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January 7, 2009

Mangini can relate to Cleveland

markshapiroAP.jpgThe news that just-fired Jets coach Eric Mangini (left) already has agreed to a four-year deal to coach the Cleveland Browns was met with great enthusiasm in the home of Baltimore attorney Ron Shapiro, who happens to be Eric's father-in-law and now will have another excuse to hang around the Cleveland area.

manginigetty.jpgRon's son Mark (right), is the general manager of the Cleveland Indians, so the Shapiro extended family now is helping to steer two of Cleveland's three major professional sports franchises, and it doesn't stop there.

"A friend just called me and said, 'All you need now is the Cavaliers.'" Ron said. "We don't have an actual son there, but we're close. One of the assistants to (Cleveland Cavaliers general manager) Danny Ferry lived in our house for awhile. Mike Winger worked for me at the Shapiro Institute and when Danny took over the Cavs, he asked if he could have Mike. So we have all three teams covered."
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Posted by Peter Schmuck at 7:02 PM | | Comments (5)


I believe the chances of Romeo Cornell getting another opportunity to coach at the NFL are very slim. As Rodericks would say, the man just lacks "duende"...
Mangini got the short end of the stick with the Jets. I believe he has the capability to bring trhe Browns back to respectability.

I had read the "internet rumors" that Mangenius was not liked much by his coaching staff , and "tuned-out" by many of his players ???

Pete - kind of off topic, but Jets reference brought to mind Boston College. Who would ever coach football there if you get fired just to talking to professional (promotion) organization like the Jets?

Pete's reply: Pretty strange, but I'm not up on the situation. Could there be something going unsaid?


Jeff Jagodzinski went through with his interview for the Jets head coaching job Tuesday. The job came open with the firing of Eric Mangini. I guess this would happen in the business world and everyday jobs if a boss found out about an interview with another employer, but first time I've heard of it concerning head coaching. Nevermind I think I meet be boring you and your readers on this, but found it odd.

Pete's reply: Unless the guy gave his AD or college president his solemn promise not to pursue an NFL job, it is a strange move. It's understood in the sports and business world that people will listen when better opportunities come along, and I'm guessing the same people who were mad at him have done exactly the same thing. There was a situation at my old school (Cal State Fullerton) where the coach reached the final eight in the NCAA basketball tournament and was offered a Big Ten job. His AD and college president appealed to his sense of loyalty, then both jumped to bigger schools after convincing him to turn the job down.

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