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2010 Post Draft Press Conference

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Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini, President Mike Holmgren and General Manager Tom Heckert Press Conference 4-24-10

Mike Holmgren
(Opening statement) –
“I’m just checking to see who has the same shirt on (joking). Thanks for hanging in there with us. We finished a very productive draft. The draft portion of it course, we have roll up our sleeves and kind of fill out the roster with free agents and Tom’s guys are already working on that. Before we start here, I want to compliment these two guys on the job they did in preparation. Tom did a great job of setting the board up as we talked about last night. Eric and the coaches were very, very thorough and communicated very, very well with us on what he thought he needed to make the team stronger. Then, the communication was excellent in the room and it was a very, very healthy, good start for all of us. I appreciate all your hard work.”Mike Holmgren


(On Colt McCoy’s timetable to getting on the field) –
“Again, that’s one of those things I’ll make suggestions (on). I said it this morning on the radio, things could change, but I don’t expect him to play this year. We did not draft him, necessarily, to come in and play this year. Now, the final call will be Eric’s and practice will determine certain things, but we have three quarterbacks already here that we feel very good about. I think as we mentioned last night, the best thing that might be able to happen to him is that he just sits, watches, learns and makes the transition into the pro game. That’s my expectation level for him. It would be the same for any quarterback that we picked, I think, at this stage. We made the other quarterback decisions for this season and then if we were going to draft one, at least I was looking beyond that.”Mike Holmgren


(On an example of a rookie quarterback coming in and thriving right away) –
“I don’t think so, Tom (Withers), not without a good team around him. In fact, very few with a good team around him, if you want to get picky about it. The guy that I thought was the best example of coming in and playing right away well was (Dan) Marino, but there have been some wonderful players, hall of fame players, it’s just that there is a learning curve at every position, in particularly at quarterback. It just seems to be how it has to be. If you are not with a very good team, as I mentioned last night, you really run the risk of scarring the kid a little bit.”Tom Heckert


(On Carlton Mitchell) –
“Carlton is obviously a guy that has great size and great speed. He’s a junior that came out, so why he fell as far as he did, I don’t know the answer to that. We are happy to have him. I think that he’s a little bit on the raw side. He’s going to need some time. He showed some flashes of being a really good player and we are excited about working with him.” Eric Mangini


“I think that the nice thing for him is that he comes into a group that is relatively young, so he is going to have a lot of opportunities and that group will be able to grow together. As Tom said, he has really good speed, really good size. In talking to him, now it’s important for him to come in and establish some sort of role for himself.” 


(On Colt McCoy’s timetable to getting on the field) –


(On an example of a rookie quarterback coming in and thriving right away) –


(On Carlton Mitchell) –


Mike Holmgren

(On what he learned about himself through this draft process) –
“That’s an interesting question. There is a learning curve for me as well, there’s no question about it. This is a little bit of a new deal. The other thing I think that I realized, and it became apparent as the draft was going on, (is that) you have personnel people in the draft room and you have coaches in the draft room and it is important that they blend and mesh because they might view the whole thing through a little different lens. As the coach thinking, ‘This is what I need, I know my team. How does this guy fit in this system?’ All of those things. The personnel people, while they are thinking about that as well, there are also measurable, height, speed and the guy is a football player. What I realized about myself is that I had to try and stop looking at it a little bit like a coach and try and blend the two things together. In the past, I pretty much looked at it as the coach, plugging guys immediately into little spots. The other thing is that going into that room, we had definite responsibilities set up. Tom was orchestrating the draft. That was his responsibility. Eric and I were there talking constantly and kind of feeding information and then answering questions that he might have. At times, I probably overstepped my bounds a little bit and then I kind of had to come back. If I hurt anybody’s feelings, then I’m sorry, but I thought that it worked out great for the most part. Heck yeah, it was a new deal for me.”

Eric Mangini

(On addressing needs in the secondary as a defensive coach) –
“I don’t consider myself a defensive coach anymore, I know that’s the background, but I’m excited about all of these guys. I think we did a lot of things that can really help us. We brought in a lot of good kids as well, which is important. Now it’s up to us and them to figure out the best way for them to contribute, hopefully right away in whatever context that it. I’m always excited about any good player we can bring in, offense, defense or special teams. This next part of the draft is fun too where you get a chance to give some kids an opportunity that they didn’t get in the draft and you get some great players there. They will all be in the room here next weekend and it is exciting.”


Tom Heckert

(On the players drafted on Day 3) –
“(Larry) Asante is a guy that obviously played some big time football, he started a lot of games there. He’s another tough kid. He’s a really good football player that we think can help on special teams. Just like with the other guys, he will battle at safety for playing time. We do think he is a good player. He played at a big time level of competition, which is always a nice thing to have. Carlton Mitchell we talked about a little bit, another kid that’s just big and fast. He is a little on the raw side, but we think he’s got a chance to improve and become a really good player for us. The last guy, Clifton Geathers, he’s a monster. He’s almost 6-8, 295 pounds. A kid that’s a really good athlete for a guy his height, you usually don’t see the athletic ability, but this guy has it. I guess his uncle is Jumpy Geathers and he is a very similar size to him. He played at South Carolina and he was productive. He plays hard and obviously a guy with his size, I think his potential is untapped.”

 

Tom Heckert
(On the potential of moving Geathers to the offensive line) –
“No. You know what, it’s funny because when we watched the tape, we thought about that. Right now, he’s going to be a defensive player. We talked to him on the phone about a week ago or two weeks ago and he said that a couple teams actually had worked him out as an offensive lineman. Right now, he is a defensive lineman. (Because of his arms) and his size. I think he has got 37 inch arms, but a guy that tall with those long arms. He is a defensive end for us.” Eric Mangini


(On drafting ‘tough’ players to have a more physical style of play this year) –
“No. I enjoy whenever we can describe a player that way much better than the alternative. It’s hard to coach ‘soft.’ Tom and Mike both looked at the core characteristics and the things we talked about and they are important to all of us. Toughness is a great thing to have and I can tell you with Asante, he is a guy that can knock the wind out of you. He can knock your helmet off and he has done that in the past. That’s nice to have and that it helps make receivers think about in cuts. Adding as many of those types of players that just put that little bit of doubt in the back of someone’s mind that’s running a route, that’s a good thing.”  

Tom Heckert
(On if his first draft process with the Browns was rough at all)
– “No, it went fine. They had their evaluations pretty much done by the time I got here, so we had a few meetings and Coach sat in on most of those meetings and it ran smooth. We just set the board up and we did a few things differently, but bottom line is that it’s pretty much the same thing. You rate the players and put them up there how you like them. It really wasn’t a big transition at all.”  

Tom Heckert
(On any needs that weren’t addressed in the draft) –
“Not really. I think we said this before, we didn’t really go into this looking like we need this or we need this. We had guys if we wanted to go with this position, we had guys there. It worked out where we probably had guys where if we didn’t get this guy, we were probably going to go with another position. It wasn’t like we are going to take these two defensive linemen or these two safeties. It worked out pretty well.” 

 

Eric Mangini
(On checking into Geathers’ background) –
“Yes. We talked to him and we talked to people at the school. We felt comfortable with it.”

Tom Heckert

(On if all the players drafted were ‘green sticker’ players) – “They were all good. There weren’t any red stickers, so that’s good.”


Eric Mangini

“Anyone that’s not green, will be.” 

 

Eric Mangini

(On differences between T.J. Ward and Asante) – “I think that there are a lot of similarities, but there are certain parts of their game that are different in terms of the development in zone coverage and man to man coverage. Each guy has a little bit different strength. What’s going to be important though, Tony (Grossi), is how they can adjust to our system. That’s the most important thing. You see them play within their system and sometimes what they’re asked to do in their system is different than what we teach. It doesn’t mean it’s wrong, it’s just different. They may also not know some of the things that we are teaching from a zone perspective or whatever the case may be. I think there are a lot of similarities, there are some slight differences in strengths in areas, but it will be how they can adapt to our system.”

Eric Mangini

(On Holmgren having to convince everyone that it’s a process here and it will take time) – “You don’t have to keep me in check. I’ve been saying that for a year.”

Mike Holmgren

“I think that we have all been at this long enough to realize the process itself and you can’t fix everything in one year. You can’t draft everybody you’d like to draft and plug all of the holes in one year. You can’t do it. We talked about it a lot, the three of us. I think we all understand what it’s going to take and how we are going to try and go about it. Those are the important things. I’m overstating this, I know, but the communication between the three of us is vitally important. The ability to listen to the other guy is vitally important. Not just be the speaker all of the time, but listen. I believe we are on the same page. We understand our football team, I’ve learned it. Eric clearly knows it. I’m always talking to him about what he needs and how can we make it better, he knows the best. Tom and I have to help him be successful on the football field. We get that. We’ve been at it. I’m very excited about this year’s draft. We were able to take a step forward, a good step. These young guys have to come in and play now. The draft is an interesting thing for me, it always has been. The fact that it’s an exciting weekend for all of the teams, everyone is excited. The people that get to pick really high, it’s really a fun day in that building, but that means you had a horrible season. I always thought that was kind of an interesting thing. The proof in pudding won’t be for two years, three years and we’ll look back and say, ‘That was really a pretty good draft.’ I think I told you, the worst draft I had in Green Bay, and I don’t know how many of you guys do this, you give grades, I got a D. I thought that was really bad, a D is bad. If I brought my father home a D, that would be a bad thing. We got beat up pretty good for it. You fast-forward it and four years later, we were in the Super Bowl, won the Super Bowl and five kids out of that draft started for us. I happened to have the privilege of speaking to the writers in Wisconsin that year and the person that gave me the D was sitting right where you were (gestures to the front). I got up and made him stand up, and there were about 800 people there, and we had a real interesting exchange. I reminded him of that. We will know in three years. We are excited about it though. I think it was good, but they have to come in and play. We have veterans here that, heck, they have a lot of pride. They are going to make it tough on these young guys to play and get their spot. That’s good though, that’s healthy.”

Eric Mangini

(On the hardships of bringing in three new quarterbacks) – “It’s an interesting way to look at it because anytime you go to a new, team all the quarterbacks are new to you and the system is new to them. So coming here last year, we really had two new quarterbacks in the sense that they didn’t have that familiarity with myself or Brian (Daboll) or the system, same thing in New York as well. I guess as a coach, you’re a little bit more accustom when you transition teams, to installing a system or if you change an offensive coordinator, to changing the system. I think one of the things you do lose is the shared experiences. Where you can say to a guy, ‘Hey remember that game where we asked you to do X, Y and Z’ or ‘do you remember that coverage we talked about?’ You don’t have that anymore, but you kind of start and draw on experiences that maybe you shared at different teams. Things that they’ve gone through, that you’ve gone through similar to teach from. The system though, is the system and they need to learn it.”

Eric Mangini

(On if managing the quarterback situation in preseason will be a significant challenge) – “No, not really. Each year is different. Last year was obviously different. You try to look at it as, at the start of those games, wherever you are in the process with the quarterbacks trying to cater the playing time to best get them ready to play. That’s a little bit different each time you go into a set of preseason games. You may adjust it year in and year out.”

Mike Holmgren

(On what he away took from his first draft experience with Seattle to this one) – “Had I come in here in Tom’s (Heckert) position then there would be a direct correlation. I was in a little different spot. When I came in there (Seattle) that was my job, what he did. I was watching that, to be honest with you, because Tom was working with the existing scouts and things like that. Where I made my mistake looking back on it, while all the guys were good, we had a little too much difference of opinion. Not based necessarily on the player but on the philosophy of the particular group. It was like my group that came in knew and then the existing group that was there. You know, you co-existed but you know. I didn’t sense any of that at all. I talked to Tom about this a couple months ago. He liked the group that was here. They were working hard and they prepared properly. I don’t think we experienced here the same type of thing that I did in Seattle. I must admit that, that was really a brand new role for me and I would have done it differently if I had another crack at that in Seattle. We didn’t have that here.”

Mike Holmgren

(On what his first draft grade was in Seattle) – “It wasn’t good. I’m still a tad above 2.0, I think.”

Tom Heckert

(On the new draft format) – “A lot more time to eat. We had a lot of time during the day. I actually like the next day, especially between Thursday night and Friday. It’s just, I don’t know if it needed to be that much time. You had all day until 6 o’clock on Friday. It was probably a little much. We talked about this yesterday, I thought there would be more trades between the first and the top of the second round and it didn’t really happen. If that’s what someone was looking for that didn’t happen. It was nice to kind of relax a little bit and rethink what’s left on the board, but it was a lot of waiting during the day.”

Mike Holmgren

(On whether there will be a transition to a West Coast offense) – “I’ve talked about this and he (Eric Mangini) and I have certainly talked about this. No, there is not going to be a transition. They (the coaches) are going to run what they want to run. They believe in it and that’s the way it should be. The coaches implement the plan. They believe in it. That’s what you should run. There are a handful of things that traditionally have worked well for me and what I’ve done. Like I said, ‘Gil Haskell talks to Brian (Daboll) almost every day.’ Gil was my offensive coordinator for years and years and years. What I asked these guys to do is just said, you don’t have to do this, just look at a few of these things. Eric is open to new ideas. It has been a really good sharing of ideas. I’ll say it again; they (coaching staff) will do this. They will run what they want to run and run it well. I’m there to help in any way I can help.”

Eric Mangini

(On whether there will be a transition to a West Coast offense) – “One of the things that has been really nice, especially for Brian, is having a defensive background. It’s different when you talk to the offensive coordinator. You share ideas from your perspective and things that have worked against you and there are certain things you want to see. Rob (Ryan) and I can talk on a different level a lot of times. I can share a lot of ideas that are very specific to him. There’s a depth of conversation there. I’m not saying that Brian and I don’t talk a lot, that’s not the case, but for him to have someone like Mike and Gil to help him grow and develop that’s refreshing to someone like Brian and the offensive staff. It is insight that I really can’t provide and its growth that I can’t provide. That helps him significantly, especially being a newer coordinator.


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2 Responses to “2010 Post Draft Press Conference”

  1. Denolakes says:

    Maybe I missed something — but what is the point of reposting the transcript of a press conference?

  2. ButchGavlen says:

    we live in the era of the spoken word…meaning, once you say it, you can bet it’s gonna be printed, taped, repeated, disected and analyzed to death. personally, i liked it better pre computers, cells, fax and email!

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