OBR Daily Blog 10/2-3

After another winless September, the Browns look to get back on the winning side at home Sunday vs. Cincinnati.

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@scottiegraef OK, you’re evil, but a uniquely Cleveland kind of evil :-) It helps that he was able to walk off the field.

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@johndgarden I think all of Cleveland loves Peyton Hillis right now.

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@johndgarden I think all of Cleveland loves Peyton Hillis right now.

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Post-Game Transcript: Eric Mangini
Barry McBride on October 3rd, 2010 AT 6:46 PM

(Opening Statement)- “It feels so much better coming in here today and I felt like we’ve been making steps towards this for a while.  I felt like the guys have shown results throughout the course of the games we just haven’t been able to make enough plays to finally win the game and today we did.  It’s different than some of the situations we’ve been in in the past.   These guys are resilient and we’re going to get into a ton of tough games throughout the course of the year, and understanding what we have to do to win those games and finishing the games is so important.  I thought we got a lot closer to that or we have been getting close to that and we finally did here today, which I’m really proud of the group.  Obviously, there are things that we have to fix and we will fix those things and we’ll keep working the way that we’ve been working and my expectation is for us to keep moving forward.”

(On what changed defensively to stop Cincinnati on their last possession)- “They had us on our heels a little bit with the no huddle that they were doing and the way that they were doing it.  We brought a lot of different things and we kept talking about it as they came off the field, what we wanted to do the next drive and we adjusted.  We shifted out of Nickel and went to Dime, which helped us, and Matt Roth made a big play there at the end.  I think there was a little bit of having enough time to sit down talk about it, talk through it.  I would’ve liked to have gotten it fixed quicker than we did, but that was really progression.”

(On Mike Nugent)- “No.  Having Mike in New York for all those years, he’s got a big leg.  (He has) kicked a lot of field goals in Ohio, had a lot of successful field goals in Ohio, so I wanted to push him back and see what we could do defensively.”

(On how they bounced back from penalties)- “I think it is a growing process.  I went out to a house that was being built out in Maple Heights on Friday for the Extreme Home Makeover and I was talking to the builder in that situation.  You don’t build a house like these guys do for the show in such a short amount time you got hundreds and hundreds of volunteers it’s just an amazing process.  I said to him, ‘You must be encounter a lot of different problems.’  First of all, he was so thankful to have the opportunity to build the house, and he said ‘There aren’t any problems, there are just challenges.’  That made me think about our situation and that was really my message to the team last night and today.  We’re not going to encounter problems throughout the course of the game, the course of the season, we’re just going to encounter challenges.  Just like they are going to build that house for a very special family, we’ve got to be able to match those challenges, meet those challenges, overcome them, and I think that was the attitude.  It wasn’t a problem, it was a challenge and we had to overcome it and figure out a way to win.”

(On how Peyton Hillis’ performance changes the team dynamic)- “Hillis is one component of that, but the offensive line (is the other).  It’s hard to say that a group wants the ball for the final shot, but they want the ball and they wanted to run the ball.  (Lawrence) Vickers, same thing, there was no doubt in their mind that they were going to get a first down on that drive and run out the clock.  That was the faith that they had and I have faith in them, and they did it.  A guy like Peyton, he helps a lot.  He’s tough, he’s physical and his message from coming out of the locker room was feed me, and we did.”

(On Eric Wright’s play today)- “We put Eric in some tough spots Tony (Grossi), because we were doubling (Chad) Ochocinco pretty much the whole game, which meant that there was going to be a lot of opportunities for Terrell (Owens) to be singled up.  Some of those things, the long ball that hit to Ochocinco, he should have had help over the top.  I know it looks like he gave up that play, but he should have had help over the top.  Eric,  he’s going to compete each week and he’s going to make his share of plays, I have faith in him.  I’ve coached a lot of defensive backs.  I believe in the things he can do and he’ll respond, he’ll respond every week.  I trust that.”

(On how Kenyon Coleman played)- “He’s probably going to lobby not to practice at all this week, the whole team probably will (joking).  He had a great day and we weren’t sure whether he was going to be able to play.  It came down to a late workout yesterday, I guess it was Saturday, and how he woke up this morning.  When he could go and he felt comfortable going, that’s when we decided to keep him up and I’m glad we made that decision.”

(On Scott Fujita’s blocked field goal)- “That was something that Brad (Seely) had seen and talked about during the week.  I don’t know if Scott totally believed exactly what Brad said.  I can’t tell you what he said coming off of the sideline, but he did what Brad said and we got the block.”

(On how important the first win was against a division opponent at home)- “To me, those things are very important, but it’s more important because we’ve been playing closer and closer to the way that I expect us to play each week.  We hadn’t gotten the result that we needed to get.  Cincinnati has won eight straight division games, I think, dating back through last year.  They’re tough to beat.  They’ve got a ton of weapons, they can do a lot of good things defensively.  I think it’s important for us to win at home, I think it’s important for us to win in the division, but I think it’s important for us to win and to know that’s something that we can do and do on a consistent basis.”

(On what went into the decision to make Jake the third quarterback)- “He was really close.  It was one of those things that you’re either going to play him, or he’s going to be in case of an emergency-type situation.  As we looked at it, we just felt that Seneca (Wallace) gave us a better chance and this now gives Jake some more time to get ready for next week.”

(On if winning a game with Wallace changes his opinion on who the starter should be)- “No.  Jake is going to start when he can start and my assumption would be next week.”

(On double covering Chad Ochocinco instead of Terrell Owens)- “I’m not taking anything away from TO.  You can’t, the guy had 200 and something yards against us.  I think Chad is a special receiver.  I think he’s an elite guy and he can hurt you.  When he hurts you, he hurts you big.  Terrell, obviously he can do some of the same things.”

(On if Wallace gave them a better chance to win because of his mobility)- “Yes.  I didn’t think Jake was where he needed to be from a mobility perspective and this defense is very fast, they’ve got quite a few pass rushers.  You’re going to have to get out of the pocket against them and extend some plays.  I didn’t think that Jake was going to be able to do that at this point.  If it was more stationary stuff, that pride could have been a decision that we could’ve made differently.  Against this opponent this week, with the things that they do, it just wasn’t going to work.”

(On getting production from Chansi Stuckey and the wide receiving corps)- “Chansi is a guy that we traded for and I saw his development in New York and I really liked him.  I think that he can continue to evolve as a core part of our passing game.  He’s made some plays throughout the course of the year and throughout the preseason.  To me, he’s a young guy still.  His first year, he didn’t play in New York.  He was on IR.  He’s going to continue to keep getting better.  He’s got good short-area quickness, he’s a really bright guy, he has got a good ability to get open in zone.  I’m happy for him and I’m happy for us that it’s starting to emerge.”

(On on if he is relieved to get his first win)- “It feels great.  Jake, my oldest, decided to come to his first regular season game today.  I don’t know why he decided today, but I was happy about it.  It was special for me.  The boys have come to different preseason games, but this is the first time that he has sort of been involved in the things that I do and it’s just nice from a dad perspective.”

(On if his son will be coming back to more games)- “Yes, I think he’ll cancel his Sunday plans.”

From the Locker Room: Player Quotes
Barry McBride on October 3rd, 2010 AT 6:44 PM

LB Scott Fujita

(On the team’s play in the fourth quarter)- “We have talked all along about finishing and that is one thing that we failed to do the last three weeks.  It was great to come out and get a team win in the way that we did today.  I can’t say enough about the offense right now, the offensive line, Peyton Hillis and those guys.  To close a game out that way, it is as impressive as it gets.”

(On how important the win was)- “We needed it.  You have to start somewhere.  We have always talked about finishing and when you put the time in and put the work in as much as we do, it has to pay off at some point.  That’s all you can do, just keep coming in and keep hammering away.  It feels good.”

(On breaking the losing streak)- “It is good to get a win in the bank but this does nothing but guarantee that we are not going to be 0-16.  It is one win, feels great, but we are going to have to build on this.”

(On his blocked field goal)- “There was not a whole lot to it except I had two big guys, one on each side of me, clear things out and it kind of came open.  I was surprised as anybody else because I have never blocked a kick in my life.”

DL Kenyon Coleman

(On his injury)- “To me, it was a miracle that I could even play, let alone to come out and have one of my best games ever.  All I know is that Jesus Christ healed me.  You can ask anyone on this team because they saw it.”

(On whether this was his best game of the season)- “I think it was the best for me because of the circumstances and the fact that I was almost a scratch.”

(On the pass rush)- “We were getting after it and all I can say is that we were really hungry.  There have been some close games this year, but today, we were able to squeeze a win out.”

TE Evan Moore

(On his touchdown catch)- “It was a great pass.  We ran the play in practice on Friday and it went just like that against our defense.  (QB) Seneca (Wallace) threw a great pass.”

(On the second half)- “Our biggest problem in the first three weeks has been not closing it out.  We got close three straight weeks and we learned from it.  Now we can learn from what we did right and go forward and win next week.”

(On the post-touchdown celebration)- “I’d do the same thing again.  I guess it was a penalty but Ben (Watson) was just being supportive.  I didn’t even know it was going on because we were just excited and happy.”

QB Seneca Wallace

(On taking a knee at the end of the game)- “It felt good.  That’s the first time that we worked on it, to be honest.  We didn’t work on it all during training camp or anything.  It feels great to come out of here with a win.”

(On the difference between today and the first three games)- “We played a complete game all around today.  We had one turnover on offense but our defense played well throughout the whole game.  Special teams played well throughout the whole game and didn’t have too many penalties.  We had a lot of calls go our way, and you need that sometimes.  Looking at the big picture, we ran the ball well.  Peyton (Hillis) did a great job, the offensive line and receivers, collectively, did a great job and we need that every week.”

(On using the tight ends)- “We’ve got great tight ends, every single one of them.  They do a great job getting open and they cause a lot of matchup problems.  Ben (Watson) did a great job today getting open and catching the ball.  Evan (Moore) did so as well, he had a great touchdown catch today.  He ran a great route and is a big target out there.”

(On Peyton Hillis)- “He is always huge.  He is a physical back and runs hard and especially in this league, you need that.  You need a guy who can run hard between the tackles.  He is always going forward, you never see him going backwards.  He is gaining an inch or two inches, a yard here and there, that’s what you need.  We always have to be able to get something positive on first down.  Giving him the ball and watching him run along with Vick (Lawrence Vickers), you can’t leave Vick out of that, he is a huge fullback and emotional leader for us.”

RB Peyton Hillis

(On the 24 yard run near the end of the game)- “The play before we ran the exact same play and one of my guards (Eric Steinbach) came and told me that if it (an opening) isn’t inside, be sure to bounce out because there is nothing out there.  I took his word for it and it ended up being good for me.”

(On running hard and getting the win)- “It was a hard-work effort by all of us today.  We all went out there and worked and I think we improved.  We didn’t falter in the fourth quarter.  We had that lead and we stuck with it.  The defense came out on top in the end and we ground it out in the final four minutes and got the win.  It says a lot for our team, our coaches and the organization.”

(On being on the field for every play)- “I actually feel a lot better this week than last week.  I think the weather had a lot to do with it and even though I ran the ball more times today, I didn’t take the pounding near as much.  Cincinnati had a good scheme coming in to stop the run and had a lot of blitzes through the gaps and stuff like that, so you have to give them credit.”

LB Matt Roth

(On the win)- “It’s huge.  It’s huge whenever you get any win here.  It’s huge when we fight, and we help each other out, and we’ve got each other’s backs.  That was our motive coming into today.  Whatever happens, we’ve got each other’s backs, and we did.  The offense covered the defense, and special teams covered it all.”

(On the play of the defense at the end of the game)- “We made big plays.  When big plays needed to be made, we made them.  They’ve got good wide receivers, a good running back, they’ve got a good tight end, and they’ve got a good quarterback.  With a team like that, you just keep trying to make plays on them.”

(On sacking Carson Palmer at the end of the game)- “I just came around the edge and saw that he broke the pocket, and just kept running and got him.  It was nice because you knew that probably knocked them out of field goal range.  We gave our offense a chance to come and run the ball, and then (RB Peyton) Hillis made that huge run and it was ‘game over’.”

(On winning today after losing the first three games)- “It’s a huge sigh of relief, we’ve finally got the monkey off our back.  Now we can go out and try to keep this thing rolling.”

OL Eric Steinbach

(On the play of Cleveland’s defense)- “It was huge.  That’s why it takes a whole team.  That sack was huge.  It set up us getting the ball back and then winding down the clock.”

(On the game-clinching run of RB Peyton Hillis)- “It was great.  We ran that particular play a few times in a row.  Each time it was two yards or three yards, and on that last one he popped it, and that was the deciding run for the win.”


From the Team: Post Game Factoids
Barry McBride on October 3rd, 2010 AT 6:40 PM

  • Running back Peyton Hillis  totaled 102 rushing yards on 27 carries with one touchdown, marking his second consecutive 100-yard performance and third of his career. Hillis became the first Browns player to record a rushing touchdown in four consecutive games since Greg Pruitt did it in five straight games in 1975.
  • With today’s win, the Browns improve to 22-15 at home all-time against the Bengals and 36-38 all-time. Cleveland picked up its first win against Cincinnati since a 20-12 decision on September 20, 2008, snapping a three-game losing streak.
  • 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 six consecutive games.
  • Wide receiver Joshua Cribbs passed Tyrone Hughes (8,410) for 12th place on the NFL all-time total return yards list with 107 today. Cribbs now has 8,443 career total return yards.
  • Quarterback Seneca Wallace finished 18 of 30 passing for 184 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Wallace improved to 6-11 all-time as a starter and now has 28 career touchdowns passes.
  • Tight end Evan Moore’s lone catch in the game went 24 yards for a touchdown, the first of his career.
  • Kicker Phil Dawson converted on all three field goal attempts and now has 233 career field goals and trails Hall of Famer Lou Groza (234) by one for the Browns all-time lead.
  • Defensive lineman Kenyon Coleman registered a career-high two fumble recoveries and recorded the 11th sack of his career. The only other fumble recovery of his career was at Detroit on October 19, 2003 as a member of the Dallas Cowboys.
  • Linebacker Scott Fujita blocked a 44-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter. He also recorded a sack and forced a fumble. Fujita now has 20.5 career sacks and 12 career forced fumbles.
  • Defensive back Sheldon Brown has appeared in all 132 regular season games in his career, which began with Philadelphia in 2002. His streak is the second-longest among all active defensive backs.
  • Rookie defensive back T.J. Ward led the team with eight tackles. He has led the team in tackles in three of his four career games.
  • Linebacker Matt Roth tied a career-high with two sacks. He now has 18.5 in his career. He also recorded two sacks at Detroit on November 23, 2006, as a member of the Miami Dolphins.
  • Offensive lineman Joe Thomas has started all 52 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.

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Peyton Hillis, 27 attempts, 102 yards.

4:02 PM

Two minute warning. Hillis and the Browns pounding the ball straight at Bengals. First down at mid-field. 120 seconds from a W.

3:52 PM

A key sack by Matt Roth, following a pass interference on the Bengals stops their drive. Browns ball now @ their 11, 4:41 left, 23-20 Browns

3:43 PM

Browns go three and out. Bengals start from their own 14 with 9:34 left, Browns leading 23-20.

3:37 PM

Bengals WR Jordan Shipley is concussed.

3:34 PM

Bengals score on a 3-yard Brian Leonard run. 10:44 left and it’s now a close one. BROWNS 23, BENGALS 20.

3:33 PM

Timeout with WR Shipley injured. First and goal Bengals with 10:54 left, BROWNS 23, BENGALS 13.

3:20 PM

@DJ84 Club level and suites don’t count.

3:19 PM

Third quarter ends. Browns have a ten point lead and the ball, 23-13. Third and four from mid-field when we return.

3:17 PM

66,731 — today’s paid attendance

3:16 PM

Bengals drive, but Matt Roth keys a red zone stop. Bengals settle for a field goal. 23-13 Browns, 1:14 third quarter.

3:13 PM

Bengals S Roy Williams and DB Jonathan Joseph will not return. (injury)

3:06 PM

The Palmer fumble yields a 24 yard Phil Dawson field goal as the Browns pad their lead. BROWNS 23 BENGALS 10, 6:32 left, 3Q

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Browns get get a HUGE TURNOVER! Palmer fumbles, recovered by Coleman. First down Browns at the Bengals 13, 8:04 left, 3Q.

2:58 PM

Hillis first Browns player to rush for a TD in four consecutive games since Greg Pruitt in 1975, he had five consecutive games with TD rush.

2:57 PM

Browns mount a very nice drive, and Hillis punishes defenders, finishing with a TOUCHDOWN! BROWNS 20, BENGALS 10, 8:54 3Q.

2:50 PM

Browns driving at the Bengals 28 with a third and three coming up. Time out with 12:17 left in the third. 13-10 Browns.

2:29 PM

A key Wallace-to-Watson keys a Browns late drive. Dawson nails the 31 yarder as the half ends. BROWNS 13, BENGALS 10. It’s halftime!

2:22 PM

Bengals drive to the 26 of the Browns, but the field goal attempt is BLOCKED by Scott Fujita. Browns take over at the 34, 1:30 left, 10-10.

2:15 PM

Leon Hall intercepts a Seneca Wallace pass following a deflection. Bengals ball at their 45. 2:32 left in the half, 10-10 tie.

2:09 PM

Terrell Owens gets a 78 yard TD after Sheldon Brown falls down in coverage. BENGALS 10, BROWNS 10 3:30 left in the half.

2:05 PM

Browns unable to do anything on latest drive. Bengals to start at their 25. 4:29 left in the half, BROWNS 10, BENGALS 3

1:57 PM

Bengals mount a nice drive. Chad OchoJohnson with a 42-yard catch. Nugent kicks a 24 yard field goal. BROWNS 10, BENGALS 3. 7:16 left 2Q

1:54 PM

@ClevelandHuddle LOL, Great minds.

1:52 PM

Correction: The role of Eric Wright will now be played by Eric Wright. Thank you

1:49 PM

Late correction in your playbill. Today, the role of Eric Wright will be played by Chris Crocker. Thank you.

1:48 PM

Impressive drive by the Browns ends in a 24 yard Wallace to Moore touchdown!! BROWNS 10, BENGALS 0, 11:10 left in the half.

1:40 PM

First quarter ends with the score BROWNS 3, BENGALS 0. Browns will have it second and two from their 20 when play starts in the second.

1:40 PM

First quarter ends with the score BROWNS 3, BENGALS 0. Browns will have it second and two from their 20 when play starts in the second.

1:37 PM

A Kenyon Coleman sack helps derail the Bengals drive. Browns starting at their 13. Browns 3, Bengals 0, 49 secs left in the first.

1:31 PM

Phil Dawson hits a 31-yard field goal after the Browns drive stalls at the 13. BROWNS 3, BENGALS 0, 2:28 left in the first.

1:27 PM

@TheHusbrat Seems like a very low percentage move. Mangini supporting his veteran TE, who thinks he got it.

1:27 PM

@TheHusbrat Seems like a very low percentage move. Mangini supporting his veteran TE, who thinks he got it.

1:27 PM

Browns moving the ball effectively through the air. Time out for a review of a possible Watson TD pass. 3:25 left in the first.

1:22 PM

Browns get the first break of the game… Cedric Benson fumble recovered by Coleman at the Browns 48. 5:48 left in the first.

1:18 PM

Browns get a single first down and then punt. Bengals start their second drive at their own 30. 6:58 left in the first, no score.

1:14 PM

Bengals get the kickoff and some nice third down conversions, but stall near mid-field. Browns start at their ten. 9:30 left in the first.

1:12 PM

@iHateJJRedick Hillis sure looked elite last Sunday against your Ravens ;-)

12:44 PM

@iHateJJRedick Browns are actually one of the older teams in the NFL. Three LBs with 10 or more years. Heckert’s got a lot of work to do.

12:39 PM

@iHateJJRedick BTW, the Ratbirds still have male cheerleaders? Another genius innovation from Crazy David Modell.

12:37 PM

@Holic_VSN Yes, Wallace gets the start. Delhomme is listed as inactive.

12:36 PM

@iHateJJRedick Because they’re crazy-unpredictable and loaded with young talent? It sure ain’t cheerleaders – that’s a Ratbird thing.

12:21 PM

@mfox5 No, I don’t believe they are.

12:21 PM

@iHateJJRedick Didn’t care for the brown pants with white jersey. reminded me too much of a high school team.

12:14 PM

Uniform nerds like me: Browns wearing brown jerseys, white pants with pink accents. #findacure

12:13 PM

RT @DonDelcoOBR: Love the new sign for 2010: “T.O. & C.O. have B.O.”

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Jake is 3rd qb.,

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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

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