BEREA—Despite getting off to an 0-2 start and struggling to jumpstart an offense that has been pathetic—to say the least—Brady Quinn still had a smile on his face as he met with the media on Wednesday.
"I'm always optimistic," Quinn said. "I think we can take positive things away despite a loss."
On the season, Quinn is 39-of-66 for 366 yards (59.1 %) with a touchdown and two interceptions. He has been sacked nine times and carries a QB rating of just 66.9.
Quinn thinks there are certainly things he can improve upon.
"The turnovers (are costly)," he said. "I'm looking forward to progressing in the offense. I'm always hopeful and optimistic on how things will go. We just need to get better as a whole."
Quinn admitted that he has at times held onto the ball too long, but thinks part of the sacks has been because the Browns have found themselves in third-and-long situations all too often in the first two games.
"Maybe at times, one of the problems is putting yourself in third and long and you have to wait for the receivers to get to the sticks."
Eric Mangini said the sacks are a combination of things.
"It's a combination of things," Mangini said. "Sometimes, it's the line, backs or sometimes the quarterback hanging on to the ball too long."
There is no question the Browns are the worst-ranked offense in the NFL for a reason.
"Having the running game makes your job easier at quarterback," Quinn said. "We feel confident in working with our game plan.
"But, without a doubt, the best way to open up an offense is to have a running game."
What do the Browns need to do, to get a running game going?
"As veteran guys, we all have to be on the same page," Eric Steinbach said.
John St. Clair agreed.
"We have the pieces of the puzzle in place," he said. "We just have to execute."
"We just need to get better as a whole," Quinn said. "We just need to put ourselves in better situations."
Josh Cribbs said besides executing, it comes down to one thing.
"We just have to make plays," he said. "That's how we get the offense going."
The Browns offense will face the top rushing defense in the NFL in the Ravens.
"We know they bring a lot to the table," Quinn said. "Playing in Baltimore, we have our hands full."
Quinn will face the Ravens for the first time as a starter and embraces the opportunity.
OL Shuffle: RG Floyd Womack was absent from the portion of practice that was available to the media, but Mangini isn't ruling Womack out for this week's game.
"We'll see where Floyd is," he said. "I think he has a chance, but we'll have to see where he's at."
Womack left last Sunday's game in the first half and was replaced by OL Hank Fraley, who said he played about three quarters. If Womack is unable to go, Fraley or possibly OL Rex Hadnot could enter the mix.
Hadnot has been out since early training camp, but practiced Wednesday.
"Rex is making progress," Mangini said.
The injury report doesn't come out until late Wednesday afternoon. Hadnot has been listed as ‘out' the past two weeks.
Not All His Fault: RT John St. Clair has been blamed for giving up four sacks to Broncos' LB Elvis Dumervil last Sunday, but Mangini said all the blame shouldn't be on St. Clair.
"I think there have been times where I've really liked what he's done, but last week, there were different things we could've done to help the situation."
St. Clair isn't worried about his confidence.
"I have confidence in my game," he said. "We just have to execute better."
Rucker's Out: TE Martin Rucker was replaced on Tuesday on the roster by TE Greg Estandia. Rucker was a fourth-round draft choice in 2008 by the Browns and was viewed as a replacement as a pass-receiving tight end for Kellen Winslow. However, Estandia at 6-8, 255 pounds is viewed as a blocking tight end.
"We liked Greg and thought it was a chance to improve the team," Mangini said. "I liked Martin and hope he can continue on."
No Experiment: A reporter asked Mangini about WR Josh Cribbs as a receiver and bristled at the idea that it was an experiment.
"I wouldn't classify it as an experiment by any means," Mangini said. "He's done some good things. He's made a commitment to it and he's made progress. I think Josh has made significant progress through this transition."
Cribbs is tied for the team lead with WR Braylon Edwards with seven catches, but he has just 32 yards for a 4.6 average.
"I thought the transition is what I thought it would be," Cribbs said. "It's not been a struggle."
Memories: Mangini went to Baltimore when the team moved from Cleveland. After Bill Belichick was fired, Ted Marchibroda became the coach and Mangini stayed on the staff under Marchibroda.
"I have a lot of memories from my time in Baltimore," he said. "Under Ted, I learned a lot. I met my wife there, got married there. I was part of the first draft there with Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis."
Mangini said his emotions of the last day in Cleveland could be boiled down to one word.
"It was a sad day," he said. "I don't think anyone was happy about it, players, coaches. You don't know what will happen with a new head coach coming in. You hope the people you were working with would recommend you."