Eric Mangini has taken quite a bit of criticism for conducting what is believed to be a physically demanding training camp.
Guess what? He's not about to stop, especially after an overall performance in a 17-0 loss to the Green Bay Packers in a preseason game last Saturday that can be termed awful.
"It's going to be consistent with what we've done," Mangini said before Monday's practice. "We try to go as hard as we can in each practice. When we're on the field, that should be an intense practice. I want a high level of practice all the time."
Bill Parcells conducted practices that were more physical than Mangini-led practices, but no one complained because Parcells was a proven winner. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick opened camp this year with five straight two-a-day sessions, which is unheard of in the modern-day NFL.
Mangini's schedule mirrors the way former Browns coach Romeo Crennel conducted training camp. The first week of practices involved four two-a-days over an eight-day period with a single practice in intervening days. After that, there's one two-a-day each of the next three weeks.
The only difference is that players have been in full pads more under Mangini's leadership. Considering the way they performed against the Packers, a case could be made that practices should be more physical.
"There were points when I wasn't too fired up about what we were doing (in practice), and I let them know," said Mangini, almost predicting what happened at Lambeau Field. "As a group we have to have honesty. If you go out and take a practice off, you're just wasting time."
Mangini has several areas to address as the Browns prepare to host the Detroit Lions Saturday. At the forefront is gathering more information on the quarterback competition between Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson.
It would appear that Quinn has an advantage because of better performances in an intrasquad scrimmage and in the loss to the Packers. He completed 7-of-11 passes for 68 yards and one interception. One pass for what would have been a touchdown was dropped by Braylon Edwards.
Anderson was 0-of-2 with one interception.
Mangini isn't of the belief that Quinn has moved ahead, or at least he's not willing to say so at this time.
"I'll say the same thing," Mangini said. "I'm looking at it as a body of work and not a horse race."
The quarterback play wasn't as bad as the way other areas performed against the Packers. The Packers rushed for 230 yards and their quarterbacks were afforded excellent protection. The Browns generated no threat of a ground game (59 yards), continuing a problem that's been in place far too long.
"Just to go out there and lay an egg and not to score any points and to give up that many yards rushing ... we work too hard for that," linebacker D'Qwell Jackson said. "That's not going to be tolerated by me or the coaching staff."
Mangini tried to put a good spin on the overall performance, but it's obvious there are areas of concern. It might be too early to be alarmed, but another clunker showing and there could be reason for concern.
"One of the things I wanted them to internalize was the feeling afterwards," Mangini said. "It's never fun to lose. It doesn't matter if it's preseason or the Brown and White game. If you don't want to lose then you have to work each day to make sure that doesn't happen.
"We have a quote on the door leaving the facility that says, 'Don't sacrifice what you want most for what you want now.' You might have to do a lot of stuff where at the moment you might want to be watching 'Entourage.' Next week you might feel a lot better with a win."
Winning in preseason usually isn't important, except when a team lost the last six games of the previous season and didn't score an offensive touchdown in any of them.
That would be the Cleveland Browns.