With Browns coach Eric Mangini due to meet Tuesday with new team president Mike Holmgren, and with plenty of folks thinking that it’ll be an uphill climb for Mangini to persuade the Big Show to order up a second act, the best player on the team has made his preference known.
“I believe coach Mangini should be our coach again,” receiver Josh Cribbs posted on his Twitter page.
The endorsement came in a tweet that also asked Cribbs’ 8,050-and-counting followers to choose between Underworld and Twilight.
Though that might cause some to think that maybe “JoshCribbs16” isn’t the Josh Cribbs who wears No. 16 for the Browns, the folks at Sportsin140.com say that it’s Cribbs.
Cribbs’ stance is curious, given that Mangini has consistently refused to give Cribbs a new contract, despite Cribbs’ belief that the prior regime and owner Randy Lerner promised to “pay the man.” Then again, there’s always a chance that Mangini has told Cribbs that if he goes to bat for the coach and the coach stays, Mangini will do everything he can in order to get Josh a new deal.
If that’s the case, Cribbs should have checked with Pete Kendall, Chris Baker, and Laveranues Coles before exchanging a pinky swear with Eric.
UPDATE: Two weeks ago, Cribbs gave a more detailed assessment as to whether he and his teammates want Mangini to return. “I think it’d be unanimous,” Cribbs told Peter King of SI.com and NBC. “I think the guys would
definitely want to keep him. You can’t judge coach Mangini on one year.
The camaraderie in the locker room is great. You hear things in the
media about coach Mangini being too tough on us. But I think we’re
building something here, and I think the players are behind him.”