It really wasn’t the way this season should have ended, the Cleveland Browns were blown out by the Pittsburgh Steelers at home 41-9 to finish the season. This was a Browns team that showed signs of improvement by mid-season. This was a Browns team which beat the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints and then defeated this year’s likely Super Bowl winners, the New England Patriots.
However, then the wheels fell off as the Browns lost six of their last eight games and with the organization holding a team meeting at 10am this morning, the future of head coach Eric Mangini now appears to be in doubt. The NFL Network was reporting on Sunday morning that there are a few names associated with the possible coaching vacancy in Cleveland. Aside from Jon Gruden, former Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox and Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg’s names appear to be in play.
I really think that Browns president Mike Holmgren might announce that he is going to return to the sidelines if the club does indeed release Eric Mangini. This is a team which needs key players with playmaking ability on both sides of the ball. While rookie QB Colt McCoy shows signs of promise and RB Peyton Hillis is a key piece of the puzzle going forward, this team needs talented wide receivers.