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How tough it must be, to be Eric Mangini

Posted on: September 9, 2009 5:40 pm
 
I mean, the stress of being smarter than everyone else, and finding new and valid ways to remind everyone else, must be awful.

Not that he's doing a very good job of reminding anyone else.

He thinks he is when he pulls bush-league tactics like keeping the Browns' starting quarterback a secret. But he's not. He has two passing quarterbacks who will drop back and throw the ball downfield. He will pick one of them. Brady Quinn, Derek Anderson, whatever. The biggest differences between the two of them are these: Anderson is a lot taller, and Quinn is a lot better looking.

Unless Mangini thinks the Vikings will try to defend his quarterbacks with high heels or, um, high heels ... it just doesn't matter.

But Mangini thinks it does, and I'll tell you why. He thinks that he, in a similar situation, would be able to come up with a perfect and unique gameplan to defend Quinn, and a perfect and unique gameplan to defend Anderson. And so he's thinking that if he's that smart, well, maybe the coach of the other team is one-third as smart and might also come up with fairly damn smart gameplans for each Cleveland quarterback.

So the starter will remain a secret.

By and large I don't care much how the Browns do this season.

But I'd love for Eric Mangini to go 1-15.



Comments

Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: September 10, 2009 12:06 pm
 

How tough it must be, to be Eric Mangini

Because they are both not scrambling quarterbacks and drop back passers, then they are the same guy?  Are you suggesting that every defensive coordinator only has two gameplans; one for a mobile Michael Vick type QB and another for a drop back passer?

If you knew anything about both quarterbacks, you would know that they are both actually very different and a defensive gameplan for them would be very different.  Anderson struggles with the short game but is excellent at hitting 15 yard plus passes.  The Steelers figured this out in 2007 in the second half of a game where they were down by two touchdowns, and they basically gave Anderson the short passes but took away the deep stuff.  Anderson couldn't succeed and the Browns blew the lead and lost a game that ultimately cost them the division and the playoffs.  The rest of the NFL copied that blue print, and if you noticed, Anderson has struggled since late in 2007 after getting off to a great start.

Quinn is much better at the dink and dunk passes and struggles with accuracy on his deep throws.  Therefore, as a defensive coordinator, you would try to take away the short stuff from Quinn, which is basically the opposite of how you play Derrick Anderson.  Quinn is also a lot more mobile than Anderson and can throw on the run and rush for the occasional first down.  Does that make sense?

So if the Vikings had to waste time preparing for two QBs who have very different strengths, that is less time that they could focus on the correct gameplan.  I know it is frustrating to the media to not know who the start is, but Mangini is looking for any advantage possible, and if the Vikings spent even a few less hours gameplanning for Quinn, that is an advantage.

Also, I am not sure why Mangini is talked about like he is some sort of fool.  The guy was the defensive coordinator for 3 Super Bowl winning teams.  Despite being painted as a complete failure as the Jets coach by the media, the guy did go 10-6 and 9-7 in two out of three seasons with some very mediocre Jets teams.  I am sure Gregg Doyel knows more about Blogging than Eric Mangini, and isn't it just possible that a three time Super Bowl winning defensive coordinator might no slightly more about gameplanning and strategy than Gregg Doyel?

By the way, the Browns are going to start 2-0 after they beat the Vikings and the Broncos.  You can say I told you so in your blog in two weeks.



Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2009 6:45 am
 

How tough it must be, to be Eric Mangini

Damn, GVSU, that's a good point. About me I mean. Crap.



Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2009 10:07 pm
 

How tough it must be, to be Eric Mangini

If you want film on Quinn put on the Sugar Bowl against LSU. If you want film on Anderson put on film of him playing a good team.



Since: Apr 1, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2009 10:02 pm
 

How tough it must be, to be Eric Mangini

Mr. Doyel, what a miserable existence you must live.  Is there anything in the world that gives you cause for optimism or contentment?  In every article you write your "schtick" is to be negative about something, anything.  Guess its time for Mangini and the Browns organization to be the focus of your gloom.  What a waste!



Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2009 9:31 pm
 

Blogging Frenzy

Gregg, you have been a machine lately when it comes to Dribbles Blogging.  Are you just revved up about football season, or have you Matt Jonesing cocaine?  This has been a great display of work ethic, keep it up!  




Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: September 9, 2009 8:20 pm
 

How tough it must be, to be Eric Mangini

Other then that, very true. It doesnt really matter who the Browns start as quarterback, their offense is atrocious, and I agree, manginis "tactics" are pointless. The vikings defense will blow up either of those two quarterbacks.



Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: September 9, 2009 8:17 pm
 

How tough it must be, to be Eric Mangini

Ah, so Eric Mangini can't be smug, smarter than everyone else, etc..but you can. Gotcha.



Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2009 7:55 pm
 

How tough it must be, to be Eric Mangini

i just love the fact that 2 of the teams in the steelers division are so dysfunctional and stupid.  it makes winning that much easier



Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2009 7:10 pm
 

How tough it must be, to be Eric Mangini

You caught me, NDannknfasf. Can't fool you, can I?



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2009 7:04 pm
 

How tough it must be, to be Eric Mangini

If you don't care how well the Browns do this season, why would you write a blog about it?


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