Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

The New Name to Remember: Mangini; Assistant Earns Raves for the Patriots' Successful Secondary Shuffle

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

The New Name to Remember: Mangini; Assistant Earns Raves for the Patriots' Successful Secondary Shuffle

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Byline: Michael DiRocco, The Times-Union

ST. AUGUSTINE -- One of the hottest coaching commodities in the NFL this offseason got his start by catching the eye of a person some NFL observers had labeled one of the league's worst head coaches.

Eric Mangini was an intern in the Cleveland Browns' public relations department in 1995. He did whatever anyone wanted whenever they wanted, and that job extended through training camp. When the Browns broke camp, Mangini's job was supposed to end.

That's when Bill Belichick asked the former Wesleyan University nose guard if he wanted to do some coaching.

"From a coaching staff standpoint, we were all pretty impressed with his attention to detail and interest in coaching," Belichick said this week. "We had a little bit of change after a couple of things happened in training camp that created a little bit of an opening . . . and he did a great job."

Mangini did such a good job that new head coach Ted Marchibroda retained him for the 1996 season in Baltimore (the Browns moved).

After three seasons as a defensive assistant/quality control coach with the New York Jets, Mangini rejoined Belichick with the Patriots in 2000 as the defensive backs coach. His work with the Pats' defensive backs -- especially this season with the loss of corners Ty Law and Tyrone Poole forcing him to use receiver Troy Brown as a nickelback and linebacker Don Davis as a safety at times -- has made Mangini a sought-after coach around the league.

"Eric is smart, works hard and has a real passion for the game," Belichick said. "He is a good decision maker. He can take the information, analyze it and make a decision. He is not the type that would waffle or be real hesitant. He's got a lot of confidence in himself and gets along well with everybody."

Mangini is among the candidates to replace Romeo Crennel as the Patriots' defensive coordinator. …

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