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Mangini: Not a job interview with Holmgren

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 4, 2010

Browns coach Eric Mangini said he won't approach his meeting with new president Mike Holmgren as a job interview.

The Browns confirmed that Holmgren is scheduled to arrive in Cleveland Monday evening. It is presumed that Mangini will meet with Holmgren Tuesday.

Mangini said since Holmgren was hired two weeks ago, he'd talked to Holmgren ''usually once a week.''

Asked if he would take the approach of being in a job interview, he said, ''No, that's not going to be my approach at all. Ii have a job.
I'm proud of the job we've done.

''I respect Mike, respect the things he's done as a coach. He's got a really impressive record. He and I have talked before, not as in depth as a guy like Bill Parcells. I appreciate his depth of knowledge, the depth of experience. It's more a function of us sitting down and going through the different questions, the different situations, the history.''

Mangini said Sunday that he had made mistakes. Asked Monday what stood out, he said, ''There are definitely some things I wouldn't share publicly that I'll share with Mike. Decisions made, either I didn't take advantage of or didn't move quickly enough on, in restrospect would have done differently.

''We talked about the squad and the ability to overcommunicate and make sure to try to get those guys to undstand it, I probably could have done a better job of that, too, with different situations that came up.''

Asked if he would argue that he needs more time, Mangini said, ''We aren't going to be arguing. I feel good about the things we did. There was a rationale to all the decisions, things were thought out. Some things were right, some things were wrong.

''It's a function of looking at it and being comfortable with the direction we're heading and the idea of heading there together. I respect him as a person and as a coach.''

Mangini said he was anxious to know the future more for his staff than himself, and his lip began quivering when he talked about his assistants.

''It's more for the assistant coaches than anything else,'' he said. "I'd like to get some clarity for them. They're a good group of coaches, guys I know, Ii care about. I want to make sure whatever the decision is I can help them in any way possible.

''I don't think it's fair to be worried about myself when you've got all these other guys with families and kids who I'm responsible for bringing here and who I care about. It's selfish to be worried about myself. I've got a group of guys, their lives are going to be dramatically affected.''

Perhaps the biggest criticism of Mangini during his four years as a coach of the Browns and Jets has been the way he treats employees and players.

''Any employee who feels that way, sit with me and Mike and I'll talk to them,'' he said. ''I don't think there's ever been any attempt to belittle someone or treat someone poorly. That's wrong. I don't think it's anything I've done. Reports like that are disappointing.''


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