We fired our coach who was called “a players coach.” Translation: he ran an over-glorified country club. So Romeo is gone, in comes Eric Mangini, a direct disciple of Bill Belichick. Did you expect the players to react any differently? Out goes your best friend, in comes Hitler. Of course the reaction is not going to be favorable.
Players will now have to work in practice like it is a game situation. There will be no free rides. Why in today’s society are we allowing the players to dictate the way in which a team or an organization is operated? The head coach should be the final authority of a football team, not the players. Eric Mangini has not had his first draft yet, has not dabbled with free agency yet, and has not held a single practice yet, but we are scrutinizing his methods of coaching already?
As a fan or a reporter of the Cleveland Browns, this change should be invited by all of you. Eric Mangini knows this team needed a reality check, and is in the process of doing just that. Remember, 4-12! This team is far too talented to produce at such a poor level. If Shaun Rogers, definitely our best player on defense last year, wants out then let him go. The negative impact that he could cause if he is unhappy will hurt this team more than his presence on the football field will help if he is disgruntled — just ask the Detroit Lions.
Use Rogers’ cap space to bring in Mangini-type players: team first, me second. I guarantee you that we will do better than 4-12, with or without him. I do not want to see the underachieving 2008 Cleveland Browns on the field again, nor should you. Look at film of the obviously overachieving 2008 New York Jets team when you want to criticize Eric Mangini and remember the product that was on the field for the Browns last year.
This could be far worse than it is. The Cleveland Browns have finally hired a guy who has been an NFL head coach prior to taking his learning bumps as the Browns head coach. I invite his style and his background, as the rest of Cleveland should do. I am going to give Eric Mangini my support until it is no longer deserved. Look how long we supported Romeo Crennel!
We already ran off the greatest head coach in NFL history in Bill Belichick. Let’s keep his understudy in place with goals to reach the Patriots’ sucess level!
Also, a few other Browns links for you:
While We’re Waiting: More on Shaun Rogers — (Waiting for Next Year)
Eric Mangini’s first big task: keep Shaun Rogers — (Dawg Pound Daily)
Newzin’ — (Cursed Cleveland)