Rolling Stone Takes a Shot at Mangini

Tom Withers of AP wrote today about how the rock n’ roll magazine – Rolling Stone, took a shot at Browns coach Eric Mangini:

Even Rolling Stone is throwing rocks at Browns coach Eric Mangini.

In its latest issue, the iconic music magazine stepped outside its usual arena with a harsh critique of Mangini, comparing him to Augustus Gloop, the fictional overeater in Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and calling his short coaching tenure in Cleveland “a sort of Hurricane Andrew of football mismanagement.”

Mangini, fired by the New York Jets in December, has become a target of abuse—much of it from outside Cleveland—for some of his decisions this season, most notably his handling of the Browns quarterbacks and excessive fines levied on players who break his rules.

The Browns are 1-5 with their only win a 6-3 decision over the Buffalo Bills on Oct. 11.

Long before Rolling Stone piled on, Mangini was being slammed for some of his coaching methods. He has fined players for not adhering to his policies— like parking in the wrong spot—and he slapped one unidentified player a $1,701 fine for failing to pay for a $3 bottle of water during a hotel stay.

Some players complained privately about the length of training camp practices and more hitting than some of them had experienced since high school. Mangini also has subjected players to pop quizzes during meetings, his way of making sure they are learning their playbook and about each other. He forced his rookies to take a 10-hour bus trip this summer to his football camp, and made his team practice outdoors in the rain.

Mangini won’t tolerate anyone not part of his program.

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4 Responses to “Rolling Stone Takes a Shot at Mangini”

  1. ButchGavlen says:

    ZKRU ROLLING STONE. HE’S OUR COACH. WHEN AND IF WE LET HIM GO YOU CAN TAKE SHOTS AT HIM. UNTIL THEN, WHAT’S MAKES YOU ANY JUDGE OR JURY. SO WE’RE DOWN; MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD KICKIN US NOW? GO AWAY AND EMBARRASS YOURSELF SOMEWHERE ELSE. WHEN WE DO GET IT STRAIGHTENED OUT DON’T COME AROUND THEN, EITHER. WHO NEEDS YOU???

  2. Jerrytown16 says:

    The rookies weren’t forced to go. I thought Rolling Stone had fact checkers. Nice work.

  3. Denolakes says:

    Rolling Stone of football is sort of like Rush Limbaugh on politics: neither one of them should say a word because neither one of them knows a thing about what they are opining about.

  4. Jason5717 says:

    FANS NEED TO GIVE MANGINI A CHANCE; THIS GUY HAS WILLINGLY ACCEPTED THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN THE NFL!! HE COULD GET ALOT FURTHER IF THE PRESS WAS REPORTING THAT THE FANS SUPPORT HIS POSITIONS RATHER THAN TEARING HIM DOWN FOR DOING WHAT HE FEELS NEEDS TO BE DONE TO CHANGE THE CULTURE OF SUBSTANDARD, TAKE NO RESPONSIBILTY MENTALITY THAT HAS INFESTED THIS TEAM.
    NAME ONE OTHER COACH WITH THE CAHONIES TO ASK FOR THIS JOB??
    HE IS A FAMILY MAN WHO WANTS TO BRING PRIDE BACK TO THIS TEAM THAT HAS LOST ITS WAY…
    HE IS YOUNG ENOUGH TO BE A FACTOR FOR THE LONG HAUL (IF HE KNOWS WHAT HE IS DOING)…
    WEATHER HE HAS THE VISION TO MAKE IT HAPPEN IS UNKNOWN…IF HE DOES WHERE WILL OF THE HATERS STAND THEN?
    COACH MANGINI, AS LONG AS HE DOESN’T LET THE DISGRUNTLED FANS OR THE PRESS DERAIL HIM…IS CURRENTLY OUR BEST CHANCE AT MOVING IN A NEW AND BETTER DIRECTION. IF HE CAN STAY STRONG AND FOCUSED AND ACCOMPLISH HIS GOALS, THIS TOWN WILL BE DEEPLY INDEBTED TO HIM, NOT MR. LERNER!!!!
    http://www.clevelandfrowns.com/2009/09/benefit-of-doubt-never-more-deserved.html

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