Tag:Eric Mangini
Posted on: September 19, 2010 12:34 pm

Delhomme to miss Week 3 as well?

Posted by Will Brinson

Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme is inactive for the Week 2 matchup against the Chiefs which, by the way, means that we're one Seneca Wallace injury away from the Colt McCoy Era getting kicked off in Cleveland. Scary, right?

It might not be any easier to deal with next week either -- Adam Schefter reports on Twitter that Delhomme's not even a lock to play in Week 3, pointing out that the "question is whether he'll be ready next Sunday for [the] Ravens."

Not that Delhomme/Wallace/McCoy is great on any level regardless of who's playing, but the notion that Wallace and McCoy could be running the good Browns ship into the ground for two weeks in a row is pretty terrifying for Cleveland fans.

And for Eric Mangini, considering how warm his pants were before the season even started.

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Posted on: September 15, 2010 9:01 am

Report: Delhomme in a walking boot right now

Posted by Will Brinson

Jake Delhomme's performance against Tampa Bay was one of the more disappointing items of the first NFL weekend. Perhaps his head was still ringing from the Ndamukong Suh "tackle" during the preseason.

The more likely cause is a first half ankle injury which he fought through , and which now, according to Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer , has him in a walking boot.

Grossi's source also believes that Seneca Wallace will get the "bulk of reps" with the first team Wednesday in anticipation for Delhomme not being able to start against the Chiefs on Sunday.

Or, at the very least, being listed as questionable on the team's Week 2 injury report, which Delhomme probably will.

If Delhomme can't go against the Chiefs, that should mean a healthy dose of Jerome Harrison ... er, well, it should . But he's (apparently) done something evil to Eric Mangini's family, because there's no other way to explain how a guy who put up a season's worth of rushing yards in the last three games of 2009 is still splitting carries with fumble-machine Peyton Hillis and only getting carries when the team is backed into its own end zone.

That's an entirely different rant to rumble off on; the point here is that there's a decent chance Delhomme might not play on Sunday, depending on the severity of the ankle injury.

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Posted on: August 30, 2010 5:46 pm
Edited on: August 30, 2010 6:09 pm

NFL currently reviewing Suh - Delhomme play

Posted by Will Brinson

As you may recall from Sunday, Ndamukong Suh nearly wrecked Jake Delhomme's season a little early with what was quite a nasty, um, tackle (for lack of a better word) .

Unsurprisingly, the topic came up during Monday's media availability with the Browns -- coach Eric Mangini acknowledged that the Browns would have the league look at the incident if for some reason they weren't already checking it out.

“Yes," Mangini said. "I’ve got to imagine whether we will, but whether we did or not, I’m sure they’ll look at it closely. When I met the kid, he’s a good kid, so I don’t think he’s a malicious guy. From what I know about him, it was just a poor decision.”

Fortunately, Mangini doesn't have to worry: NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed to CBSSports.com that the play is "already under review." (Even before hearing from Aiello, I would have bet my not-yet-first-born that the guys in the officiating compound were checking that one out a few times, but very good to hear that they are -- it was a dangerous play.)

Mangini also insinuated that he would have preferred that Suh be tossed from the game following the play.

"It put the quarterback at risk, but I’m not the official," Mangini said. "You know you don’t want to see that at any point. As I said, my experience with him in the draft process is that he’s a good kid and it was just not a great decision."

It's hard to fathom how the officials didn't see the play in real time and immediately think that it was a play -- especially in the preseason -- deserving of more than just a 15-yard facemask penalty.

But that's probably because they were too busy figuring out how Delhomme was able to fist-pump in celebration of the penalty when he should have more closely resembled that the dude from "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," only sans pumpkin. Little did they know, that's the "most Jake Delhomme thing" ever.

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Posted on: August 25, 2010 2:18 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2010 2:20 pm

Shaun Rogers might have to go on PUP

S. Rogers might have to start the season on the PUP list (Getty) Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Cleveland NT Shaun Rogers hasn’t been cleared to practice after offseason ankle surgery, and according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the team hasn’t decided whether to put him on the Physically Unable to Play list to open the year.

“I don't want to put any definitive timeline on it,” coach Eric Mangini said. “We'll see where it is."

If Rogers starts on the PUP list, he’d be out for at least six weeks. Rogers could also be suspended by the NFL for his arrest in April on gun charges, but if he’s on the injured list, he would serve that suspension at the same time.

So, what happens if Shaun Rogers isn’t ready to play at the start of the season? Considering the 3-4 defense is built around the 6-foot-4, 350-pounder, it wouldn’t be a positive development.

Ahtyba Rubin most likely would take Rogers’ spot in the middle of the defensive line. Like Rogers, Rubin is a solid run-stuffer who has stamina issues. But he doesn’t dominate double-teams like Rogers. Still, after Rogers broke his ankle last year, the Browns run defense seemed to improve with Rubin getting the playing time.

That’s not me saying Rubin is a better player than Rogers, because he’s most definitely not. I’m just saying an overweight Rogers doesn’t help his team quite as much as some people might think. Also, Rubin might be in line for more playing time at NT anyway, because the Browns have talked about having Rogers line up in the DE spot.

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Posted on: August 24, 2010 11:33 am

Hot in Cleveland - well lukewarm, anyway

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Last year at this time, the Browns were staring at a mess. Their quarterback choices were Derek Anderson or Brady Quinn. WR Braylon Edwards would soon be on his way out of town. RB Jamal Lewis was getting old.

New head coach Eric Mangini already was facing problems within the organization. And as Tony Grossi from the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes, “Mike Furrey was one of the surest tacklers in the secondary. Yes, Mike Furrey, the possession receiver.”

Life is different now in Berea, Ohio, though.

Jake Delhomme might only be a slight upgrade – if that – but at least the QB spot isn’t in question, though if the coaches wanted to make things interesting, they could throw in Seneca Wallace every now and again (I’m not sure what the deal is here, but Grossi also mentions third-round pick Colt McCoy needs to play well in the final two preseason games in order to make the roster). Rookies Joe Haden and T.J. Ward have performed well in the secondary during training camp, and RB Jerome Harrison rushed for 561 yards in the final three games of last season.

Of course there are still plenty of questions in Cleveland and there’s almost no chance they won’t finish last in the AFC North, but life just seems a little bit better for the Browns. At least compared to last year.

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Posted on: August 14, 2010 8:44 pm

Jake Delhomme looks quite sharp for Browns early

Posted by Will Brinson

Jake Delhomme's been a running joke for interception funny-makers ever since his playoff meltdown against the Cardinals in 2008. The level of attention his failures received only increased when he joined the Cleveland Browns, an organization not exactly associated with success.

Throw the "Come on, it's the preseason!" flags at me all you want, but he looked really sharp on the Browns' first possession against the Packers Saturday night, going 6/7 for 66 yards as the Browns marched down the field before Jerome Harrison punched the ball in for Cleveland's first touchdown of 2010.

Delhomme's only incompletion was a pass intended for Brian Robiskie -- and it was only incomplete because Nick Collins made a very nice play on it. Otherwise, Delhomme spread the ball around, hitting Evan Moore and Mohamed Massaquoi twice each.

He worked once out of the gun and once out of an empty-back set (on fourth down no less) and generally looked as comfortable as he did during his heyday with the Panthers.

That's not to say that Carolina should immediately regret their decision, but based on (very) early returns, it seems like Cleveland won't regret theirs. At the very least, he's an upgrade over the Derek Anderson - Brady Quinn debacle that was 2009.

Posted on: August 10, 2010 2:03 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2010 5:59 pm

Haden could take Wright's starting spot

CB J. Haden received first-team snaps today after E. Wright left because of an injury (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With Cleveland CB Eric Wright injuring himself in practice today – his status is unclear, but it appears he hurt his right hamstring – first-round pick Joe Haden now could get a chance to prove to the Browns he can handle a starting position.
As James Walker of ESPN.com points out, Haden, the team's first-round pick, has been a backup since he arrived in Berea, Ohio, but that could change, depending on the severity of Wright’s injury.

"I'm real excited," Haden said when asked about the possibility of starting Saturday’s preseason opener against Green Bay. "It definitely means a whole lot more playing time, and that's just more time to make plays."

It’s a bit of good news after Haden found himself in trouble with coach Eric Mangini after he Tweeted the news about a player facing a fine because a cell phone went off in a meeting. Here’s what Haden wrote on his page : “These fines ain't no joke! Somebody phone alarm went off in the meeting and all Coach Mangini said was " that will b $1760! #damnfines”

Mangini was asked about it today, and he laughed when he said, “I think our social media is a work in progress.” Mind you, Haden wrote that AFTER Mangini warned the team about being careful with social media.

UPDATE: Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot says that Wright is riding the exercise bike during tonight's practice. That suggests he's banged up but not seriously injured.

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Posted on: August 10, 2010 9:58 am
Edited on: August 10, 2010 10:09 am

Hot Routes 8.10.2010

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

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--The Steelers don’t have much depth at outside linebacker. Which is why they drafted Jason Worilds in the second round and Thaddeus Gibson in the fourth round. Still, through a combination of problems , Pittsburgh isn’t getting much production from those two.

--Ravens safety Dawan Landry has been flat-out hurting people in training camp. He busted Willis McGahee’s lip and he smashed Derrick Mason so hard that Mason sprained his ankle. Without crazy-man FS Ed Reed in the lineup for the time being, Landry is exactly what Baltimore needs in its shredded defensive back corps. 

--The Dolphins released a preseason depth chart, and there a couple of interesting decisions on there. For one, Joe Berger is ahead of Jake Grove for starting center. Brian Hartline is listed as a starting WR. Chad Pennington is fourth-string QB behind Tyler Thigpen and Pat White. ESPN.com cautions none of this means much of anything yet.

--Jets coach Rex Ryan admits he made a mistake last year placing Vernon Gholston at outside linebacker. Gholston has been an absolute bust since New York took him in the first round of the 2008 draft – come to think of it, maybe we should wait at least one more year before giving him the big ol’ bust label, though Gholston has been pretty bad – but Ryan says he’s really excited about Gholston’s prospects this season. 

--Dolphins CEO Mike Dee wrote a letter to Miami’s fans and posted it on the team’s web site , apologizing for canceling Monday’s practice at Sun Life Stadium. Take it easy, Mike. I don’t think fans will blame you for the weather. Still, a class move from Dee.

--What will it be like when the Patriots and Saints hold a joint practice today? The Boston Herald has the FAQ and the answers . There won’t be a scrimmage, but the two teams will work together in individual drills and some down-and-distance situations. 

--The Browns players have 17 active Twitter accounts, but after Brandon McDonald’s crude Tweets in the past, the Cleveland organization will be paying a watchful eye at how the rest of the Browns participate in the social media world. Mangini, though, admits that he doesn’t expect his players to stop using Twitter

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