Ohio voted it last November, so why not again in 2009... Cleveland... it's time for a change.
That's my political joke of the article, but in all seriousness, what am I talking about? Well, Eric Mangini is ruining football. Not just in Cleveland, but for Ohioans and all Americans alike. Heck, we're talking the 21st century national past-time now right? So his inept coaching style and poor play of Cleveland effects us all!
Let's play a round of "remember when".
He started as a 23-year old ball-boy for the Browns, where he caught the eye of Bill Belichick, the mastermind behind the New England Patriots dynasty and quite arguably the best coach in the game of football. Belichick, sweater and all, promoted Mangini to an intern, then later an offensive assistant, and eventually, ended up as full time defensive backs coach.
And when he made it big-time, the then 35-year old Mangenious led the Jets to a 10-6 record after a 4-12 season. They lost to the Patriots in the wildcard round of the playoffs.
Then it all went downhill. Mangini tanked, returning to 4-12 the year after. It seemed that it was only fitting, as the season kicked off with a little revenge towards his former mentor and friend, and the man that ruined his first season. He pointed fingers at the Patriots' pointing cameras...cameras that he used to operate and utilize only two years before.
Then the next year, it seemed to be back to the winning ways. The Jets only needed one win in their last six weeks to secure a division title over the wildcat Dolphins and Brady-less Patriots? Favre was supposed to be the pilot, the Mangenious in the tower.
And what happened? The tower went silent, the pilot couldn't see, and the Jets came crashing hard after posting a solid 8-3 record after week 12. They missed the playoffs by a game, after the coach allowed a collapse while losing to the Broncos, 49ers, Seahawks, and Dolphins.
So why then, did the Browns go with him for this year? Simple... Romeo Crennel spent more time at the Golden Corral than in Cleveland Browns Stadium.
The Cleveland Browns under the reign of terror brought on by the former Mangenious has started their 2009 NFL campaign at a dismal 1-6, with the only loss being a pathetic showing against the hapless Buffalo Bills at a score of 6-3.
The impotent offense of 2008's streak of twelve games without an offensive touchdown looked like it was all over, thanks to a Brady Quinn score in the final minutes of week one. But it never got better, and save a few Josh Cribbs returns, there hasn't been much to be happy about.
The red flags were waving early. Eric Mangini ended the preseason having not picked a quarterback, then finally announcing his decision to start Brady Quinn. Then only three weeks later going back to Derek Anderson, and now perhaps on the cusp of returning to Quinn over the bye week.
All the blame can't be put on Anderson and Quinn. Maybe some, as Anderson has a habit of throwing before his young wideouts can even run their routes. But Derek showed us two years ago he has the talent, and he showed us this year hosting Cincinnati that he has the smarts.
But he's not calling the plays, and Mangini thought using Cribbs in the wildcat set would spark the offense. It didn't even come close to working, and was quickly abandoned.
This is not how to coach a football team. Not in pop-warner, not in D-3 college, and certainly not at its highest and most professional level.
Mangini couldn't win a game of Madden Football against a five year old on his Xbox. It's time for him to go, pass the buck on to Rob Ryan, he seems to have the only bark left in the doghouse.
Mangini couldn't care less when Chicago was up late by a large margin, but went for it anyways on 4th and 1 near the goal line. But Ryan was barking, and CBS is very happy he wasn't mic'd. But I can read lips, and he said f-this and f-you, and showed that he does indeed care that his team isn't winning and that he's humiliated.
But you know what else? Ryan's defense is the only part of the team performing. How many field goals did the Bears have to settle for after 1st and goals? Four? Five? I had a few beers so I lost track, but I know there were a good amount.
And where his brother Rex Ryan is now with the jets, Rob Ryan should be doing immediately in Cleveland: picking up the pieces and cleaning up the mess after Eric Mangini.