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    BEREA, Ohio (AP) - The Cleveland Browns are being beaten and beaten down by coach Eric Mangini.

    That's Jamal Lewis' take.

    Frustrated by another losing season, the veteran running back blasted Cleveland's first-year coach on Thursday, saying Mangini is pushing his players too hard in practice. But Lewis, who is one of Cleveland's six captains and intends to retire after the season, has not taken his complaints to Mangini.

    "Hey, this is his show, it's not mine," Lewis said. "It's his show, it's not my show. Not anybody else around here's show. We're just the crop. You've got to take care of your crop. If you don't take care of your crop, when it comes time to harvest, you're not going to make no money because the crop ain't no good."

    Lewis believes Mangini's rugged, lengthy practices of up to three hours have hurt the Browns (1-7), who have been outscored 209-78 and have lost four games by at least 21 points. By the time they get to kickoff, Lewis says, the Browns are tired and worn out.

    "There's talent all over this locker room, young and old," Lewis said. "There's talent everywhere, but that talent has got to be able to be ready for Sunday and to be fresh for Sunday and be ready to go out and be efficient on Sunday. You can work all day, you can work seven days a week. But if you're going to work like that, on Sunday you're probably not going to get what you want out of your players."

    Earlier, Mangini said he has changed his approach and adjusted his practices this season.

    Lewis was asked to comment on the coach's stance.

    "Next question," he snapped.

    Mangini ran a tough training camp, one with much more contact than any held by former Browns coach Romeo Crennel. Also, the team has practiced in full pads more under Mangini than in the past.

    Lewis laughed when he was asked if he had been in pads more than usual.

    "I've been in more pads in half this season probably than I have been in three or four seasons in Baltimore," he said.

    So if things are so bad, why doesn't he walk into Mangini's office and tell him things aren't working?

    "Because that's not my role," he said. "It hasn't been my role with any coach that I've ever been with. You have to evaluate your situation. You have to look at what's going on. You have to look at your players. You have to figure out why.

    "That's not for me to figure out. I do my job. My job is right here, in the backfield to run the football and to block and do what I'm asked to do. My job is not to evaluate and see what's going on here and try to fix it. I'm not a babysitter. I just expect everybody around the board to do their job whether it's upstairs or whether it's down here. That's called accountability."

    Lewis' complaints came three days before the 30-year-old will face the Ravens (4-4), his team for seven seasons, for the final time on Monday night. Lewis, currently 21st on the career rushing list, publicly announced his plans to retire following Cleveland's 30-6 loss in Chicago on Nov. 1.

    Although he has one more year under contract, Lewis said he made up his mind before his 10th NFL season started that it would be his last.

    Lewis had hoped to go out a winner, but the Browns have regressed in Mangini's first season. Lewis wants to move on with his life.

    "I'm tired of it," he said. "I'm tired of dealing with the politics. I'm tired of dealing with the whole organizational thing, just how things go. It's just tiresome. When you don't have to deal with it, why deal with it? If I'm going to come out here and work the way I work, then I want results, I want to be able to go out and work. Right now, that's not what's going on.

    "I feel like it's just a waste of time for me."

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    I can't blame him for the way he feels.....just god dang it why to athletes talk so freely to the press? I really respect the players that played when I was a kid. If there was a problem they solved it behind closed doors.

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    Default Re: Jamal Lewis criticizes Mangini...

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    I can't blame him for the way he feels.....just god dang it why to athletes talk so freely to the press? I really respect the players that played when I was a kid. If there was a problem they solved it behind closed doors.
    I completely agree with you there man.

    I will say, though, that I am not sure that Mangini has a clue what he's doin'
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