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Monday, January 3, 2011
Reaction from Mike Holmgren, Eric Mangini

By James Walker

BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns fired head coach Eric Mangini Monday morning after two seasons.

Here is some reaction from the Browns organization:

Browns president Mike Holmgren

"This decision was not easy for me, and it was one into which I put a great deal of thought. Although we have made improvements this season, my responsibility is to ensure that we establish a program that will allow this team to compete at a championship level. That will continue to be our goal in everything we do. I want to thank Eric for all of his contributions to the Cleveland Browns and wish him and his family the best of luck in the future."

Former head coach Eric Mangini

"The experience coaching the Cleveland Browns the past two years has been tremendous. I appreciate the opportunity that the Lerner family gave me. I have a deep respect for the players that I have coached the past two years and how they have made a profound difference in changing the culture. ...I feel strongly that the Cleveland Browns are headed in a very positive direction and greatly value the commitment and exceptional efforts of the coaches, players and everyone in the building that I've worked with in trying to help achieve our goals."

The AFC North blog is at Browns headquarters and will get additional reaction from Holmgren and the players as they clean out their lockers on Monday.