Mangini keeps his job
Eric Mangini came up with his biggest win yet.
Mangini will return for a second season as Cleveland’s coach, a stunning personal victory following a four-game winning streak by the Browns that may have saved his job. New team president Mike Holmgren decided Thursday to retain Mangini, whose job security was in jeopardy after the Browns started 1-11.
Mangini’s staff has been asked to return as well.
Holmgren spent the past two days in meetings with Mangini, who was fired after last season by the New York Jets.
“I was able to gain some tremendous insight into his thought process and philosophies, and came away from our meetings very impressed,” Holmgren said in a statement. “In my opinion, Eric has gained the respect and admiration of players, coaches and others in the organization, and with him continuing to lead the team I feel that we are headed in the right direction.”
Detroit GM miffed
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew says the team’s 2-14 season is unacceptable.
Mayhew said Thursday the team would not draft a quarterback with the No. 2 pick in April’s NFL draft. Detroit took Matthew Stafford last year with the No. 1 pick and he showed promise as the Lions’ starting quarterback.
Mayhew said the high point of his first season as GM was watching Stafford connect with fellow rookie Brandon Pettigrew in the end zone to lift Detroit to a win over Cleveland. The low point was Pettigrew’s season-ending injury four days later.
Get used to it
The temperature was 20, the wind chill was numbing and snowflakes filled the air when the Cincinnati Bengals shuffled onto the field at Paul Brown Stadium for a one-hour practice Thursday. Two of them ignored the weather.
Offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski wore shorts—his standard practice attire even in winter—and offensive lineman Dennis Roland wore shorts and no sleeves. The rest of the team was bundled up for the wintery workout, getting ready to host the New York Jets in a wild-card playoff game Saturday.
“I’m not a fan of the cold, no sir, but I don’t mind playing in it,” said Roland, who grew up in Missouri and attended college at Georgia. “I figured that in the game I don’t like to bundle up, so I might as well not go out to practice bundled up. Get used to it.”
Ware expects to play
Dallas Pro Bowl linebacker DeMarcus Ware missed practice Thursday because of a sore back.
The problem isn’t considered serious and Ware is expected to play in Saturday night’s home playoff game against Philadelphia.
Ware, who has 11 sacks, has played with a fracture in his wrist for much of the year.
season. After straining his neck in a headfirst collision against San Diego, he didn’t miss a game and the following week had two sacks, forcing fumbles on both.