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Interesting read from Clifton Brown of the Sporting News:


1. Other teams find Jets' leftovers tasty


When the Jets were done with Chad Pennington, the Dolphins scooped him up as their starting quarterback and went to the playoffs. Now the Browns have hired Mangini not even two weeks after he was fired as the Jets' head coach. The Jets already have egg on their face, after watching Pennington have a better season than Brett Favre. The Jets will look even worse next season if the Browns make the playoffs and the Jets do not.


2. Mangini gets a second chance quickly


I wrote last week that Mangini was fired too quickly by the Jets, and that he will make a good NFL head coach one day. Apparently, Browns' owner Randy Lerner feels the same way. Mangini's Jets faltered down the stretch this season, but that does not make him a bad coach. Not when Brett Favre threw two touchdown passes and nine interceptions over the final four games.


Interesting how Jets owner Woody Johnson wants Favre back, but sent Mangini packing, even though he had a winning record in two of his three seasons as Jets coach. Mangini will turn only 38 later this month. And Mangini undoubtedly learned a lot from his three seasons with the Jets, in a high-pressure media market like New York.


Many NFL head coaches have done better in their second job after being fired the first time, including Mike Shanahan, Bill Belichick and Tom Coughlin. Nobody is saying Mangini will win a Super Bowl with the Browns, but you would have to guess the Jets' experience will help make him a better coach. And with plenty of coaches to choose from, still very early in this year's coaching carousel, Lerner jumped on Mangini like a trampoline, confident he can take the Browns to the next level.


This also increases the possibility that the Browns will hire George Kokinis as their general manager. Kokinis, the Ravens' director of pro personnel, is a friend of Mangini's.


3. What's next for the Jets?


They are still looking for a head coach, and now the heat has intensified on owner Woody Johnson and general manager Mike Tannenbaum to pick a winner. At least seven names have been linked to the Jets job, including two coaches who were on Mangini's staff -- offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, and assistant head coach Bill Callahan.


Cardinals assistant Russ Grimm, Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan, former Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski, and former Ravens head coach Brian Asshole are also in the mix. My guess is that Ryan and Spagnuolo are the frontrunners, but they are on many teams' wish lists.


4. The Jets did Mangini a favor


Even if Favre comes back, the Jets will not be favored to win the AFC East. If Favre retires, the Jets may take a step back next season and that would have surely cost Mangini his job. Now Mangini gets to start fresh with a new team that has Brady Quinn, a young quarterback with potential. Maybe Mangini should send Johnson a thank you card for being fired.




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