Dec. 7, 2009
Quinn Still Needing Consistency
By Fred Greetham
OBR Browns Reporter
BEREA—So far the only thing about Brady Quinn's play is that he's consistently been inconsistent.
Since returning to the starting lineup, Quinn has put up what would be described as two good games and two bad games.
On the season, Quinn is 120-of-220 for 1183 yards (54.5 pct.) with eight touchdowns and five interceptions and a QB rating of 72.6. He is the 25th rated passer in the NFL (13th in the AFC). A big positive is the fact that Quinn hasn't thrown an interception in the last three games.
Against the Chargers, Quinn was 25-of-45 for 271 yards with three touchdowns and a QB rating of 95.7.
One of the goals of the final games of this season is to see if Quinn can be the long-term answer at quarterback, thus the Browns won't have to expend their top draft choice on another quarterback.
Eric Mangini isn't ready to say he's sold.
"What I'm looking for right now is the next game," he said. "It could be up one week and down the next. What can we continue to improve upon and maintain that level of consistency."
Mangini still maintains that the offensive play is collective and not just the quarterback.
"It's collective," he said. "For the most part against the Chargers, the protection was outstanding. There were some really good throws and some really good catches."
Mangini said for the most part he is happy with the decisions that Quinn has been making.
"His awareness of what the defense is giving us has been good," he said. "I thought he made some good calculated decisions.
"I've been happy, overall, with his decision making process," he said. "There were a couple of plays that I wish he would've made another choice, but sometimes that's just the time clock in your head going off."
However, consistency remains the focus.
"That's really the goal," he said. "As a team, we played much better in the first and fourth quarters. Consistency to me is the goal across the board.
"It's not an easy skill to learn," he said. "I think offensively, we've made improvements, regardless of the quarterback."
Not Giving Up: Mangini said what he liked most about the game with the Chargers was the fact the team didn't quit when they were down 27-7.
"The best thing we did when faced with a 27-7 score was we could've let the game play out," he said. "I never felt the guys were ready to give up. We were in a position for a successful onside kick and a chance to win. We don't want to dig ourselves a hole like that, but we fought back."
Mangini remains steadfast in his belief that the Browns are on the right track, despite being 1-11 with seven losses in a row.
"I believe wholeheartedly in what we're doing," Mangini said. "I knew coming in here that things don't happen overnight. There are things that happen on the field and organizationally that happen over time."
Mangini said he and owner Randy Lerner share the same vision.
"That's something we talked about coming in," he said. "We share the same vision and it's not easy to build something that lasts. There's no set formula. You have to make right decisions every day."
Happy with the Kiddie Corps: The Browns rookies accounted for 13 receptions against the Chargers with TE Evan Moore grabbing six for 80 yards, WR Brian Robiskie with four for 69 yards, WR Mohamed Massaquoi with two for 24 yards and a touchdown and RB Chris Jennings adding one for two yards.
Mangini said that several of those players showed what they had in practice.
"That was good for those guys," Mangini said. "I think he had a really good week of practice and there's a strong correlation between how you practice and how you play.
"Evan Moore had a good couple of weeks of practice and it translated to the field," he said. "You never know how they're going to respond. The same could be said for Chris Jennings."
Mosley Done: DL C.J. Mosley was added to the injured reserve list after breaking his ankle against the Chargers. Mosley played in 12 games with his only start against the Chargers. He had 18 tackles.
To replace Mosley, the Browns signed DL Derreck Robinson, who was most recently waived by the Cowboys on Sept. 5, 2009.
Robinson was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Chargers in 205 and played in 16 games with the Chargers in 2005 and 2006. He played in six games with the Dolphins in 2007 and was out of football in 2008. The 6-4, 295 Robinson played at Iowa.
Harrison Impresses: One of the long time knocks against RB Jerome Harrison is that he doesn't block very well, but Mangini said that Harrison has made some great strides in that area.
"J.C.(Harrison) really had a nice game running and catching the ball, but what I really liked was the way he blocked," he said. "I thought he made some strides there and did a good job of sealing the backside on a couple of blocks."
Harrison had seven receptions for 62 yards with two touchdowns and 10 receptions for 35 yards.
"He's done a lot of things you look for in a feature back," Mangini said. "He catches screens and check downs and has been effective running the ball. I think he does things similar to Leon Washington and he's had a chance to be a featured back."
Steeler Week: Most Browns fans would take great pleasure in knocking the Steelers officially out of the playoff hunt with a win this week.
"What would give me satisfaction is to play good football and go out and win the game," Mangini said. "Things haven't gone the way for Pittsburgh this year, but I'm sure they're resolved to get (their situation) fixed."
The Steelers are 6-6 and have lost four in a row.