Originally Posted by Vinny Testaverde's Niece
Which Rex coached. Proves my point. Give him a roster and he'll coach it. SF roster is better.
Mangini had that team 8-3 before Favre tore his bicep and continued to play him finishing 9-7.
While Rex did have to deal with coaching a rookie QB, he also had some key upgrades that Mangini did not have in Bart Scott (over Eric Barton), Jim Leonhard (over David Barrett/Abram Elam), and Braylon Edwards (over a broken down Laverneus Coles). Not to mention Shonn Greene was added to Thomas Jones providing a fresh power runner late in games.
Rex's first season ended with the same 9-7 record as Mangini's the prior year. But there were 2 main differences.
1. Rex entered at 7-7 vs 2 teams that had nothing to play for- Indy laid down the second half and Cinci didnt bother showing up at all. Had both of these teams played a full game Rex could have easily finished 7-9 or 8-8 meaning no playoffs.
2. In 2009, 9-7 was good enough to make the playoffs while the same record did not qualify the Jets in 2008 and cost Mangini his Job