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Prisco Rants: What are the Browns thinking?

Posted on: January 7, 2009 6:19 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2009 6:58 pm

What are the Cleveland Browns doing?

Eric Mangini?

He wasn't successful in his three seasons with the New York Jets. Even his good buddy, general manager Mike Tannenbaum, sent him packing because he felt the team needed a change. Or at least he was forced to relieve him of his job and yet the Browns gave him a four-year deal to be their coach Wednesday.

I just think Mangini is too soft of a presence. He plays the tough guy, but he isn't. Does that chubby face look imposing. I don't think he has what it takes to be a successful head coach.

Not only that, the players hated him in New York. Word is his coaches didn't like him.

That's a bad combination: A tough-guy wannabe who isn't well liked. Bill Belichick, the man Mangini copied, has a presence. His players fear him. Bill Parcells' players feared him. Jimmy Johnson's players feared him.

Would you fear Mangini?

There are too many good candidates out there. I think Randy Lerner was snowed by the idea he will be getting another Belichick.

He isn't.

The Browns made a mistake.

Quick hits

  • The Dallas Cowboys landed a heck of a special-team coach in Joe DeCamillis, whose contract expired in Jacksonville. DeCamillis is regarded as one of the top special-teams coaches in the league. There was some friction between DeCamillis and coach Jack Del Rio that helped lead to his departure.
  • It shouldn't come as a shock that Greg Knapp is joining Jim Mora's staff in Seattle. Knapp was the offensive coordinator in Atlanta when Mora was the head coach. Knapp has to be thrilled he doesn't have to deal with a run-around quarterback like Mike Vick. Mora was too loyal to Vick and always defended him, and that was part of his undoing.
  • Georgia quarterback Matt Stafford will enter the NFL Draft as a junior, and he will be a top-10 pick. I used to think Stafford would be the top pick -- he topped my initial draft list -- but I like Oklahoma's Sam Bradford a little more now. I think he's more accurate. But Stafford did the right thing coming out.
  • The Saints confirmed Reggie Bush had micro-fracture surgery on his left knee. That could be trouble for next season, although the Saints don't think it will be. If it is, they have nobody to blame but themselves. That injury occurred at the end of the first half of the team's first game with Carolina in Charlotte. The Saints had Bush field a punt with no time left in the half, rather than having him call a fair catch and try a free kick. There's no way Bush should have returned that punt.
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Tags: Eric Mangini

Since: Jan 10, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2009 12:43 pm

Prisco Rants: What are the Browns thinking?

totally agree that Mangini was a victim of Favre more than anything and his inept coordinators. I think he will be successful because he will have an organization behind him and maybe one that is not trying to get advertising from signing a washed up NFL legend who's heart was not in it.

Since: Jan 10, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2009 12:39 pm

Prisco Rants: What are the Browns thinking?

totally agree total downgrade for the Jets there they went for the name. I am a huge Favre fan but knew that he should have stayed retired. He now will go down with great quarterbacks like Unitas and Namath as a great one that did not know when to quit

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2009 7:40 am

Prisco Rants: What are the Browns thinking?

hey chazz you think that 11 -5 record is a loosing season? what kind of math did you learn? If you listen to any of the pats players after the season they sound happy? So I can't figure out what you are talking about.

On the mangini hiring, once a rat allways a rat, I hope he fails.

Johnny F
Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2009 10:05 am
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Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2009 8:17 am

Prisco Rants: What are the Browns thinking?

Don't wait for Cowher.

First, he is still loyal to the Rooney's and told them he would not take a job in the division.

Second, he can have his pick of jobs and the Browns are a mess.

Third, if the team has such a year that they would consider getting rid of Mangini after just one year, the mess would be even worse. Why would Cowher want to come into that.

Fourth, every year that he stays out I am more and more convinced that he enjoys broadcasting and may not have the heart for coaching anymore. Jimmy Johnson never came back.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2009 8:11 am

Prisco Rants: What are the Browns thinking?

I totally agree. If Mangini is as soft as you say, he will have no success in controlling the me-centered head cases of Braylon Edwards and Kellen Winslow. These two guys need a coach that is going to kick them in the pants, if they are ever going to be consitently productive players and not T.O. and Chad Johnson wannabees.

As a Steeler fan, I applaud the choice. That's 8 more easy wins over the life of his contract. Not that we needed a lot of help.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2009 12:03 am

Way to turn on yourself, Prisco

You already called Favre flopping. Now that he did, it's Eric Mangini's fault? Wrong.

Good hire for the Browns.

Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2009 12:00 am

Prisco Rants: What are the Browns thinking?

Great comment - full of insight, intellect, and inflection (insert sacasm here).

I don't think anyone but a Patriot player can testify to whether or not they actually fear Belichek, but in taking in everything we see in the media and on the sidelines, I would regrettingly have to back Prisco 100% on this one.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2009 11:53 pm

Prisco Rants: What are the Browns thinking?

yeah the Pats are winning so they tolerate Bellicheat....lets see how much they fear now that he isnt

Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2009 11:03 pm

Prisco Rants: What are the Browns thinking?

my thoughts exactly GM, i dont know how much prisco and these guys make but i have to bust my ass all week to make a decent living and they puke up these 150 word essays and want to be considered journalists. im a jags fan and i see first hand how a tough guy coach works, del rio  tries all that nonsense and where are they? NFL players make ten times what their "boss" makes. how would that go over at your job?

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