This is NOT a personal attack on Eric Mangini. I don't know the man and he is not the only one that has done what I'm about to write about.
There was an article written about his job future (that is likely decided on Monday) and his 6 year old (Jake) is anxious according to this piece. In fact, Mangini said:
"He asked if we were moving,'' said Mangini. "I said, 'don't worry about it Jake, we'll figure it out.' So when you get those type of questions ... you don't think 'okay, how am I going to explain the situation to my six-year old?' That's part of the human element.''
Really? Even if he is fired, I'm assuming that he's got enough in the bank to sit out for a few years after 2 head coaching gigs in the NFL. Not to mention that he can likely hook up as an assistant somewhere for a pretty penny if he doesn't feel like catching up on daytime TV in 2011.
There are people that are REALLY HURTING in this economy. The residents of Cleveland, OH are some of the hardest hit in the country. The same residents who currently help pay his handsome salary.
I don't imagine that Mr. Mangini was sweating in front of the TV hoping that congress would extend the unemployment benefits nor do I think he'll ever have to. Jake's not going to miss any meals or toys I don't think.
The "human element" is when you are choosing between medicine and food. The "human element" is when you're afraid you might lose your mortgage because you lost your job. The "human element" is when you have to work 3rd shift part time in addition to your regular job to make ends meet.
The "human element" is something that Eric Mangini is now immune to, in a financial sense, thanks to his hard work and good fortune.
Again, I don't know the man, but I imagine it's not a happy time for him due to the fact that he might lose a job that he's worked his whole life to achieve. I get that. However, like a lot of people in sports, they tend not to consider that while the loss of their career might personally hurt, it is not something that should cause their families to be broken apart or thrown on the street.
This almost reminds me of the time when Butch Davis was emotionally distraught as he left with millions and ended up in beautiful North Carolina to coach for probably as long as he likes (or at least for the forseeable future).
I don't begrudge the success of the Eric Mangini's or Butch Davis's of the world. We live in a society where there are rewards for reaching the pinnacle of their chosen professions, as they have.
However, I wish that sometimes they'd poke their heads up from the insulated world that they reside in and realize the people they speak to generally have it much worse off and would trade with them in a heartbeat.
Even if it does mean getting fired on Monday.