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. 

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Josh McDaniels’ Status With Raiders Uncertain After 2-7 Start

The Las Vegas Raiders, at 2-7 this season, have considerably underwhelmed after an offseason where they added superstar receiver Davante Adams and brought in head coach Josh McDaniels to lead the team. Eric Mangini addresses just how much of the blame for the team’s struggles rests on McDaniels’ shoulders, and whether his job is in […]

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Josh Allen Isn’t Broken, But He Misses Brian Daboll

Josh Allen has thrown 2 INTs in each of his last three games. The Buffalo Bills have been exceptionally sloppy in the last few weeks, with Allen throwing multiple red zone interceptions. Is he missing Brian Daboll more than we thought? Was the current New York Giants head coach able to negate Allen’s worst impulses?

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Ground and Pound Attack Helps Giants Put Texans Down

Brian Daboll has Daniel Jones playing smarter, Saquon Barkley touching the ball, and the defense looking sharp. Despite being a run-heavy team, Daboll has been exceptionally creative with his ground game. That creativity and success also takes the pressure off Daniel Jones and keeps the ball moving. Eric Mangini talks about his former offensive coordinator […]

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Bills Fall Behind In Playoff Race But Remain a Problem for AFC

The Buffalo Bills were considered by many the best team in the AFC after defeating the Chiefs. Since then, they have gone 1-2 and fallen in the standings. Josh Allen is struggling with turnovers, but the Bills defense is also allowing teams to run all over them. There are still plenty of games to play, […]

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Missed Call Affected Outcome of Bears’ Loss to Dolphins

Dean Blandino and Eric Mangini break down what appears to be a missed pass interference call from the end of the Miami Dolphins’ win over the Chicago Bears in Week 9, a call that may have affected the outcome of the game, prevented the Bears from having a chance at a win, and could have […]

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Bengals Back Among AFC’s Best With Blowout Over Panthers

In a one-sided blowout, the Cincinnati Bengals crushed the Carolina Panthers 42-21. Headlining the Bengals’ effort was Joe Mixon, who had four rushing and five total touchdowns. The win highlighted a renewed emphasis on the ground game, and showed that the Bengals are one of the best offenses in the NFL, and one of the […]

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Dolphins Win But Defense Gets Shredded Again In Loss to Bears

The Miami Dolphins’ defense was giving up over 30 points per game on the road, and Week 9 did nothing to help that average as the Dolphins gave up 32 to the Chicago Bears in a 35-32 victory. That’s not a recipe to win postseason games against the likes of the Kansas City Chiefs and […]

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Is the Bears’ Usage of Justin Fields in the Running Game Sustainable?

Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields broke the single-game rushing yards record for a quarterback with 178 on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. Since Chicago’s defeat of the New England Patriots in Week 7, the Bears have been using Fields as a rusher much more every week, which has helped open up the offense. But is […]

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