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Pettine says fight at Browns practice went too far

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Sometimes coaches like seeing a skirmish on the practice field because it shows that players are fired up and competitive. But Browns coach Mike Pettine didn’t feel that way when a fight broke out at practice today.

“I just thought it went a little too far,” Pettine said afterward. “I understand and have spoken on fights before. That’s going to happen sometimes. That’s the price of doing business, but I thought we got out of the realm of being good teammates. Also, I just think overall practice, to that point, I thought was a little too sloppy for my liking. It was kind of a culmination of the sloppiness and then the length of the fight.”

Pettine made everyone run wind sprints after the fight, even players who weren’t involved. Pettine said “It’s a team sport” and he wants players to know that a penalty for one player is a penalty for everyone.

“The thing I was pleased about was how they responded after,” Pettine said. “I thought they were sharp. They were focused. They practiced how they should, but I just told them after that we don’t need a traumatic event to kind of snap us back into place, that we need to be mature enough and professional enough to be able to handle tough circumstances and practice well.”

With training camps winding down, we’re probably running out of stories about practice-field fights. Pettine hopes this was the last one in Cleveland.

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34 Responses to “Pettine says fight at Browns practice went too far”
  1. denko310 says: Aug 16, 2014 3:59 PM

    Surprised Goldberg didn’t spear someone

  2. maestro1899 says: Aug 16, 2014 4:02 PM

    #FREEJOSHGORDON

  3. iberiasaint says: Aug 16, 2014 4:04 PM

    Did anyone knock the snot out of Little Johnny?

  4. wellthatsinteresting says: Aug 16, 2014 4:06 PM

    I’m beginning to like Pettine…probably means he’ll be fired after his first season.

  5. easyeintennessee says: Aug 16, 2014 4:07 PM

    Ravens are worried about lunch money and breaking sporks. Browns are beating each other up. Steelers still wish it was 1975, and the AFC North Champs are just ready to take care of business again. Sounds about right. Who Dey!

  6. ariani1985 says: Aug 16, 2014 4:07 PM

    They ran a sprint for every line Johnny ripped in Vegas!

  7. brianc34 says: Aug 16, 2014 4:11 PM

    iberiasaint says:
    Aug 16, 2014 4:04 PM
    Did anyone knock the snot out of Little Johnny?

    They would have had to catch him first. Defenses seem to have a problem with that!

  8. 5to46hawkfan says: Aug 16, 2014 4:19 PM

    Good job coach

  9. jredshoes says: Aug 16, 2014 4:27 PM

    At least it didn’t get to the point where Johnny had to call 911 on his money phone.

  10. footballfan72 says: Aug 16, 2014 4:28 PM

    I like this coach already, definitely old school. Good luck to the Browns this season

  11. southridge23 says: Aug 16, 2014 4:28 PM

    They would have had to catch him first. Defenses seem to have a problem with that!
    ——
    Michael Vick they can catch, rg3 they can catch…but somehow Johnny boy will allude defenses..good luck with that

  12. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 16, 2014 4:30 PM

    Then they formed a circle, assumed the lotus position, held hands with the person next to them, and chanted “Ommmm… ommmm…”.

  13. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 16, 2014 4:38 PM

    Wow. What a mistake!

  14. bmoreb says: Aug 16, 2014 4:39 PM

    easyeintennessee says:
    Aug 16, 2014 4:07 PM

    Ravens are worried about lunch money and breaking sporks. Browns are beating each other up. Steelers still wish it was 1975, and the AFC North Champs are just ready to take care of business again. Sounds about right. Who Dey!
    _________________________________

    Try winning a playoff game before talking smack about the Steelers and Ravens dude.

    More like AFC North Chumps lol

  15. dadplumberawesome says: Aug 16, 2014 4:47 PM

    I wonder who Browns are going to hire next year to be Head Coach?

  16. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 16, 2014 4:58 PM

    Good coaching, but questionable terminology, the “cost of doing business” just doesn’t seem to “fit like a glove” in “painting the picture”. You could also refer to it as “collateral damage” as a result of the process/system, just depends on what your perspective is.

  17. kwjsb says: Aug 16, 2014 5:00 PM

    About time a Browns team had some fight….

  18. Wineshard says: Aug 16, 2014 5:01 PM

    As a Steelers fan I long for a relevant Browns team. Much more interesting that way. This coach looks like a step in that direction.

  19. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 16, 2014 5:17 PM

    easyeintennessee says:
    Aug 16, 2014 4:07 PM
    Ravens are worried about lunch money and breaking sporks. Browns are beating each other up. Steelers still wish it was 1975, and the AFC North Champs are just ready to take care of business again. Sounds about right. Who Dey!
    ————–

    Cincinnati is a dumpster. Haven’t been relevant since Pete Rose.

  20. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 16, 2014 5:42 PM

    I’d like to see them have some fight when they play other teams. Usually the Browns get Punched in the mouth and then act like little babies the rest of the game.

    This team is lacking talent and toughness.

    They were probably upset that Pettine is going to start Hoyer

  21. FinFan68 says: Aug 16, 2014 5:42 PM

    Sometimes coaches like seeing a skirmish on the practice field because it shows that players are fired up and competitive.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    No, it simply shows they are hotheaded and lack control. “Fired-up” and “competitive” are just words used to justify and excuse bad behavior. If you can’t control yourself in practice against teammates then odds are that you won’t control yourself in games against actual opponents.

  22. isphet71 says: Aug 16, 2014 5:45 PM

    The coach seems legit, but I have my doubts about the GM there in Cleveland. Not sure he’s provided Pettine with much to work with.

    The stable guys don’t have a lot of talent, and the talented guys don’t appear to have their personal lives very well in order. Pettine’s going to have to work some magic to make it work with what he has this year, I am afraid.

  23. shakespeare22 says: Aug 16, 2014 5:51 PM

    Wineshard…are the Steelers relevant? Is the sky blue in your world?

  24. lifesuckshereinloserville says: Aug 16, 2014 6:21 PM

    Who is this Pettine clown? Is he going to send these kids to bed without dinner next?

  25. seahawkfanfrom1970s says: Aug 16, 2014 6:45 PM

    Making the whole team run sprints after a few players were giving each other the business? You might start seeing blanket parties in Cleveland!

  26. chrisk61 says: Aug 16, 2014 7:20 PM

    huge rumor brewin that a cleve qb could be traded to houston. 50% chance it happens.

    and if it does, 50% chance it is justin er i mean johnny football…

  27. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 16, 2014 7:49 PM

    Old news chrisk61

  28. time2speakup says: Aug 16, 2014 8:02 PM

    Couple of things I find very interesting: two of the NFL’s better teams, the Ravens and 49ers, scrimmage each other – and there was NO hostilities whatsoever. That part is not surprising, look at the class act the respective organizations are. What is interesting is that the media totally ignored that fact. The second thing interesting is that three lesser teams go berserk to the extent of one “team” actually attacking fans. And that got all the media’s attention. Wonder what that says about us? We know where the media is.

  29. bengalskuta82 says: Aug 16, 2014 8:10 PM

    @buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons
    ——————————————————

    you are hilarious. its good to have simple people like you around. its fun..lol

  30. natijim235 says: Aug 16, 2014 8:22 PM

    it’s just to easy to bad mouth the browns so i won’t….ok i lied….if they can’t beat anyone else beat up on yourselves!

  31. jimmy53 says: Aug 16, 2014 9:34 PM

    what does this have to do johnny football?

    Nothing–then no one cares. Seriously, who cares about the Browns…

  32. swagger52 says: Aug 16, 2014 10:51 PM

    They didn’t say what the fight was about…

    I assume a fight started when Brian Hoyer pantsed Johnny Football.

  33. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Aug 17, 2014 12:17 AM

    Well the Brownz r a joke, sooo…..

  34. mrbigg513 says: Aug 17, 2014 9:50 AM

    If we’re the afc north chumps and we won out division last year what that make y’all

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