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What's Browns coach Eric Mangini saying?

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 9, 2010

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

Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference (6-7-10)

(Opening statement) -- “With the players now, it’s kind of the same situation as last week.  The guys that were sitting out, are still sitting out in terms of the rehab guys.  A few guys are in different stages so they may practice at different levels.  The one addition that we have is Lawrence Vickers. He’s here today.  Similar to Jerome’s (Harrison) situation, he’s signed the waiver or the form or whatever it is to participate, but has not signed his contract.  He will be participating.  I know there are a lot of different moving parts, but I’ve talked to everybody and they kind of know where they are in relationship to practice today.  As discombobulated as that was, I hope it cleared a few things up.”

 (On if he has any assurance that the restricted free agents will be at minicamp) -- “I don’t think it’s assurance necessarily.  I think I’m optimistic that most guys will be here.  We will just have to see how it goes.  What it does do is that it keeps opening up some reps for other guys, which isn’t a bad situation to have.  Some guys are getting some additional learning that they may not have gotten if those restricted guys were here.  Hopefully everybody will be here. We will just have to see how it plays out.” 

(On if he has had contact with the RFAs) -- “Different coaches have talked to them or I have talked to them or texted them.  It’s not really an, ‘Are you going to be here?’ type thing, more just what we’re doing and if they want to get the information and different ways that we can get it to them.  Just trying to keep their ability to stay current as open as possible.” 

(On David Veikune’s improvement) --“Sometimes with that, it comes with experience and it comes with time.  He has a year under his belt of hearing the terminology, learning the concepts of the defense, being on his feet, our offseason program, transition from living in Hawaii to living in Cleveland. All of those factors come into play.  As I’ve said before, it hits different for each guy and I think he has really benefitted as well from being able to work with the first group and working in one spot I think has helped him too.  All of those factors combined.” 

(On if any players currently being held out because of injury will practice in minicamp) --“Probably not going to be able to participate during minicamp, I don’t anticipate them.  They’re all a part of the OTAs. They go to meetings, they do those things.  They may not be taking the reps on the field, but they are all actively involved in the things we are doing during the course of the day.  With that, I really leave it up to Joe (Sheehan) and the medical staff and their doctors to make sure that we are progressing where we need to progress, they are getting the information they need to get and we are being as sound as possible to get them ready for training camp.” 

(On if Vickers’ role will expand in the offense) -- “I thought that he played really well, especially at the latter part of the season, so I’m looking for that same level of performance.  I thought that he really grew in the system a lot and was a big part of why we ran the ball so successfully at the end of last year.  Now he’s probably got some rust that we are going to have to knock off here, these other guys have been going for awhile.  We will just see where he is mentally and physically and take it from there.”

(On if he would consider taking Joshua Cribbs, pictured left, off kick coverage because of his impact in the return game) -- “That’s a tough question because he is an impact player there as well.  I think what we will continue to do with him is see all the different roles and then try to prioritize the roles as best we can.  With a guy like that, you don’t know when he is going to make a play that can really change the game.  Sometimes his game changing plays come in coverage, that’s what you like about him.  I don’t know how exactly that will play out.  He will work on the coverage teams, he will do all of the roles than he did, then we will see where he is.  I think he’s continuing to improve as a receiver, which I like. He’s got the Wildcat stuff and you just have got to say, how many plays a game do we want him to play?  You want to make sure he’s ready for the return game, what’s the best way to distribute that?  If he comes off a return, you don’t want to call the first play of the next series with him in it necessarily.  There may be some times where you have to, but you’re trying to balance that up with a guy that can do a lot of things in a lot of different areas.”

(On if kick coverage is low on his priority list for Cribbs) -- “Again it depends because sometimes what we have done with those guys is they may cover later in the game.  If you have got a crucial kickoff or a crucial punt and you are protecting a lead or whatever it is, you have got to put your best 11 out there.   We did that a little bit last year where maybe didn’t play early, but he played later.  You want to make sure you get that guy down.”

(On how Chris Gocong fits in his system) -- “The things that you can tell right now is that he is a really smart person and player, moves well, he is understanding the concepts well.  The other part about projecting and taking on offensive guards and multiple plays during games it’s hard to tell because you haven’t seen it.  You’ve seen it to some degree when he was in the 4-3 where he was uncovered, but it’s different because it was play in and play out as opposed to eight or ten plays a game.”

(On being impressed with Gocong’s sack totals in college) -- “Yes, I know what I saw in college and it was good and with us our sacks don’t traditionally come from just one guy beating one guy. It comes from coordinated defense and everybody doing what they are supposed to do.  We had the 40 sacks last year which I think the leader in sacks was six and a half so it’s really a group thing.  I forget how many different guys had sacks, 12 or 14, so we don’t just necessarily look at it as, okay this guy versus this guy.  There’s a component to that but it’s more the coordinated pressures and beating the scheme and being in the right spots.”

(On if Ahtyba Rubin is continuing to develop) -- “Yes, he was actually our defensive player of the week.  He’s consistent which we love about him.  He’s consistent.  He does the right thing.  He works hard every day. I always talk to guys about the evaluation process and that’s do you know what to do, are you doing the things you’re being coached to do and are you the same player every day. That last category he is outstanding.  He comes in and you know what you’re going to get and you like what he gives.”

(On moving Shaun Rogers to defensive end) -- “We will work Shaun some at end and he worked some last year. We’ll continue to work him there and you want to have the flexibility to play the best guy so however that combination works out.  He can play over at right end, he can play left end he can play at nose tackle.  He’s got the athleticism and he is also a knowledgeable guy he picks up things well so I don’t think that would be too hard for him to do.”


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