OBR Daily Blog 11/19

Browns may be 3-6, but at least they don't lay Dolphin-sized eggs on primetime. (Anymore)

CBS Browns-Jags Video Preview
Barry McBride on November 19th, 2010 AT 10:19 PM

For what it is worth:

Browns Offer Up Game Status
Barry McBride on November 19th, 2010 AT 9:23 PM

As Don reported earlier today, Mike Adams, Josh Cribbs, Scott Fujita, and Matt Roth were not available for practice today. S. Brown, Coleman, Delhomme, Rogers, Steinbach, and Womack were all limited. Barton and Benard practiced at full strength.

That leaves the Browns game status as follows:

Out: Scott Fujita

Doubtful: None

Questionable: Adams, Sheldon Brown, Kenyon Coleman, Josh Cribbs, Jake Delhomme, Shaun Rogers, Matt Roth, Eric Steinbach, Floyd Womack.

Probable: Eric Barton and Marcus Benard.

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Brian Daboll Press Conference Transcript, Nov. 19
Don Delco on November 19th, 2010 AT 8:58 PM

(On how tough the last series was in overtime)- "It was just tough to lose. It was a great game throughout the game. Competitive, it was every bit what we thought it was going to be against that squad. They were a tough team and I give our guys a lot of credit too they played their butts off against a tough defense. Colt (McCoy) did a nice job. It came right down there to the end with 1:35 left thought. We had a good little play, they were expecting the run. We had Ben (Watson) down the pipe and we just missed it. It would have been nice to hit it but I thought it was a competitive game, just wish we could have pulled it out."

(On the possibility of Joshua Cribbs not playing this week and what would happen to their scheme)- "In the bottom left hand of our call sheet, each week we have about 20 plays specifically designed for Josh, whether it be Wildcat or specific passes or you saw him run the reverse. You can't replace a Josh Cribbs so if he's not ready to go then some of those plays we obviously won't have and some we'll go ahead and things that I think are applicable to some of the other guys, we'll put them in there. Again, it's not Josh running them so if he can't go, whoever else is in there we're going to expect to step up but some of those plays we won't have available."

(On if their two point plays are different than their two yard line plays)- "The way that you set it up on a call sheet and everybody has a different ways to do their call sheet, we kind of have four areas in the red zone including the fringe that we put them on and we have specific two point plays that we work on each week. When you run one of those two point plays then you move on to the next one. We specifically have a couple two point plays that we've been working on since the summer."

(On if he would run a two point play in a game situation)- "If I thought it was the best thing to run then yes I would run it, but we kind of save those two for the two point plays."

(On how he has grown as an offensive coordinator since last year)- "I think anytime you get experience in doing something it helps you. On top of that year two you have guys around you, coaches included, players that know what you're expectations are and you have some new players too. You get a little better when you get a guy like Peyton Hillis or Ben Watson. Quarterbacks have done a nice job when they're in there. You constantly look to get better each week. Split second decisions, having enough courage to call a throwback in a critical situation and you're belief in the players in them going out and executing it. I think the experience that you get from each practice, each day it's been a positive."

(On how he deals with critical fans)- "You have a firm belief in what you've learned throughout the years as a coach. I've got to work for some pretty good ones, some pretty good ones that people have been critical of them too. Some of them have three Super Bowl rings as a head coach. You can't let anything affect you. You have to believe in a certain system, you have to believe in the fundamentals that you've been taught, you have to believe in the players, you have to coach them, you have to teach them and that's all you can do. You know you go out there, you do your best, you have belief in what you're doing, you present it to the players and then you go out there and make them do it."

(On what he meant when he said the courage to call the throwback)- "I don't know if I should say courage. I think belief that the player is going to go out there and do it and execute it at that critical juncture of the game. It's something that you practice, practice, practice and I think as you get your bearings and you have some more games under your belt, it's easier to do."

(On if McCoy showed him something on that last drive of regulation that he wasn't sure about before then)- "We had a two minute drive in practice on Friday and it didn't go like it went in the game. He was calm on the sideline which he's been since he's been out there and he kind of geared everybody up and said this is what we're going to do. He knew what plays we were running, he felt comfortable with the plays that we had for that package for that game. He missed a couple throws in that drive and he was very stoic and calm and cool and collected, it was nice to see. It was definitely nice to see, to do that in that situation against that defense. It was tough and he did a nice job. Hopefully, he'll have more of those."

(On if he could have done anything differently with the missed throws)- "The one with Ben (Watson) was an inch and it could have been just a slight slowdown of a step. He had it right on his hands. That was close. It was right over top of (Jim) Leonhard. The one to Mo (Mohamed Massaquoi) he let it rip and it was tight down there. There was a little tussling like always goes on with (Darrelle) Revis and Mo and he let it rip and just as he let it rip they were fighting a little bit and it was a step off. It would have been great if he hit that one."

(On if McCoy should have put a little more air under it)- "It was close Jeff (Schudel), it really was. I think at the top of the route, if you watch it on the coaches tape, at the top of the route those two were going at it a little bit and he let it go right before he was making his move and it was just a foot off."

(On if it that play would have been a touchdown)- "It could have been. If he stayed up it was going to be close. It would have been close."

(On if they are reluctant to give Bryan Robiskie the ball)- "I won't say we're reluctant. We decided at the end of the two minute drive there to go with Evan (Moore). Evan's been doing a nice job. Evan's been playing some receiver for us, he's played tight end spots but he's also played receiver and he's played outside where some of the receivers play. At the end of the Pittsburgh game he played and he's made quite a substantial amount of plays out there vertical throws, jump balls and we decided to go with him at the end of the two minute."

(On the how the call sheet is divided into four sections)- "Just in the red zone spot. There are tons of different sections there so you have it planned before you go out there for a game, if you get into a situation or it's this and you want to do this and you got this or whatever it may be. The Kansas City game when we threw it to Josh (Cribbs) it was a specific play that we knew we were going to throw if we got into that situation and you just call it."

(On if they had a lot of plays for Cribbs planned for the Jets game)- "Yes and like I said we usually have about 20 plays and see how it's going. It's different, if Peyton's (Hillis) getting into a rhythm or Colt's (McCoy) getting into a rhythm, those are kind of intermixed. If it kind of gets slowed down and you need it or you got it in the openers but usually there's around 20 plays for Josh. When he goes out like in the Pittsburgh game, we had even more than that planned."

(On how many sections there are on the entire call sheet)- "I thinking off the top of my head. Dan Smash (Shamash), upstairs, he's an assistant, he is working on it right now. He is a wizard with this computer he's got. It's probably about 25 sections. It's grouped into inside zone runs, outside zone runs, gaptrap runs, perimeter runs, gadget plays, draws, unbalanced runs, play action, run action, goes right down the list, Wildcat, get the ball to (Joshua) Cribbs plays, drop backs, three steps, empties, third down and one, third down two-five, whatever it may be just right down the list."

(On how many plays a week are on the call sheet)- "It varies. I think there's about close to 150-160 on it for this week."

(On if a play could be on more than one section of the call sheet)- "It could be, if you like a particular play. Some plays are first and second down core plays that you like against certain coverages that you think you're going to get. Some maybe are just for third down if they are more of a man team or more of a double team or more of a pressure team. Some can be in two different spots, some can be in three different spots."

(On how the call sheet varies each week)- "You know you have core plays in your system. Each week, you think, ‘Okay, maybe pull these plays that are going to work against the defenses that they like to show.' Some don't really matter. Some we are going to run and we are going to make them go because that's what our bread and butter is. There are different plays each week, there are different schemes each week that we like to run. It's not just dramatically different, we have been working on them throughout camp and things like that. I think it's a little tailored to the defenses that we played too. Yes, there are some that are different and there are some that are the same."

(On his impressions of McCoy after his first four games)- "For one, he's played four games, I don't mean to sound like a party pooper. He understands that too, I think he has a very level head and that's important. I talked about him a little bit last week about being able to watch tape on Monday and Tuesday and being able to go out there and recognize it and make the right check. He's very good at that, he really is. For a young guy, he's very, very good at it. He sees the field well. Again, we've played some teams that move around and there are certain keys that he picks up on during the week and he can apply them in a very quick manner out on the field under pressure in pressure situations. He's gotten better in the pocket, he does a good job of evading tacklers. He did it again last week. That's something that I think is just a feel for him. I think he has a good understanding of how we want to operate and the things that we expect him to do and he's done that for four games. We know he's nowhere near where he wants to be. He really is a perfectionist. We were done, we had a Friday practice today and the last period, the defense was going and usually some of the starters sit around. I just kind of sat back and I saw him walk over there and he grabbed Mohamed (Massaquoi) and (Ben) Watson and (Chansi) Stuckey and (Brian) Robiskie and he said, ‘Let's go down to the end of the bubble.' I'm watching him from afar and he's throwing a certain route over and over and over again and that was at the end of practice today. You love his ‘want to,' he wants to be really, really good. He's done a good job so far, but again, it's four games. He's going against a tough defense again this week on the road in a challenging environment. We expect him to play well, we do."

(On if McCoy is ahead of the developing curve for a young quarterback when he has his receivers make adjustments during their routes in games)- "The thing that I keep reminding myself with him is he's played four games. Training camp is a little over a month, so he's had the time to play four games that he would have had in like a training camp. He didn't get any of these reps, he didn't throw comebacks to Mohamed over and over and over again. He didn't throw a hitch route to Brian and the timing. He didn't see the look where the corner came inside. A lot of this is happening just on the run. He just grabs them extra because he wants to get as many different looks as he can get so he feels comfortable with it. He's the one ultimately throwing the ball with guys coming at him. As long as he has good timing with his guys and he gets into a rhythm with Mohamed and he knows where Mohamed is going to be versus this look, that's developed over time. That's what he's trying to do."

(On if he could include Seneca Wallace in some Wildcat packages if he is healthy enough)- "I think there are certain things that you can use him as. Maybe not the exact same place s Josh (Cribbs). Josh is a wide receiver, but he's also a pretty big guy that has taken some pounding and can hit those little tiny holes. There are definitely some plays within that package that Seneca could operate in. There's no question about that."

(On if he is concerned about their offensive line depth)- "You love to have as much continuity on the offensive line as you can. With Billy (Yates) going down, I think he was doing a good job for us. Those guys were back today, Eric (Steinbach) and Chop (Floyd Womack), so hopefully they will be ready to go this week. If you didn't have those type of guys out there, yes it would be.”

(On if he is hands-on with the offensive line and who plays where)- "I'm hands on with it. I think Hop (George Warhop) does a great job with those guys though, I really think the world of Warhop. He gets those guys prepared. He does it starting in training camp and he gives me these sheets of where they're lined up, you had to have a 1,600 on your SATs to figure it out sometimes. He has them in the right spots and he does a good job of making sure that they can play different positions. If one guy goes down, you've got to push that guy over there and that's why he rotates them around so much."

(On Eric Mangini saying that he has notes from meetings going back to 2000)- "Yes, I try to take notes."

(On if he learned that habit from Bill Belichick)- "To be honest with you, I learned it from my mother and my grandparents, just to be meticulous. You have to and it was great to be able to learn from guys like Nick Saban and Bill Belichick and those type of guys that you worked for as a young coach. It's pretty valuable stuff, to learn some of the things that the best head coaches have taught their guys. They've been pretty successful where they've been at."

(On Belichick taking notes when talking to the media when he was in Cleveland)- "I think it's a good reference point to go back. That's just something that you pride yourself on, making sure that you’re prepared and learning from guys."

(On how McCoy gaining more trust from the coaching staff might change the way he calls a game)- "I think that you have to earn trust. Each week, he has been out there playing. You earn that trust by watching him through the week at practice. He's had some good weeks at practice where the ball rarely touches the ground and goes to the right guys. He's good with the play clock, he's done a nice job with all of that stuff. At the end of the day when it comes down to it where you have to execute a play, from watching him at practice and dealing with him every day in the practice settings, you see the type of quarterback that he wants to be. He really wants to be good, he's very, very competitive. When you watch him every day at practice and when you put the ball in his hands and put him in a pressure situation at practice, I know it's not live, then he goes out and executes it on a Wednesday. Then we come back and give him a completely different look and he goes out and executes the same play. That helps you, it definitely does."

(On McCoy putting throws in places where only the receiver can get it like to Evan Moore last Sunday)- "That route we kind of implemented to Evan. It's something that he liked to run at Texas and as a matter of fact on the play, we had a play called and they gave us a look that they would have gotten us with pressure. He just calmly, the clock is running down, eased it up, changed the protection, changed the route and threw it pinpoint on him with Revis Island on him, a tight end. He's got a lot of confidence to do that too and I'm happy that he can go out and operate in that type of setting. He has the tools to do that, I trust that he does the right thing. That wasn't the exact play and he got it out exactly like we talked about the night before. It happened very quick, so it's good to see."

(On if McCoy was facing a lot of pressure on that play)- "Yes, it was a good play by the kid. They did it earlier in the game where they brought an extra one and he just threw it up to Evan quick and it saved us, obviously, from a sack."

Rob Ryan Press Conference Transcript, Nov. 19
Don Delco on November 19th, 2010 AT 8:55 PM

(On David Garrard and if quarterbacks are harder to bring down now than a few years ago)- "I'll tell you he is a load. It does seem like we play these big guys that are hard to tackle. I'm sure that goes with all the athletes now a days that get bigger, faster and stronger but we played some guys that are really tough to tackle like (Mark) Sanchez last week. He's a fine athlete but I was surprised we couldn't bring him down. He made a lot of plays on us by extending the plays so it's something that we've talked about, that we've worked on and we got to get these guys down on the ground. We didn't have much success with (Ben) Roethlisberger this year but there are other times where we wrap around his waist that way we could actually bring him down. This is a big, strong guy that we're going to have to definitely be able to get him down on the ground and quit extending the plays."

(On what the key technique is to doing that)- "I think you just got to wrap your arms around his waist and tackle him more like a rodeo-type of deal than just going up there just the traditional tackle. These guys pull out of them, they get out of arms, they seem to be more apt at stiff arming guys when they're higher. Every little detail in pro football matters and you guys watched the game last week, that helped us lose the game."

(On the Browns' offensive line)- "I think their tone is set by their coach. I think George Warhop does an unbelievable job. I've been around a lot of coaches and this guy is phenomenal. He does a great job, he's a hard worker, he's there all night long. He's got all the respect from all our defensive guys of course those are the only guys I'm in charge of so I can't comment on the rest of them, but our defensive staff loves him, thinks he's the best in football and those guys play with his style, his temperament. They're all tough, nasty guys that you're just happy that you have them here. You don't find too many offensive linemen that attack like our guys do. The (Eric) Steinbach's and Joe Thomas', those guys are rare and they're fun to watch."

(On how painful the loss was last Sunday)- "Our team has worked so hard and sometimes all of the hard work in the world doesn't lead to a win. We were about as close as we could get to winning that game. This league is tough, every week is like that, every week is a challenge. I can honestly say that I don't think I've ever called 99 plays on defense. (Shoot) I was exhausted, so I know those players were. It's a mental challenge, it's draining, there wasn't a whole lot of sleep the night before and that was (darn) exhausting. I know our players, we played every guy we had on our roster. We lost a lot of key players, they fought their (butt) off. It's tough to do when you put so much emotion into everything you do and each week is just a new week. I feel really strong about where we are right now as a defense. I think we've done a great job of preparation. We've obviously got a challenge with several guys out, but (heck) that's just normal around here. We need a win and we are working hard to get it. We are going to fight like (crazy). A Jack Del Rio-coached team is always going to be tough and they're a very physical team. They've got great a back over there, both of them are from the Bay City out there in Oakland. We are looking forward to this challenge. I know people think we are going to go out there and beat them, (shoot) this is a good football team. This is one (heck) of a football team with a lot of talent. I think their quarterback does a real fine job, their receivers are well-coached and they're good players, but obviously that back is really something special."

(On the season that Eric Wright has had)- "I think Eric played much better least year. I think Eric last year, to me, was a Pro Bowl player. I think this year, he's a (darn) good player. He's struggled and obviously everything is magnified out there, especially when you put him in man coverage. Things go for touchdowns instead of a four yard run, they don't notice a guy missing a play like that. He's still a fine football player, there's no question. He has to work on his technique, he's up there with Rome (Jerome Henderson) all of the time getting coaching points and working and studying tape. He's working through it just like I say a hitter does, getting through in baseball I'm sure. The young man is trying as hard as he can to work through it."

(On if Wright was lined up where he was supposed to be on the last play of the game)- "He was lined up opposite that wideout, so he was where he was supposed to be. His technique could've been better, sure, no question. It's not all him. Blame it on me because I messed it up. Santonio Holes is out there and I should've had the whole team covering him."

(On if multiple players could've tackled Holmes on that last play)- "I think there was a little indecision there. We had two ships crossing in the night and just a moment of hesitation with a player like that is all it took. T.J. Ward has never missed a tackle in his life until that, we would have liked to see him hit that guy for sure. It's such a bang-bang plays and give credit to (Brian) Schottenheimer and the Jets staff. They had some (guts) and went for it and it paid off."

(On if that would have ended the game had they tackled Holmes on that play)- "I think it was something that was going to be a quick throw or it was going to be a run and they were going to spike the ball. That's what was going through my mind and we called out base coverage thinking that we can live with a three or four yard play. Unfortunately, it went a (heck) of a lot further than that."

(On who he would compare Maurice Jones-Drew to and his good power)- "That good power is unbelievable power. What makes this guy unbelievable is you can blitz him and he will stop them in their tracks. That Eric Berry blitzed, I don't think he ever wants to blitz again. This guy will hit you. This is the guy that knocked Shawne Merriman out in his prime, knocked him on his back. This guy plays with unbelievable fire and (shoot) he's hard to tackle. Like we say, he's like tackling a chainsaw. He is. He's a load and he's got that stuff arm going for him and he's lightning quick. This guy has got all of our respect, he's got our attention. I know we think they're upset with the way the game went last year, so who gives a (crap). We're (mad) too, so we are ready to win. We can't wait."

(On if he noticed that Jacksonville's losses have been by large margins)- "Yes, I did. I noticed that their backup was playing quarterback quite a bit when they were losing. I hope (David) Garrard doesn't play well. We have got to do some things to make sure that he doesn't play well. They are a fine football team. They beat the Indianapolis Colts and the guys that these guys have beat, they're pretty (darn) good."

(On how difficult it is to play well on a consistent basis)- "I think our team is playing well. I think especially with an Eric Mangini-coached team, you get consistency. It's just part of our package, it's part of how we work as a staff, it's a part of how we are as a team and players, we are consistent. You can see our team consistently getting better. I know we didn't win last week, but usually when you put up good consistent efforts, especially later in the year when people get hurt and things like that, you tend to win. That's what's going to happen around here."

(On if he is using last year's 4-0 finish amidst injuries as a reference point for this season)- "That's a great point there. I think all of our guys right now are focused, they're all workers, they're all good guys. If somebody goes down with something, you have to step up and it's not that we're not going to miss our players. Scott Fujita, in my opinion, was a Pro Bowl player this year for sure. You take him out, he does all of our communication and he's in charge of everything. Without him, guys step up. We're so fortunate to have such smart guys. We have Chris Gocong, we have Eric Barton, these guys are just like Scott in that they're very intelligent, they have the respect of their teammates and we are just going to keep moving forward. Do you miss a Scott Fujita? (Heck) yes, but again we are going to be okay. We've got several linebackers on this roster as all of you guys know, and they'll all play."

(On if not putting Fujita on injured reserve is to have him available for a possible race down the stretch)- "If it was up to me, (heck) yes, but I don't know. Maybe that is the case, I'm not sure. I just know when he's not there, I can't coach him, so we just kind of figure that out. I'm sure that is part of the plan. We're here to win and that's what we're going to do."

(On what it means to say that an Eric Mangini-coached team is going to be consistent)- "Because he doesn't flinch. When all of the (stuff) is going bad and all of that around him, the same stoic figure that's in front of you, that sucker is there and he's consistent. He's going to demand it to be run his way, which we've won Super Bowls doing it his way and our way, the Cleveland Brown way. That's how you win, you have to demand things, you have to be set in your ways and you have to see it through. Our start, obviously again this year, wasn't exactly what we had planned. Not me anyway. You go through a lot of crap, but as long as you stay in front and you do your job and you lead that way, all of the people follow and then you get great efforts."

(On if he coaches any differently with some key players in the secondary potentially being out Sunday)- "You have to be smart with doing things that your players can do. We were fortunate, we picked up a kid in this Eric King who looks great. He's working his tail off studying. If the young man is active, we will use him. No one plays them off of the street like we do, faster. We'll be fine. He's going to be okay and we're happy we got him."

(On how Joe Haden did in extended playing time last Sunday)- "I think he played like 120 plays or something with special teams and everything. Thank God the guy is young and tough. He played really well. He's clearly one of our best players, he gets better every week. His technique has improved night and day from when we got him, and that's a credit to Jerome Henderson who, as we all know, is the best secondary coach in football. I think he's better than Dennis Thurman, who is great. He's made something out of this kid who is a credit to him and T.J. (Ward). They come in on their day off, these are two young guys on their day off, I know it's Cleveland (joking). They come in and they are in there working and that's for two hours. Two hours and we give them a candy bar and put them on their way, that's what they do, right next door to us when we're game planning. I'm really proud of those guys and the effort and the work ethic and everything. You just see it on the field. Those two guys are great draft picks, great for us on defense here and the city of Cleveland."

(On if Haden is getting closer to starting)- "Joe could start any day. We are just going to line him up and play him. Whether he starts or gets his name called when they announce it that's another thing. Is the guy good enough to start? (Heck) yes. He's good enough to start for any team in the league, including ours."

(On if Haden did the right thing by intercepting the pass in overtime)- "Yes. With Joe's ability to return the ball, I would have told him to run that (dang) thing back for a touchdown. I think we saw some of that against Pittsburgh. If he just gets a block or two, he's going to score on that one. I don't see how you could say to just knock it down, that didn't work out for Houston last week when it went for a touchdown."

(On what Haden should do in that situation)- "Just catch it and run. It's our chance on defense. You never tell a guy to knock it down, except that's what everybody says at the end of the game and then you see what happens. I like the way Mike Holmgren said it, ‘If there's no one around you, catch the thing.' Catch it and then if there is a crowd, then you spike it. That would be an awful way to lose the game. I know hard ways to lose games, that was a hard one last week too."

(On handling Shaun Rogers' health)- "He's had a tough year. This has been a year that he's had injuries all year, he's injured again. You've got to be smart. Here's a veteran he's a very smart guy, he's tough. I don't know if he's going to get any smarter or tougher by getting him out there every minute of the day. He's getting banged on three guys at a time. We are smart with him. Bryan Cox keeps him out of all the stuff most of the time but it's taking it's taking its toll on him that's for sure. Man does he make a difference when he's in there going hard."

(On how Rogers has been playing the past couple games)- "Great, he's been playing excellent. He hit this kid last week and almost killed him but he stayed in the game. I think when Shaun Rogers tackles you, someone gets hurt. That's nothing against the rules, he just hits them hard. You see him, he's gigantic."

(On how Rogers was hard on himself for not wrapping up Sanchez and if he deserved to be hard on himself)- "No, he had to get through three guys to get there. This guy's unbelievable when he's going. I know he was very upset after last game, I think all of us were. I know all of us were. The guys on defense, again I can just speak for them because that's who I'm in charge of, they're playing as hard as they can. They are playing as hard and as smart as they can. We should have won that game. We didn't play well in short yardage and it cost us the game. They had 99 plays because we couldn't get off the (darn) field. It's short yardage and that's usually one of our strengths and it was frustrating because we're better than that. There was a little alignment issue that we struggled with and we had about three or four different players in those spots because guys kept getting banged up and it was exposed. You have to clean that up. Like I say, every play in the NFL matters. It's not like Avon Lake playing some place, it's us playing against the best. When you're playing a very well coached team it matters."

(On if teams will cover Rogers with three players)- "Yes, probably. It's unbelievable the attention he draws but I don't blame teams for doing it. It's just how you do great players. You've got to show them respect and take care of them. Just like Santonio Holmes, we had him doubled most of the game. These guys are great players and they're special players. When Shaun's healthy and going, he's definitely a special player."

(On how Ahtyba Rubin doesn't seem like a typical nose tackle by making plays downfield)- "No, he's in a class by himself. There's nobody that plays the way Rubin plays. Nobody in the league plays defensive tackle the way he does. In fact, the young man came up I told him a technique I wanted him to use in short yardage and he came up to me and was like, ‘Well, Rob how am I going to get to the guy with the ball?' and I'm like, ‘You know what Rub, do exactly what you do,' because I've had guys that can't move, that stand there and don't do anything and it pisses you off watching them. This guy's phenomenal. This guy gives more effort, he's tough as (heck), you can't run on him. Now that center last week, him and Rubin are going to battle for years. That (darn) center was a player last week. I think he's in a class by himself that (Nick) Mangold. I don't care, compare him to anybody. That guy's (darn) good. This (Brad) Meester's been around a long time he's going to get his (butt) kicked by our guy and that's the way it is."

(On what his conversation was like after last week's game with his brother Rex)- "He's got his team going, they're playing well. He's good, he knows he stole one out here but you've got to credit their team playing their (butt) off. I've never seen a kid pull a muscle completely and dive for the ball like (Jerricho) Cotchery did. It took special efforts on their part as well to win that game. He loves his team and I love my team."

(On how their dad was a neutral observer not wearing either of the teams' colors)- "Yes, it pissed me off but it that's a whole other thing. That's why he's not invited to our house on Thanksgiving, the (heck) with that (joking)."

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Transcript: Eric Mangini, 11/19
Barry McBride on November 19th, 2010 AT 2:14 PM

(Opening statement)- “Good morning. We’re on our normal progression here, no real big shifts in terms of the preparation, looking to finish out the week strong.  In terms of the guys not participating, Mike Adams won’t be out there, Josh (Cribbs) won’t be out there and Scott (Fujita) but Floyd (Womack), Eric (Steinbach) and Sheldon (Brown) should all work in some capacity here today.”

(On if it is not looking good for Cribbs to play on Sunday)- “We’ll see tomorrow morning.  We like to push it as long as we can just to see if he feels a little better tomorrow morning and then we’ll decide at that point.”

(On what Cribbs has been able to do)- “Some mild stuff, rehab stuff.  Joe (Sheehan) always puts together his progression so he’s doing that.  Really another 24 hours, things progress. It happened with Eric, Floyd and Sheldon. Each day they’ve gotten a little bit better which is what you hope for and as they do you just go to the next stage which in their case is getting some reps today.”

(On if they need work the other backs in more to give Peyton Hillis a break like Jacksonville does with Maurice Jones-Drew)- “You’d like to be able to work the other guys in to some degree, but it’s got to make sense in terms of what you’re doing and the situation in the game.  Every team really does it differently.  We’ve had some teams where it was just package specific, some teams where guys were going to get a certain amount of reps at some point in the game and then some teams where there’s a featured guy and that’s who you’ve got down in and down out.  I’d say every approach is a little bit different and sometimes the game dictates it base on how many carries they’ve had, if it’s a very low number or what the frequency is with what you run the ball.”

(On if it is a concern that they haven’t had anyone able to spell Hillis and be productive)-“The flip side of that is Hillis is so productive when he’s in there. If it’s comparative production you’re looking, 4.8 yards per carry with Peyton so you got to be able to weigh the pros and cons.”

(On what Thomas Clayton has shown in previous weeks to get the chance he got last week)-“He just continues to get more comfortable in the offense.  I like his work ethic. He’s developed some on special teams which is really important.  He and I were talking a little bit the other day and he’s friendly with Sammy Morris and that’s a really good guy for him to look at.  We were just talking about the role of the backup running back and how carrying the ball and working on offense is one component of it but you really want that guy to give you meaningful snaps on special teams.  There’s been some outstanding running backs overtime who have really done great things for their team, not just carrying the ball but also in those other areas.  We just recently had that conversation and he gets that and he’s trying to continue to develop that role.  That would really help us in a lot of ways.  As much as those twos and threes can do in other areas as opposed to just being a backup at that position, it’s huge.  You able to shift the load especially on teams around and keep those guys in a real attack mode the whole game.”

(On how the loss of Aaron Kampman hurts the Jaguars’ defense)- “He is a good player who was playing well. I’m not sure what his role was in terms of the leadership and things like that.  Those things you can’t weigh from the outside looking in but he had done a lot of good things in their four man rushes and where they weren’t pressuring and he could generate some pressure.  Now the young guys that they’ve had step in, I think they’ve done a good job and now it’s their opportunity to show more of what they can do.”

(On if he is concerned about the corner depth with Mike Adams not practicing and Sheldon Brown just coming back and if Jacksonville can exploit that by running four wide)- “They’ll split Marcedes Lewis out in 11 personnel where they have three wide receivers and then split him out so it forms kind of a four wide receiver set.  Other guys just have to step in and be able to help out.  I think that Eric (King) has done a nice job here for being signed.  The extra work he has done with Jerome (Henderson), being thrust in.  He got a lot of work his first day because Sheldon and Mike were both out.  I’m sure more than he expected but that’s good though.  That’s actually really good because if he does have to go in and play any type of extended amount of time, he’s gotten quite a bit of work here this week.  He’s also a guy that is bright, he’s played in different systems so he’s able to associate, ‘Okay, I played this concept before it was called this,’ and that’s different than getting a young guy and having to teach him a new concept that he has to learn.  That’s a positive and I’ve like his movement and competitiveness that I’ve seen so far.”

(On if King is more of a slot or wide player)- “He’s played both in both stops that he was at.  I think he could do either.  We’ve worked him some at both just because of the numbers.”

(On how Adams got hurt)- “I don’t know if he even knows the exact play that it was on but sometimes those things happen and you don’t even really feel them until later on.  You don’t know the exact moment of it really.”

(On if Adams is going to be able to play on Sunday)- “I’m optimistic with him but again it’s each day.  Some guys really jump in a day, some guys it’s exactly where it is so you just wait and you’re hopeful that they’re going to make that jump in 24 hours.”

(On if Seneca Wallace can do some of Cribbs’ packages like the Wildcat)- “Yes, there’s potential and we’ve worked him some there.  We did some of that in training camp since he’s been here.  There is some potential to do some work like that with him.  It’s one of those things though, he’s still coming back from the injury and Jake’s (Delhomme) still coming back from the injury. It’s hard without three true healthy guys to do a lot of stuff with him and Jake right now.”

(On how Brian Daboll has grown as an offensive coordinator)- “I think he’s made huge strides since I’ve been back with him.  The thing you have to understand about Brian is he does an amazing job in terms of taking information, this is even when he was helping me in New England way back, the things that he learns he takes ridiculous notes.  He’s got notes from 2000 meetings, he can go back and reference and somehow he knows how to find them.  We’ll be joking about some meeting and he’ll have the notes from the meeting and have the exact quotes and he takes that and studies it and he learns it and he just keeps building his knowledge base.  I think he’s impressive that way.  Now moving to quarterback coach in New York that was a new position for him but he worked with Brian Schottenheimer who had been a quarterback coach, learned a ton of information from him.  Then moving to offensive coordinator, same thing totally new position. It’s hard.  It’s radically different being a position coach than a coordinator, running the meeting, being responsible for all of the things that go into the game planning, calling the plays in the game.  It’s like anything else after you do it and get experience it becomes easier, things flow a lot better.  His ability to look back on experiences and learn from it I think is outstanding.  He’ll continue to get better with experience and his depth of knowledge both offensively and defensively because he really understands defenses from his work on the defensive side, that’s always going to help him in that role.”

(On if Daboll is more confident as a play caller than he was last year)- “We’ve all been through it.  The first time you wrote a story I’m sure you submitted that thing and thought, ‘Woo what’s this going to be like,’ but now do you still do it? [Yes]  There’s that element but that’s what keeps you sharp, you want to have a healthy dose of fear but it’s a lot easier to do those things because you’ve got the experience, you know what works for you, things make more sense that you had to work through when you didn’t have the experience.  The more experience you have, the easier it gets to adjust and those situations are always stressful.  You’ve got to make a ton of really important decisions in a 40 second time frame which includes choosing the personnel, getting the play call, getting it to the quarterback in time so he can get up, if there’s a check in the call, you have to give him more time, so there’s all those components to it.”

(On if his communication with Daboll changes in crucial situations like late in the game last Sunday)- “We are talking through it on the sideline because you know where the ball is after the interception.  I can’t remember if we went to a TV timeout at that point, but there is discussion.  ‘Okay, what do you like here?  Why do you like it?’  You talk through it.  ‘Do you want to run it here?  This is the run that I’m thinking of.  This is that pass that I’m thinking of. This is why I like the pass.’  It’s back and forth.  It’s the same thing with Brad (Seely) when we were talking about the surprise onside kick.  ‘Hey, I really like it here,’ and we had talked about that the night before, when we wanted to do it, what we liked about it and I knew going into the game that is was going to have to be the opening kickoff or right after the first score.  That’s when we wanted to do it when we had the best chance and then we scored the field goal.  Brad said, ‘I think we have got a shot here,’ and you green light it.”

(On how much time there was to discuss options before their last possession in overtime last Sunday)- “I can’t remember whether there was a TV timeout or not in that deal.  The interception happened and there’s some time there.  Maybe two or three minutes.  I don’t remember the actual time, but maybe a couple minutes and we were just kind of sorting through it.”

(On how much of the offense is affected if Cribbs does not play)- “Wow, that’s a great question Mary Kay (Cabot) because the percentage that he actually plays sometimes depends on how well it works.  If you get the Wildcat 15 times in a game, it may not have been 15 percent of the game or whatever percentage that works out to.  It’s just because it was working, you stay with it.  I’d say maybe 10 percent, something like that.”

(On if that’s counting other offensive plays besides the Wildcat)- “Yes, the other value with Josh is that maybe it’s 10 percent designed for him because he’s in another 40-50 percent of the plays.  Which 10 percent of those 50 percent of the plays are the ones for him?  So it’s that uncertainty too.”

(On if he is confident in Marcus Benard to use him in first down and running situations)-“Yes, I don’t have any concern or apprehension about using him there.  Marcus and I talk quite a bit and when we do talk, the important thing for me in talking to him is, ‘Okay, here’s one component of what you do, but that’s just one component of it.  Each day, you have got to get better to make yourself a complete linebacker.’  I want him to be a four down linebacker, which means also playing well on special teams and not get pigeonholed as one type of guy.  He can do it and the jump that he made from last year to this year, in terms of knowledge of the system and being comfortable with himself, being comfortable in the NFL, so many different areas, it’s remarkable.  I think a year from now he will be that much better of a player, and I don’t necessarily mean sack numbers or anything like that, I mean just as a complete football player and really a lot more comfortable as an every down guy.”

(On if he engages in hunting or any activities like some of the players do)- “No.  I went fishing, I’ve gone twice in Cape Cod.  They have this kids fishing trip that you can go on.  They must load up this area because every time you put your line in, you catch a fish.  The first year, it was just me and Jake and Luke.  We were killing it and this year, it was really bumpy going out and both kids got sick.  I think our fishing days are over because we were about 10 minutes into it and they were like, ‘Can we go?’  I’m like, ‘No, we are on a boat.  Where are we going to go?  Just relax and have a lollipop.  It will all be over soon.’  That’s my outdoorsy (experience).”

(On Hillis saying he chases wild boars)- “I like to chase steaks on a plate.  I’ve caught a lot in my day, I’ve gotten some good ones (joking).  I appreciate it, I get it, but I kind of like it from the supermarket or the restaurant.”

(On quarterbacks having success in their first few games and then fading out, like Eric Zeier in Cleveland when Mangini was here previously)- “Was that against Cincinnati where it went into overtime?  Weren’t we up by like 10 points or 14 points with 1:30 left and they scored?  That was miserable.  I’m glad we won, but talk about miserable.  It’s unfair to put someone under pressure like that.  I’d much rather look at it as seeing his growth and being able to give him more each week.  At some point, he’s going to deal with adversity, a bad game, all of those different components that guys go through as quarterbacks.  You want to see how he responds, what happens and it’s just kind of the progression of things.  I’m excited about what he’s done, I really am.  I’m pleased about what he’s done, but there’s no need to put that added pressure on him, in terms of what’s going to happen in years to come.  Really what I want him to do is this week, keep growing and the future will take care of itself.”

(On what Brian Robiskie needs to do to be more productive)- “He continues to work at it and I don’t think there’s one specific skill set right now Mary Kay (Cabot) that we’re focusing on.  I think he can continue to get better at the line of scrimmage, that’s an important part of it.  I think he does continue to grow and really Mohamed (Massaquoi) continues.  I know the numbers haven’t been big numbers, but it’s not like you go through at the end of the game and you think, ‘Wow he played really poorly.’  I haven’t felt that way at all.  Sometimes the numbers aren’t there and you want them to be better than they are.  Looking at Mike Sims-Walker, he’s just a great example of what some time does for guys.  I don’t know what his exact numbers were, what was it like 16 catches in the first two years?  That sometimes happens and then he’s an 80-90 catch guy, a really impressive guy.  You look at those first two years and you think, ‘Hey, this isn’t what we thought it would be.’  Give him some time and suddenly it hits.”

(On if Brian Daboll has a couple plays in mind before he calls the next one)- “Yes and things are typically broken down into,  ‘Okay, these are third and short plays and these are third and one to six, these are third and seven-plus, these are our two minute plays, these are got to have it plays in critical situations, here’s our two point play,’ and then there are also general-type things.  It could be by personnel group, it could be formation, red area, so you have things segmented in thoughts and you practice those plays based on where you anticipate calling them.  In the game, you also give yourself the flexibility to say, ‘I liked that.  It’s not really hitting like we thought, I want to transition to this.’  So it is a really well thought out, broken down plan and then with the built-in flexibility to pull some other things from different parts of the menu and then place them where you need to be.”

(On if he had discussions about potentially going for two before the touchdown at the end of regulation last Sunday)- “You talk about two point plays during the week, the night before and as we are driving down, you are thinking through, ‘Okay, one or two, plusses and minuses,’ and you’re just thinking about the last defensive drives, how much time is actually going to be on the clock.  I think there were 48 seconds on the clock, so all of those things go into it.  You look at it and say, ‘Okay, here’s all the information and here’s how we feel.  What do we want to do?’”


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Mangini: Floyd Womack, Eric Steinbach and Sheldon Brown will practice “in some capacity” today.

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Mangini: Mike Adams, Josh Cribbs and, of course, Scott Fujita will not practice today. Decision on Cribbs’ Sunday plans tomorrow morning.

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