With rumors swirling about a possible hire of Jon Gruden by the Cleveland Browns, current head coach Eric Mangini says he’s not concerned about his job right now. While addressing the media, Mangini told reporters that he isn’t spending a lot of time worry about his future with the team, he’s focusing on the browns last four games.
“If I did spend a lot of time on that I’d be a hypocrite. I’m asking these other guys to looks at one game at a time and you can’t know what’s going to happen four weeks from now. You can’t control it. Do the best with what’s in front of you and when you do that, that’s when the best things happen”, Mangini said.
The Cleveland Browns have improved as the season has gone along despite of injuries to all three starting quarterbacks. They have shown in recent weeks to be a very competitive team, even beating the New Orleans Saints and the New England Patriots.
The question for the browns and president Mike Holmgren at the end of the season is going to be whether or not Mangini has shown enough progress with the Browns in order to be brought back for 2011.
I think that Mangini will be retained in 2011, especially given the uncertainty surrounding the lack of a labor agreement between players and owners and the threat for negotiations to drag on for several months. What ever the 2011 NFL season looks like in the end will be Mangini’s last trial.