Frank Barone

Eric Mangini: A New Coach and Beginning

The Eric Mangini era is officially here. So lets take a brief look at his past and look to the future and what it might bring to us Jet fans.
Herman Edwards was 39 and 41 in his five seasons as H.C. of the N.Y.J., a forgettable .487 winning percentage. There is certainly room for improvement for his successor.

Eric Mangini worked for the New England  Patriots for six years.  The first five of which he served as defensive backs coach (2000 to 2004) and last year (2005) as it’s defensive coordinator. Prior to joining the Patriots, Eric Mangini was a defensive assistant/quality control coach with the Jets (1997 to 1999).  He also served assistant stints with the Balitimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns , in 1996 and 1995, respectively.
What are the expectations for Mangini? This is New York, so the high expectations and expectation of immediate results will always be there.  Given the current “perceived� state of the Jets  franchise, Mangini might get something of a free pass in year one from both the media and Jet fans.  But after that, Jets fans are going to want some tangible return for their loyalty.

Eric Mangini has learned from one of the best coaches in the game, Bill Belichick.  Ten years under the tutelage of Bill Belichick has to count for something. While that alone won’t make Mangini a successful head coach, the experience should help him in his transition from assistant to head coach.
It is impossible to know how effective any coach will be once he attains the head position in the NFL.  I will take the pedigree and work ethic associated with Eric Mangini and hope for the best.  Maybe one day Jet fans everywhere can witness another world championship.


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