In news that comes as a shock to no one, the Browns today decided to can Mangini, a decision less than 24 hours after the Steelers dominated the Browns on their home turf Sunday 41-9.
“This decision was not easy for me, and it was one into which I put a great deal of thought,” said Browns President Mike Holmgren in a statement. “Although we have made improvements this season, my responsibility is to ensure that we establish a program that will allow this team to compete at a championship level. That will continue to be our goal in everything we do. I want to thank Eric for all of his contributions to the Cleveland Browns, and wish him and his family the best of luck in the future.”
Mangini was 10-22 in two seasons with the Browns, and many felt that he would have been fired last season, but a shocking 13-6 win over the Steelers helped the team get rolling on a four-game win streak that saved his job.
The vibe in Cleveland seems to be leaning towards a former NFL head coach, with the two top names being Sandusky, OH native Jon Gruden as well as now former Panthers coach John Fox, who led the Panthers to a near win over the Browns back in November.
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