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What's Browns coach Eric Mangini saying?

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 17, 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 9-17-10

(Opening statement) -- “Good morning everybody.  In terms of updates, D’Qwell (Jackson) will practice today. It will be really limited and he’ll get some individual and some work on some team drills, but it will be his first time back so we’re excited to see that.  Shaun Rogers should be back out there this afternoon.  Jake (Delhomme) will not practice today and the rest of the group that was not practicing yesterday, will not practice today so Shaun’s back and D’Qwell is back but everybody else is status quo.  We have a few things to clean up from yesterday in the sub packages and third down packages so we’ll get that taken care of.  We’ll do the general review of what’s gone in Wednesday and Thursday then we also work on the red area and goal line, short yardage and things like that.  I thought yesterday was a pretty good day there are some things that I want us to clean up here this afternoon through the meetings and the practice.  I think Seneca (Wallace) has done a really nice job throughout the course of the week in terms of running the offense.  He and Brian (Daboll) have worked really well together in putting together the game plan and the plan of attack, so I have been really pleased with him throughout this week.”

(On if Wallace will start Sunday) -- “I’d like to go through today.  Jake (Delhomme) has made progress all week long and he knows the game plan.  He’s got such an ease with picking things up. I have complete confidence in him if we were in a situation where we could play him, I would have total confidence in it.  That’s why I want to go through today and just see where we are at tomorrow morning before I do that.  That being said, I feel really good about what Seneca’s done all week. It’s not just me, it’s the coaches, it’s the players we all feel good about him leading us as well.”

(On what activities Delhomme has been able to do) -- “It’s more the work in the training room so I haven’t been involved in the exact program, more updates from the trainer as opposed to the day to day exactly what he’s doing.”

(On if Delhomme would go a week without throwing if it’s not an arm injury) -- “If we got to the point where we thought it was possible that he could do something, he’d warm up we’d look at that as well.  First we have to handle the ankle then we’ll look at the other stuff.”

(On if D’Qwell Jackson will play on Sunday) -- “It’s the first day back so we’re going to take it slow.  We have a plan as to how practice is going to go and how we are going to manage it with him.  Being the first day back it’s not contact we just want to take a look at it, see where he is. It’s preliminary right now with him coming back.”

(On if Delhomme misses Sunday’s game would it be just a one game injury) -- “I’d like to think so Jeff (Schudel), if that were the case that it would be a one game type situation.  I know with any injured ankle, whatever it is, sometimes you think it’s one and it’s two, sometimes you think it’s going to be one and the guy plays that week.  I don’t know, I’d like to think that way, but we have just got to see how it goes.”

(On Seneca Wallace being the 15th different quarterback to start since 1999 if he starts Sunday) -- “I wasn’t here for all the other ones. I was here for some of them but not all of them.  In our situation now Seneca has worked with the first group. Seneca has been here the whole off season, in the locker room with the guys, the coaching staff, right across the board there’s a real sense of confidence in him.  I think everybody got a chance to see what he can do when he plays.   I had the misfortune of playing him when he started in Seattle and he did a really nice job there.  During that pack of games that he did start he was really efficient, protected the ball well, moved the ball well.  I know it’s another number to a pretty lengthy number, but I feel pretty good about him.”

(On if he knew Wallace before he was with Cleveland) -- “I didn’t know him personally at all.  Just in hearing Mike (Holmgren) talk about him even before we brought him in, you could just tell what type of guy he was and how strongly Mike felt about him and the reasons he felt that strongly about him it was pretty clear.  When someone describes somebody you get a sense of how they feel and what type of person they are and I got that sense pretty much right away, what type of guy he was.  He’s another leader that has a presence with everybody which is nice to see.”

(On if they are practicing more Wildcat plays with Delhomme out) -- “No, not really because we go in with a certain Wildcat package each week and Seneca (Wallace) is in there for the Wildcat.  I guess you could say every play that him and Josh (Cribbs) are in there together are potential Wildcats.  Another good thing is when both those guys are in we don’t sub anybody in, we just switch them out and we can go in on Wildcat at any point without having to change personnel, without having to make any kind of switch.  From a versatility perspective that’s a positive.”

(On if defenses have to make personnel switches when they run Wildcat) -- “Typically it’s not as much a personnel switch as it is an approach switch.  A lot of times there are a couple master checks that teams have so they’re going to play Wildcat in this defense.  They may have their base way of playing Wildcat, their normal personnel group. If Wildcat comes up we’re going to play it in X defense.  If its substituted so we have multiple receivers, they have a nickel or dime, they have a core way they are going to play it out of that as opposed to subbing specific people in for it.”

(On if he knows Romeo Crennel’s feelings about being a coordinator now) -- “We haven’t had conversations like that our conversations.  We talked during the offseason and things along those lines but not specific to the coordinator versus head coach type roll.  I know Romeo and whatever roll he’s in, he’s very good.  I worked with him for a long time both when he was a d-line coach and when he was a defensive coordinator, really enjoyed it.  He and I spent a lot of late nights together in New England when he was the coordinator and I was the DB coach and then what was great about Romeo when I first got to New York, I was just coming over to defense.  It was a veteran group. It was him Al Groh, and Bill (Parcells) and me. He was great in helping me learn the defense.  They would all talk in what seemed like code because they’d all said the words a thousand times.  A lot of times I was lost and I’d say Romeo can you help me out and he would be the one who would take me through and say, ‘Okay this is what we have to do here, this is how we’re playing it here.’  He was a great teacher like that.”

(On if he and Crennel lived together for awhile) -- “We did.  They should have done one of those reality shows (joking). When he first got to New England, we lived together for awhile.  He’s a great houseguest.  We watched a lot of bad TV together.  I would see him all day at work, hang out on the couch later on.  Obviously, we snacked together.  We both appreciated our snacks, so we had a lot in common (joking).”

(On if his and Crennel’s defensive philosophies are similar) -- “In a lot of ways, I think there are similarities.  There’s a few core ways that we are different, in terms of maybe percentage of blitzes and things like that.  Romeo will surprise you at different times with changing his style.  He will go through the self-scout and say, ‘Okay, here is my pattern,’ and then he will change his pattern.  He’s very deliberate in his work ethic.  He is just consistent.  Every single day, he just works at it.  We got to be really good friends because we were there so late together most nights.”

(On if he was sorry to see things not work out for Romeo here) -- “Yes.  I think he’s one of the best people that I know, just pure human beings that I know.  He’s a really good coach.  You want to see your friends and people that have helped you developed be successful.  That’s the difficult part about it.”

(On if Jerome Harrison’s carries increased at the end of the year because of necessity, game plan or lack of other backs at the end of last season) -- “I think it was all three of those things that you said.  It was a little bit of game plan, a little bit of necessity and it was a little bit of that he was doing such a good job that we wanted to keep feeding him the ball.  Not that the other backs didn’t do a nice job when they had their opportunities, but all three of those things played into the volume of carries that he had.”

(On how many new guys he has on the kick return team this season) -- “I’m not sure Jeff (Schudel).  I think only two or three, but there may be some guys playing different spots on the team because they will play different spots on different returns.  It’s not a huge volume.”

(On if last week’s return yardage was a product of Tampa Bay having a good coverage team or the Browns leaving it on the field) -- “I’d say we helped out.  I think we had a misread on one, I think one we didn’t pick up a twist that they had coming down the field and we cut a guy free.  Another time we put the ball on the ground, which that doesn’t help.  It was a combination of both and when you play a team that’s as fast as Tampa is, as physical as they are and as good a group of tacklers, it’s like anything else, the margin for error is very small.  In addition to that, we are going to get different approaches to how to deal with Josh (Cribbs) each week.  The way you see a team kick off to one returner will be very different than the way we get our opportunities to return because they may directional it more, they may overload a side more.  There’s going to be things that you game plan because that’s what they’ve shown, but you also have to say, ‘Okay, well maybe they are going to try to kick it deep into the boundary,’ and now you have to adjust to that.  Some of the things that happen though when teams do that is sometimes they are kicking it out of bounds or they create an opportunity because it’s not what they have consistently done.  Each week, I’m sure they will have their plan to stop Josh.”

(On if he ever has to soothe a player’s feelings about not getting enough reps in a game) -- “I don’t know if it’s soothing as much as it’s just having a conversation.  What you don’t want to do is have someone view that as being a lack of confidence or lack of faith.  Often times, that’s not the case.  It may be a function of how the game plan went, it may be a function of the packages.  There’s a lot of reasons why carries can be what they are or receptions can be what they are, but what you want a person or player to understand is that this isn’t because we don’t believe in you, it’s because it’s how the game unfolded.  You want that to be clear and understood and then as you give different people opportunities, you want to make sure they maximize those opportunities.  You never know when you are going to go from five carries to 20 carries.  You saw it quite a bit last year.  You get three balls thrown to you in one game and you get eight balls thrown to you the next game.”

(On if the game this week will involve more strategy because it is against people that know him well) -- “Yes, I think the familiarity definitely adds another level of thought process to it because you know each other really well.  Now Charlie (Weis) and I haven’t worked together in a while, but we worked together for a long time.  You go through it and you remember things and think, ‘Okay, he didn’t like that.  I remember he used to talk and he didn’t like that.’  You’re thinking, ‘Maybe he’s fixed that though because he knows that we know.’  You go back and forth and what you are going to do is try to give him some of what you remember and see whether it’s fixed.  I’m sure they will do the same to us.”

(On what he thinks of a Charlie Weis-style offense) -- “I think it’s smart.  It’s the type of offense that really empowers the quarterback to run the offense and gives him the tools to make good decisions.  There will be the play that comes in, but the quarterback understands the full offense and he understands what he’s seeing defensively and it gives him the power to say, ‘Okay, I don’t like this.  I want to switch it to this.’  I think that’s a lot of what we do here, I’ve always believed in that.  That’s the guy running the offense, he should have the ability to get in and out of good plays if the situation comes up.”

(On if he thinks Shaun Rogers will be able to play Sunday) -- “Yes, I think he should be able to play.  We will see how he does today, but I imagine he will play.”

(On if Rogers needs time to recuperate during the weeks because he is working back from injury) -- “I don’t see this as being a week in and week out-type of situation.  I’m not anticipating it being that way, but early on, we may have to make some adjustments.  We made some adjustments with Floyd (Womack) last week and a little bit this week.  As they get more and more into they’re practicing more, playing more, they’re more in a rhythm.  It may be all three days that they are practicing, you have to limit the reps in a given day, but you’re trying to get them out there each day so they have a feel for each aspect of the game plan.”

(On who will be the starting right tackle Sunday) -- “Probably John St. Clair.”


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