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Translating Mangini

Have you ever read a transcript from one of Eric Mangini's press conferences? It is a little like reading latin poetry. He says what needs to be said in order to be responsive but nothing more, and what he does say is rather cryptic. We have made no secret in the past that we are intrigued by that approach. It angers the media, but it keeps them on their toes.

Here is our feeble attempt at filling in some gaps in what the head coach had to say to the media on June 4 on two key issues: the future of Kamerion Wimbley, and the ongoing quarterback competition.

When addressing Kamerion Wimbley, Mangini focussed on building his versatility and improving his technique. But notice that the only stats he referred to were sacks. There is no question that what Mangini wants more than anything is for Wimbley to become a better pass rusher, even if that means fewer run stops. He did not say that versatility means better sack ability, but that was what he meant. Wimbley needs to take a page from David Bowens, who can play both outside and inside, left or right side, so that he can line up wherever is the quickest line to the quarterback. Mangini waffled a bit by saying that sacks come in bunches and the numbers are not everything, but make no mistake, either Kam improves his sack stats or he risks being relegated to less playing time. That will be Wimbley's future under Mangini - pure sack artist who plays much like a defensive end but from more positions.

On the QB conflict, forget about what media pundits have said regarding Mangini's comments. Eric's mention of the importance of huddle pressure does NOT favour Brady Quinn. Anderson is no shrinking violet; and he has the bruises to prove it. Derek's problem has never been that he throws the ball too early for fear of getting hit. The key comment from Mangini was about blitzes - "Who can see a blitz look and put us into the right play?". That does not really favour Brady either because he has not played enough to tell, but it definitely works against Anderson in a big way. Derek's major problem is being unable to see blitzes and adapt. Remember that game against the Ravens last year when we blew the big lead? We still had a chance to come back and win that game but for the interception thrown by Anderson that was returned for a TD. That play was a simple blitz up the middle. But Derek missed it. A throw in the flats would have beat the defense. Anderson threw the football literally as if he was a blind man - right into the bread basket of the defender. He did not see the blitz. And it was not the first or the last time that happened.

So, yes, it is advantage Brady Quinn. But not for the reasons expressed by most other commentators. Because of default - surely Quinn has to be equal to or better than Anderson at picking up blitzes. That is what Mangini is thinking, we bet.

Mangini the mysterio; keep it up Eric. We like the intrigue.

Go Browns!

-Clayton

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2 comments:

  1. Jerry, come on man, us Canadians spell differently, my friend. Cheers. What happened to the Blog?

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