2006-02-21 05:18:54 UTC
That may really be telling.
Head Coach Eric Mangini Announces 2006 Coaching Staff, 2.20
Good afternoon, everyone. Thanks for joining us on our call today with head coach Eric
Mangini. Just to let you know, everyone was sent the press release today via email so
please check your emails, and after the call later this afternoon we will email you a
transcript from the call. So at this time what I'd like to do is turn it over to our head
coach Eric Mangini.
I wanted to thank everybody. I know this was a long process, but there were a lot of guys
that I wanted to interview, and I think we've put together a good staff. The whole
process took a little bit longer, and I just wanted to thank you guys for your patience.
Any questions that you guys have I'm open to now.
On if there’s a tight end coach…
What we're going to do with the tight ends is that's going to be a combination of Mike
Devlin and Richie Anderson. Mike will handle the running game part of the tight end
position and Richie will handle the passing game part.
On his thought process when hiring offensive coordinator, Brian Schottenheimer…
Brian is a guy that I didn't know a lot about going into this process. When I looked for
an offensive coordinator, he came with really highly regard around the league. When I sat
down with Brian, I was impressed with his intelligence. I think he's innovative given
where he's come from, from working with quarterbacks in San Diego. He transferred to
Florida so he could learn more about Spurrier's system. That's the kind of guy he is.
He's always sought out knowledge. He comes from a great football background. I'm really
impressed after meeting with Brian and spending time with him.
On modeling his offense after Spurrier’s system...
What I was talking about with Spurrier's system, it's just kind of the type of guy that
Brian is. Brian is a guy who wanted to learn that system. He's a young guy. His system
will be more more on the lines with what he's done in the past at the places that he's
been. We're going to follow the same philosophy and just try to do the best thing to give
us a chance to win every Sunday.
On his offense…
Like I said before, there's really not going to be one defining element of this offense or
this defense. We're going to try to do whatever we can to beat the opponent on that
Sunday. I think it's something that will change depending on who our opponent is and what
our approach is to beat them.
On Curtis Martin’s role next season…
Curtis is a great player, a great competitor, and Curtis is going to be in the competition
for the RB spot.
On his reaction to that perception that people may have with a young staff…
When I was putting together the coaching staff, what I was looking at is trying to get
smart, hardworking, innovative guys that complement each other that would work well in
the room as planned, so for me it wasn't about evaluating age; it was about evaluating the
coaches on their merits. I think we've got a great group of coaches that are going to do
a good job.
On his value in years of experience…
I tried to hire the best available coaches, and I think that's what I did. I think I've
got a great staff, a great mixture of older guys, younger guys that complement each other
On running a phase 34 defense…
It's going to be whatever gives us the best chance to win on Sunday.
On what he thinks of his personnel…
Like I said, we're going to evaluate everything and we're going to do the thing that gives
us the best chance to win.
On Chad Pennington’s status…
Chad's status with the Jets is unchanged.
On making Bob Sutton the defensive coordinator…
I've gotten to know him over the years, and he's a guy that is known as an excellent
football coach. I really like him as a teacher. He's got a tremendous amount of
experience, with both professional football and college football. He put together the
longest winning streak in Army history in 50 years. He's been a good football coach for a
long time. I can't say enough about Bob.
On having a chance to talk with Chad Pennington…
I have had a chance to sit down with Chad. We've had some great discussions. Chad's
status is unchanged. He's a great competitor, a great person.
On what an “unchanged status” means…
I don't know what there is to elaborate on.
On evaluating Chad Pennington…
Since we had the coaching staff in place, we've had some really good staff meetings, we've
given and taken great ideas, and at this point we're evaluating personnel and we're
continuing to evaluate our personnel, not just at the QB position but every position, and
we're going to try to complement the guys we have here with the draft and free agency.
That's what we're working on currently.
On Jay Fiedler being the starting quarterback…
Mike (Tannenbaum) and I are in the process of working through all personnel. As soon as
we have any decisions regarding personnel or anything else, we'll get that to you as
quickly as we can.
On when Chad Pennington will throw competitively…
Chad is in the rehab process and that's what he's working on, working as hard as he can to
get better. He's taking it daytoday, and that's his current status. He's working as
hard as he can to get back as quickly as possible.
On a timetable for Pennington’s throwing…
Chad is taking his rehab daytoday, working as hard as he can at it, and as soon as he
can get in a position to do anything more, that's when that will take place.
On the starting QB…
You know, I think, like I said, with all of our personnel, we're evaluating as we go.
That's a hypothetical question that at this point that I can't answer.
On negotiations between Mike Tannenbaum and Chad Pennington’s agent…
As I've said before, contracts are something that we don't discuss publicly.
On Terry Bradway’s role in the organization…
Terry Bradway, I can't say enough about Terry; I can't thank him enough for bringing me
here. He's a tremendous asset to the organization, and he's working along with Mike and I
to help us through this process, and he's been great. I think Terry's role is continuing
to evolve and he's doing whatever he can to help us win.
On what Bryan Cox will bring to the defensive unit…
I really had the pleasure of coaching Bryan Cox and I've been friends with him for a long
time. I think he was a tremendous player, and he's a great person. I think he's going to
be an outstanding coach. I think this is an excellent opportunity for him, an excellent
opportunity for us. Brian is going to be a real asset to the staff.
On Special Teams Coordinator, Mike Westhoff...
I was able to sit down with Mike and spend a lot of time with him. I think as a
competitor, playing against Mike's special teams, they've always been outstanding, always
been wellcoached. He's been successful for a long time. I'm really happy he's here. I
think that he's done a great job and he's going to continue to do a great job, and it does
provide some continuity.
On franchising John Abraham…
Like I said before, we're working through all the personnel decisions today and tomorrow.
It's an ongoing process, and as soon as I have anything for you, I will get it to you as
quickly as possible.
On waiting until Thursday to announce Abraham’s status…
I think that over the next couple days, as soon as we come to the decisions, we're going
to get them out to you right away.
On the strength program…
I have a ton of respect for Markus Paul. I've worked with Markus Paul. I know that this
system works. This system has six Super Bowl rings behind it. It's a proven system, and
I believe in it 100 percent. I believe in Markus Paul 100 percent, so I have nothing but
absolute faith that that's going to continue to prove the results that it's had
On Abraham being on the team next year…
John Abraham is an excellent player and a good person and a very good competitor, and I
know that he's committed to winning and I'm committed to winning. I look forward to
working with John.
On his coaching style…
I think that it's a style that is going to try to do the things that I relied on before. I
believe that you need to have the ability to attack weaknesses, take away strengths and
maximize the personnel that you have on your team. I think that flexibility is important.
On his thought about moving forward…
These are all things that we're working on, the salary cap. All this is a process. All
the different areas of the team are things that we're working on, and I'm very comfortable
with where we are. I think that systematically we're going to keep moving forward in all
On the rebuilding taking one or two years…
Like I said before, I think all of this is a process. I'm looking for constant
improvement, and that's how I'm going to evaluate the team is constantly improving.
On watching QBs closely at the combine…
I've got to tell you at the combine I'm going to be watching every position I can.
On Chad Pennington’s playing ability…
Like I said, I've competed against Chad. I know the things that he's capable of doing. I
know the type of person he is and the commitment he has to get better and consistently
improve, and I respect that. I respect Chad as much as I can respect any player. I'm
excited to work with Chad.
On Chad Pennington being the starting QB…
I don't know how many ways that I can say this, but everybody here is going to compete for
a starting spot. They're going to compete for lots of spots. I'm going to play the best
players. That's what I believe in.
On Brooks Bollinger…
I think Brooks is a tough player, and I'm excited to work with him, too. He's another guy
that is in the mixture, and we're going to play the best players. I think that everybody
is in the competition for every starting job. Everybody is in the competition to make the
roster. That's how we view it philosophically.
On his first meeting with Chad Pennington…
Chad and I have visited on more than one occasion, and we've talked several times, and I
enjoy talking to Chad.
On what they talked about…
Chad and I have talked about a lot of different issues, and my philosophy with each
position is really the same.
On the press speaking with coaching assistants…
We just got the staff in place. That policy is something that we're working on. Like I
said before, I want to work with you guys as much as possible, and as soon as I know
something there, I'll let you know.
On having talked to John Abraham…
I have not talked to John Abraham, no.
On the salary cap being an issue…
Like I said, all the areas are areas that we're working on. I'm very comfortable with
where we are. I'm very comfortable with the approach that we're taking. It's a
systematic approach that we're going to stay with.
On the defense…
I think that, like I said before, we're going to evaluate what our strengths are in terms
of the personnel that we have, the personnel that we bring in. Whether it's 34, 43 or
any of those other issues, we're just going to do whatever is the best to beat the
opponent on Sunday.
On Ty Law…
He's a guy that I've worked with a long time. He's a guy that I respect, and with all the
other personnel discussions that we've had and the things you've asked about, we'll have
some more information, and as soon as we do, we'll get it to you.
On who will call the defensive plays…
Bob Sutton will call the defensive plays.
On Mike Sherman turning down the offensive coordinator position…
Any of the coaching decisions that we've made, I've made personally. I made the decision
to hire Brian, and I think that, like I said before, Brian is a great talent and he's
smart. I'm very happy that Brian is here. Look, this has all been there's been a lot
of coaches come through here. The process has been consistent. I really don't want to
talk about those types of issues.
On former LB Bryan Cox coaching the defensive line…
I think that Bryan is a guy that can add value to the linebacker spot. I think he can add
value to the defensive line spot. He's going to add value to the defensive staff whatever
role he's in, and it was something I wanted to do to help Bryan expand as a coach, and I
think that in all areas of the defense he'll be an asset to us.
On Richie Anderson joining the staff…
Richie is another guy that I think is going to be an outstanding coach. With regard to
Richie or Sam Gash or Bryan Cox, we added Rick Lyle, as well, he's going to be working
with strength and conditioning and we added Jerome Henderson with player programs. All
these are guys that I've worked with, I have a lot of respect for, and I think are going
to really add value to the staff, both through their experience as players and the
intangibles they bring, so I'm excited about all those guys.
On being in the playoffs next year…
Look, I've said it before. We're going to evaluate everything based on progress and do
everything we can to make sure we're making progress.
On his first month as a Head Coach…
It's been extremely busy. I know I said in my press conference I'd be working night and
day, and that's been literally the case. We've been working hard to get things moving in
the right direction, and I feel that that's where we're headed. There are a lot of good
people here that have been extremely helpful, and I've been able to rely on them. I guess
busy would be the key word.
On who’s traveling to the combine…
All the coaches will be at the combine and the normal group of scouts and the standard
On where Jay Fiedler is rehabbing…
Jay is rehabbing at the complex, yes.
On his status…
He's just like everybody else. He's working as hard as he can to get back.
On if there’s a meeting between Mike Tannenbaum and Chad Pennington’s agent…
That's one of those things, one of those questions you'd have to ask Mike