OBR Daily Blog 12/1

December has arrived and with it a non-stop rain. Animals are gathering in pairs.

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Cleveland’s New Sports King?
Barry McBride on December 1st, 2010 AT 9:55 PM

Great article from fellow Clevelander Geoff LaTulippe on ESPN’s Page 2 where he looks at who is Cleveland new sports hero now that LeBron James has gone in the, um, other direction. Some really good candidates there wearing Orange and Brown.

Cleveland’s a football town. It’s just right that our heroes wear shoulder pads.

LeBron James returns to Cleveland on Thursday, so Page 2 wonders who replaces him as sports king of Cleveland.

Browns Awarded Sabby Piscitelli
Dave Kolonich on December 1st, 2010 AT 9:49 PM

Browns Awarded Sabby Piscitelli

The Browns and Bucs have essentially swapped safeties in the past day, as rookie Larry Asante was signed by the Bucs yesterday.  Today, the Browns were awarded Sabby Piscitelli.

Piscitelli was waived by the Bucs after a poor performance last week against the Ravens. 

Or, as the National Football Post puts it:

He started last season, but struggled with his tackling and was released this week after being beaten for a 65-yard touchdown reception by Baltimore Ravens tight end Todd Heap.

Not exactly the most ringing of endorsements, considering the Browns' lingering tackling issues on defense.  However, in a nod to last year's scrap heap pickups, which included Matt Roth and Evan Moore, perhaps this move could help the Browns down the stretch.

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Browns-Dolphins Injury Report, Dec. 1
Don Delco on December 1st, 2010 AT 4:43 PM


Did Not Participate in Practice
LB Eric Barton, shoulder
WR Josh Cribbs, foot
LB Scott Fujita, knee
QB Colt McCoy, ankle
DL Shaun Rogers, ankle
RB Lawrence Vickers, RB
DB T.J. Ward, thigh
DB Eric Wright, knee

Limited Participation in Practice
DL Kenyon Coleman, knee
OL Floyd Womack, knee


Did Not Participate in Practice
LB Channing Crowder, knee

Limited Participation in Practice
LB Karlos Dansby, toe
WR Brandon Marshall, hamstring

Browns Player Quotes, Dec. 1
Don Delco on December 1st, 2010 AT 4:39 PM

QB Jake Delhomme

(On what he took away from last Sunday's game)- "I think the biggest thing is you look at the things you did wrong, then you look at the things you did right. The greatest thing was that we got a win, that's what this game is about is to be victorious on Sundays. We did a lot of good things offensively with Peyton (Hillis) and the line running well. Some of the young kids were really making some big catches on the receiving ends. And to improve on the mistakes, where can we get better in running the offense? Certainly, I think you have to be very critical of yourself, that's how everybody should be. I know I was very critical of myself in a lot of areas. You look to improve and you try to get better."

(On spreading the ball around to different receivers last Sunday)- "I think Coach (Brian) Daboll called some good plays and we just tried to spread the ball around as much as possible. I think the biggest thing is you try to take what the defense gives you, and we were able to do that. Brian (Robiskie) did have a very good game, especially the last drive making some big catches like he did on some slant routes and then again, he had an in route on a third down in the second quarter. He did have a good game along with certainly Mohamed (Massaquoi). Chansi (Stuckey) didn't get as many opportunities, but when he did on the quick screen he took advantage of it."

(On the fast pace on offense last Sunday)- "That's kind of what we've tried to do all spring and summer and whatnot. We tried to do it a little bit in Tampa early on, and it worked, then we kind of hit a little lull in the second half. Then again, we hit a little lull in the second half (against Carolina), then we tried to get back to it a little bit. When you can play like that, you cause the defense to make a bunch of different checks and guys can play fast. You always want to attack, I think that's always a good thing."

(On if he thinks there is too much made of interceptions sometimes)- "As a quarterback, I think it would be easy for me to say absolutely, but they are what they are. It's a critical mistake when you turn the ball over and things like that, but then on the flip side of it, to me, if you're ‘Charlie Checkdown' your stats are going to look great at the end of the game but those 13 points, I don't know how many wins you are going to get with that. You know what I mean? In being critical of myself last week, I wish I wouldn't have forced the pass to the flat late outside. Naturally, you wish you would have had that back. That wasn't a smart decision."

(On having a tough season last year)- "Last year, we did a lot of different things and for one reason or another, things were a little different than they were in the past in Carolina, I will say that. I think you want to limit the self-inflicted wounds as much as possible, try to play smart football, but then again, when a play is called and something is there, you're going to go after it."

(On the risk involved of making turnovers on a given play)- "There's always a risk any time you drop back, it depends on how you look at it. You need to be smart and I trust my receivers to make a play, I think they know that. I think that gives them confidence. That's why they are here."

(On if his interceptions are a result of him trying to force something or the defense making a good play)- "There were two on Sunday and I would say one would be me trying to force it and the other one, like I told Jon Beason after the game, ‘I don't know how you went to that.' He just kind of chuckled and laughed at me and said, ‘Yes, I just kind of got that one.' It is what it is."

(On if he has played Miami much in his career)- "I think we played them, gosh, '05? I want to say we played Miami. Then last year we played them on a short week. We played them on a Thursday night, we played them on a short week and we had a reshuffled line when Jordan Gross had broken his leg on a Sunday. Only twice."

(On how quickly he can put a bad game out of his mind)- "You never do. You have to have amnesia and go on, but you always remember. I have got plays from college I still remember. To me, that's how you learn, that's how you grow. That's what I believe."

(On Miami's defense)- "Very big, strong, physical. Very good corners, they play a lot of people and they give you multiple looks. Coach (Mike) Nolan does a great job. A big 3-4 team, similar to Baltimore-type of football team. Certainly they are playing well right now defensively, especially after last week's game. Oakland was averaging well over 100 yards a game and they held them to what, 22 or something like that? They're playing well, we have a tough task."

(On Cameron Wake)- "When he's in his four down looks in their sub package, he gets down in a sprinter's stance like he's running the 100 meter dash and he comes popping out of there. He's a very good football player, but they have a ton of big, physical football players."

(On if he still has rust to shake off)- "I needed a full game. You're watching film on Monday and I know for someone like myself, you can just see, I think physically, you get a little tired. You can practice all you want and things, but you're not making those throws in all of the awkward positions in practice like you do in a game. I think you have to watch with a critical eye of yourself. I know Monday, that's what I did. I could tell I was a little sloppy in the second half on certain things. Some of the screen footwork, just sloppy and that's something that you chart down and know you need to work on this week."

(On fans being divided over their choice of who the quarterback should be having seen all three of them play this year and where he stands)- "Who knows? I'm playing, so probably not good (joking). I think I said it last week, I don't think I'm the dumbest guy in the world. I know where the future is with the Browns. I think a lot of us have seen in. I came here as a 35 year old knowing that I'm probably not going to be here for 10 years. I've enjoyed every minute that I've been here, I can honestly say that. Certainly, the injury has been disappointing, but I've enjoyed it and it's fun. We are trying to get it turned around and we are starting to move in the direction."

(On if he is healthy)- "I'm just like everybody else in the National Football League, we are all ready to play on Sunday."

(On what he takes away from the final series on offense last Sunday where he completed all five of his pass attempts leading a game-winning drive)- "That was nice. I think the biggest thing was nobody got rattled because we started off so fast and had an unfortunate turnover inside the five that maybe could have put the game a little further away. Give them credit, they came back, but we answered. I think that's a good thing. Guys answered, a bunch of guys made different plays on that drive, be it running and throwing and certainly a great hold and kick by Phil (Dawson). It's always nice to get a win and to come back and win in the NFL is always nice."

(On talking to Coach Mangini about his interception for a touchdown)- "I apologized to him right after the game because I felt we shouldn't have been in that situation and I probably forced it a little too much. To me, I'm not a big ‘sweep it under the rug' guy. I don't think you sweep things under the rug. You address them, you face them and you work to improve them."

(On if Coach Mangini said anything to him that he didn't know about that play)- "No, not at all. When I let it go, I was like, ‘Oh gosh, I don't think that was a good one.' I'm hard enough on myself."

(On if he avoids coaches on the sidelines after a play like that)- "No, you take your medicine, you did it. That's the thing, you did it and you get ready to go back out there."

(On if it's tougher on Mondays watching film of passes like that)- "Not after a win, no. Yes, you can be very critical, but there's winning and there's misery. There's no in between in this league and I always said, I did enjoy the wins at the end in Carolina my last couple of years and I enjoy them now."

(On if the mistakes are pointed out in front of the whole team)- "I think we have a certain way we do here and I think everybody is held accountable, which I think is the right way. When everybody is held accountable, guys don't think they are being picked on. This is the NFL, we have to be big boys."

(On how he thinks the quarterback situation with Colt McCoy is going to play out in the future)- "I worry about this week. I'll be 36 in a month. I worry about this week, I promise you."

DB Abram Elam

(On if he is excited to play in Miami this Sunday being from Florida)- "I'm excited to get the chance to go play in front of a bunch of friends and family. Going against the hometown team, who everybody roots for, it's definitely exciting to get a chance to go back."

(On how much of a role Bill Parcells had in helping him get his career started)- "Bill Parcells opened the door for me. In my time in Dallas, he was the one that got me my start and has always been a supporter of mine. I'm just thankful for somebody like that being in my corner."

(On if he is doing anything differently to lead to big plays in each of the last two games)- "I'm just doing my job, going out and trying to be consistent, trying to help this team and doing what's asked of me. Nothing has changed, my preparation hasn't changed, the way I go about the game hasn't changed. It's just that things are starting to happen for me."

(On Coach Mangini saying that he hopes he hasn't reached his big play limit and if there are more to come)- "I'm not surprised, I've done this before. Being my time in New York, I was able to make big plays. Now, it's starting to come back around. You just have to be consistent and you just have got to have faith in yourself and believe and continue to work and it will continue to evolve."

DB Joe Haden

(On if it feels good to make interceptions and big plays having only started two games)- "I just know when I am out there, I always try to look for opportunities for interceptions. I feel like I am getting a whole lot more comfortable with the game, it's starting to get a whole lot slower and I just feel a lot more comfortable. That makes me feel like I can make a lot more plays."

(On Coach Mangini saying that he is earning more playing time)- "It's positive, definitely. You try to get your coaches' approval at all times. One thing I try to do too is, not just in games but in practice, I try to prove that's it's not just going to be a one practice or two practice thing. I just try to go out there and play my best every practice and that makes my case stronger."

(On if he does not want to relinquish a starting role)- "It's whatever the coaches do honestly. If when E-Wright gets back, they put him right back in there, it's all good. I'm going to go right back to my normal position. I'm just going to keep doing what I have got to do and keep practicing hard and whatever happens, happens."

LB Matt Roth

(On going against his former team this Sunday)- "I'm treating it like a normal game week, going in there and concentrating on the task at hand."

(On if it is possible for him to treat it as just another game having formerly played there)- "Obviously going back home, that's where I lived for five years, and I have got some teammates that are still on the team. Obviously, I want to win, but the reality is I have got to treat it like a normal game week and get ready for the task at hand."

(On if he got any clarity on why he was released by Miami last season)- "No, I got clarity with myself. I'm a Cleveland Browns and that's what I am right now. I enjoy being a Cleveland Brown and I hope to be a Cleveland Brown in the future. That's the reality. I don't sit and dwell on the past, I just have to keep moving forward and that's what I have been doing."

(On if it was the head coach or the general manager that decided to let him go in Miami)- "I don't know. As far as I know, the trainer let me go, so I don't know who it was (joking). It doesn't really matter, like I said I am happy to be a Cleveland Brown."

(On if there will be any extra incentive for him playing on Sunday against his former team)- "Obviously, I want to beat them. I'm not going to sit here and lie to you. As far as emotions and letting them get the better half of me, not at all. I'm going to treat it like a normal game week."

(On if he has been battling an illness lately and if it has affected him)- "Yes, I just got a virus probably like half of the general population. Unfortunately, you don't get days off. You have got to keep battling and you have got to come in and work. I feel better."

(On how long he was feeling under the weather)- "It was like a couple of weeks, but it was just a virus."

(On the injury situation leading to his release in Miami)- "The reality of it was I had two groin surgeries in two years. I just wasn't ready. I went into camp and it just wasn't ready. I can't tell you the management side of things, but that was the reality of it and unfortunately, I was let go. The best thing that happened to me was to come here and be a Brown."

(On if it bothered him that what was wrong with him wasn't disclosed publicly)- "No, it didn't matter to me. Sometimes as an athlete, you can't say things to the media. It didn't really make a big deal to me. I just knew I had to keep doing what I was doing."

(On if he is a better player now than he was when he got here last year)- "I hope so. I hope you get better, but I believe so. I believe fitting into the scheme of things and learning more of the playbook, that I'm evolving as a player."

(On if teams scheme away from him at all)- "Yes, I know a lot of those times in the run game, they'll run away. That's just the reality of it. I've been doing a good job, but they will run to you sometimes."

(On if Miami will run away from his side on Sunday)- "I hope not."

(On what they are going to do against Miami's running game)- "I hope we stop them."

(On if he saw their Wildcat offense a lot in practice)- "Yes, we worked on it every week. With the Wildcat, a lot of people think it's the scheme. What makes it go is their blockers, Ricky (Williams) and Ronnie (Brown)."

(On why Miami isn't using the Wildcat as much anymore)- "I don't know, I'm no longer there. If I was there, I'd be able to tell you. I know they'll have it up for the game, they do every week."

(On if they will know what they are going to get with Williams and Brown on Sunday)- "It's the same every week, you really don't know what you are going to get until you play the game. You can practice for things, but no one really knows until you get in the game. It's not going to be any different than any other game."

(On if Miami's offensive coordinator Danny Henning brings more surprises to a game than normal)- "I wouldn't say surprises. Does it jump off? No. I would say that there are a lot of surprises in every game"

(On if he became a Heat fan while living in Miami "A Miami Heat fan? I don't watch basketball. I respect them as players, but I don't really watch basketball."

(On if the defense was lacking intensity last week)- "I don't know. I think when we had to make plays, we did. I think we've been playing really good as a defense and we hold ourselves to a high expectation and we might have fell flat of that."

3:06 PM

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Transcript: Eric Mangini, 12/1
Barry McBride on December 1st, 2010 AT 2:19 PM

(Opening statement)- “Good morning everybody.  A couple of updates just with injuries, guys that will miss today, (Scott) Fujita will be out, Colt (McCoy) will be out, T.J. Ward, (Lawrence) Vickers, (Eric) Barton, Eric Wright and (Joshua) Cribbs is another one.  We expect to get a decent number of those guys back here tomorrow.  I think Eric Wright has a chance of being back tomorrow as well which is a good thing.  Colt’s moving along but we’ll see how it goes through the week.  I think that’s everybody for today.

“In terms of Miami, I like the way this team’s built. They’re big, they’re physical, they’re tough, they play with a lot of intensity.  You can see how strong of an influence Bill (Parcells) had on that team and when you look at them they’re second in fewest penalties and they’re first in fewest penalty yards so they’re disciplined.  All things which are going to present challenges.  Defensively, this is another team that generates negative plays, negative runs, second in the NFL in that and they are top 10 in 15 different defensive categories.  I think they create a lot of problems, they play well together, they’re physical up front against the running game.  There’s different pressures, different types of pressures similar to what we saw when we played Denver last year so we’ll have to deal with that.  Cameron Wake has really done a nice job in terms of generating pressure so there’s quite a few things we’re getting ready for in that front.  Then their offense, I really have always been a big fan of Dan Henning, worked with him in New York, got to know him well.  He’s very creative. We saw how the Wildcat exploded on the scene and each game the way that he develops ways to attack you in the running game.  They have the two good backs with Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams but the way they scheme it up I think is always very creative.  I remember playing against him in the Super Bowl and some of the things he did there that caused problems.  Not only do they have a big offensive line every guy averages over 315, tight ends are all over 250, the backs are over 230, fullbacks are over 240 so they’re big.  They’ve got two outstanding backs and I think the scheme is very good so we’re going to have to be really sound defensively to handle that.  In the passing game, Brandon Marshall, he had three seasons in a row with over 100 catches, he’s an elite guy.  I like Davone Bess a lot, the problems that he creates.  He’s their punt returner and he’s an excellent receiver and what makes him so dangerous as a receiver is not just what he does in terms of getting open, catching the ball but what he does in terms of running after the catch.  Brian Hartline’s a really good route runner, reliable hands, tough and Anthony Fasano’s a guy that I liked a lot coming out of college, I think he’s a complete tight end in terms of his ability to block and then his ability to get open in the passing game and then come down with some tough catches.  Chad Henne made a lot of tough throws, seen some of his development not as much as if we were playing them twice a year but I think he’s come a long way.  On special teams with Nolan Carroll and Davone Bess two explosive guys, Patrick Cobbs works a little bit on kickoff return, he’s done some good things.  He flashes a little bit on offense as well.  It’s a lot of stuff to get ready for, big, physical, tough, disciplined team and looking forward to it.”

(On if Colt McCoy is an option this week)- “I think we’re closer. I couldn’t tell you right now, but I do think from where we were last week to where we are now, he’s made a pretty good jump.”

(On if he has decided yet who is starting at quarterback)- “Jake (Delhomme) will get the bulk of the reps today.  Seneca (Wallace) will work in as well but Jake will get the bulk of the reps.”

(On if Jordan Norwood returns kicks and punts)- “He has in the past, in college he has done some of that work.  It’s a pretty big jump so he’ll work there for us and we’ll see how it goes, but he has done that, yes.”

(On why they moved Norwood to the active roster)- “We really made that move for a couple reasons.  I really like Jordan a lot and I really respect Jordan a lot.  He’s done nothing but work extremely hard because when he was on the practice squad, and he’ll do it now, he worked on offense, he also worked on defense and every week he just keeps catching balls.  He just keeps showing up and we had moved closer to the decision over the last couple of weeks and finally decided to move forward with it.  It’s really a tribute to him.  Great kid, and he just keeps showing up so we wanted to have the option now to bring him to the game if we wanted to do that based on the work that he’s done and also to reward him for the progress he’s made.”

(On if Delhomme deserve a mulligan for his game last week considering he hadn’t played in eight weeks)- “There were a ton of good plays there.  He moved the offense really well.  I thought the offense as a group, the communication, the way that everybody was on the same page, a lot of that comes from the quarterback and I thought he did a great job with that.  I thought the production out of Brian (Robiskie), Mohamed (Massaquoi), everybody really getting involved in the offense. I thought that was another good thing.  But those decisions and he and I have talked about it, those are the ones that you’d love to have a mulligan in the game but usually you don’t get that.  We have to avoid those things and that’s something that I’ve talked about in here and was a big part of the progress we made last year, avoiding those things towards the end of the season.  We’ve done a much better job with that this season, we can’t take those plays and sometimes the best throws are the ones that go into the stands.”

(On how he processes the final drive Delhomme had and what is says about him)- “He’s got really good poise and I think the guys that work with him have extreme confidence in him. There’s a sense when he gets in the huddle that we’re going to move the ball down the field and take the lead, and that’s exactly what he did.  I would have liked to have converted that third and one, kept the drive going, be able to eat up a little more of the clock but I thought it was an outstanding drive.  Carolina’s defense is good, it’s really good and it presents a lot of problems and it presented a lot of problems that we’ve had trouble with so those things combined, they way we operated last week is really what I’m looking for.  Being able to say, ‘Okay, here’s what they do,’ from a game plan specific perspective, ‘Here’s what we have to do,’ and then going to do it.  Which I didn’t think we did very well against Jacksonville so I was happy with that.  Jake, he’s outstanding in the huddle, he’s outstanding during the week, he helped drive that whole process so all those things are positives.”

(On what they need to do with their run defense)- “It starts with tackling, that’s the first thing.  We’ve got to wrap up more effectively.  Whether it’s the running game and the yards that they gained or the passing game, the big screen against Jacksonville that’s 65 yards in the passing game, that should never be that way.  The little play that went for was 32 on the broken play on the sideline where we missed the tackle there.  The play before that we had a chance to tackle them.  Those yards after the catch, those yards after contact that will go a long way to getting the average to what it should be.  To eliminating drives, to improving our third down conversion percentage, it’s consistently wrapping up.  It’s too hard to block tackle against backs in this league and when you get to the quality of the back increases the effectiveness of that style of tackling decreases dramatically.  You try to block tackle Ricky Williams, it’s not going to work.  Same thing with Ronnie Brown, he’s very patient in the back field. He’s got a great ability to navigate through traffic and nothings hurried.  It’s almost like when he’s reading the defense, it slows down for him and you’ve got to be sound.  You’ve got to be sound on the edge and you’ve got to be sound up front and this is a group that will commit to running and if they get it going, they’ll keep it going.  Not just the standard running plays, there’s going to be a bunch of different scheme runs that Dan (Henning) cooks up that make it harder and he makes it harder on teams each week.  Figure the game against New England when he busted out the Wildcat, I don’t know how many times they did it but they scored almost every time, and that was sort of a unique thing at that point but if it hits and it’s going to keep coming.  There’s usually a package of plays off of whatever the scheme is to attack you that week.”

(On if their Wildcat is similar to Miami’s)- “They’ve got quite a few variations of it.  I think there’s a lot of concepts where there’s carry over.  They’ve run Wildcat where they hand it off on a reverse and then he’s flipped it to Brandon Marshall and Brandon Marshall threw a pass.  He’s run Wildcat passes, Ricky Williams can get the ball, Davone Bess can get the ball, they’re pulling tackles to the right and running to the left, there’s a lot of stuff going on and each guy who has the ball is pretty good.”

(On how much of the Wildcat they are going to see)- “I think it’s like anything else, it hits you see another one, it hits you see another one, that’s typically how those things go.  If it doesn’t hit too well, you may turn the pages a little bit quicker come back to it, test the waters again.  It hits and it rolls.”

(On what the process is for Peyton Hillis getting out of games when he needs a play off)-“Sometimes he’ll alert us to it, sometimes we just sub in.  It’s a little bit of both, it’s not one standard way.  Mike Bell, I was happy to see his production last week with the carries that he had.”

(On if Cribbs will be back to practice tomorrow and if he will be doing more than he did last week)- “I hope so, that’s my anticipation.  I’m looking forward to getting Josh out there not just with kicks but also back involved in the offense, because he does change some of the things that we see.  He does present some of the problems that teams have to prepare for and to put him back in the Wildcat, that’s pretty good too.”

(On how Matt Roth is playing)- “He’s playing pretty well.  People know Matt Roth a lot better in this division now that he’s been here.  Some of the things with Matt too Tony (Grossi) is it’s not always him getting the sack but his pressure will lead to someone else getting the sack and then he’s had a bunch of hits on the quarterback and things like that and he’s been good in the running game.  I’ve been happy with what he’s done.  Everybody would love to have 10 sacks but very few people do.”

(On if Roth was one of the guys who had an off day setting the edge)- “It’s not one guy because there’s two edges and then sometimes what they’ll do too is they’ll come down and crack.  Which means they’ll come down and seal the outside linebacker and then the corner’s got to replace and set the edge so there’s a couple different components to it.  I thought he played kind of like the rest of the group.  There were some series that were really, really good and some series which weren’t as high as I expected it to be as we collectively defensively expect to play.  That’s kind of how it went.”

(On if Roth is a player he would like to keep for a long period of time)- “He’s played 90 plus percent of the plays, he creates problems, he’s a great tempo setter.  I really enjoy the guy. He’s good for the locker room. There’s a lot of things I really like about him.”

(On if Cribbs has been playing as well as he did last year)- “I think in some areas he’s playing better.  Really what happened is everyone decided, it was sort of a collective decision of, ‘We’re not going to let him ruin the game,’ so they kicked to everybody else but Josh.  Every now and then he’d get one but usually it was a directional kick with some kind of overload. Now what that translated in for us was the average drive start was still very good even though his numbers weren’t what they had been, the average drive start was still very good because they’re pop kicking it, they’re yielding yards to not take the potential of a homerun.”

(On how he would explain Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown having high numbers with three carries a piece last week)- “I’d like that, that would be great.  It could just be the way the game went, score of the game, philosophy, you don’t know without understanding what their specific plan of attack was against Chicago.  I’m not sure how that all unfolded.”

(On if he had heard of Cameron Wake before in the Canadian league)- “No, no I hadn’t. I know him now though.  That’s always fantastic when you pull somebody out of the Canadian league or the UFL or wherever you find them to then have them come in and be productive.  It’s also a great thing to be able to talk about as a coach because sometimes your career takes some different path and if you keep improving and you’re going to get another shot, now what do you do with that shot.  He got that shot and has really taken it and done some great things with it.  There’s a lot of guys that will kind of kick around and suddenly they explode on the scene.  Quarterbacks we’ve seen that before, (Doug) Flutie he’s up there so are some guys that once they get that next chance, they do great things with it.”

(On if he still talks with Bill Parcells)- “I’ve talked to him some and he’s been great just like he always has been with me.  It will be an arrange of topics but he’s got such great advice and such great delivery that you appreciate the advice and you enjoy the delivery.  The way that he’s able to sort of share lessons through stories or things like that.  It’s really been a special relationship for me.”

(On if Bill Parcells told him about Abram Elam)- “Yes, he was out of football at that point.  Abe became available and he really liked Abe and the things that he had done in Dallas.  He said we should look at him, and I’m glad we did.  Abe is another good example of a guy who has gotten more shots and continues to improve.  It’s great to see.”

(On what he attributes Elam’s big plays the last couple weeks to)- “Abe is kind of like that.  I remember each year in New York, it would be like that.   Against Buffalo, we are down and they are trying to run the ball out.  He comes in on a sack, strips it, we pick it up and return it for a touchdown.  Another time that Buffalo was driving in the red zone, he picks it off and goes 99.  It looked like he was going to pass out at about 50 yards, but he got it in (joking).  I usually comes, you just don’t know when it’s going to hit.  I’m hoping we haven’t hit out limit there yet and there are some more big Abe plays yet to come.”

(On if the play and gained experiences of Joe Haden and T.J. Ward is a factor in Elam playing so well)- “I think as those guys have gotten more comfortable, it does probably take some of that off of him, but he still is back there guiding things.  That’s a very important part of it.  Even though they can do more and they see more and they communicate better, still that’s a big part of his responsibility.  A big part of his responsibility too is in the room leading up to the game and making sure things are right as a group.  The other thing that I’ve always loved about Abe is I remember the first practice in New York, he came out and we put him in.  He was communicating, he was vocal, he wasn’t intimidated by the situation.  He was going to be who he was regardless of what other people told him he should do.  I really thought that showed a lot of character.  It’s hard to go into a new situation and just be you and put your best foot forward, and he did and he has continued to do that.  He’s a really sincere guy that I’ve enjoyed coaching and getting to know.”

(On if he has addressed his players about fighting or retaliation during a game, using last week’s Tennessee-Houston game as an example)- “The main point is that we always talk about with any kind of retaliation or any kind of fight is it may make you feel better for a couple of seconds, but at the end of the day, there is a penalty or in that case an ejection.  It doesn’t help the team and you can’t let your personal desire for that immediate gratification affect the whole group.  You have to be poised in that.  I didn’t use that example specifically, I saw a small clip of it, but just our philosophy in general is you can’t do it.  It just ends up hurting the group.”

(On if he could imagine giving Andre Johnson a game ball after being ejected for fighting)-“How well did he play prior to that?  I’d probably have to look at the body of work.”

Hillis’ Unstoppable Highlight Vid
Don Delco on December 1st, 2010 AT 1:05 PM

A Washington Redskins fan has been impressed enough by Peyton Hillis to make a tribute video and post it on YouTube.

It’s awesome. Here is it is.

Hillis Nominated for Player of the Week
Barry McBride on December 1st, 2010 AT 12:35 PM

Hillis won the award in Week Nine, and is up for it again. Fans can vote at http://www.nfl.com/fedex. Here’s the press release:

Fans To Track Accomplishments, Vote For Winners On NFL.com
FedEx Delivers Pedestrian Safety Improvements
On Behalf of Winning Players In Their Teams’ Markets
Quarterbacks TOM BRADY of the New England Patriots, MATT CASSEL of the Kansas City Chiefs and JAY CUTLER of the Chicago Bears are the finalists for the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week honors for games played on November 25-29, while running backs JAMAAL CHARLES of the Kansas City Chiefs, PEYTON HILLIS of the Cleveland Browns and BRIAN WESTBROOK of the San Francisco 49ers are the finalists for the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week, the NFL announced today.
Fans can vote for one player in each category on NFL.com/FedEx from 9 a.m. EST on Tuesday through noon EST on Friday to determine the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week. The winners will be announced Friday evening on NFL.com.  New this year, fans will be able to keep tabs on the achievements of their favorite Air & Ground players (and others) with the NFL Milestone Tracker, presented by FedEx.
Fans will be voting for more than their favorite player. As part of the Air & Ground program, FedEx continues its support of Safe Kids USA by making weekly $2,000 donations in each of the winning players’ names. The funding, allocated to local Safe Kids coalitions in that team’s city, is used for pedestrian safety improvements throughout the year, from upgraded crosswalks and safety signs to traffic barriers and educational training.

A closer look at the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week finalists
  • New England Patriots QB TOM BRADY completed 21 of 27 passes for 341 yards and four touchdowns in the Patriots’ 45-24 win over the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving.
  • Kansas City Chiefs QB MATT CASSEL led the Chiefs to a 42-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks completing 22 of 32 passes for 233 yards and four touchdowns.
  • Chicago Bears QB JAY CUTLER completed 14 of 21 passes for 247 yards and four touchdowns in the Bears’ 31-26 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

A closer look at the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week finalists:

  • Kansas City Chiefs RB JAMAAL CHARLES had 22 carries for 173 yards and one touchdown in the Chiefs’ 42-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks.
  • Cleveland Browns RB PEYTON HILLIS had 26 carries for 131 yards and three touchdowns in the Browns’ 24-23 win over the Carolina Panthers.
  • San Francisco 49ers RB BRIAN WESTBROOK rushed for 136 yards and a touchdown in the 49ers’ 27-6 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Monday Night Football.



11:24 AM

@grantgw Not only that, but Modell wastes space on the Semi-Finalist list that could be used for more deserving candidates.

11:05 AM

Watching the FSN Ohio live video chat on tomorrow’s Cavs / Lebron fun: http://www.foxsportsohio.com/pages/cavs_chats

Latest Links from the OBR Newswire
OBR Newswire on December 1st, 2010 AT 11:00 AM

These are links from the OBR Newswire for December 1st from 10:16 to 10:17:

10:55 AM

Mccoy not practicing wed. Were closer from where we were last week.

10:44 AM

Mccoy were closer to where we were last week. Jake d. Will get the bulk of the reps.

Modell Among 26 HOF Finalists
Don Delco on December 1st, 2010 AT 10:44 AM

On Thursday, as most of you are well aware, LeBron James returns to Cleveland for the first time since “The Decision.” The city is bracing for an emotional night. Fans want to get release their frustrations.

It was something Cleveland fans never got to do with Art Modell.

When Modell took the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore, Modell was never returned. He didn’t have to. As an owner, he remained secluded in a Baltimore sky box.

LeBron James will be in full view Thursday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

People are royally P.O’d at James. Rightfully so. It’s not so much he left, but how he left. I’ve heard some say they hate LeBron James more than Art Modell.

Sorry, I understand that’s an opinion, but it’s wrong. Dead wrong. And now, Modell is among the 26 Hall of Fame finalists. As much as Modell did for professional football, he does not deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.

He will never be forgiven by taking northeast Ohio’s No. 1 love, the Cleveland Browns, to Baltimore. This can never be forgotten.

I’m salty at LeBron, but I can get over it. On Tuesday night, I was still able to attend and watch the Cleveland Cavaliers play basketball. (It wasn’t pretty, but I’m still pretty sure they were playing basketball). Still, for three seasons there was NO football. In Cleveland! Are you kidding me?

If and when you boo James on Thursday night, make sure to save a little to remind Mr. Modell that we still remember what he did.

I hope the Pro Football Hall of Fame voters remember, too.

10:41 AM

Fujita vickers ward cribbs barton wright will not practice wed. Mangini thinks wright might practice thursday.

10:34 AM

Browns re sign coye francies to practice squad to replace larry asante who was signed to tampa bays team.

10:33 AM

@WFNYCraig The difference, I’m guessing, is attitude. That being said, I think we’re already missing Harrison.

8:51 AM

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