Why The Running Game Woes?

In the two-point loss to Kansas City on Sunday, the Browns averaged 2.8 yards per carry. A season ago, the Browns were one of the league's best in that department. What's happened? Eric Mangini was asked that on Monday.

BEREA, Ohio—One of the few things the Browns did well in 2009 was run the ball. They finished eighth in the NFL overall in rushing, and were No. 1 in that department the last four games.

Against the Chiefs, the Browns had 26 rushes for just 73 yards, a woeful 2.8 yard average.

"Sometimes, the running plays come down to a block here and a block there," Eric Mangini said. "I think it's a collection of things. I think it is one block on the nose tackle on one play, on another play it's something else. When we've run the ball effectively, those things have been solid."

Mangini boiled it down to one word.

"It's not being consistent enough," he said. "It's all about consistency."

Jerome Harrison, who had 286 yards against the Chiefs a year ago had 16 carries for 33 yards (2.1 avg.).

Mangini said it's not necessarily about who the Browns are up against.

"I want to be able to run the ball and run the ball consistently no matter who we're going up against."


Mack Attack: C Alex Mack had a costly penalty that moved K Phil Dawson's field goal attempt from 27 yards to 42 yards. Mack said it was a bad mistake.

"I play with passion and was trying to protect my running back," Mack said. "I was too passionate and I feel bad about it."

Mangini said the process is simple to turn things around.

"We can't have penalties and can't turn the ball over," he said. "We can't do it and expect to win close games.

"If we did a better job of controlling the things we can control, we would have been alright."

Injury Update: There was very little update on the injured players. QB Jake Delhomme (ankle), TE Evan Moore (head) and LB Kaluka Maiava (knee) will be updated on Wednesday.

"(Jake's) getting better," Mangini said. "We'll see where he is Wednesday."

It is believed that Moore suffered a concussion, but nothing has been confirmed.

"I let (trainer) Joe (Sheehan) and Doc handle that it's a medical issue," Mangini said. "Nobody goes in until they're cleared medically."

OL Shawn Lauvao (ankle) has missed the first two games, but he was walking without a boot in the locker room on Monday and was running individual drills on the field.

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