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Is Mangini the right man for the job in Cleveland?

The mantra that Mangini has been touting since he took over the reigns of the Cleveland Browns is that he wants intelligent players that have good character and make good decisions. With the Favre injury investigation that recently took place in New York it does not appear that Mangini is holding him self to the same standard that he wants from his players.

According to the AP, Mangini said he has always abided by the league's guidelines for injury reports. "That was true there (in New York). It's true here," Mangini said. "It'll be true every week of the season and that's how we approach it."

If we are to believe what he said then why doesn’t he fight the fine? Why did the NFL fine him if he abided by the league’s guidelines? Doesn’t this incident clearly show that Mangini was deceptive in New York, did not follow the guidelines, and is acting the same way in Cleveland by telling us that he abides by the guidelines when it is obvious the NFL does not agree?

Since the fine, Mangini has been deflecting questions about the incident or refusing to comment any further on the investigation. Intelligence and character are coming into play here. If Mangini wants to display character he needs to own his mistake, or provide evidence that proves the NFL is wrong in their investigation. If he wants to show intelligence he needs to address the issue honestly and put it behind him.

In the small picture the fine doesn’t affect the Browns organization, but in the big picture it casts a shadow over Mangini, his intelligence, and his character. The Browns organization deserves to have a leader that displays integrity. Time will tell if he makes the same mistake again, but the way he is currently handling this situation does not indicate the man is ready to lead a team of character and intelligence.

James Alan

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