The Jets gave away seven potential points on two decisions by coach Eric Mangini. Their lone score came on a 20-yard field goal by Jay Feely to end the opening drive, after Mangini decided against going for it on fourth down with a half-yard to go at the 2 against the league's 30th-ranked defense.
The Jets, trailing 10-3, went for it on fourth-and-4 from their own 20 with 2:21 remaining in the game and all three of their timeouts left. Brett Favre's long pass attempt to a double-covered Laveranues Coles fell incomplete, allowing seattle to take over on downs and kick a 38-yard field goal.
Mangini is a clown who thinks he had a lot more to do with the Patriots success than he actually did, and thinks he's smarter than he is. That's probably a big reason why Belichick despises him so much, along with all the other nonsense that went on. He seems to buy into this "Mangenius" nonsense, and tries to be too smart and slick. Could anybody misuse their weapons in a more pathetic and unproductive manner or make worse playcalling decisions than this guy? This is coming from an outside observer, as I'm not a Jets fan.
Favre was dreadful once again, but there were so many other blunders. Mangini was quoted as saying he went for the field goal on the opening drive because he felt the game could come down to three points, yet punts after the flagged field goal by Feely, who looked like he could've made it from 70 yards. How about loudmouth Coles? Favre finally threads the needle and it slips through Coles' hands not once but twice. Not going for the endzone on the opening drive was a blunder too, showing Holmgren that the Jets had zero confidence. After the 6.6-yard rush average on the opening drive, why go away from the ground game and throw all day into double coverage, especially on a bad-weather day? Why use Thomas Jones, why make Leon Washington a factor when you have a QB who looks ike his arm is shot and has one TD and six picks in the last three games? How could you not pound a team with a horrible defense when you have one of the Top 5 rushers, especialy after seeing it work on the first drive? He conceded the game when he settled for that opening field goal. Then, with plenty of time and timeouts left at the end of the game, goes for it on 4th & 4, literally handing Seattle the game. Atrocious.
On the other side of the ball, how could you come up with no sacks against a subbed-in offensive line and backup QB? How could you allow a back that was third on the depth chart this year to trample all over you? Or let a coach, albeit one who is a great football mind, totally outcoach you when his only desire is to go home for a year and you desperately need a win to control your own fate?
Favre looks hurt to me and has completely run out of gas, but I think this all lands in Mangini's lap. He's a dreadful coach, period. He makes stupid decisions, misuses his players, and brings no energy or excitement to his team. If he did, his guys would've destroyed an awful Seattle team much like the Patsies did to Arizona, a team that's actually playoff-bound. You can't only blame Favre or the players when, after slapping the Patriots and Titans in the face, the entire team has skidded and was lucky to pull out a late win against the Bills. To me, that points to coaching and preparation. His postgame press conference was awful too. He should've shown some emotion and called out his team, but instead he looked and sounded like mental ward patient on about 2000 mg of lithium. That tels me he knows he's to blame. It actually makes me proud of the way my Niners have shown some heart after being so dreadful for a good portion of the season.
I feel for Jets fans, and I was actually pulling for them this year. It would'be been a great story to see Brett lead them deep into the playoffs and see a Namath-like '69 remake. They need to stop making these bad hires and get some serious football minds on this coaching staff. If they give Mangini an extension they're crazy. They should send him out the door, right behind Herm, and spend some serious time re-evaluating things and bring some fresh blood into town. Good luck, given the way this franchise has been run. The only blip of change on the radar was bringing Parcells in. Belichick knew they would sink the ship, which is why he bolted to New England.