From Comcast SportsNet Thursday, August 4, 2011
Former Browns and Jets coach Eric Mangini is joining ESPN as an NFL studioanalyst, the network has announced.Mangini, who coached in Cleveland for two years after three seasons in NewYork, will appear on several ESPN programs as well as ESPN Radio shows. Thenetwork says Thursday that Mangini, fired by the Browns after last season, willstart on Aug. 17. He worked as a guest analyst for ESPN during the NFL playoffs lastpostseason. Seth Markman, ESPNs senior coordinating producer for NFL studioshows, says Mangini is one of the smartest football people Ive ever beenaround.Never particularly candid or colorful, Mangini jokingly says hes perfectfor TV: With my reputation for access and ease with the media, it seems like anatural fit.
On Monday, Julian Edelman took a light shot at the Steelers when asked about Antonio Brown streaming Mike Tomlin’s postgame speech on Facebook Live.
"That's how that team is run," Edelman said on WEEI Monday. "I personally don't think that would be something that would happen in our locker room, but hey, whatever. Some people like red and some people like blue. Some people like tulips and some people like roses. Whatever."
Ben Roethlisberger, one of the players who was speaking during Brown’s video, was asked to respond to Edelman’s comments Wednesday. He did so by saying the Steelers are run in a manner that’s gotten them six Super Bowl championships.
“I don’t think I need to speak much,” Roethlisberger said. “We’ve got our trophies out there. I’ve got owners that I think are the best in the business. They’re family to us, and I’m sure if he talked to his owner, he would say the same thing about the Rooneys. Anybody in here in the football world or the regular world that owns the Rooneys knows what they stand for. It’s a blessing to call them a family.”
Brown, whose actions were admonished by Tomlin Tuesday, could be fined if the NFL determines that he violated the league’s social media policy. The policy is as follows:
"The use of social media by coaches, players, and other club football operations personnel is prohibited on game day (including halftime) beginning 90 minutes before kickoff until after the post-game locker room is open to the media and players have first fulfilled their obligation to be available to the news media who are at the game."
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