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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).