Berea Report: Deja Vu... Again?

The Browns offense is struggling, the Ravens and looming, and Eric Mangini is looking (for answers). Mangini and Braylon Edwards talked to the media today in Berea as the Browns attempt to regroup.

BEREA—It seems to be déjà vu all over again for the Browns.

Starting 0-2 and looking down the barrel of a loaded gun called the Baltimore Ravens.

Not a good recipe for an offense that has been able to only score one touchdown in two games—and that lone touchdown coming in the waning seconds of the opener when the outcome was not in doubt.

"I come in and say the same thing every week for the last couple of years," Braylon Edwards said. "We have to go back to the drawing board."

Edwards was one of the lone bright spots for the Browns as he caught six passes for 92 yards in the loss.

"We did make some plays," Edwards said. "Some plays were real close. The game was close until it got away from us in the fourth quarter."

Edwards doesn't know what the problem is.

"We practice hard, but for some reason haven't been able to carry it to the game," Edwards said. "(The way we played) Sunday was a shock. We have to make up our minds to play on Sunday like we practice during the week.

"We've definitely been a different team in practice than in games."

Eric Mangini has been preaching to the team how to deal with adversity since he's arrived in town. He said with the score 13-6 in the fourth quarter, a perfect example of dealing with adversity was before the Browns and they didn't handle it properly.

"It's about as inheritably of a winnable game that you can have and then there's adversity," he said. "We have to deal with adversity and deal with it effectively and not let a series of things happen that turns it into a situation where (the opponent) is running out the clock."

Fullback Lawrence Vickers returned to where he played collegiately at Colorado, but other than seeing friends and family was roughed up by the Broncos.

"It was good to go back home," Vickers said. "But, playing-wise, it was not a good time. It was disappointing, but the good thing is we have another game next week to showcase what we can do."

Veteran linebacker David Bowens said it's way too early to push the panic button.

"We have to realize it is early," Bowens said. "I've seen teams who have started 0-2 and still made the playoffs."

Even though the players are saying the right thing after starting 0-2, the Browns need a win soon to validate the work they are putting in will pay off.

"When you work hard and put this much effort into our work, it does hurt," Vickers said. "But, you don't want to have put this much work in and then stop. We have to just go back to work and keep going and progress from where we are."

Mangini feels the mistakes the team has been making can be corrected.

"These things are correctable, controllable," he said. "It's just a matter of getting those things addressed."

Vickers said the players aren't letting doubt creep into their minds.

"We can't worry," Vickers said. "Last year was last year. This is this year. We have to keep our heads above water."

However, he said a win over the Ravens on the road would help immensely.

"It's very important to get a win," Vickers said. "People's mindsets change. You wake up after a win and you feel totally different."

Notebook

Not Down on Brady: Mangini said that he's not ready to make a change at quarterback and thinks QB Brady Quinn is experiencing growing pains.

"I thought there were times he made some really good decisions," he said. "He hit Braylon on the sideline. There were some plays I felt he could've done a better job on the read. We pointed that out and hopefully, he'll get them corrected."

Mangini reiterated the old adage about too much is placed at the quarterback's feet.

"It starts with the quarterback," he said. "They typically get the lion's share of the credit and the blame. It really relies on everyone doing their job."

Mangini is confident that Quinn will continue to improve.

"As you look at the tape, with a better decision or a quicker reaction, (the mistakes) can be fixed," he said. "You make better decisions as you get more prepared at a higher level.

"One thing about him is he works at it," Mangini said. "The system is different from what he started in, but it is similar to what he did in college."

OL Shuffle: It appeared that RG Floyd Womack injured his knee against the Broncos as Hank Fraley replaced him for the majority of the game. Mangini wouldn't confirm or deny any timetable with Womack, but it appears that OL Rex Hadnot is getting closer to playing.

Right tackle John St. Clair gave up four sacks in the game to LB Elvis Dumervil.

"When you get behind, everybody knows what you have to do," Mangini said. "Obviously, we can make some changes (to correct those mistakes)."

Growing Pains: C Alex Mack snapped a ball into the ground in the shotgun and QB Brady Quinn was unable to handle it. Mack has had some trouble in snaps thus far in his pro career.

"It's something he's going to work on," Mangini said. "I had the same experience with Nick Mangold. He's getting adjusted to the speed of the game, but it's first things first. It starts with the snap. You can't get ahead of yourself."

WRs Time: WR Josh Cribbs had five receptions, but only amounted to 22 yards. Cribbs might be getting spread too thin and Mangini said some of the other receivers were getting worked into the rotation.

"Mohamed (Massaquoi) and Mike (Furrey) have worked in," he said. "Josh has done some good things and I anticipate he'll come back Wednesday ready to work."

Rookie WR Brian Robiskie was inactive for the Broncos game, but Mangini said it was more about keeping a cover guy on special teams active.

"With another good return team it comes down between Bubba (Ray Ventrone) or (Gerard) Lawson and the combinations of things they bring. He has a great opportunity to play this week."

Mangini said Robiskie can work his way into the rotation.

"As we go through each week, you always look at how guys are practicing," he said. "If guys prove they deserve more playing, that competition is important to maximize their contribution."

On Bottle-gate: ProFootballTalk.com had a report that said Mangini fined a player $1700 for not paying for a bottle of water at a hotel during the preseason. He wouldn't give any specifics, but said he is not going to apologize for having standards set for members of the team and organization. It was reported that DB Abe Elam was the guilty party.

"I won't talk about specifics about who was fined or what, but we have rules to operate by," he said. "I don't expect players to abide by anything that anyone else doesn't have to.

"Everyone deserves to be respected the same way and the people in the organization are expected to follow the rules," he said. "I'm not looking for anybody's money and I make no apologies for expecting a high level of conduct.

"I tell the players what the rules and regulations are and I believe everybody deserves the same respect."


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