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

Aug. 17.

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

level.”

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.