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Is It Possible to Feel Sorry For Eric Mangini

Posted on: January 5, 2010 5:19 pm

Hear me out.

If Mike Holmgren fires Eric Mangini this week you have to feel just a bit sorry for him.

After all, it's not his fault that Randy Lerner is growing into the job of owner. It was just last year that Lerner was salivating at the possibility of hiring Mangini to the point where we were only bidding against ourselves for his services.

That was the big question at the time and it seems worth asking again with the hiring of Holmgren.

Don't get me wrong, I think Lerner may (finally) be on the right track, but this puts Mangini in a tough spot. He was brought in to rebuild. And for all his mistakes he did a pretty nice job of cleaning out the swamp. What's in place, while not a lot of superstars are players who are willing to work hard and be disciplined. Yes winning covers up a lot, but this team looked like it was developing an identity and we haven't been able to say that since they returned.

And his reward may very well be a one-and-done. Yes he will be handomely paid for not coaching, but as someone who appreciated his desire to coach our team, I will feel a little bad that he didn't get a chance to see it through.

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