"I just know when we first came into New England, they'd come off an 8-8 season, and there had to be a lot of transition. It was top-heavy financially, there were tough decisions that had to be made, and we didn't have much success that first year. There are remarkable similarities between the situations."
I'm not buying this at all. This is just an attempt by Mangini to make his hopeless disaster in Cleveland appear to have a light at the end of the tunnel. However, let's look at the differences:
- The Patriots were 8-8, the Browns were 4-12
- The Patriots had a competent QB (Drew Bledsoe), while the Browns have 2 equally awful piles of crap in Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn.
- The Patriots still had some pieces from the Bill Belichick era, which allowed them to build around their young talent. The Browns are completely depleted and void of quality players.
- The Patriots were built around excellent drafts. The Browns have not drafted well lately.
- And the biggest difference... the Patriots had a strong owner, a great personnel man in Scott Pioli, and they had Bill Belichick, one of the best coaches ever. The Browns, on the other hand, have Mangini.