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Mangini talks about his job, Jenkins and Favre

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
Eric Mangini's weekly post-mortem news conference couldn't have been the most enjoyable of his career.

The New York Jets head coach was asked about his job security. He was asked what's wrong with his quarterback. He was asked what's wrong with his best defensive player.

And he didn't really answer them.

Mangini on Monday gave his account of Sunday's costly loss to the Seattle Seahawks and the state of the Jets heading into their showdown with former quarterback Chad Pennington and the Miami Dolphins.

On whether the organization has given him a vote of confidence:

Eric Mangini: [Jets general manager] Mike [Tannenbaum] and I get together every single day. We got together this morning. We spent time on the plane yesterday. He and I see each other pretty much every single day. [Jets owner] Woody [Johnson] will come in throughout the course of the week and watch practice. I usually have lunch with him and talk to him at different points during the week. What we're talking about is who we're playing or things we have to get done in terms of the roster, inactives, the next opponent and things like that.

On whether he would like to hear a vote of confidence from management:

EM: No. What I'm looking for is to give the players a good plan to beat Miami. That's what I'm looking for. That's what I want to do. That's what our focus is going to be on. That isn't a focal point of mine at all.

On whether nose tackle Jenkins is injured:

EM: I think it's a combination of things. Kris is not a one-man band. It's the whole defensive group playing sound defense. When you do that, that opens up opportunities for different players along the front or in the back end. It's not just Brett [Favre] on offense and it's not just Kris on defense. It's all of us. There's definitely a heightened awareness of his ability to affect the game. I think that has come into a lot of game plans. I don't blame our opponents for doing that. He's been very effective -- so a combination of all those things.

On whether Brett Favre will play next year:

EM: He and I don't even touch on that subject. Whatever decision Brett makes is a decision that he'll make after the season. I wouldn't expect him to be thinking about it. I'm not going to be thinking about it. That's something for once the season is done.

On whether Favre is fatigued:

EM: I think the thing that has always defined Brett is, whether he's had success or whether he has not had success, he deals with them both the same way, which is really important. He's an inherently competitive guy. He's going to look at what he did, and he's going to try to correct what he did, but he's not going to let that affect the next throw. I think that's a big part of why he's been so successful. You want quarterbacks to have a short memory in terms of not letting the last throw affect the next throw. You want all players to have that type of memory. With quarterbacks and with defensive backs, if you get caught up in that and get into a funk, then you're letting all those subsequent plays slip away. He talked about that from really our initial call. We've talked about that at different times, the ability to handle adversity and the ability to handle success.

On playing against Pennington:

EM: We started the season that way as well. When we released Chad, you know that any time you release a good player, you have a good chance of playing against him. I think Chad is a good player. I like Chad. I'm happy for Chad's success. I've always had a good relationship with him, and I really respect him. None of those things have changed. He has played really well, which would be my expectation. I think he's a good player. He's a smart player. We play a lot of good quarterbacks through the course of the year. He's another good quarterback that we have to play this week. For him personally and his success personally, I'm really pleased for him and for his family.