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What's Browns coach Eric Mangini saying?

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 12, 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 11-12-10

(Opening statement) -- “Good morning everybody. How are we doing?  It should just be Marcus (Benard) out here today. He went through tests last night and when I talked to him this morning he’s feeling a lot better. He will go through some more tests today.  Really what we’re doing is trying to rule out anything and make sure everything is okay, but he’s in good spirits and I expect him here later this afternoon. In terms of what we’re doing today is continuing on our normal progression so it will be red area, goal line, things like that, some things that we have to clean up in terms of what we did on third down yesterday.  They bring a lot of different looks defensively and just being able to ID those, adjust to those and be able to play fast.”

(On if Benard has been rule out for Sunday’s game) -- “He has not been ruled out for Sunday.  What we’re doing is really taking all precautions in terms of tests and things like that and make sure that we get as much information as we can.  But he hasn’t been ruled out for the game, no.”

(On if Benard will play on Sunday) -- “It will all depend on medically where it is. I can’t predict one or the other but he is definitely not ruled out.”

(On what Benard has been bringing to the team lately) -- “He does a really nice job in a lot of areas and I’ve liked the way that he’s developed as a complete linebacker.  I think he does a really nice job in terms of generating some pass rush. That’s a real plus, but it’s important to him, it’s important to us that he’s not a one dimensional player where that’s the only thing that he does. He works at that and he plays on special teams as well which is a really good thing.”

(On what happened to Benard) -- “It was just really fainting.  That’s really what it was and he went through a range of tests. There’s really not a lot more to it than that right now.”

(On if that was the first time Benard has ever fainted) -- “I haven’t gotten that far into it.  Really the doctors, trainers are handling it specifically.”

(On if Benard was dehydrated) -- “Again, I don’t think that was the case.”

(On Benard’s development as a player) -- “He came in about as raw as you could get.  There were times where I didn’t know if he was going to hang around because there were some things he wasn’t quite getting but he kept working at it.  Because of the way that he worked, he kept getting more and more chances and as he got those chances eventually those chances turned into being activated and being able to play in the games for a substantial amount of time and he performed which was great to see.  Coming back this year, we had him speak to the rookie class and just the growth from him coming in with that first rookie class to him now speaking to the class.  I thought his message was powerful, I thought he was very articulate, very comfortable with who he was and what his goals were and it’s just great to see, really great to see.”

(On if Benard expressed that he wanted to play on Sunday when he spoke with him) -- “Marcus always wants to play and the key thing is just getting all the information. Like I said, there’s been no new news based off of the tests so we’ll just have to see how it goes.”

(On if the players were concerned about Benard during practice and it if have any affect) -- “You’re always concerned when something happens to a teammate whether it’s at practice, before practice, during a game, any of those things.  I would expect nothing less from this group of guys.  These guys care about each other deeply.  Yes, there’s definitely that component of it but guys refocused, went out, worked hard and had a good practice.”

(On what it is like seeing players on the Jets that he brought to that team) -- “It’s great, it’s fantastic to see that. It’s great to see their growth and their development.  You remember what they were like right after the draft and rookie minicamp that first year and the struggles that they had, the different conversations that you had, the different things that you did in relationship to their development, how important it was to teach them how to be pros, to teach them what it meant to play in the NFL, to give them good mentors so that they’d learn the right habits.  That’s going to serve them well for years to come. It’s just so important to get those rookies and teach them the right way when they’re young and teach what it means to be a pro.  Now to see these guys developing into such good, young professional football players, it’s really rewarding.”

(On how Rex Ryan said he laid a good foundation for him and if he feels a sense of pride in it) -- “You definitely do.  I know how hard we worked, I know how many things had to be changed, I know the difficult times we went through and that’s all part of it.  You go through that pain, that restructuring, that process and it doesn’t always makes sense to everybody, it doesn’t look pretty all the time, but you know you’re working towards something bigger and something long term.  You can’t microwave it, you just can’t. It’s got to be done the right way and there’s a real process to it.  I know I’ve used that word a lot of times but it’s really what it is.  Then being able to come here, there’s been pain, there’s been transition and there’s been growth and I really like the good people we brought in here and we need to just keep continuing to grow.  Just being able to experience two different places, you appreciate the success they’re having.”

(On how close he is here to where he wants to be) -- “It comes down to consistency and we’ve done some good things over the course of the season. We’ve made a lot of strides through the course of the season.  We were close in some of those early games and been rewarded here the last couple games, but it’s 16 one game seasons and we’re getting better in terms of the concept of focusing on that one week, that one game, that one opponent.  That’s really important, consistently working at practice and developing good habits there then playing a certain style of football which you have to do every single Sunday.  You can’t play it one week and then not the next week.  When we do all those things on a consistent basis, the winning will continue to come.”

(On how Jake Delhomme looked on his first day back at practice) -- “Looked a little rusty, kind of like Seneca (Wallace) did his first day back.  Seneca looked a little bit better his second day back.  There’s a lot of those football specific movements that you try to mimic during the rehab, but in the huddle, calling a play, throwing a pass, reading a route, all those things in addition to what you’re doing mechanically with your body it’s just different so there’s going to be some rust.”

(On how hard it is to find ‘the’ quarterback) -- “It’s pretty difficult.  We’ve had quite a few here, New York there were a few, in New England there were a few.  It’s such an important decision, you’re trying to always make the best decision.  Information changes, situations change, you just try to make the best decision that you can.  There’s so much emphasis put on the position and so much surrounding it that those decisions are critical.”

(On what crossed his mind when he heard Chad Pennington is playing again) -- “I didn’t think much besides, ‘Good for Chad.’  I like Chad a lot. I think he’s a great guy, a really good quarterback, really smart and manages the team well.  I was happy for Chad.”

(On if he had thought that he could be facing Pennington in a few weeks) -- “No, I just didn’t really think that.  It was more, ‘Good for Chad,’ I’m happy for him.”

(On if they will be attacking Darrelle Revis’ side or avoiding throwing it there) -- “I really think it comes down to who’s open and where the read takes you.  I definitely respect Darrelle.  I was with him from his youngest days for quite a bit of that early development.  You respect him, but we face a lot of good cornerbacks throughout the course of the season and good safeties.  The key thing is to hit the open guy. You know where guys are and you understand what matchups are, but at some point somebody is going to have to get open and make a play.  I respect our receivers too.”

(On the challenge facing Brian Daboll to call plays against the Jets defense) -- “They do some things differently than other teams that we face do.  Baltimore does a lot of things differently, there are some similarities to what they do.  We face a lot of game plan specific teams throughout the course of the last three weeks, between Pittsburgh, New Orleans and then New England.  This just follows in the progression of that.  They can generate quite a bit of pass rush either with three, four or multiple blitzers.  There are a lot of things that you have to take into account.  We have had some of that each week.”

(On if Rob Ryan’s lighter personality has allowed him to open up some) -- “Rob and I have always been the same in terms of our relationship.  He’s just who he is and he’s very witty, he has good comedic timing and I think that’s another big component of it.  His delivery is outstanding.  He’s fun to work with. Rex (Ryan) and getting to know him, he is the same way and you appreciate that.”

(On Rex Ryan saying that he has been trying to get permission to talk to Rob since he has been here) -- “They put through the sheet, it’s just kind of the same thing they do.  We say no and just fax it back.  I could put through some too.  It’s just sort of a fax game.”

(On on if all of the ties and subplots related to this week’s game have been distracting, energizing or both) -- “We had quite a few subplots last week.  We have had back to back subplots, so we are getting seasoned in that.”

(On his favorite subplot of the week) -- “I don’t really have a favorite.  Rex and Rob, that will be my favorite for the week.”

(On if there is any more clarity on who will be the starting quarterback) -- “Frank Ryan looked good yesterday, I really liked some of the things he did (joking).  I think we are moving in the direction that we have been moving the last couple of weeks.  Colt (McCoy) got the bulk of the reps again.  I’m happy to have Seneca (Wallace) out there, he’s moving forward, and Jake (Delhomme) out there and he’s moving forward.  Colt got the bulk of the reps and he will get the bulk again today.”

(On if Wallace could be the backup Sunday) -- “I think that’s a serious possibility, either as the two or the three.”

(On what he would expect from McCoy if he has to throw the ball a lot in a close game in the fourth quarter) -- “I expect he will do well.  He had to throw the ball against Pittsburgh and he threw the ball well against them.  In that two minute drive there, I think they were all passes at that point, and he did a nice job with it.  Whatever the situation, my expectation is that he will handle it like he’s handled everything else.  This game is going to be different than last game and you don’t know what the situation is going to be in the fourth quarter, but you’re confident that he can handle it.”

(On the Super Bowl wrestling story between he and Rob that he mentioned on his conference call with the New York media) -- “I think there was a lot of tension, so we were messing around kind of like brothers so.  You know in hotels where they have those walls and suddenly Bill (Belichick) walks through the door and we are both looking up kind of like, “Oh shoot.’”

(On if there had to be a lot of floor space for that wrestling match) -- “Yes, it was like wrestling elephants (joking).”

(On John St. Clair’s status for Sunday) -- “Hopefully he will be active.  I think, depending on how he does today, he should have a real shot.  He’s done well so far this week.”

(On if he would anticipate Floyd Womack and Billy Yates starting on the right side of the offensive line) -- “Shawn (Lauvao) played some last week and he’s making his case each week, so he may play some more as well.  We will just have to see where we are with John.  I really like John, I think he does a good job so we will just see how that goes.”


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