Bad Choices Make Bad Football Teams: The Eric Mangini Edition

Samuel IngroAnalyst IOctober 3, 2009

BALTIMORE - SEPTEMBER 27:  Mike Adams #20 of the Cleveland Browns prepares to take the field against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on September 27, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Browns 34-3. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

There's been a lot of complaining over Eric Mangini the last few weeks. And why shouldn't there be? Each game we look a little bit worse, this isn't progress, it's a disaster.

It's not that we don't have the ability or talent to win, Mangini just isn't allowing the talent to play due to his pre-existing player loyalties. There's a reason the Jets didn't want these guys in the first place, and it seems he's a lot more like Romeo Crennel than we were all told.

The simple fact is Mangini can't evaluate talent. He's playing Bowens, Poteat, Elam, and Barton over Hall, Francies, Maiava, Veikune. He trades one of our biggest receiving threats in Kellen Winslow to bring in Robert Royal, then released Martin Rucker even after realizing Royal can't catch.

He hired Brian Daboll to call plays when he's never done it before, instead of a proven OC like Chan Gailey. He waits til hours before the first regular season game to name a quarterback, then when he does, he sticks with him for ten quarters. He fines players over a three dollar bottle of water.

Bad choices, bad calls, bad talent evaluation in all aspects. For example...

In the 2009 draft we could have had: Mark Sanchez, Rey Maualuga(or Alphonso Smith), Phil Loadholt, LeSean McCoy, Kaluka Maiava, Coye Francies, Julian Edelman, James Davis.

What we got: Alex Mack, Brian Robiskie, Mohammed Massaquoi, David Veikune, Kaluka Maiava, Don Carey, Coye Francies, James Davis.

You may be thinking hindsight is 20/20, and you're right. But Sanchez, Maualuga, and Loadholt were all linked to us in the top Mock Drafts in the country. And everyone in Ohio knew of Julian Edelman (Star Quarterback at Kent State), he was compared often to Josh Cribbs. It's not like any of these guys were flying under the radar, it was just bad drafting.

We could have an LB corp of Wimbley, Jackson, Maualuga, Maiava. Or if you don't like Maualuga, a CB corp of Eric Wright, Alphonso Smith, Coye Francies. We could have Sanchez handing off to McCoy and Davis. Slants coming out of the backfield to Cribbs and Edelman, and deep routes to Edwards and Furrey.

Whatever you want, but the point stands. Mangini can't evaluate talent. And apparentally neither can Randy Lerner. Lerner wanted a guy who knew how to win and could turn around an organization, so he brings in a man with a lifetime losing record. Makes sense.

The hiring of Mangini also cost us Scott Pioli. He's cost us enough, don't let this mistake spiral down any further.

Fire him and call Jim Harbaugh. Raven's coach John Harbaugh's brother, the head coach of Stanford. He's from a family of winners and has taken a terrible team up the ranks to the verge of cracking the top 25 in the nation. If not for Rex Ryan, he would be coaching the New York Jets right now. Let's not make the mistake of not hiring him again next season.

The Mangini disciplinarian regime needs to end. Mistakes happen Lerner, now admit it and make it right.