Browns head coach Eric Mangini in his Monday press conference was asked about the NFL hot topic today, which were the hits that Steelers LB James Harrison laid on two Browns WR’s in the Steelers 28-10 win over the Browns Sunday.
Mangini pushed the issue aside when asked if he felt that Harrison got away with a lot in the Steelers win.
“They typically call those plays pretty tight. I’ve been on all sides of it, whether it was T.J. Ward’s hit against Cincinnati or Eric Smith’s hit against Anquan Boldin where he was suspended for a game or the hits yesterday,” Mangini said. “What I want to do is be able to coach it so our guys are doing it the right way and not putting anybody at unnecessary risk. I don’t want to lose anybody for the same reasons. It’s really a league matter and I’m sure they’ll address it.”
Ray Anderson, VP of football ops for the league, said Monday that a player could right away get a suspension for laying a helmet to helmet hit, and Mangini was asked if suspending a player like Harrison is the right thing to do.
“They suspended one when I was in New York with Eric Smith, he got suspended. I’m pretty sure that’s how it went for helmet to helmet on Anquan Boldin,” Mangini said. “Whatever they think will be best I support.”
Josh Cribbs, who took the first Harrison hit, is expected to be able to play Sunday when the Browns play the Saints. As for Mohamed Massaquoi, his status will be likely up in the air as the game gets closer. Mangini was asked if the hits looked worse on film, or live.
“Josh’s (Cribbs) I really couldn’t see from the angle that I had. Mohamed’s (Massaquoi) probably was worse when I was there because it was right in front of me and you could get a sense of it as opposed to tape it gets a little bit more sterilized,” Mangini said. “Both guys have concussions, so we have to go through the concussion procedure and see where we are going into next week.
“Could be not only the loss of this second half of this game which was a four point game until deep into the third quarter, but it could also carry over into the long week.”