Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 10/18/11

CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 04: Head coach Eric Mangini of the Cleveland Browns looks on against the Cincinnati Bengals during their game at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 4, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
By pretty much all accounts, I think the Browns made a mistake sticking with Eric Mangini an extra season.  It is all hindsight now of course, and don’t take this as a criticism of Eric Mangini.  If anything, any critical words I might have for this period of Browns history are directed at owner Randy Lerner who authored the Eric Mangini / George Kokinis debacle.  In the end, Lerner created that whole situation.  He created it for Eric Mangini.  He created it for George Kokinis.  Eventually, he also created it for Mike Holmgren and Tom Heckert.  It seemed pretty unfair considering Eric Mangini resuscitated a locker room that was loaded with landmines, but I don’t think there was any other way for it to end once Mike Holmgren was brought in to run the team.  I can’t blame Mike Holmgren for it.  I blame Randy Lerner.  Which brings me to the real point.  I am getting quite tired of having to talk about Eric Mangini every time we talk about Pat Shurmur.  Even if Shurmur doesn’t work out...
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