Another piece in the NFL coaching puzzle has apparently fallen into place: ESPN is reporting that Eric Mangini has been hired as the new head coach of the Cleveland Browns. Hardly shocking news: Mangini was long-rumored to be the front-runner for the job, and he has experience in Cleveland (having worked there under Bill Belichick).
Mangini will be replacing Romeo Crennel, which must be a bit of deja vu: Eric also replaced Crennel as the Patriots’ defensive coordinator when Crennel left to take the Browns’ head coaching job back in 2005. And to make Mangini feel even more at home, he’s also the brother-in-law of Cleveland Indians GM Mark Shapiro. Several sources are reporting that Crennel might be part of Mangini’s staff, either as defensive coordinator or special assistant. I’m sure that won’t be awkward at all.
Fortunately for Mangini, he already has a talented young quarterback in Brady Quinn, so he won’t have to worry about management bringing in an attention-hogging veteran with diminishing skills to divide the team and poison the locker room. Theoretically, of course.
And about Mangini’s old team: they are now costing people jobs, as the BOSTON GLOBE reports that Boston College stood firm on their threat to fire head coach Jeff Jagodzinski if he took an interview with the Jets. Apparently, they were less upset that he was interested in the Jets’ coaching job than in the fact that Jagz never told them he was a candidate until BC Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo received a phone call about it. It’s hardly Bobby Petrino-levels of ickiness, but still not good.