Tag:Eric Mangini
Posted on: January 3, 2011 11:34 am
Edited on: January 3, 2011 5:02 pm

Monday Musings

--Should Eric Mangini have been fired? Based on this season, the answer would be no. So why the change? Mike Holmgren wants his own guy, which might be himself, coaching the team. Mangini was doomed once Holmgren took over running the team. Holmgren wants his own style of offense -- the West Coast -- and Mangini wasn't from that tree. No matter what Mangini did this season -- short of making the playoffs -- he was a goner. If Holmgren doesn't take over as coach, keep an eye on John Fox. He has been rumored to be going there for months. He would then hire an offensive coordinator who runs Holmgren's offense.

--If the injuries to rookie tight end Jimmy Graham and safety Malcolm Jenkins are significant, the New Orleans Saints will be without two key players come playoff time. Jenkins has been the team's best defensive player this season, a rangy safety who can tackle. Graham has emerged as a red zone threat with his height (6-8). Jenkins has a knee injury and Graham has an ankle. Jenkins will have an MRI Monday.

--If Titans owner Bud Adams is convening in Houston this week with his top executives to make a decision on who stays and who goes in the Vince Young-Jeff Fisher feud, that should be an easy decision. Young has to go. He isn't worth it. Normally, I side with a quarterback over a coach. Not here. Fisher should stay and Young should go. But Adams has a soft spot for Young. It will be interesting to see how this one plays out. If Fisher is out, he might be a strong candidate in either San Francisco and Denver, depending on what Jim Harbaugh does.

--I like the idea of the Cowboys bringing back interim coach Jason Garrett and the Vikings bringing back Leslie Frazier. Both men have done enough to earn the job on a full-time basis. They are both discipline-oriented coaches who have changed the climate with both teams. What would have been the point to go out and find somebody else?

--There is strong sentiment in Jacksonville that Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio has to go. But that isn't happening. He's coming back. Jaguars owner  Wayne Weaver had to weigh the $10 million he owes Del Rio against an angry fan base that was re-energized last summer, one that helped the team have no blackouts. The fans wanted Del Rio out. In eight years, he's won one playoff game. That’s not good enough. Even though Del Rio is staying, I think there will be a change at quarterback. There is no way David Garrard can be the quarterback again. They will draft a young franchise passer in the first couple of rounds.

--If Andrew Luck enters the draft -- he will, take it to the bank -- the Carolina Panthers have to draft him. No doubt. He will be a franchise quarterback who can change the team's long-term outlook. Jimmy Clausen, a guy I still like, isn't in the Luck class.

--The Chiefs better hope Matt Cassel's horrible day against the Raiders was just a late-game aberration rather than something to be concerned about in the playoffs. He was sacked six times and threw two pick-six interceptions. Cassel looked awful after a very good season.

Category: NFL
Tags: Eric Mangini
Posted on: September 30, 2009 12:39 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2009 3:06 pm

Browns QB: Does it matter?

So the Cleveland Browns are turning to Derek Anderson at quarterback (story here ) and sitting down Brady Quinn? I bet Browns fans would like to see Eric Mangini and owner Randy Lerner sit down ... together on a plane out of town.

The Browns are horrible and sitting Quinn down for a guy who threw three interceptions last week makes no sense. It doesn't matter if Otto Graham walked in now in his prime, the Browns would still stink.Why? There are no weapons for the quarterback. Who do they throw to? Who runs it? A slow-to-the-hole Jamal Lewis? Jerome Harrison? Or rookie James Davis. No passing game means no running game either.

It's not just the quarterback. I always say a franchise passer can cure your ills. But not here. We haven't seen either of these passers look like one of those, but even if they were there are still too many issues.

It starts with Mangini. He's too uptight. He plays the mind games that players hate.

At least he made this decision known on Wednesday this time, instead of playing that stupid game he played in Week 1 where he thought he was being smart not letting his decision out for competititve reasons.

Again, does it matter?

Bring back Bernie Kosar or Brian Sipe in their primes. The Browns wouldn't be good with them either. This team isn't good. The offense is awful.

How's that decision to bring in Mangini, Lerner? Just like many thought it would be.

Not good.

Posted on: January 7, 2009 6:19 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2009 6:58 pm

Prisco Rants: What are the Browns thinking?

What are the Cleveland Browns doing?

Eric Mangini?

He wasn't successful in his three seasons with the New York Jets. Even his good buddy, general manager Mike Tannenbaum, sent him packing because he felt the team needed a change. Or at least he was forced to relieve him of his job and yet the Browns gave him a four-year deal to be their coach Wednesday.

I just think Mangini is too soft of a presence. He plays the tough guy, but he isn't. Does that chubby face look imposing. I don't think he has what it takes to be a successful head coach.

Not only that, the players hated him in New York. Word is his coaches didn't like him.

That's a bad combination: A tough-guy wannabe who isn't well liked. Bill Belichick, the man Mangini copied, has a presence. His players fear him. Bill Parcells' players feared him. Jimmy Johnson's players feared him.

Would you fear Mangini?

There are too many good candidates out there. I think Randy Lerner was snowed by the idea he will be getting another Belichick.

He isn't.

The Browns made a mistake.

Quick hits

  • The Dallas Cowboys landed a heck of a special-team coach in Joe DeCamillis, whose contract expired in Jacksonville. DeCamillis is regarded as one of the top special-teams coaches in the league. There was some friction between DeCamillis and coach Jack Del Rio that helped lead to his departure.
  • It shouldn't come as a shock that Greg Knapp is joining Jim Mora's staff in Seattle. Knapp was the offensive coordinator in Atlanta when Mora was the head coach. Knapp has to be thrilled he doesn't have to deal with a run-around quarterback like Mike Vick. Mora was too loyal to Vick and always defended him, and that was part of his undoing.
  • Georgia quarterback Matt Stafford will enter the NFL Draft as a junior, and he will be a top-10 pick. I used to think Stafford would be the top pick -- he topped my initial draft list -- but I like Oklahoma's Sam Bradford a little more now. I think he's more accurate. But Stafford did the right thing coming out.
  • The Saints confirmed Reggie Bush had micro-fracture surgery on his left knee. That could be trouble for next season, although the Saints don't think it will be. If it is, they have nobody to blame but themselves. That injury occurred at the end of the first half of the team's first game with Carolina in Charlotte. The Saints had Bush field a punt with no time left in the half, rather than having him call a fair catch and try a free kick. There's no way Bush should have returned that punt.
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Tags: Eric Mangini
Posted on: March 4, 2008 7:26 pm

Man-genius? Not so fast


I just don't understand the New York Jets. I really don't. This time the rant isn't about paying lunatic money for 31-year-old guard -- yeah, guard -- Alan Faneca.

It's about what coach Eric Mangini is doing with his defense. I know Mangini prefers a 3-4 style of defense, but isn't there an old adage about tailoring a system to your players, not your players to the system.

It seems Mangini missed that memo.

"That's the worst thing you can do as a coach," said an NFC coach. "You can't make guys do what they can't do just to fit what you want them to do. What is he doing?"

Mangini had good pieces for a 4-3 defense. Linebacker Jonathan Vilma is a perfect 4-3 middle linebacker, but in the Jets' 3-4 he wasn't as effective. So after he missed time with injuries last year, Mangini shipped him to the Saints in a trade last week.

Nose tackle Dewayne Robertson was never considered a 3-4 nose, but instead was more of a 4-3 defensive tackle. Yet Mangini insisted he play the nose and the Jets are trying to trade him.

Is Shaun Ellis a 3-4 end or a 4-3 end? More like the latter. On and on it goes.
The Jets are letting linebacker Victor Hobson go in large part because he doesn't seem to fit the 3-4.

As if all that isn't bad enough, the Jets signed former Arizona Cardinals linebacker Calvin Pace to a six-year, $42 million deal with $22 million in guaranteed money.

Why? Pace seems like a good choice to be a rush linebacker in the 3-4, especially since he came into the league as a defensive end. But Pace was a bust in Arizona until he took over as a starter last year when Chike Okeafor was lost for the year with an injury. He has 38 starts in five seasons.

Agent Pat Dye should go into the agent Hall of Fame for getting Pace that deal.

The Jets will now play Kris Jenkins, who they got in a trade from Carolina, on the nose. Pace will play an outside rush spot. And Mangini will play his 3-4.

"Letting good players go like the Jets have done can kill your franchise," said the NFC coach.

Yeah, but it's not about winning. It's about making sure players fit into what Mangini wants to do, whether it works or not.




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