The Browns ended their season 5-11, but on a four-game winning streak. Is that hot finish enough for first-year coach Eric Mangini to keep his job under team president Mike Holmgren? He seems to believe so.
Mangini said Monday that he looks forward to another meeting with Holmgren and anticipates “an all-encompassing” talk with the former coach, including an evaluation of QBs Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn. NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora expects that meeting to take place Monday.
“I have a job, and I’m proud of the job we’ve done,” Mangini said. “I respect Mike, the things he’s done as a coach, and he has an impressive record. … You appreciate the depth of knowledge.”
Mangini did hint at the possibility that he could be fired, at one point saying he wanted to share ideas with Holmgren, “whether I’m here or not.” Mangini also voiced his support for his assistant coaches and said he was more worried about their jobs than his.
“I don’t think it’s fair to be worried about myself when I have all these other guys who have families,” Mangini said. “… I like my staff. I think they’re good coaches.”
Mangini also disputed any reports that he has treated team employees unfairly and invited anyone who feels that way to meet with Holmgren.