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Holmgren Says He’s Not Decided to Keep Mangini or Not


If new Browns President Mike Holmgren has made a clear decision on if he is going to keep Eric Mangini as the teams head coach in 2001 – he’s not saying. Monday Holmgren spoke to the Cleveland media for the first time in a conference call, and stated that no decision has been made about if he’s going to keep Mangini, who is 4-11 in his first year as head coach, around.

“I’m not a big fan of the quick hook,” he said. “I never did that with quarterbacks when they played for me and I really don’t think one year is enough to prove what you’re trying to get done. I wouldn’t be a big fan of just allowing a guy to coach just one year and out. But having said that, I haven’t made any decisions yet.”

Mangini has led the Browns to three straight wins, and with a win Sunday over Jacksonville at home, they will end the season with an impressive four-game win streak, and will end the year 5-11, one game better than in Romeo Crennel’s last season which was 4-12.

“I feel I have some time to think about this and I want to do what is right for the organization and the Cleveland Browns,” he said. “That’s my charge. I want to see the team’s record better. I want the organization to be functioning properly. I want the fans to be very proud of their team.

Holmgren was brought in to right the ship in Cleveland that has been sinking for some time. Mangini’s first 12 games saw the team go 1-11, and there’s been plenty of sideline issues all season long, with players complaining about practices, to player fines, to issues when players go on IR.

One thing that Holmgren did say is that he will hire a GM, and that means that if Mangini is going to stick around as coach, he’s no longer going to have say as the final word in team decisions, and now he will not only have to answer to Holmgren, but also to the new GM as well.


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3 Responses to “Holmgren Says He’s Not Decided to Keep Mangini or Not”

  1. ButchGavlen says:

    I heard this on sto. At first he was careful to say he hadn’t made up his mind/wouldn’t sell a one year coach short, etc. Then at the end when he talked about regretting not making a clean sweep of coaches and listening to too many chiefs when he did the GM thing and got confused, i thought the emphisis was on regretted not making a clean sweep and starting quicker out of the gate with all his guys. but you never know.

  2. Dan Taylor says:

    I didn’t like Ryan at first. He promised a more intense pass rush but we didn’t get it for probably 5 games after he started. I’m liking what I see now. Mangini and Daboll have to go though. I would like him to clean house but give Ryan another year, at least.
    He’s got 11 draft choices as of now. With his experience, I think he can make some progress.

  3. Denolakes says:

    “Body of work”, whatever that means. My concerns with Mangini relate most to his ability to assess talent and then use it properly. How was Jerome Harrison sitting behind any other RB? How does St. Clair continue to play ahead of anybody? How could someone botch the QB situation so badly? How is it that second-round picks don’t make it on the playing field until everyone ahead of them is injured — even to the point that mid-season additions are playing ahead of them? What about the practices, are they too much, as some players seem to indicate? I don’t know the answers to these questions; I don’t have that aptitude to realistically assess this — but Holmgren sure should be able to. I respect him far more than Eric Mangini — so I’ll rely upon his judgment here.

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