Eric Mangini

Eric Mangini

Super Bowl Champion Coach

Eric Mangini is a former NFL Head Coach and assistant on both sides of the ball, best known for winning three Super Bowls as defensive backs coach of the New England Patriots. For the 2006 season he became the then-youngest Head Coach in the NFL with the New York Jets at the age of 35, and then was Head Coach of the Cleveland Browns. 

Following his time as head coach in Cleveland, Mangini moved back to the offensive side as an analyst for the San Francisco 49ers and then tight ends coach before becoming a DC once more. 

Mangini began his career as a protege of Bill Belichick. He started as a ball boy and then worked as a public relations intern before becoming an offensive assistant under Belichick in Cleveland in 1995. He spent a year in Baltimore before reuniting with Belichick with the Jets under Bill Parcells, and then joined the Patriots with his mentor. In his time with New England, he notably turned down offers to become a defensive coordinator elsewhere before getting that promotion with the Patriots in 2005. 

During his NFL career, Mangini was considered one of the smartest coaches in the game. His defenses were typically 3-4 fronts, but the multiple nature of everything Mangini did based on game plans created confusion for opponents. 

Mangini made his way to the NFL after playing nose tackle at Wesleyan, a Division III school which also boasts Belichick among its graduates. Mangini holds the school’s single-season and career sacks records. Both Belichick and Mangini were members of the same fraternity, albeit decades apart. During college, Mangini coached the Kew Colts, a semi-professional team in Australia, and discovered a love of coaching. 

Mangini lives in Connecticut with his wife. They have three sons. He has also been a broadcast  analyst. He runs the Carmine and Frank Mangini Foundation which creates opportunities for under-resourced kids, and hosts an annual football camp at his alma mater of Bulkeley High School. 


Coach’s Room: Impact of Kenny Pickett’s Debut on Steelers

One of Week 4’s biggest stories was the Pittsburgh Steelers turning to Kenny Pickett at quarterback. As the Steelers prepare to stay with their rookie, starting this week against the Buffalo Bills, Eric Mangini, Marty Mornhinweg, Wade Phillips and Charles Davis discuss Pickett’s performance in his NFL regular-season debut, and whether he should keep the […]


Rodgers, Offense Nearly Cost Packers Win vs. Patriots

The Green Bay Packers beat the New England Patriots in overtime on Sunday, and while a win is a win, Eric Mangini saw continued struggles from quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the team’s passing game, with the quarterback still not on the same page with his young receivers. Mangini says there’s only one person to blame.


Chiefs Got in Own Way in Loss to Colts

Indianapolis’ victory over Kansas City in Week 3 was an upset that provided a boost to the Colts’ season, but it was also an avoidable loss for the Chiefs. Trey Wingo sits down with Eric Mangini to break down how the Chiefs couldn’t get out of their own way throughout the game. From special teams […]


Mangini: Mike Evans Suspension ‘Justified’

Mike Evans was suspended for one game after brawling with New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver has fought with Lattimore before and was even suspended for similar conduct in 2017. Both players were ejected from the game on Sunday, but only Evans has been suspended so far. Former NFL […]


Week 2 Coach’s Room: Incredible Comebacks and QB Showcases

Incredible comebacks and near-comebacks highlighted the NFL’s second week, and people can’t stop discussing them. That includes Charles Davis, who welcomes in former NFL head coach Eric Mangini for The 33rd Team’s weekly Coach’s Room to break down what we saw around the league in Week 2. See what the pair have to say about […]


How Much Will Patriots, Mac Jones Miss Josh McDaniels?

Former NFL coach Eric Mangini believes the New England Patriots offense could be in for some growing pains in the post-Josh McDaniels era. Mangini discusses the distinct difference between calling offensive and defensive plays, and how quarterback Mac Jones could be affected. “The flow of the game, calling the game, making in-game adjustments, the depth […]


2022 NFL Preseason Week 3 Takeaways

As the preseason comes to a close coaching staffs around the league are forced to make tough decisions. Former Super Bowl winning head coach Eric Mangini, provides his Week 3 takeaways from around the league in the video above.

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