Baker says Jets tanked 2007 by trading Pete

On Thursday, dismayed tight end Chris Baker said the Jets management tanked the 2007 season by trading Pete Kendall without a backup plan. Here is Eric Mangini's response.

"I've been on teams that have lost players in pre­season, they've lost players at the start of the season, they lost players mid­season and have played with a lot of different combinations of people," said Mangini. "It's a really good group of guys we had last year. It's a good group of guys we have this year. I saw the way they worked every day, the way they continued to battle through those games and try to win the games. We were trying to win every game, saw consistency in their effort and their approach. I think one person doesn't make or break any season. It's a function of everybody working together and everybody doing the best they can. Like I said, last year all of us ­ myself, coaches, players ­ could have done a better job. That's what we're trying to do now."


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