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The 19 best Browns quotes of 2014


Joe Haden … on beating the New Orleans Saints – Sept. 14

"It feels amazing. I don't know if I even felt this happy after we won the national championship in Florida."


Donte Whitner … on the Dawg Pound

"On third down, teams are behind the sticks, quarterbacks are trying to change plays, you get false starts – that's what you need. That's what home-field advantage does for you. It allows guys to feed off the energy of the crowd."


Isaiah Crowell … on what types of animals he likes – June 12

"I like kitty cats."


*Mike Pettine … On if Johnny Manziel showing up two minutes before the deadline affected his playing time -- Dec. 8

"You're either on time or you're not. It's like being slightly pregnant. He was on time."


Taylor Gabriel … On calling his own meeting with Browns GM Ray Farmer in the summer before training camp – Nov. 4

"I just told him not to cut me, man. Just to give me a chance to show my ability. Just give me an opportunity. That's what he gave me."


Karlos Dansby … on if the Browns made progress in 2014 – Dec. 22

"We made strides. People didn't have us winning seven games, y'all had us winning one game – if that. But we surprised y'all. Like I said, we are on a mission. We are a team with purpose, man. We are purpose-driven … If I was the general manager, I would keep everybody. And let's go get it next year."


Mike Pettine … On what his dad has to say about the four game losing streak – Dec. 22

"I found a mysterious way to not pick up the phone when he was calling. Thank God for caller ID."


Joel Bitonio … on why he's known as such a gifted offensive lineman— Nov. 3

"Basketball shaped my athletic ability. I wasn't a freak athlete. But I feel like you don't see many NFL offensive linemen who were one of their school's best basketball players."


Joe Thomas … on losing center Alex Mack to a broken leg – Oct. 12

"It's such a tough loss. There are no other Alex Mack's in the NFL. He's the best center in the league. So losing somebody like that, it's impossible to replace him."


Donte Whitner … on beating the New Orleans Saints – Sept. 14

"We understand we aren't the same Cleveland Browns."


Connor Shaw … on visiting the Browns before the NFL Draft – May 16

"I love this organization. I thought to myself – I have a feeling I'm coming back here."


Brian Hoyer … on beating the Oakland Raiders in an ugly victory – Oct. 26**

"No one cares who gets the credit for a win – we just want to win games."


Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis … on his former receiver Andrew Hawkins – Nov. 4

"He's doing the dirty work for [the Browns]...He's doing all the things we know Hawk can do."


*Joe Thomas … On Crowell's 88-yard, two touchdown performance at Atlanta *

"He is amazing. The runs that he makes, he almost never misses a cut. He always gets his shoulders downhill…I love that guy."


Tashaun Gipson … On why he's improved so rapidly  -- April 14

"The game has completely slowed down for me."


Johnny Manziel … about focusing on football

"Either I'm going to learn or I'm going to be finding something else to do."


JoeThomas … On being a veteran who gets days off in the middle of the week – July 28 **

"Yeah, it's kind of nice. I'm like the (longtime beat reporter) Tony Grossi of the offensive line."


Karlos Dansby … on Donte Whitner's pregame speech before the Browns 24-3 win over the Bengals

"Guys had tears in their eyes from Donte's message. It got us so focused. It made us even more hungry to win."


Mike Pettine … on beating the Steelers 31-10 – Oct. 12

"They believe in each other. They believe in what we're doing. This is a tight team."

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