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What's Browns coach Eric Mangini saying?

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 16, 2010

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

Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 9-16-10

(Opening statement) -- “Good morning everybody. How are you doing? In terms of guys practicing today, it will be the same group that was out yesterday will be out again today.  I think Jake (Delhomme) has made some progress but we’re not going to practice him here today.  Everybody else is kind of pushing along with the different things they have so no real dramatic change there.  Hoping to get D’Qwell (Jackson) out Friday but we’ll just have to see how that goes.  What we’re working on today is the Chiefs’ third down package.  We’ll do some review from yesterday, cover some of the two minute situations and really standard in terms of our prep for an opponent so nothing out of the ordinary there either.  I know their numbers weren’t very good offensively on third down, but Charlie (Weis) is creative and I think they do a good job of identifying what the defense is in and I know Matt (Cassel). I’ve known Matt for a long time and he’s a really smart guy so I think that they’ll present some challenges.  In addition to that, like we talked about yesterday, they have quite a variety of guys that can make plays in those situations.  Offensively, I thought that the plan that they had against San Diego last week, especially on third down, was a good one.  It was aggressive in terms of the way that they covered them, a lot of bump man last week which you got to hold up and they held up well against a really good passing offense. They did a nice job in terms of getting some pressure on the quarterback some with design pressures and some with just a four man front.  That’s what we are focusing on here this afternoon.”

(On if Delhomme doesn’t start who would be the number two quarterback, Delhomme or Colt McCoy) -- “I think all three of those are potential situations, Tony (Grossi), because I couldn’t tell you now where it’s going to go.  You have to look at where Jake is at the end of the week. Is he good to be the one? Is he good enough to be the two or depending on how he responds is it the three?  I know it’s not giving you clarity, but it could be any one of those three I think.”

(On if Jake Delhomme is healthy enough to be active, will he start) -- “It’s when we’re able to make that decision, how much he is able to do in terms of getting some reps. Both of those things will play a part of that decision making to make sure we make the best decision, not just make the decision based on, ‘Okay he’s healthy enough to go play.’ Where is he also in his preparation and things like that.  The one thing I will tell you about him is he is not going to miss a beat in terms of what the game plan is, what they’re doing defensively, he’s very good at that.  He’s had a lot of experience with having different roles whether he was the two or three throughout the course of his career.  Having a veteran guy like that, it’s a little different than if you had a younger starting quarterback in that position who hadn’t gone through things like this in the past.”

(On Seneca Wallace being ready for a quick change and possibly having to start) -- “He’s had a lot of work at that in the past.  He had to do it in Seattle, where he’s had to come in and play. He had to play I think it was four or five games in a row and then there were games where he just had to come in and finish the game.  That’s really the life of a two, sometimes it’s a quarter sometimes it’s a full game and sometimes it’s a string of games. He’s worked in that spot for a long time and he has a lot of experience in doing that.  I feel really good about his ability to come in and start, come in and play and do it at a high level.”

(On if they need to do anything special to prepare Wallace to start like researching information on him) -- “The nice thing that we have is I don’t really have to research it too much, I just talk to Mike (Holmgren).  It’s not going back and looking at statistically what did he do or what were his favorite plays. I literally just walk down the hall and talk to Mike.  I’ve done that. Brian’s (Daboll) done that plus we have Gil Haskell who’s really familiar with him.  It’s another benefit is the guys who game planned with him in that role and really understand him as a quarterback are here with us.  It’s not like I’m making a call to anybody. It’s right there.”

(On what Mike Holmgren’s advice is going into this situation with Wallace) -- “I don’t really have anything specific I want to share from those conversations.  It was all good stuff, I can share that and we’ll use it if it goes that route.  That’s the way we’ll approach it.  The other thing I hope I conveyed yesterday is with any quarterback that comes into the game it’s a collaborative process.  You don’t try to take the things that Jake really likes and force them on Seneca and you wouldn’t do the same with Colt.  It’s more a function of here’s the plan, here’s the things that we like as a staff.  What do you think?  What do you like?  Kind of going back and forth the thought process. There is a real dialogue there because we can have the best plays in the world but if the guy with the ball isn’t comfortable running them, they aren’t very good plays.  The same is true defensively.  When I was a defensive coordinator or even a defensive back coach, you have a plan as to how you want to cover certain things and as you work with the guys, especially the veteran guys who have a lot of experience, if they don’t feel good about it they’re not going to execute that plan very effectively.  You want the feedback from the players, it’s really important.  It’s really important because I’ve been in this other boat.  Sometime you get some guys that want the plan that’s best for them and then you have certain guys who understand what’s best for us. Those are the guys you spend a lot of time with and it’s that give and take.”

(On if he said if Delhomme doesn’t practice he could still start still) -- “I didn’t really get that specific, Jeff (Schudel).  What I’m saying is we have today, we have tomorrow and we have Saturday. We have a couple different approaches to how the game could go and we’re just going to have to see as the week unfolds which one we’re going to use.  I can’t give you a specific answer to that right now. We’re planning, but I don’t have enough of the other information to say this is how it’s going to go.”

(On if Kansas City will have a hangover from their game Monday night) -- “I don’t know. Whether you play on Monday, any of those situational type games, we’ve played on Thursday, played a lot of different ways, usually there’s about one day where you go through and you clean up what happened in that game. It may be the emotions of the game whether it’s the highs or the lows whatever it is and your conditioned to say, ‘Okay that’s what happened, that’s what we learned, this is what we need to apply,’ and then you move to the next team.  For most guys, they’ve done it so long it doesn’t tend to linger in my experience.”

(On if Jerome Harrison is running as well as the end of last season) -- “I think he’s doing the same things he was doing last season. In terms of running as well or not as well, objectively, is it just the numbers? Is it the style? I think he’s playing at a higher level than he was at this time last year.  I think he’s continued to improve and grow as a player.  I don’t have any doubts in terms of his ability to keep improving either.”

(On if he thinks the home opener is a tone setter for the season) -- “I’m a big fan of playing at home, just the crowd, the energy, all the things that come with it is a real plus.  When you’re on the road it’s you, your group, and the 200 people, friends and family that came out to see you play.  When you’re at home you’ve got the fans, the city, all of those things helping to feed the energy of the moment.  This is a special weekend too with the Ring of Honor.  I think it’s great, I think it’s exciting.”

(On if it is important to win this game to show the fans that this team is better than last year) -- “We want to win them all.  We wanted to win last week. We want to win this one.  This team is and I hope you guys have seen it throughout the preseason, at the practices that you have been to, and talking to the guys, these are guys that work.  These are guys that care deeply about what they’re doing and now it’s a function of us going out and getting the wins to reinforce that across, not just externally.  That was one of the things I was disappointed with last year was I thought we were doing the work, we were making strides but it wasn’t showing up on the score board until late.  It’s tough to ask guys to make the same sacrifices and commitment and it’s not quite getting done.  But you know that if you do that and you chip away and you work and get better it’s going to come whether it’s football or anything that you do.”

(On his thoughts on Eric Berry personally) -- “I really liked him personally.  He is all football.  He had a very mature, professional approach to pro football.  The things that were important to him weren’t the contract, or where he was drafted or any of the other things that can sometimes creep into high draft picks it was, where am I going to be and how can I start and how can I contribute to that team.  It wasn’t made for interview conversation, that’s who he was and I think because he has those characteristics with his natural ability, he’s going to keep getting better as a player.”

(On Joe Haden and the rookies going through bumps) -- “There are going to be bumps and you try to limit them as much as you can.  You try to do as much during the week to prepare them for those different situations.  There are habits that they have that they’ve developed over time that you have to train them to get out of.  Its understanding that every single guy that lines up across from you can do things, where in college sometimes the guy you’re playing you’re just flat out better than.  It doesn’t happen here.  Their working, their good.  Each guy that you face is good, each guy that you face can do different things.  The quarterbacks can get the guy’s balls that maybe you didn’t see a lot of quarterbacks in college get to. There are some bumps, but you try to minimize them.”

(On T.J. Ward’s confidence) -- “The thing that I really like about T.J. Ward is even if he is unsure about where he is going, he’s going there fast and when he gets there someone is going to get hit.  Sometimes you are going to be wrong, but if you are wrong and you’re doing it as quickly as you can and someone gets hit at the end of the play those types of mistakes sometimes actually have a way of working out.  It’s when you’re unsure and you sort of get stuck in mud that you have bigger issues.  He’s confident. He backs that up with the way that he works.  He’s bright and he likes to hit people which I appreciate.”

(On getting T.J. Ward in the second round) -- “I really liked him, Tom (Heckert) really liked him.  It was a lot of the things that I think everybody’s starting to see in terms of how he played in college.  We are seeing a lot of those same things here in pro football.  That’s exciting and the other thing that is exciting about a young player like him is he doesn’t get overwhelmed by the moment or the change, he’s got a good perspective on it.  I’m sure he had butterflies the size of saucers this weekend but that will get better too.  At the end of the day it is football like he’s been playing his whole life.”

(On if D’Qwell Jackson practices on Friday could he play on Sunday) -- “I want to take that step first and just see where that is and I’m not 100% sure that’s going to be the case. That’s what we’re shooting for.  If it works out great, we’ll talk about it at that point.  We’ve spent a lot of time getting him back to the point where he can practice, we wouldn’t rush something to put him unnecessarily at risk of re-injury.”

(On if he has talked to Jim Brown about the Ring of Honor) -- “When I talked to Jim last, we talked more about the team and kind of just updating him on things where we were, on some of the guys. I haven’t gotten involved on that level at all.”

(On if Brown isn’t a part of the Ring of Honor) -- “I’d love for everybody to be here but the best guys to talk about that would be Jim and Mike (Holmgren).”

(On if Shaun Rogers occupies more offensive attention than most defensive linemen) -- “Yes, he’s a load.  He’s big, he’s athletic and he can penetrate like you were talking about. He’s got good change of direction and you do have to know where he is and be ready to deal with him.  How each team game plans for him, you don’t know but I’m sure they’re going to identify him as someone that, ‘Hey we better take care of him in order to get to the next thing that we want to do in the plan.’”

(On if there is a need to limit Rogers’ snaps because of his age) -- “What we do with really with all the players, there’s the injury component and there is an age component.  We monitor the amount of snaps each guy gets in practice and we will take into account age, wear and tear on the body, things like that to make sure ideally on Sunday we’ve got them as prepared as they need to be and maximize their ability to perform at that point.  Instead of guessing how many plays a guy took in practice or getting to the point where you worked him way too many on one day and way too few on another day.  We actually monitor that stuff to try to make it as organized and as scientific as possible.”

(On monitoring the reps in practice and games) -- “In the game you usually have a number but you don’t know how it’s going to go.  Typically, in a game it’s less monitored than it would be during the week of prep where you have multiple days.  In Australia they have these sports scientists and with a lot of their athletes they put GPSs on them and they can track how much they run during any given practice and its instantaneous tracking.  It’s pretty cool.  We looked into it for a while and we were trying to figure out how to incorporate it.  For example a receiver maybe had 10 reps but six of those reps were running plays so you know his load wasn’t that big.  You can actually monitor how much each person is working. The way the science is going, intensity they have all different categories.  We had them in New York and we have experimented with them a little bit here, it’s just figuring how it fits.  The difference here is the machine has to hold up on contact which they’re still working through that.  The other thing is the way that they track measurements, the metric system versus our system the conversion things have to be worked through.  I think that’s the wave of the future.  I think eventually you’ll talk about, did you overwork them? That will eventually be tracked with some sort of technology.  It’d be like a pitch count for each player based on, you can put in weight, you can put in age, you can put in all those things and there are ideals that they’ve established over time. It’s a cool technology.”

(On sports scientists in Australia) -- “These sports scientists over there, we developed relationship with the Australian Institute of Sport in New York and had one of their scientists come out and watch our practices and try to continue to develop that.  This was in New York.  It’s amazing to me how a country that size can consistently produce athletes that are special athletes and I think that they do a great job with the way that they approach it, it’s impressive.”

(On if they would move Rogers to defensive end if they decide to keep Ahtyba Rubin in all the time) -- “We’ve talked about that for quite some time.  We’re going to work him there through camp and in nose to give some versatility. What we want to do with a guy like Shaun is put him where you want to put him, where a matchup is.  You can do some things there that can create some problems offensively and he’s seen enough offenses and offensive plays to understand how blocking schemes work on different sides.  He also plays in substituted defenses which Rubin doesn’t play in as much.  He’s main role is more of a first and second down nose tackle so there’s some versatility there where ideally you’re using all your guys to play, give meaningful reps and also be as fresh as possible going into the fourth quarter.”

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