Mangini speaks

Jets plan to split the tight end position between two coaches.

"What we are going to do with the tight ends is that Mike Devlin and Richie Anderson will share the position - Mike will coach them when it comes to the running game and Richie will handle the passing game," said Jets coach Eric Mangini . . .

Running back Curtis Martin isn't guaranteed the starting tailback job next year.

"Curtis is going to be in the competition for the starting running back job," said Mangini . . .

Mangini refuses to announce whether he will play the 3-4 or 4-3 defense. The team will likely alternate between the two systems . . .

"We will play whatever gives us the best chance to win on Sunday," said Mangini . . .

What is former GM Terry Bradway's new role?

"He is a tremendous asset to the organization," said Mangini. "His role is continuing to evolve." . . .

The Jets have retained Markus Paul as strength coach despite a reported 25 players being overweight last year.

"I know this system works, it produced six Super Bowl rings," said Mangini.

Brooks Bollinger will be given a chance to compete for the starting quarterback job. Unlike past coaches, Mangini will truly will have an open competition for every position. That is the New England Patriot way. It isn't just lip service.

"Everybody is in competition for starting job,' said Mangini. "That is our philosophy." . . .

Mangini will not call the defensive plays, despite his background as a coordinator.

"Bob Sutton will call the defensive plays," said Mangini . . .

Former Jet Bryan Cox was added to the staff as assistant defensive line coach, which was surprising considering he was a former linebacker.

"Bryan can add value to the linebacker spot and defensive line spot," said Mangini. "It was something I wanted to do to help Bryan expand." . . .

Aside from the coaching staff being assembled, the team also added former Jet Jerome Henderson as director of player programs . . .

As for injured quarterbacks Chad Pennington and Jay Fieldler, Mangini didn't shed much light on their situations. But did say the Fiedler is rehabbing at the team's complex. This might mean he is still in the team's plan, and could end up as the starting quarterback.


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