I must first say that I am as happy as anyone that Eric Mangini was fired as the coach of the New York Jets. I believe that he lost this team a while ago and he has to shoulder a lot of the blame for the 1-4 finish to the season after an 8-3 start. The playcalling was bad on both sides of the ball and the team failed to make adjustments when teams started to figure out what they were doing. There was no pass rush on defense and our biggest offensive threat, Leon Washington, was getting only 4-5 touches per game. Mangini made some terrible coaching decisions and failed to inspire the team. He lacked the emotion to motivate the team and it appeared that the team stopped playing hard for him down the stretch.
That being said, I believe the Jets need a proven veteran coach to succeed Mangini- someone with a proven track record as a head coach in this league. I think Bill Cowher or Marty Schottenheimer might be good fits. Both have had a lot of success. I especially like Cowher because he can provide a lot more fire and emotion which would be a big change from the lifeless Mangini. It will remain to be seen whether or not Cowher wants to return to coaching at all or if he would want to coach the Jets. There are other options available as well, such as the Giants D-coordinator Steve Spagnolo and the Patriots O-coordinator Josh McDaniels. As good as the successful assistant coachs might be though, there is no guarantee that they will turn out to be a good head coach. Mangini was once a highly sought after assistant as well and he didn't turn out to be a great coach as we all know. I hope the Jets make a big splash and bring in an accomplished head coach. We need some more hope after this season's dismal collapse.