Browns coach Eric Mangini met with reporters Monday afternoon. Here are some of the highlights from the press conference:
- Mangini said he liked the way his team ran the football, especially toward the end of the game. But the offense must score more touchdowns in the red zone instead of field goals.
- Mangini also said he liked the pressure the defense was able to generate. But the defense also allowed way too much in the passing game, Mangini said.
- When asked about rookie safety T.J. Ward's controversial hit on Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jordan Shipley, Mangini said he likes physical play, but his team must play within the framework of the rules. Ward's hit gave the Bengals a touchdown, so it was not a wise decision, Mangini said. "T.J.'s not a dirty guy," Mangini said. "He's a young guy. He's an inexperienced guy. But he's not a dirty guy." Mangini said he thinks Ward will be fined by the league.
- Quarterback Jake Delhomme should practice Wednesday, Mangini said.
- Mangini on his players' hard work paying off with a win: "It was really important to me because they really deserved to win. ... You want to see that rewarded, and it should be rewarded."
- Mangini on how his players reacted when the Bengals trimmed their deficit to three points: "I got the sense that guys were getting angry."
- Mangini on left guard Eric Steinbach telling running back Peyton Hillis to "bounce out" on his 24-yard run: "That's huge. And what's really important about that is what's being communicated is good information."
- On Sunday, linebacker Scott Fujita said winning one game means nothing. It only guarantees the Browns won't go 0-16, he said. Mangini on Fujita's comments: "It's honest in a sense that he is happy about the win, but the win is in perspective. Scott expects to win each week. That's his expectation."