Eric Mangini and the Cleveland Browns start the 2010 season a disappointing 0-3.
After a Week 1 loss to Tampa Bay (2-1), where the Browns lost the team’s newest addition, quarterback Jack Delomme, to injury, the already shallow Browns welcomed the 1-0 Chiefs to town in Week 2.
Career backup quarterback Seneca Wallace looked decent replacing Delhomme at the helm. And, after losing starting running back Jerome Harrison in Week 2, backup Peyton Hillis stepped in and impressed – helping the offense get into the end zone for the second time. But, it wouldn’t be enough. And the Browns would be handed their second loss of the season.
Last week against the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland found themselves in a similar situation. The team was once again without its starting quarterback, and unknown backup running back Peyton Hillis would have to perform against one of the league’s best run defenses.
Again, the Browns would fail.
What has been so troubling hasn’t been the team’s inability on either side of the ball. Sure, the team is ranked 27th in the league in scoring and 22nd in passing, but with the surprising emergence of backup Peyton Hillis -- who rushed for 144 yards and one touchdown in the Week 3 loss to the Ravens -- and the promising return of starting quarterback Jack Delhomme, the Browns do have people to lean on.
Unfortunately, their coach isn’t one of them.
A team that could just as easily be 3-0, the Browns are suffering from what the New York Jets went through a few years back: Mangenius.
Close games are won or lost by coaching. And, unfortunately for the Browns, their coach has failed them three times in as many games.
With a loss margin of a combined five points in their first two games, and a seven-point loss to the Ravens, the Browns are screaming for a change.
Mangini was fired in New York after three unsuccessful seasons, but how long will it take the perennially failing Cleveland Browns to realize a clever nickname won’t win you football games in the NFL.
In Mangini’s first year, he led the Browns to a 5-11 record, and the team finished last in their division.
With upcoming games against in-state rivals, Cincinnati Bengals (2-1) and the quickly progressing Atlanta Falcons (2-1), followed by the Steelers (3-0) and the Saints(2-1), the poorly coached Brown could, realistically, be waiting until Thanksgiving before they get their first win.
Dumping Mangini might not solve all of the Browns problems; however, it would help with one: winning.