With the Cleveland Browns embarrassing 41-9 massacre at the hands of hated arch-rival, Pittsburgh now officially in the books, clouds of uncertainty and change now loom very ominously and very real about Browns head coach, Eric Mangini that it can be safe to say that we will all have our answers on Monday.
And with the Browns now finishing up at 5-11, they ended this once promising season not on so much as making a sound but more like a pathetic whimper as they would go 2-6 in their final eight games after pulling off back-to-back upsets over New England and New Orleans.
The games that may have done in Mangini were the two back-to-back losses to Buffalo and Cincinnati, at the time both winnable, but were both badly played and coached even worse.
While this is clearly a divisively sharp issue amongst Browns fans about whether Mangini deserves another season, it will be hard to argue against the clock management issues, questionable play-calling and breakdowns on the defense, and this is from a defensive-minded coach?
His 10-22 record and recent bad showings against AFC North heavyweights Baltimore and Pittsburgh have not done enough to leave a lasting impression.
Cleveland sports fans are sometimes guilty of being too blinded by loyalty when clearly the results and standards are not clearly acceptable.
And while I'm also a Cleveland fan, Mangini's body of work, although impressive with a team that has no talent, a young secondary, no true No. 1 wide receiver have shown some promise,
I strongly feel that Mike Holmgren will choose to not retain Eric Mangini based on the above reasons as well as going in a different direction in bring in a West Coast-style coach.
This is not only a business decision, but a decision that can and will shape the Browns organization for a long time.