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Man-genius appreciated after his time

Jets showed Mangini the door after '08; now they praise him as they prepare to meet

Updated: November 14, 2010, 11:35 AM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- It's the craziest thing. Nearly two years after applauding his removal, the New York Jets are talking about Eric Mangini as though he's a Man-genius. It's like 2006 all over again.

They're impressed with his clever game plans, his team's discipline and his ability to dissect opponents. Mangini has grown up to be the coach the Jets thought he could be, and they face him Sunday in Cleveland.

That, quite frankly, could be a troublesome matchup for ...

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