more carries. I think this week he'll have his hands full as well with Tamba Hali. ‘Joe Thomas didn't get his block. That's something that he and I have talked about. especially at this point. that he's going to face multiple times." Mangini press conf."You'd have to look at it in the context of a lot of other corners.
because you know what they are going to be in. when he is in the Wildcat you gain an extra blocker. It's hard to say. One of the nice things about Josh is. if he is in a different spot than say the Wildcat position. Most people play. That's where the numbers part of it comes in. Someone has to cover the quarterback. You run through the plays that you like and see how it's going. I'd say it depends how many special teams plays there are. He is going to take a lot of hits between the kickoff returns and the punt returns."I think if you are carrying the ball 12 times a game and catching a few passes. [We will] really have to see today and it will probably come down to a game-time decision with him." (On Robaire Smith). that wouldn't be a bad thing. made a tackle and ran the ball. If they do start checking it then the plays that you have designed based on your normal offense should be very effective against it. He returned the ball. knowing that plan could change). the quarterback becomes a runner and you gain extra players. He really did what you said. you could still return like he has been. but a full game would be about 65. That dictates some of the coverage as well. To have him in a standard offensive set as a running back. there is always a threat. if they play a full game. you can now run your standard defenses.(On if he would go into a game saying Player X is going to get most of the carries. as a defensive coordinator. caught a pass. That's a pretty effective game. because that number can vary each game. so that every time he is in they can't check the defense. He is going to be involved in a lot of physical plays on the coverage plays. How many returns does he have? How many kickoff returns? How many punt returns? Those things affect it. you may transition into something a little further down the list. He is on the coverage teams as well. We've faced a lot of good running backs throughout the season and you have different things to deal with those guys."It's more." (On what putting Cribbs solely at running back would do to a defensive coordinator). Now. either running the ball 12 times and catching a few passes or in the return game)." . There's the threat of him on the reverse. having him there and having him there in a capacity where he can actually run a standard play is important. The other nice thing about Josh is. somewhere around 65 plays on average." (On where he feels like a guy like Cribbs could be most effective. How many snap do you want to use him as a receiver? That would affect it."I don't know if there is a set number. anytime he is in there. There's the threat of him on the catch-and-run. ‘These are the packages that we like. You want to be able to put your normal offense out there and run those plays."I think. whether it's the fullback and a guy that would be in a tailback position. because those plays are going to be traditional type plays. You have to take that in account.' You put those out there." (On how much Cribbs could carry the ball and still be effective on special teams). I thought that he was very effective last week. that can vary on how demanding the position is or the focus of the position. Even if he is not getting the ball. If not. If it's hitting like you expect to hit then you'll stay with it."I think he's improved. He's just in a spot that is very demanding.
He was the offensive assistant. You have to handle 8."Todd. ‘Go play nose. today you are on the right. it was the flip of the relationship that I had with Schwartzy (Jim Schwartz). Ideally. Same thing with the d-line. so you can do that. Corey (Williams) playing some at the nose. 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. then you would move Kamerion over there to that spot. The volume of runs you get on the left are different. worked some different guys in at the slot or the guy who covers the inside receiver in sub. Jeff (Schudel). He's the best to cover him. That helps because you don't know how you are going to move them around. He's a funny guy. ‘Okay you are the right corner. where I was the offensive assistant and he was the defensive assistant. maybe a little different than . be able to take people and say. ‘He's the best to cover him. He has been for a long time. when Kenyon (Coleman) got hurt. ‘Okay.' Defensively. He has to have those reps. Our approach has always been. Really. That's why I never liked. you saw Robaire. If Kam (Kamerion Wimbley) is best on a certain guy. it's not strong and free.000 different things. It doesn't seem like that big of a deal. I was the defensive assistant. It's sort of like a team within a team."I think it's going to stay game-to-game throughout the rest of the season. otherwise you get 10-12 games into the season and say. during training camp. Kamerion has to have the ability to move to those three spots. go over to the left hand side. so you have to know both spots. you always want to [have that] and really offensively too. He's tough and demanding. He's worked there throughout the course of the year. His dad is an outstanding evaluator. It wasn't too big for him. push the coverage wherever you want to push it to. He's bright.' It's like you get 10 that week and that's hard. we've known each other starting in '97 when we worked in New York.' From a safety. play there and be effective. Then. In order to do that. This is his first time around. You end up spending a lot of time with him. ‘Alright. 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. it's right and left. there was no intimidation. saying. it could be a walk around type person. It could be the right. this is where the biggest problem is.' and then they get all their reps as the right corner. 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. It is a similar situation.'" (On if he is trying to matchup the secondary to the players the opponent has). is through the course of the season always have the ability to dictate the coverage. but he understands his problems may be a little different than the problems that I'm facing. but the types of blocks that you get on the left are different. The configuration of the secondary will be game-togame. It was nice. it could be the left."What you'd like to do. 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. We've had different combinations at safety. He had that experience growing up around football and with Dick Haley." (On his relationship with Todd Haley and if they are facing similar situations with their teams this year). He really has a good sense of humor. He's looking to make progress each week. that's what you have throughout the course of the season is the flexibility to say.(On if he is still trying to settle the secondary). He was making the transition into football at that point.
I spent more time with him than probably anybody else. You kind of want to put it in the microwave." (On if he has prepared a selling kit to present to whoever becomes the general manager). 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." (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). ‘Rome wasn't built in a day. You can't fix all the different things that need to be fixed right away. How rational and insightful. operations." (On if Kenyon Coleman will be able to play this weekend). When you share an experience like that."I really do believe that anybody with a wealth of experience. have it hot and have it ready. I won't spend any time putting together a selling kit. He's a good dude. There have been a lot of really talented coaches that haven't had good seasons. It's like any other relationship. medical.what Schwartzy's or any of the first year head coaches. it's a bond you have for a long time. look at it critically and really assess where you are."What did he say on the conference call? Did he draw first blood? (joking) I loved everything about him." (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 know why that is."Yes.' That's the way it is. You don't want to make emotional decisions or quick decisions. He has a big family."No. It's not like that. PR. I feel pretty good about us doing it without over pointing it. Why is that guys? Why are you talking about it? (joking) I don't know. That sometimes happens and you have to look at it in a lot of different . understands the different components that go into it. Kenyon really hasn't missed too many games over his career. salary cap. It's not really fair to getting the right answer. This is a little bit of new ground for him. Someone threw it on my desk and I thought. 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. I really have been part of both those situations and it's not the right way. you could be harsher than you should be or you could be not as objective as you should be." (On if there was anything that drove him nuts about Haley). I read somewhere the other day. At the end of the season." (On if he has started to put together a wish list of offseason needs). department by department. You just learn to appreciate each other. ‘Wow. I think I could sit down with anybody at any point and go through step-by-step decisions that were made.' I thought that was a great quote. especially if they've had coaching experience. It's not always easy. draft. things that were done both with a short term vision and a long term vision. depending on how you finish. I think he should be fine. I think he'll be ready to go and he'll be effective. We've talked a few times during the season about different issues or questions. how appropriate."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. player acquisition. not at all. but you're encouraged by the things you do make improvement with. Any aspect of the organization. free agency.
That's what they deserve. They always chuckle when you call them. ‘God." (On why national writers are saying he would no longer be with the team if Mike Holmgren was hired). Jeff (Schudel). There are stories that come out that often times have no merit. you get different perspectives on it. backing. whether it's at the owner's meetings or prior to us playing them last year. ‘Oh my God. the passion hasn't changed and what they deserve hasn't changed. He's a good guy. I say some things that my dad says or my mom used to say and it's like." . What I will say is. It's a good part of the process. I can't believe I just said that. The conversation wasn't any different than those other times. Being in Cleveland as a younger coach and being here now. My job is to give that to them and not just one year.' Sometimes when you look at the world through your lens."I don't want to get into that component of it. he and I have talked at different points. that's the only evaluation that you make. I want someone to come here that can help us improve."I'm not really look at it that way. it's not all it's cracked up to be is it Eric?' ‘Yeah Bill. I'm not kind of doing the score card of different opinions. cares and is passionate and fights and is smart.' I call those guys up sometimes and be like.' It just changes. Some do. because you learn and you experience things." (On if he wants Holmgren to take the job). It's kind of like become a parent. when I first got the job there were times where I'd sit in that seat going. They want a team that works. whatever it is. I know as a head coach.ways. 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. I mean it's so obvious and it's so deserved. Anybody that comes in can evaluate that. You make decisions as you go and you continue to improve and progress. it's different. I complained about this. whether it be DBs or a coordinator. he'd go. Going through that in different places as an assistant. Each situation is different."I really think it depends on the person and the experiences that they've had. I've been a head coach for four years now [at] different places. because the goal is to win every game. Has it always produced the results that you wanted? No. Bill Parcells. but when the lens softens and you look at the other situations involved." (On if he thinks his fate is tied to these last three games). I'm sorry. I understand exactly why Bill (Parcells) and Bill (Belichick) did this. I wouldn't characterize it as different. ‘I get it. you've experienced a lot of things as well. That's what I believe in. that can be part of giving the city of Cleveland what they deserve. at all. I feel really good about the things that I've done in this role. but every year. different players. If you've built different teams. I imagine they'd look at things as a big picture type philosophy. ‘Oh. I completely understand why you did what you did. facts. With Mike. what the speculation is. I feel good about the things that I've done in that role and there's a body of work there. too. different experiences."I don't really look at that. That never made sense to me. but now I get it.'" (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).
some where he may be the second guy. Last week. Jerome (Harrison) got that honor and also gave game balls to really the whole offensive group. It doesn't change the guys in the room. there are all those packages. but some of the hustle plays that he made down the line of scrimmage. you could move backwards."With the d-line. The receivers down the field. Defensive player of the week was (Ahtyba) Rubin. He sustained an injury on the quarterback keep there late in the game and just won't be able to play again this season. gave them all game balls as well. just announcements from the game. I thought was excellent. It was a really group effort. Lawrence Vickers was outstanding. They all got game balls for that. probably hard to figure out who the offensive player of the game was. It's not fair for anybody in that group to do it because there have been so many positive things. (Derek Anderson) will start this week. it's just what we thought would be effective. It's not fair to the players. We'll take the same approach this week. It's not fair to the coaches. the core blocks.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-22-09 (Opening statement). with . players of the game this week. Last game we had a different package with all linebackers and defensive backs. it's a lot of the same approach. the amount of sub personnel that they played with really dictated what we played with and the numbers got changed a little bit."You face different things that could potentially be distractions and we've faced a bunch throughout the course of the year. That wasn't a function of a lack of faith in the defensive line. especially for a guy his size and he did it throughout the game. 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.A. It doesn't change the coaching staff. (Joshua) Cribbs was the special teams player of the week. Whether it's the nickel. What I liked most about what he did during the game is he played the blocks really well. 12/22 12. there's some great blocks. It'll also be based on what we're getting and what's being effective for us." Mangini press conf. Just watching the tape again showing it to them this morning. "The other news that we have is we had to put Brady Quinn on injured reserve this morning. I mean those guys were really impressive. Our practice player of the week was Coye Francies. [There are] some where he may be the first guy. That'll continue to happen as long as we take the lessons that we've learned and apply them to the next week.(On if there is any urgency to get Corey Williams more reps). I did the same thing with the return team. I thought that Joe Thomas and (Eric) Steinbach and some of their double teams and Rex (Hadnot). coming a yard away from the team record." (On if he is disappointed with the timing of the meeting with Holmgren). the dime or the base or the other variations we have. D. How are you doing? A couple things."Good morning everybody. the same thing. Once you take a step back.22.
(Sebastian) Janikowski can hit from forever."Don't know that yet. a lot of injuries there. especially in these close games. Like I said. penetrating group. [In their game against] Pittsburgh. He can block. Looking at it. which has helped them quite a bit. you have really. They've been generating a lot of pressure on the quarterback. it's going to take a little while. They're 10th or 11th in red zone defense."He just got injured on that run that he had. offensive lineman. there's some really outstanding catches late to sustain that drive. he wouldn't be able to play this week. I think they've gotten better as the year's gone on. making plays. "In terms of Oakland. they all can hurt you. so we'll get him a few reps working at quarterback. I don't know where field goal range is with him." (On if Quinn will need surgery). He's a true tight end. but it's back there. I think that they've had a lot of uncertainty at quarterback." . wouldn't be able to play next week. Denver scoring with 39 seconds left. the rushing plays that they face. they've been outstanding. Dealing with this tight end (Zach Miller). We signed Scott Kooistra. (Darren) McFadden. They've won three out of the last five against three pretty good teams. On third down. and he hurt us last year when we played them. whether it's (Michael) Bush. He had a great catch against Pittsburgh on the sideline to get a first down."A foot. they built Philadelphia earlier in the year. The way they won them. "On special teams. I think says it all." (On what Quinn's injury is). They've had a lot of changes. what we'll have to deal with is a penetrating defense. I think the longest punt return against them is 23 yards. I think." (On what happened on the play Quinn got injured). there are some things that we have to adjust to in terms of the style with which they run the football. he can catch and he's dangerous in the passing game. As I said. I think it's over 10 percent of their plays. These guys are a big. he has excellent hands. physical. They don't give you many chances to get much done in the return game. Really. good run after the catch. Offensively. They have three good backs. so they've played some good football. go for negative yards. The thing just flies off his foot. The young kid (Louis) Murphy has a couple really big plays. coming back late in the game. They're 15th in sacks. We have our work cut out for us there. looking at this team I've seen them do a lot of good things as the season's gone on.Brett (Ratliff) as the two and Cribbs will be the three. 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. 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. is the most impressive thing. the quarterback keep late in the game on the sideline. They've generated some big plays. "Defensively. arguably the best tandem in terms of punter and kicker. To be able to put different people in there and still move the ball against some good defenses. Cincinnati was kind of the same thing and then getting a turnover late on special teams. (Justin) Fargas.
We've had a few moving parts throughout the season. offensively."No. One or two more plays. Brady saw it. To understand where you can then attack them is important.' but the way that he sold the run it sucked Brown like a hard edge down the line and there was nobody there. but that was the difference between the play working or it getting blown up. (Mike) Brown was right there on the edge. They had a lot of people in the box. We'll just see where we are. we call it a bubble screen. We made a pretty radical transition going to all no huddle." (On which foot Quinn injured)."It's hard to tell on the film. 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. ‘Oh man. We've improved in quite a few categories. I really do. That was one of those plays that wasn't called. I think the no huddle helped him quite a bit." (On Derek Anderson's state of mind). I expect the same thing from D. just like Brady was.A. this isn't going to be very good. I'm not saying that's the only reason.(On if someone stepped on Quinn or if he turned wrong). I'm comfortable that he'll be able to go out and do it effectively. It doesn't seem like that's a big deal."That's something really I go back and look at after the season." (On Quinn being able to finish the game at Kansas City). got it out to him." . I remember looking and thinking. I think that over the course of time we've gotten better as a group. Last game."I think it's positive. I thought that operated very effectively and got better as we went and it helped us quite a bit. He's been positive throughout the process. but I think that's been positive for us." (On how he would assess Quinn's season)."It was only one more play I think."Yes. He and I were talking about it last night and even he wasn't sure exactly how it happened. He worked on it during training camp. 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. guys stepping in and they've responded well. defensively. His ability to do that as well as he did helped us. I think he had done a really nice job. he's been working on it."I think it's the right. it's hard to see exactly what it is. where (Chansi) Stuckey kind of bowed out. the bootleg. late [in the game]. Those types of things are the types of things that you're looking for. I thought that he improved with that throughout the course of the season." (On if he was injured on the quarterback sneak for 13 yards). I didn't know if you guys remember." (On if they will be able to run the no huddle with Anderson)." (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. we got the first down. Even the ball handling on the one that he kept. The angle that you have.
" (On if Quinn can be fairly judged based on the parts around him). It was positive that we were able to do that. I think that's a pretty unique performance by any stretch.(On how much of a concern Quinn's passing numbers are). We need to see how that growth continues and always need to look for opportunities to improve. him being able to go up. I think adding Chansi helped."I think that's something that we definitely have to improve on. being able to run it over. last game. were the turnovers.000 snaps."I think we'll look at that. at Brady's progress and the offense's progress. They've come on. I think Evan Moore has been a really pleasant surprise and good pickup for us. 1. It was a lot less effective. take-away ratio. I think they'll both continue to develop. what is it. That was a real need position. Going into this season." (On if he feels comfortable with the receiving corps right now). and so would I. They've shown different things at different times. Our give-away. The experiences that he's had. one of those games that we had in New England. suddenly get an opportunity and play really well. To be able to bring somebody in of his stature. I don't know at what point it really hits. the one that hit our young linebacker in the chest could have been an easy one. had another solid game with five catches. so I think he'll be able to shed some like on this as well. I thought Chansi. really has a wealthy of knowledge. I think the positive is we have a guy that really understands quarterbacks coming in to help out. When we've stopped turning over the ball. (Doug) Flutie was up in Canada. The games have changed for us. I mean. I don't know. We've done a good job of protecting the football and that's critical. we obviously need to generate a lot more defensively than we have. There have been some good things. don't get an opportunity. I don't know what the exact number is for that. (Matt) Cassel hadn't thrown a ball. get the snap off quickly. like you would do any other position. I've heard. I think the thing that you see is hits different for different guys. taking two young guys as early as we did. A guy like Kurt Warner. There are some positives. we didn't really have a lot of depth at receiver and that was something that we had to address in the draft."It's the same as we've talked about before. The other thing that I know he'd like to have back from last game."I think that you have to look at what the situation is and put it in a context. We're not going to have the running game production that we had last week very often." (On if 13 starts in three years is a fair number to judge a quarterback by)"Everybody has a different opinion on that. protecting the ball." (On his reaction to Mike Holmgren joining the Browns as club President). I really like the catch he had on the sideline. The play right after the catch on the sideline I think is another example to point at. You guys probably remember the one early against Baltimore and that looked a lot different. We've called that a couple times throughout the course of the season. or maybe he had a little bit of burn late one year against Miami. in terms of winning on a . You see some guys that bounce around. It's critical. the games have changed. not give Kansas City the chance to challenge. he was in the arena league for a while and suddenly gets a chance and lights it up. like we'll look at any other position. We gave one away last game. Not sure whether it [the catch] was in or not. It's a combination of those two.
I won't focus on that. He did a nice job turning that around. Like I said. I'm trying to think of the system they run in New Orleans and how similar that was to San Diego. I'm just trying to draw parallels between quarterbacks. Last night was when it moved forward and we were pretty deep into game planning and it was pretty late when we found out. The key thing is to look at what the situation was. the system. the strong offensive background that he has. Plus."Yes."I haven't talked about that. We were 5-11 in New England with Bill (Belichick). . his last year in Seattle had a tough season. With Cassel." (On if he had any contact with Holmgren over the past week). I think it hits at different points. I think that was kind of a switch [for Drew Brees]. Different guys have switched systems at different points. that's going to improve as well." (On if he knows when he will get clarity on the long term with Holmgren). I think that's great as well. anytime you can add someone that's really smart and has a wealth of knowledge. won't focus on it next week. Jeff Fisher was taking a lot of heat early on. You go through those things. That's really a discussion for after the season. I don't think it's an exact science by any stretch. it takes time as well.consistent basis. asses it and see how you want to move forward. There have been some good things and some things that haven't been as good. There are always variables to every equation. the opportunities. is getting ready for Oakland. The timeline and things like that. I won't focus on it this week." (On if it is good to hear Holmgren say that he likes to give everyone a chance to prove themselves). what factors are there regardless of all the variables. To be able to pinpoint and say there's one formula for evaluating any position. Mike. I talked to Randy last night just about Mike and him coming to terms. You feel those constants are strong enough that as you change the variables and improve the variables. he's switching systems." (On if it would be easier to switch systems when you have been playing as long as Warner). All those things are variables that you look at. I think Kurt Warner switched systems out in Arizona when the new staff came in and he was pretty effective. I think that's outstanding. there are always the variables." (On if Randy Lerner has given him any assurance that he will be given every opportunity to move forward with the team)."Yes. it's tough to say. the receiving corps."We didn't talk about that."Nothing really had moved forward during that point. it's a pretty good situation. I think anytime you make an adjustment like that. I know he'll be in here next week. the protection. What you're trying to look for are what are the constants. What I'm going to continue to focus on is coaching the group and that's what the players are focusing on. the coaches as well." (On how switching offensive systems can affect a quarterback's development)"Again. I haven't focused on that. I think if you've coached and you've been a head coach you understand the different things that go into any season. We'll see how that goes. they were 4-12. that wasn't the focus of our conversation.
They've supported each other. I know the different situations that we've faced. The only thing that's tough about that is."I'm happy for these guys. It's good stuff and it's good stuff for them. These guys have worked like crazy here. the last two games. You could look at some of that as well. They deserve those things. You do that at times when it's a guy that you don't have a lot of familiarity with. Just ask them."I can't say this enough. the decision is.24." (On if he has looked at Frye's Browns tape to see his strengths). I feel comfortable with where we're headed and the progress we've made. find something that is part of him regardless of what system he's in. You do try to." (On if he thinks winning the last two games is important to his job security). I know what kind of staff we have. it's just I believe in the things that we've done. 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. They've worked tougher. 12/24 12."I don't think it's a certainty right now. There are some serious variable as to who's going to play. We've brought in new players and they've embraced those new players. like I said before. they'll tell you. I'm very comfortable with the things that we've done and I know the things that we're building here." (On if he doesn't know what quarterback they will face this weekend)."There's some of that. again. I think there's still some uncertainty as to how that's going to unfold this week as well. I believe in the progress we've made. I want them to take advantage of the opportunities they have here this week and then the opportunity they have next week. We're going to have to look at the scheme."There wasn't a ton of tape so you're going to have to go back and research it some more." (On how happy he is that the team is coming together).2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-24-09 . Whether it was against San Diego.Whatever the decision is. It's not going to be a focal point. They've earned it. it's not keeping a score card as to what's important for job security." (On what he sees in Charlie Frye on tape). That's not what I'm focused on. you don't know what they were being asked to do here versus what they're being asked to do there. They've worked hard. I'm not trying to be flippant or anything like that. the different things that we've been able to do." Mangini press conf. It's not putting together a power point presentation or a resume or any of that stuff. I'm proud of the way they're playing.
but I got her some anyways because I know she will. I think that Oakland's done a really nice job defensively in the red zone. pluck the ball. When you combine that kind of athletic ability. I don't think we've missed anything in terms of our preparation. it could be something that evolves."Good morning everybody. How are we doing? Today we will finish off our week of preparation and the guys will be off tomorrow for Christmas. however they choose to celebrate it. Julie and I are not supposed to be exchanging gifts. it's great."I would think about. If you can get reps from a guy on both sides. if it doesn't work I don't think you are any worse off. why not use that? It takes a special guy to be able to do that because there is a volume of information. We've done it with a lot of different guys. Their third down. goal line. Today. not just studying receivers. She's not getting me with that trick again. We have quite a bit to do there. Brad Smith some at safety. you try them. late in the game. He has good ball skills in terms of his ability to locate the ball."I talked to Rob (Ryan) a lot about him. I'll put the boys' names on it and it will be from them. ‘We are not going to do anything." (On Nnamdi Asomugha)." (On how serious Joshua Cribbs was considered to be used on defense and if it's still something to think about). We just moved it up a day. but he is studying other guys that play the position. Even in New York I worked Jerricho Cotchery a little bit at corner at one point.(Opening statement). Wallace Wright."I did. It is a different way of looking at things. 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. The other nice thing is it builds flexibility. That's another reason that they've won the games they won. He is always working. It's nice to allow the guys a chance to spend some time with their kids. He is very aggressive." (On if his holiday shopping is done). They have been able to hold teams to field goals instead of touchdowns. That's another area of strength. wake up with them as they're opening their presents or family that's in town. their red zone are both areas that I've seen get better as the season has gone on. I think there's real value in it. I've used this schedule quite a bit over the years. He is a physical tackler. really smart and committed to being the best player at his position. That's an area of improvement. I think at the end of the day they are football players and if they have that skill set and can handle the load. review of first.' She got me the first time and that's not good. often time in high school they play everything. he said he is really. He'd be a dangerous returner if he got a pick. Shaun Ellis at tight end. we'll follow a normal Friday schedule so it will be the red zone. He'd be great with interceptions. I've always taken this mindset with players. What Rob liked so much about him is. I don't think it's going to happen short term."Yes." (On if Cribbs has a defensive player's mindset). He is always. We will have a normal Saturday on Saturday. They have been able to score in the red zone at critical times. She pulls the same trick every year. it's hard to stop . If it works great. that kind of talent with what Rob explained to be his work ethic. second and third down. 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.
You go through training camp. He wanted to spend time with the older guys. It was important for him to get better. guys like that make you pay with an interception. He came in his first year and we used him a little bit at nose tackle. He's a really good person. They don't make you pay with just a big hit or broken up pass. everything is new ground." (On if John St. they develop a routine. but you get with players like that and a little mistake could become a big mistake. Like Baby (Shaun Rogers) does. but that's not even close to what happens once you get to the regular season games. A lot of times when you look over there and the guy is not open then you look the other place. Seymour can do that as well. That's a little bit of a shock."Not sure. Wherever he could help. I thought he did a really good job playing that position when we asked him to. He's made some outstanding catches and I hope that translates into the game. the way that he can penetrate." (On if Rob Ryan helped out the offense this week). Maybe you don't there as long sometimes as would. 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. Corey (Williams) has made progress as well. we may be down a couple guys. It's hard not to see the improvement and sometimes dominance that he has. there's more playing. That's important. He wanted to figure out what they were doing and that from day one."I think they've all got a better sense of just how things work. Just routine."He was great." . he did. I think these guys have gotten much more comfortable with the offense. everything is a feeling out process early on. There are some things defensively that carry over from when he was there and there are a few things that are different. He hadn't played nose."You better run precise routes. take care of their body." (On if anything changes for rookie receivers going against Asomugha). he's strong. There are a couple guys battling colds here today so we'll see where they are at in terms of practice. There's not a lot of margin for error." (On how the wide receivers have improved). I'm not sure with a few of them."I know he and Brian (Daboll) met about different things. He is impressive. Clair can play this week). You think you've kind of gotten it figured out coming out of the preseason games. If you don't run your route correctly of if you telegraph your break points. He can throw people around.the improvement. In terms of talent. you go into preseason games then the tempo changed dramatically when you go into the regular season. It usually translates into a turnover." (On coaching Richard Seymour). Brian ran some ideas by him. What's best in terms of the way they study the information. Just watching him from his rookie year to where he is now and how he developed and his commitment."I think you look over there." (On if quarterbacks don't throw on Asomugha). The early part of the season. He's made some progress. He's got excellent first step quickness for a man that size. That's probably why he's become the player that he has become. Brian Robiskie's had a really good week of practice so far this week.
most of that was no huddle. making the adjustment."Yes. they thought it was the best thing at the time. which I think is the toughest things that a person goes through from having their hand in the dirt to going back. I am excited to have them there and look forward to seeing them there." (On why the Dolphins put Roth on waivers)." Mangini press conf. One of the areas was his ability to press the guards. Being an interior guy."He is doing what I'm asking him to do and that's to remain consistent. It's good to watch. it's getting the call from the coach. The other thing that he's improved on is his communication." (On David Veikune)."I didn't get into that with Bill (Parcells) at all. Sometimes the most important catches at practice are the routine catches because they are easy to kind of lose your concentration. The guys seem to really enjoy having him here. I'm sure their criteria is the same as ours. When he sets the edge. the tackle is coming out and he just jolts him. I think that we've improved there. He ran it in the early part of the season even though we weren't running it as much in the games." (On how Derek Anderson has looked running the no huddle). I think it's been pretty seamless. recognizing the blocks. That would be the first word I would use to describe him. 12/30 . That's easy to happen in the game as well. There may be multiple reasons. There may be understandable reasons. 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. Those have been translating into the game. You just make a decision and you move forward. 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."Matt's been great.(On if there have been less dropped passes at practice). Sometimes it's just best to part ways. It's been loud. It just happens. is recognizing all the different things that can happen. He's done well this week too. As we identify different areas we want him to improve in. Boom."He's looked good. giving it to the group. in the second half. I definitely think there's been improvement across the board. There were a couple plays against Kansas City last week. They've endured quite a bit of cold there when we played Pittsburgh. It's coming up. you have to get everybody else lined up as well. We were still practicing it at different periods. He's tough. They are practicing at the tempo that they play at and making some catches that at times are difficult catches. It just stops. you don't just have to get lined up yourself. to really work at it. thanks for asking (joking). I had to watch it for all those years in New York when he was setting he edge on us. the edge is set." (On a possible blackout). I thought he did well there. The block recognition."Our fans have been great throughout the course of the season. 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. In the Pittsburgh game. I think that's gotten better. I don't want to black cat it.
hard way. "Offensively.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-30-09 (Opening statement). on special teams it was Nick Sorensen. They force you to go the long. The other position I didn't mention was the practice player of the week and that was Thomas Brown. If you don't handle it. but they're working at it. really good burst. it really starts with the running game. The amount of production he's had is pretty impressive. It's not necessarily the Pittsburgh-type situation where it's 50 percent pressure and you're dealing with it every down. there are a lot of new players. not very tall. because the show. He's the second leading rusher. That's a challenge and we've had that challenge throughout the course of the season from different teams. The most amount of yards they've given up in a game. With (David) Garrard. Then he creates something down the field that wasn't open prior to him moving. He's caught another 50 balls. He's deceptive like that.12. he's a good example of a guy. He runs excellent patterns. he is small in the sense. They're 7-8. This year he has 61 catches and seven touchdowns. where down the field they're getting the ball out. who I remember watching coming out of college. really good balance. they have 10 fumbles recovered. I think with (Mike) Sims-Walker. which is a real testament to them. When you look at this running back. vision. excellent center of gravity. . number one in the NFL in penalties. There's going to be some game plan specific pressures. It's a little deceptive because they've forced 21. this is his third year. our Players of the Game this week offensively were Alex Mack. They give up four yards per return. You see that on the tape. the amount that you have to deal with increases substantially as well. They really lost three games by four or less points. You see the crispness of his routes. They don't give up a lot of big plays in the passing game. The first two years he had 16 catches. They are very disciplined. the look that we get is critical for the preparation in the game. He's very deceptive. He is complemented by Torry Holt. small isn't really fair. "In terms of Jacksonville. in terms of Players of the Week. Those things change pretty dramatically and they can change quickly. I like to think that's the most important award that we give out. That shows up every game. It always hasn't quite bounced their way."Good morning everybody. so it was a really positive day all the way around from that perspective. He has developed nicely this season. There's a ton of plays where guys have a chance to sack him and they fall of him or he makes them miss. but there are things that are going to unique that we haven't seen. He can blow the game open at any point. As you guys know Joe (Thomas) and Josh (Cribbs) made the Pro Bowl yesterday. A couple announcements from last game. but he is well built. You look at the fumbles they've recovered.30. They don't give up a lot of big plays in the running game. as I looked at this team. defensively was Matt Roth. He's carried the ball 296 times. they don't give up a lot of big plays. I'd say the most impressive thing they do is punt coverage. has become a big play threat for them. "On special teams. Defensively. similar to Ben (Roethlisberger) in the sense that he can extend plays with his feet.
‘If I can draw a penalty here it's going to be really good for us. that can help too."It reminds me a lot of Nick's (Mangold) first season. is 26 yards in one game punt return wise. [They have] excellent balance. character. You're counted on to get the . a game ball. Once you know 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. A guy can have a really impressive day. getting to his blocks. We'll have our work cut out for us there."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.' When we watched him collectively as a staff. [He had] some extra effort blocks that sprung some big runs." (On why Mack won Offensive Player of the Game)."I thought he made a lot of outstanding blocks." (On if more extracurricular stuff goes on than people realize). Louis and they did it to him. Louis at St." (On what the players get for earning Player of the Week). the early snaps from New York that first year with Nick and with Alex. then you're going to get a lot more of it. If you've shown the tendency to react.cumulatively now. I talked to Richard after the game." (On the most impressive thing about Mack's season)."They get their picture up. You can't give them anything outside of that. but they don't put up any stats. to go in and start 16 games like he has. talked to him a little bit before the game. I don't think it was something that we pointed out where he has a track record of doing that. They get a little bit better parking. 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. it's impressive. Often times the offensive line goes overlooked. It's a hard position to play."Not necessarily. I had a player in New York who was like that. 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. intelligence. Sometimes it's just that awareness that you are a target. strength. There's nothing tangible to look at and say. We were playing St. Rich. He got a 15-yard penalty and it's like. ‘Okay. That's hard to do. ‘Look."It's so easy and natural to respond. it'd be like watching a mirror image of the two guys." (On if he anticipated Seymour trying to bait Mack during the game). so all those things combined. especially in the heat of the moment and if you're getting baited. It's hard to have that poise to just take a step back and realize that. If I could cut the lap running. Kind of like employee of the month." (On if the way Mack handled the confrontations with Richard Seymour factored into him winning the award). It has to be salary cap compliant.' I thought he showed excellent poise there. he's a great guy. It's a really hard position to play and as a young guy. I thought he did a really nice job getting things communicated. They're both really conscientious. you get your picture up. 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.
to hear the change of the snap count. I think he's played really well in some other games. I don't know if you remember me talking just about where we were in New England. in his role."No. What I would say.communication to both sides of the ball. but it was a function of a ."I think it's something that you can draw on if you experience it. because where we were picking you're not sure who's going to be there. is there was a range of people and when we got to where we were I was pretty happy with getting him. 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." (On if he sees Mack getting to where Mangold is now). They had to punt to us. He's playing. That was probably when the transition took place. whether or not you'll have the ability to trade. or something like that. I think he has the work ethic to do that. I can see the potential for Alex to do a lot of the same things. I think he'll continue to get better. or a big third-and-one. Nick's that type of guy that he would help without feeling like he was giving up some sort of competitive edge." (On if there was a turning point that led to the current win streak).' 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. he had an excellent game as well. ‘Remember when this happened. He's a lot more comfortable in his skin. I'll probably hook them up in the offseason and have them talk to each other. I don't really want to highlight the differences between either guy. Tony (Grossi).000 mock drafts and you don't know how exactly it's going to come and whether or not there will be any trades. or how he approached the offseason. Nick was really diligent and Nick committed every offseason to getting stronger and bigger and more knowledgeable. winning the game there and then we went on that run of how many consecutive games leading up to the Super Bowl. because I think there are probably a lot of things that Nick could help him with." (On if Mack and Mangold are similar players). I think he's played really well. There's a lot of responsibility. if you make a mistake the ball's on the ground. When you have a group of guys that share that experience." (On if he thinks wins at the end of a season can carry over to the next season). We were playing San Diego and we stopped them on like fourth-and-one. I think there are a lot of similarities. I think it's a good thing to be able to point back to and talk about."Yes."You identify a range of guys."It was probably his most complete game. We ended up scoring. which could change dramatically who you take. if you were a part of the group that did it. I thought Kansas City. more playing than thinking. He found good mentors. For him to come in and start 16 games like he has. it resonates when you talk about." (On if the team aimed to get Mack during the draft)." (On if Oakland was Mack's best game). even if it's like the difference between your first year and your second year."I think he has the potential to do that. There are 8. but there are some subtle differences between the two.
These questions always come each year. His consistency in blocking has been really good. Fill the building with as many as you can. front office. I'm sure it was to shut me up." (On if there has been anything this season like the point in New England to help the team turn the corner). The huge thing that we worked on with him was his hand placement. but that game to me was just when you finally sort of got over the hump. every meeting. There are all of those different things that you saw."I didn't really have a set reaction to who made it or who didn't make it. I'm all for. There's been a lot of things that I thought were good. it's great. but he worked at it and worked at it. The amount of errors that he's made from a mental error perspective is dramatically different. Now. sometimes it was holding. You can't control any of that stuff. He'll tell you."In terms of a defining moment. You drop a pass early. the offense wasn't able to compensate for that. He used to come with this really wide reach. being able to put that out of your mind and come back and make the next play. because we change on Wednesday." (On his reaction to Lawrence Vickers not making the Pro Bowl). I think it's really paid off for him and I'm happy to see the way that his blocking has evolved. I've been a part of it before. Sometimes it's even individual players. but they weren't coming from all three phases or the defense was having a bad day. It's dramatic. You see some guys where the light comes on. anybody that we can bring in that can help us. 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. This guy didn't make it. it's a really good thing. It was the same thing in the building. It's fun to go to work. players. a spot here. in terms of how they have to study. you get in a hole. I don't know. I haven't had to say it in weeks. committed to the same thing. I'm sure he was sick of hearing it. It's great to see. when he goes and blocks it's consistently power angles and he worked at it. I was really happy for Joe and Josh." . It's more rope memory than it is conceptual memory. 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. a spot here. He struggled with it early and then got it and was really outstanding later on. coaches. He and I were talking at the Halloween party and he just was explaining to me how he's changed the way he studied. being able to dig out of the hole. whether it was one good thing on special teams or it was one really good thing offensively or one really good thing defensively. It's not the same as it was last week. It's kind of the same thing with Bryan Thomas. Everybody working towards the same goal.lot of stuff leading up to that point. we change on Thursday."Like I've said before. It was a very different exposure for him." (On if he would be comfortable with Mike Holmgren's planned hierarchy with a general manager). ‘This guy made it. I think most people point to that game. I was on him every day.' You can't control the voting. He couldn't generate the power. It's a good thing to be a part of. You get smart people looking to do the same thing. I'm really proud of the way Lawrence has grown this season. we change on Friday. but it was a spot here.
I'm anxious for this week. Brad's (Seely) an excellent coach. How are we doing? Just one announcement. just look at the progress we've made there. We've doubled our point total since the bye. Same thing defensively. I know this may seem hard to believe. One's not necessarily better than the other." (On his thoughts if he were asked to go in a different direction with his coordinators). all that stuff is in the future. There's been some plans that I wish we had back. It's not fair for me to be focused on something that's external. 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 . You can't control that. if you worry about it. I think it's just more of a conversation between two people. 12/31 12. 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."No.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-31-09 (Opening statement). That's what I'm looking forward to. but you can control the things in front of you."I haven't really thought about the structure of the meeting or anything like that."Good morning everybody."Again. Mike Furrey was named our Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee. Both him and his wife do a lot of work in the community." (On if he wishes Holmgren had been here to see how the team is run).(On if he will have questions about how the team will operate in his meeting with Holmgren).31. It takes time and that's just how it works." (On if it has been hard to not think about Holmgren). I talked to him the other day and we'll sit down either Monday or Tuesday. These guys have worked hard and they've made a lot of progress. are special. I think that offensively. I'm anxious for the guys to have a good week of practice. there's been some really good plans. Some of the things that he's done off the field. I think. I don't think so."No."I think everybody has a different approach to the way they do things. They've been great in terms of not focusing on external things and really focusing on what's important. I wouldn't have hired them if I didn't feel that way. That's always the most important thing. I don't know if it's fortunate or unfortunate." (On if he is anxious to meet with Holmgren)." Mangini press conf. which is Jacksonville and making sure that I do the best job coaching these guys this week to get them ready to play. which I think is well deserved. Everybody has a different way to do things. Rob's (Ryan) an excellent coach. I need to focus on what's important. Every major category is up. what value does that have? It comes soon enough.
I think it's well deserved. there's two tackles on special teams. He understood what the route was. and you saw it last game. Instead of extending it and trying to run lateral. but I felt like he got a better feel for it. I think that each guy develops differently in terms of production. things like that. he turned it up right away and was able to get the first down. [David] Givens. I think that one of the areas that we've improved significantly in is third down defense. He was another guy that as he got going it really took off for him and he ended up having a nice career. On special teams today. I feel like there are a few things that we need to just get ironed out on both sides of the ball. I thought overall it was good. we'll work on punt and punt return. I'd say the best example of that was the third down conversion that he made where he caught it underneath. I told you guys yesterday that they are probably the best punt cover team that we've face throughout the year.around Cleveland. He has good speed. "Today we'll move into third down. It hits a different times for different guys. is he got a much better sense as the season went on for how to run routes. There were a few hiccups here and there with really understanding the system. but I've liked the progress he's made. That's huge progress and important. I thought he had a really excellent week of practice last week. where to go. Really offensively. It hits at different times for different guys. The other thing I was really excited about for him." (On how he would characterize Robiskie's rookie year). but I've liked the way that he's worked. 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. Anytime the most amount of yards that you've given up on returns in 26. 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. We'll have a lot to prepare for there. I think it was his first year. Tony (Grossi)."I think that what I really liked. I think he'll continue to develop as a receiver and continue to develop in other areas as well. It's going to be an important day for us in that area. as well and that's been more and more the pattern for him and the season has gone on. They have a lot of different ways they can convert. the guy is in the league two years and has 16 catches and this year has 61 catches and seven touchdowns. so hopefully that'll be something that he wins because I think it's great. A seventh round draft pick. I'm hoping. You just look at Sims (Mike Sims-Walker). Jake (Allen) will probably get another opportunity here. One year. but not that optimistic. In terms of yesterday's practice. It's year around for him." (On Brian Robiskie's status for the game). 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. He's a guy that I think has consistently improved since he's gotten here. he had seven catches and nine drops. the key block against Kansas City really saved the touchdown on Josh's (Cribbs) second kickoff return. We're going to have some challenges there. He has a good feel for running routes and I'm excited to see him get a chance to play."I'd say it's not looking good. they've (Jacksonville) done an excellent job throughout the season on third down." . that's pretty hard to do over 15 games.
because of how much production he's had in the running game. but it's key. Asante Samuel. He can play outside linebacker and now he's played inside linebacker." (On if he would like Matt Roth at just one spot in the future). however you want to slot him. I think he's done a nicer job of aggressively going up and fitting it with his hands and a good base. a real advantage by playing both inside and outside. but they don't always fit into that mold."I'm not a huge fan of comparing. that's where [David] Bowens has value too. because it allows us to do things that maybe we weren't being as effective doing prior. you have two guys there that are both stout. Both those guys have played really well. with a training camp under (Jason) Trusnik's belt. height is probably what you want. If there's another inside guy you wanted to keep you could do the same thing. is the things that's he's done in the passing game. I'd say. We had a package in New York. You look at a guy like Wes Welker. 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. [There are] some small corners. There are so many exceptions to the rules. 250 [pounds] and thumpers and you can bring them inside or outside. I've seen some big guys play small and a lot of small guys play big. That gives you a lot of depth. It's hard to say. There were multiple times. he's a little bit slighter than most corners. If you had another outside linebacker you wanted to keep you move Trus to inside and play him there. I think it was called Texas because everything's big in Texas. but then you also have to look at production. especially over the last four or five weeks where he's been impressive in that area. Leon (Washington) was an undersized guy. You have to look at playing speed versus timed speed. I think your point is really important. I'm really pleased with the way that Jerome has developed this season as well. you can get big on somebody in a hurry if you want to. I'm happy with that. I had Ray Mickens." (On how much he pays attention to size if a player is not prototypical for his position). I think with a training camp under his belt. you're going to absorb the blow and with him. Now when you get those guys that are 6'3". He's played both spots. because he can make the roster in either spot. I think. Deion Branch was an undersized guy. It gets lost a little bit. the ideal height and weight and speed and all those things. he has done it for longer. He's improved the way that he's taken on the blocks. most of the time the guy he's blocking is bigger than he is. Really." (On why Harrison has gotten better in blitz pickup). What you do is you have the ideal. You have to really see over time how he continues to develop. I had Aaron Glenn. An area that's gone underappreciated with 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. but yet you can run all . You'd like them all to be a certain height and weight. which was important.(On how he would compare Jerome Harrison to Maurice Jones-Drew). which now stalemates it or puts him in a lot better position to compensate for the usual size differential. weight. because as they're coming in if you sit and are stationary."I think he'll stay outside and play that type of role. his production is through the roof and he's an undersized guy. Jason's had."It's hard."I think he's improved his technique. It's like a goal line package.
know how to throw people. There were very few times where we lined up and didn't have a size advantage in that grouping."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. You run the same thing. know how to use their hands. now it doesn't look like what we're doing anymore." (On if there has been anyone in particular that has made vast improvements in the secondary). I'm sure everybody's going through the same thing.' and let the quarterback go back. You just keep flipping who does what they're supposed to do and it doesn't make any sense.the things that you want to run. 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. They're moving around. or we ran a pressure and we had two guys in the same gap. He's just tough. if this group is available.' because you're just used to it because that's what we do. You have to kill him to stop him and good luck with that."He's like a tank. You don't know what the landscape is. if they're not available. you have 11 guys and you can just keep moving them around." (On what makes Roth such a good pass rusher). They're walking around and that's what you want. I think one of the biggest things that we've done better is communicate and get to the right spots. You don't want to give the offense any pre-snap information where they can say. the receiver. Everybody talked through it. so you have to plan for all of it. I think the disguise has helped too. ‘Well who's the big? Who's the small? Who's coming?' You break tendencies without ever really having to break tendencies. ‘Okay. You better block him with somebody big because he's going to run over anything small in his way. It makes sense to you. start his route with certainty. ‘Oh." (On how hard the defensive assignments are for players to learn). good leverage. A lot of the production early it wasn't a function of them just beating us based on the throw or the catch." (On when a decision on the CBA is supposed to be finalized)."I'm not sure to tell you the truth."I think as a group we're tackling better. At that point you're not running a pressure anymore. Today we probably gave out 14 pages of third down defense and nobody blinked. this is what they're in. I always like wrestlers because they have good base. it was we weren't in the right spot. you're just potentially giving up big plays. As guys have really understood what we're going. It's like." (On how much time he has spent thinking about free agency and the upcoming CBA). That's gotten better overall. okay. if they're here. 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. Ideally what you want to get to is. You have your parallel plans. Even the big guys are going to have a problem. . He was a wrestler in college and I think that helps. but you look at it on tape and you're like."It's like the typical progression of how it's gone everywhere I've been. if they're not here. You want that uncertainty there. This is what we're doing. This is where the soft spot is.
You're going to look at the games that they played this year. Red zone's been good. ‘Oh my God. because they're not worried about any of that stuff. Jake smoked me three times in Wii Boxing the other night. I know we're all committed to keep moving forward. 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. in terms of your health. You work a ton of hours. You try to go the extreme the other way and make sure you get enough sleep. quizzes. throughout. you're eating well. Defensively. I don't even know what it is. Now. Third down defensively the last three games has been about 25 percent. When you look at the quarterback position or any of these positions. 12 to 16 or 12 to 19. Time of possession is up." (On how he balances the stress of being overworked)." (On if he can relate to what Urban Myers is dealing with). the best stress relievers are the boys. You can look at OTAs. we were top ten in most things. red zone. you look at interceptions and fumbles." (On if he thinks the offense and defense being ranked 32 are an accurate portrayal of the team right now). okay. practice."I thought you were going to say overweight. you definitely can. you're not going to evaluate it off of one game. ‘Accurate. probably the whole staff' (joking). Nothing changes my perspective as much as they do. Even New Year's. [there were] too many 30's. family and the future). Stuff like that. If you look at the first eight versus the last seven. it just puts things back into perspective."I think it's accurate in the sense that that's what it is over 15 games."Yes. the amount of points given up is down significantly. That happened in New York as well. You can look at training camp. but it's . The last eight games. The amount of sacks we have is up from."I think it's an important game to all of us because it's out last opportunity to play this season. probably last year. That's where the importance comes. Same thing offensively. it's so dramatically different in almost every statistical category.' but now it's just what we do. You don't like to make a decision without looking at all of the different things that go into it. all those things. The amount of sacks given up. he didn't tell me how to punch the first fight. Nobody bats an eye anymore. When you first deal with that it's like. I think we scored 78 points in the first eight games and 149 in the last seven. There's that comfort level of."I think unfortunately you leave all that stuff to the offseason. because of all the things that they're experiencing. any of that stuff. It's an important game because it's our last one. where you get to experience Christmas again as a little kid. shifts and motions and new plays and game plan specific things." (On how he balances the stress of being overworked and his health. something like that." (On if this is an important game for Derek Anderson or just another game). It's just what we do. where the first eight games. I was thinking.You're not worried about it. Turnovers. You look at it as a progression and it looks a lot differently than if you look at it as a group of numbers. we'll get it right between walk throughs. you're exercising. For me. I'm not sure exactly what that is. the volume is down. It's just so much fun to go spend time with them. I think. that's down.
he'd be good in any system he runs. None jump out right way. you want all those guys to stay healthy."No. but I don't want to get into that. 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. bootleg-type offense. You want any back to be able to go through 16 games and handle the things he's being asked to do."Like I said. 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 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). on that play it's hard to really tell what the thing was."] Give you a call? ‘Dear guys. ‘Well." (On if he has any New Year's resolutions). Everybody's trying to find that edge to help the team be successful. Jeff (Schudel). [Jeff Schudel: "Give us a call.'" . but I'm sure when I get home tonight I'll probably squeeze a couple in. There are definitely all those issues involved. There hasn't been a conclusion there. I don't know what exact characteristics would have to be part of that formula.' I'm thinking." (On if Brady Quinn was able to avoid surgery)."I think that's still something that we're going to investigate. what's the right number of touches for a running back. Is it a smaller back 15? Is it 25? I've heard that whole thing. You probably wouldn't want to put a stationary guy in like a move the pocket." (On what is physically wrong with Quinn's foot)."I don't want to end the old year on a bad note here. otherwise. ‘He can only have 15 touches a game and that's his limit. I think it's traits. quite a few hours left to hash that out."I don't know if there definitely has to be one formula for running an offense. It's a constant debate. why? Why is that the magic number? Why is 15 what he gets?' I don't know. No bus rides to Hartford. what do we have."Yes." (On how Anderson fits in the West Coast Offense). Everybody's vested. I think Tom Brady will probably be good in any system he runs or Peyton Manning." (On what happened to Quinn's foot).not where near as much as when you lose.
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