OBR Daily Blog 12/3

Now that Miami's basketball team left town, time to focus on its football team.

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Hillis Named Fedex Ground Player of the Week
Barry McBride on December 3rd, 2010 AT 7:01 PM

As we reported on Twitter several hours ago. Here’s the press release from the Browns:

HILLIS NAMED FEDEX GROUND NFL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis has been named FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week for games played on November 25-29, the league announced today.

Hillis totaled a game-high 131 rushing yards on 26 attempts with three touchdowns, while recording six receptions for 63 yards in the Browns’ 24-23 win over the Carolina Panthers (11/28).  It marked his fourth 100-yard rushing performance this season and third-highest total of the year. His three rushing scores gave him 11 on the season as Hillis joined Hall of Famers Jim Brown and Leroy Kelly as the only Browns players to record 11 or more rushing touchdowns in a single-season.

This is the third FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week Award for Hillis and second this season as he also earned the honor for his performance during Week 9 this year and as a rookie in 2008, while with the Denver Broncos.  He is the first Browns player selected FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week twice in a single-season and the only player in the NFL to earn the honor twice this year.


Transcript: Brian Daboll, 12/3
Barry McBride on December 3rd, 2010 AT 7:00 PM

(On how he processed last week’s game with Jake Delhomme)- “Really no different than we’ve done in every other week.  We sit down, we watch the tape,  go through the plays, show the good stuff and make the corrections from some of the stuff we could have done better.  Then we move on to Miami.”

(On if Delhomme is still capable of making plays having thrown a lot of interceptions dating back into last season)- “He made a lot of nice plays last week, he really did.  You look at the beginning part of the first half, that’s the first time we have really went no huddle in a while.  I thought he did a lot of really good things.  He came out in the second half and had a nice hard sell play action and the backside linebacker did a nice job of reading it on that one and made a nice play on it.  He didn’t see him, the guy just made a really good play.  Then on the second one, he’d like to have that one back I know.”

(On what he says to a veteran like Delhomme when he makes mistakes)- “It depends on how it’s going.  “It’s not a wise decision.  Hey, you should’ve took it here, you should’ve thrown it away.’  I was (Brett) Favre’s quarterback coach too, he’s played for about as long as I’ve been alive.  You just pick and choose, it depends on how the player is.”

(On if he can rein Delhomme in at all)- “At the end of the day, he has the ball in his hands.  That’s what I tell those guys.  You’re going to have the rush on you and sometimes those guys, they don’t want to surrender when it’s time to surrender sometimes.  Take an incompletion, take a sack if you have to take a sack, but you’re not going to be able to make the impossible play.  Go ahead and kill it and move on to the next play.  You’re not going to lose the game because of incompletions very often.”

(On what the difference was in Brian Robiskie last week)- “Your questions last week, that was it (joking).  He made nice plays on the ball.  The coverage dictated where we went to it and there we a couple of plays that he made that he got open against man to man coverage, particularly at the end of the game.  They were playing a lot of man to man coverage and come of those quick slants and he ended up making them, which I was happy for the guy.  The week before that was the Jacksonville game, we had the same play called right there on that third down and he just didn’t come down with it.  He came down with these ones and it was good to see.”

(On how much of a factor Mike Bell can be in helping lighten Peyton Hillis’ load)- “When he goes in, we are looking for him to do his job.  I’m not looking to take the ball out of Peyton Hillis’ hands.  You all know he’s our bell cow, that’s who is going to get the ball the majority of the time.  Whoever is behind him needs to be able to go in and be productive.  The couple of caries that Mike had, he did a nice job with them.”

(On if he did not quite know what he had with Hillis earlier in the season)- “I’m not going to sit up here and say I knew Hillis was going to have however many catches, 900 something yards and this many touchdowns.  He’s been just a consistent guy, he’s tough as nails, he’s a worker and you have some type of idea when you see him practice out there.  Then he’s in the games and he’s playing, you have some type of idea of the guy he is.  I have never questioned him once since he’s been here.  He’s been nice to have.”

(On what makes Cameron Wake so good)- “He plays outside linebacker, then he’s a rush guy for them.  Particularly when he gets down in his four-point sprinter’s stance, he does a great job of getting off on the ball.  He plays with really good leverage, he’s explosive, he can speed to power you, he can get around the edge on you and he’s just one of those dynamic rushers that has the speed, the quickness and the power.  He’s done a heck of a job this year.”

(On how they will distribute help to the offensive linemen blocking of Wake)- “I think most teams have an elite pass rusher in the league.  You have some type of package each week in order to try to take care of him depending on how the flow of the game is.  Is he in the game or is he taking a break from the game?  Is he playing the 3-4 scheme or is he now in their sub package?  It depends on what play you call, a pass play, some have help, some don’t.  You just have to kind of see how the flow of the game is going with that type of guy.”

(On if tackles are supposed to know before the play if they are getting help with a man)- “Yes, they know.  It’s in part of the play call and they need to know if they have got a little chip help with them.  A lot of teams have been doing it to the guy, rightfully so.”

(On if Miami’s defense is similar to New England’s)- “No, I wouldn’t say as much New England.  (Mike) Nolan has his own type of defense, but I’d say there are some similarities with Baltimore, with the Jets and Rex (Ryan).  I know they were there together.  They’re pretty much top 10 in every category right now.  They play a 3-4 package, but there are a lot of different fronts that they play.  One time it’s double bubble, the next time it’s guard bubble and they have a lot of different fronts and they play a lot of different coverages.  He does a good job of mixing it up throughout the entire game.  What you see one week is not necessarily what you see the next week with them.”

(On why Oakland didn’t run the ball last week against Miami)- “I don’t want to speak for Oakland.  I know that Miami did a heck of a job of setting edges which I know this is part of the defense of setting edges and closing up the gaps and beating gaps down. When they were playing their two gap, they did a good job, they took it to them in the running game.”

(On how much more he can do with the offensive game plan with Delhomme starting instead of Colt McCoy)- “It’s not much different.  There’s particular plays that I know Jake really likes from his days in Carolina just like there were some plays that Colt really liked at Texas, but like I said before with Colt, he’s pretty smart for being a young guy.  There wasn’t much we didn’t do.  The first game was a little less but as we got going there really wasn’t much that he couldn’t do, Colt.”

(On not having Lawrence Vickers in a couple short yardage plays)- “A couple of them we were trying to get it off quick and I thought we had it.  The guys were standing up on a couple of the quarterback sneaks.  Then the last one, we went 13, it was a different personnel set up where we thought we were going to get a particular advantage on a look with a little shift and a motion and we just didn’t execute it as well.”

(On where the decision to run the ball came from on their last offensive possession)- “You ask Eric (Mangini), ‘Hey what do you want to do here,’ and we want to make them use their time outs.   We were going to run it in that situation there was no question and then punt it.  If we could get it, it would be great, if not we were going to punt it, make them use their last one and go.”

(On if Delhomme was rusty from all the time off)- “Starting out at the beginning of the game, no.  I didn’t see it.  He drove us down the first three or four drives, we fumbled it on the six yard line or five yard line whatever it was and that’s going to be some more points.  We came out second half (Jon) Beason made a nice play on that one and then he had that other pick.  I’m sure there’s some plays that he wishes he had back, a couple where we could have thrown it away.  You’d have to ask him in terms of feeling rusty or not.  I thought he executed and operated pretty efficiently in the beginning.  We had a couple lulls, a couple plays in there where it wasn’t as effective but I thought he did a pretty nice job.”

(On if Delhomme is more critical on himself than other quarterbacks)- “As critical, the guys most of them are pretty hard on themselves.  The good ones are real hard on themselves.”

(On what his process is to come up with the plays when they were behind at the end and they have to get points with the time running out)- “In that situation where we were at, you go to and what I was going to go to was some of his favorites that he feels really comfortable with, that we’ve run for a while and pretty much have an answer for anything they want to do.  Whether it was pressure, whether it was drop coverage he’s run them a thousand times, the guys have run them a thousand times.  We had a couple checks in there with them in case they gave us a different look if we want to go ahead and run it.  Just something I knew he was very, very comfortable with and three or four of them were the same plays.”

(On how there were defenders right on the receivers)- “A couple of them, particularly the slants the one to Mo (Mohamed Massaquoi) inside where he gained it, and then the one to Brian (Robiskie) it was right on the money.  That was good to see.  You score some points, they come back and then you drive it back down to put your team up at the end of the game.  That’s a testament to those guys that kept fighting.  That happened in the Jacksonville game.  We were behind and Colt (McCoy) brought them down there, kicked the field goal there, that kept fighting that was good.”

(On how good the Miami corners are)- “They’re good.  Both (Sean) Smith and Vontae (Davis), pretty athletic family there.  Strong, lengthy, get up in your face, they’re pretty good and then you bring Al (Harris) in who’s a veteran who’s always been a challenge to go against because he’s so crafty and good at the line of scrimmage.  Then you’ve got (Cameron) Wake coming off the edge that helps too.”

(On how big Sean Smith is)- “He is a tall, lengthy guy, got good speed, got decent transition for a bigger corner.  A lot of corners are a little smaller.  They’re pretty good.  Physical, they have a very physical football team and I think it starts from the head guy.  They have a very physical, big, strong team.”

(On if it enters his mind that they are both just second year pros)- “No, I think they’re good players.  They’ve done a good job, they’re fourth in the league in pass defense right now.”

(On if it is more of a pass rush or sacks thing with Miami’s ranking)- “No, I think it’s a combination of both.  They play some tight coverage, have some good coverage schemes.  It helps them all the way to the back end.  The other guy that’s pretty good back there is Yeremiah Bell.  He’s a good blitzer, he’s a pretty good player too.”

(On if Joshua Cribbs will be effective on offense on Sunday)- “I’m going to sit down with Eric (Mangini). We’re going to have this meeting.  I hope, I hope so.  My understanding right now is he’s going to start out on special teams, returns, whatever else and then kind of see how he’s going to be relative to the game plan stuff.  If he is great, we have plenty for him to do.”

(On Jordan Norwood)- “That’s something we’ll talk about Saturday night relative to who’s up, who’s not up.”

(On why Norwood got a promotion)- “He’s been a consistent guy.  He’s been a pro out there on the practice field, on the show teams, he’s got some quickness, he has good hands. I think he’s earned it to get a promotion.  He’s done a nice job.”

(On what McCoy has been like not being able to practice)- “The same.  I’ll meet with Jake for a while on a Monday or a Tuesday and then I’ll get a call in a half hour, ‘I’m coming in,’ with his boot and stuff on.  You’re game planning and getting stuff ready but he’s into it.  They stay after the meetings and they sit and he stays in there and watches tape and him and Seneca (Wallace) and Jake stays in there.  He’s been the same.  He’s obviously disappointed that he got injured but he’s been the same guy which you like to see.”

(On how McCoy is a coaches’ kid)- “He is, he really is he eats it up.  I think he might be trying to help Jake out a little bit.”

(On if McCoy is a funny guy)- “No, he’s not.  The quarterback room is a different room than the big room.  He’s a normal guy.  He’s a quarterback. I think he’s a leader, he knows how to respond and interact with a bunch of guys.  I know it’s eating him up that he can’t be out there, I know that.”

(On if McCoy can pick things up like the special guys)- “He can see the game, yes.  In the games that he’s played so far he’s been great.  Coming off on the sideline with the pictures, ‘I saw him here… I saw him coming… It was just like we saw on Tuesday… I knew that guy…’ he’s been pretty good at that, and I think it’s because he studies his tail off too.  He was pretty successful doing it where he came from.”


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12/03
4:58 PM

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4:58 PM

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Transcript: Rob Ryan, 12/3
Barry McBride on December 3rd, 2010 AT 4:24 PM

(On the need to improve their tackling and it being a point of emphasis this week)- “It’s been a point of emphasis even last week. It’s just we didn’t have a real good week of practice last week.  It’s the first time in a long time, really (dang) near all season where you just know as a coordinator you know you’re not having a good week of practice.  It’s hard to put your finger on it, we had a multiple plan and without Scott (Fujita) in there guys like that, and (Eric) Barton not practicing until later in the week, it did slow our progress up.  It’s the first time in 24 games or 23 games that we gave up a touchdown in the opening drive.  For real that was not what we were looking for obviously and it looked like we had to wake up.  We did that, we got on the sideline, we got regrouped, I think came out with a few three and outs, got back on track.  Then our tackling still wasn’t up to par. Really in the running game we didn’t attack the runs downhill like we need to.  You play a great running team like Carolina is I know their numbers may not speak that way but this is the same team that was in the top five last year I believe in running, had two thousand yard rushers so they do a great job, (Jeff) Davidson does.  Jacksonville was fourth or whatever and the Jets were second so we’ve faced several good run teams.  Again, we know how to play the run. We’re 14th in the league in rush defense so we’re going to get that fixed.  We’ve had a hard week of practice, these guys will run it down your throat if you’re not ready. They’ll get in that Wildcat and pound you with it.  I think they had about 500 yards against Oakland so that will get your attention.  Our guys have had a great week of practice, we’re responding.  I know a lot of people were saying that it sounded like Mark Twain got a new book out now finally waited a hundred years to get it out.  The death of our defense has been greatly exaggerated, we’re going to get back after it.  We’ve got a lot of pride and that game wasn’t what we were looking for.  If you look at two games in the year this year that I don’t think we played at our best, I believe it was Baltimore and this last game.  That said we still had some positive things like Joe Haden’s doing a great job. He’s getting better every day, you can just see him growing in front of you and he’s really becoming a (heck) of a player.  We picked up another kid we’re excited about Sabby Piscitelli. He’s up stairs right now with Rome (Jerome Henderson) learning his assignments and you know us, we’ll get them and we’ll play them.  We’re happy to have him and I’m sure he’ll have a role on Sunday somewhere.”

(On Sabby Piscitelli)- “He did only get here on Wednesday so he’s got some catching up to do but I know he’s a fine player, he’s a good athlete, he seems very intelligent so we’re excited about him.  Bubba’s (Ray Ventrone) given us everything he’s got and then some like Bubba always does.  These guys that step up in here now they’re doing a good job.  We’ve had a lot of injuries especially in that secondary and guys just jump in there and play and play hard and they’re doing a good job.”

(On if Eric Wright will be back for Sunday)- “We’re hoping to.  I think he’ll hopefully be able to do some things for us.”

(On how they handle guys like Eric Wright who has always been a starter, potentially not starting)- “That starting thing, it’s a tougher thing obviously on the players than it is the coaches because we do play everybody.  There are so many multiple offenses now that really everybody ends up playing.  You want to hear your name called out and all that and that’s just part of it.  I think Joe Haden’s done a super job and I think he could probably start for every team in the league including ours, so whatever happens there we’d be happy to get Eric back obviously and have all three of those guys back at full strength.”

(On how much enters his mind each week about building for the long term)- “I think with all the players that we’ve had to play with all the injuries and things, I think you do have a good building block for the future that you could evaluate your players.  You do that after the season.  Right now, we’re just trying to win one game at a time because we’re always going to fight if there is a mathematical chance that’s what happens.  I can remember my brother last year, ‘We’re out of the playoffs,’ he’s all bummed out (heck) he made it and went to the championship game.  We’re looking forward to playing.  The craziest thing last week, all kinds of (heck) had to happen for that thing to go the way it did and that (Jimmy) Clausen kid made a (heck) of a throw.  That was unbelievable.  You stay in it long enough that’s what happens, but we’re not going to apologize for winning any games here on defense I can promise you.”

(On what he has learned the last few games that he didn’t know)- “That’s a tough question.  The Jet game I really liked the way we fought.  We held them to 20 points, stopped them four or five times in overtime, gave our team a chance to win there, that was encouraging.  That game was played about as hard of a game as I’ve seen in a long time.  That was a physical game and I don’t know what the numbers say but it was a (heck) of a game and our guys played their (behinds) off.  It didn’t always go our way, in the second quarter we gave up a couple drives there but then we responded and played (darn) good football so that was encouraging.  Which we had followed up several big games into that deal.  Then we go into Jacksonville on the road, had all of those turnovers, scored on defense so that was very positive.  What wasn’t so positive was the very last drive when you miss tackles.  There’s no excuse for that, you’re in the right place to make a tackle you got to get him down.  I think guys press at those times, the game’s on the line.  It’s amazing because I haven’t seen guys miss tackles all year like that and then we’ll have a rash of them and we got to stop it and that’s what we’re doing.”

(On his reaction when the clock didn’t start at the end of the Carolina game)- “That was amazing to me.  The game’s over in my opinion and then it wasn’t and then they’re telling us it’s going to be.  It’s like wait a second don’t let them kick the (darn) thing, the game’s over.  Thank god he missed it.  We’ve been on that end also now when the ball didn’t go our way.  We’ve had several games like that.  We can list about five or six of them that defensively we thought we were going to win the game.”

(On if he would have called the defense any differently on the last offensive play)- “I know everybody else would but the thing is, the game’s in slow motion for me.  I like to say I’ve got a PhD in football because that’s what I know.  I know my mother’s got one in English and my older brother’s something but I know the game and what happened was last year if you go back we had a similar situation where we played for the sideline and Jacksonville with 10 seconds left not 12 at almost the identical spot.  They went in, they declared themselves down and they flipped the ball and they were getting ready to spike it and (David) Bowens ran into the official and knocked the ball down or they’re going to get that thing off and that’s only 10 seconds this was 12 seconds.  The other incident happened in our practice with our offense.  They had it with 15 seconds, we tried it, they spiked it and still had five seconds left.  That’s something that I felt good about, we had double coverage with outside leverage.  All of a sudden we didn’t have outside leverage and the guy made a (heck) of a throw.  I mean he did.  That’s the way it is but I’m always thinking of the best call to have and talk to Eric (Mangini) and Eric’s wanting to play the sideline again then (heck) if we get in that situation we’ll play it.  It’s just something that I thought about, that I remembered.  There’s nothing worse than not contesting anything and watch somebody go down and declare themselves down and kick the (darn) field goal.  That’s just what I was thinking.”

(On if having the ball completed over the middle in that situation would have allowed time to run out)- “Then they declare themselves down and that’s a thing that smart teams do.  They declare themselves down then they spot the ball and you’re at the mercy of that official really.  I know that’s the book way to do it and I’m sure next time, that’s how the Browns are going to play it.”

(On what Joe Haden can do that another corner might not be able to do)- “I think the guy is such a good tackler and he’s very physical.  The thing I’m most impressed about is the way he competes.  He doesn’t just compete on Sundays, he competes all through the week in practice.  He makes plays on the ball, he’s got great leaping ability, great hands and he really is everything you want in a corner.  He really is.  He’s going to be great for a long time.”

(On if Nnamdi Asomuhga was as far advanced as Haden)- “I missed Nnamdi’s rookie year, but no he wasn’t.  He had to make himself that great.  Joe is much further along, absolutely.”

(On defending against Ronnie Brown, Ricky Williams and Brandon Marshall)- “And (Davone) Bess, they are very talented.  Ricky Williams, I played him in college twice.  I think we were the only team to keep him under 100 yards both times when I was at Oklahoma State.  It took everybody on our team to get down there and try to tackle him.  He’s a super back, always has been, and runs with great power.  Ronnie Brown is tremendous, I’ve seen him run over a lot of people.  With him getting back, it looks like he is healthy again.  We really have our work cut out for us.  These guys run the ball hard, they’re well coached, they’re real physical with their offensive line and we have to do a great job against them.”

(On if there is a set number of carries for both Williams and Brown)- “I’ve heard that they end up going with the hot hand, but it’s a nice problem to have.  They have a two-headed monster back there, they can just keep feeding him and sometimes they’re both in there together.  It’s like the old USC days when they used to put a tailback back there and you never knew who he was, but he was great.  That’s just how it is.  Matt Roth going back down there, he’s excited and I think the whole team is excited on defense.  I can only speak for defense that’s what I’m with.  We’re excited, we can’t wait to get back to play.  We just didn’t feel real good about our effort last week.”

(On how he prepares for potentially not having Shaun Rogers in the lineup Sunday)- “We have to go with what we have.  At this time of year, everybody is banged up, but we have to go with what we’ve got.  You hope he’s up, but with the way this season has been, he’s never been full speed.  We get out of him what we can and hope he doesn’t get any more setbacks.  We’re hoping he plays and if he does, that will be great.  If he doesn’t, then the next man has to step up.”

(On what kind of player Chad Henne is)- “He’s got a big, strong arm.  He looks like a real competitive guy.  He can get streaky, which is always scary when you go against these guys.  They get hot and he just keeps coming.  I watched the Jet game the other night and he must have thrown for about 400 yards it seemed.  He’s very talented, he’s a big guy and he’s coming back.  He looks like he’s doing a good job.  With their receivers, that (Brian) Hartline kid is a hell of a player as well.  I guess he’s drawn all these penalties because they probably look out there and maybe they don’t think he’s all this, but this kid is a (heck) of a player.  He’s quick, he beat Nnamdi last week about three times.  There’s no easy draw out there and this team looks like they are getting better as they go.  We are going to have to have a (heck) of a game to get after (them).”

(On what kind of penalties Hartline draws)- “I guess they’re like pass interference and holding because the kid is relentless.  All he does is compete.  You see him out there and he fights for the football, he goes deep up there fighting the guy to get it and I admire the way the guy plays.  He really does look like he plays well.”

(On how confident he is that the defensive intensity will be higher this week)- “I’m very confident.  Last week, if you had asked me before the game, I didn’t feel like we had a hell of a practice.  I’ve been in it long enough to know when you don’t practice well and there are communication problems, usually that doesn’t bode well for you on Sunday.  But our guys have worked hard and we are looking forward to this challenge.  Right now, we have got the 13th scoring defense in football.  I think we are fourth in interceptions and fifth in turnovers, in the top ten in the red zone, so our guys have put up some pretty good numbers.  We’ve played some pretty good offenses and this will be another one down in Miami.  We are going to prove our mettle, that’s just what we are going to do.”

(On Roth playing against his old team)- “I know he’ll be great, he’ll be ready to go.  He is ready to go.”

(On Abram Elam playing well the past few weeks)- “He really has and the last time we went into Florida was in Jacksonville he probably had the game of his life.  Had those interceptions, he had a big hit and a forced fumble and a touchdown. Abe’s doing a great job.  He really has settled things down for us back there with T.J. Ward, I know I’m not supposed to read something that the kid hasn’t done much lately, (shoot) that kid’s playing his (butt) off and the reporter wrote it after he had two interceptions in one game, so I was like, ‘Hmm, he must have missed that game,’ but that guy is a (heck) of a player, he’s special.  These young guys (Brian) Schaefering, (Derreck) Robinson, these guys are getting in, they’re trying hard, they’re physical and it’s good for them.  It’s good for them, we’ve lost several good linemen along the way but these guys just keep fighting and eventually they’re going to end up having great careers as well.”

(On the upcoming Monday night game)- “I don’t know what’s going to happen.  I know blood’s thicker than water so I’m definitely rooting for Rex (Ryan), but I don’t know, I just hope he wins.  All we’re doing is working on Miami.  We don’t feel we have anything to prove but we just want to prove that we’re a better defense than that.  It’s not like we got dragged out to the woodshed, they got 16 points on us but we want to play physical and I don’t think we played that physical last week.”

(On if the Patriots had an off day when they played the Browns)- “Our guys put in a lot of work, we were prepared.  I thought we got after their (behind) pretty good.”



12/03
3:40 PM

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12/03
3:40 PM

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12/03
3:39 PM

Peyton Hillis won the Fedex Ground Player of the Week. Huzzah!


12/03
3:07 PM

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Mangini Press Conference Transcript, Dec. 3
Don Delco on December 3rd, 2010 AT 12:53 PM

(Opening statement)- "Good morning everybody. The guys that are out today will be Colt (McCoy), Scott (Fujita), Baby (Shaun Rogers), Josh (Cribbs) and then Peyton (Hillis) is going to miss today for personal reasons. He's fine physically and he will be fine for the game. Everybody else should be back today. I think we've had a couple good days of practice here and are looking to finish the week strong and just get ready to head down to Miami."

(On if something happened with Cribbs)- "No, a lot of this is to get him to be the best he can be for Sunday. As we talked about it, we didn't think it would be great for him to practice on it yesterday. We thought that could push him back a little bit, so we decided to just do some other things in lieu of that to give him his best chance to be as effective as possible on Sunday. It really wasn't a setback, it was just more adjusting the plan."

(On if he will have Cribbs work out before the game last week to see what he can do like last week)- "Yes, I think we are a week further along from where we were last week, so I'm pretty comfortable with his ability to play and play at a higher level."

(On if giving Cribbs some rest will give him a better chance to be used in multiple spots on Sunday)- "The starting point will be kick returner/punt returner, and then we'll play it by ear during the course of the game. He has his plays that he's involved with that he's very familiar with, the Wildcat and the stuff he's very familiar with as well. There will be a package of things that he can do if he is available to do that.”

(On if something else happened with Rogers or if it is still his ankle)- "No, it was a hip."

(On if he thinks Rogers will play on Sunday)- "Yes, I think so."

(On if it's their focal point to be competitive the rest of the way and how competitive they have been so far this year)- "I really see it as being a part of the process that we've talked about for a while, those steps that I've talked about quite a bit. We are in every game and we've won some of those games. We need to just keep learning how to win consistently and that's a really important step in what we're trying to achieve. I see a lot of progress with the team over the course of the season and what I'm looking for each week is for us to get better in all different areas. I see that in a lot of ways and I think it's pretty apparent outside of the team as well."

(On if he tries to sell any of the points that he is trying to accomplish this year to the team)- "No, I had a discussion with the group after Pittsburgh and before New Orleans. I told them, ‘Look, I'm not a salesman. I'm not up here trying to sell you anything. If I was trying to sell you it, that would mean I didn't believe in it. What I'm telling you is the truth and it's what I firmly believe in.' When you're selling and trying to convince somebody of something, I see that as being a distinction and it's not that. It's the truth it's what I've seen work, I've experienced it working. We've seen it here work and it will work. It's interesting that you asked that because that was one of the things we talked about after the Pittsburgh game, the Monday leading up to New Orleans. I'm not trying to convince them of anything, just really fundamentally what I believe in."

(On what the level of belief is in the program among the players)- "I think it's been apparent in the way that the guys compete, in the way that they practice, the way that they work. We have a lot of guys who've experienced similar things to what I've experienced. Whether it's Scott (Fujita) in New Orleans, whether it's Ben Watson in New England, there's a group of guys who understand really what it takes to be consistently good and to compete at a high level both individually and collectively. Sheldon Brown, those guys are helpful in that process too because it's not one voice, it's not just from coach, it's from a lot of different voices that get that."

(On if he can let them know what answer he got from the league on if the clock should have ran out in the Carolina game)- "I don't think I'm able to actually."

(On if he was satisfied with the answer)- "I was satisfied with the answer that we got back from the league."

(On if he felt the Panthers should have been down in bounds and the clock should have ran out and the kick would not have happened)- "That's what I felt, and I was satisfied with the answer that we got back."

(On what the key is to defending Brandon Marshall)- "Stopping him is difficult in general because you look at his production over time and to have a 100 catches in three consecutive seasons, that's not easy to do. He's a special guy in terms of what he can do on a range of routes, whether it's comebacks, posts, shallow crosses, under thrown fades, he can catch them all and that makes it really challenging. You have to mix up the ways that you play him, sometimes it's press, sometimes it's off, sometimes it's double team with high-low, sometimes it's double team where you invert the way that you do it. There are a lot of different things that you try to do but they have a lot of other people that can create plays as well. I think Davone Bess is excellent at what he does and has developed a lot as a receiver since I first saw him. I think Brian Hartline does a really nice job as well and Anthony Fasano. That's one component of it and you add the running game which you have to deal with. It doesn't matter which back is in, they're both difficult to deal with. You wish there was just one set answer that you could say, ‘If you play this you can deal with their main problem and kind of adjust to everything else,' but they're able to create problems in a range of ways so you've just got to try to mix how you're going to do it and try to address it that way."

(On if Jake Delhomme is starting Sunday)- "Yes."

(On if Colt McCoy is healthy enough to make the trip to Miami and if he will serve as a third quarterback)- "He's definitely healthy enough to make the trip, he can get on that plane (joking). As a third quarterback, we'll see tomorrow. I think we're in a range where that's possible but I'd rather see tomorrow than say that now because I couldn't really tell you definitely now, but he could make the trip."

(On how Brian Robiskie had a good game last week and what the difference was for him)- "I think that one of the things we were able to do this weekend is and I think Jake (Delhomme) did a really good job of this, he was able to get a lot of the guys involved in the mix. Almost every skill player that played on Sunday got the ball or touched the ball in some way. That's a really good thing because you're pushing problems on to the defense and stressing a lot of different points on the defense. That also came with our ability to protect the passer better, to run the ball effectively and convert on some third downs and keep drives going. All those things play a big part in a range of guys being able to get involved, they all support each other. I thought Brian did a nice job of getting open and catching the ball when he had the opportunity. There were a lot of different reasons for that and what I'd like to see is that each week. Mohamed (Massaquoi) caught quite a few balls too so the more of that we can do, the better we are. What you don't want to do is force it because then you're not playing to the percentages, usually that goes the other way. Some kind of problem comes up as opposed to when you don't have to force it and it can go to those reads."

(On what he said he wanted Brian Robiskie to work on last week)- "I can't recall what it was either. Looks like he worked on it though. I want him to work on the same thing (joking). No, he's a hard working guy and I'm really happy that he had the production that he had. Talking about two really young guys, young in their career but they both are the right type of guys. They'll keep getting better as we go on and I anticipate their production each year to continue to improve as we improve and as they improve."

(On if they ran more short routes for Robiskie last week)- "Maybe a little bit more but not a significant percentage, we didn't dramatically change that routes that he runs. There might have been a few more of those as part of the plan this week but it wasn't a dramatic jump in those types of routes."

(On if the defense has practiced better this week)- "I've been happy with the first two days. I think all three phases have had good days and that's the way it should be each time we go out there. As you go through the course of the season you get some weeks where one group's up, one group's down and that's the constant challenge is to have consistency. It is a long, long season and you have guys hurt, you have different voices in the huddle, all those things and the goal is to be able to get whoever is out there on that day working in that position with whatever the game plan is, to be consistent, for us to be consistent in our preparation. It's not an easy thing to do over the course of 17 weeks but it's a really important thing to do. If it's not going well, I know I've talked about this, guys will say, ‘Come on, let's go,' to me I don't want to hear that, do something about it. All that other stuff is just cheerleading and it doesn't mean anything it's more of an attempt to pacify me than to change things. I'm not a big fan with that."

(On if it makes it worse that he was happy with the leagues decision on the end of the game against Carolina because they could have lost the game)- "That happens a lot and everybody is trying to do their best to get it right, I get that. If you're on the plus side of that decision you're happy, and if you're on the down side of it you're miserable. I've been on unfortunately both sides of that, fortunately a few times I came on the right side of that but it just depends where you sit.

(On New England's rookie tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez)- "I thought they both were talented guys. I think Hernandez is really an outstanding receiver and can threaten a lot of areas of the field. Gronkowski I think was coming on since our game and catching the ball a little bit more and he's a big guy, he's a tough guy, creates some problems in the running game and I think he's also an effective receiver."

(On if Joe Haden fumbling on his interception against Jacksonville was because he is a rookie)- "I don't know if that was the case or not. It happens to a lot of guys."

(On if Robiskie and Massaquoi getting more involved in the passing game last week was a product of Delhomme having a rapport with them from training camp)- "No, I really do think a lot of that is a function of how the game is going. As you have more first downs and you're able to sustain drives and you're able to balance it with the running game and get the running game going, that takes a lot of coverage off of the outside. They have to play more eight man boxes, which changes, typically, what you get outside. That helps a lot for the receivers. As you have more drives and longer drives, the opportunities increase substantially. That all plays in together. Some of it is they did a good job of understanding the defensive backs that they were playing against, where the holes in the zone were and they did a nice job of getting open and catching the ball once they were open. It all kind of worked together Mary Kay (Cabot), as opposed to just being one specific thing."

(On how the official on the Browns sideline could have seen the result of the final pass because it was on the other sideline)- "I'm just going by the guy that I spoke to, so maybe he saw an initial ruling or maybe he talked to the guy. I kind of talked to him a little bit after they stopped the clock for the challenge, so maybe he talked to somebody else. I don't know Jeff (Schudel). That was really the conversation."



12/03
12:25 PM

@FailSPN We want to continue the radio show as well. It’s a lot of fun. We’ll be looking for a new venue.


12/03
10:45 AM

Josh Cribbs, Colt McCoy, Scott Fujita, Shaun Rogers are not practicing today as well. Cribbs farther along this week. Should play Sunday.


12/03
10:45 AM

Josh Cribbs, Colt McCoy, Scott Fujita, Shaun Rogers are not practicing today as well. Cribbs farther along this week. Should play Sunday.


12/03
10:42 AM

Peyton Hillis will not practice today. “He’s fine,” Mangini said. “Personal reasons.”


12/03
10:42 AM

Peyton Hillis will not practice today. “He’s fine,” Mangini said. “Personal reasons.”


12/02
10:02 PM

Based on my Twitter responses, NFL Network ratings are getting better in Cleveland as the Cavs tank. I smell a conspiracy.


12/02
9:44 PM

Is anyone in Cleveland watching Eagles-Texans? Anyone?


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