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Harrell Talks About Leach-Mangini Feud

Former Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell wasn’t drafted.  And he has yet to sign with an NFL team; instead, he’ll merely be participating in this weekend’s rookie camp with the Browns.
It’s an interesting arrangement, given that Harrell’s former coach, Mike Leach, recently has taken shots at Harrell’s possible future coach, Eric Mangini.
“Michael Crabtree has been more successful as a receiver than that guy as a coach at this point,” Leach said regarding Mangini after Crabtree slid to No. 10 in the draft, possibly due to reports leaked by the Browns that they think Crabtree is a diva.
“Coach [Leach] is just supporting his players and wants the best for them,” Harrell recently told Sporting News Radio’s The Monty Show. “I haven’t really heard all the things he’s said . . . I had a friend from Lubbock call me yesterday and say that coach is saying some crazy stuff right now, but that’s just him and he wants the best for his guys and he feels like he’s spent a lot of time with us and wants the best for us. He’s being very supportive and sometimes he does it in interesting ways.”
But Harrell doesn’t have a problem with it.
“It’s nice to have the guy that you spent five years with wanting the best for you and pulling for you and hoping that other people will kind of see what he saw in us,” Harrell said.  “And like I said it’s great that he supports us, he just does it in interesting ways and more controversial ways than other people.”
It’s definitely controversial, and it’ll be interesting to see if Mangini can make Harrell into an NFL quarterback, given the consensus through seven rounds of the draft that Leach didn’t do enough to prepare Harrell to play at the next level.

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20 Responses to “Harrell Talks About Leach-Mangini Feud”
  1. descendency says: Apr 30, 2009 2:59 PM

    His demeanor reminds me of a diva, but when you are drafting top 10, you don’t just take marginal 1st round talent (Darrius Heyward-Bey) instead of solid talent like Crabtree.

  2. keepinitfresh5 says: Apr 30, 2009 3:01 PM

    system qb

  3. nflfollies says: Apr 30, 2009 3:03 PM

    Crabtree is a Diva the Browns stated the obvious.Most likely he will be a bust.

  4. craigmac7 says: Apr 30, 2009 3:05 PM

    You mean “But Harrell doesn’t have a problem with it.” I think…???

  5. rik4yu says: Apr 30, 2009 3:14 PM

    Thats crap, Crabtree was also in a spread offense, moved around the field to not be covered by the other teams top CB, if you watch his film how many catches is he making on LB’s and Safety’s? A ton yet your saying he will be a stud and DHB will be a bust…in the NFL he’ll be facing top coverage weekly..lets see how he does on the field and stop saying he’s the next Jerry Rice..which I doubt!!!!!

  6. JimmyY says: Apr 30, 2009 3:22 PM

    So did anyone ask Leach exactly how many Tech QB’s are currently starting in the NFL? Uh, like zero.

  7. ericfay81 says: Apr 30, 2009 3:23 PM

    Didn’t I hear this story a few days ago?

  8. revans52us says: Apr 30, 2009 3:25 PM

    descendency says:
    April 30th, 2009 at 2:59 pm
    His demeanor reminds me of a diva, but when you are drafting top 10, you don’t just take marginal 1st round talent (Darrius Heyward-Bey) instead of solid talent like Crabtree.
    Crabtree has yet to play an NFL snap or run an NFL route, so I’m no quick to call him a “solid NFL talent”. The NFL rarely runs 5 wide WR bubble screens, so Crabtree has a lot of learning to do.

  9. vincelombardi says: Apr 30, 2009 3:41 PM

    good point, maybe michelle leach should spend less time defending “diva” wide receivers and more time getting his qbs ready for the next step?

  10. BIGCHIP says: Apr 30, 2009 4:07 PM

    And Crabtree can say goodbye to his spread offense that throws the ball 50 times a game and say goodbye to a system thats built around throwing the ball first. And say hello to San Francisco where they run the ball fiirst and they have Alex Smith and Shaun Hill throwing the ball. Wow sounds like trouble to me. This guy will be lucky to see 6 or 7 balls thrown his way each game

  11. Raiders757 says: Apr 30, 2009 4:11 PM

    “His demeanor reminds me of a diva, but when you are drafting top 10, you don’t just take marginal 1st round talent (Darrius Heyward-Bey) instead of solid talent like Crabtree.”
    The first post, and the stupidity begins. Where are the Raiders mentioned in this post? Some of you are just complete and total morons.

  12. urbusted says: Apr 30, 2009 4:14 PM

    Hey good news! Leach just got named the spokesperson for the hiatal hernia foundation.

  13. rk260395 says: Apr 30, 2009 4:17 PM

    There is no ‘feud’ since Mangini has never said anything. Leach’s ‘feud’ is with an anonymous person in the Browns organization who said they didn’t like Crabtree because he acted like a diva.
    I doubt Mangini gives two craps about Leach.

  14. urbusted says: Apr 30, 2009 4:18 PM

    By the way, doesn’t the word feud imply that there is at least two people participating in an ongoing disagreement? Mangini hasn’t said word one about this situation, nor has anyone provided any sort of evidence inferring he ever made the diva comment.

  15. hormelcooking says: Apr 30, 2009 4:35 PM

    Does anybody get along with this guy? Mangini seems to have nothing but feuds all over. Miley Cyrus has less.

  16. Kevin from Philly says: Apr 30, 2009 5:08 PM

    The roots of this fued are even deeper than Crabtree evaluations. Apparently, they once attended a coaching conference. Trouble ensued when the donut tray only had one jelly-filled left.

  17. dabooo says: Apr 30, 2009 5:22 PM

    Mike Leach’s job is to win college football games.

  18. kingdspnc says: Apr 30, 2009 8:25 PM

    Mike Leach needs to give it a break.
    Crabtree is just another “diva” loud-mouthed cocky WR going to the NFL. Like TO and chad ” oh cho cinco”. The only WR i have respect for in the NFL is Braylon Edwards and Larry Fitzgerald. Please he should be happy someone has taken intrest in Harrel. being a browns fan i love that they offered him mini camp. So please leach, go back to college and coach a .500 below team that will never make it into a big name bowl game with you coaching it.

  19. bleedsorangeandbrown says: Apr 30, 2009 10:38 PM

    A passing QB on a team that wants to control clock.
    Two words – Camp Arm

  20. Mr Shush says: May 1, 2009 4:22 AM

    Come off it, Florio – this is not a case of Leach “not doing enough to prepare Harrell to play at the next level. The reality is that Harrell never had the talent to be an NFL quarterback, but Leach’s fine coaching and clever scheming enabled him to enjoy considerable success at the college level, to the point where he’s now been picked up by an NFL team. If Harrell had attended a major college with a pro-style offense, he would have been a career back-up even at NCAA level.

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