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Josh Cribbs Takes a Stand for Browns Coach Eric Mangini To Stay

Daniel WolfSenior Writer IJanuary 5, 2010

CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 04:  Joshua Cribbs #16 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs the ball against the Cleveland Browns during their game at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 4, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Bengals defeated the Browns 23-20 in overtime.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Browns playmaker Josh Cribbs has taken a stand for his head coach, Eric Mangini.

Cribbs sent out a message around 11:00 pm on Monday, Jan. 4 via Twitter, saying, "I believe coach Mangini should be our coach again...Period."

The stand for his coach is very intriguing because Mangini is the guy who has prevented Cribbs from getting a new deal done regarding his current contract.

This just goes to show that the players on the Browns' roster, including their Pro Bowl superstar, all support Mangini and want him to continue to be their coach for the 2010 season.

Also, after researching online a bit, an interview was found from about two weeks ago where Cribbs was interviewed by SI.com's Peter King. He asked Cribbs how many other players on the Browns' roster would show support for Mangini and Cribbs said, "I think it'd be unanimous."

Cribbs then said, "I think the guys would definitely want to keep him.  You can't judge coach Mangini on one year. The camaraderie in the locker room is great. You hear things in the media about coach Mangini being too tough on us. But I think we're building something here, and I think the players are behind him.''

Cribbs is the face of the franchise, and one of the leaders in the locker room. The support for Mangini from him and the teammates should also be considered by President Mike Holmgren when making his final decision on the coach.

Quarterback coach Carl Smith also stood up for Mangini and it can be read here on Ohio.com.

Mangini has also stood up for all of his coaching staff, saying that he is more worried for them and their families than for himself, as reported by Cleveland.com.

(article also posted on Dawg Scooper)

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