OBR Daily Blog 10/6

Why not make it two in a row? The Browns get back to work Wednesday in preparation for the Falcons, a team the Browns historically have had success against: 10-2 all-time, 5-1 in Cleveland.

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Browns-Falcons Injury Report, Oct. 6
Don Delco on October 6th, 2010 AT 4:19 PM


Did Not Participate In Practice (Doubtful)
DL Kenyon Coleman, knee
OL Alex Mack, shoulder
DL Shaun Rogers, ankle/hip
DL Robaire Smith, back
DB Nick Sorensen, calf
OL John St. Clair, ankle

Limited Participation In Practice (Questionable)
WR Josh Cribbs, ankle
QB Jake Delhomme, ankle
OL Shawn Lauvao, ankle
WR Brian Robiskie, hamstring

Full Participation In Practice (Probable)
RB Jerome Harrison, thigh


?Did Not Participate In Practice (Doubtful)

Limited Participation In Practice (Questionable)
WR Michael Jenkins, shoulder
LB Curtis Lofton, knee
LB Sean Witherspoon, ankle

Full Participation In Practice (Probable)

Browns Player Quotes, Oct. 6
Don Delco on October 6th, 2010 AT 4:03 PM

Below are player quotes from Wednesday, as provided by the Browns’ PR staff:

WR Joshua Cribbs

(On if he expects the team to play even better than they did in the win last Sunday)- "I feel like after the Pittsburgh win last year, we got over a hump. The hump was getting that first win and I feel like we are going to pull things together and make the plays that we need to win games."

(On how good the running game is)- "I think the running game is great here. We have a offensive linemen that love to block, that pound the ball. We have got great runners, great receivers blocking and I think that will open up the passing game as well."

(On if it is more frustrating or funny that teams are avoiding kicking to him)- "It's frustrating because I want to do my part, and that's a part of my ability on this football team and my job to provide the offense with great field position. They're trying to hinder that by pop-kicking and kicking it away. It's frustrating, but at the same time it's a compliment."

LB Matt Roth

(On the importance of establishing a tough, aggressive reputation as a defense)- "It's always important. It's physical, it's not always going to be an easy day. Sometimes when they run around, catching routes, they are going to think twice about coming over the middle and they're going to think twice of running it. It starts getting in their head a little bit and that's always what you want as a defense."

(On if his wrestling background helps him play football better)- "It helps a lot. It helps with your hips and it helps you be explosive and helps you be able to throw off. It's one thing, being low helps a lot at outside linebacker."

QB Seneca Wallace

(On if this week is going to be any different than the last three weeks)- "A little bit. I think me and Jake (Delhomme) will probably split most of the reps all day today. It's a little different because I'm not getting all of the reps, not getting the rhythm. It's a little different, but nothing that I'm not used to."

(On how the reps were split with Delhomme last week)- "He might have took one or two reps, but this week, it will be a little bit more. We've both have to deal with that and make sure we've got the proper stuff."

(On how he felt he has progressed with the offense each week)- "Every week, it has gotten better as you guys have seen. That was the biggest thing was finding our identity, and that's running the ball, being physical up front and then being able to pass the ball and being efficient. We did those things and it has gotten better week to week."

(On if he has been able to show what he is capable of doing on the field)- "Yes, we have just been growing. Every player on the offensive side of the ball, defensively and special teams, we have been improving. Not just me, but everybody else. I think the fans and everybody in Cleveland should be excited because we are moving in the right direction."

(On what he thinks of the Falcons defense)- "I haven't really seen too much of them, but I know from playing them in the past, they are very quick up front. The d-line is not very big, they're going to do some basic things. They're going to line up and just play and do it well. We have got to make sure we are right on point with what we are doing offensively."

(On if the team's identity has shifted into a power running game)- "I think that's the plan. Right now, we are running the ball well. Peyton (Hillis) is running the ball well, (Lawrence) Vickers is blocking well, the offensive line and it's all coming together. I think we have just got to keep growing at that and keep getting better week to week. Obviously, it's going to help us in the passing game."

(On what it's like to hand the ball off and watch Hillis run)- "It's exciting. When you have a physical running game like that, you've just got to let them loose. It starts with Vickers. He's very emotional about what he does and it's exciting. You see him after every block he gets, he's getting up and jumping around, stomping his feet and people feed off of that. The offensive line will feed off of that, Peyton will feed off of that and continue to keep running hard."

(On if it is going to be tougher not to play as much when Delhomme returns)- "Whatever happens, happens. I can't be upset about it. I've just got to continue to do what I do. Hopefully, whoever is playing will go out there and play well."

(On if he realized during the game last Sunday how much they ran the ball)- "No, it doesn't matter. If we are running the ball well, we will continue to run. It doesn't matter if we go in the game and I throw the ball two times. If we run the ball well and we win the ball game, that's all that matters at the end of the day."

DB Eric Wright

(On the Atlanta Falcons)- "They're a solid football team. Obviously, Matt Ryan is an excellent quarterback and has great weapons and they use them all well."

(On there being no shortage of good receivers to face each week)- "That's the name of the game, that's why it's the NFL. You've got the best of the best out there, so every week there's always a challenge."

Mangini Press Conference Transcript, Oct. 6
Don Delco on October 6th, 2010 AT 3:14 PM

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

(Opening statement)- "Good morning everybody. In terms of guys that will be out here this afternoon, it will be that defensive line group will miss today with Robaire (Smith), Baby (Shaun Rogers) and Kenyon (Coleman). John (St. Clair), Nick Sorensen and Alex Mack will not be out there. I think that's it, everybody else should be out there. In terms of what we did here this morning is we went through some of the corrections from the game on Sunday against Cincinnati. Did that quickly and we'll do that throughout the course of the week so we don't lose that information because whether you win or lose there are lessons to be learned and really important lessons and we were from perfect on Sunday so we want to make sure we get those things covered. We have a process for doing that and then after that we started on our prep for Atlanta. They just keep coming whether it's Baltimore then you go to Cincinnati then you got Atlanta, they just keep coming. This is a really, in my mind, a solid sound team. They're second in time of possession which they do a great job with. They're third in the NFL in giveaway-takeaway ratio which is a huge statistic and they are the seventh least penalized team. That's all very sound things and I think they play that way. They have won close games which is usually a trademark of a very sound team.

"Defensively, there are some similarities to what we've faced but it's a very athletic front, a penetrating front. They've got a lot of different guys that they can use in their defensive line group, they bring some different pressures. The way they hit, it's not the same as what we saw in Cincinnati or Baltimore or up to this point so that's something that we have to prepare for. They lead the NFL in interceptions, and the way that they have gotten interceptions it's not one guy. William Moore leads the team with two but then there are six other guys with one. They have been able to spread that around. I think they are able to generate pressure with their front four, generate pressure through their blitz packages and then they do a nice job of creating some negative runs with the penetration and the fast flow linebackers and that type of approach.

"Offensively, I really liked Matt Ryan coming out of college. I got to spend some time with him up at B.C. (Boston College), watched his workout, spent time with him on the board, had dinner with him. He's a really bright guy, a really good guy and it shows in the way that he plays. He runs the offense well and he takes advantage of a lot of things that the defense is doing which is the mark of those types of quarterbacks. I think he's going to have a long and very successful career and he's done a great job so far. He can make any throw. He's got a really strong arm. He can move and they have some movement type plays with him where they are designed movement plays but he also moves under pressure and creates some plays down the field. Not that Carson (Palmer) didn't, or (Joe) Flacco or Ben (Roethlisberger) doesn't but it's a little different pattern than what we've seen. They do a lot of shifting and motioning and they have a multiple personnel groups. There's that challenge, which I feel like we've gotten a healthy dose of over the early part of the season but that's always a starting point to make sure you're on the same page there. In the running game, they've got two very good backs, and big backs that are downhill guys. Michael Turner, really liked him at San Diego and then when he went to Atlanta you saw what he could do as a featured back. With Jason Snelling he comes in quite a bit, he's averaging 4.8 yards a carry. That's a pretty good option there. The line is a physical group, Ovie Mughelli their fullback has some similarities as Lawrence (Vickers), tough guy, good lead blocker. In the passing game, Roddy White can hurt you deep which he does but those plays on tape over the last year where they are catch and run plays. He catches an eight-yard hitch makes a guy miss and goes for 70, 80, 90 yards. He can do a lot of things and he can do a lot of things really well. Michael Jenkins should be back he's a bigger player, good speed, just a different size component. Tony Gonzalez, he's made a lot of plays for them and where he's made a lot of plays for them too is he always makes plays in the red zone but the amount of catches that he's had on third down that goes to first downs I think he is either tied in the NFL or right up there. It's a pretty good group from that perspective and we've got other receivers we could talk about too Brian Finneran who's been consistent year in and year out, Harry Douglas who filled in for Michael Jenkins and has done well, Eric Weems who place a little bit who's also the kickoff and punt returner kind of a tough physical guy good hands.

"On teams, they're top ten in pretty much every category. Eric Weems like I said is the returner, gets up the field, breaks tackles, and the coverage units like the rest of the team are sound and they don't give a lot of people second or third opportunities. There have been a few hiccups for them but overall they have been pretty consistent through the early part of the season."

(On Jayme Mitchell)- "Jayme actually played in our first game last season from Minnesota, he had two or three pressures against us. I think he's got good, natural pass rush ability. It's a very different system from what he's coming from to what we run but there's a lot of things that we think he can help us with. I think he does a good job at the line of scrimmage in the running game and it's a different pattern so we have to see how it fits with us. Just liked a lot of his natural ability that he brings to us. Now it's a function of us being able to get him up to speed, get him in a role and him learning the system before we can play him."

(On if they are bringing Mitchell in because so many players are injured)- "We are banged up at front but that wasn't really the driving factor here. It was more an opportunity to get a young guy that we thought could develop in the system at this point in the season which you usually don't have those opportunities and we wanted to do that and see how he could fit for us."

(On if Mitchell has played a 3-4)- "I don't think he's got very much experience in it. He's got kind of a body type where you could potentially use him as an end or stand him up and play him at outside linebacker, so there's that flexibility that we could explore. It's so early it's hard to tell where he'll end up."

(On how the uncertainty in the defensive line's health has affected the team)- "We've had to make adjustments in practices is one of the parts of it. Now the good news for young guys like Brian Sanford or Travis Ivey is they get some reps that they wouldn't necessarily get. Brian Schaefering gets more reps, Derreck Robinson gets more reps. That helps them and it helps us because we get to see their development. Especially for those practice squad guys they get a chance to go make a case for themselves not just in the show team reps but in our reps. That could be the difference between some point of them being activated or not being activated. In terms of level of play, being a veteran group those guys have done a nice job with getting their information during the course of the week, us being able to get done what we need to get done in the practice reps that we have. See a guy like Kenyon (Coleman) last week who has a sack and two fumble recoveries and makes some other plays with really no practice, I'm not advocating that, but it's because of the reps that he's built up, the work that he's done during the week that he's able to go in and operate successfully. As a group, I think they've been pretty productive especially in the running game."

(On what is keeping Alex Mack from practicing)- "Shoulder, but my expectation is that later in the week he'll practice and he should play."

(On if Jake Delhomme is ready to go)- "Yes, I would say that's the approach that we are going with. However, we've got to go through today with more reps. It will be more reps today than it was last week, so how he wakes up tomorrow and what that looks like will give us a better idea of whether or not he's ready to actually go or whether we are just a step closer."

(On if Delhomme's familiarity with Atlanta persuades him at all)- "I think there are some positives there but things have changed too. Year to year you get some changes but it definitely helps. His familiarity with the personnel with those types of things, he starts at a little bit higher point than a lot of us do we haven't really seen them twice a year."

(On if Delhomme will be limited in practice)- "It will still be broken up between him and Seneca (Wallace) because we've got to prepare for both situations."

(On if the Browns pursued Randy Moss in any way this week)- "Not that I'm familiar with, no."

(On if he feels he needs to look at receivers)- "It's not a function of not looking at receivers, we look at players everyday and that's what Tom (Heckert) and his group do. We made a trade with Minnesota yesterday. It was just a different type of trade. We got a defensive lineman and that's on going. Whether it's bringing Sam Aiken in when we brought him in or with Jayme, it will keep going. One component is the trades, it's the waiver wires, it's the guys on the street, it's the guys in the UFL, it's on going. If someone pops up that we have interest in we'll either bring them in on a Tuesday or a Friday and take a look at him then or sometimes it's just claiming him off waivers, there's also the practice squad groups. You got a lot of players that you are looking at simultaneously guys on the practice squad, guys on the street, guys that are cut, guys in the UFL, potential trades. Trades too takes both parties to feel good about it and it's not the easiest thing in the world to get to."

(On the opportunities for Aiken)- "Sam has a very solid skill set on special teams and huge value there. He went out and had a catch last week. He's tough in the running game if you want to use him as a blocker. We were playing New England and he came in and usually when he came in they ran the ball, they threw him a terror screen and he went to 49. He can catch the ball and he can do some things after the catch. He's a good size man. He's got a great opportunity to still be up with the 45 every week."

(On if it's going to be hard for Shawn Lauvao to knock out Floyd Womack of his spot)- "Pork Chop's not planning on going anywhere. He's not sitting there going, ‘Hey Shawn's back, go ahead.' That's a good thing. If you want it, you better go earn it and the guy in front of you would be disappointed if he was sitting back going come on in. It's not how Chop is wired and none of those guys are. They all want to play which is what you want."

(On how Womack has played)- "I think Chop has played well this year. I think he played well last year. He's about as a sincere guy as you can get, he's tough on the field but he's a great guy off the field. Yes, Shawn's got his work cut out for him."

(On who will get reps at center with Mack not practicing)- "We have got a couple different options. Shawn gets some of those reps. Steve Vallos, his primary position in college was center. Billy (Yates) has worked there, so all three of those guys will work there."

(On what kind of impact it will have when wide receivers see the hit that Ward put on Jordan Shipley)- "I don't think it's going to be really just that hit Tony (Grossi). I think it's going to be a body of work. He's had some big hits on a lot of guys, and that's a good thing. Legally, you want guys to think, ‘Okay, if I catch this in cut, there's going to be a price to pay for catching this in cut.' If you can establish that, then sometimes guys will get ‘alligator arms' or they won't run those angles quite as deep or as tight. No one will ever talk about that. No one would ever admit, ‘Man I don't really want to go in there.' If you can get an understanding with receivers, it helps."

(On if he has seen receivers react to defenders' big-hitting abilities that he has coached)- "Yes, I've had some great ones; Lawyer (Milloy), Tebucky (Jones), Rodney (Harrison), (Steve) Atwater, I had a couple more in New York. That's fun when you've got those guys roaming around. Even Eugene Wilson would blow some people up back there. He was sort of the understated guy but when he got going, there was a collision. There was a couple in the AFC championship game against Tennessee that were just blow up hits."

(On former official Mike Pereira saying that Ward's hit was one of the worst cheap shots he has seen in recent time)- "I didn't even see those comments. I like Mike, he's a good guy. He doesn't work for the league anymore, does he? Everybody has their opinion to what it should be. He was with the league for a long time and everybody is entitled to their opinion."

(On what makes Matt Roth effective against the run)- "He's just strong, he's physically strong. He wrestled in college, so he understands how to use leverage and angles and throw guys off. He had the two sacks, but he had another rush where he blew up a guard. He had another play against one of their tight ends where he threw him off. It's attrition with him. There are the ones that he gets and then there's the other hits that happen over the course of the game which establishes a presence. He's hard to block with a tight end, he can challenge any tackle that they put out there and he's just angry. It's a good angry."

(On if players don't want to go head-to-head or alter their routes against Roth)- "I can't imagine you're fired up when you line up and there's Roth because you know what's coming. You better do something about it. He's not going to give anybody a pass."

(On if he likes that the defense is getting a tough attitude)- "Yes, I love that. That's what you want. You want as much of that as you possibly can get. You want to make them go the long, hard way, but as they're going, there's a price to pay for each completion. There's a price to pay for each run. That's what you want it to be and to look like. We're working at that and we're making steps towards that. Robaire is a physical, tough guy. Kenyon is a tough guy. (Ahtyba) Rubin is a tough guy. There are a lot of tough guys in that group and if you can play smart, tough, physical football across the board, that's a good thing. That goes a long way. I'm not leaving anybody out defensively, we could keep going with the guys. I think Sheldon Brown is a presence in the running game. Joe Haden, one of the best things he did in college was hitting and tackling. You keep adding those guys to the pile. You want it to be costly."

(On if he saw Roth's ‘anger issues' when he coached against him)- "No, not anger issues. I never said anger issues, I said he plays angry. There's no anger management issue that I'm talking about (joking). It was the same thing in New York getting ready for him. We opened with them (Miami) and I remember having discussions with (Brian) Schottenheimer saying, ‘This guy is really tough.' We disagreed on how tough and I think he had two sacks against us. I was like, ‘He's really tough, isn't he?' He's developing as a linebacker too, which is nice to see."

(On how hard it is to coach guys that aren't considered to be tough)- "I like to think most defensive guys are tough. You don't want to get bullied. At some point, you get tired of having your lunch money taken away. You either fight or go hungry. Teddy Atlas came in and talked to us in New York. We were getting ready for, I think, New England. He talked about his experience in coaching a young kid that was getting his lunch money taken away. He learned how to box and then finally, he came into the gym and said that stopped. That's the way it is, otherwise they'll do it all day. Just sitting there and accepting it is not fun."

(On if it is a challenge to find players that are good guys off of the field and tough on the field)- "I think it's really important to make that distinction. That's why we try to identify those as driving factors for who we pick. Yes, you want to make sure you have both, but you do have to dig pretty deep to find out where the line ends and where it starts."

(On what he will be looking for from Delhomme today)- "Nothing different in terms of certain types of throws or anything. His ability to function at his normal level, his ability to move. His ability to go through all of the normal mechanics of playing the quarterback position because wide stretch handoffs are a little bit different than tighter handoffs. Five step, three step, the different drops. You're just really looking at his normal operation and how that compares, at this point, to what it was. What things bother him, what things don't bother him and get a gauge as the week goes on of which things are going to continue to bother him going into the game, if there are any. If there are, how much you can minimize that or if you can't, then you play Seneca."

(On making sure Delhomme comes back at the right time so he doesn't get re-injured again)- "The healing process is the healing process and you can get re-injured at any point. What we're going to do is we're not going to put someone at risk for re-injury of the same injury if they're not ready. We're going to play someone who is ready to play and not increase their chances of being re-injured. That's true with Jake, but it's true with any of those injuries. If the odds of the re-injuring it are substantial, then it's not worth it to get the one game to lose another three or four."

(On if Delhomme is slowed by his ankle still slightly, will he be at risk to get knocked around because of limited movement)- "It depends on what the call is, it depends on what the situation is, it depends on how much of a difference it is. Is it a slight difference? Are we talking 80 percent or 90 percent? At this point in the season, there are very few players that are playing at 100 percent."

2:26 PM

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Press Release: Browns Acquire Jayme Mitchell
Barry McBride on October 6th, 2010 AT 11:40 AM

Received from the team this morning:

The Cleveland Browns today completed a trade in which they obtained defensive lineman Jayme Mitchell from the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for an undisclosed 2012 draft choice. In addition the team waived defensive back Derrick Roberson.

Originally signed by Minnesota as an undrafted free agent in 2006, Mitchell has appeared in 29 regular season games, recording five sacks and one forced fumble. He recorded a career-high two sacks against New England on October 30, 2006. He has appeared in two games this season with one tackle, an eight-yard sack at New Orleans on September 9. Mitchell started 20 of 45 career games at Ole Miss (2002-05), where he posted 105 career tackles and five sacks. Born on March 15, 1984, the 6-6, 285-pound Mitchell is a native of Jackson Miss., where he attended Forest Hills High School.

He will wear uniform number 97.

11:29 AM

@usafbucknut The issue with Ward’s hit was that it was Shipley’s head. The NFL is very worried about damage caused by concussions.

11:28 AM

@ScriptOhio David Clowney just got picked up this AM, so he’s not an option. Devin Thomas is being shopped, but he’s not a quick answer.

11:25 AM

@FailSPN Power went off at my hous… er… OBR World Headquarters during the show, so no audio file. Radio FAIL. Trying to get a copy.

10:40 AM

Mack 3 dl sorenson will miss practice wed

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12:20 AM

@Legacy_Fan No problem! We talked about them on our radio show as well. Got quite a reaction.

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