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Rodney Harrison has simple message for Odell Beckham Jr. after Patriots comments

Rodney Harrison has simple message for Odell Beckham Jr. after Patriots comments

Odell Beckham Jr. caused a bit of a stir earlier this month for saying he wants to turn the Cleveland Browns into the next New England Patriots and win multiple championships. Nothing he said was bad, although it might have been a little over-the-top.

OBJ ended up walking back those comments in an Instagram story, but former Patriots safety and current NBC Sports analyst Rodney Harrison still isn't happy with what the superstar wide receiver had to say.

Harrison went on CBS Sports Radio and offered a simple message for Beckham and the Browns.

“I think the first thing they have to do is if they want to be like the Patriots, they have to shut up," Harrison said on "The Zach Gelb Show." "You don’t need Odell Beckham talking, talking about he’s trying to be like the Patriots. Just shut up and play, OK?"

Harrison is right about one thing -- the Patriots don't talk much. The "Patriot Way" is all about being humble, staying focused on the next opponent and not giving the other team any kind of bulletin board material or scouting info as a result of talking too much to the media. It's probably not the most enjoyable approach for players, but it's hard to argue with the results in New England -- the Patriots just won their sixth Super Bowl in February.

The Browns have a few players, Beckham and quarterback Baker Mayfield most notably, who aren't afraid to speak their mind publicly. There's nothing wrong with that, but if expectations aren't met, there will be plenty of criticism thrown toward these two stars. And Beckham has set the bar even higher for the Browns in 2019 with his comments on becoming the next Patriots.

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Odell Beckham Jr. walks back boast that Browns can be 'new Patriots'

Odell Beckham Jr. walks back boast that Browns can be 'new Patriots'

There's nothing wrong with confidence, but Odell Beckham Jr. admits he got a little carried away.

Cleveland's prized offseason acquisition declared in a recent interview with GQ he plans to turn the Browns into the "new Patriots" and bring multiple championships to his new city.

On his Instagram story Thursday, Beckham softened that stance a bit.

"Just to clarify, I will always aspire to be great," Beckham wrote. "I haven't reached that point in the NFL but that's what we all chase and I'm going to continue to work to help the Browns become great.

"Never meant the Browns are the new Patriots or going to be the new Patriots. I just have great respect for what they've done but definitely recognize the work that has to be done to get there."

The Pro Bowl wide receiver added some tire-pumping of the defending Super Bowl champions for good measure.

"There is nothing wrong with having aspirations, and who wouldn't aspire to be part of an organization that is 12-4, 11-5 and in the playoffs and playing for Super Bowls on the regular," Beckham added. 

"It's really stating the obvious when you say you want your organization to be successful like the Patriots. I know my teammates want to be a part of building something like that, (head coach) Freddie Kitchens and (general manager) John Dorsey are doing everything they can to get us there. Understand it doesn't happen without work and we're all committed to that."

Beckham probably didn't need to go to such lengths to clarify his comments; of course he wants the Browns to be successful considering they haven't made the playoffs in 16 years and are two seasons removed from going 0-16.

But there are perils in setting expectations too high, so this looks like Beckham's way of tempering them a bit.

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Odell Beckham Jr. believes he can turn Browns into 'new Patriots'

Odell Beckham Jr. believes he can turn Browns into 'new Patriots'

Odell Beckham Jr. always has admired the New England Patriots from afar.

Now, he wants to take their crown.

In an interview with GQ prior to Monday's Met Gala in New York, Cleveland's star new wide receiver set very, very lofty expectations for the overhauled Browns.

From GQ's Cam Wolf:

He’s excited about the rest of the first-round talent filling up the roster, too, so much so that he thinks this is a championship-level team. Dynasty-level, even.

"I plan on being there for the next five years and trying to bring as many championships there as possible,” he says, "turning [the Browns] into the new Patriots."

Keep in mind the Browns went 7-8-1 last season and haven't made the playoffs in 16 years. But we suppose Beckham has reason to be confident after Cleveland added himself, Kareem Hunt, Olivier Vernon and Sheldon Richardson to a team on the rise.

The three-time Pro Bowler also expects big things from quarterback Baker Mayfield, whom he compared to Brett Favre and believes could be a Hall of Famer.

"I would say he's next, but I feel like he's now," Beckham said of Mayfield.

We'd imagine Tom Brady and the Patriots -- who have won four of the last five AFC titles and show no signs of regression -- will have something to say about Beckham's comments when New England and Cleveland meet in Week 8.

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