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Jets owe Eric Mangini debt of gratitude

The former leader of Gang Green helped set foundation for the team's current success

Updated: November 9, 2010, 9:29 AM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

He started out as a young Man-genius, but he went from Boy Wonder to Whipping Boy in a New York minute. Eric Mangini brought out the best and worst in Gotham football fans -- the smiles and the fangs.

No, the former New York Jets coach isn't fondly remembered in these parts, but with the first Mangini Bowl coming Sunday in Cleveland, this is a good time for Jets Nation to thank the man for his legacy. Yeah, you read that correctly -- thank him.

For some of your best players, including ...

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