ORCHARD PARK NY - DECEMBER 12: Eric Mangini head coach of the Cleveland Browns stands over injured Browns player David Bowens #86 during a timeout against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 12 2010 in Orchard Park New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Eric Mangini Fired: Browns, Mike Holmgren Decide To Move On

The Cleveland Browns announced on Monday morning head coach Eric Mangini has been fired.

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After Eric Mangini Is Fired, Mike Holmgren Rules Himself Out (For Now)

The Cleveland Browns announced on Monday that head coach Eric Mangini has been fired which didn't some as a huge surprise as speculation on Mangini's future had been rampant for several weeks. Now that he has been dismissed, the Browns turn to finding their next head coach -- a search that will not include Mike Holmgren.

Holmgren moved into a front office role with the Browns earlier this year and there was some speculation that he could hire himself as the head coach. He says that won't be happening -- at least not this year.

"I was hired to be the president of the Cleveland Browns. I think this year I've grown into the job. Having said that, I am also a coach and will always be a coach. To tell you right now that I would never coach again -- here or any place -- wouldn't be honest. But as of right now, my job is to find the best coach available for this job. That's what I'm trying to do. And that does not include me right now. I probably won't coach again. But I won't rule anything out."

It's interesting that Holmgren left the door open for a possible return to coaching at some point. Frankly, he's as qualified as anyone to lead the Browns but it doesn't sound like he'll be taking the job.

Early names on the Browns possible replacement for Mangini include John Fox, Jon Gruden and Marty Mornhinweg. 

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Eric Mangini Fired: Browns May Look To Jon Gruden, John Fox Or Marty Mornhinweg

The Cleveland Browns have fired Eric Mangini which means Mike Holmgren's offseason will begin with a coaching search. The Monday after the regular season ends is called Black Monday for all the coaches that will be fired so we expect more candidate names to pop up but early speculation includes several names.

Peter King of SI.com writes in MMQB that he expects Holmgren to "strongly consider" Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg for the job. Holmgren coached Mornhinweg in high school 30 years ago. 

John Fox is also considered a candidate, according to King and NFL Network's Jason La Canfora. Fox's contract with the Carolina Panthers was not renewed so he's on the market. King suggests Fox could bring Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy with him if hired in Cleveland.

And it wouldn't be a coaching search unless Jon Gruden's name is brought up. La Canfora writes via Twitter that the Browns "love" Gruden and he has some interest but it may not be the best fit. 

The Browns appare to have their quarterback in place with Colt McCoy so whoever comes in would likely have to work with him. That's an important point to remember for some of these big names coaches that would want to run the entire show. 

There will inevitably be plenty of other potential candidates popping up in the coming days and weeks.

Check out SB Nation Cleveland and Dawgs By Nature for more on the news. 

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Eric Mangini Fired: Browns, Mike Holmgren Decide To Move On

As expected, the Cleveland Browns have fired head coach Eric Mangini one day after the 2010 NFL season ended. FOX's Jay Glazer has been reporting for several weeks that Mangini was expected to be fired at the end of the year.  Mangini was hired prior to the 2009 season after coaching the New York Jets for three seasons. His teams in Cleveland went 5-11 in both 2009 and 2010 so his exit doesn't come without a good reason.

"This decision was not easy for me, and it was one into which I put a great deal of thought," said Browns President Mike Holmgren in a statement. "Although we have made improvements this season, my responsibility is to ensure that we establish a program that will allow this team to compete at a championship level. That will continue to be our goal in everything we do."

Holmgren and the Browns will now search for their replacement though that is not expected to be Holmgren himself. Though there's been speculation that he could hire himself as head coach the early indications are that he will hire someone else. 

This is the second consecutive job from which Mangini was fired in less than three seasons so it's hard to believe he'll return to the head coaching ranks right away. 

"I have a deep respect for the players that I have coached the past two years and how they have made a profound difference in changing the culture - a tougher, smarter, more competitive, selfless team that never gave up," Mangini said in a statement. "Our goal was to build a team for long term success. The core characteristics we were dedicated to, I believe, will help achieve that goal, and have provided a strong identity for this football team and have helped to create a positive foundation upon which the organization can continue to build."

Check out SB Nation Cleveland and Dawgs By Nature for more on the news.    

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