Since the day Eric Mangini has been in Cleveland, he has gotten what he wants.
First, in a press conference, he talked about how he wanted George Kokinis to be his general manager. Like he wanted, Kokinis came to Cleveland starting this chain reaction. Every coach he seeked after joined Cleveland as well.
From there, he wanted draft picks and he got some via trading Kellen Winslow Jr. to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Then he came in and got an uproar from defensive lineman Shaun Rogers. Mangini expected the situation to die down and it did. Rogers shut his trap!
In free agency, there wasn't one single free agent that he went after that he did not get. At first, he missed out on deepback Abram Elam because the New York Jets matched the offer. Mangini would later acquire Elam on draft day.
Then when all the trade rumors about Braylon Edwards and Brady Quinn started buzzing around the league, he expected his players to not act like the rest of the league, examples being Jay Cutler and Anquon Boldin.
Edwards surprisingley hasn't mumbled one bad word about anything and Quinn has put his faith in the coaching staff.
It doesn't matter if Mangini didn't get what he wanted from teams in trades for these players, because he never gave in. He said ante up or no deal.
Draft day comes and Mangini has center Alex Mack in his sights from the get go. After he acquires Elam through a trade, a few other players and a few other draft picks in other trades (like he wanted), he drafted Mack.
Not only did Mangini get the player he wanted, but he took Mack away from the Pittsburgh Steelers! Most mock drafts out there had Mack going to Pittsburgh so this was bigger than most think.
So he has the players, the picks, the coaching staff, and the respect. What else has he gotten from there?
Well, he has referee's at his practices, the green berets joining is, his players going on bus rides as well as playing in the rain.
The league can fuss all they want about the rookie bus ride and whatever else they can find. Either way, Mangini is installing a plan for success here. Actually, he is following the plan that he has had ever since he had the meeting for the coaching vacancy with Randy Lerner.
This is just one more reason to believe in Mangini.
So for all you non-believers out there, no more crying about how "this is just another 'rebuilding' process!" It's getting old. Call me an whatever you choose but Mangini is bringing something to Cleveland that no other coach since the return of the Cleveland Browns has.
For all the fans that do not believe that Cleveland will return to glory, when the Browns have the respect from the rest of the NFL teams, you won't have their respect. Either your it or your out. Either you do or do not believe. Either you bleed Brown and Orange or you don't.
You can pretend all you want when NFL Sunday comes around, and you sitting with your buddies saying "I knew they could do it all along," but you know the truth. Either jump on Mangini's train or jump on the bandwagon and follow the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Make up your mind... Now.