Eric Mangini’s career as Browns coach will not end on a four game winning streak.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Mangini will return in 2010.
Holmgren was reportedly looking for a defensive coach, and he’s keeping the one that is already in the building. The full staff was told they will return.
It’s a remarkable turn of events and proof of how quickly winning can change things in the NFL.
A month ago, the Browns were 1-11. Mangini was operating without a general manager because the one he chose was
fired escorted out of the building. An unknown “football czar” was on the way to assume many of Mangini’s responsibilities.
A Thursday night victory over the Steelers turned things around, and Mangini’s defense mostly played well down the stretch despite a number of injuries.
Mangini will stay squarely on the hot seat in 2010. Coaches like Jon Gruden and John Fox could become available and have connections to Holmgren or his agent.
But this second life in Cleveland gives Mangini a chance to just coach. It’s something he’s almost underrated at by now.
His teams in New York and Cleveland haven’t underperformed. His problems have come more with organization building and rubbing people — like most media — the wrong way. Holmgren runs the show now. He too once had his personnel powers stripped, and was a better coach for it in Seattle.
Mangini will get the same chance, and it’s all because of a four-game winning streak during games that weren’t supposed to matter. They all matter.