With Eric Mangini Out, Who Is Right for the Ailing Cleveland Browns?

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With Eric Mangini Out, Who Is Right for the Ailing Cleveland Browns?
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With the news, to an end comes another dismal era of Browns football.

Today, Eric Mangini was relieved of his coaching duties in Cleveland, and now the speculation can begin on who the Browns and Mike Holmgren will bring in to be the next head coach.

Right now, as we all sit and ponder what the future will hold for the Browns, one thing has become abundantly clear; Cleveland MUST make the right choice at the Head Coaching spot this time around, no questions about it.

The list of has-beens that have commanded the sidelines as head coach since '99, frankly, is pretty disgusting, and demonstrates the ineptness that Cleveland’s brass has operated with for years.

That ineptness is precisely the reason the Cleveland has been largely irrelevant since their return to the NFL, and is also why Cleveland must do it right this time.

Thinking back through the coaching changes of the last 10-plus years, I don’t believe that there has ever been a time that landing the right guy is more important than now.

Why?  Well, Cleveland has some talent now.  They’ve got a couple of stellar rookie DBs in Haden and Ward that a defensive-minded coach can bring the best out of.  They’ve also got some very solid lineman in Thomas, Mack and Steinbach. 

They have a running game that, when healthy, can simply dominate, and they may have found, finally, a QB that can carry the team.

Additionally, with Mike Holmgren, a proven NFL coach and GM in place, the time is now.

So, who’s the most likely candidate to end up in Cleveland?  Let’s take a look in this slide show with arguments for and against and my prediction of who will be leading the Cleveland Browns in 2011.

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