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By PFW staff

Here's a sampling of Browns quotes from the last two days. The quotes from head coach Eric Mangini are from his Monday press conference, the transcript of which was provided by the team.

Browns head coach Eric Mangini, speaking on the plays in which Steelers ROLB James Harrison knocked WRs Joshua Cribbs and Mohamed Massaquoi out of Pittsburgh's 28-10 win vs. Cleveland Sunday: "They typically call those plays pretty tight. I've been on all sides of it, whether it was (Browns S) T.J. Ward's hit against Cincinnati or (Jets S) Eric Smith's hit against (then-Cardinals WR) Anquan Boldin, where (Smith) was suspended for a game, or the hits yesterday. What I want to do is be able to coach it so our guys are doing it the right way and not putting anybody at unnecessary risk. I don't want to lose anybody for the same reasons. It's really a league matter, and I'm sure they'll address it."

Brian Ayrault, Massaquoi's agent, on Harrison being fined $75,000 Tuesday for his hit on Massaquoi: "I think the league talked tough and didn't do too much, to be honest with you. They fined him $75,000 and he's earned over $20 million the past couple years. What kind of deterrent is that? That's less than 1 percent. I think the only way you deter this type of behavior is to suspend him. You have to make the team play without one of their best players. Cleveland might be without Mohamed this week and Harrison plays on for the Steelers. How is that fair to the Browns? The Browns are going to be minus a starter. The Steelers should be minus a starter." (Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Mangini on rookie CB Joe Haden, the club's first-round pick, who had his first career interception Sunday at Pittsburgh, when asked if Haden could push Eric Wright for a starting job: "I thought he had his best week of practice since he's been with us. I think that he's starting to understand what it means to be a pro, he's starting to understand what it takes to prepare each week, and there's no doubt in my mind that that week of preparation, the way that he was last week, led to his best performance since he's been here. He had the interception, I think he did a lot of positive things yesterday. ... What I'm happier with is he can now very easily see how it translates into success on the field and if he keeps developing, he'll keep pushing for playing time. That's what you want. That's what I want, that's what he wants, and I don't mean I'm looking to replace anybody. I'm looking for him to get better to push those guys to replace them because that competition makes everybody better."

Mangini on whether there was a positive in playing rookie QB Colt McCoy again this week with starter Jake Delhomme and backup Seneca Wallace coming back from ankle injuries: "I like Jake and I like Seneca a lot, and Colt's played one game, and depending on how it goes this week, it may be two games. See how he does in that opportunity that he could have here this coming week, but we really got to see how it progresses and evaluate it from there. I thought he did a great job with this opportunity, and now we'll see what the consistency is like, see what the development is like and see what it continues to look like."

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