Mangini Press Conf.

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10.19.2009
Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-19-09 (Opening statement)- "Good afternoon everybody. In looking at the tape, talking to the team, I really feel that what I saw, or what I talked to them about after the game is pretty consistent. I thought that it was another example of playing hard throughout the course of the game. I thought the best examples of those were, we had the turnover, then were able to generate a turnover in our area. We had another turnover, we were able to generate a turnover after that, then be able to have the drive that we had, leading to what would have been a one score game at that point. Those things are good, and that's what I expect each week, regardless of what the situation in the game is, for us to be able to deal with adversity, come back from it and then respond to it in a positive way. I thought another good example of that was when we went down 14-0, came back with a kickoff return for a touchdown or come out after halftime and have the drive that we had and score points and make it a three point game. Those things are positive. Things that we have to continue to address, and what hurt us this weekend, were the turnovers. It's hard to turn the ball over and be successful, and defensively, some of the big plays. Unfortunately, Ben (Roethlisberger) was able to do some of the things that he's done to a lot of people. I thought we had some good answers for that, but they weren't quite what they need to be, whether they be scheme or execution or other. We're going to correct those things. I think that the style of play is moving forward. The execution needs to continue to get better. We'll watch the film here today. The guys are in the process of doing that now, then we'll move on to next week." (On using the Wildcat formation and if he is hesitant to let Josh Cribbs throw the ball)- "With that, it's been part of our package. It will continue to be part of our package. How much we use it each week will vary. I'm not gun shy in terms of him throwing the ball. It's like anything else, you take calculated risks. If it's not there, him keeping the ball is never a bad option." (On the flu is going around the team)- "Kamerion (Wimbley) was sick on Saturday. We were hoping that he'd be okay for Sunday. We kept him as isolated as we could. He just wasn't able to go. Big Baby (Shaun Rogers) started feeling it on Sunday morning. Those are the only two that we've had. We're taking every measure we can to make sure that we stop it at that. I talked to the guys about that, how important it was to continually wash your hands, continually sanitize, all the things that we all know about trying to prevent things like that. Anytime a player has those symptoms, we'll try to get them the rest and the care they need and not put them in a position where they could potentially pass it on or someone else can catch it." (On if another player was sick early last week)- "[It was] not the same thing. It wasn't the same. It happened and then kind of got through pretty quickly. It wasn't the same."

(On if flu shots have been given to the team)- "We've had flu shots available. I think it was a couple weeks ago. It's that time of year. Everybody just has to be extra vigilant with passing, whether it's picking it up, cleaning their hands. I'm not an expert on it, but some of the things we can do, we need to do." (On if he can order players to get a flu shot)- "I never have advocated that. I think it's one of those things that you have to make a decision on, and everybody is different. Some people feel like when they take the flu shot, they get sick. Other people feel like it's the greatest thing. I just try to educate them on it and let them make the decision." (On if the quarterback needs to be on the field in Wildcat formation)- "No, he doesn't necessarily need to be. Miami does it sometimes where there's no quarterback on the field. You can do it however you want to do it." (On why Derek Anderson was on the field in Wildcat formation)- "I think it just disguises the fact that it could be that or could not be that. When you break the huddle, depending on how many seconds, it may be 20-16 seconds, usually a huddle breaks somewhere around there. That's different then the 45 seconds or the 50 seconds, however it works out." (On if Anderson calls the plays on Wildcat plays)- "Yes, he'll call the play." (On if he is hesitant to reach a new deal with Josh Cribbs because he does not want to set a precedent)- "With all those contract things, those are internal. Like I said, I really like Josh. I think he's done a great job. I like him, obviously, for his special teams value, but the things that he's able to do, offensively, I think, have been very good. I've liked the way he's worked at wide receiver as well. You really haven't seen as many numbers there, but it's not something that we've stopped working on. He's still working on that and I think he'll continue to develop there." (On his thinking behind keeping Derek Anderson at quarterback)- "I think that there have been times where we've moved the ball really effectively. I think the drive that we had at the beginning of the second half is indicative of things that we can do. We have to do a much better job of not stopping ourselves, whether it be with the dropped balls or some throws a little bit off. It could be tightening up the protection or tightening up the routes, all those things. I think we can get better at that, but there are some positive things I've seen throughout the course of Derek working at quarterback that I think will get better." (On what they can do to stop dropped passes)- "It's like any skill set, you have to keep working at it. Something's not just solved by doing it a little bit, it's deliberate practice. It's consistent. It's every single day. It's not focusing on the end result, as much as it's focusing on the process to get to the end result and not getting tied up with, ‘We've had this many drops, that many drops.' It's, ‘Okay, what can we do to practice that skill?' It's like tackling, defensively. We do the tackling drill every week as a group, offensive and defensive guys together. We'll do it towards the start of practice, you guys have seen that

a bunch of times, and then guys will do it in their individual periods as well. It's such a fundamental skill, but you have to keep sharpening the saw with something like that. Blocking, hand placement, all the fundamentals, it's easy to get away from those things, especially in pro football, where your time allocated to that stuff isn't probably as large as it would be in college football, but it's not any less important." (On what he does when he believes dropped passes are more mental than physical)"I think sometimes it's understanding where you have to improve. You saw Mohamed (Massaquoi), where he had some outstanding catches yesterday and then there were a couple of them that I think he was looking to run before he actually got the ball. That's something that you can't do. You take your eyes off the ball for a split second, or start thinking about the next step before you finish that step, and you don't get a chance to get the next step without being able to get the ball. I thought Brian Robiskie had a couple of nice catches yesterday. His first one there on the in cut late, the one on the sideline, he wasn't able to come down inbounds, but it was pretty close. Those things are positive. I think as we go and continue to work together and continue to get opportunities and really continue to work on the process, that'll help." (On who he attributes the dropped passes to)- "I think everybody can improve. I think there are some things we can do with ball placement that can get better. You work on that with the quarterbacks and you work on the things you can work on with the receivers with them. Everybody isolates the things related to their area to get better." (On the progress in the secondary against Pittsburgh)- "There were some big plays that shouldn't' have been nearly as big as they were. They had an opportunity on Santonio Holmes' catch, we just didn't execute the tackle after he caught the ball and he picked up another, whatever it was, 15 or 20 yards. Even on Hines Ward, Hines' catch, where he kind of stepped in front of Santonio on the over. We had a couple guys there. We didn't quite leverage him correctly. Those are all passing yards. The catch is one element of it and you want to get better at stopping that and then the second element is tackling once he's in space. We can improve the consistency of the pass rush. I thought there were some times where he was able to step up and get the ball off. I'd like to see us take better advantage of some of the opportunities that we had. Brodney (Pool) had the interception and I think we had a chance for another one, it would have been tough, but had a chance for another one there. Linebackers play a role in that, too. A lot of those plays, some were zone, some were man. In zones, everybody has to be in the right spot." (On if Brandon McDonald's shoulder bothered him during the game Sunday)- "He and I didn't talk to about it, specifically to that. We'll see where he is. I think everybody has got some nicks here as we go. We'll see where he is for Wednesday, but I anticipate him to be able to practice." (On D'Qwell Jackson's shoulder)- "We're going to find out a little bit more here today. I have to see where that is."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

what do we have to do today to improve and understanding that there are things that are going to improve more as we go. [It is] really an approach that I experienced firsthand and also learned being part of that with other head coaches." (On what he thought yesterday about fans leaving the game early). There are some things that you can do short term and some things that you can do long term. working to win that game and in the process. That has been the approach. and I respect that. It's a different schedule.' I don't think it ever comes down to one thing. I guess it would be four.A. it's different."I don't have a timetable set up." (On if he began the season thinking the team was going to be successful this season)"I approached it the same way. but what you are looking for is continued progress."The conversation that I had with Brady is really the approach. You need to continually address the areas of improvement and you need to be ready when your opportunity strikes." (On what is different between this team and his Jets team his first year as head coach). " (On if there is more work to do with the team than he originally thought). ‘this one thing was different."I don't think you can look at one factor. It's a different group of players. improving and never losing sight of improvement and how we can improve and what areas we can improve and appreciating improvement in whatever style or form that takes. like anybody who is not playing currently."When I took over. 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. Every place that I have been. because you don't know when it's going to happen. In terms of saying. That's what we have to do. Being part of this experience in three different places. is what can you do to improve? Not lose sight of those things. You need to.(On if he has any sense of how long it will take to get the team where he wants it to be). That's how we approach it. you need to keep working at the same level. not change your approach. It is a process. There are variables upon variables. when he wasn't the starter and that's what I talk to any of the players about who aren't currently starting. We need to continue to move forward and make sure that nobody wants to leave the stadium. is. where you've transitioned to. What can we do right now to be better than we are?" (On people outside the organization thinking it seems like Quinn has no future here). It's a passionate group. That's what I told D." . That's how we approach next week. it was really the same sort of approach. and suddenly you have that opportunity again and you always want to be able to maximize that opportunity when you get it. in terms of working to win every single game. 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. I understand it's different everywhere you go and there are different challenges everywhere you go. because it changes quickly."It's important for us to give them something to cheer about.

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

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

[We] have a real good shot to see him here today practicing. there have been some packages that we've done a really good job with. A lot of people have been beaten by Donald Driver in the slot. which is something we'll focus on too. It's a tough duty. you really respect his versatility. He's an excellent communicator." (On Hank Fraley). I thought on that play. make sure everybody sees it the same way."No. or the back against the blitzing linebacker. Tony (Grossi). I thought he played better this game than he had his first opportunity. but hasn't had any kind of extensive role. I think one of the important things. where you have a hat for a hat. I think there have been some individual cases where we haven't held up as well. Mary Kay (Cabot). I think. that's where you get hit with something that could have been communicated out more effectively. that he's actually making some progress here. who was new this week and Greg (Estandia). Those things are technique errors that can improve." (On Mike Furrey in the nickel package). He gets a little bit better each week. We had to use him a bit more. He does well. but he's happy to do it. Tony (Grossi). get it communicated."I think. who's been here. is our ability getting in and out of the huddle. leverage. That. too. we've been trying to increase that each week to get him to a place where he can handle more and more reps."Yes. I like the way that he approaches everything." (On how he assesses the offensive line protection). at all. Jeff (Schudel). I think that getting to know those guys through the course of training camp. just comes down to technique. Last week. hand placement. and as you get to know Hank more. and those were our two tight ends for the game. There is somewhat of a learning curve there. That's something that we have to do better." .(On if Rex Hadnot is getting more reps)." (On if Steve Heiden is a candidate for injured reserve). something that we talked about. he could have played a little bit more in the trail position. He approaches it the same way he approaches his offensive line play. whether it be against a gain."I thought he played pretty well. Hank had been playing some in those packages. When we've done that."I really like Hank for a lot of reasons. He has great professionalism. When we haven't. An offensive lineman that can play three interior positions has a lot of value. but overall I thought he did pretty well. He's helped Alex (Mack) throughout this process." (On if Fraley was in danger of not making the team before Hadnot got injured)"Rex went down fairly early in the process. He's willing to play whatever role he can play. but your hat doesn't hold up against their hat. We'll keep moving with that. We didn't want to create a situation where it was too much right off the bat and have had a plan for that and we're moving forward with the plan. we were in a really unique situation to go into the game without Steve or Robert (Royal) and really working with Michael (Gaines). I don't think I was looking at it that way. is give ourselves some more time to assess what's happening. we've been in good shape. assess what's happening. often times.

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

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

"Each guy I'm sure responded differently to not being here."Good morning everybody. [We are] just continually focusing on fundamentals and improving those things to make sure that even after we execute the scheme or there's a completion or whatever it is. I think that would have been counterproductive. It happened late Tuesday night. 10/29 10. He was part of that group that missed two days of practice. whether it's him or Mike or Brian. offensively and defensively. You want everybody there."I think we have a good chance there." (On Chansi Stuckey's development). He took a little bit of a step back last week. In terms of today. this week will be a normal NFL week of practice." (On if the week off affected the way Kamerion Wimbley had been playing)."He's been playing in a role and he'll continue to play in a role. 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. 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. He works. It helps a lot. because there was a week there where he got a little . Ideally. How are we doing? One piece of housekeeping. what we're going to be working on is our third down package. so that's good news. I want to go through the week. We spend a lot of time on this." (On if Steve Heiden will be able to play on Sunday). Everybody's happy and healthy. We added some tackling drills to continue to emphasize that. who missed yesterday for personal reasons."No. We'll do that again today. he had a little boy. David Jr. I'm looking forward to him to keep carving out spots. so he's back with us.2009 Transcript: Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-29-09 (Opening statement). You're always trying to use their strengths. David Bowens.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. Practice is important. Cribbs has different packages. you have some different packages. that we're doing things fundamentally sound to either limit the production or to maximize the production offensively.29. he just needs to make his strong case to do that. 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." (On if there have been any new cases of the flu since last week)." Mangini press conf. "I thought yesterday overall was a good start to the week. not just this week but week-to-week.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tony (Grossi). with the coordinator. like I said. point of attack tapes made on each guy. those meetings have been very valuable. We'll meet more on personnel. and I'll just leave it at that. this is all that I can say. We need to get that done this week and that's what we're focused on. what we're going to do is. [I have] historically made a lot of strides during the bye week. areas where we think either that player can improve. address what they're hoping to achieve over the course of the rest of the season. we're looking at it from a scheme perspective and also from a personnel perspective. how we can help him improve." (On how he keeps this from becoming a distraction to the players). like I said."Mary Kay (Cabot). but really. where they can look at that individually to help them get a better feel for what they've done or with their position coach. in terms of player performances and evaluation and things like that on Thursday."There's really a variety of reasons. We have."I think that you have to talk to Neal (Gulkis) about that. Just from my experience over the last three years. Tony (Grossi). Those things are the important things that we need to do." (On if he understands why fans want to know what is going on within the organization). and then collectively what we can improve. need to be addressed long term. where we can go really share some time and I can give them my perspective on things. whether it be today or yesterday or at any point. the important thing that I've stressed. Whether it be during the individual periods. I hope that you can understand that as well. I can just tell you what I'm addressing. all of us are focused on. I look forward to those meetings. It is a unique time where you can put some more emphasis on individual technique. I can just tell you the things that I can address and it's for a variety of reasons. is the important thing for us is to be able to focus individually first on what we can improve." . some of the points of emphasis that we need to really work on with them." (On if there are legal reasons why he can't talk about Kokinis). with myself. this morning and trying to really work through the different things that we think need to be addressed short term. address their concerns." (On if he has made any further conclusions about possible changes). can sit down with the players one-on-one and either address their performance. I understand the question. player-by-player."In talking to the team. whether it be actual game tapes or whether it be practice tapes. I spent a lot of time with the coaching staff yesterday."No.(On if Bernie Kosar will fill some on Kokinis' responsibilities)."I completely understand the questions and I respect that. I hope you can understand that as well." (On if Randy Lerner plans to address the situation). We will spend some more time as a coaching staff going through. 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 Brett Ratliff will get more reps)." (On if Ratliff is a candidate to start after the bye week). I know that the things that we're doing. is the opportunity periods." (On his thoughts on final personnel decisions being given to someone else in the future). because that's the truth. You want as many players around like that. You want to hire as many people as you possibly can like that. Even when I was in my third year in New York. there's no blue print for how to deal with those things."You'd have to ask people around the league. the way that the organization is working. that are unique to that coaching staff. Tony (Grossi)."My goal is to win and my goal is to improve. It was the same thing with Bill Parcells. but it is stuff that you have to look at. I remember my early experiences with Bill (Belichick) as a young guy. It does take a lot of hard work. Each group of guys has been radically different. There's no substitute for constantly analyzing ways to improve and being committed to doing that. It was true in New York with the Jets. It's obviously our players. You appreciate people trying to constantly improve at what they're doing or constantly help the group improve. It was true with my experience in New York with Bill Parcells. It may be a cliché. you have to try to make good decisions on and you have to move forward. . That is consistent with every place that I've been. It does take deliberate practice. I've been part of it as a head coach myself and there's not one specific pattern that it follows. 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. Bill would always listen to anybody's opinion and anybody's ideas. as long as it was well thought out. It was true with my experience in New England with Bill (Belichick). is all based on one end goal and that is to win. That's true here."Over these practices and things like that. I really respected that and learned a lot from him from that perspective. first and foremost. we'll try to work all three guys to some degree. [He] was open to it and was willing to introduce those things or try those things. in this case Brett. the way that they players are working. I've been part of it with different head coaches. It's our stuff."I didn't look at it in terms of how hard it would be. That's often a time for the third quarterback. but it's a cliché for a reason. There isn't a set pattern."No. there are things that come up every day that aren't on the agenda. as long as there was a rational to it. You appreciate the feedback. It's our packages. That's not going to change. They aren't on the schedule. I've been part of this process before. It does take time. There's never opposition to someone that can help us achieve that goal. What we do still do. It was true with my experience as a head coach with the Jets. the way that they coaches are working. There's no substitute for that." (On if this is harder than he thought it was going to be when he took the job)." (On what he thinks the image of the Browns is around the league). There's no substitute for hard work. Each year's been radically different. You appreciate the honesty. but also to improve at every level at all times. to get some of those reps that he may not get during the course of a normal practice. but the consistent thing is the way that you have to approach it. that are unique to that group of players. There just isn't. every experience I've had.

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

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

hitting and things like that. It does give you an opportunity to get some guys some extra rest. He'll be back here today." (On if all of the players made it back)- "Yes, everybody else made it back. Everybody else was on time in making it back. You're always looking forward to that attendance sheet coming through." (On his message to the team coming out of the bye week)- "When you look at it, and I think the players have an appreciation for it, when you look at where we've fallen short in different areas, again it comes down to things that are correctable, like ball security, our consistency in catching the ball, placing the ball, depths of routes, depths in coverage, rush lanes defensively. There are a lot of things from a fundamental perspective that if we improve on, then the outcome will be different. I experienced this in New York all three years, to take a step back to look at it, to look at it, to look at it objectively, be able to spend some time on it, show the players it and have the realization that, if we correct these things and do these things better, then the outcome will be different. Often times, a long play versus an intermediate play versus a no gain comes down to a small technique thing. There was a play against Green Bay late in the game, where Robaire (Smith), who's really been outstanding, especially over the last couple weeks, just got caught inside a little bit. The softness in the c-gap, the back was able to get through and that ended up being a significant play from amount of yards gained, but that's correctable. He's played that a lot of times, he just kind of bit a little early. It wasn't him alone, it was also the outside linebacker getting a little bit of width. To be able to see those plays and understand how that small amount of softness can translate in to a big gain, it's positive from the perspective of it is correctable." (On how many players met with him during the bye week)- "There were different guys at different points. The other thing is, that is really open today as well too. I'll get together with some more of those guys here today. The exact number, I'm not sure what the total number was, but it's good. It's positive. I also had the opportunity to spend some time with coaches, where you don't usually get a chance to sit down with a lot of guys and say, ‘Here are some things I really like. Here are some things I think you can improve.' Get their feedback on things, on a one-on-one basis, that they think we can improve, they think they can improve. It was a coach in New York who actually brought that to my attention. He had done a lot in college and it really was nothing that I had ever been exposed to. In pro football, I had never sat down with a head coach for a one-on-one to talk about things I could do better, usually those came in a very loud fashion and publicly. I thought it was positive and I thought it was a good idea and incorporated it." (On meeting with the coordinators)- "Interestingly, with the coordinators, you do spend more time with those guys. I'll spend, probably, the most of my time with Rob Ryan and Brad (Seely), just because each week you're going through the game plan, you're going through the corrections on a daily basis. That's a little different, I guess, than the meetings I was talking about, with more the assistants."

(On what he talked about with Brian Daboll during the bye week)- "I guess what I'm getting at is that wasn't that type of meeting, because we meet quite often. It's more time spent day-to-day then say, the other position coaches." (On what they can do to get the offense going)- "I really believe there are a lot of things that we can do to make the offense more effective. I think the starting point for us is protecting the football. The amount of opportunities is always going to be limited by the times we have the football. We're giving it away too often. It's not purely in the form of interceptions, it's ball security. We need to do a better job as a show team constantly pressuring the ball, almost to the point where it's overkill, because that's the amount of emphasis that you have to put on it. Whenever the running back is finishing the run, you want to have two, three guys tearing it away to keep giving that awareness to the running back, to the receiver. Every play getting those guys pressuring the football, because the better we protect it, the more chance we'll have to score, the more chance we'll have to sustain drives and that, to me, is the starting point. Then, it's being able to take advantage of the opportunities that are there, whether it's throws or catches, being able to execute those. That's the second thing. I think from a scheme perspective, there's a range of things in the different areas, first and second down, third down, red zone, that we have looked at that we'll incorporate moving into the second half." (On if they will do more fumble drills now than in the first half of the season)- "It's been a point of emphasis, but obviously we're not doing it effectively enough. We do track all those things during the course of practice. I thought the show team guys, last week, did a really nice job. They were all over the football every play, regardless of where the guy was. They were knocking it out on his way back to the huddle. Sometimes that's what you have to do, is over emphasize it, to get what we need to get done, done." (On if the GM rumors are a distraction)- "It's not going to be a distraction for me, or any of the coaches or any of the players. There are so many things that come up during the course of a season, whether it's this or any of the other elements that come up, or have come up, that really, like any other part of what you're teaching, it's very important that you can focus on what's important. What's important for us is what we're doing on a daily basis and our preparation for the next opponent. Being part of different programs and seeing the way distractions can affect, or aren't allowed to affect things, has given me good insight into how important that skill is. The emphasis is always going to be on the things that we need to do on that day and not the things that are happening externally." (On the rumor about Mike Holmgren)- "With any of the names that come up, I'm sure there's been a range of names that have come up. I talk to Randy (Lerner) all the time about different things. Again, my emphasis, my focus, is going to be on what we're doing here day-to-day getting the team ready." (On if there is a sense of urgency to bring in a GM-type person before the end of the season)- "What I believe in is that anybody that can help us be successful, anybody that can help us move forward, I'm always open to, whether it's in that role or any other role.

Whether it's a player, coach, whatever it is, I'm open to anybody that can help us improve. We're always looking to do that individually and organizationally." (On if he talked to any GM candidates last week)- "What I've been focused on is the team and the things that we can do to improve the team. That's what I'll continue to focus on." (On if there is anything he wants to change about his approach for the next eight weeks)- "You're always going through that self-reflection and looking at the way I approach squad meetings, the way I approach staff meetings, preparation for the next opponent, practice schedules, the outline of practice, distribution of personnel, all those things are things that I'm looking at. I like to think that we change those as we go and there are some things that we'll continue to change as we go." (On if he is going to make any changes in his approach)- "Yes, and there have been throughout the course of the season. It won't stop this week. It will keep going each week. Looking at it, what did we do well? What did we do poorly? What were preparation errors? What are things that we want to emphasize? What's the best distribution of time? All those things are things that you look at." (On if the use of the Wildcat was looked at during the bye week)- "That was a component of it. We've been running elements of the Wildcat since the first week. We ran it in the Minnesota game. We've run it at different points throughout the season, some with greater frequency, some with greater success. It's a good package. It's something that I like, that Brian likes. Obviously, Josh (Cribbs) really likes it. It's going to be different based on how the team plays it, how they adjust to it, but it is a good package that we'll continue to carryover and continue to have available each week." (On how the practice schedule will change with a Monday night game)- "It's different coming off the bye as well, because today is really a Browns-centered day, not a Ravens' day. There have been elements of Ravens prep throughout all three days, but it's really Browns-centered. In terms of the daily schedule, that will be pretty consistent, with the extra day (Saturday) being more of a review type day than anything else."

Mangini press conf. 11/11
11.11.2009
Transcript: Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-11-09 (Opening statement)- "Good morning everybody. How are we doing? A couple things, we signed Josh Stamer to the active roster. We currently have one roster spot open and [there are] some things that we're looking at in terms of filling that, but I'll let you know when we do that as we move forward. In terms of the quarterback situation, I had a chance to sit down with both guys, which is what I wanted to do before I shared the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. when the arena league was operating."As he gets more and more comfortable with playing inside. or the progress or your effectiveness. connections there. He's gotten more and more reps. being able to adjust and address it during the game. you go into every game with things that you feel you can capitalize on. With the new football leagues that are coming out."Yes. It's much more executing the game plan. Some people have connections to either coaches or front office people in those leagues [Canadian Football League]. Some teams you face. With a rookie coming to a new system." (On Kaluka Maiava). He had a really outstanding feel for the things that they were doing there."I don't know if you can specifically point to how the coverages would change or not change. but I thought that defensively this game. and this was true when I met him at USC. It's the same thing with Kurt Warner. Every team is different." (On if he thinks they can capitalize on the Lions' defense and score). That's a good special teams group they have in Baltimore. I thought the defense played significantly better than what we did in the first game. It takes time. and when I say that. You track those leagues. I don't know how many drives they had of over 40 or 50 yards in that first game and weren't very effective in disrupting (Joe) Flacco at all. He could explain all the different adjustments and he had been in that system for quite some time. I thought on special teams we could have done a better job this past week then we did and I was looking for that. I think there were some things that we did in terms of the no huddle. He's gotten more and more opportunities. but it wasn't in the 3-4. There weren't a lot of positives coming out of that game."There's a lot of different ways. Other teams will push the coverage. he was a weak side linebacker there. playing a new position. it was in more of a 4-3 type system. but I think we have a good group as well." . He'll continue to have opportunities and I expect him to improve the production as we go. there were a lot of positives against a good offense with really the same people." (On if he gets a better idea of where the team is when they play a team like the Lions). That's the system they run. In terms of playing the Ravens this past time. That really wasn't different the last game or the game before. you'll track those leagues. seeing the coverages that you're getting. get a sense of your level of improvement."I feel like there are a lot of things each week that you can look at and see. from the Baltimore perspective." (On how they find players like Chris Jennings). I would expect as he keeps a deeper understanding each week. [We] didn't do a very good job against the running game. Offensively. he'll continue to improve. It just depends week in and week out.(On if he can tell how much not having Edwards opposite Mohamed Massaquoi has affected Massaquoi's production). that played against us the first time we played them. He's worked at it. We missed some opportunities during the game that I think could have helped us. the formationing and items like that that did help us. just didn't help us enough. the coverage is what the coverage is. with understanding the defense.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Two plays earlier he really should have had a catch and dropped it. The difference between getting that initial block and not is the difference between that play going for nothing or significant gain. Even though he was hitting the same spot. hitting Chansi for a first down when it wasn't picked up." (On if they saw something from the Bengals defense that caused them to not use the Wildcat at Cincinnati)."I think they're all important. you have to be able to maximize those things." (On the reports that Charlie Weis has been fired from Notre Dame and the type of relationship he has with Weis). I've been friendly and talked since he's been at Notre Dame. He's a good friend. Those are the things that we did do in the Detroit game and you saw the difference. rolled back in and made the catch. He's a really good football coach. 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. not necessarily. I haven't heard any news one way or the other. the third down play. then it's a function of being able to hit the hot or the site. it was just designed a little bit differently. You had another third down play. we had blockers out there. I think you saw the play." (On if he thinks catching the ball is the easiest area to fix). Even the tear screen to Josh. The week before we had hit it against a pressure look in Detroit and went for 34 yards. third-and-five. That's been good. He's a good coach. That's really all I've thought about that situation. I don't know what his status is." (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. I worked with him New York. They were bringing pressure off the other side.really important. The more you do that the less likely they are to pressure. We tend to get a very specific type of adjustment when Josh is lined up at the quarterback position. I think it was thirdand-14. throw back to Brady." . tucking it away and then turning and running. We had certain plays up."No."I really haven't thought about any of that and don't know what Charlie's situation is. which is such a fundamental skill set and something that we work on consistently. I think that when you have the opportunity to catch the ball. I respect him a lot. From a protection perspective. essentially it's the same number of blockers. I thought guys at different times made some really nice plays. There's going to be things designed to beat the protection. which was right there. In that last drive there. I thought Mike Furrey had a really nice catch. It was consistent concentration. then worked with him again in New England. missed the guy and he tackled Josh for no gain."I like Charlie. even Greg (Estandia) on the scramble. made all those throws and need to continue to make the throws when the guy's open. looking the ball in. I thought that we did that well at spurts last week. the direct snap to Josh. just trying to build it a different way to take away the standard sort of front we've been getting. I hope he hasn't gotten fired and I wish him the best. I've always liked Charlie. I think that we've thrown the ball. so we tried to get him the ball a little bit different way where they couldn't get in that same front and coverage.

they've been very successful throughout the course of the year.(On if Pool has had any other concussions this year). How are you doing? Just getting ready for the Chargers. "Their offense. I think one of the things that jumps out at you. It's primarily a three-deep zone.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-2-09 (Opening statement). good skill guys." Mangini press conf."I think that the best thing I can do is have them listen to the people that really understand the injuries. 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. Really when you look at the Kansas City game. [they have] good coverage unties."Good morning everybody." (On if there would ever be a time he would tell a player with multiple concussions to retire) . but sometimes you get a mixture of a couple of other things and they do it from a lot of different looks."Yes. pretty much whatever area you watch with this team. It's a zone blitz team so they'll bring combinations of blitzers and typically play zone behind it. they can score. outside of (Philip) Rivers' quarterback rating and his number of TDs to interceptions. Almost 20 percent of all their pass plays go for 16 plus yards. That's lead to some key turnovers. In terms of specific advice related to specific injuries.02. They've done a nice of protecting the football. [They can] give it to either of the backs or the fullbacks and both those guys can hurt you in the running game."No. [It's] something that's going to be very important again this weekend. they can produce. he can take it straight ahead and beat you with his speed that way . Facing (Darren) Sproles over the years. 12/2 12. They've done a nice job in terms of sacks allowed. the score was fairly lopsided and most of those are the result of turnovers that they were able to generate. 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." (On if Quinn will be the starter). Brady will continue to start. I think each guy has to really spend time with the doctors and make that decision themselves. I want all the guys to be safe and to be smart and you be supportive as well. The pressure that they've been able to put on quarterbacks has been successful in generating sacks as well. is the volume of plays that they've had of 16 or more 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. so that's been something that we've improved on. I don't know enough about each of the specific injuries to really give any sort of advice as to how to treat the injury or respond to the injury. They have very effective rushers when they do bring them. "On special teams. it doesn't matter who you want to talk about.

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

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

(On what he would do if he was the opposing coach in this situation)- "I've been part of different scenarios like that. I remember a game where the whole secondary for the other team was beat up. It was all new guys. I think there was an anticipation offensively that we were going to score a ton of points and I think we lost like 19-6. You just don't know. I think the important thing is the guys that do have opportunities to come in take advantage of those opportunities. I have a lot of faith in (Ahtyba) Rubin. If Kenyon can't play, whether it's C.J. (Mosley) or Corey (Williams), both those guys I think will do a great job. They played significantly throughout the course of the year. We moved different guys inside. Jason Trusnik [has] never really been a heavy inside linebacker, or really a starter fulltime, he has 10 tackles last week. I think that's the positive part of this, is guys get a real opportunity to step up and show the things they can do. I've seen so many times where you're pleasantly surprised by the way that they respond. These guys all have been working hard and they've all been studying. It's another really good lesson for the group that you just don't know when your opportunity will be and you don't know whether it's going to be for 10 plays or 10 games or five games or what it's going to be. You want to make sure when you get that chance you really maximize it. I remember Curtis Martin always used to tell a story, when he first got to New England, I forget which backs were in front of him, and he told those guys, ‘You better hope that I never get in.' They all laughed, you know he was a rookie. He was serious. I don't know if you guys know Curtis, but when he talks he's not joking about what he's saying. He told them, he said look, ‘You better hope I never get in, because none of you guys are playing again.' He got in and none of them played again, but it was a big joke when he first said it. Sometimes you get that shot and you don't come back." (On if he remembers when Antonio Gates came out of college)- "I don't. I wasn't part of that evaluation. I know there's been a boatload of trying to find the next Antonio Gates and it doesn't really happen that often. He had played football [before], so he did have a football background. We tried all different kinds of guys. We tried out a Rugby Union player from Australia, one of their best players, in New York. [We tried out] a basketball player a couple times. I can't remember his name now, but he was the heavyweight champion from Ohio State, wrestler. He hadn't played football and we brought him to rookie mini-camp a couple years ago. We had him and the kid from, I think it was, Iowa. Both of them had been heavy weight champs back-to-back years, tried them out." (On how he rates Gates as a tight end)- "How would you rate him? He's really, really good. He's really, really good. They can split him out and he can run routes on cornerbacks and safeties and do that effectively. He has a great ability to adjust to the ball wherever it's thrown. Often times when you look at tight ends, some tight ends may have really good hands, but most of the routes that they catch are in stride or clean catches. The tight ends that are able to adjust to balls thrown behind them or thrown high, those are the ones that have incredible value because often times they're in traffic, they quarterback's got to throw it away from a linebacker that may be in front of them or somebody coming down and their ability to pluck it from different spots. That was one of the things I liked about Dustin Keller when he came out, is you could see on tape the way that he could adjust to the football almost around the whole clock, all the different spots on a clock. It's easier said than done."

(On the keys to limiting Gates' production)- "When you face guys like this you try to do a lot of things to stop him. I've seen it all tried with him, whether it's playing nickel, where they have a DB on him. I've seen some teams put their best corner back on him. I've seen him get jammed up at the line of scrimmage. I've seen him get double teamed from a linebacker and a safety, from two safeties. You see it all. They can move him around, split him out, put him in different personnel groups. It's not like the other group of skill players aren't very dangerous for this team. With Rivers, he's more than happy to throw it down the field to any of the other guys, as well and they've been effective there." (On Corey Williams at nose tackle)- "He's worked in there, more so throughout the course of the season than in mini-camp and training camp and he's done a nice job. The thing about him is he's a little different than your typical nose, because he's got some good wiggle. You can stunt him and do things like that that you wouldn't maybe do with just a pure mauler type. That adds an element of uncertainty for the offensive line. He has done a nice job in terms of taking on the center, being stout, so that's a possibility. C.J.'s played in there as well and he volunteered to do that. He wanted to try it out and I thought he's done some nice things in there." (On if he assumes there will be less double teams with Shaun Rogers not playing)"Typically in a 3-4 defense there's only so many ways that you block it. If you want to run a straight ahead direct run, you double team on the nose to the backside WILL linebacker, they fan out. There are not that many variations of the blocking schemes that you get. They have to account for the front seven to get a hat for a hat, so it's just numerically how you want to do it. You can double team on the end if you wanted to, some teams do that. It's a change. It's sort of new over the last, I'd say, four years." (On if he has seen any difference in LaDainian Tomlinson over the past couple years)- "He has eight touchdowns. Dramatic differences? I don't think there have been dramatic differences with him. I see him make guys miss in the hole. I see him get the edge. I see a lot of the same things that you've come to appreciate over the years. They do mix Sproles in quite a bit and you understand why. He's a guy that's explosive as well." (On if a bad record can affect injuries)- "No, I think when guys get rolled up on or whatever it is, it's not a function of what your record is, it's just a function of what happened in the game. I've been part of seasons where you may not have had the season you wanted and haven't had a ton of injuries. I think a lot of teams deal with injuries throughout the course of the season. It's important to be able to have depth. Almost every team in the league has lost somebody significant and lost other players as well. You don't go in planning for it, but unfortunately it happens. When I say planning for it, you're always planning depth wise, but you're anticipating these are the players that are going to play and ideally play through 16 games and then what's your contingency if they can't."

Mangini press conf. 12/3

12.03.2009
Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-3-09 (Opening statement)- "Good morning everybody. How are you doing? As you know, yesterday we put Jamal (Lewis) on IR and Brodney (Pool) on IR. [It is] obviously disappointing for them. Jamal has had such a tremendous career and [this is] not the way he wanted to finish it up. I can't thank him enough for the contributions he's made, his work ethic, his toughness, his commitment to the younger players and all the things that he's done just in my short experience with him. With Brodney, I really thought that he had continued to develop throughout the course of the season. I think that the strides he's made in the deep part of the field and understanding the system, all those things have been real positives. It's not the way that he wanted to finish the season either, but it was really the best decision right now for the players from a medical perspective. We claimed Ramzee Robinson off of waivers. [He is a] cornerback. We currently have one spot open. We'll see how the week goes in terms of how we're going to fill that spot. "With practice today, [we are] working on third down and reemphasizing some of the things that we did yesterday. They'll do some similar things on first and second down that they do on third down. There are some game plan specific things that we'll have to adjust to once we get into the game. They are a multiple team in terms of their attack offensively and defensively in that area, so we've got our work cut out for us here today." (On if Lewis suffered brain trauma)- "I'm not going to get into specifics of the injury. When we were aware of him having symptoms we did the testing and at that point the doctors felt it was best for him to go on injured reserve, so that's the decision that we made." (On if Lewis was hurt during the Cincinnati game or before)- "The first that we were aware of it was after the game, actually not directly after the game, but the next day. Immediately, we started testing and that's when the doctors made the decision. We wanted to go through the whole process before and talk to everybody and make sure that we were as thorough as possible before making the final decision, but that was the process." (On if Lewis is seeing a specialist today)- "With both he and Brodney, they've gone through a series of tests. They'll continue to do that. We'll do everything organizationally and in working with them to make sure that we get all the information possible, not just in the short term but in the long term." (On if there have been more concussions this year or if the NFL is just taking them more seriously)- "In my experience in New York, we always treated [concussions] very seriously and tried to do everything possible in terms of pretesting, post testing, anything that we could do to make sure that player safety was the priority. I think a lot of teams do the same thing. In terms of trends, I'm not sure what the trends are, what the numbers are,

but I can tell you that personally, from a head coaching perspective, it was a priority for us in New York. It's been a priority here. The emphasis is on player safety." (On the league's emphasis on concussions)- "I think the league each year tried to develop things that protect the players and I think that's a great thing. They spend a lot of time researching it. They talk to a lot of different people, the leading experts in the field and I think that's very positive. The more that we can keep guys healthy and on the field the better it is for everybody." (On if he encourages players to wear mouth guards)- "Really with all protective equipment, I think there's benefit to all of it. There's a reason for all the different components of protective equipment. The mouth guard in relationship to concussions, again I'm not sure what that study is, but I know that if it has any positive affect there, it's a good thing." (On if Lewis had complained about concussion symptoms before Cincinnati)- "The first that we were made aware of it was this week. Immediately, we started testing and that's when we found what we found and then went through the process." (On how the decision to put Pool on injured reserve worked)- "With any injuries it's driven by the medical staff. You make sure that you have all the information. You go through all the testing and then you make a decision after that. It's as thorough a process as we can possibly have and again, the priority is on player safety." (On if Pool's season would still be over if his injury had occurred earlier)- "Again, it's based on the doctors and what they think and what the staff thinks collectively. It's not where you are in the season, what your record is. It's none of those things. It's based on player safety." (On if the doctors gave Pool a timeline for returning)- "We talked about it more in terms of the season and we'll address moving forward after that." (On if he is convinced Lewis will retire)- "That's really Jamal's decision and that's a very personal decision for each player. I'd rather leave that question up to him. Whatever decision he makes I'll support." (On if the team will do anything Sunday to honor Lewis)- "Marla (Ridenour), this is so new that we haven't really talked in terms of those things. Really the emphasis has been on preparing for the game from my perspective. Obviously with this news and this transition, that's taken a lot of time as well and it's an important thing. At the game, that wasn't something that I personally talked about with anybody. He has had a tremendous career and I respect all the things that he's done." (On if the team goes outside of their medical staff to evaluate head injuries)"Anytime there's a specific injury, what we're always going to try to do is get the best

information, however we can do that. If it's independent, it's independent. Whatever we need to do to get the best information is what we always adhere to." (On if Lewis and Pool have only seen doctors in Cleveland)- "Yes." (On if he thinks players have a false sense of security about safer helmets)- "I really couldn't answer for all the different players. I know that as an organization you're trying to get the best possible equipment. You're always looking for trends. It could be related to concussions. It could be related to dehydration. There are often new things that become available. I know there were some items that became available this year in terms of dehydration that we tried during camp. You're constantly looking for anything that can protect the players. It could be in the form of a helmet. It could be in the form of types of undershirts again for hydration, things like that. Best practices, you're always searching for best practices." (On why he did not say anything to the media on Wednesday about Lewis' injury)"It's like anything else, Tony (Grossi), you have to go through the process and go through the testing. Until you have concrete information, that's what you do." (On if the team needs another running back)- "We usually activate two more often than not. We'll look at different guys. We've brought different guys in not just week but all throughout the course of the season at all positions. We have Thomas Brown on the practice squad. He's done a nice job. We'll evaluate all those things. Typically we bring two to the game and that's what we have on our roster." (On if the team needs a running back better than who they already have)- "I think that both those guys (Jerome Harrison and Chris Jennings) have done a nice job when they've had opportunities. Jerome has had some good games. I like the progress that they're making. I think Chris Jennings is a guy that has done a good job with the opportunities that he's had and he's working to create more opportunities and they'll have that now. Again, you never want to see anybody injured or lost. It is a great opportunity for younger players or guys that maybe weren't in that lead role to make a case for themselves and step up and be productive." (On how much injuries complicate an already difficult season)- "Injuries happen at different rates each year. You're constantly stressing flexibility, depth. I know we talked about that a lot during training camp and the early part of the season. There's the counterargument about continuity versus flexibility. You just don't know when it's going to happen. You don't know at what rate it's going to happen. You don't anticipate losing two middle linebackers, but it happens and it's happened [to] different teams, different places, different positions. You're constantly trying to build depth. Hopefully the guys that you have there and that have been working there then step up and are able to fill the void."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It's true. Once you do. You can do some different things when you have wind than when you don't. My high school coach used to say. I remember when we went to the Jets initially with (Bill) Parcells and (Bill) Belichick and that group. You want to show them how it works. Usually they go hand in hand. You are looking for accuracy.' I've never wanted to instill discipline for the sake of being in charge. It does take time. It's nice when they can see it work and feel it work and really understand it. understanding that everybody is working toward the same thing and understanding that we all depend on each other. Everybody loves progress but not a lot of people love change. Exposing guys to ideas that may be different. it affects the whole play. is understanding what the objectives are. regardless of the weather. I never really have looked at it as selling guys on it. it takes time. We've got guys from all over the country. most often they do. then the guys start looking forward to Wednesday to see what the plan is. You've got a community."The wind definitely played a part in it. Sometimes it's hard for anybody to come up and talk. I am always looking for mechanics. 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." (On if he has the support of the players)." (On if the players are coming around to him now and buying into the system more than when he first got to Cleveland)."I haven't felt at any point where there wasn't support. It's because it helps you win games. I thought some guys made some pretty nice catches as well." (On if he came into Cleveland more heavy-handed than he would have somewhere else). Our success and failures are all going to be based on how work together and how we operate s a group. You have one breakdown in 11 guys. I think there were some throws that we could have been more accurate with."I really have found that anytime that you make a change. and you are dealing with that change. Like I said. You have to try to convey as much as possible the importance of doing it and the value in doing it. Sometimes it's hard for young guys to come up and talk. if you haven't done that before it's hard to get adjusted to. I thought I was making major concessions."I know this might be hard to believe. It's something you do for somebody. it is difficult. I look at is as teaching and exposing guys to new ideas.when you first get exposed to it. part of the growth. but I actually came in here a lot less heavyhanded than when I went to New York. That's not what it's about. It's not what you say so you can refute something someone else says. I thought Brady did a nice job with that throughout the course of the night last night. I swear. ‘Discipline isn't something you do to somebody. It's just dramatically different when you get a whole game plan on Wednesday and there's 10-15 new defenses in it or changes in the way that you are going to do it." (On how to judge Brady Quinn's performance with the wind). You want them to experience it. It can be a little bit like going to the principal's office. You have to learn about each other. It's not a slogan. That's also part of the process. that may be out of their comfort zone but you want them to try it. We have got a range . I think that often times it takes a while to understand that the open door is truly open. and that is different.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

but there are things that are going to unique that we haven't seen. It's not necessarily the Pittsburgh-type situation where it's 50 percent pressure and you're dealing with it every down. the look that we get is critical for the preparation in the game. The other position I didn't mention was the practice player of the week and that was Thomas Brown. but he is well built. He can blow the game open at any point. With (David) Garrard. If you don't handle it. where down the field they're getting the ball out. The most amount of yards they've given up in a game. he is small in the sense. He's deceptive like that. A couple announcements from last game. There's a ton of plays where guys have a chance to sack him and they fall of him or he makes them miss. Those things change pretty dramatically and they can change quickly. As you guys know Joe (Thomas) and Josh (Cribbs) made the Pro Bowl yesterday. He's caught another 50 balls. He is complemented by Torry Holt. He's carried the ball 296 times. You see the crispness of his routes. They force you to go the long. I'd say the most impressive thing they do is punt coverage. who I remember watching coming out of college. You see that on the tape. as I looked at this team. They don't give up a lot of big plays in the running game. which is a real testament to them. He runs excellent patterns. They give up four yards per return. The amount of production he's had is pretty impressive. When you look at this running back. It's a little deceptive because they've forced 21. You look at the fumbles they've recovered. Defensively. there are a lot of new players. the amount that you have to deal with increases substantially as well. He's the second leading rusher. The first two years he had 16 catches. "On special teams. They're 7-8. in terms of Players of the Week. Then he creates something down the field that wasn't open prior to him moving. small isn't really fair. they have 10 fumbles recovered. on special teams it was Nick Sorensen. because the show. They are very disciplined. This year he has 61 catches and seven touchdowns. excellent center of gravity. It always hasn't quite bounced their way. has become a big play threat for them. That shows up every game. not very tall. They don't give up a lot of big plays in the passing game. That's a challenge and we've had that challenge throughout the course of the season from different teams. He's very deceptive. vision. They really lost three games by four or less points. I like to think that's the most important award that we give out. defensively was Matt Roth."Good morning everybody.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-30-09 (Opening statement). I think with (Mike) Sims-Walker. really good balance. "Offensively. . they don't give up a lot of big plays. There's going to be some game plan specific pressures. it really starts with the running game.30.12. similar to Ben (Roethlisberger) in the sense that he can extend plays with his feet. so it was a really positive day all the way around from that perspective. number one in the NFL in penalties. but they're working at it. he's a good example of a guy. "In terms of Jacksonville. hard way. our Players of the Game this week offensively were Alex Mack. He has developed nicely this season. really good burst. this is his third year.

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

I think there are a lot of similarities. We were playing San Diego and we stopped them on like fourth-and-one."Yes. I think it's a good thing to be able to point back to and talk about. Nick was really diligent and Nick committed every offseason to getting stronger and bigger and more knowledgeable. When you have a group of guys that share that experience. I think he's played really well in some other games. more playing than thinking." (On if he sees Mack getting to where Mangold is now)." (On if Mack and Mangold are similar players). or a big third-and-one. I don't know if you remember me talking just about where we were in New England." (On if Oakland was Mack's best game)."It was probably his most complete game. I think he has the work ethic to do that. in his role.' 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. For him to come in and start 16 games like he has. There's a lot of responsibility. even if it's like the difference between your first year and your second year. That was probably when the transition took place. I think he'll continue to get better. is there was a range of people and when we got to where we were I was pretty happy with getting him. They had to punt to us. He's a lot more comfortable in his skin."No. What I would say. whether or not you'll have the ability to trade. to hear the change of the snap count." (On if he thinks wins at the end of a season can carry over to the next season). I don't really want to highlight the differences between either guy. I'll probably hook them up in the offseason and have them talk to each other. We ended up scoring. 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. or how he approached the offseason. winning the game there and then we went on that run of how many consecutive games leading up to the Super Bowl. but it was a function of a . Tony (Grossi). or something like that.communication to both sides of the ball."You identify a range of guys. I thought Kansas City. which could change dramatically who you take."I think it's something that you can draw on if you experience it. because I think there are probably a lot of things that Nick could help him with. There are 8. I can see the potential for Alex to do a lot of the same things. if you make a mistake the ball's on the ground. but there are some subtle differences between the two. because where we were picking you're not sure who's going to be there." (On if the team aimed to get Mack during the draft)." (On if there was a turning point that led to the current win streak). Nick's that type of guy that he would help without feeling like he was giving up some sort of competitive edge. ‘Remember when this happened. I think he's played really well. He's playing. He found good mentors.000 mock drafts and you don't know how exactly it's going to come and whether or not there will be any trades. it resonates when you talk about. he had an excellent game as well. if you were a part of the group that did it."I think he has the potential to do that.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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