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The Holmgren Era Officially Starts for the Browns

Today marks the first day of the new sheriff in town for the Browns, as Mike Holmgren is in town, as he’ll meet with the media at 4pm today. All the talk over the past few days has been about the quick impact that Holmgren will make, and if Eric Mangini has done enough to stick around another season.

Holmgren said the following coming in about a decision about his current head coach. “Any decisions I make regarding the coaching staff, or anybody there, will not be based on three games or two games or one game,” Holmgren said. “I think it’s the total body of work. I’ve got to see progress.”

There’s no doubt that the team did make progress in the final month of the season, going from a complete laughingstock at 1-11 to ending the year with wins over the Steelers, Chiefs, Raiders and Jaguars. Now of course those teams stumbled to the end as well (Pittsburgh had lost four in a row entering the game vs Cleveland), so there’s talk that the Browns beat teams ready for vacation.

Gut instincts still tell me that Mangini is gone. Yes, it’s a feel good story that the club keeps Mangini, and next season they go 12-4 and make it to the Super Bowl, and we all laugh about the very thought of getting rid of him. I can’t see that happening.

The team still has too many holes, and in case you didn’t notice, they don’t exactly have a top notch QB right now. I think Holmgren cans Mangini, gets his guys in there, and like it or not, it’s a brand new show all over again.

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4 Responses to “The Holmgren Era Officially Starts for the Browns”

  1. pyelor says:


    Although I can see your point, I think it would be a grave mistake to get rid of Mangini at this point. Another season to prove that things are improving seems appropriate to me. With Holmgren and a new GM handling the personnel issues, Mangini can focus on coaching the team. With the way Mangini had the team playing in the last 5 games, I’d like to see where that takes us.

  2. Denolakes says:

    No matter what, Mangini will land on his feet — and so will Cleveland. The GM will have final say on personnel — after a “consensus” is formed. This is not the job that Mangini signed up for — but it is probably the best he can expect anywhere in the NFL — right now. If I were him, I’d try to stay, build on what has been done so far, and then try to negotiate a better deal down the road.

  3. ButchGavlen says:

    I watched the Holmy press confrns just a while ago, and boy it’s hard not to love this guy. While i really hope Mangini fits in for another year, I don’t think it will be as bad if he doesn’t as I originally thought. I got a huge sense of trust from Mike, and I really liked at the end when he said he ‘asks every day for wisdom and discernment’ which my faith tells me he is a man of prayer and looks to God for answers in life.

  4. dale says:

    If “MANGINA” is to stick around he needs to get rid of Dabol and Ryan. My gut feeling is that fatasseric is kept around to be in charge of quality control at the team cafeteria!

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