FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Eric Mangini sounded loose, even funny at times.
"It's less scripted for me," Mangini said in a conference call with New York media Wednesday. "I know what I want to say. I know the points I want to get across. Not reading it as much as just feeling it and getting the same point across, but from the heart."
"I think the best thing that I've learned is to take the best things from the people that I've been with who are outstanding, but do it in my way," Mangini said. "It's more effective, more authentic."
"It's going to be special," Mangini said, "and last week was special, too."
"I think I'm a better person for it," he said, "and a better coach for it."
When he was fired, Mangini told general manager Mike Tannenbaum that he thought Rex Ryan, a longtime friend, would be a "great choice" in New York because Ryan's defensive philosophy was similar to his.
"You didn't have to blow up the defense," Mangini said.
Mangini said he got lots of feedback from family and friends on his daily press conferences while with the Jets, providing plenty of material to critique -- and change.
"Sometimes when you have spinach in your teeth, your friends will tell you you've got spinach in your teeth," he said. "Your friends don't just kind of laugh at you and point it out to the guy next to him."
Mangini still owns a home in New Jersey, which he bought in 2008 because "we were going all in," but hasn't been able to sell.
"It's back up if you're interested," Mangini quipped. "I thought Rex, after his extension, might buy it, but I don't know what he's waiting for."
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