Black Monday: Eric Mangini fired by Browns
Updated at 5:41 p.m.
The Cleveland Browns fired Coach Eric Mangini, announcing the expected move this morning.
Among the possible replacements for Mangini, whose Browns were 5-11 this year, in Cleveland is team president Mike Holmgren himself. Another possibility: Marty Mornhinweg. His work with Michael Vick in Philadelphia probably outweighs his dismal tenure as Detroit Lions head coach.
So far, Black Monday, the day after the regular season ends and teams change coaches, has been quiet.
John Fox is out in Carolina. Tony Sparano may be finished after Miami's 7-9 season. It's also no help to him that his primary booster, Bill Parcells, has left the Dolphins. Marvin Lewis could be finished in Cincinnati and Tom Cable in Oakland, despite the Raiders 8-8 finish and 6-0 run in the AFC West. (They're the first team to sweep its division and miss the playoffs.)
Tennessee Coach Jeff Fisher met with owner Bud Adams today...speculation has it that Adams would side with quarterback Vince Young if made to choose between coach and quarterback. Fisher declined to offer any updates, though, saying he and Adams have "a process" and are in the middle of it.
There's still a coaching vacancy in San Francisco, with Mike Singletary fired last week, as well as Minnesota, Dallas and Denver. Reports indicate that Leslie Frazier will be named the Vikings' coach this week; Jason Garrett is the frontrunner for the Cowboys' job. Eric Studesville isn't expected to be anything more than the interim successor to Josh McDaniels.
Frank Bush is out as defensive coordinator in Houston, clearing the away for the arrival of Wade Phillips on Gary Kubiak's staff.
The hot name for any and all vacancies is Jim Harbaugh, but will he end up in the NFL or at the University of Michigan after coaching Stanford in tonight's Orange Bowl?
And then there are the TV analysts. Will Jon Gruden, Bill Cowher and Brian Billick (mentioned in the San Francisco conversation) coach next year?
| January 3, 2011; 10:06 AM ET
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