Eric Mangini can coach up some quarterbacks. That’s for sure. The Browns have gotten rid of their GM, George Kokinis, in a “we have to do something” kind of move, but head coach Eric Mangini dodged the bullet. There are plenty of reasons to fire Mangini. The team is terrible, seemingly continuing to regress after an anomaly of a 2007 season, and his management of two young quarterbacks has yielded no dividends. The question I want to bring up is, how often can you change coaches, and are we ever going to get to the point where these guys don’t get three-year deals up front?
I don’t think anyone would disagree with the notion that Mangini isn’t getting the job done in Cleveland. Is it his fault? Well, there are several talent strapped teams around the league. Bottom line is, he’s probably hamstrung by his lack of skill, but is he doing anything else? Are they building? Has he lost the locker room? Does the team play hard for him? Will he draft well for us? I can’t answer any of these questions, I stay as far away from the Browns as possible, but at some point they have to start turning things around. I mean, this is the franchise that took Tim Couch. Now, we’re on Drady Quinanderson, the worst QB duo since Steve Grogan and Mark Wilson were flinging up floaters on Tecmo Super Bowl. Romeo had a chance, then they give the keys to Mangini. I suppose he deserves more time, but if he only had a one or two-year deal would he still be around?
Teams hang on to guys because they don’t want to keep five different coaches on the payroll. Think the Redskins, or even the Sixers dabbled in this technique for a while…paying a few guys not to coach the team. Bottom line is, coaches have gotten too much leverage in my opinion. They make a ton of money, and a guy like Mangini can get fired somewhere else, and immediately walk into another long-term deal. It makes no sense. There’s no profession where proven failures get more second chances than the professional coaching ranks. The Indians hired Manny Acta! Now, I’m not saying he’s to blame for all that was wrong with the Nationals, but still. They were dying to get this guy. They skipped a second interview with Donny Baseball, because they were afraid the Astros were going to steal him away. Jumping over bodies to get a guy who wins 1/4 of his games. I don’t get it.
I guess in the end, I don’t want to see the revolving coaching door get any worse. Stick with your hire, but take these guys down a peg. And, start giving some new people chances. That doesn’t always work either, but in five years some GM will probably be introducing Eric Mangini after a new four-year deal, and the fans will be thinking…”The guy from Cleveland?”