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News » Cleveland Browns Notes, Quotes 2009-03-02


Cleveland Browns Notes, Quotes 2009-03-02


Cleveland Browns Notes, Quotes 2009-03-02
TE Kellen Winslow has been traded to the Bucs for undisclosed draft picks.


"Cleveland was great to me," he said. "I had a great time playing with Braylon Edwards, Brady Quinn. I'm going to miss those guys. But it's also a new opportunity. I've played with some of the guys on this team - Jeff Faine, Antonio Bryant, Luke McCown. I'm as happy as can be. I'm healthy." In five years in Cleveland, Winslow caught 219 passes for 2,459 yards and 11 touchdowns.

--Patriots coach Bill Belichick reminisced recently about past associates he worked with while coaching the Browns from 1991-95. One of them was George Kokinis, who was named Browns general manager last month. But back in 1991, Kokinis was an intern in the operations department.

"I came this close to firing him," said Belichick, smiling and holding the thumb and index finger on his right hand about an inch apart. "One of his jobs was driving guys to the airport. He got in an accident. I wasn't too happy about that. But George has done a tremendous job and I'm really happy for him."

Kokinis was the Pro Personnel Director of the Ravens for six years before the Browns hired him.

--The Browns announced hiring Matt Eberflus as linebackers coach Sunday. Eberflus has coached at the University of Missouri the last eight years, most recently as defensive coordinator. He has been a college coach since 1992. The Browns are still looking for a receivers coach.

--The Browns strength of schedule in 2009 ranks 25th based on opponents records in 2008. The Browns' 2009 opponents were 114-139 last season. The Ravens rank 27th and the Steelers 28th. That hardly seems fair since they competed in the AFC championship and the Browns were 4-12, but the reason their schedules are easier on paper is they play the Browns twice.

--Coach Eric Mangini is toying with the idea of testing Josh Cribbs as a safety or cornerback, but he plans to keep Cribbs primarily as a return specialist and a wide receiver.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I think the college process is something I'm very familiar with, it's not foreign to me. I've been part of 17 draft rooms, draft strategy, I've been in all the meetings, and I know how they work." -- Browns general manager George Kokinis on being prepared for the draft.



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Added: March 2, 2009

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