Randy Lerner’s eyes lit up when during the press conference held to announce that Romeo Crennel had been fired, he heard the news from a reporter that the Jets had just fired Eric Mangini. So is it any wonder, just nine days later that he is now the new head coach of the Cleveland Browns? In a move that makes no sense from the word go, the Browns today introduced their new coach, a guy that coached three years with the Jets, bringing along with him a record of 23-25.
Is it any wonder when he was introduced (of course not by camera shy Lerner), that only about 5 people in the room clapped?
This is surely not a move that gives the fans of the Browns a lot of confidence that things are going to turn around anytime soon. What they are getting is a young guy (Mangini is 37) who started off hot with the Jets (playoffs in his first year), then fell out of favor with his players, the media, and the fans rather quickly.
He claims he’s learned from his mistakes, but right away when asked today if he would consider if the personnel wasn’t right going from a 3-4 to a 4-3 defense next season, he replied with a simple answer – “no.” Not the best of ways to show the fans or the team that you are willing to give fair shots and put the Browns 4-12 season that just passed behind them. Instead, it sounds, and looks, as if the team will have a lot more losing ahead of them with Mangini now being the new scapegoat.
Lerner never even spoke to a number of the hot assistant coaches that have been traviling the country meeting up for other possible jobs, showing just how telegraphed he was on making sure he got Mangini. The team doesn’t have a GM in place either. Another sign of not doing things the right way.
So let the Mangini era in Cleveland begin. It just wouldn’t surprise me if the team is in the same place in three years with another coach sitting at the table in Berea saying how happy he is to be the teams new head coach.