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Despite winless start, Mangini sticking with plan

By Stephanie Storm Published: October 2, 2009

Browns owner Randy Lerner spent the first 30 minutes of practice Friday chatting with first-year head coach Eric Mangini off to the side.

Although the pair enjoyed a laugh and appeared to be having a light-hearted conversation, the national media's hailstorm of negativity about the team's 0-3 start remains.

Yet, before Friday's practice, the quiet-spoken Mangini had this to say about the support he has from the team's front office.

"Randy's been great. He's committed to the things that were equally committed to. When (former Browns coach) Bill (Belichick) first got to New England, there were some tough times there. It was tough at the beginning of the next year. But I know how we approached it, I know the way that we worked. It took time. But when it hit, it hit."Mangini went on to urge all Browns followers to simply believe in the plan in place - even if the team continues to struggle.

"Throughout that whole process you're improving the team, you're improving as coaches and you're improving the organization," Mangini said. "There's certain things I learned from my experience in being here in 1995, then transitioning to New York with (Bill) Parcells, then transitioning to New England with (Belichick). I feel I got a real good perspective on it and was lucky to be around those situations to understand the difficulties you encounter and the importance of having a plan, having a vision and sticking to it."

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