Mangini, Jets brass hug it out
DANA POINT, Calif. -- The rotunda off the lobby of the opulent St. Regis Hotel was a veritable Who's Who of NFL cognoscenti Sunday afternoon. The decision-makers were arriving for the annual owners' meeting, which begin Monday and run through Wednesday.
A great scene just transpired. Former New York Jets coach Eric Mangini and his wife checked in while owner Woody Johnson, general manager Mike Tannenbaum and new head coach Rex Ryan were in the lobby.
There seemed to be nary a shred of tension. Julie Mangini broke the ice by giving Tannenbaum a big hug. Soon, everybody was laughing like old pals.
I had a chance to speak with Buffalo Bills chief operating officer Russ Brandon, who told me a statement is forthcoming in response to Saturday's blog about Toronto organizers hinting at a second regular-season game being exported to the Rogers Centre.
Brandon will be representing the Bills because owner Ralph Wilson will not be attending. Wilson reportedly suffered a shoulder injury recently and didn't want to make the cross-continental trip.
I also have seen Patriots owner Robert Kraft. His coach, Bill Belichick, will not be in attendance.
I haven't seen anybody from the Miami Dolphins yet, but new owner Stephen Ross, GM Jeff Ireland and head coach Tony Sparano all are expected.