Get off Mangini's back

This is getting a little out of hand. It's time to cut the coach some slack.

True, calling three runs in a row, from inside the five, wasn't the best strategy against New England. But the amount of criticism Mangini is getting over this is out of control.

Half the questions at Monday's press conference were about these three plays. Fan message boards are preoccupied with it.

Enough already. As Brett Favre has said, if one of these runs had worked, nobody would be saying a word.

I think we need to show the coach a little more respect. As he said on Monday, "these decisions aren't made in a vacuum."

Mangini and his coaches work 14-16 hours a day designing these game plans. Sometimes they don't work, but it's not due to a lack of effort.

The coach clearly wants the Jets to become a power running team this year. Something they weren't last year. That is why they signed Alan Faneca and Damien Woody and hired Bill Callahan. They don't want to be pushed around anymore.

Perhaps the coach was trying to make a statement with these three plays. If it had worked, the line would have felt real good about themselves. It didn't work, but I get the feeling it's going to work real soon. Maybe this group, with two new parts, and Callahan's new philosophy, wasn't ready for this challenge, just yet.

But I think they will be soon. Callahan is an offensive line genius and one of the Jets best assistant coach hires ever. He will get this group playing on a high level real soon. You can write that down.

And as for this - "let Favre be Favre" stuff I'm reading all over, it's shortsighted.

Some writers are accusing Mangini of not letting Favre do his thing.

Well how can he do his thing when he only knows half the offense and is still struggling getting the team in-and-out of the huddle? This isn't a criticism of #4, but the fact is he's only been here five weeks, and he's "swimming" as Mangini likes to say.

Favre is still finding his way. I think after the bye week, he will be fine. But right now his head's spinning and understandably so.

You don't want Favre running around playing street yard ball against New England's complex defense. That is foolish. They'd make him look real bad.

Mangini is protecting him now with a more conservative approach, and this is smart. That is what you do with a quarterback that just arrived, no matter who it is.

It's time for everyone to chill out.

With Favre and so many new parts added this off-season,there are going to be some growing pains.

Be a little patient.

After the bye week, I think this team should be poised to go on a roll.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the 16 people killed by terrorists at the U.S. Embassy in Yemen on Wednesday.

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