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Old 01-07-2009, 02:14 PM   #401
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Posted by Mike Florio on January 7, 2009, 3:44 p.m. EST

Michael Holley of reports that former Jets coach Eric Mangini will be named the next coach of the Cleveland Browns by the end of the week.

Holley made the report live on Wednesday’s edition of The Dale & Holley Show. The audio is available at the radio station’s web site (it’s in the January 7 opening segment), and the news is reiterated in a blurb on the front page of the site.

Meanwhile, indications are emerging that Mangini is pilfer as many members of his former staff in New York as he possibly can. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Mangini has spoken to at least to of his former assistant coaches with the Jets about joining him.

Per the New York Daily News (via the Plain Dealer), Mangini wants to hire Jets offensive line coach Bill Callahan to be the offensive coordinator in Cleveland.

That said, if Callahan or any other members of the Jets’ coaching staff without a head coach are under contract, the Jets can prevent them from leaving.

As a practical matter, teams with assistant coaches under contract but no head coach are waiting to see who the head coach will be before allowing the assistant coaches to scatter.

As a practical matter, calls are being made by guys like Mangini to guys who’ll possibly join them. It’s not presumptuous for Mangini to do it — it’s smart.

The development necessarily means that Pats V.P. of player personnel Scott Pioli is out of the running in Cleveland. It was widely believed that the G.M. job with the Browns was Pioli’s if he wanted. However, as Holley points out, Pioli and Mangini won’t be working together.
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