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What's Browns coach Eric Mangini saying?

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 12, 2010

Browns coach Eric Mangini met with media after the final practice of the team's mandatory minicamp in Berea. The most notable part of the following highlights from the transcript is where Mangini refused to name Jake Delhomme the starting quarterback heading into training camp. Has Seneca Wallace caused a quarterback controversy? Not likely. Read the coach's words for yourself:

Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference (6-12-10)

(Opening statement) -- “We finished up here this morning.  I’m not going to have the second part of practice and that’s something that we typically have as an option, depending on how we do the throughout the whole course of the camp.  I think that we had really good OTA days and I think they did a really nice job, especially yesterday and leading into this morning.  This creates that opportunity for them to do something a little competitive to finish off the weekend.  I thought overall, we made a lot of progress with a lot of new guys in various spots and all different types of new guys, younger guys, mid-range guys and some older guys.  That’s what this time is about. It’s about laying the foundation leading into training camp and also getting to know each other, getting to know the system and all of those things are really important.  Ideally, we walk away from this feeling good about it as a player and as a coach and excited about coming back to training camp.  That’s where I am right now.  I think we had a good set of days, a good minicamp and I really like the progress a lot of guys made.”

(On Jake Delhomme) -- “I think he’s done a great job and I feel really good about the things he has done.  He’s worked with the ones throughout this time period.  What I like about him, and you guys I’m sure see it as well, is just the way that he runs the offense.  There’s no doubt who is in control, there’s no doubt what we are doing.  If we are wrong, we are all wrong together and that’s what you want.  He’s really bright.   He’s really bright and you hear me talk about tools in these press conferences, the things that get you out of a bad play or that get you in to a good play.  He’s used a ton of those throughout this camp, which is outstanding.  I think he’s thrown the ball well, in terms of accuracy where he can place the ball away from the defender.  All of those things have been good.”

(On if he could name Delhomme the starter going into training camp) -- “We are heading in that direction, but we will go into training camp and see what happens.  On the flip side of that, I think Seneca (Wallace) has done a really nice job as well.  I feel good about where Jake is and I feel good about the work he has done with the ones.”

(On if the offense looks to Delhomme as a leader) -- “Yes.  There was a play today, one of the two-point plays we were practicing, and someone was chirping and he explained how it was going to work.  I probably couldn’t say it in here the way he expressed it, but it was clear, it was definitive and nobody questioned it.  That’s the way it should be.  You come in, you get the call from the quarterback and he runs the offense.  What we try to do as coaches is give them good plays and give him good options to make decisions based on what he sees at the line of scrimmage.  That’s a partnership.  It’s a partnership between the offensive coordinator, Brian (Daboll), and Jake and myself and Jake or Seneca or whoever it is.  It’s a partnership of let’s get to the best thing and you work together at that.”

(On the importance of one quarterback getting more reps than the other in training camp) -- “I can tell you we have enough reps in training camp for everybody to get their fill. We really do and I’m not saying that in a condescending way. It’s just we got a lot of reps and they’re going to both need an equal amount of reps in those areas and that’s how it will be structure for the one and two.  It may not be with the same group, but they’ll get the same amount of work in those areas.”

(On moving guys around on right side of the offensive line) -- “We are going to continue to do that.  We did that last year as well and I believe in it.  I think that what usually happens is that those guys all play.  You have your five starters and typically two guys that go to the game as backups and you don’t know which spots you’re going to need somebody at, so you want to be able to have the best combination of five when you have to put somebody in.  We will continue to rotate those guys through and see how it plays out.  Shawn (Lauvao) got some reps both in OTAs and this camp, with the ones, twos and threes, so he will be in that mix.  He’s done a good job.  He’s gotten a little bit better each time we have gone out there.  He’s a smart kid, he’s stout and it’s hard really get an appreciation for that right now, but that’s what he was in college and that’s what it looks like here early. We will rotate him through and George Warhop did a nice job with his planning of how we are going to build flexibility."

(On the focus on the passing game during the offseason workouts) -- “We spent, I would imagine, the same amount of time on the passing game last year.  You really have to do more of that work in these camps because you don’t have pads and the fits in the running game aren’t quite the same.  You try to do some of it so the guys understand where their assignment is, but you can create a lot of collisions that way and you try to be smart about it.  I think that there’s been a lot of progress in the passing game.  Brian Robiskie has had an outstanding offseason.  I’m really happy with what he has done.  Mohamed (Massaquoi) continues to develop.  I think Chansi (Stuckey) had had a really nice camp as well.  You have seen some of the things with Evan Moore’s progress, Ben Watson, there are a lot of guys.  I think Josh Cribbs has gotten a lot better as a receiver.  He had a couple of plays the other day, when I was sitting in the offensive meeting room where some of the smaller subtleties of the position, he was doing and he knew he was doing. I forget who he brought that to their attention.  It’s good to see.  It’s good to see and it’s nice that all of these guys can get as many reps as they have throughout the course of this.”

(On players getting a fresh start with a new team) -- “It happens a lot of times in the league where a guy is in one place for a long time and then changes scenery and may blossom a little bit or may get back to his old form.  Where it happens a significant amount is guys that don’t quite get it when they come in to the league.  There are sometimes young guys who don’t really understand the expectations, don’t really understand what they have to do to be a pro and it takes them getting cut once and realizing, ‘Okay, this is what I have to do.”  The next team benefits from the first team’s separation.  With older guys, we picked up Rodney (Harrison) from San Diego.  When he came in, I think it was good for him and good for us.  There are a lot of guys like that.”

(On players being limited in practice today) -- “A lot of those guys, Mary Kay (Cabot) there may be some soreness or some tightness or things like that.  What you don’t to do is press it too hard at this point and have some kind of longer term injury that they have to rehab from.  We made so much progress, in terms of the football-specific stuff, whenever we are even close to thinking there could be a chance of that, we pull the guys out.  A lot of it was precautionary and it was good for some other guys because they got a chance to get some of those reps that typically the person that was out would get.  There’s nothing major that we had come from the camp and any of the guys that were sitting out were much more not taking a chance going into the phase of having a setback.”

(On Scott Fujita’s hand being wrapped up) -- “He just had a cut yesterday.  It was not too bad.  Same thing, if we had a game or anything like that, he could have played.  We are not taking any chances and we will let the other guys get reps.”

(On the players that have been sitting out with injuries being ready for training camp) -- “Yes, I would imagine they all should be able to.  Now with that being said, with injuries, we have to get there and see where they are.  I’d say they are all on track and where we expect them to be.  Now it’s just a function of when we get back, making sure that that’s the case and going from there.  They’ve all worked good. There has been nothing to think otherwise.”

(On preliminary conclusions for Joe Haden) -- “I don’t have a lot of preliminary conclusions, I’d say that I really like the way that he’s approached things.  I think that the volume of information has been new. I’m not saying he didn’t have a large volume in college, it’s different. He’s done a good job and he’s been put in a lot of spots where he’s has to adjust and there’s been hiccups as well along the way.  Those safeties and corners they have a lot to do. Some days it was really good and other days it was not quite as good.”


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