Browns coordinator upset by planned protest
Eric Mangini has a Darth Vader mask hanging in his office. Appropriate perhaps, considering how
Fan displeasure is running rampant in Cleveland, where a 1-6 start has the
At least one
“That (ticks) me off. This is Cleveland. They’re going to show up and back this damn team,” outspoken defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said. “This is a town that’s tough and that loves football. Nobody’s happy. I hate me, too. So they hate me. Great. Doesn’t mean you turn your back.
“I’ve got a kid who flunked a class one time and it (ticked) me off. I don’t turn my back on him. I go get a tutor and help him.”
The offense is averaging the second-fewest number of yards per game and the defense is allowing the most yards in the league.
The offense has scored four touchdowns in seven games – none by a running back or receiver. The defense was burned on a 71-yard touchdown pass by Green Bay last week after quarterback
After the game, Rodgers said he knew what blitz was coming based on film study, and that the
“I respect the guys that talk before the game,” said Ryan, who earlier this season harshly criticized Buffalo quarterback
Mike Randall and Tony Schafer, fixtures in Cleveland’s famous Dawg Pound, are hoping the sight of so many empty orange seats on national TV against the Baltimore
Mangini has traded away most of the stars from an offense that was among the league’s best two years ago. It has left first-year offensive coordinator Brian Daboll searching for playmakers on a unit that has failed to score a touchdown in four of seven games.
“I don’t blame (fans) for wanting a timetable. Losing is not fun for anyone,” Daboll said. “I really believe good things are going to come … I’m convinced the people we have in this building will turn this thing around.”
When that will happen, no one seems to know.
“Nothing is ever given to Cleveland. Hell, their team was taken away one time,” Ryan said. “You think you’re not going to fight for that team? Yeah you are.
“A little adversity happens, you don’t turn your back. You rub your hands together and fight harder. So it doesn’t look like we’ve got Jim Brown back there right now. Well it’s not easy. We’ll fight and get better. Our fans are great fans. They deserve better and we’re going to give them better.”