Jets continue search for a new head coach

Published: Monday, January 16, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 16, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
The New York Jets interviewed Patriots defensive coordinator Eric Mangini on Sunday night for their vacant head coaching job.
General manager Terry Bradway and assistant GM Mike Tannenbaum met with Mangini in the Foxborough, Mass., area. The two then returned to New York to prepare for their interview with former Vikings coach Mike Tice today.
The Jets are expected to move quickly once the interview with Tice is over. They are trying to replace coach Herman Edwards, who left for Kansas City.
Mangini, who turns 35 this week, appears to be the top name on the Jets' list. But his inexperience and age could be a factor. There are several things working in his favor, including his ties to Tannenbaum and the Jets, where he served as an assistant from 1997-99.
He also has spent most of his career learning from Patriots coach Bill Belichick. It is believed Mangini would take the job if it was offered to him. After a 27-13 playoff loss to Denver on Saturday night, Patriots defensive end Richard Seymour vouched for Mangini.
"He definitely has the ability to be a great coach in this league," Seymour said. "He has a lot of tools that it takes. He's very poised. He's a smart guy. He understands defenses and how to take things away from offenses, so he'll probably have a lot of success in this league."
The Jets have already spoken to six others: former Saints coach Jim Haslett, former Rams interim coach Joe Vitt, Giants defensive coordinator Tim Lewis, and Jets assistants Donnie Henderson, Mike Heimerdinger, Mike Westhoff.
When the Jets hired Herman Edwards, he also had no head coaching experience though he was older than Mangini.
If the Jets opt to go for a veteran coach, Tice could be their guy. Though he has some spotty marks on his resume - including ticket scalping and the infamous bye-week boat party - he could provide a hard edge and some more discipline than Edwards.
COLTS: Colts Cornerback Nick Harper's wife told police she accidentally stabbed her husband while waving a filet knife at him during an argument, according to court documents.
Daniell Harper, 31, remained in the Hamilton County Jail, where she was being held without bond on preliminary charges of battery with a deadly weapon and criminal recklessness, both felonies.
Sheriff Doug Carter said he was waiting for a judge to determine the conditions for the woman's release. The county prosecutor also must review the case.
Nick Harper, 31, phoned 911 about 3:45 p.m. Saturday and was treated at an Indianapolis hospital after deputies and paramedics found him with a puncture wound to his right knee, police said.
His wife told police the stabbing had been accidental, Sheriff's Department Sgt. Kevin W. Fessel said.
PACKERS: Jeff Jagodzinski is returning to his home state as the team's offensive coordinator.
He worked with new Packers coach Mike McCarthy in Green Bay in 1999, when Jagodzinski was tight ends coach and McCarthy was quarterbacks coach. Jagodzinski held his post until 2003.
"He's an excellent football coach," McCarthy said in announcing the move. "His No. 1 strength is the interior and my strength is with the quarterback and the exterior."
Former coach Mike Sherman fired Jagodzinski after the Packers' NFC divisional playoff loss at Philadelphia in 2003. Sherman was fired Jan. 2 after a 4-12 season, the team's worst in 15 years, and replaced by McCarthy on Thursday.

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