Today marks the first day of the new sheriff in town for the Browns, as Mike Holmgren is in town, as he’ll meet with the media at 4pm today. All the talk over the past few days has been about the quick impact that Holmgren will make, and if Eric Mangini has done enough to stick around another season.
Holmgren said the following coming in about a decision about his current head coach. “Any decisions I make regarding the coaching staff, or anybody there, will not be based on three games or two games or one game,” Holmgren said. “I think it’s the total body of work. I’ve got to see progress.”
There’s no doubt that the team did make progress in the final month of the season, going from a complete laughingstock at 1-11 to ending the year with wins over the Steelers, Chiefs, Raiders and Jaguars. Now of course those teams stumbled to the end as well (Pittsburgh had lost four in a row entering the game vs Cleveland), so there’s talk that the Browns beat teams ready for vacation.
Gut instincts still tell me that Mangini is gone. Yes, it’s a feel good story that the club keeps Mangini, and next season they go 12-4 and make it to the Super Bowl, and we all laugh about the very thought of getting rid of him. I can’t see that happening.
The team still has too many holes, and in case you didn’t notice, they don’t exactly have a top notch QB right now. I think Holmgren cans Mangini, gets his guys in there, and like it or not, it’s a brand new show all over again.