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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Unsportsmanlike conduct

Let me see if I have this right:

The New York Jets go from a respectable 10-6 record in 2006 to an embarrassing 4-12 finish in 2007, and head coach Eric Mangini is allowed to keep his job.

Then, saddled by upper management with the aging and increasingly ineffective Brett Favre at quarterback, Mangini still finds a way to improve the Jets to 9-7 this year … and he loses his job?

Leading the Jets to a 9-7 record was nothing short of miraculous given how badly Favre played (22 interceptions, 10 fumbles, 30 sacks and a dismal 81.0 QB rating). Team owner Woody Johnson should have thrown Mangini a parade, bought him a yacht and given him a contract extension.

The only person who should have been shown the door – short of Johnson himself – was General Manager Mike Tannenbaum.

Mangini did nothing wrong and did not deserve to be punished.



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