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Monday, December 29, 2008

Jets Fire Coach Eric Mangini

Jets owner Woody Johnson and general manager Mike Tannenbaum just announced that coach Eric Mangini will not be returning next year. Johnson said:

We met with the coach this morning...We thanked him for all the good things he had done for us, we thanked him for his dedication and his loyalty. But he understood... For the current New York Jets organization, we've made the decision to move on. It's a judgment call. This is not a decision that we reached yesterday or 10 minutes ago. We don't take this decision lightly. We want to build on the successful foundation that he's laid.
They said they would look for a new coach and that they wanted Brett Favre, who is undergoing an MRI today, to return. Also: Defensive coordinator Bob Sutton and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer were fired as well.

Last week, WFAN host and long-suffering Jets fan Joe Benigno had said after the team's loss to the terrible Seattle Seahawks, "In a huge game, I don't know if I've ever seen a worse-coached football game than what Mangini gave you yesterday... The decisions he made yesterday, a Pop Warner coach would know more football and would be a smarter football guy than this absolute buffoon idiot that has no business stepping foot again on the sidelines coaching this team!" Just now, after the press conference, Benigno said, "Don't let the door hit you on the way out!"