After a disappointing 1-4 finish to the season and another playoff miss, the Jets dismissed head coach Eric Mangini.
The Jets coach was fired after the team failed to make the playoffs, despite a 8-3 start. What looked like a great Jet season fell apart in the past month with failures on the West Coast where the Jets lost to teams with under .500 records.
“I appreciate everything Eric Mangini has done for this organization over the past three seasons. He is a bright, young football mind and I wish him success in the future,” said Jets owner Woody Johnson. “In our judgment, we made the decision we believe is in the best interest of the organization. We will begin the search for the next head coach of the Jets immediately.”
With the Jets starting over, the team will probably look to hire an experienced coach such as former Steelers coach Bill Cowher, former Jets and Giants coach Bill Parcells, who may opt-out of his contract with the Miami Dolphins, or veteran NFL coach Marty Schottenheimer.
The hiring of the new coach also will also have an effect of the status of quarterback Brett Favre. The future Hall of Famer has made no decision whether to stay or retire and his resolution may have a hand in who replaces Mangini.
In three seasons, Mangini finished 23-26 with one playoff appearance.