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Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-19-09 (Opening statement)- "Good afternoon everybody. In looking at the tape, talking to the team, I really feel that what I saw, or what I talked to them about after the game is pretty consistent. I thought that it was another example of playing hard throughout the course of the game. I thought the best examples of those were, we had the turnover, then were able to generate a turnover in our area. We had another turnover, we were able to generate a turnover after that, then be able to have the drive that we had, leading to what would have been a one score game at that point. Those things are good, and that's what I expect each week, regardless of what the situation in the game is, for us to be able to deal with adversity, come back from it and then respond to it in a positive way. I thought another good example of that was when we went down 14-0, came back with a kickoff return for a touchdown or come out after halftime and have the drive that we had and score points and make it a three point game. Those things are positive. Things that we have to continue to address, and what hurt us this weekend, were the turnovers. It's hard to turn the ball over and be successful, and defensively, some of the big plays. Unfortunately, Ben (Roethlisberger) was able to do some of the things that he's done to a lot of people. I thought we had some good answers for that, but they weren't quite what they need to be, whether they be scheme or execution or other. We're going to correct those things. I think that the style of play is moving forward. The execution needs to continue to get better. We'll watch the film here today. The guys are in the process of doing that now, then we'll move on to next week." (On using the Wildcat formation and if he is hesitant to let Josh Cribbs throw the ball)- "With that, it's been part of our package. It will continue to be part of our package. How much we use it each week will vary. I'm not gun shy in terms of him throwing the ball. It's like anything else, you take calculated risks. If it's not there, him keeping the ball is never a bad option." (On the flu is going around the team)- "Kamerion (Wimbley) was sick on Saturday. We were hoping that he'd be okay for Sunday. We kept him as isolated as we could. He just wasn't able to go. Big Baby (Shaun Rogers) started feeling it on Sunday morning. Those are the only two that we've had. We're taking every measure we can to make sure that we stop it at that. I talked to the guys about that, how important it was to continually wash your hands, continually sanitize, all the things that we all know about trying to prevent things like that. Anytime a player has those symptoms, we'll try to get them the rest and the care they need and not put them in a position where they could potentially pass it on or someone else can catch it." (On if another player was sick early last week)- "[It was] not the same thing. It wasn't the same. It happened and then kind of got through pretty quickly. It wasn't the same."
(On if flu shots have been given to the team)- "We've had flu shots available. I think it was a couple weeks ago. It's that time of year. Everybody just has to be extra vigilant with passing, whether it's picking it up, cleaning their hands. I'm not an expert on it, but some of the things we can do, we need to do." (On if he can order players to get a flu shot)- "I never have advocated that. I think it's one of those things that you have to make a decision on, and everybody is different. Some people feel like when they take the flu shot, they get sick. Other people feel like it's the greatest thing. I just try to educate them on it and let them make the decision." (On if the quarterback needs to be on the field in Wildcat formation)- "No, he doesn't necessarily need to be. Miami does it sometimes where there's no quarterback on the field. You can do it however you want to do it." (On why Derek Anderson was on the field in Wildcat formation)- "I think it just disguises the fact that it could be that or could not be that. When you break the huddle, depending on how many seconds, it may be 20-16 seconds, usually a huddle breaks somewhere around there. That's different then the 45 seconds or the 50 seconds, however it works out." (On if Anderson calls the plays on Wildcat plays)- "Yes, he'll call the play." (On if he is hesitant to reach a new deal with Josh Cribbs because he does not want to set a precedent)- "With all those contract things, those are internal. Like I said, I really like Josh. I think he's done a great job. I like him, obviously, for his special teams value, but the things that he's able to do, offensively, I think, have been very good. I've liked the way he's worked at wide receiver as well. You really haven't seen as many numbers there, but it's not something that we've stopped working on. He's still working on that and I think he'll continue to develop there." (On his thinking behind keeping Derek Anderson at quarterback)- "I think that there have been times where we've moved the ball really effectively. I think the drive that we had at the beginning of the second half is indicative of things that we can do. We have to do a much better job of not stopping ourselves, whether it be with the dropped balls or some throws a little bit off. It could be tightening up the protection or tightening up the routes, all those things. I think we can get better at that, but there are some positive things I've seen throughout the course of Derek working at quarterback that I think will get better." (On what they can do to stop dropped passes)- "It's like any skill set, you have to keep working at it. Something's not just solved by doing it a little bit, it's deliberate practice. It's consistent. It's every single day. It's not focusing on the end result, as much as it's focusing on the process to get to the end result and not getting tied up with, ‘We've had this many drops, that many drops.' It's, ‘Okay, what can we do to practice that skill?' It's like tackling, defensively. We do the tackling drill every week as a group, offensive and defensive guys together. We'll do it towards the start of practice, you guys have seen that
a bunch of times, and then guys will do it in their individual periods as well. It's such a fundamental skill, but you have to keep sharpening the saw with something like that. Blocking, hand placement, all the fundamentals, it's easy to get away from those things, especially in pro football, where your time allocated to that stuff isn't probably as large as it would be in college football, but it's not any less important." (On what he does when he believes dropped passes are more mental than physical)"I think sometimes it's understanding where you have to improve. You saw Mohamed (Massaquoi), where he had some outstanding catches yesterday and then there were a couple of them that I think he was looking to run before he actually got the ball. That's something that you can't do. You take your eyes off the ball for a split second, or start thinking about the next step before you finish that step, and you don't get a chance to get the next step without being able to get the ball. I thought Brian Robiskie had a couple of nice catches yesterday. His first one there on the in cut late, the one on the sideline, he wasn't able to come down inbounds, but it was pretty close. Those things are positive. I think as we go and continue to work together and continue to get opportunities and really continue to work on the process, that'll help." (On who he attributes the dropped passes to)- "I think everybody can improve. I think there are some things we can do with ball placement that can get better. You work on that with the quarterbacks and you work on the things you can work on with the receivers with them. Everybody isolates the things related to their area to get better." (On the progress in the secondary against Pittsburgh)- "There were some big plays that shouldn't' have been nearly as big as they were. They had an opportunity on Santonio Holmes' catch, we just didn't execute the tackle after he caught the ball and he picked up another, whatever it was, 15 or 20 yards. Even on Hines Ward, Hines' catch, where he kind of stepped in front of Santonio on the over. We had a couple guys there. We didn't quite leverage him correctly. Those are all passing yards. The catch is one element of it and you want to get better at stopping that and then the second element is tackling once he's in space. We can improve the consistency of the pass rush. I thought there were some times where he was able to step up and get the ball off. I'd like to see us take better advantage of some of the opportunities that we had. Brodney (Pool) had the interception and I think we had a chance for another one, it would have been tough, but had a chance for another one there. Linebackers play a role in that, too. A lot of those plays, some were zone, some were man. In zones, everybody has to be in the right spot." (On if Brandon McDonald's shoulder bothered him during the game Sunday)- "He and I didn't talk to about it, specifically to that. We'll see where he is. I think everybody has got some nicks here as we go. We'll see where he is for Wednesday, but I anticipate him to be able to practice." (On D'Qwell Jackson's shoulder)- "We're going to find out a little bit more here today. I have to see where that is."
We'll get some more clarity on it. but in base. so it would just have to be off the TV copy.(On Bernie Kosar's role with the team). you don't have the measurement on it."Corey's played more and more as we've gone here. There's nothing."Chansi's caught a lot of balls from him in practice. Mike probably didn't play as much as he should have this weekend."The coach's copy. I'd say. that's imminent. but what do you think?" (On if he anticipates any moves before the trade deadline). We've had some good opportunities on third down. I really haven't."No. from an offensive perspective. 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."I think the official talked about it after the game. I anticipate him playing more between the two this week. There's a lot of different ways that our conversations have gone. we can sharpen those up and do some things to improve there."I've enjoyed getting to know Bernie and spending some time with him. This morning's been all Pittsburgh and transitioning to Green Bay. I'm not saying that it isn't possible. but you never know. and talking about it in that context. There are signs of things that I like and stuff that still has to get fixed."Yes. It's more informal than that. in the short time that he's been here. not just in sub. Sometimes it's reading the coverage and being able to understand exactly where you have to fit. whether it be from a quarterback's perspective. that's not really what it's been. He still works on both offense and defense. so I'm not sure." (On developing chemistry between Derek Anderson and Chansi Stuckey). a call comes in and we listen. He gives some good insight and I've enjoyed spending some time with him." (On if Kosar will be in meetings regularly or work with the quarterbacks). [there is] nothing imminent. but like anything else. I'd say with all of our third down routes." (On if he will call the NFL to get further explanation on the fourth-down measurement call during the Pittsburgh game)." ." (On if Corey Williams could be traded)."No. Nothing can really happen from that. Like I said. You just deal with the next situation and move on. but nothing can change." (On if it seems like Mike Furrey has dropped off). I really like some of the insight that he's able to give. Things happen."I haven't really been looking at any of that. I think he's done a good job with the things that we've asked him to do. some we haven't converted on." (On if he has looked at the measurement on film). a couple were batted. I haven't watched the TV copy of the game. I'm not out there pushing forward with anything specifically. It's his call." (On if he can ask the NFL to review the measurement call). not at all. I think there's a lot of room for us to continue to improve there. or even better.
is that we understand what the game plan is. One of the plusses is you get a more efficient blocker. with play-action passes. Even right at the start of the game." (On if using Hank Fraley as an eligible receiver limits what Anderson can do)"There are pluses and minuses. which he would have. which is something I'm looking for. I thought we had a great opportunity. and there's been progress in a lot of them. things like that. If you did want to get everybody out. They were all passes and they were all positive passes. so minor progress there. That's been something that I've been emphasizing over and over again. It gives you some more options in the running game. It's more of an indication that you're going to run the ball. those two things are positive. [at] a lot of different points. Having a bigger body in there sells that more. The start of the second half. the adjustments.(On what the team needs to fix immediately). but the tackle was able to pop out. but he wouldn't be the first option. we had held the guard long enough. That's an area that we hadn't been effective in. If we had just shortened that edge and let the guy come clean. then the other things are better and better. Some of that could be continuing to improve the communication with protections. you're really trying to get the defense to come up and bite on the run and you're looking for the separation between the linebackers and the safeties. and those two things are huge. that we're able to do some things effectively in the passing game. [We] continue to have very limited penalties. whether it's third down offensively. but we have to keep going forward with it. third down defensively. Some of that could be catching the ball better. and that's positive. As we make strides within the room. It's the things that we need to improve on. but it's how we execute. but now it's being able to do those things. [We] did a better job turning the ball over this week. We had three sacks. you see those things. You have to understand those two things. I think that we've shown." (On if the team has the talent at wide receiver to have a productive passing game this season). those are key to winning the game. It doesn't happen overnight. I thought even the drive towards the end of the game there. Instead of that being a sack. you're not releasing multiple receivers. everybody sees those things. than we had been doing. in the early part of the season. That's the difference between a sack and a 30-yard completion. but it's constantly making progress in all those areas. it's a 25-yard completion. It was just that much of a difference in the detail. get a bump on him. We've addressed a lot of them. and . I really thought that he'd be able to go. If you want to run the ball. just weren't able to close the offensive tackle down enough to let the edge rusher come clean. it's a good example of kind of how the injuries go during the week."To me. four-out-of-five of those plays were plus-10 plays. We actually got third downand-one stop and we were pretty close on that fourth-and-one stop. defensively. Those small things become big things. A lot of times. but we also have to keep improving the areas where we need to improve on. the guard recognized it late."Yes. Hank's caught the ball a couple times. or hoping to. we understand what we have to stop from our opponent. things like that. came off and Ben (Roethlisberger) was able to step up." (On if Steve Heiden aggravated his knee). so play-action tends to be more effective. You get a bigger body."What I'm looking for is continually focusing on us. but I think there were some sack opportunities that if we had just done it a little bit differently.
He just came in. Jason Trusnik. We had the flu cases and some more guys have come down with it. 21 (Opening statement). We just have to make some adjustments. Oct. That's always a point of emphasis for us offensively. They're able to get a lot of guys out quickly and he's able to get the ball to them. Anthony Madison. How are we doing? Just in terms of practice today. On special teams. It'll probably shorten the player availability. The good thing is they get some experience and grow and if they have to do it again. but I've always respected and admired the job he's done. the first signs of any type of illness. Lawrence Vickers. He has a 104 quarterback rating. was sick. and they create a lot of pressure on things like PATs and field goals. You saw in our . I don't know Dom (Capers) that well. They do a nice job. We'll work around it and continue to move forward on Green Bay. Defensively. this is a team that presents a lot of challenges. Aaron Rogers has been very efficient throwing the ball. in terms of not as many guys to interview. Kamerion Wimbley. but it happens. not just hitting the receivers. It's that time of year and unfortunately we have quite a few guys who are dealing with it. I think we've made strides since then on special teams." Mangini press conf. I thought the situation with Kamerion is a really good example of how things can change dramatically in a hurry. A lot of young guys had to play a lot yesterday. Alex Mack. It's the 3-4. right on down the line. obviously stressing important things like sleep and hands and things like that. I thought just looking back at the preseason game. I think are solid. but then the receivers do a nice job with the run after the catch. and suddenly Jason (Trusnik) and Alex (Hall) have to pick up the slack there. I think they're playing very well defensively. I think they're playing really well. get the guys home and out of the building.just wasn't able to when we looked at it. Brian Schaefering. 10/21 10. Corey Williams."Good morning everybody. but that's evolved since we played them. We're trying to. the first time we played them. Chansi Stuckey. There were some young-guy mistakes. we're going to cut practice down a little bit. They've moved it efficiently against everybody they've faced. I thought they did a nice job against us on special teams in the preseason. Big Baby.2009 Eric Mangini press conference: Wed. We'll adjust practice. Shaun Rogers. and this is a team that's very good at it defensively. throughout the course of the season or the preseason. We're working as hard as we can to promote things to prevent the illness. "Looking at Green Bay. Brodney Pool. We're actually working with quite a few less players. Guys that won't be here today: Jerome Harrison. Especially their coverage units. obviously. that was not a predictable thing. Offensively.21. It's not exactly like our 3-4. they'll be able to take advantage of the opportunity even better. I think they're getting better each week. but there are elements that we've seen before. hopefully. Robert Royal. One of the things they do an outstanding job with is turning the ball over.
" (On if any of the players with the flu had received a flu shot)." (On if they are seeking league guidance on the flu). We may keep it the same time." (On if the team is taking more preventive measures against the flu than normal)"We're being really aggressive preventatively. we'd much rather try to minimize the effects on the player and also the possible exposure to the rest of the group."We'll cut back on some reps." (On what he means by ‘provisions' for teams hit with the flu). things like that. so it's new. Houston had a similar situation. give them a chance to just be as vigilant as possible with this. so he's played there. David Bowens started last year inside. It wasn't something that was apparent on Monday."They're all home. we'll have to adjust there. extend the walk through a little bit. I'm not sure." (On if the players with the flu have undergone H1N1 testing). Barton can play with MIKE or WILL. increase the amount of time in between plays."We have a couple different options. five games. without having to release somebody. Jason has played there some. but nothing that I've seen where we'd send them home right now. but take some plays off it." (On if any of the coaches have the flu). we'll have people for each position. but we will go through and see where we're at. With HIPAA."The exact rule. A little tired.preseason game." (On how he will adjust practice because of the flu)." (On if there are any positions completely affected by the flu). we can't discuss it. I'm going to talk to Brad (Seely) and the coordinators maybe about the post-practice meetings. I didn't go through player by player with that. If there's any sign of it and we think it's heading that way. They blocked one already this year."I'm not sure. but there are roster exemptions where you can bring up practice squad guys to play in the game. [I am] just trying to get them some extra rest."No."No. I don't have all the specifics. We'll go through all those things. fullback." (On if any of the players with the flu are in the building). We will continue to research that and go through the process and see where we're at. Vickers. There are provisions if a team is hit by quite a bit of flu cases. That's something that we'll have to deal with. with the holding penalty and got quite a bit of push. so that gives us some flexibility. they may not feel great. depending on if you wanted to go with ."A lot of these were really new this morning. that they've put in place. Jason Trusnik. I actually thought that Kaluka (Maiava) did a pretty nice job for his first extended exposure inside."We're researching that now." (On how he will adjust the defense without having D'Qwell Jackson). but that's typical for a Wednesday. Things like that.
because it is. he's like."It might have been on one of the catches by (Heath) Miller." (On if he has spoken with Jackson). Because he's been there. I didn't think to list him with the group." (On if Veikune will get reps at WILL). based on the reps that we had allocated during practice. ‘Don't worry about me." (On if it is disappointing that Veikune has not gotten many defensive reps during games since he was as second round pick). David's made a lot of progress inside. It gives us some flexibility there. His concern isn't him. I talked to him yesterday. [there was] quite a bit of transition. I'm just saying body type.'" (On if Jackson has surgery scheduled). everybody develops differently."No. As we've talked about before." (On why he moved David Veikune from defensive end to inside linebacker). That's not an easy spot. I'm not saying that the lines are going to follow exactly the same way."I saw a lot of parallels with him and (Tedy) Bruschi. Even though he's not playing the field."Yes.a bigger guy or wanted to go with a not as big guy. not necessarily. all those things I thought David would do a real nice job with."Yes. did a little bit of that. I know you're shocked by my savvy. playing the MIKE. if something happened to D'Qwell. You have to be able to . It was the easiest. I should have added him to that list as well. Barton's played both. which is unique in itself. [They play] the same position."I'm not sure exactly where it was. Tony (Grossi). just because he's played both spots. past experience. It was the progression that we had set. but yes. let's go on [to] Green Bay." (On why he did not include David Veikune in the list of players who could play inside linebacker). what I was saying is could move Barton to WILL and Veikune to MIKE. the timeline exactly. he was very effective. in terms of the ability to rush from an inside position. he'll be very active in meetings. It's a different world. D'Qwell's such a good guy. texted with him a little bit last night. It was pretty late in the half. in terms of body type. He's advanced enough where he could play either at any point."No. the ability to come up and take on guards. He'll work with the young guys. That's who he is. He'll work with whoever."I made a mistake. When I texted back and forth to him." (On if he knows how Jackson injured his shoulder). some of that. when he first moved inside. speed. Once he got used to it. His concern is getting ready for Green Bay." (On if Jackson finished the first half with the injury). Tedy in 2000. Even height. I don't have right now. [inside linebackers] tend to be not quite as tall as the outside [line]backers." (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.
Driver's made some unbelievable catches. which was a comeback for about 15 yards." (On if the Browns were interested in Clay Matthews before the draft). There was the play to Santonio Holmes. He's a physical guy. Some of the issues we had this past weekend were run after the catch. 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. speed."I liked Clay and spent a lot of time with him. We had some chances to tackle him at that spot."I wish it was just him. his efficiency. Both have some great things to them. [We] talked a little politics. there were a lot of big plays. in terms of completions. but he gained .get in. too. even when we were looking at Brett (Favre) in New York. That was really the thinking there. where he broke it for 40. talked about his dad."That's a tough draw when you have to replace Favre in Green Bay." (On if Michael Gaines was signed because Steve Heiden is still hurt). all those things. pretty good genetics. a couple one-handed grabs on the sideline. It ends up going for 30 more yards after that. It is a big transition going from end to that spot. He's a very intellectual guy. but just in watching him. obviously." (On Aaron Rogers). He has excellent hands. actually talked a lot about the Browns. You can see the development that he's made over the course of time." (On Greg Jennings and Donald Driver). They're good size guys as well. I don't know him personally. [He is a] really interesting guy."They're outstanding. He's a tough guy. run the huddle. out at USC. his ability to make people miss after the fact. good change of direction. They run really crisp routes. [He's a] smart kid. Especially with Jennings. working at that spot. what you consider big plays 40-yard plays." (On the importance of team speed on defense). I thought the value of him getting that experience. has tremendous maturity. I don't think it changed his approach that dramatically."It just depends on how you're built. It's a pretty impressive quarterback rating. Some teams are built really small and fast and some teams are built bigger. I image he's a pretty hard worker and really has developed his craft over the years. He's picked on a lot of people. talked [about] a lot of topics that you don't traditionally have in an interview with a player. 50-yard plays. You have to be able to make all the run-pass reads. short term and long term. He. thought that would be best for his development. There's a lot of stuff going on there. Both have merit. where we have to go through the week and see where he is. but you have to do it at some point. It might have been a slant to Jennings for 10. The over route the Hines Ward stepped in front of."I think it's going to be the same as last week. You have to be able to call out all the adjustments. He has good strength. again." (On if Ben Roethlisberger picked on Maiava when he went in). hopefully it will."Yes. things like that. and the reality was they weren't actually 40-yard throws down the field. looking at it." (On if Clay Matthews is like his father).
if you're not a starter. 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. You're sitting there on an island. which we're working on. in terms of adjusting to the players that we were missing. You saw it in Denver."I don't think it was a function of that. whatever it is. You have to be able to take your hit. We'll do a little bit of two-minute work as well. There really haven't been any new cases. otherwise. same thing. again. so that's positive as well. that other guy wins. for us. In terms of the timetable for the rest of the group coming back. It's a little bit like when we were talking about Brian (Robiskie) early in the season. it's about leveraging the player and getting him down. I thought as a group. We scaled down practice some. but minimize it to that and not allow it to mushroom into something more. It will be a good compliment to the other things that we're trying to get done on third down. He needs to continue to develop and that's what I'm looking for.some extra yards. not totally sure yet. you are going to miss a tackle.22. It's going to happen. At that point. There are other guys that need to help you at that point.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-22-09 (Opening statement). We should get Kamerion (Wimbley) back today and Shaun Rogers back today. it's not about speed or anything. you're trying to breakdown."How's everybody doing? Good. "In terms of Green Bay. Those things. [they] adjusted well to the changes that we had. but we're going to just be as cautious as we can with this to make sure that we don't go into the weekend and put the group that hasn't had it in a position where they could get it. in terms of the flu related symptoms. That's kind of where we are with the state of affairs." Mangini press conf." (On if Brandon McDonald relapsed against Pittsburgh). We were able to get the film work done here this morning. and that's the reality." . I didn't have the afternoon meetings yesterday. I think it was a group effort. You can't let at a 15-yard completion be a 40-yard completion. but we're pushing forward on that today. 10/22 10. Anybody have a cold? I thought yesterday that the guys did a good job. Defensively we have made some strides and offensively we need to continue to. Sometimes as a corner. Tony (Grossi). that I thought were real positive." (On if he hopes to see Coye Francies at cornerback more). I think we had other opportunities too."We give him a lot of reps each week. Those yards all count towards passing yards. I think there's been some progress. it goes back to what we need to get done on third down. We did some different things last week running the football.
"Outside of just mixing and matching some combinations of people and things like that. the other group. I feel like we have a good handle on it. Everything's being closely monitored. you have to adjust. so I'm not sure where it will be." (On Joshua Cribbs). which the presumption is that that's swine flu. It's really about trying to be safe and limit it as much as possible. 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."Again. they're all in contact with them." (On if the coaches are feeling okay). just to be safe. Even in the building. we wanted to get home." (On who has taken Tamiflu)."That's my understanding. give it a shot. I started some of that myself. [We will] process the testing and see where we are. Tony (Grossi)."No. I'm not sure of that status of the rest of them."Like I said." (On if it will take Kamerion Wimbley a couple of days to be back to 100 percent)"He looked pretty good. He looked happy."No."I checked the manual. but again. there's testing that has to take place. I don't know either way. not too bad."I just know that two are." (On where the team will stay Saturday night). With our medical staff. You're . working with the trainers."We have two that are Influenza A. He looked ready to go. in terms of who took what."I think we'll be past the bulk of it. this is new ground for me. It's like anything else." (On if there is anything in a coaching guide about situations like this). [there was] nothing (joking). As I said."I anticipate him being out at practice today. I feel great." (On if he has ever been through anything like this before). 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. Kamerion probably could have come back yesterday. It's open communication." (On if you need six confirmed cases of H1N1 to receive roster exemptions). I'm not totally sure. working with the doctors.(On if any of the players with the flu are sicker or in the hospital)." (On if he thinks there are only two players with H1N1)." (On if it is safe to say that the team will not meet the requirements for roster exemptions from the NFL). making sure that we're doing everything we can to eliminate it." (On if he knows if the other players with the flu do not have H1N1). It really has been a group effort. anybody that we could have go home or any pregnant women. We're going through the process of talking to the league and documenting the different things just to see where we are with that.
where he just sprints out one way. You don't know when you'll get your chance. players and coaches. He can throw on the run and he can create some time."Sometime it depends on who the guy is. we actually had a little pressure.always looking for way to teach off something.' and you sit with the player and say. You look back at that. The worst thing for anybody is to not be ready for that chance when it does show up. because if you're worried about that. Sometimes you have to get in there and explain the importance of moving on to the next play. At that point. ‘Okay if I do these things.'" (On how he deals with receivers who drop balls). ‘Is this correctable? Is it not correctable?' And the realization that all of these things are correctable. We do a lot of work with those guys. You're on a team and you're on the practice squad. whether it's post practice or additional meetings."I think he's gotten better moving on to the next play. where you're just hoping to God that they don't get beat early." (On Derek Anderson not letting dropped balls bother him). You don't know. It's an understanding. because it's over. sometimes dashes. It's a big distinction. we had a three-man rush on. things have changed for us and now you just try to get what you can from it. boots. That's some of the things that he can do. you might as well put . because it is a lot of the same players. You do look at it." (On if he learned how to defend Rodgers in the preseason). They'll use him on some moving routes. if you can put things together and then show them. but the amount of really meaningful stuff that you can take from the game isn't too significant."That was really early in the process for us. They shut it down and it's over. Now. You have a chance at any point to make your case to play and things change dramatically week-to-week." (On Aaron Rodgers). I think situations like this are a really good reminder to them [of] how close they are. He's really involved in all the different things that are going on and I've been extremely happy with that. whether the protection breaks down and he gets out. but he's made a ton of good plays there as well. It's a good reminder to the practice squad guys. You saw in the first preseason game."When you try to put something that you want a person to improve on. ‘Okay. you lose the next one. Everybody responds differently. you take some chances when you hold the ball a little bit longer. I've had DBs like that. here are some of the plays and this is what happened. the result will be better. but things have changed for them." (On Anderson saying there are about 15 plays over the course of the season he would like to have back). where he fakes one way and roles the other way. He can move pretty well. 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."He has the ability to move in the pocket. a lot of the core parts of the scheme. I've been impressed with his work ethic. That's a skill set that you try to teach everybody. He's here late each night. then it's not as much of an inherent problem as it is something that can be worked on and improved. to always try to keep them up-to-date and ready to assume a role if a role should open up. Sometimes you can get in a guy's ear and that's it. sometimes day-to-day and you get a chance that maybe you didn't anticipate.
I think he's a versatile guy. Some teams. is it third-and-one? Most teams. like stealing." (On if the offenses runs too much on first down). It's pretty close to 50-50. just take them. I really like Mike. it just depends on the down and distance. so we were a little light there. look. Sometimes guys just need reassurance that they're going to get another opportunity and you go back to them right away to say. ‘Okay. a lot of teams. We were in a little bit more of that on third down than we have been historically. which is. That wasn't a package that Mike was in. 12 is the two tight ends."It's one of those situations where they're both really coming back from injuries." (On if the team throws too much on third down)."I think we're somewhere between 54 and 46 [percent]. When you look at third down. sort of. Sometimes the way that goes. I'm sure he'd love to be more productive and I'd love him to be more productive. it'll depend on." (On if he anticipates using Mike Furrey more this game). two receivers. I think that was really the goal. like your standard set. Jeff (Schudel). if you're going to get a run. two receivers. There are other guys that get beat five times and they're going to come out and compete exactly the same way. is what packages stay in."I'd say that most teams are probably on that same percentage. 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. 21 is two backs. They both have different skill sets that you like and you want to involve them as much as you can. Robert (Royal) got a little bit banged up mid-way through the game and Steve (Heiden) was down. we weren't using those groups as much." (On if he is comfortable with rotating Floyd Womack and Rex Hadnot at right guard). the tight end. That skewed his overall participation a little bit."Do I anticipate him playing more this game? Definitely." ."Tony (Grossi).' I showed a couple clips today of some catches Mohamed (Massaquoi) had yesterday that were unbelievable catches. but he'll definitely play more than he played last game. Hank's (Fraley) done some work as the extra lineman.them in one of the boxes to watch the rest of the game because it's done. the best. Now. Some of it's the way the games have gone. view of Mike is in the Cincinnati game. running three times on third down was very different than what we had done. That's kind of what he can do. it could be a combination of offense and defense. as we had. but some of it is opportunity."No. or as frequently. where he catches a third down then breaks up a third down. Some teams will never run on third-and-four. We were in a little bit more 21 and 12." (On if he is disappointed with Furrey). a tight end. He's a complete team guy. they will be sprinkled in on third-and-12." (On if the team throwing 19-of-25 times on third down against Pittsburgh). that was aberration. To me. that percentage of run-pass is much different than say third-and-four. The other ones should be easy. here's another ball. we actually ran three times on third down last week. so where he'd normally get reps on the three wide receiver sets. I'd say from a self-scout perspective.
is to be able to get past this part of it. I'd much rather everybody be home but guys do go out. He's that aware. Hank."He was in an accident." (On if Wright's accident violates any personal conduct policy). That didn't sneak up on us. Hopefully we are over the hump with this now.m. I mean. especially with a guy like (Greg) Jennings." Mangini press conf."Corey (Williams) is still out. get everybody caught up and move into the weekend." (On if anyone is still out). The other thing with the Packers is they're able to. he takes some really small completions and turns them into big plays. I didn't have the afternoon meetings." (On if they are especially high alert against the Packers for big pass plays). You don't want to ."Good morning everybody. We just didn't do it very well. as well.2009 The transcript of Eric Mangini's Friday 10/23 press conference (Opening statement). we've got almost all of them back. I never want anyone to be an accident. He's impressive that way. because his yards after the catch. Watch that as a group and have the guys that did participate in practice. That's where that is. He's a strong runner. How are we doing? Eric Wright was in a car accident last night."I wouldn't necessarily be out at 2:10 in the morning. they can help them out. Hank could probably play DB. He's that knowledgeable. but you don't have curfew year round.)."What I like about that group is guys can be plugged in and they've done it so much that there's a comfort level with it. he can play any spot. He was in this morning and we sent him just to get some further tests. after practice today to get caught up on Wednesday and the other game plan specific things. That's what I'm looking forward to. "In terms of the guys that had been out with the illness."We were on high alert last week. There's really nothing else to it.(On if he worries about the continuity on the offensive line). 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. What I did yesterday. I am really happy that he is safe. 10/23 10. as opposed to giving them an opportunity to pick up another 15 to 20 yards." (On if it bothers him that Wright was out until 2:10 a. Coaches can make the points there and they can hear them and then they will get together with coaches. I'm really hopeful that he can play. the way he's able to make people miss. Some of that is being able to make the tackle at the point of reception. It was wet. I talked to him about it.23. That's not something that we have.
which I think is good information. sort of. they had the film here this morning. Now it's a function of."We didn't scale it back that much. That's really all there is to it. so they'll spend . None of them wanted to be out. He was in a car accident."The information that I've gotten. or pretty close to the final approach." (On if there was any substance involved)."Yes."They didn't invite me. I'd much rather everybody be in and studying and doing those types of things but everybody is different." (On when he finds out about situations like this). but my preference would be everybody is preparing at all times for the game. What the guys are getting that are in here today is. There were no other things involved with it. sometimes you find out the next morning. the final approach." (On if Wright will start on Sunday if he is healthy). I am hopeful that he should be okay and ready to play. You tend to pull back some stuff anyways because how you thought it was going to play." (On if Wright will be practicing). didn't look right as you went through it.m." (On when he found out about Wright). I just talked to him 10 minutes ago. I'm glad no one else was hurt. I don't ever want to see anybody in that situation. but I'm glad he's healthy. I'll talk to him further about best practices. One of the things that I talked to the group about is we're all going to work with them to get them up to speed and they're going to work at it as well. as Friday's typically are. that's each person's decision. you start with a bulk of things that you want to do and you look at how it goes."He was in a car accident.see anybody in any kind of accident or any kind of situation like that. There are no team based rules on those things. They'll work with the coaches. usually what we do is. I'd much prefer that guys were in."It depends. sometimes it rings at 2:30 a." (On if he is planning to discipline Wright). 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." (On if a lot of players went to the Jay-Z concert). That's actually pretty common."This morning. I've been off with the family sometimes hanging out and you get a call. I don't know any more about that honestly. it didn't really play that well. I've had the whole range. Sometimes experiences like these are the best teachers for the person involved and for those around him. This wasn't anybody's desire."I have to see where we are with tests and things like that. Like I said."Yes. too. or just didn't feel right as you went through it." (On if the team had to scale back on the game plan this week)." (On if players who are out late have character issues). it was just an accident." (On if Wright is up and moving around). Today is a little bit earlier day. I like Jay-Z."As I said. No. like I said.
When I'm talking to the group next year about the ability to be able to deal with adversity. but that's the reason I like to work different combinations of people. You don't want to let a month go by where they haven't worked on the Browns specific things and then suddenly say. We'll maybe extend it a little bit tomorrow. try to get some extra time there. or the ability to adjust to things that happen that are unexpected. where you weren't planning for something and it pops up and you have to go. We just have to adjust."We signed Michael (Gaines). ‘Hey. That's really where I'll leave it. based on the situation that we had." (On how he handles criticism from the media). The Hank package (joking). It's the reason I like to work practice squad guys into practice at different points."It was a little different week. It doesn't usually happen on this scale.some time with the coaching staff afterwards to go through Wednesday. I don't really know what they have to say. I think we'll be in the best place we can be. but they're going to happen. Typically." (On if the team is thin at tight end). huh? There have been a few challenges here along the way." (On the media asking Hank Fraley if he has caught passes at practice this week)"He's keeping it under wraps."This week. which he'll probably be running down the middle of the field. without answering all the questions. or guys that maybe are on the back end of the roster. wide open this week. Everybody is entitled to their opinion. We've used bigger guys at tight end before. like today post-practice. I think he's done a good job with the things that we've asked him to do there. I don't think we're going to go into the game without making sure that everybody understands what they have to do. by the way."I don't read Rolling Stone. I've never had a subscription to it. We have the ability to do that as well. get them some reps at different points. Really. then you have to figure out the best ways to get them caught up. the scouting report. I respect everybody's opinion. Things happen and you have to adjust. He's been working and Greg (Estandia) has gotten more familiar with the system since he's been here. We have our secret weapon. I am sure they are repping it in Green Bay right now.'" (On if he thinks the team will be where they need to be on Sunday). That gives us a couple guys at that position. You just don't know when you're going to have that opportunity to play or when you're going to need to play. but we'll do some work with them post-practice today and you just adjust. Hank (Fraley). It comes up every year. Sometimes that means reallocating time. We have to move forward and be ready on Sunday. but guys do miss time at different points for different reasons. you don't meet with the players post-practice. We extended the walk through a little bit. Then you can build some different personnel groups. questions they have. this is a good example of situations like that. This is why we do the work post-practice with the young guys. as you look through preseason and you look through training camp and OTAs." . you're playing." (On if he feels like he has aged this week). again not to this volume by any stretch.
I think that as we keep going. That was man-to-man coverage and when you get picked on those crossing routes. we'll keep improving. Just going back to the other events of this week with the flu and things like that. I believe that the things that we are committed to are right."You'd like all three 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." (On if the secondary has struggled more in zone or man coverages). You'd like all your guys to work at the same level. There are a lot of things that offensively we can improve. he was running like a deep-over route. because all of the pursuit is coming inside out. I've liked the way he's worked as well. You'll see that sometimes on outside runs. Little decisions . You want to be ready when you do have that chance. I've been happy with that. In terms of my experience with him. not the passer rating. but the ability to move the ball more efficiently through the course of the whole game. you don't know when you are going to be there. [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. force the back to cut back in. so everybody has their back turned. but it's a huge point.(On if he thinks the national media is unfair to him)." (On if he views Derek Anderson's play as an audition to see if he can be the longterm quarterback). I like the way that he's worked. What you want to do is maintain that outside position. as opposed to forcing them back in to where everybody's coming. I don't think that's specifically the offense. What you don't want to ever do is have two guys with this leverage and a point where the guy can break out. It's a small point. stepped in front of Santonio (Holmes). there will be a DB out there and the DB will take a step inside and get sealed off by the wide receiver and now you've given them the whole sideline. us winning games."I have only been with him this one year. What I want to do is. those catch and run plays go for longer yardage. Derek's done a lot of things that I've been happy with. I don't spend a lot of time on the national sites or things like that. That's what we have to focus on. I like the commitment that he's shown. Often times. Us making progress. and then kind of spun out. We also had the play where Hines (Ward) came over. where a back will hit the sideline. be able to move the ball in all four quarters. knowing this is a process and like any other process it takes time." (On if he knew how hard Anderson worked before he became the starter)."What I really focus on is us." (On Anderson's passer rating in the fourth quarter)."I've never classified it as that [an audition]. Since he has been the starter." (On if a quarterback's preparation increases once he becomes the starter)."It's a little bit different. That's what we're going to keep doing and over time we'll keep making progress and that's the important thing. There was a play last week where we got picked on the crossing route. us moving forward. That's my frame of reference. I think that was the one."We've got a lot of room to grow. the rest of the coverage is also in man-to-man. That was a function of better leverage by the group that came in and understanding where he is. I thought that he worked well during the preseason.
2009 Transcript: Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-26-09 (Opening statement). With everybody back. defensively. whether it's a field goal punt or a kickoff. "I thought. I thought. some of it was the protection." Mangini press conf. 10/26 10. tested and back."Good afternoon everybody. which you need to have after you get the movement on the first level."Yes. too. That's something that we've worked on. Mary Kay (Cabot). because if they can seal that DB inside and we get the edge. there were opportunities in the passing game." (On if there are any more confirmed cases of swine flu). to what it should be and I don't think that we tackled very well. After watching the tape and looking at the things that we didn't do very well in the game. it's the same thing. being able to limit the gain."All that stuff. is still pending. he's been down. that's the goal every time."Yes. We took some shots. some of it was the throw. defensively. there are plenty of things from an execution standpoint that I thought we could do much better. especially defensively.like that are the difference between really big plays and plays that aren't as significant. defensively. there were flashes where we did it effectively and then other points where we just didn't get a hat for a hat. In terms of running the football." (On if Wright has already been through the testing he spoke about). Some of that was the route. and things along those lines. it's really not as much of an issue now. I thought we had some chances for those plays and couldn't quite get it to where we needed o get it . Plays that may have been a 15 yard hit or a 10 yard hit ended up going for much longer than they should have. things like that. It's the same thing that we use to teach our receivers about how important their blocking is in the perimeter. offensively. What I really wanted to see is if a play doesn't go the way that we want it to go. whether it was on the goal line or the screen play that we had set up for Josh (Cribbs). That's something that we've talked about.26." (On if he said he spoke to Wright 10 minutes before his press conference). in terms of the NFL exemptions. 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. good job of leveraging the football and forcing the ball back to where your help is coming from. The quarterback center exchange. We have to be able to minimize the amount of damage any given play does and that comes with sound execution in tackling. and we need to continue to work on it. especially for some big plays where we were a little bit off. too many times the ball was on the ground.
There have been moments where we've been able to apply pressure on the quarterback and disrupt the passing game."No. but they could have been a lot better. some progress there. at times. I thought the coverage overall was pretty sound. I think we've done some good things in the passing game. defensively. which is a style of play and then." (On what he can build on from the beginning of the season until now). focusing on what's important for us every week. it's going to be hard to put the type of points that you need to put together against a team like Green Bay. we had the fourth down stop. incorporating the corrections that we need to incorporate to execute the game plan specific things related to Chicago. they were in man coverage. That's been a real strength for us. It's not like the numbers were poor by any stretch. I'm looking forward to a normal week of practice this week. It's being able to do it week in and week out." (On if he will consider a quarterback change this week)."I think. Jeff (Schudel). I think we've run the football. They missed a field goal. just a little bit tighter on those blocks. They were down there deep and (Eric) Barton made a play right there on the goal line. I think that. It's hard to stop them for three. there were some chances yesterday that may not have been the deeper throws. the six plays there on the goal line. There is a lot of that in all the different areas. There were some decent drives. It could have been even more of a strength yesterday. It only takes one there. 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). [We] didn't quite do that. Really. but we didn't do it. Josh has a chance to go the distance and we weren't." . but to end up with only three points on those drives." (On if he thinks that once you show you can do something once that you should be able to do it consistently). "On special teams. both on kickoff and punt coverage. and it was close there on the last one. I think there were some blocks that. I thought it was a good day. although we had shots on the deeper throws. There have been moments where we've done all those things effectively.to. Get the ball to the receiver. extremely effectively. Those things have to be put together and those things have to be consistent. but I don't think it was as good as we could have played yesterday."It may manifest itself differently against that opponent. 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. just didn't get it quite to the right guy. I think we played a good game yesterday on special teams. even on special teams. but I've seen all those different things at different points. different players. I don't think it was as good a day as it could have been for us. there have been times where we've done things very well. but some plays where they could have been better catch and run plays. We gave them three more downs on the pass interference penalty. There were a couple other scoring drives where I thought we held up pretty well. 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. It's a lot harder to stop them for six. and he would have gone for a lot further than the initial catch. back-to-back 100 yard rushers. in terms of being able to get the ball down the field.
(On his reasoning for keeping Derek Anderson as the starting quarterback). we're going to have up each week."I think last week. worked to catch up there on Friday and Saturday." (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). all those things. you're going to get certain things in practice. far from a typical week of practice." (On the reason for not using the Wildcat yesterday). not like to. 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. I thought the guys tried to rally. looks. Then. The ability to reference things that maybe you practice a couple weeks earlier. you're going to get certain looks. it was a good week of practice. tried to execute the things the way we needed to execute them. Really they had maybe used it two percent of the time over the first part of the season. you have to be able to adjust to that and react to that and really recall some of the learning that you had prior. good catch. certain pressures. That comes up every week. I've seen him complete those plays. not just in the games. I think considering the challenges we faced there. the difficulty with practice is we had a significant number of people miss two out of the three days. whether it be in terms of reps. but there are going to be things that change in the game. just a little bit out of his reach over on their sideline. I know his numbers have not been impressive. Sometimes it's the type of situation where you can get back to it and it makes sense from . The important thing to me is. and they ran it about 20 percent of the time yesterday. there have been other weeks where there have been good things."I think that we probably could have used it more than we did yesterday. You work on the bear front. there were positive things. I think with what we had. but we had some other things that we could have tried and probably should have tried. and be able to go back to that without the reps and be able to execute that." (On if not playing Brady Quinn has anything to do with the 70 percent of snaps he needs to take to earn his bonus). nothing to do with it. They played a little bit more of the bear front then they had show. in terms of the way they responded to it. I think there was a shot there on the deep ball to Mohamed (Massaquoi). I thought the look that they gave us. tried to give the best look they could."I think he gives us the best chance right now to move the ball. offensively and defensively. was actually a good answer. that'll change weekly." (On why he thinks good practices are not translating into game performance). zero. That's the type of package that I'd like to. but if it's going to be 20 percent of the game. but I don't think he's been alone in producing those numbers. but also in practice. but I've also seen him complete some balls that they were well thrown and well caught. I think there have been a significant amount of drops. but sometimes the look changed a little bit. and you've done work on that prior to this week. meeting time. There have been a lot of those. a place where only he could get it. I think there have been times where we've had chances and there have been some breakdowns in protection. In terms of what the percentage will be. it was a good throw."Usually it's during the game. Even the throw to (Michael) Gaines yesterday."Nothing.
Converted a third down to Josh and then they knocked the ball out. With the type of defense that they were running yesterday. who was running an out route. They were able to get it there. that would be something that I would bring up. [We need to] punctuate a couple drives with those things. Now you're in second-and-15."Yes. it doesn't count as a completion.A. If we completed it."We've done that at different points with D. where we had a false start on second-and-10. which was much heavier man than zone. I thought on a couple of those balls we had a real shot. Those are usually very effective against man-to-man defense." (On if he spoke to Daboll yesterday about using the Wildcat). it would have been a touchdown. (Derek Anderson). it might have been after the missed field goal.where you are. We had another drive. where we started on the 40. but it really has the same end result. so we wanted to take a look at that. and stop moving the ball. didn't get the completion. Then there was the fade that we were talking about to Mohamed."I think there were points where they were both open. He got hit right at the end by the corner."Yes. but I think that yesterday we probably could have used it more than we did. You need to eliminate penalties. It was the second to last play of the two-minute drive there. There was one in two-minute where the corner had fallen off on Brian (Robiskie) to come and trap Greg (Estandia). Sometimes when you're spread out against man. Sometimes it comes down to how well you're protecting. so if you're running the ball when you're in tight and passing the ball when you're spread out. You really lose the element of play action when you do that." (On if the rookie wide receivers were open enough). or in tight where you can create some traffic problems and catch and run. You need to be able to get the in and you need to protect. 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. but got the penalty which. but to consistently move the ball you need to have those guys open.A. We have used spread. you don't really have the chance to show one and do the other. Sometimes it probably doesn't make as much sense." (On if he would talk to Brian Daboll during a game about using the Wildcat). tried to get it off to him. no. having those guys stacked. in relationship to the score and the situation of the game." . We didn't execute. where I thought we had a good chance. We had the offensive pass interference in the first drive."After the initial play there. There were a couple plays where we created some cause penalties." (On what a spread offense could do for the offense). There were some other things that we liked that we wanted to get to. hit his arm and it fell a little bit short. things like that. He had come off to trap it and the safety hadn't gotten deep enough and D. [We] put the ball on the ground another time on second and long. who fell off the back. You also need to be able to run the football effectively." (On if the receivers are open enough to consistently move the ball).
lose. improving it. You can't do it part of the time. Every challenge is going to be different. You work at it."I don't think that anybody is pleased with where we are right now. you work at it. It doesn't just happen. There will be a bunch of challenges coming up and you deal with them and you move forward. I wouldn't consider it to be that at all. all that stuff is important. We can improve collectively. Understanding how to be a consistent player. You can't lose sight of that." (On what encouragement he can give to the fans). We are going to work at it as diligently and as deliberately as we possibly can. you just have to keep working at it. The mistakes are going to be addressed. coaching it. it's a skill that's learned. It's like anything else. you understand that it's a process. We're going to put a plan in place to fix them." (On if he thinks the team will get back to playing how they did the previous three games before Green Bay). You can't lose sight of what is important. Being aware of the different types of situations you're going to be in when you are tackling. To me.' And it has to be consistently that approach."That's the only football that we're going to play here. in terms of how to play the way that we want to play." (On what they can do to improve on the tackling)." (On if the team needs a talent upgrade). ‘we need to do things better than we're doing things. that's progress. Every game situation is going to be different.' It's a sense of."I think that we can perform a lot better with the group that we have. it's always going to be trying to approve for the next week."I think it's like anything else. and you keep working at it. You just don't become consistent. and that is what I am looking for with these guys. That's not going to change. was unique and I appreciate that and I respect that. It's like a lot of things that you want to do better in any arena. We have to play the game.(On if he considers this to be the low point in his head coaching career). and it will be. We've shown that we can perform better than we have and we can improve individually. It always will be. 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. but that approach can't be different. I think that we can perform better than we have."No. You can't approach a game part of the time that way. There is no sense of. that's improvement. ‘things are ok. or a few games that way and not the other games that way. is to make progress and to play a certain way. There is a commitment to that. but they don't change the game. understanding how to be a consistent team." . The group of players. I think that anytime you take over a new situation with a new group. and I really felt that over the last three weeks we had made a lot of progress. doing it again and it's a fundamental skill. It's doing it. I think this week. 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. Win. The mistakes are going to be analyzed. and we need to play the game the same way regardless of whatever things have happened leading up to that point. the group of coaches that we have. It's going to be the challenge that we had this week.
It's a passionate group. is. it's different.A. Being part of this experience in three different places. In terms of saying." (On if he began the season thinking the team was going to be successful this season)"I approached it the same way. 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. There are some things that you can do short term and some things that you can do long term. 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 if he has any sense of how long it will take to get the team where he wants it to be). and suddenly you have that opportunity again and you always want to be able to maximize that opportunity when you get it."It's important for us to give them something to cheer about. ‘this one thing was different. where you've transitioned to. That's what I told D. " (On if there is more work to do with the team than he originally thought). It is a process. working to win that game and in the process. What can we do right now to be better than we are?" (On people outside the organization thinking it seems like Quinn has no future here). That's how we approach next week. it was really the same sort of approach. because it changes quickly. is what can you do to improve? Not lose sight of those things." (On what he thought yesterday about fans leaving the game early). not change your approach."When I took over. Every place that I have been." . You need to. when he wasn't the starter and that's what I talk to any of the players about who aren't currently starting."I don't think you can look at one factor. There are variables upon variables. because you don't know when it's going to happen. It's a different group of players. what do we have to do today to improve and understanding that there are things that are going to improve more as we go. and I respect that.' I don't think it ever comes down to one thing. it was understanding that are a lot of things that need to be addressed and there is a lot of work that needs to be done. It's a different schedule. That's what we have to do. you need to keep working at the same level. like anybody who is not playing currently. I guess it would be four. That's how we approach it. [It is] really an approach that I experienced firsthand and also learned being part of that with other head coaches. That has been the approach. in terms of working to win every single game. Some things that you can address today or tomorrow or the next day and other things that you have to move towards as you go. I understand it's different everywhere you go and there are different challenges everywhere you go."I don't have a timetable set up. We need to continue to move forward and make sure that nobody wants to leave the stadium." (On what is different between this team and his Jets team his first year as head coach).
their ability to not only identify the football. he's led the NFL in turnovers. with the rest of the season. being able to pick it up and then executing the pattern on the back end. His ability to get the ball in some tight spots. whether it's sliding up in the pocket. I think is . the guys down the field making the tackle.(On if he has ever coached in a home game where you can hear the other team's fans above your own). I think he has the ability to really dig it out and get inside. leading all backs in receptions. Whether it's the defenders who are sacking the quarterback. their awareness of the football. How are we doing? In getting ready for Chicago. With (Jay) Cutler. but get it out.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-28-09 (Opening statement). can create plays. yes.28. I know his average isn't what it was. In terms of being able to create turnovers since he's been there. but he still hit the 61-yarder and he has the ability to do that at any point. There's some variation in what they do and who comes. He'll scramble some. Even in the running game. like a lot of the guys we've faced thus far. He had a touchdown scramble. but the record is what it is and that's a reflection of what we've been able to do to this point. when that's clogged up."Good morning everybody. I think that there are plenty of opportunities for us. and we're not going to stop doing that. some of it could just be part of the overall scheme. He has the natural arm strength. He. The amount of points produced off those has won a lot of games for them. but he also can extend plays with his feet. I've been on both sides of that spectrum. to win the games. I've faced him several times in Denver. 30 percent of their points have come off of turnovers. He has great confidence. I think defensively. Do I think that we've made some strides? At points. even in the preseason. It's been something consistent since he's been there and it's helped them." (On if he thinks they are a better team now than at the beginning of the season). get to an edge and create some big plays. moving out of the pocket. anytime you play one of Lovie's (Smith) teams. "[Offensively]. some of the movements. He gets the bulk of their carries. I've been in other stadiums where our fans were drowning out their fans." Mangini press conf. I really liked Matt Forté coming out. especially out of the backfield. so we're going to have to do a good job identifying those things. some of the things we talked about. We're looking tow in each one. 10/28 10. I've been in plenty of those games. like we saw last week. even though this is a different scheme than what we faced last week. because you see it. they create some challenges in terms of the pressures that they use."Yes. You know that they work on it consistently. but he's also shown the ability to. He'll put the ball into tight spots."I think we are right where we've played ourselves to be. I thought he did a lot of good things in college and that translated into pro football with the production that he had last year. That's what the record indicates. some of it could be purely off pressure. but there is quite a bit of moment that you have to adjust to as an offensive line.
There's great upside and there's some downside there as well. I'm sure they weren't happy with the result last week. they can all score. Every now and then. but he's developing more and more as a receiver. I think they were trying to pin it in the corner of the end zone and then. I think that Johnny Knox has done a nice job with the way that they've used him vertically."Brett (Favre) has supreme confidence. but that's going to be probably our biggest challenge to date. but he's made a lot of plays doing what he does. 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. He had a couple that game that [were] similar to what you saw out of him coming out of college. He'll throw the ball into some tight spots because he has great arm strength. We want to get the things fixed that we need to fix. "On their [special] teams. He can thread the needle. Whether it's punt return." (On having to play the Bears at home)." (On if he thinks Green Bay kicked the ball out of bounds so Joshua Cribbs couldn't return it). I don't think they were trying to kick it out of bounds with those." . They can run him on the reverses. Hester. and they have. You just need to understand that there are some risks there. Bennett's been back there a little bit too. he hits on the plus side. he can make something happen.impressive and also. I think their skill position guys. with Greg having above average vertical speed for a tight end. you're going to get some that go the other way. He has excellent accuracy and he usually gets those in. when you do have multiple bodies around." (On Jay Cutler's interceptions). he creates those problems. so it gets six guys on that side. overload the coverage. The nice thing they can do with him is. Earl Bennett made some impressive acrobatic catches over the course of the season. whether it's Knox. It's a tough environment to play in. (Danieal) Manning. I don't think that the goal there was to kick it out of bounds. so he creates those problems. he's in the secondary. 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. we all have the same approach. He's created a lot of pressure there. that's a pretty good situation as well. break a couple tackles and just like if he had in punt return. the Wild Cats. There's one on. really good hands. More often than not. kick return. I think it was third-and-25 against Atlanta that he went up in got."They play well at home. from a special teams perspective. Then you have Greg Olsen and Desmond Clark. Jay's like that too. We want to get it corrected. and then he can take a slant. he can get vertical. (Devin) Hester. two tight ends that are bigger guys. [is] really impressive in the return game. Brett will throw the ball into tight spots. put whoever you want back there."You know Tony (Grossi). just based on the way that they covered. They all get some opportunities. I think that anytime you're coming off a loss or a tough loss. they can all score. We want to create and be consistent with the style of play. like we weren't happy with the result last week. but to start on the 40. anticipating a sideline return because it was so tight to the sideline.
" (On how he assesses the offensive line protection). There is somewhat of a learning curve there. He approaches it the same way he approaches his offensive line play. too. A lot of people have been beaten by Donald Driver in the slot. which is something we'll focus on too. something that we talked about. Those things are technique errors that can improve. who's been here. at all. you really respect his versatility. but hasn't had any kind of extensive role. An offensive lineman that can play three interior positions has a lot of value. I don't think I was looking at it that way. who was new this week and Greg (Estandia). and those were our two tight ends for the game. Jeff (Schudel). often times. Hank had been playing some in those packages."No. and as you get to know Hank more. we were in a really unique situation to go into the game without Steve or Robert (Royal) and really working with Michael (Gaines). is give ourselves some more time to assess what's happening. He gets a little bit better each week. I think. It's a tough duty. I like the way that he approaches everything. Mary Kay (Cabot). He does well. I thought on that play. that he's actually making some progress here. but your hat doesn't hold up against their hat. He's willing to play whatever role he can play. or the back against the blitzing linebacker. leverage. I think one of the important things." (On if Steve Heiden is a candidate for injured reserve). We had to use him a bit more." (On if Fraley was in danger of not making the team before Hadnot got injured)"Rex went down fairly early in the process. [We] have a real good shot to see him here today practicing. that's where you get hit with something that could have been communicated out more effectively.(On if Rex Hadnot is getting more reps). He's an excellent communicator."Yes. He has great professionalism."I think. Last week. assess what's happening. Tony (Grossi). he could have played a little bit more in the trail position. hand placement. whether it be against a gain."I really like Hank for a lot of reasons." (On Hank Fraley). When we've done that. That's something that we have to do better. just comes down to technique. there have been some packages that we've done a really good job with. is our ability getting in and out of the huddle. I thought he played better this game than he had his first opportunity. we've been trying to increase that each week to get him to a place where he can handle more and more reps. When we haven't. We'll keep moving with that." . He's helped Alex (Mack) throughout this process. but he's happy to do it. I think that getting to know those guys through the course of training camp. That. but overall I thought he did pretty well. where you have a hat for a hat. we've been in good shape. make sure everybody sees it the same way."I thought he played pretty well. Tony (Grossi)." (On Mike Furrey in the nickel package). I think there have been some individual cases where we haven't held up as well. get it communicated. We didn't want to create a situation where it was too much right off the bat and have had a plan for that and we're moving forward with the plan.
he could have had a chance. things as they distribute could take a little bit. Could he have come earlier? Yes. with patterns where you have multiple receivers tight. The way that play's designed is. where David went to MIKE and (Eric) Barton went to WILL. I'm not sure what the . because they have different combination coverages based on you being bunched up."You are able to see the field. as well as defensively. as say. David Bowens played in there as well. he came back to Cribbs later. just have to see how he does through the course of the week. I don't know if it'll be every package or a variation of packages. It's really effective against a lot of man-to-man coverages because they have to deal with leverage and things like that. thought he had a chance there for a bigger play down the field and then came back to Cribbs."I think there were times he did really well. you could have. but a little bit longer to clean up. I think if we had held maybe a beat longer on the flat. because he has started and played a lot of games on defense. Then it goes from the flat to the inside player in the progression. when he initially went to the flat. It's not as quick of a read."On that particular play. Being able to use that to help us. it's a little unique. but each route has a progression. without it being an overload situation. that initial look." (On if there is a trend in the NFL of coaches going for it on fourth down). I thought there were some things to build on and he'll get some more chances. where Harrison was going to. with a guy that had never played defense. I'd say it's a little different based on who you're playing against and how confident they feel with what they have there." (On Kaluka Maiava's play against Green Bay)." (On what happened on the play in the second quarter near the goal line when Jerome Harrison appeared to be open). you might get if they were extended. He had played pretty well on defense. Derek (Anderson) went to the flat."I don't know what the numbers are.(On what is says about the secondary that he uses Furrey in the nickel). the corner was sitting there and then the corner came off and squatted on Furrey. so he can get the things that he needs to do offensively. I think (David) Veikune could get some opportunities. We got the first down. probably could have stayed a beat longer with it. He had played defense. for his first start and extended action. looked there initially." (On if Anderson could have gotten the ball to Cribbs earlier on the play Cribbs fumbled on). 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. I think is a good thing. I'm not talking about a significant amount of time."With Mike. based on whether or not he's open or not happen. so I think he stayed on the first progression and was looking for that. We ended up losing the ball on the fumble. so that's another option that we've worked with. He's a smart guy. you try to go to the flat right now. when that corner came off on Furrey. it's just with bunch patterns." (On if Anderson is able to see the field). It's not where we were with Troy Brown. There are some different matches that we have there."What happened is. Overall. had the squat corner. but then went to his second read and that's when the corner fell off on Furrey.
Just like when we were talking about with Brian (Robiskie). He needs to find a way to do the same thing. Where statistically the percentage is high. has made some nice catches as well. you talk about it the whole next week. and also have to see where we are with Steve and Robert. It's not a knock on Abe and it's never a knock on somebody when you transition them in. 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. you feel like the matchup is better or the things that you're doing in that scheme. I think he's made some nice plays and I think there are some plays that he can improve on and he knows that. Sometimes.numbers are. we'll keep working different people in different spots to see what the best spots are. Essentially at that point. I thought he made a couple. but there's also the risk-reward factor. I talk to him about how important that is." (On if his approach has changed on fourth down). You remember that as well. for going for it on fourth down. odds are they're going to score. I'd like to think we have a good shot at that. I'm not opposed to any breakdown of carries in any game. statistically the percentage of them scoring if they stop you is also high. that's a scoring play." (On if it was disappointing that Abe Elam was not in some of nickel packages against Green Bay)."He'll work through the week. I've gone for it on fourth down a lot of different times."Mike is the guy that caught the touchdown pass against us in the preseason game. You go for it on your 30. it works out better for that person. since he's been here. It's just. numerically or statistically. he has to keep trying to make a case for himself. He made some nice catches during the course of the week."No. We'll see where both those guys are."I talk to Coye quite a bit." (On if Phil Dawson will try to play on Sunday). There have been some good opportunities for him and there will be some other good opportunities for him as we go. they weren't necessarily big gains. We're getting to know him here. Those are decisions that. You're looking for continued progress from that spot. but I thought they were well caught in contested areas. it worked out really well. if it works you look really good. if you don't get it. His role is always going to be defined by the game plan and the things he can do in the game plan. There's definitely something to be said. We have a lot of rookies that are playing or contributing. especially compared to the previous years. ." (On if they need to maximize what Jerome Harrison can bring to the offense)"Jerome's gotten a significant number of carries this season. If it doesn't. He has good hands. You have to look at those two things when you're evaluating it."No. Defensively." (On Michael Gaines' 21-yard catch against Green Bay)." (On if Coye Francies is close to getting on the field defensively). Really Greg (Estandia). Some things we felt that we could do a little bit better with somebody else. I think he needs to continue to work on his pass protection and he's been doing that as well. Sometimes. it worked out really poorly. That was positive as well.
who missed yesterday for personal reasons. because there was a week there where he got a little . offensively and defensively." (On if there have been any new cases of the flu since last week).2009 Transcript: Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-29-09 (Opening statement). 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 the week off affected the way Kamerion Wimbley had been playing). David Jr. 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. Cribbs has different packages. whether it's him or Mike or Brian. not just this week but week-to-week. In terms of today. what we're going to be working on is our third down package. "I thought yesterday overall was a good start to the week. I think that would have been counterproductive. Practice is important. Ideally."Each guy I'm sure responded differently to not being here. He was part of that group that missed two days of practice.I've played with a lot of rookie defensive backs in the past and I don't think that he's any different than those guys. He took a little bit of a step back last week. so that's good news." Mangini press conf. I'm looking forward to him to keep carving out spots."He's been playing in a role and he'll continue to play in a role. 10/29 10."I think we have a good chance there."No. It helps a lot. he had a little boy. David Bowens.29. You're always trying to use their strengths. There's nothing we could do about it and it wasn't a situation where you wanted to go out with coming off an illness and rep a lot of stuff. You want everybody there. We spend a lot of time on this. so he's back with us." (On Chansi Stuckey's development). that we're doing things fundamentally sound to either limit the production or to maximize the production offensively. We'll do that again today. you have some different packages."Good morning everybody. this week will be a normal NFL week of practice. We added some tackling drills to continue to emphasize that. [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 want to go through the week. How are we doing? One piece of housekeeping. It happened late Tuesday night. he just needs to make his strong case to do that. He works." (On if Steve Heiden will be able to play on Sunday). Everybody's happy and healthy.
" (On if he pays much attention to statistics). (Joe) Flacco. because the stats will come if we improve the execution. Peyton (Manning) doesn't move around a lot in the pocket. but they put up pretty big numbers. but we wouldn't do that whether it's the bye week next week or not. Clair. It's different on the back end because the defense that you have called to cover the play that you anticipate getting run." (On how useful Michael Gaines is when preparing for Chicago)."I didn't look at it that way." (On Jay Cutler's ability to keep plays alive and how the secondary will have to defend against it). At the end of the day. Defensively." (On if he thinks Dawson would be back already if his injury had been to his plant leg instead of his kicking leg). because it's been significant. 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. The amount of points that we've given up as a result of turnovers."No. that's the goal. Is the closest receiver going to be the low level guy or is he going to be the deeper level guy."He does give some insight. It all works together and you have to prepare for what they run. It's something that has to improve and until it does. to me. Not that stationary quarterbacks are easier to deal with. he'll be back as well. That. John is here as well. I think there's a real good shot. is the most important thing. I think the same thing with Phil (Dawson). Turnovers for us is a stat that I do look at. made some progress there. Whenever he is out there. the fits on the break down have to be consistent. With the bye week next week. who has some experience with the Bears as well. what happens if it breaks down and it adds some preparation. depending on what kind of passer they are. or anything along those lines. it's not something that we're rushing. There's a bunch of different things that happen and as a defensive line. Traditionally that's been consistent with this style of defense. and how we can improve the execution.bit of time and wasn't able to participate like we hoped he would. or is he going to continue down the field. he has good mobility. ."It feels like we've dealt with that every week. Carson (Palmer). I think we're net minus 56. it's hard. which is easier because you stay with the guy that you're on. he's another guy that is able to move around in the pocket in create some different things. so points we've generated from our turnovers versus points that the opponent has generated from the turnovers we've given up. Tom (Brady) doesn't move around a lot in the pocket. Each team has a set of scramble rules and each team's scramble rules are different. but the point total is low. what I'm looking at is where we can improve the execution."We wouldn't put him out there if we felt that there was a chance that it could be a big setback. based on is the outside receiver going to run a come-back. 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. It's hard each week. when it breaks down. Ideally." (On if he would be more inclined to keep Dawson out this week since the bye is next week). it's critical that you keep those guys in the pocket so you don't get to that next level. That stat is significant. or zone defense and understanding where you have to fit. I'm not sure how that would have affected it from a timeline perspective. I've been a part of situations where the numbers weren't very good. St.
They know both those guys are here. I thought you were talking about more the fullback spot. but the style of play has to remain consistent. (Dan) Klecko. That's the formula. the puller got knocked off. when we had him. It's always easy to come in after a win and prepare. is maybe eight inches on the pull. he's 300 pounds. the traditional checks. the things like that. the calls. especially on the goal line. It's consistency. There isn't one. kind of hit his hip so he couldn't get in the hole to get the linebacker he was assigned to. We've worked a couple different guys as tight ends. and guys figure that out pretty quickly when they're back there."Yes." (On if Mike Vrabel is successful at playing on offense because he is so smart). 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. I thought we had a chance on the other one. It's more teaching that element as opposed to selling any sort of miracle cure. We didn't have a hat for a hat on that and he just got chipped. is the only way to win is to be consistent and to fix things and understanding that."I don't really look at it as selling them on anything. I used to put (Richard) Seymour back there some. He's made some really impressive catches. It's really the same approach if you aren't winning. Everybody talks about being back there and you get back there and it gets noisy. and the level of preparation has to remain consistent. and even though you are. Maybe the traditional audibles. one of the problems was we had the fumbled exchange. The scheme." (On the problem with running the ball inside the five yard line)." (On if he has ever thought about putting a defensive lineman in on offense when inside the five yard line). It's commitment. To me. We're willing to try different people there. Those things are going to be different based on which individual you're playing against." (On what he sells the team on when they are 1-6). it's different. not big (Joe) Klecko. I think. every team changes it up. too. It's hard work. Everybody wants to be back there. too. You've done some of that. in terms of our style of play and that's the starting point."He has great hands. There is so much movement that you usually have somebody who knows something about that team. It's dedication. 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. it's still. His pull could have been a little bit deeper and I think it would have avoided the contact. Typically. or enough every couple weeks so that it's not following the same pattern. those aren't going to stay the same through this week. When you're used to hitting someone. That's the difference between having a hat or not having a hat. when you get to this point in the season. with the blocking. it's on understanding what's important to get fixed and the difference between the right approach and the wrong approach. It's a different world though."Last week. maybe every couple weeks. so I'm sure they're taking that into account. those things are going to change week-to-week. The . We had a play that. odds are. little Klecko. I think. We have to get that fixed. It's just as important to prepare the same way after a win as you would any other week. kind of. It's not the same world. as we he was coming around. He's not that little.
" (On if they adjust the playbook when the offense is not playing well). There's been some scaling back with some of the stuff we do."Yes. Alex (Mack) has been able to play 100 percent of the snaps and I think he's making some real strides there as well. to get it in. Klecko ended up getting hurt. it does. when we were looking at other defensive linemen that were available in that range. It wasn't a question of not having confidence there."We felt confident last week that we could run it in and we did call two of the three plays there to do that. but you put the tight end outside the receiver and he runs the number one position's route and the number two. he caught the one on the sideline." (On if the team loses confidence when they get in the red zone and aren't able to score). It may be the same concept." (On the draft day trade for Kenyon Coleman). probably more so on the first one than the second one." (On Kenyon Coleman specifically). Same concept. he wasn't in bounds. it's been positive." (On Brian Robiskie). He's performed how I envisioned him to perform."Brian."I think he's done a good job in the role that he's had. Really."Yes. which is higher than his normal total. then you get a little bit different match up. Seymour ended up getting hurt. The few opportunities that he has had. I think there's an approach that we need to . we'll keep getting him more and more involved as we go. When you were looking at the range."We've done a lot of that."You always want to get seven. same read for the quarterback. That's a positive. or the defensive linemen that were available in that area and then look at Kenyon's production versus that group. just he hasn't gotten a lot of opportunities to get the ball. [he] caught the other in-cut. Some of it I haven't liked. I think. it was just the fumbled exchange hurt us at that point." (On if Seymour and Klecko got hurt playing fullback). I think he probably has more play time and production than guys that were drafted in that spot. I think there's been progress. Some of the things I think that we need to reengage in and reincorporate into the scheme.other thing that happened. I kind of moved away from the d-lineman/fullback role a little bit from that. Some of it I've liked. both of them did. Hopefully. really understanding the different coverages. so we'll do some of that too. same route. He has a sack this year. stick at the top of the routes." (On if not feeling confident enough to run the ball inside the five affects how a game is called). Route depths. it's just some different matchups. 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. in that role. I think in that context." (On if two defensive players getting hurt on offensive will change your mind about using them in that role)."That was really part of the trade. Kenyon's a pretty consistent guy. 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. I think we had a shot.
all of the different places I have been and [I] believe in it." (Opening statement). Everybody has to take part in it. I know the Star Wars Symphony is coming to Cleveland. good times. I have a Darth Vader mask in my office. because there's not a lot of margin for error. You really understand how important the smallest details are. I can't stress that enough. The ability to identify what they are in. to me. I think it's more about understanding how subtle the differences are down there and being able to capitalize on those things. It's fun. what the check is. if he had gone deeper we probably would have had the hat that we needed. Ideally. and really I'm looking to get down there more often to increase the averages of getting in. [I] have been doing that for years. It's something that can improve and needs to improve across the board. [It's for] when I Skype with them. Like I was talking about with the puller. I am usually either Darth Vader or the Emperor. It also helps our offensive players with running with the football. "Offensively.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 10-30-09 (On what his kids are going to be for Halloween). Yoda. I thought we had a really good day yesterday with the communication."Yes. Luke loves Luke Skywalker. That. It is a little bit different package than what we have seen over the last couple of weeks. we have Puss in Boots from Shrek.30." Mangini press conf. the protection. I can't emphasize that enough."Today what we are going to do. Everybody has to understand it. what to anticipate. they are big Star Wars fans. you saw yesterday." (On if not being able to score when in the red zone becomes more magnified when you are not in the red zone a lot). I think there are some things that we need to clean up from yesterday that we will do here today. Jake is Han Solo and Luke is Luke Skywalker. We have been doing it since training camp. It's great. to me. it's the difference between a very small amount of distance. The two oldest. how to attack it. that's the one year old and Luke Skywalker."Let's see. I thought they did a nice job with that. We got it a couple days this week. in terms of being able to get the ball into the end zone. I am sure the players are wondering what that is for. continuing to emphasize tackling. we improve. Good times. but one he gets knocked off.continue to take. We are going to keep doing it. and [to] do it quickly is key. 10/30 10. the reads. the other one. I hope nobody ever walks in when that is happening. I thought that defensively we had a good day. I had to watch that documentary last Friday about the making of. You have everybody jammed up inside. I feel like we are getting closer in understanding how to deal with it. is another skill that is developed and as it improves. It's a different type of . you get down there more often. That. In all three areas whether it be the routes. That would help too. is such a fundamental skill. just law of averages. understanding where a defender's leverage is. too Terry (Pluto). that's Luke.
but as a young guy."I like the players that we got."I've done some of that in the past. It takes time. that's been a plus decision. Alex (Mack) has started every snap and I think he gets a little bit better each week. clean up those things. and the production that he's had and the play time that he's had."You look at all the players available. practice wise. but you think that he has a chance to keep developing. That wasn't part of the equation. It wasn't really our mindset. Some of the veteran guys who have years of experience can relate things back. and I don't love making comparisons between guys." (On the notion of using Josh Cribbs as a running back). It takes a lot of work by the player and the group to get that. He is strong when he is running his routes. What we will do today is. It's not that you don't think that he's going to be as good in the other role. He's building that experience each time he plays and each time he practices. where our initial spot was. We are making some strides there as well. so they have to deal. You can run those types of plays with a guy like that. I've liked the things that he's done. it was important to me to see those guys. our receiver group when we first got here was in a bit of a state of flux. We would take Brad.front in terms of the way they penetrate versus some of the other teams that have been a little bit more reacting. I liked working with those guys and I liked the things that they brought to the table. everybody would be out because you don't have a running back. at times. Say you had four wide receivers on the field and a tight end. but having D. I thought that was an area where we needed to develop depth. motion him back in the backfield and now you are in a three wide receiver. It's one personnel group which presents one set of issues. I think there are a lot of plusses with it. He's good with run after the catch. and also. Josh has played a lot of different roles with the Wildcat. We all need that and I think especially with the younger guys. but you are creating another one because that guy does have some running back skills. but with Brad Smith where you could get into multiple wide receiver set." . at a position that has as much communication as the center does and as many variations as the center does. potentially be really good in that role. I don't think last week was his best week.A." (On how the trade for Kenyon Coleman has worked out). Brett's (Ratliff) been in his role and that's really the role that I saw him having when he came here. in terms of that position going into the draft. I think that if you look at Kenyon's production versus the other d-linemen that were available high in the draft. work on the red zone and ideally finish the week."He does have really good hands. It's something that we have done a little bit of. it's hard to get those days back that you miss in practice. traditionally that would be an empty formation. Same thing with Abe (Elam). we all need to practice. tight end and running back set." (On why he chose to play Cribbs at wide receiver instead of running back). the receiver so you have to build the package as you go. (Derek Anderson) and Brady (Quinn) here." (On if it was determined before the draft that the team did not need to draft a quarterback). on a good note.
Is it as clear as you would like it to be? No. Robert's been able to go to some degree. the whole concept . With (Michael) Gaines. We've gotten Lawrence back. could go. the most important thing is what is the role? What is the game day role? The role can take a lot of different shapes. definitely. Greg has been able to go to some degree. you know them much better than you did coming into it. bring someone to a game. Greg (Estandia) had played. the third defensive back playing in the slot." (On if he has separate game plans depending on how many tight ends will be able to play). 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."It's like anything else. whether it be Robert or Steve. getting to know them through the course of the season. That's what you're working with at that point. Hank may be able to be an in-line guy. as well as play some tight end. for Gaines. but as you go through the season."It was tough last week. you can't do it. which is good. 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. 11 there's a tight end."Yes." (On if there is a possibility of a player earning playing time by performing well enough at their primary position. (Lawrence) Vickers was out. all those things come into play. You may feel like you have a really good handle on a guy. but it's not what's best. Now. If you've carved out a role somewhere else. you look at what they've done based on the systems they were in and getting to know them and going through that experience. see them in your system. which is two backs. because we had both those guys (Robert Royal and Steve Heiden) down. What you don't want to do is. allows them to play better at their spot. four wide receivers.(On if he saw enough from Anderson and Quinn before the draft to have a good idea of what they are capable of). 21 there's a tight end. or 10 [personnel]. There were a lot of moving parts. Going back to a long time ago. he's been here an extra week and he has some exposure to those different spots. If you're the star. 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."There's not really a group that you have where you can [plan for not having a tight end]. or play a role on substituted defenses that is significant. give them reps because you feel like they should have reps. Steve's been able to go to some degree. we had the flu element. sort of hoping that one of those other two guys. You're kind of down to 20 personnel. but not on special teams). You also have to then. the things you're asking them to do. you look at both sides of it. but at least it's moving in that direction. and I've said it a lot. Some of the reps that you take off somebody else. like he has been. 12 there are two tight ends. so Gaines had to play some fullback. one back. had been here a little while." (On if a player's playing time can be decided solely on his performance at his primary position). You try to build some flexibility with the plays." (On how much the health of the tight ends affects the game plan). I can tell you. Hank (Fraley) had played a role there to some degree. three wide receivers. the good news is."Yes. he had just come in. [we] we're sure.
" (On how satisfied he has been with Brian Daboll's play calling and if he has thought about taking a bigger role in it). ‘Who can play here? Who can fill in here?' in case you get into spots like this where you have moving parts or you don't know what exactly the equation's going to be come Sunday because you're working through it during the week. I think collectively. I think that play could have been minimized if we had made the tackle. It was a quick pass." (On if Daboll takes it hard after a rough game). there are plenty of areas to improve."Yes. I thought we can throw the ball better. You don't want to take a step back to move forward." (On if he has been pleased with how Elam has done in blitz situations). You have the next team and the next opportunity and you look at it objectively and correct it and move forward.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-3-09 . the thought process. At the point. it should go for 15." (On the intensity of the team against Green Bay). what our next steps are. because there was progress there. they all take it hard. Believe me. 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. There are plenty of things that everybody can do better. so it wasn't going to get home either way. but there's a way that you have to do it. it's not just offensively." (On Green Bay saying that they had practiced against Elam's blitz all week). and if they were able to pick that up. or if it looks a little bit differently. we're bringing a lot of different guys just based on formation and I think Abe has done a good job when he has blitzed. what's our alternative."The one thing I've been really pleased with is. you just make the tackle. you take a chance. ‘Okay. we can catch the ball better." Mangini press conf."I think that when you win the game. what's the next move. why we're doing it. there's not one area where we could say. I have an understanding of what we're doing. You enjoy the win for about a half hour and then the losses tend to stick longer."Most coaches I've been around. and be involved in all three areas to whatever capacity I can and in whatever positive way that I can.' and I don't think you'll ever find that. but you have to move on. there are a lot of decisions that look really good.03. if those things that we planned for aren't working. Sometimes there are setbacks."I try to help out in all three areas. the three weeks prior I thought that we were really getting a sense of how we had to play each game. It's like anything else.of building flexibility. 11/3 11. not for whatever it went. We run a lot of different things out of that set. I think that was [a] good job by them. we can coach better. that's exactly what we want. we can pick up blitzes better. which base plays are we going to go back to. We had been moving closer to understanding that.
for a variety of reasons. [We] presented that to the players and then we'll go out and practice that here this afternoon. 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. Tomorrow will be more of a third down emphasis. I've really said all that I can say. things like that. I can tell you that anytime a decision like this is made it is difficult personally and professionally. as a staff last night. this was the best decision in order to move forward." (On why he did not mention the General Manager change yesterday)."As I said. sort of a Browns scouting report and adjustments."This is really."I understand." (On if a new General Manager will be hired this season). 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. it's the same thing. that we think we can continue to improve on. In terms of the decision that was made yesterday. like a typical Thursday. You never go into a situation like this with the intention of it not working out. as part of that. the things that. organizationally. George (Kokinis) is a friend of mine and I respect him and I wish his family well. whether it be scheme. technique. as individual coaches and as players. and I appreciate the questions that you guys (the media) have. but I hope you can also respect that I've added all that I can add right now. whatever the case may be." . Jeff (Schudel)."We've had one situation where that was the case. we went through the first and second down packages." (On why he won't talk about the General Manager situation). What I can talk about are the things that we're doing here today. As a coaching staff.(Opening statement)." (On who will address the General Manager situation if he will not). We really analyzed the things that we did well. things that we want to remove from the various packages and some things that we want to add. I can tell you that for a variety of reasons things didn't work out. Mary Kay (Cabot). I understand that you all have a lot of questions and there is really nothing that I'm going to add to this. all that I can say at this point. What I will talk about are the things that we're doing as a team over the course of the week in order to improve. We felt that. "Today was first and second down. a scouting report. "What we did this morning and last night is."Good morning everybody. there's nothing else that I'm going to add." (On what having two dismissals in the past week says about the stability of the organization). 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."In terms of the timetable. I completely appreciate that. The coaches put together clips to reflect that. in terms of this topic. we're all looking to focus on things that we can get better at and collectively doing that so that we can move forward after the bye week and make the progress that we're looking for. I hope that you can respect that.
areas where we think either that player can improve. is the important thing for us is to be able to focus individually first on what we can improve. this is all that I can say. where they can look at that individually to help them get a better feel for what they've done or with their position coach. what we're going to do is." (On if he has made any further conclusions about possible changes)."No. address what they're hoping to achieve over the course of the rest of the season." . address their concerns. whether it be actual game tapes or whether it be practice tapes. 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. need to be addressed long term. We will spend some more time as a coaching staff going through. we're looking at it from a scheme perspective and also from a personnel perspective. in terms of player performances and evaluation and things like that on Thursday. whether it be today or yesterday or at any point. I can just tell you what I'm addressing. but really." (On if Randy Lerner plans to address the situation). We'll meet more on personnel."There's really a variety of reasons. some of the points of emphasis that we need to really work on with them. We need to get that done this week and that's what we're focused on." (On how he keeps this from becoming a distraction to the players). point of attack tapes made on each guy. I hope you can understand that as well. those meetings have been very valuable. It is a unique time where you can put some more emphasis on individual technique. I spent a lot of time with the coaching staff yesterday. Whether it be during the individual periods.(On if Bernie Kosar will fill some on Kokinis' responsibilities). I look forward to those meetings."I think that you have to talk to Neal (Gulkis) about that. this morning and trying to really work through the different things that we think need to be addressed short term. like I said. with myself. Tony (Grossi)." (On if there are legal reasons why he can't talk about Kokinis)."I completely understand the questions and I respect that. can sit down with the players one-on-one and either address their performance. Just from my experience over the last three years. I hope that you can understand that as well. like I said."Mary Kay (Cabot). [I have] historically made a lot of strides during the bye week. and then collectively what we can improve. the important thing that I've stressed. player-by-player."In talking to the team. I can just tell you the things that I can address and it's for a variety of reasons. Those things are the important things that we need to do. how we can help him improve. and I'll just leave it at that. I understand the question. where we can go really share some time and I can give them my perspective on things. all of us are focused on. Tony (Grossi). We have. with the coordinator. but that's also a component of this." (On if he understands why fans want to know what is going on within the organization).
. You want as many players around like that. is the opportunity periods. every experience I've had. I've been part of it as a head coach myself and there's not one specific pattern that it follows. in this case Brett. I really respected that and learned a lot from him from that perspective."You'd have to ask people around the league. [He] was open to it and was willing to introduce those things or try those things. the way that they players are working. but the consistent thing is the way that you have to approach it. You appreciate the feedback. Bill would always listen to anybody's opinion and anybody's ideas. It's obviously our players. It does take deliberate practice. There's no substitute for hard work. I've been part of this process before. There just isn't. You appreciate the honesty. That's often a time for the third quarterback. first and foremost." (On his thoughts on final personnel decisions being given to someone else in the future). It's our packages. that are unique to that coaching staff. we'll try to work all three guys to some degree. is all based on one end goal and that is to win. Each group of guys has been radically different. There's no substitute for that. that are unique to that group of players. as long as there was a rational to it.(On if Brett Ratliff will get more reps). you have to try to make good decisions on and you have to move forward. It was true in New York with the Jets. I looked at it in terms of how important the process was and understanding that each place is going to have different challenges that are unique to that organization." (On if Ratliff is a candidate to start after the bye week)." (On if this is harder than he thought it was going to be when he took the job). That's true here. It was true with my experience in New England with Bill (Belichick)."I didn't look at it in terms of how hard it would be. but it's a cliché for a reason."Over these practices and things like that." (On what he thinks the image of the Browns is around the league). I remember my early experiences with Bill (Belichick) as a young guy. It was the same thing with Bill Parcells. there are things that come up every day that aren't on the agenda. It does take a lot of hard work. the way that the organization is working. There isn't a set pattern. They aren't on the schedule. Tony (Grossi). That is consistent with every place that I've been. Each year's been radically different."My goal is to win and my goal is to improve. There's no substitute for constantly analyzing ways to improve and being committed to doing that. It may be a cliché. the way that they coaches are working. It's our stuff. Even when I was in my third year in New York. to get some of those reps that he may not get during the course of a normal practice."No. That's not going to change. as long as it was well thought out. I know that the things that we're doing. There's never opposition to someone that can help us achieve that goal. It does take time. It was true with my experience as a head coach with the Jets. because that's the truth. It was true with my experience in New York with Bill Parcells. You want to hire as many people as you possibly can like that. but also to improve at every level at all times. I've been part of it with different head coaches. What we do still do. there's no blue print for how to deal with those things. You appreciate people trying to constantly improve at what they're doing or constantly help the group improve. but it is stuff that you have to look at.
"Really it's what I said. The organization felt this gave us the best chance to move forward. I think the players. Everybody contributes to that process. first and second down. regardless of how much success they've had and that's probably why they've had the success that they have had. review the tape and then go out and practice the things that you want to get corrected. Today. you go through it. is a good example of what we're always trying to do. you analyze it. to me. He was a hand in the dirt guy. Following that process leading up to it from a preparation perspective. it's nice for them to get some time with their families or get away. I spent a lot of time with the boys yesterday and the day before. There's really nothing else I can add. third down. it's an organizational decision that we felt gave us the best chance to move forward.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. is we had the two days last week where we covered each phase." Mangini press conf. How are we doing? [My bye week] was good actually. 11/9 11. what I decided to do this week as well. is we elevated Marcus Benard from the practice squad to the active roster. That's the nice thing about the week. it's really an extension of the bye week for us. "In terms of what we're doing here today. their approach. That's always rejuvenating. That's what the emphasis is here today. Every mentor that I've had has had that approach."Good morning everybody." (On how many of the players he brought in this season he thinks have the potential to be franchise impact players)." (On if it was a difficult decision).2009 Transcript: Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-9-09 (Opening statement). nickname was . 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."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. which is always positive to be able to do. you install if you're going to add some things or correct some things. He was an undrafted free agent. you look at the thing you're going to carry through. things like that. who always had his hand in the dirt in college. What I've traditionally done. Marcus.09. It's all part of what you continue to grow. their work ethic." (On if this was an organizational decision he signed off on). "One thing that we did housekeeping wise. I feel comfortable with the guys that we've brought in and their contributions.
" (On if he knows what position will be filled with the roster spot)."What I'll do is I'll let you guys know about that on Wednesday. so that's part of it. we do. or his role on special teams and then. You have Kaluka (Maiava)." (On if Jamal Lewis is okay). to come here."He's outside. Now. I think he has the ability to where he could play inside from his athleticism. Mary Kay (Cabot). The thing that's been consistent with him is his work ethic. Ideally in a 3-4. even if I'm not talking [at a press conference]. He was our [practice] player of the week against Buffalo." (On if he has told the quarterbacks his decision yet). (Blake) Costanzo who's worked as a WILL. based on what you're seeing. I think his best chance to contribute is outside. it's easy to lose track of how long these guys have been working and .' That will be dependent on his play on special teams."I think we'll know more. so you have those three there. That's the other nice thing with the bye week."I haven't sat down with the quarterbacks. We have a little variation in body types. Once we do. It's good to be able to get out there together. his strength. He had a lot of production in college at a smaller school and then."(Jason) Trusnik has played in there." (On if they will need another inside linebacker if Barton can't play). I'm going to keep him outside. We'll talk about that more and our preparation for the Ravens. It doesn't have to be filled by one guy all the time in all the different packages. in talking to him. I have an idea where we're heading." (On if there is still one roster spot open). those positions are mirrored. I'll let Neal (Gulkis) let you know. I think he's done an outstanding job."Yes." (On if he has made a decision at quarterback). he'll practice here today. so that's what we'll be doing. ‘That's the first step. we'll at least have some real clarity either later today or tomorrow. 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. but want to go through the workouts and see where those are. what other roles he can play for us defensively."Yes. I said. so he could be a potential candidate from a MIKE perspective." (On what linebacker position Benard plays).King Kong. who's worked as a WILL. I'd just rather talk about it on Wednesday. The weather's been pretty amazing over of the course of the weekend and it looks like we have another day like that today. things like that. similar to keeping David Veikune inside. I know where I'm headed."We'll have some more guys in for workouts tomorrow. similar to David Bowens and David Veikune. to stand up. It's good to have the players back in. really letting him concentrate on one spot. We'll talk about that in conjunction with our work on the Ravens." (On Eric Barton). I think. The next step is to get to the 45-man roster. 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. but you can have combinations based on the package.
hitting and things like that. It does give you an opportunity to get some guys some extra rest. He'll be back here today." (On if all of the players made it back)- "Yes, everybody else made it back. Everybody else was on time in making it back. You're always looking forward to that attendance sheet coming through." (On his message to the team coming out of the bye week)- "When you look at it, and I think the players have an appreciation for it, when you look at where we've fallen short in different areas, again it comes down to things that are correctable, like ball security, our consistency in catching the ball, placing the ball, depths of routes, depths in coverage, rush lanes defensively. There are a lot of things from a fundamental perspective that if we improve on, then the outcome will be different. I experienced this in New York all three years, to take a step back to look at it, to look at it, to look at it objectively, be able to spend some time on it, show the players it and have the realization that, if we correct these things and do these things better, then the outcome will be different. Often times, a long play versus an intermediate play versus a no gain comes down to a small technique thing. There was a play against Green Bay late in the game, where Robaire (Smith), who's really been outstanding, especially over the last couple weeks, just got caught inside a little bit. The softness in the c-gap, the back was able to get through and that ended up being a significant play from amount of yards gained, but that's correctable. He's played that a lot of times, he just kind of bit a little early. It wasn't him alone, it was also the outside linebacker getting a little bit of width. To be able to see those plays and understand how that small amount of softness can translate in to a big gain, it's positive from the perspective of it is correctable." (On how many players met with him during the bye week)- "There were different guys at different points. The other thing is, that is really open today as well too. I'll get together with some more of those guys here today. The exact number, I'm not sure what the total number was, but it's good. It's positive. I also had the opportunity to spend some time with coaches, where you don't usually get a chance to sit down with a lot of guys and say, ‘Here are some things I really like. Here are some things I think you can improve.' Get their feedback on things, on a one-on-one basis, that they think we can improve, they think they can improve. It was a coach in New York who actually brought that to my attention. He had done a lot in college and it really was nothing that I had ever been exposed to. In pro football, I had never sat down with a head coach for a one-on-one to talk about things I could do better, usually those came in a very loud fashion and publicly. I thought it was positive and I thought it was a good idea and incorporated it." (On meeting with the coordinators)- "Interestingly, with the coordinators, you do spend more time with those guys. I'll spend, probably, the most of my time with Rob Ryan and Brad (Seely), just because each week you're going through the game plan, you're going through the corrections on a daily basis. That's a little different, I guess, than the meetings I was talking about, with more the assistants."
(On what he talked about with Brian Daboll during the bye week)- "I guess what I'm getting at is that wasn't that type of meeting, because we meet quite often. It's more time spent day-to-day then say, the other position coaches." (On what they can do to get the offense going)- "I really believe there are a lot of things that we can do to make the offense more effective. I think the starting point for us is protecting the football. The amount of opportunities is always going to be limited by the times we have the football. We're giving it away too often. It's not purely in the form of interceptions, it's ball security. We need to do a better job as a show team constantly pressuring the ball, almost to the point where it's overkill, because that's the amount of emphasis that you have to put on it. Whenever the running back is finishing the run, you want to have two, three guys tearing it away to keep giving that awareness to the running back, to the receiver. Every play getting those guys pressuring the football, because the better we protect it, the more chance we'll have to score, the more chance we'll have to sustain drives and that, to me, is the starting point. Then, it's being able to take advantage of the opportunities that are there, whether it's throws or catches, being able to execute those. That's the second thing. I think from a scheme perspective, there's a range of things in the different areas, first and second down, third down, red zone, that we have looked at that we'll incorporate moving into the second half." (On if they will do more fumble drills now than in the first half of the season)- "It's been a point of emphasis, but obviously we're not doing it effectively enough. We do track all those things during the course of practice. I thought the show team guys, last week, did a really nice job. They were all over the football every play, regardless of where the guy was. They were knocking it out on his way back to the huddle. Sometimes that's what you have to do, is over emphasize it, to get what we need to get done, done." (On if the GM rumors are a distraction)- "It's not going to be a distraction for me, or any of the coaches or any of the players. There are so many things that come up during the course of a season, whether it's this or any of the other elements that come up, or have come up, that really, like any other part of what you're teaching, it's very important that you can focus on what's important. What's important for us is what we're doing on a daily basis and our preparation for the next opponent. Being part of different programs and seeing the way distractions can affect, or aren't allowed to affect things, has given me good insight into how important that skill is. The emphasis is always going to be on the things that we need to do on that day and not the things that are happening externally." (On the rumor about Mike Holmgren)- "With any of the names that come up, I'm sure there's been a range of names that have come up. I talk to Randy (Lerner) all the time about different things. Again, my emphasis, my focus, is going to be on what we're doing here day-to-day getting the team ready." (On if there is a sense of urgency to bring in a GM-type person before the end of the season)- "What I believe in is that anybody that can help us be successful, anybody that can help us move forward, I'm always open to, whether it's in that role or any other role.
Whether it's a player, coach, whatever it is, I'm open to anybody that can help us improve. We're always looking to do that individually and organizationally." (On if he talked to any GM candidates last week)- "What I've been focused on is the team and the things that we can do to improve the team. That's what I'll continue to focus on." (On if there is anything he wants to change about his approach for the next eight weeks)- "You're always going through that self-reflection and looking at the way I approach squad meetings, the way I approach staff meetings, preparation for the next opponent, practice schedules, the outline of practice, distribution of personnel, all those things are things that I'm looking at. I like to think that we change those as we go and there are some things that we'll continue to change as we go." (On if he is going to make any changes in his approach)- "Yes, and there have been throughout the course of the season. It won't stop this week. It will keep going each week. Looking at it, what did we do well? What did we do poorly? What were preparation errors? What are things that we want to emphasize? What's the best distribution of time? All those things are things that you look at." (On if the use of the Wildcat was looked at during the bye week)- "That was a component of it. We've been running elements of the Wildcat since the first week. We ran it in the Minnesota game. We've run it at different points throughout the season, some with greater frequency, some with greater success. It's a good package. It's something that I like, that Brian likes. Obviously, Josh (Cribbs) really likes it. It's going to be different based on how the team plays it, how they adjust to it, but it is a good package that we'll continue to carryover and continue to have available each week." (On how the practice schedule will change with a Monday night game)- "It's different coming off the bye as well, because today is really a Browns-centered day, not a Ravens' day. There have been elements of Ravens prep throughout all three days, but it's really Browns-centered. In terms of the daily schedule, that will be pretty consistent, with the extra day (Saturday) being more of a review type day than anything else."
Mangini press conf. 11/11
Transcript: Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-11-09 (Opening statement)- "Good morning everybody. How are we doing? A couple things, we signed Josh Stamer to the active roster. We currently have one roster spot open and [there are] some things that we're looking at in terms of filling that, but I'll let you know when we do that as we move forward. In terms of the quarterback situation, I had a chance to sit down with both guys, which is what I wanted to do before I shared the
That's what I asked him to do. The positive thing is having the exposure that we've had with some of the new guys. I'm not looking to change." (On if he will stick with the quarterback decision for the rest of the season). I think he's done some good things in the role that he was playing." (On if Derek Anderson will be the backup quarterback)."Yes. We have our work cut out for us. 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. I think that familiarity should help us and the work that we did over the bye week should help us as well. He's had more time in the system. I think. as you play conference opponents for the second time. His quarterback rating was outstanding and they generated some big plays." (On where Quinn has improved the most). there's more familiarity. I think that his overall control of the offense has gotten better. I think it's a creative pressure package that they have defensively. 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. there's plenty all of us can do better in all three phases. and even when they don't pressure."It's hard to put it in a long term context. that's the key for any type of improvement." (On what makes him think Quinn will play better than he did the beginning of the season). That's never the intention when a decision like this is made. 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. the coaching squad's perspective. to me."I like to think that throughout the course of the season guys continue to improve. starting . they've got players that can cause problems. You go back and you look at the first game. I liked what he did over the bye week practices. 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. believe me. I look forward to him taking advantage of this opportunity and helping us improve offensively. we had four turnovers. Defensively. 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. it's a very good running game and we weren't very good there. That's what I'm looking for."With any of these decisions. one of the things that happens is. You have to protect the football. "In terms of Baltimore. I think that he's worked hard since the first transition was made and I respect that. I watched him some in college when he was coming out and things like that. even from my perspective.decision with anybody else and Brady (Quinn) will start this week against Baltimore. That's one of the things that he and I talked about last night. 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. which is what I asked of him. (Joe) Flacco. because this is my first experience with him. I think his comfort level in the system has gotten better." (On what Quinn needs to do better than he did the first two and a half games)"Collectively.
It's a function of getting it to the right guy. we . I don't think that." (On what happened with Anderson). I think that there were a lot of things that played a part in this. but just be comfortable with what you see and go with what you see. ‘We have to throw it to this place. that's hard. they threw 10 hitches because of the way we were pressuring and killed us. I think that helps. too. you just have to go with the things that you've learned and I anticipate him doing that. because we couldn't get there with the heat and they just kept being patient." (On Quinn's completions earlier being mostly shorter passes). be comfortable with his reads. I think that it's an opportunity to continue to grow and I'm sure he will. It happens a lot of times defensively. you make a mistake. We've all experienced that. whether it's a tight end on a five-yard out or whether it's a go route to somebody.with myself and the coaches and moving right on down. That's what I'm looking for. I've played against a lot of really successful quarterbacks. Were there throws that he missed? There were some of those and there were some reads that could have been better. If you make a mistake."I think that anybody who has a lot of decision to make has to go through those quickly." (On if Quinn was hesitant to make certain throws earlier in the season). they're slow to make it and you have some guys doing it and some guys not doing it. I know it wasn't felt by me. getting it to the open guy. where the secondary will see something."I never got that sense at all. I really like Derek and I really liked the way that he handled himself. Even last game where we moved the chains and put the ball on the ground. I've seen him make a lot of good decisions and what I want him to do is be comfortable with his thought process. Obviously." (On if Anderson lost confidence in the players around him). be comfortable with what he knows. by any means. I never saw that from any of the players. in a very detailed way. Sometimes that comes with being more comfortable and I've seen that comfort level increase and I'm anticipating that will translate."In fairness to Derek. I've enjoyed getting to know him. and I think that's a great quality. you've done the homework. this is some sort of final statement on who he is. it's not going to be a function of. whether it's a check down. whether it's a hitch. then that creates some other opportunities. I like the way that he's worked. That's going to happen. At the end of the day. taking it and taking it. moving the chains and scoring points. They feel like it's the right adjustment."Sometimes it's a function of just going through your read progression and going with what you know. I really do. Brady approaches everything in a very serious way."To me. It wasn't felt by the coaching staff. you've done the work. 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. throw it to the guy who's open. Where the ball was in a place where it could have been caught and it wasn't. As you get into the games. You just have to go with what you know. When you come out of it. I think these guys have worked really well together." (On if Quinn is over thinking things). 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. We played New England one time.' Throw it to the open receiver. this many times because you're only completing short balls.
and then has learned inside. to have to flexibility to move those guys around based on need or depth is a good approach. but this is a good group of guys. That's the way that I approach it and that's any decision. We've had probably about four or five guys like that who've played both outside and inside." (On if he anticipates Anderson getting another opportunity to start)."Anything like that is hypothetical. you need to prepare at the same level week in and week out because you don't know when things are going to change. Roman Phifer. it's a great chance. My feeling with any decision is. regardless of whether you're the starter. You evaluate it. I think that in any situation you're in. we've lost both our inside linebackers. You look at it and you move forward based on the information that you have and how you feel."My comment."That was our base set. He started inside last year for five games. Guys are getting opportunities that maybe they wouldn't have gotten had we had both Eric (Barton) and D'Qwell (Jackson) here." (On using David Bowens as an inside linebacker and Jason Trusnik as an outside linebacker)." (On if Barton will need surgery). there are a lot of different opinions on all injuries. to not let any of the things that he's done tail off and he didn't. was more big picture. now you're on the best chance to maximize it.want it to translate into a lot more production.A." (On if Barton's injury is career-threatening). Ideally. similar to David Veikune. Even with Jason. They're committed to getting the things fixed that we need to get fixed and I appreciate that work ethic." (On Quinn's mindset while he was the backup). how important it was to not let the preparation drop off. That's what you expect. That decision will be made at some point. right on down the line. so he's played inside quite a bit. I'm trying to think of some of the other guys. He and I talked about that when we had our initial conversation. Brad Kassell. he was a guy who had only had his hand in the dirt and then worked outside."Again. Bowens has played inside. same as D. Look at the inside linebacker position. Jeff (Schudel). That's what you want. The important thing to me is [to] keep talking to Eric and keep working with him and make the best decision for him. It doesn't always go the way that you want it. you're the backup."He's been consistent throughout this whole period. but you deal with the decisions and you work to improve." (On if Quinn would have developed more if he had stayed in all season). 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. Cody Spencer was another guy. With that opportunity. you make the decision at the time based on the information that you have and you're always trying to make the best decision at that point. You're going to get another opportunity and when you get that opportunity."It's something that he's looking at with the doctors and discussing. He's worked inside quite a bit. those four linebacker spots. was when he wasn't starting." .
I know how they're working." (On if he thinks the receivers will be more reliable the second half of the season)"I'm looking for all of us to increase our consistency. You 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. the way that he could almost answer questions before you asked the question and his control of the Georgia offense and things like that. really tight coverage one-handed . With Detroit. 67-yarder against New Orleans. in terms of how much time you can really spend watching the tape of the previous opponent. How are we doing? Today with the short week. [There have been] some times where. At the start of the Chicago game. you do that whenever possible. should've. I can see improvement from the team as the weeks have gone by. two fade routes for touchdowns.18. I spent some time with him before the draft. whether it's stutter-goes. Even with his partner on the other side. [He] had the 64-yarder. [He is] obviously a guy that they can go to and rely on.' 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. the other member of the Johnson tandem (Bryant Johnson). [He is] really impressive. I like the presence that he's had. he has really made a lot of nice throws through the course of the season. I'm sure he has that same control over Detroit's offense. he's a guy that can ruin the game. his poise in running the offense. He's had some games where he's struggled.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-18-09 (Opening statement)." Mangini press conf. I like the things that he did in Tennessee. how they're preparing. there's a lot of plays that could be there. whether it's the fade route. hitting the hole shot in between the corner and the safety in cover two. 11/18 11. 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 think all those things have improved. You look at Calvin Johnson.(On Trusnik's play at outside linebacker). I really am. I sent Mike (Tannenbaum) a text just telling him he'd be proud of Jason's progress. [he] has hit some of those. but you can't deal in ‘could've. [he has] been a little bit banged up."Good morning everybody. just knowing Jim (Schwartz) and spending time with Jim and working with Jim. but that's pretty common with a rookie quarterback like he is. He's had some impressive plays this season. Jim's a really smart guy. He's made some really nice catches as well. they hit that stutter-go that I was talking about. When you look at the body of work. I like the things that he's doing there as well. made some outstanding catches throughout the course of the season. "I think offensively with (Matt) Stafford."I thought he did a really good job. [It is] a little different with the short week. [We] weren't anticipating initially when we made the trade for him to be thrust into that type of role so quickly.
that's not easy to do and I thought he did it well. that helps anybody when they go through times that may be frustrating." (On if he expects Joshua Cribbs to practice today). Knowing Brady. I thought he did well. It just takes that one play. . there's some changes for them to generate some big plays. it's that much more important to really protect the football. things that we've seen at different points throughout the course of the year. we were able to get to a lot of adjustments and I thought the communication was very good. I am. usually not good things happen. I think that the style of running offense that they have. This week against Baltimore we were able to do the same thing and what I really liked is there's a lot of shifting. I don't think that anybody was trying not to protect the football. I know if you look at their average it may not seem that way. In the running game. we didn't do well enough. but 11 percent of their plays in the running game are negative plays. I think that he's a big. physical guy with good hands and he seems to be getting more and more comfortable in their offense as well. I don't think he'd look to ever hurt someone deliberately. When you bounce the ball up."What Brady did. he's going to stop the run. different formations."Yes. I think a couple weeks ago against Chicago. personally it looked like he was trying to make the tackle. where it was more of a stationary offense. all those things were done out of no huddle. in terms of running the no huddle offense the whole game." (On if he is comfortable with Quinn going forward). I thought that he tried to use those as well. there's a lot of motioning. 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. with Jim. different combinations. and they always have been. "Defensively." (On if he thinks Brady Quinn is mentally prepared to go on)."We'll probably going to hold him out today. [they have] three different types of backs. That's something that we'll have to do a good job with. but expect him to practice later this week. What he did with running the offense and the approach that we had. It could be the corner coming. mixture of linebackers." (On the team's performance the second half of the Baltimore game). it could be the safety coming in rolled up cover two. Multiple personnel groups. things like that. In terms of the injury that happened. They're about eighth in the NFL right now in generating negative plays in the running game. even the plays where Josh went into Wildcat. he's a good person. who is really good at turning the ball over."I just think that when you play a team like Baltimore. This is another week where you're dealing with multiple blitz packages. but different tools that you have within the offense. There's a lot more movement then we had against Chicago and I thought overall the communication was sound. I think the fact that he is such a good person and his confidence in who he is. I thought that he did a really nice job with that. With Brandon Pettigrew. The throws that we had and the opportunities that we had to catch it. some gap-trap type things. There were times in the game.grabs. Defensively. and I've talked about this.
The thing with Chris is. or whatever it was. That was the thought process. This was trying to work him in to the rotation. That's really how I felt. how he does this week. so it's legit. I thought he had a couple runs that were good runs and one that I think he lost a yard or two. I talked to Josh about that and told the team the same thing. we use some of those plays on early downs too."It's like anything else. you can't have those. give him some chances for carries. Tony (Grossi). in retrospect. I'd probably do it differently. It's not the easiest thing in the world to simulate during the course of a week." (On how Jennings played against Baltimore). where it was a miscommunication on the deep ball and in a tight game. I forget who it was against.and that's what we had. The next step for us was to give him a chance to carry the ball in games. If you get in that situation. you prepare for what you've seen on tape. He got caught up in the moment and the play. [He] had a catch earlier in the season. I'm sure they'll work on Wildcat-type things. . picked up eight yards." (On the reason for Chris Jennings' extended playing time)."I thought he did well. I'm sure they'll work on that. to give him a chance to see what he can do."I mean they called it. That's what all the guys are like. If he goes to the game and takes a spot of a guy who maybe plays more of a [special] teams role." (On if he spoke to Cribbs about him handling the end of the game differently)." (On if he expects Jennings to be more involved for the rest of the season). I talked to Josh about that I talked to the team about that. He had a carry early in the season. There really wasn't a lot of space for him to work on that. but that package."I want to see. but made a guy miss." (On if Jennings penalty on the kicker was legit). You simulate it the best you can. I'm sure they'll work on some of the things they've seen us do throughout the course of the season. his role isn't as significant on third down. The other thing that Chris has to continue to do is help on [special] teams. because the show team is working off of cards. and when I say third down. 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. It's natural for everybody to be competitive. I think our ability to go in and out of it at any point is very helpful. again. I wanted to be able to get him active. J. so in order to kind of maintain the roles and what we thought was the best guy for each role." (On if Cribbs said anything about his lateral)." (On if he thinks the Lions can prepare for the no huddle).'s (Jerome Harrison) done most of that stuff. he's gotten a little bit better each week.C. You do the best you can. that's Josh being competitive as well. Really. defensively. he has to be able to fill that role in way that's either at the same level or higher."I've liked what Chris has done in practice."Yes. but I'd have probably approached it differently."Again. You don't traditionally kneel down in those situations. I never want to see anybody hurt at any point on either team and never want to put anybody in a position where that could happen.
You have to go through the process of how do you generate more of those.When they're in for a play. that's not the approach." (On if he has thought about reducing Jamal Lewis' role in an effort to develop the younger players). It's more that than the other. It's really got to start there. when you're taking away third down conversions and the amount of plays in a game decrease. Then you're giving yourself the best opportunity to score those points. he would take the guy that was coming to his side. It wasn't designed hook and ladder. here's a guy who's worked really hard."No. but I am completely comfortable with what we do. whether it's the last play of the game. it wasn't a function of here's a young guy. it was a call. The way the route was designed. when you're taking away extra drives. let's just put him in because he's a running back and Jamal is retiring. 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. I have been involved in this in different areas. you identify the areas where there have been problems. I didn't say a word to them about it because I'm completely comfortable with the way that we practice. dropped ball."When you go through the tape. the self-inflicted wounds.1 yards per pass)." (On if the play call was a hook and ladder). more points."I don't think that was him whiffing." (On if Jerome Harrison missed a block on Ray Lewis' sack). whether it be turnovers."That's not really how I'm looking at it. With Chris. a middle dog cross two inside linebackers. You're not looking to average 2." (On if he spoke to the team about the union coming in). You look at the missed opportunities. the first play of the game. It has to start there. and the way that they formed it. the odds of you being very productive decrease as well. how do you generate. it has to be better than that. whatever the area is. You're able to be a lot more effective in that. I think that they just didn't get back inside."No. the 50th play of the game." . another year it could be picks." (On how he keeps the player's confidence at a high level). It's more. because usually the way it hit."I'm open if they want to talk to me about it. He tried to come back inside. so he wasn't in great position to pick that up. Ideally you have some catch and run type plays. but he ended up getting the guy on the other side." (On if they have to average better than 2. another year it could be forced fumbles. obviously for us. they're going to try to do what they can do to achieve the goal of the play. now let's give him a chance.1 yards a pass or anything like that. was offset over here. He's improved on special teams.C."Yes. how many sacks you're getting. the way that they ran the stunt. Alex (Mack) took the first one and J." (On if the union coming in is something he would talk to the captains about). it had the shallow crossers. One year it could be sacks.
There were other times where. you have to deal with them rushing four. so a year from now ."There have been times where I thought it's been very good. That is a pretty stout defense. It's unique when you play the Ravens." (On if the pressure on Quinn was a function of the protection or the Ravens' defense). who you can run the same concept but give a completely different look to the offense. I know he's pretty busy right now. I thought that there were times that we did do a good job in terms of identifying it. I'm not making any excuses or anything like that. understanding the concepts that you run offensively and defensively. It wasn't good enough."I think he should come on down. but if he wants to give it a shot. They combine the front there. It's not easy to slide over. That's a pretty good defense that we played. the different blitz pattern and where he was located versus where he had to get to. getting things picked up. because the reps are there with the group. then they have multiple blitzes."Like I said. because it doesn't matter who's in their front. I'm sure whatever he applied himself [to]. The guy is a freak athletically. The long term process is understanding how you're going to prepare for a game.. catch the football. 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. whether it was the play that we were talking about with J." (On if Mike Holmgren was interviewed by the organization yesterday)." (On what can be done to the protection in order to give Quinn more time). sliding the protection over. That's a great thing when you're a defensive coordinator. the safeties. there are some areas there where we can improve. they run the same blitz. they all can rush the passer."No. understanding how you have to practice to get ready for games. protecting the football so you can have more drives. so I'll let him talk about that." (On if Steve Heiden and Dave Zastudil will practice today). be able to get the ball to the places we need to get it to. you can keep adding and building. Randy's (Lerner) really handling that. get Ray Lewis with a full head of steam and they got us on that one. Protection. but then they also bring a combination of the star." (On what his long term process is and how the players he has acquired since becoming head coach play into that process)." (On LeBron James saying he could help the team)."Like we talked about."That's not really something that I'm going to talk about. when you have guys that have worked together for that long. 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.(On what has to be done to make the passing game more effective).C. When we do have those opportunities. you have to deal with them rushing three and then you have to deal with the different packages. it doesn't look great for the weekend. With that veteran group of guys."I think the short term process is getting ready for each week and playing each game. just guys are in different spots. Anytime you play those guys. the guy is gifted athletically. I think with Zastudil. That's one element to it and that's the most important element right now. competitive and tough. [he would] probably be good in baseball or soccer or swimming.
understanding what it means to be a pro. A lot of these guys typically would be getting ready for bowl games now." Mangini press conf. playing in the dome. How are we doing? Yesterday we.19. There are no teams on the schedule that you schedule to." (On Zastudil's injury). significant role and working with a guy who wasn't playing inside. we'll be inside again. like we were talking about with the Ravens' defense. I'm sure you guys got the release on Steve Heiden and Dave Zastudil. Every week you're going to face somebody that's talented. It's a concentration on third down with some review of the things that we did . Often times for the young guys. You just monitor it and work with it and see where you are each week. Next year they're going to be at a higher starting point. Working with the game plan. The two kids that we claimed off waivers. Reggie's worked in this role in the past with other teams as well."Good morning everybody. put them on IR. 11/19 11. whether it be initially on special teams or whether it be special teams and some type of role offensively and defensively. We'll just have to see how that goes. you get to start at a higher level the following season. There's some reps built up in that. It's the young players that are here. working inside. it's stuff that guys work through. as you put time in together."I think that with a lot of different things." (On if Reggie Hodges punted well enough for the team to go forward with him). Look at Alex Mack. With Mohamed (Massaquoi) and (Brian) Robiskie and (David) Veikune and those guys. as you put experiences in together. Kaluka. That's a process. someone that's older than themselves. he's going to have to continue to punt at a level that we're looking for."I think it's like anything else. Sometimes it improves. If that wasn't the case. he's played quite a bit of football and I think he's gotten little bit better each week. I think that both of them have chance to come in and compete and see where they fit. I have some experience with Reggie in the past. "In terms of what we're doing today. then obviously we'd continue looking. There's a lot of football left. neither one of them. Sometimes it doesn't improve. (Maiava) I thought. 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. [You] figure both of those guys. did a really nice job this week in a significant. all those different elements come into play that as you put reps together.these aren't new things in relationship to the defense that you're facing or the offense that you're facing. they're all learning as you go. it's not like that. you know how it works in college football.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-19-09 (Opening statement). [We] just didn't think that they were going to be in a position to play moving forward and thought it was the best thing that we could do at this time. We'll just keep him honoring that. It's different. which is always disappointing.
not at all. to be one of the inactives. but I thought they did a nice job with it. but the important thing is addressing those and getting those fixed. I enjoy working with Steve and coaching Steve. 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. He's a reliable receiver. with him missing practice last week. we just thought that it would be better for this game."No. I think we'll just see where we are here."I really like Steve. I think that we've had plenty of opportunities to score. I don't think it was a function of that. It's such a specific skill set that sometimes those things happen. you make the decision that you think are best. I don't think those opportunities will go away."It has to continue to improve. from a time perspective." (On if this injury is something Heiden might not want to come back from). I'd say it's definitely a possibility. I think that he's a good blocker." (On if Heiden's injury is a function of him coming back from his knee injury too soon). I think we've had plenty of opportunities to move the football. There have been a lot of different reasons why it hasn't happened."I don't think that it's been ruled out. [We] added a receiver. He is a good teammate. The combination of the two just didn't seem. It's a little bit harder coming off a Monday night game." . It was getting the injury on Monday night and the amount of time that it would take to rehab that. Clair not practicing yesterday)." (On if he would want Heiden back next year). He was still continuing to maintain and work through the previous injury.yesterday." (On John St. I've been in a lot of training camps where you've only had the two kickers that you go into the season with. Sometimes it's just how the plant foot comes down or a little bit of a twist."No."No. I anticipate him being ready to go for next season." (On if the kicker's injuries are an accumulation of wear and tear from not having other kickers in training camp)." (On if he regrets trading Kellen Winslow and Braylon Edwards). We had Mike Nugent last year where he just stepped wrong in the first game of the season and ended up hurting himself. It's less rest for the guys. I think if anything he's disappointed that it went the way that it did. I think that he's got a lot of football left in him. I thought that overall yesterday was a productive day for us." (On how he judges the wide receiver's progress)."When you make the decisions. We'll see which combination of guys is the best each game." (On if surgery is possible for Zastudil)."He should participate today. Chansi (Stuckey). Sometimes those things happen. He's worked incredibly hard to play this season and he'll work equally as hard this offseason to get back. I don't think that's the case at all. He's part of that competition as well.
being about to go the places that you want to go to with the ball and then if the plan you have isn't dictating the coverages you expected or the things that you expected. there were a lot of positives against a good offense with really the same people. just didn't help us enough. he'll continue to improve. It takes time. With a rookie coming to a new system.(On if he can tell how much not having Edwards opposite Mohamed Massaquoi has affected Massaquoi's production). and when I say that. with understanding the defense. get a sense of your level of improvement. but I think we have a good group as well. Every team is different. It just depends week in and week out." (On Kaluka Maiava). He had a really outstanding feel for the things that they were doing there."Yes. the formationing and items like that that did help us. the coverage is what the coverage is. from the Baltimore perspective. you go into every game with things that you feel you can capitalize on. You track those leagues. That's a good special teams group they have in Baltimore. He's gotten more and more reps. he was a weak side linebacker there. seeing the coverages that you're getting. I thought on special teams we could have done a better job this past week then we did and I was looking for that. being able to adjust and address it during the game. it was in more of a 4-3 type system. In terms of playing the Ravens this past time. He's gotten more and more opportunities. or the progress or your effectiveness. I thought the defense played significantly better than what we did in the first game. It's much more executing the game plan."As he gets more and more comfortable with playing inside. We missed some opportunities during the game that I think could have helped us. I would expect as he keeps a deeper understanding each week. With the new football leagues that are coming out. when the arena league was operating. He could explain all the different adjustments and he had been in that system for quite some time." (On if he gets a better idea of where the team is when they play a team like the Lions). 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. Some people have connections to either coaches or front office people in those leagues [Canadian Football League]. It's the same thing with Kurt Warner." (On if he thinks they can capitalize on the Lions' defense and score)."I don't know if you can specifically point to how the coverages would change or not change. and this was true when I met him at USC." . He's worked at it. you'll track those leagues."There's a lot of different ways. He'll continue to have opportunities and I expect him to improve the production as we go." (On how they find players like Chris Jennings). that played against us the first time we played them. but I thought that defensively this game. playing a new position. but it wasn't in the 3-4. [We] didn't do a very good job against the running game. Other teams will push the coverage."I feel like there are a lot of things each week that you can look at and see. I think there were some things that we did in terms of the no huddle. Some teams you face. That really wasn't different the last game or the game before. There weren't a lot of positives coming out of that game. connections there. That's the system they run. Offensively.
Brandon was supposed to have help. because in watching the game tape form last season you saw the motor on tape where he's running the football. What I like about Shaun is. but you're not really getting anything done.(On who in the organization is responsible for finding Jennings). That was what I based my initial impression off of. [he] goes and blocks the extra point." (On if pass protection is the main reason Jerome Harrison is not getting more playing time). There's times where the defensive linemen may get beat four or five times. Shaun gets something done there. three guys and it's spread out differently. but out there."I think there's been some times where he's played really well and some times where he's had some plays that he'd want back and we'd want back. He can be disruptive in both the 3-4 and when we play him offset or in sub. It's a function of improving the areas you have to improve in. I think it as the first one."It really wasn't. That pass play." (On if Monday night's game was Shaun Rogers' best game of the season). I don't think he was alone on that play by any stretch. too. It's easy for a big guy on PAT. at 360 [pounds] that's not easy to do." (On the type of season McDonald is having). The important thing is to be resilient and really identify the things you have to fix. 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). Ty Law could get beat. He played primarily on third down and there was quite a bit of protection required there. If he continues to progress in practice I think that will continue to be the case. His motor runs high. There are a lot of plays like that. You have three running backs and you're distributing the reps. He's played on first and second down. 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. It's a lot easier to do it at 190 [pounds]. You try to draw information from everybody in the building. with that the connection may not be in pro personnel. That was part of the miscommunication." . field goal block to go push. As a cornerback you go through different challenges during the course of the season. it's three or four yards. It may be a college scout who has a good connection to the Canadian league. you're on your own often. The thing with Brandon though. Tony (Grossi). You don't know necessarily who's going to find out about a player. It's usually a big play. [We] wanted to take a look at Chris. when you get beat or have a breakdown. He pursues well to the football. Being out there at corner." (On Brandon McDonald getting beat by Derrick Mason). He's competitive in the games. he beats a lot of people. but he'd work to fix the things that he had to fix. It's one play. I think he's played well in all the games. He's competitive in practice. Again. as opposed to things being said one way or the other. nobody really notices in the pile up. first or second one. they score that first touchdown."He played last week."Sometimes. come right back and no big deal."I don't know if it was his best game. You're doing your job and you're pushing. everybody knows. I can't remember."Derrick Mason. he is a very competitive guy. go at it the same way.
in between the corner and safety. The difference between an even game. Each week he'll improve. but the things that he does in the [class] room. There's been some tight throws in cover two."Yes he is. Another guy that's been fun to watch is (Louis) Delmas. Nothing affects outcome bigger than give-away." (On Detroit's secondary). There are a lot of good plays on tape.(On how well he got to know Matthew Stafford before the draft)." (On why Anthony Henry did not play last week). not just in terms of his play." (On if he anticipated the struggles the team would face). The differential in points based on turnovers is significant. [He is a] really good kid. some nice throws on the fade ball. He's made some mistakes. but that's not uncommon. I met with him quite a bit before the draft. His control of his college offense. He's made some plays on the move. all those things. There's been a lot of good throws on tape." (On if he thinks if they could improve the turnover ratio that it would positively affect everything else). the winning percentage is dramatic. very tough. [he is] really bright. really bright. take-away ratio. a minus two. There were times where we were going to ask a question and he was already starting to answer it. that is most under our control and most important is to not have the turnovers. . It stops drives. He'd go player-by-player and give everybody's assignment. It affects outcomes. big hits on tape in college." (On Robaire Smith). this is what the 11 guys would do."I think you were right. then this is what those 11 guys would do."I'm not sure exactly how they finally got to the outcome they got to. a minus one. but in meeting with him and talking to him and interviewing him. his understanding of his college offense [was] outstanding. He has good ability to deliver the football." (On the reasons Stafford's production is low)."They've played some different combinations. There's been a bunch of times where we've been on the negative side of that. a minus three. bit hits in pro football. Interceptions I know affect passer rating quite a bit and he's had some of those. It affects production. there's a lot of different reasons why that could be what it is. There was a really nice roll out play against Minnesota. He could tell you 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."The thing. If this happened."I watched tape on him. It wasn't complete but throwing to his left on a rope in the end zone on a read out by the receiver. You have to. does a good job with the outs to the tight ends and slot receivers. to me. He could answer questions by anticipating where you're going next. I'm sure he's getting that same feel for what they're trying to do in Detroit. I think he's going go to have a really productive long career." (On if Joshua Cribbs is going to practice today). turnover ratio dramatically affects outcome. It always has and it always will."Robaire has been outstanding. Robaire has really been outstanding. I thought it was pretty indicative of some of the things he can do with his arm."Yes.
[We are] really on our typical preparation path. physical. 11/20 11.20. He's going to try to make those around him better. Going from an outside linebacker to an inside linebacker. There may be 10. aggressive. He's the type of guy where you can say in a meeting. Today we will continue to work inside in preparation. but usually the defensive linemen are given the call by the linebacker. based on formations. with him playing inside. that was the minimum for him. that's not easy. [They] pretty strongly endorsed David Bowens so he will be serving as the defensive captain through the rest of the season. with Kenyon (Coleman) on the left and Robaire on the right. directional call. what the check is. the level of communication. but him understanding the whole defense and what we're trying to get done with each defense and why." (On David Bowens playing only 20 percent of the snaps early in his career). His play. it changes some. obviously.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-20-09 (Opening statement). He'll know what the coverage is. I think there have been a lot of games where they've played well. You are always trying to find good roles for him if he wasn't going to be the starter. He always had a period in the game where he may go in for two or three series as outside linebacker. (Mosley) or Corey (Williams). I think all those guys have done a nice job in the different roles that they've had. without having the two defensive captains. I think he's done it really well.He's a guy that will have a coverage. For him. to each day. He's played multiple positions and he's played them all well. That's a great example to the young guys. I think. it's called an AFC. 12 checks based on all the formations. bring in (Ahtyba) Rubin or C. I've been extremely happy with him. automatic front and coverage. I was happy with that. How are we doing? Just a little news. just had the defense yesterday vote for a replacement captain. I personally feel it's a really good choice. good finish.J. which way to go. he may come in . stout against the run. He's always been someone that whatever you ask him to do. being responsible for the huddle. He's a guy that I've known for a while. I think as you've seen over the last couple games."They played well against Baltimore. being responsible for making all of the checks with the front seven."Good morning everybody. for playing the first game inside this season. I think it's a pretty stout group."I'd say that 20. [there's] no strong variation there. Another strength of his is the mentoring of younger players and just his overall approach to each game." Mangini press conf. Baby (Shaun Rogers) inside.' and he'll nail 13 in a row. I think Eric (Barton) did a great job with communication and D'Qwell (Jackson)." (On if the defensive line had the best game of the season against Baltimore). he is going to do it [and] he is going to do it to the best of his ability. with both of those guys being on IR. has been really good. It's him understanding his job. I would imagine. ‘We're going to go through this AFC.
He'd have a designated role in dime defense where he was in each series for that."I anticipate Josh playing all of the roles he normally plays this week. probably came to 20 or well over 20 plays a game. He is really smart. I forget what it was. and just sharing some of those experiences."I am always hoping that is going to be the case. I would have loved to have him. He's got a great approach during the offseason. We were talking this morning.two or three series at inside linebacker. our wives both were working at a homeless shelter the other day together. With the Halloween party and seeing him with his daughter." (On if he and Jim Schwartz learned about ‘the processes' from Bill Belichick). which usually helps. He's got toughness." (On explaining why Bowens doesn't have many career starts but has had a long career). but the ups and downs where you go through a year and you have to take that approach. He's been part of some really good teams. He's a great guy. There's a lot of analysis. so he can fit into any system. he was using regression formulas for a while to evaluate tendencies. He's got a great work ethic. you are guaranteed good weather. You might lose some guys in free agency. He's been a good guy to get to know. The longevity part I completely understand. He is constantly looking for innovative ways to do things. Was he a math major at Georgetown? He might have been. He can rush the passer. I love having him now."I remember. [We've had] pretty amazing weather so far. There are a lot of good conversations we've had. Although I don't think we have had very many games where the weather hasn't been good." (On if playing indoors can help get the passing game going). It's pretty unique from my experience with being in Cleveland. Even though he was with one team for a long time I am sure. I would imagine. He worked on the goal line and that position flexibility. It's been fun getting to know him. I'd probably have to bring somebody in to help me with that part of it. He's seen a lot of different things. where we can get the passing game rolling. I had my kids there and we were talking about that." (On his relationship with Shaun Rogers). but I think he was able to do it himself. He can do a lot of things. He's coached a long time. It's nice to be able to take a step back and just enjoy each other's company from that perspective."I think the process part is just the reality. Playing indoors. with their kids." . [It is] fun to see some of the guys that you only see in this environment. I'd say smart is one of the things and a great worker."Shaun and I get along really well. He's got a great approach in season. I am not sure when it happened. I think it's a reality. typically. based on whether it's the cap or the draft or whatever it is and you go through that cycle. I think Jim's had a lot of experience." (On what he remembers most about Schwartz from their days with the Browns). you might have to kind of start over. I would have loved to have him earlier on."I completely understand why he's played as long as he has." (On if Joshua Cribbs can return to all of his roles on Sunday). He is a really smart guy. Why he didn't play more early on? That I am not sure of.
They're both back. Rex got hurt during camp and then Floyd got hurt early in the season and both guys. You have certain things that you want to see Chris do. four. it does take a while to come back and get in the flow. it's from the spot of where the field goal was kicked. When you have three running backs. Percentage of kicking the field goal and . Each week it gets better. Floyd's been in there. Floyd (Womack). All those guys had worked with the other offensive linemen. I'm used to him chasing around big ones. Clair) had some good games. Rex (Hadnot). There has been some changes in there at different points. you look at the percentage of conversion rate. but he's been out at right tackle. you have to talk to him. They're moving a little bit past the injuries. five. We actually did a whole study on if you're kicking form this yard line versus a fourth down and one. He's very consistent in the way that he approaches things and all three of those guys are. Chris has done a nice job. Anything that he wants to talk about. two. so that's been a positive because it wasn't the first time that they had worked with Floyd or Hank or any of those guys. talked about the comfort level there. You miss the field goal."The good thing is that they had all worked in there and they had worked in different spots. but it takes a little while.(On if Rogers dressed up for the Halloween party). 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's been more than two guys because you've had Hank (Fraley) in there for a bit. and I think really with Chris Jennings. I think John's (St."In terms of that. were doing a lot of good things. It's not like some other positions where you can play multiple guys at the same time."No." (On if the injuries on the offensive line caused any problems in developing chemistry). You can create some packages like that." (On the plusses and minuses of kicking a 45-yard field goal versus going for it on fourth-and-three). he can come talk with me at any point. When you miss time with an injury and you come back. Unfortunately there's only one running back. he didn't dress up for that Halloween party. 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." (On it seeming like Jerome Harrison is upset). I don't even know who won. which goes back to why you work those guys in a lot of different spots. but there's one. I'm sure they talked to the special teams coach. at the guard spot. You get the field goal blocked and it's a tie game."Really. I think. You have certain things that you like Jamal (Lewis) to do."No. John had worked in there a little bit. It's funny watching him chase around a little one. three. Rex is in there. I thought Rex was having a good camp and then Floyd got dinged early on. [We] went through a tough spot there. Hank had been in there." (On the right side of the offensive line)."I think there's a lot of factors. I think there have been some games where there have been some struggles. You have certain things that Jerome does. Chris has really worked hard to create opportunities for himself. talked about the range." (On if he watched the Miami at Carolina game last night). Fourth-and-three.
we were down 14-0. If you don't get it back. How are we doing? A couple things in getting ready for the Bengals. Everybody's seen Peyton Manning do what Peyton Manning does each week. because that's a ‘gotta have it' play. but that was another one where we were up and now we're sitting on the goal line. we ended up winning . I've been a part of enough of those games with Peyton Manning where he gets the ball." (On Bill Belichick's decision to go for it on fourth-and-two from his own 28-yard line)."Good morning everybody. it's great. I think the medical staff did a really good job of making sure every possible step was taken to be right. You have Tom Brady and that offense. percentage of converting the fourth down to a first down and kind of look at it like you would any other stats. Baby [Shaun Rogers] blocking the extra point and then going into overtime. 11/25 11. [It was] obviously a difficult loss. We were up by four with 1:50 left. but I liked our approach. We had the tests done that night. five. I think they walked down the field the drive before. Maybe you should have onside kicked. It's like a track meet. You kick the field goal. that's pretty high percentage football. In the Tampa Bay game. 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. They were all negative."I really do think the things that they did were precautionary. down 25 points with whatever it was." (On if he sees a negative message being sent to the Patriots' defense with Belichick's decision).25. He's special in that situation. [we were] able to come back."No. I liked the way we dealt with adversity. get the ball back. Not a great feeling. I see a really positive message being sent to the Patriots offense.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-25 -09 (Opening statement). all those . I really liked the way we played that game.making it." Mangini press conf. Field goal get's blocked. blitz. I thought that the first time we played them. you make it. they didn't have any timeouts."I think that Bill's made a lot of great calls.Willie McGinest came off the edge and tacked the guy on the one yard line. You go for that fourth down and you make it and it's great. I don't question that call at all. We trust you to get this. especially in Indy. I thought that was the first time that we played the style of football that we're looking to play. Miss the fourth down conversion. good things usually happen. It was a game where they got up early. they score. We have to kick off. six minutes and they went into overtime. We played him in Indy." (On if Joshua Cribbs' recovery seems amazing after how bad it looked). Some of the other part comes in how comfortable do you feel with that play that you have. You take some chances. it's really bad. it's bad. We played him in New York one time. at different points it didn't look very good. You would want them to do that with any player anytime there's a chance that it could be something more.
[They are] 7-3 now.1 yards a carry." (On if he will use Jerome Harrison at Cincinnati). when they've been able to force turnovers and the offense has been able to protect the ball. He had that impressive return against Pittsburgh. right on down the line. I think the one thing you see with Cincinnati. I could see a situation where all three backs are up. [they] really should be 8-2. is they've dealt with tough situations throughout the season and [have] been very resilient and won some tough games. is creating turnovers. Chris Jennings has done some good things. where ever he's been they've done that. know really well. but I could see all three of those guys being up or Jerome being up and Chris being down. whether it was in Baltimore. I anticipate him having a good week of practice. they have some weapons in the passing game and the running game with the emergence of Bernard Scott and the addition of Larry Johnson. I thought we did a nice job last time we played them on special teams. as well. I like Jim. great teammate. They average close to 5. to achieve anywhere near the same results. We cleared the air. whether it was here. That's been his trademark. It's close to ." (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. he's been dangerous and then with Quan Cosby. We have our hands full there and I don't think we did a good enough job in the running game last game. (Chad) Ochocinco is as dangerous as ever. They got a couple against us. They got one in the end zone right in the end zone. I talked to Jim for a while.900 percent. That was something that he's always been very successful at doing. this weekend. The bottom line is we didn't do enough to win the game. It will be a challenge for us on special teams. In the running game they're able to penetrate and create some negative runs. They had the one where they stripped the ball out and returned it for a touchdown. "Offensively." (On if he has spoken with Jim Schwartz). he does some nice things in the punt return games. they lead the division. We'll see how the week goes from a special teams perspective. It's a nice situation with those guys being as competitive as they are. We've always had a good relationship so we talked through that. as well. great competitor. some of the things I'm looking for.things were positive."Jerome is live for every game. really collectively. Caldwell. Jim and I are fine. [He is a] tough guy. (Bernard) Scott's handling some of that. but it will have to be at the same level. As you look at them defensively. Andre Caldwell. It just depends on how it goes. They have some pressure packages like we see each week and they'll change them up a little bit and we'll have to deal with that. I had a good conversation with Jerome last week. I think he's made some really nice contributions. but defensively. Outside of a fluke play against Denver. if not better. Laveranues Coles is a guy I've talked about before. All three of those backs are. Marvin's (Lewis) winning percentage is impressive."Yes. In the return game. Last game we did a much better job protecting the football and that's something that we're going to have to do. my . some of his expectations and just have a very clear vision of what you have to do collectively. from a numbers perspective.
You don't want to be like a one hit wonder. [I know] coming in."What I was really happy with. Mary Kay (Cabot). [There is a] huge. Marcus Benard was active and that's positive. Tony (Grossi). pretty funny guy. Just by judging from his rehab and those things. huge difference in what can happen offensively when you don't turn the ball over. Here's a guy that's worked his way up and made a case for himself and had a chance to play. To me it's not. and getting the protection where it needs to get to. [There were] very limited misses on . just because he is so physical. [He is a] really bright guy. I was encouraged. Watch the way that he studies. That's why he's played as long as he has. He goes out every day. Those are all things that we've done. so that's positive as well."I expect it every week. You almost have to slow him down in practice against the scout team." (On if Smith's return from his Achilles injury is remarkable). Chansi Stuckey had been hurt the week before. 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 he thinks the offense turned the corner). It's no different for those two guys either. he was rehabbing." (On if he should expect a new level of offense by this point in the season). 10 years. Watch his approach. has several key receptions during the game. You have to go out and do it the next week. He was back. he is so competitive. I'm happy he's here. he's doing the best he can at it. 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. we just haven't done them to our capacity." (On Robaire Smith's season). learns the concepts of the whole defense. however many years? Just watch him. It doesn't matter what the drill is. really physical. ‘We should really be clicking by Week 11. He's a pro. and they had a lot of different looks. The protection. It could be a drill that they're running during special teams. is the plays that were there to be made. he had had the surgery. He's as tough as I've been around. it looked really positive in terms of his approach and the progress he was making and even the early part of practices and things. I think they were all encouraged. We worked on the no huddle and have gotten better at that. [There were] very limited balls that were catchable and dropped. The other key thing was no turnovers.expectations. Emulate that and you have the best chance to reach your potential."He's had an outstanding season. ‘You want to know how to play eight years. You love to be able to point at guys like that and say. You like to do that anytime that a guy has a question. They're live all during the week. he was down. He works. Those are all things that we've talked about through the course of the season. I really like him."I hadn't looked at it that way. I thought he had a good week of practice and goes out." (On if it was disappointing to not have Brian Robiskie and David Veikune active at Detroit). his expectations and what he has to do to be active."I don't really look at it that way. Learns his job. It was a nice use of different tools by Brady and the receivers and taking advantage of some of the things they gave us. we made them. [He has a] great personality. I thought it was a good talk. I thought Brady (Quinn) and Alex Mack and the whole group did a nice job with identifying the different looks. To see that.' you want to see that each week.
That's one approach. [We] just moved to it a little bit more with the bye week where we had some time to look at it and discuss it. but you get an advantage in terms of their adjustments aren't as clean. those self-inflicted wounds. You start chipping away at those things. it wasn't like I was trying to shy away from accountability because at the end of the way we're accountable for losing the game and for not making enough plays. You can really key in on certain things and you see that with the New England system. Some guys hit really quickly. so if you're going to you're to the right you want to be able to try to hold them to keep them out of the mix. That's what it was. Some guys it takes a while. You can see different looks."In terms of those things. I think that as we move forward. That wasn't good enough." (On if the game plan was for Brady Quinn to use the pump fake or if it was instinctive). David Givens. [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 other guys are able to step in right away and be really effective. I think it's something that maybe we did a little bit more last week." (On fans thinking it was lame to blame the loss at Detroit on the Lions' injuries). That's me. but he wasn't ready to start even though he was talented. being able to take a step back and look at it and evaluate it. There are plusses and minuses to both ways of doing it. The other approach is the no huddle. They can't get to what they want to get to as quickly as they'd like to get to it. Some guys it takes a year or so. 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. David Harris didn't start right away in New York. even though he did some good 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. that's the coaches. There may be some things with shifting and motioning." (On if Robiskie's production is not what he expected). where you don't have as clean a read." (On if when they made the quarterback change is when they went to the no huddle)"We practiced it each week with D. I like it. He just kept working at it and ended up doing really nice things. We had plenty of opportunities to win the game and we didn't. I took both approaches." (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. [he had] a lot of dropped balls initially. It might have been more a function of that than anything else. the Indianapolis system. when we first had him in New England.A. where you're stopping yourself and now you're going to move the ball. but it's part of the program each week. that's the players. hard working guy that cared."[I have had] just so many experiences with young guys where they hit at different times."I've always really liked it. but he wasn't ready at that point. If you're stationary. the stationary read and go.throws that were makeable. but at the end of the way we're responsible for it. ."You try to incorporate that anytime you're throwing deep balls because you want to be able to hold the safety. which can force them to declare quicker. (Derek Anderson) and that was still part of the offense. [He] just wasn't ready at that point.
Some of those decisions are based on special teams and who can give us the value there. I'm not sure what Josh's experience was. is what I looked at and what I was really encouraged by. which is a consistent winning team that plays at a high level all the time. 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. Like I said. We're going to work as hard as possible and as diligently as possible to make sure that happens. When we don't turn the ball over. That's ongoing and there's no lack of resolve by anybody here."Robiskie has played quite a bit the games he's been active. [I'm] looking to see continued progress. We turn the ball over or we drop a pass. but we have to put all three together and play complementary football. as a unit." (On if any players have tried to engage in trash talk with him before a game). that I'm committed to. when we don't have selfinflicted wounds. not really. Everybody's committed to it.what I'm looking for is for us to be able to play complementary football. They deserve it. but it has to be consistent. whatever it is. It's something that work is ongoing. I look at the different opportunities where we had a chance to move the ball throughout the course of the season and there's been plenty of them. You see signs of it."What I really look at." (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). We've shown what we can do defensively. Everybody's frustrated with where we are. to me." . that's what the caches are committed to."I don't remember that happening. That's my personal experience. There's no doubt about it. work as hard as we possibly can to give the fans what they deserve. Game in and game out you have to play with the game intensity game in and game out. [There have been] different points throughout the year where that's been very effective. He realizes that and that's something that he's working at. I'm not sure his exact play time numbers. as a staff and you try to take that learning and apply it to the next game." (On why Robiskie and Veikune have not played much). As this process goes on." (On if the Lions having the last ranked defense affects how he looks at the offense's performance against them). you have a game to play so you just focus on that. I can't remember and even if that was the case. When you're in that situation it starts there for you. That's what we're committed to. we can move it effectively. You have to make a contribution there. and I know it's hard to see because the production hasn't been there offensively. that needs to improve. You feel like you learn some things each game as a team. We have 53 guys and we can only take 45. No. Everybody's determined to fix it. His production. We've shown what we can do offensively."I don't know what happened with Josh out there. Each week we have to make decisions. That's what we do each day. When you get your opportunities on offense and defense you have to make them count. On special teams it's the same thing. those were against defenses that were ranked differently then where Detroit may have been. The execution. It's something that we're committed to.
game planning and things like that. That feature back role. a two-time wrestling champ in high school. but putting it together is what we have to do. I think. 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. It was the first time that he had really played that role. There were different times in overtime where they had chances and we were able to stop them. He's made some nice plays. He's young. I thought I did. I was really happy with the resilience of the group and it didn't matter what happened in the game. that takes some time and there's a lot of things to it that you have to do. Some guys from the building that didn't have family in town came over. I think there have been times throughout the course of the season where there have been some really good things. That's why we had the later start. 11/27 11. He was assigned to us."We didn't win. You like those guys with the wrestling backgrounds because they understand leverage. [We] hung out a lot. which is all encouraging. so we had a good group. It was good stuff. They had that chance to kick the extra point and to block that. He had a nice play against Cincinnati where he was almost caught in the backfield and picked up eight yards. He's come a long. 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. [He is] a tough guy. but I was really happy with the way that we approached the game. [My] back's a little sore from picking up the kids. I'd say from an approach perspective. You saw that we claimed Matt Roth off waivers." Mangini press conf. He's enthusiastic.27. we fought the same level.(On if the game against Cincinnati has been their best game of the season)."It's really. I thought that was outstanding. He is chipping away at establishing a role which I've been happy with. so we just pushed things a little bit back today just to make sure that we got the tape covered from yesterday and still have a similar amount of time for installation. Matt's a guy that came into his own. My sister's here from out of town. really early for that. I thought. . He was. last year as an outside linebacker. hung out with the boys. I should have got you [the media] those times.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-27-09 (Opening statement). It's good to have him here. I really liked that. long way from when we first got him. My brother-in-law just got in. My three year old wanted to wrestle a lot. but I didn't." (On if he thinks Chris Jennings can be a featured back in the is league). He's inexperienced. They understand hand placement and things like that."Good morning everybody. He was tough to handle whenever we faced him in New York. "Yesterday we didn't have the afternoon meetings.
This is the beginning.' We will roll through. but he was playing the outside linebacker spot there which is a relatively close comparison. He has been backing up David (Bowens). I think Mohamed (Massaquoi) went and bought some Timberland's. extra time.' And every day we'd come out and it's beautiful. Kaluka (Maiava). I just know that when we faced him he was impressive. I think they're in a little state of shock. you see them on the practice field. ‘Look. You don't get the same contact. all that stuff. buddy. with his background and not being a rookie. that'll go quicker."Jason has to work both inside and outside now. [We are] giving him reps in practice. For me. they had Joey Porter on the other side. not in exactly the same system. November was the third best ever. [He is] a strong."Yes. even though it may be the same concept it's just translating it into what you know takes some time." (On the odds of Roth being able to step in and play right away). I kept telling them. he did a really good job of collapsing the pocket. They're getting used to that. I thought." (On why Roth only played four games this year). in the preseason last year and he hadn't played in any regular season games at outside linebacker to that point. they had him on this side. I don't know what exactly happened. to try to get ready. I think he had a couple sacks. it was more a function of seeing him as an outside linebacker in. He played inside there before. we had a lot of guys that have never driven in snow. Hopefully. I didn't get too deep into that with him." (On if Miami was trying to move Roth to defensive end). Like I said. 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. Things change sometimes year-to-year. even if it's just to learn about them. Situations change year-to-year."Again." (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). not in games. because you don't get the same exposure. physical guy." (On if Jason Trusnik could move more to inside linebacker with the addition of Roth). do our standard Friday prep. It is hard to come to a new place to pick up all the terminology. it's going to snow. He's tough to deal with from that perspective. never dealt with snow. It's like. they play a little bit more gapped down guys than we do. ‘How could they help us right now?' and what's their contract status. 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. He's spending a lot of time with Matt Eberflus. ‘Get used to it. but he has . Talking about him. It's so different then when you are drafting."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."In terms of today. I don't know what he had against us. the other interesting thing this morning."That's a good question. it's valuable because you see them in meeting rooms. his first winter jacket.
" . Those are effort and awareness plays that you appreciate as an opposing coach. so we incorporated some of that against Indy [Indianapolis] the second or third game." (On if Cincinnati looks like a tough team).' and the next season something else hits. It's hard to go apples-to-apples. the 4-6 stuff. Eric was calling the defense. the week of Thanksgiving."We had D'Qwell (Jackson). I think on both sides of the ball we've done some different things. you think. Even in our game. It evolves throughout the season. We had Steve (Heiden). Kaluka's done a nice job. I think one of the things that impresses me is the motor of the defense. ‘We're going to build off this. 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. Sometimes you go back to the playbook and say. Typically in the offseason you really like that stuff.'" (On if he thinks the team is better overall than in Week 4). against Atlanta. whether it be the no huddle or shifting and motioning. we had never really done that in New England until we played. All that being said. the bear fronts. but they've done some different things as well. We had Dave (Zastudil). It's hard to say that definitely. it gives you a little more flexibility as to what you can or will do."I was talking on the conference call."I like to think that we've made a lot of strides in different areas." (On how the team has changed since playing Cincinnati the first time). some of the things defensively in terms of our approach to different formations. D'Qwell was helping to call the defense and both those guys are gone now and I think David's done a nice job. ‘That was a great concept. There's a lot of guys to the ball after every play. It was a different type of cover two then the typical Giants cover two. [but] by defensive linemen chasing or the linebackers chasing and the guy gets stood up and they come and blow him up. Eric Barton and D'Qwell played all the snaps inside at that point. we've had other guys that have stepped in and done a nice job. They make a lot of plays like that. had eight sacks. I think had won the Super Bowl or Tampa been pretty dominant defensively. Guys have stepped in. They have Larry Johnson. We hadn't been playing much cover two in 2001 and Tampa [Bay]. Some of the things that they're doing offensively have evolved because of success they've had in different areas. We just changed it. we won like 40-something to 14 and that became a big part of [our defense]. then that evolved over time and it became part of our package. We've lost some guys that played key roles in that game. It's different because you've taken out some players that had really significant roles. We had Eric (Barton). because they played a ton of that in New York when Bill (Parcells) and Bill (Belichick) were there. I thought it was a good indication of how they play where Jerome [Harrison] got stood up and somebody came around from the backside. I think if anything. There's some big hits that happen down the field that aren't by the secondary necessarily.worked inside before. It's like a lot of the diamond fronts. put a bunch of that stuff in. had the awareness to get the ball out. It was a different approach. it was more of an eight man drop and that evolved. We should bring that out of the attic.
I think we're a good special teams unit. you're in every game."You're constantly working on that. There was a lot of hype. The margin of error for a guy like him or Calvin Johnson."(Ahtyba) Rubin's played inside there. Everybody else responds. I think we've had spots of good things. Any of those guys could go in and do that. They go up. because everybody else sees what your record is. Last week it clicked. You're always looking for that position to play well and usually when that position plays well. I didn't think that we played to our potential last week. is more what's been a little bit up and down for us. It was a lot of back and forth and that takes physical toughness. I think we have a shot to see all three of them practice today. but [they've] been moving along here throughout the course of the week. He had two touchdowns.J. Things hit. he had impact plays. not just physically but mentally. You better practice with the same intensity and we got smoked by Denver. I'll wait until we get out there to make sure. ‘That's a situation. You better play with the same intensity. ‘Anybody shocked by this outcome? Look at how we practiced during the week. where you're down 14-0. but like he usually does. I said. Like any other position. C. we block the PAT. now it's."I think overall it's consistency. clicked offensively and we didn't do the same things we had been doing from a technique perspective defensively and that was disappointing. You can't just roll it out." (On how serious Shaun Rogers' injury is)."He didn't have a lot of yards against us. I thought last game was a good example of that. so what. A lot of we were just going to roll it out there and win games. We have a bunch of time [to] go back and respond to it. Even last year in New York." (On if Carson Palmer's stats reinforce the need to have a franchise quarterback)"Everybody wants one. I thought we had a lousy week of practice leading up to the Denver game. can you do it the week after? Can you have those . We were down 14-0 early and come back and respond and fight. That's what I said to the guys after the game. I thought we showed a lot of toughness in that game. can you do it the next week. You only have to be wrong on him a couple times and he kills you.(On how you get a team to be tougher). We went out and played exactly like we practiced. Corey's (Williams) actually played a little bit at the nose position. Baltimore. very good intensity. come off a game where we didn't respond very well to adversity. but it also takes mental toughness to know. who'd we play before. So what. I'm sure a little turkey doesn't hurt anybody. Even on special teams." (On who would play inside if Rogers can't play)."I think that with Shaun. it's so small that you drop off a little bit and it kills you. That's not taking anything away from what they [Detroit] did.'" (On if he has seen ups and downs in the team's toughness this year). Vic (Lawrence Vickers) and Robert (Royal).'" (On Chad Ochocinco). We had come off the. and you can't do it. You coach off of situations that you've been in. At that point we were 8-3. 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. [He has] great hands. you can continue to improve at it. It wasn't a surprise. but you have to go out. Mosley's played some at the nose position.
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. is to make sure that guys achieve their potential." (On where he thinks Quinn's potential is)."I wouldn't say that it's just important for him." (On how important these last six games are for the Brady Quinn). I think Brett's [Favre] playing pretty well right now and it's made a difference for him."Yes. One of the things that come up often times with players and my communication with players or talking about my approach is. whatever it is." (On if he still has some questions about exactly the kind of quarterback Quinn can be). three weeks down the road or whatever it is. It's not on a script. You see that we're outnumbered in the running game and you throw a quick look pass to the receiver. which I believe we can. all those things are things you see."You saw a lot of elements of it last week. but the best chance you have to be . That's a tough skill to learn. You get to see how everybody responds to difficult times. Sometimes it's through different approaches. You come out. It's important for all of us. I have to make sure that you reach that and collectively that we reach that. ‘You have the greatest human MRI machine in the world. but they only have value if you take something away from them.' Sometimes you don't even know how good you can be."I think I have a very high comfort level with what I think a lot of the guys can be. Now it's. They're just tough experiences. I was talking to him. Being able to change the protection to get that picked up to allow the route to develop. Whatever bar it is. but that's what I am committed to doing. These are all opportunities. If the protection doesn't look very good over here we're going to get hit. but to learn from the past and not to look too far in the future. Sometimes it's through pushing. ‘This is what you can be and my job is to push you as hard as I can to achieve that potential. If you don't then they're just tough losses. each week to go out as a group and improve and build on the lessons of the weeks before. We're going to have to throw it quick. but it's my job to make sure that you reach that potential. but you know that's something that you can do to respond to a situation that's not very good. Sometimes you don't even know what your potential is because you frame of reference is college or your frame of reference is limited.same performances week in and week out and not be up and down? [It's a] constant challenge." (On if he is confident the team is over the loss at Detroit). hitting some of those deep balls that we hit. where [there were] just some really smart decisions. he's in Russia now training a fighter. You see the formation. It's hard to always be in the moment. but we have to actually do it.' and it's true. It's true. can we do them on a week in and week out basis. Sometimes it's through positive reinforcement. because you get to see how everybody deals with adversity. It's not necessarily a part of the call. Some of these lessons have been learned in a very hard fashion. because you're surrounded by revisiting what happened and they're always talk about two. he called me and said. and that's another part of the process. I view it as. is learning how to not dwell on the past.
and the same thing defensively."I don't really want to get into specifics of it. It takes discipline. Offensively. he had a concussion. it will be a ‘wait and see' type situation. At 13-7 it's a good situation and we just couldn't continue on the momentum that we had from the first drive. I 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 if Rogers has anything broken)." Mangini press conf. It hurts. things could have been different. really unfortunate."A couple updates from the game. so we'll have to wait and see on that.30. with Brodney (Pool). the safest way to bring a player back. I thought in the second half we played better. With the other three players that were injured." (On where Rogers' injury is located). that's never been the case with him. we take that very seriously. We handled most of them. Cincinnati did a good job with some of the looks that they gave us that were a little bit different. We spent a lot of time in New York researching that and researching the best ways to evaluate when to bring a player back. We did a few things in the first offensive series that I liked. I thought we started slow in all three phases. 11/30 11." . in terms of Big Baby (Shaun Rogers). Some of them they got us on." (On if the team's record has anything to do with putting Rogers on IR). It's just unfortunate. He wants to be out there. so not very good news there."No. I think. had opportunities. It's a learned skill. We had opportunities throughout the course of the game. I'm happy with the fact that we didn't turn the ball over. That's going to take some time and just see where we are during the course of the week. He is going to need surgery and this is just where he is."It's like his lower leg and his ankle. With concussions. "In terms of what I said to the team this morning and how I felt about the game. I thought that we started slow. He is very disappointed. we just didn't take advantage of them. With Kenyon (Coleman) and Kam (Kamerion Wimbley). he is going to be going on IR. 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. but I thought it was too slow from what we had outlined and what we wanted to get accomplished. I really felt like if we had come out better in the first half.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 11-30-09 (Opening statement). like anything else.successful is to be in the moment. from the opening kickoff to the first offensive series.
They have to deal with him from a game plan perspective. That's everybody's goal. It's important to us. With (Bernard) Scott. the NFL's done a great job of really emphasizing player safety. 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. but I know that anything that is out there that could possibly either be preventive or after someone has had one give them more protection. I'm not sure. organizationally. who's available. whether it's some combination of the active roster or the practice squad. I remember over the course of time there being a lot of violent hits. how they fit."We'll look at that. we're all for it. you have to keep him inside." (On if there is a special helmet Pool can wear). but you understand the intent of why they're doing it is to try to protect the players and you respect that. [We've] seen that on some of his kickoff returns and things like ."He's big." (On where the breakdowns in the run defense occurred at Cincinnati)." (On if he thinks the NFL is on the way to installing preventive practice measures against concussions)."There were a couple different spots. He has done a real nice job. we've tried to be very aggressive with that in New York and here as well. He's really developing in that role and this is a great opportunity for him to continue to develop in that role. training camp. I'm not sure. I don't get involved with the specific parts of that. I think everybody's open to whatever puts the players in the best position to avoid those things. My emphasis and our emphasis is safety and proper evaluation and things like that. You have to keep him within the tackle box." (On what the team loses when Rogers is out of the lineup). In terms of the specific helmet. He's disruptive. a lot of that I have to more or less allow the lead to come from the medical staff. Sometimes you get a penalty that you might disagree with."No."Medically. but trying to minimize risk wherever you can. [We will] kind of see what's available." (On how Pool's concussion history will be factored into his return)."I'm sure we have researched all those things. understanding that injuries are a part of the game. I really think that (Ahtyba) Rubin's done a nice job throughout the whole season. I think." (On if they will have to add defensive linemen to the roster). Nobody wants to see anybody get hurt. the whole offseason.(On if the team's approach to concussions has been affected by the NFL's emphasis on the injury). He has very good ability to cut. and it's something we take very seriously. if anything. We'll take the steps that we need to take. He has excellent speed when he gets to the edge." (On if he thinks hits have become more violent over the past couple of years)"Again. It's difficult from that perspective. Coupling D'Qwell (Jackson) and Eric (Barton). 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.
"With any of the playing time."We called vertical passes yesterday. whether it be directly outside or in that c-gap." (On if the offensive design for Cincinnati was short passes). His block recognition. which is the inside player because you don't have the numbers to pick it up. a defined role. defensively. if you're outnumbered you have to go to either the site adjust. 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. like we've called throughout the course of the season. Some of it's going to be a function of what we see that they're doing. changes the route adjustment. not that he hasn't. which is the outside player or the hot. whether he'll work back at safety or work at corner. get a positive play."[He is] very good with his hands and his hand placement inside of the center's chest. the softness in the c-gap. We're trying to do it. I thought he did a nice job finding the crease. you throw him off too early and go to your right." (On if Brandon McDonald and Coye Francies will get more playing time if Pool is out)." (On if Quinn gets rid of the ball too early sometimes). They have a big. is to show one coverage. I don't think it was a fundamental lack of understanding by the players as to what the adjustment is. They're trying to do it. I think that it will depend on."No. 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 don't think there have been a significant number of breakdowns in terms of what the assignment is. That does happen from time-to-time. That's always the goal. Larry Johnson. I think he's gotten better at shedding the blocker and being more patient with shedding. Sometimes they're there and you take a shot. There's a couple times where Mohamed was a little deep when he should have been maybe two or three yards more shallow. change the coverage and that changes the quarterback's read. With Coye. he'll cut back to the void that you create." (On the area where Ahytba Rubin has made the most improvement this year). it's got to be earned. [There were] a couple times where the throws weren't there. Sometimes you don't have it deep and you want to get the check down.that. physical offensive line. as we look at San Diego." . but he has to make even more of a case for himself. he's been successful for a long time and he's a good back. I think he needs to keep working and establishing a role. Quinn throws to one spot and Massaquoi is not there). what his reaction should be on those blocks. understanding where the double teams are going to come from. I thought our tackling at times led to extra yards that really shouldn't have been the case. where we're going to have Mike Adams." (On the perception that on passes to Mohamed Massaquoi. They blitzed a little bit more than they had the previous game and they had up until this point. because you can. [We want to] force them into post snap reads. if the running back's starting to your right. We've had different combinations of people working at those different spots. [Those are] all things that come with time and experience and I think he's improved in all those areas.
(On if Quinn's mis-throws when he is pressured). I don't anticipate that being an issue throughout the rest of the season. Sometimes it's a function of that. Some are throws that he's made before and made them easily. They work hard through the course of the week. Mike Furrey plays on defense. 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."This week I thought that Jake (Allen) has had two really good weeks since he got here. It's a unique position at receiver. It's a function of us being able to collectively do that at the same time and be able to take the lessons that you learn and apply them to the next week and take advantage of that opportunity. I think Chansi's (Stuckey) doing a really nice job in the slot. Do you bring the third tight end? Do you bring the third running back? Do you bring the fifth wide receiver? Usually the determining factor is what else they can do in the game. I think that's important. too. Sometimes you just miss some. Brian's played in a lot of games. I've been happy with the way the guys have worked. It's ."We constantly are working on timing and release and things like that. That's why I was disappointed coming out and not playing better early in the game. He's had a lot of play time. and I saw the success that we had that year. You continue to get a feel for your receivers. I think that the one thing that you do when you are facing adversity is you use each opportunity to change that and that's what we have every week. Neither one of the guys was going to play extensively on special teams and I thought that Jake earned the opportunity."Some are a function of that. because that's why we do all the work that we do during the week. Every Sunday we have an opportunity 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. That's what we're going to continue to do. Mohamed's (Massaquoi) played well throughout the season." (On if the feelings surrounding the 1995 Browns' season are similar to this season)"I was here in '94. You continue to drill it. They have been consistent with that and I haven't questioned that at any point throughout the course of the season. You have Josh (Cribbs) who obviously has a dominant role on special teams. I've been at places where you go through transitions and been a part of that and understand that and understand the things that go into building short term and long term. I think there are a lot of things that take place during that process." (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. I expect this group of guys to maintain their commitment to change the outcome." (On if Brian Robiskie has not been active due to effort or performance).' He missed on them. He could be active again this week. but he's going to have to go out and earn that play time." (On what can be done to work on having a higher completion percentage). Some are just ‘you miss. This is a good group of guys."The one thing I have been happy with the last two games is not turning the ball over." (On which offensive problem area is the easiest to fix). I think that there have been some positive things throughout the course of the year in all three phases.
" (On if he would look into Weis because of his relationship with Quinn). Two plays earlier he really should have had a catch and dropped it. rolled back in and made the catch. hitting Chansi for a first down when it wasn't picked up. There's going to be things designed to beat the protection. third-and-five." (On if he thinks catching the ball is the easiest area to fix). I've always liked Charlie. We tend to get a very specific type of adjustment when Josh is lined up at the quarterback position. We had certain plays up. we had blockers out there. I don't know what his status is." (On if they saw something from the Bengals defense that caused them to not use the Wildcat at Cincinnati). I respect him a lot. I think it was thirdand-14. throw back to Brady. I thought guys at different times made some really nice plays. He's a good coach. made all those throws and need to continue to make the throws when the guy's open. I think you saw the play. there are going to be things each game that are different. Even the tear screen to Josh. just trying to build it a different way to take away the standard sort of front we've been getting. I haven't heard any news one way or the other. I think that we've thrown the ball. missed the guy and he tackled Josh for no gain. I thought that we did that well at spurts last week."I like Charlie. In that last drive there. you have to be able to maximize those things. essentially it's the same number of blockers. I think that when you have the opportunity to catch the ball. It was consistent concentration. The difference between getting that initial block and not is the difference between that play going for nothing or significant gain. which is such a fundamental skill set and something that we work on consistently. the third down play. the direct snap to Josh. I thought Mike Furrey had a really nice catch. They were bringing pressure off the other side. then it's a function of being able to hit the hot or the site. looking the ball in. The week before we had hit it against a pressure look in Detroit and went for 34 yards. then worked with him again in New England."I think they're all important. From a protection perspective. which was right there. That's really all I've thought about that situation. Even though he was hitting the same spot.really important. The more you do that the less likely they are to pressure. I thought Mohamed made a tremendous catch going towards the tunnel on our sideline." (On the reports that Charlie Weis has been fired from Notre Dame and the type of relationship he has with Weis). tucking it away and then turning and running. I worked with him New York. He's a good friend. He's a really good football coach. even Greg (Estandia) on the scramble."No. not necessarily. it was just designed a little bit differently. Those are the things that we did do in the Detroit game and you saw the difference. That's been good." . You had another third down play. I hope he hasn't gotten fired and I wish him the best. so we tried to get him the ball a little bit different way where they couldn't get in that same front and coverage."I really haven't thought about any of that and don't know what Charlie's situation is. Three or four times yesterday I thought Brady did an excellent job with that. I've been friendly and talked since he's been at Notre Dame.
" (On if there would ever be a time he would tell a player with multiple concussions to retire) . so that's going to be something that we're going to have to deal with both in the passing game and the running game. I 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.(On if Pool has had any other concussions this year). They have very effective rushers when they do bring them. It's primarily a three-deep zone. I think each guy has to really spend time with the doctors and make that decision themselves. the score was fairly lopsided and most of those are the result of turnovers that they were able to generate. he can take it straight ahead and beat you with his speed that way ."Good morning everybody."Yes. "Their offense. That's lead to some key turnovers. [It's] something that's going to be very important again this weekend. The pressure that they've been able to put on quarterbacks has been successful in generating sacks as well. How are you doing? Just getting ready for the Chargers. I want all the guys to be safe and to be smart and you be supportive as well. they can score. 12/2 12. outside of (Philip) Rivers' quarterback rating and his number of TDs to interceptions. They've done a nice job in terms of sacks allowed."I think that the best thing I can do is have them listen to the people that really understand the injuries. I think one of the things that jumps out at you.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-2-09 (Opening statement). pretty much whatever area you watch with this team. Facing (Darren) Sproles over the years. They've done a nice of protecting the football. It's a zone blitz team so they'll bring combinations of blitzers and typically play zone behind it. Really when you look at the Kansas City game."No. 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. is the volume of plays that they've had of 16 or more yards. [they have] good coverage unties." (On if Quinn will be the starter). 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. In terms of specific advice related to specific injuries. they can produce. they've been very successful throughout the course of the year. Almost 20 percent of all their pass plays go for 16 plus yards. but sometimes you get a mixture of a couple of other things and they do it from a lot of different looks. it doesn't matter who you want to talk about. good skill guys. so that's been something that we've improved on.02. [They can] give it to either of the backs or the fullbacks and both those guys can hurt you in the running game. "On special teams. Brady will continue to start." Mangini press conf.
Like I said. Hank's (Poteat) played there at different points throughout his career and throughout his time here as well. You never want to have a conversation about injuries with anybody. I'm not really sure. Bubba (Ray) Ventrone." (On what happened on the play that injured Pool)." ."We haven't done anything yet. We're going to have to see how the week goes and see how it plays out." (On if it is difficult to talk with a player about not playing again)."I think with that. I'm not totally sure. we haven't talked about the long term." (On if Pool will have to consider not playing again). He's definitely not going to play this weekend and there's a chance he won't be playing again this year. but they're always important. 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. There are some different combinations that we have.or he can change directions."I think we have a shot with both those guys." (On Kenyon Coleman and Kamerion Wimbley)."Yes. 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. That discussion." (On if Pool is around the team still). is a discussion for a later time period."As I said. go the wide field and create some problems in that area as well." (On the status of Brodney Pool). 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. Tony (Grossi). but unfortunately it's something that is a reality."He's here. I think." (On if he would be comfortable putting Brandon McDonald in a starting role). Mike Adams had played there quite a bit." (On if Pool was injured on a helmet-to-helmet or helmet-to-knee hit)."In terms of the specific thing."It's not looking very positive."There are a couple different options." (On what he will do at safety this week)."I can't remember if it was actually helmet-to-helmet or whether it was helmet to some other pad. I'll have more information for you. this is something that we're still moving forward on. Mike Furrey's played there quite a bit." (On if he has filled the roster vacancy). It's never a fun conversation. It's a big challenge against a good team. It's a challenge.
"I honestly haven't thought about it. I can say that it is important. Tony (Grossi). I know that they are working on it and they'll continue to work on it and consult people. We wouldn't put anybody back on the field that wasn't able to be cleared medically to do so. That'll be a discussion. for the different offseason meetings. I think that it's important to leave it up to the people that really understand this a lot better than I do. to get their feedback and collectively try to make the best decision." (On if they could accomplish the same things in practice without helmets)." (On if the emphasis on concussions is overdue)."I don't think so. I'm not exactly sure when the timeline was. I think a lot of those decisions. Part of the reason you wear helmets is to protect against guys bumping heads by accident."Again. but it is something that's important. base line tests and comparative tests." (On how he would feel if the league made a rule about practicing without helmets)"Tony (Grossi)."Again. we take seriously and will continue to take seriously. I think." (On if he expects the Chargers to run the ball a lot). There's a very detailed process."I just don't feel like I'm enough of an expert on the topic. Throw it to (Antonio) Gates.(On if Pool's injury happened on the play Coleman got hurt). Give the ball to LaDainian Tomlinson." . I don't know what the range of options are. Marla (Ridenour). I don't know what the right answer is there. especially anything that has long term affects. They're all good. that we've worked on. I'm in support of that. It's something that we've studied. You try to minimize risk whenever you can." (On if he ever had a concussion when he played)." (On if they went back and determined if Pool's preseason injury was a concussion)"I know that all the injuries. [They] consult all the experts in the field and research thoroughly. I just don't feel qualified enough on this topic to really give a lot of insight on it."I don't really know what their philosophy is going to be. It's something we stress." (On what input the coaches have in guiding the league's decisions regarding concussion). Tony (Grossi). We'll take as much guidance as we can on it and just always put the players in the best position. the people that really understand all the nuances of it. I do think it's important for the experts. Take your pick." (On if Pool will be placed on injured reserve). we have a lot of tests that go into it. I think it's tough in a lot of areas. that's something that I'll have more information for you probably either later today or by tomorrow."Again. They have a lot of good options. I'm totally in support of whatever can help in terms of player safety. Throw it to Vincent Jackson. Give the ball to Sproles. Whatever the plan is collectively that is brought up and adopted we'll adapt to. the league spends a ton of time on. It hasn't been something that you delve into significantly right now. I haven't really thought about it. so we went through the complete process.
(On what he would do if he was the opposing coach in this situation)- "I've been part of different scenarios like that. I remember a game where the whole secondary for the other team was beat up. It was all new guys. I think there was an anticipation offensively that we were going to score a ton of points and I think we lost like 19-6. You just don't know. I think the important thing is the guys that do have opportunities to come in take advantage of those opportunities. I have a lot of faith in (Ahtyba) Rubin. If Kenyon can't play, whether it's C.J. (Mosley) or Corey (Williams), both those guys I think will do a great job. They played significantly throughout the course of the year. We moved different guys inside. Jason Trusnik [has] never really been a heavy inside linebacker, or really a starter fulltime, he has 10 tackles last week. I think that's the positive part of this, is guys get a real opportunity to step up and show the things they can do. I've seen so many times where you're pleasantly surprised by the way that they respond. These guys all have been working hard and they've all been studying. It's another really good lesson for the group that you just don't know when your opportunity will be and you don't know whether it's going to be for 10 plays or 10 games or five games or what it's going to be. You want to make sure when you get that chance you really maximize it. I remember Curtis Martin always used to tell a story, when he first got to New England, I forget which backs were in front of him, and he told those guys, ‘You better hope that I never get in.' They all laughed, you know he was a rookie. He was serious. I don't know if you guys know Curtis, but when he talks he's not joking about what he's saying. He told them, he said look, ‘You better hope I never get in, because none of you guys are playing again.' He got in and none of them played again, but it was a big joke when he first said it. Sometimes you get that shot and you don't come back." (On if he remembers when Antonio Gates came out of college)- "I don't. I wasn't part of that evaluation. I know there's been a boatload of trying to find the next Antonio Gates and it doesn't really happen that often. He had played football [before], so he did have a football background. We tried all different kinds of guys. We tried out a Rugby Union player from Australia, one of their best players, in New York. [We tried out] a basketball player a couple times. I can't remember his name now, but he was the heavyweight champion from Ohio State, wrestler. He hadn't played football and we brought him to rookie mini-camp a couple years ago. We had him and the kid from, I think it was, Iowa. Both of them had been heavy weight champs back-to-back years, tried them out." (On how he rates Gates as a tight end)- "How would you rate him? He's really, really good. He's really, really good. They can split him out and he can run routes on cornerbacks and safeties and do that effectively. He has a great ability to adjust to the ball wherever it's thrown. Often times when you look at tight ends, some tight ends may have really good hands, but most of the routes that they catch are in stride or clean catches. The tight ends that are able to adjust to balls thrown behind them or thrown high, those are the ones that have incredible value because often times they're in traffic, they quarterback's got to throw it away from a linebacker that may be in front of them or somebody coming down and their ability to pluck it from different spots. That was one of the things I liked about Dustin Keller when he came out, is you could see on tape the way that he could adjust to the football almost around the whole clock, all the different spots on a clock. It's easier said than done."
(On the keys to limiting Gates' production)- "When you face guys like this you try to do a lot of things to stop him. I've seen it all tried with him, whether it's playing nickel, where they have a DB on him. I've seen some teams put their best corner back on him. I've seen him get jammed up at the line of scrimmage. I've seen him get double teamed from a linebacker and a safety, from two safeties. You see it all. They can move him around, split him out, put him in different personnel groups. It's not like the other group of skill players aren't very dangerous for this team. With Rivers, he's more than happy to throw it down the field to any of the other guys, as well and they've been effective there." (On Corey Williams at nose tackle)- "He's worked in there, more so throughout the course of the season than in mini-camp and training camp and he's done a nice job. The thing about him is he's a little different than your typical nose, because he's got some good wiggle. You can stunt him and do things like that that you wouldn't maybe do with just a pure mauler type. That adds an element of uncertainty for the offensive line. He has done a nice job in terms of taking on the center, being stout, so that's a possibility. C.J.'s played in there as well and he volunteered to do that. He wanted to try it out and I thought he's done some nice things in there." (On if he assumes there will be less double teams with Shaun Rogers not playing)"Typically in a 3-4 defense there's only so many ways that you block it. If you want to run a straight ahead direct run, you double team on the nose to the backside WILL linebacker, they fan out. There are not that many variations of the blocking schemes that you get. They have to account for the front seven to get a hat for a hat, so it's just numerically how you want to do it. You can double team on the end if you wanted to, some teams do that. It's a change. It's sort of new over the last, I'd say, four years." (On if he has seen any difference in LaDainian Tomlinson over the past couple years)- "He has eight touchdowns. Dramatic differences? I don't think there have been dramatic differences with him. I see him make guys miss in the hole. I see him get the edge. I see a lot of the same things that you've come to appreciate over the years. They do mix Sproles in quite a bit and you understand why. He's a guy that's explosive as well." (On if a bad record can affect injuries)- "No, I think when guys get rolled up on or whatever it is, it's not a function of what your record is, it's just a function of what happened in the game. I've been part of seasons where you may not have had the season you wanted and haven't had a ton of injuries. I think a lot of teams deal with injuries throughout the course of the season. It's important to be able to have depth. Almost every team in the league has lost somebody significant and lost other players as well. You don't go in planning for it, but unfortunately it happens. When I say planning for it, you're always planning depth wise, but you're anticipating these are the players that are going to play and ideally play through 16 games and then what's your contingency if they can't."
Mangini press conf. 12/3
Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-3-09 (Opening statement)- "Good morning everybody. How are you doing? As you know, yesterday we put Jamal (Lewis) on IR and Brodney (Pool) on IR. [It is] obviously disappointing for them. Jamal has had such a tremendous career and [this is] not the way he wanted to finish it up. I can't thank him enough for the contributions he's made, his work ethic, his toughness, his commitment to the younger players and all the things that he's done just in my short experience with him. With Brodney, I really thought that he had continued to develop throughout the course of the season. I think that the strides he's made in the deep part of the field and understanding the system, all those things have been real positives. It's not the way that he wanted to finish the season either, but it was really the best decision right now for the players from a medical perspective. We claimed Ramzee Robinson off of waivers. [He is a] cornerback. We currently have one spot open. We'll see how the week goes in terms of how we're going to fill that spot. "With practice today, [we are] working on third down and reemphasizing some of the things that we did yesterday. They'll do some similar things on first and second down that they do on third down. There are some game plan specific things that we'll have to adjust to once we get into the game. They are a multiple team in terms of their attack offensively and defensively in that area, so we've got our work cut out for us here today." (On if Lewis suffered brain trauma)- "I'm not going to get into specifics of the injury. When we were aware of him having symptoms we did the testing and at that point the doctors felt it was best for him to go on injured reserve, so that's the decision that we made." (On if Lewis was hurt during the Cincinnati game or before)- "The first that we were aware of it was after the game, actually not directly after the game, but the next day. Immediately, we started testing and that's when the doctors made the decision. We wanted to go through the whole process before and talk to everybody and make sure that we were as thorough as possible before making the final decision, but that was the process." (On if Lewis is seeing a specialist today)- "With both he and Brodney, they've gone through a series of tests. They'll continue to do that. We'll do everything organizationally and in working with them to make sure that we get all the information possible, not just in the short term but in the long term." (On if there have been more concussions this year or if the NFL is just taking them more seriously)- "In my experience in New York, we always treated [concussions] very seriously and tried to do everything possible in terms of pretesting, post testing, anything that we could do to make sure that player safety was the priority. I think a lot of teams do the same thing. In terms of trends, I'm not sure what the trends are, what the numbers are,
but I can tell you that personally, from a head coaching perspective, it was a priority for us in New York. It's been a priority here. The emphasis is on player safety." (On the league's emphasis on concussions)- "I think the league each year tried to develop things that protect the players and I think that's a great thing. They spend a lot of time researching it. They talk to a lot of different people, the leading experts in the field and I think that's very positive. The more that we can keep guys healthy and on the field the better it is for everybody." (On if he encourages players to wear mouth guards)- "Really with all protective equipment, I think there's benefit to all of it. There's a reason for all the different components of protective equipment. The mouth guard in relationship to concussions, again I'm not sure what that study is, but I know that if it has any positive affect there, it's a good thing." (On if Lewis had complained about concussion symptoms before Cincinnati)- "The first that we were made aware of it was this week. Immediately, we started testing and that's when we found what we found and then went through the process." (On how the decision to put Pool on injured reserve worked)- "With any injuries it's driven by the medical staff. You make sure that you have all the information. You go through all the testing and then you make a decision after that. It's as thorough a process as we can possibly have and again, the priority is on player safety." (On if Pool's season would still be over if his injury had occurred earlier)- "Again, it's based on the doctors and what they think and what the staff thinks collectively. It's not where you are in the season, what your record is. It's none of those things. It's based on player safety." (On if the doctors gave Pool a timeline for returning)- "We talked about it more in terms of the season and we'll address moving forward after that." (On if he is convinced Lewis will retire)- "That's really Jamal's decision and that's a very personal decision for each player. I'd rather leave that question up to him. Whatever decision he makes I'll support." (On if the team will do anything Sunday to honor Lewis)- "Marla (Ridenour), this is so new that we haven't really talked in terms of those things. Really the emphasis has been on preparing for the game from my perspective. Obviously with this news and this transition, that's taken a lot of time as well and it's an important thing. At the game, that wasn't something that I personally talked about with anybody. He has had a tremendous career and I respect all the things that he's done." (On if the team goes outside of their medical staff to evaluate head injuries)"Anytime there's a specific injury, what we're always going to try to do is get the best
information, however we can do that. If it's independent, it's independent. Whatever we need to do to get the best information is what we always adhere to." (On if Lewis and Pool have only seen doctors in Cleveland)- "Yes." (On if he thinks players have a false sense of security about safer helmets)- "I really couldn't answer for all the different players. I know that as an organization you're trying to get the best possible equipment. You're always looking for trends. It could be related to concussions. It could be related to dehydration. There are often new things that become available. I know there were some items that became available this year in terms of dehydration that we tried during camp. You're constantly looking for anything that can protect the players. It could be in the form of a helmet. It could be in the form of types of undershirts again for hydration, things like that. Best practices, you're always searching for best practices." (On why he did not say anything to the media on Wednesday about Lewis' injury)"It's like anything else, Tony (Grossi), you have to go through the process and go through the testing. Until you have concrete information, that's what you do." (On if the team needs another running back)- "We usually activate two more often than not. We'll look at different guys. We've brought different guys in not just week but all throughout the course of the season at all positions. We have Thomas Brown on the practice squad. He's done a nice job. We'll evaluate all those things. Typically we bring two to the game and that's what we have on our roster." (On if the team needs a running back better than who they already have)- "I think that both those guys (Jerome Harrison and Chris Jennings) have done a nice job when they've had opportunities. Jerome has had some good games. I like the progress that they're making. I think Chris Jennings is a guy that has done a good job with the opportunities that he's had and he's working to create more opportunities and they'll have that now. Again, you never want to see anybody injured or lost. It is a great opportunity for younger players or guys that maybe weren't in that lead role to make a case for themselves and step up and be productive." (On how much injuries complicate an already difficult season)- "Injuries happen at different rates each year. You're constantly stressing flexibility, depth. I know we talked about that a lot during training camp and the early part of the season. There's the counterargument about continuity versus flexibility. You just don't know when it's going to happen. You don't know at what rate it's going to happen. You don't anticipate losing two middle linebackers, but it happens and it's happened [to] different teams, different places, different positions. You're constantly trying to build depth. Hopefully the guys that you have there and that have been working there then step up and are able to fill the void."
2009 . as you get more comfortable you tend to play faster because you're not thinking through the adjustments. I would imagine that any of the guys that come back who have had experience and reps would continue to improve." (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. Like with any new system. but that's something that's going to be in place."That wasn't something that he and I talked about or he mentioned him wanting to do. I think he became a better communicator as the season went on." (On if Lewis said when he was hit). I'd be happy for him to do that if that was something that he'd like to do. At that point. you hope [he makes it]." (On the specific hit that triggered Lewis' symptoms). I was happy with a lot of the things that he was doing in the deep part of the field. but I think he's had a tremendous career. 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. with the future. I was pleased with that."It wasn't really that type of discussion. he's had a lot of good reps. [I] really liked the range that he showed. You're not thinking about what your responsibilities are." (On if he thinks Lewis is a Hall of Famer). He's done a lot of good things. It's much more of a reaction type thing."I don't get a vote in that. Tony (Grossi)."I've seen him make progress throughout the course of the year. You hope. I think anything that helps the process is a good thing."I'm not going to get into specifics of all the different things." (On if Lewis had a chance to talk to the team before he left). 12/4 12. that's when we did the testing. Those things are all positive.04. a lot of good experience.(On if the league mandating the use of an independent neurologist is in affect yet)"Often times you do that anyways." (On what symptoms Lewis complained of). a lot of good progress so I anticipate him continuing along that path. I don't think necessarily the personality off the field is a direct relation to the personality on the field. Again. He's had an impressive career." Mangini press conf."As I said. It was more symptom-based and that's when we initiated the testing." (On the upside he sees in Pool). the first that we were made aware of it was on Monday. It's always a plus and you're always able to do more and more individually and collectively.
The other nice thing is both teams are working the same amount of time. I mean you look at it." (On if he will back off reps for some players in the San Diego game in preparation for the Steelers game). but the familiarity does help. say Baltimore. [It will be] a combination there. Hank (Poteat) has played bother corner and safety. I thought there were some good things defensively." (On if he is going to let the players play their normal amounts on Sunday and see what happens on Thursday)."The positive thing for us is that Mike (Adams) has played both corner and safety so he has that ability. typically." (On if they will be moving guys around in the secondary). but this is similar to. 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'd be totally comfortable. probably not. so you have to really understand what the final formation is and where the different pieces are. You don't know how many reps either sides going to have."No. Ray Ventrone has gotten reps throughout the course of the season and some reps in games. I'm not sure how many interceptions he had." (On how he will approach the short week coming up). You're balancing the level of install. That wouldn't be the approach. You have to be conscious of where the guys are physically. It would be hard to go through and say that's the right number of reps in each game. They have so many ways to build formations and so many players that can really produce big plays if you're not exactly sound on what you're doing. . I think he had four or five interceptions and was third or fourth on the team in tackles. We played New England on Thursday night. 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. He's started 11 games there in the past. I've played these games before."Good morning everybody."We experienced the same thing last year [in New York]. I haven't done that in the past. I think those games are always a little bit tougher when it's someone out of conference or you have no exposure to." (On if he is comfortable starting Furrey at safety). Mike Furrey's been working on defense."Yes. 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. That's tough. You're balancing that. You try to play the best players that give you the chance to win. The nice thing about that and the nice thing about our situation is it is a conference opponent. 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. It's tough as it is just to get the same level of preparation. That'll be the focal point this morning slash afternoon."No.Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-4-09 (Opening statement). You can't really take the same approach from that perspective either. with the shifting and the motioning and things like that. so there's some familiarity with who you're playing and what the scheme is.
that heightens it and I think they've responded well. but it's good though. Some of it [is] learning guy's names. David Bowens. It's not always the same guys getting the same reps all the time. Really." (On how challenging the possibility of having four new defensive starters is). [We] really brought him here to play a role. There's quite a few new guys. We don't have a lot of guys in the same spots that they were in at the start of the season. if he's not able to go [we] really have to see where he's at. He's able to help communicate the calls. that would be different. He's led the team twice in tackles. He started 11 games and either the next year or the year before he had 98 catches. that's another new spot." (On if Brandon McDonald's role is still in sub defense). then he's moved to inside linebacker."It's challenging. [That is] pretty incredible. continue his role on special teams. he started but he was outside. We've had quite a few new faces come through. working at outside linebacker then he goes inside."You're constantly teaching. Same thing with Kenyon (Coleman). but you want to have those different combinations because you don't know when they're going to be working together. I've seen some progress. You're always working to get a high level of communication and having some new pieces in. Some stuff you do have to spend time on that you wouldn't typically spend time on. Mike Adams working at corner and safety. sort of simulating the game through tapes so that they all have to communicate and I think that's been helpful. That's something we've always tried to do. They've done a lot of stuff as a group outside of just what we do in the typical day. What we try to do in practice is mix the players in different periods so they are working with different people. him getting the chance that he's getting. Mary Kay (Cabot)." (On how the secondary has looked during the course of the week). Ahtyba (Rubin). making calls. continue to develop as an outside linebacker. 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. I think [there are] like three or four. I think it's a really great opportunity for guys to establish themselves as real solid contributors."Yes. he's great that way. Nose [tackle] isn't there. They get the same number of reps that they would. hearing the same voices all the time. We try to do that defensively every week with every position. [He] ended up starting. if Kam (Kamerion Wimbley) couldn't play. and I'm optimistic that he can."He's been rotating through as well." (On if Bowens is even more of a coach on the field now).somewhere in that range. He's played both spots in the same game. working together on their own. He understands the whole defense. That's pretty versatile. Both inside linebackers aren't there."We have gotten a couple new guys. Each week what we do with that. I really think the group has done a nice job. What you like is to see the way the other guys respond. That's always helped us." (On if he spends more time teaching in practice than he would like to at this point in the season). What's exciting about it is it's a . There hasn't been a significant amount of mental errors considering that there are so many new pieces. because you don't know. Look at David Bowens. I think Jason Trusnik is a good example of that.
It's not really apples-to-apples. he could start. [He] comes in. Coaches were helping him. Every week you have that chance." (On if it important to give Brady Quinn these last five games to define he is)."I think with any trade you have to really let it play out." (On how the Braylon Edwards trade has worked out so far). He had that one set back with the injury. but I think he's getting more and more comfortable working with the group that we have."You're really looking at him as a third and fourth down player when you [draft him]. Roman Phifer played inside there. David Bowens knew him from Miami. They're all working through that as well. He has a lot of reps in the system." (On if Brian Robiskie could be active this week). a much more experienced player. but they find ways to do it very effectively. but everybody was helping him. He was a bigger guy. D'Qwell (Jackson) had similar size. everybody trying to help everybody else out to be successful. 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. [is] here two days. it's not a function of what . but I've been happy with Jason (Trusnik) and I've been happy with Chansi (Stuckey). He had a nice day yesterday and I anticipate he'll have a good end of the week here today. He works like a starter does.challenge. He's not a tiny guy. He's 235 [pounds]. They may not be able to go down and take on the blocker exactly the way that a thumper would. like drafts. Typically though. I'm not hesitant at all to ever start him. Chansi's been able to come on a little bit more over the last couple games."Matt Roth is a much older player. They'd be off doing exams. you can't really evaluate a draft for two or three years down the road. I think he's done a really nice job for a young guy."I think every game that you play you have a chance to define those things. Most of those guys. [We] probably won't know the value for a couple years. He could start at any point. It's not a set pattern where he's going to be down for two and up for three. I don't know how long it is until a bowl game."Yes. he was working hard himself. Being a veteran guy. On the flip side of that. but there's a lot more football to go and they've already played a lot of football. sometimes when you aren't playing you have to use that time as well to continue your development. It's almost like a real sense of community. You saw what Matt Roth was able to do. but his style wasn't the just blow it up type." (On if Kaluka Maiava could start this week)." (On what he is not seeing from Robiskie that has caused him to be inactive when Matt Roth stepped right in and played). The guys really responded to him. they're getting ready for bowl games now and this is a whole new world. being in a similar type system that helped him. [I've] had a few guys kind of in that middle range that have been very effective. Often times with [being] inactive. The important thing is to keep that development going. we're looking about 250 [pounds] for those inside guys. a lot of play time. I think that every game that you play you learn some things and you develop a little bit." (On if he looked at Maiava as a situational player when he was drafted)."Yes and really every week is a week that he could be active.
From my perspective. then it's going to be a week-to-week type situation. with draft picks it's different."I think he's played pretty well throughout the course of the season. Every situation is different. it's different. I get it. If you're rolling over the top of somebody or it's heavier in your direction you're going to get less balls. If you don't have one of those two things that always guarantees that you're on the 45. I think he's played well. You get some guys that are drafted high and they may not play as much and [it] really hits the second year or it hits later in the season. I've seen it go a lot of different ways. fourth safety role. ‘if you this one thing you're going to be productive. we'd love to have all the fans there and all the seats filled."With receivers. With receivers. I understand their frustration."I'll tell you. It's a great feeling. 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." (On if Alex Mack is a good NFL starter or a good rookie). Do I think he could do a lot of things better? Yes." (On if Massaquoi is performing equally well in all games)." . He's come in." (On how disappointing it would be to have the game blacked out). he's played every snap. Obviously. That's not an easy position to play." (On what Mohamed Massaquoi needs to do to gain consistency). He's done a good job physically. consistently as a group and it will happen. It's a great environment."I am not really out of the building very often. 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 different than a running back where they get those touches and you can determine how many touches they get. A big component of that when you're in that fourth. but that's true with every position." (On if he was expecting more out of Robiskie). Your production is often dependent on what the defense does and someone has to get you the ball. bright career here. I think he's got a long. fifth receiver role or fifth corner back role. He's done a good job mentally. He's been consistent. diligently."I know everybody is working to make sure that that isn't the case. We're all frustrated. It just doesn't work that way. you can't guarantee how many touches they're going to get in a game." (On if he gets a sense around town that the fans' frustration level has grown throughout the season). I understand it."It's hard to say that.they're not doing. Sometimes it's a function of does the quarterback get the ball to you? It's not just one defined element there. I see my kids. Every guy's different. it's a function of what somebody else is doing. We all want better results.' Sometimes the coverage dictates how many balls you get. I am always excited to have if that'd be the case. I don't think there's any set pattern for draft picks or young guys in terms of they have to develop over this timeline and this is the grid. You get some undrafted guys that come in and play a ton. We're working to fix that every day. We are all committed to getting better results.
He got a chance to play even more than he had been.07. With me. I think he came in off the street. A lot of things had to go right during that time period for us to get into that position."In New England a couple games. We signed Derreck Robinson. I never felt that for a second form the guys and really liked the way that they just fought back. You mix and match and they did a great job. sometimes the progress isn't as apparent as we'd want it to be. He started for us at safety. smooth. but it is obviously disappointing for C. I feel like I've been talking about this quite a bit. I'm just disappointed for him. I don't know what the stretch was. . As I've said before. and I was pleased to see that. but you guys remember Don Davis? He played linebacker. we're going to put C. Larry Izzo at one point played some safety for us. Watching Don Davis.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-7-09 (Opening statement)."For me. Troy. who was a receiver. he was transitioning into more of an O and D player.J. That's really good progress from that group. Troy Brown. "In terms of the game. he was 240 [pounds]. is to consistently be moving forward. Mosley on Injured Reserve. To making sure that we are consistently making progress and building both short term and long term. I thought that the best thing we did was when faced with the situation that we were faced with at 27-7. it's about being the best possible head coach I can be and preparing the team as well as they possibly can be prepared. 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."Good afternoon everybody. 12/7 12. A couple things.” Mangini press conf. he was a rookie free agent. I can't remember who we had inside. it would have been very easy to kind of let the rest of the game play out. but as long as we're moving forward that's what's most important to me. To giving them the best possible opportunity to be successful every week. He did a good job. a defensive lineman. 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." (On if he has a seen a situation like this with so many injuries and roster turnover before). It's a skill to be able to deal with adversity and fight through the adversity and play out the four quarters. playing safety. Randall Gay. It's just tough for him. He had been contributing throughout the course of the year and that role was going to increase. he was fluid. he started at star.J. it's not really about the career. I think all in rookies counted for about 13 receptions. a really fast linebacker. Those guys did a great job. he started at corner. he started at the other corner. What I'm looking for is consistency and to not dig that deep of a hole.(On what he is shooting for as they go through the last five games in relation to his career). Earthwind Moreland.
because everything was so new. you anticipate the opportunity to play them. "I thought on special teams. we have improved significantly the amount of turnovers from the bye week until now. not that getting ready for New England is easy. defensively. Overall. We've improved in . We've come in here enough times talking about balls that were dropped that were easily catchable balls. I thought those guys held up well and not just the offensive line." (On the difference in Brady Quinn the last three games)." (On how different the short week is). We are starting to work on the scouting report. I thought. 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. there were times we played really well and some plays that I think we could have done much better on. really when you look at it. We'll have a walk through a little later this afternoon. It's better when you're playing an opponent you're familiar with because you do have some things to draw on. it's hard. offensively. I think he's made good decisions there."They're tough. or take your pick. but also some really good catches. too. Tomorrow is our biggest preparation day. The key thing is to just zero in on what you want to get accomplished. not trying to make something happen just because you feel the pressure to make something happen. which they did yesterday. but the tight ends that were involved. I think his awareness of what the defense is giving us and if it's not there. Regardless of who's in or who's out or what's happening. I think there were some really good throws. We played Dallas one time on Thanksgiving. I thought yesterday there were some balls that were caught that were really difficult catches. presenting some of the gameplan to the players on a limited basis here today. It was a little bit harder. in terms of what's being played or who fits where. When he had chances to throw it down the field he did and I they were really. I don't think we did a good enough job with that yesterday. but at least there was a lot of familiarity. but going to the check-down or going to the underneath receiver. 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. the backs that were involved. They can turn a small mistake into a really big play. solid calculated risks based on what we were getting. We played New England last year on a Thursday night and. If everybody's not on the same page. Very few times was he pressured. make sure that those things are understood and understood in a very thorough fashion. outstanding. I thought the protection yesterday against San Diego was. it starts with communication. but the things that you do do you have to make sure that they're done well. but I thought that we had a chance for a couple other ones that could have been big plays and potentially game changing plays. We had some good returns. which is always positive. especially in the kickoff return game. You probably can't do all the things that you'd normally do during the course of the week. whenever you play them. for the most part."I think it's collective. It's really hard when you have guys like Antonio Gates or (Darren) Sproles. and that helps. We have really transitioned into Pittsburgh. presenting the scouting report to the players."I think.
because as we've talked about. There can't be any moment where it's not the same exact approach and you're looking for that within games. Some of that's just the time clock in your head. I've been happy with his overall decision making. There's a strong correlation in my mind that how you practice is usually how you play. or the sack that we had there on second-and-one. one really good defensive series. Turnovers.the red area. I think. Since the bye it's increased significantly. You can't relax."It would have been tight. It's so important just be able to approach it day in and day out the same way. collectively. That's a function of all the different areas improving. I think Evan Moore is a good example of that. to me. If it gets picked it doesn't matter. I thought we played much better in the first and fourth quarter than we did in the second and third quarter. Same thing in the red zone. one really average kickoff return."Yes. Third down. He probably had no sense of that happening. there have been substantial gains there. is the goal across the board. That's been a problem area for us." (On how he gets Quinn to establish some consistency). too. I think he had a really good week of practice last week. one really good kickoff return. allowing them to hold the ball as long and provide some more opportunities there."That's really the goal. we've made substantial amount of gains. I understand what he saw and both those plays I thought were really well protected. One just came off the left side a little bit late. I think as a group we're playing better and that's reflected in the different areas. throw it up. you really just want to almost like you would on a last play. we'd be performing better. You keep working at it. a penalty. there are things I was unhappy with across the unit. ‘I've got a maximum of this amount of time because something's probably going to get cut free." (On if he is happy with Quinn's in-game decisions). That's always somewhat of the unknown when you have a guy who's . The things I was happy with both guys. whether it was the strip that we had in the red zone. we've made improvements. (On Brian Robiskie). offensively. we could have helped by not. We've improved on third down. It's not an easy skill to learn and it takes a lot of discipline. You keep addressing the problems. There were a couple plays yesterday where I would have liked him to get rid of the ball sooner. if it's not there. defensively. The scheme doesn't dramatically change. With that. You never now with a guy you haven't seen play in a game."I think he had a really good week of practice. It's deliberate practice and you're going to get improvement. just because he was behind where Brady was initially. within weeks of practice. how he's going to respond. I'd like to think that regardless of who was at quarterback. I think even yesterday."I think that. within seasons. obviously. He's had two really strong weeks of practice and got an opportunity. substantial gains there." (On if he thinks he would see more consistency from Quinn if he had been starting all season). Either you get a batted ball or you get into a tight spot or whatever the case may be. 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.'" (On if anybody was open on the two-point conversion). though. one really bad defensive series. you just have to keep it alive. Consistency. The opposition doesn't dramatically change.
That limited the opportunities as well. You don't' want to bounce it out and make it third-and-four."We had the one drive there where we had second-and-one. We didn't take a shot and got sacked on the play. or Evan. You don't let down. can we maintain that improvement and then address other areas and improve in those areas? That's what you have to find out and you have to see. you've got a lot of things riding on every single game. It helps. What I really liked about him yesterday was his blocking. What we do week in and week out. That was his feedback. You live to fight another day. I think J. Everybody has a different approach on second-and-one. you want to be able to take the shot. Those second-and-ones plays. He really sealed the edge on the backside and allowed for that long completion to take place. it can be up one week and down the next week. You put him against another uniform in a game situation. That." (On what happened to the offense in the second and third quarters). That's something that we've talked about. Chris Jennings has flashed at different points. That would have helped us. We were in a position where I think we could have either scored or gotten close. (Jerome Harrison) had a really nice day yesterday. that's good. I don't think we did a very good job defensively. He said that we had a tough group of guys. Mohamed's (Massaquoi) had some 100-yard games. but from all these positions. ‘okay." (On if he has seen enough improvement in Quinn to feel comfortable about the quarterback position moving forward beyond this year).C. We've had some really good protection and we've had some games where the production wasn't as sound. which I agree with. You need to see the consistency. if it's not there you get rid of it." (On what convinces him that the Chargers didn't stop fighting). He's had some quiet games. that type of thing. if you're running the ball you can't bounce it out. They held the ball a long time. If you're throwing the ball. how's he going to respond? That's how Chris Jennings got bumped up. the things that we've improved. both running the ball and catching the ball. I don't know if you remember the play where Brady sprinted out to his right. during the game what do they do?' I think he had an outstanding week and it reflected in the way he played."Really."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'm looking for right now is the next game.standing out in practice. to me." (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. I thought he had an outstanding block on the edge pressure guy. the important thing is whether you're running the ball or passing the ball is. [It was] a combination of things. in terms of three-andouts. I think that when you're a team in San Diego's position. The next step is. You want to see Brian come back and have the same level or production." . not just from the quarterback position. sustained the drive. is the most important thing because as Tony (Grossi) said. He's capable of doing that at all times and I thought he made some strides there.
but I would imagine that's probably the direction it's going. It's a good group of guys. He's been able to run it effectively inside. things like that. He's caught screens and check downs and different routes like that. and I think Leon has a chance to be an outstanding feature back."I think it's a good group of guys that care about what they're doing. They care about the team. There's no one set timeline. He gained over 100 yards against Cincinnati. There's evolution in terms of the coaching staff." (On if he thinks he'll have to convince Randy Lerner that the team is headed in the right direction)."I believe in what we're doing wholeheartedly. Picking up the blitz. it takes time."I'll find out here shortly. You have a player with that much better leverage. but usually he's going to fight size a little bit. you saw him on the." (On if it took Harrison's body a couple weeks to recover after the Cincinnati game)"I don't remember any difference. It hasn't been what anybody's wanted. That's something he and I talked about coming in. whether it be catching the football out of the backfield. Mosley is headed for surgery). That's what we're committed to. There are things that happen. There are a lot of things that go into building a successful organization over time. hand placement. the approach. They care about what they're doing." (On if he expects Lerner to stick by him).J. I can't imagine them playing any other way. They work hard. I also knew coming in here that things don't happen overnight and that you have to work at it and you make progress in different areas." (On what Jerome Harrison can do on the field to that leads him to believe Harrison can be a featured back)." (On if C. There are things that happen. with Leon Washington. We're constantly focusing on that.(On if the fact that the team is still playing hard speaks for how they feel about him). I think they appreciate the progress that they have made in different areas. I've been in a lot of different situations like this and to do it the right way. You have to commit to doing it the right way. I think they care. in terms of his prep or even feedback from him or the trainers in terms of where he was physically. It's important to do it the right way. Very rarely is he going to be facing a guy that he's substantially bigger than. blocking consistently is something that he does and he's continuing to work on. whether it be on the field. There's no one set formula. You have to come in and make good decisions every day. I've had a back that has some similarities. It's not easy to build something that lasts and that can compete year in and year out. You see him run the football." . I know that the outcome hasn't been what I've wanted. They care about each other. There might be a stalemate every now and then. organizationally. what we call it a ram pass. where he kind of bent up the seam coming out of the backfield. It doesn't happen overnight and I understand that. I don't think it's gone the way that any of us has wanted it to go. He's done some good things on the edge."I think that we share the same vision and understand that it's not easy. I haven't sat back and questioned their work ethic at any point."He's done a lot of different things that you'd look for from a feature back.
"We just got the Oakland game in a little while ago. at home. Obviously with Pittsburgh there's a lot to get ready for. It'll be a little different than a typical Saturday would be prior to the game. everything's condensed. which opens up some things in the passing game.(On if it would give him any satisfaction to end the Steelers playoff hopes). You have to do certain things to try to stop the run. difficulty just makes you hardened. but just understanding what it's like coming off of a Super Bowl and the challenges that you face. even when they're bringing four. the first and second down plan. Being able to identifying where they're bringing it. We tried to get a jump on the scouting report. We'll review it tomorrow. He's elusive in the pocket and the receivers do an excellent job reading out and creating some opportunities. I've been looking forward to this for a while. but it's the same for both teams." Mangini press conf. It makes you more resolved to get it fixed. generating that through pressure. They had the two sacks late for strips. They're pretty good. We had our problems last game. the first and second down information."Good morning everybody. ‘We're going to get this fixed. The one thing with Ben (Roethlisberger). They are able to create of negative plays there. 12/8 12. push a lot of adjustments and game plan specific things through here today. I think they're still very explosive from a running game perspective with (Rashard) Mendenhall averaging five yards a carry. They created some negative plays against us. They are fifth in the league in defense." (On Oakland's drive at the end of the game against Pittsburgh). "Offensively. What we started yesterday is really.' I'm sure we'll get their best. picking it up and then being able to move forward from that. They have generated a ton of sacks. defensively. The problems that they create week in and week whether it's defensively. We have to try to push a lot of information through.08. That's what I'm looking for. I didn't see the way Oakland did it. I'm sure that's what they're experiencing right now is. so I haven't watched the game yet. Today is trying to fuse reviewing that and introducing the third down. There were some negative plays in the running play.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-8-09 (Opening statement). two-minute. They are second in sacks and number one against the rush. whether it's been my time here or New York or New England. I covered San Diego with the group and then the coordinators went through and started our work on Pittsburgh. kind of the same thing."What would give me satisfaction is to go out. I think we all have. To be able to play Pittsburgh though. It hit us two or three times last . I know they've gone through a stretch here where it hasn't gone the way that they've expected it to go. but we'll look at that. He's very strong in the pocket. that causes issues. They're a good football team. the red zone. the effectiveness of the rushers. the different combinations of rushers that they bring. play good football and win the game. is he is able to generate so many plays that go longer than the standard play would.
He has really good instincts in the running game. "I think on special teams. He's difficult to pick up as a blitzer. when you're faced with adversity. He has great instincts." (On why he has been looking forward to this game for a long time). They're a very good football team. Just remember him in college and seeing the things he did. He's a sure tackler. it's something you look forward to. Two of them have been in overtime. but just in experiencing coming off a really successful season and going into the next. was it the first game of the season. he's made some plays."I know we talked about that a little bit in the weeks following. To be able to do that at Browns Stadium. They've lost some close games. You add on things that you like. It may not have been reflected here recently. [There were] two pretty amazing catches that sustained that drive. He can change direction. I think it was Tennessee. I don't know how much he played as a rookie. It doesn't change the feeling that goes into the game. I watched the Oakland game." (On the Steelers coming off of four consecutive losses)." (On how the Wildcat offense has evolved since the first Pittsburgh game)."The games they've lost now have been by a total of 15 points. It was special. Those things remain consistent and they still do them well. I know he got off to a little bit of a slow start when he first came in. it hardens your resolve more so than anything else. [There are] some explosive plays there. that last drive they had a chance to end it with an interception. That's something that you have to deal with. I don't think it was a full-time type situation."I think that one thing you understand is the consistent rivalry."He's outstanding. They're able to plug the next guy in."They've done a lot of things defensively very well for a long time. It's like any specific package. In the passing game. You just see him progressing as the season goes on. but it doesn't change the emotion that goes into the game. They're resilient. You add some plays. it starts with sort of a core group. that pick he made in that game. he fills a role and he understands how to fit and the strengths and weaknesses of each of the calls. They know how to win.game. He can get the wide side of the field. I remember the Pittsburgh games back when I was here the first time and playing them and that feeling. He's elusive. I can't remember. Over the course of time a lot of different players have played in that system and done a great job. I know we haven't been on the plus side of that rivalry. (On Troy Polamalu)." (On how the Steelers defense changes without Polamalu). both run and pass. It's hard to replace a player like him. Some plays may be specific to that week and you don't carry them through to the next week. something that everybody deals with and he's outstanding at it. but the next guy will step in and I'm sure [he'll] do a great job. Some stay on the call sheet and you just decide when you want to get back to them. You . He's got that type of speed. they really create some problems in the return game with Stefan Logan. 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.
"I think most really good players have outstanding fundamentals. Some things get added on or stay on. We wanted to have a couple guys on the sideline to deal with that. Brady comes up. It's just a function of whether or not you can get the guys open. You want to have it enough so it's an option and you have to honor it. I think he's got outstanding fundamentals. At this 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. whether or not you can get the next play off. One of the things they emphasize. whether it's the pee wee football or whoever it is. I don't think many teams that run the Wildcat throw with any kind of high percentage. It doesn't change who calls the play or any of those things. he calls the play. that you can." (On if the Wildcat would be harder to defense against if there was more of a passing threat involved). The things that we're trying to do moving forward are important and that's billed on the progress we've made. it's just you do it from the line of scrimmage and people adjust. Everybody hears the play and goes. Some things come off. I'm looking at it as being able to beat Pittsburgh. We haven't been open." (On why Cribbs has only thrown one pass since the Pittsburgh game)."One of your receivers is the quarterback." (On if he thought there was only time for one more play on the play they used a oneman rush against San Diego)." (On Joe Thomas being named to USA Football/NFLPA's All Fundamentals team and why it's called that)."We've had other ones up." (On how the use of the no huddle affects the use of the Wildcat). I think he plays with a really good base. I'm sure they're calling it that because the site is for teaching younger coaches and has different levels. I'm looking to keep moving forward. I think if anything the package has widened a little bit since the first time we met." . whether or not you can protect it." (On Joshua Cribbs saying if they beat the Steelers that the fans will forgive them for the rest of the season). The deal is."I'm not really looking at it that way. Those are the two decisions there."It hasn't really affected it. I think that's how it got the name. 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. Tony (Grossi). That takes the sting out of the rush and then you're not dealing with the momentum at that point.try some new things. whether or not it makes sense. keep it and that's a pretty good option. Obviously this is a special game because of who it is. I think his hand placement and his punch is excellent and something he consistently works on. It's actually a great program. but you also wanted to have enough depth in case they went jump ball. Really. especially on a pass rush situation. is making sure that the kids really understand the fundamentals of blocking and tackling. if it's not open."There was only time for one play.
you have to deal with the potential safety blitzers. there's no chance. I know was the result of us not communicating the adjustment. 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. some things that are unique to us. but then down the field not holding the sideline. 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. He wanted to get to his assignment quickly and make sure he took care of his job. whether it's the combination blocks or pulling or whatever it is.(On how Alex Mack as progressed this season)." (On if Steelers week is more intense)."I think Alex gets better each game.' You go quickly and you did your job. even though he wasn't playing. The one thing about him is he'll study it. but it's just understood. the feeling during the course of the week. ‘I want to take care of this. There's a lot of stuff going on and it's effective. You have to make sure that that player cuts back in to where the pursuit is coming from." (On how Mack played against Casey Hampton earlier this season). You have no chance. all those things I think have improved. I don't think. is if the player has the ball in space you always have to hold the sideline. the first long play I think. It may not be something that is spoken about at that point. I felt like he sped things up a lot of times. which is great. I thought he did a nice job IDing where the pressure was coming from. but even during the course of the week. you feel it. He's a big enough problem. It's different. His ability to communicate with the rest of the group. Hampton is one component of it. but you also have to deal with the linebackers. We were supposed to have a player out in the flat."I think that would be one way to describe it. He'll pick up some things from the first game. I think his base and his balance and his drive blocking have improved. Not just the atmosphere of the game." . but it's up there. I think that year we might have played them three times. I've seen significant gains as we've gone throughout the season. I think the way that he gets better is his comfort level. and what you want to do in the secondary. We didn't hold the sideline on that play. his ability to identify fronts. the secondary pressure. but it's not really the exact way that you want them to do it." (On why the team is still giving up long plays)."I thought Brady did a really nice job against San Diego last week and they run quite a bit of zone blitzing. but there's a tempo that you have to do that at. 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. There's also going to be some variations." (On how difficult it will be for Quinn to recognize all of the problems Pittsburgh's defense presents)."Last week. playoffs in '94. His comfort level there has increased significantly. At first. I wouldn't say the percentages are exactly equal."He did pretty well. That's pretty common with the young guys is. don't get me wrong. The other thing that we didn't do very well." (On what struck him about the Pittsburgh game in his first stint with the Browns)"It was a great atmosphere.
Not every quarterback can do that. Just the mechanics of running the offense." (On if there is something about Ben Roethlisberger that makes him unique)"There's a lot about him that makes him unique. He can scramble and hurt you that way. Even though he's not looking at the rush. but the spirit stays the same. when not to take chances. He's got a real good sense of where the rushers are. he's got a good feel of where his pressure points are and where he can escape to.2 quarterback rating. I think he's gotten better each year. I know we had the strip sack. He was able to scramble to his right. but sometimes that happens. so it's have I've known. to his left and throw really accurate passes on the move.(On if rivalries have diminished in the age of free agency). He's a professional in that aspect."I wasn't here for the period before free agency. it's huge. I think the other thing that's really helped is us taking advantage of opportunities that we've had. He's got the ability to avoid to his right. He had the awareness. I think that's been positive for us across the board. seeing where the weakness is and taking advantage of it."Robert's been bumped up a couple different times throughout the season. He's got great arm strength."It's been a point of emphasis for us offensively. He's worked aggressively to get back on the field. our left and pick up 13 yards. The thing that I respect about Robert is he works really hard to get ready to play. He has a 100. take-away ratios and the affect those have on outcomes. We had the play covered. Over the last few weeks I feel like we've caught some difficult balls and that's a big distinction. Like I said." (On what Robert Royal's lack of production is a result of). 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. Being able to protect the football for the passer is really twofold. It hasn't gone exactly the way that he's wanted it to go from a health perspective." (On Quinn going 126 passing attempts without an interception). found a seam in the pocket and picked up 13 yards. You look at the give-away." . I've played him multiple times over a lot of different years and he's created problems regardless of what team I've been involved in. I think the faces may change. At earlier points I felt like we were dropping really catchable balls. When I entered was free agency. assessing the defense. 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 tremendous strength. He does a good job with him teammates. where you have to put the ball in order to make sure the defensive back doesn't have a chance to get it. He's a professional in the room. the screen was covered. We had him last game where they were going to throw a screen. not turning the ball over. but coming up to the the line of scrimmage." (On Roethlisberger having good numbers against Oakland despite losing the game)"His numbers have been good all year. not just in the things that he can create from a broken play perspective. He's a really good quarterback. he's got great control of that and he has the ability when things don't go well to make something happen.
right on down the line some of the new players. It's good to see those guys get a chance and take advantage of that chance. It's a good group across the board that can generate a lot of negative plays." Mangini press conf. guys playing different positions. You look at a game where a guy like Marcus Bernard contributed two sacks or Brian Schaefering with his sack and a half and the play time that he had. San Diego's defense was good. but it's going to be a challenge for us offensively. being able to deal with their moving pressures in order to run the ball effectively. Evan Moore. It's important for the guys to know that if they work hard. Chris Jennings. 12/11 12. They've worked hard to learn the entire system. 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. but we have made strides. [They have] a different style." .11. it reinforced a lot of things that I felt coming out of the game. Cincinnati. That stuff has huge value. I also just wanted to thank the fans that came out last night.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-11-09 (Opening statement). we spend so much time. I was happy that they were rewarded for that. It was cold where I was sitting. [They are] number one in rush defense. Sometimes those strides are apparent and sometimes they are not as apparent. to continually develop them because you don't know when you are going to need to call on them. Being able to run the ball effectively. Mohamed (Massaquoi). Being able to pick up the blitzing linebackers and understanding where they're coming from in order to get the passing game going.(On if going against Pittsburgh's defense will gauge where Quinn is at). I was really happy with the way the guys played and happy that they were rewarded for it. especially during that last drive ho loud it was. They fight through everything so it's great to have them. They were pretty amazing. Kaluka (Maiava). because he's one component of it. trying to build in versatility." (On how important it is for players elevated from the practice squad to take advantage of the opportunity). things like that that have come into play and I think like any part of the process this stuff is learned. Taking advantage of balls that are thrown and being able to catch it in tight coverage. Baltimore. It had to be cold where they were sitting. It was cold. whether it be the post practice work with those guys or the extra meetings or things like that. 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. This is another good defense. because there will be some tight coverage."I think it's extremely important."I think actually he's faced some pretty good defenses. organizationally. It is learned over time. Just watching the tape. They have a chance to come up to the 53 and then they have a chance to come up to the 45. if they continue to improve that they have a chance."Good afternoon everybody. That's why. as a group. I think all those things are going to be challenges this week.
making tackles."Nothing right now.(On having to teach new players on the roster). To be able to do that against a team like Pittsburgh. reps wise." (On if something will get done with Cribbs' contract). There are so many different elements to it. the snaps in Wildcat. Learning how to play complementary football is part of that. the snaps on special teams and he does the coverage units as well. He did a lot of different things and he did them well. and I've said it 1. 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. or the potential for that every time he touches the ball. move forward with. we can all see what happens. that learning curve is quicker. but it is nice to now say." (On the ideal number of plays for the Wildcat in a game). the guys at their position they help out."It's hard to say. A guy like Matt Roth." (On if Joshua Cribbs looked better on tape today). It's great to be able to now point to that and say. What you don't want to do is eliminate his effectiveness there because it is such a huge field position change."It looked pretty good yesterday. He gets a full game. he has things to draw on from his NFL experience. There's that intensity. How extensive their background is before they get here.'" (On if he got a special message from anyone).000 times. He is a fun guy to watch. These guys have worked hard and I know you're probably tired hearing the word process. Some of it depends on the effectiveness. too.' I've never questioned the way these guys have approached things. Guys at other positions. Whether it was his returns. There is a sense of community and everybody takes part in it. Andy Reid sent a note. It's the coaches."For me it's really just a great opportunity for the team to experience some of the fruits of their labor. There's that special feeling with playing them."Yes. A lot of different friends around the league sent some notes. obviously. You are balancing out the snaps at receiver. I imagine that something will get done."I got a message from Randy (Lerner). It's something that we are looking into and want to. ‘ok when we do these things. You appreciate things like that just because it's nice of them to take time to do that. but learning how to win is part of that. We embrace guys that come here and everybody wants to help them be successful. I talked to Jim (Brown) after the game."There is some element of that and it just depends when they get here." . Some other guys that you may get late you have to accelerate everything. There's that rivalry. Usually. who we haven't beat in a long time. I think we did a lot of those things last night. they help out." (On the win against Pittsburgh goes a long way towards next season). I think it's outstanding. defenses that he can associate. catching the ball. it was a pretty impressive performance. from all those different spots. Learning how to deal with adversity is part of that. him running the ball. look what's possible." (On if there is anything new with Cribbs' contract). ‘When we do this.
I believe in discipline. you study core concepts on how to run the defense. the starting point is communication. They have a good time with each other. I know we are going to have a team that week in and week out the city is going to be proud of. There's a lot of learning that goes on Wednesday. There's a different level of intensity when you care about each other and really understand that everybody is working for everybody else. It's truth in sports. I've experienced it. What I'm concerned about are the guys. . I am confident in it. It's specific to Pittsburgh. you win. Communication is so important.(On if he talked to Randy Lerner in person). each person understands their role in the defense. and you have to get used to this defensive approach I think. Usually. Friday so there's a lot of adjustments that have to take place. Really. Thursday. I've seen it work. positive message" (On if he is worried about his future). is on these guys."A big part of playing good defense is being on the same page. disguise and pursuit. defensively. You have those things. I know it works. I believe in what we do. I know it is going to work here. You are looking for chemistry. They support each other in meetings."That's never been talked about. the team. It's a shock to the system I think. My emphasis. There have been times where maybe we could have done a little bit more. I believe in a team. I believe in it. There were times during the earlier part of the season maybe we did too much. That to me is the essence of winning. is communication."That really hasn't been my emphasis at all or focus at all. but week in and week out it's different. coaching team and continuing to move forward. it's not by position group. you play good defense. I believe in hard work. I know it works." (On if he has talked to Lerner about next year). What we always look for every play. You do a lot of things in training camp. is on moving forward each day. I know we are going to win a lot of games here. I believe it to my core. It could be me asking a question and they try to help each other out. When everybody know what we are playing and it's sound across the board. It's going to happen. Everybody interacts with everybody else." (On what was said in the text message). I believe in what we do. 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." (On Rob Ryan's defensive scheme). They use words like ‘family' when they talk about each other."It was a nice."I think anybody that we can bring in to help is a positive thing. I mean that in a sincere way. I think it's different than a lot of approaches because it is so game plan specific."We just exchanged texts and I'll talk to him a little bit later here today. my focus. Those things are truth. everything is on this year."I see them getting closer and closer as they get to know each other more and spend more time together. I wouldn't look to do that." (On if the players coming closer together)." (On if there is any uncertainty about bringing someone in). I've experienced it. Finding that balance. I believe in good people. You play harder for guys that you like. That's what you are looking for. I've seen it. These guys are good guys working towards the same goal.
We have got a range . if you haven't done that before it's hard to get adjusted to." (On if he came into Cleveland more heavy-handed than he would have somewhere else)."I know this might be hard to believe. Everybody loves progress but not a lot of people love change. understanding that everybody is working toward the same thing and understanding that we all depend on each other. It can be a little bit like going to the principal's office. part of the growth." (On if the players are coming around to him now and buying into the system more than when he first got to Cleveland). I remember when we went to the Jets initially with (Bill) Parcells and (Bill) Belichick and that group. It's nice when they can see it work and feel it work and really understand it." (On if he has the support of the players).' I've never wanted to instill discipline for the sake of being in charge. That's also part of the process. I am always looking for mechanics. It's not what you say so you can refute something someone else says. I think there were some throws that we could have been more accurate with. it is difficult. My high school coach used to say. You have one breakdown in 11 guys. I think that often times it takes a while to understand that the open door is truly open. We've got guys from all over the country. You want them to experience it. Sometimes it's hard for anybody to come up and talk. It's something you do for somebody. ‘Discipline isn't something you do to somebody. It's because it helps you win games. I thought I was making major concessions. You have to learn about each other. You have to try to convey as much as possible the importance of doing it and the value in doing it. then the guys start looking forward to Wednesday to see what the plan is. You want to show them how it works. I thought some guys made some pretty nice catches as well. It does take time. I swear. and you are dealing with that change."The wind definitely played a part in it. Sometimes it's hard for young guys to come up and talk. You can do some different things when you have wind than when you don't. Our success and failures are all going to be based on how work together and how we operate s a group. is understanding what the objectives are. You've got a community. Usually they go hand in hand."I really have found that anytime that you make a change. It's true. it takes time. Once you do. I never really have looked at it as selling guys on it. regardless of the weather. 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. Exposing guys to ideas that may be different. It's not a slogan. I look at is as teaching and exposing guys to new ideas. and that is different."I haven't felt at any point where there wasn't support. that may be out of their comfort zone but you want them to try it. I thought Brady did a nice job with that throughout the course of the night last night. Like I said." (On how to judge Brady Quinn's performance with the wind). The wind does play a factor in some of those throws and you have to take that into account but it factors in for both guys.when you first get exposed to it. most often they do. That's not what it's about. it affects the whole play. You are looking for accuracy. but I actually came in here a lot less heavyhanded than when I went to New York.
They have seen other practices. . See how we function as a staff because it's good and it's right. I feel good about the things that we have done here. That's the goal. Like I've said. That's all they are there for and nothing else. the things we have done. definitely." (On if he will enjoy the fact that they beat Pittsburgh)." (On what he would say to a football ‘czar' about his record)." (On how he would sell himself to a czar)."I feel going into the offseason. They can sit down and talk to the coaches. but he knows how I feel about them and he's a guy I really appreciate more than just for what he does on the field. You have gotten to know them. what we believe in. You have seen them play. moving into free agency. It is radically different. It's important. At the end of the day whatever happens." (On if he has told Cribbs that they will take care of him). I feel good about it. See how we operate. I don't think we beat them those years and it sucked not beating them. See how we teach. than you are focusing more on free agency. watch our practices. there's got to be rules so that everybody can operate efficiently. evaluating the players. sit in on any meeting. I understand the situation I initially came into. I can get home now. Going into an offseason where that's not the case. I don't feel good about what our record is and nobody does. That's real progress. I don't want guy's money. Timetable don't know. I get that. Even last night I probably stayed up later than I probably would have that's because I was here back in '94 and '95. You have seen them play your schemes. Anybody who comes in can take a look at it. There are a thousand things that go into entering into an organization." (On if he is more comfortable with his job now). Anybody that comes in I am excited to talk to. There's been rationale for all of the decisions."He and I have talked about that and he knows how strongly I feel about him and the contributions he makes and all of those things. the draft and your frame of reference is a lot different because you have sat in the meetings with the players. watch our practices."I feel good about the approach we have taken here. I don't feel like it's going to be a function of selling. I want the group to operate efficiently. Your starting point is so much more advanced than where it was. It's just going o be a function of showing who we are. I'm confident in it. It's nice to beat them. structure don't know. It's it. you are starting at a totally different launching point than where we were last year going into the offseason. happens. and I think that anybody who comes in will appreciate those things. All of those things are to be determined. Come to our meetings. It's important and it's important to the city. I understand the things that we have done throughout our time here to continue to move it forward. You want to move forward with the next steps. but there's a reason behind it. Come take a look because it's a good product. I don't want to exert power to exert power. You are talking about hiring a staff. Some of it's been good."I would imagine that anybody who would merit the title ‘czar' would look a lot deeper than just the record. moving your families."Yes. There's been a thought process. some of it's been bad. I'm transparent. trying to get ready for the draft.of ages. Like any community.
2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-16-09 (Opening statement). He works with everybody. The first kid went and I think he said T or B so then they call on Jake and say." Mangini press conf. The guys give him a hard time for being old and having gray hair and things like that. Jake what do you have?' ‘D-A-D' Julie was thinking. C-O-L-D. Everybody when they get a chance operates differently and I appreciate the age jokes. but Titus has been doing a great job so it was kind of a combination of things. whatever happens I am excited to work with that person. She was in the back of the room. he is really smart. That wisdom has been a huge benefit. 12/16 12. I think there are a lot of similarities between where the two teams are right now. I know his dad really well. I believe in the things that we are doing. He was the offensive assistant in New York when I was the defensive assistant. Dick Haley. I think he's handled it great."He is outstanding. in terms of the Pittsburgh game and last week Josh Cribbs is going to be named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. It's important for him to do everything the right way. dad. To go in and to play a new position. very. innovative.I got a note from the guy who dropped off the paper this morning. To be the captain. I think. (On if someone comes in and cleans house and if he thinks it would be a mistake). they took the C out and just had blank space and they wanted the kids to fill in a letter. Julie went to Jake's school and they were discussing the word cold. Blake Costanzo was special teams [player of the week] and Titus (Brown) was the practice player of the week. It was a short week. but he hasn't been the signal caller before so that's new. old. all of those things are new. Again. "In terms of Kansas City.' Everybody sees things differently. He learned under Dan Henning and ."Good morning everybody.16. He also won our offensive player of the game from last week. Like I said. It's important to him."I think whoever comes in. How are we doing? A couple things just to start off. I've known Todd (Haley) for a long time. ‘Why D-A-D?' ‘D-A-D. I can't emphasize enough how important the practice player of the week is." (On David Bowens' leadership). I can appreciate a little bit with the age with an experience the other day. even though it was on the other side of the ball. I really appreciate it and I get it. a few announcements. The teacher says. now he's played there before. Just getting to know Todd and working in that same capacity. ‘Okay. That's in the future and really that's not my focus what so ever. David Bowens was the defensive player of the game. which is outstanding and well deserved. He involves everybody into the defense. how sweet he misses his father. who is arguably one of the best personnel men in the NFL. He's got an energy that's contagious. He was outstanding when he wasn't calling defenses.
(David) Garrard. one of the trademarks of that defense last year. playing this group of coaches in Arizona last year. 33 before he had to sit out the four games. won in overtime. a really smart guy. not as well as maybe I know Andy (Reid) or Bill Parcells. He's a smart guy. effort type plays. I think that even though they haven't won as many games as they would have liked. they've been in multiple games." (On if Mike Holmgren is here today)."No. Dwayne Bowe. [He is] incredibly competitive. Aaron Rodgers and Vince Young. two surprise onside kicks. with Rodney (Harrison) and (Tedy) Bruschi. with 86 catches last year. "On [special] teams. "Defensively. They've been excellent with their coverage units.Charlie Weis and I see a lot of that in the offensive play calling. Matt has the ability to make big plays down the field. either this morning or yesterday night. in terms of what his expectations are and guys meeting those expectations. which it's coached. I imagine he'll eventually go into coaching and he'll be outstanding. he had the 96-yarder against Pittsburgh. I know Matt (Cassel). but we actually had a good conversation at . With Tamba Hali. chase type plays. I see a lot of improvement as the season has gone on. they're all different. so there's going to be a lot of areas we have to prep for there. He's going to get better as he gets more and more comfortable in that role. even though it's three down linemen. His 44 rushing attempts I think is fourth behind. It's the same thing here. I believe. Mike Vrabel is a guy I've known for a long time. and I see it here. [I] was there in New England when he first came in from USC and watched his development over the years. blocked another punt against Washington. in terms of his knowledge of the game. like a lot of the quarterbacks we've faced. It was the same thing in Arizona. He could remember defenses that we ran two and three years prior and site them and give the specific play and how it worked. he's been a huge asset. With the passing game. the way they pursue to the ball and they make a lot of plays. [He is an] Ohio native. so he can create some plays like that. He leads the team in sacks. He creates a lot of pressure. When he gets going he makes some really impressive throws. is how hard the guys play. All these 3-4's we face. it's really the third week in a row now we've faced a 3-4 defense. he left. again with Charles."I've known Mike for a while. The returner. He's right there with the rest of that group. I'm sure his leadership has been a good thing for them defensively." (On how his meeting with Holmgren went). I think his transition to the outside linebacker position has been a successful one. Playing these guys in Arizona. I thought he played really well against us last year when he was in New England. He has the ability. A couple others they lost by six points or less.2 yards a carry for (Jamaal) Charles. picking up Chris Chambers during the season. they haven't really given up a lot of big returns at all this season. I think the other thing that they've got going offensively is the running game has emerged. They blocked a punt against Baltimore. He's tough. to extend plays. In the return game. 5. four linebackers. [They have] done some creative things in the kicking game in terms of the fakes. "Offensively. He's a guy that can hurt you all over the field.
worked his way up. I think he's a good guy."I think anytime you can bring in someone with a wealth of experience as not just a position coach and coordinator.the owner's meetings a few years back. It's great to have those guys. things like that. They've handled a lot of different decisions. We visited some last year before the Seattle game. but as a head coach. I'm not going to go into the play-by-play of it. It was a good. Even talking to (Jason) Trusnik when he was a young guy first starting out."We didn't really talk about that. We actually revisited that conversation. I thought it was a good conversation. it's great."We talked about a lot of things. I'm telling you. When you have a guy like Mike Vrabel. could draw up the defense. He knew the defense." (On Vrabel's versatility)."I think this visit was something designed for both sides to get to know each other. We ended up getting the house and have been really happy with it. guys like that that maybe weren't on staff. Mike used to be on the show team and he'd want to play safety on the show team."He's got good hands. Some things come up where you're like. but have that experience because they've been through most things. They've seen most things. My stance on that is really the same. We had bought a home in Cape Cod and the importance of having one place where the kids could go every year and we were just talking about that and his thoughts on it. We talked a little bit. It was great too. I mean he's a special guy. I've made calls. knew the defense. I know him some through Andy Reid and through Bill Parcells. [He is] a guy that wasn't highly drafted. ‘Hey what do you think about this? How would you handle it? What was your approach?' To hear another voice. He had given me some really good advice back then. because he'd disguise things. could coach the defense." (On if it is tough to trade away a veteran player). different aspects of the season. That's really what it was. He is obviously very talented as a coach."It always is. like Dick Vermeil. It's good to be able to bounce those ideas off somebody else. not just his assignment. positive conversation. I talked to him about emulating a guy like Mike Vrabel whose work ethic." (On if he sensed a strong interest on Holmgren's part). which was his last home game there. I wouldn't be surprised if he's not coaching major college football or pro football at some point and be really successful." (On if Holmgren could be a sounding board for him if he joined the team). we had brought him in initially as a special teams player and he established himself as a really good defensive player. Bill Callahan was on the staff in New York and he had been a head coach and he was great. You can't coach his toughness. because it brought energy to the practice. every day in practice [he] worked. He's a wealth of knowledge. The team." (On if Holmgren seemed like he would take the offer to sit it on meetings and observe the team). He'd disguise stuff. Really. He's get Tom all fired up. That whole show ." (On what he talked about with Holmgren). You can't coach his instincts. They'd go back and forth. it's positive. He used to frustrate Tom (Brady) to no end.
You have to see how the fifth receiver fits into the special teams plan.' I said. things like that to . we ended up talking and now we're married. do you want to come out. There's good things going on and that's from everybody staying focused on the task at hand. Everything is tied into everything else." (On if the talk of a football czar is unsettling). I think that's a great thing." (On if he thinks Holmgren wants the job here). that have the same approach in terms of being focused on winning. I'm happy with the progress we've made. myself and Jules and him and Dallas. ‘Yeah. how the third running back versus the third tight end versus the second fullback."It's not unsettling at all. contract decisions. I sat next to her." (On if he feels like Holmgren is an ideal candidate). is made. We lived together in New England when we first got there. I'll go out."The first time we weren't together was when I went to New York as the head coach. That's what you want. You can't ask for a better situation. What I'm focused on and what I ask the players to be focused on is the task at hand. because you have to see the big picture."You have to talk to Mike about that. so I've known him for a long time. I'm really happy with the way the guys have been working. to get a group of people that are all focused on the same task.team. You only have so many resources between draft picks. In terms of where things are. how those things all fit. I mean offensively. just don't talk to my buddy's sister. You learn so much more about football than you do as a coordinator. We've improved in almost every offensive category. That's real progress from where we've been.' and he said. On the relocation weekend to Baltimore.' Which. That's what you strive for as a team. he has a wealth of knowledge. I think it was one of those meetings that was everybody getting to know each other and whatever decision is made. That's what you strive for organizationally. cutting guys. the last four games we've been the best team in the NFL in terms of not turning the ball over. ‘Hey. Like I said. claiming guys. he was part of that same group of 20-20's that were here. he was friends with Mark (Shapiro) and he was going out and he said. that's the best thing you can have."Like I said." (On his relationship with Scott Pioli). He's tough. He's responsible for that and I thank him for that." (On how his relationship ended up following the controversy in New England). ‘We're going to meet my buddy's sister and her girlfriends and look. Like I said. claiming position. He is demanding. It was just business. of course. Scott actually is responsible for me meeting Julie. money. 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. talented people that you can put in the building. I think he's another guy that just grinds and grinds and works. you can talk to any of the girls. I'm all for anybody that can come in and help us organizationally be more successful. It's the first time we've held two teams under 100 [rushing] yards in two years. being a head coach as long as he was. Every other year we were together. It just increases the intensity."I don't think there's a sense of it ever being a personal issue. The more smart people. the opponent at hand. all those things that you'd expect from someone who's achieved what he's achieved.
His goal is to win. but the philosophy that I think we all want is winning. you see how it affects you. There's going to be quick hitting plays. whether it's three weeks from now. It's Kansas City for us and that's the most important thing. the coaches 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." (On if there is any advantage to having a czar here before the end of the season). with drafting." (On if Holmgren's coaching philosophy would conflict with the type of players he is looking for). Whatever point it is. There's going to be misdirection. you have to see all of those things. I don't know if there's any title to that offensive system. is the best approach." (On if his coaching philosophy could mesh with Holmgren's). There are a lot of plays on tape. . However you get to that point."It's been close to a year since we played them. Tony (Grossi). guys that are competitive and selfless and guys that football's important to. I'm not sure what the best path is. Whether it's West Coast. I think sometimes as a coordinator or a position coach you get a little bit of tunnel vision. They're going to create levels. whether that's today. hard working guys. Bring in Brian Schottenheimer. whether it's him as a kickoff returner or him as a running back or even him as a receiver." (On what was challenging about facing a Holmgren-coached team). he's elusive. I think."I think often times you're labeled with family trees and philosophies and things like that. it's winning. I think that's universal."With Jamaal. He's got a wealth of experience. There's going to be multiple personnel groups. the key thing is to get the right person and move forward organizationally. demanding training camps. All those things are components of it that come into play. it's the right guy and it's trying to figure out the right guy for you." (On if he expects other candidates to interview). As a head coach. That's it. I don't think there's anything inconsistent about that philosophy. Sometimes you have to appreciate a player's value. That's what I want the guys to focus on. I think all coaches appreciate smart. Mike ran really physical." (On Jamaal Charles).improve the team. he's more the digit system offensively and that family tree and that was really positive. so I don't know what the best path is. I'd say there's a lot of challenging things about facing the West Coast offense. Taking the best things from each component of that and building your system. East Coast. whether it's levels on the outside. but whatever that is. which is outstanding. (Brian) Daboll brought. levels on the inside. Each decision affects the other decision. What I'm looking to do is coach the guys. tough. going back to Bill Callahan. Again."No. I'm really not looking to get that involved in the process."I haven't been involved in czar searches before."You know. but know he's not right for you. Again. Once you determine what's right for you then you determine the players that are right for you. I think the most important thing is to get the right person in place and to move forward.
That's going to be a challenge for us." Mangini press conf. it's either a 40 or 60-yarder on (Antonio) Cromartie. it might have been (Quentin) Jammer. but it was a pretty impressive catch that way.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-17-09 (Opening statement). more shifting than motioning from their (Kansas City's) offense. run the ball. I think. I thought that the way that we played against Pittsburgh. he can make a lot of people miss. use up the clock. He's one-on-one with the corner. which is pretty consistent with the defenses he (Clancy Pendergast) coached in Arizona as well. How are you doing? Yesterday's practice. It happens pretty quickly. but they do apply quite a bit of pressure. We would have been going to tie the game. offensively in terms of our third down conversion rate. we've made a lot of progress. continuing along the line that we've had with the communication. How are you guys doing? Good morning Alexis (Martin. This is a really good team on third down defensively. which will change the call from one thing to the other. whether it's a checkdown or screen. Reporter for a Day). coming back. You get him into space. I like the group of pass rushers they have. some of it comes from designed pressure. I'd say especially defensively. We did a nice job in the kicking game establishing field position. because there has been quite a bit of shifting. Each team that faces him is appreciating his ability to create plays in a couple different ways. Offensively.There's a great play where he catches. One of the things that I really liked against San Diego was down the way we were down. I know the sack numbers haven't been as high as probably they have hoped it to be. the way they rush. A lot of that. There are quite a few hits on the quarterback that don't translate into sacks. Browns Kids Club Jr. . Moving to third down. so getting a feel for that is something that we're going to have to continue to work on here today.17. I do think there are some things that have to be cleaned up. 12/17 12. catches a great. was it Cromartie. but it really was. runs a double move. That's a really important lesson against a very good team. What I really like about him is a lot of times the elusive backs aren't the most physical backs. and I know you've heard that word a ton of times here. being able to move the ball. They can make people miss."Good morning everybody. things like that. downing punts inside the 10. some of it comes from games and some of it comes from just sheer effort and intensity. where it was complementary football. 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. things like that. putting ourselves in a position to at least challenge there at the end of the game with the onside kick. I'm not sure if it was 40 or 60 [yards]. One thing they do really well though is when they do get to the quarterback they usually get the ball out. If we had gotten the two point conversion we wouldn't have been kicking the field goal there. He can also run through some tackles." (On what the team needs to do in the final games to prove it is making progress)"I've seen quite a bit of it.
it gets better. midway through the season. it was all linebackers in there." (On how long it takes for a team to learn what to do against an unknown player like Marcus Benard). David Bowens. You could look at some of that stuff. When you do that. 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. which was at the same time. I'm not sure what the right amount of tape would be for him. being able to take advantage of the opportunities. As you build up reps. our base defense didn't have nearly as many reps as our sub defense. as you build up a better understanding of how it all fits together. usually you make some significant jumps. What I'm looking for from Brady is the same type of operation that he's had and when we do get the opportunities. you'd like to be able to run the same defense." (On how he accounts for the improvements in the run defense). different people doing it. Even though you're playing it and it looks like it's supposed to look. when you can play the scheme with all 11 parts sitting in the right spots. 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. one of those groups may get bumped up. A lot of that stuff is packaged-based. The weather's going to be the same for both quarterbacks. how each piece works together. You install the defense and there's a way to play it. The next time it's Kam. Even with Pittsburgh. He played in the preseason.' One time it's Marcus. It started to clear up for a lot of guys. but that was just because of their approach and the packages that we played against it. in terms of his percentage of play time. the coordinated pass rush. The next time it's Roth. they were all working in different spots at different times. I wasn't really looking at it in terms of that. it's not really operating like it's supposed to operate. because it started to hit for a lot of guys."He played quite a bit against Pittsburgh. I've liked the steps forward that we've taken offensively and I want to see more of that. You really have to work off the tape that you have. with what happened in '06 in New York. Marcus is going to be on our offensive right side and he's going to use these few pass rushing moves. exactly how you have to fit. Again. Chansi (Stuckey) may be in one package or (Mike) Furrey and Brian may be in a different package. We improved significantly in New York after the bye." (On if he is looking to see what Brady Quinn can do in a game without poor weather conditions). may get more reps. Ideally. but it's different bodies." (On if he was tempted to play Brian Robiskie more against Pittsburgh after his performance against San Diego). The other thing. ‘Okay."I'm not sure what we're going to get in Kansas City. I'm not sure what the right volume is.Defensively as well. so that you can't count on. but just switch whose role is whose. Tony (Grossi)." . He played a little bit against Detroit."It's pretty consistent. They may all be doing the same thing from a concept standpoint. whether it was Marcus or Kam (Kamerion Wimbley) or Matt (Roth)."That's a good question. so a guy like (Ahtyba) Rubin didn't have a significant number of reps in the game. If one thing's working maybe better than you expected or not working as well as you expected.
I think that he's played well at different points throughout the course of the year as well. He has a nice base. big men. it's much more one-gap than it is two-gap. I remember with Mike DeVito."I think that his reactions were so quick that he would sometimes get to the point of attack before the rest of the defense had gotten there. his rookie year. but there were times where he was like that. I'm not sure what he weighs.(On how Ahtyba Rubin has played in place of Shaun Rogers). When you look at the things that we've been able to do. The protection has improved. 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. good hands. we've moved the ball a lot more effectively. San Diego and Kansas City are 3-4 teams. He's really thick. it really broke for him and he was so much better at playing those things. He'd get beat on some stuff that he had seen a ton of times and then the next year he came back. Even though he was reading the play the correct way. but he's pretty thick. Just look at the jump in those two categories. those are big. It gives you more chances. there's not a lot of Shaun's. Even though Pittsburgh. we've score more points. It's trying to maximize our strengths. Compared to Shaun. Ted Washington. it gives you more plays. It's game plan specific. There's not a wide range of blocks that you're going to get as a 3-4 nose tackle. I wouldn't say it was just all the time. we've held the ball longer. I think that's what it's come down to. it was at different tempos. It was nice to see him go in and play as well as he did. They're penetrators. Our ability to convert on third down. his feel for what's coming and anticipating those things has gotten a lot better."I think the execution has improved. I think the biggest thing is we've executed better. He has good hand placement. where this is more of a read and react and there's patience. [he was] similar to Rubin in the sense that he played with a good base. I was looking for that to continue to improve and I think he has throughout the season. not turning the ball over. I see Rubin. Him." (On if Rubin has surprised him since he does not look like a space-eater type of player). so a crease would open up that wouldn't typically be there. was strong. 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."He's pretty thick. It gives you extra drives. There hasn't been a fundamental shift in how we approach our opponent. The two-gap is different than what most teams play. As we've improved in those two areas. as the season's gone on. That happened on occasion. that's huge." ." (On if the play calling has improved over the last four games). but he couldn't put together how the back played into the blocking schemes. He just has great instincts and speed for that size." (On if Rogers was sometimes too quick for his own good in the run scheme)."I think he's made strides throughout the season. Kris Jenkins. He's improved throughout the course of the season in reading the core blocks." (On Corey Williams' development). Those were two areas that we've struggled with. It gives you field position. It's been the same approach."He's played really well. it's hard to make that comparison.
the first layer reports. I'm not really doing it here. All the different staffs are doing that now.(On if the no huddle offense has been the key to the offense's improvement). if we had held on to more balls that we ended up turning over. how does it affect the plan. whether we brought them in or claimed them off waivers or signed them from the practice squad. as it did in the Jets. but I can tell you I really like Josh." . I think it does create problems. you've seen we've brought in quite a few players. Usually it means that you're doing a good job in base if they shift to a different personnel group."What we're doing is really taking the same approach. They were in last week. As you go through the season there's a lot of things that still have to get done. I think that even when we weren't running it if we had caught more of the balls there were catchable. not just as a player."I've always been a fan of the no huddle. I always like to start that after the season. I think we've really made some strides there. his sacrifice. that wasn't something that I would do towards the end of the year."I didn't do it there. I'm sure the addition of a general manager or whatever that title becomes. those types of things. We're operating in that same pattern. They had their preliminary meetings. as a person. I think the production there would have been significantly better as well. I really do. It's all follows the same pattern. He is selfless." (On if he does any work on college players now). looking at things long term. not necessarily. I do think that has helped."Throughout the course of the season. It just wasn't. That's following the consistent pattern here."No." (On if he has to wait for the front office to be established before he can negotiate any deals). I really like Josh. You get the reports."I didn't really do that. how does it affect the salary cap. The scouts are doing a great job."I don't have the timeline. because we were holding up well." (On if he was looking at any personnel acquisition for the following year at this time of year when he was with the Jets). I think if we were getting gashed we probably wouldn't have seen as much 11 personnel. his dedication. It's pretty consistent around the league. as a part of the organization." (On Joshua Cribbs saying he is optimistic about getting a new contract before the season is over)." (On if he has to wait until the front office is worked out to negotiate a long term deal). is looking at things short term. very effective because there's so much happening from a coaching perspective." (On if the success of the sub defense against Pittsburgh alters the way he looks at the run defense). still have to be looked at in the same context of how does it affect now. still have to be addressed. In terms of exposure to college players or potential free agents. I didn't think. that's going to be an important component of all the things that we do moving forward. I think we've run it well and it's not easy to do. whatever the case may be. It shifted the other way.
(Jerome Harrison) then he'll get some more carries. I think he's been outstanding. coaching a lot of different guys. and then we evaluate it during the game to see who's being more effective. when I face a big receiver. If it leans more towards Chris (Jennings) then he'll get some more carries. ‘Joe Thomas didn't get his block."I don't think it's hard to evaluate him. There are certain styles of receivers that you face. There's a little bit of communication with that yesterday and I think we'll have that taken care of here this morning. especially at this point. I think he's got really good instincts and ball skills. In last week's case Josh (Cribbs) got some more carries." . usually the better it is. 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. Offensively. With an offensive lineman."There's a plan going into the game. 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. They do a couple things just a little bit different than what we've seen on third down. Eric's a very smart person. the less you're mentioning him." (On if he knew how he was going to split reps at running back going into the Pittsburgh game). we have a few things we need to clean up from yesterday with the third down approach. when I've got half field help. I thought that overall the execution was better than Wednesday. What I can tell you about Eric is. Very few times you look out and say. 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. I think he's very fluid. that he's going to face multiple times.' or ‘Joe Thomas was beaten on that play'.18." (On how close Eric Wright is to being a Pro Bowl cornerback). Today.C. I think he does an excellent job. I think he's very good in pass coverage."Good morning everybody. as well as being gifted athletically and physically. really understand the player that he's playing against and apply those things. If it leans more towards J. which types of runs are being more effective. 12/18 12. We just have to be able to recognize it defensively and make sure that we have the right check for what they are doing. I like the approach throughout the course of the week and look to finish the week strong. He's got a young career. when I face a shorter quicker guy. That's something that he and I have talked about. I think Joe is really good. There are certain guys that you face. I think he's got excellent feet. I think this week he'll have his hands full as well with Tamba Hali. He's just going to get better and better. I think the one area that he can continue to improve is run support and tackling." Mangini press conf. As someone from a coverage aspect.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.(On if it is tough to evaluate Joe Thomas' season given the team's record). He has the ability to really understand the scheme.
(On if he would go into a game saying Player X is going to get most of the carries. so that every time he is in they can't check the defense. that wouldn't be a bad thing. [We will] really have to see today and it will probably come down to a game-time decision with him. caught a pass."It's more. That's where the numbers part of it comes in. when he is in the Wildcat you gain an extra blocker. I'd say it depends how many special teams plays there are. there is always a threat. but a full game would be about 65. If it's hitting like you expect to hit then you'll stay with it."I think he's improved. We've faced a lot of good running backs throughout the season and you have different things to deal with those guys. Even if he is not getting the ball. There's the threat of him on the reverse. you could still return like he has been. anytime he is in there. the quarterback becomes a runner and you gain extra players. Now.' You put those out there." ." (On Robaire Smith). He's just in a spot that is very demanding. knowing that plan could change). How many snap do you want to use him as a receiver? That would affect it. made a tackle and ran the ball. that can vary on how demanding the position is or the focus of the position. Someone has to cover the quarterback. as a defensive coordinator. somewhere around 65 plays on average. having him there and having him there in a capacity where he can actually run a standard play is important. That dictates some of the coverage as well. It's hard to say." (On how much Cribbs could carry the ball and still be effective on special teams). He really did what you said."I don't know if there is a set number. you may transition into something a little further down the list. He is on the coverage teams as well. whether it's the fullback and a guy that would be in a tailback position. How many returns does he have? How many kickoff returns? How many punt returns? Those things affect it. Most people play." (On where he feels like a guy like Cribbs could be most effective. ‘These are the packages that we like. if he is in a different spot than say the Wildcat position. The other nice thing about Josh is. if they play a full game. If not. because those plays are going to be traditional type plays. To have him in a standard offensive set as a running back. One of the nice things about Josh is. You have to take that in account. He is going to be involved in a lot of physical plays on the coverage plays. because that number can vary each game. He is going to take a lot of hits between the kickoff returns and the punt returns. You run through the plays that you like and see how it's going. You want to be able to put your normal offense out there and run those plays. you can now run your standard defenses. If they do start checking it then the plays that you have designed based on your normal offense should be very effective against it. because you know what they are going to be in. either running the ball 12 times and catching a few passes or in the return game)."I think if you are carrying the ball 12 times a game and catching a few passes." (On what putting Cribbs solely at running back would do to a defensive coordinator)."I think. That's a pretty effective game. I thought that he was very effective last week. He returned the ball. There's the threat of him on the catch-and-run.
so you have to know both spots. is through the course of the season always have the ability to dictate the coverage. His dad is an outstanding evaluator." (On his relationship with Todd Haley and if they are facing similar situations with their teams this year). worked some different guys in at the slot or the guy who covers the inside receiver in sub. be able to take people and say. Ideally."What you'd like to do. it's right and left."Todd. It doesn't seem like that big of a deal. 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. ‘Okay you are the right corner. He's bright. you saw Robaire. it's not strong and free. ‘He's the best to cover him. it could be the left. during training camp. then you would move Kamerion over there to that spot. He had that experience growing up around football and with Dick Haley. where I was the offensive assistant and he was the defensive assistant. Then. it was the flip of the relationship that I had with Schwartzy (Jim Schwartz). go over to the left hand side.' Defensively. 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. ‘Go play nose. He's the best to cover him. ‘Alright. In order to do that. Our approach has always been. I was the defensive assistant. it could be a walk around type person. He has been for a long time. Really. He was making the transition into football at that point. push the coverage wherever you want to push it to. He's a funny guy. You end up spending a lot of time with him. today you are on the right. but he understands his problems may be a little different than the problems that I'm facing. when Kenyon (Coleman) got hurt. we've known each other starting in '97 when we worked in New York. ‘Okay. Corey (Williams) playing some at the nose. It's sort of like a team within a team. The volume of runs you get on the left are different. The configuration of the secondary will be game-togame. maybe a little different than . He was the offensive assistant. He really has a good sense of humor.' and then they get all their reps as the right corner. this is where the biggest problem is. If Kam (Kamerion Wimbley) is best on a certain guy.' It's like you get 10 that week and that's hard. Kamerion has to have the ability to move to those three spots. It was nice. It is a similar situation.(On if he is still trying to settle the secondary). That helps because you don't know how you are going to move them around."I think it's going to stay game-to-game throughout the rest of the season. This is his first time around. It could be the right. Same thing with the d-line. Jeff (Schudel). We've had different combinations at safety. It wasn't too big for him.' From a safety. He's worked there throughout the course of the year. 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. That's why I never liked.'" (On if he is trying to matchup the secondary to the players the opponent has). that's what you have throughout the course of the season is the flexibility to say. you always want to [have that] and really offensively too. He has to have those reps. play there and be effective. but the types of blocks that you get on the left are different. He's looking to make progress each week. He's tough and demanding. saying. 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.000 different things. otherwise you get 10-12 games into the season and say. You have to handle 8. so you can do that. there was no intimidation.
things that were done both with a short term vision and a long term vision. Any aspect of the organization. He's a good dude. operations. I think I could sit down with anybody at any point and go through step-by-step decisions that were made. It's not always easy. I read somewhere the other day. but you're encouraged by the things you do make improvement with." (On if he has started to put together a wish list of offseason needs). There have been a lot of really talented coaches that haven't had good seasons. draft. I think he'll be ready to go and he'll be effective.' I thought that was a great quote. medical. Someone threw it on my desk and I thought. When you share an experience like that. depending on how you finish. You can't fix all the different things that need to be fixed right away. PR. At the end of the season. have it hot and have it ready. not at all. how appropriate.what Schwartzy's or any of the first year head coaches. He has a big family."No. I think he should be fine. I spent more time with him than probably anybody else. you could be harsher than you should be or you could be not as objective as you should be. You don't want to make emotional decisions or quick decisions. it's a bond you have for a long time." (On if he has prepared a selling kit to present to whoever becomes the general manager). It's not really fair to getting the right answer. I won't spend any time putting together a selling kit."I don't like to do that until the end of the season because you want to be able to take a little bit of time and move away from things and then come back and evaluate it. I'm sure there were things that he couldn't wait to have a break from at the end of the season and the same with me."I really do believe that anybody with a wealth of experience. especially if they've had coaching experience. It's not like that. Kenyon really hasn't missed too many games over his career. understands the different components that go into it."I don't know why that is." (On if there was anything that drove him nuts about Haley). salary cap. free agency. This is a little bit of new ground for him. look at it critically and really assess where you are. ‘Rome wasn't built in a day." (On if Kenyon Coleman will be able to play this weekend).' That's the way it is. I really have been part of both those situations and it's not the right way. player acquisition. You kind of want to put it in the microwave."Yes." (On if he wants the new general manager to step back and evaluate his work as a whole before making any decisions)."What did he say on the conference call? Did he draw first blood? (joking) I loved everything about him. It's like any other relationship. We've talked a few times during the season about different issues or questions. How rational and insightful. You just learn to appreciate each other. Why is that guys? Why are you talking about it? (joking) I don't know. 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. ‘Wow. That sometimes happens and you have to look at it in a lot of different ." (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). department by department. I feel pretty good about us doing it without over pointing it.
"I don't want to get into that component of it. I feel good about the things that I've done in that role and there's a body of work there. what the speculation is. Some do. if you've been a part of different teams." (On why national writers are saying he would no longer be with the team if Mike Holmgren was hired). That's what I believe in. too. he'd go. I mean it's so obvious and it's so deserved. at all. Going through that in different places as an assistant." (On if he wants Holmgren to take the job). Being in Cleveland as a younger coach and being here now. but now I get it. different players. It's kind of like become a parent. but when the lens softens and you look at the other situations involved. you get different perspectives on it. Anybody that comes in can evaluate that. ‘God. I feel really good about the things that I've done in this role. ‘Oh my God. It's a good part of the process. different experiences. because you learn and you experience things. I'm not kind of doing the score card of different opinions. That's what they deserve. I've been a head coach for four years now [at] different places. whether it's at the owner's meetings or prior to us playing them last year. He's a good guy.'" (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). whether it be DBs or a coordinator. that can be part of giving the city of Cleveland what they deserve. whatever it is. What I will say is. They want a team that works.ways. With Mike. backing. I know as a head coach. Each situation is different. I understand exactly why Bill (Parcells) and Bill (Belichick) did this. You make decisions as you go and you continue to improve and progress. that's the only evaluation that you make." . I wouldn't characterize it as different."I don't really look at that.' Sometimes when you look at the world through your lens. That never made sense to me. Bill Parcells. Has it always produced the results that you wanted? No. They always chuckle when you call them. If you've built different teams. There are stories that come out that often times have no merit. when I first got the job there were times where I'd sit in that seat going. ‘Oh. facts. he and I have talked at different points. ‘I get it. I can't believe I just said that. the passion hasn't changed and what they deserve hasn't changed. it's not all it's cracked up to be is it Eric?' ‘Yeah Bill. Jeff (Schudel).' It just changes." (On if he thinks his fate is tied to these last three games). My job is to give that to them and not just one year. because the goal is to win every game."I really think it depends on the person and the experiences that they've had. it's different. cares and is passionate and fights and is smart. which is a consistent winner year in and year out and a team that they can be proud of on the field and off the field."I'm not really look at it that way. I want someone to come here that can help us improve.' I call those guys up sometimes and be like. I imagine they'd look at things as a big picture type philosophy. but every year. I completely understand why you did what you did. I complained about this. I'm sorry. you've experienced a lot of things as well. I say some things that my dad says or my mom used to say and it's like. The conversation wasn't any different than those other times.
Whether it's the nickel.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-22-09 (Opening statement). It's not fair for anybody in that group to do it because there have been so many positive things. It doesn't change the guys in the room. you could move backwards. some where he may be the second guy. Lawrence Vickers was outstanding. "The other news that we have is we had to put Brady Quinn on injured reserve this morning. It was a really group effort. the dime or the base or the other variations we have. Our practice player of the week was Coye Francies." Mangini press conf. coming a yard away from the team record. Once you take a step back. That'll continue to happen as long as we take the lessons that we've learned and apply them to the next week. He sustained an injury on the quarterback keep there late in the game and just won't be able to play again this season."With the d-line." (On if he is disappointed with the timing of the meeting with Holmgren)."You face different things that could potentially be distractions and we've faced a bunch throughout the course of the year. especially for a guy his size and he did it throughout the game. it's a lot of the same approach. there are all those packages. Last week. [There are] some where he may be the first guy. players of the game this week. We'll take the same approach this week. I thought that Joe Thomas and (Eric) Steinbach and some of their double teams and Rex (Hadnot). It's not fair to the coaches. The receivers down the field.(On if there is any urgency to get Corey Williams more reps). (Derek Anderson) will start this week. It's not fair to the players. D. Defensive player of the week was (Ahtyba) Rubin. It'll also be based on what we're getting and what's being effective for us. gave them all game balls as well. Just watching the tape again showing it to them this morning. They all got game balls for that. Jerome (Harrison) got that honor and also gave game balls to really the whole offensive group. I thought was excellent."Good morning everybody. there's some great blocks. (Joshua) Cribbs was the special teams player of the week. Last game we had a different package with all linebackers and defensive backs. the core blocks. What I liked most about what he did during the game is he played the blocks really well. just announcements from the game.A. 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. the same thing. It doesn't change the coaching staff. I did the same thing with the return team. but some of the hustle plays that he made down the line of scrimmage. I mean those guys were really impressive. How are you doing? A couple things. with . it's just what we thought would be effective. 12/22 12. That wasn't a function of a lack of faith in the defensive line. the amount of sub personnel that they played with really dictated what we played with and the numbers got changed a little bit.22. probably hard to figure out who the offensive player of the game was.
The young kid (Louis) Murphy has a couple really big plays." (On what happened on the play Quinn got injured). I think they've gotten better as the year's gone on. and he hurt us last year when we played them. (Justin) Fargas. "On special teams. I think the longest punt return against them is 23 yards. you have really. Dealing with this tight end (Zach Miller). physical. penetrating group. They don't give you many chances to get much done in the return game."A foot. coming back late in the game. but it's back there. The way they won them." (On what Quinn's injury is). They have three good backs. I don't know where field goal range is with him. The thing just flies off his foot. 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. He can block. he wouldn't be able to play this week.Brett (Ratliff) as the two and Cribbs will be the three. "In terms of Oakland. They've been generating a lot of pressure on the quarterback. they built Philadelphia earlier in the year. go for negative yards. They've had a lot of changes. I think it's over 10 percent of their plays. "Defensively. which has helped them quite a bit. Like I said. looking at this team I've seen them do a lot of good things as the season's gone on."Don't know that yet. Looking at it. I think. so they've played some good football. good run after the catch. Offensively. they've been outstanding. offensive lineman. they have a little bit style of running game than what we've faced here recently. (Darren) McFadden. To be able to put different people in there and still move the ball against some good defenses. so we'll get him a few reps working at quarterback. Cincinnati was kind of the same thing and then getting a turnover late on special teams. they all can hurt you. He had a great catch against Pittsburgh on the sideline to get a first down. They've won three out of the last five against three pretty good teams. They've generated some big plays. (Sebastian) Janikowski can hit from forever. but the things that they're doing from a scheme perspective have been sound. making plays. arguably the best tandem in terms of punter and kicker. On third down. there are some things that we have to adjust to in terms of the style with which they run the football. We have our work cut out for us there. They're 10th or 11th in red zone defense. Really. I think says it all. Denver scoring with 39 seconds left. They're 15th in sacks. I think that they've had a lot of uncertainty at quarterback. whether it's (Michael) Bush. he can catch and he's dangerous in the passing game." . he has excellent hands. As I said. it's going to take a little while. These guys are a big. We signed Scott Kooistra. especially in these close games. a lot of injuries there. wouldn't be able to play next week. what we'll have to deal with is a penetrating defense. there's some really outstanding catches late to sustain that drive."He just got injured on that run that he had." (On if Quinn will need surgery). He's a true tight end. [In their game against] Pittsburgh. the rushing plays that they face. the quarterback keep late in the game on the sideline. is the most impressive thing.
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. The angle that you have." (On which foot Quinn injured). late [in the game].(On if someone stepped on Quinn or if he turned wrong). We made a pretty radical transition going to all no huddle. His ability to do that as well as he did helped us. I think the no huddle helped him quite a bit. but I think that's been positive for us. It doesn't seem like that's a big deal. he's been working on it."That's something really I go back and look at after 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." (On how he would assess Quinn's season). I'm not saying that's the only reason.A." (On if they will be able to run the no huddle with Anderson)."It was only one more play I think." (On if Quinn has shown enough to be considered as the quarterback of the future)"I think he's done a lot of good things. we call it a bubble screen. 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."I think it's positive. We've had a few moving parts throughout the season. because you have the play called and sometimes it's not going to be very good and they have their forces massed at a place where it's not going to be successful. I remember looking and thinking. this isn't going to be very good. We'll just see where we are."I think it's the right. I really do. offensively." (On if he was injured on the quarterback sneak for 13 yards)."No. One or two more plays. We've improved in quite a few categories. I thought that he improved with that throughout the course of the season. I expect the same thing from D. They had a lot of people in the box. I didn't know if you guys remember. got it out to him. guys stepping in and they've responded well. That was one of those plays that wasn't called. To understand where you can then attack them is important. He's been positive throughout the process."Yes. we got the first down." . the bootleg." (On Quinn being able to finish the game at Kansas City). Those types of things are the types of things that you're looking for. I thought that operated very effectively and got better as we went and it helped us quite a bit. ‘Oh man. where (Chansi) Stuckey kind of bowed out. (Mike) Brown was right there on the edge. I think that over the course of time we've gotten better as a group. Even the ball handling on the one that he kept. defensively. Brady saw it." (On Derek Anderson's state of mind). just like Brady was. He worked on it during training camp. I'm comfortable that he'll be able to go out and do it effectively."It's hard to tell on the film. it's hard to see exactly what it is. Last game. but that was the difference between the play working or it getting blown up.
The play right after the catch on the sideline I think is another example to point at. the one that hit our young linebacker in the chest could have been an easy one. and so would I. A guy like Kurt Warner. being able to run it over. I think they'll both continue to develop. were the turnovers. I thought Chansi. get the snap off quickly." (On if 13 starts in three years is a fair number to judge a quarterback by)"Everybody has a different opinion on that. or maybe he had a little bit of burn late one year against Miami. one of those games that we had in New England. last game. The games have changed for us. (Matt) Cassel hadn't thrown a ball. I don't know what the exact number is for that." (On his reaction to Mike Holmgren joining the Browns as club President).(On how much of a concern Quinn's passing numbers are). They've come on."It's the same as we've talked about before. It's critical. I mean. in terms of winning on a . don't get an opportunity. really has a wealthy of knowledge. I think that's a pretty unique performance by any stretch. I think Evan Moore has been a really pleasant surprise and good pickup for us. I think the thing that you see is hits different for different guys. not give Kansas City the chance to challenge. I really like the catch he had on the sideline."I think that's something that we definitely have to improve on.000 snaps. the games have changed. suddenly get an opportunity and play really well. Not sure whether it [the catch] was in or not. We need to see how that growth continues and always need to look for opportunities to improve." (On if Quinn can be fairly judged based on the parts around him). what is it. We gave one away last game. take-away ratio. Our give-away. we didn't really have a lot of depth at receiver and that was something that we had to address in the draft." (On if he feels comfortable with the receiving corps right now). we obviously need to generate a lot more defensively than we have. It was positive that we were able to do that."I think that you have to look at what the situation is and put it in a context. It's a combination of those two. (Doug) Flutie was up in Canada. You guys probably remember the one early against Baltimore and that looked a lot different. The experiences that he's had. protecting the ball. You see some guys that bounce around. taking two young guys as early as we did."I think we'll look at that. I've heard. 1. him being able to go up. like you would do any other position. There have been some good things. We're not going to have the running game production that we had last week very often. It was a lot less effective. he was in the arena league for a while and suddenly gets a chance and lights it up. We've called that a couple times throughout the course of the season. They've shown different things at different times. To be able to bring somebody in of his stature. I think adding Chansi helped. We've done a good job of protecting the football and that's critical. so I think he'll be able to shed some like on this as well. When we've stopped turning over the ball. That was a real need position. like we'll look at any other position. had another solid game with five catches. Going into this season. The other thing that I know he'd like to have back from last game. I don't know. There are some positives. at Brady's progress and the offense's progress. I don't know at what point it really hits. I think the positive is we have a guy that really understands quarterbacks coming in to help out.
I haven't focused on that. won't focus on it next week. is getting ready for Oakland. the receiving corps. There are always variables to every equation. anytime you can add someone that's really smart and has a wealth of knowledge." (On how switching offensive systems can affect a quarterback's development)"Again. There have been some good things and some things that haven't been as good." (On if he had any contact with Holmgren over the past week)." (On if it is good to hear Holmgren say that he likes to give everyone a chance to prove themselves). it's a pretty good situation. We were 5-11 in New England with Bill (Belichick). I won't focus on that. What you're trying to look for are what are the constants."I haven't talked about that. You feel those constants are strong enough that as you change the variables and improve the variables. there are always the variables."We didn't talk about that. Last night was when it moved forward and we were pretty deep into game planning and it was pretty late when we found out. he's switching systems.consistent basis. I think that's outstanding. that wasn't the focus of our conversation. that's going to improve as well. Like I said. I think if you've coached and you've been a head coach you understand the different things that go into any season. We'll see how that goes. The timeline and things like that. That's really a discussion for after the season. it's tough to say. the protection. it takes time as well." (On if it would be easier to switch systems when you have been playing as long as Warner). the opportunities."Nothing really had moved forward during that point. I'm trying to think of the system they run in New Orleans and how similar that was to San Diego. To be able to pinpoint and say there's one formula for evaluating any position. the system. Plus. I think Kurt Warner switched systems out in Arizona when the new staff came in and he was pretty effective. I know he'll be in here next week. All those things are variables that you look at. they were 4-12. With Cassel. I don't think it's an exact science by any stretch. I think that's great as well. I think anytime you make an adjustment like that. what factors are there regardless of all the variables. his last year in Seattle had a tough season. the strong offensive background that he has. What I'm going to continue to focus on is coaching the group and that's what the players are focusing on."Yes. You go through those things. I think it hits at different points. I'm just trying to draw parallels between quarterbacks. asses it and see how you want to move forward. Mike. the coaches as well. ." (On if Randy Lerner has given him any assurance that he will be given every opportunity to move forward with the team). I won't focus on it this week. The key thing is to look at what the situation was. Jeff Fisher was taking a lot of heat early on. I think that was kind of a switch [for Drew Brees]. I talked to Randy last night just about Mike and him coming to terms."Yes." (On if he knows when he will get clarity on the long term with Holmgren). He did a nice job turning that around. Different guys have switched systems at different points.
There are some serious variable as to who's going to play. You do that at times when it's a guy that you don't have a lot of familiarity with. We're going to have to look at what the consistencies have been in the scheme regardless of who the quarterback is and then be able to plug in the strengths and weaknesses of the quarterback based on the things we can anticipate are going to happen regardless of who's in there."I'm happy for these guys. They've worked tougher.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-24-09 . it's not keeping a score card as to what's important for job security. I feel comfortable with where we're headed and the progress we've made. It's not going to be a focal point. You could look at some of that as well. 12/24 12. the decision is."I don't think it's a certainty right now.24. That's not what I'm focused on." Mangini press conf. like I said before. I know what kind of staff we have. I know the different situations that we've faced." (On if he thinks winning the last two games is important to his job security). You do try to. I'm not trying to be flippant or anything like that. I'm proud of the way they're playing. the different things that we've been able to do. They've earned it."There wasn't a ton of tape so you're going to have to go back and research it some more. The only thing that's tough about that is."There's some of that. the last two games. We're going to have to look at the scheme. These guys have worked like crazy here. We've brought in new players and they've embraced those new players."I can't say this enough. They've worked hard. it's just I believe in the things that we've done. Just ask them. you don't know what they were being asked to do here versus what they're being asked to do there. They've supported each other." (On if he doesn't know what quarterback they will face this weekend). I'm very comfortable with the things that we've done and I know the things that we're building here. I believe in the progress we've made. I think there's still some uncertainty as to how that's going to unfold this week as well. Whether it was against San Diego. find something that is part of him regardless of what system he's in.Whatever the decision is. It's good stuff and it's good stuff for them." (On if he has looked at Frye's Browns tape to see his strengths). They deserve those things. again." (On how happy he is that the team is coming together). I want them to take advantage of the opportunities they have here this week and then the opportunity they have next week. It's not putting together a power point presentation or a resume or any of that stuff. they'll tell you." (On what he sees in Charlie Frye on tape).
if it doesn't work I don't think you are any worse off."I would think about. He'd be a dangerous returner if he got a pick."Yes. but he is studying other guys that play the position. I think there's real value in it. wake up with them as they're opening their presents or family that's in town. He is always working. that kind of talent with what Rob explained to be his work ethic. We will have a normal Saturday on Saturday. review of first. Shaun Ellis at tight end. That's another area of strength. We have quite a bit to do there. They have been able to hold teams to field goals instead of touchdowns.(Opening statement). Their third down. That's another reason that they've won the games they won. Brad Smith some at safety. not just studying receivers. If you can get reps from a guy on both sides. We just moved it up a day. you try them. He is always. he said he is really. 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. late in the game. Julie and I are not supposed to be exchanging gifts. their red zone are both areas that I've seen get better as the season has gone on. 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. it's hard to stop . That's an area of improvement. He is very aggressive. If it works great. He has good ball skills in terms of his ability to locate the ball. How are we doing? Today we will finish off our week of preparation and the guys will be off tomorrow for Christmas. We've done it with a lot of different guys. pluck the ball. goal line." (On if his holiday shopping is done). When you combine that kind of athletic ability. I don't think it's going to happen short term."I did. really smart and committed to being the best player at his position. it could be something that evolves."Good morning everybody. why not use that? It takes a special guy to be able to do that because there is a volume of information. I've always taken this mindset with players. Wallace Wright. second and third down. often time in high school they play everything. He is a physical tackler. It is a different way of looking at things. She pulls the same trick every year. Today. What Rob liked so much about him is. it's great." (On Nnamdi Asomugha). I don't think we've missed anything in terms of our preparation. Even in New York I worked Jerricho Cotchery a little bit at corner at one point. It's nice to allow the guys a chance to spend some time with their kids. I'll put the boys' names on it and it will be from them. however they choose to celebrate it. He'd be great with interceptions. I think that Oakland's done a really nice job defensively in the red zone. I think at the end of the day they are football players and if they have that skill set and can handle the load. we'll follow a normal Friday schedule so it will be the red zone. She's not getting me with that trick again. The other nice thing is it builds flexibility. but I got her some anyways because I know she will. They have been able to score in the red zone at critical times.' She got me the first time and that's not good. I've used this schedule quite a bit over the years." (On if Cribbs has a defensive player's mindset)."I talked to Rob (Ryan) a lot about him. ‘We are not going to do anything." (On how serious Joshua Cribbs was considered to be used on defense and if it's still something to think about).
The early part of the season."I think you look over there. he did. I thought he did a really good job playing that position when we asked him to. He's a really good person."You better run precise routes. Brian ran some ideas by him. He wanted to spend time with the older guys. you go into preseason games then the tempo changed dramatically when you go into the regular season. A lot of times when you look over there and the guy is not open then you look the other place." (On coaching Richard Seymour). He can throw people around. he's strong." (On if quarterbacks don't throw on Asomugha). there's more playing."Not sure. Wherever he could help." (On if John St. They don't make you pay with just a big hit or broken up pass." (On how the wide receivers have improved). guys like that make you pay with an interception. Corey (Williams) has made progress as well. Just routine. There are some things defensively that carry over from when he was there and there are a few things that are different. You think you've kind of gotten it figured out coming out of the preseason games. Just watching him from his rookie year to where he is now and how he developed and his commitment. everything is new ground. It's hard not to see the improvement and sometimes dominance that he has."He was great. In terms of talent. If you don't run your route correctly of if you telegraph your break points."I know he and Brian (Daboll) met about different things. Clair can play this week). but that's not even close to what happens once you get to the regular season games. they develop a routine. He is impressive. much more comfortable with the things they are being asked to do and there's less thinking. Like Baby (Shaun Rogers) does. everything is a feeling out process early on. He's made some outstanding catches and I hope that translates into the game. He hadn't played nose. take care of their body. Not that we're not looking for him to be crisp on everything. but you get with players like that and a little mistake could become a big mistake. That's important. the way that he can penetrate.the improvement. There are a couple guys battling colds here today so we'll see where they are at in terms of practice. You go through training camp. He wanted to figure out what they were doing and that from day one." . What's best in terms of the way they study the information. Seymour can do that as well. It usually translates into a turnover. Brian Robiskie's had a really good week of practice so far this week. He came in his first year and we used him a little bit at nose tackle." (On if anything changes for rookie receivers going against Asomugha)." (On if Rob Ryan helped out the offense this week)."I think they've all got a better sense of just how things work. It was important for him to get better. I think these guys have gotten much more comfortable with the offense. That's a little bit of a shock. He's got excellent first step quickness for a man that size. That's probably why he's become the player that he has become. There's not a lot of margin for error. we may be down a couple guys. He's made some progress. Maybe you don't there as long sometimes as would. I'm not sure with a few of them.
Sometimes it's just best to part ways."He is doing what I'm asking him to do and that's to remain consistent. that's what an edge is supposed to look like."Yes. There may be multiple reasons." (On Matt Roth). There really haven't been times where the clock is running down or we don't have guys lined up correctly or any of those things."I didn't get into that with Bill (Parcells) at all. He's done well this week too.(On if there have been less dropped passes at practice). I thought he did well there. Boom." (On why the Dolphins put Roth on waivers). It's coming up. He ran it in the early part of the season even though we weren't running it as much in the games. you don't just have to get lined up yourself. I think that we've improved there. You just make a decision and you move forward." (On how Derek Anderson has looked running the no huddle). I'm sure their criteria is the same as ours. most of that was no huddle. which I think is the toughest things that a person goes through from having their hand in the dirt to going back. the edge is set. the tackle is coming out and he just jolts him. As we identify different areas we want him to improve in. We were still practicing it at different periods. That's easy to happen in the game as well. thanks for asking (joking). It's good to watch. is recognizing all the different things that can happen. in the second half. 12/30 . 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. to really work at it." Mangini press conf. One of the areas was his ability to press the guards. it's getting the call from the coach. I am excited to have them there and look forward to seeing them there. Sometimes the most important catches at practice are the routine catches because they are easy to kind of lose your concentration. That would be the first word I would use to describe him. There may be understandable reasons. In the Pittsburgh game. I think it's been pretty seamless. making the adjustment. they thought it was the best thing at the time. It just stops."Our fans have been great throughout the course of the season. I definitely think there's been improvement across the board."He's looked good. I don't want to black cat it. Being an interior guy. It just happens. When he sets the edge. It's been loud. The guys seem to really enjoy having him here. I think he's done an excellent job in terms of fitting in with the group. Those have been translating into the game. recognizing the blocks." (On a possible blackout). giving it to the group." (On David Veikune). I had to watch it for all those years in New York when he was setting he edge on us. They've endured quite a bit of cold there when we played Pittsburgh. The block recognition. They are practicing at the tempo that they play at and making some catches that at times are difficult catches. you have to get everybody else lined up as well. The other thing that he's improved on is his communication. I think that's gotten better."Matt's been great. There were a couple plays against Kansas City last week. He's tough.
He is complemented by Torry Holt. You see the crispness of his routes. That shows up every game. I'd say the most impressive thing they do is punt coverage. That's a challenge and we've had that challenge throughout the course of the season from different teams.12. "Offensively. small isn't really fair. he's a good example of a guy. They are very disciplined. It's a little deceptive because they've forced 21. on special teams it was Nick Sorensen. so it was a really positive day all the way around from that perspective. They don't give up a lot of big plays in the passing game. They force you to go the long. "On special teams. which is a real testament to them. As you guys know Joe (Thomas) and Josh (Cribbs) made the Pro Bowl yesterday. They really lost three games by four or less points. our Players of the Game this week offensively were Alex Mack. When you look at this running back. A couple announcements from last game. I think with (Mike) Sims-Walker.2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-30-09 (Opening statement). not very tall. He's very deceptive. but they're working at it. in terms of Players of the Week. It's not necessarily the Pittsburgh-type situation where it's 50 percent pressure and you're dealing with it every down. defensively was Matt Roth. . he is small in the sense. He's deceptive like that. He can blow the game open at any point. Defensively. "In terms of Jacksonville. this is his third year. The first two years he had 16 catches. The amount of production he's had is pretty impressive. they have 10 fumbles recovered. They're 7-8. He runs excellent patterns. the amount that you have to deal with increases substantially as well. You look at the fumbles they've recovered. who I remember watching coming out of college. hard way.30. it really starts with the running game. I like to think that's the most important award that we give out. If you don't handle it. He has developed nicely this season. He's carried the ball 296 times. He's caught another 50 balls. similar to Ben (Roethlisberger) in the sense that he can extend plays with his feet. but he is well built. It always hasn't quite bounced their way. the look that we get is critical for the preparation in the game. They don't give up a lot of big plays in the running game. The most amount of yards they've given up in a game. where down the field they're getting the ball out. He's the second leading rusher. This year he has 61 catches and seven touchdowns. There's a ton of plays where guys have a chance to sack him and they fall of him or he makes them miss. There's going to be some game plan specific pressures. really good balance."Good morning everybody. they don't give up a lot of big plays. has become a big play threat for them. You see that on the tape. really good burst. They give up four yards per return. Those things change pretty dramatically and they can change quickly. number one in the NFL in penalties. With (David) Garrard. as I looked at this team. but there are things that are going to unique that we haven't seen. excellent center of gravity. because the show. Then he creates something down the field that wasn't open prior to him moving. vision. The other position I didn't mention was the practice player of the week and that was Thomas Brown. there are a lot of new players.
he's a great guy. You're counted on to get the ."It's so easy and natural to respond. They're both really conscientious. I talked to Richard after the game. so all those things combined. It's hard to have that poise to just take a step back and realize that. talked to him a little bit before the game. it's impressive. That's hard to do. but they don't put up any stats. I thought he did a really nice job getting things communicated. Louis and they did it to him."It reminds me a lot of Nick's (Mangold) first season. I don't know if he got caught up in the moment or what happened there. it'd be like watching a mirror image of the two guys. I had a player in New York who was like that. a game ball."They get their picture up. Rich." (On what the players get for earning Player of the Week). then you're going to get a lot more of it." (On if he anticipated Seymour trying to bait Mack during the game). 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. If I could cut the lap running." (On if the way Mack handled the confrontations with Richard Seymour factored into him winning the award). is 26 yards in one game punt return wise. intelligence. There's nothing tangible to look at and say. especially in the heat of the moment and if you're getting baited. ‘Okay. You can't give them anything outside of that." (On why Mack won Offensive Player of the Game). We were playing St. It has to be salary cap compliant. but he's a really good person and really good player. character. Once you know that. strength."I think it depends on the team and it depends on the player and it depends on what kind of player you are. Sometimes it's just that awareness that you are a target." (On if more extracurricular stuff goes on than people realize). Kind of like employee of the month. Louis at St. A guy can have a really impressive day."I thought he made a lot of outstanding blocks. that can help too. We'll have our work cut out for us there. [They have] excellent balance. well he got this many carries or this many receptions." (On the most impressive thing about Mack's season)."Not necessarily. you can't see what's going on here? You can't see what they're doing to you?' He got a lot better as the year went on. It's a really hard position to play and as a young guy. Often times the offensive line goes overlooked. There's nothing better than to know somebody's a hot head and then to be able to get them to hit you or get them to be worried about what you're saying instead of playing the coverage. It's a hard position to play. you get your picture up. I don't think it was something that we pointed out where he has a track record of doing that.' When we watched him collectively as a staff. the early snaps from New York that first year with Nick and with Alex. They get a little bit better parking. ‘If I can draw a penalty here it's going to be really good for us. If you've shown the tendency to react. He got a 15-yard penalty and it's like.cumulatively now. ‘Look.' I thought he showed excellent poise there. to go in and start 16 games like he has. getting to his blocks. [He had] some extra effort blocks that sprung some big runs.
" (On if there was a turning point that led to the current win streak). For him to come in and start 16 games like he has. because where we were picking you're not sure who's going to be there. winning the game there and then we went on that run of how many consecutive games leading up to the Super Bowl. or something like that. He's a lot more comfortable in his skin." (On if he sees Mack getting to where Mangold is now). but it was a function of a . it resonates when you talk about.000 mock drafts and you don't know how exactly it's going to come and whether or not there will be any trades."I think he has the potential to do that. I think it's a good thing to be able to point back to and talk about. I can see the potential for Alex to do a lot of the same things."Yes."You identify a range of guys.' 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. because I think there are probably a lot of things that Nick could help him with. That was probably when the transition took place. There are 8. I don't really want to highlight the differences between either guy. When you have a group of guys that share that experience. I think he'll continue to get better. I think he has the work ethic to do that. Nick was really diligent and Nick committed every offseason to getting stronger and bigger and more knowledgeable. I'll probably hook them up in the offseason and have them talk to each other. I think he's played really well. Nick's that type of guy that he would help without feeling like he was giving up some sort of competitive edge. He found good mentors. I don't know if you remember me talking just about where we were in New England. he had an excellent game as well. I think there are a lot of similarities.communication to both sides of the ball. We were playing San Diego and we stopped them on like fourth-and-one. There's a lot of responsibility. or how he approached the offseason. Tony (Grossi). but they are both really similar in the type of player that they are in terms of long term potential and growth and teammates and stuff like that." (On if he thinks wins at the end of a season can carry over to the next season)."It was probably his most complete game."I think it's something that you can draw on if you experience it. What I would say. I thought Kansas City. whether or not you'll have the ability to trade. to hear the change of the snap count. or a big third-and-one. ‘Remember when this happened. We ended up scoring. is there was a range of people and when we got to where we were I was pretty happy with getting him. I think he's played really well in some other games. but there are some subtle differences between the two. They had to punt to us. in his role."No. if you were a part of the group that did it. more playing than thinking. if you make a mistake the ball's on the ground." (On if the team aimed to get Mack during the draft). even if it's like the difference between your first year and your second year. which could change dramatically who you take. He's playing." (On if Oakland was Mack's best game)." (On if Mack and Mangold are similar players).
front office. The huge thing that we worked on with him was his hand placement. I'm all for. the offense wasn't able to compensate for that. I think most people point to that game. There are all of those different things that you saw." . It's more rope memory than it is conceptual memory. every meeting. It was the same thing in the building. He couldn't generate the power. It was a very different exposure for him. It's dramatic."In terms of a defining moment. I'm sure it was to shut me up."I didn't really have a set reaction to who made it or who didn't make it. He used to come with this really wide reach. 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. I haven't had to say it in weeks. I was really happy for Joe and Josh. It's fun to go to work. Fill the building with as many as you can." (On if he would be comfortable with Mike Holmgren's planned hierarchy with a general manager). I'm sure he was sick of hearing it. I don't know. There's been a lot of things that I thought were good. whether it was one good thing on special teams or it was one really good thing offensively or one really good thing defensively. He struggled with it early and then got it and was really outstanding later on. You drop a pass early. Now. when he goes and blocks it's consistently power angles and he worked at it. but that game to me was just when you finally sort of got over the hump. It's kind of the same thing with Bryan Thomas. Everybody working towards the same goal.' You can't control the voting. The amount of errors that he's made from a mental error perspective is dramatically different. I was on him every day. we change on Thursday. you get in a hole."Like I've said before. I think Kamerion Wimbley made a ton of progress from the beginning of the season with how he was approaching the game plans to where he is now. You can't control any of that stuff. He and I were talking at the Halloween party and he just was explaining to me how he's changed the way he studied. Sometimes it's even individual players. I think it's really paid off for him and I'm happy to see the way that his blocking has evolved. It's great to see. in terms of how they have to study. coaches. a spot here. I've been a part of it before. This guy didn't make it. a spot here. sometimes it was holding. it's a really good thing. but he worked at it and worked at it. He'll tell you. You see some guys where the light comes on. It's a good thing to be a part of. being able to put that out of your mind and come back and make the next play.lot of stuff leading up to that point. You get smart people looking to do the same thing. but it was a spot here. These questions always come each year. players." (On his reaction to Lawrence Vickers not making the Pro Bowl). but they weren't coming from all three phases or the defense was having a bad day. It's not the same as it was last week." (On if there has been anything this season like the point in New England to help the team turn the corner). committed to the same thing. we change on Friday. being able to dig out of the hole. His consistency in blocking has been really good. anybody that we can bring in that can help us. it's great. ‘This guy made it. because we change on Wednesday. I'm really proud of the way Lawrence has grown this season.
what value does that have? It comes soon enough. but you've been in different situations throughout your career where there's a ton of stuff happening externally."No. There's been some plans that I wish we had back. That's what I'm looking forward to. I think. I think that offensively. just look at the progress we've made there. because the future. 12/31 12."No. We've doubled our point total since the bye. Mike Furrey was named our Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee. all that stuff is in the future. there's been some really good plans. I think it's just more of a conversation between two people. Both him and his wife do a lot of work in the community. I don't think so. How are we doing? Just one announcement. It takes time and that's just how it works. I'm anxious for this week. I know this may seem hard to believe." (On if it has been hard to not think about Holmgren). They've been great in terms of not focusing on external things and really focusing on what's important. 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 .2009 Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 12-31-09 (Opening statement). You can't control that. I wouldn't have hired them if I didn't feel that way. Rob's (Ryan) an excellent coach. Some of the things that he's done off the field." (On if he is anxious to meet with Holmgren). It's not fair for me to be focused on something that's external. I need to focus on what's important. which is Jacksonville and making sure that I do the best job coaching these guys this week to get them ready to play.(On if he will have questions about how the team will operate in his meeting with Holmgren)." Mangini press conf. Everybody has a different way to do things. Every major category is up." (On his thoughts if he were asked to go in a different direction with his coordinators). I don't know if it's fortunate or unfortunate. That's always the most important thing.31. which I think is well deserved."Again. I'm anxious for the guys to have a good week of practice. Same thing defensively. These guys have worked hard and they've made a lot of progress."Good morning everybody." (On if he wishes Holmgren had been here to see how the team is run). One's not necessarily better than the other. I talked to him the other day and we'll sit down either Monday or Tuesday."I haven't really thought about the structure of the meeting or anything like that."I think everybody has a different approach to the way they do things. if you worry about it. but you can control the things in front of you. I'm anxious for us to go win the game. Brad's (Seely) an excellent coach. are special.
I told you guys yesterday that they are probably the best punt cover team that we've face throughout the year. I think it's well deserved. The other thing I was really excited about for him. It hits at different times for different guys. the key block against Kansas City really saved the touchdown on Josh's (Cribbs) second kickoff return. and you saw it last game. so hopefully that'll be something that he wins because I think it's great. It's going to be an important day for us in that area. He's a guy that I think has consistently improved since he's gotten here. things like that. That's huge progress and important. He understood what the route was. 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. "Today we'll move into third down. It hits a different times for different guys. but I've liked the way that he's worked. He has good speed." . we'll work on punt and punt return. There were a few hiccups here and there with really understanding the system. We'll have a lot to prepare for there. I thought overall it was good. I'm hoping. Jake (Allen) will probably get another opportunity here. You just look at Sims (Mike Sims-Walker). where to go."I'd say it's not looking good. We're going to have some challenges there. One year. On special teams today. that's pretty hard to do over 15 games. but I felt like he got a better feel for it.around Cleveland. they've (Jacksonville) done an excellent job throughout the season on third down. is he got a much better sense as the season went on for how to run routes. Tony (Grossi). A seventh round draft pick. 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 think that what I really liked." (On Brian Robiskie's status for the game). I think it was his first year. In terms of yesterday's practice. but not that optimistic. I thought he had a really excellent week of practice last week. I'd say the best example of that was the third down conversion that he made where he caught it underneath." (On how he would characterize Robiskie's rookie year). I think he'll continue to develop as a receiver and continue to develop in other areas as well. They have a lot of different ways they can convert. He has a good feel for running routes and I'm excited to see him get a chance to play. he turned it up right away and was able to get the first down. he had seven catches and nine drops. as well and that's been more and more the pattern for him and the season has gone on. I think that each guy develops differently in terms of production. the guy is in the league two years and has 16 catches and this year has 61 catches and seven touchdowns. Anytime the most amount of yards that you've given up on returns in 26. [David] Givens. Really offensively. 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. Instead of extending it and trying to run lateral. there's two tackles on special teams. but I've liked the progress he's made. I think that one of the areas that we've improved significantly in is third down defense. I feel like there are a few things that we need to just get ironed out on both sides of the ball. He was another guy that as he got going it really took off for him and he ended up having a nice career. It's year around for him.
that's where [David] Bowens has value too. most of the time the guy he's blocking is bigger than he is. Leon (Washington) was an undersized guy. which was important. I think he's done a nicer job of aggressively going up and fitting it with his hands and a good base." (On why Harrison has gotten better in blitz pickup). On that touchdown pass to Mohamed (Massaquoi) he really saves the play with his awareness and coming back in and getting the block that he gets. Asante Samuel. You'd like them all to be a certain height and weight. which now stalemates it or puts him in a lot better position to compensate for the usual size differential. He can play outside linebacker and now he's played inside linebacker. I think with a training camp under his belt. 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. weight. with a training camp under (Jason) Trusnik's belt. the ideal height and weight and speed and all those things. You have to look at playing speed versus timed speed. I think it was called Texas because everything's big in Texas. I think. but they don't always fit into that mold. He's improved the way that he's taken on the blocks. I've seen some big guys play small and a lot of small guys play big. I'm really pleased with the way that Jerome has developed this season as well. but it's key. You look at a guy like Wes Welker. He's played both spots. I had Aaron Glenn.(On how he would compare Jerome Harrison to Maurice Jones-Drew). It gets lost a little bit. What you do is you have the ideal. but then you also have to look at production." (On how much he pays attention to size if a player is not prototypical for his position). There are so many exceptions to the rules." (On if he would like Matt Roth at just one spot in the future). a real advantage by playing both inside and outside. Deion Branch was an undersized guy. An area that's gone underappreciated with him. It's like a goal line package. We had a package in New York. because of how much production he's had in the running game. however you want to slot him. I'd say. Both those guys have played really well. his production is through the roof and he's an undersized guy. If there's another inside guy you wanted to keep you could do the same thing."I'm not a huge fan of comparing. he's a little bit slighter than most corners. but yet you can run all . because it allows us to do things that maybe we weren't being as effective doing prior."It's hard. It's hard to say. he has done it for longer. Jason's had."I think he's improved his technique. you're going to absorb the blow and with him. you can get big on somebody in a hurry if you want to. I think your point is really important. There were multiple times. You have to really see over time how he continues to develop. If you had another outside linebacker you wanted to keep you move Trus to inside and play him there."I think he'll stay outside and play that type of role. 250 [pounds] and thumpers and you can bring them inside or outside. I had Ray Mickens. especially over the last four or five weeks where he's been impressive in that area. That gives you a lot of depth. Now when you get those guys that are 6'3". because he can make the roster in either spot. [There are] some small corners. height is probably what you want. because as they're coming in if you sit and are stationary. Really. you have two guys there that are both stout.
so you have to plan for all of it. good leverage. You run the same thing. Ideally what you want to get to is. I think one of the biggest things that we've done better is communicate and get to the right spots. but this time Bowens is the down lineman and Roth is the cover guy or Abe (Elam) is the underneath zone player and Brandon (McDonald) is back at safety. You better block him with somebody big because he's going to run over anything small in his way. it was we weren't in the right spot." (On if there has been anyone in particular that has made vast improvements in the secondary). know how to throw people.' and let the quarterback go back.' because you're just used to it because that's what we do. okay. He's just tough. this is what they're in. You have to kill him to stop him and good luck with that. At that point you're not running a pressure anymore. but you look at it on tape and you're like." (On how much time he has spent thinking about free agency and the upcoming CBA)." (On what makes Roth such a good pass rusher). start his route with certainty. There were very few times where we lined up and didn't have a size advantage in that grouping. ‘Okay. . I'm sure everybody's going through the same thing. You don't know what the landscape is. It's like."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. ‘Oh." (On when a decision on the CBA is supposed to be finalized). if they're not available." (On how hard the defensive assignments are for players to learn). This is where the soft spot is. I always like wrestlers because they have good base. They're walking around and that's what you want. You have your parallel plans. As guys have really understood what we're going. It makes sense to you. if they're not here. or we ran a pressure and we had two guys in the same gap. He was a wrestler in college and I think that helps."He's like a tank. You want that uncertainty there. Everybody talked through it. You don't want to give the offense any pre-snap information where they can say. This is what we're doing.the things that you want to run. the receiver. now it doesn't look like what we're doing anymore. you're just potentially giving up big plays. if this group is available. They're moving around. Today we probably gave out 14 pages of third down defense and nobody blinked. you have 11 guys and you can just keep moving them around."I think as a group we're tackling better. know how to use their hands."I'm not sure to tell you the truth. A lot of the production early it wasn't a function of them just beating us based on the throw or the catch. ‘Well who's the big? Who's the small? Who's coming?' You break tendencies without ever really having to break tendencies. 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."It's like the typical progression of how it's gone everywhere I've been. You just keep flipping who does what they're supposed to do and it doesn't make any sense. if they're here. That's gotten better overall. I think the disguise has helped too. Even the big guys are going to have a problem.
you're eating well. Red zone's been good."I think unfortunately you leave all that stuff to the offseason. When you look at the quarterback position or any of these positions. There's that comfort level of. quizzes. Time of possession is up. For me. I think. the amount of points given up is down significantly. Nothing changes my perspective as much as they do. all those things. You try to go the extreme the other way and make sure you get enough sleep. okay. you definitely can."I thought you were going to say overweight. 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. That happened in New York as well. [there were] too many 30's. Now. red zone. family and the future). Turnovers. you're exercising." (On if he can relate to what Urban Myers is dealing with). Defensively. Nobody bats an eye anymore. you're not going to evaluate it off of one game. you look at interceptions and fumbles. I was thinking. If you look at the first eight versus the last seven. it just puts things back into perspective. The last eight games. It's just what we do. You look at it as a progression and it looks a lot differently than if you look at it as a group of numbers. because of all the things that they're experiencing." (On if he thinks the offense and defense being ranked 32 are an accurate portrayal of the team right now). it's so dramatically different in almost every statistical category. but it's . The amount of sacks we have is up from. probably the whole staff' (joking). I think we scored 78 points in the first eight games and 149 in the last seven. Even New Year's." (On how he balances the stress of being overworked). probably last year. something like that. I'm not sure exactly what that is.You're not worried about it. where the first eight games. ‘Accurate. Jake smoked me three times in Wii Boxing the other night. that's down." (On if this is an important game for Derek Anderson or just another game). You work a ton of hours. The amount of sacks given up. ‘Oh my God. we were top ten in most things. You're going to look at the games that they played this year. any of that stuff. in terms of your health."I think it's an important game to all of us because it's out last opportunity to play this season. I don't even know what it is. It's an important game because it's our last one. he didn't tell me how to punch the first fight. When you first deal with that it's like. Stuff like that. the volume is down.' but now it's just what we do. throughout. where you get to experience Christmas again as a little kid. because they're not worried about any of that stuff. practice. we'll get it right between walk throughs. 12 to 16 or 12 to 19. Third down defensively the last three games has been about 25 percent. That's where the importance comes."Yes."I think it's accurate in the sense that that's what it is over 15 games. Same thing offensively. It's just so much fun to go spend time with them." (On how he balances the stress of being overworked and his health. I know we're all committed to keep moving forward. You can look at OTAs. the best stress relievers are the boys. You can look at training camp. You don't like to make a decision without looking at all of the different things that go into it. shifts and motions and new plays and game plan specific things.
Is it a smaller back 15? Is it 25? I've heard that whole thing. Jeff (Schudel).'" . ‘He can only have 15 touches a game and that's his limit. You want any back to be able to go through 16 games and handle the things he's being asked to do."Like I said.' I'm thinking."No. you want all those guys to stay healthy. Everybody's vested. I don't know what exact characteristics would have to be part of that formula. what's the right number of touches for a running back."I think that's still something that we're going to investigate."I don't want to end the old year on a bad note here. I think Tom Brady will probably be good in any system he runs or Peyton Manning. he'd be good in any system he runs."I don't know if there definitely has to be one formula for running an offense. Everybody's trying to find that edge to help the team be successful. ‘Well." (On how Anderson fits in the West Coast Offense)."] Give you a call? ‘Dear guys." (On what is physically wrong with Quinn's foot)." (On what happened to Quinn's foot). otherwise. what do we have. There are definitely all those issues involved. quite a few hours left to hash that out. why? Why is that the magic number? Why is 15 what he gets?' I don't know. It's a constant debate. I think it's traits. There hasn't been a conclusion there." (On if he has any New Year's resolutions)." (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). [Jeff Schudel: "Give us a call." (On if Brady Quinn was able to avoid surgery). bootleg-type offense. but I'm sure when I get home tonight I'll probably squeeze a couple in. You probably wouldn't want to put a stationary guy in like a move the pocket. No bus rides to Hartford. 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. None jump out right way. on that play it's hard to really tell what the thing was.not where near as much as when you lose. 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."Yes. but I don't want to get into that.