Mike Holmgren To Keep Eric Mangini and Staff

Daniel WolfSenior Writer IJanuary 7, 2010

CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 29: Eric Mangini the Head Coach of the Cleveland Browns walks on the field during the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on November 29, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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According to ESPN.com's Adam Schefter, Cleveland Browns President Mike Holmgren will keep head coach Eric Mangini and his coaching staff for the 2010 regular season.

Holmgren and Mangini have met several times this week so that Holmgren could get a feel for where the coach was with his process of rebuilding the team and if Mangini would be able to not only work with Holmgren's vision for the future of the Browns, but if Mangini would also be able to work under Holmgren and another boss, which is a general manager to be named soon.

Also, Holmgren gave Mangini a set of questions to ponder before their meeting so that Mangini would not be surprised by on-the-spot questions that Holmgren would ask.

Obviously, both men have found a mutual liking for each other since Mangini will get another season as head coach, but Mangini also made it a point and told the media that he was more concerned for his other coaches since they all had families that relocated to the Cleveland area too.

It was very noble of Mangini, and it looks like Holmgren has bought into whatever Mangini said during their meetings because as of right now, the rest of Mangini's staff will be intact too.

Many Browns fans wanted offensive coordinator Brian Daboll to get replaced, but that appears not to happen now.

On a lighter note, Browns fans favored defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and his ability to use backups and waiver wire pickups to keep the defense competitive and help hold opposing teams offenses in check during the season ending four-game winning streak.

Now that Holmgren has made this difficult decision, he now needs to focus on a general manager and he just interviewed Eagles GM Tom Heckert on Wednesday, but Holmgren also needs to hire a scouting staff very soon. Lastly, he needs to tend to Pro Bowler Josh Cribbs' contract issues, which are still continuing after a slap-in-the-face offer was made to him on Wednesday.

Holmgren still has a lot on his plate, but after watching his first press conference as the Browns' new president, he seems more than confident to get the job done.

And done right.

(Article also posted on Dawg Scooper )

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