Of all the foolish organizational moves made by the Lerner organization, this is by far the foulest smelling and most classless of the bunch.
Lets summarize - Lerner who earlier stated he wanted a strong GM centric organization, is shocked that Mangini has embarrassing photos of Lerner that involve midgets, animals, and a bearded lady from the circus. By the way, the bearded lady was clad in a boyscout uniform, including the shorts that ride up to the thigh. He then scraps all his organizational plans and gives Mangini the keys to the organization.
Mangini then selects his loyal sidekick, who just may have been the photog in the above scenario. This guy dutifully serves Mangini, and Lerner. He has a reputation as a team guy, and a hard worker. Now he is classlessly cast aside, a scapegoat for the mess that Mangini and Lerner have made. Let me guess the grounds for dismissal:
- George - what were you thinking when you traded for and signed all those Jets?
- Did you really think that Alex Mack was as good as Nick Mangold?
- I told you that neither QB was no good and you get me Ratliff?
This move stinks. It stinks so bad that the rest of the league will smell it. Lerner knows he made the wrong hire in Mangini - but he found it easier to fire the guy Mangini brought in than to admit that he made the mistake.