Disclaimer: If you are looking for a scientific post with bona fide conclusions, you won’t find it here. This is for entertainment purposes only.
Power rankings aren’t really all that scientific. I mean, they could be if someone wanted to standardize the way they are calculated based on a number of variables and factors. But as it sits now, they are mostly based on opinion without much more research applied than the average fantasy football player does to work the weekly waiver wire and the starting lineup. Regardless, I decided to throw some numbers together when I saw that the Browns jumped up a spot in this week’s ESPN NFL Power Rankings even though they lost a game. Considering my opinion after the game ended, it seemed sensible to me that the Browns could stay flat this week or have a modest increase after going toe-to-toe with three of the best teams in three straight games. First, I decided to compare Romeo Crennel’s first two seasons vs. Mangini’s first two seasons so far.
As you can see, Romeo Crennel did alright early on. Mangini, meanwhile faltered early as he cleaned house and instilled discipline. Both Crennel and Mangini hit high notes at the end of season one before being dropped prior to the start of the following year. Mangini is currently sitting at an all-time high as Cleveland Browns’ head coach.
Romeo Crennel’s highest moments came after his first two years when the Browns caught fire in 2007. Obviously that all crumbled a year later.
So, if Mangini is anything like Romeo Crennel he could be in for one heck of a year next year according to these charts. I know that the trend here is totally meaningless, but it kind of matches up if you think about it. Crennel’s third season is when Derek Anderson became a Pro Bowl (alternate.) If Mangini truly has a QB with Colt McCoy and the defense continues their incremental improvement year over year, his third year in Cleveland could truly be special just like Crennel’s. Let’s hope we don’t waste another special year by not making it into the playoffs like the Browns did in 2007.
Last but not least, I thought I would show you how Mangini’s career with the NY Jets shaped up from a Power Rankings perspective.
Finally, this is what Eric Mangini’s career with the NY Jets looked like. If you remember correctly, Mangini was dealing with his quarterback situation in the middle of his second season between Chad Pennington and Kellen Clemons. This should sound familiar, though. In week 17 Titans’ coach Jeff Fisher called the Jets the “best 3-11 team” he had ever seen. Unfortunately, the Jets’ anemic offense couldn’t score at that time. In his final year with the team, we all know the story of Brett Favre and his late-season struggles.
Anyway, if nothing else you got to look at charts today. As I said in the open, there is nothing real to derive from them.