Archive for September, 2010
Mangini Pile-On Continues in National Media
Barry McBride on September 29th, 2010 AT 9:57 PM
The mood has changed a bit here locally from last year, when the local media was brutalizing Eric Mangini and hyping any negative thing an agent or player would tell them. Why that’s stopped, I’m not sure, maybe it’s not fashionable anymore.
In any event, the national media continues to bag on Mangini by default, seemingly oblivious to some of the positive signs we’ve seen here in Cleveland. The latest is a fairly predictable list from the gang at AOL, who rank Mangini in the list of NFL head coaches in front of only non-coach Al Davis.
Which is like saying Derek Anderson isn’t the worst NFL starting quarterback because he’s better than Shaun Smith.
These best/worst articles do pull page views, though, as any web geek could tell you. I guess it worked… here I am linking it (sigh). They sucker me in like everyone else, and I waste my time reading the opinion of someone whose opinion I don’t really care about, simply because it’s presented in a linear numeric form.
Come to think of it, these articles are sort of the same reason your local chain restaurant has someone standing outside all day dressed in a clown or chicken suit holding signs and waving at traffic. Pay attention! Pay attention! Hey! Chicken! Eat! Read this list! This week only!
Click here if you like guys dressed up as chickens, I guess. Just don’t blame us if you get indigestion if you stop to eat.
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Browns-Bengals: TV in Midwest Only
Barry McBride on September 29th, 2010 AT 9:32 PM
Television networks try to target sophisticated, intelligent programming at niche audiences. The mass of humanity gets Celebrity Idol Shark Dancing*, but the smaller audience gets the good stuff.
Which is why CBS is only showing the Browns and Bengals to a tiny area of the United States of America. Yep. The rest of ‘em just wouldn’t get it.
From the The506.com, click here for the TV coverage map.
* NOTE: I would totally watch that.
@IUPUIGUY82 A few years ago, sure, but I wasn’t blown away by what I saw last Sunday.
@ashleypsquared I think the Browns should be able to pull off their first win Sunday. Fingers crossed!
Browns-Bengals Injury Report, Sept. 29
Don Delco on September 29th, 2010 AT 5:54 PM
Did Not Participate In Practice (doubtful)
DL Kenyon Coleman, knee
QB Jake Delhomme, ankle
DB Derrick Roberson, hip
DL Shaun Rogers, ankle/hip
DL Robaire Smith, back
OL John St. Clair, ankle
LB Jason Trusnik, head
FB Lawrence Vickers, groin?
Limited Participation In Practice (questionable)
WR Josh Cribbs, ankle RB James Davis, thigh
RB Jerome Harrison, thigh
OL Shawn Lauvao, ankle
WR Brian Robiskie, hamstring
Did Not Participate In Practice (doubtful)
HB Cedric Benson, knee
DE Jonathan Fanene, hamstring
Limited Participation In Practice (questionable)
CB Adam Jones, shoulder
DE Antwan Odom, wrist
LB Keith Rivers, foot
WR Jordan Shipley, shoulder
LB Dan Skuta, ankle
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Browns Player Quotes, Sept. 29
Don Delco on September 29th, 2010 AT 4:15 PM
Below are player quotes obtained by the Browns’ PR staff on Wednesday, Sept. 29.
WR Joshua Cribbs
(On losing close games after having a lead in the fourth quarter)- "Just as easy as we are 0-3, we could be 3-0. We know that and we are going to correct our mistakes. We didn't turn the ball over this time, but we did make costly mistakes. We figure if we keep playing the same football that we've been playing, wins will come."
(On getting all of the receivers involved in the passing game)- "I think that they are involved. That necessarily doesn't mean that everyone catches the football, that means that everyone is accounted for. They have got to make plays when the ball is thrown to them. Defenses have to respect them and that creates opportunities for other receivers. That's how I was able to catch the football a lot. They weren't respecting me, so I was open. That was the result of talent, having talent on the football team."
(On being physical with Baltimore and running the ball well)- "It kind of set the tone for how our offense wants to play. I can't speak for our defense or the other units of the team, but I know on offense, we push people around and that's how we set the tone. We are going to run the ball and that's going to open up the passing game for us."
WR Mohamed Massaquoi
(On if he campaigns for the ball to be thrown his way more often)- "No, you want to stay within the game plan, you don't want to force anything out there. Last game, we didn't have any turnovers, we moved the ball effectively. You don't want to take away from the game plan, you don't want to become a distraction, you don't want to do anything like that. All you can do is keep working and know with time, it's going to come."
(On if it is hard to go out and play hard when the ball isn't coming his way)- "It's still my job to go out there every play and you never know what play is going to be the play. Every play, you've got to go out there and be focused, be locked in, knowing that it's going to come with time. I don't know how else to say it."
OL Joe Thomas
(On this being a rivalry game)- "In the AFC North, we have a lot of great rivalries and this is just one of them. It's the battle of Ohio. This will be a team, I think it's my seventh time playing them, so we start to know each other pretty well and it gets pretty heated out there."
(On if being able to run the ball well made the team succeed at the end of last year)- "I think so. I think for us, on offense, we want to be able to run the ball. I think if we can successfully kind of grind the ball through four quarters, give our defense a chance to rest and open up some things in the passing game, I think we are going to have more successes than failures."
(On Peyton Hillis and Jerome Harrison coming out of nowhere to have big games)- "I think that up front, we do a pretty nice job on the offensive line of making seams for these guys. You can't take anything away from Peyton or Jerome, they're great running backs. They found the seam, they bought into the game plan that we had that week and I look for that to continue this week."
(On if Cincinnati has changed defensively since he first started playing them, when it was 51-45 in 2007)- "Their defense is extremely well improved from where they were, especially my first year. Bringing in Mike Zimmer has been huge for them. They've improved their front, they've improved their secondary positions and they've got a great scheme. It's tough, it's a big chess match out there and I don't think we are going to be seeing 100 points scored this weekend."
QB Seneca Wallace
(On the difference in preparation for the first 4-3 defense he will face this season)- "They have got a different front than we are used to facing, obviously because this is the 4-3. Not much. Our rules change a little bit up front, but as far as anything that's different than what we've seen the last couple of weeks, we are still just going out there and just playing."
(On his week of preparation changes with the uncertainty of Jake Delhomme playing)- "No, the same stuff. I go out, still practice and prepare the team and get ready as if I'm going to start the game this weekend."
(On if the Browns' passing game is simpler than what he is used to in Seattle)- "It's a little different. We have been working hard at it all offseason and like I said and you said, it's different. It's really different than what I'm used to, but once we get it down, it can be very productive, a good system to be in. We are just going to continue to keep working and continue to keep building a rapport with the receivers and it will get better."
(On getting Massaquoi more involved)- "We just have to try to find him as quarterbacks. If it's me or Jake or whoever, we have to make sure that we go through our reads and we try to give him the ball. It's nothing that he's doing, we have just got to make better decisions at times and try to get him the ball."
(On if the coaches are going back and forth to decide which way to go about the passing game)- "I really can't say. My job is to do what I'm asked to do and do it as well as I can. Whatever plays that we put in the playbook, my job is to go out there and execute them. That's the only thing I can say about it. Working this system and working whatever system we are in, we have just got to make sure that we are productive in it."
(On if running the ball effectively will be what they rely on)- "It can help us. Obviously, having a running attack is huge in this league. Being able to run the ball like we did on Sunday and Peyton had a great day, we have just got to continue to build off of that because it's only going to help us. That's what we need."
(On if he was more comfortable in his second start)- "It's like anything, it's going to come. You're not just going to hop in there and all of a sudden, it's just clicking for you. As you get the weeks down, you're dealing with all different things and you're dealing with practice, things get better. You start to understand exactly what we are trying to strive for as far as the offensive coordinator and what the head coach is looking for on things. As things get better and as the week goes on, you get better at it."
(On how the Bengals defense has improved)- "I can't say. This is my first time being in the division, I haven't really seen them a lot. I know it was a great battle last year when they played them, I guess here at home. I know they are going to be ready to go, a physical team, a team that can cause a little ruckus up front. We have just got to be able to deal with what we can on the offensive side of the ball."
(On the confidence level of the offense and the team in general)- "It's high. Doing what we did against Baltimore, we are a play here and there away from being 3-0 and we know that. The mistakes that I've made, the mistakes that everybody has made, we have just got to improve on those and improve on the penalties and improve on everything and we will take that next jump."
(On if he is cognizant of Massaquoi getting one pass thrown his way Sunday during the game)- "No, you can't worry about that. When you are out there playing, you have got to make sure that you're making your reads. If my read tells me to go back to Mo, then I have to try and get him the ball. You can't be out there trying to force things and start pressing, you have just got to go out there and play football. It's not in the back of my mind, ‘Well Mo only has one catch, I have got to get him the ball.' I have got to execute the play called at hand and (Brian) Daboll has to do a good job in calling those plays."
(On if they can win by focusing on running the ball and not passing as much)- "We can win either way. You can win games running the ball for 150 yards and pass for nothing. It's a whole team sport, it takes both sides of the ball. We do what we do on the offensive side of the ball the best way we can, putting ourselves in a situation to score points and obviously the defense is going to do what they have to do. If we have to run the ball in order to set up our pass, then that's what we'll do."
(On if he has seen enough of the Bengals' secondary to form an opinion)- "Not much. It was the first time that I really started watching them today, but I know they have some decent corners."
@Cavsfan21 Mangini said that we should see Jake in practice in the next day or two.
Mangini Press Conference Transcript, Sept. 30
Don Delco on September 29th, 2010 AT 3:35 PM
Below is a transcript from coach Eric Mangini’s press conference on Sept. 29, as provided by the Browns’ PR staff:
(Opening statement)- "Good morning everybody. Today, offensively the only two guys who will be out are John St. Clair and Jake (Delhomme). I think Jake will practice here potentially tomorrow or the next day so I'm looking forward to that. Defensively, we are going to be a little light on the defensive line Robaire (Smith), Kenyon (Coleman), Baby (Shaun Rogers). All three will miss today and Derrick Roberson, DB will miss today as well. I think that's everybody, I expect all those guys to be back later either tomorrow or the next day. Everybody else should be out there and participating.
"I was talking to the team this morning, we need to start the week the right way get the game plan, focus on the game plan, focus on the things that we've been working on. That takes great individual concentration and commitment to get those things worked out and collectively doing the same thing. It's all of us, it's the players, it's coaches. We know where the areas are now we need to address them in the context of our next opponent. With Cincinnati, I think that playing them twice last year and playing them over the years, there's some similarities between what they are able to do with the giveaway takeaway ratio and what Baltimore has been able to do with the giveaway takeaway ratio in terms of wins and losses. Where it's a dramatic amount of wins when they're plus in the giveaway-takeaway ratio, that's since Marvin's (Lewis) become the head coach. When it's even, it levels off when it's minus one it goes the other way. Marvin's done a great job in terms of producing takeaways. They have been fourth since he has been there and then producing points off of takeaways which I believe is also fourth since he's been there.
"I liked a lot of things we did in the running game last week for obvious reasons. I thought we ran the ball well against Cincinnati the first time we played them last year and not as well the second time that we played them last year. There is a certain way that we have to do that and I think the players understand how we have to do that but that's one component of that. When we throw the ball I think they've got a really nice complement of rushers. They've got a lot of different guys that can get to the passer whether it's Antwan Odom, or Michael Johnson, or Robert Geathers right on down the line. Frostee Rucker he does a nice job, Pat Sims, all those guys can generate some pressure and then they'll bring different game plan pressures. They have some core ones and have some game plan ones and those will show up at different points and we need to be able to handle that.
"Defensively, from our perspective, I think that we weren't very good against them in the running game last year. Really, either game although the first game was a lower average on a high amount of reps but there's ways that we need to improve that that I think we have a pretty good handle on. The passing game they've got a lot of weapons (Chad) Ochocinco, he is one of the best in the league. Then you add in a guy like Terrell Owens who can take some coverage off him, Jordan Shipley's done a nice job as a rookie playing there in the slot. Jermaine Gresham first round draft pick, I think he's a talented guy. With Carson Palmer, like (Joe) Flacco, he can hit any throw. He can go deep, he can hit the comebacks, he can hit the in-cuts and he's been a good player for a long time so some challenges there.
"On special teams what it's going to come down to, similar Kansas City, is some very good returners. Quan Cosby was second in the NFL in punt returns and he's a really talented elusive guy. Then you got Benard Scott who can take it to the house at any point as a kickoff returner, he also plays on offense. Him and Cedric (Benson) splitting reps there so that presents a couple problems there as well. With (Adam) Pacman Jones when he was doing it a lot, he's got tremendous ability in that area. Now, whether or not they use him, that's really their decision. We are going to have to do a great job covering and we're going to have to continue to improve our return game."
(On if they are a better team now than they were at the end of last season)- "I think what the players understand and looking at the tape is where we have improved and some of the things that we can do really well. The other thing that they understand is probably more important is where we need to improve. This is a really good group that works at those things and now it's a function of turning that work into results. One of the things that was disappointing throughout the early part of last year is I felt like we were getting the work done here and it wasn't registering in terms of wins and that's a tough thing from a lot of different perspectives. It was really nice when that work translated into wins but there's a way that it had to happen and there's a way you have to play football here. One, it is consistently, two, its controlling the things that we can control and that's penalties, one, that's turnovers, two. Take those things and improve in that area and good things happen. That has to get done, we've addressed it, we've looked at it. All that being said that has to happen and that takes everybody. You can't have, ‘I got one penalty in three games,' ‘I got one penalty in three games,' start putting 45 guys together, that's a lot of numbers. Same thing with protecting the football. When you carry the ball or have the ball in your hands you carry all of us with you and we've got to protect the ball. On the flipside of that defensively, I thought we left a really good opportunity on the field last week where we had a chance to intercept the ball and probably would have gone for points. You don't want those to be left on the field. They're too big of a play. In practice every chance that you have to catch the ball, you have got to work on it and you got to work on the JUGS. You guys have seen us do the JUGS drill where they'll turn and I used to have to throw the ball and my arms not very good so it would go all over the place and sometimes DB's would complain about it and the comment is, you're not the receiver. No quarterback is trying to throw to you. When the ball comes it's not going to be a perfect throw, it's not going to be like you're working on your time together, it's reactionary. You have to work on reactionary catching and that's something I think we can improve too. Same thing with communication and mental errors and things like that, we minimize those and production increases. I've been happy with the way the guys have worked, but it doesn't take many to change outcomes."
(On if he is going to change up the assignments for the three corners after Eric Wright's game last week)- "We change assignments every game so that's not reactionary. It's just what we do, it's game plan specific. Mike Adams played a lot of corner for us last year. He's played in the slot which is typically a cornerback position and he's done that well and he's improved so I think we've got four guys there that can do different things. I haven't gotten to know Derrick (Roberson) as well as I'd like to because he's had some injury situations, but I'd like to think that he can continue to improve defensively. In terms of changing assignments based on last game, one game, that's not it. It's more changing assignments based on the next opponent."
(On Mohamed Massaquoi's numbers this season and if he has improved)- "I think he has improved, the numbers aren't there but he's made strides in a lot of areas. I don't think it's just purely numbers based sometimes the improvement comes in other areas. Would he love to have a lot more catches? Yes. Would we like those numbers to be different? You always would, you want your guys to have a lot of catches. It's a function of getting your opportunity when it comes, taking advantage of it. He had a pretty good game last year against Cincinnati, kind of one of his biggest early games there. I think he'll continue to improve."
(On how Massaquoi has improved)- "I think the route running has improved. I think his releases have improved. I think his run blocking has improved. I think his understanding the offense has improved. I think his comfort level in the system and being an NFL player has improved. That's typical with going from the first year to the second year."
(On if Massaquoi is getting open)- "There's sometimes where he's open, he might not be the primary read. Sometimes the coverage, based on the position that he plays you get more coverage rolled over there to the X receiver than you do to the Z receiver. Sometimes it's game plan, sometimes it's just based on the way the numbers work out typically the X gets a little bit more coverage because you have a tight end on the other side and you have to count for him with the secondary."
(On the matchups with Eric Wright and Sheldon Brown this week)- "I feel very comfortable with both guys so if we wanted to play them left and right we could do that. If we wanted to match them up I feel comfortable matching them up as well. Ideally, when you go into a season, that's why I never practice corners just left and right, you practice them on both sides, you work them inside, you work them in a lot of different spots because you don't know when you're going to want to go to a matchup type concept where you're going to be on this guy, you're going to be on that guy. I feel comfortable with both guys playing either receiver."
(On if Jake Delhomme will play on Sunday)- "I anticipate Jake coming back. We'll see where he is. Yes, I want Jake to be healthy and that's not a knock on Seneca (Wallace). I want all of our guys to be healthy. Jake did some really good things for us offensively and again that's not in reaction to Seneca it's in reaction to the good things Jake has done."
(On if it has been a setback for Shawn Lauvao to not be out there the last few weeks)- "It's not great when anybody misses three weeks and as a young guy you tend to build reps so he missed those reps. With that being said, with Shawn I thought he made a lot of strides throughout the course of camp. I know he's a very contentious guy so he's been part of everything. He just hasn't gone through the physical repetitions he should have fresh legs though when he gets out there."
(On if the have to balance Joshua Cribbs as returner and at wide receiver)- "Yes, we balance all of his reps. Really, any player's reps are balanced between what's their role offensively and defensively and what's their role on special teams. You look at it as a cumulative number as opposed to each one individually so we do balance that. Josh hasn't had as many opportunities to this point as he had last year whether it be the deep kickoffs that we had last week or some of the pop-kicks that Kansas City was doing. In terms of his numbers of return opportunities, it's down. That doesn't necessarily surprise anybody. They are going to find ways to slow him down, to slow us down in that area. It makes a lot of sense and we're always working to try to take advantage of the things that they're doing and be able to hurt them in those areas in order to get them to kick back to Josh. Now, if the kicker kicks long there's nothing you can do about that. Mike Nugent has a strong leg, I had him in New York."
(On if Cribbs' extended role on offense might cut back his time on his return duties)- "No, he will return the punts and the kicks. If he needs a breather, he will get a breather on offense. When that ball is being punted, when it's leaving a kicker's foot, he will be back there."
(On if Massaquoi only had one target last week because of reads, the way the game went or the game plan)- "It's some of all of that stuff, Tony (Grossi). I thought the offense moved the ball really well against Baltimore throughout the course of the game. The thing you can't do against a team, really any team, but especially against Baltimore is you can't force an issue for the sake of forcing an issue. You have to understand where the ball needs to go, make sure it's delivered on time and move the chains. I thought that we did a really good job of that throughout the course of the game. We had some more running plays, which that's always a good thing. You're not going to try to force something for the sake of getting somebody some numbers."
(On if it is difficult to get the offense going without a "go-to receiver")- "I really believe in team concepts. I would expect that any receiver that is out there could be a ‘go-to receiver.' It's the same thing defensively. Things work well when you've got 11 guys working in coordination. If you look at the running game, it's never going to be based on purely the back or purely the line. It's everybody has to work together to make it go. Defensively stopping the run, the passing game, all of that stuff, you can have the best corner in the world, you can have the best whatever, but if everybody is not working in conjunction, then it doesn't matter. My expectation is that when you have the chance, you capitalize on it."
(On if the team can win with the running back being the leading receiver each week)- "Yes, you can win a lot of different ways. To me, the running back is the leading receiver, tight end leading receiver, receiver leading receiver, it doesn't matter. As long as we can move the ball, score and win the game, we'd run the Wing-T."
(On Bengals corners Johnathan Joseph and Leon Hall)- "I like both their guys. I looked at Leon a lot, he came out the same year as Darrelle (Revis), so we were talking about both of those guys. He's a really bright guy, he's a really good kid. He's tough, he supports the run well. I've seen a lot of improvement from him over the years, which is what I would expect because of the type of person that he is. He plays with good technique. I would imagine, not being in the locker room, but I would imagine he has a lot of leadership ability. With Joseph, I don't know him as well. I think he's a very fluid guy. He does a nice job in zone and man and he's another guy that will come up and support in the running game. I think both of those guys have played well and played consistently well. I think Pacman (Adam Jones), for the time that he been in, has done a nice job. He had the pick there against Baltimore. He's got outstanding ability and he's played well for them in the times that he has played."
(On if the Bengals' corners are good enough to free up other players to blitz more often)- "It's varied. I think they have confidence in them if they want to blitz. They'll play some man-to-man, post safety, when they are on an island, but it's a mix defensively. It's not just this one philosophy, ‘We are going to blitz all the time and you guys have to hold up. We are going to play post safety.' There's a variation in order to take advantage of what the opponent is doing that week."
(On if Mike Holmgren has told him he is seeing the improvement that he wants to see)- "Mike and I, we talk frequently, whether it's after the game, whether it's yesterday, whether it's during the course of the week, at practice. I don't want to talk for him, but I think as a coach, he understands some of the things that have happened. As a coach, like I am, he's frustrated with some of the things that have happened. That's one of the real positives that I see in having Mike. When I talk to him about the game, there's a level of understanding there. We can have a conversation without a translator. That's really good. You can say, ‘Here it is.' He will give me his thoughts and there's really good give and take and some good ideas that come out of that. The only way I can equate it is that you don't have to translate it into, I don't know how to characterize it. He understands it."
(On where Alex Mack stands in his second season)- "I think that Alex is light years ahead of where he was at this point last year in terms of his ability to operate the offense and the offensive line. His comfort level is much higher. At this point, this is game four of his rookie career and he was swimming. Now, he's comfortable in that position and he's made some really smart calls and he recognizes things quicker. Not that he didn't do that last year, it's just he's a year into it now. It's his 20th straight start for us, which is not easy to do coming in and playing that position. The other thing I like about Alex is he gets the whole concept of working on weaknesses and making sure that you get those right, and he plays with a tremendous motor. You can see him on some of those downhill plays or screens where he is getting into the second level. He's in the screen, he's running, he's helping make things happen. To me, that's a great trait. I think that with him, he'll get better each year because of who he is. You add experience to that, he'll continue to grow in that spot."
(On if Peyton Hillis would have had as good of a game as he did last week without Mack playing like he is)- "I don't think it's just about Alex Mack. To me, it's the group. When the group blocks well, you have that type of success. When the group blocks well, the backs block well, the receivers block well. It has got to be coordinated. It only takes one guy on the offensive line to not get his block or block the wrong guy or give up some penetration and the play gets crushed in the backfield. I don't see it as just him."
(On if Eric Steinbach is playing better than he has since he has been here)- "I think he's had a really good start to the season. I thought he was really physical last week. He's a smart guy. Him, Joe (Thomas) and Alex have worked together now for a year, which is really positive. They have got a good chemistry together over on that left hand side. He's worked on things that we have identified that we wanted him to work on. I'd say I think he's playing better now."
(On Terrell Owens coming back from injury to play in Super Bowl XXXIX and him still playing at 36 years old)- "It doesn't surprise me. The fact that he played in that game shows you how important it is to him, shows you his inherent toughness, his competitiveness. You go into that game with not really having a lot of prep time, not really knowing exactly how it's going to go and he played really well that weekend. He's played well wherever he's gone. He's got good run after the catch, he's a physical guy, he's got excellent hands, he's smart and he's with a partner that takes coverage off of him too. I think they've done a nice job with (Jordan) Shipley, having him in the slot. A very consistent guy, he's done a nice job. (Jermaine) Gresham, Reggie Kelly, it's potent. The quarterback can get all of those guys the ball and does."
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Latest Links from the OBR Newswire
OBR Newswire on September 29th, 2010 AT 1:00 PM
These are links from the OBR Newswire for September 29th from 07:08 to 12:21:
- ESPN.com – Jake Delhomme of Cleveland Browns misses practice again with ankle injury – Cleveland Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme is not practicing for the third straight week because of a sprained ankle.
- Akron Beacon Jouranl – Highlights from press conference with Browns coach Eric Mangini – Browns coach Eric Mangini met with reporters Wednesday morning. Here are some of the highlights from the press conference:
- The Elyria Chronicle-Telegram – Petrak: Can’t blame Mangini for the penalties – The Browns cleaned up the turnover problem that plagued them the first two games.
- News-Herald – Hillis pumps life into running game (with video) – Even the most ardent Browns fan could be forgiven if he or she asked "Peyton who?" the day Brady Quinn was traded to the Broncos for a couple low draft choices and a backup running back.
- Canton Repository – Ten thoughts about the 0-3 Browns – Ten thoughts about the Browns, based on what the 2010 season has revealed thus far
- Plain Dealer – Are expectations weighing down the Cincinnati Bengals? – It's a sign of the times in Cincinnati that Bengals fans are complaining about an "ugly" win.
- Plain Dealer – Terry Pluto talks Browns, Cavaliers – Are the Browns progressing despite their 0-3 start?
The “Animal” is Back
Don Delco on September 29th, 2010 AT 12:41 PM
Browns rookie right guard Shawn Lauvao took to the practice field today. This is good news for an offense that may have re-found its identity last Sunday in Baltimore.
In August, I had a chance to talk with Tony Pashos about the rookie to his left. At that time, Pashos played in a few preseason games next to the rookie from Arizona State.
“He’s an animal,” is how Pashos described Lauvao to me.
Ah, now that’s what you want in an offensive lineman. Typically, offensive lineman are smart guys, but they are accompanied by a mean streak. The return of Lauvao seems to be excellent timing.
Last Sunday against Baltimore, Pashos played right tackle for a majority of the game after John St. Clair left the game with an ankle injury. Coach Eric Mangini said he was pleased with Pashos’ play. Make sense considering Pashos’ strength is run blocking.
Lauvao instantly impressed Mangini and was slated to start at right guard before he was sidelined the first three games this season because of a high ankle sprain.
In all, the Browns rushed 29 times for 173 yards and a touchdown last Sunday against the vaunted Ravens defense, led by Peyton Hillis’ 144 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries.
It appears the Browns offensive line, when healthy, will be (from left to right tackle) Joe Thomas, Eric Steinbach, Alex Mack, Lauvao and Pashos or Floyd Womack. Lest we forget fullback Lawrence Vickers.
Expect the Browns to run the ball often and effectively in the coming weeks. It’s time for some smash-mouth football to return in Cleveland.
Browns Sign CFL Rookie of the Year: Hot News for RB Martell Mallett http://bit.ly/bbGEYm
Jake should practice thurs or friday. Starting dl not practicing wed. Mangini expects all back thurs or friday.
Wright dropped from Practice Squad: Hot News for S DeAndre Wright http://bit.ly/dyzXSM
Our friend @caplannfl tells us the Browns have cut DB DeAndre Wright from their practice squad and added RB Martell Mallett.
@FailSPN We’re not wussies. Honest. We’re just afraid he’ll scratch us. Or slap. Our faces blemish easily.
Davis Patiently Awaiting His Turn: Last Sunday against Baltimore, James Davis returned to the field for the first … http://bit.ly/ahcdkA
Prospect Spotlight: Von Miller: When you think of 3-4 defenses, the first thing that comes to mind is “pass rush.”… http://bit.ly/9myiL4
Browns-Ravens: Das Gameballs and Der Goatsen: Eric Wright and Peyton Hillis both got some record totals, but in ve… http://bit.ly/dux4t2
Podcast: Zeppe’s Pizzeria OBR Radio (9/28): Fred, Stef, and Barry look for signs of life inside of an 0-3 record. http://bit.ly/bNyYW3
(Subscriber) Xs & Os: Boldin’s Big Day: Doug Farrar goes to the tape and breaks down Anquan Boldin’s big day last … http://bit.ly/cfpbOs