mangini385 Black Monday: Mangini Out In Cleveland

Berea, OH (Sports Network) – The Cleveland Browns have fired head coach Eric Mangini, one day after a 41-9 home loss to Pittsburgh completed a second straight 5-11 season.

“The experience coaching the Cleveland Browns the past two years has been

tremendous,” Mangini said in a statement released by the team. “I feel

strongly that the Cleveland Browns are headed in a very positive direction and

greatly value the commitment and exceptional efforts of the coaches, players

and everyone in the building that I’ve worked with in trying to help achieve

our goals.”

Mangini was hired before the 2009 season, but his job security came into

question later that year when general manager George Kokinis was fired and

Mike Holmgren was brought in to run the football operations.

The Browns were just 1-7 when Kokinis was dumped in November 2009, leaving

Mangini’s status in doubt. When Holmgren took over in December, speculation

grew that he would bring in his own coach or return to the sideline himself.

The Browns, though, won their final four games in 2009 and Holmgren gave

Mangini another chance.

This year’s squad opened with three losses and was 1-4 before rookie Colt

McCoy was given an opportunity at quarterback. The Browns then won four of

their next seven games, including victories over New Orleans and New England,

but unlike last year, they sputtered down the stretch with four straight

losses to end the season.

“This decision was not easy for me, and it was one into which I put a great

deal of thought,” said Holmgren in a statement. “Although we have made

improvements this season, my responsibility is to ensure that we establish a

program that will allow this team to compete at a championship level. That

will continue to be our goal in everything we do. I want to thank Eric for all

of his contributions to the Cleveland Browns, and wish him and his family the

best of luck in the future.”

Before taking over in Cleveland, Mangini spent three years as head coach of

the New York Jets and guided the club to a record of 23-25 with one playoff

appearance. He was dubbed the “Manginious” after leading the Jets to a mark of

10-6 with a wild card berth in his first year of 2006, but the club stumbled

to 4-12 the following year and was off to an 8-3 start with Brett Favre as

quarterback in 2008 before a 1-4 finish left New York out of the playoffs and

Mangini out of a job.

The Browns have not made the playoffs since the 2002 campaign and have had

just two winning seasons since returning to the NFL in 1999 after a three-year

absence following the original franchise’s move to Baltimore.


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