Eric Mangini lands in Bristol


Eric Mangini told PFT Live back in January that he was exploring “a lot of different opportunities” for the next stage of his career.

He will wind up taking a road well traveled  by one-time New York head coaches.  He’s headed to ESPN.

Phil Mushnick of the New York Post reports Mangini will join The Worldwide Leader as a studio analyst.  He offered help last year in the buildup to Jets-Patriots, and provided a lot of good nuts and bolts insight.

We can only hope that ESPN producers have some Mangenius vs. Hermanator segments on tap.

35 responses to “Eric Mangini lands in Bristol

  1. Inb4 Mangini blows out Chris Berman’s ACL while making him do tackle drills in the mud.

    I hope his office is next to Matt Millen’s so people wanting to leave flaming bags of dog turds outside their doors don’t have to make two trips.

    You suck Mangini.

  2. Possibly the worst coach in the NFL since Lou Holtz in 1976. His players said they hated him, they called him a liar, Tony Dungy called him unethical and a cheater, the NFL competion committe had to call an emergency meeting and change the substitution rules to stop Mangini breaking the coaches honor rule and illegally substituting players in games.. He took over a loaded NY Jets team and underperformed all 3 years. His X’s and O’s may have been good but his players reused to play for him. They consistently played without heart and effort.

    He always tried to outsmart other coaches and outsmarted himself. Playing a team with a terrible run defense he would try to outsmart them and not run. Playing with a lead like he did in many games in 2007 he would do his best to lose the game losing 7 or 8th 4th quarter leads that year because he was to smart to win.

    But what sets Mangini apart was his arrogance. Coming into NY and immediately alienating the team in the first week of training camp was bad but he did not learn his lesson in Cleveland. When he painted over the Brown Mural forced undrafted rookies to take a 20 hour bus ride to work for free at his football camp and continued to lie to his players.

    There is no doubt Mangini is a smart guy. All of the Belichick disciples are. But they are all are arrogant and believe that they can gain respect by treating people badly. It works for Belicheck because he was Brady and an earned reputation. Mangini, McDaniels and Haley have not earned the respect of players and when they act like they are the next coming of Lombardi players will only laugh at the them and wait it out until the next coach arrives.

    Hopefully he will be a little more humble on ESPN and when he matures and ages a little bit he might do a bit better if he ever gets another chance 10 years from now.

  3. Mangini did a great job both in providing insightful and polished analysis and in warming up his own image. This makes a ton of sense all the way around.

  4. LMAO @ “a lot of different opportunities.”
    Do any involve coaching? It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if teams weren’t interested for one reason and one reason only.
    Lack of loyalty.
    I’m certain many coaches enjoyed watching him throw his mentor (Belichick) under the bus and starting the whole Spygate saga but guess what; these same coaches remember stuff like that and are sizing up how he’d be if he worked under them.

    Doesn’t appear to be a whole lot of NFL gigs now or on the immediate horizon for “Mangenius.” (quite possibly the most absurd, undeserved nickname ever)
    And The Sopranos are no longer on the air.

  5. What’s with ex-Jets coaches going to ESPN? These two sucked on the field, trust me.

    And @zinn22, well said, except for the “worst since Holtz” part. He wasn’t *that* bad.

  6. Jesus H. Christ. All you have to do is be in New York for five freaking minutes and ESPN will give you a job. It doesn’t even matter if you suck. Ask Tim Hasslebeck and Jesse Palmer.

  7. zinn22 says:
    Aug 3, 2011 12:56 PM
    Possibly the worst coach in the NFL since Lou Holtz in 1976.

    He used to give money to the poorly paid assistant coaches when they would do something very well. The guy would open up his desk to $500 dollars and a good job note.

    He also left each team (Jets and Browns) in better condition then it was when he went in.

    Not saying he was a great coach, but he wasn’t the worst.

  8. I am OFFICIALLY not watching that program he is on! I watched this guy for a week on NFL NETWORK, and it was painful. He talks slow and was very unsure of himself, and his personality was dry…. as a fan, I can only hope this changes.

  9. broncobeta says:
    Aug 3, 2011 1:13 PM

    He used to give money to the poorly paid assistant coaches when they would do something very well. The guy would open up his desk to $500 dollars and a good job note.
    You know where he got that from? Belichick. Ask Pioli.

    I hope he does do a segment with Herm. He can hold a fake camera up and Herm can wave at it just like Herm did in real life. Herm’s the one who did right by BB, not BB’s own guy. And mind you, had HERM (or any other coach who didn’t have their job ONLY because of BB) been the one who turned BB in I would have understood and not been mad at that coach. I will never ever ever forgive that betrayal…never. Just like I won’t with Josh McD. Even Dungy who I wouldn’t expect such a stance from thinks McDaniels was wrong for betraying BB.

  10. zinn22 says:

    His X’s and O’s may have been good but his players reused to play for him. They consistently played without heart and effort.


    There are valid criticisms of Eric Mangini, but this isn’t one of them. If there was one constant during his tenure in both Cleveland and NY, it was that Mangini’s players gave him maximum effort.

    In fact, Mangini had so much respect in the Cleveland locker room in 2009-2010 that Mike Holmgren kept him for an extra year, in spite of a 5-11 record in 2009 and the fact that Holmgren and Mangini had such wildly different coaching philosophies.

    Zinn22, all you do is discredit yourself when you make such baseless assertions. Mangini has plenty of flaws, but his players loved him and always played hard for him. It showed last year when the Browns beat the crap out of the Patriots and Saints, then nearly upset a far superior Jets team.

    Mangini is a great addition to ESPN. His insight will bolster the intellectual credibility of their NFL coverage tremendously.

  11. I was a Mangini supporter while he was in Cleveland. The team played really tough last year and if it wasn’t for a couple unlucky breaks, they would have had a winning season.

  12. zinn22 says:
    Aug 3, 2011 12:56 PM
    He took over a loaded NY Jets team…

    That’s hilarious. If that team was “loaded,” I’m Richie Kotite.

  13. Thank you, Mangini, for exposing the cheating ways of Belichick, as well as permanently tarnishing those three Spygate trophies. LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thumbs down if you are a whiny Pats loser fan.

  14. I wonder what his first exchange with Hanna Storm and Adam Schefter will be like after they high fived when he got fired.

  15. @conseannery

    The team IS loaded. That’s why the 2008 version underachieved miserably (and I do mean miserably) and the 2009 incantation performed so well. Rex took virtually the same group of players deep into the playoffs.

  16. Mustve been his wonderful cheerful personality that won them over.

    Seriously, where are the real journalists/reporters/communicators at anymore?

    NFL Network, I’m talking to you! Where is Rich Eisen at? Im tired of listening to Willie McGinest.

  17. As a Browns fan it seemed like Mangini did not like players who had talent, but he loved high character guys who weren’t all that talented but could play special teams. Half the Browns roster was filled with guys like that.

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