FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Jets have fired coach
Eric Mangini (man-JEE'-nee).
The Jets started the season 8-and-3 after acquiring unretired
quarterback Brett Favre (fahrv) in a trade. But Favre had just two
touchdown passes and nine interceptions over the last five outings
as the Jets went 1-and-4 and failed to make it into postseason play
for the second straight year.
The 37-year-old Mangini was 23-and-26 in three seasons in his
first head coaching job.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- The Lions are putting the NFL's
worst-ever season in their rear view mirror. They fired coach Rod
Marinelli less than 24 hours after a 31-21 loss at Green Bay capped
the league's first 0-and-16 campaign. That run of futility pushed
aside Tampa Bay's 1976 expansion season of 0-and-14 as the league's
But it wasn't just the 2008 campaign that cost Marinelli his
job. The former Buccaneers assistant won only one of his last 24
games and was 10-and-38 in the three years after former team
president Matt Millen gave him his first head coaching job.
Millen was fired from his post three months ago.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- A 4-and-12 season has cost Romeo Crennel
(kreh-NEHL') his job as coach of the Browns. His dismissal follows
on the heels of the weekend firing of general manager Phil Savage.
Crennel went 24-and-40 in four seasons with the Browns, who
entered 2008 with huge expectations but collapsed amid a series of
injuries and uneven play on offense and defense. They didn't score
an offensive touchdown while losing their last six games and posted
their fifth season of at least 10 losses in six years.
Crennel had three years left on a contract extension he signed
in January after the Browns went 10-and-6 and just missed the
Browns owner Randy Lerner says he's already spoken with Bill
Cowher about the club's vacancy and the former Pittsburgh Steelers
head coach wasn't interested.