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0-3 start stuns Browns

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 27, 2009

Browns linebacker and co-captain D'Qwell Jackson was among the most stunned by the Browns 0-3 start.

''Every year I think we're going to go 16-0, so I'm shocked that we're 0-3,'' Jackson said after Sunday's 34-3 loss at Baltimore. But nothing ever comes easy here in Cleveland, I've learned that the last few years. Even when we were 10-6, it wasn't easy.'' The Browns started 2-3 that season, but missed the playoffs by a game.

Defensive end Robaire Smith said, ''They were the better team today. Point blank.

''You just keep playing. You go back to the drawing board on Monday.''

Receiver Braylon Edwards and nose tackle Shaun Rogers declined to talk after the game.

''This is very frustrating,'' safety Mike Adams said. ''We are professionals.''

Running back Jerome Harrison tried not to get caught up in the team's record.

"We're grown men, so we just have to watch film and make corrections and not get caught up in the losses.''

Browns coach Eric Mangini's method of dealing with his players, including his fines, has drawn criticism from the national media. Asked if his approach was backfiring, Mangini said, ''I've dealt with a lot of football players over time and I feel very comfortable with my ability to deal with people. I think the important thing is to be able to teach and coach and demand high expectations of the people who play for you. That's something I fundamentally believe in.''


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