March 28, 2015

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Mangini says he’s proud of first year but won’t beg for a second

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BEREA — Coach Eric Mangini won’t plead his case and he won’t beg to keep his job. He certainly won’t treat his franchise-altering meeting with Mike Holmgren as an interview. “I have a job,” he said Mon­day. “I’m proud of the job we’ve done.” Mangini and Holmgren are expected to meet today, although Mangini said Read More…

Browns notes: Mangini defends use of QBs

BEREA — Coach Eric Mangini received a lot of criti­cism for his handling of the quarterbacks this year. He split starting repetitions between Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn in training camp and the preseason, and neither found a groove. He gave Quinn the season-opening start, then benched him after 10 quarters. He went back to Read More…

Big meeting between Holmgren, Mangini expected tomorrow

BEREA — Browns coach Eric Mangini said Monday afternoon he hasn’t scheduled the meeting with new president Mike Holmgren that will determine his future. Holmgren was scheduled to fly in from Arizona tonight. The meeting with Mangini is expected to take place Tuesday, and Holmgren’s decision on Mangini’s fate could come anytime. Holmgren said last Read More…

Browns finish with four straight wins, but is Mangini finished?

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CLEVELAND — Eric Mangini was dripping with Gatorade following a celebratory bath, and Cleveland Browns Stadium was freezing. He didn’t want to leave. After a handshake Sunday with Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio, Mangini wanted to savor the moment and a 23-17 season-ending victory. He looked for someone to hug as he tried to put Read More…

Browns’ finale with Jaguars still intriguing

BEREA — Only the Browns. Only the Browns could match the longest winning streak of their reincarnation, yet never sniff playoff contention. Only the Browns could have the NFL’s last-ranked offense and defense, after weeks of noticeable progress. Only the Browns could be on the verge of their longest winning streak in 15 years, while Read More…

Short in stature, not talent: Jones-Drew, Harrison prove height shouldn’t determine worth in NFL

BEREA – Maurice Jones-Drew and Jerome Harrison aren’t tall enough to reach the top shelf. That hasn’t stopped them from overcoming long odds to hit impressive heights as NFL running backs. Jacksonville’s Jones-Drew is 5-foot-7, 208 pounds and was voted to his first Pro Bowl on Tuesday. Cleveland’s Harrison is listed at 5-9 (he says Read More…

Browns notes: Robiskie’s long season likely cut short

BEREA – Brian Robiskie’s disappointing rookie season has likely come to a disappointing end. He didn’t practice again Thursday, and coach Eric Mangini said “it’s not looking good” for him to play Sunday in the season finale against Jacksonville. “I’m hoping, but not that optimistic,” Mangini said. Robiskie injured an ankle while getting tackled Sunday Read More…

Browns’ Alex Mack meets expectations

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BEREA — Rookie center Alex Mack could very well be Eric Mangini’s legacy from his tenure with the Browns. While Mangini’s future is as cloudy as a December weather forecast, Mack appears to have a bright future. If he fulfills the potential Mangini sees in him, Mack could be going to Pro Bowls for the Read More…

Another Browns blackout averted

BEREA — Fans will get to watch their beloved Browns on TV once again Sunday. The team announced Thursday that a local television blackout has been avoided for the season finale against Jacksonville. The deadline for a sellout was Thursday at 1 p.m., and the team didn’t apply for an extension from the league. Some Read More…

Holmgren mum on whether Mangini stays with Browns

BEREA — New president Mike Holmgren is designing a structure for the Browns organization from his home in Arizona. When he arrives in town next Monday, he’ll begin putting the plan in place. Whether that vision includes coach Eric Mangini remains to be seen. Holmgren, speaking to the local media for the first time Monday Read More…