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Belicheck Yourselves!

The proven system of the new millennium is the Patriot way. There’s no doubting the dynasty that was and can continue to be the New England Patriots. So why would someone wish to steer away from this? The list of failures who have left the Patriot system can be listed as: Mangini , Crennel, Weis, Branch, Givens and Law. Whose next?

Josh McDaniels with Belichick

Josh McDaniels with Belichick

Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels looks to be pursuing a career down abysmal lane. Currently having interviewed for head coaching jobs from the Seahawks to the Broncos and Browns(Mangini signed 4-year contract); look for McDaniels to make a move he will soon regret. McDaniels might see this Denver job as a good fit with a young franchise QB in Cutler that he could work wonders with. But he is in no way going to hurt his reputation for the next 2-3 years by managing the best offense in the NFL. Why jump at this chance in Denver when there will most definitely be more job offers down the road, especially after looking at the ease with which teams are letting go of head coaches nowadays.

And then there’s Scott Pioli, who’s urge for power is driving him to consider leaving a proven system after 8 years and 4 Super bowl appearances. He saw former Patriots personnel like Dimitroff have some success with the Falcons and present some post Patriot hope. KC appears to be pushing for a Pioli presence in their organization and the appeal may be mutual. With a lot of cap space and an early draft pick, the resurgence is close but not guaranteed. Clark Hunt, son of the late Lamar Hunt is running the organization and has a lot of respect and understanding for the game. Not to mention he’s good friends with Jonathan Kraft , Patriots president and son of owner Robert Kraft. Both young pawns in the game could possibly make a Tuna like turnaround in a strong fan base that is Kansas City.

Pioli on the Duck Boats

Pioli on the Duck Boats

Pioli is in a perfect situation right now. He holds all the cards at the negotiating table and is in the same boat as McDaniels in the fact that him running the show behind the scenes in NE will not hurt his reputation because the Patriots will be successful. Therefore, he can ask for as much money as he desires (5 mil a year rumored), as well as TOTAL control of the football operations. If they don’t meet his demands, which looks to be the case in KC and definitely Cleveland since they hired Mangini, then he can just go back to being a part of one of the most successful franchises in football today.

Now here poses the question. Would you rather be remembered in possibly building and anchoring one of the best dynasties in sports history with the future of an 09’ Brady comeback? Or would you rather seek the uncontrollable and roll the dice in a new playing field where all others have failed but where you are Gipetto, controller of the all the strings? I personally would take the smart route and stick to the system you know and has brought you success over the years. Why leave while the pieces are still in tact and the potential to continue the greatness is within reach? Romeo Crennel took a promising Cleveland franchise and unfortunately destroyed all hopes of success. Charlie Weis’ career at Notre Dame has brought Irish pride to an all-time low. While Mangini will be remembered for spy gate and believing in Brett for one more year. Good luck in Cleveland Eric!!! But legacies are not what people like Pioli and McDaniels are searching for. Money is talking along with control and power. I said it once and I’ll say it again, the Belichick system works only in his system. You steer away from it and like the coaches and players who left in the past, most likely you fail. Pioli has the potential to be a hero to any new franchise he goes to. But why be great when you can become legendary!

RaginRondo

I’m just a bitter fan.

January 8, 2009 Posted by | NFL | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mangini Fills First Head Coaching Vacancy

Word came down today that Eric Mangini–the head coach who was fired just ten days ago from the New York Jets–will become the head coach of the Cleveland Browns.  The Browns were the first team to fire a head coach–the Raiders and Rams notwithstanding–and they are certainly the first team to fill a head coaching vacancy.

Eric Mangini

Eric Mangini

But how good will Mangini be?  Will he really be able to turn around a Cleveland Browns team that has only went to the playoffs once since returning to the league ten seasons ago?

Mangini comes with a bit of baggage, himself.  He was known as a guy who wasn’t good with the media, often excluding them from practices and being very limited in his answers in press conferences.  Mangini also is, of course, the man who ratted out the Patriots in 2007’s infamous “spygate.”

But Mangini has had some success, too.  In just three seasons with the Jets, he went to the playoffs once and was on the cusp of the playoffs this season.

The Future of Winslow and Edwards Uncertain

The Future of Winslow and Edwards Uncertain

Mangini will have his hands full this off-season.  Cleveland holds the No. 5 pick in the draft, and both Braylon Edwards and Kellen Winslow only have one year remaining on their contracts.  Edwards is coming off a horrendous 2008 season, capping it off with blaming the fans for his woes in the city.  And Winslow’s 2008 campaign was marred by invisibility on the field and injury off it.  Winslow reportedly had a staph infection late in the season, and lashed out at former General Manager Phil Savage for not caring about him, stating that Savage treated him like a “piece of meat.”

Whatever the case, the entry of Man-genius to Cleveland will be interesting to watch.  With reports out of Cleveland stating that Raiders defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is tapped by Mangini to be their defensive coordinator, we could be seeing a completely new attitidue in Cleveland this season.

January 7, 2009 Posted by | NFL | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dead Fish Handshakes and New England Heartbreaks

Better luck in '09 Bill, Love Eric.

Better luck in '09 Bill, Love Eric.

After two years of bitter resentment and an epic rivalry of bad blood, Eric Mangini found a way to keep hated rivals, the New England Patriots, out of the playoffs. In doing so he lost to the Miami Dolphins…and consequently his own job. The former 1-15 Dolphins were able to extend their record to 11-5 and inch above New England to take the AFC East title.

This isn’t another one of StatDrgon’s conspiracy theories. I’m not proposing that the Jets “threw” the game to keep New England out of the playoffs, but I’d like to remark on the incredible coincidence that the future of the Patriots’ season fell to the hands of the New York Jets and Eric Mangini. Essentially, all that New England needed on Sunday was a victory from the Jets. Unfortunately (for New England) the Jets were not able to provide a win for their northeast rivals.

The name Eric Mangini makes Patriots fans shutter. To understand fully, one must be familiar with the history of ill will between the two organizations.

After 5 seasons of coaching with Belichick and the Patriots (2000-2005), Mangini left to take head-coaching position with the Jets. The terms and way that Mangini left sparked a rivalry between the two coaches. Over the next year New England filed tampering charges against Mangini for soliciting (then) current players and assistant coaches to abandon their commitment to the Pats organization and join him in New York. The feud came to a culmination in 2007 when, amidst of a perfect season, the Patriots were accused of videotaping other teams defensive signals. New England was reprimanded $750,000 in fines and the forfeiture of a 1st round draft selection for the following year. The incident, known infamously as ‘Spygate,’ sparked the criticism and condemnation of the Patriots organization and brought up questions of illegitimacy regarding three previous Championship seasons. Eric Mangini was the advocate and spokesman for accusations against Belichick in Spygate 2007. The actions taken by Eric Mangini, at this time, exacerbated the discord between himself and the New England Patriots.

When Tom Brady (QB- New England) went down for the season this year, Mangini must have felt like a kid on Christmas day as the window to the AFC East Title was opened. The Jets posted some significant victories throughout the first half of the season, beating the Patriots in overtime as well as handing the (pre)undefeated Titans a first loss. However, the season fell apart and all hopes of a playoff run were demolished as the Jets lost 4 out of the 5 final season games.

By Sunday the Jets were mathematically eliminated from the post season, however, the game against Miami was significant for Mangini in order to prove worth to the Jets organization. He was not able to do so as the Jets faltered 17-24.

This morning the New York Jets announced that they would be letting Coach Mangini go.

Had Mangini nothing to ‘play for’ yesterday, I would have been sold that losing was a tactic to keep the Pats out of the playoffs and prove dominance over hated rival Belichick.

As rivalry proves to be the driving force for creating exciting drama in sports, I can only hope that Eric Mangini finds a new job where he can effectively crawl under Belichick’s skin again, and vice versa. I would be beside myself with grief if I were not able to witness dead fish handshakes for years to come.

And that’s what the StatDragon is breathing fire about!

December 29, 2008 Posted by | Fantasy Football, News, NFL, Talkin Trash | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment