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Man-genius? Not so fast

Posted on: March 4, 2008 7:26 pm


I just don't understand the New York Jets. I really don't. This time the rant isn't about paying lunatic money for 31-year-old guard -- yeah, guard -- Alan Faneca.

It's about what coach Eric Mangini is doing with his defense. I know Mangini prefers a 3-4 style of defense, but isn't there an old adage about tailoring a system to your players, not your players to the system.

It seems Mangini missed that memo.

"That's the worst thing you can do as a coach," said an NFC coach. "You can't make guys do what they can't do just to fit what you want them to do. What is he doing?"

Mangini had good pieces for a 4-3 defense. Linebacker Jonathan Vilma is a perfect 4-3 middle linebacker, but in the Jets' 3-4 he wasn't as effective. So after he missed time with injuries last year, Mangini shipped him to the Saints in a trade last week.

Nose tackle Dewayne Robertson was never considered a 3-4 nose, but instead was more of a 4-3 defensive tackle. Yet Mangini insisted he play the nose and the Jets are trying to trade him.

Is Shaun Ellis a 3-4 end or a 4-3 end? More like the latter. On and on it goes.
The Jets are letting linebacker Victor Hobson go in large part because he doesn't seem to fit the 3-4.

As if all that isn't bad enough, the Jets signed former Arizona Cardinals linebacker Calvin Pace to a six-year, $42 million deal with $22 million in guaranteed money.

Why? Pace seems like a good choice to be a rush linebacker in the 3-4, especially since he came into the league as a defensive end. But Pace was a bust in Arizona until he took over as a starter last year when Chike Okeafor was lost for the year with an injury. He has 38 starts in five seasons.

Agent Pat Dye should go into the agent Hall of Fame for getting Pace that deal.

The Jets will now play Kris Jenkins, who they got in a trade from Carolina, on the nose. Pace will play an outside rush spot. And Mangini will play his 3-4.

"Letting good players go like the Jets have done can kill your franchise," said the NFC coach.

Yeah, but it's not about winning. It's about making sure players fit into what Mangini wants to do, whether it works or not.




Category: NFL
Tags: Eric Mangini

Since: Oct 24, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2008 8:58 pm

Man-genius? Not so fast

Priso has a problem with the Jets - he wouldn't say anything positive about them if they moved to Florida. They play in the same division as the Patriots, and let's face it, saying that they've been difficult to beat for the last few years would be an understatement. So, they took their defensive coordinator as head coach, and we have to give that man time to shape the team how he wants it. It's been average so far (although there has been a ten-win season with playoffs in there), but he had to know for sure what (read: who) wouldn't work in the system he KNOWS, and now the Jets have moved hard to fill the holes that have become apparent for certain. It's make or break time for Mangini, for sure, but you have to give a coach a SOLID chance to do what he pleases.

The Jets may still have Hobson back come this season. Robertson never set the world on fire even in the 4-3. Pace became a star when he was finally treated properly, and he'll be used that way at the Jets, absolutely. And Shaun Ellis is not getting any younger anyway.

Prisco doesn't understand the free-market: that teams pay players astronomical sums to make sure they come to THEM, not because that's what a position is 'worth' (how much is a NICKLE BACK 'worth', Jacksonville?).

And who is willing to bet that this "NFC coach" was Tom Coughlin? Sure, no bias there in talking about a New York franchise getting "killed" . . .

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2008 7:59 pm

Man-genius? Not so fast

The Jets have problems in many area.  The OL is no longer much an issue I think with Chad Pennington in at QB the Jets may be a fringe Playoff team.  We have to see what happens with Laveranues Coles.  I like Jerricho Cotchery,Chanci Stuckey, and Brad Smith playing slim H back.  Chad is a Field General.  I was hoping for the Jets to get Randy Moss so they could go back to the old days.  Maybe Mangini will show multiple fronts and not get rid of the DT.  I am a Giants fan and I think that we mainly had a chance at what we did because of how good and the talent with the depth we had to keep guys fresh helped.   At least they are active in free agency we signed one player Sammy Knight.  I'll just wait till the Draft.

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