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What's Browns coach Eric Mangini saying?

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 10, 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 12-10-10

(Opening statement) -- “Good morning everybody.  A couple of guys that would be able to make it today will be Scott (Fujita), Titus (Brown), Evan (Moore), Floyd (Womack) but he’ll be fine for Sunday and Colt (McCoy) will practice here today in a limited capacity.  That’s progress and I think that’s everybody.  In terms of what we will be doing today is third done, red zone.  We will review the third down, do the red zone, goal line and really what I’m looking for is a crisp finish to our week.”

(On if Marcus Benard is back) -- “Yes, he’s back.”

(On how much McCoy can do and what the possibility is of him being third quarterback for Sunday is) -- “He’ll be limited in terms of percentages of plays, he’ll participate in here today and then depending on how that goes and how he feels tomorrow will really dictate whether or not he can be the third for Sunday.”

(On how the other injured guys are looking for Sunday) -- “I want to see where we are tomorrow.  It’s harder when you miss the full week, but they’re in the meetings, they’re getting the information.  We’ve had this situation before and we’ll really just see where we’re at in the morning.”

(On if Titus Brown has been around all week) -- “Yes, Titus has been here all week. It’s just going through the protocol making sure we’re at a good spot when he does participate.”

(On if he checks the weather for Buffalo frequently) -- “Brian Daboll is from there so he talks to his grandparents all the time.  His grandfather gives him pretty steady updates on what the projections are.  It’s changed pretty much every single day but Brian’s talked to him.  You just don’t know, you don’t know.  It’s like here, you get the one forecast and then you go outside and it’s a little different than what you had anticipated and you just adjust.”

(On if there was a conception that Benjamin Watson wasn’t a big time blocker) -- “I had played against him for three years and had also been in New England when he was there and I think he’s gotten better at it each year. He works at it and he’s pretty consistent with the way that he works at it.  It’s a nice combination of the things he can do in the passing game as well as the running game, it’s a really good combination.”

(On how Watson never leaves the field and if it allow them to do some things that he might be able to do with a tight end that’s as multi-dimensional) -- “Sometimes you get the tight end that’s a really good blocker and isn’t a threat in the passing game or the guy who is a huge threat in the passing game but is a liability in the running game, so the goal is to get that guy that can do both.  When you have that it’s a different threat that you present to the offense.  It’s really always what you’re hoping to have in that position.”

(On what precautions they are taking with dealing with the cold weather) -- “The way that we’re dealing with it is being out there and experiencing it and going through the plays as close as we can get to those conditions, which Cleveland is a pretty good place to be able to do that.  You try to explain it to guys how the footing will be affected, how the wind will affect the ball, how the cold will affect the way the ball carries but you can’t do it. It’s something that has to be experienced.  Each guy has a different way of adjusting to it and preparing for it and having the opportunity to work in it I think is the best way to prepare to play in it.”

(On if they are freezing the balls) -- “No, it pretty much takes care of itself here so we don’t have to do that.”

(On if has taken a while for the team to be able to play without Scott Fujita) -- “It’s hard when you lose a guy like Scott or you lose a guy like Robaire Smith because they do so much defensively and there’s that component of what they do on the field, and their versatility then it’s the communication and the energy all of those things are difficult to replace but we’ve got a lot of people who have worked those spots.  We got a lot of veteran guys with Eric (Barton), D-Bo (David Bowens) and with Chris (Gocong).  They’re guys that have tremendous experience and have been in leadership capacities and are versatile themselves.  I think they’ve done a good job of filling that void.  Even the young guys like Marcus (Benard) and Jason (Trusnik), they have more experience now and they’ve done a good job too.  We’re looking forward to getting Scott back when he does come back, I think it will help us.”

(On how much Benjamin Watson will get double teamed and if that will free up the receivers to make plays) -- “I’m not really sure how much he will get of that.  Each team really has a different approach to how they want to handle the tight end spot.  If that is the focus, it does open up a lot of things outside.  There’s that component of it and if you can run the ball effectively, that’s an issue, you have to deal with stopping the run.  If you want to double team that player as well, there are a lot of different things that you have to do to get both of those accomplished.”

(On what he is looking for in Jayme Mitchell in order for him to be active on Sundays) -- “With any of the young guys that have been inactive or any of the inactive guys, it’s trying to make a case for yourself on special teams, that’s one component of it.  Then carving out a role on defense where you can go each week and contribute each week.  That’s what I’m looking for.  I know Jayme wants to do that and we want him to do that.  The same with Brian Sanford, him working to have some role or any of the guys that have been inactive.  That’s the jumping off point.”

(On if Mitchell has been working mostly at defensive end or linebacker) -- “End, mostly at end.  The same thing in sub, mostly at end.”

(On if the bad weather affects how much they can use the Wildcat) -- “No, I think you could actually use it more if you wanted to because it’s typically a running play and you tend to run the ball more than pass in those windy, cold weather games.  You could definitely use it more.”

(On if Jake Delhomme is starting on Sunday) -- “What do I usually say on Fridays?  Whatever I say on Fridays, yes (joking).”

(On Delhomme saying Robert Royal’s play against Miami was underrated and if he thought Royal played well) -- “Yes, and Robert contributes significantly every game.  There were a couple of times where he opened up some things in the passing game with the way the that he ran his routes that sprung some other guys free.  There’s no statistic for that.  The same thing in the running game, he plays a huge part of our offensive success even though his numbers won’t necessarily jump off of the screen.  Guys feed off of his energy, I really enjoy Rob.  If he wasn’t playing football, he could be a comedian.  His ability to improve and find something funny in any situation is impressive.”


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