OBR Daily Blog 10/20

Browns back at work in preparation for defending Super Bowl champs.

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Browns-Saints Injury Report, Oct. 20
Don Delco on October 20th, 2010 AT 4:27 PM


Did not participate in practice (doubtful)
DL Kenyon Coleman, knee
WR Josh Cribbs, head
QB Jake Delhomme, ankle
WR Mohamed Massaquoi, head
DL Shaun Rogers, ankle
TE Robert Royal, elbow
OL John St. Clair, ankle
QB Seneca Wallace, ankle

Limited participation in practice (questionable)
RB Peyton Hillis, thigh
OL Alex Mack, shoulder
OL Floyd Womack, knee

Full participation in practice (probable)
TE Ben Watson, ankle


?Did not participate in practice (doubtful)
RB Reggie Bush, fibula
CB Jaban Greer, shoulder
CB Tracy Porter, knee
LB Scott Shanie, hamstring
RB Pierre Thomas, ankle

Limited participation in practice (questionable)
OL Jabari Evans, hamstring
S Roman Harper, hamstring
RB Julius Jones, shoulder
CB Patrick Robinson, knee
TE Jeremy Shockey, illness
DE Will Smith, groin

Full participation in practice (probable)
QB Drew Brees, knee
OL Jon Stinchcomb, shoulder
OL Zach Strief, knee
CB Leigh Torrence, shoulder
LB Anthony Waters, hamstring

Browns Player Quotes, 10/20
Barry McBride on October 20th, 2010 AT 3:56 PM

LB Scott Fujita

(On what Colt McCoy can expect from the New Orleans defense this week compared to Pittsburgh last week)- “He’s (Gregg Williams) kind of from the same mind set.  He’s a physical defensive coordinator who wants to bring guys after the passer.  In all of those situations, you to blitz as much as possible and that’s kind of his MO and always has been.”


(On his experience in New Orleans from signing right after Hurricane Katrina to winning the Super Bowl)- “The whole thing start to finish was really more than you could ever ask for in a professional football career.  It was incredible to come in there and be part of a rebirth, figuratively and literally.  It was, from top to bottom, a great experience.”


(On playing in the first game in New Orleans after the hurricane)-“It was electric.  I chalk that up as one of my top three or four football moments of all time.  Steve Gleason is a good friend of mine.  When he blocked that punt, the whole place just went crazy.  It was a real special night.”


(On what challenges the New Orleans defense brings)- “There are a lot of ball hawks on that defense.  They want to get after the quarterback as much as possible.  I don’t think they had tons of sacks necessarily last year, but they create havoc on opposing quarterbacks.  There’s a lot of ball disruption, a lot of tipped balls and stuff and I think Darren Sharper might be back this week.  He’s one of the best ball hawks of all time.”


QB Colt McCoy

(On how he feels after his first start going into the next game)- “I just wanted to come back and watch the film with my teammates and watch with my coaches.  There’s a lot of work I still have to do, there’s a lot of things I can improve on and get better at.  Those are the things that I’m focusing on.  Obviously, we are all disappointed in this locker room that we didn’t win the game, that’s what we are going out there to do.  There are a lot of things that we can do as a team to improve, but for my first start, I felt pretty good.  We have just got to build off of that.”


(On what he was not pleased with in his first start)- “Obviously the outcome, not winning the game.  That’s what we all play for, that’s why we are all here.  We work all week to win the game.  That’s obviously the most disappointing.  There’s a lot of things, whether it’s technique or staying on the field or making a little bit of a better throw here and there.  For my first start, I think there are a lot of things that you can look at and say, ‘Okay, that was pretty good.  Now let’s just get a little bit better.  Let’s make better throws in some tight coverage,’ and things like that.  We have got another huge challenge with New Orleans this week, the Super Bowl champions.  Their defensive coordinator is a guy who, when I talked to my coaches, they like to come after you.  They like to put pressure on you.  Being a rookie, being my second start, I imagine we will get a lot of that.”


(On if he thinks it gets easier or tougher in his second start)- “I don’t want to talk about me.  I think for us as a team, we are still climbing up the ladder.  We have got to find a way to win a game.  That obviously is the goal, that’s the most important thing around here.  That’s what we are all talking about.  For me, like I said earlier, there are a lot of ways to improve, a lot of things to get better at and I’ve just got to continue to work on those.  I have got to have a good week of practice and preparation.  New Orleans presents new challenges themselves.  They’re fast, speedy guys on defense.   They try to confuse you, they like to just, they like to bring the heat, so we definitely are going to have to be ready to handle that.”


(On if Joshua Cribbs and Mohamed Massaquoi can’t play Sunday)- “It will be tough.  Those two guys are some of our best playmakers on offense.  They are not going today, so we have got to be able to find a way to make it happen.”


(On if Drew Brees has been an inspiration to him because of their similar size at the quarterback position)- “I knew somebody was going to ask that.  Are we the shortest quarterbacks in the NFL?  I don’t know (joking).  Obviously, I don’t deserve to have my name put in the same sentence with Drew Brees, especially not right now.  He is somebody that I really look up to.  What a great day it’s going to be to be on the same field at the same time as him.  Before now, I’ve watched every game he’s played.  I watched every game last year.  He’s somebody that I look up to, that I admire how he plays the game.  I admire the leadership in the locker room that he has and he’s just an outstanding football player.”


(On in watching Brees succeed at 6-1 and thinking no one can tell him that he can’t succeed in the NFL)- “This is what God gave me.  I am who I am and I’m going to do the best that I can with the ability that I have.  Whether I was 5-0, 6-0 or 6-5, it doesn’t really matter.  I’m going to go out there and compete and play and try to help my team find ways to win.”


(On if he watched Brees before being compared to him before the draft)- “Yes.  I watched him when he was in San Diego, I watched him when he got traded to New Orleans.  He’s from Austin, so because of that, my coaches knew him in college.  I’ve been able to watch him for a long time.”


(On if he has a better understanding of what he likes to do in this offense)- “Coach (Brian) Daboll and the offensive coaches did a great job of getting our team prepared with me going out on the field.  I feel like so far in the last couple of days, we’ve done some really good preparation and we’ve got a really good game plan.  Like I said, we have got to go out there and execute this week. I feel comfortable with what we are doing again and be ready to go out there and play.  You’ve got to give credit to my teammates for stepping up and making plays when I was in there and Coach Daboll for calling some good plays.  We have just got to continue to improve.”


(On how he throws the ball over guys that are taller than him on the offensive and defensive lines)- “I’ve been playing this position my whole life, it’s really not an issue.  I think throughout your time playing, you just find ways to get the ball out.  I didn’t have a tipped ball the whole game and guys are having their hands up.  You just find holes, you find a way to get the ball out and it’s just football.”


QB Seneca Wallace

(On if he has noticed any improvement in his injury)- “Oh yes, I feel a lot better this week.  We are going in the right direction, still rehabbing and make sure I’m icing it and make sure we are doing all of the correct things to get back.”


(On how he thought McCoy played on Sunday)- “Good.  Obviously there are some things he can clean up, but he did a good job.  They moved the ball.  Our biggest thing is we need to finish drives to score points, but he did a good job.”

3:21 PM

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Mangini Press Conference Transcript, Oct. 20
Don Delco on October 20th, 2010 AT 2:34 PM

Below is the transcript from coach Eric Mangini’s press conference Oct. 20, as provided by the Browns’ PR staff:

(Opening statement)- "Good morning everybody. Today at practice, we're missing a few guys: both the quarterbacks (Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace), Shaun (Rogers), Kenyon (Coleman), Josh (Cribbs), Mohamed (Massaquoi). I think that's it right now. You've got the release on Tony (Pashos) and Robaire (Smith), we put both those players on IR and signed Yamon Figurs and Paul McQuistan. You'll see both Paul and Yamon out there today. In terms of what we're preparing for today, it's another tremendous challenge. It's a team that defensively, Colt (McCoy) faced one level of blitzing last week and that was a very specific style and a very specific style of defense in a very challenging environment. It's the same thing here it's going to be loud when he's out there and there's going to be a lot of variations of blitzes. It's sort of in the 4-6 Buddy Family that lineage so you get some combinations that he's seen to some degree with what we do here but it's from a 4-3 front so it's a little bit different that way. They've been playing well defensively, top 10 in several categories. I had Jonathan Vilma in New York and I think he's outstanding, he's very bright, gets the defense lined up so there's going to be quite a few challenges for us offensively.

"Defensively, take your pick right on down the line they can score with any of those guys that they have. I think the biggest thing with Drew Brees is he's really good, I know I talked about this with Matt Ryan, but this is years down the road, this is more experience, good at seeing what the defense is in, studies a ton of film. I remember talking a lot about him with Brian Schottenheimer when we got to New York because that was the point where he was available but he studies a lot of film, anticipates what the coverage is going to be and he's usually right and when he's right he goes to the right place. For him it's not about getting one guy a certain amount of balls, it's just getting the ball to the right place and the way that they're set up each one of their skill players can do something in terms of their passing game whether it's getting open or running with the football after the catch. They all have big play capabilities. it's (Marques) Colston, Devery Henderson, (Robert) Meachem, (Jeremy) Shockey, (David) Thomas, Lance Moore, they all get receptions. I think in their running game Chris Ivory had a really week last week. He's from Tiffin College. I think that's somewhere relatively local. How far away is that? An hour and half? He's playing pretty well, he's fast and he has a nice combination of size and the willingness to be physical when he's coming downhill or when he's making contact with defenders so two challenges there. Ladell Betts also shares the load there as well as Julius Jones. The two backs that haven't played I'm not sure whether they are going to be back or not but if they do it just adds some more options for them.

"On special teams, I think this is a good coverage unit. They incorporate some bigger players in it. Tony Hargrove who is a defensive lineman runs down on kickoffs. He can blow some people up, so they have a mixture of size and speed there and I think that the two returners with Courtney Roby and Lance Moore both create some big plays in the return game. They've gotten quite a few fumbles when their punting to the opponent so they have been able to generate some turnovers off that."

(On his reaction to the fine on James Harrison)- "A group of guys got fined, really I leave that to the league and the league does a good job of responding to whatever the issues are that are facing the various teams. There are rules in place and they'll send out tapes each week to talk about the points of emphasis. I think that over time, my experience with that is when something is a point of emphasis then it changes. There is a rule in place and I'm sure you'll see quite a few more calls and a heightened awareness of trying to improve that situation."

(On if they pushed for James Harrison to be suspended)- "We didn't push for one thing or the other. For us it really becomes a league matter and the issues affect us but they affect everybody so we'll leave it to them."

(On if he asked why the referees didn't throw a flag after the hits)- "I think he just missed it, that's the sense I got. Just missed, didn't think he had the head to head."

(On the status of Cribbs and Massaquoi)- "They are really in the first phase of it so that's where we're at. It's the same as it's been for all the guys that have gone through this process so they're in that same stage that the other guys who have had concussions are in. I'd say tomorrow we will know more and then Friday we'll have a much better sense of where things are."

(On what the concussion stages are)- "You go through and you have to be symptom free, then you take a baseline test, then you get evaluated by our doctors, then you get evaluated by independent doctors and then once all of those things are cleared then you are cleared to re-participate with the team."

(On if he talked to the league about how they ruled the hit on Cribbs was legal)- "I really do believe the league is trying to get it right and be vigilant about it. In terms of me specifically, that wasn't something that we did but they look to fix the problems that come up each week or to address the issues that come up each week and I think they do a good job of it. I think they're proactive with it and I think that it gets reflected with any decision usually you don't know about it right away you see it in the subsequent weeks so we just will have to see how it plays out."

(On if they will change the way they coach)- "No, I don't think we were coaching it the wrong way in the past. We want to be physical, but we want to be conscious of what's legal and what's not legal. I don't think we've been coaching it any other way since the start."

(On if the league can take these hits out of the game completely or if it is just part of the game)- "We're all just going to have to see how it plays out. It's tough to say right now I think everybody's trying to get it right and everybody's conscious of the need for player safety. There's a real emphasis put on it from a league level and from a club level and that's a good thing. I really do believe people are trying to do it the right way. Sometimes there are going to be collisions that happen that are unavoidable, and unintentional and you've got a lot of big, strong, fast people making split second decisions and trying to do it right but hopefully it will help."

(On how they told T.J. Ward to correct his hitting)- "You want to aim lower, is really what it is. Again, it's split second type decision. You've got to be conscious of where the receiver is. It's hard though. You're not telling them to aim high initially but you want them to have an awareness of the ball, you want them to have an awareness of where the receiver is and you're talking about reacting to things within a moment at a high speed.”

(On if Ward could have went lower and if they have practicing that)- "It's hard, how do you practice that without making contact with the defenders. It's hard to practice high impact, down the field collisions at the split second. You're trying in practice to protect your players on both sides, it's not something that's easy to simulate by any stretch.”

(On if Ward had enough time to make a decision to hit Jordan Shipley lower)- "It's hard to say, you're looking at it after the fact without the intensity of the moment, you're not inside his head in terms of how he's processing the information I couldn't tell you that definitively one way or the other. You can talk about what you would like to happen and how you'd like it to be played and work on those things but it's just different, things are happening quickly."

(On if McCoy is starting on Sunday)- "If we don't have progress with Jake and Seneca then that would be the case."

(On if McCoy is starting heading into today)- "We're heading into today with the idea that if the other two guys aren't available then Colt would start, yes."

(On what happened to Tony Pashos)- "He hurt his ankle, ended up finishing the game. Typically that happens with the adrenaline, didn't even realize. Tony's such a tough guy. It's one of those things that we found out after the fact and had tests and he wasn't going to be able to play the rest of the season."

(On if Floyd Womack will play tackle now)- "He'll work out there, we signed Paul (McQuistan) he'll work out there, Eric Steinbach will work out there, John's (St. Clair) making some progress so we've got a couple different options because it's not just who's going to start the game but you also have to have the backups and things like that."

(On who would fill in at guard)- "(Shawn) Lauvao, Billy Yates, Steve Vallos has worked there so we'll get a good combination."

(On if Yamon Figurs is going to be their punt and kick returner now)- "He's done that and my experience with him is I'd obviously had seen him as a punt and kick returner. When we were getting ready for Oakland a couple years ago he had gotten some more opportunities as a receiver, made some pretty dynamic plays. I think he's quick, he's fast, he's got good change of direction which most kick and punt returners do. That would be one role that he'd have, kick and punt returner, and then it's what else can his role be? How else can he contribute offensively? That was starting to grow a little bit at that time period in Oakland just watching it in preparation for him but we'll see how he fits in with us and where he can fit."

(On if he could go as far as to say that he is leaning towards starting McCoy like last week or if he couldn't go that far)- "No, I thought I went further today. If the other two guys aren't ready then he would start, yes."

(On if Figurs will also return punts)- "He can, he's done both.”

(On if Robaire Smith's injury could end his NFL career)- "I remember when Eric (Barton) was talking about his injury situation and when you get to a certain age and you've played a certain amount of time and you've got these different injuries, there's a reality to it of looking at it as what are my opportunities to return. What are my risks of returning? If that's not possible, what does the rest of my life hold? It's important to have those talks and it's important for a guy to go through. There's a lot of information that Robaire needs to gather still and there's a lot of time now before any decision has to be made, but it's important, I believe, to go through the process of, ‘Okay, if this isn't an option anymore what do I want to do.' If it is an option, what are the risks and making good decisions. He's got kids, he's got a long life, you never discourage anybody, you never push them one way or the other. What I try to do is just say let's talk about all the different things and make sure that you're thinking about them and talk about them with your wife and look at the big picture because this is one part of your life but there's a long time after this. I love Robaire and I want him to keep playing, but I also want him to have a really good, healthy long life."

(On how Smith is taking his injury)- "He's a really mature, grounded guy. It's tough when you're facing a situation where you're talking about changing something you have done forever, since you were seven, eight, nine or however old. Now the possibility of that ending, that's tough to go through. But with any ending, there's a beginning and that's something that you can also be excited about and you want there to be balance when you're looking at that. One door may close, but there's another 100, 200, 300, 400 doors that can open that can be just as satisfying and as fulfilling."

(On if Shaun Rogers is physically ready to take on more of a role on defense in Smith's absence)- "I think it's getting better and the difficult challenge that we've had to this point is without having him be out there each day, it's hard to get the reps. We didn't have training camp to get a lot of those reps and it is different out there. We are trying to build more flexibility every week and as that flexibility builds, it's inside and it's outside. That really was my plan going into this season and going into training camp, to be able to build flexibility should something happen where you can move guys around."

(On if Scott Fujita has given him what he was looking for when the team signed him)- "Yes, he's been outstanding. He is outstanding as a player, very good at the mechanics of it, recognizing the offense, getting the defenses checked, that part. He is really athletic. There are certain tools that are available in different coverages, he uses a lot of them and those have generated some sacks for us. The strip sack against Atlanta, that was really him and Robaire working together that created that opportunity. Those things I liked because he's taking the defense and is able to push it further, which is great. He's really good in the room, he understands the things that need to be done consistently to win at a high level. His experience in New Orleans, I think that helps. I'm really happy he's here."

(On if Floyd Womack and John St. Clair are both practicing today)- "John is not, Floyd is.

12:08 PM

DL Smith Placed on IR: Hot News for DL Robaire Smith http://bit.ly/9jwgBO

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Oft-Injured OL Pashos Sent to IR: Hot News for OT Tony Pashos http://bit.ly/9qdgu9

Pashos, Smith to IR; Browns ink WR, OL
Don Delco on October 20th, 2010 AT 11:23 AM

Below is the offiical press release from the Cleveland Browns, regarding Wednesday morning’s personnel moves.

The Cleveland Browns today placed offensive lineman Tony Pashos (ankle) and defensive lineman Robaire Smith (back) on injured reserve, the team announced. To take their spots on the 53-man roster, the club signed wide receiver Yamon Figurs and offensive lineman Paul McQuistan.

Originally drafted by Baltimore in the third round (74th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft, Figurs has seen action in 33 games during his four-year NFL career, recording five receptions for 103 yards with one touchdown. On special teams, he has registered 85 kickoff returns for 1,956 yards (23.0 avg.) with one touchdown, and 42 punt returns for 340 yards (8.1 avg.) with one touchdown. His most productive season came as a rookie with the Ravens in 2007, when he posted 46 kickoff returns for 1,138 yards with one touchdown, and 16 punt returns for 171 yards with one touchdown, and was named to the Pro Football Weekly/PFWA's All-Rookie Team. He played with the Ravens in 2007 and 2008 before splitting time with Detroit and Tampa Bay in 2009. He was signed by Oakland on January 13, 2010 and released by the Raiders on September 15 after appearing in their season opener. A three-year letterman at Kansas State University (2004-06), Figurs started 29 of the 34 games in which he appeared at wide receiver, registering 73 receptions for 1,144 yards and six touchdowns. Born on January 10, 1982, the 5-11, 185-pounder is a native of Fort Pierce, Fla., where he attended Westwood High School.

Originally drafted by Oakland in the third round (69th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft, McQuistan has appeared in 35 games with 12 starts, including six apiece in 2006 and 2007. He has opened six contests at right tackle, four at left guard and a pair at right guard. He was with the Raiders until being waived by the team on November 9, 2009. He was then signed by Jacksonville on November 21, where he was inactive for the final seven contests. He was waived by the Jaguars on September 5, 2010. A four-year letterman at Weber State University (2002-05), McQuistan started his final 42 games at left tackle, earning All-Big Sky honorable mention accolades as a junior. Born on April 30, 1983, the 6-6, 315-pounder is a native of Lebanon, Oregon, where he attended Lebanon High School. His twin brother, Pat, is an offensive lineman with the Miami Dolphins.

10:40 AM

Besides smith and pashos to ir, mo mass, cribbs, 2 qbs, coleman, and rogers will not practice.

10:27 AM

Pashos and robaire smith to IR. Wr yamon figurs and ol paul mcquistan. Pashos ankle and smith back.

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