In a rather interesting piece, ESPN’s new piece reports that now Browns head coach Eric Mangini never wanted anything to do with now Vikings QB Brett Favre. Here’s a piece from ESPN NY about the situation involving Mangini and Favre.
Rich Cimini of ESPNNew York reported that Mangini wasn’t on board with the Favre trade. Publicly, none of the principles confirmed that and Mangini always has talked around it, using his Mangini-speak, but the following passage makes it pretty clear where he stood on Favre, here’s a couple of graphs from Wickersham’s story, describing how GM Mike Tannenbaum and owner Woody Johnson pushed for the trade: “In August, 2008, the Packers were trying to trade Favre. Mangini didn’t want him. He considered Favre a hired gun, and he wanted to develop Kellen Clemens and Brett Ratliff. (My two cents: No mention of Chad Pennington, who still was on the roster.) But Tannenbaum and Jets owner Woody Johnson expressed interest in Favre, while also vowing that Mangini’s job was safe, no matter what. And with Favre on the verge of accepting a trade to Tampa, the coach’s competitiveness took over.
“‘I wanted to win,’ he says. So he scheduled a five-minute phone call with Favre for the next morning, then went home and read Hello, He Lied, a book that talks about successfully pitching movies to studio execs in only a few minutes. Mangini developed his selling points: The Jets were better than the Bucs, and New Jersey’s hunting and fishing scene was better than Tampa’s. Favre, seduced, ended up chatting for an hour …” Wickerstam goes on to recount the Jets’ collapse, adding, “The one thing Mangini couldn’t do was bench a future Hall of Famer for whom he had mortgaged the season. The night he was fired, the coach sat on his couch, thinking, You sold yourself out.”
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