A big part of me is dying inside even as I write this piece.
The hiring of Eric Mangini has been called the worst hiring in the history of the NFL. Mangini’s errors have caused unnecessary injuries to star players. Eric Mangini could be the most hated head coach currently in the NFL.
And I think he should coach the Cleveland Browns in 2010.
Yes, I admit, I’ve written satirical Cleveland Browns articles as of late, but I’m dead serious on this issue. There are numerous reasons why I, as Cleveland Browns GM (which they don’t have, at this point), would bring Mangini back for one more year. Here they are in no particular order.
Reason 1 the Browns should bring Eric Mangini back: Could you coach these guys to a win?
The best offensive weapon the Browns have is Mike Furrey. Ironically, he’s also the team’s best cornerback. Mohammad Massaquoi and Josh Cribbs are most likely running a horribly timed route as I write this sentence. Brady Quinn has showed promise but has no chemistry with his receivers (thanks in part, admittedly, to Mangini benching him for no good reason).
Things are better on defense. Just not that much better. The unit’s best player, D’Quell Jackson, was lost for the season weeks ago. The team’s pass rush just recently appeared and the secondary, well, Mike Furrey is playing back there. This is not the greatest group of talent ever assembled.
Before you tell me that about the roster/draft errors made by Mangini, allow me to remind you that he was hired at the beginning of the calendar year. That isn’t nearly enough time to put together your own football roster. Let’s see what Eric Mangini does in the 2010 NFL Draft before we run him out of town. Things can’t get worse, personnel wise.
Reason 2 the Browns should bring Eric Mangini back: Help is on the way
Mike Holmgren shouldn’t be an NFL coach again as he doesn’t have the drive for the job. A general manager position, however, would be perfect for the Super Bowl champion coach. Even better is the fact that Holmgren is interested in working with the Browns. Why he hasn’t been hired already is actually beyond my comprehension.
Brian Daboll, the current offensive coordinator for the Browns, is simply terrible at his job. When Charlie Weis lost his job at Notre Dame on Monday, the Weis as Browns O-coordinator rumors almost immediately began. This one is almost too easy. Weis doesn’t have what it takes to lead Notre Dame to a national championship. He’s still a great offensive mind, though, and reuniting him with Brady Quinn makes me giggle with excitement.
These two moves are up to owner Randy Lerner. Spend the money, Randy, and bring these two men to Cleveland. As soon as you possibly can.
Reason 3 the Browns should bring back Eric Mangini: Who’s out there?
Bill Cowher isn’t going to Cleveland anytime soon. Neither is Mike Shanahan. It’s unclear to me who is available right now that would be significantly better than Mangini. The improvement would need to be significant in order to complete start over in the Browns’ front office, once again.
Reason 4 the Browns should bring back Eric Mangini: I’ve heard this “lost the team” talk before
It was but three short years ago that New York Giants fans around the country demanded that head coach Tom Coughlin be fired. Coughlin was disliked despised by his players and ridiculed by fans for making stupid decision after stupid decision. We all know how that ended.
Granted, the 2009 Cleveland Browns aren’t close to the 2007 New York Giants. Or 2004 New York Giants. Every team has got to start somewhere, though In his last two years coaching in the NFL, Eric Mangini has put up with an injured Hollywood Brett Favre and the 2009 Cleveland Browns. The man needs a chance.
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