Cleveland Browns: Holmgren Erred Firing Mangini

January 6, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Mike Holmgren and those who support Eric Mangini's firing, don’t have to look very far to figure out why Cleveland will be searching for its sixth coach in the past 13 years. A far less-talented Browns team finished last season on a four-game winning streak, the highlight of which was a win over the hated Steelers. This year’s much more talented team ended the season on a four-game losing streak, including two losses to teams with four wins, and ended with the same record as last season.
The Browns also lost several games by seven points or fewer, and failed to defend fourth quarter leads in several games. Even casual fans were able to notice the offensive play-calling was often vanilla, bland and predictable in many games.
Despite this, Holmgren erred when he fired Mangini. He should have been given at least one more season in Cleveland, provided he agree to bring in a new offensive coordinator. Why?
First of all, records can be deceiving. Sur...

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