Berea Report: Mangini Not Happy

Lessons learned on the practice field didn't translate in the team's first exhibition game, and the Cleveland Browns new head coach was not excited by the result. Fred Greetham brings today's first story from Berea...

BEREA —The Browns first preseason game under Eric Mangini was underwhelming-- to say the least.

Not only did the team get shut out, but the things the new coaching staff had been concentrating on since their arrival didn't materialize on the field for the first game.

Mangini said his approach will be the same whether the team wins or loses.

"Whether we win or lose, we're going to come into the meetings the same way," he said. "When you win, you sometimes gloss over the things that you could be critical about.

"When you lose, it's time to assess what didn't go well in the game and what you need to do to fix it. There are going to be mistakes in wins and there are going to be mistakes in losses."

Mangini said the work will start today in getting things right.

"Today, we'll work in some of the corrections from the game."

Mangini said he was most upset with the penalties the team committed. A holding penalty by Hank Fraley took a field goal away after the first drive and a defensive holding penalty on Corey Ivy kept a Packers' drive going that resulted in a touchdown.

"That's a 10 point swing," he said. "One thing that will kill any team any time is penalties. The two exclamation marks were the two penalties that took the field goal away and the penalty that allowed the team to get the first touchdown."

He saw some good things, but they were few and far between.

"Offensively, I was pleased with the ability to use our cadence in the first half," he said. "We had no penalties and had a 10 play drive. We did some good things in that two-minute offense, but at the end of the equation it still comes down to four turnovers.

" There was good and bad," he said. "Now, it's correcting the bad stuff."

Notebook

Mangini Won't Give Edge at QB: Most people who observed the Packers game would give QB Brady Quinn at least a slight edge for his performance against the Packers. However, Mangini said he's going to stick with his plan.

"I'm going to go through the whole process," he said. "I'm looking at it as a body of work and not just one situation."

Anderson threw an interception on one of his two passes as he was hit.

"On the interception, he got hit," Mangini said. "At this point, it's too early to make an assessment. I did like what Brady did, but it's too early to make a determination.

Most assume that since Quinn started the first game that Anderson would start the second this Saturday at home against the Lions.

"That wasn't set in stone, so we'll see how the week goes."

Cribbs Impressive: WR Josh Cribbs had the biggest rushing play for the Browns with a 29-yard run on a reverse. Mangini said playing more as a receiver makes Cribbs more effective.

"Josh did some nice things at receiver," Mangini said. "You were able to see his effectiveness when he's playing multiple downs and it's more of an element of surprise as opposed to him being in there only on gadget plays."

Cribbs has made it a goal to be the team's starting wide receiver, opposite Braylon Edwards.

"I think there are a lot of encouraging signs and he's holding up his end of the bargain in working," he said. "Anything is a possibility if he continues to develop."

Mangini said he was encouraged by the play of rookies Mohamed Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie.

"I thought (Mohamed) Massaquoi did some good things and Brian (Robiskie) did, as well," he said. "Mike Furrey made a couple of nice catches in the slot."

Rudd Gone: The Browns released LB Bo Ruud. He was obtained  off waivers from the Patriots. The two-year veteran played college at Nebraska.

Braylon's Drop: Many fans saw WR Braylon Edwards' dropped touchdown pass as another ‘Here we go again' moment, but Mangini said Edwards just has to continue to work on the little things.

"One of the things we always stress with the receiver is hand placement and if you skip any step in the process, it breaks down," Mangini said. "You have to keep practicing and going through step by step all that happens in a hundredth of a second."

It looked on the replays that Edwards leaped when he might not have had to.

" You don't want to leave your feet if you don't have to," Mangini said. "It's hard to see on the tape if he needed to jump or not."

Rogers Rested: DL Shaun Rogers was held out of the game for ‘precautionary' reasons and to ‘rest' him. No other details were given.


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