Like it or not, Eric Mangini will get another shot with the Browns in 2010, as today new GM Mike Holmgren announced that the coach and his entire staff will be getting a shot to build on the four-game win streak which ended the season.
“I’m happy to announce that Eric Mangini will return as head coach of the Cleveland Browns in 2010. Over the past few weeks Eric and I have had a chance to talk on a number of occasions including our meetings over the last two days,” Holmgren said in a statement. “I was able to gain some tremendous insight into his thought process and philosophies, and came away from our meetings very impressed. In my opinion, Eric has gained the respect and admiration of players, coaches and others in the organization, and with him continuing to lead the team I feel that we are headed in the right direction. Working together, our goal is to build on the strong tradition of this franchise and help get the Browns back to the playoffs.”
Mangini won over Holmgren with the final month of the season, as following a loss to the Chargers on December 6th, the team beat the Steelers four days later, then topped the Chiefs on the road December 20th, followed by a home win over the Raiders December 27th then wrapped up the year with their fourth straight win, a beating of the Jags last Sunday.
“I want to thank Mike for the opportunity to not only meet with him and share my thoughts and vision on what it takes to lead a team, but also to continue what we started here,” Mangini said in a statement. “I believe we made some real, tangible progress throughout the course of the season, culminating with wins in our final four games. I feel as though the culture and mindset that we established this year have laid the foundation for success in 2010 and beyond, and I’m looking forward to working with Mike and a general manager in making this happen.”
Mangini was granted a second season one day shy of his first anniversary with the Browns, who hired him on Jan. 8 last year. He avoided joining an infamous club with Ray Rhodes, who was fired by two teams after two full consecutive seasons.
The team also will be bringing in a new GM, and that appears to be Seattle pro personnel director Will Lewis. He’ll be here tomorrow for an interview. Lewis has a strong background with Holmgren, working with him in Green Bay and Seattle. After his playing career ended, Lewis was a scout with the Packers before following Holmgren to Seattle, where he joined the team’s pro personnel department.