Mr. Lerner, End the Charade: Line Up the Candidates

Samuel IngroAnalyst IOctober 2, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 19:  Stanford Cardinal head coach Jim Harbaugh walks on the field after their game against the San Jose State Spartans at Stanford Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

We're rebuilding again, right? That's what we've all been told...but where's the building? The train-wreck of Eric Mangini needs to end. We gave Brady Quinn three games, and he's shown more talent than Mangini has, so I see no reason to not end this madness now, before the season is completely down the drain.

Randy Lerner needs to take an active interest in the team and see that this Belichick-tree disciplinarian was a mistake.

A team's identity can't be built through punishing players into submission. The reason a team works so well together is the meshing of personalities, teamwork, and mutual respect. Treating them like children instead of grown men, I imagine, makes it very hard to go out on the field and be aggressive.

My recommendation is to relieve Mangini of his duties and promote defensive coordinator Rob Ryan for the rest of the season. Perhaps he will follow in the footsteps of his brother Rex, since he has the same fiery attitude and toughness.

My top choice next year is Stanford football's Jim Harbaugh. Yes, the brother of our AFC North rival, Baltimore's John Harbaugh. A former NFL quarterback, he would have plenty of advice to give to our young quarterbacks, whomever they may be next year. Coaching runs in the blood of the Harbaugh family, his father, brother, and brother-in-law are also successful coaches.

Jim was responsible for arguably the biggest upset in college history: beating USC 24-23 after being a 41-point underdog. The man can coach. To add to the positives, Harbaugh was an assistant coach in charge of scouting for eight seasons at WKU. He was responsible for bringing in 17 players on the 2002 championship winning team there.

He's aggressive, he can coach, he can draft, he can mentor, and he can play. The Jets gave him an interview before hiring Rex Ryan; it's only a matter of time before he makes an impact on the league. I just hope it's with Cleveland.

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