If you're a Cleveland Browns fan right now, chances are after this past draft weekend you're not a big fan of Texas Tech coach Mike Leach, who publicly ripped Mangini for his evaluation of receiver Michael Crabtree.
“Crabtree as a receiver has been more successful than that guy has been as a coach. I think he took it upon himself to figure that in a few minutes he had all the expertise on the subject of Michael Crabtree that he needed. And so we’ll see how those non-divas up there in Cleveland do this year."
As a fan of the 49ers (who were fortunate to land Michael Crabtree after he unexpectedly slid down to the 10 spot) I personally would like to thank Al Davis for being an idiot and Eric Mangini for making some teams believe Crabtree was a diva, but Browns fans should be genuinely concerned. Lost amongst the various quotes from Mike Leach was the fact that Mangini never even called him to discuss Crabtree.
If I was going to describe the single most important attribute for a successful head coach in the NFL, I would say preparation. The one thing the greatest coaches of all time have in common - from Lombardi to Walsh to Belichick - was they never entered a game without being meticulously prepared. You always knew these guys watched every piece of game tape they could get their hands on and researched every possible angle of attack. In other words, they always did their homework. The same applies to personnel decisions, whether it's the draft or free agency. So to hear that Mangini didn't even pick up the phone and call the coach of the player widely agreed to be the most talented in this year's draft is, well, shocking. Particularly when you consider that Cleveland had the number 5 overall pick.
On the other hand, Browns fans are accustomed to the strategy and game management of Romeo Crennel, so I suppose they'll be more than happy with their coaching upgrade, even if he was castoff by the lowly Jets.