BEREA—The Browns limped home from Chicago licking their wounds from another lopsided defeat. The team is 1-7 at the bye and Eric Mangini is already under fire.
Randy Lerner was not happy in Chicago and made it known to local reporters. He said no decisions would be made on Mangini in the immediate future.
In the meantime, Mangini vowed to evaluate the whole organization.
"As a staff we're going to go through phase by phase and put together a plan for each one of the days of practice," he said. "We want to identify what we do well and what we don't do well and plan accordingly. We want to be ready to move forward for our prep against Baltimore."
Mangini said he will evaluate all positions, including the quarterback.
"That's what this week is about," he said. "We're not game-planning for an opponent, but doing self-evaluation. We want to proceed in the best way to improve."
Mangini said he talked with Lerner on Monday about the state of the Browns.
"I talked to Randy this morning," Mangini said. "This is a process. We talked about this quite a bit. It doesn't mean we're not trying to win every game. It takes time. Randy and I share the same vision and what we talk about is how to go about accomplishing that.
"We're trying to in the short term and the long term get to that process," he said. "I don't think the vision changes, you just have to adapt to the circumstances. I don't think anybody is happy with the production we have. I think we're all frustrated when you see opportunities and they're wasted. The good thing about the bye week is being able to analyze those things and step back and move forward for the second half of the season."
Mangini was asked if he felt he and Lerner were on the same page.
"That's not the nature of our conversations," he said. "There are short-term topics and next-year topics. We want to figure out what."
Lerner said he was ‘sick' concerning the Browns current situation and Mangini was asked how he would describe his feelings.
"I have a lot of emotions, but I know it doesn't happen overnight," he said. "I've been a part of this process before."
One of the hot topics will be the ongoing saga of the quarterback situation.
Derek Anderson started his fifth game and was pulled in the final moments after posting a 10.5 QB rating. For the season, Anderson is 66-of-154 (42.9 percent) with two touchdowns and nine interceptions. He has a QB rating of 36.2.
Brady Quinn replaced Anderson late in the game after Anderson threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown. It's not known if the move was a permanent benching or a mop-up role for Quinn in the blowout.
Mangini didn't shed much light on his thoughts at quarterback, but said he doesn't feel he gives Anderson a bigger margin of error in comparison to Quinn.
"At the quarterback position, you'll have to look at everything in context," he said. "When you look at the things we did in the second half. I don't think those were a function of the throw. I don't think anyone has a different margin of error."
Quinn was asked after the game if he thought he'd be given another chance.
"That's something that our coaches have to make a decision upon," Quinn said. "We obviously got a bye week coming up and we got a lot of time to do so. I'm sure they're going to look at a lot of things. Again, our biggest thing right now is getter better as a team."
Neither player knows what the answer is to getting the offense on track.
"(All we can do is) just keep working," Anderson said. "We're not going to win any games turning the ball over four or five times. I don't care how good your defense is, how good you are, how bad you are, if you turn it over you lose. Those are the facts."
"It's tough to put a finger on what exactly we need to work on," Quinn said. "But again, I think by going back to the basics, focusing on the fundamentals, things of that nature, we're going to get better and be more consistent. Just continue to go back to the fundamentals and basics and continue to get better.
"Just trying to find ways of what we can do as a team to move the ball down the field and get some points on the board."
Room for Improvement: To say the least, the Browns can go nowhere but up. They are ranked dead last in the NFL in defense (31 rushing, 24 passing), while they are not much better on offense at 31st (23 rushing and 32 passing). The Raiders are the only team ranked lower than the Browns on offense.
Thoughts on Jamal: Mangini was asked what he thought about RB Jamal Lewis saying he was thinking of retiring at the end of the season.
"I think everybody makes decisions about their careers and I know Jamal takes losses hard and if a player didn't take a loss hard, I'd be concerned."
Bright Spots: Mangini said he was happy with the pressure the Browns put on QB Jay Cutler as they sacked him four times.
"I think defensively, there were a lot of things I was happy with," he said. "We had four sacks and generated pressure and had a goal line stand. The running game was better. I liked where we were with the younger guys when they went in when Eric Barton was hurt."
New Coordinator?: Mangini defended offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, but did say that QB coach Carl Smith might be more involved.
"No (about replacing Daboll)," Mangini said. "I think there are things we can improve offensively. Carl Smith has a lot of experience and can give some insight from experience, but that goes hand in hand with execution."
Mangini was asked why he had a first-year offensive coordinator.
"I have known Brian for a long time," he said. "In the systems he's worked in New York and New England and Carl is a good complement to that."