Browner, Pats' receivers coach have heated exchange

Browner, Pats' receivers coach have heated exchange
July 30, 2014, 1:00 pm
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FOXBORO -- Patriots training camp played host to a heated outburst between cornerback Brandon Browner and receivers coach Chad O'Shea, which included a back-and-forth well within earshot of fans and media in attendance. 

About halfway through Wednesday morning's session, Browner was participating in a one-on-one drill where he was asked to cover a receiver going at full speed. When O'Shea reacted angrily after a rep in which Browner played with particular physicality, the 6-foot-4 corner turned his attention toward O'Shea.

Media members are not allowed to quote or paraphrase things that are said on the practice field during training camp, but Browner was visibly upset at O'Shea -- taking a few steps toward him -- and the two exchanged words as Browner's teammates intervened. 

For Browner it was an up-and-down practice. Moments before his incident with O'Shea, he had been planted on the ground in the middle of a route by Kenbrell Thompkins. The next rep in which those two lined up across from each other, Browner shoved Thompkins down to the ground.

The emotional explosion that occurred later seemed to be the result of a buildup for Browner. Not only from those two plays with Thompkins, but others that took place earlier in camp during which Browner felt as though he had been beaten one-on-one.

"It was a physical one, man," Browner said after practice. "We gotta compete out here. I'm tired of giving up balls so I had to turn it up a little bit today." 

He added: "Yesterday we gave up a few balls, let some of these guys off the line a little easy yesterday. That was my mentality going into this practice: To win. [Win] my one-on-one matchups and things like that." 

Browner was brought in having a reputation as a physical corner so his style of play likely comes as no surprise to any of his teammates or coaches. He said he believes if he plays that way, even if some may deem what he does outside of the rules, it will only make his offensive teammates better.
 
"It gets us both better," Browner said. "Guys on the other side of the ball, it's what [opponents are] going to do in guys in games. And it's what they're going to do to me in games . . . That's my style of play. Play aggressive. You don't want to cost your team any penalties, but we'll let the officials do their job."
 
Browner said he doesn't hope to get on the wrong side of his teammates, but he continued to drive home his point of emphasis: Physicality in practice plays a role. 
 
"I need to be liked by my teammates," he said. "Those are the guys I'm gonna go to war with. But at the same time, I'm gonna be aggressive with those guys. It's going to make those guys better. And I hope they bring the same fire back at me."
 
Browner explained after practice that he and O'Shea reconciled and "hugged it out."

"As a coach I gotta respect him," Browner said. "That's nothing I want to talk about or put on TV because I respect him."