Mangini Needs to Avoid the ‘Uh-Oh’ Moments

By: T.J. Zuppe

Browns Coach Eric Mangini

What Sunday’s 13-6 loss in Buffalo became for Browns coach Eric Mangini was an ‘Uh-Oh’ moment.

Fair or not, those moments are the ones that will leave a lasting bitter taste when it comes to his evaluation.

Of all fair judges, most had still reserved judgment on his job. He deserved the opportunity to coach the final four games under a fair, unbiased observation.

The team has made progress throughout the season and at times it appears the process was slowly winning out in the locker room.

The last four games were not so much about him proving why he should keep his job, it was more so a chance to prove why he should not be. If the progressing continued, president Mike Holmgren and general manager Tom Heckert would be hard pressed to toss him to the curb for anything other than a sure-thing.

And as we all know, there is no such thing as a guarantee, even if his name is Jon Gruden.

However, losing to a two win team, no matter what the reason is truly unacceptable. Games such as Sunday make you seriously question the progression, when a coach is already on the hot-seat.

Uh-Oh moments are the ones that Mangini needs to avoid. Finishing 1-3 in the final four or being a 6-10 team is not be the end all, be all. Those wins will not guarantee he keeps his job.

Losses like yesterday on the other hand will do the complete opposite.

Sunday was a true uh-oh moment, the type that Mangini needs to avoid from here on out. If not, those moments will validate those who believe he is not the right man for the job.


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