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Browns take a beating on Showtime

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 30, 2009

NFL analysts Warren Sapp and Phil Simms were not kind to the Browns on this week's ''Inside the NFL'' on Showtime Wednesday night.

In the segment called ''Sapp Shots,'' ex-defensive lineman Sapp discussed whether the 0-3 Browns are the worst team in the league since Detroit won last weekend.

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Wednesday Eric Mangini press conference transcript

By dan Published: September 30, 2009

Below is the transcript from today's press conference with Browns head coach Eric Mangini

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Audio clips: Rey Maualuga, Brady Quinn, Derek Anderson and Bengals coach Marvin Lewis

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 30, 2009

Rey Maualuga puts draft snub behind him- [Download]

Brady Quinn talks about his demotion- [Download]

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Derek Anderson to start Sunday against Cincinnati

By Stephanie Storm Published: September 30, 2009

Browns first-year head coach Eric Mangini announced at his Wednesday morning press conference that Derek Anderson will start over Brady Quinn Sunday against division-foe Cincinnati.

Mangini said that he doesn't think the Browns struggling offense is all Quinn's fault, but he feels that Anderson gives the offense a better shot at scoring right now.

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Marla's talking Ravens and Bengals

By jim Published: September 29, 2009

Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini press conference 9-28-09

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 29, 2009

(Opening statement)- “Good afternoon everybody. In talking to the team and watching tape, it is very similar to what we talked about after the game. With the Ravens offense, the first thing you have to do is be able to effectively stop the run. You have to limit the big plays that they’re able to generate, and they have been able to generate them this year and last year. Then, you have to find a way to somehow disrupt (Joe) Flacco. I don’t think we did any of those three things very well. I think, offensively, it’s going to start and be a big part of the determination of the game, is turnovers. When you have four turnovers, it’s going to be hard to impossible to win any game. I thought we did some decent things running the football. I thought that Jerome (Harrison) did some nice things when he had his opportunities. I know there are some plays where I’m sure he feels like he could have got even a few more yards than he did and some of that will come with experience. I thought that on special teams, it was a pretty solid effort, especially giving our defense an opportunity, a couple different times, to get them backed up. I thought the coverage units overall were sound. In the return game, I thought it was better, but we have a chance to, I think we had two returns for 30-plus yards. Those could have been bigger than they were. There’s nothing secret about what we have to do. We have to focus on the fundamental things that are important, and improve those and be more sound in all three areas. To do that, we’re going to address it. We’re going to work on it. We’re going to look at it from a scheme perspective, from a player’s perspective and focus on those things and get those things better and move forward.”

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QB decision coming Wednesday

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 28, 2009

Browns coach Eric Mangini said he would announce Wednesday whether he'll start Brady Quinn or Derek Anderson in Sunday's home game against Cincinnati.

Mangini lifted Quinn at halftime of the Browns' 34-3 loss Sunday at Baltimore. Cleveland trailed 20-0 when Anderson took over and he threw three interceptions to Quinn's one.

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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.

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Browns fall to Ravens

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 27, 2009

BALTIMORE: With just one meaningless touchdown scored in 2 1/2 games with Brady Quinn as the starting quarterback, Browns coach Eric Mangini swallowed his pride and turned to backup Derek Anderson Sunday in a 34-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.

But the outcome begged the question, was it all Quinn's fault?

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Anderson takes over

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 27, 2009

Backup quarterback Derek Anderson has entered the game with 12:35 left in the third quarter at Baltimore and the Browns trailing 20-0.

Starter Brady Quinn was not injured in the first half.

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Report: Players filing fine grievances

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 27, 2009

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that five Browns have filed or are in the process of filing grievances against fines levied by coach Eric Mangini.

According to Schefter, who cited a league source, two grievances have been filed with the NFL Players Association and three more are being prepared.

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Robiskie inactive again

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 27, 2009

Rookie receiver Brian Robiskie, the second-round draft choice from Ohio State, was listed as inactive for the second consecutive week.

Also inactive for Sunday's game at Baltimore are kicker Phil Dawson, defensive back Gerard Lawson, running back Jamal Lewis, right guard Floyd Womack, offensive lineman Rex Hadnot and tight end Greg Estandia.

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Schefter: Players file grievances against Mangini

By dan Published: September 27, 2009

Following a series of fines doled out by Eric Mangini, players have reportedly filed two grievances against the Browns head coach. Adam Schefter of ESPN.com is additionally reporting that three more grievances will be filed.

One player, believed to be starting strong safety Abe Elam, was fined $1,701 for not paying a $3 hotel bill.

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Rookie Francies center of Friday lockerroom skirmish

By Stephanie Storm Published: September 25, 2009

Tempers ran a little too high after an altercation spilled into the lockeroom moments after Friday's afternoon practice ended.

Just as the lockeroom opened, a soaking-wet Coye Francies came bursting in the room with a orange water bucket full of ice, looking for his secondary teammates after having been dunked in water.

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No personnel changes?

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 25, 2009

Browns coach Eric Mangini said Friday he would not make personnel changes going into Sunday's game at Baltimore. The Browns are 0-2 and have scored just one offensive touchdown in the past eight games over two seasons.

''To me it's not about shaking it up,'' Mangini said. ''The most important things everyone needs to understand is play hard for four quarters, play smart football and do their assignments.

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Lewis doubtful; Dawson questionable

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 25, 2009

Starting running back Jamal Lewis was listed as doubtful for Sunday's game at Baltimore, which means there is at least a 75 percent chance he will not play against his old team. Lewis sat out all week with a hamstring problem apparently suffered last weekend at Denver.

Jerome Harrison and rookie James Davis will fill in for Lewis, while No. 2 receiver Joshua Cribbs could run out of the wildcat formation.

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Eric Mangini press conference transcript

By dan Published: September 24, 2009

Below is the transcript from today's press conference with Browns head coach Eric Mangini:


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Lewis missing again

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 24, 2009

Browns starting running back Jamal Lewis did not practice Thursday for the second consecutive day with a hamstring injury.

Lewis told a reporter Wednesday he would talk Thursday, but when the media entered the locker room, he headed for the door.

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Brady Quinn press conference transcript

By dan Published: September 24, 2009

Here are the quotes from Brady Quinn's press conference on Wednesday.

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Browns talk with Marla Ridenour

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 23, 2009

Marla Ridenour looks at last week's game against Denver and ahead to Baltimore.

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Mangini's recalls ties to Baltimore

By Stephanie Storm Published: September 23, 2009

In many ways, Baltimore is where life took off for Browns coach Eric Mangini.

"I spent a year there in Baltimore for a season and I have a lot of positive memories," said Mangini, who worked as an offensive assistant/quality control coach for the Ravens in 1996 after coach Ted Marchibroda retained Mangini when the Browns were moved to Baltimore and became the Ravens.

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Conference calls with Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and quarterback Joe Flacco

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 23, 2009

John Harbaugh- [Download]

Joe Flacco- [Download]

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Lewis misses practice

By Stephanie Storm Published: September 23, 2009

Browns veteran running back Jamal Lewis did not practice Wednesday with what was listed on the injury report as a hamstring problem.

While the rest of the Browns were getting dressed in the locker room preparing to head outside, Lewis strolled through wearing a grey sweatshirt.

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Rucker waived, Estandia claimed

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 22, 2009

Browns second-year tight end Martin Rucker was waived Tuesday in a flurry of roster moves and tight end Greg Estandia was claimed off waivers from Jacksonville to take his place.

In addition, free agent defensive back Anthony Madison was signed and defensive back Marquis Floyd was waived.

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Browns-related stat to ponder

By dan Published: September 22, 2009

Found this on the Twitter page of ESPN's Adam Schefter: Since 1990, only 22 teams that started the season 0-2 made the playoffs.

Negative: The Browns have started 0-2.

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Mangini defends player fine system

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 21, 2009

In the wake of Internet reports that Browns coach Eric Mangini fined a player $1,701 for taking a $3 bottle of water from the team's road hotel in preseason,
Mangini defended his fine system Monday, saying, ''I make no apologies for demanding a high level of personal conduct.''

Mangini would not confirm the latest story from Michael Silver of Yahoo Sports. Profootballtalk.com named strong safety Abram Elam as the offender, but has since removed Elam's name from the item.

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Broncos roll over Browns

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 20, 2009

DENVER: The matchup of Bill Belichick proteges was a yawner until the final quarter as the Denver Broncos claimed a 27-6 victory over the Browns Sunday at Invesco Field at Mile High.

Denver (2-0) is coached by Barberton-born Josh McDaniels, a former quarterback and kicker at Canton McKinley, while Eric Mangini heads Cleveland (0-2).

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Another strange Mangini move

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 20, 2009

Yahoo Sports' Michael Silver reported that Browns coach Eric Mangini fined a player $1,701 after the player failed to pay $3 for a bottle of water at the team's road hotel.

The offending player was strong safety Abram Elam, who arrived in a draft day trade with the New York Jets and spent the past two seasons playing under Mangini.

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Robiskie, Davis inactive

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 20, 2009

Rookie receiver Brian Robiskie and rookie running back James Davis were among the Browns inactives for Sunday's game at Denver.

Davis suffered a shoulder injury in last weekend's season opener against Minnesota. Robiskie is not injured, but has been running as the fifth receiver behind Braylon Edwards, Joshua Cribbs, Mike Furrey and Mohamed Massaquoi.

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News and Notes Heading Into Denver

By admin Published: September 18, 2009

BEREA - No one could blame cornerback Brandon McDonald if he wanted to erase all memories of the Denver Broncos from his mental hard drive – especially that game from last year.

In a 34-30 loss, the Broncos victimized McDonald and McDonald proved to be his own worst enemy as well as the Browns snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
McDonald personally gave up two scores one 93-yard touchdown to then rookie receiver Eddie Royal and the game-winning touchdown to wideout Brandon Marshall. The Browns defensive back also dropped two potential interceptions in the game.  McDonald’s partner at the corner – Eric Wright – said that it’s best that last year’s game is left in the past.

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Harrison improving

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 17, 2009

Running back Jerome Harrison participated in practice Thursday for the second consecutive day. Harrison suffered a knee injury in the preseason opener at Green Bay and was inactive for Sunday's regular-season opener against Minnesota.

Judging from what coach Eric Mangini said Thursday, Harrison has a chance to see action Sunday at Denver.

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Eric Mangini Thursday press conference transcript

By dan Published: September 17, 2009

Here is the transcript from today's press conference with Browns head coach Eric Mangini:

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Browns talk with Marla Ridenour

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 16, 2009

Audio: Broncos Head Coach Josh McDaniels and linebacker Andra Davis

By admin Published: September 16, 2009

Audio files from today’s conference calls with Broncos Head Coach Josh McDaniels and linebacker Andra Davis.

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Mangini fined $25,000

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 16, 2009

Browns coach Eric Mangini was fined $25,000 for violating the league's injury reporting policy last season while coach of the New York Jets, the NFL announced Wednesday.

The league handed out $125,000 in fines for not disclosing quarterback Brett Favre's torn biceps tendon on the injury report, even though Favre did not miss a game in the final four or five weeks while he was hurt. Favre disclosed in interviews last week that Jets executive vice president Mike Tannenbaum, offensive coordinator Brian Schotteheimer and quarterbacks coach Brian Daboll (now the Browns' offensive coordinator) were aware of the extent of his injury. That list also included Mangini, Mangini said last week.

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Lewis refuses to gloat

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 16, 2009

Browns running back Jamal Lewis resisted the temptation to gloat. But after listening to rumors that he might be released during final cuts or had nothing left at age 30, Lewis averaged 5.2 yards per carry Sunday against Minnesota.

He totaled 57 yards on 11 attempts agains the Vikings' defense, which has led the league in run defense for three consecutive seasons.

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Leon Williams waived

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 15, 2009

The Browns waived linebacker Leon Williams, a fourth-round pick in 2006 out of the University of Miami. Williams played in 46 games and started 12 in his three-year career, with nine starts in 2007. He was inactive for Sunday's opener against the Minnesota Vikings.

His departure leaves four remaining players from the 2006 draft. They are linebackers Kamerion Wimbley and D'Qwell Jackson, fullback Lawrence Vickers and running back Jerome Harrison. All but Harrison are starters.

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Audio: Wrapping up the Vikings and previewing the Broncos with Marla Ridenour

By dan Published: September 15, 2009

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Former Browns starting safety Jones rarely used as backup for Eagles

By dan Published: September 15, 2009

Did you watch the Eagles play the Panthers Sunday and didn't see former Browns safety Sean Jones? That's because he didn't make the game-day roster.

After starting for the Browns from 2006 to 2008 at strong safety, Jones signed a one-year $3 million contract with the Eagles during the offseason.

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Tales of Jake Mangini

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 15, 2009

A former colleague of mine at the Dayton Daily News, Gary Nuhn, began writing down comments from his young daughter and turned them into a poignant speech at her wedding reception. Browns coach Eric Mangini might want to do the same with his irrepressible 5-year-old son Jake.

Last Friday, Mangini shared a story he told the team about hard work that involved Jake, the oldest of he and wife Julie's three sons, ages 5, 3 and almost 1.

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Denver Broncos coach Josh McDaniels press conference (9/14/09)

By admin Published: September 14, 2009

Opening statement
“As I said yesterday after the game, I am proud of the way our guys played and stayed with it for 60 minutes. We certainly didn’t do everything that we wanted to do the way we wanted to do it, but we did do enough things well enough for us to be in it late in the game and give ourselves an opportunity to make a play there at the end, which you don’t want to do many times. I am proud of the way the guys fought. We have got a lot of room to improve and a lot of things to improve on. That is what we will be hard at work at starting today.”

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Mangini press conference

By admin Published: September 14, 2009

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What they're saying today

By dan Published: September 14, 2009

Akron Beacon Journal
- Patrick McManamon: Browns are just as bad as we thought
- Marla Ridenour: Second half revives Peterson
- George Thomas: Quinn taking blame for loss

Canton Repository
- Steve Doerschuk: Browns loss to Vikings is reminder of past

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Eric Mangini Sunday press conference transcript

By dan Published: September 13, 2009

Here is the transcript from today's post-game press conference with Browns head coach Eric Mangini:

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Player quotes following today's game

By dan Published: September 13, 2009

The following are post-game quotes from Browns players following today's game:

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Second Half Meltdown: Vikings 34, Cleveland 20

By admin Published: September 13, 2009

CLEVELAND - Choose almost any game from last season and the script would be familiar.  The Minnesota Vikings came into Cleveland Browns Stadium today and dominated the home team.

Although it didn't start that way with the scored being 13-10 in favor of the Browns at halftime, that was short lived as someone woke the slumbering Vikings up at halftime and they went on to shut the Browns down in the second half defeating them 34-20 in front of 70,560, less than capacity.

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Browns 13, Vikings 10 at the Half

By admin Published: September 13, 2009

CLEVELAND - A mild surprise unfolded during the first half of the Browns-Vikings game at Cleveland Browns Stadium - the Browns led 13-10.

Neither team looks particularly sharp offensively, but defensively both have something going on.  The bigger surprise is how the Browns are, for the most part, keeping Vikings uber back Andrian Peterson in check.  He got loose for a couple of double-digit gains, but for the most part he's been greeted rather harshly by the Browns defense, gaining just 25 yards in the half.

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Little Pomp and Circumstance to Start

By admin Published: September 13, 2009

Coach Eric Mangini could have officially began his tenure as the Cleveland Browns head coach with a little more bluster. Fans expecting  that didn't get it as the team passed on introduction instead coming out as a unit.  Message received.

The Vikings greeted the Browns as such, not worrying much about the Browns offense and kicking the ball onsides to start the game.  Abe Elam recovered the ball and  t he Browns turned that it into a quick three points on an eight-play 31 yard drive that began at the Browns 48.  It also featured offensive specialist Josh Cribbs under center once.

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Browns name Quinn starter

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 13, 2009

The Browns announced Brady Quinn as their starting quarterback on their own web site Sunday.

The news was posted several minutes before the lineup changes for the season opener against the Minnesota Vikings were passed out in the press box.

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Quinn gets star treatment

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 13, 2009

Browns quarterback Brady Quinn received the full star treatment when he arrived at Cleveland Browns Stadium about 10:40 a.m. Sunday.

A host of cameramen were waiting for Quinn's arrival when he pulled up in an SUV in the valet parking area in the bowels of the stadium. Wearing dress slacks and a long-sleeved shirt, Quinn was followed by the cameras as he walked down the hall to the Browns' locker room. Quinn patted a teammate on the shoulder as they entered together.

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Wright a surprise on injury report

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 11, 2009

Three starters -- cornerback Eric Wright (knee), Rogers (foot) and linebacker David Bowens (knee) -- were listed as questionable on the injury report, along with running back Jerome Harrison (knee). Wright's status was somewhat of a surprise. Offensive lineman Rex Hadnot (knee) is out and running back Cedric Peerman (thigh) is doubtful.

Probable are linebacker Alex Hall (shoulder) and tight end Steve Heiden (knee).

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Eric Mangini Thursday press conference transcript

By dan Published: September 10, 2009

Here is the transcript from today's press conference with Browns head coach Eric Mangini:


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Report: Shaun Smith suspended by NFL

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 10, 2009

The league suspended former Browns defensive lineman Shaun Smith for four games for violating the its steroids policy, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported. According to Schefter, Smith can serve the suspension while he is unsigned.

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Browns name six team captains

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 10, 2009


Browns coach Eric Mangini announced the result of the team vote for captains Thursday.

Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas and running back Jamal Lewis were selected on offense, linebackers Eric Barton and D'Qwell Jackson on defense and Pro Bowl return specialist Josh Cribbs and kicker Phil Dawson on special teams.

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Conference calls with Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress and quarterback Brett Favre

By admin Published: September 9, 2009

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Cleveland Browns: Wednesday Injury Report

By admin Published: September 9, 2009

Injury report:  Offensive lineman (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday’s game; running back Cedric Peerman (thigh) did not participate in practice.  Linebacker David Bowens (knee); running back Jerome Harrison (knee); defensive lineman Shaun Rogers (foot) and cornerback Eric Wright (knee) participated on a limited basis. Linebacker Alex Hall (shoulder) and tight end Steve Heiden (knee) took part in all of practice.

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Eric Mangini Wednesday press conference transcript

By dan Published: September 9, 2009

Here is the transcript from today's press conference with Browns head coach Eric Mangini

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All Signs - Including T.O. - Point to Brady Quinn as the Starter

By admin Published: September 9, 2009

BEREA  - Coach Eric Mangini told Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson who his choice for quarterback would be for Sunday's season opener against the Minnesota Vikings.

Both quarterbacks, however, still refused say who would start. 

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Mangini keeps QB a secret

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 7, 2009

Browns coach Eric Mangini said he has made his decision on his starting quarterback, but intends to keep it a secret until Sunday's season opener at home against the Minnesota Vikings.

''In terms of announcing it publicly, that's not something I'm going to do,'' Mangini said Monday. ''It will be internal. I understand everybody has a different opinion on it. I respect that, I understand the excitement. But being on the other side of this as a defensive coordinator, it's more difficult to plan for two than it is to plan for one, it's more difficult to prepare for two than it is to prepare for one.''

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Part of practice squad announced

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 7, 2009

Signed to the practice squad were defensive back Brandon Anderson (of the University of Akron), linebacker Titus Brown, running back Chris Jennings, receiver Lance Leggett, offensive lineman Pat Murray and defensive lineman Brian Schaefering.

All were waived by the Browns Saturday. The team still has two practice squad spots remaining.

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Browns Cut 23 to Reach Roster of 52

By admin Published: September 5, 2009

Browns put in waiver claim on QB

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 3, 2009

The Boston Globe reported that the Browns were one of four teams who put in a waiver claim Wednesday on New England quarterback Kevin O'Connell, a third-round pick in 2008.

Detroit got him by virtue of its 0-16 record last season.

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Ratliff to start; Quinn, Anderson will sit

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 3, 2009

Browns coach Eric Mangini decided to sit quarterbacks Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson in Thursday night's preseason finale against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.

Getting the start will be Brett Ratliff, followed by Richard Bartel. Quinn and Anderson will dress.

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Tucker's status murky, Leonard traded

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 1, 2009

The status of offensive lineman Ryan Tucker remained murky Tuesday, when coach Eric Mangini said Tucker was placed on injured reserve.

But Mangini said Tucker may not be sidelined for the season, which led some to believe that the team may be trying to work out an injury settlement with Tucker so it could waive him.

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