Mangini out; Kubiak, Frazier and Del Rio stay

BEREA, Ohio — As Eric Mangini packed picture frames and two years of football into boxes, Browns president Mike Holmgren was already looking for his replacement.

One day after another lost season, the search was under way in Cleveland for a new coach, the one as Holmgren put it, "can eventually someday lead us to the championship. That is my only goal."

Granted a second season by Holmgren, Mangini was fired Monday, a day after the Browns went 5-11 for the second straight season. And although they showed some significant progress under Mangini, it wasn't enough.

Holmgren did not reveal names of potential candidates.

Three other coaches found out they were staying:

• Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio is safe, but owner Wayne Weaver asked him to give up his role as defensive play-caller. Weaver made it clear Del Rio needs to make the playoffs in 2011 to keep his job. Jacksonville was 8-8 after ending the season on a three-game skid.

Del Rio, 66-65 with the Jaguars, is the first coach since the NFL merger in 1970 to lead the same team for eight years without a division title.

• The Texans kept Gary Kubiak but made wholesale defensive staff changes, firing coordinator Frank Bush and coaches David Gibbs (secondary), Johnny Holland (linebackers) and Robert Saleh (assistant linebackers). The Texans lost eight of their last 10, mostly because they gave up a league-high 4,280 yards passing.

"We've got some serious problems that we've got to address," Kubiak said.

• The Vikings reached an agreement with Leslie Frazier, removing the interim tag from his title. Frazier, 51, took over Nov. 22 when Brad Childress was fired, and the Vikings went 3-3 under him after a 3-7 start.

"Our players and entire organization have great respect for Leslie," owner Zygi Wilf said in a statement released by the team.

• Coach Marvin Lewis gave Bengals players and assistants no hints about whether he's inclined to return. Lewis told owner Mike Brown what needs to change for him to consider staying in Cincinnati.

The Bengals completed their worst season under Lewis, finishing 4-12 with a loss Sunday in Baltimore. Neither would discuss their meeting.

• Other coaches awaiting decisions about their futures included Tony Sparano (Dolphins), Jason Garrett (Cowboys) and Tom Cable (Raiders).

FAVRE SUIT: Two massage therapists sued Brett Favre, saying they lost their part-time jobs with the Jets after complaining about sexually suggestive text messages from the veteran quarterback. Claiming they were subjected to sexual harassment and job discrimination, Christina Scavo and Shannon O'Toole are seeking unspecified damages from Favre, the Jets and a Jets massage coordinator. While the women don't say they received any messages directly from Favre, he referred to Scavo in a message proposing a meeting with her and a third, unidentified massage therapist, the lawsuit says. The suit comes days after the NFL fined Favre $50,000 for not being candid in an investigation into allegations that he sent lewd text messages and photos to Jets game host Jenn Sterger.

CHARGERS: Special teams coach Steve Crosby will not be back next season.

JAGUARS: Running back Maurice Jones-Drew will have arthroscopic surgery this week on a partly torn meniscus in his right knee.

REDSKINS: Albert Haynesworth reported as required for a season-ending physical but did not speak with coach Mike Shanahan. "I did not meet with him. Last time he was in the building, he would not meet with me, so it is what it is," Shanahan said. The coach suspended Haynesworth without pay for the final four games of the season for "conduct detrimental to the club," but the two-time All-Pro is appealing, in hopes of recouping the $847,000 in salary it cost him.

Mangini out; Kubiak, Frazier and Del Rio stay 01/03/11 [Last modified: Monday, January 3, 2011 9:44pm]

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