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 Posted: Mon Jan 3rd, 2011 04:42 pm
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Mangini just got axed.  From  the USA Today site,

The Cleveland Browns fired head coach Eric Mangini on Monday after finishing its second straight 5-11 season under his tenure.

Team president Mike Holmgren met with Mangini and relieved him of his duties, one day after the Browns lost their fourth consecutive game to close the 2010 season.

"This decision was not easy for me, and it was one into which I put a great deal of thought," Holmgren said. "Although we have made improvements this season, my responsibility is to ensure that we establish a program that will allow this team to compete at a championship level. That will continue to be our goal in everything we do. I want to thank Eric for all of his contributions to the Cleveland Browns, and wish him and his family the best of luck in the future."

Hired in 2009 after being fired as head coach of the New York Jets, Mangini went 10-22 in two seasons. Holmgren, hired in late 2009, granted Mangini a second season after the Browns closed his first campaign with four straight wins.

But the Browns struggled to move forward in 2010, rotating Jake Delhomme, Seneca Wallace and rookie Colt McCoy through the starting QB position on an offense that ranked 29th and scored just 16.9 points per game.

Mangini thanked the Browns and said he felt he left the team in better position than when he arrived.

"I have a deep respect for the players that I have coached the past two years and how they have made a profound difference in changing the culture - a tougher, smarter, more competitive, selfless team that never gave up," Mangini said. "Our goal was to build a team for long term success. The core characteristics we were dedicated to, I believe, will help achieve that goal, and have provided a strong identity for this football team and have helped to create a positive foundation upon which the organization can continue to build."

Holmgren, who won Super Bowl XXXI as the Packers' coach and coached in two other championship games, will launch a search for a new field boss. He has not yet said if he would consider taking on that job himself.

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