Former Jets and Browns head coach and Patriots assistant coach Eric Mangini has taken a job with ESPN, the company said today in a press release. Mangini will be added to the analyst lineup on programs such as "NFL Live" and "Sportscenter".
"Eric is one of the smartest football people I've ever been around," said Seth Markman, ESPN senior coordinating producer for NFL studio shows. "Adding him to our roster will enhance our ability to give viewers the best available analysis on the NFL from all angles."
Mangini is a steady presence on camera, having appeared on NBC's "The Today Show" to help break down last season's Super Bowl.
Patriots fans will of course remember Mangini for his role as an assistant on three Patriots Super Bowl teams. A protege of Patriots head coach Bill Belichick in both Cleveland and New England, the relationship between the two coaches publicly soured.
Mangini became the youngest head coach in the NFL when he took over the Jets in 2006, earning the nickname "The Man-Genius" after leading New York to a 10-6 season. He was fired after two more seasons in New York, then fired again after two 5-11 seasons as coach of the Browns.
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