Tuesday, September 15, 2009

This is a big week for Mangini

It did not take the Browns long to move their focus away from Vikings and onto the Broncos, their opponents Sunday in Denver. Coach Eric Mangini says he uses every game, win or lose, as a teaching tool.

The Browns were beaten by a superior team when they lost to the Vikings, 34-20. That was expected. What wasn't expected was some of the silly mistakes the Browns made.

James Davis, Joe Thomas and John St. Clair were each flagged for a false start at home in the fourth quarter. Noise wasn't a factor; the stadium cleared out fast when the Browns imploded. If the Browns want to hear loud, wait until they get to Mile High Stadium. It is one of the loudest places in the NFL. It is the Broncos first home game of the season and Denver fans will be fired up to see if rookie coach Josh McDaniels can bring back the glory days.

Mangini constantly preaches protect the ball and avoid penalties. He will reemphasize that this week in practice.

Don't look for any lineup changes not related to an injury. Don't even think about benching Brady Quinn for Derek Anderson. Chris Palmer benched Ty Detmer after one game in 1999 in favor of Tim Couch. The comparison isn't a parallel since Couch was a rookie, but a coach making a change that quickly looks indecisive. Mangini is sticking with Quinn, and that's the right thing to do.


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