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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."
or even better. but in base."No."The coach's copy. but you never know." (On if he will call the NFL to get further explanation on the fourth-down measurement call during the Pittsburgh game). Things happen. in the short time that he's been here."Chansi's caught a lot of balls from him in practice. I'm not out there pushing forward with anything specifically. I haven't watched the TV copy of the game. some we haven't converted on. I really like some of the insight that he's able to give. He gives some good insight and I've enjoyed spending some time with him. We'll get some more clarity on it. It's his call. I really haven't. I anticipate him playing more between the two this week. I'd say. whether it be from a quarterback's perspective." (On if he has looked at the measurement on film). but nothing can change. There are signs of things that I like and stuff that still has to get fixed. I think there's a lot of room for us to continue to improve there. Sometimes it's reading the coverage and being able to understand exactly where you have to fit. He still works on both offense and defense." (On if he can ask the NFL to review the measurement call)." (On developing chemistry between Derek Anderson and Chansi Stuckey). a call comes in and we listen. Mike probably didn't play as much as he should have this weekend. so I'm not sure."Yes. to talk to him from a defensive perspective on things that maybe were frustrating to a quarterback. not just in sub." (On if it seems like Mike Furrey has dropped off). I think he's done a good job with the things that we've asked him to do."Corey's played more and more as we've gone here. We've had some good opportunities on third down. a couple were batted. that's not really what it's been. It's more informal than that." (On if Corey Williams could be traded)."I've enjoyed getting to know Bernie and spending some time with him. I'd say with all of our third down routes. from an offensive perspective."I think the official talked about it after the game. You just deal with the next situation and move on."No. not at all." (On if Kosar will be in meetings regularly or work with the quarterbacks).(On Bernie Kosar's role with the team). and talking about it in that context. There's a lot of different ways that our conversations have gone. I don't know if you guys have watched it or not."I haven't really been looking at any of that. I'm not saying that it isn't possible. but what do you think?" (On if he anticipates any moves before the trade deadline). so it would just have to be off the TV copy. we can sharpen those up and do some things to improve there. you don't have the measurement on it. This morning's been all Pittsburgh and transitioning to Green Bay. There's nothing. but like anything else. Like I said." . that's imminent. [there is] nothing imminent. Nothing can really happen from that.
They were all passes and they were all positive passes. I think that we've shown."Yes. but it's constantly making progress in all those areas. third down defensively. things like that." (On if using Hank Fraley as an eligible receiver limits what Anderson can do)"There are pluses and minuses. A lot of times."To me. It's more of an indication that you're going to run the ball. defensively. We had three sacks. The start of the second half. That's an area that we hadn't been effective in. Even right at the start of the game. Instead of that being a sack. came off and Ben (Roethlisberger) was able to step up. and those two things are huge. but I think there were some sack opportunities that if we had just done it a little bit differently. you see those things. the adjustments. If we had just shortened that edge and let the guy come clean. We've addressed a lot of them. I thought we had a great opportunity. That's the difference between a sack and a 30-yard completion. in the early part of the season. we understand what we have to stop from our opponent. I really thought that he'd be able to go. Having a bigger body in there sells that more. it's a good example of kind of how the injuries go during the week. [at] a lot of different points. then the other things are better and better. those are key to winning the game. Hank's caught the ball a couple times. but he wouldn't be the first option."What I'm looking for is continually focusing on us. [We] continue to have very limited penalties. That's been something that I've been emphasizing over and over again. If you want to run the ball. with play-action passes. It doesn't happen overnight. You have to understand those two things. Some of that could be catching the ball better. the guard recognized it late. We actually got third downand-one stop and we were pretty close on that fourth-and-one stop. One of the plusses is you get a more efficient blocker. but now it's being able to do those things. just weren't able to close the offensive tackle down enough to let the edge rusher come clean.(On what the team needs to fix immediately). so play-action tends to be more effective. which he would have. is that we understand what the game plan is. but we have to keep going forward with it. than we had been doing. things like that." (On if Steve Heiden aggravated his knee). and . It's the things that we need to improve on. which is something I'm looking for. Some of that could be continuing to improve the communication with protections. and there's been progress in a lot of them. Those small things become big things." (On if the team has the talent at wide receiver to have a productive passing game this season). 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. or hoping to. As we make strides within the room. but we also have to keep improving the areas where we need to improve on. those two things are positive. It gives you some more options in the running game. we had held the guard long enough. get a bump on him. it's a 25-yard completion. so minor progress there. You get a bigger body. but it's how we execute. everybody sees those things. four-out-of-five of those plays were plus-10 plays. whether it's third down offensively. you're not releasing multiple receivers. but the tackle was able to pop out. It was just that much of a difference in the detail. If you did want to get everybody out. [We] did a better job turning the ball over this week. that we're able to do some things effectively in the passing game. I thought even the drive towards the end of the game there. and that's positive.
We'll adjust practice. The good thing is they get some experience and grow and if they have to do it again. How are we doing? Just in terms of practice today. 21 (Opening statement). On special teams. Aaron Rogers has been very efficient throwing the ball. It'll probably shorten the player availability. in terms of not as many guys to interview. One of the things they do an outstanding job with is turning the ball over. we're going to cut practice down a little bit. Jason Trusnik. He has a 104 quarterback rating. You saw in our . but there are elements that we've seen before. obviously. 10/21 10. I thought the situation with Kamerion is a really good example of how things can change dramatically in a hurry. We had the flu cases and some more guys have come down with it. and this is a team that's very good at it defensively. Anthony Madison. Brodney Pool. Robert Royal. We just have to make some adjustments. throughout the course of the season or the preseason. He just came in. They're able to get a lot of guys out quickly and he's able to get the ball to them. Lawrence Vickers. We're trying to. was sick. Oct."Good morning everybody. Corey Williams. A lot of young guys had to play a lot yesterday. that was not a predictable thing. We're actually working with quite a few less players. "Looking at Green Bay. It's not exactly like our 3-4. Brian Schaefering. Shaun Rogers. Alex Mack. get the guys home and out of the building.21. the first signs of any type of illness. the first time we played them. but it happens. right on down the line. Defensively. this is a team that presents a lot of challenges. I think they're playing really well. It's that time of year and unfortunately we have quite a few guys who are dealing with it. I think are solid. They do a nice job. but I've always respected and admired the job he's done.2009 Eric Mangini press conference: Wed. Big Baby. I think they're getting better each week. they'll be able to take advantage of the opportunity even better.just wasn't able to when we looked at it. We're working as hard as we can to promote things to prevent the illness. obviously stressing important things like sleep and hands and things like that. and they create a lot of pressure on things like PATs and field goals. Guys that won't be here today: Jerome Harrison. I thought just looking back at the preseason game. hopefully. It's the 3-4. I don't know Dom (Capers) that well. They've moved it efficiently against everybody they've faced. but then the receivers do a nice job with the run after the catch. not just hitting the receivers. and suddenly Jason (Trusnik) and Alex (Hall) have to pick up the slack there. I think they're playing very well defensively. I think we've made strides since then on special teams. We'll work around it and continue to move forward on Green Bay. Especially their coverage units. I thought they did a nice job against us on special teams in the preseason. There were some young-guy mistakes. but that's evolved since we played them. Offensively. Kamerion Wimbley. Chansi Stuckey. That's always a point of emphasis for us offensively." Mangini press conf.
" (On if any of the coaches have the flu). I actually thought that Kaluka (Maiava) did a pretty nice job for his first extended exposure inside."We'll cut back on some reps." (On if any of the players with the flu had received a flu shot). If there's any sign of it and we think it's heading that way. depending on if you wanted to go with ." (On if they are seeking league guidance on the flu)." (On if the team is taking more preventive measures against the flu than normal)"We're being really aggressive preventatively. we'd much rather try to minimize the effects on the player and also the possible exposure to the rest of the group."The exact rule. but we will go through and see where we're at. It wasn't something that was apparent on Monday. Barton can play with MIKE or WILL. but that's typical for a Wednesday." (On if there are any positions completely affected by the flu). extend the walk through a little bit. I don't have all the specifics. They blocked one already this year. I didn't go through player by player with that. David Bowens started last year inside. increase the amount of time in between plays."We're researching that now. so it's new."I'm not sure." (On how he will adjust practice because of the flu)."A lot of these were really new this morning. With HIPAA. so he's played there. I'm not sure. things like that." (On how he will adjust the defense without having D'Qwell Jackson). Things like that. We'll go through all those things. we'll have people for each position. That's something that we'll have to deal with." (On what he means by ‘provisions' for teams hit with the flu). without having to release somebody. but there are roster exemptions where you can bring up practice squad guys to play in the game. We may keep it the same time." (On if any of the players with the flu are in the building). Houston had a similar situation."We have a couple different options. Jason has played there some. five games. we'll have to adjust there. fullback. We will continue to research that and go through the process and see where we're at. I'm going to talk to Brad (Seely) and the coordinators maybe about the post-practice meetings. give them a chance to just be as vigilant as possible with this. [I am] just trying to get them some extra rest. we can't discuss it. but take some plays off it."They're all home. they may not feel great. but nothing that I've seen where we'd send them home right now."No. There are provisions if a team is hit by quite a bit of flu cases.preseason game. Jason Trusnik. A little tired. Vickers."No." (On if the players with the flu have undergone H1N1 testing). so that gives us some flexibility. that they've put in place. with the holding penalty and got quite a bit of push.
speed. Because he's been there. I'm not saying that the lines are going to follow exactly the same way. I know you're shocked by my savvy. texted with him a little bit last night."I made a mistake. because it is." (On why he moved David Veikune from defensive end to inside linebacker). Tedy in 2000. he's like. just because he's played both spots. That's who he is." (On if Veikune will get reps at WILL). what I was saying is could move Barton to WILL and Veikune to MIKE. You have to be able to . Even height. in terms of the ability to rush from an inside position. [there was] quite a bit of transition. [inside linebackers] tend to be not quite as tall as the outside [line]backers." (On if Jackson finished the first half with the injury). D'Qwell's such a good guy. let's go on [to] Green Bay. [They play] the same position. ‘Don't worry about me. When I texted back and forth to him. It was the easiest. That's not an easy spot. all those things I thought David would do a real nice job with. did a little bit of that. I talked to him yesterday. some of that.'" (On if Jackson has surgery scheduled). He's advanced enough where he could play either at any point. not necessarily."No. His concern is getting ready for Green Bay. He'll work with whoever." (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. I didn't think to list him with the group."It might have been on one of the catches by (Heath) Miller. past experience. he'll be very active in meetings. I should have added him to that list as well. I'm just saying body type. the ability to come up and take on guards. Once he got used to it. everybody develops differently." (On if he has spoken with Jackson)."Yes. Even though he's not playing the field." (On if he knows how Jackson injured his shoulder).a bigger guy or wanted to go with a not as big guy." (On if it is disappointing that Veikune has not gotten many defensive reps during games since he was as second round pick). but yes. if something happened to D'Qwell. when he first moved inside. David's made a lot of progress inside. the timeline exactly. playing the MIKE. Barton's played both. It was the progression that we had set."I'm not sure exactly where it was."No. Tony (Grossi). in terms of body type. It gives us some flexibility there." (On why he did not include David Veikune in the list of players who could play inside linebacker). based on the reps that we had allocated during practice. His concern isn't him."Yes. It was pretty late in the half. he was very effective."I saw a lot of parallels with him and (Tedy) Bruschi. I don't have right now. He'll work with the young guys. It's a different world. As we've talked about before. which is unique in itself.
That was really the thinking there. You have to be able to call out all the adjustments. Both have some great things to them. run the huddle. even when we were looking at Brett (Favre) in New York. thought that would be best for his development. We had some chances to tackle him at that spot. [We] talked a little politics. It is a big transition going from end to that spot. but he gained . pretty good genetics. hopefully it will." (On the importance of team speed on defense). has tremendous maturity. He has good strength. It ends up going for 30 more yards after that. looking at 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. I thought the value of him getting that experience. The over route the Hines Ward stepped in front of. a couple one-handed grabs on the sideline. Especially with Jennings. but just in watching him. They run really crisp routes. He's picked on a lot of people."Yes. He's a tough guy. short term and long term. There was the play to Santonio Holmes. again. He's a physical guy. but you have to do it at some point." (On Greg Jennings and Donald Driver). Some of the issues we had this past weekend were run after the catch."I wish it was just him. too. there were a lot of big plays."I think it's going to be the same as last week."That's a tough draw when you have to replace Favre in Green Bay. his ability to make people miss after the fact. actually talked a lot about the Browns. where he broke it for 40. working at that spot. obviously. You can see the development that he's made over the course of time.get in."I liked Clay and spent a lot of time with him. 50-yard plays. He. Some teams are built really small and fast and some teams are built bigger. It's a pretty impressive quarterback rating. in terms of completions." (On if the Browns were interested in Clay Matthews before the draft). his efficiency. what you consider big plays 40-yard plays. [He is a] really interesting guy. I don't know him personally. I image he's a pretty hard worker and really has developed his craft over the years. speed. They're good size guys as well." (On Aaron Rogers). He's a very intellectual guy." (On if Clay Matthews is like his father). He has excellent hands." (On if Michael Gaines was signed because Steve Heiden is still hurt). There's a lot of stuff going on there. You have to be able to make all the run-pass reads. talked about his dad. where we have to go through the week and see where he is. all those things."They're outstanding. which was a comeback for about 15 yards." (On if Ben Roethlisberger picked on Maiava when he went in). talked [about] a lot of topics that you don't traditionally have in an interview with a player."It just depends on how you're built. things like that. [He's a] smart kid. Both have merit. Driver's made some unbelievable catches. It might have been a slant to Jennings for 10. and the reality was they weren't actually 40-yard throws down the field. out at USC. I don't think it changed his approach that dramatically. good change of direction.
22. it's about leveraging the player and getting him down. 10/22 10. You have to be able to take your hit. which we're working on. for us." Mangini press conf. but we're pushing forward on that today. if you're not a starter. I thought as a group. You're sitting there on an island. At that point. Anybody have a cold? I thought yesterday that the guys did a good job. We were able to get the film work done here this morning. I think it was a group effort. so that's positive as well. There really haven't been any new cases. In terms of the timetable for the rest of the group coming back. Defensively we have made some strides and offensively we need to continue to. We should get Kamerion (Wimbley) back today and Shaun Rogers back today.some extra yards."We give him a lot of reps each week." . whatever it is."I don't think it was a function of that. We'll do a little bit of two-minute work as well. again. He needs to continue to develop and that's what I'm looking for. you're trying to breakdown." (On if Brandon McDonald relapsed against Pittsburgh). you are going to miss a tackle." (On if he hopes to see Coye Francies at cornerback more). otherwise. that other guy wins. I didn't have the afternoon meetings yesterday. in terms of adjusting to the players that we were missing. it's not about speed or anything. not totally sure yet. I think we had other opportunities too. Tony (Grossi). It will be a good compliment to the other things that we're trying to get done on third down. that I thought were real positive. Sometimes as a corner. There are other guys that need to help you at that point. it goes back to what we need to get done on third down. It's a little bit like when we were talking about Brian (Robiskie) early in the season. same thing. but minimize it to that and not allow it to mushroom into something more. in terms of the flu related symptoms. Those yards all count towards passing yards. We did some different things last week running the football.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-22-09 (Opening statement). It's going to happen. Those things. and that's the reality."How's everybody doing? Good. You can't let at a 15-yard completion be a 40-yard completion. "In terms of Green Bay. [they] adjusted well to the changes that we had. 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. I think there's been some progress. That's kind of where we are with the state of affairs. You saw it in Denver. 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. We scaled down practice some.
[We will] process the testing and see where we are. I feel like we have a good handle on it. anybody that we could have go home or any pregnant women. but again." (On if he thinks there are only two players with H1N1). It's really about trying to be safe and limit it as much as possible."No. the other group. 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. we wanted to get home. [there was] nothing (joking)." (On if it is safe to say that the team will not meet the requirements for roster exemptions from the NFL). Even in the building. With our medical staff. I feel great."I anticipate him being out at practice today. which the presumption is that that's swine flu. We're going through the process of talking to the league and documenting the different things just to see where we are with that."Again."I think we'll be past the bulk of it." (On if it will take Kamerion Wimbley a couple of days to be back to 100 percent)"He looked pretty good."No."Outside of just mixing and matching some combinations of people and things like that. Everything's being closely monitored." (On if you need six confirmed cases of H1N1 to receive roster exemptions). As I said. 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. I started some of that myself. give it a shot."Like I said." (On Joshua Cribbs)." (On if he has ever been through anything like this before). this is new ground for me. You're ."I checked the manual. I'm not totally sure.(On if any of the players with the flu are sicker or in the hospital). I'm not sure of that status of the rest of them. in terms of who took what. I don't know either way."I just know that two are. Kamerion probably could have come back yesterday. It's like anything else. making sure that we're doing everything we can to eliminate it." (On if the coaches are feeling okay). you have to adjust. working with the trainers. He looked ready to go." (On who has taken Tamiflu)."We have two that are Influenza A. there's testing that has to take place." (On where the team will stay Saturday night). He looked happy. It really has been a group effort. Tony (Grossi)." (On if he knows if the other players with the flu do not have H1N1). not too bad. they're all in contact with them. just to be safe. so I'm not sure where it will be."That's my understanding. It's open communication." (On if there is anything in a coaching guide about situations like this).
"He has the ability to move in the pocket. He's here late each night. That's a skill set that you try to teach everybody. It's a good reminder to the practice squad guys. because if you're worried about that. you take some chances when you hold the ball a little bit longer. where he just sprints out one way. sometimes dashes. You have a chance at any point to make your case to play and things change dramatically week-to-week."That was really early in the process for us. I've been impressed with his work ethic. You don't know when you'll get your chance. We do a lot of work with those guys. players and coaches.always looking for way to teach off something. you lose the next one." (On if he learned how to defend Rodgers in the preseason). He's really involved in all the different things that are going on and I've been extremely happy with that. then it's not as much of an inherent problem as it is something that can be worked on and improved. The worst thing for anybody is to not be ready for that chance when it does show up. He can move pretty well. Now. where you're just hoping to God that they don't get beat early. You're on a team and you're on the practice squad. They shut it down and it's over. It's a big distinction. we actually had a little pressure. where he fakes one way and roles the other way. but the amount of really meaningful stuff that you can take from the game isn't too significant. to always try to keep them up-to-date and ready to assume a role if a role should open up. At that point. That's some of the things that he can do." (On Aaron Rodgers). You do look at it. because it's over. a lot of the core parts of the scheme.' and you sit with the player and say. You look back at that. Sometimes you can get in a guy's ear and that's it." (On Anderson saying there are about 15 plays over the course of the season he would like to have back). I've had DBs like that.'" (On how he deals with receivers who drop balls). You saw in the first preseason game."I think he's gotten better moving on to the next play. You don't know. whether it's post practice or additional meetings. ‘Okay. if you can put things together and then show them. ‘Is this correctable? Is it not correctable?' And the realization that all of these things are correctable. you might as well put . He can throw on the run and he can create some time. because it is a lot of the same players. but things have changed for them. ‘Okay if I do these things. whether the protection breaks down and he gets out."When you try to put something that you want a person to improve on."Sometime it depends on who the guy is. sometimes day-to-day and you get a chance that maybe you didn't anticipate. It's an understanding. They'll use him on some moving routes. 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. but he's made a ton of good plays there as well. things have changed for us and now you just try to get what you can from it. I think situations like this are a really good reminder to them [of] how close they are." (On Derek Anderson not letting dropped balls bother him). here are some of the plays and this is what happened. we had a three-man rush on. boots. Sometimes you have to get in there and explain the importance of moving on to the next play. the result will be better. Everybody responds differently.
There are other guys that get beat five times and they're going to come out and compete exactly the same way. sort of. 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. 12 is the two tight ends. I really like Mike. 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.them in one of the boxes to watch the rest of the game because it's done. I'm sure he'd love to be more productive and I'd love him to be more productive. we actually ran three times on third down last week. if you're going to get a run. I think he's a versatile guy. so we were a little light there. it just depends on the down and distance. We were in a little bit more of that on third down than we have been historically."Tony (Grossi). Sometimes guys just need reassurance that they're going to get another opportunity and you go back to them right away to say." (On if the team throws too much on third down). I think that was really the goal. is it third-and-one? Most teams."I think we're somewhere between 54 and 46 [percent]. It's pretty close to 50-50. where he catches a third down then breaks up a third down." ."It's one of those situations where they're both really coming back from injuries. When you look at third down.' I showed a couple clips today of some catches Mohamed (Massaquoi) had yesterday that were unbelievable catches. To me. as we had. 21 is two backs. here's another ball."No. but he'll definitely play more than he played last game. is what packages stay in. or as frequently. two receivers. they will be sprinkled in on third-and-12." (On if the offenses runs too much on first down). ‘Okay. we weren't using those groups as much. The other ones should be easy."Do I anticipate him playing more this game? Definitely."I'd say that most teams are probably on that same percentage. That skewed his overall participation a little bit. look. Robert (Royal) got a little bit banged up mid-way through the game and Steve (Heiden) was down. I'd say from a self-scout perspective." (On if the team throwing 19-of-25 times on third down against Pittsburgh)." (On if he is disappointed with Furrey). like your standard set. a tight end. That wasn't a package that Mike was in. so where he'd normally get reps on the three wide receiver sets. the best. view of Mike is in the Cincinnati game. They both have different skill sets that you like and you want to involve them as much as you can. like stealing. Now. it could be a combination of offense and defense. We were in a little bit more 21 and 12. Hank's (Fraley) done some work as the extra lineman. a lot of teams. Jeff (Schudel). two receivers. the tight end." (On if he anticipates using Mike Furrey more this game). Sometimes the way that goes. He's a complete team guy. Some teams will never run on third-and-four. that was aberration. That's kind of what he can do. which is. Some of it's the way the games have gone. Some teams. it'll depend on. just take them. but some of it is opportunity." (On if he is comfortable with rotating Floyd Womack and Rex Hadnot at right guard).
10/23 10. but you don't have curfew year round. because his yards after the catch." (On if they are especially high alert against the Packers for big pass plays). Hank could probably play DB.m. That's not something that we have. Some of that is being able to make the tackle at the point of reception. We just didn't do it very well. he takes some really small completions and turns them into big plays. I never want anyone to be an accident. He was in this morning and we sent him just to get some further tests. as opposed to giving them an opportunity to pick up another 15 to 20 yards. I mean. after practice today to get caught up on Wednesday and the other game plan specific things."I wouldn't necessarily be out at 2:10 in the morning. How are we doing? Eric Wright was in a car accident last night. It was wet. he can play any spot. That didn't sneak up on us. There really haven't been any new guys out with illness. especially with a guy like (Greg) Jennings. What I wanted to do was make sure that we watched the tape with the group of guys that got back so they would be familiar with Thursday's practice. Watch that as a group and have the guys that did participate in practice."Corey (Williams) is still out."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.).2009 The transcript of Eric Mangini's Friday 10/23 press conference (Opening statement). I am really happy that he is safe. I talked to him about it."Good morning everybody. That's what I'm looking forward to. That's where that is. the way he's able to make people miss." (On if it bothers him that Wright was out until 2:10 a.(On if he worries about the continuity on the offensive line). There's really nothing else to it."We were on high alert last week." (On if Wright's accident violates any personal conduct policy). He's that knowledgeable. He's impressive that way. Hopefully we are over the hump with this now. "In terms of the guys that had been out with the illness. get everybody caught up and move into the weekend. The other thing with the Packers is they're able to. they can help them out."He was in an accident. is to be able to get past this part of it. I'm really hopeful that he can play. Hank." (On if anyone is still out). we've got almost all of them back. He's a strong runner. I didn't have the afternoon meetings." Mangini press conf.23. as well. He's that aware. I'd much rather everybody be home but guys do go out. What I did yesterday. Coaches can make the points there and they can hear them and then they will get together with coaches. You don't want to .
None of them wanted to be out. but my preference would be everybody is preparing at all times for the game. that's each person's decision. it was just an accident. it didn't really play that well. usually what we do is.m. This wasn't anybody's desire."They didn't invite me. Sometimes experiences like these are the best teachers for the person involved and for those around him." (On if Wright is up and moving around). sometimes you find out the next morning." (On if there was any substance involved). No. That's actually pretty common. I'd much prefer that guys were in. Today is a little bit earlier day. sometimes it rings at 2:30 a." (On if Wright will be practicing)."Yes." (On if players who are out late have character issues). or just didn't feel right as you went through it. They'll work with the coaches. they had the film here this morning. but I'm glad he's healthy. That's really all there is to it. so they'll spend . I'll talk to him further about best practices. I don't ever want to see anybody in that situation." (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. Now it's a function of. like I said. or pretty close to the final approach. sort of. I'm glad no one else was hurt. 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."The information that I've gotten. I don't know any more about that honestly. He was in a car accident." (On when he finds out about situations like this). There were no other things involved with it."This morning. I am hopeful that he should be okay and ready to play. you start with a bulk of things that you want to do and you look at how it goes." (On if a lot of players went to the Jay-Z concert). I'd much rather everybody be in and studying and doing those types of things but everybody is different. Like I said. I've had the whole range. What the guys are getting that are in here today is. I like Jay-Z. You tend to pull back some stuff anyways because how you thought it was going to play."He was in a car accident." (On if the team had to scale back on the game plan this week). as Friday's typically are."It depends." (On when he found out about Wright).see anybody in any kind of accident or any kind of situation like that."Yes. 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."As I said. too. which I think is good information. There are no team based rules on those things."I have to see where we are with tests and things like that. I just talked to him 10 minutes ago."We didn't scale it back that much. the final approach." (On if Wright will start on Sunday if he is healthy).
" . the scouting report. Really. We've used bigger guys at tight end before."This week." (On the media asking Hank Fraley if he has caught passes at practice this week)"He's keeping it under wraps. We just have to adjust. You just don't know when you're going to have that opportunity to play or when you're going to need to play. by the way. When I'm talking to the group next year about the ability to be able to deal with adversity. which he'll probably be running down the middle of the field. I respect everybody's opinion. but that's the reason I like to work different combinations of people.'" (On if he thinks the team will be where they need to be on Sunday). you're playing. He's been working and Greg (Estandia) has gotten more familiar with the system since he's been here. It doesn't usually happen on this scale. then you have to figure out the best ways to get them caught up. you don't meet with the players post-practice. based on the situation that we had. this is a good example of situations like that. We have to move forward and be ready on Sunday. I am sure they are repping it in Green Bay right now. like today post-practice." (On if the team is thin at tight end). You don't want to let a month go by where they haven't worked on the Browns specific things and then suddenly say. again not to this volume by any stretch. Then you can build some different personnel groups. I've never had a subscription to it. Things happen and you have to adjust. as you look through preseason and you look through training camp and OTAs. We extended the walk through a little bit. That gives us a couple guys at that position. or the ability to adjust to things that happen that are unexpected. but we'll do some work with them post-practice today and you just adjust.some time with the coaching staff afterwards to go through Wednesday. I think he's done a good job with the things that we've asked him to do there. try to get some extra time there. get them some reps at different points."I don't read Rolling Stone. The Hank package (joking). where you weren't planning for something and it pops up and you have to go. but they're going to happen. I don't think we're going to go into the game without making sure that everybody understands what they have to do." (On if he feels like he has aged this week)."It was a little different week. huh? There have been a few challenges here along the way. It comes up every year. I think we'll be in the best place we can be. Typically. I don't really know what they have to say. This is why we do the work post-practice with the young guys." (On how he handles criticism from the media). We have the ability to do that as well. questions they have. Hank (Fraley). Everybody is entitled to their opinion. That's really where I'll leave it. or guys that maybe are on the back end of the roster. We have our secret weapon. We'll maybe extend it a little bit tomorrow. wide open this week. Sometimes that means reallocating time. but guys do miss time at different points for different reasons. ‘Hey. without answering all the questions. It's the reason I like to work practice squad guys into practice at different points."We signed Michael (Gaines).
Derek's done a lot of things that I've been happy with. I've been happy with that." (On if he knew how hard Anderson worked before he became the starter)." (On Anderson's passer rating in the fourth quarter)."I have only been with him this one year. That was a function of better leverage by the group that came in and understanding where he is. us moving forward. 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. you don't know when you are going to be there. so everybody has their back turned." (On if a quarterback's preparation increases once he becomes the starter). Since he has been the starter. 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 the secondary has struggled more in zone or man coverages). Us making progress. as opposed to forcing them back in to where everybody's coming."What I really focus on is us. but it's a huge point. It's a small point. That's what we have to focus on. because all of the pursuit is coming inside out. 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. [There's] a lot of room to get better there. I don't spend a lot of time on the national sites or things like that. where a back will hit the sideline. I believe that the things that we are committed to are right. I like the commitment that he's shown. In terms of my experience with him. You'd like all your guys to work at the same level. not the passer rating. knowing this is a process and like any other process it takes time. force the back to cut back in."It's a little bit different. I thought that he worked well during the preseason. What you don't want to ever do is have two guys with this leverage and a point where the guy can break out.(On if he thinks the national media is unfair to him). I think that was the one. What you want to do is maintain that outside position. the rest of the coverage is also in man-to-man. Little decisions . What I want to do is. I think that as we keep going." (On if he views Derek Anderson's play as an audition to see if he can be the longterm quarterback). we'll keep improving. That's my frame of reference. those catch and run plays go for longer yardage."You'd like all three guys to work at the same level. stepped in front of Santonio (Holmes)."We've got a lot of room to grow. You'll see that sometimes on outside runs. We also had the play where Hines (Ward) came over. I like the way that he's worked. us winning games. he was running like a deep-over route. There are a lot of things that offensively we can improve. because if you give them that sideline the pursuit now has to take this type of angle. and then kind of spun out. That was man-to-man coverage and when you get picked on those crossing routes. Just going back to the other events of this week with the flu and things like that. Often times. There was a play last week where we got picked on the crossing route. but the ability to move the ball more efficiently through the course of the whole game. I've liked the way he's worked as well. be able to move the ball in all four quarters. You want to be ready when you do have that chance. I don't think that's specifically the offense."I've never classified it as that [an audition].
Plays that may have been a 15 yard hit or a 10 yard hit ended up going for much longer than they should have. Mary Kay (Cabot). What I really wanted to see is if a play doesn't go the way that we want it to go." (On if Wright has already been through the testing he spoke about). and things along those lines. "I thought. We have to be able to minimize the amount of damage any given play does and that comes with sound execution in tackling. defensively. defensively. The quarterback center exchange. offensively. I thought. especially for some big plays where we were a little bit off. 10/26 10."All that stuff. I thought we had some chances for those plays and couldn't quite get it to where we needed o get it . good job of leveraging the football and forcing the ball back to where your help is coming from. That's something that we've talked about. 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."Good afternoon everybody. it's really not as much of an issue now. because if they can seal that DB inside and we get the edge. too. there are plenty of things from an execution standpoint that I thought we could do much better. and we need to continue to work on it. whether it was on the goal line or the screen play that we had set up for Josh (Cribbs). which you need to have after you get the movement on the first level.like that are the difference between really big plays and plays that aren't as significant. After watching the tape and looking at the things that we didn't do very well in the game." (On if there are any more confirmed cases of swine flu). he's been down. too many times the ball was on the ground. some of it was the protection. whether it's a field goal punt or a kickoff. With everybody back. Some of that was the route. some of it was the throw. to what it should be and I don't think that we tackled very well."Yes. in terms of the NFL exemptions. that's the goal every time. That's something that we've worked on. defensively." (On if he said he spoke to Wright 10 minutes before his press conference)." Mangini press conf. being able to limit the gain."Yes.2009 Transcript: Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-26-09 (Opening statement).26. 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. It's the same thing that we use to teach our receivers about how important their blocking is in the perimeter. it's the same thing. We took some shots. especially defensively. things like that. is still pending. there were opportunities in the passing game. tested and back.
I'm looking forward to a normal week of practice this week."It may manifest itself differently against that opponent. different players. in terms of being able to get the ball down the field." . They missed a field goal. Get the ball to the receiver. Really. but some plays where they could have been better catch and run plays. I think we've run the football. I think we've done some good things in the passing game. 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. 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. defensively. I think that. at times. even on special teams. "On special teams. but to end up with only three points on those drives. That's been a real strength for us. I think there were some blocks that. just a little bit tighter on those blocks. some progress there. we had the fourth down stop. There were a couple other scoring drives where I thought we held up pretty well. it's going to be hard to put the type of points that you need to put together against a team like Green Bay. but I've seen all those different things at different points. It could have been even more of a strength yesterday. There have been moments where we've done all those things effectively. It's being able to do it week in and week out. We had a couple nice returns that I think probably had a chance to go the distance on. but I don't think it was as good as we could have played yesterday. We gave them three more downs on the pass interference penalty." (On what he can build on from the beginning of the season until now). [We] didn't quite do that. There have been moments where we've been able to apply pressure on the quarterback and disrupt the passing game. focusing on what's important for us every week."No. I thought it was a good day. there were some chances yesterday that may not have been the deeper throws. and it was close there on the last one. Jeff (Schudel). both on kickoff and punt coverage." (On if he thinks that once you show you can do something once that you should be able to do it consistently). although we had shots on the deeper throws. the six plays there on the goal line." (On if he will consider a quarterback change this week). incorporating the corrections that we need to incorporate to execute the game plan specific things related to Chicago. whether it was Jamal (Lewis) or whether it was Jerome (Harrison). and he would have gone for a lot further than the initial catch. just didn't get it quite to the right guy. Josh has a chance to go the distance and we weren't. but we didn't do it. It's not like the numbers were poor by any stretch. It's hard to stop them for three."I think. but they could have been a lot better. They were down there deep and (Eric) Barton made a play right there on the goal line. back-to-back 100 yard rushers. they were in man coverage. It only takes one there. I think we played a good game yesterday on special teams. Those things have to be put together and those things have to be consistent. I don't think it was as good a day as it could have been for us.to. I thought the coverage overall was pretty sound. There were some decent drives. It's a lot harder to stop them for six. which is a style of play and then. There is a lot of that in all the different areas. extremely effectively. there have been times where we've done things very well.
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. but I've also seen him complete some balls that they were well thrown and well caught. there have been other weeks where there have been good things. I think considering the challenges we faced there. and be able to go back to that without the reps and be able to execute that. a place where only he could get it. and they ran it about 20 percent of the time yesterday. good catch. you're going to get certain things in practice. I think there was a shot there on the deep ball to Mohamed (Massaquoi). not just in the games. There have been a lot of those. I know his numbers have not been impressive. You work on the bear front. we're going to have up each week. and you've done work on that prior to this week." (On the reason for not using the Wildcat yesterday). not like to." (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. whether it be in terms of reps. in terms of the way they responded to it. but there are going to be things that change in the game. there were positive things. it was a good week of practice. Sometimes it's the type of situation where you can get back to it and it makes sense from . it was a good throw. I think there have been times where we've had chances and there have been some breakdowns in protection. but I don't think he's been alone in producing those numbers. just a little bit out of his reach over on their sideline. I think with what we had. all those things. zero. worked to catch up there on Friday and Saturday. far from a typical week of practice."I think that we probably could have used it more than we did yesterday.(On his reasoning for keeping Derek Anderson as the starting quarterback)."Nothing."I think last week. Even the throw to (Michael) Gaines yesterday. I thought the guys tried to rally. the difficulty with practice is we had a significant number of people miss two out of the three days. but sometimes the look changed a little bit. but if it's going to be 20 percent of the game. that'll change weekly. nothing to do with it. tried to give the best look they could. tried to execute the things the way we needed to execute them. The ability to reference things that maybe you practice a couple weeks earlier. looks. was actually a good answer."Usually it's during the game. meeting time. but also in practice. Really they had maybe used it two percent of the time over the first part of the season. I think there have been a significant amount of drops. you have to be able to adjust to that and react to that and really recall some of the learning that you had prior. In terms of what the percentage will be. That's the type of package that I'd like to. That comes up every week." (On why he thinks good practices are not translating into game performance)."I think he gives us the best chance right now to move the ball. They played a little bit more of the bear front then they had show. I've seen him complete those plays. but we had some other things that we could have tried and probably should have tried. certain pressures. The important thing to me is." (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 thought the look that they gave us. you're going to get certain looks. offensively and defensively.
You also need to be able to run the football effectively."Yes. (Derek Anderson). He got hit right at the end by the corner. Sometimes it comes down to how well you're protecting. We didn't execute. We had another drive." (On if he would talk to Brian Daboll during a game about using the Wildcat)."Yes. so we wanted to take a look at that. I thought on a couple of those balls we had a real shot. where we started on the 40."I think there were points where they were both open. didn't get the completion. We have used spread. With the type of defense that they were running yesterday. and stop moving the ball. It was the second to last play of the two-minute drive there. If we completed it. things like that."We've done that at different points with D. where we had a false start on second-and-10." (On what a spread offense could do for the offense). or in tight where you can create some traffic problems and catch and run. [We] put the ball on the ground another time on second and long. Then there was the fade that we were talking about to Mohamed. Sometimes it probably doesn't make as much sense.A. There were some other things that we liked that we wanted to get to. [We need to] punctuate a couple drives with those things. in relationship to the score and the situation of the game. Converted a third down to Josh and then they knocked the ball out. it would have been a touchdown. You really lose the element of play action when you do that. but got the penalty which. no. There were a couple plays where we created some cause penalties. who was running an out route. tried to get it off to him. hit his arm and it fell a little bit short. but it really has the same end result."After the initial play there." . you don't really have the chance to show one and do the other. There was one in two-minute where the corner had fallen off on Brian (Robiskie) to come and trap Greg (Estandia). but to consistently move the ball you need to have those guys open. so if you're running the ball when you're in tight and passing the ball when you're spread out." (On if the receivers are open enough to consistently move the ball).where you are." (On if he spoke to Daboll yesterday about using the Wildcat). having those guys stacked." (On if the rookie wide receivers were open enough). it doesn't count as a completion. but I think that yesterday we probably could have used it more than we did. Those are usually very effective against man-to-man defense. where I thought we had a good chance. Now you're in second-and-15. which was much heavier man than zone. that would be something that I would bring up. We had the offensive pass interference in the first drive. You need to eliminate penalties. You need to be able to get the in and you need to protect.A. 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. who fell off the back. it might have been after the missed field goal. Sometimes when you're spread out against man. He had come off to trap it and the safety hadn't gotten deep enough and D. They were able to get it there.
that's improvement. It's doing it." (On if he thinks the team will get back to playing how they did the previous three games before Green Bay). and that is what I am looking for with these guys."I don't think that anybody is pleased with where we are right now. but that approach can't be different. It doesn't just happen. We are going to work at it as diligently and as deliberately as we possibly can. I wouldn't consider it to be that at all. ‘things are ok."I think that we can perform a lot better with the group that we have. You can't do it part of the time. it's always going to be trying to approve for the next week. or a few games that way and not the other games that way. it's a skill that's learned. That's not going to change. The mistakes are going to be analyzed. all that stuff is important."No. I think this week. Every challenge is going to be different. and it will be. You can't approach a game part of the time that way. We can improve collectively. There will be a bunch of challenges coming up and you deal with them and you move forward." (On what they can do to improve on the tackling). the group of coaches that we have. you understand that it's a process. and we need to play the game the same way regardless of whatever things have happened leading up to that point. you just have to keep working at it." (On what encouragement he can give to the fans). in terms of how to play the way that we want to play."That's the only football that we're going to play here. is to make progress and to play a certain way. It's like anything else. was unique and I appreciate that and I respect that. The group of players. I think that we can perform better than we have. We're going to put a plan in place to fix them. You work at it. It's like a lot of things that you want to do better in any arena. It always will be." (On if the team needs a talent upgrade). 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. and you keep working at it. We have to play the game. 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. doing it again and it's a fundamental skill. The mistakes are going to be addressed. Being aware of the different types of situations you're going to be in when you are tackling. I think that anytime you take over a new situation with a new group. To me.' And it has to be consistently that approach.' It's a sense of. lose. There is no sense of. We've shown that we can perform better than we have and we can improve individually. understanding how to be a consistent team. You can't lose sight of that. improving it. that's progress. you work at it. There is a commitment to that. You just don't become consistent. Understanding how to be a consistent player. Every game situation is going to be different. You can't lose sight of what is important. Win.(On if he considers this to be the low point in his head coaching career). but they don't change the game. It's going to be the challenge that we had this week. ‘we need to do things better than we're doing things." . and I really felt that over the last three weeks we had made a lot of progress. coaching it.
(On if he has any sense of how long it will take to get the team where he wants it to be). I understand it's different everywhere you go and there are different challenges everywhere you go. It is a process. That's what I told D. and I respect that. There are some things that you can do short term and some things that you can do long term. That's what we have to do."I don't have a timetable set up. It's a different schedule."I don't think you can look at one factor. It's a passionate group. There are variables upon variables. in terms of working to win every single game. because you don't know when it's going to happen. like anybody who is not playing currently. It's a different group of players. " (On if there is more work to do with the team than he originally thought)."The conversation that I had with Brady is really the approach. Being part of this experience in three different places. I guess it would be four. and suddenly you have that opportunity again and you always want to be able to maximize that opportunity when you get it. That's how we approach next week. [It is] really an approach that I experienced firsthand and also learned being part of that with other head coaches. because it changes quickly. 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). That's how we approach it. is what can you do to improve? Not lose sight of those things. where you've transitioned to. 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. We need to continue to move forward and make sure that nobody wants to leave the stadium.' I don't think it ever comes down to one thing. You need to. Every place that I have been.A." (On what he thought yesterday about fans leaving the game early). is."When I took over. when he wasn't the starter and that's what I talk to any of the players about who aren't currently starting." (On what is different between this team and his Jets team his first year as head coach). You need to continually address the areas of improvement and you need to be ready when your opportunity strikes. 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. it's different. ‘this one thing was different. but what you are looking for is continued progress. what do we have to do today to improve and understanding that there are things that are going to improve more as we go." (On if he began the season thinking the team was going to be successful this season)"I approached it the same way. it was really the same sort of approach. you need to keep working at the same level."It's important for us to give them something to cheer about. working to win that game and in the process. not change your approach. That has been the approach. improving and never losing sight of improvement and how we can improve and what areas we can improve and appreciating improvement in whatever style or form that takes." . In terms of saying.
but he still hit the 61-yarder and he has the ability to do that at any point. I've been in plenty of those games. In terms of being able to create turnovers since he's been there. they create some challenges in terms of the pressures that they use. moving out of the pocket. get to an edge and create some big plays. We're looking tow in each one. yes. I've been on both sides of that spectrum."Good morning everybody. He'll put the ball into tight spots."I think we are right where we've played ourselves to be. so we're going to have to do a good job identifying those things. He has the natural arm strength. He.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-28-09 (Opening statement). I've been in other stadiums where our fans were drowning out their fans. some of it could just be part of the overall scheme. I think that there are plenty of opportunities for us. some of the things we talked about. 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.28. because you see it. he's led the NFL in turnovers. He has great confidence. leading all backs in receptions. like a lot of the guys we've faced thus far. It's been something consistent since he's been there and it's helped them. even in the preseason. but there is quite a bit of moment that you have to adjust to as an offensive line. some of the movements. even though this is a different scheme than what we faced last week. I think defensively. You know that they work on it consistently. but he's also shown the ability to.(On if he has ever coached in a home game where you can hear the other team's fans above your own). the guys down the field making the tackle. I think he has the ability to really dig it out and get inside. I really liked Matt Forté coming out. but he also can extend plays with his feet. I've faced him several times in Denver." (On if he thinks they are a better team now than at the beginning of the season). That's what the record indicates. but get it out. their awareness of the football. when that's clogged up. being able to pick it up and then executing the pattern on the back end. their ability to not only identify the football. to win the games. 30 percent of their points have come off of turnovers." Mangini press conf. I know his average isn't what it was. He had a touchdown scramble. especially out of the backfield. I think is . He gets the bulk of their carries."Yes. Even in the running game. "[Offensively]. whether it's sliding up in the pocket. 10/28 10. like we saw last week. some of it could be purely off pressure. How are we doing? In getting ready for Chicago. anytime you play one of Lovie's (Smith) teams. Do I think that we've made some strides? At points. can create plays. Whether it's the defenders who are sacking the quarterback. With (Jay) Cutler. His ability to get the ball in some tight spots. The amount of points produced off those has won a lot of games for them. and we're not going to stop doing that. but the record is what it is and that's a reflection of what we've been able to do to this point. with the rest of the season. There's some variation in what they do and who comes. He'll scramble some.
I think that anytime you're coming off a loss or a tough loss. Hester. Every now and then. but he's made a lot of plays doing what he does. I think their skill position guys.impressive and also." (On if he thinks Green Bay kicked the ball out of bounds so Joshua Cribbs couldn't return it). just based on the way that they covered. the Wild Cats." . I think it was third-and-25 against Atlanta that he went up in got. There's great upside and there's some downside there as well. He's created a lot of pressure there. He can thread the needle. they can all score. but that's going to be probably our biggest challenge to date. he can get vertical." (On having to play the Bears at home). I think they were trying to pin it in the corner of the end zone and then. I don't think that the goal there was to kick it out of bounds. Whether it's punt return. He'll throw the ball into some tight spots because he has great arm strength. he hits on the plus side. he can make something happen. we all have the same approach."Brett (Favre) has supreme confidence. Jay's like that too. More often than not. overload the coverage. You just need to understand that there are some risks there. He has excellent accuracy and he usually gets those in. from a special teams perspective. but to start on the 40. I'm sure they weren't happy with the result last week."They play well at home. two tight ends that are bigger guys. but he's developing more and more as a receiver. [is] really impressive in the return game. The nice thing they can do with him is. (Devin) Hester. Then you have Greg Olsen and Desmond Clark. you're going to get some that go the other way. that's a pretty good situation as well. kick return. "On their [special] teams. like we weren't happy with the result last week. We want to create and be consistent with the style of play. They can run him on the reverses. really good hands. Earl Bennett made some impressive acrobatic catches over the course of the season." (On Jay Cutler's interceptions). It's a tough environment to play in. Brett will throw the ball into tight spots. when you do have multiple bodies around. There's one on. We want to get it corrected. break a couple tackles and just like if he had in punt return. his ability to extend plays like we've seen is something that we need to adjust to and do a better job with than we have been doing. (Danieal) Manning. put whoever you want back there. with Greg having above average vertical speed for a tight end. and they have. I think that Johnny Knox has done a nice job with the way that they've used him vertically. and then he can take a slant. Bennett's been back there a little bit too. they can all score. he's in the secondary. so it gets six guys on that side. I don't think they were trying to kick it out of bounds with those. so he creates those problems. anticipating a sideline return because it was so tight to the sideline. We want to get the things fixed that we need to fix. he creates those problems."You know Tony (Grossi). 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. He had a couple that game that [were] similar to what you saw out of him coming out of college. They all get some opportunities.
just comes down to technique. Tony (Grossi). and those were our two tight ends for the game. that's where you get hit with something that could have been communicated out more effectively. get it communicated. but hasn't had any kind of extensive role. A lot of people have been beaten by Donald Driver in the slot. and as you get to know Hank more. He has great professionalism. Tony (Grossi). is our ability getting in and out of the huddle. I think one of the important things.(On if Rex Hadnot is getting more reps). We had to use him a bit more. Jeff (Schudel). is give ourselves some more time to assess what's happening. That's something that we have to do better. I thought he played better this game than he had his first opportunity. where you have a hat for a hat. He's willing to play whatever role he can play. [We] have a real good shot to see him here today practicing. assess what's happening. we were in a really unique situation to go into the game without Steve or Robert (Royal) and really working with Michael (Gaines). which is something we'll focus on too. Hank had been playing some in those packages. That."I thought he played pretty well. something that we talked about. there have been some packages that we've done a really good job with."I think." (On if Fraley was in danger of not making the team before Hadnot got injured)"Rex went down fairly early in the process. I like the way that he approaches everything. you really respect his versatility. When we've done that. hand placement. we've been trying to increase that each week to get him to a place where he can handle more and more reps. It's a tough duty." (On if Steve Heiden is a candidate for injured reserve)." (On Mike Furrey in the nickel package). or the back against the blitzing linebacker. Mary Kay (Cabot). He approaches it the same way he approaches his offensive line play. 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. but overall I thought he did pretty well." . he could have played a little bit more in the trail position."I really like Hank for a lot of reasons. We'll keep moving with that. we've been in good shape. I think there have been some individual cases where we haven't held up as well. that he's actually making some progress here. often times. but your hat doesn't hold up against their hat." (On Hank Fraley). whether it be against a gain. make sure everybody sees it the same way. There is somewhat of a learning curve there. I don't think I was looking at it that way. but he's happy to do it. too."No. He's an excellent communicator. I think that getting to know those guys through the course of training camp."Yes. An offensive lineman that can play three interior positions has a lot of value. He gets a little bit better each week. at all. I thought on that play. Last week. leverage. When we haven't. who's been here. He does well. Those things are technique errors that can improve. who was new this week and Greg (Estandia). I think. He's helped Alex (Mack) throughout this process." (On how he assesses the offensive line protection).
it's just with bunch patterns. Being able to use that to help us. you could have. There are some different matches that we have there. but each route has a progression. had the squat corner. so I think he stayed on the first progression and was looking for that. you might get if they were extended." (On Kaluka Maiava's play against Green Bay). I think is a good thing. Derek (Anderson) went to the flat." (On if there is a trend in the NFL of coaches going for it on fourth down). when he initially went to the flat."What happened is." (On what happened on the play in the second quarter near the goal line when Jerome Harrison appeared to be open). Then it goes from the flat to the inside player in the progression. so that's another option that we've worked with. he could have had a chance. 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."You are able to see the field. that initial look. but a little bit longer to clean up. We got the first down. I'm not talking about a significant amount of time. he came back to Cribbs later. probably could have stayed a beat longer with it. I think (David) Veikune could get some opportunities. I thought there were some things to build on and he'll get some more chances. Could he have come earlier? Yes. without it being an overload situation. as say. but then went to his second read and that's when the corner fell off on Furrey. where Harrison was going to. 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. I think if we had held maybe a beat longer on the flat. because he has started and played a lot of games on defense."I think there were times he did really well. Overall. He's a smart guy.(On what is says about the secondary that he uses Furrey in the nickel). when that corner came off on Furrey. with a guy that had never played defense. 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. so he can get the things that he needs to do offensively."With Mike. with patterns where you have multiple receivers tight. just have to see how he does through the course of the week. He had played defense. The way that play's designed is. it's a little unique. for his first start and extended action. you try to go to the flat right now. thought he had a chance there for a bigger play down the field and then came back to Cribbs. It's not where we were with Troy Brown. things as they distribute could take a little bit. It's really effective against a lot of man-to-man coverages because they have to deal with leverage and things like that." (On if Anderson could have gotten the ball to Cribbs earlier on the play Cribbs fumbled on). looked there initially. where David went to MIKE and (Eric) Barton went to WILL. I'm not sure what the . I don't know if it'll be every package or a variation of packages. We ended up losing the ball on the fumble."On that particular play. David Bowens played in there as well. He had played pretty well on defense. as well as defensively." (On if Anderson is able to see the field). It's not as quick of a read. based on whether or not he's open or not happen.
since he's been here. odds are they're going to score. if you don't get it. You have to look at those two things when you're evaluating it. That was positive as well. you feel like the matchup is better or the things that you're doing in that scheme.numbers are. but there's also the risk-reward factor. He needs to find a way to do the same thing. for going for it on fourth down. if it works you look really good."He'll work through the week. Where statistically the percentage is high. You're looking for continued progress from that spot. and also have to see where we are with Steve and Robert." (On if Phil Dawson will try to play on Sunday)."Mike is the guy that caught the touchdown pass against us in the preseason game." (On if his approach has changed on fourth down). You remember that as well. It's not a knock on Abe and it's never a knock on somebody when you transition them in. I think he needs to continue to work on his pass protection and he's been doing that as well. it worked out really poorly."No. but I thought they were well caught in contested areas. especially compared to the previous years. I talk to him about how important that is. It's just. it worked out really well. that's a scoring play."I talk to Coye quite a bit. Sometimes. we'll keep working different people in different spots to see what the best spots are." (On Michael Gaines' 21-yard catch against Green Bay). There's definitely something to be said. We have a lot of rookies that are playing or contributing. you talk about it the whole next week. I'd like to think we have a good shot at that. Defensively. He has good hands. Some things we felt that we could do a little bit better with somebody else. I thought he made a couple. ." (On if Coye Francies is close to getting on the field defensively). I've gone for it on fourth down a lot of different times. Really Greg (Estandia). We'll see where both those guys are. has made some nice catches as well. You go for it on your 30." (On if they need to maximize what Jerome Harrison can bring to the offense)"Jerome's gotten a significant number of carries this season. he has to do it on special teams first and he has to show us that he's better than the guys that are in his spot right now. I think he's made some nice plays and I think there are some plays that he can improve on and he knows that. Those are decisions that. If it doesn't. Essentially at that point. they weren't necessarily big gains. statistically the percentage of them scoring if they stop you is also high. He made some nice catches during the course of the week." (On if it was disappointing that Abe Elam was not in some of nickel packages against Green Bay). Sometimes. he has to keep trying to make a case for himself. it works out better for that person. There have been some good opportunities for him and there will be some other good opportunities for him as we go. numerically or statistically. Just like when we were talking about with Brian (Robiskie). His role is always going to be defined by the game plan and the things he can do in the game plan. We're getting to know him here."No. I'm not opposed to any breakdown of carries in any game.
so he's back with us. It helps a lot." (On Chansi Stuckey's development). We spend a lot of time on this. 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. whether it's him or Mike or Brian. Everybody's happy and healthy. because there was a week there where he got a little . I want to go through the week. You're always trying to use their strengths. not just this week but week-to-week. How are we doing? One piece of housekeeping. he just needs to make his strong case to do that." (On if the week off affected the way Kamerion Wimbley had been playing). We'll do that again today. who missed yesterday for personal reasons." (On if Steve Heiden will be able to play on Sunday). He works.29." (On if there have been any new cases of the flu since last week)."Good morning everybody."No."I think we have a good chance there."He's been playing in a role and he'll continue to play in a role. that we're doing things fundamentally sound to either limit the production or to maximize the production offensively. David Bowens." Mangini press conf. this week will be a normal NFL week of practice. "I thought yesterday overall was a good start to the week. We added some tackling drills to continue to emphasize that. what we're going to be working on is our third down package. It happened late Tuesday night. In terms of today. offensively and defensively.2009 Transcript: Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-29-09 (Opening statement). [We are] just continually focusing on fundamentals and improving those things to make sure that even after we execute the scheme or there's a completion or whatever it is."Each guy I'm sure responded differently to not being here. Cribbs has different packages.I've played with a lot of rookie defensive backs in the past and I don't think that he's any different than those guys. He was part of that group that missed two days of practice. Ideally. he had a little boy. You want everybody there. David Jr. 10/29 10. 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. Practice is important. He took a little bit of a step back last week. you have some different packages. but you do want to be able to get all the reps that you can get during the course of the week and it helps. so that's good news. I'm looking forward to him to keep carving out spots. I think that would have been counterproductive.
"He does give some insight. is the most important thing. but they put up pretty big numbers. it's not something that we're rushing. it's critical that you keep those guys in the pocket so you don't get to that next level."No. St. It's something that has to improve and until it does. . Tom (Brady) doesn't move around a lot in the pocket." (On how useful Michael Gaines is when preparing for Chicago)."I didn't look at it that way. he'll be back as well. because the stats will come if we improve the execution. Peyton (Manning) doesn't move around a lot in the pocket." (On if he would be more inclined to keep Dawson out this week since the bye is next week). Is the closest receiver going to be the low level guy or is he going to be the deeper level guy. or anything along those lines. he has good mobility. It's hard each week. what I'm looking at is where we can improve the execution. It's different on the back end because the defense that you have called to cover the play that you anticipate getting run. based on is the outside receiver going to run a come-back. but the point total is low. Turnovers for us is a stat that I do look at. At the end of the day. that's the goal." (On if he thinks Dawson would be back already if his injury had been to his plant leg instead of his kicking leg)."It feels like we've dealt with that every week. which is easier because you stay with the guy that you're on. because it's been significant. the fits on the break down have to be consistent. Defensively. Whenever he is out there. Traditionally that's been consistent with this style of defense. 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. (Joe) Flacco. it's hard. I think we're net minus 56. when it breaks down. to me. or is he going to continue down the field. John is here as well. depending on what kind of passer they are. There's a bunch of different things that happen and as a defensive line. so points we've generated from our turnovers versus points that the opponent has generated from the turnovers we've given up. so then you have to cover your scramble rules based on manto-man defense. but we wouldn't do that whether it's the bye week next week or not. what happens if it breaks down and it adds some preparation. he's another guy that is able to move around in the pocket in create some different things. That. It all works together and you have to prepare for what they run." (On Jay Cutler's ability to keep plays alive and how the secondary will have to defend against it). who has some experience with the Bears as well. Each team has a set of scramble rules and each team's scramble rules are different. Carson (Palmer).bit of time and wasn't able to participate like we hoped he would. made some progress there. That stat is significant. Clair. The amount of points that we've given up as a result of turnovers. that's when we feel that he's able to do it. I think the same thing with Phil (Dawson). Ideally. and how we can improve the execution. With the bye week next week. I've been a part of situations where the numbers weren't very good." (On if he pays much attention to statistics). I think there's a real good shot. Not that stationary quarterbacks are easier to deal with."We wouldn't put him out there if we felt that there was a chance that it could be a big setback. or zone defense and understanding where you have to fit. I'm not sure how that would have affected it from a timeline perspective.
We didn't have a hat for a hat on that and he just got chipped. We had a play that. one of the problems was we had the fumbled exchange. I used to put (Richard) Seymour back there some. with the blocking. and the level of preparation has to remain consistent. and even though you are. as we he was coming around."Last week. every team changes it up. He's made some really impressive catches. so I'm sure they're taking that into account. There is so much movement that you usually have somebody who knows something about that team. The . kind of hit his hip so he couldn't get in the hole to get the linebacker he was assigned to. (Dan) Klecko. We've worked a couple different guys as tight ends. It's not the same world."I don't really look at it as selling them on anything. is the only way to win is to be consistent and to fix things and understanding that. That's the formula. the calls. It's hard work. There isn't one. too. The scheme. the puller got knocked off. It's more teaching that element as opposed to selling any sort of miracle cure. odds are. the traditional checks. especially on the goal line. It's just as important to prepare the same way after a win as you would any other week. When you're used to hitting someone. It's consistency. You've done some of that. We're willing to try different people there. it's on understanding what's important to get fixed and the difference between the right approach and the wrong approach. Maybe the traditional audibles. It's a different world though. it's still. Those things are going to be different based on which individual you're playing against." (On the problem with running the ball inside the five yard line). I think. too. maybe every couple weeks. It's really the same approach if you aren't winning. His pull could have been a little bit deeper and I think it would have avoided the contact. when we had him. or enough every couple weeks so that it's not following the same pattern. It's always easy to come in after a win and prepare. in terms of our style of play and that's the starting point. I thought we had a chance on the other one. kind of." (On what he sells the team on when they are 1-6). he's 300 pounds. That's the difference between having a hat or not having a hat. it's different.They know both those guys are here. Everybody talks about being back there and you get back there and it gets noisy. 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. is maybe eight inches on the pull. I thought you were talking about more the fullback spot. but the style of play has to remain consistent. To me. Everybody wants to be back there. those things are going to change week-to-week. not big (Joe) Klecko. little Klecko. He's not that little. I think."Yes. Typically." (On if he has ever thought about putting a defensive lineman in on offense when inside the five yard line). It's commitment. It's dedication. those aren't going to stay the same through this week. the things like that. and guys figure that out pretty quickly when they're back there."He has great hands." (On if Mike Vrabel is successful at playing on offense because he is so smart). when you get to this point in the season. 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. We have to get that fixed.
it's just some different matchups. I think he probably has more play time and production than guys that were drafted in that spot. probably more so on the first one than the second one."I think he's done a good job in the role that he's had. It may be the same concept. it's been positive."We felt confident last week that we could run it in and we did call two of the three plays there to do that."You always want to get seven. It wasn't a question of not having confidence there. I think we had a shot. so we'll do some of that too. I think there's an approach that we need to ."Yes. I kind of moved away from the d-lineman/fullback role a little bit from that."We've done a lot of that. to get it in. we'll keep getting him more and more involved as we go." (On if two defensive players getting hurt on offensive will change your mind about using them in that role). then you get a little bit different match up. I think in that context. Klecko ended up getting hurt. [he] caught the other in-cut. He has a sack this year." (On if Seymour and Klecko got hurt playing fullback). Some of it I've liked. I think there's been progress. it does. 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. He's performed how I envisioned him to perform. Kenyon's a pretty consistent guy. just he hasn't gotten a lot of opportunities to get the ball. he caught the one on the sideline." (On if they adjust the playbook when the offense is not playing well). Route depths. When you were looking at the range. Some of the things I think that we need to reengage in and reincorporate into the scheme. it was just the fumbled exchange hurt us at that point. There's been some scaling back with some of the stuff we do. same route. The few opportunities that he has had." (On Kenyon Coleman specifically). both of them did. the numbers don't really show it. Hopefully." (On Brian Robiskie). he wasn't in bounds. same read for the quarterback. stick at the top of the routes. really understanding the different coverages. which is higher than his normal total."Yes. Some of it I haven't liked."Brian." (On the draft day trade for Kenyon Coleman).other thing that happened. Really. That's a positive. Same concept."That was really part of the trade. Seymour ended up getting hurt. when we were looking at other defensive linemen that were available in that range. or the defensive linemen that were available in that area and then look at Kenyon's production versus that group. I think. in that role. but I think he has done some better things over the course of his time of playing more." (On if not feeling confident enough to run the ball inside the five affects how a game is called). 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 the team loses confidence when they get in the red zone and aren't able to score). but you put the tight end outside the receiver and he runs the number one position's route and the number two.
that's the one year old and Luke Skywalker. the protection. Ideally. continuing to emphasize tackling. It's fun."Today what we are going to do. Like I was talking about with the puller. I know the Star Wars Symphony is coming to Cleveland."Let's see. Good times. I thought they did a nice job with that." Mangini press conf." (On if not being able to score when in the red zone becomes more magnified when you are not in the red zone a lot). I had to watch that documentary last Friday about the making of. The ability to identify what they are in. In all three areas whether it be the routes. That. It also helps our offensive players with running with the football. I thought we had a really good day yesterday with the communication.continue to take. We got it a couple days this week. and [to] do it quickly is key. Yoda. all of the different places I have been and [I] believe in it. that's Luke. We have been doing it since training camp." (Opening statement). It's a different type of . I can't emphasize that enough. we have Puss in Boots from Shrek. to me. the reads. I have a Darth Vader mask in my office. Luke loves Luke Skywalker. to me. but one he gets knocked off. That. because there's not a lot of margin for error. I am usually either Darth Vader or the Emperor. just law of averages. if he had gone deeper we probably would have had the hat that we needed. It's great. I feel like we are getting closer in understanding how to deal with it. You have everybody jammed up inside. 10/30 10. I think there are some things that we need to clean up from yesterday that we will do here today. what the check is. "Offensively. understanding where a defender's leverage is. too Terry (Pluto). The two oldest. is such a fundamental skill. Everybody has to take part in it. we improve.30. I can't stress that enough. That would help too. good times. how to attack it. and really I'm looking to get down there more often to increase the averages of getting in. they are big Star Wars fans. you saw yesterday. [It's for] when I Skype with them."Yes. We are going to keep doing it. what to anticipate. I am sure the players are wondering what that is for. the other one. It is a little bit different package than what we have seen over the last couple of weeks. You really understand how important the smallest details are. it's the difference between a very small amount of distance. I hope nobody ever walks in when that is happening. Everybody has to understand it. Jake is Han Solo and Luke is Luke Skywalker.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-30-09 (On what his kids are going to be for Halloween). in terms of being able to get the ball into the end zone. you get down there more often. [I] have been doing that for years. is another skill that is developed and as it improves. I think it's more about understanding how subtle the differences are down there and being able to capitalize on those things. It's something that can improve and needs to improve across the board. I thought that defensively we had a good day.
I don't think last week was his best week."You look at all the players available. but having D. in terms of that position going into the draft. work on the red zone and ideally finish the week. tight end and running back set."I like the players that we got." (On if it was determined before the draft that the team did not need to draft a quarterback). it's hard to get those days back that you miss in practice. I liked working with those guys and I liked the things that they brought to the table. It's not that you don't think that he's going to be as good in the other role. We would take Brad. I think that if you look at Kenyon's production versus the other d-linemen that were available high in the draft. (Derek Anderson) and Brady (Quinn) here. but with Brad Smith where you could get into multiple wide receiver set. at a position that has as much communication as the center does and as many variations as the center does. and I don't love making comparisons between guys. He's good with run after the catch." (On the notion of using Josh Cribbs as a running back). and also. but as a young guy. we all need to practice. but you think that he has a chance to keep developing. He's building that experience each time he plays and each time he practices. motion him back in the backfield and now you are in a three wide receiver. It takes a lot of work by the player and the group to get that. that's been a plus decision.front in terms of the way they penetrate versus some of the other teams that have been a little bit more reacting. He is strong when he is running his routes. Brett's (Ratliff) been in his role and that's really the role that I saw him having when he came here. Josh has played a lot of different roles with the Wildcat. It wasn't really our mindset. clean up those things. That wasn't part of the equation. Same thing with Abe (Elam). on a good note. but you are creating another one because that guy does have some running back skills. I've liked the things that he's done. What we will do today is. potentially be really good in that role.A. We are making some strides there as well. everybody would be out because you don't have a running back. practice wise. I think there are a lot of plusses with it. It's something that we have done a little bit of."I've done some of that in the past. Alex (Mack) has started every snap and I think he gets a little bit better each week." (On why he chose to play Cribbs at wide receiver instead of running back). You can run those types of plays with a guy like that." . the receiver so you have to build the package as you go." (On how the trade for Kenyon Coleman has worked out). our receiver group when we first got here was in a bit of a state of flux. so they have to deal. We all need that and I think especially with the younger guys. traditionally that would be an empty formation. it was important to me to see those guys. where our initial spot was. Some of the veteran guys who have years of experience can relate things back."He does have really good hands. It's one personnel group which presents one set of issues. It takes time. and the production that he's had and the play time that he's had. at times. I thought that was an area where we needed to develop depth. Say you had four wide receivers on the field and a tight end.
whether it be Robert or Steve." (On if a player's playing time can be decided solely on his performance at his primary position). one back. Hank (Fraley) had played a role there to some degree. the most important thing is what is the role? What is the game day role? The role can take a lot of different shapes. or 10 [personnel]. allows them to play better at their spot. If you're the star." (On how much the health of the tight ends affects the game plan)."There's not really a group that you have where you can [plan for not having a tight end]. like he has been. but it's not what's best. we had the flu element. give them reps because you feel like they should have reps. (Lawrence) Vickers was out. as well as play some tight end. bring someone to a game. you look at what they've done based on the systems they were in and getting to know them and going through that experience. [we] we're sure. Hank may be able to be an in-line guy. You try to build some flexibility with the plays."Yes. Robert's been able to go to some degree. the things you're asking them to do. three wide receivers. 11 there's a tight end. but at least it's moving in that direction. 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. but not on special teams)." (On if he has separate game plans depending on how many tight ends will be able to play). because we had both those guys (Robert Royal and Steve Heiden) down. you know them much better than you did coming into it. You also have to then. see them in your system.(On if he saw enough from Anderson and Quinn before the draft to have a good idea of what they are capable of)."It was tough last week. That's what you're working with at that point. and I've said it a lot. or play a role on substituted defenses that is significant. You may feel like you have a really good handle on a guy. all those things come into play. for Gaines. had been here a little while. but as you go through the season. Is it as clear as you would like it to be? No. Now. sort of hoping that one of those other two guys. Greg (Estandia) had played." (On if there is a possibility of a player earning playing time by performing well enough at their primary position. With (Michael) Gaines. There were a lot of moving parts. If you've carved out a role somewhere else. the third defensive back playing in the slot."Yes. definitely. 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. getting to know them through the course of the season. 12 there are two tight ends. 21 there's a tight end. You're kind of down to 20 personnel. the good news is. I can tell you. he's been here an extra week and he has some exposure to those different spots. could go. What you don't want to do is. he had just come in. 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. Going back to a long time ago. We've gotten Lawrence back. so Gaines had to play some fullback. the whole concept . you look at both sides of it."It's like anything else. Greg has been able to go to some degree. Some of the reps that you take off somebody else. which is two backs. you can't do it. four wide receivers. which is good. Steve's been able to go to some degree.
At the point. I think that was [a] good job by them. We had been moving closer to understanding that. we can catch the ball better. if those things that we planned for aren't working." (On if Daboll takes it hard after a rough game)."The one thing I've been really pleased with is. there are plenty of areas to improve. not for whatever it went. it's not just offensively. or if it looks a little bit differently. you take a chance. the thought process. we can pick up blitzes better. There are plenty of things that everybody can do better. they all take it hard."I try to help out in all three areas." (On how satisfied he has been with Brian Daboll's play calling and if he has thought about taking a bigger role in it). Believe me. It was a quick pass. It's like anything else." Mangini press conf.03. Sometimes there are setbacks." (On Green Bay saying that they had practiced against Elam's blitz all week). and if they were able to pick that up. why we're doing it. we can coach better. ‘Okay. it should go for 15.' and I don't think you'll ever find that. so it wasn't going to get home either way. you just make the tackle. 11/3 11. You enjoy the win for about a half hour and then the losses tend to stick longer. we're bringing a lot of different guys just based on formation and I think Abe has done a good job when he has blitzed. what's the next move. We run a lot of different things out of that set. ‘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. I have an understanding of what we're doing.of building flexibility. that's exactly what we want. what our next steps are. You have the next team and the next opportunity and you look at it objectively and correct it and move forward. and be involved in all three areas to whatever capacity I can and in whatever positive way that I can."I think that when you win the game. which base plays are we going to go back to. You don't want to take a step back to move forward." (On if he has been pleased with how Elam has done in blitz situations). I think that play could have been minimized if we had made the tackle. I thought we can throw the ball better. there are a lot of decisions that look really good.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-3-09 ."Most coaches I've been around. because there was progress there. but there's a way that you have to do it."Yes." (On the intensity of the team against Green Bay). what's our alternative. the three weeks prior I thought that we were really getting a sense of how we had to play each game. I think collectively. there's not one area where we could say. but you have to move on. 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.
As a coaching staff."I understand. The coaches put together clips to reflect that. You never go into a situation like this with the intention of it not working out. as a staff last night. technique. 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. I understand that you all have a lot of questions and there is really nothing that I'm going to add to this." (On who will address the General Manager situation if he will not). Mary Kay (Cabot). we went through the first and second down packages. for a variety of reasons. What I can talk about are the things that we're doing here today. things like that. sort of a Browns scouting report and adjustments. 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. "What we did this morning and last night is. Jeff (Schudel)."In terms of the timetable. this was the best decision in order to move forward. organizationally." (On if a new General Manager will be hired this season)."Good morning everybody. as individual coaches and as players. In terms of the decision that was made yesterday. [We] presented that to the players and then we'll go out and practice that here this afternoon. I hope that you can respect that. "Today was first and second down. 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." (On why he did not mention the General Manager change yesterday). whether it be scheme. What I will talk about are the things that we're doing as a team over the course of the week in order to improve. We felt that. George (Kokinis) is a friend of mine and I respect him and I wish his family well. I've really said all that I can say. the things that. as part of that. that we think we can continue to improve on." . and I appreciate the questions that you guys (the media) have. in terms of this topic. like a typical Thursday.(Opening statement). 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. things that we want to remove from the various packages and some things that we want to add." (On why he won't talk about the General Manager situation). there's nothing else that I'm going to add. but I hope you can also respect that I've added all that I can add right now."As I said. We really analyzed the things that we did well. it's the same thing. a scouting report. all that I can say at this point."This is really. 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. whatever the case may be. Tomorrow will be more of a third down emphasis." (On what having two dismissals in the past week says about the stability of the organization)."We've had one situation where that was the case. I completely appreciate that.
address what they're hoping to achieve over the course of the rest of the season. areas where we think either that player can improve. I spent a lot of time with the coaching staff yesterday. some of the points of emphasis that we need to really work on with them. with myself. and I'll just leave it at that. what we're going to do is. how we can help him improve."In talking to the team." . Whether it be during the individual periods. point of attack tapes made on each guy. I can just tell you the things that I can address and it's for a variety of reasons. We need to get that done this week and that's what we're focused on. and then collectively what we can improve. whether it be today or yesterday or at any point." (On how he keeps this from becoming a distraction to the players). this morning and trying to really work through the different things that we think need to be addressed short term." (On if he understands why fans want to know what is going on within the organization). need to be addressed long term. all of us are focused on. I can just tell you what I'm addressing. Tony (Grossi). 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. but that's also a component of this." (On if he has made any further conclusions about possible changes)."No. address their concerns. [I have] historically made a lot of strides during the bye week.(On if Bernie Kosar will fill some on Kokinis' responsibilities). the important thing that I've stressed. We have." (On if there are legal reasons why he can't talk about Kokinis). whether it be actual game tapes or whether it be practice tapes. like I said."I completely understand the questions and I respect that."I think that you have to talk to Neal (Gulkis) about that. I hope that you can understand that as well. We'll meet more on personnel. Those things are the important things that we need to do. we're looking at it from a scheme perspective and also from a personnel perspective. We will spend some more time as a coaching staff going through. in terms of player performances and evaluation and things like that on Thursday. I hope you can understand that as well. can sit down with the players one-on-one and either address their performance. like I said. is the important thing for us is to be able to focus individually first on what we can improve. Tony (Grossi). this is all that I can say. but really. where we can go really share some time and I can give them my perspective on things."Mary Kay (Cabot). player-by-player." (On if Randy Lerner plans to address the situation). those meetings have been very valuable. Just from my experience over the last three years. I understand the question. It is a unique time where you can put some more emphasis on individual technique."There's really a variety of reasons. I look forward to those meetings. where they can look at that individually to help them get a better feel for what they've done or with their position coach. with the coordinator.
. It does take time."No. They aren't on the schedule. there are things that come up every day that aren't on the agenda."I didn't look at it in terms of how hard it would be. You want to hire as many people as you possibly can like that. That's often a time for the third quarterback. It does take deliberate practice. [He] was open to it and was willing to introduce those things or try those things. but it is stuff that you have to look at. but it's a cliché for a reason. That's true here. There's no substitute for constantly analyzing ways to improve and being committed to doing that. It's our packages. You appreciate the feedback. you have to try to make good decisions on and you have to move forward. There's no substitute for hard work. as long as it was well thought out. It was true with my experience in New York with Bill Parcells. I really respected that and learned a lot from him from that perspective. that are unique to that coaching staff. Even when I was in my third year in New York. first and foremost. I've been part of it as a head coach myself and there's not one specific pattern that it follows. It was true with my experience as a head coach with the Jets. every experience I've had. the way that they players are working. 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. because that's the truth. but also to improve at every level at all times. I've been part of this process before. You appreciate the honesty. the way that the organization is working." (On his thoughts on final personnel decisions being given to someone else in the future). What we do still do. It was true with my experience in New England with Bill (Belichick). but the consistent thing is the way that you have to approach it. That is consistent with every place that I've been. It's obviously our players. It was the same thing with Bill Parcells. Each year's been radically different. the way that they coaches are working. You appreciate people trying to constantly improve at what they're doing or constantly help the group improve. Bill would always listen to anybody's opinion and anybody's ideas." (On if Ratliff is a candidate to start after the bye week). there's no blue print for how to deal with those things.(On if Brett Ratliff will get more reps). There's no substitute for that. as long as there was a rational to it. You want as many players around like that. Tony (Grossi). I remember my early experiences with Bill (Belichick) as a young guy. we'll try to work all three guys to some degree. It was true in New York with the Jets. There's never opposition to someone that can help us achieve that goal. I know that the things that we're doing. to get some of those reps that he may not get during the course of a normal practice. It does take a lot of hard work. is all based on one end goal and that is to win."You'd have to ask people around the league."Over these practices and things like that. that are unique to that group of players. There just isn't."My goal is to win and my goal is to improve. is the opportunity periods. I've been part of it with different head coaches." (On what he thinks the image of the Browns is around the league). Each group of guys has been radically different. That's not going to change. It may be a cliché." (On if this is harder than he thought it was going to be when he took the job). in this case Brett. There isn't a set pattern. It's our stuff.
things like that. who always had his hand in the dirt in college. is a good example of what we're always trying to do. what I decided to do this week as well. What I've traditionally done. Following that process leading up to it from a preparation perspective. is we had the two days last week where we covered each phase. regardless of how much success they've had and that's probably why they've had the success that they have had. There's really nothing else I can add. you go through it. is we elevated Marcus Benard from the practice squad to the active roster. It's all part of what you continue to grow. The organization felt this gave us the best chance to move forward. I spent a lot of time with the boys yesterday and the day before. That's always rejuvenating. "In terms of what we're doing here today. their work ethic. it's an organizational decision that we felt gave us the best chance to move forward. which is always positive to be able to do."Good morning everybody. you analyze it.09. How are we doing? [My bye week] was good actually. first and second down.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." (On if it was a difficult decision). it's really an extension of the bye week for us."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."You never go into any situation with the intention of it not working out and that was true in this case. That's what the emphasis is here today. Today. I feel comfortable with the guys that we've brought in and their contributions. nickname was . 11/9 11. third down. to me. you install if you're going to add some things or correct some things. Marcus. Every mentor that I've had has had that approach. you look at the thing you're going to carry through." Mangini press conf. it's nice for them to get some time with their families or get away.2009 Transcript: Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-9-09 (Opening statement). 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. Everybody contributes to that process. He was a hand in the dirt guy." (On if this was an organizational decision he signed off on). I think the players." (On how many of the players he brought in this season he thinks have the potential to be franchise impact players). He was an undrafted free agent. That's the nice thing about the week. "One thing that we did housekeeping wise."Really it's what I said. review the tape and then go out and practice the things that you want to get corrected. their approach.
I think he's done an outstanding job. I'd just rather talk about it on Wednesday."We'll have some more guys in for workouts tomorrow. so you have those three there. even if I'm not talking [at a press conference]. It's good to have the players back in. Now. We'll talk about that more and our preparation for the Ravens. Ideally in a 3-4. He was our [practice] player of the week against Buffalo. similar to keeping David Veikune inside.' That will be dependent on his play on special teams. The weather's been pretty amazing over of the course of the weekend and it looks like we have another day like that today. or his role on special teams and then. so that's what we'll be doing. we do. so that's part of it."Yes. You have Kaluka (Maiava). his strength. to stand up. That's the other nice thing with the bye week."He's outside. to have to learn how to play linebacker and all the other things that go with transitioning from college to pro football as an undrafted guy. things like that. based on what you're seeing. It's good to be able to get out there together."I haven't sat down with the quarterbacks. really letting him concentrate on one spot. Mary Kay (Cabot). It doesn't have to be filled by one guy all the time in all the different packages. ‘That's the first step. but want to go through the workouts and see where those are. We'll talk about that in conjunction with our work on the Ravens." (On if there is still one roster spot open)." (On if he has told the quarterbacks his decision yet). who's worked as a WILL."(Jason) Trusnik has played in there. (Blake) Costanzo who's worked as a WILL."I think we'll know more. to come here." (On if Jamal Lewis is okay). I think. what other roles he can play for us defensively." (On if he has made a decision at quarterback). so he could be a potential candidate from a MIKE perspective. 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. I have an idea where we're heading. I think his best chance to contribute is outside. I know where I'm headed. in talking to him. The thing that's been consistent with him is his work ethic. similar to David Bowens and David Veikune. The next step is to get to the 45-man roster. he'll practice here today."What I'll do is I'll let you guys know about that on Wednesday." (On Eric Barton)." (On if he knows what position will be filled with the roster spot)." (On what linebacker position Benard plays). I'll let Neal (Gulkis) let you know. it's easy to lose track of how long these guys have been working and . We have a little variation in body types. I'm going to keep him outside." (On if they will need another inside linebacker if Barton can't play). but you can have combinations based on the package. I said.King Kong. those positions are mirrored. I think he has the ability to where he could play inside from his athleticism. we'll at least have some real clarity either later today or tomorrow. He had a lot of production in college at a smaller school and then."Yes. Once we do.
hitting and things like that. It does give you an opportunity to get some guys some extra rest. He'll be back here today." (On if all of the players made it back)- "Yes, everybody else made it back. Everybody else was on time in making it back. You're always looking forward to that attendance sheet coming through." (On his message to the team coming out of the bye week)- "When you look at it, and I think the players have an appreciation for it, when you look at where we've fallen short in different areas, again it comes down to things that are correctable, like ball security, our consistency in catching the ball, placing the ball, depths of routes, depths in coverage, rush lanes defensively. There are a lot of things from a fundamental perspective that if we improve on, then the outcome will be different. I experienced this in New York all three years, to take a step back to look at it, to look at it, to look at it objectively, be able to spend some time on it, show the players it and have the realization that, if we correct these things and do these things better, then the outcome will be different. Often times, a long play versus an intermediate play versus a no gain comes down to a small technique thing. There was a play against Green Bay late in the game, where Robaire (Smith), who's really been outstanding, especially over the last couple weeks, just got caught inside a little bit. The softness in the c-gap, the back was able to get through and that ended up being a significant play from amount of yards gained, but that's correctable. He's played that a lot of times, he just kind of bit a little early. It wasn't him alone, it was also the outside linebacker getting a little bit of width. To be able to see those plays and understand how that small amount of softness can translate in to a big gain, it's positive from the perspective of it is correctable." (On how many players met with him during the bye week)- "There were different guys at different points. The other thing is, that is really open today as well too. I'll get together with some more of those guys here today. The exact number, I'm not sure what the total number was, but it's good. It's positive. I also had the opportunity to spend some time with coaches, where you don't usually get a chance to sit down with a lot of guys and say, ‘Here are some things I really like. Here are some things I think you can improve.' Get their feedback on things, on a one-on-one basis, that they think we can improve, they think they can improve. It was a coach in New York who actually brought that to my attention. He had done a lot in college and it really was nothing that I had ever been exposed to. In pro football, I had never sat down with a head coach for a one-on-one to talk about things I could do better, usually those came in a very loud fashion and publicly. I thought it was positive and I thought it was a good idea and incorporated it." (On meeting with the coordinators)- "Interestingly, with the coordinators, you do spend more time with those guys. I'll spend, probably, the most of my time with Rob Ryan and Brad (Seely), just because each week you're going through the game plan, you're going through the corrections on a daily basis. That's a little different, I guess, than the meetings I was talking about, with more the assistants."
(On what he talked about with Brian Daboll during the bye week)- "I guess what I'm getting at is that wasn't that type of meeting, because we meet quite often. It's more time spent day-to-day then say, the other position coaches." (On what they can do to get the offense going)- "I really believe there are a lot of things that we can do to make the offense more effective. I think the starting point for us is protecting the football. The amount of opportunities is always going to be limited by the times we have the football. We're giving it away too often. It's not purely in the form of interceptions, it's ball security. We need to do a better job as a show team constantly pressuring the ball, almost to the point where it's overkill, because that's the amount of emphasis that you have to put on it. Whenever the running back is finishing the run, you want to have two, three guys tearing it away to keep giving that awareness to the running back, to the receiver. Every play getting those guys pressuring the football, because the better we protect it, the more chance we'll have to score, the more chance we'll have to sustain drives and that, to me, is the starting point. Then, it's being able to take advantage of the opportunities that are there, whether it's throws or catches, being able to execute those. That's the second thing. I think from a scheme perspective, there's a range of things in the different areas, first and second down, third down, red zone, that we have looked at that we'll incorporate moving into the second half." (On if they will do more fumble drills now than in the first half of the season)- "It's been a point of emphasis, but obviously we're not doing it effectively enough. We do track all those things during the course of practice. I thought the show team guys, last week, did a really nice job. They were all over the football every play, regardless of where the guy was. They were knocking it out on his way back to the huddle. Sometimes that's what you have to do, is over emphasize it, to get what we need to get done, done." (On if the GM rumors are a distraction)- "It's not going to be a distraction for me, or any of the coaches or any of the players. There are so many things that come up during the course of a season, whether it's this or any of the other elements that come up, or have come up, that really, like any other part of what you're teaching, it's very important that you can focus on what's important. What's important for us is what we're doing on a daily basis and our preparation for the next opponent. Being part of different programs and seeing the way distractions can affect, or aren't allowed to affect things, has given me good insight into how important that skill is. The emphasis is always going to be on the things that we need to do on that day and not the things that are happening externally." (On the rumor about Mike Holmgren)- "With any of the names that come up, I'm sure there's been a range of names that have come up. I talk to Randy (Lerner) all the time about different things. Again, my emphasis, my focus, is going to be on what we're doing here day-to-day getting the team ready." (On if there is a sense of urgency to bring in a GM-type person before the end of the season)- "What I believe in is that anybody that can help us be successful, anybody that can help us move forward, I'm always open to, whether it's in that role or any other role.
Whether it's a player, coach, whatever it is, I'm open to anybody that can help us improve. We're always looking to do that individually and organizationally." (On if he talked to any GM candidates last week)- "What I've been focused on is the team and the things that we can do to improve the team. That's what I'll continue to focus on." (On if there is anything he wants to change about his approach for the next eight weeks)- "You're always going through that self-reflection and looking at the way I approach squad meetings, the way I approach staff meetings, preparation for the next opponent, practice schedules, the outline of practice, distribution of personnel, all those things are things that I'm looking at. I like to think that we change those as we go and there are some things that we'll continue to change as we go." (On if he is going to make any changes in his approach)- "Yes, and there have been throughout the course of the season. It won't stop this week. It will keep going each week. Looking at it, what did we do well? What did we do poorly? What were preparation errors? What are things that we want to emphasize? What's the best distribution of time? All those things are things that you look at." (On if the use of the Wildcat was looked at during the bye week)- "That was a component of it. We've been running elements of the Wildcat since the first week. We ran it in the Minnesota game. We've run it at different points throughout the season, some with greater frequency, some with greater success. It's a good package. It's something that I like, that Brian likes. Obviously, Josh (Cribbs) really likes it. It's going to be different based on how the team plays it, how they adjust to it, but it is a good package that we'll continue to carryover and continue to have available each week." (On how the practice schedule will change with a Monday night game)- "It's different coming off the bye as well, because today is really a Browns-centered day, not a Ravens' day. There have been elements of Ravens prep throughout all three days, but it's really Browns-centered. In terms of the daily schedule, that will be pretty consistent, with the extra day (Saturday) being more of a review type day than anything else."
Mangini press conf. 11/11
Transcript: Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-11-09 (Opening statement)- "Good morning everybody. How are we doing? A couple things, we signed Josh Stamer to the active roster. We currently have one roster spot open and [there are] some things that we're looking at in terms of filling that, but I'll let you know when we do that as we move forward. In terms of the quarterback situation, I had a chance to sit down with both guys, which is what I wanted to do before I shared the
I think it's a creative pressure package that they have defensively.decision with anybody else and Brady (Quinn) will start this week against Baltimore. I liked what he did over the bye week practices. I think that he's worked hard since the first transition was made and I respect that. we had four turnovers."With any of these decisions. That's what I asked him to do. His quarterback rating was outstanding and they generated some big plays. believe me. that's the key for any type of improvement."It's hard to put it in a long term context. All three of those things will kill you. 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. they've got players that can cause problems. I think that he's had some good weeks of practice. That's what I'm looking for. starting . I think he's done some good things in the role that he was playing. "In terms of Baltimore. 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. I think." (On if he will stick with the quarterback decision for the rest of the season). one of the things that happens is. the coaching squad's perspective. to me. I'm not looking to change. That's never the intention when a decision like this is made. He's had more time in the system. I think especially over the last two to three weeks he's been very efficient as a passer and I've liked the things he's done. there's plenty all of us can do better in all three phases. The positive thing is having the exposure that we've had with some of the new guys. (Joe) Flacco. That's one of the things that he and I talked about last night. Defensively. as you play conference opponents for the second time. I watched him some in college when he was coming out and things like that." (On what Quinn needs to do better than he did the first two and a half games)"Collectively. there's more familiarity. which is what I asked of him. even from my perspective. continues to improve and [we] didn't disrupt him very much. You have to protect the football. I think his comfort level in the system has gotten better. I think that his overall control of the offense has gotten better. We have our work cut out for us." (On if Derek Anderson will be the backup quarterback)."I like to think that throughout the course of the season guys continue to improve. I look forward to him taking advantage of this opportunity and helping us improve offensively."Yes. and even when they don't pressure. because this is my first experience with him." (On what makes him think Quinn will play better than he did the beginning of the season). You go back and you look at the first game. it's a very good running game and we weren't very good there. On special teams there were three guys that we identified that we needed to control in order for our return game to be effective and they have five out of the nine special teams tackles. I think that familiarity should help us and the work that we did over the bye week should help us as well." (On where Quinn has improved the most). 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.
where the secondary will see something. they threw 10 hitches because of the way we were pressuring and killed us. then that creates some other opportunities. That's what I'm looking for. taking it and taking it. Where the ball was in a place where it could have been caught and it wasn't.' Throw it to the open receiver. Sometimes that comes with being more comfortable and I've seen that comfort level increase and I'm anticipating that will translate. I think that helps. you just have to go with the things that you've learned and I anticipate him doing that. I've played against a lot of really successful quarterbacks. we . it's not going to be a function of. When you come out of it." (On Quinn's completions earlier being mostly shorter passes). You just have to go with what you know." (On what happened with Anderson). I know it wasn't felt by me. Brady approaches everything in a very serious way. 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 wasn't felt by the coaching staff. As you get into the games. I think these guys have worked really well together. I never saw that from any of the players. If you make a mistake. I really do."I never got that sense at all."In fairness to Derek. 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."Sometimes it's a function of just going through your read progression and going with what you know. throw it to the guy who's open. I really like Derek and I really liked the way that he handled himself. Obviously. but just be comfortable with what you see and go with what you see." (On if Anderson lost confidence in the players around him). That's going to happen. I don't think that."To me. this many times because you're only completing short balls."I think that anybody who has a lot of decision to make has to go through those quickly. and I think that's a great quality. We played New England one time. I like the way that he's worked.with myself and the coaches and moving right on down. whether it's a tight end on a five-yard out or whether it's a go route to somebody. this is some sort of final statement on who he is. you've done the work. because we couldn't get there with the heat and they just kept being patient. whether it's a check down. Were there throws that he missed? There were some of those and there were some reads that could have been better. It's a function of getting it to the right guy. in a very detailed way. They feel like it's the right adjustment. Even last game where we moved the chains and put the ball on the ground. I've enjoyed getting to know him. 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. ‘We have to throw it to this place. that's hard. be comfortable with what he knows. be comfortable with his reads." (On if Quinn is over thinking things)." (On if Quinn was hesitant to make certain throws earlier in the season). whether it's a hitch. you make a mistake. by any means. I think that it's an opportunity to continue to grow and I'm sure he will. We've all experienced that. It happens a lot of times defensively. they're slow to make it and you have some guys doing it and some guys not doing it. getting it to the open guy. At the end of the day. you've done the homework. moving the chains and scoring points. I think that there were a lot of things that played a part in this. too.
"My comment. They're committed to getting the things fixed that we need to get fixed and I appreciate that work ethic. It doesn't always go the way that you anticipate it going. With that opportunity. it's a great chance. He's worked inside quite a bit. Even with Jason.want it to translate into a lot more production. right on down the line. There are a lot of guys in this system who can play both. Roman Phifer."He's been consistent throughout this whole period. now you're on the best chance to maximize it. same as D. Jeff (Schudel). That's what you expect." (On if Barton will need surgery). That decision will be made at some 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. there are a lot of different opinions on all injuries. That's the way that I approach it and that's any decision. you're the backup. those four linebacker spots. and then has learned inside. so he's played inside quite a bit. The important thing to me is [to] keep talking to Eric and keep working with him and make the best decision for him. It doesn't always go the way that you want it." (On if Barton's injury is career-threatening)."Again. I think that in any situation you're in. regardless of whether you're the starter.A. to have to flexibility to move those guys around based on need or depth is a good approach. was more big picture. Bowens has played inside. Look at the inside linebacker position." (On if Quinn would have developed more if he had stayed in all season). I'm trying to think of some of the other guys. We've had probably about four or five guys like that who've played both outside and inside. You look at it and you move forward based on the information that you have and how you feel." (On if he anticipates Anderson getting another opportunity to start)."Anything like that is hypothetical. You're going to get another opportunity and when you get that opportunity. to not let any of the things that he's done tail off and he didn't. My feeling with any decision is. but you deal with the decisions and you work to improve. 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. similar to David Veikune. he was a guy who had only had his hand in the dirt and then worked outside. was when he wasn't starting. how important it was to not let the preparation drop off. You evaluate it. Guys are getting opportunities that maybe they wouldn't have gotten had we had both Eric (Barton) and D'Qwell (Jackson) here. He and I talked about that when we had our initial conversation." ." (On Quinn's mindset while he was the backup). He started inside last year for five games." (On using David Bowens as an inside linebacker and Jason Trusnik as an outside linebacker). we've lost both our inside linebackers. Ideally. Brad Kassell."It's something that he's looking at with the doctors and discussing. That's what you want. but this is a good group of guys."That was our base set. Cody Spencer was another guy.
in terms of how much time you can really spend watching the tape of the previous opponent." (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." Mangini press conf. At the start of the Chicago game. [It is] a little different with the short week. hitting the hole shot in between the corner and the safety in cover two. He's had some games where he's struggled. but that's pretty common with a rookie quarterback like he is. [There have been] some times where. two fade routes for touchdowns. I can see improvement from the team as the weeks have gone by. he has really made a lot of nice throws through the course of the season. I'm sure he has that same control over Detroit's offense. With Detroit. You look at Calvin Johnson. [He is] really impressive. there's a lot of plays that could be there. I know how they're working. but he was and he took advantage of it. How are we doing? Today with the short week. I think all those things have improved. [We] weren't anticipating initially when we made the trade for him to be thrust into that type of role so quickly. "I think offensively with (Matt) Stafford. but you can't deal in ‘could've. you do that whenever possible. just knowing Jim (Schwartz) and spending time with Jim and working with Jim. made some outstanding catches throughout the course of the season. 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. He's made some really nice catches as well.' You have to deal with what's there and what our opportunities are and how do you change that. how they're preparing. Even with his partner on the other side. When you look at the body of work. should've. really tight coverage one-handed ."I thought he did a really good job. I really am. I spent some time with him before the draft. [He is] obviously a guy that they can go to and rely on. 11/18 11. his poise in running the offense. I like the things that he's doing there as well. I like the presence that he's had. I sent Mike (Tannenbaum) a text just telling him he'd be proud of Jason's progress. 67-yarder against New Orleans. they hit that stutter-go that I was talking about. the other member of the Johnson tandem (Bryant Johnson).18."Good morning everybody. I like the things that he did in Tennessee. Jim's a really smart guy. he's a guy that can ruin the game. whether it's stutter-goes.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-18-09 (Opening statement). 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.(On Trusnik's play at outside linebacker). [He] had the 64-yarder. [he] has hit some of those. whether it's the fade route. the way that he could almost answer questions before you asked the question and his control of the Georgia offense and things like that. He's had some impressive plays this season. [he has] been a little bit banged up.
grabs. who is really good at turning the ball over. They're about eighth in the NFL right now in generating negative plays in the running game. different combinations. I thought that he did a really nice job with that. I don't think he'd look to ever hurt someone deliberately. but 11 percent of their plays in the running game are negative plays. Multiple personnel groups."I just think that when you play a team like Baltimore. What he did with running the offense and the approach that we had. With Brandon Pettigrew. different formations. I know if you look at their average it may not seem that way. usually not good things happen. he's a good person."Yes. 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. and they always have been. Defensively. That's something that we'll have to do a good job with." (On if he thinks Brady Quinn is mentally prepared to go on). it could be the safety coming in rolled up cover two. it's that much more important to really protect the football. I think the fact that he is such a good person and his confidence in who he is. we were able to get to a lot of adjustments and I thought the communication was very good. that's not easy to do and I thought he did it well. I don't think that anybody was trying not to protect the football. but expect him to practice later this week. personally it looked like he was trying to make the tackle. In the running game. with Jim." (On if he is comfortable with Quinn going forward). . When you bounce the ball up. Knowing Brady. we didn't do well enough. things that we've seen at different points throughout the course of the year. I think that the style of running offense that they have. There's a lot more movement then we had against Chicago and I thought overall the communication was sound. I think that he's a big. even the plays where Josh went into Wildcat. [they have] three different types of backs. There were times in the game. "Defensively. things like that. mixture of linebackers. there's a lot of motioning. he's going to stop the run." (On the team's performance the second half of the Baltimore game). I think a couple weeks ago against Chicago. The throws that we had and the opportunities that we had to catch it. all those things were done out of no huddle. where it was more of a stationary offense. but different tools that you have within the offense. in terms of running the no huddle offense the whole game. some gap-trap type things. that helps anybody when they go through times that may be frustrating. It could be the corner coming. In terms of the injury that happened. I am. This week against Baltimore we were able to do the same thing and what I really liked is there's a lot of shifting. there's some changes for them to generate some big plays. I thought he did well."We'll probably going to hold him out today. and I've talked about this. I thought that he tried to use those as well. physical guy with good hands and he seems to be getting more and more comfortable in their offense as well. This is another week where you're dealing with multiple blitz packages."What Brady did. It just takes that one play." (On if he expects Joshua Cribbs to practice today).
"I've liked what Chris has done in practice.and that's what we had. You don't traditionally kneel down in those situations. The other thing that Chris has to continue to do is help on [special] teams.C. It's natural for everybody to be competitive. how he does this week."I thought he did well. I talked to Josh about that and told the team the same thing. I'm sure they'll work on that." (On if he thinks the Lions can prepare for the no huddle). He had a carry early in the season. I thought he had a couple runs that were good runs and one that I think he lost a yard or two. you prepare for what you've seen on tape. 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. That was the thought process. I talked to Josh about that I talked to the team about that. but I'd have probably approached it differently." (On if he spoke to Cribbs about him handling the end of the game differently). He got caught up in the moment and the play. again. . he has to be able to fill that role in way that's either at the same level or higher. you can't have those."Yes. his role isn't as significant on third down. That's really how I felt. 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. The thing with Chris is." (On if Cribbs said anything about his lateral)."I mean they called it. J. because the show team is working off of cards. If you get in that situation. picked up eight yards. but that package. but made a guy miss. we use some of those plays on early downs too. I wanted to be able to get him active. This was trying to work him in to the rotation." (On if he expects Jennings to be more involved for the rest of the season). I'm sure they'll work on some of the things they've seen us do throughout the course of the season. so in order to kind of maintain the roles and what we thought was the best guy for each role. and when I say third down."It's like anything else. I'd probably do it differently." (On how Jennings played against Baltimore). I forget who it was against. I'm sure they'll work on Wildcat-type things. so it's legit. where it was a miscommunication on the deep ball and in a tight game. to give him a chance to see what he can do. You simulate it the best you can."I want to see. Really. Tony (Grossi). You do the best you can. [He] had a catch earlier in the season. I think our ability to go in and out of it at any point is very helpful. that's Josh being competitive as well.'s (Jerome Harrison) done most of that stuff. in retrospect. It's not the easiest thing in the world to simulate during the course of a week." (On if Jennings penalty on the kicker was legit). he's gotten a little bit better each week. The next step for us was to give him a chance to carry the ball in games. If he goes to the game and takes a spot of a guy who maybe plays more of a [special] teams role." (On the reason for Chris Jennings' extended playing time). give him some chances for carries. defensively."Again. That's what all the guys are like. or whatever it was. There really wasn't a lot of space for him to work on that.
He's improved on special teams. when you're taking away extra drives. it was a call. whether it's the last play of the game. let's just put him in because he's a running back and Jamal is retiring.1 yards per pass). how many sacks you're getting. It wasn't designed hook and ladder. but he ended up getting the guy on the other side. Ideally you have some catch and run type plays. I think that they just didn't get back inside." (On if the union coming in is something he would talk to the captains about). You're able to be a lot more effective in that. now let's give him a chance."Yes. Alex (Mack) took the first one and J. whatever the area is. It has to start there."No.C. it wasn't a function of here's a young guy." (On if the play call was a hook and ladder). you identify the areas where there have been problems.1 yards a pass or anything like that." (On if he spoke to the team about the union coming in). The way the route was designed. when you're taking away third down conversions and the amount of plays in a game decrease. the first play of the game. Then you're giving yourself the best opportunity to score those points. but I am completely comfortable with what we do. the way that they ran the stunt." (On if he has thought about reducing Jamal Lewis' role in an effort to develop the younger players). With Chris. more points. a middle dog cross two inside linebackers. the odds of you being very productive decrease as well. it has to be better than that. I think that part of that has to be earning the right to get those reps." (On if they have to average better than 2."I'm open if they want to talk to me about it. whether it be turnovers." . another year it could be forced fumbles. and the way that they formed it."I don't think that was him whiffing. obviously for us. it had the shallow crossers. how do you generate. You're not looking to average 2. so he wasn't in great position to pick that up. I have been involved in this in different areas."No. was offset over here. dropped ball. He tried to come back inside. the 50th play of the game. One year it could be sacks. It's more." (On if Jerome Harrison missed a block on Ray Lewis' sack). they're going to try to do what they can do to achieve the goal of the play. You look at the missed opportunities. I didn't say a word to them about it because I'm completely comfortable with the way that we practice. that's not the approach."When you go through the tape. Here's a guy who's shown day in and day out that he deserves an opportunity."That's not really how I'm looking at it. It's more that than the other.When they're in for a play. It's really got to start there. the self-inflicted wounds. You have to go through the process of how do you generate more of those. because usually the way it hit. another year it could be picks. he would take the guy that was coming to his side." (On how he keeps the player's confidence at a high level). here's a guy who's worked really hard.
" (On what his long term process is and how the players he has acquired since becoming head coach play into that process)."There have been times where I thought it's been very good." (On if Mike Holmgren was interviewed by the organization yesterday). the different blitz pattern and where he was located versus where he had to get to."I think the short term process is getting ready for each week and playing each game.. It's unique when you play the Ravens. who you can run the same concept but give a completely different look to the offense. it doesn't look great for the weekend. The long term process is understanding how you're going to prepare for a game. they run the same blitz. [he would] probably be good in baseball or soccer or swimming. protecting the football so you can have more drives. There are a lot of things that they do that as you have a system in place for a long time. so I'll let him talk about that. you can keep adding and building. you have to deal with them rushing four. then they have multiple blitzes. When we do have those opportunities. the safeties. I'm sure whatever he applied himself [to]."No.C. just guys are in different spots."I think he should come on down. That's a pretty good defense that we played. whether it was the play that we were talking about with J. That's a great thing when you're a defensive coordinator. With that veteran group of guys. I'm not making any excuses or anything like that. when you have guys that have worked together for that long. They combine the front there."Like we talked about." (On if Steve Heiden and Dave Zastudil will practice today)." (On LeBron James saying he could help the team). There were other times where. That is a pretty stout defense. but if he wants to give it a shot. be able to get the ball to the places we need to get it to. competitive and tough. understanding how you have to practice to get ready for games. you have to deal with them rushing three and then you have to deal with the different packages."Like I said. Randy's (Lerner) really handling that. That's one element to it and that's the most important element right now. they all can rush the passer. get Ray Lewis with a full head of steam and they got us on that one. sliding the protection over.(On what has to be done to make the passing game more effective)." (On what can be done to the protection in order to give Quinn more time). understanding the concepts that you run offensively and defensively. 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. It's not easy to slide over. The guy is a freak athletically." (On if the pressure on Quinn was a function of the protection or the Ravens' defense). I think with Zastudil. I know he's pretty busy right now. the guy is gifted athletically. I thought that there were times that we did do a good job in terms of identifying it. there are some areas there where we can improve. It wasn't good enough. catch the football. because the reps are there with the group. but then they also bring a combination of the star. neither one will work today. Anytime you play those guys."That's not really something that I'm going to talk about. Protection. so a year from now . getting things picked up. because it doesn't matter who's in their front.
I'm sure you guys got the release on Steve Heiden and Dave Zastudil. like we were talking about with the Ravens' defense. It's the young players that are here. Sometimes it doesn't improve. Look at Alex Mack. he's played quite a bit of football and I think he's gotten little bit better each week."Good morning everybody. it's stuff that guys work through.these aren't new things in relationship to the defense that you're facing or the offense that you're facing. (Maiava) I thought. The two kids that we claimed off waivers. There's a lot of football left. That's a process. neither one of them. [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. You just monitor it and work with it and see where you are each week. With Mohamed (Massaquoi) and (Brian) Robiskie and (David) Veikune and those guys. someone that's older than themselves. then obviously we'd continue looking. he's going to have to continue to punt at a level that we're looking for. working inside. We'll just keep him honoring that. Sometimes it improves." (On if Reggie Hodges punted well enough for the team to go forward with him). they're all learning as you go. did a really nice job this week in a significant. as you put time in together. you know how it works in college football. Next year they're going to be at a higher starting point." (On Zastudil's injury). which is always disappointing. It's a concentration on third down with some review of the things that we did . it's not like that. If that wasn't the case. Kaluka. Reggie's worked in this role in the past with other teams as well. 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. A lot of these guys typically would be getting ready for bowl games now. I have some experience with Reggie in the past." Mangini press conf."I think that with a lot of different things. significant role and working with a guy who wasn't playing inside. Often times for the young guys."I think it's like anything else. understanding what it means to be a pro. you get to start at a higher level the following season. We'll just have to see how that goes.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-19-09 (Opening statement). [You] figure both of those guys. There's some reps built up in that. How are we doing? Yesterday we. we'll be inside again. It's different. put them on IR. I think that both of them have chance to come in and compete and see where they fit. Every week you're going to face somebody that's talented. "In terms of what we're doing today.19. playing in the dome. all those different elements come into play that as you put reps together. There are no teams on the schedule that you schedule to. Working with the game plan. as you put experiences in together. whether it be initially on special teams or whether it be special teams and some type of role offensively and defensively. 11/19 11.
Sometimes it's just how the plant foot comes down or a little bit of a twist. He's worked incredibly hard to play this season and he'll work equally as hard this offseason to get back." (On if he would want Heiden back next year)."No. He's a reliable receiver. I thought that overall yesterday was a productive day for us. I don't think that's the case at all. I think that he's a good blocker. We'll see which combination of guys is the best each game." (On if Heiden's injury is a function of him coming back from his knee injury too soon). [We] added a receiver. He is a good teammate." (On John St. with him missing practice last week." (On if the kicker's injuries are an accumulation of wear and tear from not having other kickers in training camp). He was still continuing to maintain and work through the previous injury. It's less rest for the guys. I think that he's got a lot of football left in him. not at all. It was getting the injury on Monday night and the amount of time that it would take to rehab that."I don't think that it's been ruled out. We had Mike Nugent last year where he just stepped wrong in the first game of the season and ended up hurting himself. It's such a specific skill set that sometimes those things happen. I think we've had plenty of opportunities to move the football. Sometimes those things happen. I enjoy working with Steve and coaching Steve."It has to continue to improve."He should participate today. you make the decision that you think are best. He's part of that competition as well. I don't think it was a function of that. I think that we've had plenty of opportunities to score. Chansi (Stuckey). I think we'll just see where we are here. to be one of the inactives. I've been in a lot of training camps where you've only had the two kickers that you go into the season with. I'd say it's definitely a possibility.yesterday. but I thought they did a nice job with it. It's a little bit harder coming off a Monday night game."I really like Steve."No." (On how he judges the wide receiver's progress)." (On if surgery is possible for Zastudil). but the important thing is addressing those and getting those fixed. I anticipate him being ready to go for next season." ." (On if he regrets trading Kellen Winslow and Braylon Edwards). we just thought that it would be better for this game. that he'd be ready to play at the level that he'd want to be able to play at and we'd want him to be able to play at in time to really continue to help us this season. I don't think those opportunities will go away. Clair not practicing yesterday). from a time perspective." (On if this injury is something Heiden might not want to come back from)."When you make the decisions."No. There have been a lot of different reasons why it hasn't happened. The combination of the two just didn't seem. I think if anything he's disappointed that it went the way that it did.
[We] didn't do a very good job against the running game. just didn't help us enough. the formationing and items like that that did help us. It's much more executing the game plan. and this was true when I met him at USC."I feel like there are a lot of things each week that you can look at and see. he was a weak side linebacker there. Every team is different. 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." . Other teams will push the coverage. connections there. you'll track those leagues." (On Kaluka Maiava). with understanding the defense. I thought on special teams we could have done a better job this past week then we did and I was looking for that. when the arena league was operating. He's gotten more and more reps. That's a good special teams group they have in Baltimore."There's a lot of different ways. the coverage is what the coverage is. That's the system they run."I don't know if you can specifically point to how the coverages would change or not change. Some teams you face. He could explain all the different adjustments and he had been in that system for quite some time. but I thought that defensively this game. it was in more of a 4-3 type system. I think there were some things that we did in terms of the no huddle.(On if he can tell how much not having Edwards opposite Mohamed Massaquoi has affected Massaquoi's production)." (On if he thinks they can capitalize on the Lions' defense and score). or the progress or your effectiveness."As he gets more and more comfortable with playing inside. We missed some opportunities during the game that I think could have helped us. get a sense of your level of improvement. It's the same thing with Kurt Warner. from the Baltimore perspective. There weren't a lot of positives coming out of that game. there were a lot of positives against a good offense with really the same people. 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. seeing the coverages that you're getting. It just depends week in and week out. playing a new position. It takes time. he'll continue to improve. but it wasn't in the 3-4. He had a really outstanding feel for the things that they were doing there. you go into every game with things that you feel you can capitalize on. Offensively. I thought the defense played significantly better than what we did in the first game."Yes. being able to adjust and address it during the game. With the new football leagues that are coming out. I would expect as he keeps a deeper understanding each week. He's worked at it. that played against us the first time we played them. and when I say that. He'll continue to have opportunities and I expect him to improve the production as we go. You track those leagues. In terms of playing the Ravens this past time." (On if he gets a better idea of where the team is when they play a team like the Lions)." (On how they find players like Chris Jennings). but I think we have a good group as well. That really wasn't different the last game or the game before. He's gotten more and more opportunities. With a rookie coming to a new system. Some people have connections to either coaches or front office people in those leagues [Canadian Football League].
" (On the type of season McDonald is having). What I like about Shaun is. The important thing is to be resilient and really identify the things you have to fix. when you get beat or have a breakdown. with that the connection may not be in pro personnel. but out there. because in watching the game tape form last season you saw the motor on tape where he's running the football." (On if Monday night's game was Shaun Rogers' best game of the season)."Sometimes. [he] goes and blocks the extra point. You have three running backs and you're distributing the reps. Again." . it's three or four yards. That was part of the miscommunication. but we always want people to share their information and then you research it and look into it further. It's usually a big play. I think it as the first one."He played last week. It's one play. It's a function of improving the areas you have to improve in.(On who in the organization is responsible for finding Jennings)."It really wasn't. It's a lot easier to do it at 190 [pounds]. It's easy for a big guy on PAT. If he continues to progress in practice I think that will continue to be the case. Ty Law could get beat. everybody knows. His motor runs high. you're on your own often. 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. they score that first touchdown. nobody really notices in the pile up. first or second one. three guys and it's spread out differently. He's played on first and second down. he is a very competitive guy. Being out there at corner. He pursues well to the football. but you're not really getting anything done. go at it the same way. Brandon was supposed to have help."Derrick Mason. You don't know necessarily who's going to find out about a player. come right back and no big deal. You try to draw information from everybody in the building. field goal block to go push. He can be disruptive in both the 3-4 and when we play him offset or in sub." (On if pass protection is the main reason Jerome Harrison is not getting more playing time). You're doing your job and you're pushing."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. too. That was what I based my initial impression off of. [We] wanted to take a look at Chris." (On Brandon McDonald getting beat by Derrick Mason). There's times where the defensive linemen may get beat four or five times. but he'd work to fix the things that he had to fix." (On if Rogers' motor was a question for him when he got here). He played primarily on third down and there was quite a bit of protection required there. He's competitive in the games. That pass play. I don't think he was alone on that play by any stretch. He's competitive in practice. The thing with Brandon though. There are a lot of plays like that. 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. As a cornerback you go through different challenges during the course of the season."I don't know if it was his best game. at 360 [pounds] that's not easy to do. I think he's played well in all the games. he beats a lot of people. I can't remember. Tony (Grossi). Shaun gets something done there.
not just in terms of his play. That's something that I think we should be better at and you have to be better at. turnover ratio dramatically affects outcome."I'm not sure exactly how they finally got to the outcome they got to. It always has and it always will. take-away ratio. the winning percentage is dramatic. this is what the 11 guys would do. then this is what those 11 guys would do. There was a really nice roll out play against Minnesota. It wasn't complete but throwing to his left on a rope in the end zone on a read out by the receiver. There are a lot of good plays on tape. very tough. I thought it was pretty indicative of some of the things he can do with his arm. There's been some tight throws in cover two. I'm sure he's getting that same feel for what they're trying to do in Detroit. His control of his college offense. He's made some mistakes. but the things that he does in the [class] room. that is most under our control and most important is to not have the turnovers. Another guy that's been fun to watch is (Louis) Delmas." (On Robaire Smith). There were times where we were going to ask a question and he was already starting to answer it. but in meeting with him and talking to him and interviewing him. a minus three."I think you were right. Each week he'll improve. [he is] really bright. big hits on tape in college. It's hard to win that way. to me."I watched tape on him. there's a lot of different reasons why that could be what it is. Nothing affects outcome bigger than give-away. It stops drives. He's made some plays on the move. Interceptions I know affect passer rating quite a bit and he's had some of those."Yes. If this happened." (On why Anthony Henry did not play last week). [He is a] really good kid. really bright."Yes he is. I think he's going go to have a really productive long career. He could answer questions by anticipating where you're going next."They've played some different combinations." (On Detroit's secondary). in between the corner and safety." (On if he anticipated the struggles the team would face)." (On the reasons Stafford's production is low). The differential in points based on turnovers is significant. There's been a bunch of times where we've been on the negative side of that. his understanding of his college offense [was] outstanding. He could tell you if this happened. . Robaire has really been outstanding."The thing. The difference between an even game. a minus two. It affects production. a minus one. but that's not uncommon. I met with him quite a bit before the draft." (On if he thinks if they could improve the turnover ratio that it would positively affect everything else). You have to. There's been a lot of good throws on tape. all those things. He has good ability to deliver the football. does a good job with the outs to the tight ends and slot receivers. It affects outcomes.(On how well he got to know Matthew Stafford before the draft)."Robaire has been outstanding." (On if Joshua Cribbs is going to practice today). some nice throws on the fade ball. He'd go player-by-player and give everybody's assignment. bit hits in pro football.
being responsible for making all of the checks with the front seven. just had the defense yesterday vote for a replacement captain."Good morning everybody. I would imagine. How are we doing? Just a little news. [there's] no strong variation there. He always had a period in the game where he may go in for two or three series as outside linebacker. he is going to do it [and] he is going to do it to the best of his ability. Today we will continue to work inside in preparation. directional call. it changes some. He's played multiple positions and he's played them all well. that was the minimum for him." Mangini press conf."I'd say that 20. it's called an AFC. I think all those guys have done a nice job in the different roles that they've had. I think he's done it really well. based on formations. with Kenyon (Coleman) on the left and Robaire on the right. He's going to try to make those around him better. That's a great example to the young guys. he may come in . to each day. You are always trying to find good roles for him if he wasn't going to be the starter. I was happy with that. has been really good. He's the type of guy where you can say in a meeting. I think Eric (Barton) did a great job with communication and D'Qwell (Jackson). physical. Baby (Shaun Rogers) inside. automatic front and coverage. It's him understanding his job. For him. He's a guy that I've known for a while. I personally feel it's a really good choice. bring in (Ahtyba) Rubin or C. being responsible for the huddle. His play. I think as you've seen over the last couple games. stout against the run.He's a guy that will have a coverage. obviously. He's always been someone that whatever you ask him to do. that's not easy.' and he'll nail 13 in a row.J. 11/20 11. what the check is. with both of those guys being on IR. (Mosley) or Corey (Williams)."They played well against Baltimore. for playing the first game inside this season. but him understanding the whole defense and what we're trying to get done with each defense and why.20. ‘We're going to go through this AFC. I think there have been a lot of games where they've played well. Another strength of his is the mentoring of younger players and just his overall approach to each game. which way to go. [They] pretty strongly endorsed David Bowens so he will be serving as the defensive captain through the rest of the season.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-20-09 (Opening statement). but usually the defensive linemen are given the call by the linebacker. [We are] really on our typical preparation path. I've been extremely happy with him." (On if the defensive line had the best game of the season against Baltimore). with him playing inside. There may be 10. Going from an outside linebacker to an inside linebacker. I think it's a pretty stout group. I think. He'll know what the coverage is. the level of communication. 12 checks based on all the formations." (On David Bowens playing only 20 percent of the snaps early in his career). good finish. without having the two defensive captains. aggressive.
with their kids. our wives both were working at a homeless shelter the other day together. which usually helps. and just sharing some of those experiences. Even though he was with one team for a long time I am sure. He's been part of some really good teams. He is constantly looking for innovative ways to do things. I love having him now."I completely understand why he's played as long as he has. I had my kids there and we were talking about that."I remember. I think Jim's had a lot of experience. he was using regression formulas for a while to evaluate tendencies. We were talking this morning. I would have loved to have him. Why he didn't play more early on? That I am not sure of. probably came to 20 or well over 20 plays a game."I think the process part is just the reality. It's been fun getting to know him. He is really smart. I am not sure when it happened. He worked on the goal line and that position flexibility. He's got a great work ethic." (On what he remembers most about Schwartz from their days with the Browns)." . He's seen a lot of different things. It's pretty unique from my experience with being in Cleveland. I forget what it was. He's got a great approach in season."Shaun and I get along really well. [It is] fun to see some of the guys that you only see in this environment. I'd probably have to bring somebody in to help me with that part of it.two or three series at inside linebacker. He's got toughness. typically. He is a really smart guy. so he can fit into any system. Playing indoors. There's a lot of analysis. Was he a math major at Georgetown? He might have been. With the Halloween party and seeing him with his daughter. I'd say smart is one of the things and a great worker. He's coached a long time. It's nice to be able to take a step back and just enjoy each other's company from that perspective. you are guaranteed good weather. I would have loved to have him earlier on." (On if playing indoors can help get the passing game going). He's got a great approach during the offseason. but I think he was able to do it himself. You might lose some guys in free agency." (On explaining why Bowens doesn't have many career starts but has had a long career). I would imagine."I am always hoping that is going to be the case. but the ups and downs where you go through a year and you have to take that approach. There are a lot of good conversations we've had."I anticipate Josh playing all of the roles he normally plays this week. He's a great guy." (On if he and Jim Schwartz learned about ‘the processes' from Bill Belichick). The longevity part I completely understand." (On if Joshua Cribbs can return to all of his roles on Sunday). where we can get the passing game rolling." (On his relationship with Shaun Rogers). He can do a lot of things. you might have to kind of start over. Although I don't think we have had very many games where the weather hasn't been good. [We've had] pretty amazing weather so far. He can rush the passer. based on whether it's the cap or the draft or whatever it is and you go through that cycle. He'd have a designated role in dime defense where he was in each series for that. He's been a good guy to get to know. I think it's a reality.
at the guard spot. I don't even know who won. you have to talk to him."No." (On the right side of the offensive line). Try to build in the flexibly so that they all can work in each of the roles if they have to. he can come talk with me at any point. You miss the field goal. I'm used to him chasing around big ones. Percentage of kicking the field goal and . you look at the percentage of conversion rate. 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. but it takes a little while. They're both back. I thought Rex was having a good camp and then Floyd got dinged early on. four. He's very consistent in the way that he approaches things and all three of those guys are. just like all these guys can. it's from the spot of where the field goal was kicked. There has been some changes in there at different points. Clair) had some good games. John had worked in there a little bit. Floyd (Womack). talked about the range. two. It's not like some other positions where you can play multiple guys at the same time. We actually did a whole study on if you're kicking form this yard line versus a fourth down and one. he didn't dress up for that Halloween party." (On it seeming like Jerome Harrison is upset). All those guys had worked with the other offensive linemen. When you have three running backs. Hank had been in there.(On if Rogers dressed up for the Halloween party). Chris has done a nice job. 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. Unfortunately there's only one running back. but there's one. It's funny watching him chase around a little one. it's been more than two guys because you've had Hank (Fraley) in there for a bit." (On if he watched the Miami at Carolina game last night)."No. You get the field goal blocked and it's a tie game." (On if the injuries on the offensive line caused any problems in developing chemistry)."The good thing is that they had all worked in there and they had worked in different spots. were doing a lot of good things."Really. talked about the comfort level there. I think John's (St. [We] went through a tough spot there. which goes back to why you work those guys in a lot of different spots. When you miss time with an injury and you come back. Anything that he wants to talk about. Chris has really worked hard to create opportunities for himself. but he's been out at right tackle. Rex (Hadnot). They're moving a little bit past the injuries. Rex is in there. You can create some packages like that. Each week it gets better. You have certain things that you like Jamal (Lewis) to do. I think. You have certain things that you want to see Chris do." (On the plusses and minuses of kicking a 45-yard field goal versus going for it on fourth-and-three). Rex got hurt during camp and then Floyd got hurt early in the season and both guys. You have certain things that Jerome does. and I think really with Chris Jennings. I'm sure they talked to the special teams coach."In terms of that."I think there's a lot of factors. five. it does take a while to come back and get in the flow. I think there have been some games where there have been some struggles. Floyd's been in there. three. Fourth-and-three.
percentage of converting the fourth down to a first down and kind of look at it like you would any other stats. Field goal get's blocked. [we were] able to come back. we were down 14-0. I thought that was the first time that we played the style of football that we're looking to play. They were all negative. You have Tom Brady and that offense. because that's a ‘gotta have it' play." (On Bill Belichick's decision to go for it on fourth-and-two from his own 28-yard line). but I liked our approach. but that was another one where we were up and now we're sitting on the goal line. especially in Indy." (On if he sees a negative message being sent to the Patriots' defense with Belichick's decision).2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-25 -09 (Opening statement). It was a game where they got up early. We played him in New York one time. Maybe you should have onside kicked. I've been a part of enough of those games with Peyton Manning where he gets the ball. good things usually happen. I thought that the first time we played them. we ended up winning .25. Everybody's seen Peyton Manning do what Peyton Manning does each week. 11/25 11. get the ball back. at different points it didn't look very good. It's like a track meet. down 25 points with whatever it was. it's really bad."I really do think the things that they did were precautionary. I think the medical staff did a really good job of making sure every possible step was taken to be right. Not a great feeling.making it. it's great. they didn't have any timeouts. I really liked the way we played that game."No. You would want them to do that with any player anytime there's a chance that it could be something more." (On if Joshua Cribbs' recovery seems amazing after how bad it looked). Baby [Shaun Rogers] blocking the extra point and then going into overtime. You kick the field goal. you make it. six minutes and they went into overtime. Miss the fourth down conversion. You go for that fourth down and you make it and it's great. We had the tests done that night. blitz. I see a really positive message being sent to the Patriots offense. it's bad. How are we doing? A couple things in getting ready for the Bengals."I think that Bill's made a lot of great calls. We have to kick off. I liked the way we dealt with adversity. that's pretty high percentage football. Do you feel really good about it? What do you feel about what they're going to do? There's a host of decisions there. five. If you don't get it back. In the Tampa Bay game. You take some chances. all those . Some of the other part comes in how comfortable do you feel with that play that you have. We trust you to get this." Mangini press conf. I think they walked down the field the drive before. [It was] obviously a difficult loss.Willie McGinest came off the edge and tacked the guy on the one yard line. He's special in that situation. they score. We played him in Indy."Good morning everybody. We were up by four with 1:50 left. I don't question that call at all.
I anticipate him having a good week of practice. [He is a] tough guy. if not better. whether it was in Baltimore. I could see a situation where all three backs are up. We cleared the air. to achieve anywhere near the same results. Marvin's (Lewis) winning percentage is impressive. They average close to 5. really collectively. this weekend. 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. It's close to . but it will have to be at the same level." (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. It just depends on how it goes. from a numbers perspective. Chris Jennings has done some good things. I like Jim. right on down the line. He had that impressive return against Pittsburgh. as well. but I could see all three of those guys being up or Jerome being up and Chris being down. It will be a challenge for us on special teams. I thought we did a nice job last time we played them on special teams. They got a couple against us. I think the one thing you see with Cincinnati. They got one in the end zone right in the end zone. some of the things I'm looking for. but defensively. 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. I had a good conversation with Jerome last week." (On if he has spoken with Jim Schwartz).900 percent. he's been dangerous and then with Quan Cosby. "Offensively. Laveranues Coles is a guy I've talked about before. Jim and I are fine. some of his expectations and just have a very clear vision of what you have to do collectively. We've always had a good relationship so we talked through that. They had the one where they stripped the ball out and returned it for a touchdown. they have some weapons in the passing game and the running game with the emergence of Bernard Scott and the addition of Larry Johnson. know really well. where ever he's been they've done that. great teammate. I talked to Jim for a while.things were positive. Caldwell. when they've been able to force turnovers and the offense has been able to protect the ball. The bottom line is we didn't do enough to win the game. as well. That's been his trademark. (Chad) Ochocinco is as dangerous as ever."Yes. (Bernard) Scott's handling some of that. he does some nice things in the punt return games. whether it was here. We'll see how the week goes from a special teams perspective.1 yards a carry. [they] really should be 8-2. Outside of a fluke play against Denver. Last game we did a much better job protecting the football and that's something that we're going to have to do. great competitor. I think he's made some really nice contributions. Andre Caldwell. is they've dealt with tough situations throughout the season and [have] been very resilient and won some tough games. my . That was something that he's always been very successful at doing. they lead the division. In the running game they're able to penetrate and create some negative runs. is creating turnovers. [They are] 7-3 now." (On if he will use Jerome Harrison at Cincinnati). It's a nice situation with those guys being as competitive as they are. All three of those backs are."Jerome is live for every game. In the return game.
" (On Robaire Smith's season). The protection. I think they were all encouraged. You don't want to be like a one hit wonder. Watch the way that he studies. You almost have to slow him down in practice against the scout team. I really like him. he had had the surgery. [He is a] really bright guy. To see that. Those are all things that we've talked about through the course of the season. Mary Kay (Cabot)."He's had an outstanding season. I thought it was a good talk. You like to do that anytime that a guy has a question. is the plays that were there to be made. he was down."I don't really look at it that way. he is so competitive. It could be a drill that they're running during special teams. We worked on the no huddle and have gotten better at that. it looked really positive in terms of his approach and the progress he was making and even the early part of practices and things. and getting the protection where it needs to get to. ‘We should really be clicking by Week 11. [There is a] huge. He's as tough as I've been around."I hadn't looked at it that way. Marcus Benard was active and that's positive. He works. He was back. I look at it as bringing the guys that do the best job during that week and give us the best chance to win. pretty funny guy. 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."What I was really happy with. 10 years. Here's a guy that's worked his way up and made a case for himself and had a chance to play. Emulate that and you have the best chance to reach your potential. He goes out every day. huge difference in what can happen offensively when you don't turn the ball over. It doesn't matter what the drill is. The other key thing was no turnovers." (On if it was disappointing to not have Brian Robiskie and David Veikune active at Detroit). [There were] very limited balls that were catchable and dropped." (On if he should expect a new level of offense by this point in the season). You have to go out and do it the next week. Just by judging from his rehab and those things." (On if Smith's return from his Achilles injury is remarkable). I thought he had a good week of practice and goes out. [I know] coming in.expectations. I was encouraged. [He has a] great personality. It's no different for those two guys either. he's doing the best he can at it. and they had a lot of different looks. They're live all during the week. Tony (Grossi). so that's positive as well. however many years? Just watch him. You love to be able to point at guys like that and say. Chansi Stuckey had been hurt the week before. I'm happy he's here. just because he is so physical. Those are all things that we've done. Watch his approach. ‘You want to know how to play eight years. That's why he's played as long as he has. really physical."I expect it every week. has several key receptions during the game. we just haven't done them to our capacity. Learns his job.'" (On if he thinks the offense turned the corner). To me it's not. we made them. It was a nice use of different tools by Brady and the receivers and taking advantage of some of the things they gave us. He's a pro. learns the concepts of the whole defense. he was rehabbing.' you want to see that each week. his expectations and what he has to do to be active. [There were] very limited misses on . I thought Brady (Quinn) and Alex Mack and the whole group did a nice job with identifying the different looks.
"In terms of those things. The other approach is the no huddle." (On why they waited until Quinn got back in to emphasize the no huddle). You can really key in on certain things and you see that with the New England system. 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. when we first had him in New England. (Derek Anderson) and that was still part of the offense. I think I was frustrated with the situation and probably expressed that more than I probably should have. where you don't have as clean a read. If you're stationary. That's me. but you get an advantage in terms of their adjustments aren't as clean. That's what it was."I've always really liked it. then got an opportunity to play and did a nice job. [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. those self-inflicted wounds. Some other guys are able to step in right away and be really effective. There are plusses and minuses to both ways of doing it. David Harris didn't start right away in New York." (On if Robiskie's production is not what he expected). Some guys it takes a while. They can't get to what they want to get to as quickly as they'd like to get to it. hard working guy that cared. but at the end of the way we're responsible for it. 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. We had plenty of opportunities to win the game and we didn't. that's the coaches. I think that as we move forward. but he wasn't ready at that point. [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. even though he did some good things. so if you're going to you're to the right you want to be able to try to hold them to keep them out of the mix. He just kept working at it and ended up doing really nice things. David Givens." (On if the game plan was for Brady Quinn to use the pump fake or if it was instinctive)."[I have had] just so many experiences with young guys where they hit at different times. that's the players. I like it." (On if when they made the quarterback change is when they went to the no huddle)"We practiced it each week with D. the Indianapolis system. being able to take a step back and look at it and evaluate it. which can force them to declare quicker. the stationary read and go. That wasn't good enough." (On fans thinking it was lame to blame the loss at Detroit on the Lions' injuries). Some guys hit really quickly. I took both approaches. but it's part of the program each week. I think it's something that maybe we did a little bit more last week. [he had] a lot of dropped balls initially. Some guys it takes a year or so. [He] just wasn't ready at that point. . You can see different looks. where you're stopping yourself and now you're going to move the ball."You try to incorporate that anytime you're throwing deep balls because you want to be able to hold the safety.A. It might have been more a function of that than anything else. you can usually anticipate what the coverage is more often than not. but he wasn't ready to start even though he was talented. You start chipping away at those things.throws that were makeable. That's one approach. There may be some things with shifting and motioning.
but it has to be consistent. On special teams it's the same thing. His production. When we don't turn the ball over. You have to make a contribution there. When you're in that situation it starts there for you. you have a game to play so you just focus on that. The execution. that I'm committed to." (On if the Lions having the last ranked defense affects how he looks at the offense's performance against them). We've shown what we can do offensively. we can move it effectively. You see signs of it. That's what we're committed to."Robiskie has played quite a bit the games he's been active. and I know it's hard to see because the production hasn't been there offensively. Everybody's determined to fix it. No. Each week we have to make decisions. whatever it is. He realizes that and that's something that he's working at." (On why Robiskie and Veikune have not played much). It's something that work is ongoing. but we have to put all three together and play complementary football. I'm not sure his exact play time numbers. [There have been] different points throughout the year where that's been very effective. They deserve it. We've shown what we can do defensively. Game in and game out you have to play with the game intensity game in and game out. We're going to work as hard as possible and as diligently as possible to make sure that happens. which is a consistent winning team that plays at a high level all the time. I'm not sure what Josh's experience was. not really. I look at the different opportunities where we had a chance to move the ball throughout the course of the season and there's been plenty of them. That's my personal experience. Everybody's committed to it. We turn the ball over or we drop a pass. When you get your opportunities on offense and defense you have to make them count. As this process goes on. work as hard as we possibly can to give the fans what they deserve."What I really look at. to me. I can't remember and even if that was the case. We have 53 guys and we can only take 45. is what I looked at and what I was really encouraged by. Some of those decisions are based on special teams and who can give us the value there. Like I said." ." (On if any players have tried to engage in trash talk with him before a game). Everybody's frustrated with where we are. as a unit. That's ongoing and there's no lack of resolve by anybody here. that's what the caches are committed to. That's what we do each day."I don't know what happened with Josh out there. when we don't have selfinflicted wounds. 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. There's no doubt about it. that needs to improve.what I'm looking for is for us to be able to play complementary football. as a staff and you try to take that learning and apply it to the next game."I don't remember that happening. [I'm] looking to see continued progress. It's something that we're committed to. You feel like you learn some things each game as a team." (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). those were against defenses that were ranked differently then where Detroit may have been.
He's made some nice plays. I should have got you [the media] those times. [We] hung out a lot. You like those guys with the wrestling backgrounds because they understand leverage. but putting it together is what we have to do. There were different times in overtime where they had chances and we were able to stop them." Mangini press conf. I thought that was outstanding." (On if he thinks Chris Jennings can be a featured back in the is league). They had that chance to kick the extra point and to block that. My sister's here from out of town. last year as an outside linebacker. That's why we had the later start. He was assigned to us. "Yesterday we didn't have the afternoon meetings. which is all encouraging.(On if the game against Cincinnati has been their best game of the season). really early for that. that takes some time and there's a lot of things to it that you have to do. How are we doing? Did everybody have a good Thanksgiving? [Mine] was great. He's inexperienced. . My brother-in-law just got in. we fought the same level. I think. I was really happy with the resilience of the group and it didn't matter what happened in the game. Some guys from the building that didn't have family in town came over.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-27-09 (Opening statement). He had a nice play against Cincinnati where he was almost caught in the backfield and picked up eight yards."Good morning everybody. That feature back role. but I didn't. He is chipping away at establishing a role which I've been happy with. Matt's a guy that came into his own. It's good to have him here. He's young. 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. 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. [My] back's a little sore from picking up the kids. 11/27 11. My three year old wanted to wrestle a lot. I really liked that. They understand hand placement and things like that. game planning and things like that. It was good stuff. He was. long way from when we first got him. a two-time wrestling champ in high school."It's really. hung out with the boys. I think there have been times throughout the course of the season where there have been some really good things. You saw that we claimed Matt Roth off waivers. [He is] a tough guy. It was the first time that he had really played that role. He's enthusiastic."We didn't win. I thought I did. I thought. [I'm] looking forward to him to just keep moving along that path.27. so we had a good group. but I was really happy with the way that we approached the game. I'd say from an approach perspective. He's come a long. He was tough to handle whenever we faced him in New York.
I don't know what he had against us. it's valuable because you see them in meeting rooms. It's like. Talking about him. ‘How could they help us right now?' and what's their contract status. but he was playing the outside linebacker spot there which is a relatively close comparison. do our standard Friday prep. extra time. Kaluka (Maiava). ‘Look. [He is] a strong. It's so different then when you are drafting. he did a really good job of collapsing the pocket. Things change sometimes year-to-year. This is the beginning. He has been backing up David (Bowens). Hopefully. buddy. not in games. I think Mohamed (Massaquoi) went and bought some Timberland's. they had him on this side. He's spending a lot of time with Matt Eberflus." (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). Like I said." (On if Jason Trusnik could move more to inside linebacker with the addition of Roth). it was more a function of seeing him as an outside linebacker in."Jason has to work both inside and outside now.' We will roll through. I think they're in a little state of shock. it's going to snow. never dealt with snow. not in exactly the same system."Again. they play a little bit more gapped down guys than we do. they had Joey Porter on the other side. I kept telling them. in the preseason last year and he hadn't played in any regular season games at outside linebacker to that point. November was the third best ever. to try to get ready. I didn't get too deep into that with him. [We are] giving him reps in practice." (On why Roth only played four games this year). He played inside there before. It is hard to come to a new place to pick up all the terminology. physical guy. I think he had a couple sacks. You don't get the same contact. we had a lot of guys that have never driven in snow. They're getting used to that. all that stuff."That's a good question. Situations change year-to-year.' And every day we'd come out and it's beautiful. even if it's just to learn about them. with his background and not being a rookie. I just know that when we faced him he was impressive. the other interesting thing this morning. that'll go quicker. because you don't get the same exposure. 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."I didn't really get into that with Matt at all. his first winter jacket." (On the odds of Roth being able to step in and play right away)." (On if Miami was trying to move Roth to defensive end). ‘Get used to it. even though it may be the same concept it's just translating it into what you know takes some time. you look at all those opportunities that come up and you try to think both short term. 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. For me."Yes. I don't know what exactly happened."In terms of today. you see them on the practice field. I thought. He's tough to deal with from that perspective. but he has .
put a bunch of that stuff in. There's a lot of guys to the ball after every play. It evolves throughout the season. They make a lot of plays like that. Typically in the offseason you really like that stuff. There's some big hits that happen down the field that aren't by the secondary necessarily. D'Qwell was helping to call the defense and both those guys are gone now and I think David's done a nice job. They have Larry Johnson."I was talking on the conference call. We had Dave (Zastudil). All that being said. it gives you a little more flexibility as to what you can or will do.' and the next season something else hits. It's like a lot of the diamond fronts." ."We had D'Qwell (Jackson)." (On if Cincinnati looks like a tough team). The funny thing about your season is you go in with a plan of how you're going to play it and often times something else hits and then you stay with that and an area that you weren't going to emphasize becomes a huge part of what you do. Eric Barton and D'Qwell played all the snaps inside at that point. because they played a ton of that in New York when Bill (Parcells) and Bill (Belichick) were there. We should bring that out of the attic. the 4-6 stuff. It was a different type of cover two then the typical Giants cover two. had eight sacks.worked inside before. it was more of an eight man drop and that evolved. We've lost some guys that played key roles in that game. We hadn't been playing much cover two in 2001 and Tampa [Bay]. we had never really done that in New England until we played. Eric was calling the defense." (On how the team has changed since playing Cincinnati the first time). Even in our game. had the awareness to get the ball out. Those are effort and awareness plays that you appreciate as an opposing coach. [but] by defensive linemen chasing or the linebackers chasing and the guy gets stood up and they come and blow him up. It was a different approach. I think had won the Super Bowl or Tampa been pretty dominant defensively. I think one of the things that impresses me is the motor of the defense. I think on both sides of the ball we've done some different things. Some of the things that they're doing offensively have evolved because of success they've had in different areas. It's hard to say that definitely. ‘We're going to build off this. Kaluka's done a nice job. whether it be the no huddle or shifting and motioning. It's different because you've taken out some players that had really significant roles. but they've done some different things as well. some of the things defensively in terms of our approach to different formations. we've had other guys that have stepped in and done a nice job. We just changed it. so we incorporated some of that against Indy [Indianapolis] the second or third game. then that evolved over time and it became part of our package. Sometimes you go back to the playbook and say. I think if anything. the week of Thanksgiving. Guys have stepped in. against Atlanta."I like to think that we've made a lot of strides in different areas. you think. the bear fronts. I thought it was a good indication of how they play where Jerome [Harrison] got stood up and somebody came around from the backside. It's hard to go apples-to-apples. ‘That was a great concept.'" (On if he thinks the team is better overall than in Week 4). We had Eric (Barton). We had Steve (Heiden). we won like 40-something to 14 and that became a big part of [our defense].
not just physically but mentally. is more what's been a little bit up and down for us. because everybody else sees what your record is. I think we have a shot to see all three of them practice today." (On if Carson Palmer's stats reinforce the need to have a franchise quarterback)"Everybody wants one. I said. but you have to go out. A lot of we were just going to roll it out there and win games. I think we've had spots of good things. Even on special teams. I'm sure a little turkey doesn't hurt anybody. Things hit."He didn't have a lot of yards against us. it's so small that you drop off a little bit and it kills you. We had come off the. can you do it the week after? Can you have those .(On how you get a team to be tougher). I didn't think that we played to our potential last week. I thought we had a lousy week of practice leading up to the Denver game. C. That's what I said to the guys after the game. I'll wait until we get out there to make sure. It was a lot of back and forth and that takes physical toughness."(Ahtyba) Rubin's played inside there. You only have to be wrong on him a couple times and he kills you. we block the PAT. so what. ‘Anybody shocked by this outcome? Look at how we practiced during the week. Even last year in New York. Corey's (Williams) actually played a little bit at the nose position. very good intensity. he had impact plays. So what.'" (On if he has seen ups and downs in the team's toughness this year). You better play with the same intensity. who'd we play before." (On how serious Shaun Rogers' injury is). Last week it clicked. There was a lot of hype. and you can't do it. You're always looking for that position to play well and usually when that position plays well. 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. Like any other position. At that point we were 8-3. come off a game where we didn't respond very well to adversity.J. clicked offensively and we didn't do the same things we had been doing from a technique perspective defensively and that was disappointing. you're in every game. It wasn't a surprise. I thought last game was a good example of that. You better practice with the same intensity and we got smoked by Denver."You're constantly working on that." (On who would play inside if Rogers can't play)."I think overall it's consistency. Baltimore. but [they've] been moving along here throughout the course of the week. ‘That's a situation. Everybody else responds. where you're down 14-0."I think that with Shaun.'" (On Chad Ochocinco). You coach off of situations that you've been in. now it's. [He has] great hands. can you do it the next week. I thought we showed a lot of toughness in that game. but it also takes mental toughness to know. That's not taking anything away from what they [Detroit] did. I think we're a good special teams unit. The margin of error for a guy like him or Calvin Johnson. They go up. Any of those guys could go in and do that. We were down 14-0 early and come back and respond and fight. you can continue to improve at it. We went out and played exactly like we practiced. but like he usually does. You can't just roll it out. Mosley's played some at the nose position. He had two touchdowns. Vic (Lawrence Vickers) and Robert (Royal). We have a bunch of time [to] go back and respond to it.
and that's another part of the process. It's not on a script. where [there were] just some really smart decisions. is learning how to not dwell on the past. I view it as. Sometimes it's through pushing."I wouldn't say that it's just important for him. Being able to change the protection to get that picked up to allow the route to develop. We're going to have to throw it quick." (On where he thinks Quinn's potential is). It's true. It's important for all of us. ‘This is what you can be and my job is to push you as hard as I can to achieve that potential."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. It's hard to always be in the moment. because you're surrounded by revisiting what happened and they're always talk about two. can we do them on a week in and week out basis. If you don't then they're just tough losses. three weeks down the road or whatever it is. ‘You have the greatest human MRI machine in the world. but it's my job to make sure that you reach that potential. he's in Russia now training a fighter. but to learn from the past and not to look too far in the future. but that's what I am committed to doing. You come out. because you get to see how everybody deals with adversity. These are all opportunities. each week to go out as a group and improve and build on the lessons of the weeks before. Some of these lessons have been learned in a very hard fashion. I think Brett's [Favre] playing pretty well right now and it's made a difference for him. They're just tough experiences. but the best chance you have to be . You get to see how everybody responds to difficult times."You saw a lot of elements of it last week. 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 not necessarily a part of the call. but we have to actually do it. You see that we're outnumbered in the running game and you throw a quick look pass to the receiver. If the protection doesn't look very good over here we're going to get hit.same performances week in and week out and not be up and down? [It's a] constant challenge.' Sometimes you don't even know how good you can be." (On how important these last six games are for the Brady Quinn). One of the things that come up often times with players and my communication with players or talking about my approach is." (On if he is confident the team is over the loss at Detroit). You see the formation." (On if he still has some questions about exactly the kind of quarterback Quinn can be). That's a tough skill to learn. Now it's."Yes. he called me and said.' and it's true. which I believe we can. Whatever bar it is. Sometimes it's through different approaches. all those things are things you see. is to make sure that guys achieve their potential. I was talking to him. but you know that's something that you can do to respond to a situation that's not very good. I have to make sure that you reach that and collectively that we reach that. whatever it is. but they only have value if you take something away from them. Sometimes you don't even know what your potential is because you frame of reference is college or your frame of reference is limited. Sometimes it's through positive reinforcement.
It's just unfortunate. really unfortunate."A couple updates from the game.30. With the other three players that were injured. Offensively."It's like his lower leg and his ankle. Some of them they got us on. Cincinnati did a good job with some of the looks that they gave us that were a little bit different. 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 think. with Brodney (Pool). We handled most of them. he is going to be going on IR. it will be a ‘wait and see' type situation. that's never been the case with him."I don't really want to get into specifics of it. With concussions. At 13-7 it's a good situation and we just couldn't continue on the momentum that we had from the first drive. the safest way to bring a player back. "In terms of what I said to the team this morning and how I felt about the game. had opportunities. in terms of Big Baby (Shaun Rogers). but I thought it was too slow from what we had outlined and what we wanted to get accomplished. He is going to need surgery and this is just where he is." (On if the team's record has anything to do with putting Rogers on IR). 11/30 11. I really felt like if we had come out better in the first half. so not very good news there." (On where Rogers' injury is located).2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-30-09 (Opening statement)." (On if Rogers has anything broken). from the opening kickoff to the first offensive series. We had opportunities throughout the course of the game. I thought that we started slow. like anything else. With Kenyon (Coleman) and Kam (Kamerion Wimbley). things could have been different. we take that very seriously. I thought in the second half we played better. It hurts." Mangini press conf. He wants to be out there. I'm happy with the fact that we didn't turn the ball over.successful is to be in the moment. and the same thing defensively. It's a learned skill. 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. so we'll have to wait and see on that. I thought we started slow in all three phases."No. we just didn't take advantage of them. He is very disappointed." . That's going to take some time and just see where we are during the course of the week. We did a few things in the first offensive series that I liked. he had a concussion. It takes discipline. 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'll take the steps that we need to take. understanding that injuries are a part of the game." (On if he thinks the NFL is on the way to installing preventive practice measures against concussions). whether it's some combination of the active roster or the practice squad." (On if there is a special helmet Pool can wear). really that whole interior's changed dramatically from the start of the season. I really think that (Ahtyba) Rubin's done a nice job throughout the whole season. He's disruptive. how they fit. who's available. training camp. you have to keep him inside. Nobody wants to see anybody get hurt. He has very good ability to cut. I think."We'll look at that. He has excellent speed when he gets to the edge. the whole offseason. Sometimes you get a penalty that you might disagree with. That's everybody's goal. It's important to us. It's difficult from that perspective."I'm sure we have researched all those things." (On where the breakdowns in the run defense occurred at Cincinnati). He's really developing in that role and this is a great opportunity for him to continue to develop in that role. I'm not sure. It's just one of those things that you do everything you can to make sure that you're not putting the player at any greater risk and that you have the best information available when you're making those decisions."He's big."No. and it's something we take very seriously." (On if he thinks hits have become more violent over the past couple of years)"Again. but you understand the intent of why they're doing it is to try to protect the players and you respect that. My emphasis and our emphasis is safety and proper evaluation and things like that. He has done a real nice job. In terms of the specific helmet. but trying to minimize risk wherever you can. I don't get involved with the specific parts of that.(On if the team's approach to concussions has been affected by the NFL's emphasis on the injury). I'm not sure. I remember over the course of time there being a lot of violent hits. a lot of that I have to more or less allow the lead to come from the medical staff. They have to deal with him from a game plan perspective. the NFL's done a great job of really emphasizing player safety." (On what the team loses when Rogers is out of the lineup). You have to keep him within the tackle box. if anything. we've tried to be very aggressive with that in New York and here as well. we're all for it. I think everybody's open to whatever puts the players in the best position to avoid those things." (On how Pool's concussion history will be factored into his return). [We will] kind of see what's available. With (Bernard) Scott. Coupling D'Qwell (Jackson) and Eric (Barton). [We've] seen that on some of his kickoff returns and things like ."There were a couple different spots. 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."Medically."I don't know all the different things that are being discussed. organizationally." (On if they will have to add defensive linemen to the roster).
I think he's gotten better at shedding the blocker and being more patient with shedding. Sometimes they're there and you take a shot. With Coye. They're trying to do it. We're trying to do it. if the running back's starting to your right." (On the perception that on passes to Mohamed Massaquoi. he'll cut back to the void that you create. [We want to] force them into post snap reads. understanding where the double teams are going to come from. defensively. because you can. We've had different combinations of people working at those different spots. the softness in the c-gap. I don't think it was a fundamental lack of understanding by the players as to what the adjustment is. I thought our tackling at times led to extra yards that really shouldn't have been the case. [Those are] all things that come with time and experience and I think he's improved in all those areas. like we've called throughout the course of the season."[He is] very good with his hands and his hand placement inside of the center's chest. changes the route adjustment. but he has to make even more of a case for himself. get a positive play." (On if Quinn gets rid of the ball too early sometimes). They blitzed a little bit more than they had the previous game and they had up until this point." (On if Brandon McDonald and Coye Francies will get more playing time if Pool is out). it's got to be earned. you throw him off too early and go to your right. physical offensive line."No. whether he'll work back at safety or work at corner." (On if the offensive design for Cincinnati was short passes). he's been successful for a long time and he's a good back."We called vertical passes yesterday."With any of the playing time.that. which is the inside player because you don't have the numbers to pick it up. That's always the goal. as we look at San Diego."I don't think there have been a significant number of breakdowns in terms of what the assignment is. if you're outnumbered you have to go to either the site adjust. You have to be patient and know the right time to throw the offensive player off and I think that's improved for him. His block recognition." . I think he needs to keep working and establishing a role. whether it be directly outside or in that c-gap. a defined role. That does happen from time-to-time. not that he hasn't. [There were] a couple times where the throws weren't there. I think that it will depend on. They have a big. is to show one coverage. which is the outside player or the hot. where we're going to have Mike Adams. There's a couple times where Mohamed was a little deep when he should have been maybe two or three yards more shallow. Larry Johnson." (On the area where Ahytba Rubin has made the most improvement this year). Quinn throws to one spot and Massaquoi is not there). I thought he did a nice job finding the crease. change the coverage and that changes the quarterback's read. Some of it's going to be a function of what we see that they're doing. what his reaction should be on those blocks. 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. Sometimes you don't have it deep and you want to get the check down.
"The one thing I have been happy with the last two games is not turning the ball over. He's had a lot of play time. I think there are a lot of things that take place during that process.' He missed on them. Every Sunday we have an opportunity to change the outcome. I've been happy with the way the guys have worked. They work hard through the course of the week. but he's going to have to go out and earn that play time. 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. You continue to get a feel for your receivers. This is a good group of guys. Neither one of the guys was going to play extensively on special teams and I thought that Jake earned the opportunity." (On if the feelings surrounding the 1995 Browns' season are similar to this season)"I was here in '94." (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. Sometimes it's a function of that. Mohamed's (Massaquoi) played well throughout the season. I don't anticipate that being an issue throughout the rest of the season. That's why I was disappointed coming out and not playing better early in the game.(On if Quinn's mis-throws when he is pressured)."This week I thought that Jake (Allen) has had two really good weeks since he got here. 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. He could be active again this week. Sometimes you just miss some. Brian's played in a lot of games. 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. It's a unique position at receiver. I think that there have been some positive things throughout the course of the year in all three phases. They have been consistent with that and I haven't questioned that at any point throughout the course of the season. because that's why we do all the work that we do during the week."We constantly are working on timing and release and things like that. You're looking at either going with four receivers or going with five and the fifth receiver you're trying to have a defined role. I think Chansi's (Stuckey) doing a really nice job in the slot." (On if Brian Robiskie has not been active due to effort or performance). You have Josh (Cribbs) who obviously has a dominant role on special teams. It's . 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." (On which offensive problem area is the easiest to fix)."Some are a function of that. You continue to drill it." (On what can be done to work on having a higher completion percentage). I think that's important. That's what we're going to continue to do. 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. and I saw the success that we had that year. too. I expect this group of guys to maintain their commitment to change the outcome. Mike Furrey plays on defense. Some are just ‘you miss. Some are throws that he's made before and made them easily.
" (On if he would look into Weis because of his relationship with Quinn). Three or four times yesterday I thought Brady did an excellent job with that. even Greg (Estandia) on the scramble. I haven't heard any news one way or the other. we had blockers out there. I thought guys at different times made some really nice plays. I thought Mike Furrey had a really nice catch. They were bringing pressure off the other side. then it's a function of being able to hit the hot or the site. which is such a fundamental skill set and something that we work on consistently."No.really important. I've been friendly and talked since he's been at Notre Dame. just trying to build it a different way to take away the standard sort of front we've been getting. I respect him a lot. That's really all I've thought about that situation. In that last drive there. the third down play. third-and-five. rolled back in and made the catch. it was just designed a little bit differently. Those are the things that we did do in the Detroit game and you saw the difference. I don't know what his status is. We had certain plays up. I think it was thirdand-14. He's a really good football coach. not necessarily. I've always liked Charlie. He's a good coach. I worked with him New York. I think you saw the play."I think they're all important. looking the ball in. I thought that we did that well at spurts last week. It was consistent concentration." (On if he thinks catching the ball is the easiest area to fix). That's been good. I thought Mohamed made a tremendous catch going towards the tunnel on our sideline. there are going to be things each game that are different. I hope he hasn't gotten fired and I wish him the best. then worked with him again in New England. I think that when you have the opportunity to catch the ball. We tend to get a very specific type of adjustment when Josh is lined up at the quarterback position. throw back to Brady." (On the reports that Charlie Weis has been fired from Notre Dame and the type of relationship he has with Weis). The difference between getting that initial block and not is the difference between that play going for nothing or significant gain. tucking it away and then turning and running. I think that we've thrown the ball. Two plays earlier he really should have had a catch and dropped it."I like Charlie."I really haven't thought about any of that and don't know what Charlie's situation is. so we tried to get him the ball a little bit different way where they couldn't get in that same front and coverage. hitting Chansi for a first down when it wasn't picked up. The week before we had hit it against a pressure look in Detroit and went for 34 yards. The more you do that the less likely they are to pressure. Even though he was hitting the same spot. He's a good friend. the direct snap to Josh. There's going to be things designed to beat the protection." . made all those throws and need to continue to make the throws when the guy's open. which was right there." (On if they saw something from the Bengals defense that caused them to not use the Wildcat at Cincinnati). you have to be able to maximize those things. missed the guy and he tackled Josh for no gain. From a protection perspective. Even the tear screen to Josh. essentially it's the same number of blockers. You had another third down play.
" Mangini press conf. is the volume of plays that they've had of 16 or more yards. I think one of the things that jumps out at you."Yes. outside of (Philip) Rivers' quarterback rating and his number of TDs to interceptions. he can take it straight ahead and beat you with his speed that way . They've done a nice of protecting the football. they can score. they can produce." (On if Quinn will be the starter). In terms of specific advice related to specific injuries. The pressure that they've been able to put on quarterbacks has been successful in generating sacks as well. they've been very successful throughout the course of the year. That's lead to some key turnovers. They've done a nice job in terms of sacks allowed. so that's been something that we've improved on."I think that the best thing I can do is have them listen to the people that really understand the injuries."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. "Their offense.(On if Pool has had any other concussions this year). It's primarily a three-deep zone.02. They have very effective rushers when they do bring them."No. good skill guys. Facing (Darren) Sproles over the years. 12/2 12. [They can] give it to either of the backs or the fullbacks and both those guys can hurt you in the running game. the score was fairly lopsided and most of those are the result of turnovers that they were able to generate. I think each guy has to really spend time with the doctors and make that decision themselves. I've been happy with the way the offense has operated the last two games and going nine games with a turnover and being able to get to the point now where we've had two in a row here without having a turnover. [they have] good coverage unties. How are you doing? Just getting ready for the Chargers. [It's] something that's going to be very important again this weekend. I don't know enough about each of the specific injuries to really give any sort of advice as to how to treat the injury or respond to the injury. I want all the guys to be safe and to be smart and you be supportive as well. "On special teams. Brady will continue to start." (On if there would ever be a time he would tell a player with multiple concussions to retire) .2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-2-09 (Opening statement). It's a zone blitz team so they'll bring combinations of blitzers and typically play zone behind it. it doesn't matter who you want to talk about. Almost 20 percent of all their pass plays go for 16 plus yards. 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. but sometimes you get a mixture of a couple of other things and they do it from a lot of different looks. Really when you look at the Kansas City game. pretty much whatever area you watch with this team.
"We haven't done anything yet."In terms of the specific thing."I can't remember if it was actually helmet-to-helmet or whether it was helmet to some other pad. Mike Furrey's played there quite a bit. I'll have more information for you." (On the status of Brodney Pool). We're going to have to see how the week goes and see how it plays out. It's never a fun conversation. Hank's (Poteat) played there at different points throughout his career and throughout his time here as well. It's a big challenge against a good team. this is something that we're still moving forward on. but unfortunately it's something that is a reality." (On if he would be comfortable putting Brandon McDonald in a starting role)."Yes." . go the wide field and create some problems in that area as well. Tony (Grossi). 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 what happened on the play that injured Pool). That discussion.or he can change directions." (On Kenyon Coleman and Kamerion Wimbley). There are some different combinations that we have." (On if it is difficult to talk with a player about not playing again). Like I said."I think we have a shot with both those guys. I'm not really sure." (On if Pool will have to consider not playing again). Mike Adams had played there quite a bit." (On if Pool is around the team still)."He's here. 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. Bubba (Ray) Ventrone. You never want to have a conversation about injuries with anybody." (On if he has filled the roster vacancy)."As I said."I think with that." (On if Pool was injured on a helmet-to-helmet or helmet-to-knee hit). It's a challenge. we haven't talked about the long term. but they're always important."It's not looking very positive." (On what he will do at safety this week). I'm not totally sure. 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."There are a couple different options. He's definitely not going to play this weekend and there's a chance he won't be playing again this year. is a discussion for a later time period. I think.
I haven't really thought about it. Give the ball to Sproles." (On how he would feel if the league made a rule about practicing without helmets)"Tony (Grossi). I just don't feel qualified enough on this topic to really give a lot of insight on it. the league spends a ton of time on."I don't really know what their philosophy is going to be. Part of the reason you wear helmets is to protect against guys bumping heads by accident. for the different offseason meetings." (On if Pool will be placed on injured reserve). Marla (Ridenour)." . You try to minimize risk whenever you can. especially anything that has long term affects. so we went through the complete process." (On if they could accomplish the same things in practice without helmets). I'm in support of that. the people that really understand all the nuances of it. They're all good. Throw it to Vincent Jackson. That'll be a discussion. Whatever the plan is collectively that is brought up and adopted we'll adapt to. I don't know what the range of options are. we take seriously and will continue to take seriously. Tony (Grossi)."Again. I'm totally in support of whatever can help in terms of player safety."I just don't feel like I'm enough of an expert on the topic. Take your pick.(On if Pool's injury happened on the play Coleman got hurt). Give the ball to LaDainian Tomlinson. [They] consult all the experts in the field and research thoroughly." (On what input the coaches have in guiding the league's decisions regarding concussion)."I honestly haven't thought about it." (On if the emphasis on concussions is overdue). We'll take as much guidance as we can on it and just always put the players in the best position. It hasn't been something that you delve into significantly right now. I know that they are working on it and they'll continue to work on it and consult people."I don't think so. I can say that it is important." (On if they went back and determined if Pool's preseason injury was a concussion)"I know that all the injuries. There's a very detailed process." (On if he expects the Chargers to run the ball a lot). that's something that I'll have more information for you probably either later today or by tomorrow. I think that it's important to leave it up to the people that really understand this a lot better than I do. I don't know what the right answer is there. that we've worked on. I think a lot of those decisions. I'm not exactly sure when the timeline was."Again. They have a lot of good options."Again. we have a lot of tests that go into it." (On if he ever had a concussion when he played). to get their feedback and collectively try to make the best decision. I think. Throw it to (Antonio) Gates. but it is something that's important. It's something that we've studied. Tony (Grossi). I do think it's important for the experts. It's something we stress. I think it's tough in a lot of areas. base line tests and comparative tests. We wouldn't put anybody back on the field that wasn't able to be cleared medically to do so.
(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."
It was more symptom-based and that's when we initiated the testing. I'd be happy for him to do that if that was something that he'd like to do.(On if the league mandating the use of an independent neurologist is in affect yet)"Often times you do that anyways." (On if Lewis had a chance to talk to the team before he left). Again." (On what symptoms Lewis complained of)." (On if he thinks Lewis is a Hall of Famer). I would imagine that any of the guys that come back who have had experience and reps would continue to improve." Mangini press conf. as you get more comfortable you tend to play faster because you're not thinking through the adjustments. He's done a lot of good things. with the future. I think anything that helps the process is a good thing." (On if Pool has a fierce enough personality to come back because he is soft-spoken)"I've known a lot of guys that are really soft-spoken off the field but play with a great intensity on the field."I don't get a vote in that.04. he's had a lot of good reps. At that point. but I think he's had a tremendous career. Those things are all positive. I was pleased with that."It wasn't really that type of discussion. I don't think necessarily the personality off the field is a direct relation to the personality on the field."I've seen him make progress throughout the course of the year. Tony (Grossi). I think he became a better communicator as the season went on.2009 ." (On if Lewis said when he was hit). You hope."That wasn't something that he and I talked about or he mentioned him wanting to do." (On the specific hit that triggered Lewis' symptoms). Like with any new system."I'm not going to get into specifics of all the different things. 12/4 12. I was happy with a lot of the things that he was doing in the deep part of the field. It's much more of a reaction type thing. You're not thinking about what your responsibilities are. as he got more comfortable not just working in the system but working with whether it be Abe (Elam) or Mike Adams or whoever he was back there with. a lot of good progress so I anticipate him continuing along that path. but that's something that's going to be in place."As I said. a lot of good experience." (On the upside he sees in Pool). [I] really liked the range that he showed. It's always a plus and you're always able to do more and more individually and collectively. He's had an impressive career. that's when we did the testing. you hope [he makes it]. the first that we were made aware of it was on Monday.
" (On if he is comfortable starting Furrey at safety). You don't know how many reps either sides going to have. 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. with the shifting and the motioning and things like that. It would be hard to go through and say that's the right number of reps in each game. I've played these games before. The other nice thing is both teams are working the same amount of time. We played New England on Thursday night. but the familiarity does help. 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."We experienced the same thing last year [in New York]. typically. . That wouldn't be the approach. Mike Furrey's been working on defense." (On if he will back off reps for some players in the San Diego game in preparation for the Steelers game)."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's tough as it is just to get the same level of preparation." (On how he will approach the short week coming up). so you have to really understand what the final formation is and where the different pieces are. You have to be conscious of where the guys are physically. I thought there were some good things defensively. I'm not sure how many interceptions he had. You're balancing the level of install. I think he had four or five interceptions and was third or fourth on the team in tackles. 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. probably not. I think those games are always a little bit tougher when it's someone out of conference or you have no exposure to. The nice thing about that and the nice thing about our situation is it is a conference opponent. I'd be totally comfortable."Yes. I mean you look at it. so there's some familiarity with who you're playing and what the scheme is."No. but this is similar to." (On if he is going to let the players play their normal amounts on Sunday and see what happens on Thursday). Ray Ventrone has gotten reps throughout the course of the season and some reps in games. I haven't done that in the past." (On if they will be moving guys around in the secondary).Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-4-09 (Opening statement). That's tough. That'll be the focal point this morning slash afternoon. He's started 11 games there in the past. You try to play the best players that give you the chance to win. You're balancing that. [It will be] a combination there. Hank (Poteat) has played bother corner and safety."The positive thing for us is that Mike (Adams) has played both corner and safety so he has that ability. You can't really take the same approach from that perspective either. say Baltimore."No. 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.
somewhere in that range. continue to develop as an outside linebacker. that's another new spot. He started 11 games and either the next year or the year before he had 98 catches." (On if Bowens is even more of a coach on the field now). Mike Adams working at corner and safety. There hasn't been a significant amount of mental errors considering that there are so many new pieces. then he's moved to inside linebacker. but you want to have those different combinations because you don't know when they're going to be working together. is just evaluate the week of practice and look at how they did and the matchups and kind of finalize it towards the end of the week. You're always working to get a high level of communication and having some new pieces in. We don't have a lot of guys in the same spots that they were in at the start of the season. I've seen some progress. but it's good though. He's able to help communicate the calls. Really. because you don't know. We try to do that defensively every week with every position." (On how challenging the possibility of having four new defensive starters is). It's not always the same guys getting the same reps all the time. sort of simulating the game through tapes so that they all have to communicate and I think that's been helpful. That's pretty versatile. him getting the chance that he's getting. that heightens it and I think they've responded well. Look at David Bowens. That's something we've always tried to do. I think it's a really great opportunity for guys to establish themselves as real solid contributors. [We] really brought him here to play a role." (On if Brandon McDonald's role is still in sub defense). continue his role on special teams."Yes. There's quite a few new guys."You're constantly teaching. What you like is to see the way the other guys respond. David Bowens. He's led the team twice in tackles. He understands the whole defense. They've done a lot of stuff as a group outside of just what we do in the typical day. [He] ended up starting. making calls. if he's not able to go [we] really have to see where he's at. he's great that way. I think [there are] like three or four. They get the same number of reps that they would. Some stuff you do have to spend time on that you wouldn't typically spend time on."It's challenging. Mary Kay (Cabot)." (On if he spends more time teaching in practice than he would like to at this point in the season). hearing the same voices all the time. if Kam (Kamerion Wimbley) couldn't play. [That is] pretty incredible. working at outside linebacker then he goes inside."He's been rotating through as well. I think Jason Trusnik is a good example of that. He's played both spots in the same game. and I'm optimistic that he can. Each week what we do with that. That's always helped us. Same thing with Kenyon (Coleman)."We have gotten a couple new guys. Ahtyba (Rubin). working together on their own. he started but he was outside. I really think the group has done a nice job. that would be different. Some of it [is] learning guy's names. We've had quite a few new faces come through. Both inside linebackers aren't there. What we try to do in practice is mix the players in different periods so they are working with different people. Nose [tackle] isn't there. What's exciting about it is it's a ." (On how the secondary has looked during the course of the week).
but his style wasn't the just blow it up type. Chansi's been able to come on a little bit more over the last couple games." (On if Kaluka Maiava could start this week). He could start at any point."Yes and really every week is a week that he could be active. He has a lot of reps in the system. He's 235 [pounds]. Every week you have that chance. They may not be able to go down and take on the blocker exactly the way that a thumper would. They'd be off doing exams. but everybody was helping him. [I've] had a few guys kind of in that middle range that have been very effective. like drafts. On the flip side of that. [We] probably won't know the value for a couple years. a much more experienced player."I think with any trade you have to really let it play out.challenge. They're all working through that as well. David Bowens knew him from Miami. It's not a set pattern where he's going to be down for two and up for three. D'Qwell (Jackson) had similar size. The guys really responded to him. He was a bigger guy. The important thing is to keep that development going." (On if it important to give Brady Quinn these last five games to define he is). we're looking about 250 [pounds] for those inside guys. I'm not hesitant at all to ever start him. I think that every game that you play you learn some things and you develop a little bit. 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."You're really looking at him as a third and fourth down player when you [draft him]. sometimes when you aren't playing you have to use that time as well to continue your development. Being a veteran guy. Often times with [being] inactive."I think every game that you play you have a chance to define those things. everybody trying to help everybody else out to be successful. but they find ways to do it very effectively. they're getting ready for bowl games now and this is a whole new world. he was working hard himself. but I think he's getting more and more comfortable working with the group that we have. a lot of play time." (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." (On what he is not seeing from Robiskie that has caused him to be inactive when Matt Roth stepped right in and played). Typically though. you can't really evaluate a draft for two or three years down the road."Yes. [is] here two days. [He] comes in. Most of those guys. He had that one set back with the injury. Coaches were helping him. it's not a function of what ."Matt Roth is a much older player. It's not really apples-to-apples. He works like a starter does. but I've been happy with Jason (Trusnik) and I've been happy with Chansi (Stuckey). It's almost like a real sense of community." (On how the Braylon Edwards trade has worked out so far). I think he's done a really nice job for a young guy. he could start. being in a similar type system that helped him." (On if Brian Robiskie could be active this week). You saw what Matt Roth was able to do. He's not a tiny guy. He had a nice day yesterday and I anticipate he'll have a good end of the week here today. Roman Phifer played inside there. but there's a lot more football to go and they've already played a lot of football.
" (On what Mohamed Massaquoi needs to do to gain consistency). We are all committed to getting better results. He's come in. A big component of that when you're in that fourth. I think he's played well. consistently as a group and it will happen. with draft picks it's different. I see my kids. I think he's got a long. bright career here." (On if he was expecting more out of Robiskie). 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. I understand it. That's not an easy position to play. It's a great environment. ‘if you this one thing you're going to be productive. He's done a good job mentally. We all want better results. If you're rolling over the top of somebody or it's heavier in your direction you're going to get less balls. Obviously. he's played every snap. He's been consistent. If you don't have one of those two things that always guarantees that you're on the 45."I think he's played pretty well throughout the course of the season. Sometimes it's a function of does the quarterback get the ball to you? It's not just one defined element there. We're working to fix that every day." (On if Massaquoi is performing equally well in all games).' Sometimes the coverage dictates how many balls you get. Every guy's different. 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. fifth receiver role or fifth corner back role. but that's true with every position. you can't guarantee how many touches they're going to get in a game. It's a great feeling. 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. fourth safety role. I am always excited to have if that'd be the case." . You get some undrafted guys that come in and play a ton. it's a function of what somebody else is doing. it's different.they're not doing. then it's going to be a week-to-week type situation."I am not really out of the building very often. I understand their frustration."It's hard to say that."I'll tell you. Your production is often dependent on what the defense does and someone has to get you the ball. With receivers." (On if he gets a sense around town that the fans' frustration level has grown throughout the season). diligently. 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. Do I think he could do a lot of things better? Yes. I get it."With receivers. It just doesn't work that way. From my perspective. we'd love to have all the fans there and all the seats filled. Every situation is different. It's different than a running back where they get those touches and you can determine how many touches they get."I know everybody is working to make sure that that isn't the case." (On how disappointing it would be to have the game blacked out). He's done a good job physically. We're all frustrated. I've seen it go a lot of different ways." (On if Alex Mack is a good NFL starter or a good rookie).
I can't remember who we had inside. . To making sure that we are consistently making progress and building both short term and long term. A couple things. playing safety. a really fast linebacker. What I'm looking for is consistency and to not dig that deep of a hole. it's about being the best possible head coach I can be and preparing the team as well as they possibly can be prepared. he was a rookie free agent. 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. but as long as we're moving forward that's what's most important to me. I think all in rookies counted for about 13 receptions. Randall Gay. he was 240 [pounds]. It's a skill to be able to deal with adversity and fight through the adversity and play out the four quarters. They fought back and got to a point where we're onside kicking for an opportunity to get the ball back and go down and score. he was fluid. a defensive lineman. who was a receiver. smooth. A lot of things had to go right during that time period for us to get into that position. but it is obviously disappointing for C. Larry Izzo at one point played some safety for us. As I've said before. He did a good job. 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. "In terms of the game. Troy Brown. It's just tough for him. we're going to put C. he started at star. He started for us at safety." (On if he has a seen a situation like this with so many injuries and roster turnover before).2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-7-09 (Opening statement). That's really good progress from that group."For me. To giving them the best possible opportunity to be successful every week. it would have been very easy to kind of let the rest of the game play out.07. 12/7 12. With me. Earthwind Moreland. he started at corner.” Mangini press conf. I never felt that for a second form the guys and really liked the way that they just fought back."Good afternoon everybody.J. Watching Don Davis. You mix and match and they did a great job. Those guys did a great job. I don't know what the stretch was. Mosley on Injured Reserve."In New England a couple games. he started at the other corner.J. We signed Derreck Robinson. I'm just disappointed for him. sometimes the progress isn't as apparent as we'd want it to be. He got a chance to play even more than he had been. but you guys remember Don Davis? He played linebacker. it's not really about the career. Troy. I think he came in off the street. and I was pleased to see that. He had been contributing throughout the course of the year and that role was going to increase. he was transitioning into more of an O and D player.(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.
because everything was so new. We've come in here enough times talking about balls that were dropped that were easily catchable balls. but I thought that we had a chance for a couple other ones that could have been big plays and potentially game changing plays. the backs that were involved. Overall. Tomorrow is our biggest preparation day. "I thought on special teams. We played New England last year on a Thursday night and. We had some good returns. but the things that you do do you have to make sure that they're done well. We played Dallas one time on Thanksgiving. whenever you play them. or take your pick. presenting the scouting report to the players. It's better when you're playing an opponent you're familiar with because you do have some things to draw on." (On how different the short week is). which they did yesterday. We have really transitioned into Pittsburgh." (On the difference in Brady Quinn the last three games). for the most part. If everybody's not on the same page. It's really hard when you have guys like Antonio Gates or (Darren) Sproles. I thought the protection yesterday against San Diego was. Very few times was he pressured. offensively. 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 don't think we did a good enough job with that yesterday. not trying to make something happen just because you feel the pressure to make something happen. you anticipate the opportunity to play them. not that getting ready for New England is easy. We'll have a walk through a little later this afternoon. make sure that those things are understood and understood in a very thorough fashion. I think his awareness of what the defense is giving us and if it's not there. I think he's made good decisions there. They can turn a small mistake into a really big play. outstanding. I think there were some really good throws. We are starting to work on the scouting report. I thought yesterday there were some balls that were caught that were really difficult catches. especially in the kickoff return game. The key thing is to just zero in on what you want to get accomplished. When he had chances to throw it down the field he did and I they were really. but the tight ends that were involved. really when you look at it. 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."They're tough. which is always positive. but going to the check-down or going to the underneath receiver. It was a little bit harder."I think it's collective. Regardless of who's in or who's out or what's happening. You probably can't do all the things that you'd normally do during the course of the week. but also some really good catches. and that helps. in terms of what's being played or who fits where. We've improved in . presenting some of the gameplan to the players on a limited basis here today."I think. there were times we played really well and some plays that I think we could have done much better on. we have improved significantly the amount of turnovers from the bye week until now. but at least there was a lot of familiarity. too. I thought. it's hard. defensively. I thought those guys held up well and not just the offensive line. it starts with communication. solid calculated risks based on what we were getting.
or the sack that we had there on second-and-one."It would have been tight. With that. I understand what he saw and both those plays I thought were really well protected. Same thing in the red zone. Third down. how he's going to respond. one really bad defensive series. The opposition doesn't dramatically change. to me. 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.the red area. There were a couple plays yesterday where I would have liked him to get rid of the ball sooner. within weeks of practice. because as we've talked about." (On if he is happy with Quinn's in-game decisions). I'd like to think that regardless of who was at quarterback. there have been substantial gains there. Some of that's just the time clock in your head. substantial gains there. too. I thought we played much better in the first and fourth quarter than we did in the second and third quarter. I think as a group we're playing better and that's reflected in the different areas. That's always somewhat of the unknown when you have a guy who's . The things I was happy with both guys. we've made improvements. is the goal across the board. It's so important just be able to approach it day in and day out the same way. obviously. throw it up. I think even yesterday. there are things I was unhappy with across the unit. if it's not there. we could have helped by not. we'd be performing better. You never now with a guy you haven't seen play in a game."I think that. He's had two really strong weeks of practice and got an opportunity. It's not an easy skill to learn and it takes a lot of discipline. offensively. I've been happy with his overall decision making. though. It's deliberate practice and you're going to get improvement. Turnovers."Yes. Consistency. a penalty. one really good kickoff return. ‘I've got a maximum of this amount of time because something's probably going to get cut free. (On Brian Robiskie). That's a function of all the different areas improving. He probably had no sense of that happening. you just have to keep it alive. You can't relax. defensively."I think he had a really good week of practice. If it gets picked it doesn't matter. I think. There's a strong correlation in my mind that how you practice is usually how you play. just because he was behind where Brady was initially. There can't be any moment where it's not the same exact approach and you're looking for that within games. collectively."That's really the goal. I think he had a really good week of practice last week. one really average kickoff return. allowing them to hold the ball as long and provide some more opportunities there. Since the bye it's increased significantly." (On if he thinks he would see more consistency from Quinn if he had been starting all season). Either you get a batted ball or you get into a tight spot or whatever the case may be." (On how he gets Quinn to establish some consistency). we've made substantial amount of gains. You keep working at it. The scheme doesn't dramatically change. We've improved on third down. you really just want to almost like you would on a last play. I think Evan Moore is a good example of that.'" (On if anybody was open on the two-point conversion). You keep addressing the problems. whether it was the strip that we had in the red zone. One just came off the left side a little bit late. within seasons. That's been a problem area for us. one really good defensive series.
We've had some really good protection and we've had some games where the production wasn't as sound. He really sealed the edge on the backside and allowed for that long completion to take place. I think J. in terms of three-andouts. how's he going to respond? That's how Chris Jennings got bumped up."Really. Everybody has a different approach on second-and-one. You put him against another uniform in a game situation. He's capable of doing that at all times and I thought he made some strides there. We didn't take a shot and got sacked on the play. (Jerome Harrison) had a really nice day yesterday. the important thing is whether you're running the ball or passing the ball is. that type of thing. It helps." (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."We had the one drive there where we had second-and-one. you've got a lot of things riding on every single game.standing out in practice. That's something that we've talked about. ‘okay. What we do week in and week out. the things that we've improved. if you're running the ball you can't bounce it out. You don't let down. That limited the opportunities as well. not just from the quarterback position. Chris Jennings has flashed at different points." (On what convinces him that the Chargers didn't stop fighting). He said that we had a tough group of guys. I don't know if you remember the play where Brady sprinted out to his right. You don't' want to bounce it out and make it third-and-four. That. He's had some quiet games. You want to see Brian come back and have the same level or production. is the most important thing because as Tony (Grossi) said."I talked to Norv (Turner) after the game and the first thing he said was how impressed he was with the way the guys fought and he wanted me to tell the group that. We were in a position where I think we could have either scored or gotten close. that's good. both running the ball and catching the ball. You live to fight another day." . The next step is. They held the ball a long time. Mohamed's (Massaquoi) had some 100-yard games.C. can we maintain that improvement and then address other areas and improve in those areas? That's what you have to find out and you have to see. during the game what do they do?' I think he had an outstanding week and it reflected in the way he played. you want to be able to take the shot. sustained the drive. You need to see the consistency. but from all these positions. what I'm looking for right now is the next game. What I really liked about him yesterday was his blocking. I thought he had an outstanding block on the edge pressure guy. That was his feedback. or Evan. to me. That would have helped us. I think that when you're a team in San Diego's position. [It was] a combination of things." (On what happened to the offense in the second and third quarters)." (On if he has seen enough improvement in Quinn to feel comfortable about the quarterback position moving forward beyond this year). Those second-and-ones plays. it can be up one week and down the next week. I don't think we did a very good job defensively. If you're throwing the ball. which I agree with. if it's not there you get rid of it.
They care about the team. you saw him on the."He's done a lot of different things that you'd look for from a feature back. but usually he's going to fight size a little bit." . I've been in a lot of different situations like this and to do it the right way."I think it's a good group of guys that care about what they're doing."I think that we share the same vision and understand that it's not easy." (On what Jerome Harrison can do on the field to that leads him to believe Harrison can be a featured back). They care about what they're doing. He's done some good things on the edge.J. in terms of his prep or even feedback from him or the trainers in terms of where he was physically. There are things that happen. They care about each other. He's caught screens and check downs and different routes like that. I know that the outcome hasn't been what I've wanted. the approach. That's what we're committed to. You have a player with that much better leverage. They work hard. It's a good group of guys. I can't imagine them playing any other way. It doesn't happen overnight and I understand that. 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." (On if he expects Lerner to stick by him)."I believe in what we're doing wholeheartedly." (On if C. whether it be catching the football out of the backfield. where he kind of bent up the seam coming out of the backfield. I think they care. and I think Leon has a chance to be an outstanding feature back.(On if the fact that the team is still playing hard speaks for how they feel about him). organizationally. whether it be on the field. We're constantly focusing on that. it takes time. There might be a stalemate every now and then. There are things that happen." (On if it took Harrison's body a couple weeks to recover after the Cincinnati game)"I don't remember any difference." (On if he thinks he'll have to convince Randy Lerner that the team is headed in the right direction). There's evolution in terms of the coaching staff. things like that. Picking up the blitz. I think they appreciate the progress that they have made in different areas. hand placement. blocking consistently is something that he does and he's continuing to work on. Very rarely is he going to be facing a guy that he's substantially bigger than."I'll find out here shortly. It hasn't been what anybody's wanted. There's no one set formula. Mosley is headed for surgery). You see him run the football. It's important to do it the right way. I've had a back that has some similarities. I haven't sat back and questioned their work ethic at any point. It's not easy to build something that lasts and that can compete year in and year out. He gained over 100 yards against Cincinnati. with Leon Washington. There are a lot of things that go into building a successful organization over time. There's no one set timeline. You have to commit to doing it the right way. what we call it a ram pass. He's been able to run it effectively inside. You have to come in and make good decisions every day. I don't think it's gone the way that any of us has wanted it to go. That's something he and I talked about coming in. but I would imagine that's probably the direction it's going.
difficulty just makes you hardened. We had our problems last game." Mangini press conf. There were some negative plays in the running play. but we'll look at that. Today is trying to fuse reviewing that and introducing the third down.' I'm sure we'll get their best."We just got the Oakland game in a little while ago. the different combinations of rushers that they bring. the red zone. at home. They are able to create of negative plays there.(On if it would give him any satisfaction to end the Steelers playoff hopes). They have generated a ton of sacks. ‘We're going to get this fixed. They created some negative plays against us. We tried to get a jump on the scouting report. the effectiveness of the rushers. Obviously with Pittsburgh there's a lot to get ready for. picking it up and then being able to move forward from that. defensively. but it's the same for both teams. They are second in sacks and number one against the rush. generating that through pressure. I'm sure that's what they're experiencing right now is. They had the two sacks late for strips. It'll be a little different than a typical Saturday would be prior to the game. The one thing with Ben (Roethlisberger). We have to try to push a lot of information through. that causes issues. so I haven't watched the game yet. I covered San Diego with the group and then the coordinators went through and started our work on Pittsburgh. They are fifth in the league in defense. even when they're bringing four. He's elusive in the pocket and the receivers do an excellent job reading out and creating some opportunities. which opens up some things in the passing game. 12/8 12. I think we all have.08. play good football and win the game. What we started yesterday is really."What would give me satisfaction is to go out. is he is able to generate so many plays that go longer than the standard play would. the first and second down information. To be able to play Pittsburgh though. It makes you more resolved to get it fixed."Good morning everybody. You have to do certain things to try to stop the run. push a lot of adjustments and game plan specific things through here today. It hit us two or three times last . Being able to identifying where they're bringing it.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-8-09 (Opening statement). The problems that they create week in and week whether it's defensively. They're a good football team. "Offensively. two-minute. kind of the same thing. I've been looking forward to this for a while. everything's condensed. I know they've gone through a stretch here where it hasn't gone the way that they've expected it to go." (On Oakland's drive at the end of the game against Pittsburgh). I didn't see the way Oakland did it. whether it's been my time here or New York or New England. They're pretty good. He's very strong in the pocket. but just understanding what it's like coming off of a Super Bowl and the challenges that you face. the first and second down plan. That's what I'm looking for. We'll review it tomorrow. I think they're still very explosive from a running game perspective with (Rashard) Mendenhall averaging five yards a carry.
I watched the Oakland game."He's outstanding. that last drive they had a chance to end it with an interception. 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. They know how to win. Some plays may be specific to that week and you don't carry them through to the next week. they really create some problems in the return game with Stefan Logan. I don't know how much he played as a rookie. Those things remain consistent and they still do them well. (On Troy Polamalu). I think it was Tennessee. That's something that you have to deal with. I don't think it was a full-time type situation. but just in experiencing coming off a really successful season and going into the next. He's a sure tackler. He can change direction. I know he got off to a little bit of a slow start when he first came in. it's something you look forward to. They've lost some close games. It was special. You add some plays. To be able to do that at Browns Stadium. He's difficult to pick up as a blitzer. They're resilient. something that everybody deals with and he's outstanding at it. he's made some plays. both run and pass. was it the first game of the season. It's hard to replace a player like him. They're able to plug the next guy in. that pick he made in that game. He's got that type of speed. He's elusive. Over the course of time a lot of different players have played in that system and done a great job. it hardens your resolve more so than anything else." (On how the Steelers defense changes without Polamalu). when you're faced with adversity. but the next guy will step in and I'm sure [he'll] do a great job. he fills a role and he understands how to fit and the strengths and weaknesses of each of the calls. He can get the wide side of the field." (On why he has been looking forward to this game for a long time)." (On the Steelers coming off of four consecutive losses). You just see him progressing as the season goes on. I know we haven't been on the plus side of that rivalry.game."They've done a lot of things defensively very well for a long time." (On how the Wildcat offense has evolved since the first Pittsburgh game). [There were] two pretty amazing catches that sustained that drive. It may not have been reflected here recently. You add on things that you like. but it doesn't change the emotion that goes into the game. "I think on special teams. You . In the passing game."I think that one thing you understand is the consistent rivalry. It's like any specific package. They're a very good football team."The games they've lost now have been by a total of 15 points. Just remember him in college and seeing the things he did. Some stay on the call sheet and you just decide when you want to get back to them."I know we talked about that a little bit in the weeks following. He has really good instincts in the running game. [There are] some explosive plays there. Two of them have been in overtime. I remember the Pittsburgh games back when I was here the first time and playing them and that feeling. He has great instincts. It doesn't change the feeling that goes into the game. it starts with sort of a core group. I can't remember.
I think he plays with a really good base. I think if anything the package has widened a little bit since the first time we met."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 hasn't really affected it." (On if the Wildcat would be harder to defense against if there was more of a passing threat involved). At this point. keep it and that's a pretty good option. that you can. Those are the two decisions there. whether or not you can protect it. but you also wanted to have enough depth in case they went jump ball. That takes the sting out of the rush and then you're not dealing with the momentum at that point." (On Joshua Cribbs saying if they beat the Steelers that the fans will forgive them for the rest of the season). is making sure that the kids really understand the fundamentals of blocking and tackling. Tony (Grossi)."One of your receivers is the quarterback. The deal is. I think his hand placement and his punch is excellent and something he consistently works on. I think that's how it got the name. One of the things they emphasize. 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. he calls the play. It's just a function of whether or not you can get the guys open." (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. I think he's got outstanding fundamentals."There was only time for one play. whether it's the pee wee football or whoever it is. Everybody hears the play and goes. Brady comes up.try some new things. Really. It doesn't change who calls the play or any of those things. whether or not it makes sense. It's actually a great program. it's just you do it from the line of scrimmage and people adjust. You want to have it enough so it's an option and you have to honor it." . Obviously this is a special game because of who it is." (On why Cribbs has only thrown one pass since the Pittsburgh game). We haven't been open. I'm looking to keep moving forward. Some things get added on or stay on. I don't think many teams that run the Wildcat throw with any kind of high percentage. I'm sure they're calling it that because the site is for teaching younger coaches and has different levels. I'm looking at it as being able to beat Pittsburgh." (On Joe Thomas being named to USA Football/NFLPA's All Fundamentals team and why it's called that). The things that we're trying to do moving forward are important and that's billed on the progress we've made."I think most really good players have outstanding fundamentals. if it's not open. especially on a pass rush situation."We've had other ones up. Some things come off. whether or not you can get the next play off.
is if the player has the ball in space you always have to hold the sideline. At first."I thought Brady did a really nice job against San Diego last week and they run quite a bit of zone blitzing.' You go quickly and you did your job. The other thing that we didn't do very well." (On if Steelers week is more intense). He'll pick up some things from the first game. I think that year we might have played them three times. I don't think. which is great. don't get me wrong." (On why the team is still giving up long plays). He wanted to get to his assignment quickly and make sure he took care of his job." . Not just the atmosphere of the game."He did pretty well. all those things I think have improved. but you also have to deal with the linebackers. I wouldn't say the percentages are exactly equal. Hampton is one component of it. 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. We didn't hold the sideline on that play. but even during the course of the week. I think the way that he gets better is his comfort level. There's also going to be some variations. playoffs in '94. whether it's the combination blocks or pulling or whatever it is. but there's a tempo that you have to do that at. We were supposed to have a player out in the flat. His ability to communicate with the rest of the group. but it's not really the exact way that you want them to do it. but it's just understood. I felt like he sped things up a lot of times."I think that would be one way to describe it. It's different. even though he wasn't playing. but then down the field not holding the sideline. I've seen significant gains as we've gone throughout the season. so not only was there not a player in the flat when there was supposed to be."I think Alex gets better each game. You have to make sure that that player cuts back in to where the pursuit is coming from."Last week. his ability to identify fronts. the first long play I think." (On how difficult it will be for Quinn to recognize all of the problems Pittsburgh's defense presents). and what you want to do in the secondary. ‘I want to take care of this." (On how Mack played against Casey Hampton earlier this season). There's a lot of stuff going on and it's effective. The one thing about him is he'll study it. I know was the result of us not communicating the adjustment.(On how Alex Mack as progressed this season). 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. the feeling during the course of the week. but there's so many of these zone blitzes and things like that that you can't zero in just on him. He's a big enough problem. His comfort level there has increased significantly. the secondary pressure." (On what struck him about the Pittsburgh game in his first stint with the Browns)"It was a great atmosphere. some things that are unique to us. you feel it. I think his base and his balance and his drive blocking have improved. I thought he did a nice job IDing where the pressure was coming from. there's no chance. You have no chance. but it's up there. It may not be something that is spoken about at that point. you have to deal with the potential safety blitzers. That's pretty common with the young guys is.
He has a 100. He had the awareness. I think the faces may change.2 quarterback rating. 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. not just in the things that he can create from a broken play perspective. I know we had the strip sack. It hasn't gone exactly the way that he's wanted it to go from a health perspective. where you have to put the ball in order to make sure the defensive back doesn't have a chance to get it. Just the mechanics of running the offense. take-away ratios and the affect those have on outcomes. I think the other thing that's really helped is us taking advantage of opportunities that we've had. to his left and throw really accurate passes on the move. 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. We had the play covered. seeing where the weakness is and taking advantage of it. He's got a real good sense of where the rushers are. He was able to scramble to his right. it's huge. he's got a good feel of where his pressure points are and where he can escape to."I wasn't here for the period before free agency. but the spirit stays the same. When I entered was free agency. Even though he's not looking at the rush. I think that's been positive for us across the board. our left and pick up 13 yards. Like I said. I think he's gotten better each year." .(On if rivalries have diminished in the age of free agency). The thing that I respect about Robert is he works really hard to get ready to play. so it's have I've known. Over the last few weeks I feel like we've caught some difficult balls and that's a big distinction. when not to take chances. You look at the give-away. He's got great arm strength." (On Roethlisberger having good numbers against Oakland despite losing the game)"His numbers have been good all year. he's got great control of that and he has the ability when things don't go well to make something happen. the screen was covered. found a seam in the pocket and picked up 13 yards. He's a professional in that aspect. He can scramble and hurt you that way. We had him last game where they were going to throw a screen. not turning the ball over. Not every quarterback can do that. He's got tremendous strength. Being able to protect the football for the passer is really twofold. 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. assessing the defense. At earlier points I felt like we were dropping really catchable balls." (On if there is something about Ben Roethlisberger that makes him unique)"There's a lot about him that makes him unique." (On Quinn going 126 passing attempts without an interception). He's a professional in the room. He's worked aggressively to get back on the field. He's got the ability to avoid to his right. but coming up to the the line of scrimmage. He's a really good quarterback. but sometimes that happens."It's been a point of emphasis for us offensively. He does a good job with him teammates." (On what Robert Royal's lack of production is a result of)."Robert's been bumped up a couple different times throughout the season.
Baltimore. I was really happy with the way the guys played and happy that they were rewarded for it. because he's one component of it. [They have] a different style. Chris Jennings." Mangini press conf. It was cold where I was sitting. Sometimes those strides are apparent and sometimes they are not as apparent. Just watching the tape. It's a good group across the board that can generate a lot of negative plays. I think all those things are going to be challenges this week."Good afternoon everybody. They've worked hard to learn the entire system. Being able to pick up the blitzing linebackers and understanding where they're coming from in order to get the passing game going. whether it be the post practice work with those guys or the extra meetings or things like that. things like that that have come into play and I think like any part of the process this stuff is learned. we spend so much time."I think it's extremely important. Evan Moore. as a group. but we have made strides."I think actually he's faced some pretty good defenses. guys playing different positions. Cincinnati. right on down the line some of the new players.(On if going against Pittsburgh's defense will gauge where Quinn is at). but it's going to be a challenge for us offensively. It was cold. They have a chance to come up to the 53 and then they have a chance to come up to the 45. Being able to run the ball effectively. to continually develop them because you don't know when you are going to need to call on them. It's good to see those guys get a chance and take advantage of that chance. They fight through everything so it's great to have them. That stuff has huge value. [They are] number one in rush defense. 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.11. 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.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-11-09 (Opening statement). organizationally. Mohamed (Massaquoi). Kaluka (Maiava). 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. being able to deal with their moving pressures in order to run the ball effectively. I also just wanted to thank the fans that came out last night. if they continue to improve that they have a chance. This is another good defense." . trying to build in versatility. They were pretty amazing. It is learned over time. It's important for the guys to know that if they work hard. It had to be cold where they were sitting. I was happy that they were rewarded for that. it reinforced a lot of things that I felt coming out of the game. especially during that last drive ho loud it was. That's why. 12/11 12." (On how important it is for players elevated from the practice squad to take advantage of the opportunity). because there will be some tight coverage. San Diego's defense was good. Taking advantage of balls that are thrown and being able to catch it in tight coverage.
'" (On if he got a special message from anyone)."I got a message from Randy (Lerner). There's that rivalry. He gets a full game. ‘ok when we do these things. I imagine that something will get done. look what's possible. Some of it depends on the effectiveness. him running the ball."It's hard to say. A guy like Matt Roth. It's great to be able to now point to that and say." (On the win against Pittsburgh goes a long way towards next season). he has things to draw on from his NFL experience. from all those different spots. or the potential for that every time he touches the ball. ‘When we do this.000 times." (On if there is anything new with Cribbs' contract).(On having to teach new players on the roster). There's that special feeling with playing them. What you don't want to do is eliminate his effectiveness there because it is such a huge field position change. These guys have worked hard and I know you're probably tired hearing the word process. obviously. Usually. who we haven't beat in a long time." (On if Joshua Cribbs looked better on tape today). He did a lot of different things and he did them well. Whether it was his returns. the snaps on special teams and he does the coverage units as well. You are balancing out the snaps at receiver."Yes.' I've never questioned the way these guys have approached things. the snaps in Wildcat."There is some element of that and it just depends when they get here. defenses that he can associate. 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. How extensive their background is before they get here. Guys at other positions." ."Nothing right now. the guys at their position they help out. Learning how to deal with adversity is part of that. To be able to do that against a team like Pittsburgh. It's something that we are looking into and want to. we can all see what happens. Some other guys that you may get late you have to accelerate everything. There are so many different elements to it. I talked to Jim (Brown) after the game. that learning curve is quicker. It's the coaches. A lot of different friends around the league sent some notes. There's that intensity. You appreciate things like that just because it's nice of them to take time to do that. move forward with. We embrace guys that come here and everybody wants to help them be successful. they help out." (On if something will get done with Cribbs' contract). There is a sense of community and everybody takes part in it. too. and I've said it 1. catching the ball. but it is nice to now say. I think we did a lot of those things last night. He is a fun guy to watch. I think it's outstanding. Andy Reid sent a note. making tackles. reps wise."For me it's really just a great opportunity for the team to experience some of the fruits of their labor." (On the ideal number of plays for the Wildcat in a game). but learning how to win is part of that. Learning how to play complementary football is part of that."It looked pretty good yesterday. it was a pretty impressive performance.
. Everybody interacts with everybody else. Finding that balance. the team. I believe in it. the starting point is communication. There were times during the earlier part of the season maybe we did too much." (On Rob Ryan's defensive scheme)." (On if the players coming closer together). and you have to get used to this defensive approach I think. It's truth in sports. is on moving forward each day. You play harder for guys that you like. I believe in what we do. is on these guys. you study core concepts on how to run the defense. but week in and week out it's different. everything is on this year. That's what you are looking for. It's specific to Pittsburgh. I know it works. Communication is so important." (On if there is any uncertainty about bringing someone in). I know it is going to work here. I know it works. I believe in a team."I think anybody that we can bring in to help is a positive thing. They support each other in meetings. I know we are going to win a lot of games here. I believe in discipline. I believe in what we do. I know we are going to have a team that week in and week out the city is going to be proud of. Really. When everybody know what we are playing and it's sound across the board. I've experienced it. You do a lot of things in training camp. I believe in hard work. I've experienced it."I see them getting closer and closer as they get to know each other more and spend more time together. These guys are good guys working towards the same goal." (On what was said in the text message). It's a shock to the system I think. you play good defense. positive message" (On if he is worried about his future). Usually." (On if he has talked to Lerner about next year)."A big part of playing good defense is being on the same page. each person understands their role in the defense. What I'm concerned about are the guys. They use words like ‘family' when they talk about each other."That really hasn't been my emphasis at all or focus at all. There have been times where maybe we could have done a little bit more. is communication. They have a good time with each other. You have those things. you win."It was a nice. I mean that in a sincere way. I am confident in 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. I've seen it work. It could be me asking a question and they try to help each other out. disguise and pursuit. I wouldn't look to do that. Thursday. defensively.(On if he talked to Randy Lerner in person). There's a lot of learning that goes on Wednesday. Those things are truth. What we always look for every play. It's going to happen. There's a different level of intensity when you care about each other and really understand that everybody is working for everybody else. coaching team and continuing to move forward. I think it's different than a lot of approaches because it is so game plan specific. My emphasis. it's not by position group."We just exchanged texts and I'll talk to him a little bit later here today. That to me is the essence of winning. I believe in good people. my focus. I believe it to my core. You are looking for chemistry. I've seen it."That's never been talked about. Friday so there's a lot of adjustments that have to take place.
I think that often times it takes a while to understand that the open door is truly open. that may be out of their comfort zone but you want them to try it. I swear. ‘Discipline isn't something you do to somebody. if you haven't done that before it's hard to get adjusted to. You are looking for accuracy. Sometimes it's hard for anybody to come up and talk. is understanding what the objectives are." (On if he has the support of the players). Like I said. I am always looking for mechanics. Our success and failures are all going to be based on how work together and how we operate s a group. I thought some guys made some pretty nice catches as well."I haven't felt at any point where there wasn't support. I remember when we went to the Jets initially with (Bill) Parcells and (Bill) Belichick and that group. It's because it helps you win games. I never really have looked at it as selling guys on it. but I actually came in here a lot less heavyhanded than when I went to New York. Everybody loves progress but not a lot of people love change. That's not what it's about. I thought Brady did a nice job with that throughout the course of the night last night. Exposing guys to ideas that may be different. most often they do. 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." (On if he came into Cleveland more heavy-handed than he would have somewhere else). It's true. it is difficult. I thought I was making major concessions. You can do some different things when you have wind than when you don't."I know this might be hard to believe. then the guys start looking forward to Wednesday to see what the plan is. That's also part of the process. You have one breakdown in 11 guys. I think there were some throws that we could have been more accurate with. It does take time. Usually they go hand in hand. It's not what you say so you can refute something someone else says. It's not a slogan. it takes time. regardless of the weather. I look at is as teaching and exposing guys to new ideas. It's something you do for somebody."The wind definitely played a part in it. My high school coach used to say. You've got a community. it affects the whole play. and you are dealing with that change. We have got a range . 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. Sometimes it's hard for young guys to come up and talk. Once you do.' I've never wanted to instill discipline for the sake of being in charge. We've got guys from all over the country. understanding that everybody is working toward the same thing and understanding that we all depend on each other. You have to learn about each other."I really have found that anytime that you make a change. and that is different. You want them to experience it." (On how to judge Brady Quinn's performance with the wind).when you first get exposed to it. It can be a little bit like going to the principal's office. It's nice when they can see it work and feel it work and really understand it. You want to show them how it works. part of the growth. You have to try to convey as much as possible the importance of doing it and the value in doing it." (On if the players are coming around to him now and buying into the system more than when he first got to Cleveland).
" (On if he is more comfortable with his job now). It's important. I feel good about the things that we have done here. 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. I can get home now. You are talking about hiring a staff. some of it's been bad. It's just going o be a function of showing who we are. At the end of the day whatever happens."I feel going into the offseason. Some of it's been good. There's been rationale for all of the decisions. That's real progress. I'm confident in it. There are a thousand things that go into entering into an organization. They have seen other practices. Going into an offseason where that's not the case. I understand the things that we have done throughout our time here to continue to move it forward. I don't think we beat them those years and it sucked not beating them. I don't feel good about what our record is and nobody does. I don't feel like it's going to be a function of selling. the things we have done. there's got to be rules so that everybody can operate efficiently." (On if he has told Cribbs that they will take care of him). Come to our meetings." (On if he will enjoy the fact that they beat Pittsburgh). Even last night I probably stayed up later than I probably would have that's because I was here back in '94 and '95. watch our practices. I'm transparent. evaluating the players."Yes. sit in on any meeting. Anybody who comes in can take a look at it. Anybody that comes in I am excited to talk to.of ages. See how we operate. moving your families. You have seen them play your schemes. Like any community. but there's a reason behind it. See how we function as a staff because it's good and it's right. I don't want guy's money. Your starting point is so much more advanced than where it was. the draft and your frame of reference is a lot different because you have sat in the meetings with the players. Come take a look because it's a good product. I get that."I feel good about the approach we have taken here. trying to get ready for the draft. That's the goal. I don't want to exert power to exert power. moving into free agency. It's it. It's important and it's important to the city. See how we teach. you are starting at a totally different launching point than where we were last year going into the offseason. definitely. what we believe in. They can sit down and talk to the coaches." (On how he would sell himself to a czar). . That's all they are there for and nothing else. structure don't know. I feel good about it." (On what he would say to a football ‘czar' about his record). It's nice to beat them. There's been a thought process. You have seen them play. Like I've said. It is radically different. Timetable don't know. I want the group to operate efficiently."I would imagine that anybody who would merit the title ‘czar' would look a lot deeper than just the record."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. happens. All of those things are to be determined. I understand the situation I initially came into. You want to move forward with the next steps. than you are focusing more on free agency. watch our practices. and I think that anybody who comes in will appreciate those things. You have gotten to know them.
whatever happens I am excited to work with that person. He learned under Dan Henning and . a few announcements. which is outstanding and well deserved.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-16-09 (Opening statement). Jake what do you have?' ‘D-A-D' Julie was thinking. old. It was a short week.' Everybody sees things differently. To go in and to play a new position. I can appreciate a little bit with the age with an experience the other day. It's important for him to do everything the right way. how sweet he misses his father. To be the captain. Everybody when they get a chance operates differently and I appreciate the age jokes. I think he's handled it great. now he's played there before. Blake Costanzo was special teams [player of the week] and Titus (Brown) was the practice player of the week. even though it was on the other side of the ball. Julie went to Jake's school and they were discussing the word cold. The first kid went and I think he said T or B so then they call on Jake and say. they took the C out and just had blank space and they wanted the kids to fill in a letter. but he hasn't been the signal caller before so that's new. in terms of the Pittsburgh game and last week Josh Cribbs is going to be named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.16. I've known Todd (Haley) for a long time. How are we doing? A couple things just to start off. Just getting to know Todd and working in that same capacity. He also won our offensive player of the game from last week. "In terms of Kansas City. Again." (On David Bowens' leadership)."I think whoever comes in. I believe in the things that we are doing. He involves everybody into the defense. all of those things are new. he is really smart. She was in the back of the room. (On if someone comes in and cleans house and if he thinks it would be a mistake). David Bowens was the defensive player of the game. He was the offensive assistant in New York when I was the defensive assistant. I can't emphasize enough how important the practice player of the week is. but Titus has been doing a great job so it was kind of a combination of things. That's in the future and really that's not my focus what so ever." Mangini press conf. ‘Okay. He works with everybody."Good morning everybody. It's important to him. Dick Haley. He was outstanding when he wasn't calling defenses. That wisdom has been a huge benefit."He is outstanding.I got a note from the guy who dropped off the paper this morning. 12/16 12. He's got an energy that's contagious. innovative. Like I said. I really appreciate it and I get it. I know his dad really well. I think. The guys give him a hard time for being old and having gray hair and things like that. I think there are a lot of similarities between where the two teams are right now. very. who is arguably one of the best personnel men in the NFL. dad. ‘Why D-A-D?' ‘D-A-D. C-O-L-D. The teacher says.
again with Charles. He's a smart guy. playing this group of coaches in Arizona last year. They blocked a punt against Baltimore. in terms of his knowledge of the game. with Rodney (Harrison) and (Tedy) Bruschi.2 yards a carry for (Jamaal) Charles. Playing these guys in Arizona. [He is] incredibly competitive. I think that even though they haven't won as many games as they would have liked. chase type plays. "Offensively." (On how his meeting with Holmgren went). I believe. one of the trademarks of that defense last year. Aaron Rodgers and Vince Young. not as well as maybe I know Andy (Reid) or Bill Parcells. He's tough. [He is an] Ohio native. With Tamba Hali. A couple others they lost by six points or less. to extend plays. [They have] done some creative things in the kicking game in terms of the fakes. [I] was there in New England when he first came in from USC and watched his development over the years. He leads the team in sacks. It's the same thing here. even though it's three down linemen. he's been a huge asset. It was the same thing in Arizona. I'm sure his leadership has been a good thing for them defensively. so there's going to be a lot of areas we have to prep for there. He's going to get better as he gets more and more comfortable in that role. won in overtime. He has the ability. the way they pursue to the ball and they make a lot of plays. He creates a lot of pressure. When he gets going he makes some really impressive throws. effort type plays. "On [special] teams. so he can create some plays like that. like a lot of the quarterbacks we've faced. is how hard the guys play. With the passing game." (On if Mike Holmgren is here today). picking up Chris Chambers during the season. which it's coached. In the return game. he had the 96-yarder against Pittsburgh. I thought he played really well against us last year when he was in New England. it's really the third week in a row now we've faced a 3-4 defense. four linebackers. Dwayne Bowe. I think the other thing that they've got going offensively is the running game has emerged. I know Matt (Cassel). 33 before he had to sit out the four games. I imagine he'll eventually go into coaching and he'll be outstanding."No. they've been in multiple games. either this morning or yesterday night. Mike Vrabel is a guy I've known for a long time. Matt has the ability to make big plays down the field."I've known Mike for a while. He's right there with the rest of that group. two surprise onside kicks. He's a guy that can hurt you all over the field. they're all different. but we actually had a good conversation at . in terms of what his expectations are and guys meeting those expectations. he left. blocked another punt against Washington. they haven't really given up a lot of big returns at all this season. 5. He could remember defenses that we ran two and three years prior and site them and give the specific play and how it worked. with 86 catches last year. (David) Garrard.Charlie Weis and I see a lot of that in the offensive play calling. and I see it here. The returner. His 44 rushing attempts I think is fourth behind. a really smart guy. I see a lot of improvement as the season has gone on. "Defensively. They've been excellent with their coverage units. All these 3-4's we face. I think his transition to the outside linebacker position has been a successful one.
When you have a guy like Mike Vrabel."I think anytime you can bring in someone with a wealth of experience as not just a position coach and coordinator. They've handled a lot of different decisions." (On if he sensed a strong interest on Holmgren's part). You can't coach his toughness. but as a head coach. which was his last home game there. positive conversation. Some things come up where you're like. I'm not going to go into the play-by-play of it. We ended up getting the house and have been really happy with it.the owner's meetings a few years back. The team. it's positive. He'd disguise stuff. That whole show . It was a good. could draw up the defense. He's a wealth of knowledge. I thought it was a good conversation. I've made calls. He knew the defense." (On what he talked about with Holmgren). like Dick Vermeil. because it brought energy to the practice. We visited some last year before the Seattle game. we had brought him in initially as a special teams player and he established himself as a really good defensive player. worked his way up. We talked a little bit. My stance on that is really the same."He's got good hands. could coach the defense." (On if it is tough to trade away a veteran player). 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."We didn't really talk about that. Bill Callahan was on the staff in New York and he had been a head coach and he was great." (On if Holmgren seemed like he would take the offer to sit it on meetings and observe the team). He had given me some really good advice back then. I know him some through Andy Reid and through Bill Parcells."I think this visit was something designed for both sides to get to know each other."We talked about a lot of things. it's great. They'd go back and forth. Mike used to be on the show team and he'd want to play safety on the show team. not just his assignment. ‘Hey what do you think about this? How would you handle it? What was your approach?' To hear another voice. That's really what it was. things like that. I'm telling you." (On Vrabel's versatility). knew the defense. but have that experience because they've been through most things. different aspects of the season. I wouldn't be surprised if he's not coaching major college football or pro football at some point and be really successful. Even talking to (Jason) Trusnik when he was a young guy first starting out. He used to frustrate Tom (Brady) to no end. You can't coach his instincts." (On if Holmgren could be a sounding board for him if he joined the team). because he'd disguise things. He is obviously very talented as a coach. I think he's a good guy. We actually revisited that conversation. He's get Tom all fired up."It always is. [He is] a guy that wasn't highly drafted. I talked to him about emulating a guy like Mike Vrabel whose work ethic. every day in practice [he] worked. I mean he's a special guy. They've seen most things. It's great to have those guys. It was great too. It's good to be able to bounce those ideas off somebody else. guys like that that maybe weren't on staff. Really.
It was just business. because you have to see the big picture. He's responsible for that and I thank him for that. It just increases the intensity. claiming position. I mean offensively. What I'm focused on and what I ask the players to be focused on is the task at hand.' I said.' Which. I think it was one of those meetings that was everybody getting to know each other and whatever decision is made. just don't talk to my buddy's sister. being a head coach as long as he was. You only have so many resources between draft picks. he was friends with Mark (Shapiro) and he was going out and he said. The more smart people. cutting guys. That's what you want. I'm all for anybody that can come in and help us organizationally be more successful. 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."The first time we weren't together was when I went to New York as the head coach. I'm happy with the progress we've made. so I've known him for a long time. you can talk to any of the girls. I think that's a great thing. the last four games we've been the best team in the NFL in terms of not turning the ball over. how the third running back versus the third tight end versus the second fullback. That's what you strive for as a team. It's the first time we've held two teams under 100 [rushing] yards in two years. he was part of that same group of 20-20's that were here. We've improved in almost every offensive category. Scott actually is responsible for me meeting Julie. how those things all fit. You have to see how the fifth receiver fits into the special teams plan. There's good things going on and that's from everybody staying focused on the task at hand. talented people that you can put in the building. I'll go out. You can't ask for a better situation."Like I said. Like I said. of course. That's what you strive for organizationally. is made. On the relocation weekend to Baltimore. In terms of where things are. ‘Yeah. I sat next to her."You have to talk to Mike about that. things like that to .' and he said. I'm really happy with the way the guys have been working."It's not unsettling at all. He's tough. he has a wealth of knowledge. Everything is tied into everything else. all those things that you'd expect from someone who's achieved what he's achieved. We lived together in New England when we first got there." (On if he feels like Holmgren is an ideal candidate). ‘Hey." (On if he thinks Holmgren wants the job here)."I don't think there's a sense of it ever being a personal issue. that's the best thing you can have. Every other year we were together. we ended up talking and now we're married. myself and Jules and him and Dallas. the opponent at hand. ‘We're going to meet my buddy's sister and her girlfriends and look. to get a group of people that are all focused on the same task. claiming guys." (On his relationship with Scott Pioli)." (On how his relationship ended up following the controversy in New England). that have the same approach in terms of being focused on winning. contract decisions. money. I think he's another guy that just grinds and grinds and works. do you want to come out. Like I said. You learn so much more about football than you do as a coordinator. That's real progress from where we've been." (On if the talk of a football czar is unsettling).team. He is demanding.
All those things are components of it that come into play. whether it's him as a kickoff returner or him as a running back or even him as a receiver. I don't think there's anything inconsistent about that philosophy. I think that's universal. I think sometimes as a coordinator or a position coach you get a little bit of tunnel vision. East Coast. It's Kansas City for us and that's the most important thing. I'd say there's a lot of challenging things about facing the West Coast offense. Again. the key thing is to get the right person and move forward organizationally." (On if there is any advantage to having a czar here before the end of the season). but the philosophy that I think we all want is winning. hard working guys. Once you determine what's right for you then you determine the players that are right for you."It's been close to a year since we played them. Whatever point it is. Sometimes you have to appreciate a player's value. There's going to be misdirection." (On Jamaal Charles)."No. which is outstanding. I'm not sure what the best path is." (On if he expects other candidates to interview). whether that's today. I think. I don't know if there's any title to that offensive system."With Jamaal."I think often times you're labeled with family trees and philosophies and things like that. you see how it affects you. There's going to be quick hitting plays. he's elusive. going back to Bill Callahan. However you get to that point. with drafting. I'm really not looking to get that involved in the process." (On what was challenging about facing a Holmgren-coached team). tough. . Mike ran really physical. whether it's levels on the outside. you have to see all of those things. (Brian) Daboll brought. whether it's three weeks from now. it's the right guy and it's trying to figure out the right guy for you. Tony (Grossi). the coaches to focus on. I think all coaches appreciate smart. he's more the digit system offensively and that family tree and that was really positive. it's winning. is the best approach. Each decision affects the other decision. Taking the best things from each component of that and building your system. They're going to create levels. What I'm looking to do is coach the guys. but know he's not right for you. Whether it's West Coast." (On if his coaching philosophy could mesh with Holmgren's). one of the most attractive things about him was he brought experience in that system that we were able to incorporate offensively. There's going to be multiple personnel groups. As a head coach. Bring in Brian Schottenheimer."You know. His goal is to win." (On if Holmgren's coaching philosophy would conflict with the type of players he is looking for). levels on the inside. That's what I want the guys to focus on. guys that are competitive and selfless and guys that football's important to."I haven't been involved in czar searches before. That's it. demanding training camps.improve the team. I think the most important thing is to get the right person in place and to move forward. so I don't know what the best path is. Again. There are a lot of plays on tape. He's got a wealth of experience. but whatever that is.
it's either a 40 or 60-yarder on (Antonio) Cromartie. but it was a pretty impressive catch that way. How are you doing? Yesterday's practice. . runs a double move. but it really was.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-17-09 (Opening statement). run the ball. putting ourselves in a position to at least challenge there at the end of the game with the onside kick. Reporter for a Day). things like that. more shifting than motioning from their (Kansas City's) offense. I know the sack numbers haven't been as high as probably they have hoped it to be. A lot of that. I like the group of pass rushers they have. but they do apply quite a bit of pressure.17."Good morning everybody. he can make a lot of people miss. Offensively. and I know you've heard that word a ton of times here. I'm not sure if it was 40 or 60 [yards]. That's going to be a challenge for us. If we had gotten the two point conversion we wouldn't have been kicking the field goal there. some of it comes from games and some of it comes from just sheer effort and intensity. 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. One of the things that I really liked against San Diego was down the way we were down. downing punts inside the 10. offensively in terms of our third down conversion rate. He can also run through some tackles. It happens pretty quickly. things like that. it might have been (Quentin) Jammer. I do think there are some things that have to be cleaned up. where it was complementary football. I'd say especially defensively.There's a great play where he catches. the way they rush. Browns Kids Club Jr. That's a really important lesson against a very good team. some of it comes from designed pressure. One thing they do really well though is when they do get to the quarterback they usually get the ball out. I thought that the way that we played against Pittsburgh. What I really like about him is a lot of times the elusive backs aren't the most physical backs. He's one-on-one with the corner." (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. How are you guys doing? Good morning Alexis (Martin. continuing along the line that we've had with the communication. 12/17 12. Each team that faces him is appreciating his ability to create plays in a couple different ways. we've made a lot of progress. use up the clock. You get him into space. was it Cromartie. We did a nice job in the kicking game establishing field position. This is a really good team on third down defensively. so getting a feel for that is something that we're going to have to continue to work on here today. They can make people miss. because there has been quite a bit of shifting. catches a great. We would have been going to tie the game. Moving to third down. which is pretty consistent with the defenses he (Clancy Pendergast) coached in Arizona as well. coming back. There are quite a few hits on the quarterback that don't translate into sacks. which will change the call from one thing to the other." Mangini press conf. whether it's a checkdown or screen. being able to move the ball. I think.
so a guy like (Ahtyba) Rubin didn't have a significant number of reps in the game. one of those groups may get bumped up. We improved significantly in New York after the bye."It's pretty consistent. The weather's going to be the same for both quarterbacks. our base defense didn't have nearly as many reps as our sub defense. As you build up reps. Even with Pittsburgh." (On how he accounts for the improvements in the run defense). being able to take advantage of the opportunities. You install the defense and there's a way to play it. in terms of his percentage of play time. Again. The next time it's Roth. but that was just because of their approach and the packages that we played against it. It started to clear up for a lot of guys. midway through the season. 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. If one thing's working maybe better than you expected or not working as well as you expected.' One time it's Marcus." (On if he was tempted to play Brian Robiskie more against Pittsburgh after his performance against San Diego). but it's different bodies. He played a little bit against Detroit. Ideally. You could look at some of that stuff. how each piece works together. Marcus is going to be on our offensive right side and he's going to use these few pass rushing moves. whether it was Marcus or Kam (Kamerion Wimbley) or Matt (Roth)."He played quite a bit against Pittsburgh." (On how long it takes for a team to learn what to do against an unknown player like Marcus Benard). so that you can't count on. it's not really operating like it's supposed to operate. He played in the preseason. The other thing. Even though you're playing it and it looks like it's supposed to look. David Bowens. with what happened in '06 in New York. They may all be doing the same thing from a concept standpoint. as you build up a better understanding of how it all fits together. ‘Okay. The next time it's Kam. I'm not sure what the right volume is. I wasn't really looking at it in terms of that. they were all working in different spots at different times. when you can play the scheme with all 11 parts sitting in the right spots. you'd like to be able to run the same defense. What I'm looking for from Brady is the same type of operation that he's had and when we do get the opportunities. You really have to work off the tape that you have."That's a good question. but just switch whose role is whose. different people doing it. the coordinated pass rush. it gets better.Defensively as well." . because it started to hit for a lot of guys. may get more reps. Chansi (Stuckey) may be in one package or (Mike) Furrey and Brian may be in a different package. it was all linebackers in there. where we saw sacks from a lot of different people based on the scheme and that's something that's traditionally part of what we do defensively."I'm not sure what we're going to get in Kansas City. exactly how you have to fit. A lot of that stuff is packaged-based." (On if he is looking to see what Brady Quinn can do in a game without poor weather conditions). I've liked the steps forward that we've taken offensively and I want to see more of that. Tony (Grossi). usually you make some significant jumps. When you do that. which was at the same time. I'm not sure what the right amount of tape would be for him.
[he was] similar to Rubin in the sense that he played with a good base. 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. It was nice to see him go in and play as well as he did. was strong. that's huge.(On how Ahtyba Rubin has played in place of Shaun Rogers). Even though he was reading the play the correct way. so a crease would open up that wouldn't typically be there."He's pretty thick. It gives you field position. we've moved the ball a lot more effectively. The two-gap is different than what most teams play. it was at different tempos." (On if Rubin has surprised him since he does not look like a space-eater type of player). Our ability to convert on third down. Him. but he couldn't put together how the back played into the blocking schemes. That happened on occasion. his feel for what's coming and anticipating those things has gotten a lot better. He's improved throughout the course of the season in reading the core blocks. there's not a lot of Shaun's. It's game plan specific. not turning the ball over. we've held the ball longer. It's trying to maximize our strengths. I think that he's played well at different points throughout the course of the year as well. as the season's gone on. It gives you extra drives. Those were two areas that we've struggled with. Just look at the jump in those two categories. I think the biggest thing is we've executed better. They're penetrators. 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."I think the execution has improved." (On Corey Williams' development). but he's pretty thick. He has a nice base. When you look at the things that we've been able to do. where this is more of a read and react and there's patience. good hands."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. Even though Pittsburgh. his rookie year. I see Rubin. He just has great instincts and speed for that size. I remember with Mike DeVito. Kris Jenkins. it gives you more plays. but there were times where he was like that. There hasn't been a fundamental shift in how we approach our opponent. it's much more one-gap than it is two-gap. San Diego and Kansas City are 3-4 teams. I was looking for that to continue to improve and I think he has throughout the season. we've score more points. it really broke for him and he was so much better at playing those things. I think that's what it's come down to. There's not a wide range of blocks that you're going to get as a 3-4 nose tackle." (On if Rogers was sometimes too quick for his own good in the run scheme)." . He's really thick. Ted Washington. those are big. it's hard to make that comparison. He has good hand placement. big men. I wouldn't say it was just all the time. He'd get beat on some stuff that he had seen a ton of times and then the next year he came back. As we've improved in those two areas. I'm not sure what he weighs. It gives you more chances. It's been the same approach." (On if the play calling has improved over the last four games). The protection has improved."I think he's made strides throughout the season. Compared to Shaun."He's played really well.
the first layer reports. I really like Josh. that wasn't something that I would do towards the end of the year. you've seen we've brought in quite a few players. how does it affect the salary cap. whatever the case may be. not just as a player. I always like to start that after the season. In terms of exposure to college players or potential free agents."No. as it did in the Jets." (On if he has to wait for the front office to be established before he can negotiate any deals). because we were holding up well." (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 didn't do it there. I really do. Usually it means that you're doing a good job in base if they shift to a different personnel group. I think it does create problems."I don't have the timeline. It shifted the other way. They had their preliminary meetings. not necessarily. The scouts are doing a great job. how does it affect the plan."I've always been a fan of the no huddle. That's following the consistent pattern here. He is selfless. We're operating in that same pattern. still have to be looked at in the same context of how does it affect now. All the different staffs are doing that now. as a person. whether we brought them in or claimed them off waivers or signed them from the practice squad. those types of things. I do think that has helped. It's all follows the same pattern. his dedication. It's pretty consistent around the league. but I can tell you I really like Josh. I didn't think." (On if the success of the sub defense against Pittsburgh alters the way he looks at the run defense). As you go through the season there's a lot of things that still have to get done. I'm sure the addition of a general manager or whatever that title becomes. looking at things long term. is looking at things short term. I think the production there would have been significantly better as well. I think we've really made some strides there. if we had held on to more balls that we ended up turning over. You get the reports. It just wasn't." ." (On if he does any work on college players now). They were in last week. I'm not really doing it here." (On Joshua Cribbs saying he is optimistic about getting a new contract before the season is over)."I didn't really do that. as a part of the organization. I think if we were getting gashed we probably wouldn't have seen as much 11 personnel."Throughout the course of the season. his sacrifice. very effective because there's so much happening from a coaching perspective. still have to be addressed. I think that even when we weren't running it if we had caught more of the balls there were catchable. I think we've run it well and it's not easy to do. that's going to be an important component of all the things that we do moving forward." (On if he has to wait until the front office is worked out to negotiate a long term deal).(On if the no huddle offense has been the key to the offense's improvement)."What we're doing is really taking the same approach.
They do a couple things just a little bit different than what we've seen on third down. (Jerome Harrison) then he'll get some more carries. He's just going to get better and better. we have a few things we need to clean up from yesterday with the third down approach. Today. 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.' or ‘Joe Thomas was beaten on that play'. especially at this point. I think he's got really good instincts and ball skills. What I can tell you about Eric is.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-18-09 (Opening statement). and then we evaluate it during the game to see who's being more effective. really understand the player that he's playing against and apply those things. that he's going to face multiple times. I thought that overall the execution was better than Wednesday. 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. With an offensive lineman. I think he's been outstanding. I like the approach throughout the course of the week and look to finish the week strong. If it leans more towards J. Eric's a very smart person.18. I think the one area that he can continue to improve is run support and tackling. coaching a lot of different guys. That's something that he and I have talked about. 12/18 12. There are certain styles of receivers that you face."You'd have to look at it in the context of a lot of other corners. He's got a young career. when I've got half field help."I don't think it's hard to evaluate him. when I face a shorter quicker guy. There's a little bit of communication with that yesterday and I think we'll have that taken care of here this morning. I think he's very fluid." . ‘Joe Thomas didn't get his block. I think Joe is really good. He has the ability to really understand the scheme.(On if it is tough to evaluate Joe Thomas' season given the team's record). Offensively. I think he does an excellent job. We just have to be able to recognize it defensively and make sure that we have the right check for what they are doing."Good morning everybody. which types of runs are being more effective.C. as well as being gifted athletically and physically. usually the better it is. There are certain guys that you face. I think this week he'll have his hands full as well with Tamba Hali." (On how close Eric Wright is to being a Pro Bowl cornerback). I think he's got excellent feet." (On if he knew how he was going to split reps at running back going into the Pittsburgh game). If it leans more towards Chris (Jennings) then he'll get some more carries. the less you're mentioning him. I think he's very good in pass coverage."There's a plan going into the game. 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. when I face a big receiver." Mangini press conf. As someone from a coverage aspect. Very few times you look out and say.
you may transition into something a little further down the list." (On where he feels like a guy like Cribbs could be most effective. That dictates some of the coverage as well. How many returns does he have? How many kickoff returns? How many punt returns? Those things affect it. either running the ball 12 times and catching a few passes or in the return game). ‘These are the packages that we like. We've faced a lot of good running backs throughout the season and you have different things to deal with those guys." (On Robaire Smith)." (On how much Cribbs could carry the ball and still be effective on special teams). There's the threat of him on the reverse. He is on the coverage teams as well. whether it's the fullback and a guy that would be in a tailback position. I thought that he was very effective last week." (On what putting Cribbs solely at running back would do to a defensive coordinator)."It's more. One of the nice things about Josh is."I think. because you know what they are going to be in. He is going to be involved in a lot of physical plays on the coverage plays. there is always a threat. I'd say it depends how many special teams plays there are. as a defensive coordinator. you could still return like he has been. that wouldn't be a bad thing. The other nice thing 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. How many snap do you want to use him as a receiver? That would affect it.' You put those out there. Someone has to cover the quarterback. He really did what you said. Most people play. caught a pass."I think he's improved. that can vary on how demanding the position is or the focus of the position. because that number can vary each game. That's a pretty effective game. He's just in a spot that is very demanding." ."I think if you are carrying the ball 12 times a game and catching a few passes. having him there and having him there in a capacity where he can actually run a standard play is important.(On if he would go into a game saying Player X is going to get most of the carries. You want to be able to put your normal offense out there and run those plays. It's hard to say. knowing that plan could change). so that every time he is in they can't check the defense. you can now run your standard defenses. If they do start checking it then the plays that you have designed based on your normal offense should be very effective against it. He returned the ball. There's the threat of him on the catch-and-run. You run through the plays that you like and see how it's going. but a full game would be about 65. He is going to take a lot of hits between the kickoff returns and the punt returns. somewhere around 65 plays on average. Even if he is not getting the ball. That's where the numbers part of it comes in. If it's hitting like you expect to hit then you'll stay with it. the quarterback becomes a runner and you gain extra players. because those plays are going to be traditional type plays. anytime he is in there. You have to take that in account. if he is in a different spot than say the Wildcat position. made a tackle and ran the ball. when he is in the Wildcat you gain an extra blocker."I don't know if there is a set number. To have him in a standard offensive set as a running back. if they play a full game. Now.
It doesn't seem like that big of a deal. but the types of blocks that you get on the left are different. be able to take people and say. Ideally."What you'd like to do. push the coverage wherever you want to push it to.' and then they get all their reps as the right corner. 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. The volume of runs you get on the left are different. there was no intimidation. even when we were evaluating talent as young guys to be able to draw on some of his background from his dad and things like that. It could be the right.000 different things. this is where the biggest problem is. He had that experience growing up around football and with Dick Haley. we've known each other starting in '97 when we worked in New York. ‘Alright."I think it's going to stay game-to-game throughout the rest of the season. you always want to [have that] and really offensively too. it could be a walk around type person. We've had different combinations at safety. That's why I never liked. Really. but he understands his problems may be a little different than the problems that I'm facing. ‘Go play nose. This is his first time around. go over to the left hand side.(On if he is still trying to settle the secondary)."Todd. it's right and left. then you would move Kamerion over there to that spot. If Kam (Kamerion Wimbley) is best on a certain guy. It was nice. He's bright. He's the best to cover him. The configuration of the secondary will be game-togame.' It's like you get 10 that week and that's hard. worked some different guys in at the slot or the guy who covers the inside receiver in sub. it could be the left. Jeff (Schudel). It's sort of like a team within a team. saying. I was the defensive assistant. so you can do that.'" (On if he is trying to matchup the secondary to the players the opponent has). You end up spending a lot of time with him. that's what you have throughout the course of the season is the flexibility to say. where I was the offensive assistant and he was the defensive assistant. In order to do that. otherwise you get 10-12 games into the season and say. He has to have those reps. 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. play there and be effective. is through the course of the season always have the ability to dictate the coverage. it was the flip of the relationship that I had with Schwartzy (Jim Schwartz). His dad is an outstanding evaluator. Our approach has always been. He was making the transition into football at that point. during training camp. today you are on the right. you saw Robaire. ‘Okay you are the right corner. it's not strong and free. He's worked there throughout the course of the year. ‘Okay. He has been for a long time. when Kenyon (Coleman) got hurt. maybe a little different than . He really has a good sense of humor. That helps because you don't know how you are going to move them around. Same thing with the d-line. It is a similar situation. He was the offensive assistant. Kamerion has to have the ability to move to those three spots. ‘He's the best to cover him. He's looking to make progress each week. Then. He's a funny guy. 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 tough and demanding. You have to handle 8.' Defensively." (On his relationship with Todd Haley and if they are facing similar situations with their teams this year). so you have to know both spots. Corey (Williams) playing some at the nose. It wasn't too big for him.' From a safety.
Why is that guys? Why are you talking about it? (joking) I don't know. it's a bond you have for a long time."No. I think he'll be ready to go and he'll be effective. You kind of want to put it in the microwave. ‘Rome wasn't built in a day. You don't want to make emotional decisions or quick decisions. not at all. I read somewhere the other day. I won't spend any time putting together a selling kit. I think I could sit down with anybody at any point and go through step-by-step decisions that were made. When you share an experience like that." (On if there was anything that drove him nuts about Haley). He's a good dude." (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). At the end of the season. draft. I spent more time with him than probably anybody else. Someone threw it on my desk and I thought. I think he should be fine. especially if they've had coaching experience. This is a little bit of new ground for him. free agency.' I thought that was a great quote. It's not always easy."Yes. It's not really fair to getting the right answer. you could be harsher than you should be or you could be not as objective as you should be. 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. medical."What did he say on the conference call? Did he draw first blood? (joking) I loved everything about him."I don't know why that is. It's not like that. You just learn to appreciate each other. operations.' That's the way it is. PR. You can't fix all the different things that need to be fixed right away."I really do believe that anybody with a wealth of experience. but you're encouraged by the things you do make improvement with. depending on how you finish.what Schwartzy's or any of the first year head coaches. ‘Wow. salary cap. understands the different components that go into it." (On if he has started to put together a wish list of offseason needs). department by department. have it hot and have it ready. We've talked a few times during the season about different issues or questions. It's like any other relationship."I don't like to do that until the end of the season because you want to be able to take a little bit of time and move away from things and then come back and evaluate it. I've experienced both those and learned from both those things and realized you need to take some time to step away and go back and look at it objectively. I feel pretty good about us doing it without over pointing it. There have been a lot of really talented coaches that haven't had good seasons. Any aspect of the organization. player acquisition. That sometimes happens and you have to look at it in a lot of different . things that were done both with a short term vision and a long term vision. I really have been part of both those situations and it's not the right way. Kenyon really hasn't missed too many games over his career." (On if Kenyon Coleman will be able to play this weekend)." (On if he wants the new general manager to step back and evaluate his work as a whole before making any decisions)." (On if he has prepared a selling kit to present to whoever becomes the general manager). He has a big family. how appropriate. look at it critically and really assess where you are. How rational and insightful.
but every year. Bill Parcells. it's not all it's cracked up to be is it Eric?' ‘Yeah Bill. They want a team that works. I completely understand why you did what you did. I know as a head coach. You make decisions as you go and you continue to improve and progress. I'm sorry. I understand exactly why Bill (Parcells) and Bill (Belichick) did this. he and I have talked at different points. which is a consistent winner year in and year out and a team that they can be proud of on the field and off the field. I say some things that my dad says or my mom used to say and it's like. My job is to give that to them and not just one year. because you learn and you experience things."I don't really look at that. I want someone to come here that can help us improve. Jeff (Schudel). With Mike. the passion hasn't changed and what they deserve hasn't changed. I complained about this. what the speculation is."I'm not really look at it that way.ways. different experiences. that can be part of giving the city of Cleveland what they deserve. because the goal is to win every game. That's what I believe in. I imagine they'd look at things as a big picture type philosophy. Anybody that comes in can evaluate that."I don't want to get into that component of it. ‘I get it." (On if he wants Holmgren to take the job). Some do. There are stories that come out that often times have no merit. backing. you get different perspectives on it. he'd go. I can't believe I just said that. but when the lens softens and you look at the other situations involved. whether it be DBs or a coordinator. That never made sense to me. it's different. I mean it's so obvious and it's so deserved. ‘Oh. Each situation is different.' I call those guys up sometimes and be like. whether it's at the owner's meetings or prior to us playing them last year. ‘God. too. I feel good about the things that I've done in that role and there's a body of work there. whatever it is." (On if he thinks his fate is tied to these last three games). That's what they deserve. If you've built different teams. They always chuckle when you call them."I really think it depends on the person and the experiences that they've had. ‘Oh my God. cares and is passionate and fights and is smart. It's kind of like become a parent. I wouldn't characterize it as different. different players." . The conversation wasn't any different than those other times. when I first got the job there were times where I'd sit in that seat going.' It just changes. Has it always produced the results that you wanted? No. It's a good part of the process. I'm not kind of doing the score card of different opinions. but now I get it. you've experienced a lot of things as well. He's a good guy. What I will say is. Being in Cleveland as a younger coach and being here now." (On why national writers are saying he would no longer be with the team if Mike Holmgren was hired). I've been a head coach for four years now [at] different places.' Sometimes when you look at the world through your lens. at all. facts. Going through that in different places as an assistant. if you've been a part of different teams. I feel really good about the things that I've done in this role.'" (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). that's the only evaluation that you make.
2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-22-09 (Opening statement). I thought that Joe Thomas and (Eric) Steinbach and some of their double teams and Rex (Hadnot). It doesn't change the guys in the room." (On if he is disappointed with the timing of the meeting with Holmgren). players of the game this week. 12/22 12. D. That wasn't a function of a lack of faith in the defensive line. (Joshua) Cribbs was the special teams player of the week.(On if there is any urgency to get Corey Williams more reps). (Derek Anderson) will start this week. the dime or the base or the other variations we have. probably hard to figure out who the offensive player of the game was.A. Defensive player of the week was (Ahtyba) Rubin. the amount of sub personnel that they played with really dictated what we played with and the numbers got changed a little bit. just announcements from the game. Just watching the tape again showing it to them this morning. but some of the hustle plays that he made down the line of scrimmage. Last game we had a different package with all linebackers and defensive backs. It was a really group effort. Our practice player of the week was Coye Francies. The receivers down the field. How are you doing? A couple things. It'll also be based on what we're getting and what's being effective for us. They all got game balls for that. especially for a guy his size and he did it throughout the game."Good morning everybody. I did the same thing with the return team. there's some great blocks. Last week. [There are] some where he may be the first guy."You face different things that could potentially be distractions and we've faced a bunch throughout the course of the year. you could move backwards. Whether it's the nickel. I mean those guys were really impressive. I thought was excellent. it's a lot of the same approach. That'll continue to happen as long as we take the lessons that we've learned and apply them to the next week. He sustained an injury on the quarterback keep there late in the game and just won't be able to play again this season. gave them all game balls as well.22. coming a yard away from the team record. there are all those packages."With the d-line. "The other news that we have is we had to put Brady Quinn on injured reserve this morning. What I liked most about what he did during the game is he played the blocks really well. with . some where he may be the second guy. Once you take a step back. It's not fair for anybody in that group to do it because there have been so many positive things. the core blocks. Jerome (Harrison) got that honor and also gave game balls to really the whole offensive group. It's not fair to the coaches. We'll take the same approach this week. It's not fair to the players." Mangini press conf. the same thing. It doesn't change the coaching staff. it's just what we thought would be effective. Lawrence Vickers was outstanding. 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.
what we'll have to deal with is a penetrating defense. He can block. coming back late in the game. but it's back there. the rushing plays that they face. they built Philadelphia earlier in the year. [In their game against] Pittsburgh. He had a great catch against Pittsburgh on the sideline to get a first down. is the most impressive thing. They've had a lot of changes." (On if Quinn will need surgery). whether it's (Michael) Bush. I think the longest punt return against them is 23 yards. He's a true tight end. They've generated some big plays. which has helped them quite a bit. you have really. good run after the catch."He just got injured on that run that he had." (On what happened on the play Quinn got injured). making plays." . They don't give you many chances to get much done in the return game. 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. They've won three out of the last five against three pretty good teams. there are some things that we have to adjust to in terms of the style with which they run the football. a lot of injuries there. On third down. I think they've gotten better as the year's gone on. "Defensively. physical. "On special teams. The young kid (Louis) Murphy has a couple really big plays.Brett (Ratliff) as the two and Cribbs will be the three. offensive lineman. Denver scoring with 39 seconds left. and he hurt us last year when we played them. looking at this team I've seen them do a lot of good things as the season's gone on. so we'll get him a few reps working at quarterback."A foot."Don't know that yet. so they've played some good football. We have our work cut out for us there. I think it's over 10 percent of their plays. (Sebastian) Janikowski can hit from forever. (Darren) McFadden. I don't know where field goal range is with him. They have three good backs. They're 10th or 11th in red zone defense. he has excellent hands. he can catch and he's dangerous in the passing game. Really. there's some really outstanding catches late to sustain that drive. they have a little bit style of running game than what we've faced here recently. They're 15th in sacks." (On what Quinn's injury is). go for negative yards. To be able to put different people in there and still move the ball against some good defenses. (Justin) Fargas. As I said. "In terms of Oakland. Cincinnati was kind of the same thing and then getting a turnover late on special teams. he wouldn't be able to play this week. I think that they've had a lot of uncertainty at quarterback. it's going to take a little while. arguably the best tandem in terms of punter and kicker. I think says it all. they all can hurt you. but the things that they're doing from a scheme perspective have been sound. they've been outstanding. the quarterback keep late in the game on the sideline. I think. penetrating group. Offensively. The way they won them. especially in these close games. Like I said. wouldn't be able to play next week. Dealing with this tight end (Zach Miller). The thing just flies off his foot. They've been generating a lot of pressure on the quarterback. Looking at it. These guys are a big. We signed Scott Kooistra.
Last game. He's been positive throughout the process."It's hard to tell on the film. Those types of things are the types of things that you're looking for."I think it's positive. it's hard to see exactly what it is. but that was the difference between the play working or it getting blown up. got it out to him." (On which foot Quinn injured). His ability to do that as well as he did helped us. this isn't going to be very good. 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. We made a pretty radical transition going to all no huddle."I think it's the right. offensively.(On if someone stepped on Quinn or if he turned wrong). just like Brady was. he's been working on it. He worked on it during training camp. (Mike) Brown was right there on the edge. where (Chansi) Stuckey kind of bowed out. I thought that he improved with that throughout the course of the season. To understand where you can then attack them is important. late [in the game]. I expect the same thing from D. That was one of those plays that wasn't called. I thought that operated very effectively and got better as we went and it helped us quite a bit."No. One or two more plays. I'm not saying that's the only reason. I think that over the course of time we've gotten better as a group. The angle that you have." (On Quinn being able to finish the game at Kansas City)." (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. Brady saw it. I didn't know if you guys remember. I'm comfortable that he'll be able to go out and do it effectively. we call it a bubble screen. I think the no huddle helped him quite a bit. He and I were talking about it last night and even he wasn't sure exactly how it happened."Yes. Even the ball handling on the one that he kept." . the bootleg." (On Derek Anderson's state of mind)."It was only one more play I think.' but the way that he sold the run it sucked Brown like a hard edge down the line and there was nobody there. They had a lot of people in the box. ‘Oh man. We've had a few moving parts throughout the season. We've improved in quite a few categories. It doesn't seem like that's a big deal." (On if they will be able to run the no huddle with Anderson). 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. I really do. guys stepping in and they've responded well. but I think that's been positive for us." (On if he was injured on the quarterback sneak for 13 yards). We'll just see where we are.A. I think he had done a really nice job. we got the first down. I remember looking and thinking."That's something really I go back and look at after the season." (On how he would assess Quinn's season). defensively.
It was positive that we were able to do that. we didn't really have a lot of depth at receiver and that was something that we had to address in the draft. I think that's a pretty unique performance by any stretch. We gave one away last game. or maybe he had a little bit of burn late one year against Miami. You see some guys that bounce around. suddenly get an opportunity and play really well. in terms of winning on a . the games have changed. It's critical. A guy like Kurt Warner. Our give-away. There are some positives. It was a lot less effective. (Matt) Cassel hadn't thrown a ball. not give Kansas City the chance to challenge. I don't know what the exact number is for that. I think the thing that you see is hits different for different guys. protecting the ball. like we'll look at any other position. take-away ratio. taking two young guys as early as we did. Going into this season. him being able to go up. were the turnovers. being able to run it over. We've called that a couple times throughout the course of the season. The experiences that he's had. They've come on. We've done a good job of protecting the football and that's critical."I think we'll look at that. They've shown different things at different times. There have been some good things. and so would I. You guys probably remember the one early against Baltimore and that looked a lot different. I thought Chansi. we obviously need to generate a lot more defensively than we have. I think they'll both continue to develop. so I think he'll be able to shed some like on this as well. I think adding Chansi helped." (On if 13 starts in three years is a fair number to judge a quarterback by)"Everybody has a different opinion on that. That was a real need position. had another solid game with five catches."I think that's something that we definitely have to improve on."It's the same as we've talked about before. at Brady's progress and the offense's progress." (On if he feels comfortable with the receiving corps right now). I don't know at what point it really hits. I think Evan Moore has been a really pleasant surprise and good pickup for us. The other thing that I know he'd like to have back from last game. like you would do any other position. what is it. he was in the arena league for a while and suddenly gets a chance and lights it up. I think the positive is we have a guy that really understands quarterbacks coming in to help out. When we've stopped turning over the ball. get the snap off quickly."I think that you have to look at what the situation is and put it in a context. one of those games that we had in New England. 1. don't get an opportunity. (Doug) Flutie was up in Canada.(On how much of a concern Quinn's passing numbers are)." (On if Quinn can be fairly judged based on the parts around him). To be able to bring somebody in of his stature.000 snaps. I really like the catch he had on the sideline. It's a combination of those two. The games have changed for us. last game. The play right after the catch on the sideline I think is another example to point at. I mean. Not sure whether it [the catch] was in or not. the one that hit our young linebacker in the chest could have been an easy one. We need to see how that growth continues and always need to look for opportunities to improve." (On his reaction to Mike Holmgren joining the Browns as club President). I don't know. really has a wealthy of knowledge. I've heard. We're not going to have the running game production that we had last week very often.
I think that was kind of a switch [for Drew Brees]. it takes time as well. I talked to Randy last night just about Mike and him coming to terms. I know he'll be in here next week. won't focus on it next week. What you're trying to look for are what are the constants."Nothing really had moved forward during that point. The key thing is to look at what the situation was. Mike. The timeline and things like that. the system. I'm just trying to draw parallels between quarterbacks. I'm trying to think of the system they run in New Orleans and how similar that was to San Diego. With Cassel. Jeff Fisher was taking a lot of heat early on. All those things are variables that you look at. I think if you've coached and you've been a head coach you understand the different things that go into any season. I won't focus on that.consistent basis. We were 5-11 in New England with Bill (Belichick)." (On if he had any contact with Holmgren over the past week). I don't think it's an exact science by any stretch. I think Kurt Warner switched systems out in Arizona when the new staff came in and he was pretty effective. the protection. his last year in Seattle had a tough season."We didn't talk about that."I haven't talked 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. I think that's great as well. I think that's outstanding. is getting ready for Oakland. To be able to pinpoint and say there's one formula for evaluating any position."Yes. You go through those things. the coaches as well. that's going to improve as well. Plus. I think it hits at different points. I won't focus on it this week. You feel those constants are strong enough that as you change the variables and improve the variables. He did a nice job turning that around. he's switching systems. There have been some good things and some things that haven't been as good. . I haven't focused on that. the strong offensive background that he has."Yes. Different guys have switched systems at different points. what factors are there regardless of all the variables. they were 4-12. there are always the variables. There are always variables to every equation. That's really a discussion for after the season. anytime you can add someone that's really smart and has a wealth of knowledge. it's tough to say. asses it and see how you want to move forward. it's a pretty good situation. the opportunities." (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)." (On if Randy Lerner has given him any assurance that he will be given every opportunity to move forward with the team)." (On if he knows when he will get clarity on the long term with Holmgren). We'll see how that goes. the receiving corps. I think anytime you make an adjustment like that. What I'm going to continue to focus on is coaching the group and that's what the players are focusing on. Like I said. that wasn't the focus of our conversation." (On if it is good to hear Holmgren say that he likes to give everyone a chance to prove themselves).
it's not keeping a score card as to what's important for job security. You do that at times when it's a guy that you don't have a lot of familiarity with." (On if he thinks winning the last two games is important to his job security). They deserve those things. they'll tell you.Whatever the decision is. You do try to. I feel comfortable with where we're headed and the progress we've made. They've supported each other.24.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-24-09 . They've worked tougher." (On if he has looked at Frye's Browns tape to see his strengths)."I'm happy for these guys. We're going to have to look at the scheme. I'm not trying to be flippant or anything like that. I know what kind of staff we have." Mangini press conf. again. We've brought in new players and they've embraced those new players. the last two games. I believe in the progress we've made."There's some of that. I'm proud of the way they're playing. They've earned it."I can't say this enough. They've worked hard. It's not going to be a focal point. I know the different situations that we've faced. like I said before. You could look at some of that as well. Whether it was against San Diego. I want them to take advantage of the opportunities they have here this week and then the opportunity they have next week. you don't know what they were being asked to do here versus what they're being asked to do there. the decision is."I don't think it's a certainty right now. 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. It's not putting together a power point presentation or a resume or any of that stuff." (On what he sees in Charlie Frye on tape). These guys have worked like crazy here. That's not what I'm focused on. I'm very comfortable with the things that we've done and I know the things that we're building here. the different things that we've been able to do." (On if he doesn't know what quarterback they will face this weekend). Just ask them."There wasn't a ton of tape so you're going to have to go back and research it some more. The only thing that's tough about that is. 12/24 12. There are some serious variable as to who's going to play." (On how happy he is that the team is coming together). I think there's still some uncertainty as to how that's going to unfold this week as well. It's good stuff and it's good stuff for them. it's just I believe in the things that we've done. find something that is part of him regardless of what system he's in.
Even in New York I worked Jerricho Cotchery a little bit at corner at one point. He'd be great with interceptions. I'll put the boys' names on it and it will be from them. When you combine that kind of athletic ability. He is always working. If it works great. not just studying receivers. it's great. often time in high school they play everything."I would think about. but he is studying other guys that play the position. he said he is really. I think there's real value in it. we'll follow a normal Friday schedule so it will be the red zone. That's another reason that they've won the games they won. it's hard to stop ." (On if Cribbs has a defensive player's mindset). What Rob liked so much about him is."I did. She's not getting me with that trick again. I think at the end of the day they are football players and if they have that skill set and can handle the load."I talked to Rob (Ryan) a lot about him. Their third down. why not use that? It takes a special guy to be able to do that because there is a volume of information. We just moved it up a day. We have quite a bit to do there. 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."Yes. He has good ball skills in terms of his ability to locate the ball. review of first. however they choose to celebrate it. They have been able to hold teams to field goals instead of touchdowns. Today. It is a different way of looking at things. Wallace Wright. He'd be a dangerous returner if he got a pick. Julie and I are not supposed to be exchanging gifts. I don't think we've missed anything in terms of our preparation. He is always. that kind of talent with what Rob explained to be his work ethic. That's an area of improvement. pluck the ball. wake up with them as they're opening their presents or family that's in town. It's nice to allow the guys a chance to spend some time with their kids. but I got her some anyways because I know she will. The other nice thing is it builds flexibility. He is very aggressive. Brad Smith some at safety. their red zone are both areas that I've seen get better as the season has gone on. We will have a normal Saturday on Saturday. She pulls the same trick every year. I've used this schedule quite a bit over the years. If you can get reps from a guy on both sides. Shaun Ellis at tight end. That's another area of strength.' She got me the first time and that's not good. 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. late in the game."Good morning everybody. He is a physical tackler. How are we doing? Today we will finish off our week of preparation and the guys will be off tomorrow for Christmas. I've always taken this mindset with players. really smart and committed to being the best player at his position. goal line. I don't think it's going to happen short term." (On how serious Joshua Cribbs was considered to be used on defense and if it's still something to think about). it could be something that evolves.(Opening statement). We've done it with a lot of different guys. if it doesn't work I don't think you are any worse off. you try them. second and third down." (On if his holiday shopping is done). ‘We are not going to do anything. I think that Oakland's done a really nice job defensively in the red zone." (On Nnamdi Asomugha). They have been able to score in the red zone at critical times.
There are some things defensively that carry over from when he was there and there are a few things that are different."I think you look over there. That's a little bit of a shock. guys like that make you pay with an interception. everything is new ground. everything is a feeling out process early on. take care of their body. What's best in terms of the way they study the information. That's probably why he's become the player that he has become. he's strong. They don't make you pay with just a big hit or broken up pass. He hadn't played nose. Wherever he could help. Just routine. much more comfortable with the things they are being asked to do and there's less thinking.the improvement. A lot of times when you look over there and the guy is not open then you look the other place. Maybe you don't there as long sometimes as would. Corey (Williams) has made progress as well." (On coaching Richard Seymour). Seymour can do that as well. He's a really good person. There's not a lot of margin for error." (On if Rob Ryan helped out the offense this week). there's more playing. That's important."You better run precise routes. the way that he can penetrate. He is impressive. you go into preseason games then the tempo changed dramatically when you go into the regular season." (On if John St. There are a couple guys battling colds here today so we'll see where they are at in terms of practice. I thought he did a really good job playing that position when we asked him to. He's got excellent first step quickness for a man that size." ." (On how the wide receivers have improved). but you get with players like that and a little mistake could become a big mistake. The early part of the season. He wanted to figure out what they were doing and that from day one."I think they've all got a better sense of just how things work. It's hard not to see the improvement and sometimes dominance that he has. It was important for him to get better."He was great." (On if anything changes for rookie receivers going against Asomugha). we may be down a couple guys. It usually translates into a turnover. He came in his first year and we used him a little bit at nose tackle."Not sure." (On if quarterbacks don't throw on Asomugha). Brian ran some ideas by him. Brian Robiskie's had a really good week of practice so far this week. I'm not sure with a few of them. He's made some progress. I think these guys have gotten much more comfortable with the offense. Just watching him from his rookie year to where he is now and how he developed and his commitment. You think you've kind of gotten it figured out coming out of the preseason games. but that's not even close to what happens once you get to the regular season games. Like Baby (Shaun Rogers) does. he did. He wanted to spend time with the older guys. In terms of talent. You go through training camp. He's made some outstanding catches and I hope that translates into the game. they develop a routine. He can throw people around. If you don't run your route correctly of if you telegraph your break points. Clair can play this week)."I know he and Brian (Daboll) met about different things. Not that we're not looking for him to be crisp on everything.
It just stops. to really work at it. which I think is the toughest things that a person goes through from having their hand in the dirt to going back. When he sets the edge. He ran it in the early part of the season even though we weren't running it as much in the games. I am excited to have them there and look forward to seeing them there. In the Pittsburgh game." (On how Derek Anderson has looked running the no huddle). Sometimes it's just best to part ways." (On a possible blackout). Boom. He's tough. As we identify different areas we want him to improve in. 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." (On why the Dolphins put Roth on waivers). I think it's been pretty seamless." (On Matt Roth). We were still practicing it at different periods. They are practicing at the tempo that they play at and making some catches that at times are difficult catches."Yes. It's been loud."Matt's been great. The other thing that he's improved on is his communication. it's getting the call from the coach. You just make a decision and you move forward." (On David Veikune). I had to watch it for all those years in New York when he was setting he edge on us. you have to get everybody else lined up as well. most of that was no huddle. It's good to watch. 12/30 . Being an interior guy."He's looked good.(On if there have been less dropped passes at practice). I'm sure their criteria is the same as ours. that's what an edge is supposed to look like."Our fans have been great throughout the course of the season."He is doing what I'm asking him to do and that's to remain consistent. It just happens. The guys seem to really enjoy having him here. is recognizing all the different things that can happen. thanks for asking (joking). He's done well this week too. One of the areas was his ability to press the guards. Those have been translating into the game. you don't just have to get lined up yourself. There may be understandable reasons. I think he's done an excellent job in terms of fitting in with the group. they thought it was the best thing at the time. There were a couple plays against Kansas City last week." Mangini press conf. making the adjustment. Sometimes the most important catches at practice are the routine catches because they are easy to kind of lose your concentration. recognizing the blocks. the edge is set. I don't want to black cat it. I think that we've improved there. the tackle is coming out and he just jolts him. I thought he did well there. They've endured quite a bit of cold there when we played Pittsburgh. 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. The block recognition. That's easy to happen in the game as well. giving it to the group. It's coming up. That would be the first word I would use to describe him. I think that's gotten better. in the second half."I didn't get into that with Bill (Parcells) at all. There may be multiple reasons. I definitely think there's been improvement across the board.
The most amount of yards they've given up in a game. It's a little deceptive because they've forced 21. he's a good example of a guy. A couple announcements from last game. He's caught another 50 balls. There's a ton of plays where guys have a chance to sack him and they fall of him or he makes them miss. He can blow the game open at any point. Defensively. "In terms of Jacksonville. He is complemented by Torry Holt. vision. "On special teams. Those things change pretty dramatically and they can change quickly. similar to Ben (Roethlisberger) in the sense that he can extend plays with his feet. really good burst. who I remember watching coming out of college. . When you look at this running back. on special teams it was Nick Sorensen.30. hard way. He runs excellent patterns. 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. this is his third year."Good morning everybody. really good balance. in terms of Players of the Week. With (David) Garrard. He has developed nicely this season. They don't give up a lot of big plays in the passing game.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-30-09 (Opening statement). they have 10 fumbles recovered. it really starts with the running game. He's very deceptive. The other position I didn't mention was the practice player of the week and that was Thomas Brown. the look that we get is critical for the preparation in the game. They're 7-8. not very tall. Then he creates something down the field that wasn't open prior to him moving. small isn't really fair. The first two years he had 16 catches. I think with (Mike) Sims-Walker. The amount of production he's had is pretty impressive. If you don't handle it. He's the second leading rusher. He's deceptive like that. There's going to be some game plan specific pressures.12. the amount that you have to deal with increases substantially as well. but they're working at it. It's not necessarily the Pittsburgh-type situation where it's 50 percent pressure and you're dealing with it every down. You look at the fumbles they've recovered. but he is well built. "Offensively. as I looked at this team. because the show. but there are things that are going to unique that we haven't seen. which is a real testament to them. I'd say the most impressive thing they do is punt coverage. They force you to go the long. there are a lot of new players. As you guys know Joe (Thomas) and Josh (Cribbs) made the Pro Bowl yesterday. he is small in the sense. number one in the NFL in penalties. so it was a really positive day all the way around from that perspective. our Players of the Game this week offensively were Alex Mack. where down the field they're getting the ball out. I like to think that's the most important award that we give out. they don't give up a lot of big plays. You see the crispness of his routes. excellent center of gravity. You see that on the tape. defensively was Matt Roth. That shows up every game. They give up four yards per return. They really lost three games by four or less points. This year he has 61 catches and seven touchdowns. has become a big play threat for them. It always hasn't quite bounced their way. They are very disciplined. They don't give up a lot of big plays in the running game.
I had a player in New York who was like that. Sometimes it's just that awareness that you are a target. Louis and they did it to him. ‘Okay. I thought he did a really nice job getting things communicated. It's hard to have that poise to just take a step back and realize that. to go in and start 16 games like he has. then you're going to get a lot more of it."I think it depends on the team and it depends on the player and it depends on what kind of player you are. Louis at St. [They have] excellent balance." (On if the way Mack handled the confrontations with Richard Seymour factored into him winning the award). character. You're counted on to get the . They're both really conscientious. getting to his blocks. strength. We'll have our work cut out for us there.cumulatively now. a game ball. Once you know that. the early snaps from New York that first year with Nick and with Alex."It's so easy and natural to respond. is 26 yards in one game punt return wise. you can't see what's going on here? You can't see what they're doing to you?' He got a lot better as the year went on. I 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. It's a really hard position to play and as a young guy. A guy can have a really impressive day. so all those things combined. Often times the offensive line goes overlooked. but they don't put up any stats. Rich. it'd be like watching a mirror image of the two guys." (On if more extracurricular stuff goes on than people realize). but he's a really good person and really good player. he's a great guy."It reminds me a lot of Nick's (Mangold) first season." (On if he anticipated Seymour trying to bait Mack during the game). intelligence. It has to be salary cap compliant. Kind of like employee of the month."I thought he made a lot of outstanding blocks."Not necessarily."They get their picture up. talked to him a little bit before the game.' When we watched him collectively as a staff. ‘Look. That's hard to do. well he got this many carries or this many receptions. If I could cut the lap running. 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. It's a hard position to play. that can help too. [He had] some extra effort blocks that sprung some big runs." (On what the players get for earning Player of the Week). especially in the heat of the moment and if you're getting baited." (On the most impressive thing about Mack's season).' I thought he showed excellent poise there. We were playing St. There's nothing tangible to look at and say." (On why Mack won Offensive Player of the Game). it's impressive. They get a little bit better parking. You can't give them anything outside of that. I talked to Richard after the game. 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. He got a 15-yard penalty and it's like. ‘If I can draw a penalty here it's going to be really good for us. If you've shown the tendency to react. you get your picture up.
if you make a mistake the ball's on the ground. because where we were picking you're not sure who's going to be there. or something like that. For him to come in and start 16 games like he has. or how he approached the offseason. Nick was really diligent and Nick committed every offseason to getting stronger and bigger and more knowledgeable. He's playing. if you were a part of the group that did it. he had an excellent game as well. whether or not you'll have the ability to trade." (On if the team aimed to get Mack during the draft)." (On if he thinks wins at the end of a season can carry over to the next season). We ended up scoring. but there are some subtle differences between the two. 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. Tony (Grossi). ‘Remember when this happened. I don't know if you remember me talking just about where we were in New England."I think it's something that you can draw on if you experience it. I think he'll continue to get better. to hear the change of the snap count. or a big third-and-one. because I think there are probably a lot of things that Nick could help him with. in his role. is there was a range of people and when we got to where we were I was pretty happy with getting him. it resonates when you talk about."Yes. winning the game there and then we went on that run of how many consecutive games leading up to the Super Bowl. I don't really want to highlight the differences between either guy."I think he has the potential to do that." (On if he sees Mack getting to where Mangold is now). I'll probably hook them up in the offseason and have them talk to each other. but it was a function of a .communication to both sides of the ball. I think there are a lot of similarities. When you have a group of guys that share that experience. He's a lot more comfortable in his skin. I think he has the work ethic to do that."You identify a range of guys. That was probably when the transition took place." (On if there was a turning point that led to the current win streak). They had to punt to us. I think he's played really well. more playing than thinking.000 mock drafts and you don't know how exactly it's going to come and whether or not there will be any trades. I can see the potential for Alex to do a lot of the same things. I thought Kansas City."No. There are 8." (On if Oakland was Mack's best game).' 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. What I would say. He found good mentors. I think he's played really well in some other games. even if it's like the difference between your first year and your second year. I think it's a good thing to be able to point back to and talk about. which could change dramatically who you take. There's a lot of responsibility." (On if Mack and Mangold are similar players)."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. We were playing San Diego and we stopped them on like fourth-and-one.
I'm sure it was to shut me up. I was on him every day. His consistency in blocking has been really good. front office. a spot here. It was a very different exposure for him. a spot here. It's more rope memory than it is conceptual memory. whether it was one good thing on special teams or it was one really good thing offensively or one really good thing defensively. but that game to me was just when you finally sort of got over the hump. I'm sure he was sick of hearing it. I'm really proud of the way Lawrence has grown this season. You see some guys where the light comes on. Now. He'll tell you. This guy didn't make it. the offense wasn't able to compensate for that. I haven't had to say it in weeks. It's kind of the same thing with Bryan Thomas. It's great to see. It's dramatic. coaches. sometimes it was holding. He struggled with it early and then got it and was really outstanding later on. He used to come with this really wide reach." . It's not the same as it was last week. we change on Thursday. every meeting." (On if he would be comfortable with Mike Holmgren's planned hierarchy with a general manager). There's been a lot of things that I thought were good. 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. being able to dig out of the hole. It's fun to go to work. we change on Friday. The huge thing that we worked on with him was his hand placement. you get in a hole. I think it's really paid off for him and I'm happy to see the way that his blocking has evolved."I didn't really have a set reaction to who made it or who didn't make it. You get smart people looking to do the same thing. He couldn't generate the power. I think Kamerion Wimbley made a ton of progress from the beginning of the season with how he was approaching the game plans to where he is now. ‘This guy made it. You drop a pass early. Fill the building with as many as you can. committed to 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. players."In terms of a defining moment. I'm all for. but he worked at it and worked at it. 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. You can't control any of that stuff. anybody that we can bring in that can help us. but it was a spot here. It was the same thing in the building. I was really happy for Joe and Josh. These questions always come each year. it's a really good thing.' You can't control the voting. Everybody working towards the same goal."Like I've said before." (On his reaction to Lawrence Vickers not making the Pro Bowl). being able to put that out of your mind and come back and make the next play.lot of stuff leading up to that point. It's a good thing to be a part of. when he goes and blocks it's consistently power angles and he worked at it. I don't know. I've been a part of it before. because we change on Wednesday. in terms of how they have to study. it's great. I think most people point to that game." (On if there has been anything this season like the point in New England to help the team turn the corner). Sometimes it's even individual players. There are all of those different things that you saw.
" Mangini press conf."Good morning everybody. I'm anxious for the guys to have a good week of practice. Brad's (Seely) an excellent coach. Everybody has a different way to do things. there's been some really good plans. I think. I'm anxious for us to go win the game. You can't control that. but you've been in different situations throughout your career where there's a ton of stuff happening externally. because the future. How are we doing? Just one announcement.31. I wouldn't have hired them if I didn't feel that way. but you can control the things in front of you. are special. We've doubled our point total since the bye. I know this may seem hard to believe. They've been great in terms of not focusing on external things and really focusing on what's important."No. Every major category is up. These guys have worked hard and they've made a lot of progress.(On if he will have questions about how the team will operate in his meeting with Holmgren).2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-31-09 (Opening statement)." (On if it has been hard to not think about Holmgren). I don't think so." (On his thoughts if he were asked to go in a different direction with his coordinators). what value does that have? It comes soon enough. I think it's just more of a conversation between two people. I'm anxious for this week. all that stuff is in the future. Rob's (Ryan) an excellent coach. Some of the things that he's done off the field. if you worry about it. It's not fair for me to be focused on something that's external. Same thing defensively. Both him and his wife do a lot of work in the community. I don't know if it's fortunate or unfortunate. That's what I'm looking forward to."No. That's always the most important thing. I think that offensively. which I think is well deserved. which is Jacksonville and making sure that I do the best job coaching these guys this week to get them ready to play. 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 ."I think everybody has a different approach to the way they do things."Again. There's been some plans that I wish we had back. It takes time and that's just how it works."I haven't really thought about the structure of the meeting or anything like that. Mike Furrey was named our Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee. I need to focus on what's important." (On if he is anxious to meet with Holmgren). One's not necessarily better than the other. 12/31 12." (On if he wishes Holmgren had been here to see how the team is run). 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.
Really offensively. He understood what the route was. they've (Jacksonville) done an excellent job throughout the season on third down." (On Brian Robiskie's status for the game). The other thing I was really excited about for him. "Today we'll move into third down. I thought he had a really excellent week of practice last week. where to go. You just look at Sims (Mike Sims-Walker). I think that one of the areas that we've improved significantly in is third down defense. but not that optimistic. but I felt like he got a better feel for it. It hits a different times for different guys. but I've liked the progress he's made. the guy is in the league two years and has 16 catches and this year has 61 catches and seven touchdowns. I thought overall it was good." (On how he would characterize Robiskie's rookie year)."I think that what I really liked. We're going to have some challenges there. we'll work on punt and punt return." . I'm hoping. I think he'll continue to develop as a receiver and continue to develop in other areas as well. I'd say the best example of that was the third down conversion that he made where he caught it underneath. They have a lot of different ways they can convert. That's huge progress and important. things like that. he turned it up right away and was able to get the first down. We'll have a lot to prepare for there. He's a guy that I think has consistently improved since he's gotten here. It's going to be an important day for us in that area.around Cleveland. but I've liked the way that he's worked. [David] Givens. 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. Tony (Grossi)."I'd say it's not looking good. On special teams today. there's two tackles on special teams. as well and that's been more and more the pattern for him and the season has gone on. and you saw it last game. he had seven catches and nine drops. Jake (Allen) will probably get another opportunity here. 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. A seventh round draft pick. It hits at different times for different guys. so hopefully that'll be something that he wins because I think it's great. I think it was his first year. He was another guy that as he got going it really took off for him and he ended up having a nice career. It's year around for him. There were a few hiccups here and there with really understanding the system. He has a good feel for running routes and I'm excited to see him get a chance to play. I think that each guy develops differently in terms of production. 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. In terms of yesterday's practice. that's pretty hard to do over 15 games. the key block against Kansas City really saved the touchdown on Josh's (Cribbs) second kickoff return. is he got a much better sense as the season went on for how to run routes. 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. One year. Instead of extending it and trying to run lateral. He has good speed. Anytime the most amount of yards that you've given up on returns in 26.
because he can make the roster in either spot. I think your point is really important. Leon (Washington) was an undersized guy. I've seen some big guys play small and a lot of small guys play big. I think he's done a nicer job of aggressively going up and fitting it with his hands and a good base. Deion Branch was an undersized guy. but then you also have to look at production.(On how he would compare Jerome Harrison to Maurice Jones-Drew). I'm really pleased with the way that Jerome has developed this season as well." (On how much he pays attention to size if a player is not prototypical for his position). height is probably what you want. I think it was called Texas because everything's big in Texas. most of the time the guy he's blocking is bigger than he is. a real advantage by playing both inside and outside. which now stalemates it or puts him in a lot better position to compensate for the usual size differential. What you do is you have the ideal. It gets lost a little bit. If you had another outside linebacker you wanted to keep you move Trus to inside and play him there. If there's another inside guy you wanted to keep you could do the same thing. You have to really see over time how he continues to develop. Both those guys have played really well. I had Ray Mickens. It's like a goal line package. but yet you can run all ." (On if he would like Matt Roth at just one spot in the future). It's hard to say. He's played both spots. because it allows us to do things that maybe we weren't being as effective doing prior. I think with a training camp under his belt. 250 [pounds] and thumpers and you can bring them inside or outside. however you want to slot him. Now when you get those guys that are 6'3". he's a little bit slighter than most corners. Really. That gives you a lot of depth. Jason's had. 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. is the things that's he's done in the passing game. You look at a guy like Wes Welker. the ideal height and weight and speed and all those things. Asante Samuel. especially over the last four or five weeks where he's been impressive in that area. but they don't always fit into that mold. with a training camp under (Jason) Trusnik's belt. which was important. He can play outside linebacker and now he's played inside linebacker. but it's key. He's improved the way that he's taken on the blocks." (On why Harrison has gotten better in blitz pickup). because as they're coming in if you sit and are stationary. There are so many exceptions to the rules. you're going to absorb the blow and with him. his production is through the roof and he's an undersized guy. I'm happy with that. because of how much production he's had in the running game. weight. you have two guys there that are both stout. An area that's gone underappreciated with him. you can get big on somebody in a hurry if you want to."I think he's improved his technique. I'd say. You'd like them all to be a certain height and weight. There were multiple times. We had a package in New York. You have to look at playing speed versus timed speed. I had Aaron Glenn."I think he'll stay outside and play that type of role."It's hard. he has done it for longer."I'm not a huge fan of comparing. [There are] some small corners. that's where [David] Bowens has value too. I think. 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.
This is what we're doing. but you look at it on tape and you're like. if this group is available."It's like the typical progression of how it's gone everywhere I've been."I think as a group we're tackling better.' because you're just used to it because that's what we do. That's gotten better overall. you're just potentially giving up big plays. I think one of the biggest things that we've done better is communicate and get to the right spots. Ideally what you want to get to is."I'm not sure to tell you the truth. As guys have really understood what we're going. Today we probably gave out 14 pages of third down defense and nobody blinked. if they're not here. It's like." (On when a decision on the CBA is supposed to be finalized). if they're not available. I'm sure everybody's going through the same thing. At that point you're not running a pressure anymore. You have to kill him to stop him and good luck with that."He's like a tank. okay. I always like wrestlers because they have good base. know how to use their hands." (On how much time he has spent thinking about free agency and the upcoming CBA). You don't want to give the offense any pre-snap information where they can say. It makes sense to you."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. so you have to plan for all of it. start his route with certainty. it was we weren't in the right spot. He was a wrestler in college and I think that helps. I think the disguise has helped too.the things that you want to run. This is where the soft spot is." (On if there has been anyone in particular that has made vast improvements in the secondary). ‘Okay. There were very few times where we lined up and didn't have a size advantage in that grouping. You run the same thing. the receiver. ‘Oh. or we ran a pressure and we had two guys in the same gap. They're walking around and that's what you want. Even the big guys are going to have a problem. good leverage. You want that uncertainty there. . if they're here. You just keep flipping who does what they're supposed to do and it doesn't make any sense. A lot of the production early it wasn't a function of them just beating us based on the throw or the catch. You better block him with somebody big because he's going to run over anything small in his way. He's just tough." (On what makes Roth such a good pass rusher). you have 11 guys and you can just keep moving them around. this is what they're in. You have your parallel plans. 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. now it doesn't look like what we're doing anymore. They're moving around. ‘Well who's the big? Who's the small? Who's coming?' You break tendencies without ever really having to break tendencies. Everybody talked through it. know how to throw people.' and let the quarterback go back. but this time Bowens is the down lineman and Roth is the cover guy or Abe (Elam) is the underneath zone player and Brandon (McDonald) is back at safety. You don't know what the landscape is." (On how hard the defensive assignments are for players to learn).
"I thought you were going to say overweight. You don't like to make a decision without looking at all of the different things that go into it. You're going to look at the games that they played this year. You look at it as a progression and it looks a lot differently than if you look at it as a group of numbers. the volume is down. If you look at the first eight versus the last seven. Nothing changes my perspective as much as they do. shifts and motions and new plays and game plan specific things. Stuff like that." (On if this is an important game for Derek Anderson or just another game). family and the future). That's where the importance comes. he didn't tell me how to punch the first fight. The amount of sacks we have is up from. You can look at OTAs. I think we scored 78 points in the first eight games and 149 in the last seven. For me. Red zone's been good." (On if he thinks the offense and defense being ranked 32 are an accurate portrayal of the team right now)." (On how he balances the stress of being overworked). When you first deal with that it's like. you're eating well."Yes. we'll get it right between walk throughs. That happened in New York as well. Jake smoked me three times in Wii Boxing the other night. you definitely can. Third down defensively the last three games has been about 25 percent. Now. you're not going to evaluate it off of one game. the best stress relievers are the boys. in terms of your health. Even New Year's. The amount of sacks given up. probably last year. You try to go the extreme the other way and make sure you get enough sleep. It's just so much fun to go spend time with them. Turnovers. throughout. red zone. any of that stuff. You can look at training camp. I'm not sure exactly what that is. I think.' but now it's just what we do."I think unfortunately you leave all that stuff to the offseason. ‘Accurate. because of all the things that they're experiencing. all those things. quizzes. 12 to 16 or 12 to 19. I know we're all committed to keep moving forward. There's that comfort level of. ‘Oh my God. You work a ton of hours. It's just what we do. When you look at the quarterback position or any of these positions. you look at interceptions and fumbles. where you get to experience Christmas again as a little kid. probably the whole staff' (joking). 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. it just puts things back into perspective. but it's . the amount of points given up is down significantly. Nobody bats an eye anymore. The last eight games. It's an important game because it's our last one. [there were] too many 30's. where the first eight games. Defensively. you're exercising."I think it's accurate in the sense that that's what it is over 15 games. Time of possession is up. practice.You're not worried about it. it's so dramatically different in almost every statistical category." (On how he balances the stress of being overworked and his health. I don't even know what it is. okay."I think it's an important game to all of us because it's out last opportunity to play this season. something like that. we were top ten in most things." (On if he can relate to what Urban Myers is dealing with). that's down. because they're not worried about any of that stuff. I was thinking. Same thing offensively.
" (On if Brady Quinn was able to avoid surgery)." (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)."] Give you a call? ‘Dear guys. You probably wouldn't want to put a stationary guy in like a move the pocket."Like I said. on that play it's hard to really tell what the thing was. No bus rides to Hartford. There are definitely all those issues involved. [Jeff Schudel: "Give us a call. but I don't want to get into that. ‘He can only have 15 touches a game and that's his limit. what's the right number of touches for a running back."Yes." (On if he has any New Year's resolutions). Jeff (Schudel). I don't know what exact characteristics would have to be part of that formula. Everybody's vested.' I'm thinking. bootleg-type offense."I don't want to end the old year on a bad note here. he'd be good in any system he runs." (On how Anderson fits in the West Coast Offense).'" . 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. It's a constant debate." (On what is physically wrong with Quinn's foot). otherwise. why? Why is that the magic number? Why is 15 what he gets?' I don't know. Everybody's trying to find that edge to help the team be successful. There hasn't been a conclusion there. quite a few hours left to hash that out. what do we have."I don't know if there definitely has to be one formula for running an offense. ‘Well. None jump out right way."I think that's still something that we're going to investigate. I think Tom Brady will probably be good in any system he runs or Peyton Manning."No. Is it a smaller back 15? Is it 25? I've heard that whole thing." (On what happened to Quinn's foot). you want all those guys to stay healthy. I think it's traits. You want any back to be able to go through 16 games and handle the things he's being asked to do.not where near as much as when you lose. but I'm sure when I get home tonight I'll probably squeeze a couple in. 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.