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What's Browns coach Eric Mangini saying?

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 8, 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 10-8-10

(Opening statement) -- “Good morning everybody. We should have most the guys out for practice here today.  John St. Clair will not be there and we’re probably going to rest Peyton (Hillis) today.  He had a little tightness yesterday, it shouldn’t be an issue for the game but we’ll just take some precautions here today for that.  Everybody else I believe is out there.  What we are working on today is the next phase for us which is goal line, red area, short yardage review.  There are some things I want to clean up both offensively and defensively on third down from yesterday.  Atlanta is a very good third down team, on both sides of the ball so that’s going to be an important part of our success on Sunday.”

(On who got game balls from Sunday) -- “The defensive player of the game was Matt Roth, offensive was Peyton Hillis, special teams was Nick Sorensen and the practice player of the week was Jordan Norwood. It was a good situation because it was a hard decision and that’s what you want to have every game is a hard decision as to give the game ball to.  The whole team got a game ball for our first win of the season as well.”

(On if Alex Mack will practice today and if he likes his chances to play) -- “He will do some work today. I do [like his chances]. I think the nice thing about Alex, playing as many games as he’s played, is even though this will be the first time he’s dealt with this scenario, his experience he has built up will help him and he’s also got a good situation having Eric (Steinbach) and Floyd (Womack) who he can kind of lean on if anything gets a little bit cloudy for him.”

(On what happened to Peyton Hillis) -- “He just got tight and we decided to pull him at that point and rest him.”

(On how Jake Delhomme practiced yesterday) -- “I’d say pretty good, I think we’re much further ahead than we were last week.  We’re still going through the process so today’s another step in that.  He had a little bit more work yesterday. He’ll get a little bit more work here today.  In my mind it comes down to tomorrow, how he feels tomorrow. We’ll talk to him, to Brian (Daboll), to Joe (Sheehan) go through the same steps that we went through last week in terms of his movement and his ability to do all the things that we’re going to ask him to do in the game plan or if he plays what things he really can’t do and we’ll make sure to stay away from that.  It’s better than last week but we’ve got to go through the whole set of days before we make that decision.”

(On if the reps have been split 50-50 with Delhomme and Seneca Wallace) -- “Pretty close to that, some periods different. It depends on if we have some repeat reps that maybe Seneca didn’t get then give him a couple of those in the next period or the next day but it’s pretty close.”

(On if defending Michael Turner is like defending Jerome Bettis) -- “It’s been a while since I’ve defended Jerome.  My first exposure to Michael Turner was when he was in San Diego and he was quite a bit different than defending LaDainian Tomlinson.  They had two really good backs and when Michael came in there were a lot of explosive plays that he has.  He has a very good center of gravity, he’s got excellent balance, he’s faster than you think.  If you look at his size, you may under estimate his speed but he’s got quite a few long plays. An incredibly productive college career as well.  He’s a guy we tried to get when we were in New York through trades and it just never worked out.”

(On what is holding Turner’s rushing average down) -- “It could be a lot of different things.  His per carry average last year was 4.8 and that’s over the course of the season sometimes that averages out.  You get a couple big games, that average adjusts.  It could be the amount of guys they had in the box, it could be quite a few different things.”

(On how well the Browns have done defending insides runs this year) -- “We’ve been pretty effective inside.  It’s a good group in there with (Ahtyba) Rubin, Kenyon (Coleman), Robaire (Smith), Scott (Fujita), Chris (Gocong), Eric (Barton) and Matt (Roth).  That whole core group does a nice job with fitting those plays.  The thing that’s unique about Atlanta is they have the two outstanding runners and they’ve got quite a few scheme runs that aren’t as traditional as what you typically face and there’s some very creative things that are designed to confuse the reads and I think they do a nice job of them.  There are two challenges, there’s stopping the backs and the running game, and then there’s also in doing that recognizing how to fit on these runs that are different than the things that we’ve seen to this point.”

(On if Roddy White is an elite receiver) -- “Yes, he’s right up there.  There’s not any route that you see on tape that he doesn’t run well.  Typically, some guys that are burners and vertically guys aren’t great catch and run guys but he’s made quite a few plays where he catches off of a four or five yard hitch, makes a guy miss and goes the distance.  That creates a different level of threat because some of those burner types you can play high all the time, you don’t have to play as tight because where they’re really going to kill you is the deep ball but when you got a guy who can do both those things you got to play him a little bit differently then guys that are more one dimensional.  Another thing about him is he blocks and he plays at a high tempo all of the time.  He’s not taking plays off when he’s on the back side of routes, he’s not taking plays off in the running game.  That to me shows a lot of character and it’s a great trait to have with that kind of ability.”

(On what he teaches his players to do on a play like Roddy White’s interception-forced fumble) -- “How many time outs did they have? All three? At that point you’re going to have to get a first down.  I think it was 1:04 left or something like that.  At that point, he could run but you better know where 84 (Roddy White) is.  We intercept the ball we’re going to know where number 84 is this week.  It’s such a great teaching tool for us as well because it’s the second time he’s done it, this isn’t the first time he’s done it and it just goes to show you.  You guys remember the San Diego-New England game where Troy Brown knocks it out, defensive players when they get the ball in their hand they get so excited  sometimes they don’t protect it, come out, knock it out, it changes the whole complexion of things.  At that point I’d probably keep running.”

(On if Delhomme has a better down field touch than Wallace) -- “I think both guys have the ability to throw down field.  Some of the down field throws that they like, their preference of down field throws, that’s a little bit different in terms of the type of route that they like to throw. There’s not many routes with either guy where you sit back and say he can’t hit that one or we don’t feel comfortable throwing that one.  I feel good about both guys in our ability to throw deep.  You saw Seneca hit (Joshua) Cribbs on the deep over on third and one.”

(On if their defensive line presents a unique challenge since they rotate more) -- “Cincinnati rotated quite a bit they used a lot of their guys.  Atlanta has a lot of defensive linemen on their roster and they have a lot of talented defensive linemen on the roster, not saying Cincinnati doesn’t, but they do do a good job.  All of them play which keeps them fresh.  They all present different approaches to pass rushing so you’re studying one guy but really you have to study three because you could get all three of those guys and you probably will get all three of those guys.  Then they’ll mix them up some as to where they’ll play so that’s a little bit different then what you see as an offensive lineman.  Typically, you’re studying one, maybe two guys here with the rotation the way it is you’ve got to study three or four guys, you got to study different combinations of guys.  They’ve got some really talented players in that front.  I think Jonathan Babineaux does an excellent job.  I love his motor, the pad level that he plays with creates some things there.  John Abraham, he’s got great first step quickness. He’s another relentless pass rusher. He’s been really productive from a sack perspective over time and he can ruin a game at any point.  Jamaal Anderson, I really liked him coming out of college, he’s a different style of rusher so they’ve got quite a few.”

(On what winning last week has done for his team and what winning a second-straight week would do) -- “In being able to finish out the game against Cincinnati, that’s something that we hadn’t been able to do in the first three games even though they were all close.  The difference was 12 points over three games.  There is a process where you learn how to work, you learn how to compete and you learn how to win and then you learn how to win consistently.  They’re all steps and they’re all really important steps. Our guys, as we talked about prior to the Cincinnati game, they care.  There’s a resolve, there’s a determination and you want to see that rewarded.  That was one of the real positive things from that win.  Now, it’s coming back and being able to put games together, weeks together and get into that pattern of expectations.”

(On what Atlanta proved by beating New Orleans and if that changes the way he looks at the Falcons) -- “I don’t think it changes the way that we look at Atlanta.  I think the way that they’ve played in all four of their games and their ability to win close games, to me, that says a lot about their development.  They’ve done it in a very sound way. They’ve controlled the time of possession, they’ve been very good at giveaway-takeaway ratio. They’ve been one of the least penalized teams in the league. They’re second in the NFL in run-pass balance.  We are third in the NFL in run-pass balance. We need to get our penalties down.  It’s sound football.  It’s a lot of smart football and often times, those games come down to who can do that. That’s, I guess, more of the way I view them as opposed to their one game against New Orleans.  Obviously, that’s a big win for them, but the body of work over the first four games is more how we are viewing it.”

(On if the amount of passing yardage given up the past two games is a reflection of the quarterbacks and receivers they have went against or their own secondary) -- “There are a lot of things that we can improve on and I felt like there were some opportunities that we didn’t take advantage of.  We’ll get better as a group.  Having two young players in there, there’s going to be some bumps with that.  Really, Eric Wright is playing a new position, the substituted defense at the star.  Sheldon Brown is new.  Even though they’ve been playing together, it’s a little different than, say, the offensive line group, where that group is an older group.  Four out of the five guys have been playing together for a little while now.  Coordination is such an important part of that.  In addition to that, the front end needs to continue to improve as well, keeping the quarterback in the pocket, getting to where we need to get to at the right time, hitting the proper gaps and it being coordinated across the board.  Now all that being said, Joe Flacco, Carson Palmer, Matt Ryan, those are three good quarterbacks in a row.  Just line them up.  (Ben) Roethlisberger, (Drew) Brees, Tom Brady, so you’ve got to get better. Next week, you’re talking about another really good quarterback and another really good receiving group.  Next week, it will be the same thing and the same thing.  I like the way these guys are working together and it will continue to get better as they do that and as they continue to grow as a group.”

(On if he has seen any similarities between Matt Ryan and Peyton Manning) -- “I didn’t interview Peyton Manning coming out, but I did with Matt and have been around a lot of quarterbacks that have been successful.  He’s got all of the traits.  He’s got the natural ability, he’s got leadership ability, he is very, very bright, he’s a sincere person. One of my favorite guys that I’ve spent time with.  You can see it in his play, the smart things that he does in his play.  You can see the multiple things that they do on offense, which means he has a high capacity to do that and to run that effectively.  I think he’s going to keep getting better and he’s got an outstanding work ethic. Put all of that together, and you’ve got a pretty good package.”

(On if Floyd Womack and Tony Pashos could be the combination on the right side of the offense line for the rest of the season) -- “I think they’ve done a nice job.  I said that when Tony wasn’t starting, that I felt completely comfortable if he came in and that was a good situation to have.  He’s really done a great job since he’s been in there. We are getting Shawn (Lauvao) back this week and Shawn has been getting back in the swing of things.  Nobody is going to roll over and play dead and let you take their spot. He’s got his work to do and the nice thing about Shawn is he is going to work at it and he is going to keep pushing for play time, which is what I would expect and which is what I would want.”

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