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Eric Mangini hot-seat meter: Cooling

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By Mike Wilkening

The Browns' 30-17 dismantling of the Saints on Sunday was a credit to the Browns' execution and coaching. Cleveland's game plan was one of the best we've seen this season from any team. Are we overstating the point? Not when a team intercepts the reigning Super Bowl MVP four times in his home stadium. Not when a club's special teams so profoundly outschemes its opposition. Not when a team commits just four penalties for 30 yards and no turnovers in one of the NFL's toughest places to play with a rookie QB at the helm.

You've had to watch the Browns all season to know they have made strides in Eric Mangini's second year as head coach. The Browns had played better than your typical one-win team entering Week Seven, and against New Orleans, they put together a complete game. Considering the circumstances — having to start rookie QB Colt McCoy for a second consecutive game, playing the second of back-to-back road games entering a bye week, having just one win in their previous six games to show for their work — the Browns' effort Sunday was all the more impressive.

With home games against the Patriots and Jets after their Week Eight bye, Cleveland gets two chances to score two more big upsets, wins that certainly would aid Mangini's cause to return in 2011. The Browns' performance Sunday certainly didn't hurt that cause, and it was one he, his coaching staff and players should relish.

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