Eric Mangini is no longer the head coach of the NY Jets. I have been writing all year that Mangini was on the hot seat and that between his lack of experience as a field general (making changes during the game) and his emotionless actions during the week and in games eventually cost him his job. Players play and coaches coach. You can read between the lines of what owner Woody Johnson and GM Mike Tannenbaum are saying to realize I was correct.
Mangini was a good teacher and knew his X’s and O’s but never had any experience running the show and managing games. Players will play depending on where you line them up to make plays and how you motivate them. Coaches in the NFL treat players too much like robots because this is a business and they are taught not to get attached emotionally to any one player or coach because they can be gone tomorrow. One certain element remains. The element of emotion that players must have in order to execute in the NFL. If you do not love the game of football your longevity in the NFL will be short. It does not matter how fast and how strong you are.
You need a big heart and believe in what you are doing in order to succeed in this league. The game itself is played with emotion. Your brain tells your legs where to go and how to line up. It is your heart and beliefs that will make you get there to make a play & make you better then the average Joe. And this element was defiantly missing from the Jet coaches and players.
We now have learned that the Jets changed the entire offense from a running team to a passing team once Favre was traded to them. The entire offseason consisted of getting the free agents and draftees to fit the new scheme. Then days before the season starts they change the philosophy to cater to Brett Favre. I believe if getting players that can help you now and you bring in players who are in there prime now rather then what they have done in the past (post prime).
Favre is past his prime and I ask this question to all you Jet fans as well as the Jet brass, “What is the difference between Vinny Testaverde & Brett Favre and would the results be any worse with Kellen Clemmons under center?” My point is Testaverde was a vertical pocket passer who was past his prime and didn’t have the mobility like Favre. Clemmons could have easily tossed 22TD’s and 22 INT’s during a 16 game season with a low QB rating and the Jets still would have had the same or better results.
One very important factor in why the Jets had a chance to make the playoffs and why the Dolphins went from 1-15 to 11-5 and the Patriots going 11-5 without Tom Brady and some key defensive players is because the AFC East had the easiest schedule in the league this year. So even with Pennington or Clemmons the Jets would have had a shot this year. There was no reason to bring Farve in. That I blame on the GM. Very bad timing. One good thing is we didn’t give up a number one or two draft pick to the Packers as we all know the Jets did not make the playoffs.
I as well as many other Jet fans would have had no problem with benching Favre in favor of Clemmons. First off, this would have gotten all of the player’s attentions and secondly gotten the players respect and passion back. Team does come first and you saw it on there faces and now we are hearing that Mangini never got in Farve ear or face after making stupid decisions. I said decisions and not mistakes as in football you prepare all week to limit your mistakes so you make better decisions on the field during the game.
This is why the Jets need to get rid of Farve as well. Between putting himself first ahead of his teammates during offseason workouts and commitments but also on the field of play, Farve clearly does not care about his team and is merely playing for the joy of playing. Yes, I agree he is a gamer and a tough SOB for starting so many games in a row. But it is not about changing record books it is about winning games and championships.
The locker room lost confidence in Mangini and now he is gone. The Jets need a Head Coach with proven leadership skills on and off the field to gain the respect and passion back from the players. The head coach should bring in new coordinators with an aggressive approach on both sides of the ball. Changing the attitude begins with getting rid of Brett Favre.