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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.
Category: NFL
Tags: Eric Mangini

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2009 5:39 pm

Prisco Rants: What are the Browns thinking?

Since 2000, when  he took over the team. They have the utmost respect for that man and with good reason. he is a football genius.

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2009 5:33 pm

Prisco Rants: What are the Browns thinking?

Actually they do.  It is pretty clear who is in charge at all times.

Since: Oct 29, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2009 5:15 pm

Prisco Rants: What are the Browns thinking?

When Bill Cohwer decides to coach again he's gonna have his pick of the job he wants. He has already turned down the Browns. Imagine that...

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2009 4:59 pm

Prisco Rants: What are the Browns thinking?

I'm sure this was meant as humor. You can't seriously believe that Cowher will coach in Cleveland. He did specifically state in an interview that, out of respect for the way he was treated by the Rooney family, he would not coach in the Steelers division.

Sorry to disappoint if you were serious. I'm not trying to be a jerk, just letting you know the truth. Trust me, I had hoped he'd be in Kansas City next season.


Since: Oct 9, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2009 3:05 pm

Prisco Rants: What are the Browns thinking?


Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2009 2:31 pm

Prisco Rants: What are the Browns thinking?

does anyone else find it hilarious that prisco called someone else a "chubby face"?  if that aint the pot callin the kettle black i dont know what is....

Since: Nov 13, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2009 2:07 pm

Prisco Rants: What are the Browns thinking?

For one thing, Cowher will not coach in the AFC North.  He has said this on several occasions.  I do think he'll be back next year, but definitely not with Cleveland.

Secondly, Belichick was hired as the DC in New England in '95, not Head Coach until 2000.  I don't think anyone would criticize an organization for hiring a former head coach, lousy as he was in Cleveland, as their DC.

Since: Nov 17, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2009 1:24 pm

Prisco Rants:

I think Mangini is a good coach. I don't know if he's going to be the right fit in cleveland,

but it will sure help if they get the guy a quality GM.

Since: Jun 4, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2009 12:47 pm

Prisco Rants: What are the Browns thinking?

Right on!  This is a good hire by the Browns.  Another genius article by Prisco.  Prisco, if not Mangini, who should the Browns have hired?  Prisco is a moron.

Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2009 12:25 pm

Prisco Rants: What are the Browns thinking?

I tell you who nobody fears, it's Pete Prisco.  Word is all your writing buddies hate you and your readers do as well.  Sound familiar?  Maybe your pudgy face insights fear around the CBS Sportsline office but it's only because their terrified of the total sh*t you spew.  You know who made the biggest mistake?  It's the guy at CBS Sportsline who gave you the job.  He's gotta be kicking himself in the a**.  I know what I can't wait for and I'm sure many others, it's the day that guy sits down and has the "it's time to go in another direction" talk with your sorry a**.  I honestly have never read one insightful thing from you.  It's usually your typical drivel.  You try to make it seem like you are the king of Internet sports blogging (which you're not, but don't get hung up because it's not as glamorous as you may think), and you rarely have any sort of actual point.  Your blogs are genuinely circular in nature.  Empty and pointless.  Do yourself a favor and generally everybody as well and shut up.

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