Is It Safe to Say That Eric Mangini Has Saved His Job?

Cleveland Browns players dump a cooler of Gatorade on head coach Eric Mangini near the end of a 34-14 win against the New England Patriots on November 07, 2010 in Cleveland. UPI / David Richard Photo via NewscomNow, I know that the Cleveland Browns are only 3-5, but there was a point in the season – when the Browns were 1-5 – that it seemed more likely that we would see Mike Holmgren get naked and run around on the field during a game than see Eric Mangini as head coach for another season. Then the Browns placed firm beatings on both the New Orleans Saints and the New England Patriots.

In these two huge wins, the Browns looked prepared and executed all facets of the game everything perfectly. Adjustments were made throughout these games (which has always been a knock on this coaching staff) and the team was actually able to hold onto fourth quarter leads. All in all, this might be the best two-game stretch the Browns have had since returning to the NFL in 1999.

That being said, is it safe to say that head coach Eric Mangini has secured his job for another season? The Browns are 7-5 in their last 12 games and have begun to develop a punishing running game. There is an obvious identity this team is trying to form, and we shouldn’t underestimate the value of having a clear plan for the future. For once, there are a number of teams that look far more lost than the Browns.

Sure, some credit will be given to Mike Holmgren, but the attitude of this team started with Mangini. It was evident even last season that these players will work hard for Mangini, and now it is starting to pay off. Another year of tweaking talent has allowed the Browns to finally take a step in the right direction, and firing Mangini would only be a step back at this point.

The coaching staff has been calling the games of their lives in recent weeks, and it doesn’t get any easier this week against the New York Jets. The thought of beating the Jets now seems like a real possibility but, win or lose, it seems safe to say that Eric Mangini’s future with the Browns is no longer riding on a “let’s see how this week goes” basis.

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  • JM

    This recent success will disappear like the fat off a Mangini weight loss binge if they can’t win three or four of the next six games and then two of the final three. This staff has only positioned themselves to retain their duties for a cushy 2011 schedule if they can keep it up. And that’s the way it should be.

    If the season ended today this is not a discussion and we will see the chew in his cheek next fall. Don’t get it twisted; Eric is by no means out of the woods just yet. Daboll either. For this discussion, in a box, consider it might have been better for the Browns to not win these last two games so convincingly. Today, it’s not such a shock if they pull out another upset this week. There are eight games left and now expectations are high. If they do beat the Jets this week, it will still likely come down to those last three divisional games of the year (the best move the NFL has made in a while). If they are sitting there with a winning record prior to December 19th, if they can’t win two of the last three then nothing is set in stone. 0 for three… buh, bye- fo-shiz-bam-bazzle.

  • Clayton

    Absolutely not! Mangini’s job is not safe, nor should it be. Same for Daboll. I am as excited as the next Browns fan (maybe more), but let’s face reality here. We have a losing record. Until that changes, no job is safe. If Mangini gets to 8 wins (I might even give him 7-9), then he’s earned the job.

    Anyone read the press script from Braylon’s interview today? What an idiot. Get over it Braylon – we traded you! You dropped two thousand passes and quit on the field. Moron.

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