Mangini doesn't regret failed onside kick
Eric Mangini, the noted boxing fan, wanted to throw a haymaker.
His New York Jets had landed a counter punch on the San Diego Chargers during a heated second-quarter exchange Monday night. Fifty-eight seconds after a San Diego Chargers touchdown, the Jets scored one to cut the lead to 17-14.
The Jets kicked off. They tried an onside job. They failed.
The Chargers recovered and, five plays later, scored another touchdown en route to a 48-29 triumph.
Mangini said Tuesday if he had the chance to do it all over again, he wouldn't hesitate.
"In that situation I would definitely do it again -- if it was the same situation," Mangini said. "We had six players over there outside the numbers. They had one. We had two blockers for their one player, and we didn't execute as well as we should have in terms of just sheer numbers.
"It was a really good situation and Jay [Feely] does a nice job with those kicks. I thought the kick was excellent. The percentage of getting an onside kick that's a surprise onside kick is significantly higher than not."
The Jets have two special teams coaches: Kevin O'Dea and Mike Westhoff.
"One of the things that we outlined going into the game is when we wanted to do it," Mangini said. "All of those things came together. The look was right. We felt good about the kick. It was the right time in the game in terms of momentum, and now you've got to go and execute it. But after looking at it on tape, I would do same thing again."