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Mangini Didn’t Want Favre

Eric Mangini is nothing like his successor, Rex Ryan. He rarely spoke and when he did, it seemed like he was speaking in code or another language.

Now over a year and a half after getting fired by the the Jets Mangini opened up to Seth Wickersham of ESPN The Magazine. Here are some snippets of what he said:

“In August, 2008, the Packers were trying to trade Favre. Mangini didn’t want him. He considered Favre a hired gun, and he wanted to develop Kellen Clemens and Brett Ratliff. But Tannenbaum and Jets owner Woody Johnson expressed interest in Favre, while also vowing that Mangini’s job was safe, no matter what. And with Favre on the verge of accepting a trade to Tampa, the coach’s competitiveness took over.

“‘I wanted to win,’ he says. So he scheduled a five-minute phone call with Favre for the next morning, then went home and read Hello, He Lied, a book that talks about successfully pitching movies to studio execs in only a few minutes. Mangini developed his selling points: The Jets were better than the Bucs, and New Jersey’s hunting and fishing scene was better than Tampa’s. Favre, seduced, ended up chatting for an hour …”

The article goes to to detail the Jets season, which started so great before going down in flames.

“The one thing Mangini couldn’t do was bench a future Hall of Famer for whom he had mortgaged the season. The night he was fired, the coach sat on his couch, thinking, You sold yourself out.”

This isn’t really earth shattering news. Mangini and Favre never seemed like best buds and seeing now what Favre and Childress are like, I’m not surprised. At least, Mangini can move on from Favre and look toward the future in Cleveland. Oh wait, I forget he named one of his sons Zack Brett (after Favre).


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