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Mangini Sets the Tone at the First 09 Minicamp

The first Browns minicamp of the 2009 season is in the books, and the buzz word that came out the whole weekend was pretty simple – attitude.

It was that attitude that was installed by new coach Eric Mangini, who seems to understand that if the Browns are going to be good in 2009, it’s going to be because of hard work, and there will be no room for divas or a country club attitude in Berea or elsewhere were the brown and orange go.

It’s really hard to gauge how laxed the attitude was with Romeo Crennel and Phil Savage, but it really feels like things got worse the longer they were in charge from things that went down. Remember Braylon Edwards helicopter ride to see Ohio State-Michigan the day before a Browns-Steelers game?

How about half the team it seems like having TV or radio shows (Josh’s Cribbs anyone)?! I have a feeling that with Mangini running the show, a lot of that crap is going to be out the window – like it or not. I also don’t think you’ll see Mangini doing pizza commericals anytime soon.

I’m hearing a lot more people come around now to saying give Mangini a chance. Hey, in the end, this team still may not be very good, and Mangini may have egg on his face when it’s all said and done. But if this first weekend minicamp shows anything – it looks like the new coach will win or lose his way. And only his way.



  1. Clayton

    May 4, 2009 at 6:29 am

    Romeo just announced that he will not be coaching anywhere this season while recovering from his hip replacement surgery. Apparently there was interest from KC and the Broncos. This is the first time Crennel will not be on the sideline for about 30 years or so. I think Romeo is a very decent man, however, his teddy bear approach was unsuccessful in Cleveland, and he knew very little about offense. The real secret for Mangini will be to win over the locker room.

  2. Logan

    May 4, 2009 at 8:00 am

    Awesome, I cannot wait to see Braylon Edwards just runing laps all practice. I love how we have some order in Berea, whether its with mangini or not I like it. the guy has not done that bad either…… he had one lsing season out of 3 with basically no play makers. With the rookie mini camp going this way I am way more optimistic and I love how he was a bit more “open” with the media and now all the sudden they write pro-mangini articles. I cannot wait to see training camp and players not racing in socks….

  3. ButchGavlen

    May 6, 2009 at 11:32 am

    I agree with what you say, and I think on top of a lack of offensive knowledge, I feel Romeo was ascapegoat and figure head for like savage in that he didn’t have a lot to say with things that contributed to his demise. A real nice guy that got caught in the middle. But last year a lot of what went wrong looked to me to be the lack of coaching and good decision making in general. and/or timely decision making. I think just a new O coordinator and some coaching changes would improve things. So lets’ hope we get a pleasant surprize.

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