When ESPN hired former Jets and Browns head coach as an NFL analyst, there was a collective "huh" from sports fandom. Mangini was widely known as one of the least personable and least liked individuals in all of pro football. Headlines like "How to Lose Friends and Irritate People" doesn't exactly scream "likable television star."
But then a funny thing happened - over the last couple years Mangini actually developed into a venerable analyst at ESPN. With the small batallion of NFL analysts available in Bristol, it's very easy to get lost in the shuffle (how ya doin, Jerry Rice, Damien Woody, Matt Light, etc.). Nevertheless, once he got comfortable in front of the TV cameras, he blossomed into a straight-talking sensible voice in a world often filled with cacophonous noise.
Now, Mangini is leaving ESPN to return to coaching as an offensive consultant with the San Francisco 49ers. From Cam Inman of the Mercury News...no comments