Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
The Cleveland Browns have formally reached an agreement with Eric Mangini to be the team's head coach, sources told ESPN's Michael Smith on Wednesday. The team has planned a news conference Thursday in Berea, Ohio, to announce the hiring.
Here are three things Mangini must now ponder after taking the job:
1. Who is the GM?
The Browns have hired a head coach before the general manager, which is an odd way of doing things. Mangini reportedly has his GM in mind in George Kokinis of the Baltimore Ravens. The Browns are waiting for Baltimore to grant permission before formally conducting the interview, but the job is most likely his. The two have a good relationship, and it's vital that the pair gets along.
2. What to do with the quarterbacks?
Toward the middle of last season, quarterback Brady Quinn was labeled the starter for the foreseeable future by the old regime. Does any of that change? Quinn and Derek Anderson had nearly identical passer ratings in 2008. Perhaps Mangini wants to look at both young signal-callers with his own eyes before reaching a determination. He may also like having the quality depth of two quarterbacks to protect the Browns from injury. If that's the case, another training camp battle could be brewing in Berea. It's also possible that Mangini could stay the course, stick with Quinn, and eventually trade Anderson, who wasn't happy about losing his job lin 2008. After dealing with the Chad Pennington-Brett Favre saga in New York, more QB controversy could be the last thing Mangini wants in his new gig.
3. Is 2009 a rebuilding year?
Anderson, tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. and receiver Braylon Edwards did not perform well this season. Had Savage and Crennel stayed, it's possible they would have been on the trade market. Mangini must decide whether his first year with the team will be spent starting over or trying to build off its near-playoff run in 2007. The Browns, for the most part, are young, with other core players such as Quinn, left tackle Joe Thomas and return specialist Joshua Cribbs. But offseason decisions with Winslow, Edwards and Anderson will give an early indication where this team is headed.