January 17, 2006

Mangini taking Flight to NJ: For the second straight year, the Patriots will be looking for a new defensive coordinator. Last year, Romeo Crennel departed to become head coach of the Cleveland Browns. Last night, according to a source in the Patriots organization, Eric Mangini informed the team that he was taking the head coaching job of the New York Jets.

posted by ProSam to football at 07:44 AM - 13 comments

I really didn't want to see him go but who can blame a guy for bettering his life and taking on new and exciting challenges. Good luck Eric.

posted by ProSam at 07:45 AM on January 17, 2006

New England and New York share coaches like OJ and Marcus Allen share women. Hopefully Mangini does not get slashed to bits.

posted by Turbo at 08:09 AM on January 17, 2006

It's too bad Buffalo didn't sign Charlie Weis last year. Then the whole AFC East could be Belichick and his tree duking it out.

posted by yerfatma at 10:10 AM on January 17, 2006

That would've been interesting to say the least.

posted by ProSam at 10:32 AM on January 17, 2006

I'm a few months from 39, and this appears to be the first time in my life that an NFL head coach has been younger than me. That's a troubling milestone. I guess the next one will be when all of the coaches are younger than me.

posted by rcade at 10:57 AM on January 17, 2006

Well, if Marv Levy takes over in Buffalo, you're going to have to work to get there. Assuming he never dies.

posted by yerfatma at 11:31 AM on January 17, 2006

I'm gonna start calling Marv Levy "Fame," because he's gonna live forever.

posted by chicobangs at 12:08 PM on January 17, 2006

how old is Gruden?

posted by scottyooooo at 01:35 PM on January 17, 2006

Gruden's around 43. He lost the "youngest coach in the NFL" recently to Mike McCarthy. I don't think Mangini will hold the title long, since Peyton Manning's only 29.

posted by rcade at 02:21 PM on January 17, 2006

I think this sucks! As a life long New England fan, I hate constantly seeing coaches leave these last couple of years. I am not saying that they don't deserve their jobs and I am not saying that they shouldn't take those jobs, I am just saying that I hate seeing them leave. Shouldn't us Pats fans be able to keep our coaches? How are they going to be able to go back to and win another Super Bowl if the coaches keep fleeing? Oh yeah, they still have Belichick. That's right. They'll be back baby! On another note, as I mentioned in another thread about this same subject, I thought that Mangini shouldn't go to New York. I still stand behind that thought. I think that New York has too many management issues. How else can you explain both Bills and Herm leaving at the soonest opportunity? Back when Parcells was there he had a hell of a team and couldn't make it. Belichick bolted before he even called one play. Herm Edwards has had some real good teams and couldn't pull the trigger. This makes me think that their problems run deeper than just coaches. I do wish Mangini well and I hope that he is successful. Although I hope he doesn't beat the Pats.

posted by grabofsky74 at 02:31 PM on January 17, 2006

I am probably in the minority here on SportsFilter on this hire by the Jets. I believe this was a horrible choice for them. This is a team with multiple problems on both sides of the ball. Offensively they are an aging team at running back, no speed at wide reciever, an underperforming OL with zero depth and I won't even discuss the quarterback quandry. Defensively they lack an identity, team speed and poor fundemantals, and a mismash approach to their personnel and drafting has hamstringed this team for years. Hey Mangini has 1 year of coordinator experience on the Defensive side of the ball a defense he did not build. He has a great pedigree coming out of the Pats orginization so what. He has zero head coaching experience. I believe he is in way over his head with the multiple problems that need to be addressed. If I was a Jets Fan I'd be pissed, they needed a Head Coach with proven ability not another coin toss based upon a Belechik pipedream. I hope I'm wrong for the sake of their fans but if were a Pats fan I'd be thrilled.

posted by skydivedad at 03:20 PM on January 17, 2006

Don't worry rcade, I'm am diligently working on becoming good friends with Matt Millen. Once the Lions have a coaching vacency again (probably around next year) I'll just happen to be available and then at least one coach will be younger than you, providing I don't get fired.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 05:01 PM on January 17, 2006

providing I don't get fired. Oh, you'll get fired, alright. You don't think Millen's going to take responsibility for anything, do you?

posted by The_Black_Hand at 06:09 PM on January 17, 2006

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