Eric Mangini hopes to make peace with Bill Belichick
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Both Albert Breer of the Boston Globe and Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald have picked up their copies of the PFT Season Preview magazine. They’ve focused on the six-page interview of Browns coach (and former Pats defensive coordinator) Eric Mangini, and they’ve noticed the money quote, as it relates to Mangini’s former boss, Bill Belichick.
By way of background, the relationship between the two former colleagues became strained when Mangini became the head coach of New England’s division rivals, the Jets. The relationship exploded when Mangini and the Jets caught Belichick and the Pats videotaping defensive coaching signals in violation of league rules -- and turned them in to the league.
"[Belichick] and I haven’t really talked,” Mangini said in our interview of the second-year Browns boss. “When I talk about him, he was my mentor. He taught me everything, and I respect him tremendously. That’s not bullshit. That’s how I feel. I hope at some point, we’ll be able to sit down and talk about things and get back to a better relationship. It’s not there right now, but at some point, things have a tendency to roll back.”
There’s much more on Mangini and lots of other stuff in the magazine, which you can order online at $7.99, or which you can get at Walmart, Target, Barnes & Noble, Borders, and most grocery stories at a list price of $9.99.