BEREA - Eric Mangini made it a point last week to say that Brady Quinn was slightly ahead of Derek Anderson in the quarterback competition.
However, Mangini made it a point to clarify the situation prior to practice on Wednesday.
“Quinn was just the starting rep the starting day,” he said. “(Quinn and Anderson) both had exactly the same amount of reps. They have had the exact amount of reps in every practice.”
Mangini said that it was Quinn’s turn again on Wednesday to take the first rep.
DAWSON STILL OUT: Mangini confirmed that WR/KR Josh Cribbs is at minicamp this week, but also confirmed that K Phil Dawson was not present.
“Cribbs is here and Dawson is not,” he said. “It’s a voluntary minicamp. Everybody has the option to not be here.”
Mangini used the question to plug rookie undrafted free agent Parker Douglass, who is the lone kicker in camp during Dawson’s absence.
“Parker Douglass has done a nice job in taking advantage of his opportunities,” he said. “He made a 52 yard field goal the other day to end practice.”
It is believed that Dawson would like his contract status addressed, but Mangini declined to say what the reason was other than the camp is ‘voluntary.’
Mangini did say that he has met with Dawson one-on-one since he’s become head coach.
“I’ve met with him like I did with all of the players.”
CRIBBS ON OFFENSE, FOR NOW: Mangini said that Cribbs will be working primarily on the offensive side of the ball this week.
“It’s his second day so he’ll stick with offense,” Mangini said. “I don’t look at limiting him. It’s what he wants it to become.”
Mangini said he didn’t look at how Cribbs was used as a receiver, but rather looking at him in developing his potential.
“It’s not looking back at what he’s done, but looking forward,” he said. “It’s going to be defined by him as far as what his production might be. It’s important to explore what options he can be involved in.”
IN THE HOOD: The Browns added DB Rod Hood as a free agent to give them another veteran in the secondary.
Mangini downplayed the signing.
“It’s ongoing for us,” he said. “It could be street free agents, players released from other teams. Rod has played different roles. He’s played inside and played outside and has productive.”
Hood played the past two seasons with the Cardinals and is expected to compete for time with Corey Ivy and Brandon McDonald for time.
OFFENSIVE LINE FLEXIBILITY: In the minicamp practice open to the media last Thursday, it Ryan Tucker was playing right guard, but Mangini said he has been used at right guard and right tackle.
“Ryan has done a good job at both right guard and right tackle,” Mangini said. “We’ve had a lot of different guys and combinations and we’ll look at the best group overall and see who the best five are.”
Mangini mentioned Floyd Womack and John St. Clair as other linemen in the rotation with Tucker. Both were signed as free agents this past off-season.
The general perception last year was that the left side with Joe Thomas and Eric Steinbach was solid, but the center Hank Fraley and the right side with Kevin Shaffer and Rex Hadnot was less than stellar.
“The effectiveness of the offensive line is going to tie in to the effectiveness of the running backs,” he said. “The tight ends play a big part in that. Sometimes, it’s easier to pin it on one group.
Hadnot raised some eyebrows when he was in the rotation ahead of Steinbach at left guard last week. First-round draft choice Alex Mack is expected to push Fraley or one of the guards for the starting position.
LOVE FOR BRAYLON: Mangini talked highly of WR Braylon Edwards when asked about him. He said that he remembered what Edwards did against the Jets while he was coaching there.
“He’s big and his sheer size often creates mismatches,” he said. “You combined that with his athleticism and he presents a challenge for defenses.”
THE DRIVE: Mangini referred to one of the most painful events in Browns’ playoff history as one of the teaching tools he’s used with the team. He said he re-creates situations of real games and puts his team in the situation. One he mentioned was ‘The Drive’ in which John Elway directed the Broncos 98 yards to help thwart the Browns from going to the Super Bowl after the 1986 season.
“We put the offense and defense in realistic situations that came about in NFL games,” Mangini said. “I learned that from Ted Marchibroda.”
He mentioned that ‘The Drive’ was one of the situations simulated and was asked if he would’ve played the prevent defense that the Browns employed.
“I wasn’there, but that’s one of the situations we used,” he said. “That’s what I like because things come up that you can’t script, but you can coach. I did that in New York. Sometimes, it doesn’t matter what you did in the first 58 minutes, but what you do in the final two minutes.”
Mangini was asked if the team even knew from what game it came.
“We showed them a lot of situations. That was just one of them.”
DONTE UPDATE: WR Donte Stallworth continues to be absent as he prepares for his upcoming DUI manslaughter trial. Mangini said that the legal process has to play out, both in Florida and with the NFL.
“That’s important now with the legal process and let that play out,” Mangini said. “There is a legal process and the league has a process.”