The Cleveland Browns have come to terms with deposed Jets head coach Eric Mangini, and will formerly announce his hiring on Thursday. And Romeo Crennel may be staying around as well!
It's still close to Christmas, so let's call it the Gift of the Mangi. From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
Lerner interviewed Mangini the next day. Lerner was so impressed that he never wavered from Mangini as his first choice. The owner also interviewed Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Browns defensive coordinator Mel Tucker.
Mangini's hiring increases the possibility of Crennel staying with the Browns, perhaps as defensive coordinator. Mangini and Crennel worked five years together on Bill Belichick's New England staff, sharing three Super Bowl championships. When Crennel was named Browns coach in 2005, Mangini was his first choice for defensive coordinator, but Mangini opted to stay in New England as Crennel's replacement in charge of the Patriots' defense.
Going from Brett Favre to Brady Quinn in a month's time is one Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, to be sure. Welcome back Eric, although we never really had enough time to miss you!
Cleveland Browns Reach Contract Terms With Eric Mangini As Head Coach [Cleveland Plain Dealer]