Former New England defensive coordinator, Eric Mangini accepted the head coaching position of the New York Jets. Sources say the deal is for five years for between $2 and $2.5 million a year. Mangini was the defensive coordinator for one year with the Patriots and is only 35 years old.
What a country! One year as a defensive coordinator and get a 2000% raise! I liked Mangini and thought he did a decent job with all the injuries he had to deal with this season. But, is he head coaching material? After one year as a defensive coordinator? In New York of all places? All the players think so and give him thumbs up:
I guess the players that played for him would know better than others. According to the Boston Herald however,
How does this impact the Patriots? Well, the Patriots did not hesitate in naming Dean Pees the new defensive coordinator. Pees has been the linebackers coach for the past two seasons. Wow, very bold ... right after the Jets named Mangini the head coach. It's as if Belichick shrugged his shoulders and said, "So what?" He did, however, have nice things to say about Mangini:
Smooth. Very smooth.