The Mangini Era Is Getting Off to a Rough Start in Cleveland

gary wertmanCorrespondent IAugust 21, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 15:  Head coach Eric Mangini of the Cleveland Browns looks on during the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers during the preseason game at Lambeau Field on August 15, 2009 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Eric Mangini is off to a slow start as head coach in Cleveland. Mangini turned the New York Jets around from 4-12 to 10-6 in his first season as a head coach. The Cleveland Browns were 4-12 last year under Romeo Crennel.

Unlike Herm Edwards, who Mangini replaced in New York, Crennel ran a very relaxed ship in Cleveland. Players are still buying into Mangini's tough, hard working style that he has brought with him to the Browns. The Cleveland players, for the most part, are  not used to working hard or having to compete for their jobs.

Veterans under Romeo didn't have to compete for anything, and rookies had very little chance of winning a starting spot or even playing time. Times have changed in Browns land and the sooner the players realize this the quicker the team will start winning.

Eric Mangini is the face of the Cleveland Browns. All decisions go through him. I for one like this change.

The last few years have seen the players, the media, and the fans unsure whether Savage or Crennel is in charge. If Mangini turns this Browns team into winners, it will be through hard work and discipline. That's Mangini's way. The Mangini transition will be slow but it will come eventually, and so will the wins.