When Mike Holmgren joined the Cleveland Browns as president a year ago, he and coach Eric Mangini had philosophical differences in schemes and styles. But Holmgren brought back Mangini for the 2010 season because he felt Mangini needed more than a year to prove himself.
Two years proved to be enough.
Mangini was fired Monday after meeting with Holmgren. The Browns had their second straight 5-11 season.
Holmgren raised some eyebrows when he said he had no plans to return to coaching “right now.”
“To tell you right now that I would never coach again — here or any place — wouldn’t be honest,” Holmgren, 62, said. “But as of right now, my job is to find the best coach available for this job. That’s what I’m trying to do. And that does not include me right now.”
Holmgren said he started the coaching search Monday but he declined to name any candidates.
In other NFL coaching developments:
• Stressing a team-first mentality, Leslie Frazier took over as Minnesota’s head coach and vowed a thorough examination of the roster, the staff and the scheme on both sides of the ball to get the Vikings back in the playoffs.
On the day he reached a contract agreement with the organization to remove the interim tag from his title, Frazier said he believes “it’s only a matter of time” before the championship-deprived franchise wins a Super Bowl. The Vikings went 3-3 under Frazier after a 3-7 start.
• Tom Coughlin is not only coming back as the New York Giants coach, he’s getting a new contract, too. A day after the Giants were eliminated from playoff contention for the second straight year, despite a 10-6 record, co-owner Steve Tisch said the team plans to work out a new deal with the 64-year-old coach.
Coughlin had one year remaining on a $21 million contract that he signed after the Giants won the Super Bowl in 2008.
“Tom is an A-rated NFL coach,” Tisch said.
• Jacksonville Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio’s job is safe for another year. His role as defensive play caller is over, though.
Team owner Wayne Weaver met with Del Rio and asked him to give up control of the defense. Weaver also made it clear Del Rio needs to make the playoffs in 2011 to keep his job.
The Jaguars were 8-8, losing their last three games.
• The Houston Texans said Gary Kubiak will return as coach next season, despite another lackluster year that ended without a playoff berth.
But the team made wholesale defensive staff changes, firing coordinator Frank Bush, secondary coach David Gibbs, linebackers coach Johnny Holland and assistant linebackers coach Robert Saleh. The Texans (6-10) lost eight of their last 10 games.
The Broncos will pick second in April’s NFL draft – behind the Panthers – because they had the weakest strength of schedule among the teams with 4-12 records. The Bills will select third and the Bengals fourth. ... A day after the NFL regular season ended, Commissioner Roger Goodell sent an e-mail to about 5 million fans, telling them that “if both sides give a little,” the league and its players’ union “can and will reach an agreement” on a new labor deal. ... DeShawn Wynn’s agent says the running back has agreed to re-sign with New Orleans, and could replace reserve Julius Jones for Saturday’s playoff game in Seattle. ... The Chargers dismissed special teams coach Steve Crosby. Special teams blunders contributed to a 2-5 start that helped keep the Chargers out of the playoffs. ... Albert Haynesworth reported to Redskins Park as required a day after the team ended its season. Haynesworth took his season-ending physical and cleaned out his locker, but he did not speak with coach Mike Shanahan or the media. ... The Patriots placed defensive lineman Ron Brace on injured reserve with an elbow injury. ... Two massage therapists sued Brett Favre, saying they lost their part-time jobs with the Jets after complaining about sexually suggestive text messages from the veteran quarterback. Christina Scavo and Shannon O’Toole are seeking unspecified damages from Favre, the Jets and a Jets massage coordinator. ...Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew will have arthroscopic surgery this week to repair partially torn meniscus in his right knee. ... Police say Lions safety Louis Delmas was a passenger in a road rage incident on Dec. 21 in which the driver waved the player’s gun in suburban Canton Township.