Cleveland Browns running back Jamal Lewis has made no secret that he’s upset about the way this season — his last in the NFL — is going.
But today he made some of his most pointed comments yet about the Browns, saying coach Eric Mangini pushed the team so hard in training camp that they had no gas left in the tank for the season.
“The way we work in two-a-days in training camp and the way we work every day on the field for two and a half, three hours, you want a ‘W’ on Sunday when you work like that,” Lewis said Thursday morning in the Brown’s locker room, per the News-Herald. “There’s talent all over this locker room, young and old, but the talent has to be ready on Sunday and to be fresh for Sunday and be efficient on Sunday.
“You can work as hard as you want. You can work all day seven days a week all the way up until Sunday in practice. At the same time, if you’re going to work like that, maybe on Sunday you’re not going to get what you want out of your players.”
The comments come a day after Lewis said he considers himself more a Raven than a Brown, and that he’s retiring because he’s “tired of it.”
Today Lewis elaborated on what he is tired of. Still, when he was asked directly whether Mangini needs to make greater adjustments in his approach to the team, he declined to pile on, saying, “Next question.”