Former Cleveland Browns and New York Jets head coach Eric Mangini is joining ESPN as a NFL studio analyst. Mangini will appear on NFL Live, SportsCenter, First Take and other programs throughout the year in addition to contributing analysis on ESPN Radio and other platforms. He is scheduled to start on Wednesday, August 17.
A head coach for the last five NFL seasons, Mangini coached the New York Jets from 2006-08 and more recently the Browns (2009-10). In his first season with the Jets, he led them to a 10-6 record and a playoff berth after the team finished 4-12 the previous year.
“Eric brings a wealth of knowledge from his experiences as an assistant and a head coach,” said Seth Markman, ESPN senior coordinating producer for NFL studio shows. “Eric is one of the smartest football people I’ve ever been around. Adding him to our roster will enhance our ability to give viewers the best available analysis on the NFL from all angles.”
Mangini, who worked as an ESPN guest analyst during the 2010 NFL playoffs previewing the AFC Divisional Playoff matchup between the Jets and Patriots, added: “I am excited to join the ESPN team for the upcoming season. With my reputation for access and ease with the media, it seems like a natural fit. I am always impressed by how knowledgeable fans are and by their passion to learn more about their team, the league and the strategy of the game, and I hope to add meaningful insight.
“As for my new role, I have been preparing diligently, by picking out tribal tattoos for my lower leg and doing triple shots of espresso to match Herm Edwards’ energy level.”
Prior to being named an NFL head coach, Mangini served as an assistant for 10 seasons – three with the Jets under head coach Bill Parcells, followed by nine in New England under Bill Belichick. A native of Hartford, Conn., Mangini played an integral part in the Patriots three Super Bowl victories (2002, 2004 and 2005).
Mangini played nose tackle at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.