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What's Browns coach Eric Mangini saying?

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 26, 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 11-26-10

(On how his Thanksgiving was) -- “It was really good.  My brother is in town from Australia with his wife and his son.  My sister came up with her three girls and my brother in law had a high school game yesterday, so he is flying in today.  We had a bunch of guys from the team, a lot of the young, single guys with no place to go.  They always come over, it’s like a teenage group.  Then some of the other coaches from the staff, so it’s a really good group.  Kids were running all over the place, it was fun.”

(On the injury report) -- “Injury-wise, (Eric) Barton is back today.  Mike Adams, you saw practiced yesterday.  Ben Watson practiced yesterday.  They’ll all practice today.  I’m pretty optimistic about (Joshua) Cribbs.  Colt (McCoy) did not practice yesterday and he won’t practice today.  Eric Wright-no, Scott (Fujita)-no.”

(On if Kenyon Coleman or Shaun Rogers will practice today) -- “They’re on their rotation so they should both be out there today.”

(On practice yesterday) -- “I thought practice yesterday was pretty good.  I thought it was really good offensively.  I think defensively, there were some ‘Thanksgiving moments’ where guys were thinking about other things, but we got those corrected.  The tempo across the board was good and sometimes on these holiday practices, you can get some distracted days.  I didn’t think that was the case at all.  I liked the meetings, I liked the tempo, there were just a few moments defensively, some things that we need to clean up.  There were quite a few guys working in different spots, so that was a part of it, but I expect those guys to step in and it to be pretty seamless.”

(On if defensive linemen regularly missing days of practice during the week makes getting a feel for the game plan difficult) -- “We have it in such a way that Kenyon tends to play more in base.  With him working on Wednesdays, that’s the primary base day, so that’s where he gets most of his work anyways.  With Baby (Shaun Rogers), he tends to be more in sub right now so that’s why we structured it the way we do.  Friday is an overall review, so anything that they may have missed from the other days, we make sure that they get those reps.  Where it’s helped is with guys like Brian Schaefering or D-Rob (Derreck Robinson) or any of the young guys, now they are getting some reps and that development is coming along.  There are plusses and minuses, but I think the way we have it set up helps us get what we need from the time we have them.”

(On if he meant he was optimistic about Cribbs potentially practicing today or playing on Sunday) -- “Playing on Sunday.  He did some good work yesterday.  It wasn’t on the practice field, but part of the rehab.  We are going to see where he is today, kind of up the work a little bit, but not necessarily on the practice field.  If that works out, he should be pretty good for Sunday.”

(On if they are thinking it is “all or nothing” for Cribbs Sunday) -- “It probably won’t be the same volume that he would normally get, but we’ll try to target some things for him.  Now if it’s going well and he feels good and there are no setbacks, it may increase as the game goes on.  I’d first like to get him to the game and have a real plan for what he is going to do in the game.  Hopefully we make sure we get that then as the game is unfolding and it feels good, we could potentially increase it.”

(On if Jake Delhomme will start Sunday) -- “Yes, Jake will start.”

(On how hard it is for the offense to have continuity having gone through three different starting quarterbacks through the first 11 weeks of the season) -- “We do like all three guys and all three guys have done well, but there are challenges.  When you have one guy, then you have another guy, then you have another guy and it’s such a pivotal role.  It’s their cadence, it’s the way they call plays in the huddle, it’s the mechanics, it’s the plays that they like, it’s the plays that they run well.  We’ve had experience with all three guys, but ideally you’d like to have one guy for 16 games if you could.  We just really haven’t had that and we haven’t had that in two years.”

(On if he is sympathetic to Seneca Wallace possibly feeling slighted about getting leapfrogged) -- “Jake was the starter at the beginning of the season.  You can look at it a lot of different ways.  Jake got hurt and Seneca had an opportunity.  I think he did well with that opportunity and I think he’s done well since then.  You can just look at it a lot of different ways.”

(On what he thinks the offensive chemistry will be like with Delhomme in the lineup without having had much time with the starting offense) -- “He did during training camp and had a lot of work with those guys.  I liked the work that he had and the way we were moving the ball through the course of the preseason and a lot of the things that he’s done.  I think he’s done a good job this week as well, so I’m really excited about him playing.  It will be good for him to have that opportunity, especially against the team that he does have a lot of familiarity with.”

(On Delhomme showing nice chemistry with Mohamed Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie in the preseason and if it might continue) -- “I don’t think he was necessarily biased one way or the other.  I think he does a good job of going based on the read and that’s really important, to get the read.  I’m hopeful that we can pressure defenses with all of our skill position guys, that’s what you always want to do.  We’ll just have to see how it goes here.  The thing with Carolina is that they do a lot of stuff.  This is a good defensive unit.  They apply a lot of pressure, they apply a lot of different types of pressure, they play with a really high motor, they’re a physical team, they’re really good in terms of generating turnovers and really good at generating negative runs.  Communication is going to be critical with the offensive line, the tight ends, the quarterback and the receivers because they’re bringing it from the corners, they’re bringing it from the safeties, they’re bringing a combination of linebackers, there’s a variation of coverages, they’re challenging and they’re talented.”

(On if it is difficult for a guy like Massaquoi to go through all of the quarterback changes) -- “I think if you can get open then they’ll find you.  If you catch the ball, they’ll look to you even more.  I’ve seen a lot of receivers play with a lot of different guys and there was pretty consistent production out of them.  Like anything else, you’d like to have the same flow, it just really hasn’t been an option for us.  That’s why I’m such a huge believer in preseason, OTAs and all of the time, even during the year, to keep mixing guys in.  You can load up reps on one person or load up reps in one area and suddenly if that’s taken away, the next guy in is lost.  That’s why I’ve always believed in mixing guys in.”

(On how Massaquoi’s second season is going) -- “I think he’s had some good games and I really feel like he’s made a lot of progress.  I know the numbers aren’t dramatic, but I’ve seen a lot of growth in him as a player.  It’s going to continue to improve, I just really believe that.”

(On if knows what happened to the running game against Jacksonville) -- “We didn’t play very well, I don’t think, across the board in terms of being able to blunt their pressures, being able to eliminate the penetration that they were able to generate.  You have to do that otherwise you have guys in the backfield and cutback lanes are eliminated. It generates the negative runs, and I don’t think that was just the offensive line either.  It was the tight ends, it was the fullback, it was the whole group and they played really physical.  We have to match that intensity when we play teams like that, I thought we didn’t do a great job with that either.  They were determined to stop our run.  That was no secret, we talked about that throughout the course of the week and what you don’t want to do is have someone call their shot and hit it out of the park.  You have got to be able to match that and we didn’t.  We didn’t do a good job of it.”

(On if Jacksonville overpowered them) -- “I think it was really a combination of things Terry (Pluto) where there were scheme things that they did that we had to execute our runs in a certain way and we didn’t.  Then there were times where they were more physical than we were.  I’m sure Jack (Del Rio) talked about that a lot, about last season and when you have that next opportunity, you understand how they are going to approach it and you either match it or you don’t.  We didn’t do a good job matching it.”

(On if the running game is still part of their offense) -- “It sets up everything else because if you can run the football. Time of possession and it helps from a complementary perspective because it keeps the defense off the field it gives them a chance to catch their breath and put you into a better position going into the fourth quarter.  It slows down pressures, it provides opportunities in the passing game because the play actions are going to draw the safeties down further, they’re going to draw the linebackers down tighter and that opens up things in the passing game.  When you can’t run the football you just become one dimensional and often times when that happens now they can tee off with pass rushing.”

(On if that is why Colt McCoy got sacked six times) -- “That was part of it. There were a couple mistakes where Colt should have thrown the ball away and just held it too long.  That was part of it, part of it was on him, part of it was our guys need to do a better job of getting open.  It’s never the one component, everybody shared in it.”

(On if McCoy is going to be able to be the third quarterback or what would they do if he isn’t) -- “I don’t know if he’s going to be or not yet either.  We’ve got Josh (Cribbs), we’ll have to see where he is.  After him, I think the only guy that we have is (Chansi) Stuckey who has thrown the ball.  Put Peyton (Hillis) back there, he’s thrown it a couple times (joking).”

(On if there was a time in preseason where he thought Delhomme was back from his struggles in Carolina last year) -- “Yes, when we started him in the opener we felt that way.  Really felt that way throughout the course of the preseason. I thought that he had a really good preseason.  I was excited about the things he had done. It’s just unfortunate that he got hurt when he did. We would have liked to have seen more of that during those early games, more of where he was and more of where we were.”

(On if Delhomme is mobile) -- “He’s not Michael Vick but he can dance around a little bit around back there.  Sometimes you don’t really want a lot of mobility. What you want to do is throw it away if it’s not there.  I think if that’s the best decision and you can get caught up trying to make a play where you’re dancing around trying to avoid pass rushes but as soon as you do that, you don’t know where everybody is. You’ve changed the whole blocking for the offensive line because they’re assuming you’re in one spot and they’re blocking a guy a certain direction.  You can make some plays and that’s great but you’re also in a position where you can give away some plays whether it’s a forced fumble or picks or things like that.  Often times the best decision is cut your losses and throw the ball out of bounds.”

(On if the offensive line plays its best when Floyd Womack is in) -- “I really like Floyd a lot, Pork Chop.  He’s under rated in terms of his communication, so whether he’s playing tackle with Shawn (Lauvao) a young guy next to him, he’s really controlling the communication over there and he’s got a great feel for what’s going on or whether he’s playing guard with John (St. Clair). They have a great level of communication as well.  It’s not just his play but it’s also him helping to coordinate things on that side of the line which is really, really important.”

(On if he has decided what he is going to do on the right side of the offensive line) -- “I have a pretty good idea. It’s not earth shattering. I just want to go through today and see where Floyd (Womack) is he’s practiced but just see where he is physically and make sure we’re back to where we need to be.”

(On if Delhomme is more knowledgeable than McCoy because of all of his experience) -- “It’s really not even close especially at that point because whenever a rookie quarterback come in it’s this huge transition.  He’s got to run the offense and to do that he’s got to learn all aspects of the offense and he’s getting used to a whole new environment, group of people, coaches, philosophy, all those things versus a guy who Jake was getting used to those things as well but he’s got years of experience, reps and he’s seen things.  It’s intuitive, it’s a huge difference from that perspective.  I think one of the things that Colt really has benefited from is having Jake here and when Colt was starting I think those guys drive into work each day together and spend a lot of time discussing the game plan, the reads, it’s outstanding.  Colt for years to come will remember the time he’s spent with Jake Delhomme and the importance of that and learning what it means to be a pro.  Jake, he’s a tremendous pro and to have a mentor like that it’s invaluable.  You have the coaching element but when you get a good mentor at a young age it’s huge.  That’s why it’s so important from my perspective to have older guys in the room to be able to take these younger guys and say, ‘This is what it’s like, this is how you do the right things, this is how you last as long as I have.’  It’s the same things with Sheldon Brown and Joe Haden.  Joe Haden couldn’t ask for a better mentor than Sheldon Brown and that will go a long way.  T.J. (Ward) with Abe (Elam) and Shawn Lauvao and the group of guys he’s with.  I’ve seen it go the other way where you take a good young promising guy and put him in a room with some questionable mentors and that goes south and you’ve almost got to save him from the environment.”

(On how Eric King did in his first game with the Browns how difficult it is to come in and play right away) -- “It is difficult and I though he did a good job especially considering that he had to learn a lot of spots because of where we were.  He’s had to work a lot of spots again this week and that is hard.  It’s positive because he’s got experience, he’s been in different systems but I would expect a jump now from last week to this week.  We’ve had more time so if he plays I expect it to be at a higher level than what it was last week.”

(On what he is looking for in the last six games) -- “For me it starts with the wins and to be able to get to that step of winning consistently.  Growth, continued growth especially from the young guys.  The young players that continue to see them take steps in their development, and when I say young players I don’t just mean the rookie class I mean the Marcus Benards, the Evan Moores, the Brian Schaeferings, the Alex Macks, the Mohameds.  We’ve got a group of second year players, I want to see their continued growth and consistency, not turning the ball over, low in penalties, playing what I can only classify as Browns football, tough, smart, physical, consistent, complementary football week in and week out.  That’s really what I’m looking for.”

(On if they are going to be able to use Seneca Wallace in Wildcat-type plays or if they will be more cautious) -- “We can and we have some things in like that each week but there is what you’re saying, if you have two, you want to limit the amount of exposure that you have with the second one.  Seneca is a guy that I really like the things that he brings to the offense and you want to have those components in every week and be able to use them when you want to use them on your terms and the where you think it’ll be most effective against the defense.  I have absolute confidence in Seneca when he goes in and plays.  You’d love to be able to have him, Josh (Cribbs), Colt (McCoy) to have the whole gang back together and then make some decisions.”

(On how Joe Haden has looked the last couple weeks and him showing his speed to break up a deep pass) -- “I really wasn’t looking for the guy to be behind him in the first place but you’re glad that he caught up when he did.  He is developing.  Joe’s a competitive guy and you see it even in practice.  What I’ve liked too recently is he’s finding the football more, not just in the games but in practice. He’s making some plays on the ball that he really wasn’t making especially in the earlier part of the season but that’s happening with a little bit more frequency.  I think he’s a physical guy.  Where Joe has to keep developing is some of the habits that he had in college that worked well in college, they don’t all work the same here because it’s different.  It’s a much higher level of competition week in and week out and some technique things I’m looking for him to continue to grow with.”

(On if Cribbs will be able to return kicks if he plays on Sunday) -- “I think that’s a starting point for us, kicks and punts and then we’ll see where he is with receiver play and Wildcat and stuff like that.  With Josh, if he’s playing you know he’s going to want to play everything all the time. He’ll want to run down the kicks, he’ll want to do it all.”

(On if they popped his toes back in) -- “I didn’t get the in depth report on that.  I don’t know exactly what it is.  I had a dislocated shoulder one time and that hurt. With the feet, toes, I can’t imagine what that felt like.”

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