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Mangini pal calls Favre 'selfish'

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
We probably have our first articulated indication into how Eric Mangini feels about Brett Favre's impact on the New York Jets.

Mangini hasn't spoken publicly since the Jets fired him as head coach, but his friend and special assistant, ESPN boxing analyst Teddy Atlas, has sounded off.

Atlas, in an interview with New York Post reporter Brian Costello, called Favre "selfish" and "reckless" and insinuated Jets owner Woody Johnson was prone to meddling.

Given their relationship, Atlas likely wasn't speaking off the top of his head when he told the New York Post:

Mangini went into the season ready for a whole different approach, whether it was going to be Chad Pennington or Kellen Clemens , whoever won that battle. It was going to be a secure, protect the ball, intelligent approach. It was something he was comfortable with, something he believed in. The whole plan, the whole blueprint got thrown out the window when Favre came. He's the antithesis of that. He throws the ball all over the place.

Since Mangini became the Jets head coach in 2006, Atlas has been around the team, first as a motivational speaker and then as a strength and conditioning coach.

Atlas criticized Johnson for being too wrapped up in selling personal-seat licenses for the new stadium.

You're paying a guy [$13] million. You're asking fans to buy PSLs. You've got a new facility. You've got money all over the place. You bring this guy in and in your mind you're looking at Mick Jagger. Now who's to say the owner doesn't start to meddle? It can disrupt a lot of things and it can explain some things that fans don't see.

Atlas was Mike Tyson's trainer -- the "Kid Dynamite" version who had his own Nintendo video game, not the convicted rapist and ear muncher.

The best way Atlas could describe Favre's impact on the Jets was to put it in boxing terms.

When you're a fighter and you're going into the fight, your fundamentals have to be there. We always say, "The jab leads the way." If you took that analogy and put it in football [terms], the quarterback leads the way. If you lead it in a reckless way, bad things are going to happen. [Favre] was reckless.