Posted by Josh Katzowitz
With so many NFL coaches fired this season – and it’s not even officially coach-axing time! – one of the biggest question marks is the job status of Browns coach Eric Mangini.
Obviously, he’s on unsteady ground (he wasn’t Mike Holmgren’s hire and the Browns are 10-21 during his two-year tenure), and we might begin to get further answers on Monday.
That’s when Mangini said he expects to meet with Holmgren, Cleveland’s team president.
Until then, Mangini hasn’t had the easiest time focusing on the job at hand.
“It is and it isn’t,” Holmgren told reporters today. “There are so many things that you have to do during the course of a week to prepare for a game that the amount of time that you have to reflect on other things, it’s not like it’s a tremendous amount of time. Again, I really am proud of the way that the guys have responded. As I’ve said before, if I was any different in my approach and the coaches were any different in their approach, then it’s hard to ask a group of men, a group of players, to be consistent in their approach.
“The future will come quick enough. Jake (Mangini, his son) every now and then will ask a question, he must hear things, he asked if we were moving. I said, ‘Don’t worry about it Jake, we will figure it out.’ When you get those types of questions, you don’t think of how I am going to explain the situation to my six year old. That’s part of the human element.”
Considering how little talent Mangini has had to work with during his two-year stay in Cleveland, the fact he’s gotten 10 wins out of the Browns is pretty impressive. The fact Colt McCoy played better than expected in his first season and the fact RB Peyton Hillis had such a breakout season also are marks in Mangini’s favor.
But Holmgren might want his own guy to coach the team. And if that’s the case, he still has plenty of reasons to give Mangini the boot. Twenty-one reasons to be exact.
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