Earlier today, ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio reported that the Eagles offered a defensive consultant position to former Browns and Jets coach Eric Mangini, and that Mangini said, “No thanks.”
According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, coach Andy Reid denied it. Specifically, McLane writes via Twitter that Reid said he “wasn’t in contact with anyone” about the job.
First, Reid could be mincing words. Perhaps someone else was in contact with Mangini.
Second, Reid told Kevin Kolb and the rest of the world last year that Kolb would still be the starter after recovering from a concussion. And then Reid let Mike Vick keep the job. So anything Reid says could be a bald-faced lie.
Third, given that Mangini currently works for ESPN, it’s hard to imagine another ESPN employee publishing with a false report about a co-worker.
Fourth, it’s understandable that Mangini would decline. For starters, it’s a sinking ship. Then there’s the fact that anything he makes would simply reduce the Browns’ buyout obligation.