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Rex credits “best in the NFL” Mangold for Jets’ offensive turnaround

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The Jets’ offense appears to be on the right track after some rough stretches this season, and Jets coach Rex Ryan credits one player for that more than any other: Center Nick Mangold.

Ryan was asked today about the offensive line looking much better now than it did earlier in the season, and he sang the praises of Mangold for getting the offense going.

“I think the big thing was getting Mangold back healthy,” Ryan said, in comments distributed by the team’s PR staff. “I think that was the biggest deal. You figure you can replace a center, but a center at that level? Mangold is the best in the league. I think we all realize that now. We all knew it anyway, but when we never had him for that stretch, obviously, we really missed him. Our entire offense, the way we’ve practiced these last couple of weeks, I don’t know want to say it’s a different offense, but the bugs are out. We’re at a high level right now. Wednesday practices are good. Thursday practices are good. Friday practices are good. I think that leads you to, obviously, play much better on Sunday.

Mangold missed the Jets’ games against the Raiders and the Ravens, and the Jets lost both of them, with the offensive line often looking out of sorts without him. The offense still isn’t the Jets’ strength, but with Mangold up front it looks competent.

And Ryan is starting to feel more confident. He joked with reporters that they soon may be hearing the brash head coach openly talking about the Super Bowl again.

“Right now, we’re fighting for our playoff lives,” Ryan said. “We have to get in the playoffs before we can talk Super Bowl, then we will.”

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39 Responses to “Rex credits “best in the NFL” Mangold for Jets’ offensive turnaround”
  1. musiccitymiracle says: Dec 16, 2011 4:59 PM

    Sanchez is a poor man’s Tim Tebow.

  2. ampats says: Dec 16, 2011 5:00 PM

    Where’s the love for Mark Sanchez or the outstanding game plans by Schotty ?

    Happy 43rd !

  3. fissels says: Dec 16, 2011 5:01 PM

    He’s right. Mangold is the best

  4. raynman49 says: Dec 16, 2011 5:04 PM

    No wonder. He looks like his twin!

  5. wtf_seriously says: Dec 16, 2011 5:04 PM

    Mangold is the best at that position in the NFL. But really…can you try to get a better picture of him, please?

  6. caseyanthonymunoz says: Dec 16, 2011 5:04 PM

    This fat slob has lost all credibility. Yeah Mankins is a great player but after Rex guaranteeing Super Bowls and boasting about all that other garbage that isn’t true, you can’t believe a word he says. He actually claims Sanchez is a good QB for God’s sake.

  7. nyjalleffingday says: Dec 16, 2011 5:06 PM

    Mangold is a beast.


    Tebow is a poor mans Sanchez.

  8. mh28102 says: Dec 16, 2011 5:08 PM

    Sanchez just wins….yet Tebow gets all the love

  9. bleed4philly says: Dec 16, 2011 5:08 PM

    Dude looks pregnant. On Sunday his water’s gonna break. Go birds.

  10. nyyjetsknicks says: Dec 16, 2011 5:10 PM

    Mangold is a beast, Wayne Hunter is terrible. He gets beat at least 5 times this weekend and gets called for holding st least twice.

  11. minnesconsin says: Dec 16, 2011 5:14 PM

    mangold is a beast. i don’t know enough about centers around the league, but it’s to the point that i can’t take anything rex says seriously. has there ever been a coach more prone to hyperbole?

  12. rtookey says: Dec 16, 2011 5:17 PM

    Oh great, Rex won a few games, back to the stories of him boasting about his AMAAAZZIINNGGGG football team again.

  13. bozosforall says: Dec 16, 2011 5:20 PM

    ampats says:
    Dec 16, 2011 5:00 PM
    Where’s the love for Mark Sanchez or the outstanding game plans by Schotty ?

    Happy 43rd !

    Where’s the love for grampats and his male lover of a half-century?

    Happy 50th!

  14. portnoychunk says: Dec 16, 2011 5:21 PM

    …everyone with a brain credits playing the Bills, Redskins, and Chiefs for the Jets offensive turnaround. Losses to the Eagles and Giants will have Rexy moping again.

  15. rollore says: Dec 16, 2011 5:23 PM

    @musiccitymiracle: Poor man’s Tim Tebow? Isn’t he making more than TT? Furthermore, “Tebowing” or praying (what TT does) is stupid because you’re supposed to do that when you do something awful.

    And that’s what TT represents: Something awful.

  16. snarkzilla says: Dec 16, 2011 5:23 PM

    Sanchez is a mediocre QB. An avid fan of musical theatre and 17 year old white chicks, he would be best suited as a dresser.

  17. bbk1000 says: Dec 16, 2011 5:26 PM

    look at pics of his sister…..a football player as well….she might be tougher and bigger…

  18. thom4msu says: Dec 16, 2011 5:30 PM

    Rex makes it a point to get in the news daily.

  19. mrsryansfamoustoejam says: Dec 16, 2011 5:39 PM

    If anyone can get the Jets’ foot in the playoff door, it’s my Rexy!

  20. boilerup1869 says: Dec 16, 2011 5:41 PM

    It wouldn’t be an authentic Rex comment if it didn’t include superlatives or extremes.

    Example Rexist statements:

    “We’ve got the best defense in the NFL”
    “I’ll take the biggest order of fries you’ve got”
    “That’s the sexiest pair of feet I’ve seen today”


  21. dlk47823 says: Dec 16, 2011 5:58 PM

    CaseyAnthony- Learn to read idiot. What does Logan Mankins have anything to do with this story? And why would you tale the name of a baby killer mixed with an all pro tackle? You’ve got issues, dude.

  22. altoon88 says: Dec 16, 2011 6:04 PM

    Mangold the best in the NFL at his position, Wayne Hunter the worst in the NFL at his position.

  23. ekash7 says: Dec 16, 2011 6:24 PM

    when will rex learn to stop overhyping his players

  24. greendreams6 says: Dec 16, 2011 6:28 PM

    Mangold is not overhyped, he’s the best Center in the NFL.

  25. totallyuselessme says: Dec 16, 2011 6:52 PM

    Rex Ryan is wrong on many things. This is not one of them.

    Nick Mangold makes the pass protection work and he makes the run blocking work on that team. He’s far more integral than any other piece of that offensive squad, period.

  26. afc22 says: Dec 16, 2011 7:06 PM

    As a Jets fan i’ll say Mangold isn’t overhyped, but some of the guys here are right….Rex says this sort of thing so often there’s no way for the casual fan to know if it’s true or not

  27. clevername1 says: Dec 16, 2011 7:22 PM

    I am a Pats fan, but I would argue that Pouncey is in the conversation.

    But what perplexes me is why some of you people bring up Tebow and HIS faith when the article(s) have nothing to do with either.

    Merry Christm…..errr…Happy Holidays to you all!

  28. fittytuckin says: Dec 16, 2011 7:54 PM

    Chris Meyers of the Texans would have something to say about that.

  29. lilrob10201 says: Dec 16, 2011 8:51 PM

    Have you seen Mangold’s sister ?She is one strong big woman.

  30. dd393 says: Dec 16, 2011 8:52 PM

    Nick Mangold looks like he’s beating Rex to the buffet.

  31. jets624 says: Dec 16, 2011 9:10 PM

    Wait and see!!! BEAST MODE!!!!!!

  32. mangoldbond says: Dec 16, 2011 9:46 PM

    I’d comment…but do I really need to? Best center in the league mixed with ball powder is my forte…

  33. haywoodjablomee says: Dec 16, 2011 10:53 PM

    I think defensive lineman avoid him because it looks like he is ready to blow sanitary. Also, shut the fu*k up Rex.

  34. jetsfan136 says: Dec 16, 2011 11:15 PM

    Must be scary being in the same room with caseyanthonymunoz when the Jets are on and Sanchez is having a good game. 🙂

  35. richm2256 says: Dec 16, 2011 11:52 PM

    mh28102 says:
    Sanchez just wins

    Right …….. 8-5, dude always wins.


  36. pacificajim says: Dec 17, 2011 1:15 AM

    Is that Mangold in the picture or Rob Ryan trying to squeeze into a Jets uniform for some reason???

  37. promin1 says: Dec 17, 2011 8:09 AM

    LOL…so funny watching the Jet fans come out of their holes after they win a few games against the worst teams in the league. Fail.

  38. nickmangoldsbeard says: Dec 17, 2011 2:19 PM

    In related news, Mangold credits me, his beard for his success.

  39. jetfan78 says: Dec 18, 2011 6:45 AM

    Mangold is probably the only solid and consistent offensive player right now on the jets… underrated. Sanchez is a mess… all he is good for is looking stupid.

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