Mangini Press Conf.

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10.19.2009
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."

It's his call."No." (On if Kosar will be in meetings regularly or work with the quarterbacks). and talking about it in that context." . whether it be from a quarterback's perspective. I'm not out there pushing forward with anything specifically. I really haven't. Things happen. some we haven't converted on." (On if Corey Williams could be traded). It's more informal than that. There's a lot of different ways that our conversations have gone. that's not really what it's been. we can sharpen those up and do some things to improve there."I've enjoyed getting to know Bernie and spending some time with him."Corey's played more and more as we've gone here. Like I said. I anticipate him playing more between the two this week. that's imminent. This morning's been all Pittsburgh and transitioning to Green Bay. but nothing can change. a couple were batted. in the short time that he's been here. 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). I really like some of the insight that he's able to give." (On if it seems like Mike Furrey has dropped off). you don't have the measurement on it. but in base. He still works on both offense and defense. There are signs of things that I like and stuff that still has to get fixed. but like anything else. I'd say. There's nothing."Chansi's caught a lot of balls from him in practice. I think he's done a good job with the things that we've asked him to do. You just deal with the next situation and move on. Nothing can really happen from that. Sometimes it's reading the coverage and being able to understand exactly where you have to fit."Yes. I'd say with all of our third down routes. [there is] nothing imminent."No. so I'm not sure."The coach's copy. I don't know if you guys have watched it or not. or even better. I think there's a lot of room for us to continue to improve there. He gives some good insight and I've enjoyed spending some time with him." (On if he will call the NFL to get further explanation on the fourth-down measurement call during the Pittsburgh game). not at all. We've had some good opportunities on third down. a call comes in and we listen." (On developing chemistry between Derek Anderson and Chansi Stuckey)." (On if he has looked at the measurement on film). from an offensive perspective.(On Bernie Kosar's role with the team). so it would just have to be off the TV copy. Mike probably didn't play as much as he should have this weekend. but you never know." (On if he can ask the NFL to review the measurement call). We'll get some more clarity on it."I haven't really been looking at any of that."I think the official talked about it after the game. not just in sub. I'm not saying that it isn't possible. to talk to him from a defensive perspective on things that maybe were frustrating to a quarterback.

than we had been doing. Those small things become big things. which is something I'm looking for. but I think there were some sack opportunities that if we had just done it a little bit differently. the adjustments. It's the things that we need to improve on. everybody sees those things. so minor progress there. but we have to keep going forward with it. We've addressed a lot of them. but it's how we execute. which he would have. That's been something that I've been emphasizing over and over again. I think that we've shown. and that's positive. it's a good example of kind of how the injuries go during the week. but it's constantly making progress in all those areas. we understand what we have to stop from our opponent." (On if the team has the talent at wide receiver to have a productive passing game this season). If you want to run the ball." (On if Steve Heiden aggravated his knee). and there's been progress in a lot of them. but the tackle was able to pop out. Instead of that being a sack."What I'm looking for is continually focusing on us. get a bump on him. 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. Some of that could be continuing to improve the communication with protections. If you did want to get everybody out. As we make strides within the room. We actually got third downand-one stop and we were pretty close on that fourth-and-one stop."Yes. Hank's caught the ball a couple times." (On if using Hank Fraley as an eligible receiver limits what Anderson can do)"There are pluses and minuses. The start of the second half. but now it's being able to do those things. the guard recognized it late. and . We had three sacks. things like that. things like that. You get a bigger body. came off and Ben (Roethlisberger) was able to step up. you're not releasing multiple receivers. just weren't able to close the offensive tackle down enough to let the edge rusher come clean. four-out-of-five of those plays were plus-10 plays. [We] continue to have very limited penalties. it's a 25-yard completion. One of the plusses is you get a more efficient blocker. third down defensively. is that we understand what the game plan is. If we had just shortened that edge and let the guy come clean. you see those things. but he wouldn't be the first option. Having a bigger body in there sells that more. [at] a lot of different points. that we're able to do some things effectively in the passing game. defensively. That's an area that we hadn't been effective in. It's more of an indication that you're going to run the ball. those are key to winning the game. I thought even the drive towards the end of the game there. Even right at the start of the game. with play-action passes. That's the difference between a sack and a 30-yard completion. I thought we had a great opportunity. so play-action tends to be more effective. Some of that could be catching the ball better. They were all passes and they were all positive passes. I really thought that he'd be able to go. whether it's third down offensively. and those two things are huge. [We] did a better job turning the ball over this week. in the early part of the season. then the other things are better and better."To me. A lot of times. or hoping to. we had held the guard long enough. but we also have to keep improving the areas where we need to improve on. It doesn't happen overnight.(On what the team needs to fix immediately). It gives you some more options in the running game. those two things are positive. You have to understand those two things. It was just that much of a difference in the detail.

I think we've made strides since then on special teams. Offensively. He just came in. I think they're playing really well. The good thing is they get some experience and grow and if they have to do it again. I thought just looking back at the preseason game. the first time we played them. right on down the line. They've moved it efficiently against everybody they've faced. We'll adjust practice. I think they're getting better each week. Guys that won't be here today: Jerome Harrison. They do a nice job. I think they're playing very well defensively. On special teams. We're actually working with quite a few less players. I think are solid. get the guys home and out of the building. but that's evolved since we played them. We're working as hard as we can to promote things to prevent the illness. Kamerion Wimbley. and this is a team that's very good at it defensively. Oct. but there are elements that we've seen before. You saw in our . in terms of not as many guys to interview. throughout the course of the season or the preseason. that was not a predictable thing. Anthony Madison. obviously. It's that time of year and unfortunately we have quite a few guys who are dealing with it. He has a 104 quarterback rating. Chansi Stuckey. Alex Mack. hopefully. Jason Trusnik. I thought they did a nice job against us on special teams in the preseason. Brodney Pool. I thought the situation with Kamerion is a really good example of how things can change dramatically in a hurry. Corey Williams.2009 Eric Mangini press conference: Wed." Mangini press conf. We'll work around it and continue to move forward on Green Bay. Big Baby.21. and suddenly Jason (Trusnik) and Alex (Hall) have to pick up the slack there. They're able to get a lot of guys out quickly and he's able to get the ball to them. they'll be able to take advantage of the opportunity even better. Especially their coverage units. How are we doing? Just in terms of practice today. It'll probably shorten the player availability. "Looking at Green Bay. 21 (Opening statement). we're going to cut practice down a little bit. not just hitting the receivers. 10/21 10. A lot of young guys had to play a lot yesterday. That's always a point of emphasis for us offensively."Good morning everybody. It's not exactly like our 3-4. Defensively. We just have to make some adjustments. It's the 3-4. Shaun Rogers. but then the receivers do a nice job with the run after the catch. obviously stressing important things like sleep and hands and things like that. We're trying to.just wasn't able to when we looked at it. and they create a lot of pressure on things like PATs and field goals. but I've always respected and admired the job he's done. We had the flu cases and some more guys have come down with it. was sick. this is a team that presents a lot of challenges. Robert Royal. but it happens. the first signs of any type of illness. I don't know Dom (Capers) that well. One of the things they do an outstanding job with is turning the ball over. There were some young-guy mistakes. Brian Schaefering. Lawrence Vickers. Aaron Rogers has been very efficient throwing the ball.

"The exact rule. Houston had a similar situation. things like that."We'll cut back on some reps." (On if there are any positions completely affected by the flu). we'd much rather try to minimize the effects on the player and also the possible exposure to the rest of the group."No. extend the walk through a little bit. Jason Trusnik." (On if any of the players with the flu had received a flu shot). that they've put in place. If there's any sign of it and we think it's heading that way.preseason game. they may not feel great." (On what he means by ‘provisions' for teams hit with the flu). but that's typical for a Wednesday. but there are roster exemptions where you can bring up practice squad guys to play in the game."No. We may keep it the same time. Vickers. There are provisions if a team is hit by quite a bit of flu cases. we'll have to adjust there. We will continue to research that and go through the process and see where we're at. It wasn't something that was apparent on Monday. with the holding penalty and got quite a bit of push. I don't have all the specifics. but nothing that I've seen where we'd send them home right now. [I am] just trying to get them some extra rest. fullback. so that gives us some flexibility." (On if the players with the flu have undergone H1N1 testing). five games."They're all home. I'm not sure." (On if the team is taking more preventive measures against the flu than normal)"We're being really aggressive preventatively. Jason has played there some. we can't discuss it. That's something that we'll have to deal with. give them a chance to just be as vigilant as possible with this. so he's played there. so it's new. I'm going to talk to Brad (Seely) and the coordinators maybe about the post-practice meetings. depending on if you wanted to go with . I actually thought that Kaluka (Maiava) did a pretty nice job for his first extended exposure inside. David Bowens started last year inside. increase the amount of time in between plays."We have a couple different options. Things like that. They blocked one already this year. With HIPAA."I'm not sure. without having to release somebody. we'll have people for each position." (On if any of the players with the flu are in the building). I didn't go through player by player with that." (On if they are seeking league guidance on the flu)."A lot of these were really new this morning." (On how he will adjust the defense without having D'Qwell Jackson). Barton can play with MIKE or WILL. A little tired. but we will go through and see where we're at. We'll go through all those things. but take some plays off it."We're researching that now." (On how he will adjust practice because of the flu)." (On if any of the coaches have the flu).

I know you're shocked by my savvy. I don't have right now. [inside linebackers] tend to be not quite as tall as the outside [line]backers. I didn't think to list him with the group. I should have added him to that list as well. the timeline exactly. he's like. Once he got used to it."I made a mistake. Tedy in 2000."No."No. When I texted back and forth to him. if something happened to D'Qwell. ‘Don't worry about me. playing the MIKE. It gives us some flexibility there.a bigger guy or wanted to go with a not as big guy. what I was saying is could move Barton to WILL and Veikune to MIKE. past experience. everybody develops differently. Tony (Grossi). It's a different world. in terms of the ability to rush from an inside position. when he first moved inside. based on the reps that we had allocated during practice." (On if Veikune will get reps at WILL)."I'm not sure exactly where it was." (On if he knows how Jackson injured his shoulder). David's made a lot of progress inside." (On why he moved David Veikune from defensive end to inside linebacker). speed. [They play] the same position. because it is. which is unique in itself. I'm not saying that the lines are going to follow exactly the same way. You have to be able to . That's who he is."Yes. I'm just saying body type. but yes."I saw a lot of parallels with him and (Tedy) Bruschi. some of that. he'll be very active in meetings. [there was] quite a bit of transition. in terms of body type.'" (On if Jackson has surgery scheduled)." (On if Jackson finished the first half with the injury). Because he's been there." (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." (On if it is disappointing that Veikune has not gotten many defensive reps during games since he was as second round pick). all those things I thought David would do a real nice job with. Even though he's not playing the field. It was pretty late in the half."Yes. He'll work with whoever. let's go on [to] Green Bay." (On why he did not include David Veikune in the list of players who could play inside linebacker). Barton's played both." (On if he has spoken with Jackson). Even height. He'll work with the young guys. It was the progression that we had set. the ability to come up and take on guards. That's not an easy spot. he was very effective. His concern isn't him. did a little bit of that. I talked to him yesterday. As we've talked about before. D'Qwell's such a good guy. texted with him a little bit last night. not necessarily. He's advanced enough where he could play either at any point. His concern is getting ready for Green Bay. just because he's played both spots. It was the easiest."It might have been on one of the catches by (Heath) Miller.

his ability to make people miss after the fact. I don't think it changed his approach that dramatically. [He's a] smart kid. run the huddle. Some of the issues we had this past weekend were run after the catch. Especially with Jennings. again. It ends up going for 30 more yards after that. It's a pretty impressive quarterback rating." (On if Clay Matthews is like his father). thought that would be best for his development. Both have merit. He has excellent hands. You can see the development that he's made over the course of time. That was really the thinking there. good change of direction. They're good size guys as well. [He is a] really interesting guy. They run really crisp routes. You have to be able to make all the run-pass reads. pretty good genetics. working at that spot. but just in watching him. [We] talked a little politics. 50-yard plays. He's a tough guy. even when we were looking at Brett (Favre) in New York. obviously." (On Greg Jennings and Donald Driver)." (On if Michael Gaines was signed because Steve Heiden is still hurt). there were a lot of big plays. all those things."I liked Clay and spent a lot of time with him. It is a big transition going from end to that spot." (On Aaron Rogers)."Yes. actually talked a lot about the Browns."It just depends on how you're built. The over route the Hines Ward stepped in front of. but he gained . There's a lot of stuff going on there. short term and long term."That's a tough draw when you have to replace Favre in Green Bay." (On if the Browns were interested in Clay Matthews before the draft)."They're outstanding. where we have to go through the week and see where he is. too. a couple one-handed grabs on the sideline. It might have been a slant to Jennings for 10. looking at it. has tremendous maturity. hopefully it will. He." (On the importance of team speed on defense). Some teams are built really small and fast and some teams are built bigger. We had some chances to tackle him at that spot. Driver's made some unbelievable catches. He's a very intellectual guy." (On if Ben Roethlisberger picked on Maiava when he went in). what you consider big plays 40-yard plays. speed. in terms of completions. Both have some great things to them."I think it's going to be the same as last week. his efficiency. He has good strength. which was a comeback for about 15 yards."I wish it was just him. talked about his dad. He's picked on a lot of people. I image he's a pretty hard worker and really has developed his craft over the years. where he broke it for 40. talked [about] a lot of topics that you don't traditionally have in an interview with a player. things like that. and the reality was they weren't actually 40-yard throws down the field. I thought the value of him getting that experience. out at USC. There was the play to Santonio Holmes. but you have to do it at some point. You have to be able to call out all the adjustments. 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.get in. He's a physical guy. I don't know him personally.

"We give him a lot of reps each week. It's a little bit like when we were talking about Brian (Robiskie) early in the season. I didn't have the afternoon meetings yesterday. I think there's been some progress. for us. Sometimes as a corner. We'll do a little bit of two-minute work as well. but we're pushing forward on that today. I think it was a group effort. Those yards all count towards passing yards. whatever it is. He needs to continue to develop and that's what I'm looking for.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-22-09 (Opening statement). that other guy wins. but minimize it to that and not allow it to mushroom into something more." (On if Brandon McDonald relapsed against Pittsburgh). You're sitting there on an island. otherwise. 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 scaled down practice some. it's not about speed or anything. in terms of the flu related symptoms. and that's the reality. if you're not a starter. I think we had other opportunities too. Tony (Grossi). in terms of adjusting to the players that we were missing. You can't let at a 15-yard completion be a 40-yard completion. We should get Kamerion (Wimbley) back today and Shaun Rogers back today. In terms of the timetable for the rest of the group coming back. not totally sure yet. You saw it in Denver."I don't think it was a function of that. We did some different things last week running the football. There really haven't been any new cases. you are going to miss a tackle. [they] adjusted well to the changes that we had.22. again. Defensively we have made some strides and offensively we need to continue to. That's kind of where we are with the state of affairs. it goes back to what we need to get done on third down. you're trying to breakdown."How's everybody doing? Good.some extra yards. 10/22 10. There are other guys that need to help you at that point." . I thought as a group. same thing. it's about leveraging the player and getting him down. Those things. "In terms of Green Bay. so that's positive as well. We were able to get the film work done here this morning. At that point. which we're working on. 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." (On if he hopes to see Coye Francies at cornerback more)." Mangini press conf. that I thought were real positive. It will be a good compliment to the other things that we're trying to get done on third down. It's going to happen. You have to be able to take your hit. Anybody have a cold? I thought yesterday that the guys did a good job.

you have to adjust." (On if he has ever been through anything like this before). this is new ground for me. He looked happy."No." (On if it is safe to say that the team will not meet the requirements for roster exemptions from the NFL). I'm not totally sure. I don't know either way. we wanted to get home."I think we'll be past the bulk of it. [there was] nothing (joking)." (On who has taken Tamiflu)." (On if it will take Kamerion Wimbley a couple of days to be back to 100 percent)"He looked pretty good. I started some of that myself. He looked ready to go."Like I said. You're . but again. working with the trainers. Even in the building."That's my understanding. [We will] process the testing and see where we are."Outside of just mixing and matching some combinations of people and things like that. 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." (On if he knows if the other players with the flu do not have H1N1)."I just know that two are. Kamerion probably could have come back yesterday. Everything's being closely monitored. It really has been a group effort. It's open communication." (On Joshua Cribbs). anybody that we could have go home or any pregnant women. I'm not sure of that status of the rest of them. It's really about trying to be safe and limit it as much as possible."We have two that are Influenza A. just to be safe. so I'm not sure where it will be. there's testing that has to take place. in terms of who took what." (On if the coaches are feeling okay). working with the doctors." (On if you need six confirmed cases of H1N1 to receive roster exemptions). We're going through the process of talking to the league and documenting the different things just to see where we are with that. Tony (Grossi). As I said. 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." (On where the team will stay Saturday night). I feel like we have a good handle on it." (On if he thinks there are only two players with H1N1). I feel great."I checked the manual. give it a shot. the other group. they're all in contact with them." (On if there is anything in a coaching guide about situations like this). With our medical staff. making sure that we're doing everything we can to eliminate it."No. not too bad."Again. which the presumption is that that's swine flu.(On if any of the players with the flu are sicker or in the hospital)."I anticipate him being out at practice today. It's like anything else.

"He has the ability to move in the pocket. ‘Is this correctable? Is it not correctable?' And the realization that all of these things are correctable. Now. 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."Sometime it depends on who the guy is. you might as well put . ‘Okay if I do these things. you lose the next one. things have changed for us and now you just try to get what you can from it. You do look at it.'" (On how he deals with receivers who drop balls). a lot of the core parts of the scheme. He's really involved in all the different things that are going on and I've been extremely happy with that. whether the protection breaks down and he gets out. but he's made a ton of good plays there as well. Everybody responds differently. boots."When you try to put something that you want a person to improve on. because if you're worried about that. They shut it down and it's over." (On if he learned how to defend Rodgers in the preseason). He's here late each night. It's an understanding. You saw in the first preseason game. because it's over. sometimes dashes. we actually had a little pressure." (On Derek Anderson not letting dropped balls bother him). if you can put things together and then show them. They'll use him on some moving routes. then it's not as much of an inherent problem as it is something that can be worked on and improved. Sometimes you can get in a guy's ear and that's it. I think situations like this are a really good reminder to them [of] how close they are. It's a good reminder to the practice squad guys. here are some of the plays and this is what happened. We do a lot of work with those guys. players and coaches."I think he's gotten better moving on to the next play. I've been impressed with his work ethic. sometimes day-to-day and you get a chance that maybe you didn't anticipate. He can move pretty well. where he just sprints out one way. You look back at that."That was really early in the process for us." (On Aaron Rodgers). You have a chance at any point to make your case to play and things change dramatically week-to-week. That's some of the things that he can do. The worst thing for anybody is to not be ready for that chance when it does show up. You're on a team and you're on the practice squad. but the amount of really meaningful stuff that you can take from the game isn't too significant. You don't know. I've had DBs like that. He can throw on the run and he can create some time. You don't know when you'll get your chance. because it is a lot of the same players.' and you sit with the player and say. to always try to keep them up-to-date and ready to assume a role if a role should open up." (On Anderson saying there are about 15 plays over the course of the season he would like to have back). It's a big distinction. ‘Okay. you take some chances when you hold the ball a little bit longer.always looking for way to teach off something. At that point. Sometimes you have to get in there and explain the importance of moving on to the next play. That's a skill set that you try to teach everybody. but things have changed for them. where he fakes one way and roles the other way. the result will be better. whether it's post practice or additional meetings. where you're just hoping to God that they don't get beat early. we had a three-man rush on.

so we were a little light there. is what packages stay in. it just depends on the down and distance. I'm sure he'd love to be more productive and I'd love him to be more productive. we actually ran three times on third down last week. view of Mike is in the Cincinnati game. it could be a combination of offense and defense. He's a complete team guy. the best. but some of it is opportunity. two receivers. Sometimes guys just need reassurance that they're going to get another opportunity and you go back to them right away to say. where he catches a third down then breaks up a third down. we weren't using those groups as much. Now."I'd say that most teams are probably on that same percentage. 12 is the two tight ends. here's another ball." (On if the offenses runs too much on first down). Some of it's the way the games have gone. I really like Mike. sort of. like stealing. a tight end. just take them." (On if the team throws too much on third down)." (On if he anticipates using Mike Furrey more this game). or as frequently. 21 is two backs. like your standard set. Sometimes the way that goes." (On if the team throwing 19-of-25 times on third down against Pittsburgh). That wasn't a package that Mike was in. I'd say from a self-scout perspective. Some teams. running three times on third down was very different than what we had done." (On if he is disappointed with Furrey)."Do I anticipate him playing more this game? Definitely. Some teams will never run on third-and-four. They both have different skill sets that you like and you want to involve them as much as you can. they will be sprinkled in on third-and-12. is it third-and-one? Most teams. 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."Tony (Grossi). so where he'd normally get reps on the three wide receiver sets. the tight end. It's pretty close to 50-50. look."No. Robert (Royal) got a little bit banged up mid-way through the game and Steve (Heiden) was down. if you're going to get a run. as we had. That's kind of what he can do." (On if he is comfortable with rotating Floyd Womack and Rex Hadnot at right guard). To me. I think he's a versatile guy.' I showed a couple clips today of some catches Mohamed (Massaquoi) had yesterday that were unbelievable catches. There are other guys that get beat five times and they're going to come out and compete exactly the same way.them in one of the boxes to watch the rest of the game because it's done. ‘Okay. that percentage of run-pass is much different than say third-and-four. which is. it'll depend on."I think we're somewhere between 54 and 46 [percent]. That skewed his overall participation a little bit. We were in a little bit more of that on third down than we have been historically. I think that was really the goal. but he'll definitely play more than he played last game. The other ones should be easy. We were in a little bit more 21 and 12. that was aberration. Hank's (Fraley) done some work as the extra lineman. two receivers." . Jeff (Schudel)."It's one of those situations where they're both really coming back from injuries. When you look at third down. a lot of teams.

is to be able to get past this part of it. after practice today to get caught up on Wednesday and the other game plan specific things. the way he's able to make people miss."Corey (Williams) is still out. I am really happy that he is safe.(On if he worries about the continuity on the offensive line)."He was in an accident. He's that knowledgeable. It was wet." Mangini press conf. I never want anyone to be an accident. he takes some really small completions and turns them into big plays. What I did yesterday."Good morning everybody. but you don't have curfew year round. That's where that is.23. Hank could probably play DB. That's what I'm looking forward to. I'm really hopeful that he can play."I wouldn't necessarily be out at 2:10 in the morning. as well. We just didn't do it very well. "In terms of the guys that had been out with the illness. he can play any spot. He's impressive that way." (On if Wright's accident violates any personal conduct policy). That didn't sneak up on us. The other thing with the Packers is they're able to. Watch that as a group and have the guys that did participate in practice. Coaches can make the points there and they can hear them and then they will get together with coaches. get everybody caught up and move into the weekend.m." (On if they are especially high alert against the Packers for big pass plays)." (On if it bothers him that Wright was out until 2:10 a. I talked to him about it. because his yards after the catch.2009 The transcript of Eric Mangini's Friday 10/23 press conference (Opening statement). Hopefully we are over the hump with this now. He was in this morning and we sent him just to get some further tests. they can help them out."We were on high alert last week. How are we doing? Eric Wright was in a car accident last night. as opposed to giving them an opportunity to pick up another 15 to 20 yards. especially with a guy like (Greg) Jennings. 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. 10/23 10. Hank. Some of that is being able to make the tackle at the point of reception. I'd much rather everybody be home but guys do go out. He's that aware. He's a strong runner. There really haven't been any new guys out with illness.)."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." (On if anyone is still out). That's not something that we have. I mean. There's really nothing else to it. we've got almost all of them back. You don't want to . I didn't have the afternoon meetings.

No. or pretty close to the final approach."This morning." (On if he is planning to discipline Wright). 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." (On if a lot of players went to the Jay-Z concert)."I have to see where we are with tests and things like that." (On if players who are out late have character issues)." (On if Wright will start on Sunday if he is healthy)."Yes."We didn't scale it back that much. I'd much rather everybody be in and studying and doing those types of things but everybody is different. That's really all there is to it. too." (On if Wright is up and moving around). the final approach. He was in a car accident. Now it's a function of. I just talked to him 10 minutes ago. but my preference would be everybody is preparing at all times for the game. This wasn't anybody's desire. didn't look right as you went through it. What the guys are getting that are in here today is. They'll work with the coaches. as Friday's typically are. sometimes you find out the next morning.see anybody in any kind of accident or any kind of situation like that."He was in a car accident. you start with a bulk of things that you want to do and you look at how it goes." (On when he found out about Wright). There are no team based rules on those things. it didn't really play that well." (On if the team had to scale back on the game plan this week)."As I said. I'll talk to him further about best practices. None of them wanted to be out. I don't ever want to see anybody in that situation. they had the film here this morning. usually what we do is. Sometimes experiences like these are the best teachers for the person involved and for those around him. I'd much prefer that guys were in. like I said." (On if Wright will be practicing). I am hopeful that he should be okay and ready to play."They didn't invite me. sometimes it rings at 2:30 a." (On if there was any substance involved). sort of. There were no other things involved with it. The first thing you want to do is make sure everybody is safe and then understand exactly what happened and hopefully use that educate people moving forward. which I think is good information."Yes." (On when he finds out about situations like this). I like Jay-Z. so they'll spend . Today is a little bit earlier day. or just didn't feel right as you went through it. I'm glad no one else was hurt. I don't know any more about that honestly."It depends. that's each person's decision. it was just an accident. Like I said.m. but I'm glad he's healthy. I've had the whole range."The information that I've gotten. You tend to pull back some stuff anyways because how you thought it was going to play. That's actually pretty common. I've been off with the family sometimes hanging out and you get a call.

I am sure they are repping it in Green Bay right now. He's been working and Greg (Estandia) has gotten more familiar with the system since he's been here. without answering all the questions." (On if he feels like he has aged this week)." (On how he handles criticism from the media). Typically. You don't want to let a month go by where they haven't worked on the Browns specific things and then suddenly say. by the way. you're playing. as you look through preseason and you look through training camp and OTAs. or guys that maybe are on the back end of the roster. We extended the walk through a little bit. huh? There have been a few challenges here along the way. the scouting report. That gives us a couple guys at that position. questions they have. or the ability to adjust to things that happen that are unexpected. which he'll probably be running down the middle of the field. The Hank package (joking)." . We've used bigger guys at tight end before. This is why we do the work post-practice with the young guys.'" (On if he thinks the team will be where they need to be on Sunday). Then you can build some different personnel groups. We just have to adjust. Sometimes that means reallocating time. Hank (Fraley). We have the ability to do that as well."This week. I respect everybody's opinion. wide open this week."We signed Michael (Gaines). You just don't know when you're going to have that opportunity to play or when you're going to need to play."It was a little different week. again not to this volume by any stretch."I don't read Rolling Stone. Everybody is entitled to their opinion." (On if the team is thin at tight end). We have to move forward and be ready on Sunday. I don't think we're going to go into the game without making sure that everybody understands what they have to do. try to get some extra time there. like today post-practice. based on the situation that we had. 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. It doesn't usually happen on this scale. That's really where I'll leave it." (On the media asking Hank Fraley if he has caught passes at practice this week)"He's keeping it under wraps. It's the reason I like to work practice squad guys into practice at different points. I don't really know what they have to say. but guys do miss time at different points for different reasons. but that's the reason I like to work different combinations of people. I think we'll be in the best place we can be.some time with the coaching staff afterwards to go through Wednesday. When I'm talking to the group next year about the ability to be able to deal with adversity. It comes up every year. but they're going to happen. this is a good example of situations like that. where you weren't planning for something and it pops up and you have to go. Things happen and you have to adjust. get them some reps at different points. ‘Hey. you don't meet with the players post-practice. Really. then you have to figure out the best ways to get them caught up. I've never had a subscription to it. but we'll do some work with them post-practice today and you just adjust. We have our secret weapon.

(On if he thinks the national media is unfair to him). because all of the pursuit is coming inside out. I don't think that's specifically the offense. you don't know when you are going to be there."What I really focus on is us." (On if a quarterback's preparation increases once he becomes the starter). 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. I think that was the one. those catch and run plays go for longer yardage. knowing this is a process and like any other process it takes time. not the passer rating." (On if the secondary has struggled more in zone or man coverages)."We've got a lot of room to grow. I've liked the way he's worked as well. You want to be ready when you do have that chance. he was running like a deep-over route. Often times. I don't spend a lot of time on the national sites or things like that. Derek's done a lot of things that I've been happy with. I thought that he worked well during the preseason. What I want to do is. There are a lot of things that offensively we can improve. I believe that the things that we are committed to are right. us moving forward. so everybody has their back turned. That's what we're going to keep doing and over time we'll keep making progress and that's the important thing."You'd like all three guys to work at the same level."It's a little bit different. You'll see that sometimes on outside runs. Since he has been the starter. I like the way that he's worked."I have only been with him this one year. I've been happy with that. [There's] a lot of room to get better there. What you want to do is maintain that outside position. There was a play last week where we got picked on the crossing route." (On if he views Derek Anderson's play as an audition to see if he can be the longterm quarterback). We also had the play where Hines (Ward) came over. You'd like all your guys to work at the same level. us winning games. be able to move the ball in all four quarters. Us making progress. 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. In terms of my experience with him. Just going back to the other events of this week with the flu and things like that. stepped in front of Santonio (Holmes). That was a function of better leverage by the group that came in and understanding where he is. That's my frame of reference. as opposed to forcing them back in to where everybody's coming. I think that as we keep going. where a back will hit the sideline. we'll keep improving. the rest of the coverage is also in man-to-man. and then kind of spun out. but the ability to move the ball more efficiently through the course of the whole game." (On Anderson's passer rating in the fourth quarter). I like the commitment that he's shown. force the back to cut back in. Little decisions . What you don't want to ever do is have two guys with this leverage and a point where the guy can break out. It's a small point. That was man-to-man coverage and when you get picked on those crossing routes. That's what we have to focus on. but it's a huge point."I've never classified it as that [an audition]. because if you give them that sideline the pursuit now has to take this type of angle." (On if he knew how hard Anderson worked before he became the starter).

Some of that was the route. because if they can seal that DB inside and we get the edge. too many times the ball was on the ground. which you need to have after you get the movement on the first level. in terms of the NFL exemptions." Mangini press conf. being able to limit the gain."Yes. After watching the tape and looking at the things that we didn't do very well in the game. What I really wanted to see is if a play doesn't go the way that we want it to go. it's the same thing. whether it was on the goal line or the screen play that we had set up for Josh (Cribbs). to what it should be and I don't think that we tackled very well. offensively. some of it was the protection."Yes. there are plenty of things from an execution standpoint that I thought we could do much better. "I thought. The quarterback center exchange." (On if Wright has already been through the testing he spoke about). That's something that we've talked about. whether it's a field goal punt or a kickoff. In terms of running the football. defensively. good job of leveraging the football and forcing the ball back to where your help is coming from. It's the same thing that we use to teach our receivers about how important their blocking is in the perimeter. I thought we had some chances for those plays and couldn't quite get it to where we needed o get it .2009 Transcript: Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-26-09 (Opening statement). there were flashes where we did it effectively and then other points where we just didn't get a hat for a hat. I thought. With everybody back. especially defensively. defensively."All that stuff. That's something that we've worked on."Good afternoon everybody. We have to be able to minimize the amount of damage any given play does and that comes with sound execution in tackling. he's been down. and things along those lines.like that are the difference between really big plays and plays that aren't as significant. it's really not as much of an issue now." (On if there are any more confirmed cases of swine flu). some of it was the throw. and we need to continue to work on it. 10/26 10. 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. Plays that may have been a 15 yard hit or a 10 yard hit ended up going for much longer than they should have.26. things like that. that's the goal every time. defensively. Mary Kay (Cabot). tested and back. especially for some big plays where we were a little bit off. We took some shots. there were opportunities in the passing game. too." (On if he said he spoke to Wright 10 minutes before his press conference). is still pending.

We gave them three more downs on the pass interference penalty."No.to. defensively. I'm looking forward to a normal week of practice this week. but I don't think it was as good as we could have played yesterday. I think there were some blocks that. at times. They were down there deep and (Eric) Barton made a play right there on the goal line."It may manifest itself differently against that opponent. It only takes one there. I think we played a good game yesterday on special teams. but we didn't do it. [We] didn't quite do that."I think. and it was close there on the last one. Josh has a chance to go the distance and we weren't. different players. focusing on what's important for us every week. just didn't get it quite to the right guy. There have been moments where we've been able to apply pressure on the quarterback and disrupt the passing game. I think that. I thought the coverage overall was pretty sound. "On special teams. They missed a field goal. but I've seen all those different things at different points. just a little bit tighter on those blocks. There were a couple other scoring drives where I thought we held up pretty well. back-to-back 100 yard rushers. there have been times where we've done things very well. but they could have been a lot better. even on special teams. and he would have gone for a lot further than the initial catch. extremely effectively. Really. Jeff (Schudel)." (On what he can build on from the beginning of the season until now). they were in man coverage." (On if he will consider a quarterback change this week). There were some decent drives." . there were some chances yesterday that may not have been the deeper throws. although we had shots on the deeper throws. I don't think it was as good a day as it could have been for us. 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. in terms of being able to get the ball down the field. It's a lot harder to stop them for six." (On if he thinks that once you show you can do something once that you should be able to do it consistently). whether it was Jamal (Lewis) or whether it was Jerome (Harrison). It's not like the numbers were poor by any stretch. Get the ball to the receiver. but some plays where they could have been better catch and run plays. both on kickoff and punt coverage. which is a style of play and then. I think we've done some good things in the passing game. the six plays there on the goal line. It could have been even more of a strength yesterday. That's been a real strength for us. it's going to be hard to put the type of points that you need to put together against a team like Green Bay. We had a couple nice returns that I think probably had a chance to go the distance on. It's being able to do it week in and week out. incorporating the corrections that we need to incorporate to execute the game plan specific things related to Chicago. we had the fourth down stop. some progress there. 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. I think we've run the football. It's hard to stop them for three. There is a lot of that in all the different areas. I thought it was a good day. but to end up with only three points on those drives. Those things have to be put together and those things have to be consistent. There have been moments where we've done all those things effectively.

"Usually it's during the game. zero. just a little bit out of his reach over on their sideline. They played a little bit more of the bear front then they had show. a place where only he could get it."I think that we probably could have used it more than we did yesterday. You work on the bear front. I've seen him complete those plays. That comes up every week. Sometimes it's the type of situation where you can get back to it and it makes sense from . but if it's going to be 20 percent of the game." (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). we're going to have up each week. but sometimes the look changed a little bit. but there are going to be things that change in the game. Then. The important thing to me is. it was a good throw. Even the throw to (Michael) Gaines yesterday. I think considering the challenges we faced there."I think he gives us the best chance right now to move the ball. I think with what we had. and you've done work on that prior to this week. but we had some other things that we could have tried and probably should have tried. it was a good week of practice. In terms of what the percentage will be. whether it be in terms of reps. Really they had maybe used it two percent of the time over the first part of the season. I know his numbers have not been impressive. I think there have been a significant amount of drops." (On why he thinks good practices are not translating into game performance). not just in the games. nothing to do with it." (On the reason for not using the Wildcat yesterday). I thought the guys tried to rally. tried to execute the things the way we needed to execute them. you're going to get certain looks. in terms of the way they responded to it. I think there have been times where we've had chances and there have been some breakdowns in protection."Nothing. all those things. offensively and defensively. the difficulty with practice is we had a significant number of people miss two out of the three days. I think there was a shot there on the deep ball to Mohamed (Massaquoi). good catch. looks. not like to. but I've also seen him complete some balls that they were well thrown and well caught. and be able to go back to that without the reps and be able to execute that. you're going to get certain things in practice.(On his reasoning for keeping Derek Anderson as the starting quarterback). but I don't think he's been alone in producing those numbers. certain pressures. 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 ability to reference things that maybe you practice a couple weeks earlier."I think last week. and they ran it about 20 percent of the time yesterday. that'll change weekly. far from a typical week of practice. meeting time. but also in practice. tried to give the best look they could. was actually a good answer. there were positive things. there have been other weeks where there have been good things. That's the type of package that I'd like to." (On if not playing Brady Quinn has anything to do with the 70 percent of snaps he needs to take to earn his bonus). 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. worked to catch up there on Friday and Saturday. There have been a lot of those. I thought the look that they gave us.

(Derek Anderson). which was much heavier man than zone."After the initial play there. He had come off to trap it and the safety hadn't gotten deep enough and D." (On what a spread offense could do for the offense)." (On if the receivers are open enough to consistently move the ball). tried to get it off to him. that would be something that I would bring up. things like that. having those guys stacked."We've done that at different points with D. We had another drive."I think there were points where they were both open. no." . in relationship to the score and the situation of the game."Yes. who fell off the back. but got the penalty which. it might have been after the missed field goal. There were some other things that we liked that we wanted to get to. so we wanted to take a look at that. They were able to get it there. Now you're in second-and-15. you don't really have the chance to show one and do the other. You need to be able to get the in and you need to protect. Sometimes when you're spread out against man. didn't get the completion. it would have been a touchdown. You also need to be able to run the football effectively. where we started on the 40. Converted a third down to Josh and then they knocked the ball out. [We need to] punctuate a couple drives with those things.A." (On if he spoke to Daboll yesterday about using the Wildcat). He got hit right at the end by the corner. and stop moving the ball. We had the offensive pass interference in the first drive. where we had a false start on second-and-10. Sometimes it comes down to how well you're protecting. but to consistently move the ball you need to have those guys open. There were a couple plays where we created some cause penalties. hit his arm and it fell a little bit short. There was one in two-minute where the corner had fallen off on Brian (Robiskie) to come and trap Greg (Estandia). 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.where you are. who was running an out route. Those are usually very effective against man-to-man defense." (On if the rookie wide receivers were open enough). [We] put the ball on the ground another time on second and long. We have used spread. it doesn't count as a completion. If we completed it. Sometimes it probably doesn't make as much sense. You really lose the element of play action when you do that. With the type of defense that they were running yesterday. We didn't execute. but it really has the same end result. You need to eliminate penalties." (On if he would talk to Brian Daboll during a game about using the Wildcat). or in tight where you can create some traffic problems and catch and run. I thought on a couple of those balls we had a real shot."Yes.A. but I think that yesterday we probably could have used it more than we did. Then there was the fade that we were talking about to Mohamed. It was the second to last play of the two-minute drive there. so if you're running the ball when you're in tight and passing the ball when you're spread out. where I thought we had a good chance.

you work at it. and we need to play the game the same way regardless of whatever things have happened leading up to that point. You can't do it part of the time. It's doing it. We can improve collectively. understanding how to be a consistent team.' It's a sense of. You have to work at being consistent and you have to make good choices every day and be able to go out and execute when you have that one opportunity a week to do that. The mistakes are going to be analyzed. We have to play the game. but that approach can't be different. You just don't become consistent. improving it. was unique and I appreciate that and I respect that. and it will be. That's not going to change. and that is what I am looking for with these guys. it's always going to be trying to approve for the next week. It always will be. Being aware of the different types of situations you're going to be in when you are tackling. ‘we need to do things better than we're doing things. It's like anything else. all that stuff is important. you understand that it's a process. There is a commitment to that.' And it has to be consistently that approach. and you keep working at it. or a few games that way and not the other games that way. I think this week."That's the only football that we're going to play here." (On if the team needs a talent upgrade). Understanding how to be a consistent player. I think that we can perform better than we have. that's progress. is to make progress and to play a certain way." . the group of coaches that we have. Every game situation is going to be different. You can't lose sight of that. it's a skill that's learned. To me.(On if he considers this to be the low point in his head coaching career)."I don't think that anybody is pleased with where we are right now." (On what they can do to improve on the tackling). and I really felt that over the last three weeks we had made a lot of progress. Every challenge is going to be different. 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. You work at it. You can't lose sight of what is important. It doesn't just happen."I think it's like anything else. There is no sense of. Win. ‘things are ok. but they don't change the game. you just have to keep working at it. It's going to be the challenge that we had this week."No. I wouldn't consider it to be that at all. We've shown that we can perform better than we have and we can improve individually." (On if he thinks the team will get back to playing how they did the previous three games before Green Bay)." (On what encouragement he can give to the fans). It's like a lot of things that you want to do better in any arena. I think that anytime you take over a new situation with a new group. You can't approach a game part of the time that way. coaching it. The mistakes are going to be addressed. doing it again and it's a fundamental skill. There will be a bunch of challenges coming up and you deal with them and you move forward. We're going to put a plan in place to fix them."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. that's improvement. The group of players. lose. We are going to work at it as diligently and as deliberately as we possibly can.

" . In terms of saying. it was really the same sort of 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. There are variables upon variables. is. That has been the 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. That's how we approach it.A." (On what is different between this team and his Jets team his first year as head coach). It's a different group of players. ‘this one thing was different. [It is] really an approach that I experienced firsthand and also learned being part of that with other head coaches. not change your approach."The conversation that I had with Brady is really the approach. That's what I told D. It's a passionate group. and suddenly you have that opportunity again and you always want to be able to maximize that opportunity when you get it. That's how we approach next week. You need to. There are some things that you can do short term and some things that you can do long term. where you've transitioned to." (On if he began the season thinking the team was going to be successful this season)"I approached it the same way. in terms of working to win every single game."It's important for us to give them something to cheer about. because you don't know when it's going to happen. Every place that I have been. 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). I guess it would be four. like anybody who is not playing currently. You need to continually address the areas of improvement and you need to be ready when your opportunity strikes. That's what we have to do. but what you are looking for is continued progress. because it changes quickly. it's different. Being part of this experience in three different places. I understand it's different everywhere you go and there are different challenges everywhere you go. and I respect that. you need to keep working at the same level. We need to continue to move forward and make sure that nobody wants to leave the stadium. it was understanding that are a lot of things that need to be addressed and there is a lot of work that needs to be done. is what can you do to improve? Not lose sight of those things."When I took over. It is a process.' I don't think it ever comes down to one thing. when he wasn't the starter and that's what I talk to any of the players about who aren't currently starting. " (On if there is more work to do with the team than he originally thought). 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."I don't have a timetable set up.(On if he has any sense of how long it will take to get the team where he wants it to be)."I don't think you can look at one factor. working to win that game and in the process. It's a different schedule." (On what he thought yesterday about fans leaving the game early).

He'll scramble some. He'll put the ball into tight spots. He has great confidence."I think we are right where we've played ourselves to be. some of it could just be part of the overall scheme. he's led the NFL in turnovers. 30 percent of their points have come off of turnovers. being able to pick it up and then executing the pattern on the back end. I really liked Matt Forté coming out.28. the guys down the field making the tackle. 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. He had a touchdown scramble. whether it's sliding up in the pocket. I think that there are plenty of opportunities for us. Whether it's the defenders who are sacking the quarterback.(On if he has ever coached in a home game where you can hear the other team's fans above your own). and we're not going to stop doing that." (On if he thinks they are a better team now than at the beginning of the season). some of the movements. with the rest of the season. yes. when that's clogged up. but he's also shown the ability to. He. so we're going to have to do a good job identifying those things. anytime you play one of Lovie's (Smith) teams. even though this is a different scheme than what we faced last week. especially out of the backfield. but get it out. their awareness of the football. The amount of points produced off those has won a lot of games for them. In terms of being able to create turnovers since he's been there. I've faced him several times in Denver. With (Jay) Cutler. You know that they work on it consistently. I think defensively. to win the games. because you see it. can create plays. His ability to get the ball in some tight spots. Even in the running game." Mangini press conf."Good morning everybody. "[Offensively]. Do I think that we've made some strides? At points. like a lot of the guys we've faced thus far. He has the natural arm strength. 10/28 10. I think is . but there is quite a bit of moment that you have to adjust to as an offensive line."Yes. some of it could be purely off pressure. but he still hit the 61-yarder and he has the ability to do that at any point. I know his average isn't what it was. I think he has the ability to really dig it out and get inside. I've been on both sides of that spectrum. but he also can extend plays with his feet. moving out of the pocket. even in the preseason. I've been in other stadiums where our fans were drowning out their fans. I've been in plenty of those games. some of the things we talked about. How are we doing? In getting ready for Chicago. their ability to not only identify the football. leading all backs in receptions. It's been something consistent since he's been there and it's helped them.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-28-09 (Opening statement). like we saw last week. There's some variation in what they do and who comes. That's what the record indicates. We're looking tow in each one. they create some challenges in terms of the pressures that they use. get to an edge and create some big plays. but the record is what it is and that's a reflection of what we've been able to do to this point. He gets the bulk of their carries.

More often than not. Hester. we all have the same approach. he can make something happen. They can run him on the reverses." (On Jay Cutler's interceptions). whether it's Knox. We want to get the things fixed that we need to fix. anticipating a sideline return because it was so tight to the sideline. and then he can take a slant. so it gets six guys on that side. he creates those problems."Brett (Favre) has supreme confidence." (On having to play the Bears at home). Earl Bennett made some impressive acrobatic catches over the course of the season. Then you have Greg Olsen and Desmond Clark. put whoever you want back there."They play well at home. Jay's like that too. Every now and then. break a couple tackles and just like if he had in punt return. (Devin) Hester. He has excellent accuracy and he usually gets those in. You just need to understand that there are some risks there." (On if he thinks Green Bay kicked the ball out of bounds so Joshua Cribbs couldn't return it). he can get vertical. [is] really impressive in the return game. the Wild Cats. when you do have multiple bodies around. I think they were trying to pin it in the corner of the end zone and then. 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. They all get some opportunities. two tight ends that are bigger guys. I don't think they were trying to kick it out of bounds with those. like we weren't happy with the result last week. that's a pretty good situation as well. We want to create and be consistent with the style of play. you're going to get some that go the other way. I think that Johnny Knox has done a nice job with the way that they've used him vertically. 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. but that's going to be probably our biggest challenge to date."You know Tony (Grossi). they can all score. so he creates those problems. but he's developing more and more as a receiver. I'm sure they weren't happy with the result last week. just based on the way that they covered. they can all score. (Danieal) Manning. he hits on the plus side. There's one on. Brett will throw the ball into tight spots. from a special teams perspective. I think their skill position guys. kick return. Bennett's been back there a little bit too. There's great upside and there's some downside there as well. but he's made a lot of plays doing what he does. "On their [special] teams. I don't think that the goal there was to kick it out of bounds. really good hands. he's in the secondary. He'll throw the ball into some tight spots because he has great arm strength. overload the coverage. He's created a lot of pressure there. He can thread the needle.impressive and also. I think it was third-and-25 against Atlanta that he went up in got. with Greg having above average vertical speed for a tight end. It's a tough environment to play in." . He had a couple that game that [were] similar to what you saw out of him coming out of college. and they have. but to start on the 40. We want to get it corrected. The nice thing they can do with him is. I think that anytime you're coming off a loss or a tough loss. Whether it's punt return.

you really respect his versatility. often times. Tony (Grossi). or the back against the blitzing linebacker. that's where you get hit with something that could have been communicated out more effectively. assess what's happening. I think that getting to know those guys through the course of training camp."I think. 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. we've been in good shape. Last week. He's willing to play whatever role he can play. that he's actually making some progress here. I think. make sure everybody sees it the same way. and those were our two tight ends for the game."Yes.(On if Rex Hadnot is getting more reps). is give ourselves some more time to assess what's happening. where you have a hat for a hat." (On Hank Fraley). leverage. I thought on that play. which is something we'll focus on too. I think one of the important things. It's a tough duty. Hank had been playing some in those packages. but he's happy to do it." (On Mike Furrey in the nickel package). is our ability getting in and out of the huddle. there have been some packages that we've done a really good job with. We'll keep moving with that. whether it be against a gain. get it communicated. Mary Kay (Cabot). There is somewhat of a learning curve there. He's helped Alex (Mack) throughout this process. I don't think I was looking at it that way." (On if Steve Heiden is a candidate for injured reserve). He does well. I thought he played better this game than he had his first opportunity. Jeff (Schudel). That. He's an excellent communicator. at all. 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). He has great professionalism. but hasn't had any kind of extensive role. That's something that we have to do better. We had to use him a bit more. we've been trying to increase that each week to get him to a place where he can handle more and more reps."No. I think there have been some individual cases where we haven't held up as well. An offensive lineman that can play three interior positions has a lot of value."I thought he played pretty well. Those things are technique errors that can improve. but overall I thought he did pretty well." (On if Fraley was in danger of not making the team before Hadnot got injured)"Rex went down fairly early in the process. He approaches it the same way he approaches his offensive line play. [We] have a real good shot to see him here today practicing. He gets a little bit better each week. I like the way that he approaches everything. something that we talked about."I really like Hank for a lot of reasons. but your hat doesn't hold up against their hat. too. A lot of people have been beaten by Donald Driver in the slot. hand placement. he could have played a little bit more in the trail position. who was new this week and Greg (Estandia). When we haven't. who's been here. and as you get to know Hank more. just comes down to technique." (On how he assesses the offensive line protection). When we've done that." .

that initial look. It's not as quick of a read. 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. I'm not sure what the . because he has started and played a lot of games on defense. as say."On that particular play. so I think he stayed on the first progression and was looking for that. things as they distribute could take a little bit. when that corner came off on Furrey. it's a little unique. where Harrison was going to." (On if Anderson is able to see the field). but then went to his second read and that's when the corner fell off on Furrey. It's not where we were with Troy Brown. without it being an overload situation. had the squat corner. It's really effective against a lot of man-to-man coverages because they have to deal with leverage and things like that. Overall. I think is a good thing. I think (David) Veikune could get some opportunities. when he initially went to the flat. probably could have stayed a beat longer with it. looked there initially. but each route has a progression. you might get if they were extended." (On if Anderson could have gotten the ball to Cribbs earlier on the play Cribbs fumbled on)."You are able to see the field. Then it goes from the flat to the inside player in the progression. I don't know if it'll be every package or a variation of packages. There are some different matches that we have there. He's a smart guy. 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." (On Kaluka Maiava's play against Green Bay)."I don't know what the numbers are." (On if there is a trend in the NFL of coaches going for it on fourth down)."With Mike. I thought there were some things to build on and he'll get some more chances. so that's another option that we've worked with. based on whether or not he's open or not happen.(On what is says about the secondary that he uses Furrey in the nickel). We ended up losing the ball on the fumble."I think there were times he did really well. He had played defense. I think if we had held maybe a beat longer on the flat. The way that play's designed is. Derek (Anderson) went to the flat. with a guy that had never played defense. you could have. he could have had a chance." (On what happened on the play in the second quarter near the goal line when Jerome Harrison appeared to be open). for his first start and extended action. just have to see how he does through the course of the week. 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. with patterns where you have multiple receivers tight. I'm not talking about a significant amount of time. David Bowens played in there as well. We got the first down. Could he have come earlier? Yes. so he can get the things that he needs to do offensively. He had played pretty well on defense. you try to go to the flat right now. he came back to Cribbs later. the corner was sitting there and then the corner came off and squatted on Furrey. as well as defensively."What happened is. because they have different combination coverages based on you being bunched up. Being able to use that to help us. but a little bit longer to clean up. where David went to MIKE and (Eric) Barton went to WILL.

Sometimes. Just like when we were talking about with Brian (Robiskie). Essentially at that point. There have been some good opportunities for him and there will be some other good opportunities for him as we go. I'd like to think we have a good shot at that. since he's been here. that's a scoring play. it worked out really poorly. and also have to see where we are with Steve and Robert. His role is always going to be defined by the game plan and the things he can do in the game plan. it worked out really well. I thought he made a couple. odds are they're going to score. Sometimes. You have to look at those two things when you're evaluating it. You go for it on your 30. they weren't necessarily big gains. it works out better for that person. We'll see where both those guys are. I've gone for it on fourth down a lot of different times. You remember that as well. Some things we felt that we could do a little bit better with somebody else. It's just. We're getting to know him here. There's definitely something to be said. you talk about it the whole next week. I'm not opposed to any breakdown of carries in any game."No.numbers are. He made some nice catches during the course of the week. You're looking for continued progress from that spot. numerically or statistically. He needs to find a way to do the same thing. We have a lot of rookies that are playing or contributing. Those are decisions that. but there's also the risk-reward factor. you feel like the matchup is better or the things that you're doing in that scheme. we'll keep working different people in different spots to see what the best spots are." (On if they need to maximize what Jerome Harrison can bring to the offense)"Jerome's gotten a significant number of carries this season. he has to keep trying to make a case for himself. if you don't get it."Mike is the guy that caught the touchdown pass against us in the preseason game. He has good hands. Defensively. I think he's made some nice plays and I think there are some plays that he can improve on and he knows that. I think he needs to continue to work on his pass protection and he's been doing that as well. has made some nice catches as well." (On if Coye Francies is close to getting on the field defensively)."I talk to Coye quite a bit."He'll work through the week. especially compared to the previous years. It's not a knock on Abe and it's never a knock on somebody when you transition them in." (On Michael Gaines' 21-yard catch against Green Bay). Really Greg (Estandia)." (On if it was disappointing that Abe Elam was not in some of nickel packages against Green Bay). for going for it on fourth down."No." (On if his approach has changed on fourth down). That was positive as well. If it doesn't. if it works you look really good. but I thought they were well caught in contested areas. statistically the percentage of them scoring if they stop you is also high. 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. ." (On if Phil Dawson will try to play on Sunday). Where statistically the percentage is high. I talk to him about how important that is.

" (On if the week off affected the way Kamerion Wimbley had been playing)." (On if there have been any new cases of the flu since last week)."He's been playing in a role and he'll continue to play in a role. You want everybody there. 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. who missed yesterday for personal reasons.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. David Bowens. We spend a lot of time on this. Ideally. 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. that we're doing things fundamentally sound to either limit the production or to maximize the production offensively. It helps a lot.29. I'm looking forward to him to keep carving out spots. I want to go through the week. Practice is important. He works. this week will be a normal NFL week of practice." (On if Steve Heiden will be able to play on Sunday)."I think we have a good chance there. How are we doing? One piece of housekeeping."Good morning everybody. In terms of today. We'll do that again today. Cribbs has different packages. I think that would have been counterproductive. whether it's him or Mike or Brian. you have some different packages. Everybody's happy and healthy. "I thought yesterday overall was a good start to the week. He took a little bit of a step back last week. he had a little boy. because there was a week there where he got a little . he just needs to make his strong case to do that. David Jr. so that's good news. so he's back with us. 10/29 10. not just this week but week-to-week. We added some tackling drills to continue to emphasize that."Each guy I'm sure responded differently to not being here. There's nothing we could do about it and it wasn't a situation where you wanted to go out with coming off an illness and rep a lot of stuff. You're always trying to use their strengths. He was part of that group that missed two days of practice. what we're going to be working on is our third down package." (On Chansi Stuckey's development).2009 Transcript: Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-29-09 (Opening statement)." Mangini press conf. It happened late Tuesday night. [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."No. offensively and defensively.

it's critical that you keep those guys in the pocket so you don't get to that next level. or is he going to continue down the field. so then you have to cover your scramble rules based on manto-man defense. John is here as well. but we wouldn't do that whether it's the bye week next week or not. because it's been significant."No. it's hard. That. . St. that's the goal.bit of time and wasn't able to participate like we hoped he would. That stat is significant. depending on what kind of passer they are. Whenever he is out there. Not that stationary quarterbacks are easier to deal with. but the point total is low. With the bye week next week. or zone defense and understanding where you have to fit."I didn't look at it that way. which is easier because you stay with the guy that you're on. I've been a part of situations where the numbers weren't very good. I think the same thing with Phil (Dawson). who has some experience with the Bears as well. It's hard each week. (Joe) Flacco." (On if he would be more inclined to keep Dawson out this week since the bye is next week). Tom (Brady) doesn't move around a lot in the pocket."It feels like we've dealt with that every week. Defensively."We wouldn't put him out there if we felt that there was a chance that it could be a big setback. what I'm looking at is where we can improve the execution. Peyton (Manning) doesn't move around a lot in the pocket. when it breaks down."He does give some insight. he has good mobility. It's something that has to improve and until it does. he'll be back as well." (On how useful Michael Gaines is when preparing for Chicago). so points we've generated from our turnovers versus points that the opponent has generated from the turnovers we've given up. it's not something that we're rushing. the fits on the break down have to be consistent. I'm not sure how that would have affected it from a timeline perspective. is the most important thing. Each team has a set of scramble rules and each team's scramble rules are different. Is the closest receiver going to be the low level guy or is he going to be the deeper level guy. or anything along those lines. It's different on the back end because the defense that you have called to cover the play that you anticipate getting run. At the end of the day. based on is the outside receiver going to run a come-back. The amount of points that we've given up as a result of turnovers. that's when we feel that he's able to do it." (On if he pays much attention to statistics). because the stats will come if we improve the execution. Carson (Palmer). There's a bunch of different things that happen and as a defensive line. Traditionally that's been consistent with this style of defense. I think we're net minus 56. I think there's a real good shot. 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. and how we can improve the execution. It all works together and you have to prepare for what they run." (On Jay Cutler's ability to keep plays alive and how the secondary will have to defend against it). made some progress there. he's another guy that is able to move around in the pocket in create some different things. Turnovers for us is a stat that I do look at. but they put up pretty big numbers. Clair. to me. Ideally. what happens if it breaks down and it adds some preparation." (On if he thinks Dawson would be back already if his injury had been to his plant leg instead of his kicking leg).

kind of. That's the difference between having a hat or not having a hat. those aren't going to stay the same through this week.They know both those guys are here. (Dan) Klecko. the things like that. every team changes it up. when we had him. There have been a lot of weeks in the recent past here where we've had the right approach and I didn't think we played the way we should play on Sunday. and even though you are. those things are going to change week-to-week. or enough every couple weeks so that it's not following the same pattern."I don't really look at it as selling them on anything. Maybe the traditional audibles. I used to put (Richard) Seymour back there some. too. He's not that little. It's not the same world. he's 300 pounds. You've done some of that. it's different. it's on understanding what's important to get fixed and the difference between the right approach and the wrong approach." (On if Mike Vrabel is successful at playing on offense because he is so smart). Typically. It's commitment. That's the formula. I thought you were talking about more the fullback spot. To me. as we he was coming around. 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. There isn't one. and guys figure that out pretty quickly when they're back there. is the only way to win is to be consistent and to fix things and understanding that. It's always easy to come in after a win and prepare. when you get to this point in the season. He's made some really impressive catches." (On if he has ever thought about putting a defensive lineman in on offense when inside the five yard line). and the level of preparation has to remain consistent. it's still. We have to get that fixed. I thought we had a chance on the other one." (On the problem with running the ball inside the five yard line). kind of hit his hip so he couldn't get in the hole to get the linebacker he was assigned to. not big (Joe) Klecko. It's more teaching that element as opposed to selling any sort of miracle cure. There is so much movement that you usually have somebody who knows something about that team. The scheme. Those things are going to be different based on which individual you're playing against. little Klecko. the puller got knocked off. It's just as important to prepare the same way after a win as you would any other week. in terms of our style of play and that's the starting point. It's a different world though. Everybody talks about being back there and you get back there and it gets noisy. maybe every couple weeks. When you're used to hitting someone. We didn't have a hat for a hat on that and he just got chipped. We're willing to try different people there. It's really the same approach if you aren't winning. The . I think. Everybody wants to be back there." (On what he sells the team on when they are 1-6). too. It's dedication. It's hard work. odds are."Last week. but the style of play has to remain consistent. I think. the traditional checks. It's consistency."Yes. especially on the goal line. We had a play that. with the blocking. We've worked a couple different guys as tight ends. the calls. is maybe eight inches on the pull. so I'm sure they're taking that into account. one of the problems was we had the fumbled exchange. His pull could have been a little bit deeper and I think it would have avoided the contact."He has great hands.

I think we had a shot. Alex (Mack) has been able to play 100 percent of the snaps and I think he's making some real strides there as well. it's just some different matchups." (On Brian Robiskie). Some of it I've liked. I kind of moved away from the d-lineman/fullback role a little bit from that. or the defensive linemen that were available in that area and then look at Kenyon's production versus that group. really understanding the different coverages. Some of it I haven't liked. Seymour ended up getting hurt. Some of the things I think that we need to reengage in and reincorporate into the scheme. stick at the top of the routes. which is higher than his normal total." (On if Seymour and Klecko got hurt playing fullback). I think he probably has more play time and production than guys that were drafted in that spot. Same concept." (On if they adjust the playbook when the offense is not playing well)."Yes. the numbers don't really show it. He has a sack this year."We've done a lot of that. That's a positive. then you get a little bit different match up. He's performed how I envisioned him to perform. probably more so on the first one than the second one. I think in that context. The few opportunities that he has had. I think there's been progress. so we'll do some of that too." (On if not feeling confident enough to run the ball inside the five affects how a game is called)."I think he's done a good job in the role that he's had. Hopefully. it was just the fumbled exchange hurt us at that point. but I think he has done some better things over the course of his time of playing more. It wasn't a question of not having confidence there. 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. It may be the same concept. he caught the one on the sideline. There's been some scaling back with some of the stuff we do. both of them did. Route depths."You always want to get seven."Brian." (On if two defensive players getting hurt on offensive will change your mind about using them in that role). it does. we'll keep getting him more and more involved as we go." (On if the team loses confidence when they get in the red zone and aren't able to score). I think there's an approach that we need to . Klecko ended up getting hurt." (On the draft day trade for Kenyon Coleman)."We felt confident last week that we could run it in and we did call two of the three plays there to do that. in that role. Really. to get it in. just he hasn't gotten a lot of opportunities to get the ball. it's been positive."Yes. same route. he wasn't in bounds.other thing that happened. same read for the quarterback. but you put the tight end outside the receiver and he runs the number one position's route and the number two. [he] caught the other in-cut. I think. Kenyon's a pretty consistent guy. When you were looking at the range."That was really part of the trade. when we were looking at other defensive linemen that were available in that range." (On Kenyon Coleman specifically).

I have a Darth Vader mask in my office. I hope nobody ever walks in when that is happening. The two oldest. if he had gone deeper we probably would have had the hat that we needed. In all three areas whether it be the routes. Yoda."Let's see. and [to] do it quickly is key. Everybody has to understand it. Like I was talking about with the puller." (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). Luke loves Luke Skywalker. 10/30 10. I can't stress that enough. because there's not a lot of margin for error. We got it a couple days this week. I thought they did a nice job with that. [It's for] when I Skype with them. how to attack it. all of the different places I have been and [I] believe in it. it's the difference between a very small amount of distance. we improve. in terms of being able to get the ball into the end zone. We are going to keep doing it. I think there are some things that we need to clean up from yesterday that we will do here today. what to anticipate. is another skill that is developed and as it improves. Good times. You really understand how important the smallest details are. "Offensively." Mangini press conf. is such a fundamental skill. to me. just law of averages. It's great. we have Puss in Boots from Shrek. The ability to identify what they are in. what the check is. It's a different type of . I thought we had a really good day yesterday with the communication. I feel like we are getting closer in understanding how to deal with it. and really I'm looking to get down there more often to increase the averages of getting in. I know the Star Wars Symphony is coming to Cleveland. the protection. That. It's fun. It's something that can improve and needs to improve across the board. continuing to emphasize tackling. Everybody has to take part in it. Ideally."Yes.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-30-09 (On what his kids are going to be for Halloween). but one he gets knocked off. that's Luke. to me. I had to watch that documentary last Friday about the making of. good times. I think it's more about understanding how subtle the differences are down there and being able to capitalize on those things. It also helps our offensive players with running with the football. It is a little bit different package than what we have seen over the last couple of weeks. you saw yesterday." (Opening statement). too Terry (Pluto). understanding where a defender's leverage is. that's the one year old and Luke Skywalker. That. the reads. I thought that defensively we had a good day. Jake is Han Solo and Luke is Luke Skywalker. the other one. We have been doing it since training camp. I am usually either Darth Vader or the Emperor. you get down there more often. they are big Star Wars fans.continue to take."Today what we are going to do. You have everybody jammed up inside. I can't emphasize that enough. [I] have been doing that for years. I am sure the players are wondering what that is for. That would help too.30.

I think there are a lot of plusses with it. It's one personnel group which presents one set of issues. at times. We would take Brad. our receiver group when we first got here was in a bit of a state of flux. we all need to practice. but as a young guy. tight end and running back set."I like the players that we got. It takes a lot of work by the player and the group to get that. everybody would be out because you don't have a running back."He does have really good hands. clean up those things. but you are creating another one because that guy does have some running back skills. it was important to me to see those guys. Say you had four wide receivers on the field and a tight end.front in terms of the way they penetrate versus some of the other teams that have been a little bit more reacting. traditionally that would be an empty formation. and I don't love making comparisons between guys. in terms of that position going into the draft." . work on the red zone and ideally finish the week. Same thing with Abe (Elam). It takes time. I thought that was an area where we needed to develop depth. where our initial spot was. He's building that experience each time he plays and each time he practices."I've done some of that in the past. practice wise." (On how the trade for Kenyon Coleman has worked out). and the production that he's had and the play time that he's had. It wasn't really our mindset. I think that if you look at Kenyon's production versus the other d-linemen that were available high in the draft. What we will do today is. but with Brad Smith where you could get into multiple wide receiver set." (On if it was determined before the draft that the team did not need to draft a quarterback). I don't think last week was his best week. It's not that you don't think that he's going to be as good in the other role. That wasn't part of the equation. I've liked the things that he's done. but having D. Alex (Mack) has started every snap and I think he gets a little bit better each week. I liked working with those guys and I liked the things that they brought to the table. motion him back in the backfield and now you are in a three wide receiver.A. potentially be really good in that role." (On why he chose to play Cribbs at wide receiver instead of running back). (Derek Anderson) and Brady (Quinn) here. Josh has played a lot of different roles with the Wildcat. You can run those types of plays with a guy like that."You look at all the players available. He is strong when he is running his routes. on a good note. Brett's (Ratliff) been in his role and that's really the role that I saw him having when he came here. We all need that and I think especially with the younger guys. Some of the veteran guys who have years of experience can relate things back. but you think that he has a chance to keep developing. that's been a plus decision. He's good with run after the catch. it's hard to get those days back that you miss in practice. 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." (On the notion of using Josh Cribbs as a running back). It's something that we have done a little bit of. We are making some strides there as well. so they have to deal. and also.

but it's not what's best." (On if he has separate game plans depending on how many tight ends will be able to play). You try to build some flexibility with the plays. four wide receivers. 11 there's a tight end. You're kind of down to 20 personnel. whether it be Robert or Steve. 21 there's a tight end. allows them to play better at their spot. I can tell you. give them reps because you feel like they should have reps. Now. he's been here an extra week and he has some exposure to those different spots."There's not really a group that you have where you can [plan for not having a tight end]. which is good."Yes. If you're the star. Going back to a long time ago. That's what you're working with at that point. You also have to then. Is it as clear as you would like it to be? No. because we had both those guys (Robert Royal and Steve Heiden) down. all those things come into play. the most important thing is what is the role? What is the game day role? The role can take a lot of different shapes. you know them much better than you did coming into it. which is two backs. or 10 [personnel]. 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." (On how much the health of the tight ends affects the game plan). you can't do it. There were a lot of moving parts. (Lawrence) Vickers was out. you look at both sides of it. Hank may be able to be an in-line guy. With (Michael) Gaines. he had just come in."It was tough last week. 12 there are two tight ends." (On if a player's playing time can be decided solely on his performance at his primary position). and I've said it a lot. had been here a little while. bring someone to a game."It's like anything else. Greg (Estandia) had played. one back.(On if he saw enough from Anderson and Quinn before the draft to have a good idea of what they are capable of). sort of hoping that one of those other two guys."Yes. for Gaines. the things you're asking them to do. Greg has been able to go to some degree. getting to know them through the course of the season. but not on special teams). [we] we're sure. We've gotten Lawrence back. could go. like he has been. the third defensive back playing in the slot. we had the flu element. the whole concept . What you don't want to do is. see them in your system. definitely. If you've carved out a role somewhere else. Steve's been able to go to some degree. Robert's been able to go to some degree. so Gaines had to play some fullback." (On if there is a possibility of a player earning playing time by performing well enough at their primary position. Some of the reps that you take off somebody else. Hank (Fraley) had played a role there to some degree. you look at what they've done based on the systems they were in and getting to know them and going through that experience. the good news is. or play a role on substituted defenses that is significant. 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. three wide receivers. You may feel like you have a really good handle on a guy. as well as play some tight end. but as you go through the season. 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.

or if it looks a little bit differently. what our next steps are. 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."I try to help out in all three areas."The one thing I've been really pleased with is. but you have to move on. they all take it hard. it's not just offensively. because there was progress there." (On if he has been pleased with how Elam has done in blitz situations). and be involved in all three areas to whatever capacity I can and in whatever positive way that I can.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-3-09 .03." (On Green Bay saying that they had practiced against Elam's blitz all week). 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.' and I don't think you'll ever find that. there are a lot of decisions that look really good. I thought we can throw the ball better. We had been moving closer to understanding that. what's our alternative. why we're doing it. there's not one area where we could say.of building flexibility." (On if Daboll takes it hard after a rough game)."I think that when you win the game. the thought process. what's the next move. Believe me. that's exactly what we want. You have the next team and the next opportunity and you look at it objectively and correct it and move forward. We run a lot of different things out of that set. we can coach better. 11/3 11."Most coaches I've been around. You enjoy the win for about a half hour and then the losses tend to stick longer. It's like anything else. but there's a way that you have to do it. you just make the tackle. You don't want to take a step back to move forward. we can catch the ball better." (On how satisfied he has been with Brian Daboll's play calling and if he has thought about taking a bigger role in it). you take a chance. if those things that we planned for aren't working. It was a quick pass. ‘Okay." (On the intensity of the team against Green Bay)."Yes. there are plenty of areas to improve. it should go for 15. Sometimes there are setbacks. ‘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." Mangini press conf. There are plenty of things that everybody can do better. I think that play could have been minimized if we had made the tackle. 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. which base plays are we going to go back to. I have an understanding of what we're doing. not for whatever it went. I think collectively. At the point. I think that was [a] good job by them. and if they were able to pick that up. we can pick up blitzes better.

" (On why he won't talk about the General Manager situation). As a coaching staff. as part of that. like a typical Thursday. I can tell you that anytime a decision like this is made it is difficult personally and professionally. Mary Kay (Cabot). and I appreciate the questions that you guys (the media) have. this was the best decision in order to move forward. We really analyzed the things that we did well."I understand. it's the same thing. we went through the first and second down packages. I've really said all that I can say. Jeff (Schudel). a scouting report. 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. as a staff last night. that we think we can continue to improve on." (On why he did not mention the General Manager change yesterday). things like that." (On who will address the General Manager situation if he will not). You never go into a situation like this with the intention of it not working out. sort of a Browns scouting report and adjustments. for a variety of reasons."In terms of the timetable. there's nothing else that I'm going to add. technique. whether it be scheme. George (Kokinis) is a friend of mine and I respect him and I wish his family well. "Today was first and second down. in terms of this topic. 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. whatever the case may be. In terms of the decision that was made yesterday."We've had one situation where that was the case. I can tell you that for a variety of reasons things didn't work out." (On what having two dismissals in the past week says about the stability of the organization)." (On if a new General Manager will be hired this season). as individual coaches and as players. 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. The coaches put together clips to reflect that. the things that. I hope that you can respect that."Good morning everybody. 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.(Opening statement)."As I said. organizationally." . "What we did this morning and last night is. We felt that. I completely appreciate that."This is really. but I hope you can also respect that I've added all that I can add right now. 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. I understand that you all have a lot of questions and there is really nothing that I'm going to add to this. Tomorrow will be more of a third down emphasis. What I can talk about are the things that we're doing here today. [We] presented that to the players and then we'll go out and practice that here this afternoon. things that we want to remove from the various packages and some things that we want to add.

Tony (Grossi). and then collectively what we can improve." (On if Randy Lerner plans to address the situation). in terms of player performances and evaluation and things like that on Thursday. player-by-player. We will spend some more time as a coaching staff going through. and I'll just leave it at that. but really. whether it be today or yesterday or at any point. what we're going to do is. I look forward to those meetings. with myself. We have."There's really a variety of reasons. whether it be actual game tapes or whether it be practice tapes. how we can help him improve. I spent a lot of time with the coaching staff yesterday. with the coordinator. Whether it be during the individual periods.(On if Bernie Kosar will fill some on Kokinis' responsibilities). I hope you can understand that as well. need to be addressed long term. is the important thing for us is to be able to focus individually first on what we can improve. we're looking at it from a scheme perspective and also from a personnel perspective. I hope that you can understand that as well." (On if he has made any further conclusions about possible changes). the important thing that I've stressed. I understand the question. some of the points of emphasis that we need to really work on with them. We need to get that done this week and that's what we're focused on. Just from my experience over the last three years."I think that you have to talk to Neal (Gulkis) about that. Tony (Grossi). address their concerns. can sit down with the players one-on-one and either address their performance."I completely understand the questions and I respect that." (On how he keeps this from becoming a distraction to the players)." . [I have] historically made a lot of strides during the bye week. 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. Those things are the important things that we need to do."Mary Kay (Cabot). all of us are focused on."In talking to the team. but that's also a component of this."No. where they can look at that individually to help them get a better feel for what they've done or with their position coach. this morning and trying to really work through the different things that we think need to be addressed short term. this is all that I can say. point of attack tapes made on each guy. I can just tell you the things that I can address and it's for a variety of reasons. address what they're hoping to achieve over the course of the rest of the season. It is a unique time where you can put some more emphasis on individual technique. like I said." (On if there are legal reasons why he can't talk about Kokinis)." (On if he understands why fans want to know what is going on within the organization). like I said. We'll meet more on personnel. where we can go really share some time and I can give them my perspective on things. those meetings have been very valuable. I can just tell you what I'm addressing. areas where we think either that player can improve.

the way that they players are working.(On if Brett Ratliff will get more reps). There's never opposition to someone that can help us achieve that goal. but it is stuff that you have to look at. Even when I was in my third year in New York. first and foremost. There's no substitute for that." (On his thoughts on final personnel decisions being given to someone else in the future). there are things that come up every day that aren't on the agenda. You appreciate the feedback. Each group of guys has been radically different. but also to improve at every level at all times. That's not going to change. That is consistent with every place that I've been. It was true with my experience in New York with Bill Parcells. because that's the truth. you have to try to make good decisions on and you have to move forward. I remember my early experiences with Bill (Belichick) as a young guy. That's true here. It does take time. Bill would always listen to anybody's opinion and anybody's ideas."No. that are unique to that group of players. is all based on one end goal and that is to win."Over these practices and things like that. There's no substitute for hard work. ." (On if Ratliff is a candidate to start after the bye week). You appreciate the honesty. It's our stuff. It was true with my experience as a head coach with the Jets. Tony (Grossi)."I didn't look at it in terms of how hard it would be. There's no substitute for constantly analyzing ways to improve and being committed to doing that." (On what he thinks the image of the Browns is around the league). every experience I've had. What we do still do. You want to hire as many people as you possibly can like that. That's often a time for the third quarterback. [He] was open to it and was willing to introduce those things or try those things. there's no blue print for how to deal with those things. the way that they coaches are working."You'd have to ask people around the league. is the opportunity periods. to get some of those reps that he may not get during the course of a normal practice." (On if this is harder than he thought it was going to be when he took the job). It does take deliberate practice. but the consistent thing is the way that you have to approach it. I really respected that and learned a lot from him from that perspective. It may be a cliché. It was true in New York with the Jets. It does take a lot of hard work. that are unique to that coaching staff. It was the same thing with Bill Parcells. we'll try to work all three guys to some degree. It's our packages. There isn't a set pattern. I've been part of this process before. I've been part of it with different head coaches. the way that the organization is working. You want as many players around like that. as long as it was well thought out. It was true with my experience in New England with Bill (Belichick). There just isn't. but it's a cliché for a reason. as long as there was a rational to it. It's obviously our players. I know that the things that we're doing. You appreciate people trying to constantly improve at what they're doing or constantly help the group improve. in this case Brett. Each year's been radically different. 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. I've been part of it as a head coach myself and there's not one specific pattern that it follows. They aren't on the schedule."My goal is to win and my goal is to improve.

is we elevated Marcus Benard from the practice squad to the active roster. I spent a lot of time with the boys yesterday and the day before. nickname was . which is always positive to be able to do. "In terms of what we're doing here today."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.09. I feel comfortable with the guys that we've brought in and their contributions. what I decided to do this week as well. That's the nice thing about the week. The organization felt this gave us the best chance to move forward. regardless of how much success they've had and that's probably why they've had the success that they have had. things like that. What I've traditionally done. I think the players."You never go into any situation with the intention of it not working out and that was true in this case. That's always rejuvenating." Mangini press conf. Every mentor that I've had has had that approach.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. their approach. it's nice for them to get some time with their families or get away." (On if it was a difficult decision).2009 Transcript: Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-9-09 (Opening statement). to me. you go through it. There's really nothing else I can add. How are we doing? [My bye week] was good actually. He was a hand in the dirt guy. is we had the two days last week where we covered each phase."Really it's what I said. Marcus." (On how many of the players he brought in this season he thinks have the potential to be franchise impact players). first and second down. "One thing that we did housekeeping wise. who always had his hand in the dirt in college. That's what the emphasis is here today. it's an organizational decision that we felt gave us the best chance to move forward." (On if this was an organizational decision he signed off on). 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. 11/9 11. review the tape and then go out and practice the things that you want to get corrected. Today. third down. Following that process leading up to it from a preparation perspective. is a good example of what we're always trying to do. their work ethic. it's really an extension of the bye week for us. you analyze it."Good morning everybody. you look at the thing you're going to carry through. Everybody contributes to that process. you install if you're going to add some things or correct some things. He was an undrafted free agent. It's all part of what you continue to grow.

We'll talk about that in conjunction with our work on the Ravens. what other roles he can play for us defensively. so that's what we'll be doing." (On if he has told the quarterbacks his decision yet). those positions are mirrored."I think we'll know more. That's the other nice thing with the bye week. I think he has the ability to where he could play inside from his athleticism."(Jason) Trusnik has played in there." (On what linebacker position Benard plays). Mary Kay (Cabot)." (On if there is still one roster spot open). we do. who's worked as a WILL." (On if they will need another inside linebacker if Barton can't play). It's good to have the players back in. really letting him concentrate on one spot."I haven't sat down with the quarterbacks. It's good to be able to get out there together. to stand up. similar to David Bowens and David Veikune. but you can have combinations based on the package. to come here. even if I'm not talking [at a press conference]. based on what you're seeing." (On if he has made a decision at quarterback). so he could be a potential candidate from a MIKE perspective. 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'll have some more guys in for workouts tomorrow." (On Eric Barton). I think he's done an outstanding job. things like that. The next step is to get to the 45-man roster.' That will be dependent on his play on special teams. in talking to him. You have Kaluka (Maiava). I'm going to keep him outside. He had a lot of production in college at a smaller school and then. his strength. We'll talk about that more and our preparation for the Ravens. ‘That's the first step. 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). I'd just rather talk about it on Wednesday. so you have those three there. It doesn't have to be filled by one guy all the time in all the different packages. I'll let Neal (Gulkis) let you know. (Blake) Costanzo who's worked as a WILL."Yes. The thing that's been consistent with him is his work ethic."He's outside. but want to go through the workouts and see where those are. 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. Once we do. Ideally in a 3-4. I have an idea where we're heading. it's easy to lose track of how long these guys have been working and . he'll practice here today."What I'll do is I'll let you guys know about that on Wednesday. I know where I'm headed. I said. He was our [practice] player of the week against Buffalo. I think. we'll at least have some real clarity either later today or tomorrow. We have a little variation in body types. or his role on special teams and then. Now. I think his best chance to contribute is outside.King Kong."Yes." (On if he knows what position will be filled with the roster spot). similar to keeping David Veikune inside. so that's part of it.

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
11.11.2009
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 look forward to him taking advantage of this opportunity and helping us improve offensively." (On what makes him think Quinn will play better than he did the beginning of the season)." (On what Quinn needs to do better than he did the first two and a half games)"Collectively. starting . You go back and you look at the first game. That's what I'm looking for. I think. You have to protect the football.decision with anybody else and Brady (Quinn) will start this week against Baltimore. I liked what he did over the bye week practices. That's what I asked him to do."Yes. even from my perspective. continues to improve and [we] didn't disrupt him very much. I think that familiarity should help us and the work that we did over the bye week should help us as well. one of the things that happens is. The positive thing is having the exposure that we've had with some of the new guys." (On where Quinn has improved the most). I think his comfort level in the system has gotten better. they've got players that can cause problems. (Joe) Flacco. 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. His quarterback rating was outstanding and they generated some big plays." (On if he will stick with the quarterback decision for the rest of the season)."It's hard to put it in a long term context. that's the key for any type of improvement. which is what I asked of him. believe me. 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. We have our work cut out for us. 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. there's plenty all of us can do better in all three phases. as you play conference opponents for the second time. That's never the intention when a decision like this is made. to me. "In terms of Baltimore. I think it's a creative pressure package that they have defensively. I watched him some in college when he was coming out and things like that. we had four turnovers. the coaching squad's perspective. He's had more time in the system. and even when they don't pressure. Defensively. I'm not looking to change. 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."I like to think that throughout the course of the season guys continue to improve. All three of those things will kill you." (On if Derek Anderson will be the backup quarterback). I think that his overall control of the offense has gotten better. I think that he's worked hard since the first transition was made and I respect that. there's more familiarity."With any of these decisions. because this is my first experience with him. I think that he's had some good weeks of practice. That's one of the things that he and I talked about last night. it's a very good running game and we weren't very good there. 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. I think he's done some good things in the role that he was playing.

"I think that anybody who has a lot of decision to make has to go through those quickly. Were there throws that he missed? There were some of those and there were some reads that could have been better. I think that it's an opportunity to continue to grow and I'm sure he will. this many times because you're only completing short balls. That's going to happen. it's not going to be a function of. whether it's a hitch. getting it to the open guy. whether it's a check down. in a very detailed way. That's what I'm looking for. We played New England one time. As you get into the games. I think that helps. too. It wasn't felt by the coaching staff. taking it and taking it. I really do."In fairness to Derek. you just have to go with the things that you've learned and I anticipate him doing that. I think these guys have worked really well together. and I think that's a great quality. I never saw that from any of the players. They feel like it's the right adjustment. I think that there were a lot of things that played a part in this." (On if Quinn was hesitant to make certain throws earlier in the season). Where the ball was in a place where it could have been caught and it wasn't. ‘We have to throw it to this place. It happens a lot of times defensively. At the end of the day. I've enjoyed getting to know him. I don't think that. moving the chains and scoring points. When you come out of it.with myself and the coaches and moving right on down. There were times where I feel like he really knew where to go with the ball and maybe didn't go there as quickly as he could of. I like the way that he's worked. I've played against a lot of really successful quarterbacks. you've done the homework. whether it's a tight end on a five-yard out or whether it's a go route to somebody. then that creates some other opportunities."Sometimes it's a function of just going through your read progression and going with what you know. Sometimes that comes with being more comfortable and I've seen that comfort level increase and I'm anticipating that will translate. where the secondary will see something. Brady approaches everything in a very serious way. but just be comfortable with what you see and go with what you see. I really like Derek and I really liked the way that he handled himself." (On if Quinn is over thinking things). You just have to go with what you know." (On Quinn's completions earlier being mostly shorter passes). be comfortable with what he knows. they threw 10 hitches because of the way we were pressuring and killed us. you make a mistake. you've prepped and now it's a function of going with what you see and sometimes you're right and sometimes you're wrong."To me. throw it to the guy who's open. you've done the work. by any means." (On if Anderson lost confidence in the players around him). be comfortable with his reads. Obviously. we .' Throw it to the open receiver." (On what happened with Anderson). that's hard. because we couldn't get there with the heat and they just kept being patient. I know it wasn't felt by me. If you make a mistake. We've all experienced that. they're slow to make it and you have some guys doing it and some guys not doing it. this is some sort of final statement on who he is. It's a function of getting it to the right guy. I've seen him make a lot of good decisions and what I want him to do is be comfortable with his thought process."I never got that sense at all. Even last game where we moved the chains and put the ball on the ground.

similar to David Veikune." (On if Barton's injury is career-threatening)."Anything like that is hypothetical. those four linebacker spots. Cody Spencer was another guy. That's what you want. Ideally. to have to flexibility to move those guys around based on need or depth is a good approach."That was our base set." (On using David Bowens as an inside linebacker and Jason Trusnik as an outside linebacker).A." (On Quinn's mindset while he was the backup). That's what you expect. You look at it and you move forward based on the information that you have and how you feel. we've lost both our inside linebackers. My feeling with any decision is. Even with Jason. He and I talked about that when we had our initial conversation. how important it was to not let the preparation drop off. and then has learned inside. but this is a good group of guys. you're the backup. It doesn't always go the way that you want it. Bowens has played inside. he was a guy who had only had his hand in the dirt and then worked outside. With that opportunity. We've had probably about four or five guys like that who've played both outside and inside. regardless of whether you're the starter. was more big picture."It's something that he's looking at with the doctors and discussing."He's been consistent throughout this whole period." (On if Quinn would have developed more if he had stayed in all season)."My comment. Guys are getting opportunities that maybe they wouldn't have gotten had we had both Eric (Barton) and D'Qwell (Jackson) here." (On if Barton will need surgery). They're committed to getting the things fixed that we need to get fixed and I appreciate that work ethic. Look at the inside linebacker position. You evaluate it. was when he wasn't starting. It doesn't always go the way that you anticipate it going. He started inside last year for five games." . now you're on the best chance to maximize it. you need to prepare at the same level week in and week out because you don't know when things are going to change. same as D. so he's played inside quite a bit. That's the way that I approach it and that's any decision. He's worked inside quite a bit. to not let any of the things that he's done tail off and he didn't. There are a lot of guys in this system who can play both. but you deal with the decisions and you work to improve. Jeff (Schudel). right on down the line. it's a great chance. You're going to get another opportunity and when you get that opportunity. Brad Kassell. 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. That decision will be made at some point. there are a lot of different opinions on all injuries." (On if he anticipates Anderson getting another opportunity to start). The important thing to me is [to] keep talking to Eric and keep working with him and make the best decision for him.want it to translate into a lot more production. I think that in any situation you're in. I'm trying to think of some of the other guys."Again. Roman Phifer.

With Detroit. but that's pretty common with a rookie quarterback like he is. I can see improvement from the team as the weeks have gone by. I like the things that he did in Tennessee. Even with his partner on the other side. I really am. really tight coverage one-handed . I'm sure he has that same control over Detroit's offense. You look at Calvin Johnson. He's had some games where he's struggled. [There have been] some times where. [He is] obviously a guy that they can go to and rely on. I think all those things have improved. I like the things that he's doing there as well. but he was and he took advantage of it. there's a lot of plays that could be there. how they're preparing. I sent Mike (Tannenbaum) a text just telling him he'd be proud of Jason's progress. in terms of how much time you can really spend watching the tape of the previous opponent. the other member of the Johnson tandem (Bryant Johnson). [It is] a little different with the short week. 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. just knowing Jim (Schwartz) and spending time with Jim and working with Jim. should've. he's a guy that can ruin the game. [He is] really impressive. I know how they're working. [he has] been a little bit banged up. but you can't deal in ‘could've.18." Mangini press conf. you do that whenever possible. 67-yarder against New Orleans. he has really made a lot of nice throws through the course of the season. Jim's a really smart guy. I spent some time with him before the draft.' You have to deal with what's there and what our opportunities are and how do you change that. When you look at the body of work.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-18-09 (Opening statement). "I think offensively with (Matt) Stafford. He's made some really nice catches as well. hitting the hole shot in between the corner and the safety in cover two. He's had some impressive plays this season. whether it's the fade route. I like the presence that he's had. [He] had the 64-yarder. How are we doing? Today with the short week." (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. the way that he could almost answer questions before you asked the question and his control of the Georgia offense and things like that. 11/18 11. two fade routes for touchdowns. they hit that stutter-go that I was talking about."I thought he did a really good job. whether it's stutter-goes. [We] weren't anticipating initially when we made the trade for him to be thrust into that type of role so quickly. At the start of the Chicago game. his poise in running the offense. [he] has hit some of those."Good morning everybody. 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. made some outstanding catches throughout the course of the season.(On Trusnik's play at outside linebacker).

different combinations. he's a good person. personally it looked like he was trying to make the tackle. There's a lot more movement then we had against Chicago and I thought overall the communication was sound. I am. with Jim. Knowing Brady. In terms of the injury that happened. . I don't think that anybody was trying not to protect the football."Yes. there's a lot of motioning. where it was more of a stationary offense. things that we've seen at different points throughout the course of the year. They're about eighth in the NFL right now in generating negative plays in the running game. it's that much more important to really protect the football. I know if you look at their average it may not seem that way. This is another week where you're dealing with multiple blitz packages. This week against Baltimore we were able to do the same thing and what I really liked is there's a lot of shifting." (On if he expects Joshua Cribbs to practice today). I think the fact that he is such a good person and his confidence in who he is. it could be the safety coming in rolled up cover two. "Defensively. all those things were done out of no huddle. What he did with running the offense and the approach that we had. I don't think he'd look to ever hurt someone deliberately. but expect him to practice later this week. Defensively. I thought that he tried to use those as well. I think a couple weeks ago against Chicago. In the running game. The throws that we had and the opportunities that we had to catch it. mixture of linebackers. With Brandon Pettigrew. Multiple personnel groups. It could be the corner coming. [they have] three different types of backs. we didn't do well enough. there's some changes for them to generate some big plays. who is really good at turning the ball over."We'll probably going to hold him out today. in terms of running the no huddle offense the whole game. but 11 percent of their plays in the running game are negative plays. things like that. he's going to stop the run. There were times in the game. When you bounce the ball up. but different tools that you have within the offense." (On if he is comfortable with Quinn going forward). we were able to get to a lot of adjustments and I thought the communication was very good. and they always have been."What Brady did. I thought that he did a really nice job with that. I thought he did well. that's not easy to do and I thought he did it well. some gap-trap type things." (On the team's performance the second half of the Baltimore game). that helps anybody when they go through times that may be frustrating. I think that the style of running offense that they have."I just think that when you play a team like Baltimore. even the plays where Josh went into Wildcat. That's something that we'll have to do a good job with. I think that he's a big." (On if he thinks Brady Quinn is mentally prepared to go on). different formations.grabs. and I've talked about this. usually not good things happen. It just takes that one play. physical guy with good hands and he seems to be getting more and more comfortable in their offense as well. 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.

I talked to Josh about that I talked to the team about that. You do the best you can. so it's legit. This was trying to work him in to the rotation. If he goes to the game and takes a spot of a guy who maybe plays more of a [special] teams role. so in order to kind of maintain the roles and what we thought was the best guy for each role. It's not the easiest thing in the world to simulate during the course of a week. to give him a chance to see what he can do. I think our ability to go in and out of it at any point is very helpful. That was the thought process. picked up eight yards. but made a guy miss. he's gotten a little bit better each week. I'm sure they'll work on that. The next step for us was to give him a chance to carry the ball in games. 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. You don't traditionally kneel down in those situations. I talked to Josh about that and told the team the same thing. If you get in that situation. I'm sure they'll work on Wildcat-type things. he has to be able to fill that role in way that's either at the same level or higher. That's really how I felt."I thought he did well. J.C."Again."Yes. because the show team is working off of cards. You simulate it the best you can. in retrospect." (On the reason for Chris Jennings' extended playing time). He got caught up in the moment and the play. He had a carry early in the season.'s (Jerome Harrison) done most of that stuff. or whatever it was. There really wasn't a lot of space for him to work on that. his role isn't as significant on third down." (On if Jennings penalty on the kicker was legit)." (On if Cribbs said anything about his lateral). where it was a miscommunication on the deep ball and in a tight game." (On how Jennings played against Baltimore). again. It's natural for everybody to be competitive. defensively. I'd probably do it differently. I'm sure they'll work on some of the things they've seen us do throughout the course of the season. . Tony (Grossi). The thing with Chris is." (On if he expects Jennings to be more involved for the rest of the season). but I'd have probably approached it differently. and when I say third down. I wanted to be able to get him active. I forget who it was against. [He] had a catch earlier in the season. 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. The other thing that Chris has to continue to do is help on [special] teams. how he does this week."I want to see. but that package."I mean they called it. Really. give him some chances for carries."It's like anything else. you prepare for what you've seen on tape.and that's what we had. That's what all the guys are like. that's Josh being competitive as well." (On if he spoke to Cribbs about him handling the end of the game differently). you can't have those." (On if he thinks the Lions can prepare for the no huddle)."I've liked what Chris has done in practice. we use some of those plays on early downs too. I thought he had a couple runs that were good runs and one that I think he lost a yard or two.

" ."I'm open if they want to talk to me about it. the self-inflicted wounds. the odds of you being very productive decrease as well. let's just put him in because he's a running back and Jamal is retiring." (On if they have to average better than 2. a middle dog cross two inside linebackers. whether it be turnovers. It's more that than the other. You're not looking to average 2." (On if he spoke to the team about the union coming in)." (On if the union coming in is something he would talk to the captains about). but I am completely comfortable with what we do. I have been involved in this in different areas. Alex (Mack) took the first one and J. was offset over here. He's improved on special teams. The way the route was designed. One year it could be sacks. because usually the way it hit. it has to be better than that."No. It's really got to start there."That's not really how I'm looking at it.When they're in for a play. He tried to come back inside."I don't think that was him whiffing. it had the shallow crossers. that's not the approach. whatever the area is. You have to go through the process of how do you generate more of those." (On if the play call was a hook and ladder). You're able to be a lot more effective in that. You look at the missed opportunities. It has to start there. when you're taking away third down conversions and the amount of plays in a game decrease."Yes. It wasn't designed hook and ladder. Ideally you have some catch and run type plays." (On if Jerome Harrison missed a block on Ray Lewis' sack). they're going to try to do what they can do to achieve the goal of the play. now let's give him a chance."No." (On how he keeps the player's confidence at a high level). when you're taking away extra drives. it was a call. It's more. you identify the areas where there have been problems. how do you generate. another year it could be picks. the 50th play of the game. more points. the way that they ran the stunt. dropped ball. I think that part of that has to be earning the right to get those reps.C. Then you're giving yourself the best opportunity to score those points. it wasn't a function of here's a young guy.1 yards per pass). how many sacks you're getting. obviously for us. Here's a guy who's shown day in and day out that he deserves an opportunity. I didn't say a word to them about it because I'm completely comfortable with the way that we practice. I think that they just didn't get back inside. another year it could be forced fumbles. the first play of the game.1 yards a pass or anything like that. and the way that they formed it. whether it's the last play of the game. so he wasn't in great position to pick that up."When you go through the tape. but he ended up getting the guy on the other side. With Chris. he would take the guy that was coming to his side. here's a guy who's worked really hard." (On if he has thought about reducing Jamal Lewis' role in an effort to develop the younger players).

Anytime you play those guys." (On if the pressure on Quinn was a function of the protection or the Ravens' defense).(On what has to be done to make the passing game more effective). they run the same blitz. but if he wants to give it a shot."Like I said. It wasn't good enough. when you have guys that have worked together for that long. get Ray Lewis with a full head of steam and they got us on that one. protecting the football so you can have more drives. getting things picked up. catch the football. It's unique when you play the Ravens."I think he should come on down. Protection. but then they also bring a combination of the star. With that veteran group of guys."I think the short term process is getting ready for each week and playing each game." (On if Mike Holmgren was interviewed by the organization yesterday). sliding the protection over. you have to deal with them rushing three and then you have to deal with the different packages." (On LeBron James saying he could help the team)."No."There have been times where I thought it's been very good. The guy is a freak athletically." (On what can be done to the protection in order to give Quinn more time). there are some areas there where we can improve. just guys are in different spots. because it doesn't matter who's in their front. [he would] probably be good in baseball or soccer or swimming. you can keep adding and building. competitive and tough. the guy is gifted athletically. I'm not making any excuses or anything like that. so I'll let him talk about that."That's not really something that I'm going to talk about. who you can run the same concept but give a completely different look to the offense. I know he's pretty busy right now. They combine the front there. it doesn't look great for the weekend." (On if Steve Heiden and Dave Zastudil will practice today). 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. they all can rush the passer. so a year from now . whether it was the play that we were talking about with J. the different blitz pattern and where he was located versus where he had to get to. That's a pretty good defense that we played. Randy's (Lerner) really handling that. It's not easy to slide over. because the reps are there with the group. When we do have those opportunities." (On what his long term process is and how the players he has acquired since becoming head coach play into that process). neither one will work today. That is a pretty stout defense."Like we talked about. the safeties. The long term process is understanding how you're going to prepare for a game. you have to deal with them rushing four. understanding how you have to practice to get ready for games. I thought that there were times that we did do a good job in terms of identifying it. That's a great thing when you're a defensive coordinator. There were other times where. understanding the concepts that you run offensively and defensively. I'm sure whatever he applied himself [to].C.. be able to get the ball to the places we need to get it to. then they have multiple blitzes. I think with Zastudil. There are a lot of things that they do that as you have a system in place for a long time. That's one element to it and that's the most important element right now.

"In terms of what we're doing today. he's going to have to continue to punt at a level that we're looking for. playing in the dome. Sometimes it improves. We'll just have to see how that goes. it's stuff that guys work through. That's a process. A lot of these guys typically would be getting ready for bowl games now." (On Zastudil's injury). The two kids that we claimed off waivers. If that wasn't the case. With Mohamed (Massaquoi) and (Brian) Robiskie and (David) Veikune and those guys. you know how it works in college football.these aren't new things in relationship to the defense that you're facing or the offense that you're facing. It's the young players that are here. did a really nice job this week in a significant. We'll just keep him honoring that. (Maiava) I thought. all those different elements come into play that as you put reps together. as you put experiences in together." Mangini press conf. There's a lot of football left. [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. they're all learning as you go. I'm sure you guys got the release on Steve Heiden and Dave Zastudil.19." (On if Reggie Hodges punted well enough for the team to go forward with him). Sometimes it doesn't improve. Reggie's worked in this role in the past with other teams as well. How are we doing? Yesterday we. Every week you're going to face somebody that's talented. significant role and working with a guy who wasn't playing inside. Next year they're going to be at a higher starting point. working inside. [You] figure both of those guys. understanding what it means to be a pro. then obviously we'd continue looking. as you put time in together. 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. which is always disappointing. he's played quite a bit of football and I think he's gotten little bit better each week. it's not like that. There are no teams on the schedule that you schedule to."Good morning everybody. put them on IR. you get to start at a higher level the following season. we'll be inside again. I have some experience with Reggie in the past. neither one of them. I think that both of them have chance to come in and compete and see where they fit. You just monitor it and work with it and see where you are each week."I think it's like anything else.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-19-09 (Opening statement). It's a concentration on third down with some review of the things that we did . There's some reps built up in that."I think that with a lot of different things. Look at Alex Mack. someone that's older than themselves. Often times for the young guys. Working with the game plan. like we were talking about with the Ravens' defense. Kaluka. 11/19 11. It's different. whether it be initially on special teams or whether it be special teams and some type of role offensively and defensively.

not at all. I enjoy working with Steve and coaching Steve. The combination of the two just didn't seem. I think we'll just see where we are here. to be one of the inactives. It's less rest for the guys. I think that we've had plenty of opportunities to score. I've been in a lot of training camps where you've only had the two kickers that you go into the season with.yesterday. He is a good teammate. Clair not practicing yesterday). I anticipate him being ready to go for next season. He was still continuing to maintain and work through the previous injury."I don't think that it's been ruled out." (On John St. I thought that overall yesterday was a productive day for us."It has to continue to improve. I don't think that's the case at all. We had Mike Nugent last year where he just stepped wrong in the first game of the season and ended up hurting himself. Chansi (Stuckey)." (On if surgery is possible for Zastudil). I don't think it was a function of that. from a time perspective. I think we've had plenty of opportunities to move the football. [We] added a receiver. we just thought that it would be better for this game. you make the decision that you think are best." (On how he judges the wide receiver's progress). with him missing practice last week. 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." (On if this injury is something Heiden might not want to come back from). I think that he's got a lot of football left in him." ."No. Sometimes it's just how the plant foot comes down or a little bit of a twist. There have been a lot of different reasons why it hasn't happened. I think that he's a good blocker. It's such a specific skill set that sometimes those things happen. He's a reliable receiver."No."He should participate today." (On if the kicker's injuries are an accumulation of wear and tear from not having other kickers in training camp). It's a little bit harder coming off a Monday night game. but the important thing is addressing those and getting those fixed. I think if anything he's disappointed that it went the way that it did. We'll see which combination of guys is the best each game."No." (On if he would want Heiden back next year)."When you make the decisions. but I thought they did a nice job with it."I really like Steve. Sometimes those things happen. He's part of that competition as well. I don't think those opportunities will go away. It was getting the injury on Monday night and the amount of time that it would take to rehab that. 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." (On if Heiden's injury is a function of him coming back from his knee injury too soon)." (On if he regrets trading Kellen Winslow and Braylon Edwards).

you go into every game with things that you feel you can capitalize on. get a sense of your level of improvement. there were a lot of positives against a good offense with really the same people. I think there were some things that we did in terms of the no huddle."There's a lot of different ways.(On if he can tell how much not having Edwards opposite Mohamed Massaquoi has affected Massaquoi's production). I thought on special teams we could have done a better job this past week then we did and I was looking for that. It's much more executing the game plan. and this was true when I met him at USC. seeing the coverages that you're getting. There weren't a lot of positives coming out of that game. the formationing and items like that that did help us. It's the same thing with Kurt Warner. Some people have connections to either coaches or front office people in those leagues [Canadian Football League]. With the new football leagues that are coming out. you'll track those leagues. Offensively. With a rookie coming to a new system. He's gotten more and more reps. and when I say that. but I thought that defensively this game. but it wasn't in the 3-4. from the Baltimore perspective. just didn't help us enough. In terms of playing the Ravens this past time. We missed some opportunities during the game that I think could have helped us. Other teams will push the coverage. that played against us the first time we played them. He's worked at it. That really wasn't different the last game or the game before. he'll continue to improve. Every team is different. when the arena league was operating. You track those leagues. I would expect as he keeps a deeper understanding each week. 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." . with understanding the defense. He's gotten more and more opportunities. the coverage is what the coverage is. it was in more of a 4-3 type system. It takes time." (On Kaluka Maiava). He had a really outstanding feel for the things that they were doing there. playing a new position." (On if he thinks they can capitalize on the Lions' defense and score). [We] didn't do a very good job against the running game. I thought the defense played significantly better than what we did in the first game. 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. That's a good special teams group they have in Baltimore." (On how they find players like Chris Jennings). being able to adjust and address it during the game. It just depends week in and week out."Yes."As he gets more and more comfortable with playing inside. That's the system they run. He could explain all the different adjustments and he had been in that system for quite some time. connections there."I feel like there are a lot of things each week that you can look at and see. he was a weak side linebacker there. He'll continue to have opportunities and I expect him to improve the production as we go."I don't know if you can specifically point to how the coverages would change or not change. but I think we have a good group as well. or the progress or your effectiveness." (On if he gets a better idea of where the team is when they play a team like the Lions). Some teams you face.

He's played on first and second down. You try to draw information from everybody in the building. He's competitive in the games. He's competitive in practice. What I like about Shaun is. The important thing is to be resilient and really identify the things you have to fix. at 360 [pounds] that's not easy to do. but we always want people to share their information and then you research it and look into it further. He pursues well to the football. If he continues to progress in practice I think that will continue to be the case. 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. nobody really notices in the pile up. first or second one. Shaun gets something done there. It's a lot easier to do it at 190 [pounds]. field goal block to go push. I can't remember. too. when you get beat or have a breakdown. It's usually a big play. It's a function of improving the areas you have to improve in. Being out there at corner." . it's three or four yards. You have three running backs and you're distributing the reps."He played last week. He played primarily on third down and there was quite a bit of protection required there. It may be a college scout who has a good connection to the Canadian league. It's one play. There's times where the defensive linemen may get beat four or five times."Sometimes. go at it the same way."I don't know if it was his best game. That pass play. Brandon was supposed to have help. because in watching the game tape form last season you saw the motor on tape where he's running the football. You're doing your job and you're pushing. as opposed to things being said one way or the other. His motor runs high. three guys and it's spread out differently. You don't know necessarily who's going to find out about a player."It really wasn't. He can be disruptive in both the 3-4 and when we play him offset or in sub. he is a very competitive guy. but you're not really getting anything done. There are a lot of plays like that. come right back and no big deal. Tony (Grossi)." (On the type of season McDonald is having). but he'd work to fix the things that he had to fix. That was what I based my initial impression off of.(On who in the organization is responsible for finding Jennings)."Derrick Mason. The thing with Brandon though. I think it as the first one." (On if Monday night's game was Shaun Rogers' best game of the season). but out there. with that the connection may not be in pro personnel. That was part of the miscommunication. 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. [he] goes and blocks the extra point." (On if Rogers' motor was a question for him when he got here). I think he's played well in all the games." (On Brandon McDonald getting beat by Derrick Mason). they score that first touchdown. you're on your own often. It's easy for a big guy on PAT. [We] wanted to take a look at Chris." (On if pass protection is the main reason Jerome Harrison is not getting more playing time). As a cornerback you go through different challenges during the course of the season. he beats a lot of people. Again. I don't think he was alone on that play by any stretch. Ty Law could get beat.

It affects production. that is most under our control and most important is to not have the turnovers. There's been some tight throws in cover two. all those things. There are a lot of good plays on tape. in between the corner and safety. really bright. not just in terms of his play. Each week he'll improve." (On the reasons Stafford's production is low). You have to. some nice throws on the fade ball."Robaire has been outstanding. He could answer questions by anticipating where you're going next. Robaire has really been outstanding. turnover ratio dramatically affects outcome. He could tell you if this happened. a minus three. He'd go player-by-player and give everybody's assignment. The difference between an even game. His control of his college offense. There were times where we were going to ask a question and he was already starting to answer it."Yes."The thing. bit hits in pro football." (On if Joshua Cribbs is going to practice today). but that's not uncommon."I think you were right." (On if he thinks if they could improve the turnover ratio that it would positively affect everything else). Interceptions I know affect passer rating quite a bit and he's had some of those. It affects outcomes. the winning percentage is dramatic. to me. Nothing affects outcome bigger than give-away. It always has and it always will. I thought it was pretty indicative of some of the things he can do with his arm. If this happened. It's hard to win that way. this is what the 11 guys would do."I watched tape on him. there's a lot of different reasons why that could be what it is. There was a really nice roll out play against Minnesota. very tough. but the things that he does in the [class] room. then this is what those 11 guys would do. There's been a lot of good throws on tape. but in meeting with him and talking to him and interviewing him. take-away ratio. his understanding of his college offense [was] outstanding."They've played some different combinations. I'm sure he's getting that same feel for what they're trying to do in Detroit. The differential in points based on turnovers is significant. I met with him quite a bit before the draft. does a good job with the outs to the tight ends and slot receivers. I think he's going go to have a really productive long career. That's something that I think we should be better at and you have to be better at." (On if he anticipated the struggles the team would face). It stops drives. He's made some plays on the move. Another guy that's been fun to watch is (Louis) Delmas."I'm not sure exactly how they finally got to the outcome they got to. It wasn't complete but throwing to his left on a rope in the end zone on a read out by the receiver. [he is] really bright." (On why Anthony Henry did not play last week). There's been a bunch of times where we've been on the negative side of that. He's made some mistakes. [He is a] really good kid. a minus one." (On Detroit's secondary). . He has good ability to deliver the football. a minus two. big hits on tape in college."Yes he is." (On Robaire Smith).(On how well he got to know Matthew Stafford before the draft).

His play. How are we doing? Just a little news. I think all those guys have done a nice job in the different roles that they've had. it's called an AFC. for playing the first game inside this season.' and he'll nail 13 in a row. he may come in . Another strength of his is the mentoring of younger players and just his overall approach to each game. Baby (Shaun Rogers) inside. I think. I think there have been a lot of games where they've played well. He's going to try to make those around him better. the level of communication.J. without having the two defensive captains. Today we will continue to work inside in preparation. with both of those guys being on IR. with him playing inside. but him understanding the whole defense and what we're trying to get done with each defense and why. He's a guy that I've known for a while. obviously. For him. 11/20 11. ‘We're going to go through this AFC."I'd say that 20. [They] pretty strongly endorsed David Bowens so he will be serving as the defensive captain through the rest of the season. physical. but usually the defensive linemen are given the call by the linebacker. good finish. You are always trying to find good roles for him if he wasn't going to be the starter. being responsible for making all of the checks with the front seven. I personally feel it's a really good choice. 12 checks based on all the formations." (On if the defensive line had the best game of the season against Baltimore). He'll know what the coverage is."They played well against Baltimore. has been really good.He's a guy that will have a coverage. He always had a period in the game where he may go in for two or three series as outside linebacker. with Kenyon (Coleman) on the left and Robaire on the right. I've been extremely happy with him. That's a great example to the young guys. There may be 10. It's him understanding his job. He's always been someone that whatever you ask him to do. that was the minimum for him. just had the defense yesterday vote for a replacement captain. directional call. what the check is. being responsible for the huddle. automatic front and coverage. I think it's a pretty stout group."Good morning everybody. [We are] really on our typical preparation path. that's not easy. bring in (Ahtyba) Rubin or C. I think as you've seen over the last couple games. aggressive." Mangini press conf. stout against the run. [there's] no strong variation there. He's played multiple positions and he's played them all well. based on formations. it changes some.20. to each day. I was happy with that." (On David Bowens playing only 20 percent of the snaps early in his career). He's the type of guy where you can say in a meeting. I think he's done it really well. I think Eric (Barton) did a great job with communication and D'Qwell (Jackson). (Mosley) or Corey (Williams). I would imagine.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-20-09 (Opening statement). he is going to do it [and] he is going to do it to the best of his ability. Going from an outside linebacker to an inside linebacker. which way to go.

He's seen a lot of different things. which usually helps." (On if playing indoors can help get the passing game going). he was using regression formulas for a while to evaluate tendencies. Even though he was with one team for a long time I am sure. There are a lot of good conversations we've had." (On explaining why Bowens doesn't have many career starts but has had a long career). He's been a good guy to get to know." (On if he and Jim Schwartz learned about ‘the processes' from Bill Belichick). but I think he was able to do it himself. With the Halloween party and seeing him with his daughter. He'd have a designated role in dime defense where he was in each series for that. I would have loved to have him earlier on. I'd say smart is one of the things and a great worker. [It is] fun to see some of the guys that you only see in this environment. He's coached a long time. You might lose some guys in free agency. He's a great guy. based on whether it's the cap or the draft or whatever it is and you go through that cycle."I think the process part is just the reality. so he can fit into any system. He's got a great approach during the offseason. There's a lot of analysis. I am not sure when it happened." (On his relationship with Shaun Rogers)." ."I am always hoping that is going to be the case. It's been fun getting to know him.two or three series at inside linebacker. I think Jim's had a lot of experience. I think it's a reality. He worked on the goal line and that position flexibility. [We've had] pretty amazing weather so far. We were talking this morning. our wives both were working at a homeless shelter the other day together. He is really smart."I completely understand why he's played as long as he has. typically. where we can get the passing game rolling. He's got a great approach in season. and just sharing some of those experiences. He can do a lot of things. you might have to kind of start over. probably came to 20 or well over 20 plays a game. He can rush the passer. but the ups and downs where you go through a year and you have to take that approach. Was he a math major at Georgetown? He might have been. I'd probably have to bring somebody in to help me with that part of it."I remember. I would have loved to have him."Shaun and I get along really well. Although I don't think we have had very many games where the weather hasn't been good. I would imagine. He's got toughness." (On what he remembers most about Schwartz from their days with the Browns)." (On if Joshua Cribbs can return to all of his roles on Sunday). I love having him now. He's been part of some really good teams. He's got a great work ethic. It's pretty unique from my experience with being in Cleveland. you are guaranteed good weather. It's nice to be able to take a step back and just enjoy each other's company from that perspective. I forget what it was. Why he didn't play more early on? That I am not sure of. The longevity part I completely understand. Playing indoors. He is a really smart guy. I had my kids there and we were talking about that. with their kids. He is constantly looking for innovative ways to do things."I anticipate Josh playing all of the roles he normally plays this week.

and I think really with Chris Jennings. Chris has done a nice job. you have to talk to him. You have certain things that you like Jamal (Lewis) to do. talked about the range. Chris has really worked hard to create opportunities for himself. five. Rex is in there. I don't even know who won."Really. You have certain things that you want to see Chris do. I'm used to him chasing around big ones. were doing a lot of good things. All those guys had worked with the other offensive linemen. I think there have been some games where there have been some struggles. but there's one."In terms of that. He's very consistent in the way that he approaches things and all three of those guys are. at the guard spot." (On if the injuries on the offensive line caused any problems in developing chemistry). You miss the field goal. It's funny watching him chase around a little one. It's not like some other positions where you can play multiple guys at the same time. [We] went through a tough spot there."No. talked about the comfort level there. Each week it gets better." (On if he watched the Miami at Carolina game last night)." (On the plusses and minuses of kicking a 45-yard field goal versus going for it on fourth-and-three). There has been some changes in there at different points. which goes back to why you work those guys in a lot of different spots. I'm sure they talked to the special teams coach. Anything that he wants to talk about. I think John's (St.(On if Rogers dressed up for the Halloween party). We actually did a whole study on if you're kicking form this yard line versus a fourth down and one. Fourth-and-three. Hank had been in there. Unfortunately there's only one running back. You can create some packages like that. he didn't dress up for that Halloween party. They're both back. They're moving a little bit past the injuries. Clair) had some good games. Try to build in the flexibly so that they all can work in each of the roles if they have to. it does take a while to come back and get in the flow."I think there's a lot of factors. you look at the percentage of conversion rate."No. it's been more than two guys because you've had Hank (Fraley) in there for a bit."The good thing is that they had all worked in there and they had worked in different spots. Percentage of kicking the field goal and . Floyd's been in there. When you miss time with an injury and you come back." (On the right side of the offensive line). four. just like all these guys can. You have certain things that Jerome does. 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. You get the field goal blocked and it's a tie game. Rex got hurt during camp and then Floyd got hurt early in the season and both guys. but it takes a little while. three. When you have three running backs. but he's been out at right tackle. he can come talk with me at any point. John had worked in there a little bit." (On it seeming like Jerome Harrison is upset). Floyd (Womack). I think. Rex (Hadnot). I thought Rex was having a good camp and then Floyd got dinged early on. two. 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. it's from the spot of where the field goal was kicked.

"Good morning everybody. He's special in that situation. You take some chances. Baby [Shaun Rogers] blocking the extra point and then going into overtime. it's really bad." (On if he sees a negative message being sent to the Patriots' defense with Belichick's decision). Everybody's seen Peyton Manning do what Peyton Manning does each week. You go for that fourth down and you make it and it's great.25." (On if Joshua Cribbs' recovery seems amazing after how bad it looked). down 25 points with whatever it was. They were all negative. at different points it didn't look very good. 11/25 11. I don't question that call at all. I see a really positive message being sent to the Patriots offense. that's pretty high percentage football. 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 like a track meet. they didn't have any timeouts. We trust you to get this. We played him in Indy. It was a game where they got up early. How are we doing? A couple things in getting ready for the Bengals. we ended up winning .Willie McGinest came off the edge and tacked the guy on the one yard line. I liked the way we dealt with adversity. it's great. [we were] able to come back. but that was another one where we were up and now we're sitting on the goal line. because that's a ‘gotta have it' play. You would want them to do that with any player anytime there's a chance that it could be something more." Mangini press conf. they score. You kick the field goal."I think that Bill's made a lot of great calls."I really do think the things that they did were precautionary. I thought that was the first time that we played the style of football that we're looking to play. all those . but I liked our approach. I think the medical staff did a really good job of making sure every possible step was taken to be right. Field goal get's blocked. I really liked the way we played that game. get the ball back. Not a great feeling. We were up by four with 1:50 left. Some of the other part comes in how comfortable do you feel with that play that you have.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-25 -09 (Opening statement). We have to kick off. I think they walked down the field the drive before.making it. You have Tom Brady and that offense. We played him in New York one time. six minutes and they went into overtime." (On Bill Belichick's decision to go for it on fourth-and-two from his own 28-yard line). especially in Indy. I thought that the first time we played them. Miss the fourth down conversion. [It was] obviously a difficult loss. I've been a part of enough of those games with Peyton Manning where he gets the ball. blitz. it's bad. we were down 14-0. We had the tests done that night. In the Tampa Bay game. percentage of converting the fourth down to a first down and kind of look at it like you would any other stats."No. good things usually happen. five. Maybe you should have onside kicked. you make it. If you don't get it back.

[They are] 7-3 now. In the running game they're able to penetrate and create some negative runs. That's been his trademark. It will be a challenge for us on special teams. It's a nice situation with those guys being as competitive as they are. I like Jim. great competitor. I anticipate him having a good week of practice. Andre Caldwell. In the return game. they lead the division. They got one in the end zone right in the end zone. as well.1 yards a carry. whether it was here. but defensively. to achieve anywhere near the same results." (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. Laveranues Coles is a guy I've talked about before. when they've been able to force turnovers and the offense has been able to protect the ball. they have some weapons in the passing game and the running game with the emergence of Bernard Scott and the addition of Larry Johnson. but I could see all three of those guys being up or Jerome being up and Chris being down. They have some pressure packages like we see each week and they'll change them up a little bit and we'll have to deal with that. great teammate. I think the one thing you see with Cincinnati. I talked to Jim for a while. He had that impressive return against Pittsburgh.900 percent. [they] really should be 8-2. know really well. We cleared the air. if not better. (Bernard) Scott's handling some of that. Chris Jennings has done some good things. Last game we did a much better job protecting the football and that's something that we're going to have to do. as well. "Offensively. It just depends on how it goes." (On if he will use Jerome Harrison at Cincinnati). As you look at them defensively. my . some of his expectations and just have a very clear vision of what you have to do collectively. We'll see how the week goes from a special teams perspective. I could see a situation where all three backs are up. They average close to 5. right on down the line. I thought we did a nice job last time we played them on special teams. I think he's made some really nice contributions. They got a couple against us. really collectively. is they've dealt with tough situations throughout the season and [have] been very resilient and won some tough games. Caldwell."Yes. (Chad) Ochocinco is as dangerous as ever."Jerome is live for every game." (On if he has spoken with Jim Schwartz). The bottom line is we didn't do enough to win the game.things were positive. Marvin's (Lewis) winning percentage is impressive. is creating turnovers. he's been dangerous and then with Quan Cosby. he does some nice things in the punt return games. They had the one where they stripped the ball out and returned it for a touchdown. We have our hands full there and I don't think we did a good enough job in the running game last game. Outside of a fluke play against Denver. where ever he's been they've done that. It's close to . but it will have to be at the same level. All three of those backs are. some of the things I'm looking for. We've always had a good relationship so we talked through that. I had a good conversation with Jerome last week. That was something that he's always been very successful at doing. [He is a] tough guy. this weekend. from a numbers perspective. whether it was in Baltimore. Jim and I are fine.

[I know] coming in. his expectations and what he has to do to be active. I thought it was a good talk. [There is a] huge. You don't want to be like a one hit wonder.'" (On if he thinks the offense turned the corner). ‘You want to know how to play eight years."He's had an outstanding season. I thought he had a good week of practice and goes out. I think they were all encouraged. it looked really positive in terms of his approach and the progress he was making and even the early part of practices and things. just because he is so physical. so that's positive as well. he was down. 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. To me it's not. [There were] very limited misses on . and getting the protection where it needs to get to. 10 years. has several key receptions during the game. he had had the surgery. Chansi Stuckey had been hurt the week before. Watch the way that he studies. They're live all during the week. He's a pro. I'm happy he's here.expectations. Those are all things that we've done. ‘We should really be clicking by Week 11. He was back. Tony (Grossi)." (On if it was disappointing to not have Brian Robiskie and David Veikune active at Detroit). He goes out every day. and they had a lot of different looks. We worked on the no huddle and have gotten better at that. huge difference in what can happen offensively when you don't turn the ball over. learns the concepts of the whole defense. [There were] very limited balls that were catchable and dropped. He works. I really like him. Those are all things that we've talked about through the course of the season. I thought Brady (Quinn) and Alex Mack and the whole group did a nice job with identifying the different looks. It could be a drill that they're running during special teams. I was encouraged."What I was really happy with. It was a nice use of different tools by Brady and the receivers and taking advantage of some of the things they gave us."I expect it every week." (On Robaire Smith's season). Mary Kay (Cabot). he's doing the best he can at it. Watch his approach. It's no different for those two guys either. really physical. he was rehabbing. Just by judging from his rehab and those things. Here's a guy that's worked his way up and made a case for himself and had a chance to play. is the plays that were there to be made. The other key thing was no turnovers. we made them. [He has a] great personality." (On if Smith's return from his Achilles injury is remarkable). Emulate that and you have the best chance to reach your potential."I hadn't looked at it that way. Learns his job. 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. You have to go out and do it the next week. Marcus Benard was active and that's positive. he is so competitive."I don't really look at it that way. [He is a] really bright guy. He's as tough as I've been around.' you want to see that each week. To see that. however many years? Just watch him. we just haven't done them to our capacity. That's why he's played as long as he has. The protection. You almost have to slow him down in practice against the scout team. pretty funny guy. You like to do that anytime that a guy has a question." (On if he should expect a new level of offense by this point in the season). You love to be able to point at guys like that and say.

. 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. when we first had him in New England. then got an opportunity to play and did a nice job." (On why they waited until Quinn got back in to emphasize the no huddle). That's one approach." (On if when they made the quarterback change is when they went to the no huddle)"We practiced it each week with D. I like it. Some other guys are able to step in right away and be really effective. (Derek Anderson) and that was still part of the offense. which can force them to declare quicker. Some guys hit really quickly. [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. but you get an advantage in terms of their adjustments aren't as clean. The other approach is the no huddle. that's the coaches. that's the players. There are plusses and minuses to both ways of doing it." (On if Robiskie's production is not what he expected). 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 think that as we move forward. You can really key in on certain things and you see that with the New England system."You try to incorporate that anytime you're throwing deep balls because you want to be able to hold the safety. [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. If you're stationary. [He] just wasn't ready at that point. but he wasn't ready to start even though he was talented. They can't get to what they want to get to as quickly as they'd like to get to it. 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. There may be some things with shifting and motioning. Some guys it takes a year or so. but it's part of the program each week." (On fans thinking it was lame to blame the loss at Detroit on the Lions' injuries). hard working guy that cared."[I have had] just so many experiences with young guys where they hit at different times. being able to take a step back and look at it and evaluate it. where you don't have as clean a read. but he wasn't ready at that point. the Indianapolis system. You can see different looks. We had plenty of opportunities to win the game and we didn't. the stationary read and go. That's me. where you're stopping yourself and now you're going to move the ball. I took both approaches. those self-inflicted wounds. [he had] a lot of dropped balls initially."In terms of those things. It might have been more a function of that than anything else.throws that were makeable. Some guys it takes a while. but at the end of the way we're responsible for it. David Harris didn't start right away in New York. That wasn't good enough.A. You start chipping away at those things. That's what it was. you can usually anticipate what the coverage is more often than not. David Givens. I think it's something that maybe we did a little bit more last week. He just kept working at it and ended up doing really nice things. even though he did some good things. 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."I've always really liked it.

that needs to improve."What I really look at. That's what we do each day. That's what we're committed to. On special teams it's the same thing. and I know it's hard to see because the production hasn't been there offensively. When you're in that situation it starts there for you. that's what the caches are committed to. We turn the ball over or we drop a pass. It's something that we're committed to. As this process goes on. I can't remember and even if that was the case. Everybody's determined to fix it. I'm not sure what Josh's experience was. [There have been] different points throughout the year where that's been very effective. When we don't turn the ball over. You feel like you learn some things each game as a team." (On if any players have tried to engage in trash talk with him before a game). when we don't have selfinflicted wounds."I don't know what happened with Josh out there. 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. 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. That's ongoing and there's no lack of resolve by anybody here." . No. is what I looked at and what I was really encouraged by. Each week we have to make decisions." (On if the Lions having the last ranked defense affects how he looks at the offense's performance against them). whatever it is."I don't remember that happening. I'm not sure his exact play time numbers. we can move it effectively. He realizes that and that's something that he's working at. that I'm 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. to me. but it has to be consistent."Robiskie has played quite a bit the games he's been active. We've shown what we can do offensively. We're going to work as hard as possible and as diligently as possible to make sure that happens. Game in and game out you have to play with the game intensity game in and game out. When you get your opportunities on offense and defense you have to make them count. The execution. which is a consistent winning team that plays at a high level all the time. as a unit. Everybody's committed to it. those were against defenses that were ranked differently then where Detroit may have been. You have to make a contribution there. work as hard as we possibly can to give the fans what they deserve. That's my personal experience. They deserve it. but we have to put all three together and play complementary football. You see signs of it. Like I said.what I'm looking for is for us to be able to play complementary football. We've shown what we can do defensively. There's no doubt about it. It's something that work is ongoing. as a staff and you try to take that learning and apply it to the next game. His production. [I'm] looking to see continued progress. Everybody's frustrated with where we are. not really. We have 53 guys and we can only take 45." (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)." (On why Robiskie and Veikune have not played much).

You saw that we claimed Matt Roth off waivers. I thought. He's young. so we had a good group.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-27-09 (Opening statement).(On if the game against Cincinnati has been their best game of the season)." Mangini press conf. I'd say from an approach perspective. It's good to have him here. but I didn't. game planning and things like that. last year as an outside linebacker. . I was really happy with the resilience of the group and it didn't matter what happened in the game. I really liked that. There were different times in overtime where they had chances and we were able to stop them." (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. 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. That feature back role. He's made some nice plays. I should have got you [the media] those times. but putting it together is what we have to do."It's really. [We] hung out a lot. 11/27 11. I think there have been times throughout the course of the season where there have been some really good things. [He is] a tough guy. really early for that. which is all encouraging. "Yesterday we didn't have the afternoon meetings. He is chipping away at establishing a role which I've been happy with. 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. Matt's a guy that came into his own. He's enthusiastic. It was good stuff. I thought that was outstanding."We didn't win. Some guys from the building that didn't have family in town came over. He was tough to handle whenever we faced him in New York. They understand hand placement and things like that. we fought the same level."Good morning everybody. long way from when we first got him. a two-time wrestling champ in high school. He was assigned to us. He was. I think. My sister's here from out of town. You like those guys with the wrestling backgrounds because they understand leverage.27. [I'm] looking forward to him to just keep moving along that path. They had that chance to kick the extra point and to block that. My three year old wanted to wrestle a lot. [My] back's a little sore from picking up the kids. that takes some time and there's a lot of things to it that you have to do. He had a nice play against Cincinnati where he was almost caught in the backfield and picked up eight yards. but I was really happy with the way that we approached the game. My brother-in-law just got in. That's why we had the later start. He's inexperienced. How are we doing? Did everybody have a good Thanksgiving? [Mine] was great. hung out with the boys. He's come a long. I thought I did.

his first winter jacket. I don't know what he had against us. Things change sometimes year-to-year."Yes. ‘Look. he did a really good job of collapsing the pocket. do our standard Friday prep. Kaluka (Maiava). He played inside there before. ‘Get used to it." (On if Miami was trying to move Roth to defensive end)." (On why Roth only played four games this year). never dealt with snow. I didn't get too deep into that with him.' And every day we'd come out and it's beautiful."That's a good question. [He is] a strong. extra time. with his background and not being a rookie. it's valuable because you see them in meeting rooms. we had a lot of guys that have never driven in snow. I don't know what exactly happened. Hopefully. you see them on the practice field."I didn't really get into that with Matt at all."In terms of today.' We will roll through. You don't get the same contact. 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. November was the third best ever. but he was playing the outside linebacker spot there which is a relatively close comparison. all that stuff. I kept telling them. even if it's just to learn about them." (On the odds of Roth being able to step in and play right away). Talking about him. I think Mohamed (Massaquoi) went and bought some Timberland's." (On if Jason Trusnik could move more to inside linebacker with the addition of Roth). not in exactly the same system. He's spending a lot of time with Matt Eberflus. 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. it was more a function of seeing him as an outside linebacker in. I just know that when we faced him he was impressive. It's so different then when you are drafting. they had him on this side. that'll go quicker. it's going to snow. ‘How could they help us right now?' and what's their contract status." (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). they play a little bit more gapped down guys than we do. [We are] giving him reps in practice. because you don't get the same exposure. They're getting used to that. I think he had a couple sacks. He's tough to deal with from that perspective. It's like. but he has . He has been backing up David (Bowens). Like I said."Again."Jason has to work both inside and outside now. you look at all those opportunities that come up and you try to think both short term. For me. I think they're in a little state of shock. buddy. It is hard to come to a new place to pick up all the terminology. to try to get ready. not in games. This is the beginning. in the preseason last year and he hadn't played in any regular season games at outside linebacker to that point. physical guy. the other interesting thing this morning. even though it may be the same concept it's just translating it into what you know takes some time. Situations change year-to-year. I thought. they had Joey Porter on the other side.

Kaluka's done a nice job. Eric was calling the defense. I think one of the things that impresses me is the motor of the defense. It was a different approach. We've lost some guys that played key roles in that game."I was talking on the conference call. then that evolved over time and it became part of our package."I like to think that we've made a lot of strides in different areas. It's hard to say that definitely. There's a lot of guys to the ball after every play. we've had other guys that have stepped in and done a nice job. It evolves throughout the season. There's some big hits that happen down the field that aren't by the secondary necessarily. ‘We're going to build off this. They have Larry Johnson. Typically in the offseason you really like that stuff. put a bunch of that stuff in. whether it be the no huddle or shifting and motioning. It's like a lot of the diamond fronts. against Atlanta. It was a different type of cover two then the typical Giants cover two." . We should bring that out of the attic. Some of the things that they're doing offensively have evolved because of success they've had in different areas."We had D'Qwell (Jackson). We had Steve (Heiden). [but] by defensive linemen chasing or the linebackers chasing and the guy gets stood up and they come and blow him up. had eight sacks. We had Dave (Zastudil). the week of Thanksgiving. we won like 40-something to 14 and that became a big part of [our defense]. it gives you a little more flexibility as to what you can or will do. you think. We just changed it. had the awareness to get the ball out. D'Qwell was helping to call the defense and both those guys are gone now and I think David's done a nice job. All that being said. Those are effort and awareness plays that you appreciate as an opposing coach. We had Eric (Barton). They make a lot of plays like that. 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. but they've done some different things as well. I think had won the Super Bowl or Tampa been pretty dominant defensively." (On if Cincinnati looks like a tough team). Even in our game.worked inside before. We hadn't been playing much cover two in 2001 and Tampa [Bay]. 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. Eric Barton and D'Qwell played all the snaps inside at that point. it was more of an eight man drop and that evolved.' and the next season something else hits. because they played a ton of that in New York when Bill (Parcells) and Bill (Belichick) were there. we had never really done that in New England until we played.'" (On if he thinks the team is better overall than in Week 4)." (On how the team has changed since playing Cincinnati the first time). the bear fronts. some of the things defensively in terms of our approach to different formations. ‘That was a great concept. the 4-6 stuff. I think if anything. I think on both sides of the ball we've done some different things. It's different because you've taken out some players that had really significant roles. Guys have stepped in. Sometimes you go back to the playbook and say. so we incorporated some of that against Indy [Indianapolis] the second or third game.

I thought last game was a good example of that. I'm sure a little turkey doesn't hurt anybody.J. We have a bunch of time [to] go back and respond to it. Even on special teams. Things hit. 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. Vic (Lawrence Vickers) and Robert (Royal)."I think that with Shaun. so what. who'd we play before. you're in every game. You better play with the same intensity. They go up. So what. I think we have a shot to see all three of them practice today."I think overall it's consistency. he had impact plays. It was a lot of back and forth and that takes physical toughness. I didn't think that we played to our potential last week. Corey's (Williams) actually played a little bit at the nose position. [He has] great hands. you can continue to improve at it. because everybody else sees what your record is. I think we've had spots of good things. not just physically but mentally. I'll wait until we get out there to make sure. Baltimore.'" (On Chad Ochocinco). clicked offensively and we didn't do the same things we had been doing from a technique perspective defensively and that was disappointing. It wasn't a surprise. I think we're a good special teams unit. I thought we showed a lot of toughness in that game. where you're down 14-0. I thought we had a lousy week of practice leading up to the Denver game. and you can't do it. can you do it the next week. C. but it also takes mental toughness to know. Last week it clicked. Any of those guys could go in and do that."You're constantly working on that. Mosley's played some at the nose position. but you have to go out. Like any other position. You can't just roll it out. You only have to be wrong on him a couple times and he kills you. but [they've] been moving along here throughout the course of the week. it's so small that you drop off a little bit and it kills you. can you do it the week after? Can you have those . At that point we were 8-3. Everybody else responds. ‘That's a situation. We had come off the. I said." (On how serious Shaun Rogers' injury is). We were down 14-0 early and come back and respond and fight. That's what I said to the guys after the game." (On if Carson Palmer's stats reinforce the need to have a franchise quarterback)"Everybody wants one.'" (On if he has seen ups and downs in the team's toughness this year). There was a lot of hype. very good intensity. You're always looking for that position to play well and usually when that position plays well. is more what's been a little bit up and down for us." (On who would play inside if Rogers can't play). ‘Anybody shocked by this outcome? Look at how we practiced during the week. come off a game where we didn't respond very well to adversity. You coach off of situations that you've been in. but like he usually does."He didn't have a lot of yards against us. now it's. A lot of we were just going to roll it out there and win games. Even last year in New York. The margin of error for a guy like him or Calvin Johnson."(Ahtyba) Rubin's played inside there. He had two touchdowns. We went out and played exactly like we practiced. we block the PAT.(On how you get a team to be tougher). You better practice with the same intensity and we got smoked by Denver. That's not taking anything away from what they [Detroit] did.

but it's my job to make sure that you reach that potential. You see that we're outnumbered in the running game and you throw a quick look pass to the receiver." (On where he thinks Quinn's potential is). They're just tough experiences. One of the things that come up often times with players and my communication with players or talking about my approach is. Being able to change the protection to get that picked up to allow the route to develop. The value in anything is what do you get out of it? What do you take away from it? How do you learn about yourself? How do you learn about your teammates and how do you respond? Teddy Atlas. I view it as. We're going to have to throw it quick. You come out. where [there were] just some really smart decisions. Whatever bar it is. Sometimes it's through different approaches. three weeks down the road or whatever it is.' Sometimes you don't even know how good you can be. because you get to see how everybody deals with adversity. It's hard to always be in the moment. It's important for all of us. but the best chance you have to be . each week to go out as a group and improve and build on the lessons of the weeks before." (On if he still has some questions about exactly the kind of quarterback Quinn can be). You see the formation. but that's what I am committed to doing. whatever it is. If the protection doesn't look very good over here we're going to get hit. It's not necessarily a part of the call. You get to see how everybody responds to difficult times. ‘This is what you can be and my job is to push you as hard as I can to achieve that potential. but you know that's something that you can do to respond to a situation that's not very good. but to learn from the past and not to look too far in the future. but they only have value if you take something away from them. I have to make sure that you reach that and collectively that we reach that. which I believe we can.' and it's true. Now it's. is to make sure that guys achieve their potential."Yes. and that's another part of the process. hitting some of those deep balls that we hit."You saw a lot of elements of it last week. If you don't then they're just tough losses. he called me and said. Sometimes it's through positive reinforcement. all those things are things you see. It's true. he's in Russia now training a fighter. I think Brett's [Favre] playing pretty well right now and it's made a difference for him. can we do them on a week in and week out basis. but we have to actually do it. Some of these lessons have been learned in a very hard fashion. Sometimes it's through pushing."I wouldn't say that it's just important for him. These are all opportunities. It's not on a script. Sometimes you don't even know what your potential is because you frame of reference is college or your frame of reference is limited." (On if he is confident the team is over the loss at Detroit)."I think I have a very high comfort level with what I think a lot of the guys can be.same performances week in and week out and not be up and down? [It's a] constant challenge." (On how important these last six games are for the Brady Quinn). is learning how to not dwell on the past. That's a tough skill to learn. because you're surrounded by revisiting what happened and they're always talk about two. I was talking to him. ‘You have the greatest human MRI machine in the world.

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. With concussions. He is going to need surgery and this is just where he is.successful is to be in the moment. It hurts. With the other three players that were injured. He wants to be out there. We did a few things in the first offensive series that I liked. 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. and the same thing defensively. We handled most of them. it will be a ‘wait and see' type situation. It's just unfortunate. Some of them they got us on.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-30-09 (Opening statement). but I thought it was too slow from what we had outlined and what we wanted to get accomplished." (On where Rogers' injury is located). I think. like anything else. we take that very seriously. Offensively. It's a learned skill. 11/30 11."A couple updates from the game. he had a concussion."It's like his lower leg and his ankle. We had opportunities throughout the course of the game. With Kenyon (Coleman) and Kam (Kamerion Wimbley)."No. Cincinnati did a good job with some of the looks that they gave us that were a little bit different."I don't really want to get into specifics of it. we just didn't take advantage of them. It takes discipline. he is going to be going on IR. from the opening kickoff to the first offensive series. so we'll have to wait and see on that. I thought in the second half we played better. had opportunities. We spent a lot of time in New York researching that and researching the best ways to evaluate when to bring a player back. He is very disappointed. that's never been the case with him.30. "In terms of what I said to the team this morning and how I felt about the game. really unfortunate. I really felt like if we had come out better in the first half. with Brodney (Pool)." Mangini press conf. I thought we started slow in all three phases. 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. in terms of Big Baby (Shaun Rogers)." (On if the team's record has anything to do with putting Rogers on IR). the safest way to bring a player back. so not very good news there. I thought that we started slow. That's going to take some time and just see where we are during the course of the week." (On if Rogers has anything broken)." . things could have been different.

organizationally."There were a couple different spots. We'll take the steps that we need to take."I don't know all the different things that are being discussed." (On if they will have to add defensive linemen to the roster). In terms of the specific helmet. I'm not sure. He has excellent speed when he gets to the edge." (On if there is a special helmet Pool can wear)." (On if he thinks the NFL is on the way to installing preventive practice measures against concussions). I don't get involved with the specific parts of that." (On what the team loses when Rogers is out of the lineup)." (On if he thinks hits have become more violent over the past couple of years)"Again. you have to keep him inside. That's everybody's goal. but you understand the intent of why they're doing it is to try to protect the players and you respect that. understanding that injuries are a part of the game. training camp. [We've] seen that on some of his kickoff returns and things like . He has very good ability to cut. 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. if anything. and it's something we take very seriously. a lot of that I have to more or less allow the lead to come from the medical staff. I think everybody's open to whatever puts the players in the best position to avoid those things. the whole offseason."We'll look at that. He's really developing in that role and this is a great opportunity for him to continue to develop in that role. I really think that (Ahtyba) Rubin's done a nice job throughout the whole season. It's important to us. He's disruptive."Medically. Sometimes you get a penalty that you might disagree with. Coupling D'Qwell (Jackson) and Eric (Barton)."No. Nobody wants to see anybody get hurt. who's available. He has done a real nice job. we're all for it. It's difficult from that perspective. but trying to minimize risk wherever you can. [We will] kind of see what's available. You have to keep him within the tackle box."He's big."I'm sure we have researched all those things. really that whole interior's changed dramatically from the start of the season. I remember over the course of time there being a lot of violent hits. we've tried to be very aggressive with that in New York and here as well. how they fit. the NFL's done a great job of really emphasizing player safety. I'm not sure. whether it's some combination of the active roster or the practice squad." (On where the breakdowns in the run defense occurred at Cincinnati). I think. With (Bernard) Scott. 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. My emphasis and our emphasis is safety and proper evaluation and things like that.(On if the team's approach to concussions has been affected by the NFL's emphasis on the injury)." (On how Pool's concussion history will be factored into his return). They have to deal with him from a game plan perspective.

that. you throw him off too early and go to your right. I thought our tackling at times led to extra yards that really shouldn't have been the case. I think he's gotten better at shedding the blocker and being more patient with shedding. 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. as we look at San Diego. defensively. what his reaction should be on those blocks. We've had different combinations of people working at those different spots."With any of the playing time. changes the route adjustment. Sometimes they're there and you take a shot. They're trying to do it. like we've called throughout the course of the season. but he has to make even more of a case for himself. 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. 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. where we're going to have Mike Adams. because you can. if the running back's starting to your right. I think he needs to keep working and establishing a role." (On if Quinn gets rid of the ball too early sometimes). it's got to be earned. not that he hasn't. That does happen from time-to-time. They have a big. [We want to] force them into post snap reads. 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. is to show one coverage."We called vertical passes yesterday. With Coye. They blitzed a little bit more than they had the previous game and they had up until this point. the softness in the c-gap. [There were] a couple times where the throws weren't there. whether it be directly outside or in that c-gap."No."[He is] very good with his hands and his hand placement inside of the center's chest. You have to be patient and know the right time to throw the offensive player off and I think that's improved for him. understanding where the double teams are going to come from. Some of it's going to be a function of what we see that they're doing. [Those are] all things that come with time and experience and I think he's improved in all those areas. I don't think it was a fundamental lack of understanding by the players as to what the adjustment is. which is the outside player or the hot. Quinn throws to one spot and Massaquoi is not there). physical offensive line. get a positive play. Larry Johnson. change the coverage and that changes the quarterback's read. if you're outnumbered you have to go to either the site adjust. he's been successful for a long time and he's a good back." ." (On the area where Ahytba Rubin has made the most improvement this year). I thought he did a nice job finding the crease. whether he'll work back at safety or work at corner. That's always the goal." (On if the offensive design for Cincinnati was short passes)." (On the perception that on passes to Mohamed Massaquoi. he'll cut back to the void that you create. a defined role." (On if Brandon McDonald and Coye Francies will get more playing time if Pool is out). We're trying to do it.

I don't anticipate that being an issue throughout the rest of the season."We constantly are working on timing and release and things like that. That's what we're going to continue to do. Sometimes it's a function of that. 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 why I was disappointed coming out and not playing better early in the game. I've been happy with the way the guys have worked. They have been consistent with that and I haven't questioned that at any point throughout the course of the season. You have Josh (Cribbs) who obviously has a dominant role on special teams."Some are a function of that. 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. He's had a lot of play time." (On at what point in a season like this would he start to worry about losing players)"That's not something I'm worried about at all. Neither one of the guys was going to play extensively on special teams and I thought that Jake earned the opportunity. too. because that's why we do all the work that we do during the week. 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. 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. Every Sunday we have an opportunity to change the outcome." (On which offensive problem area is the easiest to fix). They work hard through the course of the week. You continue to drill it. You continue to get a feel for your receivers. What packages is he going to play in? What roles is he going to play in those packages? You have to make those decisions throughout the course of the season." (On if Brian Robiskie has not been active due to effort or performance).(On if Quinn's mis-throws when he is pressured). Some are just ‘you miss. but he's going to have to go out and earn that play time. It's a unique position at receiver." (On what can be done to work on having a higher completion percentage)." (On if the feelings surrounding the 1995 Browns' season are similar to this season)"I was here in '94. 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. Some are throws that he's made before and made them easily. Sometimes you just miss some. He could be active again this week. This is a good group of guys. I think that's important. I think there are a lot of things that take place during that process. Mohamed's (Massaquoi) played well throughout the season."This week I thought that Jake (Allen) has had two really good weeks since he got here. and I saw the success that we had that year. I think Chansi's (Stuckey) doing a really nice job in the slot. It's . I think that there have been some positive things throughout the course of the year in all three phases."The one thing I have been happy with the last two games is not turning the ball over.' He missed on them. Mike Furrey plays on defense. I expect this group of guys to maintain their commitment to change the outcome. Brian's played in a lot of games.

I worked with him New York. Even the tear screen to Josh. 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 respect him a lot. made all those throws and need to continue to make the throws when the guy's open. The week before we had hit it against a pressure look in Detroit and went for 34 yards. I thought Mike Furrey had a really nice catch. it was just designed a little bit differently. I thought that we did that well at spurts last week. there are going to be things each game that are different. then it's a function of being able to hit the hot or the site. Even though he was hitting the same spot. essentially it's the same number of blockers. I've been friendly and talked since he's been at Notre Dame. It was consistent concentration. I don't know what his status is. rolled back in and made the catch. not necessarily. we had blockers out there."No. I thought guys at different times made some really nice plays."I like Charlie." (On if they saw something from the Bengals defense that caused them to not use the Wildcat at Cincinnati)." (On if he would look into Weis because of his relationship with Quinn). then worked with him again in New England. I think it was thirdand-14.really important. I haven't heard any news one way or the other. I thought Mohamed made a tremendous catch going towards the tunnel on our sideline. Three or four times yesterday I thought Brady did an excellent job with that. which was right there. hitting Chansi for a first down when it wasn't picked up. I think that when you have the opportunity to catch the ball. I think you saw the play." (On the reports that Charlie Weis has been fired from Notre Dame and the type of relationship he has with Weis). which is such a fundamental skill set and something that we work on consistently. third-and-five."I think they're all important. From a protection perspective. He's a good friend. That's really all I've thought about that situation. just trying to build it a different way to take away the standard sort of front we've been getting. They were bringing pressure off the other side. throw back to Brady. There's going to be things designed to beat the protection. the third down play. He's a good coach. Two plays earlier he really should have had a catch and dropped it. you have to be able to maximize those things. He's a really good football coach. I think that we've thrown the ball. That's been good. The more you do that the less likely they are to pressure. missed the guy and he tackled Josh for no gain. the direct snap to Josh. looking the ball in. You had another third down play. tucking it away and then turning and running. We had certain plays up." (On if he thinks catching the ball is the easiest area to fix)."I really haven't thought about any of that and don't know what Charlie's situation is. In that last drive there. The difference between getting that initial block and not is the difference between that play going for nothing or significant gain. even Greg (Estandia) on the scramble. I've always liked Charlie." . Those are the things that we did do in the Detroit game and you saw the difference. 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 terms of specific advice related to specific injuries."Good morning everybody. good skill guys. The pressure that they've been able to put on quarterbacks has been successful in generating sacks as well. outside of (Philip) Rivers' quarterback rating and his number of TDs to interceptions. That's lead to some key turnovers.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-2-09 (Opening statement). it doesn't matter who you want to talk about. Brady will continue to start. [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] something that's going to be very important again this weekend. they can produce. They've done a nice job in terms of sacks allowed. I think one of the things that jumps out at you. 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. they can score.02. 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. "Their offense. It's a zone blitz team so they'll bring combinations of blitzers and typically play zone behind it.(On if Pool has had any other concussions this year). They've done a nice of protecting the football."No. the score was fairly lopsided and most of those are the result of turnovers that they were able to generate. How are you doing? Just getting ready for the Chargers." (On if there would ever be a time he would tell a player with multiple concussions to retire) . pretty much whatever area you watch with this team. I want all the guys to be safe and to be smart and you be supportive as well. he can take it straight ahead and beat you with his speed that way ." Mangini press conf." (On if Quinn will be the starter). Almost 20 percent of all their pass plays go for 16 plus yards. I think each guy has to really spend time with the doctors and make that decision themselves. Really when you look at the Kansas City game. [they have] good coverage unties."Yes."I think that the best thing I can do is have them listen to the people that really understand the injuries. but sometimes you get a mixture of a couple of other things and they do it from a lot of different looks. so that's been something that we've improved on. "On special teams. they've been very successful throughout the course of the year. Facing (Darren) Sproles over the years. It's primarily a three-deep zone. is the volume of plays that they've had of 16 or more yards. 12/2 12. 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. 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. They have very effective rushers when they do bring them.

"As I said. go the wide field and create some problems in that area as well. It's a challenge."In terms of the specific thing." (On what happened on the play that injured Pool)." (On what he will do at safety this week)."I think with that."There are a couple different options."It's not looking very positive. but unfortunately it's something that is a reality. We're going to have to see how the week goes and see how it plays out." (On if he would be comfortable putting Brandon McDonald in a starting role). we haven't talked about the long term. That discussion."I think we have a shot with both those guys. I'm not really sure. He's definitely not going to play this weekend and there's a chance he won't be playing again this year." (On if he has filled the roster vacancy)." (On if Pool is around the team still)."Yes." (On if Pool will have to consider not playing again).or he can change directions."I can't remember if it was actually helmet-to-helmet or whether it was helmet to some other pad. You never want to have a conversation about injuries with anybody. I think." . It's never a fun conversation. Like I said. 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. It's a big challenge against a good team." (On if Pool was injured on a helmet-to-helmet or helmet-to-knee hit). Tony (Grossi). There are some different combinations that we have. Hank's (Poteat) played there at different points throughout his career and throughout his time here as well. 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. I'll have more information for you." (On if it is difficult to talk with a player about not playing again)." (On Kenyon Coleman and Kamerion Wimbley). but they're always important." (On the status of Brodney Pool). this is something that we're still moving forward on. I'm not totally sure."We haven't done anything yet. is a discussion for a later time period. Bubba (Ray) Ventrone. Mike Adams had played there quite a bit."He's here. 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. Mike Furrey's played there quite a bit.

we have a lot of tests that go into it." (On how he would feel if the league made a rule about practicing without helmets)"Tony (Grossi). I'm not exactly sure when the timeline was. They're all good. Whatever the plan is collectively that is brought up and adopted we'll adapt to. [They] consult all the experts in the field and research thoroughly. It's something that we've studied. Give the ball to Sproles."I just don't feel like I'm enough of an expert on the topic. Take your pick. but it is something that's important."I don't really know what their philosophy is going to be. Part of the reason you wear helmets is to protect against guys bumping heads by accident. You try to minimize risk whenever you can." (On if they went back and determined if Pool's preseason injury was a concussion)"I know that all the injuries. It hasn't been something that you delve into significantly right now. Marla (Ridenour). that we've worked on. I just don't feel qualified enough on this topic to really give a lot of insight on it. the league spends a ton of time on. I don't know what the right answer is there. I think. It's something we stress. to get their feedback and collectively try to make the best decision. so we went through the complete process. We'll take as much guidance as we can on it and just always put the players in the best position." (On if he expects the Chargers to run the ball a lot). Tony (Grossi)."Again." (On if they could accomplish the same things in practice without helmets). I'm totally in support of whatever can help in terms of player safety." (On if Pool will be placed on injured reserve). I think a lot of those decisions. Throw it to (Antonio) Gates. I know that they are working on it and they'll continue to work on it and consult people. They have a lot of good options."Again. for the different offseason meetings. There's a very detailed process. base line tests and comparative tests. I haven't really thought about it. Throw it to Vincent Jackson. I can say that it is important." . the people that really understand all the nuances of it. Tony (Grossi). I don't know what the range of options are." (On if the emphasis on concussions is overdue)."I honestly haven't thought about it. I think it's tough in a lot of areas. I do think it's important for the experts."I don't think so. Give the ball to LaDainian Tomlinson. especially anything that has long term affects. We wouldn't put anybody back on the field that wasn't able to be cleared medically to do so." (On if he ever had a concussion when he played). we take seriously and will continue to take seriously.(On if Pool's injury happened on the play Coleman got hurt)."Again. That'll be a discussion. I think that it's important to leave it up to the people that really understand this a lot better than I do." (On what input the coaches have in guiding the league's decisions regarding concussion). I'm in support of that. that's something that I'll have more information for you probably either later today or by tomorrow.

(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

12.03.2009
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."

I'd be happy for him to do that if that was something that he'd like to do. You hope." Mangini press conf." (On if Lewis said when he was hit). You're not thinking about what your responsibilities are."It wasn't really that type of discussion. I think he became a better communicator as the season went on. he's had a lot of good reps."As I said. but that's something that's going to be in place."I don't get a vote in that." (On what symptoms Lewis complained of). 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. a lot of good progress so I anticipate him continuing along that path. you hope [he makes it]. I don't think necessarily the personality off the field is a direct relation to the personality on the field. I think anything that helps the process is a good thing. the first that we were made aware of it was on Monday." (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. It was more symptom-based and that's when we initiated the testing. He's done a lot of good things.2009 . 12/4 12. [I] really liked the range that he showed. He's had an impressive career. a lot of good experience.04." (On the upside he sees in Pool). At that point. Like with any new system. Tony (Grossi). I would imagine that any of the guys that come back who have had experience and reps would continue to improve."I've seen him make progress throughout the course of the year. but I think he's had a tremendous career. that's when we did the testing. Again. Those things are all positive. I was pleased with that." (On if he thinks Lewis is a Hall of Famer). as you get more comfortable you tend to play faster because you're not thinking through the adjustments." (On if Lewis had a chance to talk to the team before he left)." (On the specific hit that triggered Lewis' symptoms)."I'm not going to get into specifics of all the different things. It's always a plus and you're always able to do more and more individually and collectively. with the future. I was happy with a lot of the things that he was doing in the deep part of the field.(On if the league mandating the use of an independent neurologist is in affect yet)"Often times you do that anyways. It's much more of a reaction type thing."That wasn't something that he and I talked about or he mentioned him wanting to do.

" (On if they will be moving guys around in the secondary). I think he had four or five interceptions and was third or fourth on the team in tackles. You don't know how many reps either sides going to have. That wouldn't be the approach. Hank (Poteat) has played bother corner and safety. 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. 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. 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."We experienced the same thing last year [in New York]. Mike Furrey's been working on defense. The other nice thing is both teams are working the same amount of time." (On if he is comfortable starting Furrey at safety). That's tough. It would be hard to go through and say that's the right number of reps in each game. 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. I mean you look at it. with the shifting and the motioning and things like that.Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-4-09 (Opening statement). You're balancing the level of install. You try to play the best players that give you the chance to win. I thought there were some good things defensively. probably not. [It will be] a combination there."No. You can't really take the same approach from that perspective either." (On if he is going to let the players play their normal amounts on Sunday and see what happens on Thursday)." (On how he will approach the short week coming up). 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. say Baltimore. I've played these games before. Ray Ventrone has gotten reps throughout the course of the season and some reps in games. The nice thing about that and the nice thing about our situation is it is a conference opponent."The positive thing for us is that Mike (Adams) has played both corner and safety so he has that ability. but this is similar to. He's started 11 games there in the past."Good morning everybody. It's tough as it is just to get the same level of preparation. so you have to really understand what the final formation is and where the different pieces are."Yes. I'm not sure how many interceptions he had. so that's something that we'll review a little bit here this morning and also go through the red area and goal line and move forward from there. . You have to be conscious of where the guys are physically. but the familiarity does help. so there's some familiarity with who you're playing and what the scheme is. typically." (On if he will back off reps for some players in the San Diego game in preparation for the Steelers game). I haven't done that in the past."No. That'll be the focal point this morning slash afternoon. I'd be totally comfortable. You're balancing that.

There hasn't been a significant amount of mental errors considering that there are so many new pieces. sort of simulating the game through tapes so that they all have to communicate and I think that's been helpful. They've done a lot of stuff as a group outside of just what we do in the typical day."Yes. 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. That's pretty versatile. him getting the chance that he's getting. I've seen some progress. [He] ended up starting. What you like is to see the way the other guys respond." (On how challenging the possibility of having four new defensive starters is). Some of it [is] learning guy's names. that's another new spot. We've had quite a few new faces come through.somewhere in that range. He's led the team twice in tackles. What we try to do in practice is mix the players in different periods so they are working with different people. I think Jason Trusnik is a good example of that. What's exciting about it is it's a . That's always helped us. Each week what we do with that."He's been rotating through as well." (On how the secondary has looked during the course of the week). then he's moved to inside linebacker. but it's good though. working at outside linebacker then he goes inside. but you want to have those different combinations because you don't know when they're going to be working together. That's something we've always tried to do. making calls. Mary Kay (Cabot)." (On if Bowens is even more of a coach on the field now)."It's challenging. You're always working to get a high level of communication and having some new pieces in. if he's not able to go [we] really have to see where he's at. he started but he was outside. that heightens it and I think they've responded well. Both inside linebackers aren't there. He started 11 games and either the next year or the year before he had 98 catches. and I'm optimistic that he can. I really think the group has done a nice job. Look at David Bowens. Ahtyba (Rubin). because you don't know. They get the same number of reps that they would."We have gotten a couple new guys. Some stuff you do have to spend time on that you wouldn't typically spend time on. We don't have a lot of guys in the same spots that they were in at the start of the season. working together on their own. [That is] pretty incredible. continue to develop as an outside linebacker. We try to do that defensively every week with every position. continue his role on special teams. if Kam (Kamerion Wimbley) couldn't play. Mike Adams working at corner and safety. I think it's a really great opportunity for guys to establish themselves as real solid contributors. hearing the same voices all the time. Same thing with Kenyon (Coleman). He's able to help communicate the calls. that would be different. I think [there are] like three or four. Really. It's not always the same guys getting the same reps all the time." (On if Brandon McDonald's role is still in sub defense). He's played both spots in the same game. David Bowens. Nose [tackle] isn't there. [We] really brought him here to play a role." (On if he spends more time teaching in practice than he would like to at this point in the season). he's great that way. He understands the whole defense. There's quite a few new guys."You're constantly teaching.

he was working hard himself. The important thing is to keep that development going. Roman Phifer played inside there. a lot of play time." (On how the Braylon Edwards trade has worked out so far). [I've] had a few guys kind of in that middle range that have been very effective. Most of those guys. They're all working through that as well. you can't really evaluate a draft for two or three years down the road. I think he's done a really nice job for a young guy. They'd be off doing exams. [He] comes in. On the flip side of that."Yes."I think with any trade you have to really let it play out. We have the potential now for two other young players here in the future and you have to see who those guys end up being. It's not really apples-to-apples. a much more experienced player. but I've been happy with Jason (Trusnik) and I've been happy with Chansi (Stuckey). He has a lot of reps in the system. sometimes when you aren't playing you have to use that time as well to continue your development."Matt Roth is a much older player. David Bowens knew him from Miami." (On what he is not seeing from Robiskie that has caused him to be inactive when Matt Roth stepped right in and played). like drafts. I don't know how long it is until a bowl game. He works like a starter does. but I think he's getting more and more comfortable working with the group that we have. everybody trying to help everybody else out to be successful." (On if it important to give Brady Quinn these last five games to define he is). I think that every game that you play you learn some things and you develop a little bit." (On if Kaluka Maiava could start this week)."Yes and really every week is a week that he could be active. they're getting ready for bowl games now and this is a whole new world. D'Qwell (Jackson) had similar size. He had a nice day yesterday and I anticipate he'll have a good end of the week here today." (On if Brian Robiskie could be active this week). Often times with [being] inactive. I'm not hesitant at all to ever start him. [We] probably won't know the value for a couple years. Typically though. but his style wasn't the just blow it up type."You're really looking at him as a third and fourth down player when you [draft him]. They may not be able to go down and take on the blocker exactly the way that a thumper would. He's not a tiny guy. we're looking about 250 [pounds] for those inside guys. It's almost like a real sense of community. Being a veteran guy. He's 235 [pounds]. Coaches were helping him. Every week you have that chance. but everybody was helping him. He could start at any point." (On if he looked at Maiava as a situational player when he was drafted). it's not a function of what . being in a similar type system that helped him."I think every game that you play you have a chance to define those things. but there's a lot more football to go and they've already played a lot of football. He was a bigger guy. but they find ways to do it very effectively. It's not a set pattern where he's going to be down for two and up for three. You saw what Matt Roth was able to do. [is] here two days.challenge. Chansi's been able to come on a little bit more over the last couple games. He had that one set back with the injury. The guys really responded to him. he could start.

If you don't have one of those two things that always guarantees that you're on the 45. I understand it. fifth receiver role or fifth corner back role.they're not doing."I am not really out of the building very often." (On how disappointing it would be to have the game blacked out). We're all frustrated."It's hard to say that. From my perspective. He's been consistent. I think he's got a long. I see my kids. That's not an easy position to play. then it's going to be a week-to-week type situation. We're working to fix that every day. fourth safety role. Obviously. I get it. ‘if you this one thing you're going to be productive." (On if he gets a sense around town that the fans' frustration level has grown throughout the season). It just doesn't work that way. I understand their frustration. Your production is often dependent on what the defense does and someone has to get you the ball. we'd love to have all the fans there and all the seats filled. consistently as a group and it will happen. We all want better results. It's a great environment. Do I think he could do a lot of things better? Yes. Sometimes it's a function of does the quarterback get the ball to you? It's not just one defined element there." (On what Mohamed Massaquoi needs to do to gain consistency). but that's true with every position. If you're rolling over the top of somebody or it's heavier in your direction you're going to get less balls. He's done a good job mentally." (On if Alex Mack is a good NFL starter or a good rookie). We are all committed to getting better results. it's different. You get some guys that are drafted high and they may not play as much and [it] really hits the second year or it hits later in the season. I've seen it go a lot of different ways. it's a function of what somebody else is doing." ." (On if Massaquoi is performing equally well in all games). Every situation is different. It's different than a running back where they get those touches and you can determine how many touches they get."I'll tell you. 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. You get some undrafted guys that come in and play a ton. bright career here. diligently. He's come in."With receivers. I think he's played well."I think he's played pretty well throughout the course of the season. he's played every snap. A big component of that when you're in that fourth. I am always excited to have if that'd be the case. He's done a good job physically. you can't guarantee how many touches they're going to get in a game. Every guy's different." (On if he was expecting more out of Robiskie). 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.' Sometimes the coverage dictates how many balls you get. 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 know everybody is working to make sure that that isn't the case. with draft picks it's different. It's a great feeling.

He got a chance to play even more than he had been. That's really good progress from that group. You mix and match and they did a great job. He did a good job. A lot of things had to go right during that time period for us to get into that position. is to consistently be moving forward. Randall Gay. To giving them the best possible opportunity to be successful every week. To making sure that we are consistently making progress and building both short term and long term. he was a rookie free agent.(On what he is shooting for as they go through the last five games in relation to his career). he was 240 [pounds]. and I was pleased to see that. it's not really about the career. a really fast linebacker. but it is obviously disappointing for C. he started at star."Good afternoon everybody. who was a receiver. It's a skill to be able to deal with adversity and fight through the adversity and play out the four quarters.J. With me. I thought that the best thing we did was when faced with the situation that we were faced with at 27-7.J. smooth.” Mangini press conf. Larry Izzo at one point played some safety for us. I don't know what the stretch was. "In terms of the game. A couple things. He started for us at safety. a defensive lineman." (On if he has a seen a situation like this with so many injuries and roster turnover before). He had been contributing throughout the course of the year and that role was going to increase. Troy Brown. It's just tough for him. We signed Derreck Robinson. it would have been very easy to kind of let the rest of the game play out. sometimes the progress isn't as apparent as we'd want it to be. playing safety. but you guys remember Don Davis? He played linebacker. I never felt that for a second form the guys and really liked the way that they just fought back."In New England a couple games. 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. he started at corner. As I've said before. but as long as we're moving forward that's what's most important to me."For me. . Watching Don Davis. 12/7 12. I think he came in off the street. I can't remember who we had inside.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-7-09 (Opening statement). I think all in rookies counted for about 13 receptions. he was fluid. I'm just disappointed for him. Mosley on Injured Reserve. I was also really pleased to see some of the performances by guys that got either their initial opportunity or another opportunity and really took advantage of it. he started at the other corner. it's about being the best possible head coach I can be and preparing the team as well as they possibly can be prepared. Those guys did a great job. we're going to put C. Troy. Earthwind Moreland. What I'm looking for is consistency and to not dig that deep of a hole.07. he was transitioning into more of an O and D player. I feel like I've been talking about this quite a bit.

It's better when you're playing an opponent you're familiar with because you do have some things to draw on." (On the difference in Brady Quinn the last three games). 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. offensively. but I thought that we had a chance for a couple other ones that could have been big plays and potentially game changing plays. I thought. not that getting ready for New England is easy. Tomorrow is our biggest preparation day. the backs that were involved. but also some really good catches. especially in the kickoff return game. We'll have a walk through a little later this afternoon. too. which they did yesterday. I think there were some really good throws. The key thing is to just zero in on what you want to get accomplished. you anticipate the opportunity to play them. defensively. solid calculated risks based on what we were getting. we have improved significantly the amount of turnovers from the bye week until now. outstanding. We played New England last year on a Thursday night and. and that helps. but the things that you do do you have to make sure that they're done well. We played Dallas one time on Thanksgiving. If everybody's not on the same page."I think. but the tight ends that were involved. We've improved in . 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."They're tough. "I thought on special teams. We are starting to work on the scouting report. or take your pick. I think his awareness of what the defense is giving us and if it's not there. You probably can't do all the things that you'd normally do during the course of the week. They can turn a small mistake into a really big play. Overall. presenting the scouting report to the players. really when you look at it. It was a little bit harder. there were times we played really well and some plays that I think we could have done much better on. not trying to make something happen just because you feel the pressure to make something happen. make sure that those things are understood and understood in a very thorough fashion. presenting some of the gameplan to the players on a limited basis here today. I thought yesterday there were some balls that were caught that were really difficult catches. for the most part. It's really hard when you have guys like Antonio Gates or (Darren) Sproles. Very few times was he pressured. I think he's made good decisions there. it's hard. We have really transitioned into Pittsburgh. We've come in here enough times talking about balls that were dropped that were easily catchable balls."I think it's collective. which is always positive. We had some good returns. because everything was so new. I thought those guys held up well and not just the offensive line." (On how different the short week is). Regardless of who's in or who's out or what's happening. but going to the check-down or going to the underneath receiver. whenever you play them. in terms of what's being played or who fits where. but at least there was a lot of familiarity. I don't think we did a good enough job with that yesterday. it starts with communication. When he had chances to throw it down the field he did and I they were really. I thought the protection yesterday against San Diego was.

You keep working at it. Some of that's just the time clock in your head. a penalty. there have been substantial gains there. There's a strong correlation in my mind that how you practice is usually how you play. or the sack that we had there on second-and-one. throw it up." (On if he is happy with Quinn's in-game decisions). Same thing in the red zone. There were a couple plays yesterday where I would have liked him to get rid of the ball sooner. (On Brian Robiskie). you really just want to almost like you would on a last play."Yes. allowing them to hold the ball as long and provide some more opportunities there. one really good kickoff return. I think even yesterday."I think that. I think. though. The things I was happy with both guys. we've made improvements. You can't relax. The scheme doesn't dramatically change."I think he had a really good week of practice. substantial gains there. we could have helped by not. Turnovers.the red area. within seasons."It would have been tight. within weeks of practice. I'd like to think that regardless of who was at quarterback. I thought we played much better in the first and fourth quarter than we did in the second and third quarter. because as we've talked about. I understand what he saw and both those plays I thought were really well protected. collectively. That's been a problem area for us. Since the bye it's increased significantly." (On if he thinks he would see more consistency from Quinn if he had been starting all season)."That's really the goal. Either you get a batted ball or you get into a tight spot or whatever the case may be. I've been happy with his overall decision making. 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. You never now with a guy you haven't seen play in a game. Third down. One just came off the left side a little bit late. It's so important just be able to approach it day in and day out the same way. if it's not there. one really bad defensive series. It's not an easy skill to learn and it takes a lot of discipline. I think he had a really good week of practice last week. The opposition doesn't dramatically change. we'd be performing better. With that. ‘I've got a maximum of this amount of time because something's probably going to get cut free. we've made substantial amount of gains. you just have to keep it alive.'" (On if anybody was open on the two-point conversion). That's a function of all the different areas improving. There can't be any moment where it's not the same exact approach and you're looking for that within games." (On how he gets Quinn to establish some consistency). That's always somewhat of the unknown when you have a guy who's . there are things I was unhappy with across the unit. It's deliberate practice and you're going to get improvement. We've improved on third down. Consistency. one really good defensive series. offensively. He's had two really strong weeks of practice and got an opportunity. I think as a group we're playing better and that's reflected in the different areas. to me. If it gets picked it doesn't matter. You keep addressing the problems. is the goal across the board. whether it was the strip that we had in the red zone. He probably had no sense of that happening. too. defensively. obviously. just because he was behind where Brady was initially. how he's going to respond. one really average kickoff return. I think Evan Moore is a good example of that.

You don't let down. You live to fight another day. That was his feedback. [It was] a combination of things. I think J. I think that when you're a team in San Diego's position. If you're throwing the ball. You put him against another uniform in a game situation. He said that we had a tough group of guys. That. during the game what do they do?' I think he had an outstanding week and it reflected in the way he played. I don't know if you remember the play where Brady sprinted out to his right. I thought he had an outstanding block on the edge pressure guy. What we do week in and week out. ‘okay. The next step is. That would have helped us. what I'm looking for right now is the next game. that's good. We didn't take a shot and got sacked on the play. is the most important thing because as Tony (Grossi) said. if it's not there you get rid of it. if you're running the ball you can't bounce it out. sustained the drive. the things that we've improved. which I agree with. both running the ball and catching the ball. it can be up one week and down the next week. Chris Jennings has flashed at different points. He really sealed the edge on the backside and allowed for that long completion to take place. He's capable of doing that at all times and I thought he made some strides there." (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. It helps. or Evan. how's he going to respond? That's how Chris Jennings got bumped up."We had the one drive there where we had second-and-one. you've got a lot of things riding on every single game. You want to see Brian come back and have the same level or production. the important thing is whether you're running the ball or passing the ball is."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. in terms of three-andouts. That limited the opportunities as well." (On if he has seen enough improvement in Quinn to feel comfortable about the quarterback position moving forward beyond this year). That's something that we've talked about. Everybody has a different approach on second-and-one.C." ." (On what happened to the offense in the second and third quarters). You don't' want to bounce it out and make it third-and-four. you want to be able to take the shot. We were in a position where I think we could have either scored or gotten close. He's had some quiet games. Mohamed's (Massaquoi) had some 100-yard games. but from all these positions. that type of thing."Really. 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. You need to see the consistency. (Jerome Harrison) had a really nice day yesterday. What I really liked about him yesterday was his blocking." (On what convinces him that the Chargers didn't stop fighting).standing out in practice. Those second-and-ones plays. They held the ball a long time. not just from the quarterback position. I don't think we did a very good job defensively. to me. We've had some really good protection and we've had some games where the production wasn't as sound.

It doesn't happen overnight and I understand that. but usually he's going to fight size a little bit. There's evolution in terms of the coaching staff. it takes time. There are a lot of things that go into building a successful organization over time. You see him run the football. I've been in a lot of different situations like this and to do it the right way."I believe in what we're doing wholeheartedly. They care about what they're doing." (On what Jerome Harrison can do on the field to that leads him to believe Harrison can be a featured back). with Leon Washington. where he kind of bent up the seam coming out of the backfield. They work hard. There's no one set formula. There are things that happen. whether it be catching the football out of the backfield. I think they care. That's something he and I talked about coming in. You have to come in and make good decisions every day. It's not easy to build something that lasts and that can compete year in and year out. I haven't sat back and questioned their work ethic at any point. We're constantly focusing on that. you saw him on the. There's no one set timeline." . He's done some good things on the edge. He's been able to run it effectively inside. It hasn't been what anybody's wanted. I don't think it's gone the way that any of us has wanted it to go. what we call it a ram pass. He's caught screens and check downs and different routes like that. You have to commit to doing it the right way. the approach.(On if the fact that the team is still playing hard speaks for how they feel about him). I think they appreciate the progress that they have made in different areas. They care about the team. Picking up the blitz."He's done a lot of different things that you'd look for from a feature back. I know that the outcome hasn't been what I've wanted." (On if C. Mosley is headed for surgery). whether it be on the field. hand placement. That's what we're committed to. and I think Leon has a chance to be an outstanding feature back. Very rarely is he going to be facing a guy that he's substantially bigger than. It's a good group of guys."I'll find out here shortly. I can't imagine them playing any other way. in terms of his prep or even feedback from him or the trainers in terms of where he was physically. blocking consistently is something that he does and he's continuing to work on. I also knew coming in here that things don't happen overnight and that you have to work at it and you make progress in different areas. I've had a back that has some similarities. He gained over 100 yards against Cincinnati. things like that.J." (On if it took Harrison's body a couple weeks to recover after the Cincinnati game)"I don't remember any difference. but I would imagine that's probably the direction it's going. It's important to do it the right way. They care about each other." (On if he thinks he'll have to convince Randy Lerner that the team is headed in the right direction)."I think it's a good group of guys that care about what they're doing. organizationally."I think that we share the same vision and understand that it's not easy." (On if he expects Lerner to stick by him). There might be a stalemate every now and then. You have a player with that much better leverage. There are things that happen.

2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-8-09 (Opening statement). They're a good football team. even when they're bringing four. but just understanding what it's like coming off of a Super Bowl and the challenges that you face. I think they're still very explosive from a running game perspective with (Rashard) Mendenhall averaging five yards a carry. The problems that they create week in and week whether it's defensively. whether it's been my time here or New York or New England. but it's the same for both teams. play good football and win the game. To be able to play Pittsburgh though. You have to do certain things to try to stop the run. push a lot of adjustments and game plan specific things through here today. at home. the first and second down information. Being able to identifying where they're bringing it. They are able to create of negative plays there. I think we all have. I've been looking forward to this for a while. generating that through pressure. the effectiveness of the rushers. We have to try to push a lot of information through. that causes issues. the different combinations of rushers that they bring. 12/8 12. They created some negative plays against us. ‘We're going to get this fixed.' I'm sure we'll get their best. It makes you more resolved to get it fixed. I know they've gone through a stretch here where it hasn't gone the way that they've expected it to go. I covered San Diego with the group and then the coordinators went through and started our work on Pittsburgh. kind of the same thing. defensively. We had our problems last game. He's elusive in the pocket and the receivers do an excellent job reading out and creating some opportunities."Good morning everybody.(On if it would give him any satisfaction to end the Steelers playoff hopes). so I haven't watched the game yet. They are second in sacks and number one against the rush." (On Oakland's drive at the end of the game against Pittsburgh). I didn't see the way Oakland did it. everything's condensed. Obviously with Pittsburgh there's a lot to get ready for. the first and second down plan. They're pretty good. We'll review it tomorrow. What we started yesterday is really.08. It hit us two or three times last . They are fifth in the league in defense." Mangini press conf."We just got the Oakland game in a little while ago. It'll be a little different than a typical Saturday would be prior to the game. There were some negative plays in the running play. picking it up and then being able to move forward from that. difficulty just makes you hardened. two-minute. That's what I'm looking for."What would give me satisfaction is to go out. They have generated a ton of sacks. which opens up some things in the passing game. "Offensively. He's very strong in the pocket. The one thing with Ben (Roethlisberger). I'm sure that's what they're experiencing right now is. Today is trying to fuse reviewing that and introducing the third down. They had the two sacks late for strips. but we'll look at that. We tried to get a jump on the scouting report. is he is able to generate so many plays that go longer than the standard play would. the red zone.

that pick he made in that game." (On the Steelers coming off of four consecutive losses). You add on things that you like. [There are] some explosive plays there. I don't think it was a full-time type situation. That's something that you have to deal with. They're able to plug the next guy in. Over the course of time a lot of different players have played in that system and done a great job. they really create some problems in the return game with Stefan Logan."I know we talked about that a little bit in the weeks following. You . He can get the wide side of the field. 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. was it the first game of the season."I think that one thing you understand is the consistent rivalry. He's got that type of speed. He's a sure tackler. it's something you look forward to."He's outstanding. it starts with sort of a core group. [There were] two pretty amazing catches that sustained that drive. both run and pass. Those things remain consistent and they still do them well. I know we haven't been on the plus side of that rivalry. he's made some plays. It may not have been reflected here recently. He's difficult to pick up as a blitzer. To be able to do that at Browns Stadium. but it doesn't change the emotion that goes into the game. "I think on special teams. Some plays may be specific to that week and you don't carry them through to the next week. It doesn't change the feeling that goes into the game. but the next guy will step in and I'm sure [he'll] do a great job. They're a very good football team. I know he got off to a little bit of a slow start when he first came in. He has great instincts. He can change direction. It was special. Two of them have been in overtime. it hardens your resolve more so than anything else."They've done a lot of things defensively very well for a long time. You add some plays."The games they've lost now have been by a total of 15 points." (On how the Steelers defense changes without Polamalu). They've lost some close games. Some stay on the call sheet and you just decide when you want to get back to them. I watched the Oakland game. He's elusive. Just remember him in college and seeing the things he did. something that everybody deals with and he's outstanding at it. but just in experiencing coming off a really successful season and going into the next. he fills a role and he understands how to fit and the strengths and weaknesses of each of the calls. when you're faced with adversity. It's hard to replace a player like him. I don't know how much he played as a rookie." (On how the Wildcat offense has evolved since the first Pittsburgh game)." (On why he has been looking forward to this game for a long time). I can't remember. It's like any specific package. They know how to win. You just see him progressing as the season goes on. They're resilient. I think it was Tennessee. I remember the Pittsburgh games back when I was here the first time and playing them and that feeling. that last drive they had a chance to end it with an interception. He has really good instincts in the running game.game. In the passing game. (On Troy Polamalu).

I think he's got outstanding fundamentals."There was only time for one play. The things that we're trying to do moving forward are important and that's billed on the progress we've made. I think he plays with a really good base." (On if the Wildcat would be harder to defense against if there was more of a passing threat involved). is making sure that the kids really understand the fundamentals of blocking and tackling. We wanted to have a couple guys on the sideline to deal with that. That takes the sting out of the rush and then you're not dealing with the momentum at that point. whether it's the pee wee football or whoever it is. I'm sure they're calling it that because the site is for teaching younger coaches and has different levels." (On how the use of the no huddle affects the use of the Wildcat). whether or not you can protect it. 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 at it as being able to beat Pittsburgh. whether or not it makes sense. Tony (Grossi). One of the things they emphasize. Obviously this is a special game because of who it is. it's just you do it from the line of scrimmage and people adjust. keep it and that's a pretty good option. 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. Really. especially on a pass rush situation."I'm not really looking at it that way. It's actually a great program.try some new things. that you can. I think if anything the package has widened a little bit since the first time we met. Those are the two decisions there."One of your receivers is the quarterback. Some things get added on or stay on. but you also wanted to have enough depth in case they went jump ball. We haven't been open. The deal is." (On Joe Thomas being named to USA Football/NFLPA's All Fundamentals team and why it's called that). At this point." ." (On Joshua Cribbs saying if they beat the Steelers that the fans will forgive them for the rest of the season). It doesn't change who calls the play or any of those things. Brady comes up." (On why Cribbs has only thrown one pass since the Pittsburgh game). I think that's how it got the name. Some things come off. he calls the play."I think most really good players have outstanding fundamentals. 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. if it's not open. I'm looking to keep moving forward. It's just a function of whether or not you can get the guys open."We've had other ones up. Everybody hears the play and goes. You want to have it enough so it's an option and you have to honor it."It hasn't really affected it." (On if he thought there was only time for one more play on the play they used a oneman rush against San Diego). I think his hand placement and his punch is excellent and something he consistently works on.

It's different. I think that year we might have played them three times. Not just the atmosphere of the game.(On how Alex Mack as progressed this season). but it's just understood." (On if Steelers week is more intense). There's a lot of stuff going on and it's effective. the secondary pressure. That's pretty common with the young guys is. but it's not really the exact way that you want them to do it. His comfort level there has increased significantly." (On what struck him about the Pittsburgh game in his first stint with the Browns)"It was a great atmosphere. but there's a tempo that you have to do that at. His ability to communicate with the rest of the group. He's a big enough problem. I wouldn't say the percentages are exactly equal. the first long play I think. some things that are unique to us." . playoffs in '94."Last week. We were supposed to have a player out in the flat. ‘I want to take care of this. He wanted to get to his assignment quickly and make sure he took care of his job. don't get me wrong. We didn't hold the sideline on that play.' You go quickly and you did your job. whether it's the combination blocks or pulling or whatever it is. There's also going to be some variations. and what you want to do in the secondary. I've seen significant gains as we've gone throughout the season. you have to deal with the potential safety blitzers. It may not be something that is spoken about at that point. his ability to identify fronts. I think the way that he gets better is his comfort level. You have no chance. 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."He did pretty well. even though he wasn't playing."I think Alex gets better each game. but even during the course of the week. What that means is you can't get sealed inside by a receiver down the field because all of your help is coming from the inside out."I thought Brady did a really nice job against San Diego last week and they run quite a bit of zone blitzing. At first. all those things I think have improved. The one thing about him is he'll study it." (On why the team is still giving up long plays). which is great. the feeling during the course of the week. Hampton is one component of it. but there's so many of these zone blitzes and things like that that you can't zero in just on him. I know was the result of us not communicating the adjustment. You have to make sure that that player cuts back in to where the pursuit is coming from. is if the player has the ball in space you always have to hold the sideline. He'll pick up some things from the first game. The other thing that we didn't do very well. I felt like he sped things up a lot of times. but it's up there." (On how Mack played against Casey Hampton earlier this season). but you also have to deal with the linebackers. I think his base and his balance and his drive blocking have improved. I don't think. there's no chance."I think that would be one way to describe it. I thought he did a nice job IDing where the pressure was coming from. so not only was there not a player in the flat when there was supposed to be." (On how difficult it will be for Quinn to recognize all of the problems Pittsburgh's defense presents). but then down the field not holding the sideline. you feel it.

It hasn't gone exactly the way that he's wanted it to go from a health perspective.(On if rivalries have diminished in the age of free agency).2 quarterback rating."I wasn't here for the period before free agency. The thing that I respect about Robert is he works really hard to get ready to play. At earlier points I felt like we were dropping really catchable balls. so it's have I've known. He's a professional in the room. but sometimes that happens." (On Quinn going 126 passing attempts without an interception). 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. but coming up to the the line of scrimmage. but the spirit stays the same. I think that's been positive for us across the board. where you have to put the ball in order to make sure the defensive back doesn't have a chance to get it. take-away ratios and the affect those have on outcomes. He has a 100. I know we had the strip sack. not just in the things that he can create from a broken play perspective. Being able to protect the football for the passer is really twofold. He can scramble and hurt you that way. 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. I think he's gotten better each year. to his left and throw really accurate passes on the move." . I think the other thing that's really helped is us taking advantage of opportunities that we've had." (On what Robert Royal's lack of production is a result of). He does a good job with him teammates. He had the awareness." (On Roethlisberger having good numbers against Oakland despite losing the game)"His numbers have been good all year. 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. I think the faces may change. He's got the ability to avoid to his right. he's got a good feel of where his pressure points are and where he can escape to. He's worked aggressively to get back on the field. He's a really good quarterback. You look at the give-away. He was able to scramble to his right. seeing where the weakness is and taking advantage of it. it's huge. found a seam in the pocket and picked up 13 yards. He's got a real good sense of where the rushers are."It's been a point of emphasis for us offensively."Robert's been bumped up a couple different times throughout the season. When I entered was free agency. 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. assessing the defense. He's got tremendous strength. Even though he's not looking at the rush. Just the mechanics of running the offense. he's got great control of that and he has the ability when things don't go well to make something happen. We had him last game where they were going to throw a screen. Like I said. the screen was covered. He's a professional in that aspect. when not to take chances. We had the play covered. Not every quarterback can do that. our left and pick up 13 yards. Over the last few weeks I feel like we've caught some difficult balls and that's a big distinction. He's got great arm strength.

That's why. if they continue to improve that they have a chance. San Diego's defense was good. Cincinnati. I think all those things are going to be challenges this week. as a group. we spend so much time. They were pretty amazing. [They have] a different style. I also just wanted to thank the fans that came out last night. 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. It's important for the guys to know that if they work hard." ."Good afternoon everybody. being able to deal with their moving pressures in order to run the ball effectively. to continually develop them because you don't know when you are going to need to call on them. I was really happy with the way the guys played and happy that they were rewarded for it. because there will be some tight coverage." (On how important it is for players elevated from the practice squad to take advantage of the opportunity)."I think it's extremely important. They have a chance to come up to the 53 and then they have a chance to come up to the 45. They've worked hard to learn the entire system. It was cold where I was sitting.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-11-09 (Opening statement). but it's going to be a challenge for us offensively. I was happy that they were rewarded for that. but we have made strides. it reinforced a lot of things that I felt coming out of the game. trying to build in versatility. things like that that have come into play and I think like any part of the process this stuff is learned. 12/11 12." Mangini press conf. Kaluka (Maiava). right on down the line some of the new players.11. 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. Being able to pick up the blitzing linebackers and understanding where they're coming from in order to get the passing game going. It's a good group across the board that can generate a lot of negative plays. Taking advantage of balls that are thrown and being able to catch it in tight coverage. [They are] number one in rush defense. Sometimes those strides are apparent and sometimes they are not as apparent. It had to be cold where they were sitting. Mohamed (Massaquoi). Evan Moore. This is another good defense. 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.(On if going against Pittsburgh's defense will gauge where Quinn is at). It was cold. That stuff has huge value. Chris Jennings. Being able to run the ball effectively. guys playing different positions. Baltimore. Just watching the tape. because he's one component of it. They fight through everything so it's great to have them. whether it be the post practice work with those guys or the extra meetings or things like that. especially during that last drive ho loud it was. organizationally. It's good to see those guys get a chance and take advantage of that chance."I think actually he's faced some pretty good defenses. It is learned over time.

Whether it was his returns. I think we did a lot of those things last night. 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."Nothing right now. It's something that we are looking into and want to. We embrace guys that come here and everybody wants to help them be successful. I imagine that something will get done. There's that rivalry."There is some element of that and it just depends when they get here. he has things to draw on from his NFL experience. the snaps on special teams and he does the coverage units as well. Guys at other positions. There's that intensity. too. we can all see what happens." (On the ideal number of plays for the Wildcat in a game)." (On if there is anything new with Cribbs' contract)."I got a message from Randy (Lerner)."It looked pretty good yesterday. ‘When we do this. reps wise. Some of it depends on the effectiveness. He is a fun guy to watch. A lot of different friends around the league sent some notes. catching the ball. What you don't want to do is eliminate his effectiveness there because it is such a huge field position change.' I've never questioned the way these guys have approached things. How extensive their background is before they get here. look what's possible. There are so many different elements to it. I talked to Jim (Brown) after the game." (On if something will get done with Cribbs' contract). There is a sense of community and everybody takes part in it. ‘ok when we do these things. it was a pretty impressive performance. and I've said it 1. These guys have worked hard and I know you're probably tired hearing the word process. A guy like Matt Roth. To be able to do that against a team like Pittsburgh. You are balancing out the snaps at receiver. Usually.'" (On if he got a special message from anyone). but it is nice to now say.000 times. they help out. Some other guys that you may get late you have to accelerate everything. defenses that he can associate. obviously. He did a lot of different things and he did them well. You appreciate things like that just because it's nice of them to take time to do that. It's great to be able to now point to that and say. from all those different spots. He gets a full game. It's the coaches. him running the ball. Learning how to play complementary football is part of that. Learning how to deal with adversity is part of that. but learning how to win is part of that."It's hard to say. that learning curve is quicker." (On if Joshua Cribbs looked better on tape today). Andy Reid sent a note. the guys at their position they help out. making tackles." (On the win against Pittsburgh goes a long way towards next season). or the potential for that every time he touches the ball." ."Yes."For me it's really just a great opportunity for the team to experience some of the fruits of their labor. I think it's outstanding. There's that special feeling with playing them. the snaps in Wildcat. who we haven't beat in a long time.(On having to teach new players on the roster). move forward with.

I wouldn't look to do that. There's a different level of intensity when you care about each other and really understand that everybody is working for everybody else." (On if there is any uncertainty about bringing someone in). They use words like ‘family' when they talk about each other. What we always look for every play. I've experienced it. is on moving forward each day." (On if the players coming closer together). It's truth in sports.(On if he talked to Randy Lerner in person). but week in and week out it's different. I know it works. You do a lot of things in training camp. it's not by position group. I am confident in it." (On what was said in the text message)." (On Rob Ryan's defensive scheme). I believe in it. There have been times where maybe we could have done a little bit more. Friday so there's a lot of adjustments that have to take place. you play good defense. is communication. There's a lot of learning that goes on Wednesday."It was a nice. You have those things. the starting point is communication. the team. Thursday. Those things are truth. There were times during the earlier part of the season maybe we did too much. I know it works. It's a shock to the system I think. My emphasis. You play harder for guys that you like. That's what you are looking for. Everybody interacts with everybody else. coaching team and continuing to move forward. I believe it to my core. When everybody know what we are playing and it's sound across the board. I mean that in a sincere way. It's going to happen. I believe in hard work."A big part of playing good defense is being on the same page. What I'm concerned about are the guys. Really."I think anybody that we can bring in to help is a positive thing. I believe in what we do. I believe in discipline. positive message" (On if he is worried about his future). You are looking for chemistry. It could be me asking a question and they try to help each other out. ."That's never been talked about. These guys are good guys working towards the same goal. I've seen it. Usually. They have a good time with each other. I've seen it work. my focus. I believe in what we do. I believe in a team. It's specific to Pittsburgh. I know we are going to win a lot of games here. I know we are going to have a team that week in and week out the city is going to be proud of. everything is on this year. you study core concepts on how to run the defense. is on these guys."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. That to me is the essence of winning. They support each other in meetings. 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. disguise and pursuit. defensively. Finding that balance. Communication is so important. I believe in good people. I've experienced it."That really hasn't been my emphasis at all or focus at all. you win. and you have to get used to this defensive approach I think. I know it is going to work here. I think it's different than a lot of approaches because it is so game plan specific." (On if he has talked to Lerner about next year). each person understands their role in the defense.

" (On if the players are coming around to him now and buying into the system more than when he first got to Cleveland)."The wind definitely played a part in it. Usually they go hand in hand."I haven't felt at any point where there wasn't support.when you first get exposed to it. Once you do. You want them to experience it. You have to learn about each other. regardless of the weather. It can be a little bit like going to the principal's office. Our success and failures are all going to be based on how work together and how we operate s a group. is understanding what the objectives are. I thought Brady did a nice job with that throughout the course of the night last night." (On if he came into Cleveland more heavy-handed than he would have somewhere else). but I actually came in here a lot less heavyhanded than when I went to New York. I think there were some throws that we could have been more accurate with. if you haven't done that before it's hard to get adjusted to. You are looking for accuracy. It does take time."I really have found that anytime that you make a change. It's not what you say so you can refute something someone else says. Everybody loves progress but not a lot of people love change. We've got guys from all over the country. You have to try to convey as much as possible the importance of doing it and the value in doing it. ‘Discipline isn't something you do to somebody. 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. understanding that everybody is working toward the same thing and understanding that we all depend on each other. Like I said. 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. part of the growth." (On if he has the support of the players). Sometimes it's hard for anybody to come up and talk. It's not a slogan. and that is different. Exposing guys to ideas that may be different. and you are dealing with that change. I swear. Sometimes it's hard for young guys to come up and talk. that may be out of their comfort zone but you want them to try it. You have one breakdown in 11 guys. That's not what it's about.' I've never wanted to instill discipline for the sake of being in charge. I think that often times it takes a while to understand that the open door is truly open."I know this might be hard to believe. It's because it helps you win games. I am always looking for mechanics. then the guys start looking forward to Wednesday to see what the plan is. most often they do. We have got a range . I thought I was making major concessions. I never really have looked at it as selling guys on it. it takes time. My high school coach used to say. It's nice when they can see it work and feel it work and really understand it. I look at is as teaching and exposing guys to new ideas. I remember when we went to the Jets initially with (Bill) Parcells and (Bill) Belichick and that group. You can do some different things when you have wind than when you don't. it is difficult. You've got a community. It's something you do for somebody. I thought some guys made some pretty nice catches as well. That's also part of the process. it affects the whole play. It's true. You want to show them how it works." (On how to judge Brady Quinn's performance with the wind).

I don't think we beat them those years and it sucked not beating them. You have seen them play your schemes. All of those things are to be determined. See how we operate. Come take a look because it's a good product. Some of it's been good. You are talking about hiring a staff. . trying to get ready for the draft."I feel going into the offseason. there's got to be rules so that everybody can operate efficiently. Timetable don't know. moving your families. and I think that anybody who comes in will appreciate those things. It's important and it's important to the city. I'm confident in it. You have gotten to know them. 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. evaluating the players."Yes. There's been rationale for all of the decisions. some of it's been bad. It's nice to beat them." (On if he will enjoy the fact that they beat Pittsburgh). happens."I feel good about the approach we have taken here. That's the goal. I feel good about the things that we have done here. structure don't know. Like I've said. Come to our meetings." (On if he has told Cribbs that they will take care of him)."I would imagine that anybody who would merit the title ‘czar' would look a lot deeper than just the record. the draft and your frame of reference is a lot different because you have sat in the meetings with the players. You have seen them play. I'm transparent. It is radically different. I don't feel good about what our record is and nobody does. Even last night I probably stayed up later than I probably would have that's because I was here back in '94 and '95. Anybody that comes in I am excited to talk to. It's it. It's just going o be a function of showing who we are. At the end of the day whatever happens. I don't want guy's money. I want the group to operate efficiently. you are starting at a totally different launching point than where we were last year going into the offseason. See how we teach. See how we function as a staff because it's good and it's right. I can get home now. They have seen other practices. Anybody who comes in can take a look at it. There's been a thought process. definitely." (On what he would say to a football ‘czar' about his record). There are a thousand things that go into entering into an organization.of ages. sit in on any meeting. Your starting point is so much more advanced than where it was. but there's a reason behind it. It's important. I understand the things that we have done throughout our time here to continue to move it forward."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. the things we have done." (On if he is more comfortable with his job now). Going into an offseason where that's not the case. watch our practices. That's all they are there for and nothing else. I feel good about it. than you are focusing more on free agency. Like any community. You want to move forward with the next steps. I get that. That's real progress. They can sit down and talk to the coaches. I don't feel like it's going to be a function of selling. what we believe in." (On how he would sell himself to a czar). I understand the situation I initially came into. moving into free agency. watch our practices. I don't want to exert power to exert power.

He was outstanding when he wasn't calling defenses. I think he's handled it great. The teacher says. Everybody when they get a chance operates differently and I appreciate the age jokes.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-16-09 (Opening statement). Dick Haley.16. To be the captain. ‘Why D-A-D?' ‘D-A-D. now he's played there before. It's important for him to do everything the right way. I've known Todd (Haley) for a long time. How are we doing? A couple things just to start off.I got a note from the guy who dropped off the paper this morning. David Bowens was the defensive player of the game. but Titus has been doing a great job so it was kind of a combination of things. I think there are a lot of similarities between where the two teams are right now. She was in the back of the room." Mangini press conf. I think. He's got an energy that's contagious."Good morning everybody. a few announcements. He learned under Dan Henning and . innovative. Jake what do you have?' ‘D-A-D' Julie was thinking. That's in the future and really that's not my focus what so ever. It was a short week. I know his dad really well. The guys give him a hard time for being old and having gray hair and things like that. how sweet he misses his father. they took the C out and just had blank space and they wanted the kids to fill in a letter." (On David Bowens' leadership). who is arguably one of the best personnel men in the NFL.' Everybody sees things differently. The first kid went and I think he said T or B so then they call on Jake and say. 12/16 12. Just getting to know Todd and working in that same capacity. Blake Costanzo was special teams [player of the week] and Titus (Brown) was the practice player of the week. "In terms of Kansas City. in terms of the Pittsburgh game and last week Josh Cribbs is going to be named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. I believe in the things that we are doing. which is outstanding and well deserved. whatever happens I am excited to work with that person. Like I said."He is outstanding. old. Julie went to Jake's school and they were discussing the word cold. I really appreciate it and I get it. C-O-L-D. I can appreciate a little bit with the age with an experience the other day. he is really smart. He involves everybody into the defense. He was the offensive assistant in New York when I was the defensive assistant. all of those things are new. but he hasn't been the signal caller before so that's new. very. ‘Okay. I can't emphasize enough how important the practice player of the week is. (On if someone comes in and cleans house and if he thinks it would be a mistake)."I think whoever comes in. It's important to him. He also won our offensive player of the game from last week. Again. To go in and to play a new position. dad. He works with everybody. That wisdom has been a huge benefit. even though it was on the other side of the ball.

again with Charles. chase type plays. even though it's three down linemen. so he can create some plays like that. "On [special] teams. [I] was there in New England when he first came in from USC and watched his development over the years. He's a smart guy. It's the same thing here. I think that even though they haven't won as many games as they would have liked. A couple others they lost by six points or less. he left. with Rodney (Harrison) and (Tedy) Bruschi. effort type plays. (David) Garrard. Dwayne Bowe. to extend plays. he's been a huge asset. four linebackers."I've known Mike for a while. blocked another punt against Washington. I believe. He has the ability. They blocked a punt against Baltimore. playing this group of coaches in Arizona last year. they're all different. one of the trademarks of that defense last year." (On how his meeting with Holmgren went). He's right there with the rest of that group. in terms of his knowledge of the game. 5. His 44 rushing attempts I think is fourth behind. so there's going to be a lot of areas we have to prep for there." (On if Mike Holmgren is here today). [He is] incredibly competitive. I know Matt (Cassel). the way they pursue to the ball and they make a lot of plays. not as well as maybe I know Andy (Reid) or Bill Parcells. The returner. Aaron Rodgers and Vince Young. He's a guy that can hurt you all over the field. In the return game. I thought he played really well against us last year when he was in New England. and I see it here. I think his transition to the outside linebacker position has been a successful one. two surprise onside kicks.Charlie Weis and I see a lot of that in the offensive play calling. it's really the third week in a row now we've faced a 3-4 defense. picking up Chris Chambers during the season. Playing these guys in Arizona. I see a lot of improvement as the season has gone on. is how hard the guys play. Mike Vrabel is a guy I've known for a long time. It was the same thing in Arizona. He could remember defenses that we ran two and three years prior and site them and give the specific play and how it worked. He creates a lot of pressure. won in overtime. they haven't really given up a lot of big returns at all this season. I imagine he'll eventually go into coaching and he'll be outstanding. either this morning or yesterday night. but we actually had a good conversation at . 33 before he had to sit out the four games. He's going to get better as he gets more and more comfortable in that role. with 86 catches last year. He leads the team in sacks. I'm sure his leadership has been a good thing for them defensively.2 yards a carry for (Jamaal) Charles. "Defensively. They've been excellent with their coverage units. Matt has the ability to make big plays down the field. He's tough. a really smart guy. [He is an] Ohio native. I think the other thing that they've got going offensively is the running game has emerged. With Tamba Hali. like a lot of the quarterbacks we've faced. he had the 96-yarder against Pittsburgh. [They have] done some creative things in the kicking game in terms of the fakes. they've been in multiple games. "Offensively. When he gets going he makes some really impressive throws. With the passing game."No. All these 3-4's we face. which it's coached. in terms of what his expectations are and guys meeting those expectations.

Mike used to be on the show team and he'd want to play safety on the show team."He's got good hands."I think this visit was something designed for both sides to get to know each other. Even talking to (Jason) Trusnik when he was a young guy first starting out. it's great." (On if Holmgren seemed like he would take the offer to sit it on meetings and observe the team). positive conversation. He is obviously very talented as a coach. They'd go back and forth. We actually revisited that conversation. That whole show ." (On Vrabel's versatility). because it brought energy to the practice. I've made calls. could draw up the defense. because he'd disguise things. When you have a guy like Mike Vrabel. He used to frustrate Tom (Brady) to no end. ‘Hey what do you think about this? How would you handle it? What was your approach?' To hear another voice. Some things come up where you're like. You can't coach his toughness. could coach the defense. Bill Callahan was on the staff in New York and he had been a head coach and he was great. They've seen most things. things like that. guys like that that maybe weren't on staff.the owner's meetings a few years back. We visited some last year before the Seattle game. different aspects of the season. My stance on that is really the same. but have that experience because they've been through most things. but as a head coach."It always is. I think he's a good guy. I know him some through Andy Reid and through Bill Parcells."We talked about a lot of things."We didn't really talk about that. I'm telling you. He'd disguise stuff. which was his last home game there. worked his way up. like Dick Vermeil. We talked a little bit. That's really what it was. The team. every day in practice [he] worked. I'm not going to go into the play-by-play of it. it's positive. It was a good. He's a wealth of knowledge. I talked to him about emulating a guy like Mike Vrabel whose work ethic. We ended up getting the house and have been really happy with it. It's good to be able to bounce those ideas off somebody else. 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." (On if he sensed a strong interest on Holmgren's part)."I think anytime you can bring in someone with a wealth of experience as not just a position coach and coordinator." (On what he talked about with Holmgren). It was great too. I thought it was a good conversation. Really. not just his assignment." (On if Holmgren could be a sounding board for him if he joined the team). He had given me some really good advice back then. knew the defense. They've handled a lot of different decisions. [He is] a guy that wasn't highly drafted. He's get Tom all fired up. I mean he's a special guy. I wouldn't be surprised if he's not coaching major college football or pro football at some point and be really successful. He knew the defense. We had bought a home in Cape Cod and the importance of having one place where the kids could go every year and we were just talking about that and his thoughts on it." (On if it is tough to trade away a veteran player). It's great to have those guys.

you can talk to any of the girls. to get a group of people that are all focused on the same task." (On if he feels like Holmgren is an ideal candidate). It's the first time we've held two teams under 100 [rushing] yards in two years. I think that's a great thing. myself and Jules and him and Dallas. He is demanding. Everything is tied into everything else. That's what you strive for as a team. do you want to come out. we ended up talking and now we're married. You have to see how the fifth receiver fits into the special teams plan. I mean offensively. being a head coach as long as he was. claiming guys. contract decisions. I'm really happy with the way the guys have been working. We lived together in New England when we first got there. talented people that you can put in the building. I think he's another guy that just grinds and grinds and works. I'm all for anybody that can come in and help us organizationally be more successful. Like I said. ‘We're going to meet my buddy's sister and her girlfriends and look. I'm happy with the progress we've made. You learn so much more about football than you do as a coordinator. Scott actually is responsible for me meeting Julie. that have the same approach in terms of being focused on winning. On the relocation weekend to Baltimore.' Which. of course. I'll go out. You only have so many resources between draft picks." (On how his relationship ended up following the controversy in New England).' and he said. I sat next to her.team."You have to talk to Mike about that. That's what you strive for organizationally. so I've known him for a long time. things like that to . he was friends with Mark (Shapiro) and he was going out and he said. all those things that you'd expect from someone who's achieved what he's achieved. In terms of where things are. Like I said. because you have to see the big picture. ‘Yeah. It just increases the intensity." (On if the talk of a football czar is unsettling). Every other year we were together. ‘Hey." (On if he thinks Holmgren wants the job here). You can't ask for a better situation. that's the best thing you can have. That's real progress from where we've been. There's good things going on and that's from everybody staying focused on the task at hand. is made. how the third running back versus the third tight end versus the second fullback." (On his relationship with Scott Pioli). claiming position. he has a wealth of knowledge."Like I said.' I said. money. What I'm focused on and what I ask the players to be focused on is the task at hand. He's tough. the opponent at hand. It was just business. how those things all fit."I don't think there's a sense of it ever being a personal issue."The first time we weren't together was when I went to New York as the head coach. he was part of that same group of 20-20's that were here. That's what you want. that whole period changes because now it goes from working on the plays to working on the plays and also wanting to throw touchdowns on Vrabel. He's responsible for that and I thank him for that. The more smart people. I think it was one of those meetings that was everybody getting to know each other and whatever decision is made."It's not unsettling at all. the last four games we've been the best team in the NFL in terms of not turning the ball over. cutting guys. We've improved in almost every offensive category. just don't talk to my buddy's sister.

hard working guys. I think. I'm not sure what the best path is. All those things are components of it that come into play. East Coast. one of the most attractive things about him was he brought experience in that system that we were able to incorporate offensively. There are a lot of plays on tape. Once you determine what's right for you then you determine the players that are right for you. Whether it's West Coast. Bring in Brian Schottenheimer. but the philosophy that I think we all want is winning." (On if he expects other candidates to interview). Whatever point it is. he's elusive. . His goal is to win."It's been close to a year since we played them.improve the team. it's the right guy and it's trying to figure out the right guy for you."I haven't been involved in czar searches before. demanding training camps. However you get to that point."No. whether it's him as a kickoff returner or him as a running back or even him as a receiver. I'd say there's a lot of challenging things about facing the West Coast offense. I think the most important thing is to get the right person in place and to move forward." (On if Holmgren's coaching philosophy would conflict with the type of players he is looking for). What I'm looking to do is coach the guys. I'm really not looking to get that involved in the process. but whatever that is. with drafting. you have to see all of those things."You know. Tony (Grossi). As a head coach. That's it." (On Jamaal Charles). but know he's not right for you. I think sometimes as a coordinator or a position coach you get a little bit of tunnel vision. (Brian) Daboll brought. tough. Sometimes you have to appreciate a player's value. guys that are competitive and selfless and guys that football's important to. so I don't know what the best path is. He's got a wealth of experience. which is outstanding. I don't know if there's any title to that offensive system. There's going to be quick hitting plays. the key thing is to get the right person and move forward organizationally. Again. There's going to be multiple personnel groups. Mike ran really physical. he's more the digit system offensively and that family tree and that was really positive. whether it's levels on the outside."With Jamaal. They're going to create levels. Again. Each decision affects the other decision. levels on the inside. It's Kansas City for us and that's the most important thing. I don't think there's anything inconsistent about that philosophy. There's going to be misdirection. Taking the best things from each component of that and building your system. you see how it affects you." (On what was challenging about facing a Holmgren-coached team). I think all coaches appreciate smart. it's winning. going back to Bill Callahan. whether it's three weeks from now. the coaches to focus on." (On if his coaching philosophy could mesh with Holmgren's). I think that's universal. whether that's today. is the best approach."I think often times you're labeled with family trees and philosophies and things like that. That's what I want the guys to focus on." (On if there is any advantage to having a czar here before the end of the season).

" Mangini press conf. was it Cromartie. because there has been quite a bit of shifting. things like that. being able to move the ball.17. but they do apply quite a bit of pressure. use up the clock. 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. How are you guys doing? Good morning Alexis (Martin. You get him into space. more shifting than motioning from their (Kansas City's) offense. continuing along the line that we've had with the communication. he can make a lot of people miss. It happens pretty quickly." (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. it's either a 40 or 60-yarder on (Antonio) Cromartie. 12/17 12. so getting a feel for that is something that we're going to have to continue to work on here today. . some of it comes from games and some of it comes from just sheer effort and intensity. I thought that the way that we played against Pittsburgh. If we had gotten the two point conversion we wouldn't have been kicking the field goal there. it might have been (Quentin) Jammer. but it really was."Good morning everybody. I like the group of pass rushers they have. Moving to third down. We did a nice job in the kicking game establishing field position.There's a great play where he catches. things like that. That's a really important lesson against a very good team. They can make people miss. catches a great. How are you doing? Yesterday's practice. He's one-on-one with the corner. putting ourselves in a position to at least challenge there at the end of the game with the onside kick. but it was a pretty impressive catch that way. 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. some of it comes from designed pressure. A lot of that. One thing they do really well though is when they do get to the quarterback they usually get the ball out. I'd say especially defensively. downing punts inside the 10. offensively in terms of our third down conversion rate. I know the sack numbers haven't been as high as probably they have hoped it to be. I'm not sure if it was 40 or 60 [yards]. This is a really good team on third down defensively. There are quite a few hits on the quarterback that don't translate into sacks. coming back. One of the things that I really liked against San Diego was down the way we were down. runs a double move. which will change the call from one thing to the other. We would have been going to tie the game. run the ball. we've made a lot of progress. and I know you've heard that word a ton of times here. Reporter for a Day). where it was complementary football. I think. the way they rush. whether it's a checkdown or screen. I do think there are some things that have to be cleaned up. Browns Kids Club Jr. He can also run through some tackles.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-17-09 (Opening statement). Each team that faces him is appreciating his ability to create plays in a couple different ways. That's going to be a challenge for us. Offensively.

Defensively as well. Tony (Grossi). ‘Okay. they were all working in different spots at different times. our base defense didn't have nearly as many reps as our sub defense. It started to clear up for a lot of guys. You really have to work off the tape that you have. I'm not sure what the right amount of tape would be for him. because it started to hit for a lot of guys. He played a little bit against Detroit.' One time it's Marcus. As you build up reps."It's pretty consistent. He played in the preseason." . A lot of that stuff is packaged-based. I wasn't really looking at it in terms of that. Marcus is going to be on our offensive right side and he's going to use these few pass rushing moves. Even with Pittsburgh. They may all be doing the same thing from a concept standpoint." (On if he was tempted to play Brian Robiskie more against Pittsburgh after his performance against San Diego). it gets better. but that was just because of their approach and the packages that we played against it. I've liked the steps forward that we've taken offensively and I want to see more of that. whether it was Marcus or Kam (Kamerion Wimbley) or Matt (Roth). You could look at some of that stuff. you'd like to be able to run the same defense. Ideally." (On how long it takes for a team to learn what to do against an unknown player like Marcus Benard). I'm not sure what the right volume is. but it's different bodies. exactly how you have to fit. Again. how each piece works together. with what happened in '06 in New York. If one thing's working maybe better than you expected or not working as well as you expected. 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. The next time it's Kam. usually you make some significant jumps. so a guy like (Ahtyba) Rubin didn't have a significant number of reps in the game. Chansi (Stuckey) may be in one package or (Mike) Furrey and Brian may be in a different package. When you do that. David Bowens. it's not really operating like it's supposed to operate. it was all linebackers in there. the coordinated pass rush. The next time it's Roth. as you build up a better understanding of how it all fits together."He played quite a bit against Pittsburgh. in terms of his percentage of play time." (On if he is looking to see what Brady Quinn can do in a game without poor weather conditions). midway through the season. different people doing it. What I'm looking for from Brady is the same type of operation that he's had and when we do get the opportunities. You install the defense and there's a way to play it. which was at the same time. when you can play the scheme with all 11 parts sitting in the right spots. Even though you're playing it and it looks like it's supposed to look. We improved significantly in New York after the bye. 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. The weather's going to be the same for both quarterbacks. The other thing." (On how he accounts for the improvements in the run defense). so that you can't count on. one of those groups may get bumped up. being able to take advantage of the opportunities."I'm not sure what we're going to get in Kansas City. but just switch whose role is whose. may get more reps."That's a good question.

we've score more points. big men." (On Corey Williams' development). it's hard to make that comparison. I wouldn't say it was just all the time. He's really thick. good hands. [he was] similar to Rubin in the sense that he played with a good base. we've moved the ball a lot more effectively. It was nice to see him go in and play as well as he did. as the season's gone on. it really broke for him and he was so much better at playing those things. I see Rubin." . but he's pretty thick. There hasn't been a fundamental shift in how we approach our opponent. 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."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. He has a nice base. Even though he was reading the play the correct way. It's been the same approach. Even though Pittsburgh. not turning the ball over." (On if the play calling has improved over the last four games). When you look at the things that we've been able to do. there's not a lot of Shaun's. I remember with Mike DeVito. It's trying to maximize our strengths. I'm not sure what he weighs. The protection has improved. his feel for what's coming and anticipating those things has gotten a lot better. those are big. but there were times where he was like that. It gives you extra drives."He's played really well. It gives you more chances. where this is more of a read and react and there's patience. I think that he's played well at different points throughout the course of the year as well."I think he's made strides throughout the season. San Diego and Kansas City are 3-4 teams. Him. They're penetrators. it was at different tempos." (On if Rubin has surprised him since he does not look like a space-eater type of player)."I think the execution has improved. 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. Ted Washington. Just look at the jump in those two categories.(On how Ahtyba Rubin has played in place of Shaun Rogers). The two-gap is different than what most teams play." (On if Rogers was sometimes too quick for his own good in the run scheme). I think the biggest thing is we've executed better. That happened on occasion. Compared to Shaun. He'd get beat on some stuff that he had seen a ton of times and then the next year he came back. As we've improved in those two areas. we've held the ball longer. He has good hand placement. Those were two areas that we've struggled with. that's huge. 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. It gives you field position. was strong. Our ability to convert on third down. I was looking for that to continue to improve and I think he has throughout the season. He just has great instincts and speed for that size. He's improved throughout the course of the season in reading the core blocks. it gives you more plays. It's game plan specific. Kris Jenkins. There's not a wide range of blocks that you're going to get as a 3-4 nose tackle. so a crease would open up that wouldn't typically be there."He's pretty thick. his rookie year. I think that's what it's come down to.

I think we've really made some strides there. It shifted the other way." (On if he has to wait until the front office is worked out to negotiate a long term deal). I always like to start that after the season. He is selfless. They were in last week. As you go through the season there's a lot of things that still have to get done. Usually it means that you're doing a good job in base if they shift to a different personnel group. I think the production there would have been significantly better as well. It's all follows the same pattern. still have to be addressed. as a part of the organization. because we were holding up well. not just as a player. as a person. the first layer reports. They had their preliminary meetings." (On Joshua Cribbs saying he is optimistic about getting a new contract before the season is over).(On if the no huddle offense has been the key to the offense's improvement)."Throughout the course of the season. how does it affect the salary cap. how does it affect the plan. not necessarily. The scouts are doing a great job. whatever the case may be. you've seen we've brought in quite a few players." . All the different staffs are doing that now."No. whether we brought them in or claimed them off waivers or signed them from the practice squad. I think it does create problems. I think we've run it well and it's not easy to do. In terms of exposure to college players or potential free agents. I'm sure the addition of a general manager or whatever that title becomes. That's following the consistent pattern here." (On if he was looking at any personnel acquisition for the following year at this time of year when he was with the Jets). if we had held on to more balls that we ended up turning over. that wasn't something that I would do towards the end of the year. I didn't think. I do think that has helped." (On if the success of the sub defense against Pittsburgh alters the way he looks at the run defense). but I can tell you I really like Josh. is looking at things short term. I think if we were getting gashed we probably wouldn't have seen as much 11 personnel. looking at things long term. still have to be looked at in the same context of how does it affect now."I've always been a fan of the no huddle. You get the reports. I think that even when we weren't running it if we had caught more of the balls there were catchable."What we're doing is really taking the same approach. I'm not really doing it here. as it did in the Jets."I didn't do it there. that's going to be an important component of all the things that we do moving forward." (On if he does any work on college players now). very effective because there's so much happening from a coaching perspective." (On if he has to wait for the front office to be established before he can negotiate any deals). I really do. those types of things. his dedication. I really like Josh. It just wasn't. We're operating in that same pattern. his sacrifice. It's pretty consistent around the league."I don't have the timeline."I didn't really do that.

He's just going to get better and better. I think he's got excellent feet. I think he's got really good instincts and ball skills. I think he's been outstanding.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-18-09 (Opening statement). which types of runs are being more effective. He has the ability to really understand the scheme. There are certain guys that you face. and then we evaluate it during the game to see who's being more effective. I like the approach throughout the course of the week and look to finish the week strong. 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. There's a little bit of communication with that yesterday and I think we'll have that taken care of here this morning." (On how close Eric Wright is to being a Pro Bowl cornerback). ‘Joe Thomas didn't get his block. Today. when I face a shorter quicker guy. as well as being gifted athletically and physically. the less you're mentioning him."You'd have to look at it in the context of a lot of other corners. that he's going to face multiple times.18. usually the better it is. There are certain styles of receivers that you face. I thought that overall the execution was better than Wednesday. when I face a big receiver. As someone from a coverage aspect. With an offensive lineman. when I've got half field help. I think he does an excellent job.(On if it is tough to evaluate Joe Thomas' season given the team's record). He's got a young career. What I can tell you about Eric is. Offensively."Good morning everybody. They do a couple things just a little bit different than what we've seen on third down. we have a few things we need to clean up from yesterday with the third down approach. I think the one area that he can continue to improve is run support and tackling. coaching a lot of different guys." . 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. 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." Mangini press conf. really understand the player that he's playing against and apply those things. (Jerome Harrison) then he'll get some more carries."There's a plan going into the game. Eric's a very smart person. I think Joe is really good." (On if he knew how he was going to split reps at running back going into the Pittsburgh game). Very few times you look out and say. 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 think this week he'll have his hands full as well with Tamba Hali. If it leans more towards Chris (Jennings) then he'll get some more carries.C. I think he's very fluid. In last week's case Josh (Cribbs) got some more carries. If it leans more towards J. 12/18 12."I don't think it's hard to evaluate him. especially at this point. That's something that he and I have talked about. I think he's very good in pass coverage.' or ‘Joe Thomas was beaten on that play'.

there is always a threat. To have him in a standard offensive set as a running back. but a full game would be about 65."I think he's improved. We've faced a lot of good running backs throughout the season and you have different things to deal with those guys." (On what putting Cribbs solely at running back would do to a defensive coordinator). so that every time he is in they can't check the defense. caught a pass. anytime he is in there." (On Robaire Smith). you may transition into something a little further down the list. when he is in the Wildcat you gain an extra blocker. He really did what you said. ‘These are the packages that we like. That dictates some of the coverage as well. you can now run your standard defenses. if they play a full game. The other nice thing about Josh is. If it's hitting like you expect to hit then you'll stay with it. I'd say it depends how many special teams plays there are. [We will] really have to see today and it will probably come down to a game-time decision with him. that wouldn't be a bad thing. You want to be able to put your normal offense out there and run those plays. You run through the plays that you like and see how it's going. the quarterback becomes a runner and you gain extra players. If they do start checking it then the plays that you have designed based on your normal offense should be very effective against it."I think if you are carrying the ball 12 times a game and catching a few passes. Most people play. if he is in a different spot than say the Wildcat position. It's hard to say. knowing that plan could change). That's a pretty effective game. because those plays are going to be traditional type plays. because you know what they are going to be in. Someone has to cover the quarterback."I think. You have to take that in account. How many returns does he have? How many kickoff returns? How many punt returns? Those things affect it. He is going to be involved in a lot of physical plays on the coverage plays. having him there and having him there in a capacity where he can actually run a standard play is important. One of the nice things about Josh is. That's where the numbers part of it comes in."I don't know if there is a set number. somewhere around 65 plays on average. He is on the coverage teams as well."It's more. He returned the ball. There's the threat of him on the reverse. There's the threat of him on the catch-and-run. either running the ball 12 times and catching a few passes or in the return game). you could still return like he has been.' You put those out there." . I thought that he was very effective last week. Even if he is not getting the ball. as a defensive coordinator. He is going to take a lot of hits between the kickoff returns and the punt returns. made a tackle and ran the ball.(On if he would go into a game saying Player X is going to get most of the carries. If not. that can vary on how demanding the position is or the focus of the position. How many snap do you want to use him as a receiver? That would affect it. He's just in a spot that is very demanding. Now." (On how much Cribbs could carry the ball and still be effective on special teams). whether it's the fullback and a guy that would be in a tailback position." (On where he feels like a guy like Cribbs could be most effective. because that number can vary each game.

That's why I never liked. play there and be effective. there was no intimidation. it could be a walk around type person. this is where the biggest problem is.'" (On if he is trying to matchup the secondary to the players the opponent has). during training camp. but he understands his problems may be a little different than the problems that I'm facing. He's the best to cover him."I think it's going to stay game-to-game throughout the rest of the season. He was the offensive assistant. you saw Robaire. saying. otherwise you get 10-12 games into the season and say. then you would move Kamerion over there to that spot. He has to have those reps. Then."Todd. is through the course of the season always have the ability to dictate the coverage. but the types of blocks that you get on the left are different. You end up spending a lot of time with him. The configuration of the secondary will be game-togame. He's a funny guy." (On his relationship with Todd Haley and if they are facing similar situations with their teams this year). when Kenyon (Coleman) got hurt.' Defensively. we've known each other starting in '97 when we worked in New York. go over to the left hand side.' and then they get all their reps as the right corner. so you can do that. The volume of runs you get on the left are different. be able to take people and say. He's worked there throughout the course of the year. push the coverage wherever you want to push it to. He had that experience growing up around football and with Dick Haley. You have to handle 8. We've had different combinations at safety.' It's like you get 10 that week and that's hard. He really has a good sense of humor. maybe a little different than .000 different things. I was the defensive assistant. so you have to know both spots. ‘Okay. He has been for a long time. It could be the right. He was making the transition into football at that point. today you are on the right. Ideally. It's sort of like a team within a team. 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. If Kam (Kamerion Wimbley) is best on a certain guy. Our approach has always been. In order to do that. He's bright. you always want to [have that] and really offensively too. Corey (Williams) playing some at the nose. 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. His dad is an outstanding evaluator. 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. ‘Alright. Jeff (Schudel). it was the flip of the relationship that I had with Schwartzy (Jim Schwartz). This is his first time around. It doesn't seem like that big of a deal. 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. He's tough and demanding. ‘Okay you are the right corner. that's what you have throughout the course of the season is the flexibility to say. That helps because you don't know how you are going to move them around. Really. worked some different guys in at the slot or the guy who covers the inside receiver in sub.' From a safety. Same thing with the d-line. It is a similar situation. it's not strong and free. He's looking to make progress each week. ‘Go play nose."What you'd like to do. ‘He's the best to cover him. where I was the offensive assistant and he was the defensive assistant.(On if he is still trying to settle the secondary). It was nice. Kamerion has to have the ability to move to those three spots. it could be the left. it's right and left. It wasn't too big for him.

You kind of want to put it in the microwave. free agency." (On if he wants the new general manager to step back and evaluate his work as a whole before making any decisions). ‘Wow. Why is that guys? Why are you talking about it? (joking) I don't know.' I thought that was a great quote. 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. department by department." (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). look at it critically and really assess where you are. you could be harsher than you should be or you could be not as objective as you should be. I really have been part of both those situations and it's not the right way. salary cap."I really do believe that anybody with a wealth of experience. Kenyon really hasn't missed too many games over his career. not at all. I think I could sit down with anybody at any point and go through step-by-step decisions that were made. how appropriate."No."I don't like to do that until the end of the season because you want to be able to take a little bit of time and move away from things and then come back and evaluate it. I'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 if Kenyon Coleman will be able to play this weekend). but you're encouraged by the things you do make improvement with. medical. things that were done both with a short term vision and a long term vision. There have been a lot of really talented coaches that haven't had good seasons. It's not always easy. I think he should be fine. depending on how you finish. This is a little bit of new ground for him. We've talked a few times during the season about different issues or questions. Someone threw it on my desk and I thought. Any aspect of the organization."What did he say on the conference call? Did he draw first blood? (joking) I loved everything about him. understands the different components that go into it." (On if he has started to put together a wish list of offseason needs). I spent more time with him than probably anybody else. have it hot and have it ready. You just learn to appreciate each other. How rational and insightful. I feel pretty good about us doing it without over pointing it. draft. That sometimes happens and you have to look at it in a lot of different . I read somewhere the other day. He has a big family."Yes. You don't want to make emotional decisions or quick decisions.' That's the way it is. PR.what Schwartzy's or any of the first year head coaches."I don't know why that is. At the end of the season. I won't spend any time putting together a selling kit. it's a bond you have for a long time. It's like any other relationship." (On if there was anything that drove him nuts about Haley). I think he'll be ready to go and he'll be effective. When you share an experience like that. ‘Rome wasn't built in a day. He's a good dude. You can't fix all the different things that need to be fixed right away. It's not really fair to getting the right answer. It's not like that. operations. especially if they've had coaching experience. player acquisition." (On if he has prepared a selling kit to present to whoever becomes the general manager).

I can't believe I just said that. he'd go. That's what they deserve. I understand exactly why Bill (Parcells) and Bill (Belichick) did this. too. you get different perspectives on it. because you learn and you experience things. because the goal is to win every game. Bill Parcells. Anybody that comes in can evaluate that. different experiences. that's the only evaluation that you make. I complained about this. whether it be DBs or a coordinator. whether it's at the owner's meetings or prior to us playing them last year. but every year.ways. I'm not kind of doing the score card of different opinions. I completely understand why you did what you did. With Mike. My job is to give that to them and not just one year. ‘Oh. There are stories that come out that often times have no merit."I don't really look at that. They always chuckle when you call them. If you've built different teams." (On why national writers are saying he would no longer be with the team if Mike Holmgren was hired). The conversation wasn't any different than those other times. he and I have talked at different points. Going through that in different places as an assistant. ‘God."I don't want to get into that component of it.' Sometimes when you look at the world through your lens. when I first got the job there were times where I'd sit in that seat going. cares and is passionate and fights and is smart. the passion hasn't changed and what they deserve hasn't changed. You make decisions as you go and you continue to improve and progress. That's what I believe in. I wouldn't characterize it as different.'" (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). 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. That never made sense to me. It's a good part of the process. it's not all it's cracked up to be is it Eric?' ‘Yeah Bill. Some do. I mean it's so obvious and it's so deserved. I know as a head coach. Has it always produced the results that you wanted? No. at all. ‘Oh my God. what the speculation is."I'm not really look at it that way. that can be part of giving the city of Cleveland what they deserve."I really think it depends on the person and the experiences that they've had. ‘I get it. backing. He's a good guy. They want a team that works." . I feel good about the things that I've done in that role and there's a body of work there. you've experienced a lot of things as well. I say some things that my dad says or my mom used to say and it's like. I imagine they'd look at things as a big picture type philosophy. I feel really good about the things that I've done in this role. It's kind of like become a parent.' It just changes. different players. but now I get it. facts. I want someone to come here that can help us improve." (On if he thinks his fate is tied to these last three games)." (On if he wants Holmgren to take the job). Being in Cleveland as a younger coach and being here now. I'm sorry.' I call those guys up sometimes and be like. Jeff (Schudel). it's different. What I will say is. if you've been a part of different teams. whatever it is. Each situation is different. I've been a head coach for four years now [at] different places. but when the lens softens and you look at the other situations involved.

players of the game this week. there's some great blocks. I did the same thing with the return team. Our practice player of the week was Coye Francies. 12/22 12. Lawrence Vickers was outstanding."Good morning everybody. just announcements from the game. it's just what we thought would be effective. I thought was excellent. Jerome (Harrison) got that honor and also gave game balls to really the whole offensive group.(On if there is any urgency to get Corey Williams more reps). It'll also be based on what we're getting and what's being effective for us. We'll take the same approach this week. coming a yard away from the team record. 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. with . Whether it's the nickel. there are all those packages. That wasn't a function of a lack of faith in the defensive line. D. some where he may be the second guy." Mangini press conf. (Joshua) Cribbs was the special teams player of the week. It's not fair to the coaches. but some of the hustle plays that he made down the line of scrimmage." (On if he is disappointed with the timing of the meeting with Holmgren). probably hard to figure out who the offensive player of the game was."With the d-line. I thought that Joe Thomas and (Eric) Steinbach and some of their double teams and Rex (Hadnot). What I liked most about what he did during the game is he played the blocks really well. [There are] some where he may be the first guy. especially for a guy his size and he did it throughout the game. I mean those guys were really impressive. Last game we had a different package with all linebackers and defensive backs. It doesn't change the guys in the room.22. the dime or the base or the other variations we have. the amount of sub personnel that they played with really dictated what we played with and the numbers got changed a little bit.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-22-09 (Opening statement). it's a lot of the same approach.A. The receivers down the field. He sustained an injury on the quarterback keep there late in the game and just won't be able to play again this season. Defensive player of the week was (Ahtyba) Rubin. Just watching the tape again showing it to them this morning. the same thing. It's not fair to the players. They all got game balls for that. It was a really group effort. It doesn't change the coaching staff. That'll continue to happen as long as we take the lessons that we've learned and apply them to the next week. you could move backwards. "The other news that we have is we had to put Brady Quinn on injured reserve this morning. It's not fair for anybody in that group to do it because there have been so many positive things. How are you doing? A couple things. the core blocks. (Derek Anderson) will start this week. Last week."You face different things that could potentially be distractions and we've faced a bunch throughout the course of the year. gave them all game balls as well. Once you take a step back.

physical." (On what Quinn's injury is). which has helped them quite a bit. I don't know where field goal range is with him. penetrating group. "In terms of Oakland. I think that they've had a lot of uncertainty at quarterback. the quarterback keep late in the game on the sideline. he wouldn't be able to play this week. We have our work cut out for us there. (Sebastian) Janikowski can hit from forever. making plays. they built Philadelphia earlier in the year. They've been generating a lot of pressure on the quarterback." (On if Quinn will need surgery). Denver scoring with 39 seconds left. They've generated some big plays. good run after the catch. there's some really outstanding catches late to sustain that drive. whether it's (Michael) Bush. They're 10th or 11th in red zone defense. I think it's over 10 percent of their plays."Don't know that yet. On third down.Brett (Ratliff) as the two and Cribbs will be the three. He can block. but the things that they're doing from a scheme perspective have been sound. He had a great catch against Pittsburgh on the sideline to get a first down. so they've played some good football. I think they've gotten better as the year's gone on. they've been outstanding. is the most impressive thing. As I said." (On what happened on the play Quinn got injured). (Justin) Fargas. Dealing with this tight end (Zach Miller)."He just got injured on that run that he had. wouldn't be able to play next week. he has excellent hands. you have really. I think the longest punt return against them is 23 yards. but it's back there. They're 15th in sacks. Looking at it. arguably the best tandem in terms of punter and kicker. Like I said. a lot of injuries there. I think says it all. especially in these close games. looking at this team I've seen them do a lot of good things as the season's gone on. They've had a lot of changes. He's a true tight end. "On special teams. he can catch and he's dangerous in the passing game. the rushing plays that they face. Cincinnati was kind of the same thing and then getting a turnover late on special teams. it's going to take a little while. The way they won them. We signed Scott Kooistra. "Defensively. These guys are a big. go for negative yards. Offensively. they have a little bit style of running game than what we've faced here recently. they all can hurt you. The thing just flies off his foot. offensive lineman. there are some things that we have to adjust to in terms of the style with which they run the football. They've won three out of the last five against three pretty good teams. (Darren) McFadden. coming back late in the game. so we'll get him a few reps working at quarterback. what we'll have to deal with is a penetrating defense. [In their game against] Pittsburgh. They have three good backs. To be able to put different people in there and still move the ball against some good defenses. I think. 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. The young kid (Louis) Murphy has a couple really big plays."A foot. They don't give you many chances to get much done in the return game." . and he hurt us last year when we played them. Really.

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. Even the ball handling on the one that he kept." (On Quinn being able to finish the game at Kansas City). I remember looking and thinking." (On how he would assess Quinn's season).(On if someone stepped on Quinn or if he turned wrong). Those types of things are the types of things that you're looking for."No. We'll just see where we are." (On if he was injured on the quarterback sneak for 13 yards). offensively.' but the way that he sold the run it sucked Brown like a hard edge down the line and there was nobody there. It doesn't seem like that's a big deal. 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. He's been positive throughout the process. Last game. defensively." (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. One or two more plays."That's something really I go back and look at after the season. this isn't going to be very good."Yes. guys stepping in and they've responded well. Brady saw it." (On Derek Anderson's state of mind). I didn't know if you guys remember. got it out to him. I think the no huddle helped him quite a bit. ‘Oh man. We made a pretty radical transition going to all no huddle. We've improved in quite a few categories. I think that over the course of time we've gotten better as a group. but I think that's been positive for us. I think he had done a really nice job. I expect the same thing from D. he's been working on it. late [in the game]. we call it a bubble screen. I really do."It's hard to tell on the film." . I thought that he improved with that throughout the course of the season. but that was the difference between the play working or it getting blown up. They had a lot of people in the box."It was only one more play I think." (On if they will be able to run the no huddle with Anderson). the bootleg. We've had a few moving parts throughout the season. I'm not saying that's the only reason. His ability to do that as well as he did helped us." (On which foot Quinn injured). we got the first down. I'm comfortable that he'll be able to go out and do it effectively. That was one of those plays that wasn't called. I thought that operated very effectively and got better as we went and it helped us quite a bit. just like Brady was."I think it's positive. He and I were talking about it last night and even he wasn't sure exactly how it happened.A. To understand where you can then attack them is important. He worked on it during training camp. (Mike) Brown was right there on the edge."I think it's the right. where (Chansi) Stuckey kind of bowed out. it's hard to see exactly what it is. The angle that you have.

Going into this season. the one that hit our young linebacker in the chest could have been an easy one. or maybe he had a little bit of burn late one year against Miami. like you would do any other position. don't get an opportunity. at Brady's progress and the offense's progress. A guy like Kurt Warner. The experiences that he's had. being able to run it over. I don't know at what point it really hits.000 snaps. we didn't really have a lot of depth at receiver and that was something that we had to address in the draft. (Doug) Flutie was up in Canada. and so would I. To be able to bring somebody in of his stature. We've done a good job of protecting the football and that's critical. I really like the catch he had on the sideline. take-away ratio." (On his reaction to Mike Holmgren joining the Browns as club President). We've called that a couple times throughout the course of the season." (On if 13 starts in three years is a fair number to judge a quarterback by)"Everybody has a different opinion on that. I mean. Not sure whether it [the catch] was in or not. We gave one away last game."I think we'll look at that. It was a lot less effective. we obviously need to generate a lot more defensively than we have. I think adding Chansi helped." (On if he feels comfortable with the receiving corps right now). We need to see how that growth continues and always need to look for opportunities to improve. They've come on. like we'll look at any other position."I think that's something that we definitely have to improve on. They've shown different things at different times. I think they'll both continue to develop. The games have changed for us."It's the same as we've talked about before. That was a real need position."I think that you have to look at what the situation is and put it in a context. I thought Chansi. It's critical. There are some positives. one of those games that we had in New England. I don't know. really has a wealthy of knowledge. get the snap off quickly. It was positive that we were able to do that. last game.(On how much of a concern Quinn's passing numbers are)." (On if Quinn can be fairly judged based on the parts around him). I think Evan Moore has been a really pleasant surprise and good pickup for us. him being able to go up. You see some guys that bounce around. were the turnovers. so I think he'll be able to shed some like on this as well. he was in the arena league for a while and suddenly gets a chance and lights it up. It's a combination of those two. suddenly get an opportunity and play really well. what is it. I think the thing that you see is hits different for different guys. The play right after the catch on the sideline I think is another example to point at. in terms of winning on a . protecting the ball. the games have changed. You guys probably remember the one early against Baltimore and that looked a lot different. I've heard. had another solid game with five catches. When we've stopped turning over the ball. There have been some good things. not give Kansas City the chance to challenge. 1. Our give-away. taking two young guys as early as we did. (Matt) Cassel hadn't thrown a ball. The other thing that I know he'd like to have back from last game. I think the positive is we have a guy that really understands quarterbacks coming in to help out. I think that's a pretty unique performance by any stretch. I don't know what the exact number is for that. We're not going to have the running game production that we had last week very often.

won't focus on it next week."Yes. Jeff Fisher was taking a lot of heat early on. I think anytime you make an adjustment like that. What I'm going to continue to focus on is coaching the group and that's what the players are focusing on. I think that's great as well. it's tough to say. There have been some good things and some things that haven't been as good. I won't focus on it this week. Plus." (On if he knows when he will get clarity on the long term with Holmgren). is getting ready for Oakland. that's going to improve as well. The key thing is to look at what the situation was."We didn't talk about that. anytime you can add someone that's really smart and has a wealth of knowledge." (On if it would be easier to switch systems when you have been playing as long as Warner). Last night was when it moved forward and we were pretty deep into game planning and it was pretty late when we found out. What you're trying to look for are what are the constants. You go through those things. they were 4-12. I think that's outstanding. I know he'll be in here next week."Nothing really had moved forward during that point. He did a nice job turning that around. there are always the variables. That's really a discussion for after the season. I won't focus on that. the coaches as well. that wasn't the focus of our conversation.consistent basis. he's switching systems. With Cassel. it's a pretty good situation. I think that was kind of a switch [for Drew Brees]. what factors are there regardless of all the variables. the system. the opportunities. I think Kurt Warner switched systems out in Arizona when the new staff came in and he was pretty effective. To be able to pinpoint and say there's one formula for evaluating any position. the strong offensive background that he has. There are always variables to every equation. You feel those constants are strong enough that as you change the variables and improve the variables. I think if you've coached and you've been a head coach you understand the different things that go into any season. the protection. All those things are variables that you look at. asses it and see how you want to move forward. . his last year in Seattle had a tough season. Mike." (On if it is good to hear Holmgren say that he likes to give everyone a chance to prove themselves)."Yes. it takes time as well. Different guys have switched systems at different points. the receiving corps. I'm just trying to draw parallels between quarterbacks. Like I said. I talked to Randy last night just about Mike and him coming to terms. The timeline and things like that. I don't think it's an exact science by any stretch." (On how switching offensive systems can affect a quarterback's development)"Again. I haven't focused on that." (On if Randy Lerner has given him any assurance that he will be given every opportunity to move forward with the team). We were 5-11 in New England with Bill (Belichick). We'll see how that goes." (On if he had any contact with Holmgren over the past week). I think it hits at different points."I haven't talked about that. I'm trying to think of the system they run in New Orleans and how similar that was to San Diego.

These guys have worked like crazy here. It's not putting together a power point presentation or a resume or any of that stuff. It's good stuff and it's good stuff for them." (On what he sees in Charlie Frye on tape). I know the different situations that we've faced." (On if he thinks winning the last two games is important to his job security). I want them to take advantage of the opportunities they have here this week and then the opportunity they have next week. I'm proud of the way they're playing. They've worked tougher." (On if he has looked at Frye's Browns tape to see his strengths). it's just I believe in the things that we've done. I think there's still some uncertainty as to how that's going to unfold this week as well."I can't say this enough." (On if he doesn't know what quarterback they will face this weekend). They deserve those things.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-24-09 . That's not what I'm focused on."There wasn't a ton of tape so you're going to have to go back and research it some more. again. find something that is part of him regardless of what system he's in.24. We've brought in new players and they've embraced those new players."There's some of that. I'm not trying to be flippant or anything like that. the decision is. you don't know what they were being asked to do here versus what they're being asked to do there. The only thing that's tough about that is."I don't think it's a certainty right now. We're going to have to look at the scheme. 12/24 12. I believe in the progress we've made. I feel comfortable with where we're headed and the progress we've made. It's not going to be a focal point."I'm happy for these guys. the last two games. they'll tell you. They've supported each other. Just ask them. I know what kind of staff we have." (On how happy he is that the team is coming together). like I said before. There are some serious variable as to who's going to play. They've worked hard." Mangini press conf. I'm very comfortable with the things that we've done and I know the things that we're building here. the different things that we've been able to do.Whatever the decision is. it's not keeping a score card as to what's important for job security. They've earned it. 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. You do that at times when it's a guy that you don't have a lot of familiarity with. You could look at some of that as well. Whether it was against San Diego. You do try to.

It's nice to allow the guys a chance to spend some time with their kids. I don't think it's going to happen short term. 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. Today. I've used this schedule quite a bit over the years. not just studying receivers. What Rob liked so much about him is. I think that Oakland's done a really nice job defensively in the red zone. I don't think we've missed anything in terms of our preparation. that kind of talent with what Rob explained to be his work ethic." (On if his holiday shopping is done). often time in high school they play everything."I would think about. Shaun Ellis at tight end. We will have a normal Saturday on Saturday. He is a physical tackler. That's another reason that they've won the games they won."Good morning everybody. He'd be a dangerous returner if he got a pick. Brad Smith some at safety. he said he is really. When you combine that kind of athletic ability."I did. review of first. It is a different way of looking at things. but I got her some anyways because I know she will. why not use that? It takes a special guy to be able to do that because there is a volume of information. If you can get reps from a guy on both sides. however they choose to celebrate it. Their third down." (On how serious Joshua Cribbs was considered to be used on defense and if it's still something to think about). we'll follow a normal Friday schedule so it will be the red zone. Wallace Wright. She's not getting me with that trick again. He is always working. The other nice thing is it builds flexibility." (On Nnamdi Asomugha). pluck the ball. if it doesn't work I don't think you are any worse off. I think at the end of the day they are football players and if they have that skill set and can handle the load.' She got me the first time and that's not good. I'll put the boys' names on it and it will be from them. it's hard to stop . He'd be great with interceptions. their red zone are both areas that I've seen get better as the season has gone on. wake up with them as they're opening their presents or family that's in town. goal line. really smart and committed to being the best player at his position. late in the game. I think there's real value in it. We have quite a bit to do there. it could be something that evolves. They have been able to score in the red zone at critical times. He has good ball skills in terms of his ability to locate the ball. We just moved it up a day. second and third down. 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."Yes.(Opening statement). ‘We are not going to do anything. you try them. Julie and I are not supposed to be exchanging gifts. He is always. They have been able to hold teams to field goals instead of touchdowns. it's great." (On if Cribbs has a defensive player's mindset). That's an area of improvement. How are we doing? Today we will finish off our week of preparation and the guys will be off tomorrow for Christmas. If it works great. He is very aggressive. I've always taken this mindset with players. That's another area of strength. We've done it with a lot of different guys. Even in New York I worked Jerricho Cotchery a little bit at corner at one point. She pulls the same trick every year."I talked to Rob (Ryan) a lot about him. but he is studying other guys that play the position.

He's made some outstanding catches and I hope that translates into the game. He can throw people around. He's made some progress. there's more playing." (On how the wide receivers have improved). I think these guys have gotten much more comfortable with the offense. much more comfortable with the things they are being asked to do and there's less thinking. we may be down a couple guys. I thought he did a really good job playing that position when we asked him to."Not sure. He's a really good person. In terms of talent. A lot of times when you look over there and the guy is not open then you look the other place. He wanted to spend time with the older guys."You better run precise routes. Just watching him from his rookie year to where he is now and how he developed and his commitment. take care of their body." . Clair can play this week). the way that he can penetrate. I'm not sure with a few of them. everything is a feeling out process early on. Not that we're not looking for him to be crisp on everything. he's strong. You think you've kind of gotten it figured out coming out of the preseason games. Maybe you don't there as long sometimes as would. everything is new ground." (On if John St. There are a couple guys battling colds here today so we'll see where they are at in terms of practice. If you don't run your route correctly of if you telegraph your break points. He's got excellent first step quickness for a man that size. It usually translates into a turnover. There's not a lot of margin for error. Brian Robiskie's had a really good week of practice so far this week. you go into preseason games then the tempo changed dramatically when you go into the regular season. He came in his first year and we used him a little bit at nose tackle. The early part of the season. Like Baby (Shaun Rogers) does. He wanted to figure out what they were doing and that from day one. Wherever he could help." (On if quarterbacks don't throw on Asomugha)." (On if anything changes for rookie receivers going against Asomugha)."I think they've all got a better sense of just how things work. He hadn't played nose. Corey (Williams) has made progress as well. They don't make you pay with just a big hit or broken up pass."I know he and Brian (Daboll) met about different things."He was great. Just routine. but you get with players like that and a little mistake could become a big mistake. guys like that make you pay with an interception.the improvement. Seymour can do that as well. That's a little bit of a shock. What's best in terms of the way they study the information. You go through training camp. It was important for him to get better. but that's not even close to what happens once you get to the regular season games."I think you look over there. he did. That's important. He is impressive. There are some things defensively that carry over from when he was there and there are a few things that are different. That's probably why he's become the player that he has become." (On if Rob Ryan helped out the offense this week)." (On coaching Richard Seymour). they develop a routine. Brian ran some ideas by him. It's hard not to see the improvement and sometimes dominance that he has.

He ran it in the early part of the season even though we weren't running it as much in the games. It just happens. There may be understandable reasons. giving it to the group. Sometimes it's just best to part ways. As we identify different areas we want him to improve in. We were still practicing it at different periods." (On why the Dolphins put Roth on waivers). you have to get everybody else lined up as well."Yes. They've endured quite a bit of cold there when we played Pittsburgh."He is doing what I'm asking him to do and that's to remain consistent. thanks for asking (joking).(On if there have been less dropped passes at practice). It just stops. the edge is set. There were a couple plays against Kansas City last week. They are practicing at the tempo that they play at and making some catches that at times are difficult catches. The block recognition. I think he's done an excellent job in terms of fitting in with the group."He's looked good. you don't just have to get lined up yourself. The guys seem to really enjoy having him here. in the second half. I think that we've improved there. One of the areas was his ability to press the guards. It's been loud. That's easy to happen in the game as well." (On a possible blackout)." Mangini press conf." (On how Derek Anderson has looked running the no huddle). the tackle is coming out and he just jolts him. It's coming up. The other thing that he's improved on is his communication. recognizing the blocks. There may be multiple reasons. Being an interior guy." (On Matt Roth)."Our fans have been great throughout the course of the season."Matt's been great. Those have been translating into the game. He's done well this week too. He's tough. that's what an edge is supposed to look like. 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. That would be the first word I would use to describe him. most of that was no huddle. I definitely think there's been improvement across the board. it's getting the call from the coach. making the adjustment. Sometimes the most important catches at practice are the routine catches because they are easy to kind of lose your concentration. 12/30 . I thought he did well there. Boom." (On David Veikune). I don't want to black cat it. You just make a decision and you move forward. they thought it was the best thing at the time. I'm sure their criteria is the same as ours. I had to watch it for all those years in New York when he was setting he edge on us. In the Pittsburgh game. 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. It's good to watch. to really work at it. When he sets the edge. I think that's gotten better. I think it's been pretty seamless. I am excited to have them there and look forward to seeing them there. is recognizing all the different things that can happen. which I think is the toughest things that a person goes through from having their hand in the dirt to going back."I didn't get into that with Bill (Parcells) at all.

They don't give up a lot of big plays in the running game. Defensively. who I remember watching coming out of college. It always hasn't quite bounced their way. the amount that you have to deal with increases substantially as well. has become a big play threat for them. so it was a really positive day all the way around from that perspective. which is a real testament to them. there are a lot of new players. When you look at this running back. similar to Ben (Roethlisberger) in the sense that he can extend plays with his feet. He has developed nicely this season. . They give up four yards per return. in terms of Players of the Week.12. They're 7-8. on special teams it was Nick Sorensen. but there are things that are going to unique that we haven't seen. There's a ton of plays where guys have a chance to sack him and they fall of him or he makes them miss. really good burst. They really lost three games by four or less points. He runs excellent patterns. it really starts with the running game. not very tall. I like to think that's the most important award that we give out. They don't give up a lot of big plays in the passing game. They force you to go the long. as I looked at this team. There's going to be some game plan specific pressures. he is small in the sense. It's not necessarily the Pittsburgh-type situation where it's 50 percent pressure and you're dealing with it every down. excellent center of gravity. The other position I didn't mention was the practice player of the week and that was Thomas Brown. defensively was Matt Roth. It's a little deceptive because they've forced 21. If you don't handle it. hard way. they don't give up a lot of big plays. You see that on the tape. Then he creates something down the field that wasn't open prior to him moving. where down the field they're getting the ball out. he's a good example of a guy. "In terms of Jacksonville."Good morning everybody. vision. but he is well built. He's very deceptive. this is his third year. really good balance. "On special teams. With (David) Garrard. That shows up every game. The first two years he had 16 catches. but they're working at it.30.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-30-09 (Opening statement). He's the second leading rusher. I'd say the most impressive thing they do is punt coverage. You see the crispness of his routes. The amount of production he's had is pretty impressive. You look at the fumbles they've recovered. He's caught another 50 balls. because the show. number one in the NFL in penalties. He is complemented by Torry Holt. This year he has 61 catches and seven touchdowns. Those things change pretty dramatically and they can change quickly. They are very disciplined. our Players of the Game this week offensively were Alex Mack. He's deceptive like that. "Offensively. the look that we get is critical for the preparation in the game. He can blow the game open at any point. The most amount of yards they've given up in a game. I think with (Mike) Sims-Walker. He's carried the ball 296 times. small isn't really fair. As you guys know Joe (Thomas) and Josh (Cribbs) made the Pro Bowl yesterday. A couple announcements from last game. they have 10 fumbles recovered. That's a challenge and we've had that challenge throughout the course of the season from different teams.

Once you know that. Louis at St. If you've shown the tendency to react. You can't give them anything outside of that. he's a great guy. I don't know if he got caught up in the moment or what happened there. ‘Look. Rich. is 26 yards in one game punt return wise. It's a really hard position to play and as a young guy.' I thought he showed excellent poise there."It reminds me a lot of Nick's (Mangold) first season. then you're going to get a lot more of it. [They have] excellent balance. He got a 15-yard penalty and it's like. It has to be salary cap compliant. the early snaps from New York that first year with Nick and with Alex. 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. Kind of like employee of the month. They're both really conscientious." (On why Mack won Offensive Player of the Game)." (On what the players get for earning Player of the Week). it'd be like watching a mirror image of the two guys."It's so easy and natural to respond. We were playing St.cumulatively now."Not necessarily. It's a hard position to play. I talked to Richard after the game. strength."They get their picture up. If I could cut the lap running. Louis and they did it to him. it's impressive. That's hard to do. especially in the heat of the moment and if you're getting baited. We'll have our work cut out for us there. a game ball. ‘If I can draw a penalty here it's going to be really good for us. A guy can have a really impressive day. talked to him a little bit before the game. Often times the offensive line goes overlooked. 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. but he's a really good person and really good player. There's nothing tangible to look at and say."I think it depends on the team and it depends on the player and it depends on what kind of player you are. getting to his blocks. so all those things combined. I thought he did a really nice job getting things communicated. ‘Okay. Sometimes it's just that awareness that you are a target." (On if the way Mack handled the confrontations with Richard Seymour factored into him winning the award)." (On if he anticipated Seymour trying to bait Mack during the game).' When we watched him collectively as a staff. you get your picture up. well he got this many carries or this many receptions." (On the most impressive thing about Mack's season). that can help too. but they don't put up any stats."I thought he made a lot of outstanding blocks. to go in and start 16 games like he has. You're counted on to get the . intelligence. I don't think it was something that we pointed out where he has a track record of doing that. character." (On if more extracurricular stuff goes on than people realize). I had a player in New York who was like that. [He had] some extra effort blocks that sprung some big runs. 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. It's hard to have that poise to just take a step back and realize that.

" (On if Oakland was Mack's best game). because where we were picking you're not sure who's going to be there. I'll probably hook them up in the offseason and have them talk to each other. but it was a function of a . or how he approached the offseason. I think there are a lot of similarities. I think he'll continue to get better. but there are some subtle differences between the two. Tony (Grossi). I don't know if you remember me talking just about where we were in New England."You identify a range of guys. I think he has the work ethic to do that. because I think there are probably a lot of things that Nick could help him with. For him to come in and start 16 games like he has. I think it's a good thing to be able to point back to and talk about. to hear the change of the snap count. He's a lot more comfortable in his skin. We were playing San Diego and we stopped them on like fourth-and-one. which could change dramatically who you take. he had an excellent game as well. ‘Remember when this happened.' 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. I think he's played really well in some other games."I think it's something that you can draw on if you experience it. 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). I thought Kansas City. There's a lot of responsibility."No. more playing than thinking. or a big third-and-one."I think he has the potential to do that. That was probably when the transition took place. He found good mentors.000 mock drafts and you don't know how exactly it's going to come and whether or not there will be any trades. When you have a group of guys that share that experience."Yes. They had to punt to us." (On if the team aimed to get Mack during the draft). Nick was really diligent and Nick committed every offseason to getting stronger and bigger and more knowledgeable. 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. There are 8. even if it's like the difference between your first year and your second year."It was probably his most complete game. He's playing. if you make a mistake the ball's on the ground. it resonates when you talk about. We ended up scoring." (On if he sees Mack getting to where Mangold is now). What I would say. is there was a range of people and when we got to where we were I was pretty happy with getting him. whether or not you'll have the ability to trade." (On if he thinks wins at the end of a season can carry over to the next season). in his role. or something like that. I can see the potential for Alex to do a lot of the same things. if you were a part of the group that did it.communication to both sides of the ball. I think he's played really well." (On if Mack and Mangold are similar players). winning the game there and then we went on that run of how many consecutive games leading up to the Super Bowl. I don't really want to highlight the differences between either guy.

It was the same thing in the building."I didn't really have a set reaction to who made it or who didn't make it. Now. every meeting. but he worked at it and worked at it. players. 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. when he goes and blocks it's consistently power angles and he worked at it. I was really happy for Joe and Josh. I was on him every day. I don't know. you get in a hole." . ‘This guy made it."Like I've said before." (On if he would be comfortable with Mike Holmgren's planned hierarchy with a general manager). You see some guys where the light comes on. I'm really proud of the way Lawrence has grown this season. but that game to me was just when you finally sort of got over the hump. It's dramatic." (On if there has been anything this season like the point in New England to help the team turn the corner). but it was a spot here. You drop a pass early. coaches. because we change on Wednesday. It's fun to go to work. a spot here. I've been a part of it before. it's a really good thing. I'm sure it was to shut me up. It's a good thing to be a part of. I think it's really paid off for him and I'm happy to see the way that his blocking has evolved. being able to dig out of the hole. You get smart people looking to do the same thing.lot of stuff leading up to that point. He struggled with it early and then got it and was really outstanding later on. The amount of errors that he's made from a mental error perspective is dramatically different. It's more rope memory than it is conceptual memory." (On his reaction to Lawrence Vickers not making the Pro Bowl). He and I were talking at the Halloween party and he just was explaining to me how he's changed the way he studied. These questions always come each year. I'm all for."In terms of a defining moment. Fill the building with as many as you can. 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. being able to put that out of your mind and come back and make the next play. It's not the same as it was last week. He'll tell you. It's great to see. front office. His consistency in blocking has been really good. whether it was one good thing on special teams or it was one really good thing offensively or one really good thing defensively. I'm sure he was sick of hearing it. Sometimes it's even individual players.' You can't control the voting. This guy didn't make it. committed to the same thing. I haven't had to say it in weeks. we change on Friday. There are all of those different things that you saw. It's kind of the same thing with Bryan Thomas. You can't control any of that stuff. sometimes it was holding. He used to come with this really wide reach. we change on Thursday. a spot here. but they weren't coming from all three phases or the defense was having a bad day. Everybody working towards the same goal. There's been a lot of things that I thought were good. It was a very different exposure for him. He couldn't generate the power. I think most people point to that game. anybody that we can bring in that can help us. in terms of how they have to study. The huge thing that we worked on with him was his hand placement. the offense wasn't able to compensate for that. it's great.

are special. 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 . what value does that have? It comes soon enough. Same thing defensively. I think it's just more of a conversation between two people. Mike Furrey was named our Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee."Good morning everybody. We've doubled our point total since the bye.31."Again."No. just look at the progress we've made there. These guys have worked hard and they've made a lot of progress. You can't control that. How are we doing? Just one announcement. which is Jacksonville and making sure that I do the best job coaching these guys this week to get them ready to play. but you can control the things in front of you. I wouldn't have hired them if I didn't feel that way." (On if he is anxious to meet with Holmgren). there's been some really good plans. It's not fair for me to be focused on something that's external." (On if it has been hard to not think about Holmgren). 12/31 12." (On his thoughts if he were asked to go in a different direction with his coordinators). I think that offensively. Some of the things that he's done off the field. Every major category is up. Both him and his wife do a lot of work in the community.(On if he will have questions about how the team will operate in his meeting with Holmgren). which I think is well deserved. There's been some plans that I wish we had back. They've been great in terms of not focusing on external things and really focusing on what's important. That's always the most important thing. Brad's (Seely) an excellent coach. but you've been in different situations throughout your career where there's a ton of stuff happening externally. I know this may seem hard to believe. I think. I don't think so." Mangini press conf."No. because the future. I'm anxious for this week."I haven't really thought about the structure of the meeting or anything like that. I'm anxious for the guys to have a good week of practice."I think everybody has a different approach to the way they do things. It takes time and that's just how it works. That's what I'm looking forward to. all that stuff is in the future. One's not necessarily better than the other. Everybody has a different way to do things. I'm anxious for us to go win the game. Rob's (Ryan) an excellent coach. I need to focus on what's important.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-31-09 (Opening statement). if you worry about it. I don't know if it's fortunate or unfortunate. I talked to him the other day and we'll sit down either Monday or Tuesday." (On if he wishes Holmgren had been here to see how the team is run).

but I've liked the way that he's worked. That's huge progress and important. there's two tackles on special teams. You just look at Sims (Mike Sims-Walker). Really offensively. but I felt like he got a better feel for it. On special teams today. 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. I told you guys yesterday that they are probably the best punt cover team that we've face throughout the year. We'll have a lot to prepare for there. I think that one of the areas that we've improved significantly in is third down defense. Instead of extending it and trying to run lateral. and you saw it last game. It hits a different times for different guys. but I've liked the progress he's made. He was another guy that as he got going it really took off for him and he ended up having a nice career. We're going to have some challenges there. he turned it up right away and was able to get the first down. I think that each guy develops differently in terms of production. A seventh round draft pick. 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. but not that optimistic. The other thing I was really excited about for him. 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. he had seven catches and nine drops. I think it's well deserved. I think he'll continue to develop as a receiver and continue to develop in other areas as well. so hopefully that'll be something that he wins because I think it's great. It's year around for him. we'll work on punt and punt return."I think that what I really liked. Anytime the most amount of yards that you've given up on returns in 26." . where to go. I'm hoping. He understood what the route was."I'd say it's not looking good. I feel like there are a few things that we need to just get ironed out on both sides of the ball. He has good speed. that's pretty hard to do over 15 games. is he got a much better sense as the season went on for how to run routes." (On how he would characterize Robiskie's rookie year). There were a few hiccups here and there with really understanding the system. the key block against Kansas City really saved the touchdown on Josh's (Cribbs) second kickoff return. as well and that's been more and more the pattern for him and the season has gone on. Tony (Grossi). I thought overall it was good. I'd say the best example of that was the third down conversion that he made where he caught it underneath. the guy is in the league two years and has 16 catches and this year has 61 catches and seven touchdowns. In terms of yesterday's practice. "Today we'll move into third down. Jake (Allen) will probably get another opportunity here. One year. It hits at different times for different guys. I think it was his first year. It's going to be an important day for us in that area.around Cleveland. they've (Jacksonville) done an excellent job throughout the season on third down. He has a good feel for running routes and I'm excited to see him get a chance to play." (On Brian Robiskie's status for the game). I thought he had a really excellent week of practice last week. [David] Givens. They have a lot of different ways they can convert. things like that. He's a guy that I think has consistently improved since he's gotten here.

"It's hard. There were multiple times. height is probably what you want. Leon (Washington) was an undersized guy. you can get big on somebody in a hurry if you want to. I'd say. He's improved the way that he's taken on the blocks. There are so many exceptions to the rules. his production is through the roof and he's an undersized guy. I think it was called Texas because everything's big in Texas. but they don't always fit into that mold. You have to look at playing speed versus timed speed. because as they're coming in if you sit and are stationary. I'm really pleased with the way that Jerome has developed this season as well. 250 [pounds] and thumpers and you can bring them inside or outside. We had a package in New York. I'm happy with that. the ideal height and weight and speed and all those things. Jason's had. you're going to absorb the blow and with him. with a training camp under (Jason) Trusnik's belt. 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. You look at a guy like Wes Welker. you have two guys there that are both stout. but yet you can run all . Asante Samuel." (On how much he pays attention to size if a player is not prototypical for his position). but it's key."I think he's improved his technique. especially over the last four or five weeks where he's been impressive in that area. An area that's gone underappreciated with him. he's a little bit slighter than most corners. which was important. [There are] some small corners. He's played both spots. that's where [David] Bowens has value too. I think. If there's another inside guy you wanted to keep you could do the same thing. Both those guys have played really well. Really. If you had another outside linebacker you wanted to keep you move Trus to inside and play him there. I think with a training camp under his belt. 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. however you want to slot him." (On if he would like Matt Roth at just one spot in the future). because of how much production he's had in the running game. but then you also have to look at production. You'd like them all to be a certain height and weight." (On why Harrison has gotten better in blitz pickup). I've seen some big guys play small and a lot of small guys play big. Deion Branch was an undersized guy. That gives you a lot of depth. he has done it for longer. I had Ray Mickens. I think your point is really important. It's hard to say. which now stalemates it or puts him in a lot better position to compensate for the usual size differential. because it allows us to do things that maybe we weren't being as effective doing prior."I'm not a huge fan of comparing.(On how he would compare Jerome Harrison to Maurice Jones-Drew). What you do is you have the ideal. It gets lost a little bit. He can play outside linebacker and now he's played inside linebacker. I had Aaron Glenn. weight. You have to really see over time how he continues to develop. 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. most of the time the guy he's blocking is bigger than he is."I think he'll stay outside and play that type of role. because he can make the roster in either spot. Now when you get those guys that are 6'3". It's like a goal line package. is the things that's he's done in the passing game.

you're just potentially giving up big plays. I always like wrestlers because they have good base. You don't know what the landscape is. 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. This is where the soft spot is.' because you're just used to it because that's what we do. I think one of the biggest things that we've done better is communicate and get to the right spots. You have to kill him to stop him and good luck with that. if they're here. That's gotten better overall. start his route with certainty. They're walking around and that's what you want. They're moving around." (On when a decision on the CBA is supposed to be finalized). Today we probably gave out 14 pages of third down defense and nobody blinked. Everybody talked through it. the receiver. 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. You want that uncertainty there."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 don't want to give the offense any pre-snap information where they can say. now it doesn't look like what we're doing anymore. This is what we're doing." (On if there has been anyone in particular that has made vast improvements in the secondary). so you have to plan for all of it. know how to throw people. You better block him with somebody big because he's going to run over anything small in his way. It's like. He was a wrestler in college and I think that helps. if they're not here. As guys have really understood what we're going. I'm sure everybody's going through the same thing."I think as a group we're tackling better. You just keep flipping who does what they're supposed to do and it doesn't make any sense. .' and let the quarterback go back. It makes sense to you."I'm not sure to tell you the truth. if they're not available." (On what makes Roth such a good pass rusher). You have your parallel plans. You run the same thing." (On how much time he has spent thinking about free agency and the upcoming CBA). if this group is available. okay. but you look at it on tape and you're like. Ideally what you want to get to is. you have 11 guys and you can just keep moving them around. ‘Well who's the big? Who's the small? Who's coming?' You break tendencies without ever really having to break tendencies. know how to use their hands. I think the disguise has helped too. this is what they're in. it was we weren't in the right spot."It's like the typical progression of how it's gone everywhere I've been. good leverage. There were very few times where we lined up and didn't have a size advantage in that grouping. He's just tough. Even the big guys are going to have a problem."He's like a tank. ‘Okay. ‘Oh. or we ran a pressure and we had two guys in the same gap." (On how hard the defensive assignments are for players to learn). A lot of the production early it wasn't a function of them just beating us based on the throw or the catch.the things that you want to run. At that point you're not running a pressure anymore.

we'll get it right between walk throughs. Nobody bats an eye anymore. it's so dramatically different in almost every statistical category."I think it's an important game to all of us because it's out last opportunity to play this season. When you first deal with that it's like. You try to go the extreme the other way and make sure you get enough sleep. There's that comfort level of. For me. practice." (On how he balances the stress of being overworked and his health. [there were] too many 30's. you're not going to evaluate it off of one game. The amount of sacks we have is up from. the volume is down." (On if he thinks the offense and defense being ranked 32 are an accurate portrayal of the team right now). Defensively." (On if this is an important game for Derek Anderson or just another game). you definitely can. in terms of your health. Stuff like that. family and the future). probably the whole staff' (joking). You don't like to make a decision without looking at all of the different things that go into it. the best stress relievers are the boys. Turnovers. shifts and motions and new plays and game plan specific things. ‘Oh my God.You're not worried about it.' but now it's just what we do. because of all the things that they're experiencing. you look at interceptions and fumbles. okay. It's just so much fun to go spend time with them. you're exercising. I was thinking. quizzes. You can look at training camp. he didn't tell me how to punch the first fight. The last eight games. ‘Accurate. When you look at the quarterback position or any of these positions. we were top ten in most things. probably last year. the amount of points given up is down significantly. it just puts things back into perspective. red zone. you're eating well. I'm not sure exactly what that is." (On if he can relate to what Urban Myers is dealing with). where you get to experience Christmas again as a little kid. It's an important game because it's our last one. Same thing offensively. I think. The amount of sacks given up. That's where the importance comes. but it's . because they're not worried about any of that stuff. I think we scored 78 points in the first eight games and 149 in the last seven."I think it's accurate in the sense that that's what it is over 15 games. Now. You can look at OTAs."Yes." (On how he balances the stress of being overworked). that's down. Even New Year's. 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. something like that. Third down defensively the last three games has been about 25 percent. I don't even know what it is. throughout. You're going to look at the games that they played this year. Nothing changes my perspective as much as they do. where the first eight games."I think unfortunately you leave all that stuff to the offseason. That happened in New York as well. I know we're all committed to keep moving forward."I thought you were going to say overweight. any of that stuff. 12 to 16 or 12 to 19. If you look at the first eight versus the last seven. You work a ton of hours. Time of possession is up. Red zone's been good. It's just what we do. You look at it as a progression and it looks a lot differently than if you look at it as a group of numbers. Jake smoked me three times in Wii Boxing the other night. all those things.

"] Give you a call? ‘Dear guys. quite a few hours left to hash that out. on that play it's hard to really tell what the thing was. ‘He can only have 15 touches a game and that's his limit. There are definitely all those issues involved." (On if Brady Quinn was able to avoid surgery). None jump out right way. you want all those guys to stay healthy."No." (On how Anderson fits in the West Coast Offense). ‘Well. why? Why is that the magic number? Why is 15 what he gets?' I don't know. what's the right number of touches for a running back. [Jeff Schudel: "Give us a call. what do we have. No bus rides to Hartford.not where near as much as when you lose."Like I said. Everybody's vested. I think it's traits. You want any back to be able to go through 16 games and handle the things he's being asked to do." (On if he has any New Year's resolutions). Is it a smaller back 15? Is it 25? I've heard that whole thing. 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. Everybody's trying to find that edge to help the team be successful." (On what is physically wrong with Quinn's foot). he'd be good in any system he runs." (On what happened to Quinn's foot). I don't know what exact characteristics would have to be part of that formula. Jeff (Schudel)."I don't know if there definitely has to be one formula for running an offense."I don't want to end the old year on a bad note here."Yes."I think that's still something that we're going to investigate. otherwise. I think Tom Brady will probably be good in any system he runs or Peyton Manning. but I'm sure when I get home tonight I'll probably squeeze a couple in. but I don't want to get into that.'" ." (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). There hasn't been a conclusion there. You probably wouldn't want to put a stationary guy in like a move the pocket.' I'm thinking. 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. It's a constant debate.

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