Pool Learning New Scheme

Veteran safety seems to be adjusting quite well to new coaching staff and their slightly different scheme.

BEREA—Brodney Pool is already approaching his fifth year with the Cleveland Browns and even though he just turned 25 in May, he's the longest tenured safety with the team.

"I'm just learning the system now," Pool said after Friday's practice. "They have given us a lot, but since it's my fifth year, a lot is expected from me."

Pool is coming off a 2008 season in which he had 65 tackles, three interceptions, four passes defensed and a fumble recovery. Pool has seven career interceptions and has started 31 games in the past two seasons.

"I'm expected to be a leader," Pool said. "Since my rookie year a lot has changed."

He did say that some things remain constant.

"I'm still a safety," he said. "That means you can't get beat deep."

Other than learning the new system, Pool does like the new approach with Eric Mangini and Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator.

"I like the coaches and I like all of the guys we have in the secondary," he said.

It appears that Mangini and staff like Pool, as well.

"Brodney's got excellent athleticism, speed and those physical characteristics," Mangini said after Wednesday's practice. "Getting to know him more as player, he does have some familiarity with the coverage's that carry over between the system that I have and the system that Romeo (Crennel) ran."

Pool said that he is playing free and strong safety in the system.

"We're interchangeable, right now."

"There is quite a bit of carry over, so that is a plus as well," he said. "The key will be to have balanced safeties, so either one can play back, either one can play up and Brodney has shown the ability to do both those things."

Mangini said that he remembers watching Pool when he played at Oklahoma.

"That was a little while ago, I don't remember where we had him or where I had him," Mangini said. "The things that I am seeing now are things that I saw in college. Specifically where he was ranked? I am not sure, but he did have those same traits coming out of college that I see here today."

Abram Elam, who came over in the draft day trade, is the early favorite to be Pool's running mate at safety.

"I enjoy being out there with Brodney," Elam said. "He's a very experienced player and has helped me since I joined the team."

Quick Hits: QB Brady Quinn threw a touchdown pass to rookie free agent WR Jordan Norwood from Penn State. Norwood made an acrobatic leaping grab in the corner of the end zone…Quinn, DB Hamza Abdullah and OL Eric Steinbach had to run laps for false starts. While Steinbach was jogging, the ‘Chariots of Fire' theme song was being played…Rookie DB Don Carey broke up a pass in the corner of the endzone…QB Derek Anderson was intercepted by DB Mike Adams to end practice…A group of kids from Positive Education was in attendance at practice.


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