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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: May 19, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2009 8:24 am

Prisco Rants: What are the Browns thinking?

His chubby face???!!!!  That's your problem with Mangini?  Your small penis didn't stop you from getting a job...

Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2009 7:28 am

Prisco Rants: What are the Browns thinking?

You beat me to it ... even Belichick wasn't Belichick in Cleveland.  Maybe Mangini will do better in Cleveland, but I don't think Cleveland has too many success stories as far as head coaches.

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2009 6:57 am

Prisco Rants: What are the Browns thinking?

To Randy Lerner, in the end it was about hiring a head coach with experience.  Randy new every Browns head coach since Nick Skorich in 1971 was a defensive or offensive coach without head coaching experience.  While there are many successful head coaches withouth head coaching experience, it hadn't worked in Cleveland, and Randy wasn't going to take the chance.

Mangini would have made the playoffs this year except the NFL all time interception leader let his team down once again.  Only time will tell if Mangini is a good choice.  Hopefully he learned from his NY Jet experience.  Remember, Bill Billichick's first head coaching gig was in Cleveland before he became successful in New England.  Cleveland is hoping the same thing can happen to Mangini and the Browns.


Since: Oct 10, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2009 6:33 am

Prisco Rants: What are the Browns thinking?

Lot of hate on for a 9-7 coach. Jets can expect a tougher schedule then they got after their 4-12 season ,have no quarterback and not as  good a draft at 9-7 as at 4-12. Good time to get out for Mangini. Browns have some good young players ,get a good schedule cause of their crappy year and can pick up some good young talent in the draft this year.There are worse places to go. Will circumstance have everyone praising Mangini as a genius after next year? Possible ,but it does seem like too much hate for a 9-7 coach with a 50 year old quarterback who likes to take risks.   

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2009 6:04 am

Prisco Rants: What are the Browns thinking?

Ok Dude.

Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2009 2:50 am

Prisco Rants: What are the Browns thinking?

I agree.  I don't know if I can handle much more of this crap. 

Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2009 2:39 am

Prisco Rants: What are the Browns thinking?

Cowher will NEVER be the head coach of the Cleveland Browns.  You can take that to the bank. Give me ONE solid reason he would coach the Browns after all of those years in Pittsburgh. He's a football God in Pittsburgh.

Browns fans will have to tolerate Mangini for three years before he gets fired and the cycle starts all over again.

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2009 2:37 am

Prisco Rants: What are the Browns thinking?

Prisco is right Man Genius is a bum and Browns will pay for their mistakes but I'm a Bears fan so what do I care. Go Bears!!!! in 2009.

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2009 2:17 am

Prisco Rants: What are the Browns thinking?

Leave it up to the Brownies to hire a fired coach!!! I don't have a problem hiring a fired coach they just hired the WRONG one,hello Mike Shanahan was and still is available dumb move! This guy could have turned the whole franchise around.Note to Dallas Shanahans still out there,and Jerry he replaced Wade and one 2 Super Bowls,just in case your sleeping!

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2009 12:54 am

Prisco Rants: What are the Browns thinking?

Do the Colts players fear Tony Dungy?  I didn't realize fear was a prerequisite in coaching.

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