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Eric Mangini ranks among the top five in this ranking from NBC Sports about the the hottest seats in the NFL coaching scene: “Throughout much of the 2009 season, the question regarding Mangini wasn’t if he’d be fired or when he’d be fired, but whether the Browns would try to do it with “cause” and thus cut off his ongoing payments.
His first year in Cleveland had been a disaster, damaged by a string of reports that he was too hard on the players and destroyed by a horrendous win-loss record. But then the Browns caught fire late in the season, and new team president Mike Holmgren apparently decided that giving Mangini at least one more year represented a no-lose proposition.” [Mike Florio]
About that home opener: “Jake Delhomme is excited to play his first game, albeit a preseason game, in front of the hometown fans at 7:30 p.m. Saturday against the St. Louis Rams at Cleveland Browns Stadium. ‘I think when you’re new to a place and any time you suit up you get butterflies, the feeling you get before you play,’ Delhomme said.” [Fred Greetham/The OBR]
Love seeing stories like this come out in the non-sports section every now and then: ” Browns linebacker Scott Fujita and Major League Soccer forward Jason Garey are pro athletes.While their sports are worlds apart, both wear a passion for Lousiana’s wetlands on their sleeves.” [D'Arcy Egan/Cleveland Plain Dealer]
Chatting about the Ohio State secondary: “The hope among many Buckeye fans is that whatever issues this secondary may have will be masked by a spectacular front seven, but I have confidence that these guys will hold up quite well, even against the more prolific attacks on Ohio State’s schedule.” [Sam/Eleven Warriors]
One Buckeye checks in at #13 in a pre-season NFL Draft prospect ranking: “13. DE Cameron Heyward, Ohio State… While he’s not an elite pass rusher, he’s a dream of a 3-4 end at the next level with 6-5, 288-pound size and good enough quickness to get into the backfield when he’s in a groove.” [Pete Fiutak/College Football News]
Discussing the offense and the running backs in particular for OSU: “As I stated earlier this week, I really believe this is the most diversely talented offense Tressel has had in tenure at OSU. Pryor has a whole bevy of passing options on every play, including guys like Posey, Sanzenbacher, Stoneburner, Saine, and Boren.” [Drew Thurman/The Silver Bullet]
And finally, punishment handed down to a former Cavalier: “The NBA announced Friday guard Delonte West has been suspended 10 games after the former Cavalier plead guilty to weapons charges in July. As a part of his plea, West is on probation for two years, though authorities said he’d be able to travel with an NBA team, should a team sign him to a deal.” [Tom Ziller/NBA Fanhouse]
(Photo above via John Kuntz/Cleveland Plain Dealer)