Is Mangini as Good as Gone for the Browns?

The rumors are starting to swirl on if Eric Mangini has done enough to keep his job past the final two games this season. There are a number of other good coaches that will be available.

Barry Wilner, AP Football Writer, writes the following on this Christmas about Mangini, and if his job going into 2010 is safe:

Holmgren’s coaching genes tell him it’s unfair to fire a coach after one season, no matter how disappointing and dysfuncational that season has been. But Holmgren also understands holding on to Eric Mangini for 2010 could mean delaying Holmgren’s own program for rebuilding the Browns by another year.

When Bill Parcells took over in Miami, he weighed the same options before firing Cam Cameron and bringing in his own guy—Parcells has a lot of “guys” — in Tony Sparano. That’s worked out pretty well, and Holmgren is likely to want a coach of his choosing.

Besides, Mangini hardly has been the most popular, diplomatic or understanding coach in the league, both in Cleveland and New York. All three of those traits defined Holmgren when he led the Packers and Seahawks.

They probably will define whoever he seeks to replace Mangini.

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One Response to “Is Mangini as Good as Gone for the Browns?”

  1. Denolakes says:

    You think Homgren is in a Gruden frame of mind? If so, keeping Mangini for another year makes sense- ’cause Gruden does not want to get back into coaching in 2010 — but 2011.

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