With Cleveland Browns team president Mike Holmgren looming in the front office, speculation has swirled that Eric Mangini might not be the head coach after this season.
The Browns are 5-9 this season and 10-20 in two years under Mangini, who has rubbed some people the wrong way with his abrasive personality. Holmgren guided the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks to a combined 147-93 record, which included winning Super Bowl XXXI with the Packers and reaching Super Bowl XL with the Seahawks.
Mangini said Wednesday during a conference call with Baltimore media that he wasn't concerned about his future in Cleveland.
"My seat's been hot for about three years, so I'm pretty comfortable in that seat," said Mangini, who will have two years remaining on his contract. "I really believe in what we do, and I really believe in the type of people that we commit to. We commit to a certain type of guy, we believe in playing disciplined football. Of all the things that I've learned over the years – and there have been some great mentors – [it's about] what it takes to be successful, and I think we have improved as a team. I think we've got a bright future as a team and as an organization. What I do is just focus on the next week. That's always what I ask the guys to do. Not to be a hypocrite, but at the end of the year, whatever happens, happens. But I really like our staff, I like our guys, and I like the positive things that we've done. It takes steps. It takes steps in any process like this, and one of those steps is trying to learn how to win consistently. We've learned how to work, we've learned how to compete, we've learned how to win, but we have to learn how to win consistently, and you don't get it in sort of a microwave way. It's got to be spaced over time and consistent habits."After opening with a 1-5 mark, the Browns have split their last eight games, and the general consensus is that the team is improving and playing with determination.
But Mangini said he hopes the players aren't using his job security as inspiration.
"I wouldn't ask them to do that," he said. "I wouldn't hope that would be their motivation. What I ask them to do is to go out each day and practice with a purpose and to get better individually and then to help us get better collectively. And that's really what I ask them to do whether it's this week, next week or the first week of the season. I think that's what my job is, to help them get better individually and help us get better collectively and worry about our next opponent. And all of the other stuff will take care of itself."