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Joe Cullen says he’s well positioned to help troubled players

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Browns defensive line coach Joe Cullen is best known to NFL fans for a bizarre incident in 2006, when the then-Lions assistant was arrested after going through a Wendy’s drive-through naked. Cullen, who received treatment for alcohol abuse after that incident, says he now thinks he’s well positioned to help players who have had off-field problems related to alcohol.

That’s good because two of the Brown’s defensive linemen, Desmond Bryant and Armonty Bryant, were arrested this offseason for alcohol-related incidents. Cullen told the Akron Beacon Journal that he hopes having learned from his own mistakes helps him work with players who have made their own mistakes.

“I think obviously we all learn from mistakes — everybody — and if there is someone I can help because of a certain situation I’ve been through in my life, I’d obviously definitely do that,” Cullen said. “You have adversity every day. Adversity hits you on the field. You’re going to be down. Are you going to lay down or are you going to get up? Stuff happens. It’s how you react to it.”

The “stuff” that “happens” is rarely as embarrassing as the “stuff” that happened to Cullen, but from all accounts he reacted to it by getting his life, and his coaching career, back on track.

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6 Responses to “Joe Cullen says he’s well positioned to help troubled players”
  1. regisphilbin says: Jun 7, 2013 4:02 PM

    Well that’s nice, to bad he cant coach a DL very well. Check out Jacksonville’s sack totals over the last several years. Glad to see he can contribute something…..

  2. schmitty2 says: Jun 7, 2013 4:15 PM

    Nothing says “Good guidance” like advice coming from a Drive- thru streaker.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 7, 2013 4:23 PM

    Joe was guilty of alchohol abuse. The beer he had in his lap at the time of the incident still suffers from nightmares.

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 7, 2013 4:25 PM

    Joe studied the drive thru menu carefully, then said to the waitress “See anything you like?”.

  5. blitzinc43 says: Jun 7, 2013 4:40 PM

    regisphilbin says:Jun 7, 2013 4:02 PM

    Well that’s nice, to bad he cant coach a DL very well. Check out Jacksonville’s sack totals over the last several years. Glad to see he can contribute something…..

    Browns bud

  6. dirtybird28 says: Jun 7, 2013 5:55 PM

    Does anyone see the irony in this story as Josh Gordon got suspended for drugs?

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