What does it mean for Cleveland's coaching staff if Mike Holmgren takes over the reins?
According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, his hiring would not bode well for Eric Mangini's future. Although based on the team's improved attitude and apparent buying into his system, you have to wonder how off base Mortensen may actually be. The last four games, the Browns have shown steady improvement in all areas. Holmgren is a smart football mind and knows that a consistent tenured head coach is important in an organization.
So would replacing Eric Mangini and throwing aside the groundwork he's already done be the smartest decision?
Let's take a look at the potential 2011 head coaching candidates:
Former head coaches: Mike Shanahan, Bill Cowher, Brian Billick, Jim Haslett, Jim Fassel, Marty Schottenheimer.
Likely minority candidates: Leslie Frazier (Vikings Defensive Coordinator), Mike Zimmer (Cincinnati Defensive Coordinator), Todd Bowles (Dolphins Assistant Head Coach), Gregg Williams (Saints Defensive Coordinator)
-Shanahan is likely to be a GM with the Redskins/Bills
-Cowher would demand WAY too much money for simply a head coach
-Billick has expressed interest in a 2011 return
-Haslett currently coaches in the UFL
-Fassell currently coaches in the UFL
-Schottenheimer is likely to be a GM instead of a head coach
-Frazier is a wildcard, but the hot pick to be a head coach in 2011
-Zimmer is a wildcard as well, but given the Bengals defensive turnaround, could also be a head coach candidate in 2011
-Bowles is a potential head coaching candidate but likely won't be 2011
-Williams was highly recruited by Sean Payton who took a paycut to hire him, unlikely to become a head coach in 2011
If I had to guess I would say Frazier or Zimmer, although none of the head coaching candidates have ties to Holmgren.
Holmgren is good friends with Parcells however and Zimmer worked under Bill for four seasons.
Head Coach: Mike Zimmer
What kind of staff may be employed? Typically the head coach will pick his coordinators, but a czar in charge of the team in Holmgren's case, would fall on him.
For defensive coordinator there are three likely options. Stick with Rob Ryan, which is unlikely. Or go to his former assistants in ex-Bills head coach Dick Jauron or Ray Rhodes. The most qualified would clearly be Dick Jauron in this case.
Defensive Coordinator: Dick Jauron
The current offensive coordinator is Brian Daboll, whom clearly has done nothing to show that he will stay with the team in 2011 if Eric Mangini is replaced. This leaves two options. Marty Mornhinweg and Sherman Lewis. Morhinweg worked one year as an offensive assistant for Mike Holmgren, but has currently found a comfortable home in Philadelphia. Sherman Lewis came out of retirement to call plays for a struggling Washington team this year, formerly working under Holmgren in Green Bay.
Offensive Coordinator: Sherman Lewis
The idea of replacing Brad Seely seems almost blasphemous, as he has created one of the best Special Teams I've seen in years. If he is replaced, Bruce DeHaven worked a year under Mike Holmgren in Seattle and had a solid stint. My guess would say Seely stays on though.
Special Teams Coordinator: Brad Seely
Who knows honestly where the Browns will be next season, but regardless the new czar will definitely shake things up in Cleveland.