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1 Does Mangini Have Jets Trust? on Wed 17 Dec 2008, 12:40 am


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Belichick, Parcells have big edge over Mangini

December 16, 2008

Two weeks to go. The Jets vs. the Patriots vs. the Dolphins.

One of those teams will win the AFC East. The other two might not even make the playoffs.

What do the Jets have going for them? Well, they hold the tiebreaker, so if they win their last two games, they win the division title. Simple as that.

What do the Jets have going against them? No, this isn't about that tired Same Old Jets routine. These are new Jets, and a collapse in 1986 is not relevant today.

What is relevant, though, is the huge advantage the Patriots and Dolphins have over the Jets in one crucial area:


Forget Jets vs. Patriots vs. Dolphins. The championship of the AFC East might just come down to Mangini vs. Belichick vs. Parcells. And who do you like in that dogfight?

(Yes, we know, Tony Sparano - not Bill Parcells - is the Dolphins' coach. As the kids say, 'Whatev.' We all know the Tuna is running the show in Miami, much to the delight of Fish fans everywhere.)

The Jets are led by Mangini, who has had three seasons to prove whether he is a good coach or an overmatched automaton. Which one do you vote for?

If you're a Jets fan, try making anyone believe you weren't ready to dial up WFAN or start typing obscenities about Mangini into a Jets chat room when it looked as if they were going to lose to the woeful Bills on Sunday.

And Mangini had absolutely nothing to do with that "Miracle in the Meadowlands" 31-27 win. Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny and Dick Jauron gave the Jets that win when the Bills' coach overruled his offensive coordinator and called for a pass play when all he had to do was run out the clock. As my colleague Wallace Matthews pointed out in his column yesterday, "The Jets did not find a way to win; the Bills manufactured a way to lose."

Left to his own devices, instead of taking bows today for a win he had little to do with, Mangini would be explaining why the Jets, playing at home and with a division crown in their sights, lost to a reeling team.

Mangini's postgame news conference Sunday was a study in self-delusion. He seemed satisfied. I doubt Belichick or Parcells/Sparano would have been.

The Jets played a lot of bad football Sunday and won thanks to bad coaching on the other side. They were lucky.

Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.

More of the time, it's better to be good.

Belichick is good. Real good. You think the Jets (or Giants, for that matter) could have survived the loss of their franchise quarterback and still gone 9-5?

Belichick may be an everyday candidate to be Keith Olbermann's "Worst Person in the World," but he knows how to demand excellence. Ditto Parcells, who won't win Mr. Congeniality but has turned the Dolphins from a laughingstock 1-15 to a potential 11-win team in one season with spaghetti-armed Chad Pennington at quarterback and the untested Sparano in the coach's office.

Mangini? He's been handed Brett Favre and millions and millions in free-agent talent and one of the softest schedules in the league, and he still needed an excruciatingly dumb call by Jauron to save his carcass.

If Jets players were allowed to speak freely in Mangini's paranoid world, they would tell you the coach hasn't completely earned their trust, either. Again, if you're a Jets fan, you know he hasn't earned yours.

Wait until Favre leaves the Jets, perhaps after this season, and you'll find out how he really feels about the coach. Betcha it won't be flattering, especially if the Jets don't win out in the last two weeks and don't clinch the division title.

Prediction: They won't.

In a dogfight, take the toughest dogs. That's Belichick and Parcells, not Mangini.

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2 Re: Does Mangini Have Jets Trust? on Wed 17 Dec 2008, 3:30 am


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sad but true

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3 Re: Does Mangini Have Jets Trust? on Wed 17 Dec 2008, 5:36 pm

I have to agree as well. The fact that 7 JETS were sent to Pro bowl, the millions spent on free agents, a relatively easy schedule...the acquisition of Brett Favre..etc...

And to still struggle the way we have! Makes no sense...again..the JETS play reflect their coaches mentality and emotions....

They all know how much talent is on that team...I think they are all trying very hard to believe in Mangini...but there are too many things being left on the table..

Lack of touches by one of the greatest playmakers in the NLF (Leon Washington)
Lack of use of 2 of the better Tightends in the league in Baker and Keller.
Lack of use of one of the faster wide receivers in the instead keep Brad Smith in the games...where he himself wasnt even getting enough touches.
Some of the play calling
Being a defensive minded coach but we see no change on how our defense is playing...

Got I hate that bend but not break mentality...

I give up...but again..agree with above post!

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