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Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-19-09 (Opening statement)- "Good afternoon everybody. In looking at the tape, talking to the team, I really feel that what I saw, or what I talked to them about after the game is pretty consistent. I thought that it was another example of playing hard throughout the course of the game. I thought the best examples of those were, we had the turnover, then were able to generate a turnover in our area. We had another turnover, we were able to generate a turnover after that, then be able to have the drive that we had, leading to what would have been a one score game at that point. Those things are good, and that's what I expect each week, regardless of what the situation in the game is, for us to be able to deal with adversity, come back from it and then respond to it in a positive way. I thought another good example of that was when we went down 14-0, came back with a kickoff return for a touchdown or come out after halftime and have the drive that we had and score points and make it a three point game. Those things are positive. Things that we have to continue to address, and what hurt us this weekend, were the turnovers. It's hard to turn the ball over and be successful, and defensively, some of the big plays. Unfortunately, Ben (Roethlisberger) was able to do some of the things that he's done to a lot of people. I thought we had some good answers for that, but they weren't quite what they need to be, whether they be scheme or execution or other. We're going to correct those things. I think that the style of play is moving forward. The execution needs to continue to get better. We'll watch the film here today. The guys are in the process of doing that now, then we'll move on to next week." (On using the Wildcat formation and if he is hesitant to let Josh Cribbs throw the ball)- "With that, it's been part of our package. It will continue to be part of our package. How much we use it each week will vary. I'm not gun shy in terms of him throwing the ball. It's like anything else, you take calculated risks. If it's not there, him keeping the ball is never a bad option." (On the flu is going around the team)- "Kamerion (Wimbley) was sick on Saturday. We were hoping that he'd be okay for Sunday. We kept him as isolated as we could. He just wasn't able to go. Big Baby (Shaun Rogers) started feeling it on Sunday morning. Those are the only two that we've had. We're taking every measure we can to make sure that we stop it at that. I talked to the guys about that, how important it was to continually wash your hands, continually sanitize, all the things that we all know about trying to prevent things like that. Anytime a player has those symptoms, we'll try to get them the rest and the care they need and not put them in a position where they could potentially pass it on or someone else can catch it." (On if another player was sick early last week)- "[It was] not the same thing. It wasn't the same. It happened and then kind of got through pretty quickly. It wasn't the same."
(On if flu shots have been given to the team)- "We've had flu shots available. I think it was a couple weeks ago. It's that time of year. Everybody just has to be extra vigilant with passing, whether it's picking it up, cleaning their hands. I'm not an expert on it, but some of the things we can do, we need to do." (On if he can order players to get a flu shot)- "I never have advocated that. I think it's one of those things that you have to make a decision on, and everybody is different. Some people feel like when they take the flu shot, they get sick. Other people feel like it's the greatest thing. I just try to educate them on it and let them make the decision." (On if the quarterback needs to be on the field in Wildcat formation)- "No, he doesn't necessarily need to be. Miami does it sometimes where there's no quarterback on the field. You can do it however you want to do it." (On why Derek Anderson was on the field in Wildcat formation)- "I think it just disguises the fact that it could be that or could not be that. When you break the huddle, depending on how many seconds, it may be 20-16 seconds, usually a huddle breaks somewhere around there. That's different then the 45 seconds or the 50 seconds, however it works out." (On if Anderson calls the plays on Wildcat plays)- "Yes, he'll call the play." (On if he is hesitant to reach a new deal with Josh Cribbs because he does not want to set a precedent)- "With all those contract things, those are internal. Like I said, I really like Josh. I think he's done a great job. I like him, obviously, for his special teams value, but the things that he's able to do, offensively, I think, have been very good. I've liked the way he's worked at wide receiver as well. You really haven't seen as many numbers there, but it's not something that we've stopped working on. He's still working on that and I think he'll continue to develop there." (On his thinking behind keeping Derek Anderson at quarterback)- "I think that there have been times where we've moved the ball really effectively. I think the drive that we had at the beginning of the second half is indicative of things that we can do. We have to do a much better job of not stopping ourselves, whether it be with the dropped balls or some throws a little bit off. It could be tightening up the protection or tightening up the routes, all those things. I think we can get better at that, but there are some positive things I've seen throughout the course of Derek working at quarterback that I think will get better." (On what they can do to stop dropped passes)- "It's like any skill set, you have to keep working at it. Something's not just solved by doing it a little bit, it's deliberate practice. It's consistent. It's every single day. It's not focusing on the end result, as much as it's focusing on the process to get to the end result and not getting tied up with, ‘We've had this many drops, that many drops.' It's, ‘Okay, what can we do to practice that skill?' It's like tackling, defensively. We do the tackling drill every week as a group, offensive and defensive guys together. We'll do it towards the start of practice, you guys have seen that
a bunch of times, and then guys will do it in their individual periods as well. It's such a fundamental skill, but you have to keep sharpening the saw with something like that. Blocking, hand placement, all the fundamentals, it's easy to get away from those things, especially in pro football, where your time allocated to that stuff isn't probably as large as it would be in college football, but it's not any less important." (On what he does when he believes dropped passes are more mental than physical)"I think sometimes it's understanding where you have to improve. You saw Mohamed (Massaquoi), where he had some outstanding catches yesterday and then there were a couple of them that I think he was looking to run before he actually got the ball. That's something that you can't do. You take your eyes off the ball for a split second, or start thinking about the next step before you finish that step, and you don't get a chance to get the next step without being able to get the ball. I thought Brian Robiskie had a couple of nice catches yesterday. His first one there on the in cut late, the one on the sideline, he wasn't able to come down inbounds, but it was pretty close. Those things are positive. I think as we go and continue to work together and continue to get opportunities and really continue to work on the process, that'll help." (On who he attributes the dropped passes to)- "I think everybody can improve. I think there are some things we can do with ball placement that can get better. You work on that with the quarterbacks and you work on the things you can work on with the receivers with them. Everybody isolates the things related to their area to get better." (On the progress in the secondary against Pittsburgh)- "There were some big plays that shouldn't' have been nearly as big as they were. They had an opportunity on Santonio Holmes' catch, we just didn't execute the tackle after he caught the ball and he picked up another, whatever it was, 15 or 20 yards. Even on Hines Ward, Hines' catch, where he kind of stepped in front of Santonio on the over. We had a couple guys there. We didn't quite leverage him correctly. Those are all passing yards. The catch is one element of it and you want to get better at stopping that and then the second element is tackling once he's in space. We can improve the consistency of the pass rush. I thought there were some times where he was able to step up and get the ball off. I'd like to see us take better advantage of some of the opportunities that we had. Brodney (Pool) had the interception and I think we had a chance for another one, it would have been tough, but had a chance for another one there. Linebackers play a role in that, too. A lot of those plays, some were zone, some were man. In zones, everybody has to be in the right spot." (On if Brandon McDonald's shoulder bothered him during the game Sunday)- "He and I didn't talk to about it, specifically to that. We'll see where he is. I think everybody has got some nicks here as we go. We'll see where he is for Wednesday, but I anticipate him to be able to practice." (On D'Qwell Jackson's shoulder)- "We're going to find out a little bit more here today. I have to see where that is."
This morning's been all Pittsburgh and transitioning to Green Bay. not just in sub." (On if Kosar will be in meetings regularly or work with the quarterbacks)." . Sometimes it's reading the coverage and being able to understand exactly where you have to fit. so it would just have to be off the TV copy."Corey's played more and more as we've gone here. Nothing can really happen from that."I've enjoyed getting to know Bernie and spending some time with him. a couple were batted. There are signs of things that I like and stuff that still has to get fixed. I don't know if you guys have watched it or not. We've had some good opportunities on third down. you don't have the measurement on it. some we haven't converted on. There's nothing. I haven't watched the TV copy of the game. We'll get some more clarity on it."Yes." (On if he can ask the NFL to review the measurement call). It's more informal than that." (On if it seems like Mike Furrey has dropped off)." (On developing chemistry between Derek Anderson and Chansi Stuckey). whether it be from a quarterback's perspective."The coach's copy. [there is] nothing imminent. It's his call. I really like some of the insight that he's able to give. but what do you think?" (On if he anticipates any moves before the trade deadline). but like anything else. we can sharpen those up and do some things to improve there. There's a lot of different ways that our conversations have gone."I think the official talked about it after the game. I'm not out there pushing forward with anything specifically. not at all." (On if Corey Williams could be traded)."No. I really haven't. Things happen. that's not really what it's been. You just deal with the next situation and move on. but nothing can change. to talk to him from a defensive perspective on things that maybe were frustrating to a quarterback. I'm not saying that it isn't possible. I anticipate him playing more between the two this week."I haven't really been looking at any of that. but in base." (On if he will call the NFL to get further explanation on the fourth-down measurement call during the Pittsburgh game). I think there's a lot of room for us to continue to improve there. and talking about it in that context. I'd say. a call comes in and we listen. Like I said.(On Bernie Kosar's role with the team). that's imminent. I'd say with all of our third down routes. but you never know. from an offensive perspective."Chansi's caught a lot of balls from him in practice." (On if he has looked at the measurement on film). or even better. in the short time that he's been here. I think he's done a good job with the things that we've asked him to do. so I'm not sure."No. He still works on both offense and defense. Mike probably didn't play as much as he should have this weekend. He gives some good insight and I've enjoyed spending some time with him.
We actually got third downand-one stop and we were pretty close on that fourth-and-one stop." (On if Steve Heiden aggravated his knee). We had three sacks. Some of that could be continuing to improve the communication with protections. Those small things become big things. with play-action passes. [We] did a better job turning the ball over this week. so minor progress there. but we also have to keep improving the areas where we need to improve on. Some of that could be catching the ball better. so play-action tends to be more effective. That's the difference between a sack and a 30-yard completion. or hoping to. A lot of times. but I think there were some sack opportunities that if we had just done it a little bit differently. I thought we had a great opportunity. It's more of an indication that you're going to run the ball. Hank's caught the ball a couple times. but he wouldn't be the first option. you're not releasing multiple receivers. those two things are positive." (On if the team has the talent at wide receiver to have a productive passing game this season)."What I'm looking for is continually focusing on us. is that we understand what the game plan is. I really thought that he'd be able to go. third down defensively." (On if using Hank Fraley as an eligible receiver limits what Anderson can do)"There are pluses and minuses. Having a bigger body in there sells that more. it's a good example of kind of how the injuries go during the week. you see those things. 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. and that's positive. It doesn't happen overnight. As we make strides within the room. the guard recognized it late. We've addressed a lot of them. The start of the second half. That's been something that I've been emphasizing over and over again. whether it's third down offensively. things like that. it's a 25-yard completion. If you want to run the ball. You get a bigger body. You have to understand those two things."Yes. we understand what we have to stop from our opponent. One of the plusses is you get a more efficient blocker. It was just that much of a difference in the detail. which he would have. just weren't able to close the offensive tackle down enough to let the edge rusher come clean. but now it's being able to do those things. but the tackle was able to pop out. that we're able to do some things effectively in the passing game. four-out-of-five of those plays were plus-10 plays. If you did want to get everybody out. It gives you some more options in the running game. That's an area that we hadn't been effective in."To me. Instead of that being a sack.(On what the team needs to fix immediately). but we have to keep going forward with it. which is something I'm looking for. and . those are key to winning the game. [at] a lot of different points. and those two things are huge. They were all passes and they were all positive passes. than we had been doing. the adjustments. I thought even the drive towards the end of the game there. then the other things are better and better. things like that. but it's how we execute. but it's constantly making progress in all those areas. in the early part of the season. I think that we've shown. came off and Ben (Roethlisberger) was able to step up. we had held the guard long enough. Even right at the start of the game. [We] continue to have very limited penalties. If we had just shortened that edge and let the guy come clean. defensively. and there's been progress in a lot of them. It's the things that we need to improve on. get a bump on him. everybody sees those things.
We had the flu cases and some more guys have come down with it. I thought just looking back at the preseason game. the first signs of any type of illness. but then the receivers do a nice job with the run after the catch. throughout the course of the season or the preseason. We'll adjust practice. in terms of not as many guys to interview. obviously stressing important things like sleep and hands and things like that. He just came in. I think they're playing really well. We're trying to. It'll probably shorten the player availability. I think we've made strides since then on special teams. Shaun Rogers. I don't know Dom (Capers) that well." Mangini press conf. Aaron Rogers has been very efficient throwing the ball.21. Kamerion Wimbley. hopefully. That's always a point of emphasis for us offensively. Robert Royal. Brodney Pool. that was not a predictable thing. Big Baby. He has a 104 quarterback rating. There were some young-guy mistakes. Guys that won't be here today: Jerome Harrison. but it happens. It's the 3-4. Oct. One of the things they do an outstanding job with is turning the ball over. I thought the situation with Kamerion is a really good example of how things can change dramatically in a hurry. We're working as hard as we can to promote things to prevent the illness. On special teams. They do a nice job. they'll be able to take advantage of the opportunity even better. was sick. 21 (Opening statement). but I've always respected and admired the job he's done. A lot of young guys had to play a lot yesterday. and they create a lot of pressure on things like PATs and field goals. we're going to cut practice down a little bit. Jason Trusnik. get the guys home and out of the building. I thought they did a nice job against us on special teams in the preseason. You saw in our . The good thing is they get some experience and grow and if they have to do it again. Offensively. Chansi Stuckey. How are we doing? Just in terms of practice today. It's that time of year and unfortunately we have quite a few guys who are dealing with it. Defensively. Corey Williams. and this is a team that's very good at it defensively. It's not exactly like our 3-4. Anthony Madison. We just have to make some adjustments. but that's evolved since we played them. Alex Mack. Brian Schaefering. They've moved it efficiently against everybody they've faced. Lawrence Vickers. We'll work around it and continue to move forward on Green Bay. 10/21 10. the first time we played them. this is a team that presents a lot of challenges. obviously. We're actually working with quite a few less players.2009 Eric Mangini press conference: Wed."Good morning everybody. not just hitting the receivers. Especially their coverage units. They're able to get a lot of guys out quickly and he's able to get the ball to them. and suddenly Jason (Trusnik) and Alex (Hall) have to pick up the slack there. I think they're playing very well defensively. right on down the line. but there are elements that we've seen before. "Looking at Green Bay. I think they're getting better each week.just wasn't able to when we looked at it. I think are solid.
but take some plays off it. but we will go through and see where we're at. but that's typical for a Wednesday. things like that."We'll cut back on some reps. Jason has played there some. Vickers. we'll have to adjust there. It wasn't something that was apparent on Monday. David Bowens started last year inside. we'll have people for each position. Jason Trusnik. so he's played there. I'm not sure. so that gives us some flexibility. without having to release somebody. that they've put in place."A lot of these were really new this morning. I didn't go through player by player with that." (On how he will adjust the defense without having D'Qwell Jackson). If there's any sign of it and we think it's heading that way. they may not feel great." (On how he will adjust practice because of the flu). [I am] just trying to get them some extra rest. Barton can play with MIKE or WILL. There are provisions if a team is hit by quite a bit of flu cases." (On if the players with the flu have undergone H1N1 testing)."No. I actually thought that Kaluka (Maiava) did a pretty nice job for his first extended exposure inside. depending on if you wanted to go with ." (On what he means by ‘provisions' for teams hit with the flu). A little tired. They blocked one already this year." (On if any of the players with the flu had received a flu shot). give them a chance to just be as vigilant as possible with this."We have a couple different options. Things like that."No. increase the amount of time in between plays. we can't discuss it. I don't have all the specifics. but nothing that I've seen where we'd send them home right now.preseason game. with the holding penalty and got quite a bit of push. We will continue to research that and go through the process and see where we're at." (On if any of the players with the flu are in the building). fullback. so it's new."They're all home. We'll go through all those things. With HIPAA. I'm going to talk to Brad (Seely) and the coordinators maybe about the post-practice meetings." (On if they are seeking league guidance on the flu)."I'm not sure. but there are roster exemptions where you can bring up practice squad guys to play in the game."The exact rule."We're researching that now. Houston had a similar situation." (On if any of the coaches have the flu). We may keep it the same time. That's something that we'll have to deal with." (On if the team is taking more preventive measures against the flu than normal)"We're being really aggressive preventatively. extend the walk through a little bit. five games." (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.
what I was saying is could move Barton to WILL and Veikune to MIKE. some of that. Because he's been there. That's not an easy spot. all those things I thought David would do a real nice job with."No. past experience. That's who he is. but yes. just because he's played both spots. I know you're shocked by my savvy. He'll work with whoever. in terms of the ability to rush from an inside position. D'Qwell's such a good guy. which is unique in itself. let's go on [to] Green Bay." (On if he knows how Jackson injured his shoulder). Tony (Grossi). Even height. You have to be able to . I didn't think to list him with the group. I'm not saying that the lines are going to follow exactly the same way. [there was] quite a bit of transition. It's a different world. It was pretty late in the half. ‘Don't worry about me. playing the MIKE." (On if it is disappointing that Veikune has not gotten many defensive reps during games since he was as second round pick). the timeline exactly. did a little bit of that."No."Yes. It gives us some flexibility there. Tedy in 2000. the ability to come up and take on guards.a bigger guy or wanted to go with a not as big guy. I don't have right now."I saw a lot of parallels with him and (Tedy) Bruschi. When I texted back and forth to him. His concern is getting ready for Green Bay." (On why he did not include David Veikune in the list of players who could play inside linebacker)." (On why he moved David Veikune from defensive end to inside linebacker). when he first moved inside."Yes. not necessarily. he was very effective. in terms of body type.'" (On if Jackson has surgery scheduled). He's advanced enough where he could play either at any point."It might have been on one of the catches by (Heath) Miller. As we've talked about before." (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. David's made a lot of progress inside. if something happened to D'Qwell. I talked to him yesterday. he'll be very active in meetings." (On if Veikune will get reps at WILL). I'm just saying body type. texted with him a little bit last night."I'm not sure exactly where it was. because it is. It was the easiest."I made a mistake. [They play] the same position." (On if Jackson finished the first half with the injury). based on the reps that we had allocated during practice. It was the progression that we had set. I should have added him to that list as well. Even though he's not playing the field. His concern isn't him. Barton's played both." (On if he has spoken with Jackson). everybody develops differently. He'll work with the young guys. speed. he's like. [inside linebackers] tend to be not quite as tall as the outside [line]backers. Once he got used to it.
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. obviously. but just in watching him." (On if Ben Roethlisberger picked on Maiava when he went in). out at USC. They're good size guys as well. a couple one-handed grabs on the sideline. He has good strength. 50-yard plays. It is a big transition going from end to that spot. He's a very intellectual guy. The over route the Hines Ward stepped in front of. there were a lot of big plays. Both have some great things to them. There's a lot of stuff going on there. talked [about] a lot of topics that you don't traditionally have in an interview with a player. his ability to make people miss after the fact. They run really crisp routes. [We] talked a little politics. where we have to go through the week and see where he is. but you have to do it at some point. talked about his dad. good change of direction. We had some chances to tackle him at that spot." (On if the Browns were interested in Clay Matthews before the draft)."I wish it was just him." (On Aaron Rogers). pretty good genetics. all those things. Driver's made some unbelievable catches. speed. but he gained . I image he's a pretty hard worker and really has developed his craft over the years."Yes. [He is a] really interesting guy. again." (On if Michael Gaines was signed because Steve Heiden is still hurt). Especially with Jennings. too. That was really the thinking there. [He's a] smart kid." (On Greg Jennings and Donald Driver). I don't know him personally. even when we were looking at Brett (Favre) in New York. working at that spot.get in."I liked Clay and spent a lot of time with him. hopefully it will. I don't think it changed his approach that dramatically." (On the importance of team speed on defense). I thought the value of him getting that experience. You have to be able to make all the run-pass reads. He's picked on a lot of people. It's a pretty impressive quarterback rating. Some teams are built really small and fast and some teams are built bigger. You have to be able to call out all the adjustments. in terms of completions. what you consider big plays 40-yard plays."That's a tough draw when you have to replace Favre in Green Bay. and the reality was they weren't actually 40-yard throws down the field. his efficiency." (On if Clay Matthews is like his father). He. looking at it."It just depends on how you're built. thought that would be best for his development. There was the play to Santonio Holmes. short term and long term. You can see the development that he's made over the course of time."I think it's going to be the same as last week. which was a comeback for about 15 yards. Some of the issues we had this past weekend were run after the catch. It might have been a slant to Jennings for 10. things like that. Both have merit. where he broke it for 40. He has excellent hands. run the huddle. He's a tough guy."They're outstanding. has tremendous maturity. He's a physical guy. actually talked a lot about the Browns. It ends up going for 30 more yards after that.
We were able to get the film work done here this morning. We'll do a little bit of two-minute work as well."How's everybody doing? Good." (On if he hopes to see Coye Francies at cornerback more). "In terms of Green Bay. Sometimes as a corner. but we're pushing forward on that today. same thing. in terms of the flu related symptoms. 10/22 10. whatever it is. it goes back to what we need to get done on third down. That's kind of where we are with the state of affairs. You have to be able to take your hit.22. in terms of adjusting to the players that we were missing. Tony (Grossi). I think we had other opportunities too. It's a little bit like when we were talking about Brian (Robiskie) early in the season. not totally sure yet. [they] adjusted well to the changes that we had. 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. You can't let at a 15-yard completion be a 40-yard completion. There really haven't been any new cases. You saw it in Denver. Anybody have a cold? I thought yesterday that the guys did a good job." Mangini press conf. that I thought were real positive. again. but minimize it to that and not allow it to mushroom into something more." (On if Brandon McDonald relapsed against Pittsburgh). it's not about speed or anything. 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. if you're not a starter. I think it was a group effort. you're trying to breakdown."I don't think it was a function of that.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-22-09 (Opening statement). It's going to happen. you are going to miss a tackle.some extra yards. We scaled down practice some. so that's positive as well." . I thought as a group. for us. Those yards all count towards passing yards. At that point. otherwise. There are other guys that need to help you at that point. and that's the reality. I think there's been some progress. Defensively we have made some strides and offensively we need to continue to. that other guy wins. It will be a good compliment to the other things that we're trying to get done on third down. it's about leveraging the player and getting him down. which we're working on. In terms of the timetable for the rest of the group coming back. Those things. You're sitting there on an island. We did some different things last week running the football. I didn't have the afternoon meetings yesterday. He needs to continue to develop and that's what I'm looking for."We give him a lot of reps each week. We should get Kamerion (Wimbley) back today and Shaun Rogers back today.
I started some of that myself."I checked the manual."No." (On if it is safe to say that the team will not meet the requirements for roster exemptions from the NFL). 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. making sure that we're doing everything we can to eliminate it. Kamerion probably could have come back yesterday.(On if any of the players with the flu are sicker or in the hospital)." (On Joshua Cribbs)." (On if he knows if the other players with the flu do not have H1N1). not too bad. we wanted to get home. He looked ready to go." (On if he thinks there are only two players with H1N1). With our medical staff. you have to adjust. working with the trainers. just to be safe." (On if you need six confirmed cases of H1N1 to receive roster exemptions). He looked happy. in terms of who took what. give it a shot. anybody that we could have go home or any pregnant women. they're all in contact with them. We're going through the process of talking to the league and documenting the different things just to see where we are with that. Even in the building." (On if there is anything in a coaching guide about situations like this)."I just know that two are. It's really about trying to be safe and limit it as much as possible. I don't know either way. the other group. It's open communication. this is new ground for me. so I'm not sure where it will be." (On where the team will stay Saturday night). I'm not sure of that status of the rest of them. It really has been a group effort."No. As I said. but again."Outside of just mixing and matching some combinations of people and things like that."Again."Like I said. [there was] nothing (joking)." (On if it will take Kamerion Wimbley a couple of days to be back to 100 percent)"He looked pretty good. which the presumption is that that's swine flu." (On if the coaches are feeling okay)."That's my understanding."I anticipate him being out at practice today. I feel great. Everything's being closely monitored."We have two that are Influenza A. I feel like we have a good handle on it. I'm not totally sure."I think we'll be past the bulk of it." (On who has taken Tamiflu)." (On if he has ever been through anything like this before). You're . working with the doctors. 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. there's testing that has to take place. It's like anything else. Tony (Grossi). [We will] process the testing and see where we are.
we actually had a little pressure. He's here late each night." (On Aaron Rodgers). where he just sprints out one way."Sometime it depends on who the guy is." (On if he learned how to defend Rodgers in the preseason). because if you're worried about that. That's some of the things that he can do. I think situations like this are a really good reminder to them [of] how close they are. you take some chances when you hold the ball a little bit longer. you lose the next one. but he's made a ton of good plays there as well. but things have changed for them."I think he's gotten better moving on to the next play. It's a big distinction. You do look at it. the result will be better. where you're just hoping to God that they don't get beat early. I've had DBs like that. Sometimes you have to get in there and explain the importance of moving on to the next play. They'll use him on some moving routes. to always try to keep them up-to-date and ready to assume a role if a role should open up. They shut it down and it's over. ‘Okay if I do these things. where he fakes one way and roles the other way.' and you sit with the player and say. if you can put things together and then show them. That's a skill set that you try to teach everybody. You look back at that." (On Derek Anderson not letting dropped balls bother him). a lot of the core parts of the scheme. sometimes dashes. He can move pretty well. We do a lot of work with those guys. whether it's post practice or additional meetings. Now. You don't know when you'll get your chance. we had a three-man rush on. ‘Okay. 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. 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. You saw in the first preseason game. It's an understanding. you might as well put . sometimes day-to-day and you get a chance that maybe you didn't anticipate." (On Anderson saying there are about 15 plays over the course of the season he would like to have back). It's a good reminder to the practice squad guys. You don't know. I've been impressed with his work ethic. because it's over. Sometimes you can get in a guy's ear and that's it. The worst thing for anybody is to not be ready for that chance when it does show up. He's really involved in all the different things that are going on and I've been extremely happy with that."He has the ability to move in the pocket. then it's not as much of an inherent problem as it is something that can be worked on and improved. whether the protection breaks down and he gets out. You have a chance at any point to make your case to play and things change dramatically week-to-week. because it is a lot of the same players."When you try to put something that you want a person to improve on. players and coaches.'" (On how he deals with receivers who drop balls). At that point."That was really early in the process for us. boots.always looking for way to teach off something. here are some of the plays and this is what happened. ‘Is this correctable? Is it not correctable?' And the realization that all of these things are correctable. things have changed for us and now you just try to get what you can from it. He can throw on the run and he can create some time. Everybody responds differently.
the tight end." (On if he is disappointed with Furrey).' I showed a couple clips today of some catches Mohamed (Massaquoi) had yesterday that were unbelievable catches. a tight end. like stealing. view of Mike is in the Cincinnati game."No. so we were a little light there. To me. I think that was really the goal. I think he's a versatile guy. Sometimes the way that goes. They both have different skill sets that you like and you want to involve them as much as you can. the best. Some teams will never run on third-and-four. they will be sprinkled in on third-and-12. Sometimes guys just need reassurance that they're going to get another opportunity and you go back to them right away to say. or as frequently. I really like Mike." (On if he anticipates using Mike Furrey more this game). two receivers. is what packages stay in. here's another ball. Jeff (Schudel). but he'll definitely play more than he played last game."It's one of those situations where they're both really coming back from injuries. which is. sort of. When you look at third down. like your standard set."I think we're somewhere between 54 and 46 [percent]. He's a complete team guy. just take them. Some of it's the way the games have gone. We were in a little bit more 21 and 12. The other ones should be easy." (On if he is comfortable with rotating Floyd Womack and Rex Hadnot at right guard). look. I'm sure he'd love to be more productive and I'd love him to be more productive. but some of it is opportunity." (On if the offenses runs too much on first down). it'll depend on. 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. it could be a combination of offense and defense. running three times on third down was very different than what we had done. that percentage of run-pass is much different than say third-and-four. where he catches a third down then breaks up a third down." (On if the team throws too much on third down). We were in a little bit more of that on third down than we have been historically. 21 is two backs. I'd say from a self-scout perspective. There are other guys that get beat five times and they're going to come out and compete exactly the same way. two receivers. ‘Okay. 12 is the two tight ends. Now. Robert (Royal) got a little bit banged up mid-way through the game and Steve (Heiden) was down. we actually ran three times on third down last week. we weren't using those groups as much. if you're going to get a run. That skewed his overall participation a little bit." ."Do I anticipate him playing more this game? Definitely."I'd say that most teams are probably on that same percentage. That's kind of what he can do.them in one of the boxes to watch the rest of the game because it's done. as we had. It's pretty close to 50-50. it just depends on the down and distance. is it third-and-one? Most teams. that was aberration. a lot of teams. so where he'd normally get reps on the three wide receiver sets. Hank's (Fraley) done some work as the extra lineman."Tony (Grossi)." (On if the team throwing 19-of-25 times on third down against Pittsburgh). Some teams. That wasn't a package that Mike was in.
I'd much rather everybody be home but guys do go out. He's impressive that way. What I did yesterday. they can help them out. That's where that is."We were on high alert last week."I wouldn't necessarily be out at 2:10 in the morning. He's that knowledgeable. I'm really hopeful that he can play. he can play any spot. as well." Mangini press conf. 10/23 10. the way he's able to make people miss. Hank. I talked to him about it. There really haven't been any new guys out with illness. get everybody caught up and move into the weekend." (On if anyone is still out).(On if he worries about the continuity on the offensive line). but you don't have curfew year round. That's not something that we have."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. He was in this morning and we sent him just to get some further tests. is to be able to get past this part of it. because his yards after the catch.23.). Coaches can make the points there and they can hear them and then they will get together with coaches. we've got almost all of them back. I didn't have the afternoon meetings. Watch that as a group and have the guys that did participate in practice. I mean."Corey (Williams) is still out."Good morning everybody. as opposed to giving them an opportunity to pick up another 15 to 20 yards. He's a strong runner. Some of that is being able to make the tackle at the point of reception.m. especially with a guy like (Greg) Jennings. The other thing with the Packers is they're able to. It was wet. I am really happy that he is safe. How are we doing? Eric Wright was in a car accident last night. he takes some really small completions and turns them into big plays. You don't want to . He's that aware. Hank could probably play DB. after practice today to get caught up on Wednesday and the other game plan specific things. There's really nothing else to it." (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.2009 The transcript of Eric Mangini's Friday 10/23 press conference (Opening statement). 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. "In terms of the guys that had been out with the illness." (On if Wright's accident violates any personal conduct policy)."He was in an accident. That didn't sneak up on us. We just didn't do it very well. I never want anyone to be an accident. That's what I'm looking forward to. Hopefully we are over the hump with this now.
" (On if Wright is up and moving around)." (On when he found out about Wright)." (On if he is planning to discipline Wright). I've been off with the family sometimes hanging out and you get a call. didn't look right as you went through it. as Friday's typically are."They didn't invite me. The first thing you want to do is make sure everybody is safe and then understand exactly what happened and hopefully use that educate people moving forward. One of the things that I talked to the group about is we're all going to work with them to get them up to speed and they're going to work at it as well. it was just an accident." (On if Wright will be practicing). it didn't really play that well. No. I'd much prefer that guys were in. they had the film here this morning. sort of." (On if there was any substance involved). but my preference would be everybody is preparing at all times for the game.see anybody in any kind of accident or any kind of situation like that. like I said. which I think is good information."This morning. They'll work with the coaches. You tend to pull back some stuff anyways because how you thought it was going to play." (On if the team had to scale back on the game plan this week). sometimes it rings at 2:30 a. the final approach. too."As I said."The information that I've gotten. There were no other things involved with it. so they'll spend . sometimes you find out the next morning. I'm glad no one else was hurt. Now it's a function of. He was in a car accident."Yes. I've had the whole range." (On when he finds out about situations like this)." (On if a lot of players went to the Jay-Z concert). I just talked to him 10 minutes ago. you start with a bulk of things that you want to do and you look at how it goes. There are no team based rules on those things."We didn't scale it back that much."I have to see where we are with tests and things like that. I don't know any more about that honestly." (On if Wright will start on Sunday if he is healthy). What the guys are getting that are in here today is. I'd much rather everybody be in and studying and doing those types of things but everybody is different. or pretty close to the final approach."It depends. that's each person's decision."Yes. Sometimes experiences like these are the best teachers for the person involved and for those around him. This wasn't anybody's desire." (On if players who are out late have character issues). I'll talk to him further about best practices. I like Jay-Z. Today is a little bit earlier day. but I'm glad he's healthy. or just didn't feel right as you went through it. I am hopeful that he should be okay and ready to play. None of them wanted to be out. Like I said. That's really all there is to it. usually what we do is.m. I don't ever want to see anybody in that situation. That's actually pretty common."He was in a car accident.
It doesn't usually happen on this scale. Hank (Fraley). based on the situation that we had. but we'll do some work with them post-practice today and you just adjust. Typically. That gives us a couple guys at that position. I think he's done a good job with the things that we've asked him to do there. again not to this volume by any stretch. the scouting report. where you weren't planning for something and it pops up and you have to go. or the ability to adjust to things that happen that are unexpected. as you look through preseason and you look through training camp and OTAs." (On the media asking Hank Fraley if he has caught passes at practice this week)"He's keeping it under wraps. but that's the reason I like to work different combinations of people."It was a little different week.some time with the coaching staff afterwards to go through Wednesday. I am sure they are repping it in Green Bay right now. Things happen and you have to adjust. or guys that maybe are on the back end of the roster." (On if he feels like he has aged this week). get them some reps at different points. The Hank package (joking)." (On if the team is thin at tight end). I don't really know what they have to say. I respect everybody's opinion." (On how he handles criticism from the media). We extended the walk through a little bit. Then you can build some different personnel groups. try to get some extra time there. You just don't know when you're going to have that opportunity to play or when you're going to need to play. you're playing. wide open this week.'" (On if he thinks the team will be where they need to be on Sunday). We'll maybe extend it a little bit tomorrow. I've never had a subscription to it. this is a good example of situations like that. I think we'll be in the best place we can be. We've used bigger guys at tight end before. Everybody is entitled to their opinion. like today post-practice. I don't think we're going to go into the game without making sure that everybody understands what they have to do. When I'm talking to the group next year about the ability to be able to deal with adversity. This is why we do the work post-practice with the young guys. by the way. then you have to figure out the best ways to get them caught up. huh? There have been a few challenges here along the way. That's really where I'll leave it."This week. It comes up every year. We just have to adjust. We have the ability to do that as well. We have to move forward and be ready on Sunday. but guys do miss time at different points for different reasons. Really. you don't meet with the players post-practice. but they're going to happen. which he'll probably be running down the middle of the field. questions they have. Sometimes that means reallocating time. We have our secret weapon."We signed Michael (Gaines). without answering all the questions." . ‘Hey. He's been working and Greg (Estandia) has gotten more familiar with the system since he's been here. You don't want to let a month go by where they haven't worked on the Browns specific things and then suddenly say."I don't read Rolling Stone. It's the reason I like to work practice squad guys into practice at different points.
(On if he thinks the national media is unfair to him). we'll keep improving."I have only been with him this one year. What I want to do is. he was running like a deep-over route. I like the commitment that he's shown. 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. us moving forward. force the back to cut back in."We've got a lot of room to grow. but it's a huge point. You'll see that sometimes on outside runs. There was a play last week where we got picked on the crossing route. Just going back to the other events of this week with the flu and things like that. I don't think that's specifically the offense. I think that was the one. 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. What you don't want to ever do is have two guys with this leverage and a point where the guy can break out. I've been happy with that. Little decisions . We also had the play where Hines (Ward) came over. not the passer rating. I think that as we keep going." (On if he knew how hard Anderson worked before he became the starter). That's what we have to focus on. as opposed to forcing them back in to where everybody's coming. There are a lot of things that offensively we can improve. Us making progress. Often times."You'd like all three guys to work at the same level."I've never classified it as that [an audition]. I don't spend a lot of time on the national sites or things like that. I like the way that he's worked. those catch and run plays go for longer yardage. where a back will hit the sideline."What I really focus on is us. [There's] a lot of room to get better there. stepped in front of Santonio (Holmes)." (On if the secondary has struggled more in zone or man coverages). us winning games. be able to move the ball in all four quarters. but the ability to move the ball more efficiently through the course of the whole game. It's a small point. Derek's done a lot of things that I've been happy with. I thought that he worked well during the preseason. because if you give them that sideline the pursuit now has to take this type of angle. knowing this is a process and like any other process it takes time. In terms of my experience with him. That was a function of better leverage by the group that came in and understanding where he is. What you want to do is maintain that outside position. so everybody has their back turned. you don't know when you are going to be there." (On if a quarterback's preparation increases once he becomes the starter). You'd like all your guys to work at the same level. I believe that the things that we are committed to are right. That's my frame of reference."It's a little bit different. Since he has been the starter." (On Anderson's passer rating in the fourth quarter). and then kind of spun out. because all of the pursuit is coming inside out. That's what we're going to keep doing and over time we'll keep making progress and that's the important thing." (On if he views Derek Anderson's play as an audition to see if he can be the longterm quarterback). That was man-to-man coverage and when you get picked on those crossing routes. You want to be ready when you do have that chance. I've liked the way he's worked as well. the rest of the coverage is also in man-to-man.
it's the same thing.like that are the difference between really big plays and plays that aren't as significant. 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. and things along those lines. which you need to have after you get the movement on the first level. offensively." (On if Wright has already been through the testing he spoke about). to what it should be and I don't think that we tackled very well."Yes. too many times the ball was on the ground. We took some shots. there were flashes where we did it effectively and then other points where we just didn't get a hat for a hat. In terms of running the football. that's the goal every time. there were opportunities in the passing game."Yes.26. too. With everybody back. defensively."All that stuff. because if they can seal that DB inside and we get the edge. there are plenty of things from an execution standpoint that I thought we could do much better. Plays that may have been a 15 yard hit or a 10 yard hit ended up going for much longer than they should have. whether it was on the goal line or the screen play that we had set up for Josh (Cribbs). he's been down."Good afternoon everybody. good job of leveraging the football and forcing the ball back to where your help is coming from. whether it's a field goal punt or a kickoff. The quarterback center exchange. That's something that we've talked about. some of it was the throw. especially defensively. some of it was the protection. What I really wanted to see is if a play doesn't go the way that we want it to go. After watching the tape and looking at the things that we didn't do very well in the game. in terms of the NFL exemptions. Some of that was the route." (On if he said he spoke to Wright 10 minutes before his press conference). especially for some big plays where we were a little bit off. tested and back. it's really not as much of an issue now. defensively. 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 . "I thought.2009 Transcript: Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-26-09 (Opening statement). being able to limit the gain. Mary Kay (Cabot). I thought. That's something that we've worked on." Mangini press conf. is still pending. We have to be able to minimize the amount of damage any given play does and that comes with sound execution in tackling. and we need to continue to work on it. 10/26 10. things like that." (On if there are any more confirmed cases of swine flu). defensively.
I think there were some blocks that. I don't think it was as good a day as it could have been for us. That's been a real strength for us.to. whether it was Jamal (Lewis) or whether it was Jerome (Harrison). both on kickoff and punt coverage. at times. different players. I thought it was a good day. There have been moments where we've been able to apply pressure on the quarterback and disrupt the passing game. "On special teams."No. [We] didn't quite do that. I think we played a good game yesterday on special teams. the six plays there on the goal line. Josh has a chance to go the distance and we weren't."It may manifest itself differently against that opponent. Get the ball to the receiver. but some plays where they could have been better catch and run plays." (On if he will consider a quarterback change this week). It's not like the numbers were poor by any stretch. there have been times where we've done things very well. some progress there. we had the fourth down stop. They missed a field goal. We gave them three more downs on the pass interference penalty. I think we've run the football. but they could have been a lot better. We had a couple nice returns that I think probably had a chance to go the distance on. just a little bit tighter on those blocks. It's being able to do it week in and week out. just didn't get it quite to the right guy. there were some chances yesterday that may not have been the deeper throws." . It only takes one there. There were a couple other scoring drives where I thought we held up pretty well. There were some decent drives. even on special teams. and it was close there on the last one. I thought the coverage overall was pretty sound. it's going to be hard to put the type of points that you need to put together against a team like Green Bay. although we had shots on the deeper throws. It's a lot harder to stop them for six. extremely effectively. but it's week in and week out being able to do that and being able to correct the problems that are there and not have those create new problems. but I've seen all those different things at different points. They were down there deep and (Eric) Barton made a play right there on the goal line. There have been moments where we've done all those things effectively. It's hard to stop them for three. There is a lot of that in all the different areas. focusing on what's important for us every week. back-to-back 100 yard rushers. I think we've done some good things in the passing game. Jeff (Schudel). defensively. Those things have to be put together and those things have to be consistent. and he would have gone for a lot further than the initial catch. in terms of being able to get the ball down the field. but we didn't do it." (On what he can build on from the beginning of the season until now). they were in man coverage." (On if he thinks that once you show you can do something once that you should be able to do it consistently). but I don't think it was as good as we could have played yesterday. but to end up with only three points on those drives. Really. 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'm looking forward to a normal week of practice this week."I think. I think that. It could have been even more of a strength yesterday. which is a style of play and then. incorporating the corrections that we need to incorporate to execute the game plan specific things related to Chicago.
tried to execute the things the way we needed to execute them. The important thing to me is. in terms of the way they responded to it. looks. That's the type of package that I'd like to. I thought the look that they gave us. all those things." (On the reason for not using the Wildcat yesterday). that'll change weekly. good catch. you're going to get certain things in practice. Even the throw to (Michael) Gaines yesterday. it was a good week of practice. but if it's going to be 20 percent of the game. and they ran it about 20 percent of the time yesterday. I think considering the challenges we faced there." (On why he thinks good practices are not translating into game performance). offensively and defensively. it was a good throw. and you've done work on that prior to this week. 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 thought the guys tried to rally. I've seen him complete those plays. I think there have been a significant amount of drops. I think there was a shot there on the deep ball to Mohamed (Massaquoi). not just in the games. In terms of what the percentage will be. there have been other weeks where there have been good things. meeting time. was actually a good answer. there were positive things. and be able to go back to that without the reps and be able to execute that. There have been a lot of those. nothing to do with it. That comes up every week."Usually it's during the game. 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. zero. I think with what we had. but I've also seen him complete some balls that they were well thrown and well caught."I think he gives us the best chance right now to move the ball. we're going to have up each week. the difficulty with practice is we had a significant number of people miss two out of the three days."Nothing. just a little bit out of his reach over on their sideline. but sometimes the look changed a little bit. worked to catch up there on Friday and Saturday. certain pressures."I think last week."I think that we probably could have used it more than we did yesterday. but we had some other things that we could have tried and probably should have tried." (On if not playing Brady Quinn has anything to do with the 70 percent of snaps he needs to take to earn his bonus). I know his numbers have not been impressive. You work on the bear front. tried to give the best look they could. but also in practice. Really they had maybe used it two percent of the time over the first part of the season. not like to. Sometimes it's the type of situation where you can get back to it and it makes sense from . whether it be in terms of reps." (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). Then.(On his reasoning for keeping Derek Anderson as the starting quarterback). far from a typical week of practice. They played a little bit more of the bear front then they had show. but I don't think he's been alone in producing those numbers. you're going to get certain looks. I think there have been times where we've had chances and there have been some breakdowns in protection. a place where only he could get it. but there are going to be things that change in the game.
didn't get the completion. He got hit right at the end by the corner. so if you're running the ball when you're in tight and passing the ball when you're spread out. which was much heavier man than zone. There was one in two-minute where the corner had fallen off on Brian (Robiskie) to come and trap Greg (Estandia). hit his arm and it fell a little bit short."Yes." (On what a spread offense could do for the offense). Now you're in second-and-15."After the initial play there. They were able to get it there. It was the second to last play of the two-minute drive there. that would be something that I would bring up. There were some other things that we liked that we wanted to get to. tried to get it off to him. you don't really have the chance to show one and do the other. Sometimes it comes down to how well you're protecting."We've done that at different points with D. Sometimes when you're spread out against man. who was running an out route." (On if the receivers are open enough to consistently move the ball). You need to be able to get the in and you need to protect. (Derek Anderson). where we started on the 40. in relationship to the score and the situation of the game.A. no. You also need to be able to run the football effectively. I thought on a couple of those balls we had a real shot. We had another drive. things like that. We had the offensive pass interference in the first drive."I think there were points where they were both open. it would have been a touchdown. We have used spread. it might have been after the missed field goal. but I think that yesterday we probably could have used it more than we did. but it really has the same end result. having those guys stacked. who fell off the back. [We need to] punctuate a couple drives with those things. Those are usually very effective against man-to-man defense." ." (On if the rookie wide receivers were open enough). it doesn't count as a completion. 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. You need to eliminate penalties. [We] put the ball on the ground another time on second and long.where you are. but to consistently move the ball you need to have those guys open." (On if he would talk to Brian Daboll during a game about using the Wildcat). There were a couple plays where we created some cause penalties." (On if he spoke to Daboll yesterday about using the Wildcat). We didn't execute. If we completed it. and stop moving the ball. He had come off to trap it and the safety hadn't gotten deep enough and D. where I thought we had a good chance."Yes. You really lose the element of play action when you do that. or in tight where you can create some traffic problems and catch and run.A. where we had a false start on second-and-10. Converted a third down to Josh and then they knocked the ball out. Sometimes it probably doesn't make as much sense. but got the penalty which. Then there was the fade that we were talking about to Mohamed. so we wanted to take a look at that. With the type of defense that they were running yesterday.
in terms of how to play the way that we want to play." (On what they can do to improve on the tackling). There will be a bunch of challenges coming up and you deal with them and you move forward. that's progress. To me." . and we need to play the game the same way regardless of whatever things have happened leading up to that point. We've shown that we can perform better than we have and we can improve individually. You just don't become consistent. and that is what I am looking for with these guys. We're going to put a plan in place to fix them. that's improvement. understanding how to be a consistent team."That's the only football that we're going to play here. all that stuff is important. We are going to work at it as diligently and as deliberately as we possibly can. The group of players. I wouldn't consider it to be that at all. you just have to keep working at it. The mistakes are going to be addressed. lose. You can't approach a game part of the time that way. It's doing it. Every game situation is going to be different. I think that we can perform better than we have. coaching it. 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. you understand that it's a process. ‘we need to do things better than we're doing things."I think that we can perform a lot better with the group that we have. 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."I think it's like anything else. doing it again and it's a fundamental skill. There is a commitment to that." (On if he thinks the team will get back to playing how they did the previous three games before Green Bay)." (On if the team needs a talent upgrade). is to make progress and to play a certain way. There is no sense of. ‘things are ok. but they don't change the game. You can't do it part of the time. or a few games that way and not the other games that way. I think that anytime you take over a new situation with a new group. It's like anything else. The mistakes are going to be analyzed. It doesn't just happen."No. Every challenge is going to be different. It always will be. you work at it.' It's a sense of. Win. Understanding how to be a consistent player. it's a skill that's learned. You can't lose sight of what is important. but that approach can't be different. We can improve collectively. That's not going to change. We have to play the game." (On what encouragement he can give to the fans). was unique and I appreciate that and I respect that. the group of coaches that we have. it's always going to be trying to approve for the next week. You work at it. and I really felt that over the last three weeks we had made a lot of progress. and it will be. It's going to be the challenge that we had this week."I don't think that anybody is pleased with where we are right now. and you keep working at it.' And it has to be consistently that approach. It's like a lot of things that you want to do better in any arena. I think this week. improving it.(On if he considers this to be the low point in his head coaching career). You can't lose sight of that. Being aware of the different types of situations you're going to be in when you are tackling.
you need to keep working at the same level. That's what I told D. 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. 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. and I respect that.(On if he has any sense of how long it will take to get the team where he wants it to be). It is a process. In terms of saying."The conversation that I had with Brady is really the approach. [It is] really an approach that I experienced firsthand and also learned being part of that with other head coaches. There are some things that you can do short term and some things that you can do long term. it was really the same sort of approach. It's a different group of players. Being part of this experience in three different places."I don't think you can look at one factor. because you don't know when it's going to happen. You need to continually address the areas of improvement and you need to be ready when your opportunity strikes. is. We need to continue to move forward and make sure that nobody wants to leave the stadium. I understand it's different everywhere you go and there are different challenges everywhere you go. " (On if there is more work to do with the team than he originally thought). and suddenly you have that opportunity again and you always want to be able to maximize that opportunity when you get it.A. it's different.' I don't think it ever comes down to one thing. It's a passionate group. That has been the approach. That's what we have to do." . That's how we approach next week. Every place that I have been." (On if he began the season thinking the team was going to be successful this season)"I approached it the same way. working to win that game and in the process. I guess it would be four. because it changes quickly. It's a different schedule. where you've transitioned to."When I took over. what do we have to do today to improve and understanding that there are things that are going to improve more as we go. is what can you do to improve? Not lose sight of those things. not change your approach." (On what is different between this team and his Jets team his first year as head coach)." (On what he thought yesterday about fans leaving the game early). but what you are looking for is continued progress. You need to. What can we do right now to be better than we are?" (On people outside the organization thinking it seems like Quinn has no future here). There are variables upon variables. when he wasn't the starter and that's what I talk to any of the players about who aren't currently starting. ‘this one thing was different."I don't have a timetable set up. in terms of working to win every single game. 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. like anybody who is not playing currently. That's how we approach it."It's important for us to give them something to cheer about.
the guys down the field making the tackle. they create some challenges in terms of the pressures that they use. I think he has the ability to really dig it out and get inside. I think defensively. The amount of points produced off those has won a lot of games for them. I've been in plenty of those games. and we're not going to stop doing that. Do I think that we've made some strides? At points. It's been something consistent since he's been there and it's helped them. some of it could be purely off pressure. but there is quite a bit of moment that you have to adjust to as an offensive line. some of the things we talked about. He has great confidence. I really liked Matt Forté coming out. some of the movements. 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. That's what the record indicates. but he still hit the 61-yarder and he has the ability to do that at any point. yes. He'll put the ball into tight spots. to win the games."Good morning everybody. like a lot of the guys we've faced thus far. He. but he's also shown the ability to. whether it's sliding up in the pocket. anytime you play one of Lovie's (Smith) teams. leading all backs in receptions." (On if he thinks they are a better team now than at the beginning of the season). even though this is a different scheme than what we faced last week. I've faced him several times in Denver. but get it out. some of it could just be part of the overall scheme."Yes." Mangini press conf. "[Offensively]. How are we doing? In getting ready for Chicago. I've been on both sides of that spectrum. like we saw last week.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-28-09 (Opening statement). because you see it. moving out of the pocket. especially out of the backfield. Even in the running game. with the rest of the season. even in the preseason. so we're going to have to do a good job identifying those things. 30 percent of their points have come off of turnovers. With (Jay) Cutler. There's some variation in what they do and who comes. 10/28 10. I've been in other stadiums where our fans were drowning out their fans. being able to pick it up and then executing the pattern on the back end. His ability to get the ball in some tight spots. I know his average isn't what it was. We're looking tow in each one. I think that there are plenty of opportunities for us. their awareness of the football. Whether it's the defenders who are sacking the quarterback."I think we are right where we've played ourselves to be.28. but the record is what it is and that's a reflection of what we've been able to do to this point. He'll scramble some. He had a touchdown scramble. when that's clogged up.(On if he has ever coached in a home game where you can hear the other team's fans above your own). He has the natural arm strength. I think is . get to an edge and create some big plays. but he also can extend plays with his feet. In terms of being able to create turnovers since he's been there. You know that they work on it consistently. can create plays. He gets the bulk of their carries. their ability to not only identify the football. he's led the NFL in turnovers.
We want to create and be consistent with the style of play. he creates those problems. They all get some opportunities. I don't think they were trying to kick it out of bounds with those. and they have. we all have the same approach. with Greg having above average vertical speed for a tight end. they can all score. You just need to understand that there are some risks there."They play well at home. Bennett's been back there a little bit too. I'm sure they weren't happy with the result last week. He has excellent accuracy and he usually gets those in. [is] really impressive in the return game. I think it was third-and-25 against Atlanta that he went up in got. I think they were trying to pin it in the corner of the end zone and then. We want to get the things fixed that we need to fix."Brett (Favre) has supreme confidence. He can thread the needle. (Devin) Hester. when you do have multiple bodies around. kick return." (On having to play the Bears at home). he hits on the plus side. Brett will throw the ball into tight spots. There's one on. overload the coverage. I don't think that the goal there was to kick it out of bounds. Whether it's punt return. More often than not. whether it's Knox. 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. like we weren't happy with the result last week. they can all score. so it gets six guys on that side. two tight ends that are bigger guys. He had a couple that game that [were] similar to what you saw out of him coming out of college."You know Tony (Grossi). from a special teams perspective. Jay's like that too. you're going to get some that go the other way. (Danieal) Manning.impressive and also. There's great upside and there's some downside there as well. They can run him on the reverses. Hester. I think that Johnny Knox has done a nice job with the way that they've used him vertically. but that's going to be probably our biggest challenge to date. so he creates those problems. He'll throw the ball into some tight spots because he has great arm strength. really good hands. but he's made a lot of plays doing what he does. but he's developing more and more as a receiver. It's a tough environment to play in. Then you have Greg Olsen and Desmond Clark. and then he can take a slant. he can get vertical. 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. Every now and then. Earl Bennett made some impressive acrobatic catches over the course of the season. We want to get it corrected. "On their [special] teams." . that's a pretty good situation as well. I think their skill position guys. put whoever you want back there. he can make something happen." (On if he thinks Green Bay kicked the ball out of bounds so Joshua Cribbs couldn't return it). He's created a lot of pressure there. he's in the secondary. break a couple tackles and just like if he had in punt return. but to start on the 40. I think that anytime you're coming off a loss or a tough loss. the Wild Cats. anticipating a sideline return because it was so tight to the sideline. The nice thing they can do with him is. just based on the way that they covered." (On Jay Cutler's interceptions).
We had to use him a bit more."Yes. that he's actually making some progress here. who was new this week and Greg (Estandia). we've been in good shape. where you have a hat for a hat. He's willing to play whatever role he can play. A lot of people have been beaten by Donald Driver in the slot. I think there have been some individual cases where we haven't held up as well. just comes down to technique." (On how he assesses the offensive line protection). who's been here. assess what's happening. but your hat doesn't hold up against their hat." (On Hank Fraley). Tony (Grossi)."I really like Hank for a lot of reasons. at all. hand placement. too. [We] have a real good shot to see him here today practicing." ." (On if Steve Heiden is a candidate for injured reserve). and those were our two tight ends for the game. He does well. something that we talked about. When we haven't. Tony (Grossi). I thought on that play. He has great professionalism. but hasn't had any kind of extensive role. I like the way that he approaches everything." (On if Fraley was in danger of not making the team before Hadnot got injured)"Rex went down fairly early in the process. you really respect his versatility. we were in a really unique situation to go into the game without Steve or Robert (Royal) and really working with Michael (Gaines)."No." (On Mike Furrey in the nickel package). We'll keep moving with that."I think. get it communicated. I think that getting to know those guys through the course of training camp. and as you get to know Hank more. When we've done that. Mary Kay (Cabot). He's helped Alex (Mack) throughout this process."I thought he played pretty well. which is something we'll focus on too. I think one of the important things. Jeff (Schudel). or the back against the blitzing linebacker. We didn't want to create a situation where it was too much right off the bat and have had a plan for that and we're moving forward with the plan. He approaches it the same way he approaches his offensive line play. is our ability getting in and out of the huddle. I don't think I was looking at it that way.(On if Rex Hadnot is getting more reps). that's where you get hit with something that could have been communicated out more effectively. He's an excellent communicator. That's something that we have to do better. He gets a little bit better each week. It's a tough duty. he could have played a little bit more in the trail position. I thought he played better this game than he had his first opportunity. we've been trying to increase that each week to get him to a place where he can handle more and more reps. There is somewhat of a learning curve there. whether it be against a gain. there have been some packages that we've done a really good job with. An offensive lineman that can play three interior positions has a lot of value. Hank had been playing some in those packages. leverage. make sure everybody sees it the same way. Last week. but he's happy to do it. I think. often times. Those things are technique errors that can improve. but overall I thought he did pretty well. That. is give ourselves some more time to assess what's happening.
when he initially went to the flat. where Harrison was going to. as well as defensively." (On if there is a trend in the NFL of coaches going for it on fourth down). I think if we had held maybe a beat longer on the flat. 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. Could he have come earlier? Yes. based on whether or not he's open or not happen. I'm not talking about a significant amount of time. Derek (Anderson) went to the flat."With Mike. I don't know if it'll be every package or a variation of packages. he could have had a chance. you might get if they were extended. I think is a good thing. He's a smart guy. thought he had a chance there for a bigger play down the field and then came back to Cribbs. that initial look. There are some different matches that we have there."You are able to see the field. I'd say it's a little different based on who you're playing against and how confident they feel with what they have there."I don't know what the numbers are. David Bowens played in there as well."What happened is. Then it goes from the flat to the inside player in the progression. It's really effective against a lot of man-to-man coverages because they have to deal with leverage and things like that. Being able to use that to help us. just have to see how he does through the course of the week. where David went to MIKE and (Eric) Barton went to WILL. so that's another option that we've worked with. so I think he stayed on the first progression and was looking for that. He had played defense. The way that play's designed is. as say. for his first start and extended action. because he has started and played a lot of games on defense. with a guy that had never played defense. it's a little unique. without it being an overload situation. it's just with bunch patterns. things as they distribute could take a little bit. had the squat corner. It's not where we were with Troy Brown." (On what happened on the play in the second quarter near the goal line when Jerome Harrison appeared to be open)."On that particular play. but a little bit longer to clean up. Overall.(On what is says about the secondary that he uses Furrey in the nickel)." (On if Anderson could have gotten the ball to Cribbs earlier on the play Cribbs fumbled on). but each route has a progression. probably could have stayed a beat longer with it. We got the first down. He had played pretty well on defense. you could have." (On Kaluka Maiava's play against Green Bay). you try to go to the flat right now. We ended up losing the ball on the fumble."I think there were times he did really well. It's not as quick of a read. I think (David) Veikune could get some opportunities. he came back to Cribbs later. looked there initially. I thought there were some things to build on and he'll get some more chances. I'm not sure what the . so he can get the things that he needs to do offensively." (On if Anderson is able to see the field). because they have different combination coverages based on you being bunched up. the corner was sitting there and then the corner came off and squatted on Furrey. when that corner came off on Furrey. with patterns where you have multiple receivers tight. but then went to his second read and that's when the corner fell off on Furrey.
That was positive as well. Defensively. There's definitely something to be said. I'd like to think we have a good shot at that. He has good hands." (On if his approach has changed on fourth down). If it doesn't. 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. especially compared to the previous years. Where statistically the percentage is high. I'm not opposed to any breakdown of carries in any game. Some things we felt that we could do a little bit better with somebody else. but there's also the risk-reward factor. He needs to find a way to do the same thing."Mike is the guy that caught the touchdown pass against us in the preseason game. I think he needs to continue to work on his pass protection and he's been doing that as well. but I thought they were well caught in contested areas. I've gone for it on fourth down a lot of different times. you talk about it the whole next week. We're getting to know him here." (On if Phil Dawson will try to play on Sunday). Just like when we were talking about with Brian (Robiskie). he has to keep trying to make a case for himself. He made some nice catches during the course of the week. You have to look at those two things when you're evaluating it. odds are they're going to score. You're looking for continued progress from that spot. if it works you look really good. 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. they weren't necessarily big gains." (On Michael Gaines' 21-yard catch against Green Bay). for going for it on fourth down. I think he's made some nice plays and I think there are some plays that he can improve on and he knows that."He'll work through the week."No. . It's not a knock on Abe and it's never a knock on somebody when you transition them in. it works out better for that person. I thought he made a couple. Sometimes. statistically the percentage of them scoring if they stop you is also high. that's a scoring play." (On if they need to maximize what Jerome Harrison can bring to the offense)"Jerome's gotten a significant number of carries this season. We'll see where both those guys are." (On if it was disappointing that Abe Elam was not in some of nickel packages against Green Bay). Essentially at that point. We have a lot of rookies that are playing or contributing. since he's been here. you feel like the matchup is better or the things that you're doing in that scheme. I talk to him about how important that is. it worked out really well." (On if Coye Francies is close to getting on the field defensively). it worked out really poorly. Really Greg (Estandia). we'll keep working different people in different spots to see what the best spots are. if you don't get it. There have been some good opportunities for him and there will be some other good opportunities for him as we go."I talk to Coye quite a bit. It's just."No. Sometimes. numerically or statistically. You remember that as well. has made some nice catches as well. You go for it on your 30.numbers are. Those are decisions that.
trying to make sure that we have a plan in place that: 1) is going to be effective against what they do and 2) emphasizes the things that we think we can really improve on and carry over. I'm looking forward to him to keep carving out spots. You're always trying to use their strengths. It helps a lot. You want everybody there. We spend a lot of time on this. so he's back with us. so that's good news."He's been playing in a role and he'll continue to play in a role. 10/29 10. what we're going to be working on is our third down package." (On if Steve Heiden will be able to play on Sunday)." (On Chansi Stuckey's development). David Jr. We added some tackling drills to continue to emphasize that." Mangini press conf. Everybody's happy and healthy."I think we have a good chance there.29. he had a little boy." (On if the week off affected the way Kamerion Wimbley had been playing). Ideally. We'll do that again today. In terms of today. not just this week but week-to-week. because there was a week there where he got a little . this week will be a normal NFL week of practice. you have some different packages. David Bowens. offensively and defensively. [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. "I thought yesterday overall was a good start to the week. he just needs to make his strong case to do that. He works." (On if there have been any new cases of the flu since last week). It happened late Tuesday night. 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."No.2009 Transcript: Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-29-09 (Opening statement). Practice is important. 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. I want to go through the week. that we're doing things fundamentally sound to either limit the production or to maximize the production offensively."Good morning everybody. who missed yesterday for personal reasons. whether it's him or Mike or Brian. Cribbs has different packages. He was part of that group that missed two days of practice."Each guy I'm sure responded differently to not being here. I think that would have been counterproductive. How are we doing? One piece of housekeeping. He took a little bit of a step back last week.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.
Whenever he is out there. St. or anything along those lines. It's hard each week. which is easier because you stay with the guy that you're on. Defensively. Carson (Palmer)."No. he's another guy that is able to move around in the pocket in create some different things."I didn't look at it that way. it's critical that you keep those guys in the pocket so you don't get to that next level. Not that stationary quarterbacks are easier to deal with."It feels like we've dealt with that every week. Is the closest receiver going to be the low level guy or is he going to be the deeper level guy. The amount of points that we've given up as a result of turnovers.bit of time and wasn't able to participate like we hoped he would. John is here as well. I think we're net minus 56. Tom (Brady) doesn't move around a lot in the pocket. what I'm looking at is where we can improve the execution. I've been a part of situations where the numbers weren't very good. Turnovers for us is a stat that I do look at. I think the same thing with Phil (Dawson). what happens if it breaks down and it adds some preparation. or is he going to continue down the field. he has good mobility. made some progress there. so points we've generated from our turnovers versus points that the opponent has generated from the turnovers we've given up. that's the goal. With the bye week next week. It's different on the back end because the defense that you have called to cover the play that you anticipate getting run." (On if he thinks Dawson would be back already if his injury had been to his plant leg instead of his kicking leg). I'm not sure how that would have affected it from a timeline perspective. who has some experience with the Bears as well. . it's hard."He does give some insight. (Joe) Flacco. that's when we feel that he's able to do it. Traditionally that's been consistent with this style of defense. That stat is significant. It's something that has to improve and until it does. That. but the point total is low. Each team has a set of scramble rules and each team's scramble rules are different. I think there's a real good shot. but they put up pretty big numbers. At the end of the day. when it breaks down. Clair. 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. he'll be back as well. is the most important thing. and how we can improve the execution." (On Jay Cutler's ability to keep plays alive and how the secondary will have to defend against it). to me. but we wouldn't do that whether it's the bye week next week or not." (On if he would be more inclined to keep Dawson out this week since the bye is next week). depending on what kind of passer they are. because the stats will come if we improve the execution. There's a bunch of different things that happen and as a defensive line. so then you have to cover your scramble rules based on manto-man defense." (On how useful Michael Gaines is when preparing for Chicago). it's not something that we're rushing. based on is the outside receiver going to run a come-back. Ideally." (On if he pays much attention to statistics). Peyton (Manning) doesn't move around a lot in the pocket."We wouldn't put him out there if we felt that there was a chance that it could be a big setback. It all works together and you have to prepare for what they run. or zone defense and understanding where you have to fit. the fits on the break down have to be consistent. because it's been significant.
too. I used to put (Richard) Seymour back there some. is maybe eight inches on the pull. There is so much movement that you usually have somebody who knows something about that team. To me. had a real good chance to get home and we had that exchange and we ended up losing a little bit of yardage on that. Typically."Yes. when we had him. We've worked a couple different guys as tight ends. and guys figure that out pretty quickly when they're back there."Last week." (On the problem with running the ball inside the five yard line). There isn't one. You've done some of that. and even though you are. The scheme. with the blocking. It's hard work. kind of. We have to get that fixed. We didn't have a hat for a hat on that and he just got chipped. It's commitment. I think. kind of hit his hip so he couldn't get in the hole to get the linebacker he was assigned to. the traditional checks. It's consistency. It's really the same approach if you aren't winning. 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. not big (Joe) Klecko. Those things are going to be different based on which individual you're playing against. when you get to this point in the season. odds are. it's different. those aren't going to stay the same through this week. I thought we had a chance on the other one." (On if he has ever thought about putting a defensive lineman in on offense when inside the five yard line). so I'm sure they're taking that into account. That's the difference between having a hat or not having a hat."I don't really look at it as selling them on anything. That's the formula. too. (Dan) Klecko. little Klecko. It's a different world though. the puller got knocked off. especially on the goal line.They know both those guys are here. I think. He's made some really impressive catches. We had a play that. but the style of play has to remain consistent. as we he was coming around. it's still. Everybody talks about being back there and you get back there and it gets noisy. Everybody wants to be back there. and the level of preparation has to remain consistent. I thought you were talking about more the fullback spot. It's dedication. We're willing to try different people there. The . Maybe the traditional audibles." (On if Mike Vrabel is successful at playing on offense because he is so smart). maybe every couple weeks. It's more teaching that element as opposed to selling any sort of miracle cure. those things are going to change week-to-week. It's not the same world. he's 300 pounds."He has great hands. It's just as important to prepare the same way after a win as you would any other week. is the only way to win is to be consistent and to fix things and understanding that. in terms of our style of play and that's the starting point." (On what he sells the team on when they are 1-6). one of the problems was we had the fumbled exchange. When you're used to hitting someone. every team changes it up. the things like that. It's always easy to come in after a win and prepare. He's not that little. the calls. or enough every couple weeks so that it's not following the same pattern. His pull could have been a little bit deeper and I think it would have avoided the contact. it's on understanding what's important to get fixed and the difference between the right approach and the wrong approach.
or the defensive linemen that were available in that area and then look at Kenyon's production versus that group. 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. so we'll do some of that too."That was really part of the trade. Same concept. it does. Really." (On if the team loses confidence when they get in the red zone and aren't able to score). it's been positive."Yes. Alex (Mack) has been able to play 100 percent of the snaps and I think he's making some real strides there as well." (On if they adjust the playbook when the offense is not playing well). same read for the quarterback. but I think he has done some better things over the course of his time of playing more."I think he's done a good job in the role that he's had. It wasn't a question of not having confidence there. stick at the top of the routes. [he] caught the other in-cut. Hopefully. but you put the tight end outside the receiver and he runs the number one position's route and the number two. when we were looking at other defensive linemen that were available in that range. Klecko ended up getting hurt.other thing that happened. When you were looking at the range. in that role. Some of the things I think that we need to reengage in and reincorporate into the scheme. probably more so on the first one than the second one. the numbers don't really show it." (On if two defensive players getting hurt on offensive will change your mind about using them in that role). I kind of moved away from the d-lineman/fullback role a little bit from that. There's been some scaling back with some of the stuff we do. same route. we'll keep getting him more and more involved as we go. I think we had a shot. Seymour ended up getting hurt. which is higher than his normal total. he wasn't in bounds. Kenyon's a pretty consistent guy. really understanding the different coverages. both of them did. it's just some different matchups. Some of it I've liked. The few opportunities that he has had. I think he probably has more play time and production than guys that were drafted in that spot. I think there's an approach that we need to . I think there's been progress." (On the draft day trade for Kenyon Coleman)." (On Brian Robiskie). Some of it I haven't liked. He has a sack this year."We've done a lot of that. It may be the same concept." (On if not feeling confident enough to run the ball inside the five affects how a game is called). Route depths."You always want to get seven."We felt confident last week that we could run it in and we did call two of the three plays there to do that. just he hasn't gotten a lot of opportunities to get the ball. He's performed how I envisioned him to perform."Yes." (On if Seymour and Klecko got hurt playing fullback). That's a positive. to get it in." (On Kenyon Coleman specifically). I think in that context. it was just the fumbled exchange hurt us at that point. I think. then you get a little bit different match up."Brian. he caught the one on the sideline.
continue to take. we have Puss in Boots from Shrek. because there's not a lot of margin for error. You really understand how important the smallest details are. if he had gone deeper we probably would have had the hat that we needed. the protection. just law of averages. and really I'm looking to get down there more often to increase the averages of getting in. That. I am sure the players are wondering what that is for. I had to watch that documentary last Friday about the making of. is another skill that is developed and as it improves. I thought that defensively we had a good day. continuing to emphasize tackling. We are going to keep doing it. It's a different type of . You have everybody jammed up inside. Jake is Han Solo and Luke is Luke Skywalker." Mangini press conf. [I] have been doing that for years. Yoda. we improve. It is a little bit different package than what we have seen over the last couple of weeks. Good times. good times. what to anticipate. It's fun. how to attack it. is such a fundamental skill. That would help too." (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).30. I can't stress that enough. what the check is. I think it's more about understanding how subtle the differences are down there and being able to capitalize on those things. I feel like we are getting closer in understanding how to deal with it. and [to] do it quickly is key. We have been doing it since training camp. that's Luke. you get down there more often. We got it a couple days this week. the reads. I thought they did a nice job with that. to me. that's the one year old and Luke Skywalker. It also helps our offensive players with running with the football. In all three areas whether it be the routes. I can't emphasize that enough. [It's for] when I Skype with them. I thought we had a really good day yesterday with the communication."Let's see. the other one. Everybody has to understand it. all of the different places I have been and [I] believe in it. I think there are some things that we need to clean up from yesterday that we will do here today. you saw yesterday. I hope nobody ever walks in when that is happening. in terms of being able to get the ball into the end zone. It's great.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-30-09 (On what his kids are going to be for Halloween). Luke loves Luke Skywalker. That. Everybody has to take part in it." (Opening statement)."Yes. 10/30 10. I have a Darth Vader mask in my office. understanding where a defender's leverage is. Like I was talking about with the puller. Ideally. It's something that can improve and needs to improve across the board. "Offensively. but one he gets knocked off. The ability to identify what they are in. too Terry (Pluto). to me. I know the Star Wars Symphony is coming to Cleveland."Today what we are going to do. it's the difference between a very small amount of distance. I am usually either Darth Vader or the Emperor. The two oldest. they are big Star Wars fans.
it's hard to get those days back that you miss in practice." (On the notion of using Josh Cribbs as a running back). I think that if you look at Kenyon's production versus the other d-linemen that were available high in the draft. 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.A. It wasn't really our mindset. and I don't love making comparisons between guys. where our initial spot was. Josh has played a lot of different roles with the Wildcat. and also. (Derek Anderson) and Brady (Quinn) here. practice wise. but you think that he has a chance to keep developing. I don't think last week was his best week."I like the players that we got. He's building that experience each time he plays and each time he practices. It's one personnel group which presents one set of issues. He is strong when he is running his routes. at times. You can run those types of plays with a guy like that. that's been a plus decision. That wasn't part of the equation. but you are creating another one because that guy does have some running back skills. I think there are a lot of plusses with it. Say you had four wide receivers on the field and a tight end. Alex (Mack) has started every snap and I think he gets a little bit better each week. tight end and running back set."He does have really good hands." (On why he chose to play Cribbs at wide receiver instead of running back). We are making some strides there as well. but as a young guy. and the production that he's had and the play time that he's had. potentially be really good in that role. What we will do today is."You look at all the players available. everybody would be out because you don't have a running back."I've done some of that in the past. I liked working with those guys and I liked the things that they brought to the table. It takes a lot of work by the player and the group to get that. It takes time. but having D.front in terms of the way they penetrate versus some of the other teams that have been a little bit more reacting. our receiver group when we first got here was in a bit of a state of flux. Same thing with Abe (Elam). He's good with run after the catch. so they have to deal. in terms of that position going into the draft. we all need to practice. Brett's (Ratliff) been in his role and that's really the role that I saw him having when he came here. Some of the veteran guys who have years of experience can relate things back. It's something that we have done a little bit of." . traditionally that would be an empty formation. on a good note. I've liked the things that he's done. I thought that was an area where we needed to develop depth. It's not that you don't think that he's going to be as good in the other role. We would take Brad. clean up those things. work on the red zone and ideally finish the week." (On if it was determined before the draft that the team did not need to draft a quarterback). it was important to me to see those guys. motion him back in the backfield and now you are in a three wide receiver. but with Brad Smith where you could get into multiple wide receiver set." (On how the trade for Kenyon Coleman has worked out). We all need that and I think especially with the younger guys.
for Gaines. see them in your system."It's like anything else. definitely. You also have to then. I can tell you."Yes. bring someone to a game. Hank may be able to be an in-line guy. 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 it's not what's best. but at least it's moving in that direction. because we had both those guys (Robert Royal and Steve Heiden) down. you know them much better than you did coming into it. With (Michael) Gaines. like he has been. Greg has been able to go to some degree. 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. give them reps because you feel like they should have reps. had been here a little while. Robert's been able to go to some degree. four wide receivers. three wide receivers. allows them to play better at their spot. There were a lot of moving parts. he had just come in." (On if a player's playing time can be decided solely on his performance at his primary position). the things you're asking them to do. so Gaines had to play some fullback. [we] we're sure. If you've carved out a role somewhere else. all those things come into play. 11 there's a tight end. the third defensive back playing in the slot. That's what you're working with at that point. one back. which is good. 12 there are two tight ends. Is it as clear as you would like it to be? No. but not on special teams)."It was tough last week. you can't do it. but they really have to beat somebody out at their position in order for that to be the dominant part of the decision making process. we had the flu element. and I've said it a lot." (On how much the health of the tight ends affects the game plan).(On if he saw enough from Anderson and Quinn before the draft to have a good idea of what they are capable of). 21 there's a tight end. he's been here an extra week and he has some exposure to those different spots. Some of the reps that you take off somebody else. or 10 [personnel]. as well as play some tight end. Steve's been able to go to some degree. sort of hoping that one of those other two guys. you look at what they've done based on the systems they were in and getting to know them and going through that experience. getting to know them through the course of the season. but as you go through the season. We've gotten Lawrence back. You try to build some flexibility with the plays. What you don't want to do is. Greg (Estandia) had played. the whole concept . could go. You're kind of down to 20 personnel. which is two backs. the most important thing is what is the role? What is the game day role? The role can take a lot of different shapes."There's not really a group that you have where you can [plan for not having a tight end]. (Lawrence) Vickers was out. Now. If you're the star. or play a role on substituted defenses that is significant. whether it be Robert or Steve. Hank (Fraley) had played a role there to some degree." (On if there is a possibility of a player earning playing time by performing well enough at their primary position." (On if he has separate game plans depending on how many tight ends will be able to play). Going back to a long time ago. You may feel like you have a really good handle on a guy. you look at both sides of it."Yes. the good news is.
03.of building flexibility." (On if he has been pleased with how Elam has done in blitz situations). I thought we can throw the ball better. there are plenty of areas to improve. ‘Okay." (On if Daboll takes it hard after a rough game). Sometimes there are setbacks. and be involved in all three areas to whatever capacity I can and in whatever positive way that I can. You don't want to take a step back to move forward. but you have to move on. I have an understanding of what we're doing.' and I don't think you'll ever find that. You have the next team and the next opportunity and you look at it objectively and correct it and move forward. you just make the tackle."The one thing I've been really pleased with is. you take a chance. but there's a way that you have to do it."I think that when you win the game. there's not one area where we could say. We run a lot of different things out of that set. because there was progress there." (On Green Bay saying that they had practiced against Elam's blitz all week). we can catch the ball better. it should go for 15. not for whatever it went. At the point. I think collectively. You enjoy the win for about a half hour and then the losses tend to stick longer."Most coaches I've been around. that's exactly what we want. the thought process. the three weeks prior I thought that we were really getting a sense of how we had to play each game. Believe me. what's our alternative. or if it looks a little bit differently."I try to help out in all three areas. we can pick up blitzes better. and if they were able to pick that up. which base plays are we going to go back to." (On how satisfied he has been with Brian Daboll's play calling and if he has thought about taking a bigger role in it).2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-3-09 . if those things that we planned for aren't working. 11/3 11. what our next steps are. There are plenty of things that everybody can do better. It's like anything else. what's the next move. 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."Yes." Mangini press conf. ‘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. it's not just offensively. I think that was [a] good job by them." (On the intensity of the team against Green Bay). why we're doing it. 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. they all take it hard. so it wasn't going to get home either way. we can coach better. I think that play could have been minimized if we had made the tackle. We had been moving closer to understanding that. It was a quick pass. there are a lot of decisions that look really good.
technique. we went through the first and second down packages. all that I can say at this point. a scouting report. You never go into a situation like this with the intention of it not working out. it's the same thing. We felt that. in terms of this topic. "What we did this morning and last night is. What I will talk about is anything that is to do with the things that we're doing this week and things directly related to the team that we're working on. but I hope you can also respect that I've added all that I can add right now. for a variety of reasons."Good morning everybody. sort of a Browns scouting report and adjustments." ."I understand. I understand that you all have a lot of questions and there is really nothing that I'm going to add to this. 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. What I can talk about are the things that we're doing here today. as part of that." (On if a new General Manager will be hired this season). I can tell you that anytime a decision like this is made it is difficult personally and professionally. I can tell you that for a variety of reasons things didn't work out."As I said. [We] presented that to the players and then we'll go out and practice that here this afternoon." (On what having two dismissals in the past week says about the stability of the organization). As a coaching staff.(Opening statement). 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 things that. organizationally. and I appreciate the questions that you guys (the media) have. Jeff (Schudel). as individual coaches and as players. George (Kokinis) is a friend of mine and I respect him and I wish his family well. In terms of the decision that was made yesterday. I've really said all that I can say. there's nothing else that I'm going to add."In terms of the timetable. 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. The coaches put together clips to reflect that. that we think we can continue to improve on. "Today was first and second down. this was the best decision in order to move forward." (On why he won't talk about the General Manager situation)."This is really. things like that. 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. as a staff last night. like a typical Thursday. whatever the case may be. whether it be scheme." (On who will address the General Manager situation if he will not). We really analyzed the things that we did well. Mary Kay (Cabot)."We've had one situation where that was the case. I completely appreciate that. I hope that you can respect that." (On why he did not mention the General Manager change yesterday). Tomorrow will be more of a third down emphasis. things that we want to remove from the various packages and some things that we want to add.
I hope that you can understand that as well. I look forward to those meetings. I understand the question. We have. need to be addressed long term. like I said. [I have] historically made a lot of strides during the bye week. how we can help him improve."There's really a variety of reasons. point of attack tapes made on each guy. where we can go really share some time and I can give them my perspective on things." (On if he has made any further conclusions about possible changes). what we're going to do is. in terms of player performances and evaluation and things like that on Thursday. can sit down with the players one-on-one and either address their performance. 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."I think that you have to talk to Neal (Gulkis) about that."No. Just from my experience over the last three years. Those things are the important things that we need to do. this morning and trying to really work through the different things that we think need to be addressed short term. I can just tell you what I'm addressing. Whether it be during the individual periods. and I'll just leave it at that. address their concerns. like I said." (On if there are legal reasons why he can't talk about Kokinis). Tony (Grossi)."Mary Kay (Cabot). but that's also a component of this." (On how he keeps this from becoming a distraction to the players). I spent a lot of time with the coaching staff yesterday.(On if Bernie Kosar will fill some on Kokinis' responsibilities). Tony (Grossi). areas where we think either that player can improve. and then collectively what we can improve. with the coordinator. where they can look at that individually to help them get a better feel for what they've done or with their position coach. but really. address what they're hoping to achieve over the course of the rest of the season. is the important thing for us is to be able to focus individually first on what we can improve. We'll meet more on personnel. whether it be today or yesterday or at any point. all of us are focused on. 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. we're looking at it from a scheme perspective and also from a personnel perspective. It is a unique time where you can put some more emphasis on individual technique. those meetings have been very valuable. I can just tell you the things that I can address and it's for a variety of reasons. with myself. player-by-player." (On if he understands why fans want to know what is going on within the organization)." (On if Randy Lerner plans to address the situation). We will spend some more time as a coaching staff going through. the important thing that I've stressed. I hope you can understand that as well. this is all that I can say."I completely understand the questions and I respect that. whether it be actual game tapes or whether it be practice tapes." ."In talking to the team.
I remember my early experiences with Bill (Belichick) as a young guy. It does take time. It was true with my experience in New England with Bill (Belichick). They aren't on the schedule. You appreciate people trying to constantly improve at what they're doing or constantly help the group improve.(On if Brett Ratliff will get more reps). There's no substitute for hard work. Each year's been radically different. there's no blue print for how to deal with those things. It's obviously our players. is the opportunity periods. You want as many players around like that. It was the same thing with Bill Parcells." (On what he thinks the image of the Browns is around the league). that are unique to that coaching staff. [He] was open to it and was willing to introduce those things or try those things. There isn't a set pattern. every experience I've had. we'll try to work all three guys to some degree. as long as it was well thought out. There's no substitute for constantly analyzing ways to improve and being committed to doing that. I really respected that and learned a lot from him from that perspective. It was true in New York with the Jets. I've been part of it as a head coach myself and there's not one specific pattern that it follows. Tony (Grossi). You want to hire as many people as you possibly can like that. but also to improve at every level at all times. the way that they players are working. in this case Brett. There's never opposition to someone that can help us achieve that goal. It does take a lot of hard work. There's no substitute for that. I've been part of this process before. but it is stuff that you have to look at." (On if this is harder than he thought it was going to be when he took the job). there are things that come up every day that aren't on the agenda. but it's a cliché for a reason. because that's the truth. That is consistent with every place that I've been. It's our packages. first and foremost. It does take deliberate practice."You'd have to ask people around the league."My goal is to win and my goal is to improve. the way that the organization is working. Even when I was in my third year in New York. 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." (On if Ratliff is a candidate to start after the bye week)." (On his thoughts on final personnel decisions being given to someone else in the future). It's our stuff."No. but the consistent thing is the way that you have to approach it. I know that the things that we're doing. There just isn't. It was true with my experience in New York with Bill Parcells. to get some of those reps that he may not get during the course of a normal practice. I've been part of it with different head coaches. That's often a time for the third quarterback. . the way that they coaches are working. as long as there was a rational to it."Over these practices and things like that. You appreciate the feedback. that are unique to that group of players. You appreciate the honesty. That's true here. is all based on one end goal and that is to win. Bill would always listen to anybody's opinion and anybody's ideas. you have to try to make good decisions on and you have to move forward. Each group of guys has been radically different. It was true with my experience as a head coach with the Jets."I didn't look at it in terms of how hard it would be. It may be a cliché. What we do still do. That's not going to change.
Every mentor that I've had has had that approach. How are we doing? [My bye week] was good actually. nickname was . who always had his hand in the dirt in college. That's the nice thing about the week.just individuals that are intrinsically motivated to be the best at their craft and to make sure that the organization is as positive and as productive as possible. you install if you're going to add some things or correct some things. 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. first and second down. He was an undrafted free agent. which is always positive to be able to do. you analyze it. Following that process leading up to it from a preparation perspective. The organization felt this gave us the best chance to move forward. to me. Today. it's nice for them to get some time with their families or get away. Everybody contributes to that process. it's really an extension of the bye week for us.09. regardless of how much success they've had and that's probably why they've had the success that they have had. you go through it. third down."Good morning everybody. I feel comfortable with the guys that we've brought in and their contributions. "In terms of what we're doing here today. what I decided to do this week as well." (On how many of the players he brought in this season he thinks have the potential to be franchise impact players). 11/9 11. "One thing that we did housekeeping wise. There's really nothing else I can add. It's all part of what you continue to grow. Marcus." (On if this was an organizational decision he signed off on)."You never go into any situation with the intention of it not working out and that was true in this case. is we elevated Marcus Benard from the practice squad to the active roster. it's an organizational decision that we felt gave us the best chance to move forward. things like that. What I've traditionally done. I spent a lot of time with the boys yesterday and the day before." Mangini press conf. is a good example of what we're always trying to do. review the tape and then go out and practice the things that you want to get corrected. their work ethic. is we had the two days last week where we covered each phase. He was a hand in the dirt guy. you look at the thing you're going to carry through. I think the players. That's what the emphasis is here today."Really it's what I said. their approach. That's always rejuvenating." (On if it was a difficult decision).2009 Transcript: Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-9-09 (Opening statement)."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.
King Kong. I think he has the ability to where he could play inside from his athleticism. It's good to be able to get out there together."Yes. his strength. (Blake) Costanzo who's worked as a WILL. We'll talk about that more and our preparation for the Ravens. You have Kaluka (Maiava). I'm going to keep him outside. what other roles he can play for us defensively. similar to David Bowens and David Veikune. things like that." (On if there is still one roster spot open). It's good to have the players back in."What I'll do is I'll let you guys know about that on Wednesday. even if I'm not talking [at a press conference]."(Jason) Trusnik has played in there. The thing that's been consistent with him is his work ethic."I think we'll know more. I think. ‘That's the first step. so that's part of it. in talking to him. really letting him concentrate on one spot. We'll talk about that in conjunction with our work on the Ravens. I'll let Neal (Gulkis) let you know."I haven't sat down with the quarterbacks. it's easy to lose track of how long these guys have been working and . so that's what we'll be doing. 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. he'll practice here today. He was our [practice] player of the week against Buffalo."Yes. Ideally in a 3-4. but you can have combinations based on the package." (On if he knows what position will be filled with the roster spot). Mary Kay (Cabot)." (On if he has told the quarterbacks his decision yet). we do. similar to keeping David Veikune inside. who's worked as a WILL. but want to go through the workouts and see where those are. I think his best chance to contribute is outside. We have a little variation in body types. I think he's done an outstanding job. to come here. or his role on special teams and then. to stand up. It doesn't have to be filled by one guy all the time in all the different packages. we'll at least have some real clarity either later today or tomorrow." (On if he has made a decision at quarterback). I said." (On if they will need another inside linebacker if Barton can't play). That's the other nice thing with the bye week. The next step is to get to the 45-man roster. The weather's been pretty amazing over of the course of the weekend and it looks like we have another day like that today." (On Eric Barton).' That will be dependent on his play on special teams. I'd just rather talk about it on Wednesday. those positions are mirrored. so you have those three there. I have an idea where we're heading. so he could be a potential candidate from a MIKE perspective. Now. based on what you're seeing. 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."We'll have some more guys in for workouts tomorrow. I know where I'm headed. Once we do. He had a lot of production in college at a smaller school and then." (On what linebacker position Benard plays)."He's outside." (On if Jamal Lewis is okay).
hitting and things like that. It does give you an opportunity to get some guys some extra rest. He'll be back here today." (On if all of the players made it back)- "Yes, everybody else made it back. Everybody else was on time in making it back. You're always looking forward to that attendance sheet coming through." (On his message to the team coming out of the bye week)- "When you look at it, and I think the players have an appreciation for it, when you look at where we've fallen short in different areas, again it comes down to things that are correctable, like ball security, our consistency in catching the ball, placing the ball, depths of routes, depths in coverage, rush lanes defensively. There are a lot of things from a fundamental perspective that if we improve on, then the outcome will be different. I experienced this in New York all three years, to take a step back to look at it, to look at it, to look at it objectively, be able to spend some time on it, show the players it and have the realization that, if we correct these things and do these things better, then the outcome will be different. Often times, a long play versus an intermediate play versus a no gain comes down to a small technique thing. There was a play against Green Bay late in the game, where Robaire (Smith), who's really been outstanding, especially over the last couple weeks, just got caught inside a little bit. The softness in the c-gap, the back was able to get through and that ended up being a significant play from amount of yards gained, but that's correctable. He's played that a lot of times, he just kind of bit a little early. It wasn't him alone, it was also the outside linebacker getting a little bit of width. To be able to see those plays and understand how that small amount of softness can translate in to a big gain, it's positive from the perspective of it is correctable." (On how many players met with him during the bye week)- "There were different guys at different points. The other thing is, that is really open today as well too. I'll get together with some more of those guys here today. The exact number, I'm not sure what the total number was, but it's good. It's positive. I also had the opportunity to spend some time with coaches, where you don't usually get a chance to sit down with a lot of guys and say, ‘Here are some things I really like. Here are some things I think you can improve.' Get their feedback on things, on a one-on-one basis, that they think we can improve, they think they can improve. It was a coach in New York who actually brought that to my attention. He had done a lot in college and it really was nothing that I had ever been exposed to. In pro football, I had never sat down with a head coach for a one-on-one to talk about things I could do better, usually those came in a very loud fashion and publicly. I thought it was positive and I thought it was a good idea and incorporated it." (On meeting with the coordinators)- "Interestingly, with the coordinators, you do spend more time with those guys. I'll spend, probably, the most of my time with Rob Ryan and Brad (Seely), just because each week you're going through the game plan, you're going through the corrections on a daily basis. That's a little different, I guess, than the meetings I was talking about, with more the assistants."
(On what he talked about with Brian Daboll during the bye week)- "I guess what I'm getting at is that wasn't that type of meeting, because we meet quite often. It's more time spent day-to-day then say, the other position coaches." (On what they can do to get the offense going)- "I really believe there are a lot of things that we can do to make the offense more effective. I think the starting point for us is protecting the football. The amount of opportunities is always going to be limited by the times we have the football. We're giving it away too often. It's not purely in the form of interceptions, it's ball security. We need to do a better job as a show team constantly pressuring the ball, almost to the point where it's overkill, because that's the amount of emphasis that you have to put on it. Whenever the running back is finishing the run, you want to have two, three guys tearing it away to keep giving that awareness to the running back, to the receiver. Every play getting those guys pressuring the football, because the better we protect it, the more chance we'll have to score, the more chance we'll have to sustain drives and that, to me, is the starting point. Then, it's being able to take advantage of the opportunities that are there, whether it's throws or catches, being able to execute those. That's the second thing. I think from a scheme perspective, there's a range of things in the different areas, first and second down, third down, red zone, that we have looked at that we'll incorporate moving into the second half." (On if they will do more fumble drills now than in the first half of the season)- "It's been a point of emphasis, but obviously we're not doing it effectively enough. We do track all those things during the course of practice. I thought the show team guys, last week, did a really nice job. They were all over the football every play, regardless of where the guy was. They were knocking it out on his way back to the huddle. Sometimes that's what you have to do, is over emphasize it, to get what we need to get done, done." (On if the GM rumors are a distraction)- "It's not going to be a distraction for me, or any of the coaches or any of the players. There are so many things that come up during the course of a season, whether it's this or any of the other elements that come up, or have come up, that really, like any other part of what you're teaching, it's very important that you can focus on what's important. What's important for us is what we're doing on a daily basis and our preparation for the next opponent. Being part of different programs and seeing the way distractions can affect, or aren't allowed to affect things, has given me good insight into how important that skill is. The emphasis is always going to be on the things that we need to do on that day and not the things that are happening externally." (On the rumor about Mike Holmgren)- "With any of the names that come up, I'm sure there's been a range of names that have come up. I talk to Randy (Lerner) all the time about different things. Again, my emphasis, my focus, is going to be on what we're doing here day-to-day getting the team ready." (On if there is a sense of urgency to bring in a GM-type person before the end of the season)- "What I believe in is that anybody that can help us be successful, anybody that can help us move forward, I'm always open to, whether it's in that role or any other role.
Whether it's a player, coach, whatever it is, I'm open to anybody that can help us improve. We're always looking to do that individually and organizationally." (On if he talked to any GM candidates last week)- "What I've been focused on is the team and the things that we can do to improve the team. That's what I'll continue to focus on." (On if there is anything he wants to change about his approach for the next eight weeks)- "You're always going through that self-reflection and looking at the way I approach squad meetings, the way I approach staff meetings, preparation for the next opponent, practice schedules, the outline of practice, distribution of personnel, all those things are things that I'm looking at. I like to think that we change those as we go and there are some things that we'll continue to change as we go." (On if he is going to make any changes in his approach)- "Yes, and there have been throughout the course of the season. It won't stop this week. It will keep going each week. Looking at it, what did we do well? What did we do poorly? What were preparation errors? What are things that we want to emphasize? What's the best distribution of time? All those things are things that you look at." (On if the use of the Wildcat was looked at during the bye week)- "That was a component of it. We've been running elements of the Wildcat since the first week. We ran it in the Minnesota game. We've run it at different points throughout the season, some with greater frequency, some with greater success. It's a good package. It's something that I like, that Brian likes. Obviously, Josh (Cribbs) really likes it. It's going to be different based on how the team plays it, how they adjust to it, but it is a good package that we'll continue to carryover and continue to have available each week." (On how the practice schedule will change with a Monday night game)- "It's different coming off the bye as well, because today is really a Browns-centered day, not a Ravens' day. There have been elements of Ravens prep throughout all three days, but it's really Browns-centered. In terms of the daily schedule, that will be pretty consistent, with the extra day (Saturday) being more of a review type day than anything else."
Mangini press conf. 11/11
Transcript: Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-11-09 (Opening statement)- "Good morning everybody. How are we doing? A couple things, we signed Josh Stamer to the active roster. We currently have one roster spot open and [there are] some things that we're looking at in terms of filling that, but I'll let you know when we do that as we move forward. In terms of the quarterback situation, I had a chance to sit down with both guys, which is what I wanted to do before I shared the
His quarterback rating was outstanding and they generated some big plays. we had four turnovers. 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 think it's a creative pressure package that they have defensively. All three of those things will kill you. I think he's done some good things in the role that he was playing." (On if Derek Anderson will be the backup quarterback). there's more familiarity. You have to protect the football. That's never the intention when a decision like this is made. which is what I asked of him.decision with anybody else and Brady (Quinn) will start this week against Baltimore. That's what I asked him to do. I liked what he did over the bye week practices. The positive thing is having the exposure that we've had with some of the new guys. I think that he's worked hard since the first transition was made and I respect that. I think that he's had some good weeks of practice. because this is my first experience with him. they've got players that can cause problems. You go back and you look at the first game. continues to improve and [we] didn't disrupt him very much. it's a very good running game and we weren't very good there. I'm not looking to change. even from my perspective."It's hard to put it in a long term context. that's the key for any type of improvement. Defensively. starting ." (On what makes him think Quinn will play better than he did the beginning of the season). (Joe) Flacco. I look forward to him taking advantage of this opportunity and helping us improve offensively. I think. the coaching squad's perspective. I think his comfort level in the system has gotten better." (On where Quinn has improved the most). as you play conference opponents for the second time. That's what I'm looking for. 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. and even when they don't pressure."With any of these decisions. 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 like to think that throughout the course of the season guys continue to improve." (On what Quinn needs to do better than he did the first two and a half games)"Collectively. to me. "In terms of Baltimore. He's had more time in the system."Yes. there's plenty all of us can do better in all three phases." (On if he will stick with the quarterback decision for the rest of the season). one of the things that happens is. I watched him some in college when he was coming out and things like that. I think that familiarity should help us and the work that we did over the bye week should help us as well. That's one of the things that he and I talked about last night. I think that his overall control of the offense has gotten better. 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 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.
and I think that's a great quality. That's going to happen. you've prepped and now it's a function of going with what you see and sometimes you're right and sometimes you're wrong. It wasn't felt by the coaching staff." (On if Anderson lost confidence in the players around him). I think that there were a lot of things that played a part in this. I really do." (On Quinn's completions earlier being mostly shorter passes). It's a function of getting it to the right guy. When you come out of it. I think these guys have worked really well together. this is some sort of final statement on who he is.' Throw it to the open receiver." (On if Quinn was hesitant to make certain throws earlier in the season). whether it's a check down. I've played against a lot of really successful quarterbacks. 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.with myself and the coaches and moving right on down. That's what I'm looking for. you've done the homework. At the end of the day. whether it's a tight end on a five-yard out or whether it's a go route to somebody."I think that anybody who has a lot of decision to make has to go through those quickly. be comfortable with his reads. where the secondary will see something. I don't think that. They feel like it's the right adjustment. Were there throws that he missed? There were some of those and there were some reads that could have been better."I never got that sense at all."In fairness to Derek. It happens a lot of times defensively. by any means. We played New England one time. I've seen him make a lot of good decisions and what I want him to do is be comfortable with his thought process. it's not going to be a function of. taking it and taking it. We've all experienced that. too. moving the chains and scoring points. getting it to the open guy. this many times because you're only completing short balls. Where the ball was in a place where it could have been caught and it wasn't."To me. Sometimes that comes with being more comfortable and I've seen that comfort level increase and I'm anticipating that will translate. You just have to go with what you know. Obviously. Brady approaches everything in a very serious way. I never saw that from any of the players. I think that helps."Sometimes it's a function of just going through your read progression and going with what you know. I really like Derek and I really liked the way that he handled himself. I like the way that he's worked. I know it wasn't felt by me. Even last game where we moved the chains and put the ball on the ground. you've done the work. whether it's a hitch. If you make a mistake. As you get into the games." (On what happened with Anderson). then that creates some other opportunities. throw it to the guy who's open. I've enjoyed getting to know him. that's hard. ‘We have to throw it to this place. they threw 10 hitches because of the way we were pressuring and killed us." (On if Quinn is over thinking things). they're slow to make it and you have some guys doing it and some guys not doing it. you just have to go with the things that you've learned and I anticipate him doing that. in a very detailed way. but just be comfortable with what you see and go with what you see. you make a mistake. we . I think that it's an opportunity to continue to grow and I'm sure he will. be comfortable with what he knows. because we couldn't get there with the heat and they just kept being patient.
regardless of whether you're the starter." (On using David Bowens as an inside linebacker and Jason Trusnik as an outside linebacker). I think that in any situation you're in." (On if he anticipates Anderson getting another opportunity to start). You evaluate it. Look at the inside linebacker position. but this is a good group of guys.want it to translate into a lot more production. Jeff (Schudel)."That was our base set. now you're on the best chance to maximize it. Guys are getting opportunities that maybe they wouldn't have gotten had we had both Eric (Barton) and D'Qwell (Jackson) here. but you deal with the decisions and you work to improve. Even with Jason." (On if Quinn would have developed more if he had stayed in all season). same as D. He's worked inside quite a bit. That's what you want. My feeling with any decision is. how important it was to not let the preparation drop off. There are a lot of guys in this system who can play both. You're going to get another opportunity and when you get that opportunity. Ideally. We've had probably about four or five guys like that who've played both outside and inside. similar to David Veikune.A. to not let any of the things that he's done tail off and he didn't."Again. we've lost both our inside linebackers." (On Quinn's mindset while he was the backup). Roman Phifer. With that opportunity. He and I talked about that when we had our initial conversation. right on down the line."Anything like that is hypothetical. He started inside last year for five games. was when he wasn't starting. Brad Kassell. They're committed to getting the things fixed that we need to get fixed and I appreciate that work ethic. I'm trying to think of some of the other guys. Cody Spencer was another guy. That's the way that I approach it and that's any decision. there are a lot of different opinions on all injuries." (On if Barton's injury is career-threatening). It doesn't always go the way that you want it."It's something that he's looking at with the doctors and discussing."He's been consistent throughout this whole period. you're the backup. You look at it and you move forward based on the information that you have and how you feel. It doesn't always go the way that you anticipate it going. Bowens has played inside. so he's played inside quite a bit. was more big picture. he was a guy who had only had his hand in the dirt and then worked outside. That decision will be made at some point. it's a great chance. 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. you need to prepare at the same level week in and week out because you don't know when things are going to change. those four linebacker spots."My comment. and then has learned inside. That's what you expect." . to have to flexibility to move those guys around based on need or depth is a good approach. The important thing to me is [to] keep talking to Eric and keep working with him and make the best decision for him." (On if Barton will need surgery).
in terms of how much time you can really spend watching the tape of the previous opponent. 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. really tight coverage one-handed . I really am." Mangini press conf. [he] has hit some of those. he has really made a lot of nice throws through the course of the season. just knowing Jim (Schwartz) and spending time with Jim and working with Jim.18. When you look at the body of work. whether it's the fade route. he's a guy that can ruin the game."Good morning everybody. I spent some time with him before the draft. Even with his partner on the other side."I thought he did a really good job. Jim's a really smart guy. I think all those things have improved. I sent Mike (Tannenbaum) a text just telling him he'd be proud of Jason's progress. 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). his poise in running the offense. I know how they're working.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-18-09 (Opening statement). hitting the hole shot in between the corner and the safety in cover two. [There have been] some times where. I like the things that he did in Tennessee. but he was and he took advantage of it. At the start of the Chicago game. [He] had the 64-yarder. the way that he could almost answer questions before you asked the question and his control of the Georgia offense and things like that. [We] weren't anticipating initially when we made the trade for him to be thrust into that type of role so quickly. but that's pretty common with a rookie quarterback like he is. two fade routes for touchdowns. He's had some impressive plays this season. they hit that stutter-go that I was talking about. there's a lot of plays that could be there. [It is] a little different with the short week. [He is] obviously a guy that they can go to and rely on. He's had some games where he's struggled. I can see improvement from the team as the weeks have gone by. you do that whenever possible. I like the things that he's doing there as well. whether it's stutter-goes. 67-yarder against New Orleans. but you can't deal in ‘could've. You look at Calvin Johnson. How are we doing? Today with the short week. 11/18 11. how they're preparing.' You have to deal with what's there and what our opportunities are and how do you change that." (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. [he has] been a little bit banged up. I'm sure he has that same control over Detroit's offense. With Detroit. "I think offensively with (Matt) Stafford. [He is] really impressive. He's made some really nice catches as well. the other member of the Johnson tandem (Bryant Johnson). I like the presence that he's had. should've.
things that we've seen at different points throughout the course of the year. he's a good person. [they have] three different types of backs. there's a lot of motioning. I think that the style of running offense that they have."We'll probably going to hold him out today. I am. There's a lot more movement then we had against Chicago and I thought overall the communication was sound. there's some changes for them to generate some big plays. I think that he's a big. I thought that he tried to use those as well. This is another week where you're dealing with multiple blitz packages. I don't think he'd look to ever hurt someone deliberately. we didn't do well enough. I think a couple weeks ago against Chicago. he's going to stop the run. Knowing Brady. I thought that he did a really nice job with that."I just think that when you play a team like Baltimore. different combinations. all those things were done out of no huddle. This week against Baltimore we were able to do the same thing and what I really liked is there's a lot of shifting. I don't think that anybody was trying not to protect the football. and they always have been. that helps anybody when they go through times that may be frustrating. where it was more of a stationary offense. In the running game.grabs. With Brandon Pettigrew. I think the fact that he is such a good person and his confidence in who he is." (On if he expects Joshua Cribbs to practice today). usually not good things happen."What Brady did. I know if you look at their average it may not seem that way. we were able to get to a lot of adjustments and I thought the communication was very good. It could be the corner coming. some gap-trap type things. personally it looked like he was trying to make the tackle. even the plays where Josh went into Wildcat. it could be the safety coming in rolled up cover two. "Defensively. Defensively. mixture of linebackers. in terms of running the no huddle offense the whole game. it's that much more important to really protect the football." (On the team's performance the second half of the Baltimore game). The throws that we had and the opportunities that we had to catch it. They're about eighth in the NFL right now in generating negative plays in the running game. and I've talked about this. but expect him to practice later this week." (On if he is comfortable with Quinn going forward). That's something that we'll have to do a good job with. things like that. physical guy with good hands and he seems to be getting more and more comfortable in their offense as well. Multiple personnel groups. with Jim. but 11 percent of their plays in the running game are negative plays. When you bounce the ball up. 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." (On if he thinks Brady Quinn is mentally prepared to go on)."Yes. different formations. What he did with running the offense and the approach that we had. In terms of the injury that happened. I thought he did well. who is really good at turning the ball over. It just takes that one play. but different tools that you have within the offense. There were times in the game. that's not easy to do and I thought he did it well. .
Tony (Grossi). but I'd have probably approached it differently."Again. I'd probably do it differently. It's not the easiest thing in the world to simulate during the course of a week. I talked to Josh about that and told the team the same thing. 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.'s (Jerome Harrison) done most of that stuff. The thing with Chris is." (On if he thinks the Lions can prepare for the no huddle). defensively. but that package. This was trying to work him in to the rotation. and when I say third down."I thought he did well. give him some chances for carries. I talked to Josh about that I talked to the team about that. It's natural for everybody to be competitive. I'm sure they'll work on some of the things they've seen us do throughout the course of the season. picked up eight yards. . I thought he had a couple runs that were good runs and one that I think he lost a yard or two." (On how Jennings played against Baltimore). again. Really. how he does this week."It's like anything else. That was the thought process. If he goes to the game and takes a spot of a guy who maybe plays more of a [special] teams role. we use some of those plays on early downs too." (On the reason for Chris Jennings' extended playing time). but made a guy miss. That's what all the guys are like.C. he has to be able to fill that role in way that's either at the same level or higher. If you get in that situation. He got caught up in the moment and the play. J. where it was a miscommunication on the deep ball and in a tight game." (On if Jennings penalty on the kicker was legit). because the show team is working off of cards. He had a carry early in the season. The other thing that Chris has to continue to do is help on [special] teams. his role isn't as significant on third down. I think our ability to go in and out of it at any point is very helpful." (On if Cribbs said anything about his lateral). You do the best you can. that's Josh being competitive as well. so in order to kind of maintain the roles and what we thought was the best guy for each role."I've liked what Chris has done in practice. The next step for us was to give him a chance to carry the ball in games."Yes. I forget who it was against. That's really how I felt." (On if he expects Jennings to be more involved for the rest of the season). in retrospect. 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."I want to see. you can't have those. he's gotten a little bit better each week. I'm sure they'll work on Wildcat-type things. I'm sure they'll work on that.and that's what we had. You simulate it the best you can." (On if he spoke to Cribbs about him handling the end of the game differently). so it's legit. I wanted to be able to get him active. or whatever it was. you prepare for what you've seen on tape. There really wasn't a lot of space for him to work on that. to give him a chance to see what he can do. You don't traditionally kneel down in those situations."I mean they called it. [He] had a catch earlier in the season.
" (On if the union coming in is something he would talk to the captains about). I think that they just didn't get back inside. that's not the approach. it was a call. I think that part of that has to be earning the right to get those reps. It's more that than the other. It has to start there. it wasn't a function of here's a young guy. more points."When you go through the tape." . It wasn't designed hook and ladder. Ideally you have some catch and run type plays.1 yards per pass). but he ended up getting the guy on the other side." (On if Jerome Harrison missed a block on Ray Lewis' sack). it has to be better than that. I didn't say a word to them about it because I'm completely comfortable with the way that we practice. now let's give him a chance."Yes. you identify the areas where there have been problems. You have to go through the process of how do you generate more of those. they're going to try to do what they can do to achieve the goal of the play. He's improved on special teams. The way the route was designed. It's really got to start there.When they're in for a play." (On if he has thought about reducing Jamal Lewis' role in an effort to develop the younger players). It's more. because usually the way it hit. He tried to come back inside. 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. whether it be turnovers. I have been involved in this in different areas. You're able to be a lot more effective in that. was offset over here. another year it could be forced fumbles. how do you generate. but I am completely comfortable with what we do. and the way that they formed it."No. the self-inflicted wounds."I don't think that was him whiffing. another year it could be picks. when you're taking away extra drives. Alex (Mack) took the first one and J. Then you're giving yourself the best opportunity to score those points. he would take the guy that was coming to his side."That's not really how I'm looking at it.1 yards a pass or anything like that. One year it could be sacks. a middle dog cross two inside linebackers." (On if he spoke to the team about the union coming in). when you're taking away third down conversions and the amount of plays in a game decrease."I'm open if they want to talk to me about it. whether it's the last play of the game. the first play of the game. whatever the area is." (On how he keeps the player's confidence at a high level)." (On if the play call was a hook and ladder). With Chris. the 50th play of the game."No. obviously for us. how many sacks you're getting. here's a guy who's worked really hard. You're not looking to average 2. so he wasn't in great position to pick that up." (On if they have to average better than 2. Here's a guy who's shown day in and day out that he deserves an opportunity. dropped ball. it had the shallow crossers.C. You look at the missed opportunities. the way that they ran the stunt.
" (On if Mike Holmgren was interviewed by the organization yesterday)." (On what his long term process is and how the players he has acquired since becoming head coach play into that process). I think with Zastudil. That's a pretty good defense that we played. just guys are in different spots. they all can rush the passer. there are some areas there where we can improve. but then they also bring a combination of the star." (On LeBron James saying he could help the team)."There have been times where I thought it's been very good. Protection. you have to deal with them rushing four. I'm sure whatever he applied himself [to]. I thought that there were times that we did do a good job in terms of identifying it."I think the short term process is getting ready for each week and playing each game. When we do have those opportunities. It's unique when you play the Ravens. I know he's pretty busy right now. so I'll let him talk about that. you can keep adding and building. the guy is gifted athletically. whether it was the play that we were talking about with J. The long term process is understanding how you're going to prepare for a game. That is a pretty stout defense."That's not really something that I'm going to talk about. With that veteran group of guys. competitive and tough. That's one element to it and that's the most important element right now."I think he should come on down. when you have guys that have worked together for that long. but if he wants to give it a shot."Like I said. protecting the football so you can have more drives. That's a great thing when you're a defensive coordinator. you have to deal with them rushing three and then you have to deal with the different packages. the safeties. It wasn't good enough. They combine the front there. [he would] probably be good in baseball or soccer or swimming. so a year from now . It's not easy to slide over. understanding the concepts that you run offensively and defensively.."Like we talked about. sliding the protection over. then they have multiple blitzes. getting things picked up. 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. who you can run the same concept but give a completely different look to the offense. There are a lot of things that they do that as you have a system in place for a long time." (On if the pressure on Quinn was a function of the protection or the Ravens' defense). The guy is a freak athletically."No. be able to get the ball to the places we need to get it to.(On what has to be done to make the passing game more effective). catch the football. get Ray Lewis with a full head of steam and they got us on that one." (On if Steve Heiden and Dave Zastudil will practice today). neither one will work today.C. it doesn't look great for the weekend. they run the same blitz. the different blitz pattern and where he was located versus where he had to get to. because it doesn't matter who's in their front. I'm not making any excuses or anything like that. understanding how you have to practice to get ready for games. There were other times where." (On what can be done to the protection in order to give Quinn more time). Anytime you play those guys. Randy's (Lerner) really handling that. because the reps are there with the group.
There's some reps built up in that. I'm sure you guys got the release on Steve Heiden and Dave Zastudil. There's a lot of football left. 11/19 11. Reggie's worked in this role in the past with other teams as well.19. did a really nice job this week in a significant. he's going to have to continue to punt at a level that we're looking for."I think it's like anything else. you know how it works in college football. 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. We'll just keep him honoring that. we'll be inside again. (Maiava) I thought. Sometimes it improves.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-19-09 (Opening statement). [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. working inside. as you put time in together. put them on IR. It's different. Often times for the young guys. Kaluka."I think that with a lot of different things. Every week you're going to face somebody that's talented. How are we doing? Yesterday we. We'll just have to see how that goes. like we were talking about with the Ravens' defense. Working with the game plan. you get to start at a higher level the following season. they're all learning as you go." Mangini press conf. Next year they're going to be at a higher starting point. It's the young players that are here. someone that's older than themselves. as you put experiences in together. neither one of them. The two kids that we claimed off waivers. I have some experience with Reggie in the past. It's a concentration on third down with some review of the things that we did ." (On Zastudil's injury). That's a process."Good morning everybody. [You] figure both of those guys." (On if Reggie Hodges punted well enough for the team to go forward with him). There are no teams on the schedule that you schedule to. "In terms of what we're doing today. If that wasn't the case. then obviously we'd continue looking. he's played quite a bit of football and I think he's gotten little bit better each week. whether it be initially on special teams or whether it be special teams and some type of role offensively and defensively.these aren't new things in relationship to the defense that you're facing or the offense that you're facing. significant role and working with a guy who wasn't playing inside. Look at Alex Mack. A lot of these guys typically would be getting ready for bowl games now. playing in the dome. all those different elements come into play that as you put reps together. which is always disappointing. You just monitor it and work with it and see where you are each week. it's not like that. it's stuff that guys work through. I think that both of them have chance to come in and compete and see where they fit. understanding what it means to be a pro. Sometimes it doesn't improve. With Mohamed (Massaquoi) and (Brian) Robiskie and (David) Veikune and those guys.
I think we've had plenty of opportunities to move the football." (On if Heiden's injury is a function of him coming back from his knee injury too soon). He's worked incredibly hard to play this season and he'll work equally as hard this offseason to get back. It was getting the injury on Monday night and the amount of time that it would take to rehab that." (On if the kicker's injuries are an accumulation of wear and tear from not having other kickers in training camp)." (On John St. It's less rest for the guys."No. Chansi (Stuckey). The combination of the two just didn't seem. He was still continuing to maintain and work through the previous injury. I don't think it was a function of that. I think if anything he's disappointed that it went the way that it did. I don't think that's the case at all. It's a little bit harder coming off a Monday night game. I think that he's a good blocker." (On how he judges the wide receiver's progress). I thought that overall yesterday was a productive day for us. Clair not practicing yesterday). I've been in a lot of training camps where you've only had the two kickers that you go into the season with."He should participate today. I enjoy working with Steve and coaching Steve." (On if he regrets trading Kellen Winslow and Braylon Edwards). He's part of that competition as well. not 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. I think that he's got a lot of football left in him."I really like Steve."It has to continue to improve. I don't think those opportunities will go away.yesterday. to be one of the inactives. but the important thing is addressing those and getting those fixed. He is a good teammate. Sometimes those things happen." (On if this injury is something Heiden might not want to come back from). We'll see which combination of guys is the best each game."I don't think that it's been ruled out." (On if he would want Heiden back next year). I'd say it's definitely a possibility. I anticipate him being ready to go for next season. you make the decision that you think are best. [We] added a receiver."When you make the decisions. from a time perspective."No." . I think we'll just see where we are here."No. I think that we've had plenty of opportunities to score. Sometimes it's just how the plant foot comes down or a little bit of a twist. but I thought they did a nice job with it. with him missing practice last week." (On if surgery is possible for Zastudil). It's such a specific skill set that sometimes those things happen. 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. There have been a lot of different reasons why it hasn't happened. we just thought that it would be better for this game. He's a reliable receiver.
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." (On Kaluka Maiava). I would expect as he keeps a deeper understanding each week. It's the same thing with Kurt Warner. I thought on special teams we could have done a better job this past week then we did and I was looking for that. That's the system they run." (On how they find players like Chris Jennings). he was a weak side linebacker there. It just depends week in and week out. Offensively. but it wasn't in the 3-4. I think there were some things that we did in terms of the no huddle." (On if he thinks they can capitalize on the Lions' defense and score). Some people have connections to either coaches or front office people in those leagues [Canadian Football League]. You track those leagues. We missed some opportunities during the game that I think could have helped us. That really wasn't different the last game or the game before. I thought the defense played significantly better than what we did in the first game. it was in more of a 4-3 type system. connections there. 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. but I thought that defensively this game. he'll continue to improve. He could explain all the different adjustments and he had been in that system for quite some time."I feel like there are a lot of things each week that you can look at and see. He had a really outstanding feel for the things that they were doing there. get a sense of your level of improvement. In terms of playing the Ravens this past time. that played against us the first time we played them. just didn't help us enough. the coverage is what the coverage is. Some teams you face. Every team is different."There's a lot of different ways. With a rookie coming to a new system. playing a new position. He's worked at it. you go into every game with things that you feel you can capitalize on."I don't know if you can specifically point to how the coverages would change or not change. from the Baltimore perspective."Yes. and this was true when I met him at USC. There weren't a lot of positives coming out of that game. with understanding the defense. With the new football leagues that are coming out.(On if he can tell how much not having Edwards opposite Mohamed Massaquoi has affected Massaquoi's production). He's gotten more and more opportunities. He'll continue to have opportunities and I expect him to improve the production as we go. or the progress or your effectiveness. you'll track those leagues. [We] didn't do a very good job against the running game. It's much more executing the game plan." . He's gotten more and more reps. seeing the coverages that you're getting. being able to adjust and address it during the game. Other teams will push the coverage. but I think we have a good group as well. That's a good special teams group they have in Baltimore. and when I say that."As he gets more and more comfortable with playing inside. when the arena league was operating." (On if he gets a better idea of where the team is when they play a team like the Lions). It takes time. there were a lot of positives against a good offense with really the same people. the formationing and items like that that did help us.
It's a function of improving the areas you have to improve in."I don't know if it was his best game. he beats a lot of people. when you get beat or have a breakdown. I think it as the first one. You don't know necessarily who's going to find out about a player. It's easy for a big guy on PAT. That pass play. You try to draw information from everybody in the building. Shaun gets something done there." (On if Rogers' motor was a question for him when he got here). You're doing your job and you're pushing. Ty Law could get beat. Being out there at corner." (On if Monday night's game was Shaun Rogers' best game of the season). He's played on first and second down. first or second one. Again. go at it the same way. Tony (Grossi)."Sometimes. at 360 [pounds] that's not easy to do. I think he's played well in all the games." (On the type of season McDonald is having). field goal block to go push. too. He played primarily on third down and there was quite a bit of protection required there. As a cornerback you go through different challenges during the course of the season. you're on your own often. because in watching the game tape form last season you saw the motor on tape where he's running the football. That was what I based my initial impression off of. Brandon was supposed to have help. with that the connection may not be in pro personnel. It's usually a big play." ."Derrick Mason. I can't remember. It's a lot easier to do it at 190 [pounds]. The thing with Brandon though. it's three or four yards. He pursues well to the football. He's competitive in the games. There are a lot of plays like that. [We] wanted to take a look at Chris. but we always want people to share their information and then you research it and look into it further. You have three running backs and you're distributing the reps."It really wasn't. It's one play.(On who in the organization is responsible for finding Jennings)." (On if pass protection is the main reason Jerome Harrison is not getting more playing time). What I like about Shaun is."He played last week." (On Brandon McDonald getting beat by Derrick Mason)."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. 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. If he continues to progress in practice I think that will continue to be the case. [he] goes and blocks the extra point. nobody really notices in the pile up. His motor runs high. There's times where the defensive linemen may get beat four or five times. but you're not really getting anything done. as opposed to things being said one way or the other. It may be a college scout who has a good connection to the Canadian league. three guys and it's spread out differently. He can be disruptive in both the 3-4 and when we play him offset or in sub. come right back and no big deal. they score that first touchdown. That was part of the miscommunication. but out there. I don't think he was alone on that play by any stretch. but he'd work to fix the things that he had to fix. He's competitive in practice. The important thing is to be resilient and really identify the things you have to fix. he is a very competitive guy. everybody knows.
The difference between an even game. Each week he'll improve. It affects outcomes. I think he's going go to have a really productive long career. There were times where we were going to ask a question and he was already starting to answer it. but the things that he does in the [class] room. bit hits in pro football. big hits on tape in college. to me." (On Detroit's secondary). There's been some tight throws in cover two. Another guy that's been fun to watch is (Louis) Delmas. It wasn't complete but throwing to his left on a rope in the end zone on a read out by the receiver. a minus two. It stops drives." (On the reasons Stafford's production is low). not just in terms of his play. but that's not uncommon."The thing. If this happened. He could answer questions by anticipating where you're going next. Robaire has really been outstanding. then this is what those 11 guys would do. Interceptions I know affect passer rating quite a bit and he's had some of those." (On if he thinks if they could improve the turnover ratio that it would positively affect everything else). You have to. There are a lot of good plays on tape. there's a lot of different reasons why that could be what it is. really bright. Nothing affects outcome bigger than give-away. his understanding of his college offense [was] outstanding. There's been a bunch of times where we've been on the negative side of that. very tough. I thought it was pretty indicative of some of the things he can do with his arm. [He is a] really good kid. a minus three."Yes. He'd go player-by-player and give everybody's assignment. a minus one. He has good ability to deliver the football."Yes he is. turnover ratio dramatically affects outcome. the winning percentage is dramatic. in between the corner and safety. He's made some mistakes. I'm sure he's getting that same feel for what they're trying to do in Detroit. I met with him quite a bit before the draft. He's made some plays on the move."Robaire has been outstanding." (On why Anthony Henry did not play last week). It's hard to win that way. this is what the 11 guys would do. all those things. that is most under our control and most important is to not have the turnovers. It affects production."I watched tape on him. but in meeting with him and talking to him and interviewing him. He could tell you if this happened." (On if Joshua Cribbs is going to practice today). [he is] really bright."I think you were right. That's something that I think we should be better at and you have to be better at." (On Robaire Smith)." (On if he anticipated the struggles the team would face).(On how well he got to know Matthew Stafford before the draft). take-away ratio. . does a good job with the outs to the tight ends and slot receivers. The differential in points based on turnovers is significant."I'm not sure exactly how they finally got to the outcome they got to. some nice throws on the fade ball. It always has and it always will. There's been a lot of good throws on tape. There was a really nice roll out play against Minnesota."They've played some different combinations. His control of his college offense.
physical. You are always trying to find good roles for him if he wasn't going to be the starter. He's a guy that I've known for a while. He's played multiple positions and he's played them all well.' and he'll nail 13 in a row. to each day. ‘We're going to go through this AFC. I think all those guys have done a nice job in the different roles that they've had. I was happy with that. automatic front and coverage. It's him understanding his job. stout against the run. which way to go. He's going to try to make those around him better." (On David Bowens playing only 20 percent of the snaps early in his career)."Good morning everybody.J. it's called an AFC. I've been extremely happy with him. He'll know what the coverage is. has been really good. the level of communication. with Kenyon (Coleman) on the left and Robaire on the right. without having the two defensive captains. that's not easy."I'd say that 20. I think."They played well against Baltimore.20. [there's] no strong variation there. bring in (Ahtyba) Rubin or C. with both of those guys being on IR. [We are] really on our typical preparation path. His play. How are we doing? Just a little news. I think he's done it really well. He always had a period in the game where he may go in for two or three series as outside linebacker.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-20-09 (Opening statement). with him playing inside. There may be 10. Going from an outside linebacker to an inside linebacker. He's the type of guy where you can say in a meeting. being responsible for the huddle. I think it's a pretty stout group.He's a guy that will have a coverage. aggressive. I think as you've seen over the last couple games. but usually the defensive linemen are given the call by the linebacker." Mangini press conf. he is going to do it [and] he is going to do it to the best of his ability. directional call. based on formations. Another strength of his is the mentoring of younger players and just his overall approach to each game. obviously. Baby (Shaun Rogers) inside. (Mosley) or Corey (Williams). what the check is. I think there have been a lot of games where they've played well. that was the minimum for him. Today we will continue to work inside in preparation. He's always been someone that whatever you ask him to do. That's a great example to the young guys. but him understanding the whole defense and what we're trying to get done with each defense and why. [They] pretty strongly endorsed David Bowens so he will be serving as the defensive captain through the rest of the season. for playing the first game inside this season. just had the defense yesterday vote for a replacement captain. For him. I personally feel it's a really good choice. I think Eric (Barton) did a great job with communication and D'Qwell (Jackson). being responsible for making all of the checks with the front seven. 12 checks based on all the formations. he may come in . I would imagine. it changes some. 11/20 11. good finish." (On if the defensive line had the best game of the season against Baltimore).
He's seen a lot of different things. which usually helps." (On what he remembers most about Schwartz from their days with the Browns)."I completely understand why he's played as long as he has.two or three series at inside linebacker. probably came to 20 or well over 20 plays a game. We were talking this morning."I anticipate Josh playing all of the roles he normally plays this week. There's a lot of analysis." (On if playing indoors can help get the passing game going). Playing indoors. It's been fun getting to know him."I think the process part is just the reality. you might have to kind of start over. He's a great guy. He can rush the passer. with their kids. [It is] fun to see some of the guys that you only see in this environment. I am not sure when it happened. He is a really smart guy. The longevity part I completely understand. He's got a great approach in season. but the ups and downs where you go through a year and you have to take that approach."Shaun and I get along really well. I love having him now. He's got a great work ethic." (On if Joshua Cribbs can return to all of his roles on Sunday). and just sharing some of those experiences. I think Jim's had a lot of experience. He's been a good guy to get to know. so he can fit into any system. He'd have a designated role in dime defense where he was in each series for that. There are a lot of good conversations we've had. I would have loved to have him earlier on. You might lose some guys in free agency. He is really smart."I am always hoping that is going to be the case. Was he a math major at Georgetown? He might have been. I had my kids there and we were talking about that. I'd say smart is one of the things and a great worker."I remember." (On if he and Jim Schwartz learned about ‘the processes' from Bill Belichick). typically. He's got toughness. He's got a great approach during the offseason. our wives both were working at a homeless shelter the other day together." (On explaining why Bowens doesn't have many career starts but has had a long career). I would have loved to have him. he was using regression formulas for a while to evaluate tendencies. It's nice to be able to take a step back and just enjoy each other's company from that perspective. It's pretty unique from my experience with being in Cleveland. With the Halloween party and seeing him with his daughter. I would imagine. He is constantly looking for innovative ways to do things. Why he didn't play more early on? That I am not sure of. where we can get the passing game rolling. Although I don't think we have had very many games where the weather hasn't been good. I forget what it was. He worked on the goal line and that position flexibility. I'd probably have to bring somebody in to help me with that part of it. He can do a lot of things. you are guaranteed good weather." (On his relationship with Shaun Rogers). He's coached a long time. but I think he was able to do it himself. Even though he was with one team for a long time I am sure." . based on whether it's the cap or the draft or whatever it is and you go through that cycle. [We've had] pretty amazing weather so far. He's been part of some really good teams. I think it's a reality.
"No. he can come talk with me at any point. They're both back. Try to build in the flexibly so that they all can work in each of the roles if they have to."In terms of that. I think."No. Rex is in there. John had worked in there a little bit. You miss the field goal. You have certain things that you want to see Chris do. He's very consistent in the way that he approaches things and all three of those guys are. You can create some packages like that. but he's been out at right tackle. Fourth-and-three. Rex got hurt during camp and then Floyd got hurt early in the season and both guys. but there's one. Anything that he wants to talk about. Each week it gets better. were doing a lot of good things. he didn't dress up for that Halloween party. which goes back to why you work those guys in a lot of different spots. It's funny watching him chase around a little one. Rex (Hadnot). I thought Rex was having a good camp and then Floyd got dinged early on. you look at the percentage of conversion rate. Clair) had some good games. talked about the range." (On the right side of the offensive line). four. There has been some changes in there at different points. We actually did a whole study on if you're kicking form this yard line versus a fourth down and one. and I think really with Chris Jennings. I'm sure they talked to the special teams coach. but it takes a little while. You get the field goal blocked and it's a tie game."The good thing is that they had all worked in there and they had worked in different spots. When you have three running backs. 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. When you miss time with an injury and you come back. it's been more than two guys because you've had Hank (Fraley) in there for a bit. talked about the comfort level there. I'm used to him chasing around big ones.(On if Rogers dressed up for the Halloween party). it does take a while to come back and get in the flow. at the guard spot." (On it seeming like Jerome Harrison is upset). They're moving a little bit past the injuries." (On if he watched the Miami at Carolina game last night). [We] went through a tough spot there. you have to talk to him. I think John's (St. It's not like some other positions where you can play multiple guys at the same time. Unfortunately there's only one running back. Hank had been in there."Really. just like all these guys can. All those guys had worked with the other offensive linemen. 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. three. I don't even know who won." (On the plusses and minuses of kicking a 45-yard field goal versus going for it on fourth-and-three). Floyd's been in there. Chris has really worked hard to create opportunities for himself. Percentage of kicking the field goal and . it's from the spot of where the field goal was kicked. two. Floyd (Womack). You have certain things that you like Jamal (Lewis) to do." (On if the injuries on the offensive line caused any problems in developing chemistry). five. Chris has done a nice job."I think there's a lot of factors. I think there have been some games where there have been some struggles. You have certain things that Jerome does.
We were up by four with 1:50 left. We have to kick off. all those . We had the tests done that night. Everybody's seen Peyton Manning do what Peyton Manning does each week. It was a game where they got up early. it's bad. I liked the way we dealt with adversity. I think the medical staff did a really good job of making sure every possible step was taken to be right. They were all negative." (On if he sees a negative message being sent to the Patriots' defense with Belichick's decision). I really liked the way we played that game. that's pretty high percentage football. Baby [Shaun Rogers] blocking the extra point and then going into overtime. You have Tom Brady and that offense. You would want them to do that with any player anytime there's a chance that it could be something more. it's great. they didn't have any timeouts. I don't question that call at all. get the ball back. six minutes and they went into overtime. I see a really positive message being sent to the Patriots offense.making it. we ended up winning . good things usually happen. especially in Indy."Good morning everybody. [we were] able to come back. but I liked our approach."No. I thought that the first time we played them. How are we doing? A couple things in getting ready for the Bengals." (On Bill Belichick's decision to go for it on fourth-and-two from his own 28-yard line). five. Maybe you should have onside kicked. down 25 points with whatever it was."I think that Bill's made a lot of great calls. You go for that fourth down and you make it and it's great. He's special in that situation. 11/25 11. but that was another one where we were up and now we're sitting on the goal line.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-25 -09 (Opening statement). because that's a ‘gotta have it' play. You kick the field goal. Not a great feeling. you make it. Miss the fourth down conversion. We played him in New York one time. at different points it didn't look very good." Mangini press conf.25. It's like a track meet. they score. I've been a part of enough of those games with Peyton Manning where he gets the ball. If you don't get it back. 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 was] obviously a difficult loss. it's really bad. Field goal get's blocked. We played him in Indy. In the Tampa Bay game." (On if Joshua Cribbs' recovery seems amazing after how bad it looked). We trust you to get this. I thought that was the first time that we played the style of football that we're looking to play. I think they walked down the field the drive before. percentage of converting the fourth down to a first down and kind of look at it like you would any other stats. You take some chances.Willie McGinest came off the edge and tacked the guy on the one yard line."I really do think the things that they did were precautionary. we were down 14-0. Some of the other part comes in how comfortable do you feel with that play that you have. blitz.
We've always had a good relationship so we talked through that. [they] really should be 8-2."Jerome is live for every game. to achieve anywhere near the same results. right on down the line. they have some weapons in the passing game and the running game with the emergence of Bernard Scott and the addition of Larry Johnson. from a numbers perspective. Laveranues Coles is a guy I've talked about before. (Bernard) Scott's handling some of that.things were positive. but it will have to be at the same level. In the return game." (On if he will use Jerome Harrison at Cincinnati). They had the one where they stripped the ball out and returned it for a touchdown. They got one in the end zone right in the end zone. my . great competitor. Marvin's (Lewis) winning percentage is impressive. as well. [He is a] tough guy. great teammate. The bottom line is we didn't do enough to win the game. It's a nice situation with those guys being as competitive as they are."Yes. "Offensively. Chris Jennings has done some good things. I think he's made some really nice contributions. I like Jim. Jim and I are fine. but I could see all three of those guys being up or Jerome being up and Chris being down. is creating turnovers. when they've been able to force turnovers and the offense has been able to protect the ball. Last game we did a much better job protecting the football and that's something that we're going to have to do. I think the one thing you see with Cincinnati. but defensively. He had that impressive return against Pittsburgh. where ever he's been they've done that. That's been his trademark. (Chad) Ochocinco is as dangerous as ever. We have our hands full there and I don't think we did a good enough job in the running game last game. As you look at them defensively. whether it was here. It will be a challenge for us on special teams. We cleared the air. he's been dangerous and then with Quan Cosby. if not better. some of the things I'm looking for. I talked to Jim for a while. Outside of a fluke play against Denver.1 yards a carry. Caldwell. I thought we did a nice job last time we played them on special teams. as well. they lead the division. know really well. They average close to 5. That was something that he's always been very successful at doing. 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." (On if he has spoken with Jim Schwartz). It's close to . whether it was in Baltimore. I had a good conversation with Jerome last week. 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. It just depends on how it goes. is they've dealt with tough situations throughout the season and [have] been very resilient and won some tough games. he does some nice things in the punt return games. [They are] 7-3 now. really collectively. I could see a situation where all three backs are up. Andre Caldwell. I anticipate him having a good week of practice. In the running game they're able to penetrate and create some negative runs. They got a couple against us." (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. this weekend. All three of those backs are.900 percent.
is the plays that were there to be made."I hadn't looked at it that way. Emulate that and you have the best chance to reach your potential. You like to do that anytime that a guy has a question. You love to be able to point at guys like that and say. however many years? Just watch him. He's a pro. [There is a] huge. To me it's not. we made them. he is so competitive. You have to go out and do it the next week. he had had the surgery." (On if Smith's return from his Achilles injury is remarkable). [There were] very limited misses on .'" (On if he thinks the offense turned the corner). The protection. Just by judging from his rehab and those things. pretty funny guy. really physical. and getting the protection where it needs to get to."I expect it every week. He goes out every day. ‘You want to know how to play eight years. It's no different for those two guys either. That's why he's played as long as he has. Whoever makes the best case during practice will be up and how they fit in the [special] teams game will play a role as well. I thought Brady (Quinn) and Alex Mack and the whole group did a nice job with identifying the different looks. Here's a guy that's worked his way up and made a case for himself and had a chance to play. he's doing the best he can at it. he was rehabbing."What I was really happy with. He works. He was back. They're live all during the week. It was a nice use of different tools by Brady and the receivers and taking advantage of some of the things they gave us. huge difference in what can happen offensively when you don't turn the ball over. has several key receptions during the game. I'm happy he's here." (On Robaire Smith's season). The other key thing was no turnovers. Those are all things that we've done. To see that. ‘We should really be clicking by Week 11. and they had a lot of different looks. [I know] coming in. he was down. [He is a] really bright guy. just because he is so physical. so that's positive as well. his expectations and what he has to do to be active. We worked on the no huddle and have gotten better at that.expectations. [There were] very limited balls that were catchable and dropped. Watch the way that he studies. I really like him. 10 years. You almost have to slow him down in practice against the scout team.' you want to see that each week. we just haven't done them to our capacity. Learns his job. I think they were all encouraged." (On if he should expect a new level of offense by this point in the season). Those are all things that we've talked about through the course of the season. it looked really positive in terms of his approach and the progress he was making and even the early part of practices and things. [He has a] great personality. It doesn't matter what the drill is. It could be a drill that they're running during special teams. He's as tough as I've been around. Watch his approach."I don't really look at it that way. I thought he had a good week of practice and goes out. Mary Kay (Cabot). Marcus Benard was active and that's positive. I was encouraged. Tony (Grossi). Chansi Stuckey had been hurt the week before. You don't want to be like a one hit wonder. I look at it as bringing the guys that do the best job during that week and give us the best chance to win. I thought it was a good talk." (On if it was disappointing to not have Brian Robiskie and David Veikune active at Detroit)."He's had an outstanding season. learns the concepts of the whole defense.
[he had] a lot of dropped balls initially.throws that were makeable. being able to take a step back and look at it and evaluate it." (On if when they made the quarterback change is when they went to the no huddle)"We practiced it each week with D. Some other guys are able to step in right away and be really effective. (Derek Anderson) and that was still part of the offense. That wasn't good enough. That's what it was."You try to incorporate that anytime you're throwing deep balls because you want to be able to hold the safety. He just kept working at it and ended up doing really nice things. David Givens. but you get an advantage in terms of their adjustments aren't as clean. . hard working guy that cared. 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." (On if the game plan was for Brady Quinn to use the pump fake or if it was instinctive). We had plenty of opportunities to win the game and we didn't. That's me. but it's part of the program each week. That's one approach. There may be some things with shifting and motioning." (On if Robiskie's production is not what he expected). Some guys it takes a year or so. You start chipping away at those things. You can see different looks. Some guys hit really quickly.A. which can force them to declare quicker. David Harris didn't start right away in New York. that's the players. Some guys it takes a while. [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. but he wasn't ready at that point. where you're stopping yourself and now you're going to move the ball."[I have had] just so many experiences with young guys where they hit at different times."I've always really liked it. where you don't have as clean a read. The other approach is the no huddle. then got an opportunity to play and did a nice job. the Indianapolis system. 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. I took both approaches." (On fans thinking it was lame to blame the loss at Detroit on the Lions' injuries). [He] just wasn't ready at that point. They can't get to what they want to get to as quickly as they'd like to get to it. even though he did some good things. the stationary read and go. It might have been more a function of that than anything else. You can really key in on certain things and you see that with the New England system. I think I was frustrated with the situation and probably expressed that more than I probably should have. If you're stationary. There are plusses and minuses to both ways of doing it. those self-inflicted wounds. when we first had him in New England. 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."In terms of those things. that's the coaches. but at the end of the way we're responsible for it. I think that as we move forward. you can usually anticipate what the coverage is more often than not. but he wasn't ready to start even though he was talented. I think it's something that maybe we did a little bit more last week. [My] first year in New York we ran no huddle every snap of the whole season and then [at] different points throughout the next two years [we] did the same thing." (On why they waited until Quinn got back in to emphasize the no huddle). I like it.
We turn the ball over or we drop a pass. On special teams it's the same thing.what I'm looking for is for us to be able to play complementary football. not really. We've shown what we can do offensively. Like I said. There's no doubt about it. those were against defenses that were ranked differently then where Detroit may have been." (On why Robiskie and Veikune have not played much). Everybody's determined to fix it. I'm not sure what Josh's experience was. whatever it is. 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. You feel like you learn some things each game as a team. Everybody's committed to it."Robiskie has played quite a bit the games he's been active. as a unit. You have to make a contribution there. When we don't turn the ball over. Each week we have to make decisions. They deserve it. but we have to put all three together and play complementary football."I don't know what happened with Josh out there. His production. As this process goes on. that needs to improve."I don't remember that happening. We've shown what we can do defensively. You see signs of it." (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). No. That's my personal experience." (On if the Lions having the last ranked defense affects how he looks at the offense's performance against them). When you get your opportunities on offense and defense you have to make them count. Game in and game out you have to play with the game intensity game in and game out. I can't remember and even if that was the case. work as hard as we possibly can to give the fans what they deserve. It's something that work is ongoing. We're going to work as hard as possible and as diligently as possible to make sure that happens. When you're in that situation it starts there for you. you have a game to play so you just focus on that." (On if any players have tried to engage in trash talk with him before a game). to me. when we don't have selfinflicted wounds. That's ongoing and there's no lack of resolve by anybody here. [There have been] different points throughout the year where that's been very effective. is what I looked at and what I was really encouraged by. and I know it's hard to see because the production hasn't been there offensively. Everybody's frustrated with where we are. 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. as a staff and you try to take that learning and apply it to the next game. He realizes that and that's something that he's working at. Some of those decisions are based on special teams and who can give us the value there. That's what we're committed to. It's something that we're committed to. We have 53 guys and we can only take 45. That's what we do each day. we can move it effectively. [I'm] looking to see continued progress. but it has to be consistent. The execution." ."What I really look at. that I'm committed to. that's what the caches are committed to. I'm not sure his exact play time numbers. which is a consistent winning team that plays at a high level all the time.
(On if the game against Cincinnati has been their best game of the season). I think. He's come a long. It was the first time that he had really played that role."Good morning everybody. [We] hung out a lot. hung out with the boys. really early for that. How are we doing? Did everybody have a good Thanksgiving? [Mine] was great." Mangini press conf. That feature back role. I really liked that. Some guys from the building that didn't have family in town came over. My sister's here from out of town. game planning and things like that. I thought that was outstanding. [My] back's a little sore from picking up the kids. He is chipping away at establishing a role which I've been happy with. He was assigned to us. I thought I did. we fought the same level. . My three year old wanted to wrestle a lot. "Yesterday we didn't have the afternoon meetings."We didn't win. He was. He's young. That's why we had the later start. 11/27 11. I thought. They had that chance to kick the extra point and to block that. You like those guys with the wrestling backgrounds because they understand leverage. but I didn't. a two-time wrestling champ in high school. [I'm] looking forward to him to just keep moving along that path. They understand hand placement and things like that. but I was really happy with the way that we approached the game. It's good to have him here. 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."It's really. but putting it together is what we have to do. last year as an outside linebacker. You saw that we claimed Matt Roth off waivers. so we had a good group.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-27-09 (Opening statement). My brother-in-law just got in. He was tough to handle whenever we faced him in New York. He's enthusiastic. He's made some nice plays. I was really happy with the resilience of the group and it didn't matter what happened in the game. long way from when we first got him. 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. It was good stuff. He had a nice play against Cincinnati where he was almost caught in the backfield and picked up eight yards. that takes some time and there's a lot of things to it that you have to do. I'd say from an approach perspective. which is all encouraging. There were different times in overtime where they had chances and we were able to stop them. I think there have been times throughout the course of the season where there have been some really good things." (On if he thinks Chris Jennings can be a featured back in the is league). I should have got you [the media] those times. Matt's a guy that came into his own. [He is] a tough guy.27. He's inexperienced.
This is the beginning. that'll go quicker. He's tough to deal with from that perspective. [He is] a strong. I thought." (On if Jason Trusnik could move more to inside linebacker with the addition of Roth). I think he had a couple sacks. buddy. Talking about him. in the preseason last year and he hadn't played in any regular season games at outside linebacker to that point. It is hard to come to a new place to pick up all the terminology."Jason has to work both inside and outside now. they had him on this side. 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. Situations change year-to-year. but he has .' We will roll through. November was the third best ever. I think Mohamed (Massaquoi) went and bought some Timberland's. he did a really good job of collapsing the pocket. physical guy. You don't get the same contact. It's so different then when you are drafting. I don't know what exactly happened. He's spending a lot of time with Matt Eberflus."Yes." (On if Miami was trying to move Roth to defensive end)."Again. you see them on the practice field." (On why Roth only played four games this year). I didn't get too deep into that with him. they had Joey Porter on the other side. Things change sometimes year-to-year. Kaluka (Maiava). ‘Get used to it. I think they're in a little state of shock. to try to get ready. with his background and not being a rookie. even if it's just to learn about them. the other interesting thing this morning. He has been backing up David (Bowens)." (On the odds of Roth being able to step in and play right away). it was more a function of seeing him as an outside linebacker in. ‘Look. He played inside there before. Like I said. his first winter jacket."I didn't really get into that with Matt at all. not in exactly the same system. it's valuable because you see them in meeting rooms."That's a good question. because you don't get the same exposure." (On if seeing a former second round draft pick and starter on the waiver wire makes him think the player can have a significant role in future years). I don't know what he had against us. do our standard Friday prep. but he was playing the outside linebacker spot there which is a relatively close comparison. never dealt with snow. [We are] giving him reps in practice. they play a little bit more gapped down guys than we do. it's going to snow. ‘How could they help us right now?' and what's their contract status.' And every day we'd come out and it's beautiful. you look at all those opportunities that come up and you try to think both short term. all that stuff. I kept telling them."In terms of today. not in games. They're getting used to that. It's like. Hopefully. I just know that when we faced him he was impressive. For me. we had a lot of guys that have never driven in snow. 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. even though it may be the same concept it's just translating it into what you know takes some time. extra time.
‘That was a great concept. the 4-6 stuff. D'Qwell was helping to call the defense and both those guys are gone now and I think David's done a nice job. Sometimes you go back to the playbook and say. It's different because you've taken out some players that had really significant roles."I was talking on the conference call. We've lost some guys that played key roles in that game. Typically in the offseason you really like that stuff. we won like 40-something to 14 and that became a big part of [our defense]. some of the things defensively in terms of our approach to different formations. the bear fronts. It's hard to say that definitely. I think if anything. It was a different approach." (On how the team has changed since playing Cincinnati the first time). Kaluka's done a nice job. Guys have stepped in." (On if Cincinnati looks like a tough team). They make a lot of plays like that. it gives you a little more flexibility as to what you can or will do. but they've done some different things as well. We had Dave (Zastudil). you think. We just changed it. so we incorporated some of that against Indy [Indianapolis] the second or third game. Eric Barton and D'Qwell played all the snaps inside at that point. It was a different type of cover two then the typical Giants cover two."I like to think that we've made a lot of strides in different areas. it was more of an eight man drop and that evolved. We should bring that out of the attic. 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.worked inside before. It's hard to go apples-to-apples. Those are effort and awareness plays that you appreciate as an opposing coach. then that evolved over time and it became part of our package. It's like a lot of the diamond fronts." . There's some big hits that happen down the field that aren't by the secondary necessarily. [but] by defensive linemen chasing or the linebackers chasing and the guy gets stood up and they come and blow him up. They have Larry Johnson. I thought it was a good indication of how they play where Jerome [Harrison] got stood up and somebody came around from the backside. the week of Thanksgiving.' and the next season something else hits. All that being said. put a bunch of that stuff in. we had never really done that in New England until we played. Even in our game. because they played a ton of that in New York when Bill (Parcells) and Bill (Belichick) were there. ‘We're going to build off this. Some of the things that they're doing offensively have evolved because of success they've had in different areas. I think on both sides of the ball we've done some different things. had eight sacks. had the awareness to get the ball out.'" (On if he thinks the team is better overall than in Week 4). we've had other guys that have stepped in and done a nice job. We hadn't been playing much cover two in 2001 and Tampa [Bay]. I think had won the Super Bowl or Tampa been pretty dominant defensively. There's a lot of guys to the ball after every play."We had D'Qwell (Jackson). We had Steve (Heiden). I think one of the things that impresses me is the motor of the defense. whether it be the no huddle or shifting and motioning. It evolves throughout the season. We had Eric (Barton). against Atlanta. Eric was calling the defense.
We went out and played exactly like we practiced. because everybody else sees what your record is. not just physically but mentally. now it's.'" (On Chad Ochocinco). You better play with the same intensity.(On how you get a team to be tougher). but [they've] been moving along here throughout the course of the week. ‘Anybody shocked by this outcome? Look at how we practiced during the week. That's not taking anything away from what they [Detroit] did. can you do it the next week. you can continue to improve at it. clicked offensively and we didn't do the same things we had been doing from a technique perspective defensively and that was disappointing. [He has] great hands. Any of those guys could go in and do that. It wasn't a surprise. is more what's been a little bit up and down for us."I think that with Shaun. C. but like he usually does. you're in every game. and you can't do it. Last week it clicked."I think overall it's consistency." (On who would play inside if Rogers can't play)." (On if Carson Palmer's stats reinforce the need to have a franchise quarterback)"Everybody wants one. There was a lot of hype. we block the PAT.J. where you're down 14-0. I think we have a shot to see all three of them practice today. I'll wait until we get out there to make sure. We have a bunch of time [to] go back and respond to it."You're constantly working on that. I thought we had a lousy week of practice leading up to the Denver game. A lot of we were just going to roll it out there and win games. We had come off the. so what. Mosley's played some at the nose position." (On how serious Shaun Rogers' injury is). ‘That's a situation. who'd we play before. That's what I said to the guys after the game. You only have to be wrong on him a couple times and he kills you. You better practice with the same intensity and we got smoked by Denver. it's so small that you drop off a little bit and it kills you."He didn't have a lot of yards against us. Vic (Lawrence Vickers) and Robert (Royal). I didn't think that we played to our potential last week. Baltimore. but you have to go out. very good intensity. At that point we were 8-3. Everybody else responds. I'm sure a little turkey doesn't hurt anybody. I said. You're always looking for that position to play well and usually when that position plays well. You coach off of situations that you've been in. Even last year in New York. We were down 14-0 early and come back and respond and fight. 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. Even on special teams. Corey's (Williams) actually played a little bit at the nose position. come off a game where we didn't respond very well to adversity. It was a lot of back and forth and that takes physical toughness. can you do it the week after? Can you have those . So what. Things hit. but it also takes mental toughness to know. he had impact plays. They go up."(Ahtyba) Rubin's played inside there. I think we're a good special teams unit. Like any other position. I thought we showed a lot of toughness in that game. He had two touchdowns. You can't just roll it out. I thought last game was a good example of that. I think we've had spots of good things.'" (On if he has seen ups and downs in the team's toughness this year). The margin of error for a guy like him or Calvin Johnson.
but we have to actually do it. he called me and said. all those things are things you see. because you're surrounded by revisiting what happened and they're always talk about two.same performances week in and week out and not be up and down? [It's a] constant challenge. because you get to see how everybody deals with adversity. You see that we're outnumbered in the running game and you throw a quick look pass to the receiver. but they only have value if you take something away from them. If you don't then they're just tough losses. I think Brett's [Favre] playing pretty well right now and it's made a difference for him. It's not necessarily a part of the call. can we do them on a week in and week out basis. which I believe we can." (On where he thinks Quinn's potential is)."I think I have a very high comfort level with what I think a lot of the guys can be. hitting some of those deep balls that we hit. but the best chance you have to be . Sometimes it's through pushing. It's not on a script. You come out.' Sometimes you don't even know how good you can be. Whatever bar it is. I was talking to him. but to learn from the past and not to look too far in the future. We're going to have to throw it quick. That's a tough skill to learn. and that's another part of the process. If the protection doesn't look very good over here we're going to get hit."You saw a lot of elements of it last week. You see the formation. each week to go out as a group and improve and build on the lessons of the weeks before. Being able to change the protection to get that picked up to allow the route to develop." (On if he still has some questions about exactly the kind of quarterback Quinn can be). is learning how to not dwell on the past. One of the things that come up often times with players and my communication with players or talking about my approach is. but you know that's something that you can do to respond to a situation that's not very good. where [there were] just some really smart decisions. whatever it is. 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. It's true. They're just tough experiences." (On how important these last six games are for the Brady Quinn). It's important for all of us. Sometimes it's through positive reinforcement. These are all opportunities. Sometimes it's through different approaches. he's in Russia now training a fighter. three weeks down the road or whatever it is. Sometimes you don't even know what your potential is because you frame of reference is college or your frame of reference is limited. I have to make sure that you reach that and collectively that we reach that. Now it's."I wouldn't say that it's just important for him.' and it's true." (On if he is confident the team is over the loss at Detroit). but that's what I am committed to doing. I view it as. It's hard to always be in the moment."Yes. but it's my job to make sure that you reach that potential. is to make sure that guys achieve their potential. 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. Some of these lessons have been learned in a very hard fashion. ‘You have the greatest human MRI machine in the world.
It takes discipline. It's just unfortunate. it will be a ‘wait and see' type situation. we just didn't take advantage of them. Cincinnati did a good job with some of the looks that they gave us that were a little bit different."It's like his lower leg and his ankle. We handled most of them. with Brodney (Pool). With concussions."I don't really want to get into specifics of it. in terms of Big Baby (Shaun Rogers). from the opening kickoff to the first offensive series. He is going to need surgery and this is just where he is. we take that very seriously. I think. We spent a lot of time in New York researching that and researching the best ways to evaluate when to bring a player back. We did a few things in the first offensive series that I liked. things could have been different. It hurts." .2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-30-09 (Opening statement). that's never been the case with him. We had opportunities throughout the course of the game. With the other three players that were injured. I thought in the second half we played better. so not very good news there. really unfortunate. 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.30. had opportunities. At 13-7 it's a good situation and we just couldn't continue on the momentum that we had from the first drive. He wants to be out there. With Kenyon (Coleman) and Kam (Kamerion Wimbley). so we'll have to wait and see on that. I thought that we started slow." (On if the team's record has anything to do with putting Rogers on IR). That's going to take some time and just see where we are during the course of the week. but I thought it was too slow from what we had outlined and what we wanted to get accomplished. like anything else. I really felt like if we had come out better in the first half." (On if Rogers has anything broken). I'm happy with the fact that we didn't turn the ball over. he is going to be going on IR. He is very disappointed. Offensively." Mangini press conf."A couple updates from the game. It's a learned skill. and the same thing defensively. the safest way to bring a player back. Some of them they got us on. he had a concussion. 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. I thought we started slow in all three phases. "In terms of what I said to the team this morning and how I felt about the game." (On where Rogers' injury is located).successful is to be in the moment."No. 11/30 11.
we're all for it. really that whole interior's changed dramatically from the start of the season."No. He has very good ability to cut.(On if the team's approach to concussions has been affected by the NFL's emphasis on the injury). He's really developing in that role and this is a great opportunity for him to continue to develop in that role. 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. He has excellent speed when he gets to the edge. understanding that injuries are a part of the game. I think. you have to keep him inside." (On if he thinks hits have become more violent over the past couple of years)"Again. [We've] seen that on some of his kickoff returns and things like . training camp. I don't get involved with the specific parts of that. In terms of the specific helmet."There were a couple different spots. a lot of that I have to more or less allow the lead to come from the medical staff. You have to keep him within the tackle box. Nobody wants to see anybody get hurt. the whole offseason. It's important to us." (On where the breakdowns in the run defense occurred at Cincinnati). I'm not sure. Coupling D'Qwell (Jackson) and Eric (Barton). I remember over the course of time there being a lot of violent hits. With (Bernard) Scott. if anything. I really think that (Ahtyba) Rubin's done a nice job throughout the whole season. who's available. It's difficult from that perspective."I don't know all the different things that are being discussed. He has done a real nice job. how they fit." (On if they will have to add defensive linemen to the roster). we've tried to be very aggressive with that in New York and here as well. but you understand the intent of why they're doing it is to try to protect the players and you respect that. That's everybody's goal." (On what the team loses when Rogers is out of the lineup). My emphasis and our emphasis is safety and proper evaluation and things like that. Sometimes you get a penalty that you might disagree with. but trying to minimize risk wherever you can. They have to deal with him from a game plan perspective."He's big. I think everybody's open to whatever puts the players in the best position to avoid those things. and it's something we take very seriously. We'll take the steps that we need to take. I'm not sure." (On if he thinks the NFL is on the way to installing preventive practice measures against concussions)." (On how Pool's concussion history will be factored into his return). He's disruptive."We'll look at that."Medically. 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."I'm sure we have researched all those things. organizationally. the NFL's done a great job of really emphasizing player safety." (On if there is a special helmet Pool can wear). [We will] kind of see what's available. whether it's some combination of the active roster or the practice squad.
if you're outnumbered you have to go to either the site adjust. change the coverage and that changes the quarterback's read. I think he's gotten better at shedding the blocker and being more patient with shedding. That does happen from time-to-time. [We want to] force them into post snap reads. Sometimes they're there and you take a shot. We're trying to do it. he's been successful for a long time and he's a good back. Quinn throws to one spot and Massaquoi is not there). I thought he did a nice job finding the crease. it's got to be earned. Some of it's going to be a function of what we see that they're doing. We've had different combinations of people working at those different spots. I don't think it was a fundamental lack of understanding by the players as to what the adjustment is. whether it be directly outside or in that c-gap. whether he'll work back at safety or work at corner."[He is] very good with his hands and his hand placement inside of the center's chest. defensively. you throw him off too early and go to your right." (On if the offensive design for Cincinnati was short passes). You have to be patient and know the right time to throw the offensive player off and I think that's improved for him." (On the perception that on passes to Mohamed Massaquoi. the softness in the c-gap. physical offensive line. Sometimes you don't have it deep and you want to get the check down. I think that it will depend on. understanding where the double teams are going to come from. With Coye. [There were] a couple times where the throws weren't there. Larry Johnson. There's a couple times where Mohamed was a little deep when he should have been maybe two or three yards more shallow. a defined role. he'll cut back to the void that you create. I thought our tackling at times led to extra yards that really shouldn't have been the case.that. His block recognition." . [Those are] all things that come with time and experience and I think he's improved in all those areas. is to show one coverage. not that he hasn't. as we look at San Diego. I think he needs to keep working and establishing a role. because you can. where we're going to have Mike Adams. They have a big. what his reaction should be on those blocks."I don't think there have been a significant number of breakdowns in terms of what the assignment is. which is the inside player because you don't have the numbers to pick it up."With any of the playing time. get a positive play. 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. if the running back's starting to your right. but he has to make even more of a case for himself."No. That's always the goal. changes the route adjustment. They're trying to do it."We called vertical passes yesterday. They blitzed a little bit more than they had the previous game and they had up until this point. which is the outside player or the hot." (On if Quinn gets rid of the ball too early sometimes). like we've called throughout the course of the season." (On the area where Ahytba Rubin has made the most improvement this year)." (On if Brandon McDonald and Coye Francies will get more playing time if Pool is out).
" (On if the feelings surrounding the 1995 Browns' season are similar to this season)"I was here in '94. I think that's important. 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. because that's why we do all the work that we do during the week.(On if Quinn's mis-throws when he is pressured)." (On what can be done to work on having a higher completion percentage). Some are just ‘you miss.' He missed on them. Neither one of the guys was going to play extensively on special teams and I thought that Jake earned the opportunity. 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."The one thing I have been happy with the last two games is not turning the ball over."Some are a function of that. They work hard through the course of the week. Brian's played in a lot of games. It's a unique position at receiver. You have Josh (Cribbs) who obviously has a dominant role on special teams. 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." (On which offensive problem area is the easiest to fix). It's . I expect this group of guys to maintain their commitment to change the outcome. and I saw the success that we had that year. Mike Furrey plays on defense. I think Chansi's (Stuckey) doing a really nice job in the slot. Sometimes you just miss some." (On if Brian Robiskie has not been active due to effort or performance). Sometimes it's a function of that. You continue to get a feel for your receivers. Some are throws that he's made before and made them easily. That's why I was disappointed coming out and not playing better early in the game. I don't anticipate that being an issue throughout the rest of the season. He could be active again this week. This is a good group of guys. 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. It's a function of us being able to collectively do that at the same time and be able to take the lessons that you learn and apply them to the next week and take advantage of that opportunity. I've been happy with the way the guys have worked. That's what we're going to continue to do. too. They have been consistent with that and I haven't questioned that at any point throughout the course of the season. I think that there have been some positive things throughout the course of the year in all three phases. Mohamed's (Massaquoi) played well throughout the season. He's had a lot of play time. Every Sunday we have an opportunity to change the outcome. but he's going to have to go out and earn that play time. I think there are a lot of things that take place during that process."We constantly are working on timing and release and things like that." (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. You continue to drill it."This week I thought that Jake (Allen) has had two really good weeks since he got here. 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.
the direct snap 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. made all those throws and need to continue to make the throws when the guy's open." (On the reports that Charlie Weis has been fired from Notre Dame and the type of relationship he has with Weis). Even though he was hitting the same spot. He's a really good football coach." (On if he thinks catching the ball is the easiest area to fix). I worked with him New York. I've always liked Charlie. I think you saw the play. The week before we had hit it against a pressure look in Detroit and went for 34 yards.really important. looking the ball in. I respect him a lot. I think that when you have the opportunity to catch the ball. I haven't heard any news one way or the other. They were bringing pressure off the other side. we had blockers out there. it was just designed a little bit differently."I really haven't thought about any of that and don't know what Charlie's situation is."I like Charlie. I think it was thirdand-14. It was consistent concentration. then worked with him again in New England."No. I thought guys at different times made some really nice plays. which was right there. third-and-five. I don't know what his status is. hitting Chansi for a first down when it wasn't picked up. Two plays earlier he really should have had a catch and dropped it. The more you do that the less likely they are to pressure." (On if he would look into Weis because of his relationship with Quinn)." (On if they saw something from the Bengals defense that caused them to not use the Wildcat at Cincinnati). From a protection perspective. He's a good friend. I thought Mike Furrey had a really nice catch. Even the tear screen to Josh. rolled back in and made the catch. essentially it's the same number of blockers. there are going to be things each game that are different. I thought that we did that well at spurts last week. There's going to be things designed to beat the protection." . You had another third down play. the third down play. throw back to Brady. He's a good coach. I thought Mohamed made a tremendous catch going towards the tunnel on our sideline. In that last drive there. Three or four times yesterday I thought Brady did an excellent job with that. We tend to get a very specific type of adjustment when Josh is lined up at the quarterback position. missed the guy and he tackled Josh for no gain. Those are the things that we did do in the Detroit game and you saw the difference. That's really all I've thought about that situation. The difference between getting that initial block and not is the difference between that play going for nothing or significant gain. just trying to build it a different way to take away the standard sort of front we've been getting. I hope he hasn't gotten fired and I wish him the best. even Greg (Estandia) on the scramble. not necessarily. That's been good. I think that we've thrown the ball. I've been friendly and talked since he's been at Notre Dame. We had certain plays up. tucking it away and then turning and running. which is such a fundamental skill set and something that we work on consistently."I think they're all important. then it's a function of being able to hit the hot or the site. you have to be able to maximize those things.
"Their offense. 12/2 12. 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. so that's been something that we've improved on. 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. is the volume of plays that they've had of 16 or more yards. They've done a nice of protecting the football. 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. [It's] something that's going to be very important again this weekend. they can score. I think one of the things that jumps out at you. They have very effective rushers when they do bring them. It's a zone blitz team so they'll bring combinations of blitzers and typically play zone behind it."No."I think that the best thing I can do is have them listen to the people that really understand the injuries. they've been very successful throughout the course of the year. I want all the guys to be safe and to be smart and you be supportive as well. Facing (Darren) Sproles over the years. How are you doing? Just getting ready for the Chargers.(On if Pool has had any other concussions this year). The pressure that they've been able to put on quarterbacks has been successful in generating sacks as well. they can produce. but sometimes you get a mixture of a couple of other things and they do it from a lot of different looks."Yes." Mangini press conf. Really when you look at the Kansas City game. good skill guys.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-2-09 (Opening statement)."Good morning everybody. 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." (On if Quinn will be the starter). In terms of specific advice related to specific injuries. It's primarily a three-deep zone. [they have] good coverage unties. the score was fairly lopsided and most of those are the result of turnovers that they were able to generate.02. I think each guy has to really spend time with the doctors and make that decision themselves. That's lead to some key turnovers. [They can] give it to either of the backs or the fullbacks and both those guys can hurt you in the running game. "On special teams. it doesn't matter who you want to talk about. They've done a nice job in terms of sacks allowed. outside of (Philip) Rivers' quarterback rating and his number of TDs to interceptions. pretty much whatever area you watch with this team." (On if there would ever be a time he would tell a player with multiple concussions to retire) . he can take it straight ahead and beat you with his speed that way . Brady will continue to start. Almost 20 percent of all their pass plays go for 16 plus yards.
It's never a fun conversation.or he can change directions. He's definitely not going to play this weekend and there's a chance he won't be playing again this year. Tony (Grossi). I'm not totally sure."In terms of the specific thing. I think. 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. 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."He's here. this is something that we're still moving forward on. It's a big challenge against a good team." (On if he has filled the roster vacancy). That discussion."I think we have a shot with both those guys."I can't remember if it was actually helmet-to-helmet or whether it was helmet to some other pad." (On if Pool is around the team still)." (On if he would be comfortable putting Brandon McDonald in a starting role). I'll have more information for you. We're going to have to see how the week goes and see how it plays out." (On if Pool was injured on a helmet-to-helmet or helmet-to-knee hit)."We haven't done anything yet. but they're always important. Mike Furrey's played there quite a bit." (On Kenyon Coleman and Kamerion Wimbley). but unfortunately it's something that is a reality." (On what he will do at safety this week). we haven't talked about the long term. Bubba (Ray) Ventrone. is a discussion for a later time period." (On what happened on the play that injured Pool)."Yes."As 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." (On if it is difficult to talk with a player about not playing again). I'm not really sure. There are some different combinations that we have."It's not looking very positive."I think with that." (On the status of Brodney Pool). Hank's (Poteat) played there at different points throughout his career and throughout his time here as well. You never want to have a conversation about injuries with anybody." (On if Pool will have to consider not playing again). Like I said." . go the wide field and create some problems in that area as well."There are a couple different options. Mike Adams had played there quite a bit. It's a challenge.
" (On if the emphasis on concussions is overdue)."I honestly haven't thought about it. It hasn't been something that you delve into significantly right now. I'm not exactly sure when the timeline was." (On how he would feel if the league made a rule about practicing without helmets)"Tony (Grossi). It's something we stress. You try to minimize risk whenever you can. I don't know what the right answer is there. I think a lot of those decisions."I don't really know what their philosophy is going to be."I don't think so. There's a very detailed process." (On if he expects the Chargers to run the ball a lot). that we've worked on. I think. but it is something that's important. It's something that we've studied. Tony (Grossi). we take seriously and will continue to take seriously. Give the ball to Sproles. for the different offseason meetings.(On if Pool's injury happened on the play Coleman got hurt)." (On if Pool will be placed on injured reserve). so we went through the complete process." (On what input the coaches have in guiding the league's decisions regarding concussion). to get their feedback and collectively try to make the best decision. I think that it's important to leave it up to the people that really understand this a lot better than I do. Throw it to Vincent Jackson. Throw it to (Antonio) Gates."Again. Whatever the plan is collectively that is brought up and adopted we'll adapt to. They're all good. we have a lot of tests that go into it. I'm totally in support of whatever can help in terms of player safety. I think it's tough in a lot of areas. [They] consult all the experts in the field and research thoroughly. That'll be a discussion. We'll take as much guidance as we can on it and just always put the players in the best position." (On if they went back and determined if Pool's preseason injury was a concussion)"I know that all the injuries. especially anything that has long term affects."I just don't feel like I'm enough of an expert on the topic. I know that they are working on it and they'll continue to work on it and consult people. Marla (Ridenour). that's something that I'll have more information for you probably either later today or by tomorrow. I don't know what the range of options are. the people that really understand all the nuances of it. I do think it's important for the experts."Again." (On if they could accomplish the same things in practice without helmets). We wouldn't put anybody back on the field that wasn't able to be cleared medically to do so. the league spends a ton of time on." . Part of the reason you wear helmets is to protect against guys bumping heads by accident. Take your pick. I'm in support of that. Tony (Grossi). They have a lot of good options. I just don't feel qualified enough on this topic to really give a lot of insight on it. I haven't really thought about it. I can say that it is important."Again. base line tests and comparative tests." (On if he ever had a concussion when he played). Give the ball to LaDainian Tomlinson.
(On what he would do if he was the opposing coach in this situation)- "I've been part of different scenarios like that. I remember a game where the whole secondary for the other team was beat up. It was all new guys. I think there was an anticipation offensively that we were going to score a ton of points and I think we lost like 19-6. You just don't know. I think the important thing is the guys that do have opportunities to come in take advantage of those opportunities. I have a lot of faith in (Ahtyba) Rubin. If Kenyon can't play, whether it's C.J. (Mosley) or Corey (Williams), both those guys I think will do a great job. They played significantly throughout the course of the year. We moved different guys inside. Jason Trusnik [has] never really been a heavy inside linebacker, or really a starter fulltime, he has 10 tackles last week. I think that's the positive part of this, is guys get a real opportunity to step up and show the things they can do. I've seen so many times where you're pleasantly surprised by the way that they respond. These guys all have been working hard and they've all been studying. It's another really good lesson for the group that you just don't know when your opportunity will be and you don't know whether it's going to be for 10 plays or 10 games or five games or what it's going to be. You want to make sure when you get that chance you really maximize it. I remember Curtis Martin always used to tell a story, when he first got to New England, I forget which backs were in front of him, and he told those guys, ‘You better hope that I never get in.' They all laughed, you know he was a rookie. He was serious. I don't know if you guys know Curtis, but when he talks he's not joking about what he's saying. He told them, he said look, ‘You better hope I never get in, because none of you guys are playing again.' He got in and none of them played again, but it was a big joke when he first said it. Sometimes you get that shot and you don't come back." (On if he remembers when Antonio Gates came out of college)- "I don't. I wasn't part of that evaluation. I know there's been a boatload of trying to find the next Antonio Gates and it doesn't really happen that often. He had played football [before], so he did have a football background. We tried all different kinds of guys. We tried out a Rugby Union player from Australia, one of their best players, in New York. [We tried out] a basketball player a couple times. I can't remember his name now, but he was the heavyweight champion from Ohio State, wrestler. He hadn't played football and we brought him to rookie mini-camp a couple years ago. We had him and the kid from, I think it was, Iowa. Both of them had been heavy weight champs back-to-back years, tried them out." (On how he rates Gates as a tight end)- "How would you rate him? He's really, really good. He's really, really good. They can split him out and he can run routes on cornerbacks and safeties and do that effectively. He has a great ability to adjust to the ball wherever it's thrown. Often times when you look at tight ends, some tight ends may have really good hands, but most of the routes that they catch are in stride or clean catches. The tight ends that are able to adjust to balls thrown behind them or thrown high, those are the ones that have incredible value because often times they're in traffic, they quarterback's got to throw it away from a linebacker that may be in front of them or somebody coming down and their ability to pluck it from different spots. That was one of the things I liked about Dustin Keller when he came out, is you could see on tape the way that he could adjust to the football almost around the whole clock, all the different spots on a clock. It's easier said than done."
(On the keys to limiting Gates' production)- "When you face guys like this you try to do a lot of things to stop him. I've seen it all tried with him, whether it's playing nickel, where they have a DB on him. I've seen some teams put their best corner back on him. I've seen him get jammed up at the line of scrimmage. I've seen him get double teamed from a linebacker and a safety, from two safeties. You see it all. They can move him around, split him out, put him in different personnel groups. It's not like the other group of skill players aren't very dangerous for this team. With Rivers, he's more than happy to throw it down the field to any of the other guys, as well and they've been effective there." (On Corey Williams at nose tackle)- "He's worked in there, more so throughout the course of the season than in mini-camp and training camp and he's done a nice job. The thing about him is he's a little different than your typical nose, because he's got some good wiggle. You can stunt him and do things like that that you wouldn't maybe do with just a pure mauler type. That adds an element of uncertainty for the offensive line. He has done a nice job in terms of taking on the center, being stout, so that's a possibility. C.J.'s played in there as well and he volunteered to do that. He wanted to try it out and I thought he's done some nice things in there." (On if he assumes there will be less double teams with Shaun Rogers not playing)"Typically in a 3-4 defense there's only so many ways that you block it. If you want to run a straight ahead direct run, you double team on the nose to the backside WILL linebacker, they fan out. There are not that many variations of the blocking schemes that you get. They have to account for the front seven to get a hat for a hat, so it's just numerically how you want to do it. You can double team on the end if you wanted to, some teams do that. It's a change. It's sort of new over the last, I'd say, four years." (On if he has seen any difference in LaDainian Tomlinson over the past couple years)- "He has eight touchdowns. Dramatic differences? I don't think there have been dramatic differences with him. I see him make guys miss in the hole. I see him get the edge. I see a lot of the same things that you've come to appreciate over the years. They do mix Sproles in quite a bit and you understand why. He's a guy that's explosive as well." (On if a bad record can affect injuries)- "No, I think when guys get rolled up on or whatever it is, it's not a function of what your record is, it's just a function of what happened in the game. I've been part of seasons where you may not have had the season you wanted and haven't had a ton of injuries. I think a lot of teams deal with injuries throughout the course of the season. It's important to be able to have depth. Almost every team in the league has lost somebody significant and lost other players as well. You don't go in planning for it, but unfortunately it happens. When I say planning for it, you're always planning depth wise, but you're anticipating these are the players that are going to play and ideally play through 16 games and then what's your contingency if they can't."
Mangini press conf. 12/3
Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-3-09 (Opening statement)- "Good morning everybody. How are you doing? As you know, yesterday we put Jamal (Lewis) on IR and Brodney (Pool) on IR. [It is] obviously disappointing for them. Jamal has had such a tremendous career and [this is] not the way he wanted to finish it up. I can't thank him enough for the contributions he's made, his work ethic, his toughness, his commitment to the younger players and all the things that he's done just in my short experience with him. With Brodney, I really thought that he had continued to develop throughout the course of the season. I think that the strides he's made in the deep part of the field and understanding the system, all those things have been real positives. It's not the way that he wanted to finish the season either, but it was really the best decision right now for the players from a medical perspective. We claimed Ramzee Robinson off of waivers. [He is a] cornerback. We currently have one spot open. We'll see how the week goes in terms of how we're going to fill that spot. "With practice today, [we are] working on third down and reemphasizing some of the things that we did yesterday. They'll do some similar things on first and second down that they do on third down. There are some game plan specific things that we'll have to adjust to once we get into the game. They are a multiple team in terms of their attack offensively and defensively in that area, so we've got our work cut out for us here today." (On if Lewis suffered brain trauma)- "I'm not going to get into specifics of the injury. When we were aware of him having symptoms we did the testing and at that point the doctors felt it was best for him to go on injured reserve, so that's the decision that we made." (On if Lewis was hurt during the Cincinnati game or before)- "The first that we were aware of it was after the game, actually not directly after the game, but the next day. Immediately, we started testing and that's when the doctors made the decision. We wanted to go through the whole process before and talk to everybody and make sure that we were as thorough as possible before making the final decision, but that was the process." (On if Lewis is seeing a specialist today)- "With both he and Brodney, they've gone through a series of tests. They'll continue to do that. We'll do everything organizationally and in working with them to make sure that we get all the information possible, not just in the short term but in the long term." (On if there have been more concussions this year or if the NFL is just taking them more seriously)- "In my experience in New York, we always treated [concussions] very seriously and tried to do everything possible in terms of pretesting, post testing, anything that we could do to make sure that player safety was the priority. I think a lot of teams do the same thing. In terms of trends, I'm not sure what the trends are, what the numbers are,
but I can tell you that personally, from a head coaching perspective, it was a priority for us in New York. It's been a priority here. The emphasis is on player safety." (On the league's emphasis on concussions)- "I think the league each year tried to develop things that protect the players and I think that's a great thing. They spend a lot of time researching it. They talk to a lot of different people, the leading experts in the field and I think that's very positive. The more that we can keep guys healthy and on the field the better it is for everybody." (On if he encourages players to wear mouth guards)- "Really with all protective equipment, I think there's benefit to all of it. There's a reason for all the different components of protective equipment. The mouth guard in relationship to concussions, again I'm not sure what that study is, but I know that if it has any positive affect there, it's a good thing." (On if Lewis had complained about concussion symptoms before Cincinnati)- "The first that we were made aware of it was this week. Immediately, we started testing and that's when we found what we found and then went through the process." (On how the decision to put Pool on injured reserve worked)- "With any injuries it's driven by the medical staff. You make sure that you have all the information. You go through all the testing and then you make a decision after that. It's as thorough a process as we can possibly have and again, the priority is on player safety." (On if Pool's season would still be over if his injury had occurred earlier)- "Again, it's based on the doctors and what they think and what the staff thinks collectively. It's not where you are in the season, what your record is. It's none of those things. It's based on player safety." (On if the doctors gave Pool a timeline for returning)- "We talked about it more in terms of the season and we'll address moving forward after that." (On if he is convinced Lewis will retire)- "That's really Jamal's decision and that's a very personal decision for each player. I'd rather leave that question up to him. Whatever decision he makes I'll support." (On if the team will do anything Sunday to honor Lewis)- "Marla (Ridenour), this is so new that we haven't really talked in terms of those things. Really the emphasis has been on preparing for the game from my perspective. Obviously with this news and this transition, that's taken a lot of time as well and it's an important thing. At the game, that wasn't something that I personally talked about with anybody. He has had a tremendous career and I respect all the things that he's done." (On if the team goes outside of their medical staff to evaluate head injuries)"Anytime there's a specific injury, what we're always going to try to do is get the best
information, however we can do that. If it's independent, it's independent. Whatever we need to do to get the best information is what we always adhere to." (On if Lewis and Pool have only seen doctors in Cleveland)- "Yes." (On if he thinks players have a false sense of security about safer helmets)- "I really couldn't answer for all the different players. I know that as an organization you're trying to get the best possible equipment. You're always looking for trends. It could be related to concussions. It could be related to dehydration. There are often new things that become available. I know there were some items that became available this year in terms of dehydration that we tried during camp. You're constantly looking for anything that can protect the players. It could be in the form of a helmet. It could be in the form of types of undershirts again for hydration, things like that. Best practices, you're always searching for best practices." (On why he did not say anything to the media on Wednesday about Lewis' injury)"It's like anything else, Tony (Grossi), you have to go through the process and go through the testing. Until you have concrete information, that's what you do." (On if the team needs another running back)- "We usually activate two more often than not. We'll look at different guys. We've brought different guys in not just week but all throughout the course of the season at all positions. We have Thomas Brown on the practice squad. He's done a nice job. We'll evaluate all those things. Typically we bring two to the game and that's what we have on our roster." (On if the team needs a running back better than who they already have)- "I think that both those guys (Jerome Harrison and Chris Jennings) have done a nice job when they've had opportunities. Jerome has had some good games. I like the progress that they're making. I think Chris Jennings is a guy that has done a good job with the opportunities that he's had and he's working to create more opportunities and they'll have that now. Again, you never want to see anybody injured or lost. It is a great opportunity for younger players or guys that maybe weren't in that lead role to make a case for themselves and step up and be productive." (On how much injuries complicate an already difficult season)- "Injuries happen at different rates each year. You're constantly stressing flexibility, depth. I know we talked about that a lot during training camp and the early part of the season. There's the counterargument about continuity versus flexibility. You just don't know when it's going to happen. You don't know at what rate it's going to happen. You don't anticipate losing two middle linebackers, but it happens and it's happened [to] different teams, different places, different positions. You're constantly trying to build depth. Hopefully the guys that you have there and that have been working there then step up and are able to fill the void."
" (On what symptoms Lewis complained of)." (On if Lewis had a chance to talk to the team before he left)."It wasn't really that type of discussion." Mangini press conf. At that point."I've seen him make progress throughout the course of the year. he's had a lot of good reps. He's had an impressive career. you hope [he makes it]. the first that we were made aware of it was on Monday. as he got more comfortable not just working in the system but working with whether it be Abe (Elam) or Mike Adams or whoever he was back there with." (On the specific hit that triggered Lewis' symptoms). a lot of good progress so I anticipate him continuing along that path. with the future.2009 . You hope. It was more symptom-based and that's when we initiated the testing. but I think he's had a tremendous career. I don't think necessarily the personality off the field is a direct relation to the personality on the field."That wasn't something that he and I talked about or he mentioned him wanting to do. Tony (Grossi)." (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. Those things are all positive. I'd be happy for him to do that if that was something that he'd like to do.04. It's always a plus and you're always able to do more and more individually and collectively. [I] really liked the range that he showed."As I said. Like with any new system. I was pleased with that. as you get more comfortable you tend to play faster because you're not thinking through the adjustments. Again. I think he became a better communicator as the season went on. 12/4 12. that's when we did the testing." (On if he thinks Lewis is a Hall of Famer). It's much more of a reaction type thing.(On if the league mandating the use of an independent neurologist is in affect yet)"Often times you do that anyways. You're not thinking about what your responsibilities are." (On if Lewis said when he was hit). I would imagine that any of the guys that come back who have had experience and reps would continue to improve. but that's something that's going to be in place. a lot of good experience."I don't get a vote in that. He's done a lot of good things. I think anything that helps the process is a good thing." (On the upside he sees in Pool). I was happy with a lot of the things that he was doing in the deep part of the field."I'm not going to get into specifics of all the different things.
It's tough as it is just to get the same level of preparation. You try to play the best players that give you the chance to win. The other nice thing is both teams are working the same amount of time. 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. That's tough. Hank (Poteat) has played bother corner and safety." (On if they will be moving guys around in the secondary). . I'd be totally comfortable." (On how he will approach the short week coming up)."No. with the shifting and the motioning and things like that."Good morning everybody. 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. [It will be] a combination there. Ray Ventrone has gotten reps throughout the course of the season and some reps in games. I haven't done that in the past. but this is similar to. You have to be conscious of where the guys are physically. You're balancing that." (On if he is going to let the players play their normal amounts on Sunday and see what happens on Thursday)." (On if he is comfortable starting Furrey at safety). You don't know how many reps either sides going to have. I think he had four or five interceptions and was third or fourth on the team in tackles. I mean you look at it."The positive thing for us is that Mike (Adams) has played both corner and safety so he has that ability." (On if he will back off reps for some players in the San Diego game in preparation for the Steelers game)."Yes. You're balancing the level of install. I think those games are always a little bit tougher when it's someone out of conference or you have no exposure to. I thought there were some good things defensively. so there's some familiarity with who you're playing and what the scheme is. probably not. You may not be able to do all of the things you'd like to do in a typical week in terms of changing the scheme or how extensive the plan can be. Mike Furrey's been working on defense. I'm not sure how many interceptions he had. He's started 11 games there in the past.Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-4-09 (Opening statement). typically. but the familiarity does help. The nice thing about that and the nice thing about our situation is it is a conference opponent. We played New England on Thursday night. say Baltimore. It would be hard to go through and say that's the right number of reps in each game. 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. That'll be the focal point this morning slash afternoon."No. You can't really take the same approach from that perspective either. 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. I've played these games before. That wouldn't be the approach. so you have to really understand what the final formation is and where the different pieces are."We experienced the same thing last year [in New York].
I've seen some progress. He's able to help communicate the calls. He understands the whole defense. working at outside linebacker then he goes inside. then he's moved to inside linebacker. He's played both spots in the same game. that's another new spot. That's always helped us. [We] really brought him here to play a role."Yes. making calls. continue to develop as an outside linebacker." (On how the secondary has looked during the course of the week). I think it's a really great opportunity for guys to establish themselves as real solid contributors."He's been rotating through as well. What's exciting about it is it's a ." (On if Brandon McDonald's role is still in sub defense). hearing the same voices all the time. They've done a lot of stuff as a group outside of just what we do in the typical day. that heightens it and I think they've responded well. You're always working to get a high level of communication and having some new pieces in. Really. Both inside linebackers aren't there. It's not always the same guys getting the same reps all the time. We've had quite a few new faces come through. working together on their own. him getting the chance that he's getting. Mike Adams working at corner and safety. he started but he was outside.somewhere in that range. What you like is to see the way the other guys respond. We don't have a lot of guys in the same spots that they were in at the start of the season. I think [there are] like three or four. They get the same number of reps that they would. That's pretty versatile. He started 11 games and either the next year or the year before he had 98 catches. because you don't know. and I'm optimistic that he can. that would be different. Ahtyba (Rubin). David Bowens. he's great that way. but you want to have those different combinations because you don't know when they're going to be working together. if he's not able to go [we] really have to see where he's at. There's quite a few new guys. Some stuff you do have to spend time on that you wouldn't typically spend time on. Mary Kay (Cabot). is just evaluate the week of practice and look at how they did and the matchups and kind of finalize it towards the end of the week." (On if Bowens is even more of a coach on the field now). Same thing with Kenyon (Coleman). [He] ended up starting. continue his role on special teams. What we try to do in practice is mix the players in different periods so they are working with different people. There hasn't been a significant amount of mental errors considering that there are so many new pieces." (On if he spends more time teaching in practice than he would like to at this point in the season). Some of it [is] learning guy's names. Each week what we do with that. [That is] pretty incredible. We try to do that defensively every week with every position."We have gotten a couple new guys. but it's good though. Look at David Bowens. He's led the team twice in tackles." (On how challenging the possibility of having four new defensive starters is)."You're constantly teaching."It's challenging. Nose [tackle] isn't there. I really think the group has done a nice job. I think Jason Trusnik is a good example of that. if Kam (Kamerion Wimbley) couldn't play. sort of simulating the game through tapes so that they all have to communicate and I think that's been helpful. That's something we've always tried to do.
"I think every game that you play you have a chance to define those things. He was a bigger guy. [is] here two days." (On if Kaluka Maiava could start this week). I'm not hesitant at all to ever start him. He could start at any point." (On how the Braylon Edwards trade has worked out so far). He had that one set back with the injury. It's not a set pattern where he's going to be down for two and up for three. The guys really responded to him. On the flip side of that. Roman Phifer played inside there. [We] probably won't know the value for a couple years. they're getting ready for bowl games now and this is a whole new world. we're looking about 250 [pounds] for those inside guys." (On if Brian Robiskie could be active this week)."Yes. He has a lot of reps in the system." (On if it important to give Brady Quinn these last five games to define he is). They're all working through that as well. He had a nice day yesterday and I anticipate he'll have a good end of the week here today. Most of those guys. but there's a lot more football to go and they've already played a lot of football. The important thing is to keep that development going. sometimes when you aren't playing you have to use that time as well to continue your development."You're really looking at him as a third and fourth down player when you [draft him]."I think with any trade you have to really let it play out. a much more experienced player.challenge. David Bowens knew him from Miami. D'Qwell (Jackson) had similar size. a lot of play time. It's not really apples-to-apples. but I think he's getting more and more comfortable working with the group that we have. he was working hard himself. You saw what Matt Roth was able to do." (On if he looked at Maiava as a situational player when he was drafted). I don't know how long it is until a bowl game."Matt Roth is a much older player. everybody trying to help everybody else out to be successful. he could start." (On what he is not seeing from Robiskie that has caused him to be inactive when Matt Roth stepped right in and played). I think that every game that you play you learn some things and you develop a little bit. Often times with [being] inactive. It's almost like a real sense of community. Every week you have that chance. Chansi's been able to come on a little bit more over the last couple games. it's not a function of what . They may not be able to go down and take on the blocker exactly the way that a thumper would. but his style wasn't the just blow it up type. Coaches were helping him. 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. He's not a tiny guy."Yes and really every week is a week that he could be active. Being a veteran guy. but I've been happy with Jason (Trusnik) and I've been happy with Chansi (Stuckey). being in a similar type system that helped him. Typically though. like drafts. He's 235 [pounds]. but everybody was helping him. I think he's done a really nice job for a young guy. [I've] had a few guys kind of in that middle range that have been very effective. They'd be off doing exams. but they find ways to do it very effectively. He works like a starter does. [He] comes in. you can't really evaluate a draft for two or three years down the road.
we'd love to have all the fans there and all the seats filled. He's come in. A big component of that when you're in that fourth. We all want better results."I think he's played pretty well throughout the course of the season. Obviously. it's different. consistently as a group and it will happen. It's a great environment."I know everybody is working to make sure that that isn't the case. We are all committed to getting better results. It just doesn't work that way." (On if he was expecting more out of Robiskie). then it's going to be a week-to-week type situation. Do I think he could do a lot of things better? Yes. He's done a good job physically. I've seen it go a lot of different ways. Your production is often dependent on what the defense does and someone has to get you the ball."I'll tell you. 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 see my kids." (On how disappointing it would be to have the game blacked out)."It's hard to say that." (On what Mohamed Massaquoi needs to do to gain consistency). I am always excited to have if that'd be the case. We're working to fix that every day. That's not an easy position to play. It's a great feeling. It's different than a running back where they get those touches and you can determine how many touches they get. We're all frustrated. diligently."With receivers.' Sometimes the coverage dictates how many balls you get.they're not doing. From my perspective. If you're rolling over the top of somebody or it's heavier in your direction you're going to get less balls. Sometimes it's a function of does the quarterback get the ball to you? It's not just one defined element there. I understand their frustration." (On if he gets a sense around town that the fans' frustration level has grown throughout the season). fifth receiver role or fifth corner back role. He's done a good job mentally. I think he's played well. bright career here." (On if Massaquoi is performing equally well in all games). He's been consistent. I get it. Every guy's different." . 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. you can't guarantee how many touches they're going to get in a game. it's a function of what somebody else is doing. If you don't have one of those two things that always guarantees that you're on the 45. Every situation is different. ‘if you this one thing you're going to be productive. fourth safety role. I understand it. With receivers. but that's true with every position. 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. 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. he's played every snap."I am not really out of the building very often." (On if Alex Mack is a good NFL starter or a good rookie). with draft picks it's different. You get some undrafted guys that come in and play a ton. I think he's got a long.
With me. He had been contributing throughout the course of the year and that role was going to increase. It's just tough for him. You mix and match and they did a great job. Troy. smooth. I don't know what the stretch was. playing safety. That's really good progress from that group. a defensive lineman. I'm just disappointed for him. I think all in rookies counted for about 13 receptions.(On what he is shooting for as they go through the last five games in relation to his career). I feel like I've been talking about this quite a bit.J. He got a chance to play even more than he had been. he started at corner. Those guys did a great job. . it's about being the best possible head coach I can be and preparing the team as well as they possibly can be prepared. What I'm looking for is consistency and to not dig that deep of a hole. 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. who was a receiver. Earthwind Moreland. we're going to put C. Troy Brown. I never felt that for a second form the guys and really liked the way that they just fought back." (On if he has a seen a situation like this with so many injuries and roster turnover before)."For me. To making sure that we are consistently making progress and building both short term and long term.J. "In terms of the game.07. To giving them the best possible opportunity to be successful every week. Watching Don Davis. but as long as we're moving forward that's what's most important to me. sometimes the progress isn't as apparent as we'd want it to be. he was a rookie free agent. it's not really about the career. I thought that the best thing we did was when faced with the situation that we were faced with at 27-7. is to consistently be moving forward. Mosley on Injured Reserve. I can't remember who we had inside. but you guys remember Don Davis? He played linebacker. he started at the other corner. As I've said before. it would have been very easy to kind of let the rest of the game play out. A lot of things had to go right during that time period for us to get into that position. 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. but it is obviously disappointing for C. It's a skill to be able to deal with adversity and fight through the adversity and play out the four quarters. He did a good job. he was fluid. a really fast linebacker. A couple things. He started for us at safety."In New England a couple games. 12/7 12. I think he came in off the street.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-7-09 (Opening statement). We signed Derreck Robinson. Randall Gay. Larry Izzo at one point played some safety for us.” Mangini press conf."Good afternoon everybody. and I was pleased to see that. he was 240 [pounds]. he was transitioning into more of an O and D player. he started at star.
which they did yesterday. but the tight ends that were involved. we have improved significantly the amount of turnovers from the bye week until now. which is always positive. We played New England last year on a Thursday night and. You probably can't do all the things that you'd normally do during the course of the week. not trying to make something happen just because you feel the pressure to make something happen. 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. "I thought on special teams. presenting the scouting report to the players. Tomorrow is our biggest preparation day. for the most part. make sure that those things are understood and understood in a very thorough fashion. really when you look at it." (On the difference in Brady Quinn the last three games). We played Dallas one time on Thanksgiving. it's hard. We had some good returns." (On how different the short week is). When he had chances to throw it down the field he did and I they were really. Regardless of who's in or who's out or what's happening. you anticipate the opportunity to play them. I thought those guys held up well and not just the offensive line. Overall. We have really transitioned into Pittsburgh. I think there were some really good throws. too. solid calculated risks based on what we were getting. I don't think we did a good enough job with that yesterday."I think it's collective. We'll have a walk through a little later this afternoon. I think his awareness of what the defense is giving us and if it's not there. It's better when you're playing an opponent you're familiar with because you do have some things to draw on. and that helps. It was a little bit harder. They can turn a small mistake into a really big play. because everything was so new. the backs that were involved. whenever you play them. 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. in terms of what's being played or who fits where. It's really hard when you have guys like Antonio Gates or (Darren) Sproles. but the things that you do do you have to make sure that they're done well. outstanding."They're tough. there were times we played really well and some plays that I think we could have done much better on. presenting some of the gameplan to the players on a limited basis here today. not that getting ready for New England is easy. it starts with communication. offensively. I thought. but also some really good catches. especially in the kickoff return game. I think he's made good decisions there. Very few times was he pressured. We've come in here enough times talking about balls that were dropped that were easily catchable balls. I thought the protection yesterday against San Diego was. We are starting to work on the scouting report. 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 yesterday there were some balls that were caught that were really difficult catches. defensively. If everybody's not on the same page. but going to the check-down or going to the underneath receiver. or take your pick. We've improved in . The key thing is to just zero in on what you want to get accomplished."I think. but at least there was a lot of familiarity.
Either you get a batted ball or you get into a tight spot or whatever the case may be. we've made improvements. I think Evan Moore is a good example of that. Third down." (On if he thinks he would see more consistency from Quinn if he had been starting all season). though. He probably had no sense of that happening. allowing them to hold the ball as long and provide some more opportunities there. to me. If it gets picked it doesn't matter. you just have to keep it alive. within seasons. Some of that's just the time clock in your head. defensively. obviously. Same thing in the red zone."I think he had a really good week of practice."Yes. if it's not there. The opposition doesn't dramatically change. There were a couple plays yesterday where I would have liked him to get rid of the ball sooner. There's a strong correlation in my mind that how you practice is usually how you play. It's deliberate practice and you're going to get improvement. That's been a problem area for us. He's had two really strong weeks of practice and got an opportunity. You keep working at it. how he's going to respond. There can't be any moment where it's not the same exact approach and you're looking for that within games. You keep addressing the problems. throw it up. I think he had a really good week of practice last week. a penalty. one really bad defensive series. You can't relax. we've made substantial amount of gains. I'd like to think that regardless of who was at quarterback. I think as a group we're playing better and that's reflected in the different areas. substantial gains there. one really good defensive series. With that. I understand what he saw and both those plays I thought were really well protected. Since the bye it's increased significantly. we'd be performing better. That's a function of all the different areas improving. The things I was happy with both guys.the red area. 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. whether it was the strip that we had in the red zone. I thought we played much better in the first and fourth quarter than we did in the second and third quarter. The scheme doesn't dramatically change."That's really the goal. That's always somewhat of the unknown when you have a guy who's . (On Brian Robiskie). It's not an easy skill to learn and it takes a lot of discipline. One just came off the left side a little bit late. I've been happy with his overall decision making. You never now with a guy you haven't seen play in a game. too. one really average kickoff return."It would have been tight. or the sack that we had there on second-and-one. you really just want to almost like you would on a last play."I think that. offensively. I think. there have been substantial gains there. is the goal across the board. within weeks of practice. Turnovers. collectively. Consistency. We've improved on third down. there are things I was unhappy with across the unit. just because he was behind where Brady was initially. I think even yesterday.'" (On if anybody was open on the two-point conversion). because as we've talked about. It's so important just be able to approach it day in and day out the same way." (On if he is happy with Quinn's in-game decisions)." (On how he gets Quinn to establish some consistency). one really good kickoff return. ‘I've got a maximum of this amount of time because something's probably going to get cut free. we could have helped by not.
We've had some really good protection and we've had some games where the production wasn't as sound." (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. in terms of three-andouts. You want to see Brian come back and have the same level or production. That's something that we've talked about. not just from the quarterback position. which I agree with. You live to fight another day. What I really liked about him yesterday was his blocking."Really. That limited the opportunities as well. that's good. That was his feedback. Those second-and-ones plays. [It was] a combination of things. you've got a lot of things riding on every single game. You need to see the consistency. You don't let down. He really sealed the edge on the backside and allowed for that long completion to take place. What we do week in and week out. it can be up one week and down the next week. You don't' want to bounce it out and make it third-and-four. We didn't take a shot and got sacked on the play. 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. It helps. I don't think we did a very good job defensively.C. that type of thing. You put him against another uniform in a game situation. (Jerome Harrison) had a really nice day yesterday. or Evan. sustained the drive. to me. is the most important thing because as Tony (Grossi) said." (On what happened to the offense in the second and third quarters). both running the ball and catching the ball." (On if he has seen enough improvement in Quinn to feel comfortable about the quarterback position moving forward beyond this year). If you're throwing the ball. during the game what do they do?' I think he had an outstanding week and it reflected in the way he played."We had the one drive there where we had second-and-one. I don't know if you remember the play where Brady sprinted out to his right. He said that we had a tough group of guys. Everybody has a different approach on second-and-one. what I'm looking for right now is the next game. He's had some quiet games." . They held the ball a long time. how's he going to respond? That's how Chris Jennings got bumped up. the things that we've improved. That would have helped us.standing out in practice. We were in a position where I think we could have either scored or gotten close. That. Mohamed's (Massaquoi) had some 100-yard games. the important thing is whether you're running the ball or passing the ball is. I think J. if it's not there you get rid of it. The next step is. Chris Jennings has flashed at different points. I thought he had an outstanding block on the edge pressure guy." (On what convinces him that the Chargers didn't stop fighting). if you're running the ball you can't bounce it out. I think that when you're a team in San Diego's position. but from all these positions. you want to be able to take the shot."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. He's capable of doing that at all times and I thought he made some strides there. ‘okay.
They care about the team. There's no one set formula."I believe in what we're doing wholeheartedly. There's no one set timeline.(On if the fact that the team is still playing hard speaks for how they feel about him). We're constantly focusing on that. You have to commit to doing it the right way. You have to come in and make good decisions every day. They work hard."I think that we share the same vision and understand that it's not easy. That's something he and I talked about coming in."I think it's a good group of guys that care about what they're doing. but usually he's going to fight size a little bit. He's caught screens and check downs and different routes like that. but I would imagine that's probably the direction it's going. I know that the outcome hasn't been what I've wanted. There are things that happen. There are a lot of things that go into building a successful organization over time." (On if he thinks he'll have to convince Randy Lerner that the team is headed in the right direction). whether it be catching the football out of the backfield." (On if C. It hasn't been what anybody's wanted. whether it be on the field. organizationally. I've had a back that has some similarities. You have a player with that much better leverage. He's done some good things on the edge. where he kind of bent up the seam coming out of the backfield.J. in terms of his prep or even feedback from him or the trainers in terms of where he was physically. Picking up the blitz. you saw him on the. what we call it a ram pass. I don't think it's gone the way that any of us has wanted it to go. They care about each other. He gained over 100 yards against Cincinnati. I've been in a lot of different situations like this and to do it the right way. Very rarely is he going to be facing a guy that he's substantially bigger than. I haven't sat back and questioned their work ethic at any point. with Leon Washington." (On what Jerome Harrison can do on the field to that leads him to believe Harrison can be a featured back). It's a good group of guys. it takes time." (On if it took Harrison's body a couple weeks to recover after the Cincinnati game)"I don't remember any difference. That's what we're committed to. You see him run the football. the approach. There are things that happen. It's important to do it the right way. 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. blocking consistently is something that he does and he's continuing to work on. I can't imagine them playing any other way. Mosley is headed for surgery). hand placement. There's evolution in terms of the coaching staff. They care about what they're doing. things like that. It doesn't happen overnight and I understand that. It's not easy to build something that lasts and that can compete year in and year out. and I think Leon has a chance to be an outstanding feature back."He's done a lot of different things that you'd look for from a feature back." (On if he expects Lerner to stick by him). There might be a stalemate every now and then. I think they appreciate the progress that they have made in different areas. He's been able to run it effectively inside."I'll find out here shortly. I think they care." .
You have to do certain things to try to stop the run. I'm sure that's what they're experiencing right now is. We have to try to push a lot of information through. Being able to identifying where they're bringing it. even when they're bringing four. They are fifth in the league in defense. They are able to create of negative plays there. that causes issues. but we'll look at that. It'll be a little different than a typical Saturday would be prior to the game. He's very strong in the pocket."Good morning everybody. but just understanding what it's like coming off of a Super Bowl and the challenges that you face. ‘We're going to get this fixed. To be able to play Pittsburgh though. It hit us two or three times last . at home. I think we all have. The problems that they create week in and week whether it's defensively. I didn't see the way Oakland did it.(On if it would give him any satisfaction to end the Steelers playoff hopes). which opens up some things in the passing game. We'll review it tomorrow. They have generated a ton of sacks. There were some negative plays in the running play." (On Oakland's drive at the end of the game against Pittsburgh). They're pretty good. What we started yesterday is really. everything's condensed. kind of the same thing. picking it up and then being able to move forward from that. I think they're still very explosive from a running game perspective with (Rashard) Mendenhall averaging five yards a carry. Today is trying to fuse reviewing that and introducing the third down. push a lot of adjustments and game plan specific things through here today. the red zone. He's elusive in the pocket and the receivers do an excellent job reading out and creating some opportunities. two-minute. the first and second down information. "Offensively. The one thing with Ben (Roethlisberger). They created some negative plays against us. 12/8 12. I know they've gone through a stretch here where it hasn't gone the way that they've expected it to go. whether it's been my time here or New York or New England. but it's the same for both teams. difficulty just makes you hardened. They are second in sacks and number one against the rush. is he is able to generate so many plays that go longer than the standard play would. We had our problems last game. so I haven't watched the game yet. the first and second down plan.08. That's what I'm looking for. I covered San Diego with the group and then the coordinators went through and started our work on Pittsburgh."We just got the Oakland game in a little while ago. defensively. the effectiveness of the rushers. play good football and win the game. Obviously with Pittsburgh there's a lot to get ready for.' I'm sure we'll get their best." Mangini press conf. They're a good football team. They had the two sacks late for strips. the different combinations of rushers that they bring. We tried to get a jump on the scouting report. generating that through pressure. It makes you more resolved to get it fixed.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-8-09 (Opening statement)."What would give me satisfaction is to go out. I've been looking forward to this for a while.
They're resilient. 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. It's like any specific package. You add on things that you like. It was special."He's outstanding. In the passing game. You add some plays. He can get the wide side of the field. "I think on special teams. You just see him progressing as the season goes on. but it doesn't change the emotion that goes into the game. they really create some problems in the return game with Stefan Logan."I think that one thing you understand is the consistent rivalry. He's got that type of speed. that last drive they had a chance to end it with an interception. Two of them have been in overtime. it starts with sort of a core group. Some plays may be specific to that week and you don't carry them through to the next week. when you're faced with adversity. but the next guy will step in and I'm sure [he'll] do a great job. I watched the Oakland game. I know we haven't been on the plus side of that rivalry."I know we talked about that a little bit in the weeks following. I don't think it was a full-time type situation. [There are] some explosive plays there. Some stay on the call sheet and you just decide when you want to get back to them. I think it was Tennessee. he fills a role and he understands how to fit and the strengths and weaknesses of each of the calls. They're able to plug the next guy in. it's something you look forward to. He's difficult to pick up as a blitzer. Over the course of time a lot of different players have played in that system and done a great job. Those things remain consistent and they still do them well." (On why he has been looking forward to this game for a long time). It may not have been reflected here recently. He's a sure tackler. To be able to do that at Browns Stadium. (On Troy Polamalu). 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."They've done a lot of things defensively very well for a long time. He has great instincts."The games they've lost now have been by a total of 15 points. I remember the Pittsburgh games back when I was here the first time and playing them and that feeling. it hardens your resolve more so than anything else. Just remember him in college and seeing the things he did. They've lost some close games. You . that pick he made in that game. [There were] two pretty amazing catches that sustained that drive." (On the Steelers coming off of four consecutive losses). he's made some plays. They know how to win. He's elusive." (On how the Wildcat offense has evolved since the first Pittsburgh game). I don't know how much he played as a rookie. was it the first game of the season. That's something that you have to deal with. They're a very good football team. He can change direction. both run and pass." (On how the Steelers defense changes without Polamalu). It's hard to replace a player like him. I can't remember. I know he got off to a little bit of a slow start when he first came in.game. He has really good instincts in the running game. It doesn't change the feeling that goes into the game.
" (On Joe Thomas being named to USA Football/NFLPA's All Fundamentals team and why it's called that). We haven't been open. At this point. Everybody hears the play and goes. One of the things they emphasize. I think he plays with a really good base. I think he's got outstanding fundamentals. Tony (Grossi). The things that we're trying to do moving forward are important and that's billed on the progress we've made. especially on a pass rush situation."One of your receivers is the quarterback. but you also wanted to have enough depth in case they went jump ball. Brady comes up. Some things get added on or stay on. Really." (On if he thought there was only time for one more play on the play they used a oneman rush against San Diego). 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. is making sure that the kids really understand the fundamentals of blocking and tackling. whether it's the pee wee football or whoever it is. he calls the play."I'm not really looking at it that way. We wanted to have a couple guys on the sideline to deal with that." (On how the use of the no huddle affects the use of the Wildcat). it's just you do it from the line of scrimmage and people adjust. I think that's how it got the name. keep it and that's a pretty good option." . whether or not you can get the next play off."It hasn't really affected it." (On why Cribbs has only thrown one pass since the Pittsburgh game). I'm sure they're calling it that because the site is for teaching younger coaches and has different levels. Some things come off. I don't think many teams that run the Wildcat throw with any kind of high percentage. Obviously this is a special game because of who it is. whether or not it makes sense. I'm looking to keep moving forward. 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. It doesn't change who calls the play or any of those things. if it's not open. That takes the sting out of the rush and then you're not dealing with the momentum at that point."There was only time for one play."I think most really good players have outstanding fundamentals. Those are the two decisions there. whether or not you can protect it. You want to have it enough so it's an option and you have to honor it."We've had other ones up. that you can." (On Joshua Cribbs saying if they beat the Steelers that the fans will forgive them for the rest of the season). It's actually a great program. I think if anything the package has widened a little bit since the first time we met.try some new things. It's just a function of whether or not you can get the guys open." (On if the Wildcat would be harder to defense against if there was more of a passing threat involved). I think his hand placement and his punch is excellent and something he consistently works on. I'm looking at it as being able to beat Pittsburgh. The deal is.
His comfort level there has increased significantly. ‘I want to take care of this. I thought he did a nice job IDing where the pressure was coming from. but there's so many of these zone blitzes and things like that that you can't zero in just on him." (On if Steelers week is more intense). but then down the field not holding the sideline. don't get me wrong. even though he wasn't playing. some things that are unique to us. there's no chance. I've seen significant gains as we've gone throughout the season. the secondary pressure. I don't think. There's a lot of stuff going on and it's effective. and what you want to do in the secondary." (On how Mack played against Casey Hampton earlier this season). whether it's the combination blocks or pulling or whatever it is. The other thing that we didn't do very well. There's also going to be some variations. His ability to communicate with the rest of the group. his ability to identify fronts. At first. the feeling during the course of the week. He wanted to get to his assignment quickly and make sure he took care of his job. so not only was there not a player in the flat when there was supposed to be." (On what struck him about the Pittsburgh game in his first stint with the Browns)"It was a great atmosphere. but it's up there. It's different. You have to make sure that that player cuts back in to where the pursuit is coming from. which is great. Hampton is one component of it. playoffs in '94. We were supposed to have a player out in the flat. I felt like he sped things up a lot of times. but you also have to deal with the linebackers. the first long play I think. The one thing about him is he'll study it."I think that would be one way to describe it. That's pretty common with the young guys is."I think Alex gets better each game." (On how difficult it will be for Quinn to recognize all of the problems Pittsburgh's defense presents). 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. but it's not really the exact way that you want them to do it. you feel it. We didn't hold the sideline on that play. but it's just understood. He's a big enough problem. He'll pick up some things from the first game." (On why the team is still giving up long plays). It may not be something that is spoken about at that point. I wouldn't say the percentages are exactly equal. Not just the atmosphere of the game. I know was the result of us not communicating the adjustment. You have no chance. What that means is you can't get sealed inside by a receiver down the field because all of your help is coming from the inside out. I think the way that he gets better is his comfort level. but there's a tempo that you have to do that at. all those things I think have improved."I thought Brady did a really nice job against San Diego last week and they run quite a bit of zone blitzing."Last week.' You go quickly and you did your job. is if the player has the ball in space you always have to hold the sideline."He did pretty well. but even during the course of the week. you have to deal with the potential safety blitzers. I think his base and his balance and his drive blocking have improved. I think that year we might have played them three times.(On how Alex Mack as progressed this season)." .
I think that's been positive for us across the board. it's huge. not turning the ball over. At earlier points I felt like we were dropping really catchable balls. Over the last few weeks I feel like we've caught some difficult balls and that's a big distinction. I think the other thing that's really helped is us taking advantage of opportunities that we've had."It's been a point of emphasis for us offensively. assessing the defense. He's a professional in that aspect. He's got a real good sense of where the rushers are. Like I said. He's got great arm strength. When I entered was free agency. to his left and throw really accurate passes on the move. I think the faces may change." . He has a 100. He's got tremendous strength. He's a professional in the room. The thing that I respect about Robert is he works really hard to get ready to play. Not every quarterback can do that." (On Quinn going 126 passing attempts without an interception). when not to take chances. not just in the things that he can create from a broken play perspective. He does a good job with him teammates. but coming up to the the line of scrimmage. He's got the ability to avoid to his right."Robert's been bumped up a couple different times throughout the season. but the spirit stays the same. I think the one thing that's set him back is he has had a series of different things that he's had to work through. He's a really good quarterback. I know we had the strip sack." (On if there is something about Ben Roethlisberger that makes him unique)"There's a lot about him that makes him unique. Even though he's not looking at the rush. he's got a good feel of where his pressure points are and where he can escape to. our left and pick up 13 yards. seeing where the weakness is and taking advantage of it. where you have to put the ball in order to make sure the defensive back doesn't have a chance to get it.2 quarterback rating. We had the play covered. so it's have I've known. It hasn't gone exactly the way that he's wanted it to go from a health perspective. He's worked aggressively to get back on the field. he's got great control of that and he has the ability when things don't go well to make something happen. I think he's gotten better each year. take-away ratios and the affect those have on outcomes. We had him last game where they were going to throw a screen. the screen was covered. found a seam in the pocket and picked up 13 yards. but sometimes that happens."I wasn't here for the period before free agency." (On what Robert Royal's lack of production is a result of). Being able to protect the football for the passer is really twofold. You look at the give-away." (On Roethlisberger having good numbers against Oakland despite losing the game)"His numbers have been good all year. You have the presence in the pocket and protecting it from that perspective and then also the decision making down the field and when to take chances. He had the awareness.(On if rivalries have diminished in the age of free agency). Just the mechanics of running the offense. 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. He was able to scramble to his right.
Being able to pick up the blitzing linebackers and understanding where they're coming from in order to get the passing game going. This is another good defense.11. Chris Jennings. They fight through everything so it's great to have them. but it's going to be a challenge for us offensively. It's important for the guys to know that if they work hard. things like that that have come into play and I think like any part of the process this stuff is learned. Just watching the tape. I was happy that they were rewarded for that. whether it be the post practice work with those guys or the extra meetings or things like that. 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. organizationally. guys playing different positions. 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. especially during that last drive ho loud it was. It had to be cold where they were sitting. It was cold where I was sitting. Baltimore. right on down the line some of the new players. being able to deal with their moving pressures in order to run the ball effectively. That stuff has huge value.(On if going against Pittsburgh's defense will gauge where Quinn is at). to continually develop them because you don't know when you are going to need to call on them. It was cold. I was really happy with the way the guys played and happy that they were rewarded for it. 12/11 12. Cincinnati. They were pretty amazing. I think all those things are going to be challenges this week. It is learned over time. it reinforced a lot of things that I felt coming out of the game. because there will be some tight coverage. It's a good group across the board that can generate a lot of negative plays." (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 are] number one in rush defense. [They have] a different style. San Diego's defense was good. we spend so much time. Being able to run the ball effectively. as a group. trying to build in versatility. Mohamed (Massaquoi). Taking advantage of balls that are thrown and being able to catch it in tight coverage. That's why. They've worked hard to learn the entire system.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-11-09 (Opening statement). Sometimes those strides are apparent and sometimes they are not as apparent."Good afternoon everybody. Kaluka (Maiava)." . You want to make sure that they are progressing the same way the other guys are who may be taking more of the game plan specific reps."I think actually he's faced some pretty good defenses. Evan Moore." Mangini press conf. They have a chance to come up to the 53 and then they have a chance to come up to the 45. It's good to see those guys get a chance and take advantage of that chance. I also just wanted to thank the fans that came out last night. if they continue to improve that they have a chance. but we have made strides. because he's one component of it.
Andy Reid sent a note. I talked to Jim (Brown) after the game. move forward with. Some of it depends on the effectiveness. We embrace guys that come here and everybody wants to help them be successful. and I've said it 1. he has things to draw on from his NFL experience. but it is nice to now say. making tackles. There are so many different elements to it. the snaps in Wildcat. him running the ball. it was a pretty impressive performance."Yes. To be able to do that against a team like Pittsburgh. Usually. catching the ball. ‘When we do this. He did a lot of different things and he did them well. How extensive their background is before they get here. defenses that he can associate. You are balancing out the snaps at receiver. from all those different spots. obviously. but learning how to win is part of that. the guys at their position they help out. There is a sense of community and everybody takes part in it."It looked pretty good yesterday. I imagine that something will get done. There's that intensity. the snaps on special teams and he does the coverage units as well. Whether it was his returns.' I've never questioned the way these guys have approached things."There is some element of that and it just depends when they get here." (On the ideal number of plays for the Wildcat in a game). There's that rivalry." (On if something will get done with Cribbs' contract)."It's hard to say. I think it's outstanding. A lot of different friends around the league sent some notes. or the potential for that every time he touches the ball. who we haven't beat in a long time. too." . Guys at other positions.'" (On if he got a special message from anyone). ‘ok when we do these things. that learning curve is quicker." (On if there is anything new with Cribbs' contract).(On having to teach new players on the roster). It's something that we are looking into and want to. reps wise. I think we did a lot of those things last night. we can all see what happens." (On if Joshua Cribbs looked better on tape today).000 times. A guy like Matt Roth. There's that special feeling with playing them. He gets a full game. look what's possible. Learning how to deal with adversity is part of that. What you don't want to do is eliminate his effectiveness there because it is such a huge field position change."I got a message from Randy (Lerner). they help out. 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. Some other guys that you may get late you have to accelerate everything. He is a fun guy to watch."For me it's really just a great opportunity for the team to experience some of the fruits of their labor. It's great to be able to now point to that and say. You appreciate things like that just because it's nice of them to take time to do that."Nothing right now. These guys have worked hard and I know you're probably tired hearing the word process." (On the win against Pittsburgh goes a long way towards next season). It's the coaches. Learning how to play complementary football is part of that.
You play harder for guys that you like. What I'm concerned about are the guys." (On Rob Ryan's defensive scheme). I've seen it. I've experienced it. It was pretty late when I finally got out of the locker room and got going and I think he was heading back to se will catch up. My emphasis. What we always look for every play. There were times during the earlier part of the season maybe we did too much. the starting point is communication. Finding that balance."We just exchanged texts and I'll talk to him a little bit later here today. each person understands their role in the defense. Those things are truth. It's specific to Pittsburgh. positive message" (On if he is worried about his future). . They use words like ‘family' when they talk about each other. I believe in good people. I believe in it. It's truth in sports. I believe it to my core."I see them getting closer and closer as they get to know each other more and spend more time together. disguise and pursuit. but week in and week out it's different." (On what was said in the text message). you study core concepts on how to run the defense."That really hasn't been my emphasis at all or focus at all." (On if the players coming closer together). Thursday. you win. Really. coaching team and continuing to move forward. I believe in hard work. I know it works."That's never been talked about. They have a good time with each other. When everybody know what we are playing and it's sound across the board. I wouldn't look to do that. I believe in discipline. I know it is going to work here. That's what you are looking for. my focus. That to me is the essence of winning. Usually.(On if he talked to Randy Lerner in person). and you have to get used to this defensive approach I think. I mean that in a sincere way."It was a nice. it's not by position group. You are looking for chemistry. I know we are going to have a team that week in and week out the city is going to be proud of. They support each other in meetings. I think it's different than a lot of approaches because it is so game plan specific. You have those things."I think anybody that we can bring in to help is a positive thing. is on moving forward each day." (On if there is any uncertainty about bringing someone in). You do a lot of things in training camp. I am confident in it." (On if he has talked to Lerner about next year). It could be me asking a question and they try to help each other out. Communication is so important. There have been times where maybe we could have done a little bit more. is on these guys. I believe in what we do. These guys are good guys working towards the same goal. you play good defense. I know it works."A big part of playing good defense is being on the same page. I've experienced it. is communication. I believe in what we do. Everybody interacts with everybody else. defensively. everything is on this year. It's going to happen. Friday so there's a lot of adjustments that have to take place. There's a lot of learning that goes on Wednesday. There's a different level of intensity when you care about each other and really understand that everybody is working for everybody else. It's a shock to the system I think. the team. I've seen it work. I know we are going to win a lot of games here. I believe in a team.
" (On if he has the support of the players).when you first get exposed to it. It's something you do for somebody." (On if the players are coming around to him now and buying into the system more than when he first got to Cleveland). It's nice when they can see it work and feel it work and really understand it. It can be a little bit like going to the principal's office. it is difficult. You want them to experience it. Once you do. It's because it helps you win games. Sometimes it's hard for young guys to come up and talk. You are looking for accuracy. part of the growth. if you haven't done that before it's hard to get adjusted to. You have to learn about each other. Everybody loves progress but not a lot of people love change. That's also part of the process. That's not what it's about. and that is different. I thought Brady did a nice job with that throughout the course of the night last night. but I actually came in here a lot less heavyhanded than when I went to New York. We have got a range . it takes time."The wind definitely played a part in it. You have one breakdown in 11 guys. I never really have looked at it as selling guys on it. and you are dealing with that change. understanding that everybody is working toward the same thing and understanding that we all depend on each other. I remember when we went to the Jets initially with (Bill) Parcells and (Bill) Belichick and that group."I haven't felt at any point where there wasn't support. You've got a community. Our success and failures are all going to be based on how work together and how we operate s a group." (On if he came into Cleveland more heavy-handed than he would have somewhere else). most often they do. 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. Usually they go hand in hand. Like I said. I think there were some throws that we could have been more accurate with."I really have found that anytime that you make a change. I think that often times it takes a while to understand that the open door is truly open. ‘Discipline isn't something you do to somebody. then the guys start looking forward to Wednesday to see what the plan is. I look at is as teaching and exposing guys to new ideas. My high school coach used to say. that may be out of their comfort zone but you want them to try it. It's just dramatically different when you get a whole game plan on Wednesday and there's 10-15 new defenses in it or changes in the way that you are going to do it. I thought some guys made some pretty nice catches as well. I thought I was making major concessions. We've got guys from all over the country. You want to show them how it works. You have to try to convey as much as possible the importance of doing it and the value in doing it." (On how to judge Brady Quinn's performance with the wind)."I know this might be hard to believe. I am always looking for mechanics. Sometimes it's hard for anybody to come up and talk. You can do some different things when you have wind than when you don't. It does take time.' I've never wanted to instill discipline for the sake of being in charge. Exposing guys to ideas that may be different. It's not a slogan. regardless of the weather. I swear. It's not what you say so you can refute something someone else says. it affects the whole play. It's true. is understanding what the objectives are.
It is radically different. than you are focusing more on free agency. It's it. moving into free agency. I get that. structure don't know. Going into an offseason where that's not the case. Your starting point is so much more advanced than where it was. You want to move forward with the next steps. I understand the situation I initially came into."I feel good about the approach we have taken here. That's real progress. There's been a thought process. It's just going o be a function of showing who we are. It's important. Anybody who comes in can take a look at it. you are starting at a totally different launching point than where we were last year going into the offseason."I feel going into the offseason. There's been rationale for all of the decisions."I would imagine that anybody who would merit the title ‘czar' would look a lot deeper than just the record. I don't want to exert power to exert power. I understand the things that we have done throughout our time here to continue to move it forward. Like any community. but there's a reason behind it. I don't want guy's money. I don't feel good about what our record is and nobody does. All of those things are to be determined. I can get home now. the things we have done. It's nice to beat them. See how we function as a staff because it's good and it's right. 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. You have seen them play. Come take a look because it's a good product. Some of it's been good. sit in on any meeting. I don't think we beat them those years and it sucked not beating them. You have seen them play your schemes."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. there's got to be rules so that everybody can operate efficiently. See how we operate. That's the goal. There are a thousand things that go into entering into an organization. the draft and your frame of reference is a lot different because you have sat in the meetings with the players. See how we teach. They have seen other practices. They can sit down and talk to the coaches. Come to our meetings. Timetable don't know. I feel good about the things that we have done here. what we believe in. I'm confident in it. happens. I feel good about it.of ages."Yes. You have gotten to know them. moving your families. some of it's been bad. Anybody that comes in I am excited to talk to." (On if he is more comfortable with his job now). evaluating the players. trying to get ready for the draft. watch our practices." (On if he will enjoy the fact that they beat Pittsburgh). At the end of the day whatever happens. watch our practices. That's all they are there for and nothing else. You are talking about hiring a staff. Even last night I probably stayed up later than I probably would have that's because I was here back in '94 and '95." (On how he would sell himself to a czar). I want the group to operate efficiently. and I think that anybody who comes in will appreciate those things. Like I've said. definitely. I'm transparent. ." (On what he would say to a football ‘czar' about his record). I don't feel like it's going to be a function of selling." (On if he has told Cribbs that they will take care of him). It's important and it's important to the city.
even though it was on the other side of the ball. Like I said. whatever happens I am excited to work with that person."I think whoever comes in. innovative.' Everybody sees things differently. It's important for him to do everything the right way. who is arguably one of the best personnel men in the NFL. a few announcements. It was a short week. Everybody when they get a chance operates differently and I appreciate the age jokes. how sweet he misses his father. I think. very. Blake Costanzo was special teams [player of the week] and Titus (Brown) was the practice player of the week. He's got an energy that's contagious.I got a note from the guy who dropped off the paper this morning.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-16-09 (Opening statement)." (On David Bowens' leadership). He involves everybody into the defense. To be the captain. I can't emphasize enough how important the practice player of the week is. ‘Okay. David Bowens was the defensive player of the game. old. I've known Todd (Haley) for a long time. in terms of the Pittsburgh game and last week Josh Cribbs is going to be named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. He was outstanding when he wasn't calling defenses. It's important to him. now he's played there before. 12/16 12. I really appreciate it and I get it. That's in the future and really that's not my focus what so ever. I know his dad really well. I think there are a lot of similarities between where the two teams are right now. How are we doing? A couple things just to start off. Just getting to know Todd and working in that same capacity. I can appreciate a little bit with the age with an experience the other day. Again. She was in the back of the room. dad." Mangini press conf. I believe in the things that we are doing. all of those things are new. That wisdom has been a huge benefit. "In terms of Kansas City. Jake what do you have?' ‘D-A-D' Julie was thinking. He learned under Dan Henning and ."He is outstanding. The guys give him a hard time for being old and having gray hair and things like that. I think he's handled it great. He was the offensive assistant in New York when I was the defensive assistant. but he hasn't been the signal caller before so that's new. but Titus has been doing a great job so it was kind of a combination of things. (On if someone comes in and cleans house and if he thinks it would be a mistake). The first kid went and I think he said T or B so then they call on Jake and say. C-O-L-D. Julie went to Jake's school and they were discussing the word cold. ‘Why D-A-D?' ‘D-A-D."Good morning everybody. He also won our offensive player of the game from last week. To go in and to play a new position. He works with everybody.16. they took the C out and just had blank space and they wanted the kids to fill in a letter. The teacher says. Dick Haley. which is outstanding and well deserved. he is really smart.
like a lot of the quarterbacks we've faced. "On [special] teams. Dwayne Bowe. Aaron Rodgers and Vince Young. chase type plays. I think the other thing that they've got going offensively is the running game has emerged. I'm sure his leadership has been a good thing for them defensively. He's going to get better as he gets more and more comfortable in that role. "Offensively. All these 3-4's we face. not as well as maybe I know Andy (Reid) or Bill Parcells.2 yards a carry for (Jamaal) Charles. The returner. He could remember defenses that we ran two and three years prior and site them and give the specific play and how it worked."No. he had the 96-yarder against Pittsburgh. is how hard the guys play. it's really the third week in a row now we've faced a 3-4 defense. He leads the team in sacks. to extend plays. he's been a huge asset. but we actually had a good conversation at . a really smart guy. so there's going to be a lot of areas we have to prep for there. I think that even though they haven't won as many games as they would have liked. the way they pursue to the ball and they make a lot of plays. and I see it here.Charlie Weis and I see a lot of that in the offensive play calling. I believe. It's the same thing here. picking up Chris Chambers during the season." (On how his meeting with Holmgren went). they've been in multiple games. either this morning or yesterday night. He creates a lot of pressure. Playing these guys in Arizona. they haven't really given up a lot of big returns at all this season."I've known Mike for a while. [They have] done some creative things in the kicking game in terms of the fakes. even though it's three down linemen. with Rodney (Harrison) and (Tedy) Bruschi. Matt has the ability to make big plays down the field. With Tamba Hali. in terms of what his expectations are and guys meeting those expectations. I imagine he'll eventually go into coaching and he'll be outstanding. they're all different. "Defensively. again with Charles. 5. He's a guy that can hurt you all over the field. which it's coached. I see a lot of improvement as the season has gone on. His 44 rushing attempts I think is fourth behind. blocked another punt against Washington. He's tough. I thought he played really well against us last year when he was in New England. one of the trademarks of that defense last year. Mike Vrabel is a guy I've known for a long time. playing this group of coaches in Arizona last year. In the return game. in terms of his knowledge of the game. won in overtime. [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. I think his transition to the outside linebacker position has been a successful one. so he can create some plays like that. two surprise onside kicks. with 86 catches last year. They've been excellent with their coverage units. I know Matt (Cassel). He's right there with the rest of that group. With the passing game. When he gets going he makes some really impressive throws. (David) Garrard. It was the same thing in Arizona. [He is] incredibly competitive. They blocked a punt against Baltimore. 33 before he had to sit out the four games. effort type plays. he left. four linebackers. A couple others they lost by six points or less. [He is an] Ohio native." (On if Mike Holmgren is here today). He has the ability.
" (On if Holmgren could be a sounding board for him if he joined the team). The team. but as a head coach. 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." (On what he talked about with Holmgren). which was his last home game there. He knew the defense.the owner's meetings a few years back. because it brought energy to the practice. Even talking to (Jason) Trusnik when he was a young guy first starting out. It was a good. like Dick Vermeil. it's positive. They've seen most things."I think anytime you can bring in someone with a wealth of experience as not just a position coach and coordinator. it's great. Some things come up where you're like. not just his assignment. but have that experience because they've been through most things. It was great too. I think he's a good guy. That's really what it was. You can't coach his toughness. He is obviously very talented as a coach. He's a wealth of knowledge. guys like that that maybe weren't on staff. Mike used to be on the show team and he'd want to play safety on the show team. I mean he's a special guy."He's got good hands. He's get Tom all fired up. It's good to be able to bounce those ideas off somebody else. [He is] a guy that wasn't highly drafted. It's great to have those guys. That whole show . He had given me some really good advice back then. They'd go back and forth. positive conversation. I've made calls. knew the defense. You can't coach his instincts."We didn't really talk about that. could draw up the defense."I think this visit was something designed for both sides to get to know each other. worked his way up. Really. When you have a guy like Mike Vrabel. They've handled a lot of different decisions. I'm telling you. because he'd disguise things. 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. things like that. We talked a little bit. I thought it was a good conversation. I talked to him about emulating a guy like Mike Vrabel whose work ethic. could coach the defense. We visited some last year before the Seattle game. He'd disguise stuff. We ended up getting the house and have been really happy with it."We talked about a lot of things. different aspects of the season." (On if it is tough to trade away a veteran player). I know him some through Andy Reid and through Bill Parcells. My stance on that is really the same."It always is." (On if he sensed a strong interest on Holmgren's part). I wouldn't be surprised if he's not coaching major college football or pro football at some point and be really successful. every day in practice [he] worked. we had brought him in initially as a special teams player and he established himself as a really good defensive player. I'm not going to go into the play-by-play of it." (On if Holmgren seemed like he would take the offer to sit it on meetings and observe the team)." (On Vrabel's versatility). We actually revisited that conversation. Bill Callahan was on the staff in New York and he had been a head coach and he was great.
"The first time we weren't together was when I went to New York as the head coach. Everything is tied into everything else."I don't think there's a sense of it ever being a personal issue. he was part of that same group of 20-20's that were here. Scott actually is responsible for me meeting Julie. claiming position. is made. The more smart people. He's responsible for that and I thank him for that. Like I said. We lived together in New England when we first got there. being a head coach as long as he was." (On if he feels like Holmgren is an ideal candidate).' I said. claiming guys. You learn so much more about football than you do as a coordinator. you can talk to any of the girls. That's what you want. ‘We're going to meet my buddy's sister and her girlfriends and look.' Which. That's what you strive for as a team. We've improved in almost every offensive category. 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. It was just business. On the relocation weekend to Baltimore. the last four games we've been the best team in the NFL in terms of not turning the ball over. Every other year we were together." (On his relationship with Scott Pioli)." (On if the talk of a football czar is unsettling). that's the best thing you can have. that have the same approach in terms of being focused on winning. I'm all for anybody that can come in and help us organizationally be more successful. It just increases the intensity. I think it was one of those meetings that was everybody getting to know each other and whatever decision is made.team. I'm happy with the progress we've made. do you want to come out. You can't ask for a better situation. In terms of where things are. just don't talk to my buddy's sister." (On how his relationship ended up following the controversy in New England). There's good things going on and that's from everybody staying focused on the task at hand. he was friends with Mark (Shapiro) and he was going out and he said. he has a wealth of knowledge. Like I said. to get a group of people that are all focused on the same task. That's real progress from where we've been. because you have to see the big picture. He's tough. I think he's another guy that just grinds and grinds and works. It's the first time we've held two teams under 100 [rushing] yards in two years. so I've known him for a long time." (On if he thinks Holmgren wants the job here). You have to see how the fifth receiver fits into the special teams plan. cutting guys. the opponent at hand."It's not unsettling at all. we ended up talking and now we're married. I'll go out.' and he said. ‘Hey. I'm really happy with the way the guys have been working. I sat next to her. I think that's a great thing. talented people that you can put in the building. contract decisions."You have to talk to Mike about that. how the third running back versus the third tight end versus the second fullback. What I'm focused on and what I ask the players to be focused on is the task at hand. You only have so many resources between draft picks. ‘Yeah. of course. myself and Jules and him and Dallas. He is demanding. all those things that you'd expect from someone who's achieved what he's achieved."Like I said. money. I mean offensively. things like that to . how those things all fit. That's what you strive for organizationally.
His goal is to win. hard working guys. but whatever that is."I haven't been involved in czar searches before. Again. going back to Bill Callahan. which is outstanding." (On if his coaching philosophy could mesh with Holmgren's). demanding training camps."It's been close to a year since we played them." (On if Holmgren's coaching philosophy would conflict with the type of players he is looking for). whether that's today."With Jamaal.improve the team. Once you determine what's right for you then you determine the players that are right for you. I'd say there's a lot of challenging things about facing the West Coast offense. Taking the best things from each component of that and building your system. but know he's not right for you. whether it's him as a kickoff returner or him as a running back or even him as a receiver. I think sometimes as a coordinator or a position coach you get a little bit of tunnel vision. Tony (Grossi). . it's winning. but the philosophy that I think we all want is winning." (On Jamaal Charles)." (On what was challenging about facing a Holmgren-coached team). I don't think there's anything inconsistent about that philosophy. As a head coach. It's Kansas City for us and that's the most important thing. guys that are competitive and selfless and guys that football's important to. There's going to be quick hitting plays. Each decision affects the other decision. is the best approach. That's it. I think all coaches appreciate smart. However you get to that point."I think often times you're labeled with family trees and philosophies and things like that. He's got a wealth of experience. I don't know if there's any title to that offensive system. Again. (Brian) Daboll brought. I'm not sure what the best path is. it's the right guy and it's trying to figure out the right guy for you. That's what I want the guys to focus on. Whatever point it is. the coaches to focus on. Bring in Brian Schottenheimer. the key thing is to get the right person and move forward organizationally. Mike ran really physical. They're going to create levels. whether it's three weeks from now. Sometimes you have to appreciate a player's value. one of the most attractive things about him was he brought experience in that system that we were able to incorporate offensively. I think that's universal. so I don't know what the best path is. I'm really not looking to get that involved in the process. you have to see all of those things. All those things are components of it that come into play. with drafting. I think the most important thing is to get the right person in place and to move forward." (On if he expects other candidates to interview). East Coast. he's more the digit system offensively and that family tree and that was really positive." (On if there is any advantage to having a czar here before the end of the season). you see how it affects you. Whether it's West Coast. whether it's levels on the outside. I think. What I'm looking to do is coach the guys. There are a lot of plays on tape. he's elusive."No. levels on the inside."You know. There's going to be multiple personnel groups. tough. There's going to be misdirection.
was it Cromartie. so getting a feel for that is something that we're going to have to continue to work on here today. and I know you've heard that word a ton of times here. but it really was.There's a great play where he catches. Moving to third down. I'd say especially defensively. where it was complementary football."Good morning everybody. being able to move the ball. 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. Reporter for a Day). I thought that the way that we played against Pittsburgh. How are you doing? Yesterday's practice. it might have been (Quentin) Jammer. run the ball.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-17-09 (Opening statement). we've made a lot of progress. You get him into space. There are quite a few hits on the quarterback that don't translate into sacks. He's one-on-one with the corner. I know the sack numbers haven't been as high as probably they have hoped it to be. 12/17 12. That's a really important lesson against a very good team. offensively in terms of our third down conversion rate. It happens pretty quickly. This is a really good team on third down defensively. Offensively. some of it comes from games and some of it comes from just sheer effort and intensity. but it was a pretty impressive catch that way. because there has been quite a bit of shifting. use up the clock. it's either a 40 or 60-yarder on (Antonio) Cromartie. What I really like about him is a lot of times the elusive backs aren't the most physical backs. We would have been going to tie the game. more shifting than motioning from their (Kansas City's) offense." Mangini press conf. One of the things that I really liked against San Diego was down the way we were down. We did a nice job in the kicking game establishing field position. downing punts inside the 10. which will change the call from one thing to the other." (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. which is pretty consistent with the defenses he (Clancy Pendergast) coached in Arizona as well. Browns Kids Club Jr. If we had gotten the two point conversion we wouldn't have been kicking the field goal there. . Each team that faces him is appreciating his ability to create plays in a couple different ways. whether it's a checkdown or screen. things like that. but they do apply quite a bit of pressure. I do think there are some things that have to be cleaned up. That's going to be a challenge for us. I like the group of pass rushers they have. How are you guys doing? Good morning Alexis (Martin. some of it comes from designed pressure. things like that. catches a great. A lot of that. coming back. he can make a lot of people miss. putting ourselves in a position to at least challenge there at the end of the game with the onside kick.17. the way they rush. continuing along the line that we've had with the communication. One thing they do really well though is when they do get to the quarterback they usually get the ball out. I'm not sure if it was 40 or 60 [yards]. He can also run through some tackles. They can make people miss. I think. runs a double move.
they were all working in different spots at different times. The next time it's Kam. our base defense didn't have nearly as many reps as our sub defense. As you build up reps. which was at the same time. You install the defense and there's a way to play it. I've liked the steps forward that we've taken offensively and I want to see more of that. so a guy like (Ahtyba) Rubin didn't have a significant number of reps in the game."That's a good question. What I'm looking for from Brady is the same type of operation that he's had and when we do get the opportunities. Even with Pittsburgh. different people doing it."It's pretty consistent. Chansi (Stuckey) may be in one package or (Mike) Furrey and Brian may be in a different package. I'm not sure what the right amount of tape would be for him. The weather's going to be the same for both quarterbacks."He played quite a bit against Pittsburgh. whether it was Marcus or Kam (Kamerion Wimbley) or Matt (Roth). in terms of his percentage of play time. The next time it's Roth." (On how he accounts for the improvements in the run defense). You really have to work off the tape that you have. The other thing. it gets better. when you can play the scheme with all 11 parts sitting in the right spots. Tony (Grossi). being able to take advantage of the opportunities. exactly how you have to fit. may get more reps. You could look at some of that stuff. but that was just because of their approach and the packages that we played against it. so that you can't count on." (On if he was tempted to play Brian Robiskie more against Pittsburgh after his performance against San Diego). with what happened in '06 in New York. it was all linebackers in there." (On if he is looking to see what Brady Quinn can do in a game without poor weather conditions). you'd like to be able to run the same defense. how each piece works together." (On how long it takes for a team to learn what to do against an unknown player like Marcus Benard). one of those groups may get bumped up. usually you make some significant jumps. as you build up a better understanding of how it all fits together. but just switch whose role is whose. I'm not sure what the right volume is.Defensively as well. When you do that. it's not really operating like it's supposed to operate. but it's different bodies. David Bowens. Ideally. He played in the preseason." . Even though you're playing it and it looks like it's supposed to look. It started to clear up for a lot of guys. We improved significantly in New York after the bye. 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 coordinated pass rush. If one thing's working maybe better than you expected or not working as well as you expected. midway through the season.' One time it's Marcus. He played a little bit against Detroit. Marcus is going to be on our offensive right side and he's going to use these few pass rushing moves. They may all be doing the same thing from a concept standpoint. Again. ‘Okay. A lot of that stuff is packaged-based. 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. because it started to hit for a lot of guys. I wasn't really looking at it in terms of that."I'm not sure what we're going to get in Kansas City.
As we've improved in those two areas." (On if Rogers was sometimes too quick for his own good in the run scheme). his rookie year. 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. San Diego and Kansas City are 3-4 teams. He just has great instincts and speed for that size. Ted Washington. it's hard to make that comparison. I remember with Mike DeVito."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." (On if Rubin has surprised him since he does not look like a space-eater type of player). They're penetrators. It's trying to maximize our strengths. it gives you more plays. as the season's gone on. we've score more points. That happened on occasion. It's been the same approach. we've moved the ball a lot more effectively. He has good hand placement. Him. It's game plan specific. big men. There's not a wide range of blocks that you're going to get as a 3-4 nose tackle. He's improved throughout the course of the season in reading the core blocks. It gives you field position. It gives you extra drives. Kris Jenkins. his feel for what's coming and anticipating those things has gotten a lot better. it's much more one-gap than it is two-gap. it really broke for him and he was so much better at playing those things. where this is more of a read and react and there's patience. He's really thick. not turning the ball over. good hands."He's pretty thick. I'm not sure what he weighs." (On if the play calling has improved over the last four games). Even though Pittsburgh. I think the biggest thing is we've executed better. we've held the ball longer. but he's pretty thick. When you look at the things that we've been able to do. it was at different tempos. but he couldn't put together how the back played into the blocking schemes. Just look at the jump in those two categories. I was looking for that to continue to improve and I think he has throughout the season. so a crease would open up that wouldn't typically be there. there's not a lot of Shaun's. those are big. that's huge. It was nice to see him go in and play as well as he did. He'd get beat on some stuff that he had seen a ton of times and then the next year he came back."I think he's made strides throughout the season. I wouldn't say it was just all the time. [he was] similar to Rubin in the sense that he played with a good base. but there were times where he was like that."He's played really well. I think that he's played well at different points throughout the course of the year as well. Our ability to convert on third down. It gives you more chances." (On Corey Williams' development). I see Rubin."I think the execution has improved. He has a nice base. The protection has improved. Compared to Shaun. Even though he was reading the play the correct way. 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." . The two-gap is different than what most teams play. was strong. There hasn't been a fundamental shift in how we approach our opponent. I think that's what it's come down to.(On how Ahtyba Rubin has played in place of Shaun Rogers). Those were two areas that we've struggled with.
That's following the consistent pattern here. In terms of exposure to college players or potential free agents. He is selfless. still have to be looked at in the same context of how does it affect now. You get the reports. if we had held on to more balls that we ended up turning over. as a person. the first layer reports. that's going to be an important component of all the things that we do moving forward."I don't have the timeline. I always like to start that after the season."I didn't really do that. All the different staffs are doing that now." (On if he does any work on college players now). They had their preliminary meetings." (On if he has to wait for the front office to be established before he can negotiate any deals)." ." (On Joshua Cribbs saying he is optimistic about getting a new contract before the season is over). They were in last week. not necessarily. how does it affect the salary cap. those types of things. I think it does create problems. It's all follows the same pattern. whatever the case may be. As you go through the season there's a lot of things that still have to get done. as a part of the organization. I think the production there would have been significantly better as well. I'm sure the addition of a general manager or whatever that title becomes. It just wasn't. as it did in the Jets. very effective because there's so much happening from a coaching perspective. not just as a player. I didn't think."No. that wasn't something that I would do towards the end of the year."Throughout the course of the season. how does it affect the plan. It shifted the other way." (On if he has to wait until the front office is worked out to negotiate a long term deal)." (On if he was looking at any personnel acquisition for the following year at this time of year when he was with the Jets). I think we've really made some strides there. his sacrifice. The scouts are doing a great job. I'm not really doing it here. I do think that has helped.(On if the no huddle offense has been the key to the offense's improvement). I think that even when we weren't running it if we had caught more of the balls there were catchable." (On if the success of the sub defense against Pittsburgh alters the way he looks at the run defense). whether we brought them in or claimed them off waivers or signed them from the practice squad."I've always been a fan of the no huddle. you've seen we've brought in quite a few players. looking at things long term. Usually it means that you're doing a good job in base if they shift to a different personnel group. We're operating in that same pattern."I didn't do it there. It's pretty consistent around the league."What we're doing is really taking the same approach. I really do. his dedication. because we were holding up well. but I can tell you I really like Josh. I think we've run it well and it's not easy to do. still have to be addressed. I think if we were getting gashed we probably wouldn't have seen as much 11 personnel. is looking at things short term. I really like Josh.
I think he's very good in pass coverage. when I face a shorter quicker guy.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-18-09 (Opening statement). I think he's got excellent feet. That's something that he and I have talked about. Eric's a very smart person. really understand the player that he's playing against and apply those things. coaching a lot of different guys."Good morning everybody. We just have to be able to recognize it defensively and make sure that we have the right check for what they are doing. If it leans more towards J.18. I think the one area that he can continue to improve is run support and tackling. I like the approach throughout the course of the week and look to finish the week strong. There are certain styles of receivers that you face. I think he's very fluid. There's a little bit of communication with that yesterday and I think we'll have that taken care of here this morning. I think he's got really good instincts and ball skills.(On if it is tough to evaluate Joe Thomas' season given the team's record). He's just going to get better and better. 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.C. He has the ability to really understand the scheme. In last week's case Josh (Cribbs) got some more carries. 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. usually the better it is.' or ‘Joe Thomas was beaten on that play'." Mangini press conf. They do a couple things just a little bit different than what we've seen on third down. the less you're mentioning him. I think Joe is really good. (Jerome Harrison) then he'll get some more carries. when I face a big receiver. ‘Joe Thomas didn't get his block. I thought that overall the execution was better than Wednesday."You'd have to look at it in the context of a lot of other corners. which types of runs are being more effective."There's a plan going into the game. What I can tell you about Eric is." (On how close Eric Wright is to being a Pro Bowl cornerback)."I don't think it's hard to evaluate him. I think he does an excellent job. Offensively." (On if he knew how he was going to split reps at running back going into the Pittsburgh game). that he's going to face multiple times. As someone from a coverage aspect. Today. we have a few things we need to clean up from yesterday with the third down approach. There are certain guys that you face. when I've got half field help. With an offensive lineman. especially at this point. If it leans more towards Chris (Jennings) then he'll get some more carries. Very few times you look out and say. 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." . He's got a young career. I think he's been outstanding. and then we evaluate it during the game to see who's being more effective. as well as being gifted athletically and physically. I think this week he'll have his hands full as well with Tamba Hali. 12/18 12.
whether it's the fullback and a guy that would be in a tailback position. That's a pretty effective game. He is going to take a lot of hits between the kickoff returns and the punt returns. having him there and having him there in a capacity where he can actually run a standard play is important. I'd say it depends how many special teams plays there are. Most people play." (On Robaire Smith). He really did what you said. If they do start checking it then the plays that you have designed based on your normal offense should be very effective against it. That's where the numbers part of it comes in. He is on the coverage teams as well. you could still return like he has been. that wouldn't be a bad thing. if they play a full game. Even if he is not getting the ball. The other nice thing about Josh is. Now. There's the threat of him on the catch-and-run. if he is in a different spot than say the Wildcat position. because those plays are going to be traditional type plays. One of the nice things about Josh is." . [We will] really have to see today and it will probably come down to a game-time decision with him. If not. as a defensive coordinator. He's just in a spot that is very demanding. there is always a threat. You run through the plays that you like and see how it's going.' You put those out there."I don't know if there is a set number. He is going to be involved in a lot of physical plays on the coverage plays. made a tackle and ran the ball. when he is in the Wildcat you gain an extra blocker. It's hard to say. There's the threat of him on the reverse."I think if you are carrying the ball 12 times a game and catching a few passes.(On if he would go into a game saying Player X is going to get most of the carries." (On what putting Cribbs solely at running back would do to a defensive coordinator). the quarterback becomes a runner and you gain extra players. That dictates some of the coverage as well. ‘These are the packages that we like. you can now run your standard defenses. because that number can vary each game. To have him in a standard offensive set as a running back."I think he's improved. How many snap do you want to use him as a receiver? That would affect it. so that every time he is in they can't check the defense. You have to take that in account. somewhere around 65 plays on average. that can vary on how demanding the position is or the focus of the position. because you know what they are going to be in." (On how much Cribbs could carry the ball and still be effective on special teams). either running the ball 12 times and catching a few passes or in the return game)."It's more. How many returns does he have? How many kickoff returns? How many punt returns? Those things affect it. but a full game would be about 65. I thought that he was very effective last week."I think. If it's hitting like you expect to hit then you'll stay with it. You want to be able to put your normal offense out there and run those plays. Someone has to cover the quarterback. knowing that plan could change). We've faced a lot of good running backs throughout the season and you have different things to deal with those guys. you may transition into something a little further down the list." (On where he feels like a guy like Cribbs could be most effective. caught a pass. anytime he is in there. He returned the ball.
The volume of runs you get on the left are different. Our approach has always been. it could be a walk around type person."I think it's going to stay game-to-game throughout the rest of the season. worked some different guys in at the slot or the guy who covers the inside receiver in sub. that's what you have throughout the course of the season is the flexibility to say. today you are on the right. Jeff (Schudel). Then.' and then they get all their reps as the right corner. Same thing with the d-line. Are the schedules right? Are they posted? Does everybody have a copy of it? Do we have to change the films? Are the cutups done? There are so many things operationally that you're always dealing with each other to make sure the practice flows fluidly. He's the best to cover him. If Kam (Kamerion Wimbley) is best on a certain guy.000 different things. You get a game or two into the season and you want to cover a certain receiver and now he has to play over on the left and he's got no reps. It doesn't seem like that big of a deal. He has been for a long time."What you'd like to do. He's a funny guy. then you would move Kamerion over there to that spot. In order to do that. Ideally. You have to handle 8. It could be the right. 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. He's looking to make progress each week. The configuration of the secondary will be game-togame. You end up spending a lot of time with him. it could be the left. Corey (Williams) playing some at the nose. be able to take people and say. but he understands his problems may be a little different than the problems that I'm facing. play there and be effective.' From a safety.' It's like you get 10 that week and that's hard. there was no intimidation. He had that experience growing up around football and with Dick Haley. during training camp. This is his first time around. when Kenyon (Coleman) got hurt. ‘Alright." (On his relationship with Todd Haley and if they are facing similar situations with their teams this year). saying. but the types of blocks that you get on the left are different. Really. It was nice. otherwise you get 10-12 games into the season and say. His dad is an outstanding evaluator. He has to have those reps. so you have to know both spots. 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. It wasn't too big for him."Todd. it's not strong and free. That helps because you don't know how you are going to move them around. this is where the biggest problem is.' Defensively. He really has a good sense of humor. He's tough and demanding. Kamerion has to have the ability to move to those three spots. push the coverage wherever you want to push it to. we've known each other starting in '97 when we worked in New York. ‘Okay you are the right corner. ‘Go play nose. I was the defensive assistant. ‘Okay. That's why I never liked. It is a similar situation. He was the offensive assistant. it was the flip of the relationship that I had with Schwartzy (Jim Schwartz). He's worked there throughout the course of the year. go over to the left hand side. maybe a little different than . ‘He's the best to cover him. He's bright. you always want to [have that] and really offensively too. so you can do that.(On if he is still trying to settle the secondary). It's sort of like a team within a team. you saw Robaire. it's right and left. is through the course of the season always have the ability to dictate the coverage. He was making the transition into football at that point. where I was the offensive assistant and he was the defensive assistant. We've had different combinations at safety.'" (On if he is trying to matchup the secondary to the players the opponent has).
Someone threw it on my desk and I thought. free agency. department by department. especially if they've had coaching experience. I won't spend any time putting together a selling kit. At the end of the season. I think I could sit down with anybody at any point and go through step-by-step decisions that were made."Yes." (On if there was anything that drove him nuts about Haley). Any aspect of the organization. but you're encouraged by the things you do make improvement with. PR." (On if Kenyon Coleman will be able to play this weekend). He's a good dude. You just learn to appreciate each other. 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. I read somewhere the other day. depending on how you finish." (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). medical. Kenyon really hasn't missed too many games over his career. It's like any other relationship. You can't fix all the different things that need to be fixed right away. There have been a lot of really talented coaches that haven't had good seasons. You kind of want to put it in the microwave. I think he should be fine."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. ‘Wow. you could be harsher than you should be or you could be not as objective as you should be. I think he'll be ready to go and he'll be effective. I really have been part of both those situations and it's not the right way. How rational and insightful. It's not really fair to getting the right answer.what Schwartzy's or any of the first year head coaches. operations."What did he say on the conference call? Did he draw first blood? (joking) I loved everything about him. It's not always easy. not at all. He has a big family. We've talked a few times during the season about different issues or questions. You don't want to make emotional decisions or quick decisions."No.' That's the way it is. draft. Why is that guys? Why are you talking about it? (joking) I don't know. It's not like that. look at it critically and really assess where you are."I don't know why that is. salary cap."I really do believe that anybody with a wealth of experience. That sometimes happens and you have to look at it in a lot of different . This is a little bit of new ground for him. have it hot and have it ready. When you share an experience like that. ‘Rome wasn't built in a day. understands the different components that go into it. how appropriate. player acquisition. I feel pretty good about us doing it without over pointing it." (On if he has started to put together a wish list of offseason needs). it's a bond you have for a long time. I've experienced both those and learned from both those things and realized you need to take some time to step away and go back and look at it objectively." (On if he wants the new general manager to step back and evaluate his work as a whole before making any decisions).' I thought that was a great quote. things that were done both with a short term vision and a long term vision." (On if he has prepared a selling kit to present to whoever becomes the general manager). I spent more time with him than probably anybody else.
The conversation wasn't any different than those other times. I mean it's so obvious and it's so deserved. you get different perspectives on it."I don't want to get into that component of it. I complained about this. I'm not kind of doing the score card of different opinions. ‘I get it. Jeff (Schudel). backing. You make decisions as you go and you continue to improve and progress. I want someone to come here that can help us improve. Each situation is different.' It just changes." (On why national writers are saying he would no longer be with the team if Mike Holmgren was hired). if you've been a part of different teams. Has it always produced the results that you wanted? No. I completely understand why you did what you did. Going through that in different places as an assistant.' Sometimes when you look at the world through your lens. I'm sorry. different experiences. facts. whether it's at the owner's meetings or prior to us playing them last year. he and I have talked at different points.' I call those guys up sometimes and be like. It's kind of like become a parent. With Mike. That's what they deserve. That never made sense to me. I say some things that my dad says or my mom used to say and it's like. at all. ‘Oh my God. because the goal is to win every game. Bill Parcells. but every year. I understand exactly why Bill (Parcells) and Bill (Belichick) did this. I wouldn't characterize it as different."I'm not really look at it that way. 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." . He's a good guy. I imagine they'd look at things as a big picture type philosophy. If you've built different teams. My job is to give that to them and not just one year. I feel really good about the things that I've done in this role." (On if he wants Holmgren to take the job). They always chuckle when you call them. That's what I believe in. too. It's a good part of the process."I really think it depends on the person and the experiences that they've had. but now I get it. you've experienced a lot of things as well. what the speculation is. that can be part of giving the city of Cleveland what they deserve. he'd go. I can't believe I just said that. Anybody that comes in can evaluate that. it's different. cares and is passionate and fights and is smart.'" (On if a general manager with head coaching experience would be able to step back and evaluate the team as opposed to a career personnel guy). Some do. that's the only evaluation that you make. but when the lens softens and you look at the other situations involved. I feel good about the things that I've done in that role and there's a body of work there. There are stories that come out that often times have no merit. when I first got the job there were times where I'd sit in that seat going. What I will say is." (On if he thinks his fate is tied to these last three games). I know as a head coach. They want a team that works. whatever it is. ‘God. ‘Oh. different players. Being in Cleveland as a younger coach and being here now. because you learn and you experience things. it's not all it's cracked up to be is it Eric?' ‘Yeah Bill. the passion hasn't changed and what they deserve hasn't changed.ways. whether it be DBs or a coordinator. I've been a head coach for four years now [at] different places."I don't really look at that.
I thought was excellent. (Joshua) Cribbs was the special teams player of the week. Jerome (Harrison) got that honor and also gave game balls to really the whole offensive group. "The other news that we have is we had to put Brady Quinn on injured reserve this morning. It's hard to talk about the importance of focus and concentration and working at the task at hand and then allow yourself to be distracted by something like that.A. 12/22 12. They all got game balls for that. with . Last game we had a different package with all linebackers and defensive backs. It doesn't change the coaching staff. It'll also be based on what we're getting and what's being effective for us. you could move backwards. Whether it's the nickel. especially for a guy his size and he did it throughout the game. What I liked most about what he did during the game is he played the blocks really well. It doesn't change the guys in the room. it's just what we thought would be effective. Lawrence Vickers was outstanding. [There are] some where he may be the first guy.22. but some of the hustle plays that he made down the line of scrimmage. gave them all game balls as well."You face different things that could potentially be distractions and we've faced a bunch throughout the course of the year. there are all those packages. players of the game this week. Last week. 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. some where he may be the second guy. it's a lot of the same approach. D. That'll continue to happen as long as we take the lessons that we've learned and apply them to the next week. I did the same thing with the return team. (Derek Anderson) will start this week." (On if he is disappointed with the timing of the meeting with Holmgren)."With the d-line. We'll take the same approach this week. I thought that Joe Thomas and (Eric) Steinbach and some of their double teams and Rex (Hadnot). He sustained an injury on the quarterback keep there late in the game and just won't be able to play again this season. there's some great blocks. The receivers down the field. the core blocks. How are you doing? A couple things. Just watching the tape again showing it to them this morning. just announcements from the game. Once you take a step back."Good morning everybody. That wasn't a function of a lack of faith in the defensive line." Mangini press conf. coming a yard away from the team record. It's not fair for anybody in that group to do it because there have been so many positive things. the same thing. It's not fair to the players.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-22-09 (Opening statement). Our practice player of the week was Coye Francies. Defensive player of the week was (Ahtyba) Rubin. It's not fair to the coaches. It was a really group effort.(On if there is any urgency to get Corey Williams more reps). probably hard to figure out who the offensive player of the game was. I mean those guys were really impressive.
the quarterback keep late in the game on the sideline. a lot of injuries there. (Darren) McFadden. but the things that they're doing from a scheme perspective have been sound. They have three good backs. Looking at it. they have a little bit style of running game than what we've faced here recently. Dealing with this tight end (Zach Miller). Like I said. They're 15th in sacks. "Defensively. wouldn't be able to play next week. I think. "In terms of Oakland."A foot. (Sebastian) Janikowski can hit from forever." (On what Quinn's injury is). They're 10th or 11th in red zone defense. especially in these close games. He's a true tight end. The thing just flies off his foot. To be able to put different people in there and still move the ball against some good defenses. they all can hurt you. whether it's (Michael) Bush. The young kid (Louis) Murphy has a couple really big plays. They don't give you many chances to get much done in the return game. I think the longest punt return against them is 23 yards. you have really. Offensively. making plays. they've been outstanding. he can catch and he's dangerous in the passing game. it's going to take a little while. On third down. the rushing plays that they face. The way they won them. I think it's over 10 percent of their plays. [In their game against] Pittsburgh. what we'll have to deal with is a penetrating defense. he wouldn't be able to play this week. They've had a lot of changes."He just got injured on that run that he had. offensive lineman. he has excellent hands. go for negative yards. there's some really outstanding catches late to sustain that drive. but it's back there. Really. and he hurt us last year when we played them. We have our work cut out for us there. good run after the catch. They've won three out of the last five against three pretty good teams. (Justin) Fargas. 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." . As I said. We signed Scott Kooistra.Brett (Ratliff) as the two and Cribbs will be the three." (On if Quinn will need surgery). "On special teams. I don't know where field goal range is with him. there are some things that we have to adjust to in terms of the style with which they run the football. penetrating group. so they've played some good football. so we'll get him a few reps working at quarterback. arguably the best tandem in terms of punter and kicker. is the most impressive thing. Denver scoring with 39 seconds left. Cincinnati was kind of the same thing and then getting a turnover late on special teams. They've been generating a lot of pressure on the quarterback. I think says it all." (On what happened on the play Quinn got injured)."Don't know that yet. He can block. coming back late in the game. He had a great catch against Pittsburgh on the sideline to get a first down. looking at this team I've seen them do a lot of good things as the season's gone on. they built Philadelphia earlier in the year. I think that they've had a lot of uncertainty at quarterback. They've generated some big plays. which has helped them quite a bit. physical. I think they've gotten better as the year's gone on. These guys are a big.
" . I expect the same thing from D. They had a lot of people in the box."No."I think it's positive. I didn't know if you guys remember. The angle that you have. (Mike) Brown was right there on the edge. I remember looking and thinking." (On Quinn being able to finish the game at Kansas City)." (On if he was injured on the quarterback sneak for 13 yards). One or two more plays." (On if Quinn has shown enough to be considered as the quarterback of the future)"I think he's done a lot of good things. We've had a few moving parts throughout the season. we got the first down. it's hard to see exactly what it is. To understand where you can then attack them is important. where (Chansi) Stuckey kind of bowed out. he's been working on it. Those types of things are the types of things that you're looking for. I think the no huddle helped him quite a bit. because you have the play called and sometimes it's not going to be very good and they have their forces massed at a place where it's not going to be successful. Even the ball handling on the one that he kept. I thought that operated very effectively and got better as we went and it helped us quite a bit. I'm comfortable that he'll be able to go out and do it effectively. but that was the difference between the play working or it getting blown up. I really do.(On if someone stepped on Quinn or if he turned wrong). We'll just see where we are."That's something really I go back and look at after the season. I thought that he improved with that throughout the course of the season."It was only one more play I think. offensively. got it out to him. defensively. It doesn't seem like that's a big deal."Yes."It's hard to tell on the film. guys stepping in and they've responded well. That was one of those plays that wasn't called. 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. Brady saw it. He worked on it during training camp. His ability to do that as well as he did helped us. the bootleg. this isn't going to be very good. but I think that's been positive for us. I think he had done a really nice job. I'm not saying that's the only reason. We've improved in quite a few categories. we call it a bubble screen.A." (On how he would assess Quinn's season). just like Brady was. Last game. late [in the game]." (On Derek Anderson's state of mind)." (On if they will be able to run the no huddle with Anderson).' but the way that he sold the run it sucked Brown like a hard edge down the line and there was nobody there. He's been positive throughout the process." (On which foot Quinn injured)."I think it's the right. We made a pretty radical transition going to all no huddle. He and I were talking about it last night and even he wasn't sure exactly how it happened. I think that over the course of time we've gotten better as a group. ‘Oh man.
the games have changed. suddenly get an opportunity and play really well. It's a combination of those two."It's the same as we've talked about before. That was a real need position. we didn't really have a lot of depth at receiver and that was something that we had to address in the draft. being able to run it over. I've heard. the one that hit our young linebacker in the chest could have been an easy one. I really like the catch he had on the sideline. When we've stopped turning over the ball.(On how much of a concern Quinn's passing numbers are)." (On his reaction to Mike Holmgren joining the Browns as club President). The games have changed for us. You see some guys that bounce around. We're not going to have the running game production that we had last week very often. I think that's a pretty unique performance by any stretch. I think the thing that you see is hits different for different guys. were the turnovers. at Brady's progress and the offense's progress. I thought Chansi. take-away ratio. I think they'll both continue to develop. I think the positive is we have a guy that really understands quarterbacks coming in to help out. We gave one away last game. It was positive that we were able to do that. so I think he'll be able to shed some like on this as well. like you would do any other position. get the snap off quickly. 1. I mean. (Doug) Flutie was up in Canada. We need to see how that growth continues and always need to look for opportunities to improve. The play right after the catch on the sideline I think is another example to point at."I think we'll look at that." (On if he feels comfortable with the receiving corps right now). we obviously need to generate a lot more defensively than we have. I don't know what the exact number is for that." (On if 13 starts in three years is a fair number to judge a quarterback by)"Everybody has a different opinion on that. A guy like Kurt Warner. one of those games that we had in New England. There are some positives."I think that's something that we definitely have to improve on. It was a lot less effective. I think Evan Moore has been a really pleasant surprise and good pickup for us. We've called that a couple times throughout the course of the season. They've shown different things at different times. don't get an opportunity."I think that you have to look at what the situation is and put it in a context. or maybe he had a little bit of burn late one year against Miami. They've come on. The other thing that I know he'd like to have back from last game. what is it. in terms of winning on a . The experiences that he's had." (On if Quinn can be fairly judged based on the parts around him). (Matt) Cassel hadn't thrown a ball. I don't know. like we'll look at any other position.000 snaps. It's critical. him being able to go up. he was in the arena league for a while and suddenly gets a chance and lights it up. protecting the ball. Our give-away. There have been some good things. I don't know at what point it really hits. Going into this season. last game. You guys probably remember the one early against Baltimore and that looked a lot different. and so would I. Not sure whether it [the catch] was in or not. I think adding Chansi helped. had another solid game with five catches. To be able to bring somebody in of his stature. really has a wealthy of knowledge. not give Kansas City the chance to challenge. We've done a good job of protecting the football and that's critical. taking two young guys as early as we did.
I haven't focused on that. there are always the variables. The timeline and things like that. That's really a discussion for after the season."Nothing really had moved forward during that point. the receiving corps. The key thing is to look at what the situation was. the protection. What you're trying to look for are what are the constants.consistent basis."Yes. that wasn't the focus of our conversation. it's a pretty good situation. Jeff Fisher was taking a lot of heat early on. All those things are variables that you look at. I'm trying to think of the system they run in New Orleans and how similar that was to San Diego. anytime you can add someone that's really smart and has a wealth of knowledge. You feel those constants are strong enough that as you change the variables and improve the variables. ." (On if he knows when he will get clarity on the long term with Holmgren). I think it hits at different points. I'm just trying to draw parallels between quarterbacks. the system. I think that was kind of a switch [for Drew Brees]. I won't focus on it this week. He did a nice job turning that around. Like I said." (On how switching offensive systems can affect a quarterback's development)"Again." (On if it would be easier to switch systems when you have been playing as long as Warner). I think that's outstanding. it takes time as well. Plus." (On if Randy Lerner has given him any assurance that he will be given every opportunity to move forward with the team). What I'm going to continue to focus on is coaching the group and that's what the players are focusing on. Different guys have switched systems at different points. I think if you've coached and you've been a head coach you understand the different things that go into any season. it's tough to say. I think Kurt Warner switched systems out in Arizona when the new staff came in and he was pretty effective."Yes."I haven't talked about that. We were 5-11 in New England with Bill (Belichick). the strong offensive background that he has." (On if he had any contact with Holmgren over the past week). what factors are there regardless of all the variables. won't focus on it next week. I won't focus on that. You go through those things. There are always variables to every equation. Mike. I think anytime you make an adjustment like that. his last year in Seattle had a tough season. asses it and see how you want to move forward. To be able to pinpoint and say there's one formula for evaluating any position. the coaches as well. With Cassel."We didn't talk about that. Last night was when it moved forward and we were pretty deep into game planning and it was pretty late when we found out. they were 4-12. he's switching systems. the opportunities. is getting ready for Oakland. I don't think it's an exact science by any stretch. I think that's great as well. There have been some good things and some things that haven't been as good. We'll see how that goes. I know he'll be in here next week. I talked to Randy last night just about Mike and him coming to terms. that's going to improve as well." (On if it is good to hear Holmgren say that he likes to give everyone a chance to prove themselves).
" (On what he sees in Charlie Frye on tape). They deserve those things. I'm very comfortable with the things that we've done and I know the things that we're building here. They've worked tougher.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-24-09 .Whatever the decision is. That's not what I'm focused on. you don't know what they were being asked to do here versus what they're being asked to do there. The only thing that's tough about that is." (On if he has looked at Frye's Browns tape to see his strengths). I think there's still some uncertainty as to how that's going to unfold this week as well. it's not keeping a score card as to what's important for job security. I know what kind of staff we have. You do that at times when it's a guy that you don't have a lot of familiarity with. There are some serious variable as to who's going to play. These guys have worked like crazy here. They've worked hard. We're going to have to look at the scheme. You could look at some of that as well."There wasn't a ton of tape so you're going to have to go back and research it some more."There's some of that. Just ask them. I believe in the progress we've made.24. the last two games. We've brought in new players and they've embraced those new players. find something that is part of him regardless of what system he's in." (On if he thinks winning the last two games is important to his job security)." Mangini press conf. You do try to. the decision is."I can't say this enough. They've supported each other. I'm proud of the way they're playing." (On if he doesn't know what quarterback they will face this weekend)."I don't think it's a certainty right now. again. 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."I'm happy for these guys. I'm not trying to be flippant or anything like that. the different things that we've been able to do. They've earned it. It's not going to be a focal point. they'll tell you. Whether it was against San Diego. I feel comfortable with where we're headed and the progress we've made." (On how happy he is that the team is coming together). 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. 12/24 12. it's just I believe in the things that we've done. like I said before. I want them to take advantage of the opportunities they have here this week and then the opportunity they have next week. I know the different situations that we've faced.
Wallace Wright. They have been able to hold teams to field goals instead of touchdowns. it's great. he said he is really. That's an area of improvement. I think there's real value in it. why not use that? It takes a special guy to be able to do that because there is a volume of information. pluck the ball. goal line. What Rob liked so much about him is.' She got me the first time and that's not good. He'd be a dangerous returner if he got a pick. She pulls the same trick every year. 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. if it doesn't work I don't think you are any worse off. It's nice to allow the guys a chance to spend some time with their kids. it's hard to stop . He'd be great with interceptions. Today." (On how serious Joshua Cribbs was considered to be used on defense and if it's still something to think about). I think at the end of the day they are football players and if they have that skill set and can handle the load." (On if Cribbs has a defensive player's mindset). often time in high school they play everything. that kind of talent with what Rob explained to be his work ethic." (On Nnamdi Asomugha). We will have a normal Saturday on Saturday. review of first. That's another area of strength. He has good ball skills in terms of his ability to locate the ball. their red zone are both areas that I've seen get better as the season has gone on. we'll follow a normal Friday schedule so it will be the red zone. ‘We are not going to do anything. but I got her some anyways because I know she will. He is always working. 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." (On if his holiday shopping is done)."I would think about."I talked to Rob (Ryan) a lot about him. That's another reason that they've won the games they won. When you combine that kind of athletic ability. Shaun Ellis at tight end. Their third down."Yes. He is a physical tackler. She's not getting me with that trick again. They have been able to score in the red zone at critical times. We just moved it up a day. If you can get reps from a guy on both sides. late in the game. I've used this schedule quite a bit over the years. How are we doing? Today we will finish off our week of preparation and the guys will be off tomorrow for Christmas. I think that Oakland's done a really nice job defensively in the red zone. I've always taken this mindset with players. He is very aggressive. but he is studying other guys that play the position. you try them."Good morning everybody. He is always. second and third down. If it works great. I don't think we've missed anything in terms of our preparation. Julie and I are not supposed to be exchanging gifts. wake up with them as they're opening their presents or family that's in town. The other nice thing is it builds flexibility.(Opening statement). 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. it could be something that evolves. really smart and committed to being the best player at his position. not just studying receivers. It is a different way of looking at things. We have quite a bit to do there. I don't think it's going to happen short term. however they choose to celebrate it. I'll put the boys' names on it and it will be from them. Brad Smith some at safety."I did.
he's strong. Maybe you don't there as long sometimes as would." (On how the wide receivers have improved). I think these guys have gotten much more comfortable with the offense. they develop a routine. Clair can play this week). That's important. but that's not even close to what happens once you get to the regular season games. He can throw people around. everything is a feeling out process early on. He's a really good person. Brian ran some ideas by him. There's not a lot of margin for error. It was important for him to get better.the improvement. he did." (On if Rob Ryan helped out the offense this week). It usually translates into a turnover. Like Baby (Shaun Rogers) does. You think you've kind of gotten it figured out coming out of the preseason games. Corey (Williams) has made progress as well. everything is new ground. You go through training camp. but you get with players like that and a little mistake could become a big mistake. Just watching him from his rookie year to where he is now and how he developed and his commitment. He's got excellent first step quickness for a man that size. He's made some outstanding catches and I hope that translates into the game. Not that we're not looking for him to be crisp on everything. He is impressive. Brian Robiskie's had a really good week of practice so far this week. guys like that make you pay with an interception. What's best in terms of the way they study the information. The early part of the season. Just routine. It's hard not to see the improvement and sometimes dominance that he has. That's a little bit of a shock. I'm not sure with a few of them. He wanted to spend time with the older guys. That's probably why he's become the player that he has become." (On coaching Richard Seymour)."I think you look over there. A lot of times when you look over there and the guy is not open then you look the other place."I know he and Brian (Daboll) met about different things." ."Not sure." (On if quarterbacks don't throw on Asomugha). I thought he did a really good job playing that position when we asked him to. In terms of talent." (On if anything changes for rookie receivers going against Asomugha). He wanted to figure out what they were doing and that from day one. you go into preseason games then the tempo changed dramatically when you go into the regular season. much more comfortable with the things they are being asked to do and there's less thinking."You better run precise routes."I think they've all got a better sense of just how things work. the way that he can penetrate. They don't make you pay with just a big hit or broken up pass. There are some things defensively that carry over from when he was there and there are a few things that are different. take care of their body. He's made some progress." (On if John St."He was great. There are a couple guys battling colds here today so we'll see where they are at in terms of practice. He hadn't played nose. He came in his first year and we used him a little bit at nose tackle. If you don't run your route correctly of if you telegraph your break points. there's more playing. Seymour can do that as well. we may be down a couple guys. Wherever he could help.
making the adjustment. it's getting the call from the coach. they thought it was the best thing at the time. There were a couple plays against Kansas City last week. I think he's done an excellent job in terms of fitting in with the group. thanks for asking (joking). which I think is the toughest things that a person goes through from having their hand in the dirt to going back. It just happens. He's tough. I am excited to have them there and look forward to seeing them there. I'm sure their criteria is the same as ours. There may be multiple reasons. He's done well this week too. I think that we've improved there. The guys seem to really enjoy having him here. you don't just have to get lined up yourself. I think it's been pretty seamless. That would be the first word I would use to describe him. the edge is set."Our fans have been great throughout the course of the season. most of that was no huddle. Sometimes it's just best to part ways. Sometimes the most important catches at practice are the routine catches because they are easy to kind of lose your concentration. the tackle is coming out and he just jolts him.(On if there have been less dropped passes at practice)."He is doing what I'm asking him to do and that's to remain consistent. I thought he did well there. When he sets the edge. That's easy to happen in the game as well. Being an interior guy. that's what an edge is supposed to look like. As we identify different areas we want him to improve in. They are practicing at the tempo that they play at and making some catches that at times are difficult catches. There may be understandable reasons. You just make a decision and you move forward. One of the areas was his ability to press the guards. is recognizing all the different things that can happen." (On how Derek Anderson has looked running the no huddle). giving it to the group. We were still practicing it at different periods. I think that's gotten better. In the Pittsburgh game. It's coming up. recognizing the blocks. you have to get everybody else lined up as well. in the second half." (On a possible blackout)."He's looked good. to really work at it. He ran it in the early part of the season even though we weren't running it as much in the games." (On Matt Roth). 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."Yes. It's been loud. 12/30 . Boom. I had to watch it for all those years in New York when he was setting he edge on us."I didn't get into that with Bill (Parcells) at all. It just stops. I definitely think there's been improvement across the board. 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. I don't want to black cat it. Those have been translating into the game." (On David Veikune). The block recognition. It's good to watch." (On why the Dolphins put Roth on waivers)." Mangini press conf. The other thing that he's improved on is his communication. They've endured quite a bit of cold there when we played Pittsburgh."Matt's been great.
which is a real testament to them. Then he creates something down the field that wasn't open prior to him moving. He can blow the game open at any point. Those things change pretty dramatically and they can change quickly. . where down the field they're getting the ball out. They don't give up a lot of big plays in the passing game. really good balance. "On special teams. They're 7-8.30. there are a lot of new players. When you look at this running back. "Offensively. similar to Ben (Roethlisberger) in the sense that he can extend plays with his feet. The amount of production he's had is pretty impressive. If you don't handle it. as I looked at this team. this is his third year. They are very disciplined. it really starts with the running game. That shows up every game. excellent center of gravity. on special teams it was Nick Sorensen. defensively was Matt Roth. really good burst. but he is well built. You see the crispness of his routes. but there are things that are going to unique that we haven't seen. He runs excellent patterns. they don't give up a lot of big plays. the look that we get is critical for the preparation in the game. because the show. has become a big play threat for them. who I remember watching coming out of college. There's a ton of plays where guys have a chance to sack him and they fall of him or he makes them miss.12. small isn't really fair. It's a little deceptive because they've forced 21. so it was a really positive day all the way around from that perspective. not very tall. You see that on the tape. he's a good example of a guy. They force you to go the long. With (David) Garrard. A couple announcements from last game. the amount that you have to deal with increases substantially as well. He's very deceptive. vision. This year he has 61 catches and seven touchdowns. our Players of the Game this week offensively were Alex Mack. number one in the NFL in penalties.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-30-09 (Opening statement). "In terms of Jacksonville. Defensively. The most amount of yards they've given up in a game. I think with (Mike) Sims-Walker. The first two years he had 16 catches. It's not necessarily the Pittsburgh-type situation where it's 50 percent pressure and you're dealing with it every down. He has developed nicely this season. He is complemented by Torry Holt. They don't give up a lot of big plays in the running game. As you guys know Joe (Thomas) and Josh (Cribbs) made the Pro Bowl yesterday."Good morning everybody. I'd say the most impressive thing they do is punt coverage. He's caught another 50 balls. He's deceptive like that. They really lost three games by four or less points. hard way. he is small in the sense. they have 10 fumbles recovered. The other position I didn't mention was the practice player of the week and that was Thomas Brown. He's the second leading rusher. It always hasn't quite bounced their way. There's going to be some game plan specific pressures. That's a challenge and we've had that challenge throughout the course of the season from different teams. He's carried the ball 296 times. in terms of Players of the Week. but they're working at it. You look at the fumbles they've recovered. I like to think that's the most important award that we give out. They give up four yards per return.
That's hard to do. I don't know if he got caught up in the moment or what happened there. I don't think it was something that we pointed out where he has a track record of doing that.' When we watched him collectively as a staff. Once you know that. A guy can have a really impressive day. ‘Okay. I had a player in New York who was like that. We were playing St. it'd be like watching a mirror image of the two guys. Louis and they did it to him.cumulatively now. We'll have our work cut out for us there. but they don't put up any stats. intelligence. so all those things combined. ‘If I can draw a penalty here it's going to be really good for us. ‘Look. well he got this many carries or this many receptions. He got a 15-yard penalty and it's like. I thought he did a really nice job getting things communicated."I thought he made a lot of outstanding blocks. talked to him a little bit before the game."They get their picture up. [He had] some extra effort blocks that sprung some big runs. to go in and start 16 games like he has. you get your picture up." (On why Mack won Offensive Player of the Game). Sometimes it's just that awareness that you are a target. It's a hard position to play. It has to be salary cap compliant."I think it depends on the team and it depends on the player and it depends on what kind of player you are. If you've shown the tendency to react. is 26 yards in one game punt return wise." (On if more extracurricular stuff goes on than people realize). It's hard to have that poise to just take a step back and realize that. but he's a really good person and really good player. I talked to Richard after the game. Rich. he's a great guy. it's impressive."Not necessarily. Often times the offensive line goes overlooked. Kind of like employee of the month. that can help too." (On what the players get for earning Player of the Week)." (On if he anticipated Seymour trying to bait Mack during the game). a game ball. character. It's a really hard position to play and as a young guy. 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. If I could cut the lap running. especially in the heat of the moment and if you're getting baited. 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. You can't give them anything outside of that. getting to his blocks." (On if the way Mack handled the confrontations with Richard Seymour factored into him winning the award). the early snaps from New York that first year with Nick and with Alex."It reminds me a lot of Nick's (Mangold) first season." (On the most impressive thing about Mack's season)."It's so easy and natural to respond. 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. Louis at St. then you're going to get a lot more of it.' I thought he showed excellent poise there. [They have] excellent balance. They're both really conscientious. strength. They get a little bit better parking. There's nothing tangible to look at and say. You're counted on to get the .
" (On if Mack and Mangold are similar players). I think he has the work ethic to do that."You identify a range of guys. to hear the change of the snap count. We were playing San Diego and we stopped them on like fourth-and-one. I think he'll continue to get better. I can see the potential for Alex to do a lot of the same things." (On if Oakland was Mack's best game). because I think there are probably a lot of things that Nick could help him with."It was probably his most complete game. Nick's that type of guy that he would help without feeling like he was giving up some sort of competitive edge. I think he's played really well in some other games. That was probably when the transition took place. 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."Yes. it resonates when you talk about. even if it's like the difference between your first year and your second year. whether or not you'll have the ability to trade. Nick was really diligent and Nick committed every offseason to getting stronger and bigger and more knowledgeable. if you were a part of the group that did it. He's playing. I don't know if you remember me talking just about where we were in New England.communication to both sides of the ball. which could change dramatically who you take." (On if he sees Mack getting to where Mangold is now). I think there are a lot of similarities. is there was a range of people and when we got to where we were I was pretty happy with getting him. There are 8.' 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. We ended up scoring."I think he has the potential to do that. ‘Remember when this happened. I'll probably hook them up in the offseason and have them talk to each other. because where we were picking you're not sure who's going to be there. He found good mentors. he had an excellent game as well. When you have a group of guys that share that experience. or something like that." (On if there was a turning point that led to the current win streak). Tony (Grossi)."No.000 mock drafts and you don't know how exactly it's going to come and whether or not there will be any trades. There's a lot of responsibility. winning the game there and then we went on that run of how many consecutive games leading up to the Super Bowl." (On if the team aimed to get Mack during the draft)."I think it's something that you can draw on if you experience it. For him to come in and start 16 games like he has. or a big third-and-one. He's a lot more comfortable in his skin. I don't really want to highlight the differences between either guy. but there are some subtle differences between the two. in his role. What I would say. but it was a function of a . I think it's a good thing to be able to point back to and talk about. or how he approached the offseason. I thought Kansas City. more playing than thinking. I think he's played really well. if you make a mistake the ball's on the ground." (On if he thinks wins at the end of a season can carry over to the next season). They had to punt to us.
‘This guy made it. This guy didn't make it. It was a very different exposure for him. the offense wasn't able to compensate for that. The huge thing that we worked on with him was his hand placement. you get in a hole." (On if there has been anything this season like the point in New England to help the team turn the corner). in terms of how they have to study. sometimes it was holding. 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. players. front office. being able to put that out of your mind and come back and make the next play.' You can't control the voting. being able to dig out of the hole. but that game to me was just when you finally sort of got over the hump. It's kind of the same thing with Bryan Thomas. a spot here. I think Kamerion Wimbley made a ton of progress from the beginning of the season with how he was approaching the game plans to where he is now. You get smart people looking to do the same thing. He and I were talking at the Halloween party and he just was explaining to me how he's changed the way he studied. but he worked at it and worked at it. It's great to see. when he goes and blocks it's consistently power angles and he worked at it." (On if he would be comfortable with Mike Holmgren's planned hierarchy with a general manager). It's dramatic. You drop a pass early. I'm sure it was to shut me up. I think it's really paid off for him and I'm happy to see the way that his blocking has evolved. it's a really good thing. I was on him every day. It's not the same as it was last week. we change on Thursday. It was the same thing in the building. Sometimes it's even individual players. You can't control any of that stuff. it's great."Like I've said before. You see some guys where the light comes on. every meeting. Everybody working towards the same goal. I'm really proud of the way Lawrence has grown this season. anybody that we can bring in that can help us. but it was a spot here. whether it was one good thing on special teams or it was one really good thing offensively or one really good thing defensively. I've been a part of it before. He used to come with this really wide reach. I haven't had to say it in weeks."I didn't really have a set reaction to who made it or who didn't make it. I think most people point to that game. coaches."In terms of a defining moment. we change on Friday. He struggled with it early and then got it and was really outstanding later on. His consistency in blocking has been really good. There are all of those different things that you saw. He couldn't generate the power. It's more rope memory than it is conceptual memory. a spot here. I'm sure he was sick of hearing it.lot of stuff leading up to that point. committed to the same thing. It's fun to go to work. These questions always come each year. I don't know. Fill the building with as many as you can. There's been a lot of things that I thought were good. It's a good thing to be a part of. The amount of errors that he's made from a mental error perspective is dramatically different. but they weren't coming from all three phases or the defense was having a bad day." (On his reaction to Lawrence Vickers not making the Pro Bowl). Now. because we change on Wednesday." . He'll tell you. I was really happy for Joe and Josh. I'm all for.
You can't control that.(On if he will have questions about how the team will operate in his meeting with Holmgren). I think. I need to focus on what's important.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-31-09 (Opening statement). I wouldn't have hired them if I didn't feel that way. They've been great in terms of not focusing on external things and really focusing on what's important." (On his thoughts if he were asked to go in a different direction with his coordinators)."I haven't really thought about the structure of the meeting or anything like that. These guys have worked hard and they've made a lot of progress. because the future. That's always the most important thing." Mangini press conf. I know this may seem hard to believe. 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 . It's not fair for me to be focused on something that's external." (On if he is anxious to meet with Holmgren). One's not necessarily better than the other." (On if it has been hard to not think about Holmgren). Brad's (Seely) an excellent coach. 12/31 12. I don't think so. Every major category is up. I'm anxious for us to go win the game. are special."No. Rob's (Ryan) an excellent coach."I think everybody has a different approach to the way they do things. there's been some really good plans. There's been some plans that I wish we had back. I don't know if it's fortunate or unfortunate." (On if he wishes Holmgren had been here to see how the team is run). all that stuff is in the future. How are we doing? Just one announcement."Good morning everybody. but you've been in different situations throughout your career where there's a ton of stuff happening externally. but you can control the things in front of you. Both him and his wife do a lot of work in the community. I think that offensively. which is Jacksonville and making sure that I do the best job coaching these guys this week to get them ready to play. I'm anxious for this week. if you worry about it.31. It takes time and that's just how it works. That's what I'm looking forward to. what value does that have? It comes soon enough. just look at the progress we've made there. I talked to him the other day and we'll sit down either Monday or Tuesday. We've doubled our point total since the bye. I'm anxious for the guys to have a good week of practice. I think it's just more of a conversation between two people. Some of the things that he's done off the field. Mike Furrey was named our Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee. Everybody has a different way to do things."No."Again. which I think is well deserved. Same thing defensively.
That's huge progress and important. there's two tackles on special teams. I told you guys yesterday that they are probably the best punt cover team that we've face throughout the year. I think it's well deserved. I feel like there are a few things that we need to just get ironed out on both sides of the ball. I think it was his first year. I think that one of the areas that we've improved significantly in is third down defense. You just look at Sims (Mike Sims-Walker). they've (Jacksonville) done an excellent job throughout the season on third down. I'm hoping. "Today we'll move into third down. but I felt like he got a better feel for it. We'll have a lot to prepare for there. things like that. On special teams today."I think that what I really liked. I'd say the best example of that was the third down conversion that he made where he caught it underneath. the key block against Kansas City really saved the touchdown on Josh's (Cribbs) second kickoff return." (On how he would characterize Robiskie's rookie year). He understood what the route was. he turned it up right away and was able to get the first down. Anytime the most amount of yards that you've given up on returns in 26. so hopefully that'll be something that he wins because I think it's great. It hits a different times for different guys. He was another guy that as he got going it really took off for him and he ended up having a nice career. In terms of yesterday's practice.around Cleveland. I think that each guy develops differently in terms of production. as well and that's been more and more the pattern for him and the season has gone on. 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." (On Brian Robiskie's status for the game)." . The other thing I was really excited about for him. I thought overall it was good. he had seven catches and nine drops. Jake (Allen) will probably get another opportunity here."I'd say it's not looking good. where to go. Tony (Grossi). but not that optimistic. Really offensively. A seventh round draft pick. He has a good feel for running routes and I'm excited to see him get a chance to play. We're going to have some challenges there. They have a lot of different ways they can convert. There were a few hiccups here and there with really understanding the system. One year. but I've liked the progress he's made. and you saw it last game. Instead of extending it and trying to run lateral. that's pretty hard to do over 15 games. It's year around for him. He has good speed. It's going to be an important day for us in that area. the guy is in the league two years and has 16 catches and this year has 61 catches and seven touchdowns. I think he'll continue to develop as a receiver and continue to develop in other areas as well. [David] Givens. is he got a much better sense as the season went on for how to run routes. we'll work on punt and punt return. He's a guy that I think has consistently improved since he's gotten here. I thought he had a really excellent week of practice last week. 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 I've liked the way that he's worked. It hits at different times for different guys. 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 had Aaron Glenn. What you do is you have the ideal."I think he's improved his technique. He's improved the way that he's taken on the blocks. Leon (Washington) was an undersized guy.(On how he would compare Jerome Harrison to Maurice Jones-Drew). There are so many exceptions to the rules. is the things that's he's done in the passing game. I think. An area that's gone underappreciated with him. the ideal height and weight and speed and all those things."I think he'll stay outside and play that type of role. you're going to absorb the blow and with him. If there's another inside guy you wanted to keep you could do the same thing. you have two guys there that are both stout. with a training camp under (Jason) Trusnik's belt. he has done it for longer. 250 [pounds] and thumpers and you can bring them inside or outside. You have to look at playing speed versus timed speed. I had Ray Mickens. I've seen some big guys play small and a lot of small guys play big. weight. There were multiple times. [There are] some small corners. Both those guys have played really well."It's hard. however you want to slot him. because it allows us to do things that maybe we weren't being as effective doing prior. that's where [David] Bowens has value too." (On why Harrison has gotten better in blitz pickup). a real advantage by playing both inside and outside. Jason's had. You look at a guy like Wes Welker. We had a package in New York. You'd like them all to be a certain height and weight. He's played both spots. You have to really see over time how he continues to develop. but then you also have to look at production."I'm not a huge fan of comparing. If you had another outside linebacker you wanted to keep you move Trus to inside and play him there. I think it was called Texas because everything's big in Texas. I'm really pleased with the way that Jerome has developed this season as well. especially over the last four or five weeks where he's been impressive in that area. Now when you get those guys that are 6'3". his production is through the roof and he's an undersized guy. He can play outside linebacker and now he's played inside linebacker. because of how much production he's had in the running game. It's hard to say." (On if he would like Matt Roth at just one spot in the future). 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. which was important. It gets lost a little bit. you can get big on somebody in a hurry if you want to. Really. 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. Asante Samuel. That gives you a lot of depth. which now stalemates it or puts him in a lot better position to compensate for the usual size differential. It's like a goal line package. but they don't always fit into that mold. because he can make the roster in either spot. I'm happy with that. I'd say. he's a little bit slighter than most corners. but yet you can run all ." (On how much he pays attention to size if a player is not prototypical for his position). most of the time the guy he's blocking is bigger than he is. height is probably what you want. I think your point is really important. but it's key. I think with a training camp under his belt. because as they're coming in if you sit and are stationary. I think he's done a nicer job of aggressively going up and fitting it with his hands and a good base. Deion Branch was an undersized guy.
"I think as a group we're tackling better. . you have 11 guys and you can just keep moving them around. You run the same thing. know how to throw people. or we ran a pressure and we had two guys in the same gap. know how to use their hands. so you have to plan for all of it. At that point you're not running a pressure anymore. There were very few times where we lined up and didn't have a size advantage in that grouping. Even the big guys are going to have a problem. now it doesn't look like what we're doing anymore. As guys have really understood what we're going. I think one of the biggest things that we've done better is communicate and get to the right spots. it was we weren't in the right spot. You have to kill him to stop him and good luck with that. good leverage. They're walking around and that's what you want. He was a wrestler in college and I think that helps."I'm not sure to tell you the truth."It's like the typical progression of how it's gone everywhere I've been."He's like a tank." (On how much time he has spent thinking about free agency and the upcoming CBA).' because you're just used to it because that's what we do. He's just tough. if they're not available. the receiver. I think the disguise has helped too. You just keep flipping who does what they're supposed to do and it doesn't make any sense. if they're here. The first time you give them four or five pages of new defense [they're] overwhelmed and they can't believe how much stuff is going in and the communication is difficult. but you look at it on tape and you're like. You have your parallel plans. if they're not here. You don't know what the landscape is." (On what makes Roth such a good pass rusher). It's like. 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. This is what we're doing. if this group is available. That's gotten better overall. You better block him with somebody big because he's going to run over anything small in his way. This is where the soft spot is.the things that you want to run. ‘Well who's the big? Who's the small? Who's coming?' You break tendencies without ever really having to break tendencies. A lot of the production early it wasn't a function of them just beating us based on the throw or the catch. ‘Okay. I always like wrestlers because they have good base. okay. It makes sense to you. you're just potentially giving up big plays. Everybody talked through it.' and let the quarterback go back. this is what they're in. ‘Oh." (On how hard the defensive assignments are for players to learn). Today we probably gave out 14 pages of third down defense and nobody blinked. They're moving around."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. start his route with certainty. You want that uncertainty there. Ideally what you want to get to is. I'm sure everybody's going through the same thing." (On when a decision on the CBA is supposed to be finalized). You don't want to give the offense any pre-snap information where they can say." (On if there has been anyone in particular that has made vast improvements in the secondary).
you're exercising."I think it's accurate in the sense that that's what it is over 15 games. Stuff like that. It's just what we do. quizzes. That happened in New York as well. the volume is down.You're not worried about it."Yes. I was thinking. I think."I think it's an important game to all of us because it's out last opportunity to play this season. because of all the things that they're experiencing. I don't even know what it is. okay. it just puts things back into perspective. If you look at the first eight versus the last seven. where the first eight games. Now. Jake smoked me three times in Wii Boxing the other night." (On if this is an important game for Derek Anderson or just another game)." (On if he thinks the offense and defense being ranked 32 are an accurate portrayal of the team right now). The amount of sacks given up. When you look at the quarterback position or any of these positions. I'm not sure exactly what that is. You don't like to make a decision without looking at all of the different things that go into it. red zone. practice. It's just so much fun to go spend time with them. shifts and motions and new plays and game plan specific things." (On how he balances the stress of being overworked and his health. You look at it as a progression and it looks a lot differently than if you look at it as a group of numbers. I know we're all committed to keep moving forward. you definitely can. Turnovers. in terms of your health. I think we scored 78 points in the first eight games and 149 in the last seven. The amount of sacks we have is up from. When you first deal with that it's like. ‘Oh my God. You work a ton of hours. Third down defensively the last three games has been about 25 percent. family and the future). There's that comfort level of. You're going to look at the games that they played this year. you're not going to evaluate it off of one game. something like that. You try to go the extreme the other way and make sure you get enough sleep. that's down." (On if he can relate to what Urban Myers is dealing with)." (On how he balances the stress of being overworked). It's an important game because it's our last one. Nobody bats an eye anymore. Even New Year's. we were top ten in most things. Defensively. all those things. the amount of points given up is down significantly. Time of possession is up. Nothing changes my perspective as much as they do. throughout. 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. he didn't tell me how to punch the first fight. The last eight games. ‘Accurate. probably the whole staff' (joking). where you get to experience Christmas again as a little kid. You can look at training camp. but it's . 12 to 16 or 12 to 19. probably last year. Red zone's been good. because they're not worried about any of that stuff."I think unfortunately you leave all that stuff to the offseason. You can look at OTAs. it's so dramatically different in almost every statistical category. we'll get it right between walk throughs. any of that stuff."I thought you were going to say overweight. you look at interceptions and fumbles. you're eating well. For me.' but now it's just what we do. the best stress relievers are the boys. That's where the importance comes. [there were] too many 30's. Same thing offensively.
'" . what do we have."Like I said. No bus rides to Hartford. bootleg-type offense. you want all those guys to stay healthy."No."Yes. I think it's traits."] Give you a call? ‘Dear guys. I don't know what exact characteristics would have to be part of that formula. what's the right number of touches for a running back."I don't want to end the old year on a bad note here. 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. You probably wouldn't want to put a stationary guy in like a move the pocket." (On what happened to Quinn's foot). but I'm sure when I get home tonight I'll probably squeeze a couple in."I don't know if there definitely has to be one formula for running an offense. You want any back to be able to go through 16 games and handle the things he's being asked to do. There are definitely all those issues involved. Everybody's vested. otherwise. There hasn't been a conclusion there." (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). why? Why is that the magic number? Why is 15 what he gets?' I don't know.' I'm thinking. ‘He can only have 15 touches a game and that's his limit. I think Tom Brady will probably be good in any system he runs or Peyton Manning."I think that's still something that we're going to investigate. [Jeff Schudel: "Give us a call.not where near as much as when you lose." (On if he has any New Year's resolutions)." (On how Anderson fits in the West Coast Offense). Jeff (Schudel)." (On if Brady Quinn was able to avoid surgery). None jump out right way. It's a constant debate. ‘Well. I don't know if there's always a magic number where if you give him just this amount of plays then you have the best chance of him lasting. on that play it's hard to really tell what the thing was. but I don't want to get into that. Is it a smaller back 15? Is it 25? I've heard that whole thing. quite a few hours left to hash that out." (On what is physically wrong with Quinn's foot). he'd be good in any system he runs. Everybody's trying to find that edge to help the team be successful.