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Players lobby for Mangini

By Marla Ridenour Published: December 11, 2009

Browns receiver/returner/wildcat quarterback Joshua Cribbs was the star of Thursday's 13-6 upset victory over Pittsburgh.

Although the win improved the Browns to 2-11, Cribbs believes it would be a mistake for owner Randy Lerner to blow things up and clean house after the season.

''It takes time to build,'' Cribbs said Friday. ''Look at coach Crennel. When he came in were were 6-10, 4-12, then 10-6. If you look at the year were 10-6 and 4-12 last year, we won games in the same fashion we lost games last year, by a field goal, by one touchdown.

''To give a coach one year to turn a football team drastically around, it's not possible. You don't expect a coach to come in right now and win. To get rid of coach Mangini, I don't think would be a good decision for the organization. To start rebuilding all over again that would be three different head coach regimes in (three)years. Who would want to come here knowing if you don't win right away, you're gone?''

It's hard to tell whether Cribbs' comments were motivated by his desire for a new contract, which Mangini said he intends to get done.

Agreeing with Cribbs was Browns linebacker David Bowens, who saved the victory after knocking away Ben Roethlisberger's fourth-down pass intended for Santonio Holmes with 1:43 remaining. Bowens spent the previous two years playing for Mangini with the New York Jets.

''I'd like to see him get another shot,'' Bowens said of Mangini. ''The way we're feeling right now, the way we've come together through all this adversity we had this season ... if we get the same mindset with everybody healthy going into a new season it would be good for us.''

Bowens said he hasn't expressed those feelings to Lerner, but wouldn't mind talking to him.

''I haven't seen Randy of late, haven't talked to him,'' Bowens said. ''But I would definitely like to see (Mangini) get another shot. To give a guy one year with all the stuff he had to deal with off the field and on the field, it's tough. You see if we're all doing what we're supposed to do we can win any game.''


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