Wednesday Berea Report

Furrey looking at more safety time following Pool's likely season-ending injury, plus Quinn talks offense and Mangini looking to find a replacement for Big Baby...

BEREA—Mike Furrey doesn't know if he should wear a white jersey or a brown jersey to practice. The offensive players wear white jerseys and the defensive players wear brown.

"I'm still trying to figure that out," Furrey said. "Right now, I'm here in the locker room and ready to go to practice.

"When I get out on the field, they'll tell me to go in and I'll go in."

Furrey has been seeing more and more time at safety and it is anticipated he will be used even more as Brodney Pool is sidelined with a concussion.

"I study all week and prepare to play the game," Furrey said. "I never know what situation will arise."

Furrey knows what it's like to suffer a concussion as he took a knee to the helmet himself.

"I got whiplash after taking a knee to the helmet," he said. "The hard thing is I felt normal, but it sometimes lingers."

Eric Mangini said there are several possibilities to replace Pool.

"Mike Adams has played there quite a bit," he said. "Mike Furrey has played there. Hank Poteat has played there."

Another possibility is that DB Brandon McDonald will move back into a starting role at cornerback if Adams moves back to safety.

"Just because someone has moved out of the starting role for a while, doesn't mean you can't move him back in there."

Furrey is second on the Browns with 23 receptions for 170 yards, just three behind Mohamed Massaquoi. He has two tackles and two passes defensed on the defense side of the ball, including breaking up a potential touchdown in the end zone last week against the Bengals.

Furrey was chosen by his teammates as the recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award. Furrey is in his first season with the Browns, after missing the final six games of the 2008 season with the Lions.

Furrey has been very active in the community volunteering his time with the Cleveland Foodbank, Cleveland Christian Home, Cleveland Clinic Rehab Hospital, NFL Hometown Huddle and numerous school visits.

Last year's winner of the courage award was Joe Jurevicius.

Brady's Take: QB Brady Quinn said he doesn't think the offense went backwards against the Bengals.

"After the touchdown, we had a chance to keep the momentum going," he said. "We didn't do so. We just have to do a better job of executing."

One of the positives for the offense has been the fact they haven't turned the ball in the last two games.

"Whenever you don't turn the ball over you give yourself a chance offensively," he said.

Last week, offensive coordinator Brian Daboll cited stats of QB Peyton Manning and Troy Aikman after similar amounts of starts. Quinn's numbers are similar.

"I haven't really looked at that, right now," he said. "I'm looking to improve each year."

Quinn On Weis: Quinn was asked about his thoughts of his former coach, Charlie Weis, being fired.

"I'm sure he's got a very bright future in coaching," Quinn said. "He will have a lot of opportunities to coach."

QB Derek Anderson stepped in and asked Quinn a question, ‘Who is going to be the coach at Notre Dame?'.

"I have no idea," Quinn said. "I'm sure Derek Anderson should be considered."

Williams at Nose: The Browns are trying to figure out who will replace the huge void created with the season-ending loss to DL Shaun Rogers. DL Corey Williams has lobbied for time there and might be used according to Mangini. Other candidates are C.J. Mosley and projected starter Ahtyba Rubin.

"He's worked there in training camp and during the season. He has done a nice job in terms of taking on the center. He's been stout. C.J. (Mosley) has been in there as well."

Opposite Directions: The Browns have lost six games in a row on their way to a 1-10 record. Meanwhile, the Chargers have won six in a row on their way to an 8-3 record.

Mangini knows the Browns will have their hands full on both sides of the ball.

"Defensively, they give you a lot of different looks and we're going to have to deal with them,"  Mangini said. "If you look at the Kansas City game, the score was lopsided and it was largely due to the pressure the defense put on them.

"Their offense, it doesn't matter who you talk about, they can hurt you," he said. "They're a good team that can hurt you in a lot of ways."

Pool's Career in Jeopardy: DB Brodney Pool (concussion) is definitely ruled out for this week's game and is most likely done for the season, according to Mangini.

"It's not looking very positive," he said. "He's definitely not going to play this week and it's looking like he won't play the rest of the year."

Mangini said there has been no discussion about Pool possibly ending his career after suffering the fourth or fifth concussion of his five year career.

"We haven't gotten to that point,"  Mangini said. "I think we have to go through this process and then see where he is down the road."

Coleman, Wimbley Status: Mangini didn't rule DL Kenyon Coleman (knee) and LB Kamerion Wimbley (knee) out for this week's game.

"We'll see where they are by the end of the week."

Gates Special: TE Antonio Gates, a product of Kent State, has turned into one of the best tight ends in the NFL. He played basketball in college, but joined the Chargers as an undrafted free agent and turned into a Pro Bowl player.

"He's really, really good,"  Mangini said. "He has the ability to adjust to the ball wherever it's thrown."

Gates currently leads the Chargers with 59 receptions for 827 yards, including four touchdowns.

Roster Moves: DL Brian Schaefering was added to the 53-man roster from the practice squad. RB Jed Collins and DB Michael Grant were added to the practice squad.

Schaefering spent the first 12 weeks on the practice squad.

Collins was an undrafted free agent of the Eagles and was on the Eagles' and Browns' practice squads after playing at Washington State.

Grant was an undrafted free agent of the Jaguars and was on the Chiefs' and Redskins' practice squads after playing for Arkansas.

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