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Cleveland Browns Notes, Quotes 2009-05-15

Cleveland Browns Notes, Quotes 2009-05-15
--The Browns encourage their players to be active in community involvement off the field. Kenyon Coleman passes muster, though what he did as a member of the Jets went beyond the scope of New York or New Jersey. The Browns' newest defensive end, acquired in the trade that allowed the Jets to draft Mark Sanchez, traveled on a 13-day mission to Burundi and Uganda in Africa last year with Tribal Praise Ministries to raise money for Burundi Schools and a hospital in Uganda.

--Military families are known for moving around a lot. Browns rookie David Veikune found out first hand just how much moving can be involved. His mother was a pharmacist. Veikune was born in Anchorage, Alaska, moved to Winslow Arizona and then Las Cruces, New Mexico before moving to Hawaii as his mother's duties expanded.

--After just two seasons Jamal Lewis ranks eighth on the Browns' all-time rushing list with 2,306 yards. With another 1,000-yard season he will pass Ernie Green, currently seventh with 3,204 yards gained in seven seasons. Earnest Byner, sixth on the Browns' all-time list, rushed for 3,364 yards in two stints spanning seven seasons.

--There would be irony in the decision if Brett Favre does end up signing with Minnesota. The Browns open the 2009 season against the Vikings, and that would mean coach Eric Mangini would be facing the quarterback whose collapse at the end of 2008 cost Mangini his job with the Jets.

Mangini has texted Favre about visiting the Browns in training camp under the assumption Favre would stay retired.

--Mangini and the Browns use the video conferencing system Skype. It is a program that can be downloaded to a computer with a web cam or to a cell phone with video capabilities. It works out better for the Browns when the communication is computer to computer because of the screen size.

Mangini, as does every coach in the NFL, sacrifices family time to do his job thoroughly. He was that way as head coach of the Jets from 2006-08 and he has been putting in long hours with the Browns since he was named head coach in January. He knows the work days get longer when the regular season starts. Mangini said he started using Skype while in New York to stay in touch with his wife and children. It came in handy when his children were getting ready for bed.

"It's very interactive," Mangini said. "I think that will be a good tool. We've had some innovative uses of technology that I really didn't think I'd be using.

"George McDonald (wide receivers coach) was using it for Mohamed (Massaquoi) or Brian (Robiskie) to go through information. I'm sure those guys are a little bummed out that we call them up and have video conferences and go through the playbook, but I think it's a very good way to get some face to face time and go through that information.

"They (left rookie minicamp) with a syllabus of what we expect of them to come back with in all different areas -- strength and conditioning, coaching, right on down the line."

Skype will enable the coaches to stay in touch with injured players, such as Braylon Edwards when he had to sit at home last summer recovering from being spiked while running sprints in training camp. In 2007 it would have helped Brady Quinn stay in touch with the coaches while Quinn was involved in a holdout that spanned 11 days.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "The biggest thing that I'm going to have to work on is getting acclimated to the speed of the game. I know it's going to be a lot faster. The faster I can get the speed down and the playbook down, the better I will be." -- Browns rookie defensive back Don Carey on making the jump from Norfolk State to the NFL.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 15, 2009

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