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Good move IMO. A fresh face and a fresh start is just what the doctor ordered in New York. It also takes away one of Belicheck's good upcoming coordinators.

Updated: Jan. 16, 2006, 10:16 PM ET

Mangini accepts offer to become new Jets coach

ESPN.com news services

The New York Jets wrapped up their search for a new coach Monday when Patriots defensive coordinator Eric Mangini accepted the club's offer to replace Herm Edwards.

Mangini, who becomes the youngest head coach in the NFL at 34 (he turns 35 on Thursday), and the Jets were finalizing the deal late Monday, ESPN.com's Michael Smith reports. An official announcement is expected Tuesday.

The Jets moved quickly Monday after former Vikings coach Mike Tice, the final candidate to meet with the team, was brought in for an interview. The Associated Press reported that Jets assistant coaches had been told to report to work Wednesday, indicating a decision would be made by then.

Mangini, who has spent 10 of his 11 years as an NFL assistant working with Patriots coach Bill Belichick, emerged as the leading candidate last week. He is regarded as one of the brightest defensive minds in the game.

Magnini also has close ties to Jets assistant GM Mike Tannenbaum. Mangini was an assistant with the Jets from 1997-99, working with Belichick in the secondary, and he and Tannenbaum also worked together in Cleveland in the mid-1990s.

With Mangini getting the job, it is believed that defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson, offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger and special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff will probably be out. All three interviewed for the head coaching job, as did former Saints coach Jim Haslett, former Rams interim coach Joe Vitt and Giants defensive coordinator Tim Lewis.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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