Originally Posted by kennyo7
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
lol you make bart scott sound like lawarce taylor.. Scott was an upgrade, but he was past whatever small prime he had.. Leonard? sure, he was important because he knew Rex's system and mke sure guys were where they were suppose to be, took the calls.. Rex didnt have the luxury of the great Chris Jenkins who only played in 6 games combined 09, 10? I believe jenkins played most of 08..
Yet Rex took Jets defense tht was ranked 17th, 18th in 07/08 and made it 1st and 3rd 09/10. Dont tell me bart scott was the reason lol.. Mangini road the back of a healthy very effective brett farve to 8-3 before his injury..after Mangini had no answers without a healthy farve.. So if he had a full yearof sanchez in 09 = to having a full year of a hurt farve, mangini wouldnt have won more than 3 games in 09. because with him as coach and not Rex D is back to ranked 17th.. a 17th ranked D was not carrying mark like the #1 D in the league did..