BEREA — Browns coach Eric Mangini said Friday he expects to meet with president Mike Holmgren on Monday to review the season and find out if he returns for a third season.
The Browns (5-10) finish the season Sunday against Pittsburgh at Cleveland Browns Stadium. The Steelers (11-4) would clinch the AFC North title with a win.
Mangini is 10-21 in two years in Cleveland and has been answering questions about his job security – or lack thereof – for the past three weeks. He went through the same thing last year, but was retained by Holmgren after winning the final four games.
Mangini was asked if he’s thought about the possibility that he’ll be coaching his final game with the Browns.
“There is uncertainty with things, but the guys have responded exactly the way I asked them to, which is be consistent in preparation, at meetings, at practice,” he said. “You want guys to enjoy the week and appreciate the week for a variety of reasons. There’s so much change that happens at the end of a season anyway, you don’t get to play with guys over the course of the years. You want them to appreciate the week because it’s the Steelers, it’s a rivalry.”
Mangini said the situation hit home when 6-year-old son Jake has asked him if the family will be moving.
“You don’t think, how am I going to explain the situation to my 6-year-old?” Mangini said. “That’s part of the human element.”
** Running back Peyton Hillis missed his third straight practice with sore ribs. Mangini said he still feels “pretty good” about Hillis being able to play Sunday.
Mike Bell has filled in for Hillis during practice and would take his spot if he can’t go Sunday. Joshua Cribbs could also see an increased role in the Wildcat formation.
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