If new Browns President Mike Holmgren has made a clear decision on if he is going to keep Eric Mangini as the teams head coach in 2001 – he’s not saying. Monday Holmgren spoke to the Cleveland media for the first time in a conference call, and stated that no decision has been made about if he’s going to keep Mangini, who is 4-11 in his first year as head coach, around.
“I’m not a big fan of the quick hook,” he said. “I never did that with quarterbacks when they played for me and I really don’t think one year is enough to prove what you’re trying to get done. I wouldn’t be a big fan of just allowing a guy to coach just one year and out. But having said that, I haven’t made any decisions yet.”
Mangini has led the Browns to three straight wins, and with a win Sunday over Jacksonville at home, they will end the season with an impressive four-game win streak, and will end the year 5-11, one game better than in Romeo Crennel’s last season which was 4-12.
“I feel I have some time to think about this and I want to do what is right for the organization and the Cleveland Browns,” he said. “That’s my charge. I want to see the team’s record better. I want the organization to be functioning properly. I want the fans to be very proud of their team.
Holmgren was brought in to right the ship in Cleveland that has been sinking for some time. Mangini’s first 12 games saw the team go 1-11, and there’s been plenty of sideline issues all season long, with players complaining about practices, to player fines, to issues when players go on IR.
One thing that Holmgren did say is that he will hire a GM, and that means that if Mangini is going to stick around as coach, he’s no longer going to have say as the final word in team decisions, and now he will not only have to answer to Holmgren, but also to the new GM as well.