Lerner Still Hot and Bothered Over Mangini

It’s impossible to know what is going to happen in the next few weeks regarding the future of the Browns, but from the looks of it, Eric Mangini continues to be the frontrunner in the search for the next head coach.  He apparently impressed owner Randy Lerner in his interview and, should he become the head coach, he comes in a package deal.  He would bring along Ravens director of pro personnel George Kokinis.

If you’re wondering why Mike Shanahan’s name hasn’t been mentioned lately, it’s because he is on a two-week vacation with his family and will not be interviewed during that time.  As torn as I am between Shanahan and Mangini as head coaches, the Browns should probably wait and see what Shanahan’s feelings are toward coaching the Browns.  However, doing that comes with its risks.  One, Mangini wouldn’t have any trouble finding a job, and Lerner wouldn’t want to just wait around on the sidelines and let another team woo Mangini – perhaps a team with an actual GM.  And then if Shanahan doesn’t want to coach here…well, who knows what happens then.  The second big risk is the fact that the Browns don’t even have a GM yet.  It would be preferable to do the coaching search with a GM in place, and whomever would be hired as the GM would basically be asked to accept Shanahan as the head coach.

So, it’s starting to look more and more like Mangini will be the head coach, which doesn’t infuriate me nearly as much as it does to some other Browns fans.  If you pay attention to the New York media to get your opinion of Mangini, you probably aren’t getting the rational side of things.  If you think Cleveland is a city prone to overreaction, New York is that multiplied by a number with many, many zeros.  I don’t think he would be the apocalypse that some think of him as.

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  • Don Skinner

    Life long Brown fan from NYC. Father worked at Fordham U and my cousin and I would sit in the CenterField bleachers in Yankee stadium each week with all the priests from Fordham, rooting against the Giants.
    You won’t believe how bad it will be for the Browns if they hire Mangenius. Jet fans always place their latest favorite in the Hall of Fame before they do anything.  Mangenius, Vilma, Chad Pennington, the list goes on and on.
    He won 10 games his first year with the Jets, with and easy schedule. See last years Browns. Won 9 this year playing AFC West and NFC west - which should have guaranteed at least 6 wins because the got Arizona on the road. Nothing indicates he has a clue.  The only person in NE you can be sure who knows what he is doing is Bill B and he isn’t leaving. When you hear the current Jet players on talk radio it all ways sounds the same:
    We had a great week of practice and practiced hard – gee doesn’t everyone in the NFL
    The coaches provided a great game plan but we couldn’t execute  it – Gee maybe the game plan wasn’t really that great if it was designed for a more talented bunch
    It’s  a process that you have to follow to get to the top -
    Gee really need a project manager for my head coach.
    Last winner for the Browns was Blanton Collier, pro assistant under Paul Brown, became head college coach – then back to Browns.
    The one thing you always new about Bellecheck is his teams usually adjusted all the way back to the Giant’s defense. Usually anything you got in the first half was gone in the second.
    Mangenius’s teams never seemed to adjust. Remind you a little bit of Romeo.  When the Browns played Philly in that last Monday night game, I thought I was watching a replay Joe Thomas being beaten by a speed rusher. Didn’t realize it was happening that consistently. Romeo maybe the blocking scheme needed to be changed?