Mangini ’94 canned after three seasons

Former New York Jets head coach Eric Mangini ’94 got the ax today after three seasons, leaving only one Wesleyan alum among the NFL’s head coaching ranks: Bill Belichick ’75.

The Mangenius went 23-26 in three years, including a 9-7 mark in ’08. The Jets were 8-3 this season after taking down the then-undefeated Tennessee Titans, but the boys in green lost four of their last five, including a pair of humiliating losses at San Francisco and Seattle. Ironically, the Jets’ playoff fate was sealed yesterday by another Wesleyan grad, as Belichick’s Patriots trounced the Buffalo Bills earlier in the day to (essentially) eliminate the NYJs from the race.

It’s worth pointing out that after the Baltimore Ravens canned Brian Billick (FINALLY) last winter, only Southern California had produced more active NFL head coaches (three) than Wesleyan. Also, to the best of my knowledge, we’re one of only two schools outside Division I (the other is NAIA member Baker University) that can claim an NFL head coach among its alumni.

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[EDIT] Whoops. Mike Shanahan went to Eastern Illinois, not BYU. So we were actually third in the hierarchy behind USC and Eastern Illinois, which has also sent three to the pros. Still pretty impressive, if you ask me. Also, some commenters have reminded me that the Jets could have earned the sixth seed with a win over the Miami Dolphins and a Ravens loss. It’s just difficult to see these things through my purple-colored glasses.

[/edit by Ben, 1:08 AM 12/30]

33 thoughts on “Mangini ’94 canned after three seasons

  1. johnwesley

    the team is not “a mess” per se, but, Cowlher read the situation correctly, IMO. Quarterbacks don’t improve with age.

  2. johnwesley

    the team is not “a mess” per se, but, Cowlher read the situation correctly, IMO. Quarterbacks don’t improve with age.

  3. johnwesley

    the team is not “a mess” per se, but, Cowlher read the situation correctly, IMO. Quarterbacks don’t improve with age.

  4. Anonymous

    i don’t, they have 7 probowlers and a soon-to-be hall of famer quarter back. it’s actually a joke.

  5. Anonymous

    i don’t, they have 7 probowlers and a soon-to-be hall of famer quarter back. it’s actually a joke.

  6. johnwesley

    ordinarily, being beaten by the quarterback you just fired would be the bigger irony, except it’s not at all clear the Favre/Pennington thingie was his decision. There’s a lot of scape-goating going on here. I pity the guy who inherits this mess.

  7. johnwesley

    ordinarily, being beaten by the quarterback you just fired would be the bigger irony, except it’s not at all clear the Favre/Pennington thingie was his decision. There’s a lot of scape-goating going on here. I pity the guy who inherits this mess.

  8. johnwesley

    ordinarily, being beaten by the quarterback you just fired would be the bigger irony, except it’s not at all clear the Favre/Pennington thingie was his decision. There’s a lot of scape-goating going on here. I pity the guy who inherits this mess.

  9. Ben

    True, but note the “(FINALLY)” after the mention of the Ravens firing Billick last winter. Ergo, it stands to reason that the poster recognizes there was no way the Ravens would lose to the Jaguars, which was the only other way for the Jets to get in.Yeah, I forgot about that backdoor path to the sixth seed. But it’s still interesting that a fellow Wesleyan alum (and his former mentor) basically put all but one nail in the coffin.

  10. Ben

    True, but note the “(FINALLY)” after the mention of the Ravens firing Billick last winter. Ergo, it stands to reason that the poster recognizes there was no way the Ravens would lose to the Jaguars, which was the only other way for the Jets to get in.Yeah, I forgot about that backdoor path to the sixth seed. But it’s still interesting that a fellow Wesleyan alum (and his former mentor) basically put all but one nail in the coffin.

  11. Ben

    True, but note the “(FINALLY)” after the mention of the Ravens firing Billick last winter. Ergo, it stands to reason that the poster recognizes there was no way the Ravens would lose to the Jaguars, which was the only other way for the Jets to get in.

    Yeah, I forgot about that backdoor path to the sixth seed. But it’s still interesting that a fellow Wesleyan alum (and his former mentor) basically put all but one nail in the coffin.

  12. Anonymous

    not quite true. The Pats win made it impossible for the Jets to win their division, but they still could have taken the #6 seed by beating Miami and hoping for a Baltimore loss.

  13. Anonymous

    not quite true. The Pats win made it impossible for the Jets to win their division, but they still could have taken the #6 seed by beating Miami and hoping for a Baltimore loss.

  14. Ben

    When the Pats beat the Bills, it became impossible for the Jets to clinch a playoff spot. If New England had lost and the Jets had beaten Miami, the Jets would’ve won the division.

  15. Ben

    When the Pats beat the Bills, it became impossible for the Jets to clinch a playoff spot. If New England had lost and the Jets had beaten Miami, the Jets would’ve won the division.

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