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Browns Haven’t Officially Hired Eric Mangini, but He’s Allegedly Assembling a Staff
by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Jan 5th 2009 5:20PM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Browns, Jets, AFC North, NFL Fans, NFL CoachingYesterday I mentioned that while Browns owner Randy Lerner waited for Patriots vice president Scott Pioli to make up his mind about the GM job, Eric Mangini was emerging as the unofficial favorite to replace Romeo Crennel.

Still no word on Pioli’s plans — he’s scheduled to meet with the Chiefs this week — but they might not matter as far as Lerner’s concerned; National Football Post’s Mike Lombardi is hearing things: “I hear - and keep hearing - it is Eric Mangini’s job in Cleveland, and he is already assembling a staff.”

You know, if true, I think that’s a solid move for the Browns. Not splashy, but solid. Mangini got run out of New York after missing the playoffs two of the last three seasons. Part of the problem, apparently, was that he was meticulous in his preparation, but couldn’t motivate Kris Jenkins to eat a cheeseburger.

Sound familiar? Bill Belichick was a mediocre NFL head coach during a five-year stint in Cleveland in the mid-’90s, known as much for his winning personality as for being responsible for running Bernie Kosar out of town.

Five years later he re-emerged in New England, and now sports three Super Bowl rings and has people calling him genius (just like Jim Zorn but the exact opposite).Continue Reading

Boston College Tells Jeff Jagodzinski: You’re Fired If You Interview for Jets Job
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Jan 4th 2009 9:03PM by Michael David Smith (author feed)
Filed under: Jets, NFL CoachingBoston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski is scheduled to interview for the New York Jets vacancy on Monday. But if he’s going to go through with that interview, he’d better be very confident he’s going to get the job. Because Boston College is threatening to fire him.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that Boston College athletic director Gene DeFilippo told Jagodzinski that if he interviews, BC would fire him and promote offensive coordinator Steve Logan to head coach. But Jagodzinski will apparently go through with the interview anyway.

It’s not clear whether there’s anything in Jagodzinski’s contract that prohibits him from looking elsewhere, but this is an attempt by Boston College to say that it would rather find a new coach than keep a coach who views the school as a stepping stone.

If Jagodzinski does get fired, he’ll find work elsewhere, even if he doesn’t get the Jets job. He was a well respected NFL assistant for several years with the Packers and Falcons, and he’s won 20 games in his two years as head coach with Boston College. But the work he’ll find elsewhere won’t necessarily be a better job than his current gig. So Jagodzinski has a tough decision to make by Monday morning.

Rhodes Wants Favre to Make 100-Percent Commitment to Offseason Workouts
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Jan 2nd 2009 2:30PM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Jets, AFC East, NFL Fans, NFL CoachingBrett Favre Fallout, Day 5. The Jets were eliminated from the playoffs Sunday, and, apparently, we can attribute it to too much gungslingin’. On Wednesday, Jets running back Thomas Jones suggested Favre should’ve been benched during his Week 17, three-pick performance, and yesterday, safety Kerry Rhodes had a request of his own: …Rhodes … wants Favre to make a 100-percent commitment to the offseason program and training camp before agreeing to return:

“If he’s dedicated and he wants to come back and do this, and do it the right way … and be here when we’re here in training camp and the minicamps and working out with us … then I’m fine with it. But don’t come back if it’s going to be half-hearted or he doesn’t want to put the time in with us.” Good luck with that. Everybody knows that Favre spends his offseasons fishing in Mississippi, before hastily announcing he’s un-retired in early August, and then going through the motions for a few weeks of training camp. It’s a tried and true formula that’s worked (sorta).Continue Reading

Eric Mangini’s Buddy Rips Jets, Brett Favre; Mike Shanahan Not Interested
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Jan 3rd 2009 1:30PM by Adam Gretz (author feed)
Filed under: Jets, NFL Coaching
The current saga that is New York Jets football continues to take bizarre twists and turns, as Teddy Atlas, a friend of recently fired head coach Eric Mangini and a personal assistant for the team (in the field of ), has become the latest person to jump on the pile of chaos in the Big Apple.

As Atlas tells it, Mangini wanted to enter the season with an open quarterback competition between Chad Pennington and Kellen Clemens, while the team would play a “protect the ball, intelligent approach.” Things changed, naturally, when Brett Favre came to town and played his . It worked for a while, then all went terribly wrong in the second half of the season, resulting in finger-pointing, name-calling, and general insanity. Here’s what Atlas had to say, courtesy of Brian Costello of the : “Mangini went into the season ready for a whole different approach, whether it was going to be Chad Pennington or Kellen Clemens (at quarterback), whoever won that battle,” Atlas told The Post. “It was going to be a secure, protect the ball, intelligent approach. It was something he was comfortable with, something he believed in. The whole plan, the whole blueprint got thrown out the window when Favre came. He’s the antithesis of that. He throws the ball all over the place.”Atlas also claims that Jets owner Woody Johnson “forced” the trade on Mangini, and called Favre “basically a selfish guy.” Well, Teddy, you’re going to have to get in line behind Thomas Jones, Kerry Rhodes and Bruce Ciskie.Continue Reading

Peter King Talks to Brett Favre, Thinks He Might Really Retire This Time
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Jan 3rd 2009 7:45PM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Jets, AFC East, NFL Fans, NFL Coaching
Brett Favre’s season ended nearly a week ago, which means we’re slowly working up to a mid-spring announcement about his future plans. If history is any guide, he’ll probably schedule a press conference, shed a few tears as he proclaims his NFL career is over, and then reconsider a few months later after remembering that fishing everyday will bore you stupid.

For now, though, it sounds like Favre’s done. Again. And you get the sense that Peter King was sobbing uncontrollably all over his latte-stained keyboard as he typed these words: Speaking to Brett Favre Friday night from Mississippi, I got the distinct impression that he was going to retire from football, this time for good. But they don’t sell insurance for this kind of thing, obviously, as his flip-flopping of the last three years shows. King also writes that after Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum asked Favre “to give his decision [to return next season] some time,” the 39-year-old quarterback responded, “I’ll take some time, but it may be time to look in a different direction.” And then there’s this:Continue Reading

Rhodes Wants Favre to Make 100-Percent Committment to Offseason Workouts
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Jan 2nd 2009 2:30PM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Jets, AFC East, NFL Fans, NFL CoachingBrett Favre Fallout, Day 5. The Jets were eliminated from the playoffs Sunday, and, apparently, we can attribute it to too much gungslingin’. On Wednesday, Jets running back Thomas Jones suggested Favre should’ve been benched during his Week 17, three-pick performance, and yesterday, safety Kerry Rhodes had a request of his own: …Rhodes … wants Favre to make a 100-percent commitment to the offseason program and training camp before agreeing to return:

“If he’s dedicated and he wants to come back and do this, and do it the right way … and be here when we’re here in training camp and the minicamps and working out with us … then I’m fine with it. But don’t come back if it’s going to be half-hearted or he doesn’t want to put the time in with us.” Good luck with that. Everybody knows that Favre spends his offseasons fishing in Mississippi, before hastily announcing he’s un-retired in early August, and then going through the motions for a few weeks of training camp. It’s a tried and true formula that’s worked (sorta).Continue Reading

Thomas Jones Calls Out Brett Favre, Another Teammate Calls Him ‘Distant’
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Jan 1st 2009 1:00PM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Jets, AFC East, NFL Fans, NFL CoachingBrett Favre probably should’ve taken the $20 million. Instead, he un-retired, strong-armed his way out of Green Bay, and landed in New York to lead the Jets back to the playoffs. That was the plan, anyway.

In reality, the Jets performed well enough to win the division but Favre’s played a nontrivial role in the team’s 1-4 finish and another offseason of organization-wide introspection.

And unlike Green Bay, where Favre could go on his way to work and the locals would just assume the victims had it coming, Jets fans tend to be more cynical. Teammates too, apparently. Running back Thomas Jones, one of the quietest, most respected players in the locker room, took some not-so-subtle jabs and Favre during a Wednesday radio appearance:Continue Reading

Report: Brett Favre as Quarterback Scared Away Bill Cowher From Jets Job
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Dec 31st 2008 12:45PM by Will Brinson (author feed)
Filed under: Jets, Packers, NFL Coaching, NFL Media Watch, NFL Rumors

Seeing as how the whole Bill Cowher-to-the-Jets rumor train has seen more ups and downs than the first six years of my college transcript, it’s kind of nice to know that not only was Scoop dead wrong, but that Cowher will not be teasing us with the possibility of joining the Jets organization any longer.

At least according to the , who says that Cowher is out, and there’s a good possibility that the sticking point was Brett Favre at quarterback.
After reaching out to Coach Cowher’s representatives, we were informed tonight that he is not a candidate for the position,” Jet spokesman Bruce Speight said in an e-mail.

While the Jets hoped to woo Cowher with a boatload of money, the marriage appeared to be unlikely from the outset. Sources close to Cowher said he did not want to have Favre as his quarterback, and that he also wanted to bring in people he was familiar with to handle personnel.
The idea that Cowher would leave his cushy studio job for long hours as a highly scrutinized coach seemed far-fetched enough, especially after Mort’s report, but I suppose at this point, we’ll never know if Favre actually forced Cowher away from the Jets job.

But if it is true, my God, people in charge of football teams: do the smart thing and just don’t let this guy near your company. Look at what he did to Green Bay, scope out the Jets in 2008 and then glance at Chad Pennington’s success in Miami. If Aaron Rodgers had led the Packers to more than six wins, even Deanna would be begging him to call it off.

The Zebra Report Finale: 2008 Version
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Dec 31st 2008 3:45PM by Matt Snyder (author feed)
Filed under: Bears, Browns, Dolphins, Jets, Lions, Packers, Steelers, Texans, AFC East, AFC North, AFC South, NFC North, NFL Referees

Before I go getting all sentimental, we have a few plays to check out for this week.

1. The Bears got jobbed on a spot in their game on a third down. It appeared it should have been about a yard and a half or even two yards to gain for a first down. The spot ended up being about a half yard short of the line to gain. I have no problem with the officials, because in fast motion it appeared the receiver wasn’t touched before rolling forward for just over a yard. Plus, due to positioning circumstances, they’d be in a huge hurry to get the exact line. Those are tough. My problem, however, lies in the replay rules. The Bears were not allowed to challenge the spot because the Texans didn’t gain a first down.Continue Reading

The Jets May Be Willing to Alter Their Stance on Tannenbaum if It Will Get Them Cowher
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Dec 30th 2008 6:00PM by Will Brinson (author feed)
Filed under: Browns, Jets, NFL Coaching, NFL RumorsThe New York Jets are in a precarious position right now, primarily because they were brave enough to fire Eric Mangini instead of releasing their 40 year old gunslinging quarterback. And now, they’re trying to make a splash by signing Bill Cowher.

Problem is that it’s widely believed Cowher wants nothing to do with the current Jets GM, Mike Tannenbaum, presuming he’s interested in the job for realsies. Which may have the Jets reconsidering their stance on not dumping Tannenbaum, at least according to MORTSCOOP.
A high-ranking Jets official told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen that the team is still planning to speak to Cowher about its vacant head coaching job. No time or place for the interview has been set, but the official says the Jets would be willing to do “whatever is necessary” to land Cowher if he is truly interested in taking the job.

Cowher plans to speak publicly for the first time about the Jets’ opening and other coaching opportunities during CBS’ wild-card pregame show on Sunday, a source told 1050 ESPN New York’s Andrew Marchand.

Initially, ESPN.com’s John Clayton reported Cowher told the Jets he was not interested because he wanted his own personnel director. The Jets official’s response indicates the team is willing to let Cowher replace current general manager Mike Tannenbaum with his own candidate.
Of course, as TJB noted (and I’m actually of the belief that a “high ranking Jets official” might really be “Brian Bassett’s RSS feed”), everything SCOOP says needs to be tied to a frozen chunk of the Adriatic Sea.Continue Reading

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