Why Eric Mangini May Be Gone
This season for the Cleveland Browns has been in a sense, erratic and inconsistent. There have been positives in this season, but mostly the negatives outweigh the positives.
The team has been very inconsistent week in and week out. One week the team looks very good but then in the next week, the team looks very shoddy and just flat-out terrible. They have been positives in this season, but mostly the negatives
After this inconsistent and spotty season, here's three reasons why head coach Eric Mangini may be gone.
The First Strike: Losing Too Many Close Games
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This season, the Browns have been in every game. They've played tough hard football game in and game out.
For the most part, the Browns have had the lead in the third quarter in most of these close losses. They've blown most of their leads in the fourth quarter, and the blame must placed on Mangini as he was responsible for most of the losses.
The Second Strike: Sticking With Brian Daboll
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Brian Daboll can be described in one word: terrible.
He is too conservative and needs to be more aggressive. When he does get aggressive in his offensive play-calling, the game is out of reach or he does it for one play. He is awful when play-calling in the red zone this year.
Daboll has been saved by Peyton Hillis because if it weren't for Hillis, the Browns would be like last year's Browns on offense.
The Third Strike: Jake Delhomme and Losing Games You Shouldn't Lose
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This isn't a critique of how bad Jake Delhomme is or how many interceptions he has thrown. This is a reflection of Mangini's undecisiveness.
First off, we know that Delhomme is washed up and doesn't have any gas in the tank anymore. Second of all, why would Mangini be reluctant to play Seneca Wallace ahead of Jake Delhomme, when you know that Wallace is infinitely better than Delhomme?
The Browns lost two games in a row to bottom-feeders in the NFL: the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals. Mangini must take the blame for this debacle, and this may cost his job.
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My gut feeling is that Mangini will be gone, and the new coach that replaces Mangini will be an offensive-minded head coach.
This season again has many positives, but unfortunately most of the negatives outweigh them. Most of the time it isn't the coaches' fault, but here in this case, it very well may be and that's why Mangini might get let go.