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Mangini fired after 3 seasons with Jets

Updated: December 30, 2008, 12:15 AM ET
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Eric Mangini had the New York Jets in first place a month ago, a special season shaping up for a franchise sorely in need of one.

Four losses in five games dashed the Jets' Super Bowl hopes with a thud, and cost the coach his job.

Mangini was fired Monday, a day after New York failed to make the playoffs despite an 8-3 start and having an NFL-high seven Pro Bowl selections.

"I feel that we let him down and we could have done a better job of making plays," ...

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