Mike Holmgren. For us Browns fans, we all assumed that this would be the "Start of Something New" as it is said in High School Musical. My Grandpa always used to tell me "When you assume something, you make an ass out of you and me." Well, Grampy, you were right, because frankly Mike, you are 0-1 in decision making and you are very close to being 0-2. And to me, 3 strikes and you're out. Lets start with the first shall we?
1) Eric Mangini. His obvious idol is Bill Belichick and to model his career after him, Mangini joined the Chi Psi Fraternity that Bill was part of two decades earlier. But his coaching career began in 1996 as the offensive coordinator of the Ravens (aka the Old Browns). He then joined his football hero in New York to coach the Jets but left with Belichick to go to New England.
In 2006, he left Belichick in New England to become the head coach of the Jets. Now, he was the youngest head coach in history, but that did not excuse him for his record in coaching. Ok, red flag #1. He was nicknamed "the Penguin" by Laveranues Coles because of his waddle. Now I'm not sure but I don't want a coach with a waddle, because it means that they are out of shape and not in Football shape so how can they be a role model for their players?
Eric's first season in New York was unusually stellar looking back on it, he went 10-6, and went on to lose in the playoffs. But in '07, just a year after, he went 4-12 and obviously failing to advance to the playoffs. And after an 8-3 start in '08, the Jets finished 9-7 and STILL missed the playoffs. Now, here's where we come in.
Mangini was hired as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns on January 7, 2009, signing a four-year deal and was only the second of 12 Browns head coaches to have prior NFL head coaching experience. Mangini had a rough start after Sports Illustrated columnist Joe Posanski called Mangini's hiring by the Browns as the worst coaching hire from the past 25 years.
Mangini has a 5–11 record as the head coach of the Browns. This year he went 5-11 with the Browns. But honestly, the Browns were a totally different team in the last 4 games that we won. We played with passion and played as if we had something to play for. And, the Bills game, we won by 3! 6-3! Not too good of a football game!
Honestly, listening to ESPN radio earlier today, and hearing all the analysts being baffled by this decision, I realized that if I was Randy Lerner, I would not be impressed with this choice. AND I just don't like him as a coach. Like...I'm almost speechless.
The second strike will only happen if we as an organization let Josh Cribbs, who may easily be the best special teams player to ever play in the NFL, go to another team. Randy, just pay him, he deserves it!