Is Nick Mangold hinting at a return to the NY Jets?

Is Nick Mangold hinting at a return to the NY Jets?

Mangold seems to be throwing his hat in the green ring

Unlike a box of chocolates, you know exactly what you’re going to get when it comes to Nick Mangold.

The unapologetic supporter of New York sports, consistent offensive lineman and all-around modern-day legend of the New York Jets hasn’t let retirement get the green out of his system. Mangold has remained with the Jets organization since his 11-season playing career spent entirely with the team ended in 2016, primarily serving as the face of some of New York’s projects, such as its international efforts or the unveiling of new uniforms. of the team in the Bud Light Seltzer commercials. .

Mangold already has a permanent game-day presence at MetLife Stadium, having been inducted into the Jets’ Ring of Honor in September. But is there a chance he could stay in a more physical role? Recent social media activity hints that he is at least interested.

The Jets’ first offseason trades have said goodbye to several assistant coaches from Robert Saleh’s staff, including offensive line coach and running game coordinator John Benton. The news reached Mangold quickly enough, and he responded on Twitter by citing Saleh’s official announcement of Benton’s departure with a GIF of Tom Hanks’ titular character from “Forrest Gump” waving.

— Nick Mangold (@nickmangold) January 12, 2023

Responses to Mangold’s submission have been filled with near-unanimous approval, a list that includes former Jets teammate and current Los Angeles Ram Oday Abushi.

The Jets’ offensive line has failed to find any solid footing or consistency since the respective departures of center Mangold and blindside teammate D’Brickashaw Ferguson. With several young skill players enjoying statistical explosions in a 2022-23 season (ie Breece Hall, Garrett Wilson) and another quarterback controversy brewing, the team is looking to put a strong end to its struggles blocking. Many assume the team will use the 13th overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft to help solve such problems as injured juniors Mekhi Becton and Alijah Vera-Tucker continue to rehabilitate in pursuit of a comeback this autumn.

Mangold’s coaching experience is limited in youth football, but the Jets will likely be looking for any help they can get as they hope to capitalize on a top offensive prospect, one that means nothing if they can’t defend. their representatives in the background. Time will tell if they prove, for lack of a better term, desperate enough to take Mangold up on his offer.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

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