Eric Mangini is the perfect example of what happens when the sports media proclaims greatness too soon.
Mangini seemed to be on the right track with his first head coaching job for the New York Jets. The "Man-Genius," as people have referred to him, took the Jets to the playoffs with a 10-6 record.
Mangini's second and third seasons with the Jets fell nothing short of disappointing. He's not Bill Belichick and the sooner he realizes this, the better.
After being fired by the Jets for missing the playoffs in 2008, it seemed Mangini would finally go back to his true position as an assistant coach. Instead, the Cleveland Browns decided to sign this coaching failure, who has a career record of 23-26 as a head coach.
Mangini's career can be entirely attributed to New England's Bill Belichick. Belichick was keen on Mangini as a ball boy in Cleveland. Belichick also took Mangini on the three Super Bowl title run with the Patriots.
Mangini was only a cornerbacks coach during these title runs.
Eric Mangini has proven his inability to be a head coach in the NFL with his current quarterback issue. Mangini came to town and wanted an open quarterback battle. The battle he is allowing to happen will only hurt the Cleveland Browns.
Brady Quinn or Derek Anderson? The answer to the question is not as important, but Mangini needs to choose. As of today, Mangini claimed that the Browns will wait until late in the preseason to pick their starting quarterback.
How can a coach be considered a genius when he cannot even find the right player for his offense?
Does he not know what he wants to run?
Does he not know who has a better grasp of the offense?
The truth about Mangini is that he is a terrible coach. Would any New York Jets fans want another season of this passive coach? Or do they want a coach who says "I didn't come to New York to kiss Coach Bill Bellichick's rings."
The truth is that Cleveland is the last team to believe in the "Man-Genius." This coach is going to continue to keep Cleveland in the cellar of the AFC. The only positive about Mangini is his ability to wear out his welcome quickly.
Let’s hope Cleveland is as hospitable as the New York Jets.