Former Jets' head coach Eric Mangini ended the year with a four-game winning streak, but it might not be enough to convince new team president Mike Holmgren that Mangini will be retained.
"I have a job, and I’m proud of the job we’ve done,” Mangini told reporters today. "I respect Mike, the things he’s done as a coach, and he has an impressive record. … You appreciate the depth of knowledge.”
Mangini may have dropped a hint that he knows he won't be around, saying that he wanted to share his ideas with Holmgren "whether I'm here or not." Mangini also expressed concern for the fate of his assistant coaches.
“I don’t think it’s fair to be worried about myself when I have all these other guys who have families,” he said. "I like my staff. I think they’re good coaches.”
We've been hearing for the last several days that Holmgen is leaning toward firing Mangini and bringing in a new head coach. Holmgren is due to arrive in Cleveland tonight and will begin meeting with Mangini tomorrow. It's possible a decision might come quickly, especially if Holmgren wants to make a change and move on to hiring a replacement.