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Trickery from Mangini

By Marla Ridenour Published: December 27, 2009

Browns coach Eric Mangini had a few tricks up his sleeve in Sunday's 23-9 victory over Oakland.

The Browns ran a fake punt in the second quarter on fourth and 12 from the Oakland 49. But punter Reggie Hodges' pass for cornerback Brandon McDonald, lined up outside right, fell incomplete and the Raiders' Hiram Eugene was called for defensive offsides, nullifying the play. Hodges punted on the next one and Joshua Cribbs saved it from going into the end zone, tipping it to McDonald at the 1.

''It was something we practiced,'' McDonald said of the fake. ''The guy who was supposed to be holding me up went in and tried to blitz. That was something we've worked on a lot if we're past the 50 and the guy blitzes off the edge. Unfortunately we didn't get it.''

In the third quarter, Mangini later ran a fumblerooskie with running back Jerome Harrison taking the direct snap and scoring on a 14-yard run, but tight end Michael Gaines was called for an illegal block above the waist, nullifying the score.

''Let's just say it was kind of a late add-on,'' Browns left guard Eric Steinbach said. ''It was perfect timing. It's in our back pocket. Now we exposed ourselves. I was asking (offensive coordinator) Daboll if I could get it, but I heard the o-linemen can't run with that any more. We had to give it to 3-5.''


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