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Jamal Lewis says Mangini worked the Browns too hard

Cleveland RB enduring a trying final season. News Wire

Print This November 12, 2009, 01:04 PM EST
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From The News-Herald:

Jamal Lewis will play against his first team, the Baltimore Ravens, for the final time on Monday night. But that isn’t the story for now.

Lewis unloaded on Coach Eric Mangini in the locker room Thursday and said one reason the Browns, 1-7, play as poorly as they do is by Sunday they have nothing left; they are beaten and tired from long drawn-out practices in pads. He said he was in pads more the first eight weeks of the 2009 season than he was in three years in Baltimore.

“The way we work in two-a-days in training camp and the way we work every day on the field for two and a half, three hours, you want a ‘W’ on Sunday when you work like that,” Lewis said. “There’s talent all over this locker room, young and old, but the talent has to be ready on Sunday and to be fresh for Sunday and be efficient on Sunday.

“You can work as hard as you want. You can work all day seven days a week all the way up until Sunday in practice. At the same time, if you’re going to work like that, maybe on Sunday you’re not going to get what you want out of your players.”

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