By Derek Lofland.
There were a couple new Head Coaches' hires in the NFL this week.
I really wasn’t impressed with either one of them.
Eric Mangini—Somebody is going to have to tell me what is so impressive about this guy.
When the New York Jets hired him, he had one year of coordinator experience with the Patriots. He was the Patriots defensive coordinator in 2005. In his three seasons with the Jets, they went 23-25 with a 0-1-playoff record.
The Brett Favre haters can blame Brett for costing Mangini his job all day long. You would swear he was already Don Shula when Favre got there. The fact is that he was a very average NFL Coach in New York.
Defense is supposed to be his expertise. The Jets never finished higher than 16th in yards allowed when he was there, despite a lot of free agent signings on that side of the ball. Last I checked Favre wasn’t the safety on the 28th ranked pass defense.
I don’t necessarily think it was an awful hire. They could have done a lot worse.
It’s too early to write Mangini off with only three years of coaching experience. Duke could have fired Coach K after three years. Sometimes you have to give a young guy a chance to grow into the job. That patience can pay off.
But why the Cleveland Browns thought they had to hire him right now is beyond me.
There are many good coordinators out there, some of them still in the playoffs. There are several big name coaches coming on to the market.
I have a hard time believing that this was the premier hire on the market, the guy that you could not afford to let get away.