Archive for October, 2010

Transcript: Rob Ryan, 10/1
Barry McBride on October 1st, 2010 AT 11:40 PM

(On what he does when he sees a player having a tough game like Eric Wright did last Sunday)- “I think the biggest thing is he’s a tremendous player and a tremendous competitor.  No one is more disappointed with the game and how it turned out than he is.  Of course, it’s not all his fault, obviously.  (Joe) Flacco made a couple of unbelievable throws.  The first one, he’s undercutting to try to make an interception.  He’s got such good coverage, he’s like, ‘I’m going for the play.’  Then the ball just kept sailing on him and they scored a touchdown.  He’s a great player and he’s going to bounce back in a big way this week.  That’s just the way it is.  I’m sure you guys haven’t always been perfect on your columns.  I’ve read some of them and we all know that’s a fact (joking).  We’ll be alright.”

(On what went wrong last week if Wright played well)- “He’s always played well.  I don’t think necessarily Eric played that well.  He’s always played well for us for the two years I’ve been here.  I don’t think he was particularly great last week.  We’ve tried a lot of things, we did a lot of things.  We doubled (Anquan) Boldin there for a bit.  We had him locked in man coverage with some max pressures with no help and then we had some help there.  A couple of great players going at it and Boldin had the better day, but I’m sure E-Wright will get him next time around.”

(On him taking heat for blitzing often and not getting any sacks)- “I know we got beat on another max pressure this week.  It’s something that we are going to get through. We haven’t been precise on some of those.  Some of them have been pretty good and the biggest thing is everybody in the stadium notices when they don’t go well, the whole (dang) place erupts.  When you max pressure, someone’s band is going to play.  Either your band or theirs and unfortunately, we’ve heard their music a couple of times.  It doesn’t mean I’m going to turn into a wimp all of a sudden.  We’ve got to be smart about it.  We usually are and it was a calculated risk that at that time I and I alone thought was the best thing to do.  We had been beaten four times in a row in double coverage in those same situations, so I got tired of looking at that also.  We went with the pressure and it didn’t quite work out the way we were hoping.  The bad thing is, our offense played so unbelievably well.  You had (Peyton) Hillis running through those guys, I’ve never seen anybody be able to do that to the Raven defense.  It’s just such a shame that we just didn’t quite finish, we didn’t hold up as a team that way.  Defensively, we definitely didn’t hold up our end of the bargain.”

(On if it is difficult to blitz Carson Palmer because of how quickly he gets rid of the ball)- “The biggest thing with Carson Palmer is he’s got a quick release, obviously, he’s very intelligent, he’s a great competitor.  He’s an annoying scrambler, we saw that last year at our place.  On fourth and 12, nobody in their right mind is going to take off and run with it unless they’re Michael Vick, but he did and won the game for them.  I have the utmost respect for him, he’s a great player.  Also the thing with the Bengals, you do have two hall of fame wide receivers out there with him.  It makes him very difficult to defend.  They also have a fine group of running backs.  We are looking for it.  I was going through our music last night and got to my Santana, an old friend from Oakland, and put on ‘I am Winning.’  That’s all we are going to do.  We don’t intend to lose again.  We’re tired of it, sick of it.  I know you guys are.  To (heck) with that, anybody can lose.  It’s time to win, we are sick of losing.  We don’t care what they have got, it’s all about us.”

(On Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens)- “That Ochocinco is phenomenal.  Whatever name he goes by, he really is a phenomenal player.  Bogey (Chad Bogard), our film guy, is the best in football as you guys know.  He’s up later than I am, which I don’t believe I’ve been home before midnight.  That poor guy is getting all of this film ready for everybody and (heck), no wonder he’s single.  The guy never goes home.  A little shout out there to him for giving me all of the clips.  We had 744 clips on just their regular package alone, so we are tired of looking at them, but Ochocinco get faster and better each year, in my opinion.  The guy is just tremendous.  Of course, T.O. out there is just a freak.  He’s just a big freak out there and he makes a lot of plays.”

(On who he would compare Peyton Hillis to)- “Larry Csonka back in the day.  Earl Campbell, when he was running with those tear-away jerseys.  We played him when he was at Denver and I saw him do some things to some opponents that made me shake my head.  I couldn’t believe he ran Lawyer Milloy over one time, who I have the biggest respect for.  I was like, ‘Man, this kid must be pretty good.’  Then he broke our kid’s shoulder on a tackle, Michael Huff.  I was a fan ever since and I was like, ‘Man, this guy is pretty good.’  I believe Eric (Mangini) was playing him the next week so I gave him a warning call, ‘Hey, watch out.  They’ve got a back back there, he isn’t pretty, but he hurts people.  He runs them over.’  I’ve heard him compared to Mike Alstott by Bryan Cox, and that’s probably the best comparison.  He’s a fullback that can tote the ball. He gets tougher when he’s got the ball under his arm and I bet he was a (beast) in red rover, red rover.  Kill the guy with the ball?  He’s out there collecting his own hides.  He’s fun to watch, God he is.  If we weren’t doing so poorly last week on defense, I would have really enjoyed him.”

(On what he attributes the Bengals’ early offensive struggles to)- “I wish we could bring that rainstorm they were playing in last week, I think that would help.  They’re a great football team.  Last week when we played Baltimore it’s like, ‘Yeah, they’re just okay.’  No, they’re going to be a top five offense, that’s just the way it is.  These guys are outstanding.  We are going to have to go out there and get after them and play our best.  Our guys are definitely ready to do that and whatever it is, I’m sure they’ll get it fixed.  They’ve got an outstanding coaching staff over there and I’m sure they’ll get that fixed.  There’s only one football, thank God.  They’ve got all these weapons, but eventually they can only get it to one guy.  Hopefully we can cause enough problems that maybe they’ll start (yelling) at each other on the side and that would be nice.”

(On if he will have Shaun Rogers back this week)- “I don’t know.  We had all three guys try to work late in the week, the three d-linemen (Kenyon Coleman, Rogers and Robaire Smith).  We’ve got big plans here to win, but you actually need some d-linemen to play in the game.  We better get some.  I’m sure they’re doing everything they can to be healthy and play.  It’s hard to be in a 3-4 if you don’t have three d-linemen dressing.  We need somebody to play.”

(On if Rogers loses anything by not being able to practice but still playing in the game)- “Practice is very important.  I’m sure you lose your timing, I’m sure you’re mentally more focused when you’re out there on the field, also being with his teammates.  To have a defense, you have to have a team group.  It’s not about one guy on defense and it’s not like basketball, I guess.  I’m not an expert there.  It’s important to be out there, it’s important to have practice, it’s important to practice well. I’m sure if Shaun does play, it will be more on just an ability thing than actually getting in a groove of playing.  Hopefully, these guys can get well and get back out there and practice and be at their best.”

(On facing Cedric Benson and Bernard Scott)- “I think our run defense is coming on, I really do.  But they do have unique styles, both of those backs.  They are different.  One can hammer it in there between the tackles, the other one is the threat to go all of the way.  He also has that unique ability to hit the off tackle and then bounce it.  We have got a lot of work to do with these guys.  Last year we played them and we played them in a style that was basically telling them to run the ball.  We wanted to keep the points down as low as we could, but we told them to run it and they did.  We’ve got to be careful what we wish for.  I think we’re playing better technique-wise.  We have real good football players out there on the front now with the additions of (Chris) Gocong and (Scott) Fujita.  With that safety back there, T.J. (Ward), these guys are doing a nice job in the running game.”

(On if he is concerned with rookies Ward and Joe Haden against Ochocinco and Owens)- “No, I think these guys work really good.  They’re smart guys and they’re both competitors.  The big thing with those two great receivers is, besides all of the stuff they do in being the veterans and all that, is they are ultimate competitors too.  They’ll fight like crazy for that football and we are going to have to do a great job of covering.  Our guys have been challenging more than they ever have in practice.  We are fighting for that ball, we’re not giving up anything.  Whatever we can do to finish, we are doing it as a team.  That’s the biggest thing.  We’ve lost, obviously, three close games, I’m not ducking it.  We’ve lost three games where we’ve had the lead and it’s our responsibility on defense to win, and that’s what we plan on doing.”

(On the max pressure blitz not working because of missed assignments)- “No, they had shown us a protection look and they called timeout right before it.  We still liked our blitz, we were ready to go with it and they changed up the protection look and we actually went to a different blitz.  It still was coming clean.  We didn’t quite get the challenge on the receiver what we needed to.  We had too much separation, so he was allowed to throw the ball.  If we had it a little tighter coverage there, I think we would have been okay.  We would have hit the quarterback.  You’ve got to take your hat off to Flacco.  He hung in there, knew the hit was coming and still could deliver the ball.  Honestly, when you look back at that game, Flacco made some throws that were out of this world.  We had tight coverage on him, double coverage.  It’s easy to say, ‘They beat Eric Wright.’  Yes, they beat Eric Wright when he had perfect coverage and they throw the ball over his ear that nobody can get to.  They did it a couple of times to him, so you’ve got to tip your hat to Flacco.  Bottom line is this week, we plan on having everybody tip their hat to us.”

(On Mike Adams saying he made a mistake last Sunday on a touchdown to Boldin)- “He had coverage on the tight end as well and they had thrown a lot of screens before.  That’s a difficult situation.  Mike’s a stand-up guy, but he also had the tight end in his responsibility.”

(On if Palmer can invite the blitz and beat it before it gets to him)- “He beats a lot of things.  This guy here, there’s a reason why he goes to Hawaii every year and it’s not just my vote that’s getting him there.  He’s a great player.  He can beat blitz, zone, anything.  If he’s on the top of his game, he’s very streaky.  If he’s on the top of his game, he can beat just about anything.  I understand the question about some guys just invite the blitz, they dare you to blitz them.  The bottom line is most people don’t max pressure.  There’s very few teams that will send everybody they’ve got on the roster.  Sometimes you need to hit the quarterback and in that game, I believe the Ravens had given up two sacks all year.  (John) Matsko, their offensive line coach, is tremendous.  It was getting a little frustrating back there when you don’t hit the guy.  I’m like you guys, I want to (freaking) hit him.  I’m a human being too, just like you guys are.  It doesn’t mean I’m perfect, but I do want to hit the quarterback.”

(On how pressuring the quarterback changes without Rogers and Marcus Benard playing)- “The biggest thing is, there’s a lot of coaches that will cry about injuries.  They’ll get one injury and they’re up here crying.  We’re used to it.  I’ve been in Oakland where we’ve had a couple guys hurt and never complained.  I’ve been here and my God, we’ve had five, six, seven guys hurt every game.  It doesn’t matter.  I’m not going to cry and I’ll pray a little more, praying and praying harder.  Whatever it takes, that’s just what it is.  I’m not ever going to blame anything on our players because the ones that are out there are good players.  They’re good players and if we ever get healthy, that’s great.  That will be cool.  I’d like to see us healthy, that’d be nice.”

(On why the team has lost three fourth quarter leads)- “I’m not sure.  I’ve read some things saying I don’t adjust.  Come on, I know I can adjust and we do that.  I think the thing is they made plays at times.  Tampa Bay made a play in a critical situation to beat us with a touchdown pass.  Flacco did last week.  We gave up a field goal against Kansas City.  This is pro football, teams are going to make plays.  Have we been outcoached in those games?  (Heck) no.  Give me a break.  It isn’t even close.  You can say we have, but I don’t give a (crap).”

(On comparing Owens to Randy Moss and if one guy can cause dissention on a team)- “I tell you what, I was there with Randy Moss in Oakland and he was fantastic.  He was a great competitor, he was tremendous.  I can only speak on that guy because I was actually there.  Nobody worked harder than Randy Moss.  That was always amazing to me about how he was covered in that situation.  I don’t know if he was talking to the media or not.  Man, I saw a guy that has unbelievable work ethic, a super competitor, still a great athlete and then he went on to New England and went on to shock the world by being great.  He never shocked me.  I think in Oakland, we actually might have had more problems with the guy throwing him the ball.  That might have been the biggest problem.  With T.O., I don’t know anything about the young man except my wife loves his video show or whatever, so he’s a fine actor.  I have the utmost respect for he and Ochocinco.”

(On if he is a fan of Owens and Ochocinco’s touchdown celebrations)- “I get entertained when they are on somebody else.  I don’t like it when they score on us, obviously.  I think those guys have personality, obviously, and I admire them for their skill and also their personality.  I think they’ve got good personalities.”

(On how beneficial it is to have Mike Holmgren around for advice)- “I think it’s great.  I think having Mike Holmgren here gives us a face for our team.  Most people say, ‘Well, we have our decal.’  We don’t have a decal, we have the Brown helmet.  The thing about us is we have a (heck) of a leader.  He is the face of our organization and I think it’s awesome.  I’m not awed by him, but it is nice.  Here’s a guy that will probably be up in the Hall of Fame one day, much like Al Davis in Oakland.  The nice thing about it is Mike is real polite and a nice person and things, where Al Davis would rip your face off.  I have the utmost respect for both men and both men are great leaders.  We have a tremendous guy in this building.  He knows what good football is and we are going to show him good football this week.”

Transcript: Brian Daboll, 10/1
Barry McBride on October 1st, 2010 AT 11:39 PM

(On Peyton Hillis)- “He had a good day against a really good defense.  He’s a downhill runner, big, strong, maybe doesn’t have the elite speed like some of the other guys but he makes up for it with his power and his running style.  He had a good day against a really good defense, and if you get a guy like that that’s running well you want to try to keep giving him the football.”

(On if it is tricky mixing in Jerome Harrison and Hillis)- “You have different personnel packages but if Peyton is running the football well we’re going to keep giving it to him  If it’s not his game and Jerome is running it well then you kind of keep giving it to him.  If one of those guys early gets into a rhythm you keep feeding him the football.  That’s kind of what happened last week we played Baltimore, Hillis was really hot so I wanted to keep running the football with number 40 rather than anybody else on the team.”

(On if running the ball is their calling card and if everything else is going to evolve around that)- “I think every team in the league is game plan specific but in order to win you have to have a philosophy.  I believe in running the football well and an efficient passing game and you can’t be one and you can’t be the other in this league because the defenses are just too good. You have to be able to mix in both and stay as balanced as you can to give those guys a good chance to win.”

(On if early success in the run game is necessary so you don’t abandon it later on)- “I think it helps, no question I think it helps but you have to have a tough mind set. When you want to be a really good running football team  I think the play caller has to have a tough mind set because there’s times you’re going to gain a yard, you’re going to gain zero and you’re going to gain two and it is easy to get to that pass game maybe a little bit too soon.”

(On how much help it is having Mike Holmgren around)- “I ask him a tons of questions. He’s got a lot of responsibilities being the President, I try to get him whenever I can get him.  Pass routes, reads, drops, maybe we’ve installed a play that he’s been very familiar with just to make sure we’re exactly on the same page with it so it’s really good.  I have no problem what so ever going up to him and asking him as many questions as I can ask him.  It’s been good.”

(On if it is intimidating having Holmgren around)- “There’s no reason to be intimidated by it.  If you’ve got a guy with a lot of knowledge you try to use it as much as you can.”

(On if they might rotate Seneca Wallace in when Jake Delhomme is back)- “I think when Jake is ready whether this week or next week it will be Jake and then you’ll mix in Seneca with the Wildcat, but if he is ready to go he’ll be the guy.”

(On if Delhomme looked better in practice today)- “Yes, I  think each day he has gotten better Scott (Petrak).  Today was a little bit better than yesterday. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow and then we’ll make that decision.”

(On how different the game plan is with each quarterback)- “It won’t change considerably. I think both guys have a really good understanding of the plays.  If there’s one or two plays that they don’t feel comfortable with then you just take them out, and if there’s one or two plays that the other guy likes you put them all in and then at the end of the week you just slash them if, ‘I might like that play,’ get rid of it.”

(On if he is concerned that there have only been 20 completions to wide receivers)- “You’d like to get more.  I think last week we had a pretty efficient pass game going.  We missed a couple.  You’ve going to put guys in different spots and try to move them around, you’d like to have more completions to those guys without question, but I have faith in those guys that we have.”

(On if Joshua Cribbs has been developing each week)- “I think you hit it head on.  I think he’s been getting better each week.  I think Seneca has a very good comfort level with him and a couple of those plays he made in Baltimore were a result of him and Seneca really practicing since May of getting a good feel with one another.  I think there’s been a steady increase of his performance.”

(On how Wallace can improve his sideline throws)- “We practice them every week in practice, and we usually hit them.  Now, the one on third and two that was a result too of pressure they brought a couple more guys again.  We had a few different answers.  We had Josh (Cribbs) on 37 verses press single high and we dropped back and he sped it up and he threw it and it was out of bounds.  We had a little bit of pressure there, not the result of poor blocking but it was more they brought some more guys than we had.  He just kind of sped it up and it went out but we had Cribbs on 37 so his choice was the right choice, single high coverage, but we just missed it.”

(On if Wallace made the right decision on that play)- “No question.  Yes, we had press single high coverage, Josh Cribbs on 37 of Baltimore and he went to Josh. It was just a little bit out of bounds.”

(On if he would he would have called something different looking back)- “I’d have a different one now since that one didn’t work, but yes no question.  We had a go outside with Josh against press high. We had a flat route, they did a nice job of hitting the back to the flat because we use him as the back too and the defense end came out and banged him so it took him away. He sped it out, Ben (Watson) ran a little route right there. Over to the left we had a two man kind of a zone beater there too.  Tried to get everything involved it was the go on third and two which we just missed it.  Yes, I wish I had a different one.”

(On why they didn’t run it on that play)- “I thought it was the right idea, the right play and it didn’t work out.  It was in hindsight.”

(On the failed pitch fumble)- “It should have been a hand off.”

(On  the Cincinnati corners)- “Both those guys (Leon) Hall and (Johnathan) Joseph they’re good players and you throw Adam Jones in there.  They can get up and play man-to-man well, they’re young, they’re athletic, they’re physical.  They hurt us last year blitzing and those guys do a good job of getting up in your face and trying to take them away.  I think Mike (Zimmer) does a good job with them and their scheme.  I think Dhani Jones does a good job too. I think he’s the guy that kind of gets everything orchestrated but they’re two good guys to have outside on the perimeter.  Leon, he’s messed up a few times against Baltimore and Mo (Mohamed Massaquoi) went against him the first game we played him and then the time we went around it was a pretty good match up.”

(On how the team feels after getting over 100 yards rushing on a team who never gives up that much)- “I think they pride themselves collectively the group upfront and the backs for being physical.  It was good to be able to run the football against that team, the only thing that really matters to us obviously is to get that win.  If we would have rushed for 400 yards and lost, I don’t think it would have really mattered too much.  They have a good mindset up front.  They’re physical, they like to run the ball, they do a good job with it and I think we’ll just try to continue to improve in that area.”

(On if the players tell him to run the ball more)- “Those guys are really good on the sideline.  The offensive line, Lawrence (Vickers), Josh, a lot of those guys are pretty good on the sideline in terms of sideline adjustments or what they’re getting.  We were running the ball inside a little bit when we hit that 48 yarder, we sat down and talked a little bit about it in between series Steiny (Eric Steinbach), (George) Warhop, myself, just to get it outside and that was the one we hit.  They’ve got some good information.  They’re offensive linemen they love to run the football.”

(On Mohamed Massaquoi)- “I had a talk with Mo this week.  We sat down, we had a talk.  Look, he’s a great kid and he’s not one of those guys that is a selfish guy.  If you guys could watch some of the tape, some of the things he does outside on the perimeter help the other aspect of the game out, the running game, and how much his teammates and I appreciate it. We’d love to get him the football.  I’d love to get him the football, move him around a little bit but he’s done a good job.  I know he’s got a low amount of catches, trust me I know that, but we’ve sat down and he’s running the right routes and he’s at the right spots, and he’s just got to keep a level head, keep working at it, improve some of the little details but he’s gotten better.  I know his stats haven’t shown that, but I really believe he has.”

(On why Massaquoi had a big game against Cincinnati last season)- “He had some one-on-ones, some it was zone coverage where he got to the right spot.  He hit three big go routes, one on Hall, one on Joseph, one on third and two down the sideline we hit it, it was right down to the edge and we scored to (Steve) Heiden the next play if I’m not mistaken on a goal line play.  It was tight coverage. He hit some slants, he did a really nice job that game and the coverage was right there.  He just created a little bit of separation to make it and hopefully he’ll have a good one this week.”

(On if he has ever worked with a player comparable to Peyton Hillis)- “I’d say no one exactly like him.  The bigger backs that we had at New England guys like Corey Dillon, Antowain Smith were the bigger type guys.  I think Peyton what he gives you too is he’s got really good hands.  He’s a nice safety outlet for quarterbacks.  Pretty much if you throw it to him he’s going to catch it.  He’s in the right spots.  I can’t say exactly, not exactly like him but he can run, he’s physical, he’s got good hands, he can do some stuff in the passing game so he’s got a pretty good combination of things.”

(On how Hillis needs to improve)- “I think he can get better at everything, as we all can.  Reading the hole the right way, pass protection.  He’s continually improving his craft everyday and that’s what you love about the kid.  He’s got a great mindset not only in the meetings, out on the practice field, but in the game too.  Very encouraging.”

(On if Hillis is a tough guy)- “No, he’s a pretty boy (joking).  No, he’s tough, he’s got a good mindset, doesn’t complain, takes a lot of shots.  The way he runs and he looks for contact too, and there’s going to be teams who look him up for contact but he’s not going to shy away from it.  You get the ball a bunch a times in a game you’re going to come away from it a little bit sore as a lead runner and never complains about it once, just goes back, suits up and does it again.”

(On the long run Hillis had)- “On that long run he ran that guy over and Josh (Cribbs) made a heck of a block, Steiny (Eric Steinbach) pulled around.  Josh made a heck of a block. He knocked the corner down he gets up he chases the linebacker.  It was kind of a combination, upfront Steiny did a nice job on the line, Josh on the perimeter and then Peyton I think he got a guy on his way through to the 48.”

(On how disappointing was it to only put up 17 points and lose with good offensive stats)- “It’s extremely disappointing.  It doesn’t matter what the stats are to me as long as you get a win.  Like I said if you get 600 yards and you lose it doesn’t really matter, you lost.  We have to do more collectively to make sure that we get into the win column.”

(On if Brian Robiskie looks invisible on the field at times)- “No, he’s not invisible.  We are never going to pass one up to hit one on a read.  He’s kind of a guy that just whether he’s the third or the fourth progression in it, he’s been doing everything he can. He’s been doing everything he can and he’s going to continue to do that.  Hopefully we can get him some more catches.”

(On his conversations with Mike Holmgren and what his feelings are with the team)- “You know Mary Kay (Cabot), we kind of talk about specific plays or reads, footwork.  I don’t want to speak for him at all in terms of that respect.  It’s more, ‘Hey, what did you tell Seneca when you ran this play relative to when he got this look?  Is there any other little coaching point that you can give him or you can help me give him?  What did you think of this play or what did you think of that play?’  It’s more along those lines.”

(On if he has adjusted any pass routes to better serve the skill sets of any of the wide receivers)- “I think we run a combination of short, intermediate and deep throws. Last week was more of a short to intermediate completion-type throws.  I think we have a variety of pass schemes available for all of those guys.”

(On his comfort level with Tony Pashos playing at right tackle)- “I’m fine with Tony.  I think Tony has done a good job throughout camp.  He’s played in the league a while, he understands, he fits right in with those veteran guys on the offensive line.  I’m good with Tony.”

(On if Joe Thomas is playing the way he would expect him to play based on his track record)- “Joe is a consistent guy.  Week in and week out, he’s going to do the things that you expect him to do.  He’s the same guy every day in the meeting room, classroom, practice field, game.  Same guy.  He’s a consistent, consistent guy.”

9:06 PM

@ThreeRiversBlog I don’t know if that’s a compliment or not, LOL.

Browns-Bengals Injury Report
Don Delco on October 1st, 2010 AT 4:36 PM


DB Derrick Roberson, hip
OL John St. Clair, ankle

DL Kenyon Coleman, knee
QB Jake Delhomme, ankle
OL Shawn Lauvao, ankle
WR Brian Robiskie, hamstring
DL Shaun Rogers, ankle/hip
DL Robaire Smith, back

LB Marcus Benard, ankle
RB James Davis, thigh
RB Jerome Harrison, thigh
OL Joe Thomas, elbow
LB Jason Trusnik, head
FB Lawrence Vickers, groin


DE Jonathan Fanene, hamstring


DE Antwan Odom, wrist
LB Keith Rivers, foot
WR Jordan Shipley, shoulder

HB Cedric Benson, knee
CB Adam Jones, shoulder
WR Terrell Owens, back
LB Dan Skuta, ankle

Mangini Press Conference Transcript, Oct. 1
Don Delco on October 1st, 2010 AT 4:30 PM

Below is the transcript from coach Eric Mangini’s Friday press conference, as provided by the Browns’ PR staff:

(Opening statement)- "Good morning everybody. Today's practice, the only guy that won't be practicing will be John St. Clair. (Jason) Trusnik will be back today, the three defensive linemen should be back today. Another question mark I would say would be (Derrick) Roberson. That's still up in the air but everybody else should be. I thought Jake (Delhomme) had a pretty good first day back. Moved around pretty well considering and he'll get a little more work today and we'll see where he is and how he responds tomorrow morning. We're working on red zone, working on goal line, short yardage review, so nothing out of the ordinary in terms of our typical week of preparation."

(On if he is optimistic about Jake Delhomme playing on Sunday)- "Just having him out there and throwing and going through the plays, yes it's good to see. It was the next step for us. Now it's a function of seeing how he does today and how he responds tomorrow."

(On how Delhomme didn't look like the same player on his first day back)- "I think that's going to be natural the first day back. You go through some of those movements. You simulate them and that sort of thing during the rehab process but doing them in conjunction with a play and all the things that go into it. It's going to look a little different initially. As time goes on that will get better and better."

(On what number quarterback Delhomme would be Sunday)- "I think any combination is really possible two, three, one. It's just really how he does today, how it responds tomorrow and then we do have another 24 hours between Saturday and Sunday to see what it's like. I don't know what the combination will be just because it's only day two of him actually working on the field."

(On St. Clair's injury and if Tony Pashos would start if he can't play)- "I think it's going to be tough for him. I'm hopeful, but it's going to be tough for him right now. Tony would start in that case."

(On if Delhomme would be prepared enough to play this week)- "Yes, his overall knowledge is really solid and he didn't miss a beat in terms of his preparation. He's got a pretty consistent routine that he has developed over years so that's stayed the same while he's been off the field."

(On when he will decide which quarterback will start)- "Probably Saturday night. You want to give it as much time as you can. I'll talk to Jake (Delhomme). I'll talk to Joe (Sheehan), the doc, (Brian) Daboll, just go through the whole process gather as much information and make the best decision and give it as much time as you can to see where it is."

(On if Jason Trusnik has a concussion in the game)- "Yes."

(On if Eric Wright has been more focused this week at practice)- "I didn't really see a significant lack of focus in the previous week. Eric's played a lot of games, and a lot of games well. My expectation is that he'll come back and play at the same level. We all go through this in different ways and different positions, coaches, players and you go back and attack the next challenge."

(On if he would come at a cornerback who was coming off a bad week)- "I can go either way. Maybe you catch him when he's still slumping or maybe you get him when he's back on fire. You got to take that chance I guess."

(On if Joe Haden is closer to getting a starting position)- "He's working and he's done good things with his opportunities. I don't think it's any different than it was last week."

(On how often they are in the nickel package)- "It really depends, Jeff (Schudel), based on what their personnel group is. Some games you get a ton of a personnel group where you play nickel and it's first down, it's second down, it's third down so those reps are really high. I'd say any given year half the snaps end up being with extra defensive backs."

(On how T.J. Ward has been able to start right away but it has taken Haden longer for him to get there)- "I think they both have both done well. I think there's some more opportunity at the safety spot, that always helps. As you insert yourself, what you do with those chances and T.J. has done a really nice job."

(On how T.J. Ward's pass coverage has been the first few weeks) - "He's done well. I thought he made a really nice play last week, it ended up being like a middle read going to the tunnel side where he came over and broke it up. I thought that was a good deep part of the field play. I think he's sick about the chance he had on the sideline, but he's made I think quite a few plays in coverage that show his ability there whether it be man to man or zone he's done them both."

(On if Peyton Hillis' running style reminds him of any other running backs)- "Not one that just jumps off the chart for me. I hadn't really thought of it that way to tell you the truth."

(On if Peyton Hillis is in line for a short career because of his position with collisions)- "How long did (John) Riggins play? Did he get 12? I don't really think he is an upright runner. I think a lot of times one of the things he does really well is lower his shoulder on contact and drive forward. Often times he is the guy that's delivering the blow. You see some upright runners where they just get tattooed because they don't ever lower their shoulders, they don't get that leverage going forward and those hits tend to add up more quickly. Where with Peyton I think it's different because a lot of times he is the one applying force, applying leverage. He does have pretty good short area quickness for a guy his size where he can makes some people miss. I think it's more apparent in the passing game where your catching some of those balls out in the flat makes the guy miss. He's got that as well which is a little deceptive based on his size."

(On if Hillis will last more than five years)- "I don't know what the numbers will be but it's only been three games so he's got a ways to go to get there."

(On what happened with Hillis last year in Denver)- "I wasn't there and they drafted a guy number one and they either traded for a guy or signed for a free agent. Sometimes you just get numbers and it just happens that way. Sometimes guys get pegged as being a fullback instead of a tailback and that's where you end up getting your work so you don't end up carrying the ball that much. In the year prior to that I think when he was getting a lot of carries he ended up getting hurt so he didn't really get the volume of carries that maybe he would have gotten which could have solidified his role as a tailback."

(On Cincinnati's run defense compared to Baltimore's)- "I think they're both very good in that area. It's a different style, it's more of a true 4-3. There's more penetration, there's more line stunts as opposed to Baltimore, which is not the traditional 3-4, but it's the 3-4 that builds over and under schemes. One, they're both very good. Style-wise, they're different because one's a 4-3 penetrating and one's a 3-4. Not that Baltimore doesn't penetrate, but it's not the same volume of penetration."

(On how much Marcus Benard and Shaun Rogers being out last week affected the pass rush)- "It helps having them. How much more we would have gotten, I'm not really sure. You always like to go to the game with your full complement of guys, but every team is dealing with it in one way or the other. When someone goes down, the next person that goes in has to fill that void. When we have the opportunities to zone blitz, full blitz or a four man rush, we have got to take advantage of those."

(On Carson Palmer having a quick release and getting rid of the ball quickly)- "He has both of those things and then he runs, which is a pain in the neck. He understands the defenses, so if you make it clean, he is going to go to the right place. He does have a quick release and a strong arm. He feels pressure well and then he has the ability to hurt you with his feet like he did last year against us in overtime and he hurt us one other time in the red zone that set up a field goal. He does that where it's enough that you better be sound in your pass rush. You can't just tee off and lose contain or not have the lane integrity inside because if you do that and you're covered downfield, he just takes off and picks up 15-20 yards."

(On what grade he would give his fourth quarter defense)- "I don't know, I haven't assigned a grade to it. I think there have been spots where we have been really good and things we can improve on. I really liked what we did in Tampa Bay at the end where we had to get the ball back. We stopped them on the goal line, forced the fumble, had to get the ball back again and did a good job there. I was disappointed last week that we didn't have a chance on third down to see whether or not we could have stopped the play. You get in that opportunity, you've got to give yourself a chance to play it out. We jumped offside and I thought that was, obviously, not acceptable. I'm disappointed that we didn't have that chance."

(On if Cincinnati's defense is more susceptible to shorter passes than Baltimore's)- "The numbers are the same in terms of how many guys you have in coverage. Whether it's a 4-3 or a 3-4, usually in a 3-4 you just rush one of the linebackers and that becomes the fourth player. Numbers-wise, it's pretty consistent. In terms of what they play, we are going to face different coverages from both groups, but both defenses have the full complement of coverages and they mix in pressure. I don't think the amount of defensive linemen necessarily dictates the shorter passing game would be better."

(On Carlton Mitchell's progress)- "I think he's made some progress but I think he's got some more progress to make. I've been happy with the jumps that he's made but it needs to keep going. Part of that too is if he goes to the game what's his role going to be on special teams because he's not going to be a starter if he goes, so there's another area we have to define a role. We have Sam Aiken right now who is an outstanding special teams player and can do some things offensively and has done things offensively over the course of years. He's got to establish a role."

(On if the three defensive linemen who are returning to practice today will play on Sunday)- "That's my expectation, but we'll see how it is."

(On what Shaun Rogers does that doesn't show up in a box score)- "It just depends on how offenses treat him. Sometimes with that if they give him extra attention that frees up some people but each team we face kind of looks at the players a different way. I'd say that'd be the main thing with any play, how are they going to deal with him. What's their plan? Does it change, if it doesn't change then you would like to see that player make some explosive plays. If it does change what does it open up for someone else."

(On which of his players he would want to watch the most on a reality TV show)- "Robert Royal would be pretty funny if he had a reality TV show. I'd probably want to group them together like get four or five guys together and put them in a house sort of like the Cleveland Shore, something like that, the Lakefront. I'd have to do the full casting to see what the theme is but Robert is definitely one of them, (Lawrence) Vickers he'd be fun to have in that mix. (Blake) Costanzo, throw him in that house. I don't know give me another day or two but I could get a good cast. You throw Rob (Ryan) in there, he could be the house mother or something. What do they call that in college, an RA? He'd walk down every night make sure everyone's asleep. I think we've got something. Sports Time Ohio, you'll see it."

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Importance of Sports
Don Delco on October 1st, 2010 AT 8:43 AM

Ever talk to someone at a dinner party who does something admirable and inspirational as their occupation? It is something you would never be able to do in a million years?

I struck up a conversation with someone like that a few months ago. He was no older than 25. I’m 30. In short, he’s going to be an oncologist. That sentence does not do it justice. Believe me, it sounds more impressive when he describes it.

Anyway, during the exercise of polite coversation, he followed with, “So what do you do?”

“I’m a sports writer,” I replied. Typically those responses get a positive reaction and this was no different. But, really, writing about games and athletes doesn’t compare to this guy who has made it his life work to try and save lives.

Every once in a while, though, a story comes around that reinforces to me that sports, while it is just a distraction from the important things in life, can be and is an important part of life.

Charles Gibson is the husband of Dayton Daily News consumer sales manager Nanette Meyer-Gibson. He recently found out he has lung cancer. Doctors told him he has a 12-month life expectancy.

The other day, the Dayton Daily News was holidng a United Way auction and among the items was a Josh Cribbs signed jersey.

“I knew in that instant that I needed to get THE JERSEY for my husband and that I would need to outbid everyone,” Nanette told the Dayton Daily News’ Sean McClelland.

Click here to see a picture of Nanette’s husband, Charles, holding the jersey. Spoiler alert: He’s happy.

"The picture really says it all," Nanette said, "but when he opened it up and saw what it was, he didn't look at his loving wife…..who bought the dang thing for him….but at the numerous other Browns fans that were standing off to the side. They were all yelling and cheering and ogling it. He would not appreciate that I am telling you this part, but he sat there and cried and kept clutching the jersey to his chest.

"Since Saturday, everyone that has come to the house to visit has gotten to see THE JERSEY, whether they want to or not. BUT NO TOUCHING ALLOWED!!"

Charles has only been to a few games in person, but watches every week on TV. While he’s facing the unthinkable, for a few minutes the other day a Josh Cribbs jersey brought him unbridled joy. He forgot about his battle. Whether a team’s 0-3, can’t defend the pass or hasn’t won a Super Bowl, doesn’t matter to Charles. He has a signed Josh Cribbs jersey.

Hopefully that 25-year old I spoke with a few months ago will enjoy his job as much as I do, because if he is successful, Charles can wear that Cribbs jersey to a Super Bowl parade down Ontario Street.

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