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Thursday, January 8, 2009
History unfavorable for Mangini's new job

Posted by's Tim Graham

For only the fifth time since the NFL-AFL merger, a head coach with a losing record in his first go-round has been hired by another team without missing a season.

Eric Mangini went 23-25 in his three seasons with the New York Jets, who fired him last week. The Cleveland Browns on Thursday introduced him as their next head coach.

Similar moves haven't worked out in the past. None of the previous four coaches who have seamlessly gone from a losing record to another job -- Jack Pardee, Sam Wyche, Ray Rhodes, Herm Edwards -- have won in their next stop.

Three other coaches made similar moves before the merger. Two of them were winners on their second jobs, but one was Bo McMillin, whose stint with the Philadelphia Eagles lasted two games (2-0).

Second chances
These coaches had a losing record in their first head-coaching jobs (min. three seasons), then joined a second team without missing a season.
Coach1st job2nd job
Eric Mangini2006-08 Jets2009-? Browns
Herm Edwards2001-05 Jets2006-? Chiefs
Ray Rhodes1995-98 Eagles1999 Packers
Sam Wyche1984-91 Bengals1992-95 Buccaneers
Jack Pardee1975-77 Bears1978-80 Redskins
Sid Gillman1955-59 Rams1960-71 Chargers*
Bo McMillin1948-50 Lions1951 Eagles*
Bert Bell1936-40 Eagles1941 Steelers
* Winning record