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What's Browns coach Eric Mangini saying?

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 10, 2010

Browns coach Eric Mangini met with reporters Friday morning. Here is a transcript from the press conference:

Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 9-10-10

(Opening statement) -- “Good morning everybody.  Couple updates here, Shawn (Lauvao) will not practice today. He is better than yesterday and we will see how he is tomorrow and later this afternoon and then make a decision in terms of how we are going to move forward with that.  Nick Sorensen will practice today so we’ll see how he looks as well.  What we’re doing is we got a little bit ahead in the red zone yesterday we’ll go back through, hit the red zone, do short yardage, goal line which is typical for a Friday and then we’ll review what we have done throughout the course of the week.  What I’m looking for is a good, sharp, crisp practice and clean up all the things that we need to get cleaned up and then get ready to head to Tampa.”

(On if it is important for Mohamed Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie to have good starts to the season) -- “Both those guys are confident guys and I’m confident in both those players. I’m looking forward to seeing where they are.  A lot of their production is going to depend on what the coverage is and not looking to feature one person or another person.  It’s more a function of Jake (Delhomme) finding the open player and we have seen during the preseason where he hit 10 different guys.  That to me is a good way to do it.  Find the open guy, hit him and go.  There’s going to be times where those guys are going to be in whether its zone or man to man coverage and they’ve got to get open because they are the first read, and I believe that they will.  I’m excited for them. I really like both players and both people so it will be fun to see their development.”

(On who will start at right guard and right tackle) -- “What we will do is we’ll go through here today and then I’ll sit down with Brian (Daboll) and George (Warhop) and talk to them, get their thoughts on it, my thoughts on it and we’ll make a decision.  I like to go through the whole week before we do that.”

(On if Tony Pashos and John St. Clair could both play right tackle on Sunday) -- “I wouldn’t rule that out.  Floyd (Womack) is coming back so we have to see exactly where he is. It’s going to be a little bit different in terms of weather down there so we’ll see how that affects things too.  John has played right guard and I feel very comfortable with Tony at tackle, there are some good combinations in there that no matter how it shakes out, I feel comfortable with all those guys.”

(On how different Shawn Lauvao and Floyd Womack are at right guard) -- “I’d say experience is one of the biggest factors.  Floyd has seen most things that defenses do and when new situations come up in a game, new being not as much as what we expected, Floyd’s dealt with that before.  Where with a guy like Shawn, it’s completely new to him because he hasn’t seen it. I’d say experience is a big issue with a rookie player versus a guy who has a ton of experience like Floyd does.”

(On Jake Delhomme saying that they need to run the football well) -- “I’m a big believer in running the football, I always have been.  That tells you a lot about Jake as well. Very few quarterbacks will sit back and talk about how important it is to run the football, usually they are talking about how important it is to pass the football but for Jake it’s all about what we have to do to win the game. That statement to me tells you a lot about the person we have quarterbacking this team. He’s a selfless guy and whatever we need to do to be successful on that given Sunday that’s what he wants to do and you like that.”

(On the passing game during the team’s wins last year) -- “Having 31 completions in five victories isn’t what I wanted or anybody wants.  You want that number to be significantly higher, and I expect that it will be.”

(On if he has talked about last year’s four game winning streak during this preseason) -- “You don’t bring it up in the context of what we’re doing now, you bring it up in the context of what have we learned from that that we can apply to what we’re doing now.  That’s really when it’s been brought up and that shared experience of how we played, how we practiced, how we worked and what that translated into, that’s what you want to apply to what we’re doing now.  You can’t go back to that time period and you don’t get to start from that point. The value in that are the lessons that you can apply to right now, and the things you can do right now to get to that.”

(On if there can still be momentum from that four game winning streak) -- “You always get into talking about last season.  You don’t get to start at that point and that’s good in a lot of ways, and you wish you could in a lot of ways but you can’t.  It just comes down to more of what did you learn from it and how do you apply it now.”

(On if Joe Haden will start) -- “It depends on whether we start in nickel or base, but he’ll work in base and start in nickel.”

(On if he talks about the big picture during Week One of regular season) -- “I’ve never been a big believer in 16 games down the road or 14 games or whatever it is and that’s something that I have learned over time.  What I believe in is you take care of the game at hand and you beat that opponent and then you worry about the next opponent.  It didn’t matter which head coach I was with, they all took that approach because you can’t get to the top without taking all the steps leading up to it.  You want to focus on the step that you’re on to eventually get to where you want to be.”

(On where Joe Haden’s progress is compared to Darrelle Revis’ as a rookie) -- “I’d say maybe a little bit because they are different people. They are different types of players, they’re both rookies but their different guys.  You can’t chart a path based on someone else’s path.  I’d say it comes into play a little bit. You try to do some things from my perspective that were successful with Darrelle or Asante (Samuel) or Eugene (Wilson) or Alex Mack or any the rookies that played a lot their first year.  I’d say that applies to Joe, it applies to T.J. (Ward), but each one is a different package because they are different guys.”

(On if he meant Haden and Revis are different human beings or that their styles are different) -- “One, they are different human beings (joking) and two, their styles are different. There’s different strengths each guy has, different things each guy’s had to work on. The one common thing is that they are at a position that has a lot of responsibility. If you make a mistake, it’s usually a touchdown. That’s a similarity.”

(On the differences between Haden and Revis’ styles of play) -- “I haven’t gone through and analyzed it like that.”

(On how he would characterize Haden’s style of play) -- “I’m not big on simplifying it like that.  I think there are a lot of things that he’s done well throughout the preseason.  I think he’s got very good awareness of where the ball is.  I think he does a nice job of when the ball is in flight, of locating it and being able to get it out of the receiver’s hand or finishing the play if the receiver has it in his grasp, to be able to come through and pressure it out.  I think that’s something he does well.  I think overall, he has good instincts as to how patterns are developing, but a lot of that has to also be combined with him getting used to reading the types of patterns that he is going to see.  Even though he has those instincts, you have got to marry it with seeing it.  It’s different combinations that we get week in and week out.  I think he’s a very physical run-support player and excellent tackler, which are two plusses.  He’s aggressive, which I like a lot.  He’s conscientious.”

(On if he is confident that the defense has been fine-tuned going into the season) -- “I’m confident in the fact that we’ve worked on fine-tuning it.  Now we have to go out and show that that’s the case.  Defensively, you don’t have the advantage of knowing what they are going to be in, you’re always reacting to the things that they do.  Then it’s your ability to identify those things quickly, get to what you want to get to and execute it at a high level.  The things that we faced against Chicago or Detroit or Green Bay or right on down the line, they are different than what we are facing now.  I’m confident in our players, I’m confident in their ability to make those adjustments.  Now the next step is going and doing it and doing it at a high level through four quarters.  There are a lot of really bright guys on the defense that are good communicators.  This is the first time that we are working together, with live bullets where it counts, so my expectation is that we respond well to that.”

(On this year’s team compared to last year’s team) -- “I think the most important word you said there is team.  I really think that the chemistry with this group is very good.  I really think that they view themselves as a team. They support each other. They care about what they do.  That’s not taking anything away from the people that were here last year, but that takes time to get to that point.  I like the locker room. I like the group of guys. I like the way that they work together. I like the way that they push each other.  Now we are going to get tested and there’s going to be adversity. There’s going to be a lot of things that define a team.  I believe in this group of guys that when those tests come, they will respond the right way.”

(On Derreck Robinson) -- “He’s done a lot of things that are really positive.  One of the things that he does is provide position flexibility.  He can play either on the right side or the left side, he plays at the end spot.  He’s a guy that got to come in late last year and had some opportunities.  His progress from that point to this point, I think, has been good.  I’m pleased with his development.  Other guys like (Brian) Schaefering, I think he’s made strides.  We got to see him some last year towards the end of the year and some of the things that he can do.  He’s a year older, a year further along, has a better understanding of what we are trying to accomplish. I think he’s worked at his technique.  I’m pleased with them.”

(On if a wide receiver is almost always going to beat a cornerback in tracking the ball and if Robiskie is adept at that) -- “Brian is very good at that, tracking the ball.  Will the wide receiver always win if they both have the same ability?  In terms of who wins, is it a perfectly thrown ball?  There are a lot of factors that come in to that.”

(On if Robiskie needs to be good at tracking the ball since he doesn’t have ‘top speed’ for a receiver) -- “I think the one thing that you have to have is playing speed as opposed to timed speed.  When you really know the routes you are running, the adjustments that you’re running, your playing speed increases substantially. Also your ability to get open at the top of the routes, the way that you break, the correct angles.  When we were watching some of the highlights of Paul Warfield, one of the things that Paul did was work on the precision of his routes.  As talented as he was, the precision of his routes, the angles that he would take, to me, that’s critical for wide receivers.  How well do they run their routes?  How disciplined do they run their routes?  How much of a hint or disguise are they able to give at the top of their route away from the way that they are breaking?  Those are all things that increase your playing speed.  Timed speed is one thing, and I’ve seen a lot of fast guys that weren’t very good receivers and I’ve seen a lot of guys that have been knocked for timed speed who end up being excellent receivers.”

(On if Brian Daboll has grown into his role as offensive coordinator) -- “I was going to make a joke about how much he’s shrunk.  Maybe it’s inversely proportional, I don’t know (joking).  It’s hard.  Your first year is hard when you go from being a position coach to running a unit.  You have got to run meetings, you have got to put together a plan, you have got to call the game in a very tight time frame, you have got to deal with all of the things that happen in a game.   It’s not an easy thing to just jump into.  In your second year, there’s always going to be more of a comfort level.  In addition to that, there were a lot of new coaches of the staff as well.  They now understand what we are looking for from a team perspective, from my perspective, what Brian is looking for from an offensive perspective and the guys that were here are further along in the system.  That helps a lot too.  Brian Daboll is a very bright guy, he’s a very creative guy and I’ve thought he’s going to be a good coordinator for a long time.  That’s why I wanted him in New York when I was there, to eventually take that position if Brian Schottenheimer eventually got a head coaching job and that’s why I believed in him here.  I think he’ll continue to get better and better at that spot.  The other advantage he has now is you have got a guy like Mike Holmgren down the hall who you can ask questions to.  Not a lot of guys have that where maybe you are curious as to how you want to run a route or what’s going to be successful.  Walk down and ask Mike Holmgren?  That’s pretty good.”


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