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Browns guard Eric Steinbach joined the growing chorus of those poking holes in New England’s reputation with the following remarks in the aftermath of Sunday’s 34-17 loss, as quoted by the Akron Beacon Journal’s Marla Ridenour.
The Browns were trying to score from the Patriots’ 10 when quarterback Derek Anderson spiked the ball to kill the clock with 11 seconds remaining. Although the play was over, Mike Vrabel bull-rushed, hitting left tackle Joe Thomas chest-high then slid ing lower. As Thomas staggered, Vrabel’s arm clipped the back of Anderson’s leg, sending him to the ground.
”Classless. You can quote me on that,” Steinbach said. ”To dive for a guy’s knees like that, to almost take out the quarterback when the game is already over with?”
Steinbach said he also was galled that ”everyone’s trying to emulate” the Patriots.
”Everyone looks up to them in the NFL like they’re the team that does everything right,” Steinbach said. ”How are you going to have a player like that go and do that at the end of the game? That just doesn’t show professionalism. I don’t care if the game is won or lost, you don’t do a move like that.”