What are the Cleveland Browns doing?
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.
The Browns made a mistake.
- 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.