Camp Confidential: Recent trend bodes well for fortified Jets

Instead of dwelling on their abysmal 2007 season, the Jets enter 2008 focused on silencing the team's snickering pundits, writes Tim Graham.

Originally Published: August 6, 2008
By Tim Graham | ESPN.com

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Two years ago, many thought Eric Mangini was in over his head.

The wunderkind assistant, who got his start in the NFL as a public relations assistant, had quickly climbed the coaching ranks under Bill Belichick's tutelage and was given control of the New York Jets two days shy of his 35th birthday.

Mangini won 10 games and went to the playoffs his first season. He went from being considered too immature for the gig to being called Mangenius.


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