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Jerome Harrison was confused as well

Posted on: October 13, 2010 10:43 pm
J. Harrison has been traded to Philadelphia, and now, he might get a chance to contribute (Getty).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Now that former Browns RB Jerome Harrison has been traded to Philadelphia for RB Mike Bellas detailed here – he can speak the truth about his wonderment of why Cleveland coach Eric Mangini didn’t play him.

Will Brinson has theorized all along that Harrison was holding Mangini’s family hostage in his basement, but apparently, that’s not the case, because Harrison couldn’t figure it out either. After all, Harrison rushed for 561 yards in the final three games of last season – three Browns wins, mind you – and might have saved Mangini’s job in the process.

In a phone conversation he had with the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot, Harrison said he wasn’t sure what the deal was.

"I didn't understand one part of how it happened,” Harrison said. “I didn't get into any fights with anybody and I didn't think there were any bad feelings toward me by any of the coaches or anything."

After the end of last season, the Browns drafted Montario Hardesty – who ended up tearing his ACL – and trading for Peyton Hillis. Once Hardesty went down, the starting job went to Hillis instead of Harrison.

"It was mind-boggling," said Harrison. "But it's the nature of the business. I didn't understand it. I'm not an angry person, so I'm not upset. But I was a little frustrated.

"I don't think I was what they wanted. People have different likes and dislikes. I don't think I was in their current plans or their future plans."

While Harrison didn’t make any overtly-obvious disparaging remarks about the team this season – though you didn’t have to be a mind-reader to figure out he was unhappy – it sounds like the organization wasn’t happy with what Harrison was saying either.

From the Plain Dealer:

Harrison, in the last year of his contract, did get 16 carries the following week against Kansas City, but lost a fumble. The Browns thought he was down, but Mangini stressed that it shouldn't have been on the ground in the first place. The next week, Harrison was inactive with a thigh injury in Baltimore while Hillis rushed for 144 yards.

A few days later, when Harrison was asked if his role might change, he said, "I didn't know what my role was in the first place." Asked about his carries, he said, "What carries?"

The comments didn't sit well with the Browns, but Harrison said he never heard directly of any displeasure. Instead, Mangini said publicly that if Harrison had a problem, his door was always open. Harrison never took him up on it.

The following game against Cincinnati, the Browns got their point across: Harrison stood on the sidelines the whole game, trotting out only for the final three plays in the victory formation.

After all that, though, Harrison leaves the team with positive thoughts. Perhaps it’s because he’s going to an NFC East contender where he’ll have a chance to contribute while leaving a Browns squad that will have to fight hard not to finish in the AFC North basement.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 3:43 am

Jerome Harrison was confused as well

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 7:18 am

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 5:14 pm

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Since: Oct 15, 2010
Posted on: October 15, 2010 1:29 pm

Jerome Harrison was confused as well

I was thoroughly confused as to why Mangina wouldn't give this guy the rock after what he did in a short stint last year.  He is certainly and upgrade from Mike Bell with Shady being banged up.  Can't wait to see what he does behind a line that can actually run block.

Since: Sep 10, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2010 9:00 am

Jerome Harrison was confused as well

jerome harrison..COULD be a decent n.f.l. running back...getting out of the pathetic browns organization is the best thing that could happen for jerome.  If the browns really think, hillis is the superstar that they have been waiting for,,,,they are wrong!!hillis is a tough runner, but will not be  THE MAN..that everyone thinks he will be...and the decline..starts  sunday, when the browns visit pittsburgh.....hillis will feel the wrath!!!!!!

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: October 14, 2010 8:15 am

Jerome Harrison was confused as well

Pound for pound, Harrison is the better back. This trade bodes well for both teams since neither back was really contributing.  But for Harrison, even continuing in a backup role, this move is a player's dream.  He's going to a playoff contender, and proved last year he can finish strong.  You can't help but thing Bell has to be asking, why me? why now? why the Browns?

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2010 11:34 pm

Jerome Harrison was confused as well

Jerome Harrison is far better off.

What is Mangini doing, exactly, besides getting himself fired?

Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: October 13, 2010 11:20 pm

Jerome Harrison was confused as well

As a Packer fan, I'm jealous you got him.  Wish we had him.  Ted Thompson is a moron.  Go Eagles!

Since: Dec 24, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2010 11:15 pm

Jerome Harrison was confused as well

You watch. Browns fire Mangini gets fired, who joins the Eagles as offensive coordinator.

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2010 11:12 pm

Jerome Harrison was confused as well

You showed him, Cleveland!  Trade a guy that tore it up for the last 3 games of the season for an over the hill running back.  You make an example out of Jerome Harrison!  Idiots!  Spending a draft pick on a guy that was always injured in college, when they had a decent back and could have used that draft pick on, oh I don't know, maybe a team need!  This is just one example of why I stopped caring pretty much after the team moved to Baltimore.  Or maybe it was after they cut Bernie.  How'd that work out for them? 

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