Monday, January 3, 2011

Mangini Never Stood A Chance

When Mike Holmgren took over the football operations for the Cleveland Browns Head coach Eric Mangini was pretty much toast. He was already on thin ice since the players weren't responding positively to him and there seemed to be a near muitny on his hands. Considering what happened when he left the New York Jets things weren't looking good for him.

Mangini was fired after going 10-22 the last two years. In my opinion Mangini never stood a chance once Holmgren was hired. See, Holmgren has a winning pedigree coming from the Bill Walsh coaching tree in San Francisco and being part of Super Bowl winners there. He led the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks to Super Bowls, winning one. So when the Cleveland Browns asked him to run their football operations it wasn't a point of if Holmgren would get rid of Mangini, but when.

Mangini comes from the Bill Belichick coaching tree. They too have a winning pedigree, but it hasn't worked in Cleveland. First Romeo Crennel, now Mangini. Belichick coaches also seem to have a know it all attitude which hasn't helped any of them. I don't know too much about Crennel, but take a look at how Charlie Weis, Josh McDaniels, and Mangini are perceived. Boorish, prickly, and like the smart-aleck that you knew in school. I'm pretty sure that didn't help Mangini in Cleveland. Neither did back to back 5-11 records. I'm sure some of the players are glad he'll be gone.

Look on the bright side though, Mangini still had two years and $8 million left on his contract, so he'll still get paid not to coach.

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