The New York Jets have named Eric Mangini as their new head coach on Tuesday, making him the youngest head coach in the NFL at age 35. Mangini was named the New England Patriots defensive coordinator last year since Romeo Crennel had left to become the head coach for the Cleveland Browns.
Mangini will replace Herman Edwards, who was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs after coaching the Jets for five seasons. Mangini was hired a few hours after the team interviewed former Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Tice. Right now, it is believed that Mangini will make between $2 and $2.5 million per year over five years.
The Jets were impressed with the defensive coaching job that Mangini has done in his career, including with the Patriots last year. The Jets may also hope that Mangini can help thheir team defeat the Bill Belichick, a rival of the team.
"He definitely has the ability to be a great coach in this league," said Patriots defensive end Richard Seymour. "He has a lot of tools that it takes. He's very poised. He's a smart guy. He understands defenses and how to take things away from offenses, so he'll probably have a lot of success in this league."
It is believed that Jets defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson, offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger, and special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff will be let go so that Mangini can bring in his own staff.
Mangini will have a lot of decisions to make as the teams head coach. He'll have to decide whether or not the team will stick with quarterback Chad Pennington, bring in a veteran, or draft someone like Matt Leinart. The Jets are also unsure whether or not running back Curtis Martin will return or not.