Mangini’s status still uncertain after season ends
By TOM WITHERS
AP Sports Writer
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns coach Eric Mangini has yet to discuss his future with new team president Mike Holmgren.
With one game left in the season, Mangini’s status with Cleveland
remains unclear as Holmgren assumes control of the Browns’ football
operations. Mangini said he spoke with Holmgren several times last week
but the talks were not about “big-picture stuff” or what could
transpire in the offseason.
where I was going and that wasn’t where he was going,” Mangini said
Monday. “I think he appreciates as much as anybody being able to focus
on the task at hand and that’s what I’ve been doing and that’s what
I’ll continue to do.”
Mangini is ending his
first season with Cleveland on a positive note as the Browns (4-11)
have reeled off three straight wins, matching their longest winning
streak since returning to the league as an expansion team in 1999. The
surprising surge has added some intrigue to Holmgren’s impending
Mangini said he’s comfortable with
whatever decision is made by Holmgren, the former Green Bay and Seattle
coach who could retain Mangini or choose to bring in his own head coach.
“It’s not being arrogant or flippant or any of that stuff, but I
believe in the things that we do,” Mangini said. “I believe in the
people we are committed to. I believe in the type of players that we
draft. I believe in disciplined football. I believe in smart football
and I believe in certain core things that I know win. I know they win
games and I know they win championships.
will be comfortable with whatever the result is. Anything that happens,
I can be comfortable with because of the way we’ve approached things.”
Holmgren is scheduled to speak with Cleveland media members on a conference call later Monday.
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