What if the Cleveland Browns players have quit on Eric Mangini?
There's a school of thought that says, "Good for them! Let's show "the suits" that we're not going to take it anymore!" Yes, we'll show that guy he can't make us run laps or impose excessive fines. We'll force management to get rid of him. We just won't play hard until he's gone.
And if that's true, then Eric Mangini is more right than we know and will have more power, not less, in upcoming seasons. Because if the Cleveland Browns players don't have enough character to play 60 minutes of football because they take pride in what they do, then there's a whole lot more housecleaning that needs to be done.
It's no small accomplishment to be a professional football player. And there's no question that these players have worked hard to be where they're at. I personally was never talented enough to be any of these guys on their worst day. But that's not the point. If they're professional then they owe it to their employer and the stockholders (the fans) to give it their best every game.
And if they won't, then Eric Mangini needs to make sure they are gone. And find 49 or 53 players who want to play hard and do it right for 60 minutes.
We all have had employers or clients or whoever that are challenging to work with for any number of reasons. But if we're a professional we suck it up and do our best for them because IT'S WHAT WE DO!
I don't agree with every decision Mangini has made. Many of you won't agree with this blog. Many more won't even read it. But if our Browns are too fragile to show respect for authority then as cliche as it sounds maybe they're the problem, not the solution.
And that would mean that we'll be seeing a lot more laps at next year's training camp. And a whole lot more losses this year.
That said, I don't think the players have quit. I think they're just not as talented as we thought. It means we can't plug all the holes in one draft or one off-season. Many of you have commented on the draft ... and you're right. Many of you have commented on misses in Free Agency and you're right, too.
But if you're right, then just realize that Mangini can't be all wrong.
Be careful what you wish for.