Eric Mangini joins ESPN

Former New York Jets and Cleveland Browns coach Eric Mangini is joining ESPN as an NFL studio analyst, the network announced Thursday.

He will appear on "NFL Live," "SportsCenter," "First Take" and other programs throughout the year and also will contribute analysis on ESPN Radio and other platforms. He is scheduled to start Aug. 17.

"Eric brings a wealth of knowledge from his experiences as an assistant and a head coach," said Seth Markman, ESPN senior coordinating producer for NFL studio shows. "Eric is one of the smartest football people I've ever been around. Adding him to our roster will enhance our ability to give viewers the best available analysis on the NFL from all angles."

Mangini became the youngest coach in the NFL when the former Patriots assistant took over the Jets in 2006. In his first season with the Jets, he led them to a 10-6 record and a playoff berth after the team finished 4-12 the previous year. The Jets missed the playoffs the next two seasons and he was fired.

Mangini was named the Browns' coach in January 2009. After two consecutive 5-11 seasons, Mike Holmgren replaced him.

Mangini worked as an ESPN guest analyst during the 2010 NFL playoffs.

"I am excited to join the ESPN team for the upcoming season," he said. "With my reputation for access and ease with the media, it seems like a natural fit. I am always impressed by how knowledgeable fans are and by their passion to learn more about their team, the league and the strategy of the game, and I hope to add meaningful insight.

"As for my new role, I have been preparing diligently, by picking out tribal tattoos for my lower leg and doing triple shots of espresso to match Herm Edwards' energy level."