Berea Report: No Call at QB

Eric Mangini is still playing coy abother whether Derek Anderson or Brady Quinn will start at quarterback for the Cleveland Browns on Saturday. Here's the latest from Berea...

BEREA - Eric Mangini would not announce who would start the first preseason game against the Packers on Saturday night at the quarterback position.

"I'll talk to the players tomorrow (Friday) and then announce it."

Thursday is the last practice and media availability before the Packers game.

Mangini was asked if he was disappointed that neither QB Derek Anderson or QB Brady Quinn has separated themselves from the other yet.

"I think it reinforces the idea that you have to let it play itself out.

"I see it switching from practice to practice," he said. "DA had a really nice spurt yesterday and then Brady gets hot. What I want to continue to see is the grasp of the whole process."

Mangini said the offense as a whole has come on lately.

"I thought the offense had a really good practice on Wednesday," he said. "They corrected some of the mistakes from before."

Mangini did say the Browns might employ the no huddle as part of their regular offense this year. He said he used the no huddle for most of his first year as head coach of the Jets.

Mangini said part of the reason he uses the no huddle because he was a defensive coordinator and he knows the trouble it creates in trying to get personnel on the field.

"There are pluses to the no huddle as it puts pressure on the defense," he said. "Part of (Mangini) using it is from being on defense and part of it is spending a year with Ted Marchibroda."

Mangini said he isn't opposed to the no huddle being used more than just at the end of the half or game.

"It's not out of the realm of possibility to do it the whole game or the whole season," he said. "I've used it as a change up, but the key is the ability to go in and out of it."

BRAYLON EXPECTED: Mangini said he expected WR Braylon Edwards to practice on Thursday and to play in the game against the Packers.

"I expect him to do both," Mangini said. "You'll see guys get bumped and they go through the protocol and see where they are."

STILL OPENINGS: Mangini was asked if the 53-man roster is basically set and there are just a few position battles going on.

"There are a lot of opportunities, still," he said. "There's some guys who start slowly and then come on. Likewise, some guys start quickly and then slow down."

MACK PROGRESSING: Mangini said that he is pleased with the progress of C Alex Mack.

"He and I got together today and talked about the responsibility for the whole offensive line," he said. "You have to look at all of your assignments at center and that's part of the growth process.

"I'm pleased with his progress," he said. "He is a smart guy and he spends a lot of time soaking it in and he's spending time with Hank (Fraley) working on getting better."

STALLWORTH SUSPENSION: With NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell‘s decision that WR Donte Stallworth will miss the 2009 season, Mangini was asked about the receiver's future in Cleveland.

"In terms of what the future holds, no timetable has been set," Mangini said. "We're focused on the task at hand."

He was asked if he was relieved that the Browns didn't have to deal with the situation during the season.

"I didn't go through (the process) with any expectations," he said. "I do respect the process and the decision that has been made."

FAMILIAR FOES: The Browns play three of the four teams they play in the preseason during the regular season. Since they are playing the NFC North, they play the Packers, Lions and Bears during the regular season. Mangini was asked if that has any bearing on his approach in the preseason against those teams.

"I've had radically different experiences with this," he said. "I've played them all and beat them all and then lost them all when on the other end."

Last year, the Browns were waxed by the Giants in the preseason and then played their best game of the season in a 35-14 win over the Giants on Monday Night Football.

HAPPY CAMPER: It sounds like as long as Mangini is the coach of the Browns, training camp will remain in Berea.

"I like having training camp right here," he said. "There is a ton of stuff logistically, that it helps in eliminating problems."


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