Mike Holmgren won’t meet with the media Thursday after making the decision heard around the league, but he has released a statement. So has Eric Mangini. Here goes:
“I’m happy to announce that Eric Mangini will return as head coach of the
Cleveland Browns in 2010. Over the past few weeks Eric and I have had a chance
to talk on a number of occasions including our meetings over the last two days.
I was able to gain some tremendous insight into his thought process and
philosophies, and came away from our meetings very impressed,” Holmgren said.
“In my opinion,
Eric has gained the respect and admiration of players, coaches and others in the
organization, and with him continuing to lead the team I feel that we are headed
in the right direction. Working together, our goal is to build on the strong
tradition of this franchise and help get the Browns back to the playoffs.”
Mangini has never had a problem impressing during interviews. He impressed the Jets, and did the same with Randy Lerner in Cleveland. Add Holmgren to the list.
Mangini said he was “looking forward to working with” Holmgren and a general manager after having “laid the foundation for success in 2010 and beyond.”
“I believe we made some real, tangible progress throughout the course of
the season, culminating with wins in our final four games,” Mangini said.
That improbable winning streak led to an improbable second chance for Mangini.