Eric Mangini has a pretty good gig as an NFL analyst with ESPN, but don’t count the Bill Belichick product out of coaching just yet, or maybe even as a higher rank.
Mangini, a graduate of Wesleyan University, has quite a football background, having played football at Wesleyan, holding the single-season-sack record as well as career-sack record at the university. He also joined Belichick’s coaching staff in 2000 as a defensive backs coach for the New England Patriots. Mangini turned down multiple defensive coordinator offers to stay under the Belichick staff and it most certainly paid off as he has become one of the great football minds to surface the NFL.
When analyzing Mangini as a coach, he tends to draft offensive linemen in his first years as coach, as evident through his stints with the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns. In 2006, Mangini drafted D-Brickashaw Ferguson with the Jets’ first pick in the draft, and then later traded up in the same round to pick up Nick Mangold, arguably one of the best centers in the league today.
In 2007, Mangini went with an under the radar cornerback in Darelle Revis, who really needs no explanation as to how he has turned out for the Jets defense. Not to mention he also drafted David Harris, who has been one of the better middle linebackers in the game today, as well.
When Mangini took over the Browns in 2009, he drafted All-Pro center Alex Mack. Mangini didn’t take a tackle in the draft because the team had just recently drafted a stud in Joe Thomas. The next year in 2010, Mangini picked up another under the radar corner in Joe Haden, who recorded six interceptions his rookie season and was receiving rookie of the year mentions.
Mangini is an excellent evaluator of talent and it’s well known around the league, too. I would not be surprised if he were to pick up another coaching gig somewhere in the NFL, and if true, hopefully with better teams than the Jets and Browns. Mangini’s lack of enthusiasm and emotion at points did not help his case for remaining head coach of the respected teams who fired him. However, as a coach not in the spotlight, such as a defensive backs coach, it could play out well for Mangini.
Mangini could be the next great general manager in the NFL. He draws some comparisons with the New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. Cashman is emotionless, rarely smiles and is all business. But, he always brings in top notch talent, and runs a great organization. Mangini is also emotionless, all business and not interested in the drama or spotlight. If Mangini can do what Cashman has done, he can be a very successful man in this league–and he wouldn’t have to even be on the field.