Former New York Jets offensive linemen Nick Mangold and Willie Colon express shock by the Mike Maccagnan firing.
Former Jets offensive linemen Nick Mangold and Willie Colon were both blindsided by the Maccagnan move that now sees Adam Gase sitting atop the organization with all the power, via Zach Braziller of the New York Post.
“What the hell is going on?” Colon said.
“Crazy,” Mangold said. “Just as you all are confused, so am I.”
The two former big heavies spoke with the Post at CC Sabathia’s charity softball game at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night, just a day after the shocking bit of news.
“It is [strange]. You figure you let a guy handle your free agency, let him handle your draft, that’s the kind of moves you let a guy make who will be around for the future,” said Colon, who was at Yankee Stadium for the CC Sabathia charity softball game Thursday night.
“It came out of nowhere,” Mangold said. “Just as surprised as everybody else. … I love Chris Johnson. I think he’s learning as he goes. There’s no real school for owning a football team.”
Mangold, 35, who so classically announced his retirement last offseason, played 11 seasons in the NFL, all with the Jets. A first-round selection in the 2006 NFL Draft, the personality-driven center made seven Pro Bowl teams along with two First-Team All-Pro squads.
Colon, 36, played three seasons in New York, 2013-16, after an impressive run in Pittsburgh with the Steelers. He’s now a New York sports media mainstay with jobs at SNY and Barstool Sports.