OconRecon Posted January 13, 2009 Report Share Posted January 13, 2009 Betting on a slow news day... Reasons to believe Mangini will find immediate success A year from now, he'll probably be a ManGenius here because it won't take much for the Browns to get better and that's all that anyone is expecting. For all of ex-GM Phil Savage's shortcomings, he leaves in place a better front office for the figurehead Lerner will soon tab general manager than the mess that awaited him four offseasons ago. Salary-cap guru Trip MacCracken is well-respected in league circles, as is lead scout T.J. McCreight, who might wind up with the GM title (or label) if Ravens director of pro personnel George Kokinas doesn't get the job after Sunday's interview. They're staying put regardless, so whoever takes over for Savage will hit the ground running. The Browns also boast a a friendly cap number for next year (no matter what Sports Illustrated's Peter King might say) and, get this, a couple high first-day draft picks that could land a front-seven, impact defensive player that could team with Shaun Rogers and D'Qwell Jackson to vault the Browns unit into one of the league's best units. Here are a few other reasons to believe Mangini will find immediate success here: 3-4 prowess. Mangini has coaching experience in both systems and, with new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, won't have any trouble adapting to the Browns personnel. The key part of that package is already here in elite nose tackle Rogers and defense end Corey Williams, who was hurt this season but gamely showed up week after week. We'll see just how good he can be next year and, if the Browns can add another end, how much better an already much-improve defense can be. A historically inept offense this year masked the improvement on the other side of the ball that will continue as a young secondary matures. With two guys who work well together, not a head coach and a coordinator who thinks he should be in charge, it could become one of the league's best units. Jerome Harrison is a lot like Leon Washington. And Mangini made sure his offensive coordinator used his multipurpose scatback this year, unlike Crennel, who let Harrison waste away on the sidelines all year while Jamal Lewis was averaging a half-yard short of four a carry and Jason Wright was backing up him. But hey, those two can really pick up the blitz, and you can bet they'll be blitzing because nobody is afraid of those two carrying the ball. Mangini was right on the biggest Jets acquisitions an offseason ago: No on Brett Favre, yes on Kris Jenkins. With a young, franchise quarterback in place and the components of the 3-4, he didn't have to be asked twice if he wanted the Cleveland job. He'll have the biggest say on personnel here and has shown pretty good instincts already. Maybe, like the older, non-Cleveland Belichick, he knows what he's doing. If hiring any coach, and especially Mangini, before a GM was a mistake, we won't know it until years from now. And you can bet Randy Lerner and his ManGenius know that. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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