A statement from Eric Mangini, the Jets' former head coach, released through the team's public relations department this evening:
"I appreciate the opportunity that Woody and Mike gave me for the past three years as the head coach of the New York Jets. The organization has terrific people and I wish the Jets nothing but success.
"The time and effort invested by the coaches and players was tremendous and I value that beyond words. We worked hard to achieve two winning seasons out of the past three. I regret that we could not reach our goals for this year.
"I will always appreciate the passion and support of the fans as our focus was trying to build them a championship-caliber foundation and team."