A Few Brief Thoughts on the Browns’ Collapse in Cincinnati


Well, I hate to say it, but I would be very surprised to see Eric Mangini back as the Browns head coach next season. Losing back-to-back games to two of the worst teams in the league will be more than enough to seal his fate despite any successes he has had in his two seasons in Cleveland.

That being said, the Browns didn’t do much to help Mangini’s cause on Sunday. The most glaring example of this came from the offensive and defensive lines. They were manhandled all day, and the most punishing stat to look at is running back Cedric Benson’s 150 yards rushing on 31 carries.

But this is a game where it’s hard to simply pinpoint one area as the main reason for a loss; no, this was a total team effort. Colt McCoy made a few strong, accurate throws and Peyton Hillis ripped off a couple decent runs but a rhythm was never established on either side of the ball.

And for that, Eric Mangini can most likely start looking for a new job.