When Eric Mangini arrived in New York, fans knew he would also be cleaning house, removing older players that did not fit his plans. Among the casualties was perennial Pro bowler, Kevin Mawae. Practically a shoe-in for the Hall of Fame, Mawae was the identity of the Jets’ offensive line for years. He epitomized that hard-nosed nasty that fans love to see out of players. Fans feared he’d be irreplaceable.
Fortunately, Mangini’s plan to re-build the team from the trenches involved selecting Nick Mangold. Chosen 29th Overall in the 2006 NFL Draft, the Ohio State Buckeye was a key component in Mangini’s plans.
While fans feared that Mawae’s departure would leave a massive void in the overall quality of play and leadership, Mangold’s arrival made the transition painless. The quality of play has not missed a step, and fans are even more excited with Mangold’s incredible upside.
In fact, the sooner Kevin Mawae retires, the sooner Mangold can purchase a timeshare in Hawaii.
Allowing only two sacks in his 33 starts, Mangold provides the type of protection quarterbacks dream about. He stepped into his role nicely, barking out all of the necessary line calls and commanding the offensive line the way a center should.
With the addition of Alan Faneca to the offensive line, Mangold’s impressive play is certain to benefit from the veteran presence.
Mangold has shown the necessary tools to continue his development as an elite center. He’s a tough player, shaking off bumps and bruises to remain on the field for his team. Mangold is the type of player the Jets’ wanted to build around when they spent money to improve the line.