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Report: Saints interested in Crennel and Mangini

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Saints coach Sean Payton says that he’s in no hurry to make a choice for the team’s new defensive coordinator, but that doesn’t mean the Saints are putting off making a list of people they’d like to talk to about the job.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that two former NFL head coaches are on their list. Per Schefter, the Saints will consider Romeo Crennel and Eric Mangini for the position and that “it’s even possible” both could wind up on staff in New Orleans. Mangini told Schefter that he hasn’t been contacted by the Saints about an opening at this point.

Crennel and Mangini have worked together before and both run the 3-4 defense that New Orleans is looking to put in place this offseason. Both men were on Bill Belichick’s staff in New England when the Patriots won three Super Bowls before Crennel moved to Cleveland to become their head coach. Mangini took over as defensive coordinator and then jumped to become the Jets head coach in 2006. Mangini wound up replacing Crennel with the Browns before moving to ESPN and Crennel was fired by the Chiefs on New Year’s Eve.

Payton didn’t work on those Patriots teams, but he did work for Bill Parcells. Crennel was on many Parcells staffs and Mangini worked for him with the Jets, which lends some familiarity to the larger coaching tree even though the Saints coach hasn’t worked with either man in the past.

Neither Crennel nor Mangini been seriously linked to another job so the Saints’ timeline probably wouldn’t keep them from hiring either guy if that winds up being the direction they decide to go.

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29 Responses to “Report: Saints interested in Crennel and Mangini”
  1. eatitfanboy says: Jan 25, 2013 3:42 PM

    Romeo Crennel is an excellent DC who is over his head as an HC. More importantly, he’s a good man. Hope he gets the shot.

  2. peterb21 says: Jan 25, 2013 3:43 PM

    Mangini will upgrade the Saints defense the minute he walks thru the door.

  3. peytonsneck18 says: Jan 25, 2013 3:46 PM

    i was hoping my colts would fire “whoever is the d-coordinator” now and hire romeo crannell, he is a good d-coordinator, not so as a head coach tho

  4. jodave5 says: Jan 25, 2013 3:51 PM

    In the last 1.5 years that Romeo was KC’s defensive coordinator they had games where the defense gave up 41, 48, 31, 34, 37, 40, 35, 37, 38, and 31 points. If that’s the definition of a “excellent defensive coordinator” I’d hate to see a bad one.

  5. finsphan says: Jan 25, 2013 3:54 PM

    just want to put this out there, last week was all about the lack of minority coaches and how no new coaches will ever get the chance to prove them smelf’s, and again, 2 “name” coaches being considered, but Carolina goes or and hires few nobody’s that have the chance to see what they can do and what they can become and the story is that Carolina is selling them smelf’s short and not posting any promise. so the media complains about one issue, and when it looks like the issue is addressed, they turn it around and make it another issue. unbelievable. why? is it because the no name coaches hired in Carolina are not black no name coaches?

  6. ningenito78 says: Jan 25, 2013 3:59 PM

    I’ll take Romeo or Mangini.

  7. firedup1 says: Jan 25, 2013 4:08 PM

    The reason the KC defense gave up so many points was because of their offense. Cassel was a turnover machine.

  8. thepftpaperchase says: Jan 25, 2013 4:12 PM

    I have no doubt that you believe that Mangini would be a welcome addition, but the same thing was said a year ago when the Saints hired Spagnuolo. That didn’t turn out so well.

  9. southcakpanther says: Jan 25, 2013 4:13 PM

    Not long ago Saint fans were fired up about Spags. 8,000 yards later they are fired up about Crennel and Mangini.

  10. dalucks says: Jan 25, 2013 4:16 PM

    Good luck.
    The only thing worse than one overrated former Patriots coordinator is adding two former Patriots coordinators to your staff.
    Man, life without Belichick is rough. Especially when you have to do some work and think on your own.

  11. dalucks says: Jan 25, 2013 4:16 PM

    From spygate to bountygate. Can’t wait.

  12. texanfan62 says: Jan 25, 2013 4:18 PM

    It’s a damn shame that a Colts fan cannot even name their D Coordinator(GREG MANUSKY) and already wants him to be fired. Why?? It wasn’t the coaching, it was the personnel on the Colts. I really hope that they don’t draft well, but they will, Ryan Grigson knows what he’s doing. They’ll give the Texans crap during the next few years or until Kubiak and Schaub leave.

  13. klutch14u says: Jan 25, 2013 4:21 PM

    Thing with Romeo is that he’s one of those guys than can figure out some of the hot teams and coach his guys to destroy them.

    Great DC. I actually wish there had been a way for KC to keep him at the DC role. I was actually pissed which he got the HC job knowing once he gets canned we’d lose him all together

    Not sure why the Saints picked a defensive scheme and then look for a coach. They are going to spend the next 2-3 drafts trying to find guys to fit the roles needed, NT’s, DE’s, OLB’s, etc.

  14. coltzfan166 says: Jan 25, 2013 4:23 PM

    Just give the job to Crennel. I would not want to deal with Eric Mangini on a daily basis. He’s the Todd Haley of defense.

  15. doubleogator says: Jan 25, 2013 4:29 PM

    Jack DelRio….

  16. mvp43 says: Jan 25, 2013 4:31 PM

    What happened to the guy who was supposed to be out of a job for like 5 min ?

  17. wfmulder says: Jan 25, 2013 4:46 PM

    Great DC. I actually wish there had been a way for KC to keep him at the DC role. I was actually pissed which he got the HC job knowing once he gets canned we’d lose him all together

    Not sure why the Saints picked a defensive scheme and then look for a coach. They are going to spend the next 2-3 drafts trying to find guys to fit the roles needed, NT’s, DE’s, OLB’s, etc.

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    There is varying opinions on that one. They have the personnel to pull this off (sans the most important piece, the NT). They have Cam Jordan who wont have an issue switching to the 3 – 4 (he played that in college and he’s the right 3 – 4 fit at DE), we can move Aikeem Hicks to the other DE, move Martez Wilson and Junior Gallette back to OLB, have Lofton and Hawthorne man the middle.

    I honestly think they evaluated the defensive personnel, saw how well the 3 – 4 works and pulled the trigger.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see Winston Moss or maybe Kirby Smart end up here too.

    Means a lot of changes, ie: Vilma, Smith and Ellis.

  18. brownoholic says: Jan 25, 2013 4:54 PM

    Go with Romeo.

    If its Mangini keep him far, FAR away from the war room on draft day…

  19. slickster35 says: Jan 25, 2013 5:10 PM

    As a Chiefs fan, I can say without a doubt that Romeos time in this league has come and gone.

    His 2-gap system is outdated in todays game.

  20. huskersrock1 says: Jan 25, 2013 5:11 PM

    Romeo is a very good DC, just a crappy HC. Some people have it takes to head coach and some don’t.

    That is not taking anything away from Crennel, just the facts.

  21. noring4youstill says: Jan 25, 2013 5:21 PM

    Que the now the Saints will start videotaping opponents comments

  22. mazblast says: Jan 25, 2013 5:56 PM

    Either guy is worth a try. The Saints defense can’t get much if any worse than it was under the alleged genius Spagnuolo, and, after each has failed twice as a head coach already, each may be cognizant of his limitations and abilities.

    One thing I’ll say in Crennel’s favor is that the Pats’ defense certainly has been worse since he left, despite Belicheat’s rep as a defensive guru.

  23. bleedgreen says: Jan 25, 2013 6:30 PM

    I can’t believe no one has sniffed around Mangini before now. His defenses have always been at least above average. I know his personality isn’t the most well liked, but I think he can really help some defensively bad teams (Saints, Packers, my own Eagles).

  24. eatitfanboy says: Jan 25, 2013 7:19 PM

    @joedave5,

    I guess some people just understand that you have talent in addition to coaching to be successful.

    And you list 10 games out of 24. So that means that over the half the time, his defense faired pretty well considering their overall lack of talent.

    He was the DC on three Super Bowl championship teams; including a season in which he was so thin in the secondary he started a WR at CB.

  25. CKL says: Jan 25, 2013 7:25 PM

    mazblast says:
    Jan 25, 2013 5:56 PM

    One thing I’ll say in Crennel’s favor is that the Pats’ defense certainly has been worse since he left, despite Belicheat’s rep as a defensive guru.
    ______________________________
    The D Mangini ran in NE which was only the 05 season’s team was their worst finish in points allowed from that season until this one (17th). Under BB and without either of those two (06 through 2012) the Pats D’s worst finish in PA was last year at 15th and he’s had two top 5 PA defenses. So instead of taking time to type the same boring old epithets for BB’s name, why don’t you educate yourself instead?

  26. The Prophet says: Jan 25, 2013 8:04 PM

    Let’s get rid of the guy who placed bounties on players to the guys who secretly videotaped the other coaches. I guess the guy who goes to Drive-thru’s naked on his motorcycle was busy …

  27. hallcyon says: Jan 25, 2013 10:05 PM

    Defensive guru Al Groh, who coached with Crennel and Mangini under Parcells is also available. He’s looking for a job and his lease in Atlanta runs out a month from now. The Saints will need at the very least a defensive backfield coach and possibly an outside linebackers coach.

  28. tavia47 says: Jan 26, 2013 1:34 PM

    Jack Delrio if available or Alabama coach or even LSU coach.”

  29. bartlettruss says: Jan 26, 2013 2:26 PM

    PLEASE hire Mangini and get him off of my TV screen!

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