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Coleman Proud to be a Brown

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New Brown Kenyon Coleman talks about Eric Mangini and how the defensive line can be a force in the 2009 season. “It all starts with the players,” Coleman said. “He wants players that aren’t just good talent-wise but also understand football, how to break down film, how to understand the other teams’ tendencies. With Eric, you’re going to learn something every week.

“I’m glad to be here. I was excited, obviously, that Eric wanted me and went after me. I’m glad to be here, and I’m ready to get it going.”

A fifth-round pick of the Raiders in 2002, Coleman played just one game in Oakland but spent the next three seasons with the Cowboys after being traded to Dallas in the 2003 preseason. With the Cowboys, his first career sack resulted in a safety and he played his only postseason game, recording 4 tackles.

He signed with the Jets in March 2007 and made 12 tackles in his first game there. He finished the season with 90 tackles, and he started 29 of 32 games in his two seasons there.

Though Coleman turned 30 in the spring, he said he’s still learning and improving. With the talent and experience on the Browns’ defensive line, it’s an area that could prove to be a strength of the team — but only if, Coleman said, the entire group takes the challenge and the players push each other to keep improving.

“I’ve had a lot of great coaches with great experience,” he said. “I’ve learned a lot of different philosophies, different techniques. Even things I learned in my rookie year I’m still working on.

“I guess I’m known as a run stopper but I’m working on that, too, going into my eighth year and just working on my craft, working on my run defense and my pass rush. This is a good group. I think we complement each other well and we’ll make each other better at every aspect.

“I don’t label myself as anything but a football player. I’m just a guy that likes to compete, likes to work hard and is glad to be a Cleveland Brown.”


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One Response to “Coleman Proud to be a Brown”

  1. Clayton says:

    Coleman has the potential to be a solid addition to the Browns, but it all depends on which Kenyon will show up this season – the 2007 guy or last year’s player. Coleman’s tackles declined significantly (more than a third) from 2007 to 2008 even though he got just as much playing time in 2008. One would think that Mangini knows that and is confident that Coleman’s 2007 season was not a fluke.

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