BEREA – Browns coach Eric Mangini remained relieved a day after the 24-23 win over the Carolina Panthers.
He didn’t celebrate Sunday immediately after John Kasay missed his 42-yard field-goal attempt as time expired, because he couldn’t believe the Browns were in that spot after appearing to have the game won on multiple occasions.
“It was a mixture of pain and happiness,” Mangini said Monday. “I needed some blood pressure medicine.
“It’s a lot more fun talking here today with the ball bouncing off the upright than not.”
Mangini was kinder to quarterback Jake Delhomme than many fans were following his two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown. Mangini said he needs to take fewer risks, but praised many aspects of Delhomme’s game.
“He brings a ton of positive things,” Mangini said. “The things he did for us offensively allowed us to move the ball against a team that is tough to move the ball against and a scheme that’s tough for us to move the ball against, which is a bigger factor.
“What you want to do is eliminate those mistakes that become gigantic mistakes.”
Mangini didn’t provide a health update on rookie Colt McCoy’s high left ankle sprain. McCoy was inactive Sunday.
Mangini said he wanted to see McCoy’s status and think about the decision before picking a quarterback to start Sunday in Miami. He said Seneca Wallace would be included in the discussion.
Mangini wasn’t pleased with the defense’s performance. He didn’t like the intensity at the start or the tackling throughout.
Mangini doesn’t expect linebacker Scott Fujita (knee) to play against the Dolphins, but said cornerback Eric Wright (knee) might be available. Rookie cornerback Joe Haden played well and could stick in the starting lineup for Wright or Sheldon Brown, who’s battling a shoulder injury that forced him from the game for two short stints Sunday.