Tomlin and Mangini quotes

March, 25, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

I wanted to pass on a few tidbits to AFC North readers from this week's NFL owners' meetings in Dana Point, Calif.

Here are some interesting quotes from Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and Cleveland Browns coach Eric Mangini this week:

Tomlin on the Steelers-Ravens rivalry:

"You appreciate it. To be a part of it is something that's special and I think that's something we share on both sides of the rivalry. I think the personalities, the leadership, the passion that's displayed on both sides makes the rivalry what it is. And all you've got to do is look at guys like Ray Lewis and James Farrior and Derrick Mason and Hines Ward and it's what the game of football is about. And every time we come together it displays the best of the game of football.”

Tomlin on his fast learning curve:

"This is not a job that has a manual. It's a very lonely job at times. I think you accept all of those responsibilities and challenges going in and then do the best you can. You trust your instructs, at least I do.”

Tomlin on negotiations with LB James Harrison:

"I think we're all confident that it's something that's going to take place. I know it's something both parties want and the process is just running its course at this point.”

Mangini on quarterbacks Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson:

"I don't have a projected starter at this point. What we're going to do is we'll have an open competition where they'll both get a chance to establish that they'll be the starter. I've been through this before in New York. I think that competition was fair. I think it was thorough. And at the time it was very clear to me who the starter should be. I anticipate it being the same way.”

Mangini on receiver Donte Stallworth's situation:

"It's obviously a tragedy. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victim and his family. It's a legal matter as well. I made a statement. That's all I'm really going to say about it.”

Mangini on signing right guard Floyd Womack and tackle John St. Clair:

"I think that they both played multiple positions along the line, which I really like. I like their versatility. We're going to play the best players. They'll have a great opportunity and we'll see how that goes.”

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