Sunday, November 1, 2009

Pool gets benched

Ths is the Browns last game before the bye, and Coach Eric Mangini is using it to send a message to his team for the rest of the season: Make a major blunder and earn a seat on the bench.

Last week Brodney Pool didn't just miss a tackle. He was flat-footed as Donald Driver ran by him on the way to a 71-yard touchdown. Consequently, Mike Adams is starting for Pool today. It isn't the only lineup change, either. Rex Hadnot is starting at right guard in place of Floyd Womack.

Two other changes are injury related. Steve Heiden is at tight end after missing two games with a knee injury and kicker Phil Dawson is back after missing five games with a calf injury.

Eric Mangini, at 1-6, is fighting for his job. He doesn't have a lot to work with, but holding the players accountable is a good way to get them going.


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