Jets Fire Eric Mangini
The New York Jets fired coach Eric Mangini this morning, just one day after the team failed to make the playoffs.
From the New York Times:
The Jets have fired Coach Eric Mangini, hours after the team completed a late-season swoon and was eliminated from playoff contention with a loss at home to the Miami Dolphins. The team announced the firing at a morning news conference.
“For the current New York Jets organization, we’ve made the decision to move on,” the team owner Woody Johnson said.
“We can’t pick a specific area. It’s a judgment call. I’m not saying Eric won’t be a successful coach. I think he will be.”
When the Jets were 8-3, coming off victories at New England and at Tennessee, the front office discussed giving Mangini a contract extension. But losses in four of the team’s final five games prompted conversations among team officials about whether Mangini had lost control of his players. By Sunday night, the decision had been made to fire him, and Mangini learned Monday morning that he was out of a job.
“I don’t think Eric lost our team,” General Manager Mike Tannenbaum said. “The team played hard.”
After three of the four seasons of his contract, Mangini, who at age 37 was the youngest head coach in the N.F.L.Brett Favre in the off-season. when he was hired, had a record of 23-26. And during the team’s 1-4 slide into ignominy at the end of this season, he made his share of decisions that were questioned. Now the precocious coach, who was sometimes called Mangenius, has been held accountable for failing to reach the postseason after the team acquired quarterback