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Browns practiced 3.5 hours in pads in Thursday

A week after their biggest win of the year and amid strong indications that Mike Holmgren will soon have a job with the team and coach Eric Mangini won’t, a league source tells us that Mangini subjected the team to a 3.5-hour practice on Thursday.

They practiced in pads.

Needless to say, there are players who are hoping that Mangini will be out the door come January 4.

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  1. Kige Ramsey says: Dec 19, 2009 4:34 PM

    Just had to have a Browns story today huh Florio

  2. faulkn22 says: Dec 19, 2009 4:35 PM

    When you make millions, shut up and do what you’re asked to do. Maybe you’d start winning games, pussies.

  3. droppingloads says: Dec 19, 2009 4:35 PM

    oh my, football players practicing in football pads!!!!! the humanity!!!!

  4. EskinSux says: Dec 19, 2009 4:37 PM

    That’s insane….Practicing in pads this late into the season, doesn’t he want to keep them fresh for the playoffs?

  5. rjgreen3 says: Dec 19, 2009 4:39 PM

    thought slavery was abolished!!!MANSHITTIEST

  6. PFTiswhatitis says: Dec 19, 2009 4:40 PM

    What are they all princesses? Thgats what happens when you lose lose lose.

  7. blackglass says: Dec 19, 2009 4:40 PM

    Good, I need a big game from Jaamal Charles tomorrow. A nice tired Browns D should do my fantasy team well.

  8. Mya Coxslong says: Dec 19, 2009 4:41 PM

    Why the hell don’t they pull the plug on this guy right now ? This buttwipe is going to cost people their careers working them like that. If he doesn’t cut the crap he’s going to be lucky if he gets a job handing out towels.

  9. scrapdawg12 says: Dec 19, 2009 4:42 PM

    So I guess Jamal Lewis was right. 3.5 hours of hitting in pads is crazy. No wonder they looked burned out on Sundays

  10. florioisagoodlawyer says: Dec 19, 2009 4:50 PM

    Another story where Florio is trying to rile things up. Do you want to mention that the players had extra days off after the Pittsburgh game to go visit family and friends all around the country? Do you think that practicing in pads is so ‘bad’ because it makes these VERY HIGHLY PAID…wait for it…FOOTBALL PLAYERS actually, oh i don’t know, work hard for their money and position?
    Listen, I understand that its may be an unusual practice especially on a Thursday (but they had Mon and Tue off!) but for a person with ZERO coaching experience can sit there and pretend they know what’s best for a team is ridiculous. Every story that is on this page is just stirring the pot that Mangini will get fired, and for what? Page views? Please.
    To reboot yet again with another head coach and totally new regime/philosophy is NOT what this team needs right now. We have 11 draft picks and the 2nd highest cap room in the league. What we need is someone to come in and help us not screw that up this offseason. If we could replace Brian Daboll that would be great too but Ryan and Mangini deserve another year to try and groom the players they’ve learned about this year and add to the roster for next year, trying to get some wins.
    K2 had to go. He was RIDICULOUS. He bitched ALL the time about not getting the ball, being double teamed, etc. Bray-bray was the same way, always making backhanded comments about our fans, his loyalty to a ‘certain’ quarterback, and making excuses for his bad hands. Andra Davis, having fun in Denver making 0.1 plays a game? Willie McGinest, old and washed up, had to go. I like how we ‘traded away all our talent’ in so many people’s minds.
    Why don’t you go back and look at Braylon’s numbers last year or Kellen’s and tell me how much ‘explosiveness and playmaking ability’ they really brought to our offense? Why exactly do fans think that one losing season means you are a total loser and will never turn anything around? There have been plenty of coaches in history that have had bad years, bad teams, and turned them around.
    I say lets hear it for Evan Moore, MoMass, CJennings/Harrison, etc. Young guys who are football players, unselfish, willing to do what is asked of them in the scheme for the good of the team. The negativity isn’t getting us anywhere. If we got a new coach we’d still have THE SAME PLAYERS. Think about that. No coach can magically make players better on their own. It takes assistants, trainers, position coaches, etc. to make a team and its’ players into something great. GIVE IT TIME.
    We gave Romeo’s dumb ass 3 seasons so why should we flush Mangini/Ryan already? My fellow Browns ‘fans’ who are 100 percent haters need to take their asses over to the Bengal or Steeler bandwagon if they don’t have the intestinal fortitude to continue to support their teams. GTFO.

  11. braindead says: Dec 19, 2009 4:53 PM

    I gotta agree with falkn22, you get paid an obsene amount of money, shut the hell up, and practice.You don’t think you need it? I’ve been a Browns fan for forty years, and I can tell you that they need to practice 3-5 hours in pads every freakin day! They suck! I have been made to watch a bad Browns team since ’87 (’07 was a fluke) and this is the worst I have seen them. Browns fans are loyal and die hard, but they are beginning to walk away in droves. This team has sucked ass for way too long and the fans have had it. Is this shit that passes for football REALLY better than no team at all? I am beginning to seriously wonder….

  12. Skippy20008 says: Dec 19, 2009 4:53 PM

    I’m no fan of Mangini, but…good for him! Why pamper these guys?

  13. Clevelander says: Dec 19, 2009 4:53 PM

    I guess practicing while wearing devices specifically made to PROTECT A PERSON FROM INJURIES doesn’t make sense to you, huh? Moron.

  14. manginiwithcheese says: Dec 19, 2009 4:59 PM

    It continues to amaze me how many Browns fans stick up for Mangini on this site.

  15. SlimPickens says: Dec 19, 2009 5:04 PM

    thats a lot to read. must be snowing where you live

  16. Captain says: Dec 19, 2009 5:12 PM

    Chuck Norris doesn’t play or practice in pads. He wears only a cup. He would go nude if it wasn’t such a huge distraction to the females in the stands.

  17. Allied Biscuit says: Dec 19, 2009 5:13 PM

    Football players…practicing? in pads? for less than half a work day? WHY I NEVER!!!!

  18. HolmgWIN says: Dec 19, 2009 5:13 PM

    FlBorio……..zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  19. Allied Biscuit says: Dec 19, 2009 5:13 PM

    Football players…practicing? in pads? for less than half a work day? WHY I NEVER!!!!

  20. HarrisonHits says: Dec 19, 2009 5:17 PM

    Ratgini has done a lot of stupid things this year but I don’t see this as something the players have any right to bitch about. Yeah they beat a crappy Steelers team that has been on a terrible slide. Wa-f’ing-hoo. Haven’t won too many other games this year and having one tough practice in a week late in the year should be nothing. Boo hoo STFU and be glad you’ve got the type of job you have that pays what it does.

  21. Discostu570 says: Dec 19, 2009 5:20 PM

    It’s funny that this continues to be a story of interest, not just on PFT but in pretty much every outlet for football media. Look at Mangini’s first year with the Jets, Al Groh’s only year with the Jets, Belichick’s first years with the Patriots, and Parcells’ first year anywhere. This is the strategy, work the hell out of your players, weed out the ones who are weak or not committed, and lay the foundation for a physical, well-conditioned football team for years to come.
    If the pattern holds, Mangini will start letting up on these guys halfway through his second training camp. The players who were there just for paychecks or sports celebrity status (think Braylon Edwards and Kellen Winslow) will be gone, as are those who aren’t interested enough in hard work to build a new team around (Jamal Lewis). Not to mention a tremendous influx of rookie talent come this next draft class; it’s all negative now, but people are going to be saying some nice things about the Browns after they dominate the middle rounds of the 2010 draft.
    Those players who are wishing Mangini gets fired will themselves be traded, released, or in some cases just pushed to the bench, and Mangini will be left with exactly the sort of team he wants to coach. Assuming of course that Lerner has the stones to go through with the ‘tear down and rebuild’ strategy he clearly agreed to when he hired Mangini in the first place.

  22. Mean D says: Dec 19, 2009 5:27 PM

    There always must be at least 1 racist reply and here it is from rjgreen3. Millionaires in pads for 3 hours the equivalent to slavery? You, lady, are an idiot.

  23. nniifu says: Dec 19, 2009 5:28 PM

    All the Browns players on twitter seem real twisted about it…
    With all the jokes flying, cutting on each other, all the “lol’s” and “lmao’s” dropped… surely somewhere deep down inside they’re all bent out of shape about it, right? Florio?

  24. BENITO says: Dec 19, 2009 5:33 PM

    florio coached…the waterboys at nd highschool blah blah blah

  25. Ralph Gre Nader says: Dec 19, 2009 5:36 PM

    And?…. They don’t need it?
    I cant stand Mangini, he’s an arrogant prick, but those scrubs need about 23.5 hours of practice everyday. Every single person employed by that organization is responsible for the product they trot out on the field every week. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. Even Josh Cribbs. Even Shaun Rogers. Even Joe Thomas. The problem with this dumpster fire of a team is everybody is looking for someone to blame instead of walking over to the mirror and taking a peek at the moron staring back at them. They’re all terrible. The owner is terrible. The coaches are terrible.The players are terrible. The trainers are terrible. Even the nacho vendors are terrible. If anybody thinks firing Mangini is gonna fix the problem then I’ve got a driveway full of priceless moon rocks I want to sell you. The only way this team has a chance of being anywhere near a championship club is if they build a stadium down the street from Gillette Stadium. They should gather up everybody in the middle of the stadium, roll them up in the turf and throw ‘em in dumpster with the rest of the trash.

  26. Treezs says: Dec 19, 2009 5:55 PM

    florioisagoodlawyer,
    Mr. Mangini! Nice to meet you!!
    You should have at least pretended like you weren’t a fan writing in, there can’t possibly be any Browns fan or player that has enough football interest for such a long winded post… your paycheck is the only motive I can see for a post like that!

  27. JoeSixPack says: Dec 19, 2009 6:10 PM

    I think Florio’s point may be that as a reward for a hard fought game against a major rival giving Browns fans a small ray of hope and their coach a ray of hope for keeping his job, Mangini gave his team…
    a marathon practice session in pads
    Nice guy… I guess if they bust their asses for him and win this weekend Mangini will reward them with a 5 hour practice.

  28. Browns_fan_in_therapy says: Dec 19, 2009 6:14 PM

    Unfortunately this week may bring us back to reality. The Pittsburgh game was our Superbowl. Tired players who hate the coach is never a good combination.
    Chiefs 24, Browns 10

  29. wahoobob says: Dec 19, 2009 6:23 PM

    Now let’s see, 9 days off for a team that’s 2-11 and is anticipating changes in GM and maybe a coach? Mangini’s doing them a favor by getting these guys ready for the game. If they lose the next three, most of these guys will be in the practice squad for somebody else. Aren’t the Chiefs going to be in pads on Sunday? Good grief.
    If they really pushed themselves during the week, I’ll be the pads wouldn’t have been part of the plan yesterday.

  30. cbrianwatkins says: Dec 19, 2009 6:24 PM

    florioisagoodlawyer says:
    December 19, 2009 4:50 PM
    Another story where Florio is trying to rile things up. Do you want to mention that the players had extra days off after the Pittsburgh game to go visit family and friends all around the country? Do you think that practicing in pads is so ‘bad’ because it makes these VERY HIGHLY PAID…wait for it…FOOTBALL PLAYERS actually, oh i don’t know, work hard for their money and position?
    Listen, I understand that its may be an unusual practice especially on a Thursday (but they had Mon and Tue off!) but for a person with ZERO coaching experience can sit there and pretend they know what’s best for a team is ridiculous. Every story that is on this page is just stirring the pot that Mangini will get fired, and for what? Page views? Please.
    To reboot yet again with another head coach and totally new regime/philosophy is NOT what this team needs right now. We have 11 draft picks and the 2nd highest cap room in the league. What we need is someone to come in and help us not screw that up this offseason. If we could replace Brian Daboll that would be great too but Ryan and Mangini deserve another year to try and groom the players they’ve learned about this year and add to the roster for next year, trying to get some wins.
    K2 had to go. He was RIDICULOUS. He bitched ALL the time about not getting the ball, being double teamed, etc. Bray-bray was the same way, always making backhanded comments about our fans, his loyalty to a ‘certain’ quarterback, and making excuses for his bad hands. Andra Davis, having fun in Denver making 0.1 plays a game? Willie McGinest, old and washed up, had to go. I like how we ‘traded away all our talent’ in so many people’s minds.
    Why don’t you go back and look at Braylon’s numbers last year or Kellen’s and tell me how much ‘explosiveness and playmaking ability’ they really brought to our offense? Why exactly do fans think that one losing season means you are a total loser and will never turn anything around? There have been plenty of coaches in history that have had bad years, bad teams, and turned them around.
    I say lets hear it for Evan Moore, MoMass, CJennings/Harrison, etc. Young guys who are football players, unselfish, willing to do what is asked of them in the scheme for the good of the team. The negativity isn’t getting us anywhere. If we got a new coach we’d still have THE SAME PLAYERS. Think about that. No coach can magically make players better on their own. It takes assistants, trainers, position coaches, etc. to make a team and its’ players into something great. GIVE IT TIME.
    We gave Romeo’s dumb ass 3 seasons so why should we flush Mangini/Ryan already? My fellow Browns ‘fans’ who are 100 percent haters need to take their asses over to the Bengal or Steeler bandwagon if they don’t have the intestinal fortitude to continue to support their teams. GTFO.
    ————————————————
    Wow, who would have thought a head coach of a NFL team would stoop this low as to make up a screen name, pretend to be a fan and defend himself and his team on PFT
    How pathetic

  31. BrownsTown says: Dec 19, 2009 7:02 PM

    manginiwithcheese,
    What can we say, some of us don’t open up and say ah when the media is shoveling crap. Look into it.

  32. urbusted says: Dec 19, 2009 7:10 PM

    Florio, the Browns practice squad beat your Steelers. Let it go. The mangini stories will only become Holmgren or whoever stories.

  33. urbusted says: Dec 19, 2009 7:10 PM

    Florio, the Browns practice squad beat your Steelers. Let it go. The mangini stories will only become Holmgren or whoever stories.

  34. THEpackersAREwhere? says: Dec 19, 2009 7:14 PM

    First off, Mangini totally and completely sucks! Second, I play semi pro football in a very competitive league with people that have played professionally in Canada and at major Universities through out the country, not the same as the NFL by far, but we never do full contact practices during the regular season, or full pads. They do get the money though so whatever they coach says… Still, its a dumb move. It really increases the risk of injury.

  35. Hugified Wang says: Dec 19, 2009 7:15 PM

    Mangini is a poopnoggin.

  36. tnsteve says: Dec 19, 2009 7:17 PM

    Don’t think I’ve seen a single complaint from a Browns player or one of their agents. Did I miss one?
    Seriously, if the players were complaining, I could understand. But if none of them is complaining, why are you carrying a banner none of them are carrying?
    Florio, seriously, you do well with rumors and news. I give you much credit you do about 75% of the time. It’s these kind of completely unnecessary stir-the-pot articles that make you look like the “some internet hack” some make you out to be.
    P.S. The whole holier-than-thou routine lately is running dry. You do realize you have zero credibility on anything other than your opinions being your opinions right? And we know what they say about opinions. You know so much better than GM’s, coaches, owners, players, the NFL, the NFLPA, NFLN, etc. Takes a lot of gumption to say you know better than all of these.

  37. tudefit says: Dec 19, 2009 7:28 PM

    florioisagoodlawyer Thank you!! Yes – He gave them extra time off to visit family and all. So is this practice uncalled for? Absolutely not!
    Davis was given time, Crennel was given time – Giving a coach 1 year is ridiculous. Fans – be careful what you wish for. Holmgren may want to do everything and that did not work before.
    I recall everyone clamoring for Pioli before the season began – what is Kansas City’s record? Does that mean he won’t be a success? Too many people listen to these sportswriters and don’t have the sense to decide for themselves if progress is being made.
    cbrianwatkins – Are you seriously that dumb? You think a coach anywhere cares what people write on these forums and would need to respond? Talk about pathetic.

  38. hawaii73 says: Dec 19, 2009 7:49 PM

    Magini is nuts. I gotta believe this is why the Brownies are playing so poorly. He wore them out at training camp and now this. What the hell is he thinking. At this time of year they should just be stretching, going about 1 1/2 hours and watching film and heading home. Three plus hours is crazy. He deserves to be fired and I guarantee there won’t be one guy shedding a tear. I’m not one that always sides with players, but NFL players get beat up every week and don’t need hitting in practice, especially in Week 15 or 16 whatever it is. Bring back Sam Rutigliano!!

  39. buckeyes3413 says: Dec 19, 2009 7:56 PM

    The article does not mention it specifically, but I have to assume we are talking about feminine pads of some kind??

  40. TheDPR says: Dec 19, 2009 8:03 PM

    I don’t see how Fredo has earned anyone’s benefit of the doubt here. He’s been an abject failure as a head coach. His “overwork and alienate my players” strategy failed in New York and is clearly failing in Cleveland. Why defend it just because the players get paid a lot of money? That has nothing to do with the argument – it’s a red herring.

  41. No Florio ,no says: Dec 19, 2009 8:20 PM

    Florio, you are: dumb, a terrible journalist, dumb, biased, boring, lucky, meaningless…..you are lucky that people comment on your posts so that people, like me, actually enjoy this site. Don’t feel special, it has nothing to do with your “journalism skills.” Your Browns articles are so pointless, and biased, that you might as well save us all the time and not write them. Obviously the closest you have ever been to a football field is watching it on a television from your house. Football teams practice, that is what they do; especially when the are losing. Please Please Please Please Please stop embarrassing yourself everyday with these atrocious articles. Your lack of understanding as to what a journalist is supposed to do is remarkable. I recommend a book that can be found at any Barnes and Noble or Borders…..Football for Dummies
    GO COLTS

  42. Clevelander says: Dec 19, 2009 8:51 PM

    The Browns practice without pads and Florio makes a snide comment about it.
    The Browns practice with pads and Florio makes a snide comment about it.
    Did this “source” happen to mention if the practice was “full contact” or just “full pads”, because there is a world of difference.

  43. ernielogo says: Dec 19, 2009 10:28 PM

    SPECIFICALLY, who are players who are hoping that Mangini will be out the door come January 4? I want to see the EXACT list of names.

  44. GoBrowns19 says: Dec 20, 2009 12:33 AM

    If you asked me five minutes ago:
    How long is an average NFL practice?
    I’d have said, “Oh, about 4 or 5 hours probably”
    Do you think they wear pads?
    “Well, I would think they do”

  45. florioisagoodlawyer says: Dec 20, 2009 12:18 PM

    Yes, smart guys. I am totally Eric Mangini posting under a pseudonym on a football website instead of worrying about my team. You guys are SO FUNNY AND CLEVER for talking about how ‘long-winded’ my comment was. PS: You didn’t have to read it. PPS: If some of these people did they would’ve seen a few of the important points I made (thanks to the 2 of you that acknowledged how much time the team had off before this alleged 4 hour practice). But whatever its way funnier to be snarky and rude instead of actually discussing football. Gotta go, I have a game to coach in KC later, apparently.
    -“Eric Mangini”

  46. trickbunny says: Dec 20, 2009 12:56 PM

    A really bad team- practicing in pads for longer than most teams have to practice?
    Hmmmm… Wonder if this has any relation to the fact that they’ve started playing noticeably BETTER over the last few games?

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