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Mangini explains Palmer's key scramble

By Marla Ridenour Published: October 5, 2009

The Browns' defense got ''a little bit wide in one lane'' on a 15-yard scramble by Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer that set up the game-winning field goal in overtime Sunday.

On fourth down and 11 from the Cleveland 41, Palmer rambled up the wide-open middle, setting up Shayne Graham's 31-yard kick with four seconds remaining in the extra period that gave Cincinnati a 23-20 victory.

Asked what should have been done differently Monday on Palmer's key play, Mangini said, ''We got a little bit wide in one lane. In man-to-man coverage, that’s the chance you always take. If the seam opens up and the guy gets through, there’s not another line of defense because everybody else is committed in coverage. You’re always trying to maintain the perimeter of defense so he can’t break contain left or right and keep the holes internally as tight as possible. He got a little bit of width there and once he broke through that first line, there wasn’t much left.''


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