Originally Posted by Braumeister
Look at the Jets team he inherited from Herm in 2006:
- Terrible O-Line
- No RBs
- No QB
- Crappy defense
Then look at the team he left Rex in 2009:
- Best O-Line in football
- 2 very good RBs
- Still no QB
- The building blocks to a top defense (great NT, All-World CB, Decent LBs)
He missed the playoffs for various reasons, but there's no denying he left the team in much better shape than when he first got here.
As for pushing to get his guy, Mangini didn't have to trade picks to get his first round bust. Rex gave up picks and players for his (Sanchez).
He had a QB, he couldn't stay healthy. People continually seem to forget that Pennington was an above average QB when he was healthy.