Former Browns, Jets coach Mangini joining ESPN
Former Browns and Jets coach Eric Mangini is joining ESPN as an
NFL studio analyst.
Mangini, who coached in Cleveland for two years after three
seasons in New York, will appear on several ESPN programs, as well
as ESPN Radio shows. The network made the announcement Thursday and
said Mangini, fired by the Browns after last season, will start
He worked as a guest analyst for ESPN during the NFL playoffs
last postseason. Seth Markman, ESPN’s senior coordinating producer
for NFL studio shows, said Mangini ”is one of the smartest
football people I’ve ever been around.”
Never particularly candid or colorful, Mangini jokingly said
he’s perfect for TV.
”With my reputation for access and ease with the media,” he
said in a statement, ”it seems like a natural fit.”
Mangini also took playful shots at Herm Edwards, the coach who
preceded him in New York, as well as Rex Ryan, who was hired
shortly after Mangini was fired by the Jets.
”As for my new role, I have been preparing diligently,”
Mangini said, ”by picking out tribal tattoos for my lower leg and
doing triple shots of espresso to match Herm Edwards’ energy
Ryan’s gaudy, new leg tattoo was one of the big attractions when
the Jets opened training camp earlier this week.
Mangini led the Jets to the playoffs in his first year after
replacing Edwards in 2006. But he went 4-12 in 2007 and was fired
after the team faded late the following year, finished 9-7 and
missed the playoffs with Brett Favre as quarterback. He then was
hired by the Browns and went 10-22 in Cleveland. Mangini also has
served as an assistant for the Jets, Browns, New England Patriots
and Baltimore Ravens.