January 8, 2007


Quick Knockout Will Not Negate Mangini Success (MICHAEL DAVID SMITH, January 8, 2007, NY Sun)

Eric Mangini motivates his team by comparing players to boxers and their games to prizefights. Mangini's Jets were knocked out of the NFL playoffs yesterday, but just advancing this far was a great accomplishment in a season in which no one thought they could have been contenders.

In falling 37-16 to the New England Patriots, the Jets lost to a better team. But unlike the last three years, when the Jets were vastly inferior and went 0-6 against the Patriots, this season the Jets beat New England once and showed real signs that they're heading in the right direction, toward a time when they -- not the Patriots -- will be on top of the AFC East.

The best sign is Mangini himself. A year ago, when he was introduced as the Jets' new coach, many fans and commentators were skeptical that such a young and inexperienced coach could succeed. But Mangini is clearly the right coach to lead the Jets. Nothing that happened at Gillette Stadium yesterday should detract from the turnaround he engineered, from a 4-12 season to a playoff berth.

One can admire the way Chad Pennington has come back from injury yet still recognize that he has so little on the balls he throws that it was just a matter of time before the turnovers came.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 8, 2007 12:00 AM

Two New York teams gone in one afternoon. Cool.

Posted by: jdkelly at January 8, 2007 1:01 PM

Why hasn't Coughlin been fired yet?

If I were running the Giants, he'd be gone already and Tiki would be picking the new head coach in exchange for playing another 2-3 years.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at January 8, 2007 2:07 PM