OBR Daily Blog 11/8

How 'bout dem Browns?!? Two wins in a row over ... New Orleans, New England? You bet!

10:53 PM

@Nic_Dion I’m more rooting for “massive earthquake swallows both teams whole”.

9:10 PM

The Mirage: Three Strikes: Brian Tarcy is more discombobulated than normal today. http://bit.ly/d22ZJ7

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Mangini Press Conference Transcript, Nov. 8
Don Delco on November 8th, 2010 AT 8:41 PM

(Opening statement)- "Good afternoon everyone. Just got through meeting with the staff not too long ago and going through the game, a lot of good stuff in all three areas. Offensively, to be able to control the ball like we did and have it for 38 minutes I think is huge because it keeps Tom Brady and that offense off the field. Then to be able to control it late in the game when it's pretty easy to understand what the approach was at that point and them having eight in the box and still being able to run the ball effectively is a really important thing to be able to do. That combined with the success on third down, Peyton's (Hillis) individual rushing effort which when I say individual he has those yards, but it was really a group effort by an excellent job by Lawrence (Vickers), by the tight ends, by the offensive line, the receivers, across the board. I thought Colt (McCoy) had another nice day made some really good decisions in terms of the check with me's, plays at the line of scrimmage to get us into the right play and out of the right play. It was really him signaling to Peyton on the sideline there to run the stop and go, which is something that we had talked about with him during the week and said ok if you get this look, if you think it's there give him the signal and then Peyton had to get it and (Jerod) Mayo jumped and that was an important play in that drive. There's really a lot of stuff that I liked offensively. Then defensively, outside of a couple drives I thought we did a nice job of varying the looks, not just the fronts but the coverages and you have to do that with Tom (Brady) otherwise he just picks you apart. Generating the two turnovers we had Eric Wright's turnover late and really Abe Elam's turnover where he stripped the ball from (Rob) Gronkowski was a huge point in the game. Being able to hold them to what we held them to running the ball and also on third down. One excellent team on third down, an excellent scoring offense. Then on special teams our coverage was really good. I thought Phil (Dawson) did a nice job with the pop kick that we asked him to execute which led to a turnover. Even though I thought we had one good kickoff return but our average drive start was the 39 yard line, which is another important part of the game."

(On Brian Daboll)- "Yes, he's got to be listed as questionable just for his decision making. Questionable decisions."

(On if he has seen enough to have Colt McCoy become the starting quarterback the rest of the year)- "I was really happy again with him yesterday. Where I've been happy with him is we gave him some more to do this week and it was a game plan specific defense that we were facing, so it's not just him coming up and looking at a defense that's easy to read. It's him coming up and looking at a defense that's different than what has been there the last few weeks and seeing what he need to see and making those decisions. That type of growth is something that I've been pleased with and he's making the discussion harder and harder each week but we'll see where Colt and Seneca (Wallace) are and we'll have that discussion. Myself and Brian (Daboll), I will talk to Mike (Holmgren) about that as well, but he's definitely making it a lot harder."

(On giving Colt McCoy confidence)- "I don't think at any point he has felt like he hasn't gotten more and more confidence as he's gone along and he's earned that from the things that he's done. I'd say the other two guys have our confidence as well and that's a nice situation to have, to have three guys that you feel like you can go into the game with and be successful. Like I said I was pleased with Colt. I thought the other thing that he did well yesterday were the plays not just the scramble for the touchdown, but he had a bootleg to our right where he had someone in his face and the initial read was covered and Josh (Cribbs) did a great job too, he was able to get the ball to Josh and then he scrambled again to our right and Brian Robiskie did a really nice job of recognizing that coming across the field and he threw a good ball there as well. Those things they continue to build that confidence."

(On Colt McCoy's leadership)- "Yes, I think the guys have seen now that given that responsibility, he can respond to that responsibility. You don't know with a rookie how that's going to go and he becomes more and more trustworthy as we go. I think that the best indication of that is us being able to give him a little bit more each week without trying to give him so much that it becomes counterproductive."

(On if Jake Delhomme or Seneca Wallace will be able to practice on Wednesday)- "I think, Mary Kay (Cabot) that Seneca probably will. I think Jake might have a chance on Thursday or Friday. I think John (St. Clair) has a chance this week as well. We may have a full group practicing this week so mark your calendars."

(On what he meant when he said Colt McCoy looks more comfortable when he is playing rather than when he was out of the rotation)- "What I meant by that was his whole experience has been as the main signal caller and getting all the reps and having that opportunity and that path, so then you come here and really you're the third slash fourth. Total transition in system, total transition in comfort level, and all that stuff takes some getting used to. It's not easy. Typically, when a young guy becomes the starter there's almost a sense of pressure there and with Colt, it just outside looking in felt like he was more at home there because that's what he was used to that's been his pattern, which is something that I hadn't experienced before and looking at it retrospectively that's what I thought."

(On how important accuracy is for quarterbacks)- "Yes, I think accuracy is huge and when you look at it or draw it up or the prototype, 6' 4" typically, strong arm, all those things are things that cannon arm type thing but the ability to hit the open receiver on a shallow cross, on a quick out, on a seven cut. The nine routes are the nine routes that's one thing, the deep over that's another thing, but the ability to hit the guys that are open and put it in a spot where it's catchable. Also there are times where it's catch and run type plays and if you put the ball behind the guy the run part really falls off. He may catch it but he doesn't get the yards he should get and Colt does throw a ball that has been accurate and is very catchable and that's important."

(On if he is surprised Colt McCoy hasn't made any of those rookie mistakes)- "I think during the preseason everyone makes some mistakes where you're like, ‘How did that happen'. But with rookies too it's just such a different world. The guy that has been giving him the calls for so long, he doesn't hear that voice anymore. They are away from their families, they're away from their comfort level, it's a whole new system, it's a whole new language. When you're at that position, the quarterback position, you've got to run everything. So not only do you have to know what you're doing you have to know where the protection is, you have to know where the sights are, where the hots are, what the receivers are doing, what the backs are doing, the audibles are right, it's a huge responsibility. It amazes me watching young quarterbacks and the way they absorb stuff and the way that they work at it. You have to have a tremendous work ethic and be really smart to have a chance, because you're given so much information as well as so much responsibility. In addition to that, they are expected to lead. It's not just take care of your job, it's take care of your job, understand what everyone is doing and by the way, Hey lead this group of guys make them believe in you.

(On why the quarterback discussion is going to be hard when Colt McCoy is coming off these two victories)- "I like discussions. I think it's important to go through things and to hear different ideas and to talk about the pluses and minuses. At the end of the day, you're trying to get to the best decision, the right decision and not the quick decision and I just feel it's worthwhile to be as thorough as possible when you make something that affects so many people in so many different ways."

(On if he is going to have to be persuaded to go with one of the other quarterbacks)- "I'm not really at one point or another point; just kind of where I said I was we'll talk about it and see where we are. A lot of it is where the other guys are as well.

(On quarterback arm strength and the transition from college spread offense)- "I think just in terms of arm strength, there were two times this past weekend where he really over threw the receiver and the receiver had to go break the ball up, so that didn't look like it was a problem at all. We'll see how the weather is but I've seen guys with a really strong arm be affected by a strong wind. With the spread offense, that's another transition that I didn't even mention. You go from not being under center to suddenly being under center, it's interesting that we're talking about that today, because for so many years everyone was under center and very rarely in shot gun and now it's flip flopped. That's another thing you have to get used to is operating in both those spots. I don't even really think about it now whenever the plays called, it's not like when he's under center there's been less production or more difficulty with that."

(On how Colt McCoy hasn't had any turnovers and how much it will help his case with the quarterback discussion)- "The turnovers, that has been big and the reason you haven't heard about them as much is because we've done a lot better job turning the ball over defensively and had a lot less offensively. The other thing we talked about a lot is penalties and knock on wood those have declined. I think we've had eight in the last 10 quarters. That's the way it should be, that's the way it should be every game. We talk about it with everyone. If you have the ball in your hands, you're carrying all of us at that point and if you turn it over it makes it a lot more difficult to keep giving you the ball."

(On Colt McCoy's ability to throw on the run)- "It's really important because throwing it on the run is two components. It's the ability to throw on the run and it's also the ability to not take chances at that point. Where you're throwing it across your body into coverage and things like that. It's the decision making while throwing on the run which is also important. When you can do that, it puts more pressure on the defense because they want to keep you in the pocket because as those plays extend, it gets harder for the coverage, guys have to hold up longer, you get scramble plays that can be big plays. That is a good thing to have.”

(On if he gets nervous when Colt McCoy throws on the run)- "When you're talking about throwing it across the body I thought that he was pretty lined up with Josh at that point, so it wasn't that pair less of a throw in relative terms of when you're outside the pocket. The ones that I'm talking about is like the one that Matt Ryan hit on us where he was way outside the pocket and he throws it all the way across. Nine times out of ten, eight times out of 10, that should be an interception. It probably should have been an interception in our case. That doesn't typically translate to high percentage plays.”

(On if Colt McCoy did any improvising in the game)- "Each week, we'll have a package of those plays to move the pocket type plays and that was true with Jake (Delhomme), Seneca and Colt because they build off the runs you have. If you have stretch runs, outside runs where you're moving the line in one direction you want to be able to counter that with bringing the quarterback the other way because that holds the back side of the defense. They can't just run to the running game they have to honor the passing game as well."

(On if they incorporate any plays that Colt McCoy did well with at Texas)- "To some degree. Brian (Daboll), when he first got the job, it's some of those things are plays that we have. We call them different things, but the concepts are consistent with what he's done. Each week whatever quarterback is in place goes through the script with Brian throughout the course of the week, ‘I feel really good about this, I don't really feel good about this,' and so we may start with this big bottle of plays and it just gets whittled down to ‘okay here's the top plays in the red zone, here's the top plays on third down, here's the top plays in two-minute and you're going for the highest comfort level of the quarterback.' With the time we spend, sometimes we come up with concepts we think are really good and that guy doesn't like it, so he's not going to run it very well. If he's not going to run it with conviction there's no sense in keeping a play like that in the plan."

(On how Colt McCoy's football IQ is compared to other quarterbacks)- "It's good. Again, I'm learning a little bit more each week, Brian's learning a little bit more each week, Colt's doing a little bit more each week. This isn't a limited look right now, but relative to my other experiences I would say he's right up there."

(On if he thinks they have dominated physically the last couple of weeks)- "I don't think there has been any week where I felt like we had been out matched physically. My hope and expectation is that there won't be a week like that, because that's a starting point in what we want to do, playing physical football, playing tough football. Making sure that win or lose, whoever you're playing understands that they were in a fight. There are bruises on all sides that are the launching point for us. I like what we did physically yesterday. I want to see more of it I want to see, every play, where you're imposing your will on your opponent.”

(On if the offensive played up to the full level of their abilities Sunday, with Hillis rushing for 184 yards)- "They played really well. What happens though is even when you look back at the Atlanta game there was a way that we had to block that game. There was a style, there were certain things that we had to do that we didn't do very well. It wasn't just the line, it was the way we ran, some of the scheme related to that across the board. If you don't do what you have to do that game, then it's not going to look very good. If you can go out and identify, ‘Okay these are the plays we have to run, this is how we have to run them and this is who we have to take care of,' and then go do it, it should look good each week. When you don't, that's when you get the negative plays, the plays where you're getting blown up in the backfield and now you're behind the count. You don't feel very good about calling them again. This coming week, we are going to have to play New York totally different than we played New England. It's just a dramatically different style and we have to come in on Wednesday and say, ‘Okay this is what we have to do, this is how we have to do it and we have to make sure we actually go in and do that.' If you don't, if you miss one of those steps, it's not going to be very good."

(On on Hillis often hurdling opposing defensive players)- "I love it when they work. He's been doing that for awhile and the nice thing about is when you hit somebody, when you hit a DB enough times, they're going to stop trying to hit you in the chest. They start going for your legs so there are those opportunities to hurdle them and you know with Peyton, where do you want to hit him? Do you want to hit him in the chest or the legs? I'd imagine he'll probably keep doing that and now it adds uncertainty to the tackler. Where do I go to get this guy down?"

(On if the team is starting to develop a more physical style of play)- "I'd say it starts with being coordinated. It starts with everybody understanding, ‘Okay, this is what we have to do.' It also goes into not being intimidated by anybody. You can't go out on Sunday and stick your toe in the water and see how it feels before you jump in. You have got to attack and attack early and often and consistently throughout the course of the game. We have got a lot of guys that aren't intimidated by the opponent. Sometimes you can lose a game before you even play it just based on not being certain whether or not you should be in that game."

(On if they were intimidated by teams the first half of last season)- "A lot of things happened the first half of last year. I think it's really a growth process Terry (Pluto), where them getting to know me and the system and what we're trying to achieve and vice versa. Getting to know each other, really learning what expectations are, really understanding the game plan and there's a lot of stuff that goes into a new environment and there's a lot of growing pains. It's not always fun. There was a lot of ‘not always fun moments.' You understand as a group, ‘Okay, this is what we have to do.' Winning is fun."

(On if he thinks that the players they added this past season bring more of a physical style of play)- "I think it's not just the physical style, it's the attitude. Scott (Fujita) was one of the speakers on Saturday night and he's not intimidated by anybody. He's not intimidated by the Patriots, he's not intimidated by the Saints, it's just that understanding of what we can do. Right on down the line we have got a lot of guys, (Matt) Roth, I don't think he's intimidated by anything. You could put a tank in front of him and he wouldn't be intimidated. You put those guys together and it's a good thing."

(On how much better he feels after these last two wins)- "I feel a lot better. Believe me, this is a lot more fun talking today than it was before. I feel the best for the guys collectively and the coaches collectively because they work, and I know I say it a lot, but they work hard. They care and it means something and it hurts when we lose and playing in Cleveland means something. The city means something, being in front of our fans means something and you want to see them be rewarded for that. You want to reward the fans for their loyalty, you want to be able to give those groups what they deserve. That's important."

(On how he feels about the direction the team is going and if these past two wins legitimizes their progress)- "Part of what we have to do is win consistently. That's a continuing part of this process. I don't think you can skip any of the stages, but it's nice to have the wins that we had against the opponents that we had them against. It doesn't get any easier. New York rolls in at 6-2 and all of the different things that they can do, so here we are. It's going to be another week of getting ready for a really difficult team."

(On if these last two wins vindicate his program and methods of what he is doing here)- "I don't know if that's the word I'd use. To me, I really think that any transition I've been through and the transition in New York, that was difficult too because you have a certain level of expectation and a certain philosophy. Everybody wants to move forward, but they want to do it in a very comfortable way. Very rarely can you have growth without changing things and dealing with all of the stuff that comes with that, but I believe in it. I really believe in what we do, I believe in people, that's the core of it. I believe in good people and work. Good people, good work ethic, working together and I think when you have that, you're going to see progress. It may not always be really flashy or impressive, but you're going to keep taking steps."

(On how long he thinks it took for players to buy into his philosophies)- "You'd see a little bit more each week and you'd get a little bit better each week last year. At the end of the day, you're really evaluated by did you win or did you not win? Even though things may have gotten better in certain areas or there was growth in certain areas or players improved, really the benchmark is the wins. It's hard to show that progress externally even though you're seeing it happening internally. A lot of guys were working at it. The nice thing in the second year is guys start becoming teachers and start helping along the process. That tends to make it go a lot smoother and ideally accelerates it."

(On how Hillis has been for them this season)- "He's been great. There's two sides of it, his performance on the field, which he runs the ball like a beast, he has outstanding hands and he makes a lot of plays there. That's one part of it, but he's also a great teammate. He's humble. If he gets the ball, he gets the ball. If he doesn't get the ball and he's blocking, he's happy to do that. He's supportive. It's hard to ask for a lot more than that as a head coach."

(On if there are some things that they switched up in teaching the offensive line)- "There were definitely some things that we did differently and George (Warhop) has a different style than some offensive line coaches. I think George does a really, really good job. He's detailed, he's demanding, he's very smart and I've been lucky. I had Bill Callahan in New York later while I was there and he was outstanding. Now I have George and he's outstanding. They're going to work hard, they're going to work together and he's going to push them to get better each day. It doesn't matter who it is, he's on Joe Thomas like he's on Shawn Lauvao and that's the way it should be. It's what we are supposed to do is push the guys to get better and improve."

(On if running the ball for an extended period consecutively takes a lot out of the offensive line)- "I actually think it's the flip of that Terry. I think those guys get charged up when you run the ball. It's almost like you're giving them a Five Hour Energy because they come up, ‘Yeah, run the ball again." They love it. (Lawrence) Vickers, you don't need to give him anything. He's charged up as it is. There's a sense of real pride when you can sit there and they've got eight in the box and they're lined up ready to stop you and they can't. It's contagious and they're all lobbying at that point to run the ball more."

(On if Abram Elam is playing better than he did last year)- "I think he's made improvements in some areas Jeff (Schudel), I really do. Some of the things that you don't really appreciate with Abe and what he's doing is he's working with a rookie safety next to him. That's not easy to do and then you throw a rookie corner in those sub packages and the variations of the sub packages, those safeties have to make a lot of calls. T.J. (Ward) is doing a nice job, but Abe is the veteran back there so some of the stuff that he does is about getting guys lined up as much as it is the plays that he makes. It's challenging. Sheldon (Brown) has been great and Eric (Wright) has been great, in terms of communicating, but typically the safety is the guy that runs that stuff and there's only one guy back there that has more than eight games under their belt."

7:22 PM

@DamThatsLopez You got me. I declared him the new starting QB halfway through the third qtr yesterday. Mangini must be blocking my tweets.

6:54 PM

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Ghosts of Former Employer’s Past
Don Delco on November 8th, 2010 AT 1:19 PM

This may sound anti-American, but I don’t really like movies. I dislike the experience of being at the movie theater very much. It’s too expensive. I get rather annoyed with my fellow movie goers. Most of all, I can’t press pause and relieve myself from the 72 oz. Diet Coke I just consumed, which by the way cost ?$12.50 in addition to the $30 I just spent in tickets. (Note: Prices may be exaggerated, but it’s still too expensive.)

Of course, watching movies at home isn’t any better. The wife and I never can agree on a movie. The ones she picks, I hate. The ones I pick, she hates. It’s an exercise in futility. So, for the sake of our marriage, it is better off ignoring the topic and doing something else.

So, yes, I don’t like movies.

At yesterday’s postgame press conference, Eric Mangini referenced a movie that, naturally, I’ve never seen, but it was a funny reference nonetheless.

“I feel like I”m in the movie ‘Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,’” Mangini said. “First the Patriots, next up the Jets.”

OK, I’m guessing coach was dragged to that flick by his better half. Why? It stars Matthew McConaughey. I know Mrs. Mangini wanted to see this because when it comes to those, “What movie should we watch?” conversations I have with my wife, the one she wants to see typically involves a staring role by Matthew McConaughey.

Yet the reference rings true. Mangini made quick work of his mentor and former team New England on Sunday. As happy as he was to prove to Bill Belichick that he is a good coach, you know Mangini wants to prove to a team that fired him they made a mistake.

Mangini is being visited by the ghosts of his former employer’s past at Cleveland Browns Stadium and he’s off to a redeeming start.

Let’s hope there is a feel-good ending after next Sunday. And if McConaughey becomes involved in someway, I like the Browns chances.

Just don’t force me to watch the movie version, OK, honey?

12:55 PM

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Twitter Says: Peyton Has Arrived
Barry McBride on November 8th, 2010 AT 12:22 PM


We’re going through the usual day-after chaos here at OBR World Headquarters, with kids and emails and articles flying around, but if we had time to watch TV or listen to the radio, apparently all we would be hearing about today is Colt McCoy and Peyton Hillis.

We Clevelanders aren’t used to this unless the news is bad (LeBron, Browns head coach firing, anything about Dolan’s Indians, etc). But I think we could get used to it.

As proof of the arrival of the Browns – at least for the current 24-hour news cycle – one need look no further than Twitter, the massively popular and almost profitable messaging service. Yesterday, we found “Peyton Hillis” trending upwards.

Welcome, America, to what we’ve known about since the pre-season.


11:31 AM

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Transcript: Cleveland Browns Players, 11/7
Barry McBride on November 7th, 2010 AT 10:37 PM

LB Eric Barton

(On the progress made in the last two games)- “I think we’re just showing we’re a tough team and we’re going to fight for four quarters and whatever happens, happens.”

(On holding the NFL’s No. 1 offense to 14 points)- “It’s great. (Defensive Coordinator) Rob Ryan coached there. Coach Mangini, of course, coached there, so to go out and do it against that team, I mean they’re a talented bunch. Tom Brady-it is what it is. To be able to stop them, it’s a great feeling. It just shows what we can do when we execute and follow the game plan.”

(On if his past experience playing against Patriots QB Tom Brady helped the defense)- “There were certain things that I knew he was going to do and I tried to help, but he’s tough. Everyone knows what he’s going to do. It’s just that you have to go out there and execute.”

WR Josh Cribbs

(On the team starting to get people’s attention)- “I think that at this point in our season we don’t care who we play. I just feel like we’re so reckless right now, with the way we’re going out there and playing, we’re leaving it all on the table. Whether it is the trick plays, moving down the field, we scored offensive points this time. We didn’t have to rely on the defense to score. Everybody did their part. When we can win the turnover game, we can win the football game.”

(On QB Colt McCoy)- “The ability that we know he had, he showed it today. I always boast that he’s the winningest quarterback in college football history and he’s showing that he can carry over to the NFL. He’s doing a great job. With the team behind him, everything is clicking.”

DB Abram Elam

(On his forced fumble and recovery on the same play at the end of the first half)- “Yeah, they were driving down late in the first half and it was an opportunity for us to make a play. We stole the possession from them because that would have to led to points and they were getting the ball after halftime.”

(On if the team works on stripping the ball in practice)- “Definitely. That is a point of emphasis everyday at practice, trying to create turnovers. We’re just trying to get our offense the ball back.”

(On if the ball was in a position to strip)- “No. But it was an opportunity that I was going after the ball. It was a great chance for me to make a play and I did.”

(On if he knew the importance of the fumble recovery)- “I did. There were less than two minutes left and they were going in to score. Anytime you can keep a good team like that from scoring, it’s definitely big for the team.”

(On what the win meant for the team)- “Well, it was a big win for us, knowing the ups and downs of this season, showing that we’re continuing to progress and the things that we’re working on are getting better.”

RB Peyton Hillis

(On the offensive line)- “The offensive line did a nice job today, I couldn’t have done it without them. I have to give thanks to the guys up front for making it all happen.”

(On fumbling and coming back)- “Against a team like that, you never can let off the gas. If you want to be successful in life and in this league, you have to learn to let the mistakes fall behind you and run with the curves. It’s the only thing you can do. We rebounded well today.”

(On the team and game )- “We played the way football should be played; well on both sides of the ball, taking time off the clock, you rest your defense and that’s what you have to do.”

(On the team)- “I think that with the guys and coaches we have on this squad, we’re finally proving to people that this is a winner – not two or three years from now, but a winner now. If we put our mind to it we can beat anybody.”

(On what Coach Bill Belichick said to him after the game)- “He said ‘congrats’ and that he was impressed, and when you get a compliment like that from a great coach, it means a lot.”

(On having two weeks off)- “Two weeks off did wonders and I came out today healthy.  Hopefully there are no side effects going into next week.”

QB Colt McCoy

(On the execution of the game plan)- “I thought we executed well.  Coach Daboll had us all prepared and the coaches did a fantastic job, especially during the bye week.  We worked really hard in the bye week and kind of had an idea of what we wanted to do when we came back.  We really just added on to that and worked really

hard.  The offensive line played tremendous.  When those guys play like that it’s easy to run the ball and we get a lot of open lanes in the passing game.  Peyton (Hillis) ran the ball well, and when you can execute like that you give yourselves a chance to win, and that’s what happened today.”

(On his touchdown run)- “Yeah I felt real slow.  We talked all week and when we got into the fringe area, the fringe meaning inside the 30 and 25 (yardlines), they like to play a lot of double coverage.  We felt they might double cover Ben (Watson) a little bit and I just stepped up a little in the pocket and everyone was man-to-man outside.  I was playing (Josh) Cribbs and they double-teamed him, and had Peyton (Hillis) on the outside,  and there were some running lanes.  That’s always in the back of my head, especially this week, when they play that certain coverage.  I was just trying to make a play with my feet, get a first down, and it ended up that the receivers made some great blocks downfield and I got in the end zone.”

(On the fourth down quarterback sneak)- “Nothing is all on me, I thought we executed it really well.  We practiced that during the week.  When we shift them (wide receivers) out like that, you see if the front (defensive line) moves and see who goes out.  Really at that point, backed up, it was pretty gutsy but they moved the front and I had an opening and I took it.”

(On not starting the game with a conservative game plan)- “I like it when we come out and throw the ball on the first play.  We ran a good hard sell play-action.  We had a man-to-man look and I wish I could have gotten the ball up a little bit, he (WR Mohamed Massaquoi) could have had a chance to run a little more maybe.  He made a fantastic catch and that was not the only one he made.  He made one on the sideline on a big third down play, made a great catch, and it was good to get the ball outside to Mo.  We had a long one down the sideline to Peyton (Hillis).  We could work those corners a little bit which really helps out.”

(On his growth as a quarterback the last three games)- “I prepare really hard, I’ve got great coaches and great teammates and the defense played lights out the last two weeks.  I just try to go into a game and be my best for our team.  Today, the offensive line played awesome and Peyton (Hillis) ran the ball so well and the defense played well.  I think we gave them a little bit to play for early on when we got up (by) 10 in the first quarter.  I just really had to go out there and execute and I just played my game.”

(On his accuracy and his confidence)- “I missed a couple of balls early but I felt really confident.  I worked really hard with those guys during the week, and they’re willing to work, and that’s what I try to hang my hat on is that we’re going to go into a game prepared.  It’s up to us the way we executed and I just really thought the receivers played great.  They made some great catches and I had to put some balls into some tight windows and they made plays.  (Josh) Cribbs made a great catch across the middle which enabled us to go for it on third and short and get the first down.  Mo (Massaquoi) made some great catches.  Ben (Watson) made some good catches.  I thought we were close on a little corner route that we threw in the end zone.  I would like to see that

one on tape.  (TE) Evan Moore made a great catch down the sidelines.  So when guys are catching the ball like that, I just had to get it into an area where they can catch it.”

WR Chansi Stuckey

(On WR Josh Cribbs’ effectiveness as a quarterback)- “I think because anytime he has the ball, he’s a threat and you have to account for him, so it just spreads things out for other guys.”

(On his touchdown run)- “It was great. (TE) Ben (Watson) and I were just lying on the ground, just laughing and basking in just what happened.  It was very positive.”

(On the touchdown play)- “Well, it’s kind of a confusion play. I go up quickly behind the linemen and try to hide. Josh comes in and snaps it quickly.  You know the threat that he is, so guys are going to run to him and once everything clears out, I give a “go” call to the linemen and they go. Ben (Watson) did a great job of blocking and I just squeezed in the corner at the end zone.”

LT Joe Thomas

(On the win)- “It was a huge win for us today.  I know most of our coaching staff came from the Patriots and the Patriots are one of the top teams in the NFL, so to run the ball the way we did and play great defense on one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL is a big thing.”

(On the last few games)- “We’ve been playing big in big games.  Going back to when we beat the Saints in their house, we sent a message and it put us on a roll that should take us into the second half of the season.”

(On the fans)- “There’s a history here and Browns’ fans are the best fans in the NFL. They’ve been tailgating since as long as I can remember. They’re the best and they get here every Sunday and prove it.”

FB Lawrence Vickers

(On the running game)- “Coach (Mangini) came out and said he wanted a physical game and he wanted us to be the thumpers, so we came out and got our ground game going and did what we needed to do to win the game. Today, we had a chance to run it more and we executed and did our best.”

(On the win)- “It’s great win for Coach Mangini, standing on his own and doing his own thing right now and saying ‘look at the things I’ve done.’”


Transcript: Eric Mangini, 11/7
Barry McBride on November 7th, 2010 AT 10:29 PM

(Opening Statement)- “Good afternoon everybody, it feels pretty good after a win.  I’m really proud of the way the guys played, really proud of the way they played.  We were able to run the ball effectively (with) Peyton Hillis having 184 yards (and) being able to put up 230 yards rushing against them, a 5.2 yard average.  Third downs offensively, all of that stuff, I thought, was very good football.  The same thing defensively.  Dealing with a guy like Tom (Brady) and an offense like that, not giving them a lot of pre-snap information was extremely important and I thought the guys did it well.  I thought the coaches did a great job of getting them ready and as I said, I’m really proud of the effort today and the way that we played today.  I know I’ve talked about this quite a bit, but that’s how I envision Browns football.”

(On what it means to defeat New Orleans and New England in consecutive games)- “I think it goes back to what we talked about a lot.  First you learn how to work, then you learn how to compete, then you learn how to win and then you learn how to win consistently.  What my expectation is that we are learning how to win, then we continue to learn how to win consistently.  That’s the important thing is taking those steps as a team and understanding what we have to do each week because it’s going to be totally different next week against the Jets than it was this week.  It’s going to be important that we execute that plan, that Sunday to win that game.”

(On what this win means to him personally in his career)- “It feels great.  I feel like I’m in that movie ‘Ghosts of Girlfriends Past’, how we had New England this week and the Jets next week.  It’s special and it’s special to me because of our guys, because of our team, not because of their team, because of our team.  It’s a good group of guys that work hard and for me to see them be rewarded with the victories, that’s what’s special.”

(On the importance of Abram Elam’s forced fumble at the end of the first half when the Patriots were driving deep in their territory)- “It was a huge play.  They’re driving down in typical New England fashion towards the end of the first half and I’ve had a bunch of games against them where they’ve been able to score at the end of the first half.  To get that strip when we did was huge.  It took points off of the board, totally changed the momentum going into the locker room and it was a pivotal play.”

(On if they had to entrust Colt McCoy to do more to win today)- “He’s continuing to earn that trust.  Trust, we are talking about that all of the time.  Trust is one of our core values and in order to have it, you need to be trustworthy and everybody needs to know that they can trust you.  Colt has done an excellent job each week showing that he’s able to do a little bit more.  As he does that, he’s getting a little bit more and he hasn’t disappointed.”

(On what specifically has happened in the past few weeks to get these two wins)- “I really think the thing that has been going on around here, and it’s been going on for some time, is consistency.  That’s it.  You have got to keep putting snow on that mountain and eventually, it triggers.  It’s everybody making good decisions each day and there’s no magic formula and there’s no short cuts.  It’s hard work and it’s consistent hard work.”

(On what he likes best about what McCoy did today)- “I like the way that he managed the game.  We gave him quite a few alerts, which means he had to come out and look at what they’re playing and make decisions at the line of scrimmage.  For the most part, he made really good decisions and he managed the team really well.  Outside of that, I thought the scramble that he had for a touchdown was an outstanding play.  I thought the other scramble that he had on the throw to (Joshua) Cribbs was another real outstanding play.  He just hasn’t been phased.”

(On the scramble on a pass to Brian Robiskie being another good play)- “There’s another one, yes.  He’s done a nice job with his feet and that adds another dimension to what he can do because it forces different types of rush lanes from the defense and it forces the coverage to hold up longer when you can do that with some success.”

(On the touchdown call to Chansi Stuckey and the job that Brian Daboll did today)- “Yes, that’s a play that we ran last year against Detroit and it went for a touchdown and got called back due to a holding penalty.  We had it in this week and practiced it a few times.  It got me at practice one time because I looked at it like, ‘What are we doing?  We are not lined up, what is the problem?’  I wasn’t looking at the script at the time, ‘Okay, that’s what we’re doing.’  Brian has done a really good job.  He has worked with a young quarterback and that’s hard to do.  He’s worked with multiple quarterbacks this season, whether it’s Jake (Delhomme) or Seneca (Wallace).  It’s not an easy thing as a coach, especially at that position, to be able to get the offense to run effectively.  I think Brian has done well with that, Carl Smith deserves a lot of credit too.  There’s a lot that goes into getting them ready and they’ve done well.”

(On if he feels more comfortable with Colt McCoy starting more games)- “I’ve been very comfortable with the things he’s done.  I’m sure we’ll talk about this tomorrow and Wednesday and Thursday and Friday and Saturday, but thank you for bringing that up now.  He’s done really well.  I’m happy for him and am pleased with what he’s done.”

(On how the Gatorade bath felt)- “It felt warm and refreshing.”

(On the call to go for it early in the game on fourth and inches)- “Yes, there’s another good point on decision making.  That’s something that you shift to and if you get an opening, you make that call, but that’s really the quarterback’s decision.  If he thinks he can get it at that point and if he’s wrong, it’s points probably for the other team.  Again, we trust  him to go out there and do that and that’s something we work on all the time.  We have some other plays off of that that we could go to, but that was the version that we chose there and it he made a good decision.”

(On it being demanding of him to trust him with big decisions in his third start)- “Yes, it is.  Like I said, he’s earned it.”

(On if the decision is to go with the shift or to actually execute the sneak)- “It’s all built in and then it’s just based on the look.  So if you have the look, you shift and see what look it is and then you can sneak it.  There’s some passes off of it.  There are a couple different things, those three options, that we gave at that point (and) the sneak option was his option there.”

(On if he could have not done the sneak after the shift)- “Yes, that’s right.”

(On what he said to Bill Belichick after the game)- “Good game.”

(On what Bill Belichick said after the game)- “Good game.  We were making plans for the summer (joking).”

(On if he saw Brian Daboll get knocked down by Joe Thomas)- “I did.  There’s a place for a little man invfootball, just not in front of the big man.”

(On if this is the first time Peyton Hillis has really been healthy since the Cincinnati game)- “No.  Often times whether it’s the quarterback or the running back, when they have success in the passing game or the running game that player gets a lot of credit.  But it’s Lawrence Vickers, the tight ends, the offensive line, it’s a group effort, the receivers and everybody has to do that.  Then Peyton does a nice job of grinding down the defense which is fun to watch.”

(On the drive in the fourth quarter where they took eight minutes off the clock)- “Huge.  The more time you can keep Tom Brady and that offense off the field, the better we are.  It’s an offensive series, but it’s also a defensive series because that time ticks off and it keeps an explosive player and an explosive unit on the sideline.”

(On if this win was a more solid victory than the last)- “I know what you’re saying.  That goes back to the whole concept of (planning differently for the) next week.  I’m not sure what it’s going to be, I really have no idea, but we’re going to have some different things against that group.  Against New Orleans, we saw some opportunities on special teams that we liked and they worked out great.  This week we had a couple things that were different and those worked out.  I’m sure versus New York, it’s going to be the same thing.  I’m not sure what it’s going to be, but it’s going to have to be different in order to beat them.”

(On if the way McCoy has played has made him look at the quarterback roster differently now)- “It just reinforces that we have three guys that can go in and play the position and play it well and operate the offense well.  To me, it’s a real positive.  You never want to have three quarterbacks play,  that’s not what you necessarily go into the season thinking, ‘Okay they’ll all be part of the season.’  But we have and for them to go in, all providing different pluses and all providing different problems, it’s just nice to see that from three different players.  It’s really a compliment to the whole offensive group.  It doesn’t matter who’s in, they’ve responded well.”

(On if McCoy will start next week)- “Can we just really enjoy this moment right here (joking)?  We’ll talk about it tomorrow and Wednesday and Thursday and Friday and Saturday.”

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