In a somewhat expected move, the Cleveland Browns fired head coach Eric Mangini on Monday. This comes on the heels of a second consecutive 5-11 finish in a disappointing 2010 campaign for the team.
Browns president Mike Holmgren met with Mangini to personally fire him the day after Cleveland dropped their fourth game in a row to finish up the year.
"This decision was not easy for me, and it was one into which I put a great deal of thought," Holmgren said afterwards. "Although we have made improvements this season, my responsibility is to ensure that we establish a program that will allow this team to compete at a championship level. That will continue to be our goal in everything we do. I want to thank Eric for all of his contributions to the Cleveland Browns, and wish him and his family the best of luck in the future."
As one coach loses his position, another is expected to officially step into his.
Dallas Cowboys interim coach Jason Garrett is reportedly close to be named the new head coach of the team.
According to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, the timetable for the move is “Days. Not a week.”
Garrett, of course, is 4-3 since taking over for ex-coach Wade Phillips, who was let go after the team kicked off their 2010 season with a 1-7 campaign.
Wide receivers coach Ray Sherman was also interviewed for the vacancy to satisfy the NFL’s “Rooney Rule” that requires teams to interview a minority candidate.
As the coaching carousal continues to turn, one coach can breathe a little easier Monday morning knowing his job is secure: New York Giants head coach, Tom Coughlin.
The team’s owner John Mara reportedly went on a tirade after the squad’s late season collapse in 2009 and promised major changes. This year, he appears to be more subdued.
Insisting that he wants his team to stay on track to finish what they started despite missing the playoffs again this year, Coughlin has been picked to remain at the helm.
“The only time you make a coaching change is when the players aren’t responding to the coach. That is not the case here,” Mara said via the New York Daily News.
As a result of the NFL playoffs structure, the Giants will be sitting at home on Wild Card Weekend next week despite the fact that they actually had a much better record than No. 4 seed Seattle Seahawks.