Mangini Responds to Questions About Holmgren’s Arrival

(On if he has spoken to Mike Holmgren about this season or going forward)- “We spoke a little bit last week, early in the week, but it wasn’t overall big picture stuff. It was more some operational things that he had questions about that I could help him with. We spoke for a little while last week.”

(On if Holmgren gave him a sense of his plans for him)- “That wasn’t where I was going. That wasn’t where he was going. I think he appreciates, as much as anybody, the importance of being able to focus on the task at hand. That’s what I’ve been doing and that’s what I’ll continue to do. That’s what I think the group is doing a great job of, coaches, players. It was about the Raiders last week and it’ll be about Jacksonville this week.”

(On if he can adjust what he likes to do offensively to Holmgren’s West Coast system)- “I never have gotten into the whole ‘coast’ thing. I feel like a rapper (joking). We brought in Bill Callahan last year to the Jets and he had a strong West Coast background. There are elements of that offense that I really like that we incorporated into our offense. We had (Brian) Schottenheimer, he was of the digit system, they don’t have a coast, but that’s an offense philosophy and that was our base philosophy and then (Brian) Daboll brought in, sort of, the New England philosophy. My goal was to take the best from those three systems, fuse it together and make it our system. There are great concepts in all of them and to take the best, I think, is important. It’s the same thing defensively. You get different guys as they come into the family they add their ideas. Rob Ryan’s affected the way that we’ve run defense, not just here, but when he was in New England. I remember there was a night in training camp where he and I were watching his dad’s stuff from Houston and I was nominated to bring it into Bill (Belichick). The Will 6Z and all that stuff, I just showed him some of those things and we incorporated it during Thanksgiving that year out of our turkey front, which is a formation of the 4-6 and then it worked well. Then we translated that into a diamond front, which is a nickel and a ruby front, which was dime. That year, it was ’01 when we put it in, Ty Law’s pick came off of a variation of that original defense that we had sort of brought in from Rob’s background. The way that we played the Eagles in the Super Bowl against them, that was a variation of what Buddy (Ryan) had done years ago, the old 4-6 wide. We played that almost the whole game against the Eagles. Rob had run it against Texas when Ricky Williams was there and it looked good for what we were doing against Philly. It’s always you’re trying to fuse different things in. We had Noel Mazzone in New York who was familiar with all of the college stuff and when we got Brad Smith he became our, sort of, Brad Smith package guy for all the, I forget what we called it, but all the college stuff that pro guys don’t really have a lot of exposure to and we don’t defend very often.”

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One Response to “Mangini Responds to Questions About Holmgren’s Arrival”

  1. Denolakes says:

    No matter what happens to Mangini, he’ll land on his feet. Losing your job at this level is not like being on the unemployment line for $300 a week.

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