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Mangini agrees to coach Jets

Patriots defensive coordinator Eric Mangini has agreed to become the new head coach of the New York Jets.

The deal, first reported by ESPN.com, was confirmed by a team source late last night. .

Mangini met with Jets general manager Terry Bradway and assistant GM Mike Tannenbaum in Providence Sunday, the day after New England's season ended with a 27-13 loss in Denver.

The Jets interviewed former Vikings coach Mike Tice yesterday, but he left the New York area late in the afternoon. Shortly thereafter, the Jets contacted Mangini and made an offer.

Efforts to reach Mangini for comment were unsuccessful.

The Jets interviewed six candidates besides Mangini and Tice: former Saints coach Jim Haslett, former Rams interim coach Joe Vitt, Jets offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger, Jets defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson, Giants defensive coordinator Tim Lewis, and Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff.

Mangini was intriguing to team owner Woody Johnson because of his ties with Bill Belichick and his knowledge of the Patriots' system.

Mangini has had the backing of Tannenbaum, a close friend, although Bradway appeared to be enamored with Tice.

Mangini, who turns 35 this week, just completed his first season as the Patriots' defensive coordinator. He replaced Romeo Crennel, who left after last year's Super Bowl campaign to become head coach of the Cleveland Browns.

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