So with last night’s stunning win over the Steelers, Browns coach Eric Mangini is safe, right?
Um, maybe not.
In the end, Mangini’s fate could be decided by a new football czar and/or G.M.
And the man occupying one or both of those roles soon could be former Titans G.M. Floyd Reese.
That’s the current talk in league circles, which comes on the heels of recent indications that the Browns will soon be making a move in the front office.
That said, we’re not yet hearing definitively that Reese will get the job.
It remains to be seen whether Reese or anyone else would have the ability to fire Mangini. And here’s an intriguing wrinkle, if the guy is Reese and if Reese has the juice to dump the guy who apparently prefers milkshakes. Reese currently is working for the Patriots, and it’s possible that Reese has gotten an earful this year from New England coach Bill Belichick regarding Mangini, who is widely blamed for instigating of the Spygate scandal based on inside information he obtained while working with the Patriots — and thus benefiting from any actual or perceived cheating.