Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, left, and Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine watch their teams warm up before an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)
David Richard
December 17, 2014

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Browns coach Mike Pettine calls former Cleveland quarterback Bernie Kosar's harsh condemnation of the team's front office ''a little dramatic.''

Kosar blasted the organization Monday, a day after the Browns were shut out by Cincinnati in rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel's starting debut.

Pettine says he respects Kosar as a player and that he's entitled to his opinion, but feels with the interaction between ownership, the front office and coaching staff ''the commitment is all there for us to be successful.''

Pettine said he's ''very encouraged'' about the future with the Browns, who haven't been to the playoffs since 2002 and have undergone numerous coaching and quarterback changes in recent years. Pettine said it's easier to criticize a team on a three-game losing streak, and he ''didn't hear a lot of that when we got our seventh win.''

---

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL

You May Like