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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: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2009 12:12 pm

Prisco Rants: What are the Browns thinking? that Inside The NFL piece on Belichick busting his players balls. His men Like and respect him.

Since: Jan 8, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2009 11:47 am

Prisco Rants: What are the Browns thinking?

Lets see, he made the playoffs and had a winning record in 2 of the 3 years...not successful?

Dumbest thing I've read all day.

Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2009 11:44 am

Prisco Rants: What are the Browns thinking?

The only thing I wonder about is whether or not Mangini would have been fired if Pennington was still the Jets starting qb.  A 9-7 season with Chad would have been looked at more highly than one with Brett.  Somehow, I think that is unfair. 

Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2009 11:05 am

Prisco Rants: What are the Browns thinking?

Too me 2 winning seasons out of 3 is not what I call failure. He didn't really get a fair shot in NY and he may be a pretty good coach in Cleveland. Then again maybe he won't but he should have a chance to try because like I said he didn't exactly fail in NY.

Since: Sep 8, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2009 10:21 am

Prisco is Right

Way to go Prisco & get ready Browns fans since you are headed for 0-16, 1-15 seasons! LOL LOL

Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2009 9:47 am

Prisco Rants: What are the Browns thinking?

First off Cowher played for the browns.  Then he got his first coaching job with the browns.  So the guy bleeds brown not black and gold.  That's why he's going to come back home and lead his team to the big game. 

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2009 8:51 am

Prisco Rants: What are the Browns thinking?

I am a Falcon fan so I obviously think that hiring a DC makes a lot of sense.  Head coaching experience seems to be overrated.  PS - I'm sorry, but Cowher will never coach another team in that division.  That is the promise he made to Pittsburgh when he left.  i believe he, unlike most coaches in the NFL (or college for that matter), is a man of his word. 

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2009 8:45 am

Prisco Rants: What are the Browns thinking?


The Patriots players do fear Belicheat (in terms of respect / job), if they screw up and dont do something they way he wants it he will correct the problem....HE is the one in complete control, not the players....

fear may not be the right word, but there is one leader in that locker room that they all must bow down to, and that is belicheat

Since: Jun 28, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2009 8:38 am

Prisco Rants: What are the Browns thinking?

Players didn't like him? I saw on ESPN that players were basically calling Brett Favre out for not taking responsibility for the interceptions he threw. I also saw that they said it wasn't Mangini's fault with the collapse but rather Favre who continually spent time away from his teammates. Was this proven a lie? Or was the 24 hour repeating line at the bottom of the screen of a more trustworthy sports media telling the story you arent?

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2009 8:25 am

Prisco Rants: What are the Browns thinking?

There is really no bad issue with Mangini, he is a good coach. He is a Belichick clone and runs a simuliar style of play. And with the Browns having a young team with spots of goiod talent, he'll be in good shape. Just needs to get QB Quinn on track or search for a replacement QB to get the ball down field. Anderson nor Quinn is really the Browns answer at QB. With a few pick ups and draft picks, the Browns under Mangini could do some damage the next couple of season.

Just because Mangini had Favre stuff down his throat and didnt retain Pennington, he still managed to have a winning team at 9-7. That is better than what Crennel had the Browns at. Second chances seem to be the charm for a few NFL coaches, turning around other clubs and themselves. For Clevelands sake, let's hope Mangini can release the hounds from the Dawg Pound.

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