But what does that say about the future of head coach Eric Mangini? Team president Mike Holmgren said in his introductory press conference on Tuesday that a decision should be made on Mangini “by the end of the week.” He also said that he will meet with Mangini onWednesday and probably a couple more times this week in order to make a decision on the Browns coach.
Whatever happens with Mangini, one has to be impressed with the way Holmgren has taken command of the organization and immediately given it a voice for everybody to turn to. It’s like Browns fans and the media that covers the team are a bunch of frightened captives that have been kept in a cave for years, and Holmgren is the rescue worker, guiding us all through those first painful glimpses of sunlight that we haven’t been exposed to in years.
In addition to looking authoritative, Holmgren also has to make some pretty important decisions. The biggest things to first consider include, but are not limited to, finding a new GM, deciding on the fate of Mangini (and the subsequent decisions, if Mangini is fired, of finding a new coach and most likely establishing a 4-3 defense), getting caught up on the players in the upcoming draft, and signing Josh Cribbs to a new contract.
If nothing else, this is going to be a very entertaining off-season.
- In the next few days, I will be posting a list of reasons as to why Eric Mangini should remain – or, if he is fired by that time – why he should have remained head coach of the Cleveland Browns.