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Highlights from press conference with Browns coach Eric Mangini

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 27, 2010

Browns coach Eric Mangini met with reporters Monday afternoon. Here are some of the highlights from the press conference:


  • Mangini's positives from Sunday: The way the team started the game, no turnovers, blocking, the run defense against the Ravens, the performances of running back Peyton Hillis and quarterback Seneca Wallace.

  • Mangini's negatives from Sunday: Eight penalties for 60 yards, the defense didn't disrupt quarterback Joe Flacco enough and lackluster production from the kickoff and punt return teams.

  • Mangini said it's important to "understand the progress that we've made." Still, the team's mistakes need to be fixed, he said.

  • On third-and-2 with about four minutes left in the fourth quarter, Wallace threw a deep pass to wide receiver Josh Cribbs that fell incomplete. Wallace had other options for first down, but Wallace liked Cribbs' matchup downfield, Mangini said.

  • Mangini said he isn't aware of any illness or anything else that contributed to cornerback Eric Wright's poor performance Sunday. When asked if Wright is in jeopardy of losing his starting job, Mangini said, "No, no." He also said, "Cornerbacks need to have short memories." The Cincinnati Bengals are welcome to target Wright because he's going to be playing in Week 4, Mangini said.

  • Mangini on the running game clicking like it did late last season: "As you get more used to working with each other and it's coordinated and it's consistent ... it improves."

  • Linebacker D'Qwell Jackson was placed on injured reserve Saturday after his most recent pectoral injury didn't respond the right way, Mangini said. Jackson will need surgery at some point in the future, Mangini said.

  • Mangini said he doesn't know whether Wallace or Jake Delhomme (right ankle injury) will start against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 4.

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