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Browns happy to see scuffles at practice

Mike Pettine AP

Practice scuffles are a training camp inevitability and we’ve seen them break out at several camps already this summer.

It was the Browns’ turn on Tuesday and their practice featured a big blowup. NFL.com has video of the incident, which seemed to involve a good number of players from both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. After things cooled down, Browns coach Mike Pettine opted against the tried and true coach response of saying that he wants to see his charges show more control over themselves when working among teammates.

“When we talk about the kind of team we want to be, you have to practice that way and that is hard, that’s difficult,” Pettine said. “I can’t tell that lie that we can be a certain way on a practice field and carry it over on the game field. There are going to be times when it does boil over. And you don’t want one side of the ball to get bullied by the other. There has to be some push back….You look at that and it’s the price of doing business.”

Safety Donte Whitner echoed the coach, saying that you want “nasty guys” on both defense and the offensive line as a way of explaining how things boiled over on the field on Tuesday. It’s hard to argue with that assessment or the explanation that players getting ready to play a rough game will sometimes wind up crossing the line during a practice session, but it’s a fine line given the possibility of injuries when things go off the way they did on Tuesday.

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24 Responses to “Browns happy to see scuffles at practice”
  1. drfeelyouup says: Jul 29, 2014 3:49 PM

    You’re next Pittsburgh.

  2. 4thquartermagic says: Jul 29, 2014 3:53 PM

    Scuffles are fine. Sniffles are not.

    Looking at you Johnny 8-ball.

  3. doctorrustbelt says: Jul 29, 2014 3:54 PM

    It was ALLLLLLLLL Brandon Weeden’s fault.

    SEE: josh gordon
    SEE: Greg Little
    SEE: Davone Bess
    SEE: Who led the team in rushing (Oh, Yeah.. McGahee with 377 yards)

  4. weepingjebus says: Jul 29, 2014 3:59 PM

    They were fighting over who had to drop Manziel off at daycare afterwards.

  5. mendenhallfumblemachine says: Jul 29, 2014 4:05 PM

    If they get Gordon back i could see this team winning the division. Coming from a Steelers fan, they may not have the best quarterback (yet) in the division but i do think overall they are more talented then any other team in the division.

  6. barsfordays says: Jul 29, 2014 4:08 PM

    Looks like the Browns r gettin tuned up for the preseason. Cuz when the regular season starts they consistently fade into the black and below-mediocrity

  7. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 29, 2014 4:12 PM

    I think those who have actually played football understand what coach is trying to do in building a tough team. It’s the media whiners that want everyone to just play nice.

  8. csszrr says: Jul 29, 2014 4:17 PM

    Finally, a tough guy coaching and injecting toughness into the team. When you come up in the meat grinder that is PA AAAA you know a thing or two about it.

  9. jxt2521 says: Jul 29, 2014 4:25 PM

    When did the guy from Storage Wars become the head coach of the Browns?

  10. crip2nite says: Jul 29, 2014 4:26 PM

    Discipline builds toughness not random acts of fake fighting for the cameras!

  11. In Teddy We Trust says: Jul 29, 2014 4:34 PM

    The video of the incident was provided by Johnny Manziel. He happened to have his money phone handy.

  12. frenchysgoldfish says: Jul 29, 2014 4:45 PM

    A fight at camp for the Brownies? Did Johnny Football hit someone with a beer bottle?

  13. doctorrustbelt says: Jul 29, 2014 4:47 PM

    “Discipline builds toughness not random acts of fake fighting for the cameras!”
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    No… bullying makes teams tougher.

    Oh, sorry… I forgot that Miami’s terrible offensive line got better AFTER richie incognito’s suspension.

  14. timpiker says: Jul 29, 2014 4:50 PM

    Go Browns!!! Ruff ruff ruff !!!!!!!!!

  15. TheWizard says: Jul 29, 2014 5:15 PM

    I would like to agree with him, but the truth is when you start letting it fly during games, it’s always the wrong guy that gets penalized the 15 yards.

    If you’re going to control yourself in games you might as well do it in practice, too.

  16. djshnooks says: Jul 29, 2014 5:20 PM

    If you think the Browns are the most talented team in their division…you clearly have no clue how to evaluate talent.

    The Bengals have twice as much talent.

    So do the Ravens.

    I bet the Browns don’t win more than 5 games this season…they are a joke.

  17. dws123 says: Jul 29, 2014 5:25 PM

    @drrustbelt

    Weeden, Bess, Little, and McGahee have all moved on. Take a cue and do the same already.

  18. granadafan says: Jul 29, 2014 5:57 PM

    Were they taking turns giving Manziel a Code red?

  19. 2difshoe says: Jul 29, 2014 6:00 PM

    The scuffle was a result of players fighting over to lick clean Manziels $ bill that drop out of his sock during practice.

  20. Ferdinand says: Jul 29, 2014 6:20 PM

    Only bad teams like to see undisciplined players acting out their lack of discipline.

  21. kwjsb says: Jul 29, 2014 8:56 PM

    Already preparing for a 15 yard penalty at a crucial time?

  22. denverdude7 says: Jul 30, 2014 10:34 AM

    The Browns are also happy if none of their players spikes himself.

  23. cincyalldaway says: Jul 30, 2014 3:17 PM

    I’m sure they welcomed it with open arms. After all, its the first thing they’ve done, as a team, since 1996!

  24. pittsburghdamned says: Jul 31, 2014 4:11 AM

    I really see Pettine as just another name on a long list of reaches & misses for grubby Dulltown, OH.

    We’re going to get you outta there, Johnny. Just hang on. We’ll find you a team.

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