Archive for September, 2010


09/26
10:29 PM

Fan View: Moral Victory, Schmoral Victory: Jeff B. is about patience this year, but isn’t excited about a third cl… http://bit.ly/bwYoYR

Latest Links from the OBR Newswire
OBR Newswire on September 26th, 2010 AT 9:00 PM

These are links from the OBR Newswire for September 26th from 20:44 to 20:48:

  • ESPN – Kevin Kolb’s time will come – As much as it surely disappointed him, Kolb accepted the switch. To remain the Eagles' starter was a no-win proposition at this time. But just because the starting job is Michael Vick's now, it doesn't mean it won't be Kolb's in the future. "He wants to be out there and he wants to play, and his day will come here," Reid predicted about Kolb.
  • Fanhouse – Ravens vs. Browns: Quick Hits – The Ravens looked sharp, as they were expected to, with two touchdown passes from quarterback Joe Flacco to wide receiver Anquan Boldin to put up 14 quick points. But similar to the Browns' last two games, they didn't back down while sticking with their game plan by run the ball down the Ravens' throat.
  • Plain Dealer – Another close defeat can’t hide the facts – Here's the good stuff that fans may not want to hear right now — the offense returned to its identity of last season.
  • AP – Boldin, Flacco carry Ravens over Browns 24-17 – Anquan Boldin made himself right at home in Baltimore with a sensational performance against the Cleveland Browns.


Browns Postgame Notes
Don Delco on September 26th, 2010 AT 5:34 PM

Below are postgame notes following the Browns’ 24-17 loss to the Ravens on Sunday, as provided by the Browns’ PR staff:

—Running back Peyton Hillis totaled a career-high 144 rushing yards with one touchdown and added seven receptions for 36 yards. His rushing total was the sixth-most ever against the Ravens and most since 2005. Hillis has recorded a rushing touchdown in all three games this season. He posted a career-long 43 yard run in the second quarter and his seven receptions tied a personal-best, a figure he first achieved on November 2, 2008 against Miami as a member of the Denver Broncos.

—Hillis is the first Brown to reach the 100-yard rushing plateau against the Ravens. He became just the fourth back to rush for more than 100-yards against the Ravens in their last 54 games and the sixth in their last 71. Hillis' one-yard touchdown in the second quarter marked the first touchdown allowed by the Ravens this season.

—Dating back to 2009, the Browns defense has not allowed a rushing touchdown or a single player to reach the 100-yard rushing plateau in five consecutive games.

—Tight end Benjamin Watson recorded his first touchdown of the season, on a one-yard pass from quarterback Seneca Wallace. Watson now has 21 career touchdown receptions and Wallace has 27 career touchdown passes.

—Quarterback Seneca Wallace finished 18 of 24 passing for 141 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. With a 75 percent completion rate, it marked his best percentage, in games where he has attempted more than one pass, since a 77.3 clip against Atlanta on December 30, 2007.

—Wallace had a passer rating of 103.0 today, it marked the 10th time in his career that he has posted a quarterback rating of 100 or better.

—With no interceptions today, the Ravens had a streak of 11 consecutive games with an interception against the Browns snapped.

—The Browns did not commit a turnover today for the first time in the last six regular season games. Prior to today, the last time the Browns did not have a turnover was on December 10, 2009, in a 13-6 win over Pittsburgh at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

—Wide receiver Joshua Cribbs tied a career-best with five receptions, totaling 58 yards. He also added 20 yards rushing on two carries.

—Defensive back Sheldon Brown has appeared in all 131 regular season games in his career, which began with Philadelphia in 2002. His streak is the second-longest among all active defensive backs.

—Kicker Phil Dawson converted on a 38-yard field goal in the first quarter. He now has 230 career field goals and trails Hall of Famer Lou Groza (234) by four for the Browns all-time lead.

—Offensive lineman Joe Thomas has started all 51 career games at left tackle and has not missed an offensive snap since joining the Browns as the third overall pick in the 2007 draft.

—Linebacker Eric Barton totaled a team-high and season-best nine tackles in the contest.



09/26
4:22 PM

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09/26
4:00 PM

Gameballs and Goats voting is OPEN NOW! http://cle.scout.com/a.z?s=149&p=2&c=1006186


09/26
3:53 PM

Roth jumps over the line, giving Rats a first down on penalty. Rats to run out the clock now. FINAL TO BE: RATBIRDS 24, BROWNS 17


09/26
3:51 PM

Browns take final timeout. Ravens third and four from their 37, 1:55 left. Must stop Ratbirds now or the game is over.


09/26
3:51 PM

Browns take final timeout. Ravens third and four from their 37, 1:55 left. Must stop Ratbirds now or the game is over.


09/26
3:49 PM

And Boldin a notorious non-hand-washer. RT @dzbin: @TheOBR Eric Wright, germophobic cornerback.


09/26
3:49 PM

Two Minute Warning: Ratbirds got a first down, now have it second and ten at their own 31, leading by seven.


09/26
3:49 PM

Two Minute Warning: Ratbirds got a first down, now have it second and ten at their own 31, leading by seven.


09/26
3:49 PM

Two Minute Warning: Ratbirds got a first down, now have it second and ten at their own 31, leading by seven.


09/26
3:46 PM

Ravens get the ball at their 20 with 3:49 left. Browns in a grim situation. RATBIRDS 24, BROWNS 17


09/26
3:46 PM

Ravens get the ball at their 20 with 3:49 left. Browns in a grim situation. RATBIRDS 24, BROWNS 17


09/26
3:46 PM

Ravens get the ball at their 20 with 3:49 left. Browns in a grim situation. RATBIRDS 24, BROWNS 17


09/26
3:40 PM

49-yard field goal by Cundiff after giving the Rats the short field makes it RATBIRDS 24, BROWNS 17. 5:29 left.


09/26
3:40 PM

49-yard field goal by Cundiff after giving the Rats the short field makes it RATBIRDS 24, BROWNS 17. 5:29 left.


09/26
3:33 PM

Missed toss on a sweep has resulted in a 3rd and 28 from the Browns own 1. Time out. 7:55 left, chaos, dogs/cats living together, etc.


09/26
3:29 PM

Based on my Twitter stream, we need Eric Wright’s hat size for Goathorn fitting after this one. Oh my.


09/26
3:27 PM

Browns blitz, leave Wright 1-on-1 with Boldin. 27-yard Flacco-to-Boldin touchdown. RATBIRDS 21, BROWNS 17. 9:13 left. It ain’t over.


09/26
3:26 PM

Remember, after the game, hit The OBR to vote for Gameballs and Goats. Results released during our Tuesday radio show.


09/26
3:25 PM

Time Out Called: Rats third and five at the Browns 27. 9:20 left in the game. BROWNS 17 RATBIRDS 14.


09/26
3:25 PM

Time Out Called: Rats third and five at the Browns 27. 9:20 left in the game. BROWNS 17 RATBIRDS 14.


09/26
3:12 PM

@brianwillse Looks like we might have gotten the better of the Quinn deal. :-)


09/26
3:10 PM

First play of the fourth: Wallace floats a TD to Watson at the pylon! BROWNS 17, RATBIRDS 14


09/26
3:08 PM

End of 3: Wow!! Hillis blows up the Ravens for a 48 yard run, then a 15-yard penalty. Cribbs 19 on a direct snap. Browns 2nd & goal @ Rat 1!


09/26
3:04 PM

Thrilling third quarter continues as, surprisingly, the Ravens punt. Browns first down at their 14, 1:45 left in the third.


09/26
3:00 PM

@SUMBRY13 Perhaps not all on Eric – I don’t think Wright got safety help one or two times he was expecting it.


09/26
2:59 PM

Updating the third quarter excitement, tag on a “Browns punt”. Rat ball at their 31. Both teams mulling if they want to win this game.


09/26
2:57 PM

Rats boing a field goal attempt off an upright, Browns punt, Rats punt, Browns now third and eight on their own 32. 3:31 left in the third


09/26
2:50 PM

Browns hang with Ravens in 1st half: Ravens jump out to 14-3 lead, but the Browns finish the half with a touchdown… http://bit.ly/cSJNCg


09/26
2:34 PM

Browns get the ball to start the second half, wind up punting from their own 32. Ravens first posession next. RATBIRDS 14-10, 11:36 3rd Q.


09/26
2:14 PM

Keep doing that, Brownies, and I’ll never confuse you with a Community College football team again.


09/26
2:13 PM

Peyton Hillis wills the Browns downfield. Some amazing runs in an 88-yard drive resulting in a TOUCHDOWN. RATBIRDS 14, BROWNS 10


09/26
2:05 PM

Browns driving again, now at the Ratbird 16 at the 2 minute warning. RATS 14, BROWNS 3, first half.


09/26
1:55 PM

Ravens drive 93 yards due to two passes to a wide-open Boldin, take a 14-3 lead over Cleveland Browns Community College. 5:59 left in half.


09/26
1:46 PM

Browns second-quarter drive stalls near mid-field. Ratbird ball at the 7 after a Hodges punt. 11:52 left in the half, RATBIRD 7, BROWNS 3


09/26
1:35 PM

Second quarter starts with the Browns at third and nine at their 23. RATBIRDS 7, BROWNS 3.


09/26
1:27 PM

Browns defense allows Flacco enough time so that he’s not able to suck properly, 10 play 85 yard drive results. RATBIRDS 7, BROWNS 3.


09/26
1:16 PM

@fte88 Roth, Gocong, and the secondary need to provide the rush.


09/26
1:16 PM

On the Brown first possession, a 12-play 62-yard drive results on a 38 yard Phil Dawson field goal. BROWNS 3, RAVENS 0


09/26
12:42 PM

@fte88 Benard didn’t participate in practice most of the week due to an ankle injury.


09/26
12:38 PM

Live game chat is rolling: http://cle.scout.com/2/1006105.html


09/26
12:34 PM

@taxdebtguru Lauvao was listed as Out in Friday’s injury report.


09/26
12:26 PM

Inactive for the browns: delhomme harrison robiskie


09/26
10:43 AM

Browns vs. Ravens: Live Chat!: Join OBR and FSN Ohio Analysts as we discuss the game as it happens http://bit.ly/cRqTx3


09/25
9:26 PM

Jackson Shut Down for the Year: Hot News for ILB D’Qwell Jackson http://bit.ly/cuBfTM


09/25
8:45 PM

@MarcSessler Hmmm…. If 1-888-MAN-GINI is disconnected, maybe you should try 1-888-BIG-SHOW or 1-888-GRU-DEN1.


09/25
8:30 PM

@MarcSessler Hmmm…. you sure it’s not just forwarding to 1-888-BIG-SHOW or 1-888-JGR-UDEN?


09/25
8:04 PM

@MarcSessler Do you know how to play? Can you fill in at WR or nose tackle? I’ve lost weight, so I’m more of a DE now. Call 1-888-MAN-GINI.


09/25
7:54 PM

Browns-Ravens: Don’s Game Preview: Don Delco identifies the key factors in Sunday’s battle in Baltimore… http://bit.ly/ddVcNi


09/25
7:52 PM

@BrownieTheElf @mig13 I don’t think Mangini’s responsible for these. I do think that injuries stand out a lot more on bad football teams.


09/25
7:51 PM

@Swift_Reviews They must think that Aiken can contribute more right away. Engram has had trouble staying on the field.


09/25
7:29 PM

Browns have now downgraded Robiskie and Shaun Rogers to OUT. Cribbs is now “Questionable”.


09/25
7:29 PM

Browns have now downgraded Robiskie and Shaun Rogers to OUT. Cribbs is now “Questionable”.


09/25
7:27 PM

The Browns have placed DQwell Jackson on Injured Reserve and have signed veteran WR Sam Aiken. DQJ is done for the Year!


09/25
7:27 PM

The Browns have placed DQwell Jackson on Injured Reserve and have signed veteran WR Sam Aiken. DQJ is done for the Year!

Josh Cribbs: TV Star
Barry McBride on September 25th, 2010 AT 6:23 PM

Being a member of the Cleveland Browns and nationwide fame hasn’t been synonymous of late, but Josh Cribbs is doing his best. Here’s a press release we got last night:

NFL STAR JOSH CRIBBS OF THE CLEVEAND BROWNS  TO GUEST STAR IN THE SEPTEMBER 30thEPISODE OF FX NETWORK’S “THE LEAGUE”

Pro-Bowl Athlete to Play Himself in Fantasy Football Themed Comedy

Los Angeles, Calif – September 23, 2010 – One of  the National Football League’s elite athletes will debut his comedic timing and acting abilities in an episode of FX’s “The League” airing September 30 at 10:30PM EST/PST. The edgy comedy, centered on a fictional fantasy football league, will feature Josh Cribbs as himself the upcoming episode.

Cleveland Browns Pro Bowler Josh Cribbs likened the experience to preparing for a football game and studying film. “I prepared for my role by watching episodes from the first season and memorizing my script, but when I stepped on the set, it was like seeing a blitz for the first time. The actors were so talented and funny, so a lot of my lines were improvised.”

About “The League” on FX:

Fantasy football is supposed to provide an outlet for good-natured competition and camaraderie between friends and colleagues, but that’s not always the case. In FX’s comedy series, The League, deception, one-upmanship and a win-at-all costs mentality rule the day on the virtual gridiron and then extend into personal relationships, marriages and the workplace. The League was created by the husband-and-wife team of Jeff Schaffer (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld) and Jackie Marcus Schaffer (Disturbia, Eurotrip) who serve as executive producers and directors. The series is produced by FX Productions



09/25
6:02 PM

@athensit I’d wager it’s Hillis, unless he puts the ball on the ground.

To the Attention of One Mr. Ray Lewis
Barry McBride on September 25th, 2010 AT 1:03 PM

I was watching a television commercial yesterday, where Ray Lewis was running with a football, chased by extras dressed in football uniforms and a guy wearing a bear costume. In the commercial, Lewis says something akin to “Women want me, men want to be me, animals want to learn to speak so they can hang out with me”.

That’s funny, I guess, as far as it goes. Someone on Madison Avenue gets a big gold star for making Ray Lewis seem witty, a task even more challenging than making the Cleveland Browns competitive as an NFL team.

Just so Mr. Lewis isn’t confused, however, I’d like to make it clear that I do not want to be you. Even though I am fairly capable with the English language, within my limitations, I do not want to “hang” with you.

In fact, I do not want to be anywhere near you. I don’t want any member of my family anywhere near you. I don’t even like it when you briefly visit my state in order to play football in it.

And I will not purchase any product you are paid to endorse, or any product that would associate itself with you.

Hopefully, this clears up any delusions that you or scriptwriters working for consumer products companies may have. Thanks.

 


Transcript: Brian Daboll Press Conference
Barry McBride on September 24th, 2010 AT 5:52 PM

Browns Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll press conference 9-24-10

 

(On if there is a chance Jake Delhomme will play Sunday)- “Did Eric (Mangini) rule him out?  Then there’s a chance.”

 

(On Seneca Wallace’s first game as the starter)- “I think he did a lot of nice things.  The one thing is I would have liked to hit a few more.  We threw up a bunch of shots, seven go routes, actually we threw, and we just couldn’t connect.  Two of them were in our hands, one Mo (Mohamed Massaquoi) was out of bounds and then the last one at the end of the game there, he caught it and couldn’t come down with it.  Some of the intermediate things were good.  We would like to keep on working on hitting those shots down the field.”

 

(On the reason was for missing some of those go routes)- “I think there was a combination of them.  Some of them were a result of pressure.  They were bringing some extra guys on the open side to where Mohamed was, so we had to go ahead and convert a play.  The pressure was coming, he had to get rid of it and a couple of them we could have ran a little bit of a better route.  A couple of them he could have made a nicer throw.  It was a combination, but they were giving us some press man, single high, so we were going to take some shots on it.”

 

(On if he expects better passes from Wallace on deep routes Sunday)- “Yes, because he is a pretty good deep pall thrower.  We were hitting them all week in practice.  Again, it was a combination of things.  (Eric) Berry was blitzing a few times off that edge and you don’t have a guy accounting for him in certain protections, so he was getting there.  He is a pretty good deep ball thrower.”

 

(On if he saw deep routes would be an advantage versus Kansa City going into the game)- “They played quite a bit of press man against San Diego, so we thought we’d have a couple of chances to throw it up there down the field against them and we were going to try it.  If they were going to give us those looks, we were going to go ahead and go after it.”

 

(On if the defense from Kansas City is what he thought Romeo Crennel would give them)- “He stayed pretty consistent with what he did against San Diego.  They got up and they played some man to man, they played a little bit of zone and they pressured.  Pretty much what you were ready for during the week of practice.”

 

(On not using the Wildcat as much as they wanted to last game)- “You get into kind of a little bit of a rhythm going in the first half.  We had 240 (yards) or something in the first half, so it was going pretty good.  The second half, we came out and when you get into those little ruts, sometimes you’d like to use it and I just didn’t get to it.  We didn’t score any points, we had a three and out the last series on that last play to Mo.  When things are kind of getting stale, it’s usually a good thing to go to 16 (Joshua Cribbs) and give him the ball a few times, hopefully get you into a little bit of a rhythm.”

 

(On if it was a conscious decision to not run Wildcat as much or he just didn’t get around to it)- “In between series, you sit there and you talk.  You talk to the other coaches, you talk to the guys up in the box.  You get a little game plan of what you want to try to do with that following series, give the players a heads-up and I just never got to it.  That’s basically it.”

 

(On if the sideline pass to Cribbs was a pass interference that didn’t get called and the touchdown play to Cribbs)-“You’re running those deep balls and there’s always some pushing and holding.  They just call it the way they see it.  The touchdown, it was a big person play, 22 (personnel).  I think we gained seven on first down if I’m not mistaken, seven or eight.  Then I told Eric (Mangini) on second down when I called a run, ‘If we only get a yard or two here and it’s third and short, I’m going to call the b line.’  He said, ‘Go for it.’  The series before, we were playing the same personnel group and we were looking at the pictures and we were talking about it on the sideline, Josh and I, and we were saying, ‘Dang, those safeties are pretty tight.  They are getting nosy.’  I said, ‘Okay, if we get to that situation, we will dial it up.’  He’s like, ‘I can get by them.’  That’s kind of how it went.”

 

(On if a big play receiving touchdown to Cribbs changes how he views his development as a receiver)- “I think it reaffirms it.  He’s come a ways.  He did a nice job with the route.  He had to read it and go to the right spot and Seneca had to make a nice throw.  We have been practicing on it for a few weeks, we just needed the right time to call it.  He did a nice job with it.”

 

(On if the possibility of Brian Robiskie not playing Sunday opens up more reps for Cribbs)- “Sure.  I think Josh, he just rolls in there.  It’s not to the point, Mary Kay (Cabot), where we have a bunch of plays now where we say, ‘Hey, make sure that these guys are in here or not.’  I think the four guys that are out there, George McDonald does a nice job of rolling them in.  If there’s a certain play that we might want them in, then great.  If not, he just plays all of the normal reps.  He will get plenty of them.”

 

(On Jerome Harrison averaging 1.9 yards per carry excluding his 39-yard run in the first game)- “It’s like I always say, it’s a combination of things.  It’s maybe breaking a tackle that he could have broke, a run being blocked the right way, the receivers getting the right guys.  It’s just a combination of things.  A couple of them, he had a chance to squirt out of there and they just got him, just barely.  Last year when he had the San Diego play, it was the same type of deal.  He just squeaked through there and got his leg up and broke it.  It’s a matter of inches.”

 

(On if Harrison getting more yards is correctable)- “Yes, it’s correctable.  You keep running the plays in practice, hitting it and he’s got to do a good job of breaking some of the tackles that are there.  He did it at the end of the year, he broke some good tackles for some of those long gains.  The line did a good job of blocking, Vick (Lawrence Vickers) did a good job of blocking, but a couple of them, he squirted through there.  They had him on the legs and he broke through it.  A couple of them last game, he got tackled on.”

 

(On what he has seen from James Davis in practice this week and how effective he can be if he gets the chance to play Sunday)- “I hope he can be effective, he’s going against one (heck) of a defense for his first game.  We had a talk this week about performing well in practice and just going out there and doing the things that Gary Brown is going to ask him to do.  He’s a quiet kid.  I think his is eager for the opportunity, but now he has got to go against this Baltimore Ravens defense and show he can do it.”

 

(On what he has seen from Carlton Mitchell)- “He was a late-round pick.  He’s kind of a size/speed prospect.  He’s just learning the system, pretty raw.  He was a junior coming out so he is pretty raw coming out.  He took steps every day in order to make the roster in terms of knowing where he was supposed to be, learning multiple positions, being a guy you can plug in.  He’s a guy that’s just a tireless worker.  He’s been out there doing a good job on the show teams, so if we need him, he will be ready to go.”

 

(On if Mitchell is one of the faster guys on the offense)- “I don’t know.  I’m sure, he’s a skill guy.  I don’t know how fast relative to the other guys.  If they go ahead and race in a 40, I’m not sure exactly.”

 

(On if speed was one reason why they drafted Mitchell)- “He’s a size/speed guy and again, playing out there, running the routes, the full speed of the game, that’s a little bit different than just running straight down the line on a 40-yard dash.  He’s been working at it.”

 

(On if Baltimore’s defense is vulnerable anywhere)- “They’re pretty good all the way around and they’ve been that way for a long time, every time that I’ve played them.  I haven’t been in the division, but when I was in New England or the Jets, they’re a dominant group.  I think the one consistent thing there is Ray Lewis.  They have pretty good players all the way around.  There’s really not a weak point, in terms of the players on the team.  They run a good system, but he’s the ringleader.  He’s a Hall of Fame player that it doesn’t seem like he slows down with age, it seems like he gets better.  They’re physical, aggressive, hard-hitting.  They haven’t allowed a touchdown.  I could give you a million stats.  Teams have converted four third downs out of 29 against them so far.”

 

(On if there is extra pressure put on him as a play caller because of how good Baltimore’s defense is)- “I think the important thing when you play these guys is to stay on track.  You take a look at some of the first games they had, I thought the Jets did a pretty good job of it.  I know they didn’t get a lot of yards, but in third and six and third and three and third and four, they were kind of keeping it going the right way.  Then they got in situations where they fell back.  You get into a third and long situation against this team and it’s really, really hard to pick up.  You have got to stay on track and get some positive plays.  You have got to understand that you’re going in there and you’re going to get some negative plays, but you’ve got to try to stay on track with this team and keep pounding it, keep hitting the completions and keep moving.  When you get a chance to hit your shot, you hit it.  They’re tough.”

 

(On if it feels like playing against a Rex Ryan defense when you play Baltimore still)- “No, it doesn’t feel like Rex.  It feels like their defense in Baltimore and they have got a lot of the same players.  Their mindset on defense, I think, has always been that they’re going to go out there any try to whoop up on people.  That’s the mindset you put on the tape and you see them play.  That’s always consistent with Baltimore.”

 

(On someone saying that the way to beat Baltimore’s defense is to run straight at them)- “I’m sure a lot of people have tried that.  They’re good.  You’ve got to try to run straight at them, run sideways, you have got to do a lot of different things just to stay on track with them.  Obviously, last year we didn’t do crap against them.  They kind of beat us up.  What you have got to do, you have got to stay on track with them.  You have to.  You have got to understand that they’re going to make some plays, but you have just got to keep on pushing, keep on getting positive plays and then when you get a chance to hit a big one, and they do a good job with that too, you have got to hit it.  This year, the longest pass play that they have given up is 29 yards.  That was on an eight yard completion.”

 

(On if Jamal Lewis missed the game in Baltimore last year)- “Yes.  J.C. (Harrison) was playing and actually James Davis got a couple reps in that game if I’m not mistaken.”

 

(On if the little experience that Davis had versus Baltimore last year would be helpful)- “He got his feet wet, that’s what I’ll say.  He’s going to have an opportunity this week to play against them and help us try to win.”

 

(On what Davis’ speed adds to the offense)- “I think he’s got some good speed.  He’s got some good vision.  He’s run well in the games that he has played in the preseason.   Now for him, it’s a regular season game against a really good opponent.  He’s done okay this week, he’s done pretty good.”

 

(On not scoring in the second half in either game)- “I’ve studied it, obviously, and we haven’t scored, which is terribly disappointing.  We come out in the first half against Tampa, we have a nice drive and we fumble it that play.  We get backed up and we couldn’t get anything going on first down.  The thing that I noticed is in the first half, we are over 55 percent on third downs.  In the second half, we are 20 percent, right around 20 percent.  The third downs that we have in the first half are pretty manageable third downs.  That all correlates back to first down.  Our first down success in the second half has went down.  The other thing that I’ve noticed is we have more penalties in the second half than we do the first half.  We get a seven-yard run, we give a power play to Peyton (Hillis).  We come back on a second and short-type play and try a shot and we get a holding penalty, make it second and 13.  We are third and 12, we get a false start, it’s third and 18.  The play we threw the underneath route to Stuck (Chansi Stuckey), Stuck got it to the 44 yard line in the fourth quarter.   We tried to get something going, we come back, we get a 10-yard holding penalty.  Those are pretty tough to overcome.  I’d say our first down production needs to improve, which will help us in the third down, and our penalties are too high.”

 

(On if they are running the ball more in the second half or if the defense is doing something different)- “It’s been pretty consistent.  I think in the first half, 16 and 16 run and pass on first down.  Then in the second half, 10 run and nine pass.”

 

(On if Cribbs needs to have more touches for the offense to be successful)- “I think more touches for Josh would be a good thing.  Yes, I think more touches for him would be good.”

 

(On how the protection has been by the offensive line and extra blockers)- “It’s going okay.  I think we have given up one sack.  If I’m not mistaken, that was at the end there on the last drive, backed up, the one we threw to Mo.  I think the play before that, we got a little push and it was one sack.  Do we get some pressure sometimes? Sure.  I think that happens to any group.  Overall, they have done a pretty decent job of protecting the passer.”

 

(On Joe Thomas being called for holding)- “It was a rush.  He was coming around the end and Seneca stood up.  He felt a little bit over here, so he escaped out of the pocket over there to the left.  Joe was kind of blocking him and sometimes when that happens and you have a mobile quarterback that moves a little bit, the guy just pulled and Joe kind of just moved him a little bit and they got us on one.  He escaped out to the left and then we had a little bit of pressure to the right.  That’s how they got it.”

 

 


Transcript: Rob Ryan Press Conference
Barry McBride on September 24th, 2010 AT 4:56 PM

On if he expects to see more Ray Rice than the Ravens used last week)- “They have two great half backs.  Cam Cameron does a fantastic job, I’ve always said that, utilizing his personnel amongst other things.  He’s got a vast offensive play book. He throws everything at you and you have to be on your toes at all times.  He’s outstanding. He does trick plays. He’s always in the top of the league in offense.  In every situation he does a great job.  I’m sure he’s got roles for those guys and both of them are excellent football players.”

 

(On how he accounts on defense for Ray Rice’s receiving ability along with the receivers on the team)- “It’s very difficult and I think (Joe) Flacco really gets in a comfort level when he’s able to set his feet, look down field, he’s got all those weapons to throw to now and then he can always dump it off at the last second to Ray Rice and he can get 20 yards.  It’s real difficult, we’ve got our work cut out for us.  We’ve worked really hard, we’ve had a good week in practice.  They got a lot of weapons and I think we do too and looking forward to that challenge.  We know it’s going to be a great game and I can’t wait to get there.”

 

(On Joe Haden)- “I think he’s done an excellent job of tackling and hitting.  On special teams he blew up a guy, ran right down the sideline right by us and we watched it and it’s one of the harder hits I’ve seen in a long time.  He’s always been a good hitter and tackler.  I think he’s covering really well.  He competes.  This week is going to be a big challenge. He’s got perhaps one of the best pattern runners in the game in (Derrick) Mason, and obviously with (Anquan) Boldin and (T.J.) Houshmandzadeh there’s two of the better wide outs in football.  He’ll have his hands full but again he is growing fast and I think he’s doing a nice job.”

 

(On if he misses having D’Qwell Jackson)- “D’Qwell is a real good player, but it seems like forever since we’ve had D’Qwell.  I’m kind of used to going into battle without him but that doesn’t mean he’s not an excellent football player, he is.  Right now, everybody’s getting banged up.  It’s a little early in the season but when you look around the league everybody’s got injuries.  We do too but we’re just going to keep rolling.”

 

(On how the defense this year is better personnel wise than last year)- “I like our personnel on defense here a lot.  I think also we have another year of experience together and we don’t make as many mistakes which is huge.  That can make any good personnel look bad if you’re making mental mistakes.  I really do like our personnel here I like the way they work together, they’re smart and they’re tough.  We’re going to have to be both against this team.  They’ve got one of the better groups in the league.  They go to the playoffs every year.  (John) Harbaugh does a great job out there.  We know it’s a hostile environment but shoot we can’t wait to go.”

 

(On how Joe Flacco not playing well recently)- “I think when you look at that game you see four interceptions, he’s trying to force it and make a play on a couple of those at the very end of the game and a couple tipped balls.  The numbers can say what they want to say.  I think the guy’s still a (darn) good quarterback.  He’s got the great arm, he makes all the throws and you can’t take anything away from him.  They’ve played two of the better defenses in football the last two weeks and this guy still a super player.  He’s on the verge of Pro Bowls. I think he’s another excellent player.  They’ve got an excellent line so again it’s going to be a heck of a challenge.”

 

(On Ray Lewis)- “He’s tremendous.  He’s a measuring stick.  I don’t know if there’s ever been a player that great that’s played middle linebacker.  He’s tremendous, he’s fun to watch.  Unfortunately, I’ve seen him up close too many times when he’s just been just a violent wrecking ball. But what a warrior.  He loves the game, he loves to compete, he makes everybody around him better.  I know my brother has had the chance to be around him a lot and he just loves him and respects him so much.  It’s always fun to see those guys play knowing that my brother was there for eight years or whatever it was and guys like him and Ed Reed.  They’ve got a couple guys I coached in Oakland Fabian (Washington) and Chris Carr so I know they got one (heck) of a defense over there.”

 

(On if there were situations where they just missed making big plays happen last week)- “Yes, we did. Again, those inches hopefully we can get there.  Get a little bit quicker, a quicker read on something, we can make a play on a ball maybe we’re not getting to, a little bit better with our blitzes.  To be a good blitzing team you have to be precise.  We missed a couple again where we’re not exactly where we need to be and that hurts you.  If you’re going to send a lot of people you got to make sure it’s right and make sure we hit it correctly.  Why guys make mistakes on that is protections change and the protection you may think you’re getting, you may not get and so now that gap gets a little bit tighter to get in than what it may have looked like in practice.  It could lead to some mistakes but I think we got a real sharp group.  I just see us getting better each week.”

 

(On if he coaches his players by telling them to make plays)- “I always want them to make a play believe me.  The game is played with so much emotion you always have to do your job right and that’s just the defensive player.  We have to adjust on defense.  On offense you can call a play and you just go out there and play, but on defense you have to be smart, you have to adjust and you have to be where you’re supposed to be and on top of that you got to make a play.  You have to go out there and do it.  I think we’ve got play makers.  I see us getting better each week and I think those turnovers will start coming to us.”

 

(On if he thinks the defense can set the tone for the team for the rest of the season)- “Things are bad at 0-2, but I think we’ve got a team here.  We’ve got an offense, a defense and a special teams and I think we’ve all got to get better together.  Just judging on how we did last year at the very end of the year when everybody was counting us out and things, those guys rallied and played really well together and that’s how it is.  We’ve moved the ball on offense, we’re doing pretty good it’s just a turnover will cost you sometimes and that’s what happens.  I have all the confidence in the world in our offense and with Brad Seely as our special teams coach and (Joshua) Cribbs as our returner (heck) we’re going to be number one on special teams like they are every year.  I just hope to hold up our end on defense and have a great defense because I know those other sides will get taken care of too.”

 

(On only giving up one touchdown drive this season)- “I think our guys are coming together. I think we are going to have one (heck) of a unit, I do.  Every team’s different, every game’s different.  We played well early and could have played a little bit better in that Tampa game on that one drive I called that all out pressure on third and 10 and that deflated us pretty good there.  Then last week I thought we were playing pretty well and then we miss some assignments, we are better than, we’re sharper than and we need to be.  I think for us to be a great defense, and we want to be a great defense you have to do stuff right all the time.  I always tell our guys all the time, I don’t think it’s unfair to ask at this point, we have such sharp guys in the room, that they play 100 percent perfect mentally.  I think you can ask that.  I don’t think you can ask a guy to physically beat someone 100 percent of the time because there’s going to be match-ups on the field that don’t work in our favor every time.  I think mentally our guys are to the point and hopefully we can keep going and get better each week and we can put together a (heck) of a defense, and I really think we can.”

 

(On if it is hard game planning without knowing how much he can use Shaun Rogers each week)- “I’m just going to work with the players that are playing right now.  Obviously Shaun is a great player, a super talent, but again, you can only coach the guys that are out there putting the uniform on.  When they are ready to go, that’s great, and you can always use good football players.  Until they are out there, we have good players already on defense and we are going to keep playing them.”

 

(On his impressions of Seneca Wallace from practicing against him all week)- “I know Seneca Wallace from beating us twice at Oakland.  He’s an excellent player, he’s a great competitor and I think he can make plays with his arm and his feet.  He’s one of those dual threat guys that are really difficult to prepare for.  I think he’s a fine player, he really is.  I’ve seen him in practice and he can get hot.  To me, he throws some great passes in that red zone, where you have to be perfect and sharp and have a big arm. Seneca has got all of that, so he has got all the tools, he’s got experience.  It’s great that he gets a chance to get out there and see what he can do.”

 

(On if the referees are doing too much to protect the quarterbacks)- “The rules are specific.  There’s only certain ways you can hit them, there are certain spots that you have to hit the quarterback.  All of it is to make our game better, to protect the quarterback because some teams have got a great quarterback and then they have got somebody that’s not real good behind them.  The integrity of the game is you want to see those great players play, especially I’m sure those owners want to see the best guys play. The rules are there to protect the guy that sometimes is defenseless.  The one thing is, on defense, yes, you want to kill everybody, but the fact is that it’s a great game.  We don’t have to like all of the rules, we have to play by them and that’s what we do.”

 

(On if there are guys on this team that have enough passion and confidence about the way they play and how important that attitude is)- “I think everybody has confidence in their ability, especially at this level or it would be hard to compete if you didn’t.  I’m not into comparing our guys versus their guys or anybody else’s.  I know we have good football players here.  We have a real fine nucleus.  We have guys that love football, that work hard on football every day and they’re going to get better every day. Together, as a group, I can see us advancing and really coming out and being special.”

 

(On if Baltimore’s receivers can do a lot more than they could last year with their new additions)- “Obviously, they’ve got the credentials.  They’ve put up the numbers in this league for a long time.  They definitely can.  They can make plays in tight coverage that a lot of guys can’t make.  Not only can they get open and work their body through traffic, they can also go get the ball, which I think all of them do really well.  I think you’ve got some real fine competitors in (Anquan) Boldin and (T.J.) Houshmandzadeh that they added to already go with the outstanding veteran they already had with (Derrick) Mason.”

 

(On if it will be a good matchup with Baltimore’s receivers because Sheldon Brown and Joe Haden are physical cornerbacks)- “I think they are.  They’re physical guys.  Our corners are physical, they can run and they can hit and tackle.  These guys are going to be out there trying to block them and we are going to be out there trying to get rid of them and throw them down.  It’s going to be a great war and we’re going to have to be at our very best to get out there and get after these guys.  We have been working our (butts) off, so it will pay off.”

 

(On if the crowd noise will make a difference in Baltimore)- “That’s a great question.  I really don’t hear it very well.  We have got these headsets on and all I hear is that.  Our guys last week were commenting on how loud it was out on the field.  I was like, ‘Really?  Is it that loud out there?’  I have got a headset on, you really can’t hear much anyway except for the guy that I’m talking to and the other coaches.  It’s probably because I don’t hear that well anyway (joking).  I’m not sure if that ever gets into a player’s head or not.  That is an interesting question, but I’m not really sure of the answer.”

 

(On Scott Fujita and Matt Roth having trouble hearing the calls in last week’s game)- “We do a lot of talking on defense, we use a lot of hand signals for those situations that are too noisy.  I think Eric (Mangini), obviously, does a great job with the music.  We are used to having loud sounds out there that make communication difficult.  Calls can be made and missed, absolutely they could.  I think on offense, with so many calls being in the huddle and I know there’s some check with me things, check opposites and things like that that the quarterback runs, but he’s right there in the middle over the ball and I’m sure he’s just getting it to those guys that are next to him without a whole lot of pressure because he’s the one who’s got to snap the ball.  The center’s going to snap it to him.  On defense you got to react and you got to be able to communicate.  You don’t know what the snap counts are so you really got to get it done, you got use hand signals you got to do everything to get communicated and to be on the same page.”

 

(On if the pass rush is meshing with the coverage)- “Last week we had more of a plan to cover last week than to rush.  We had more rushes, more blitzes and schemed rushes up against Tampa than we did last week.  If you noticed the style of offense they play is a little different than most, but we thought we’d slow them down better with our coverage.  For the most part we did.  We had a couple moments there where we weren’t perfect by any stretch, but pass rush can be what you want to make it.  My dad always had the philosophy of one.  What’s that? That’s one more than you can block, but in today’s game there are different ways to rush. There are zone pressures, there are man pressures and so there are different ways you can rush the quarterback so we do some of each.”

(On Buddy Ryan)- “He’s doing well.  He’s had some off the field things, some surgeries he’s had to get over but he’ll be here.  He’ll be staying a week here with me and my family over Thanksgiving so we’re looking forward to that.”

(On if they talk on a regular basis)- “Oh yeah, he claims I don’t call him as much but that’s not true. I call him all the time. I just don’t bother him as much probably.”




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