After hearing Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh claim that the New England Patriots Super Bowls are tainted, former New England Patriots offensive coordinator Eric Mangini claimed on NFL Live (via ProFootballTalk.com) that he regrets the decision to turn Bill Belichick and the Patriots in when he was the head coach of the Jets. He said that he would take it back if he could.
“If there is a decision I could take back it’s easily that decision,” Mangini said. “Never in a million years would I have wanted it to go this way. It’s disappointing whenever it comes up.”
“It’s regret, it’s disappointment, it’s all of those things,” Mangini said of the way he views Spygate now. “Because I know what it took to win those Super Bowls and I have so much respect for the people who were involved there. I’m disappointed that this is what it’s translated into.”
I’m not sure exactly how Mangini thought things would play out, but he never thought it would be like this.
“Never in a million years did I expect it to play out like this,” Mangini said. “This is one of those situations where I didn’t want them to do the things they were doing. I didn’t think it was any kind of significant advantage, but I wasn’t going to give them the convenience of doing it in our stadium, and I wanted to shut it down. But there was no intent to get the league involved. There was no intent to have the landslide that it has become.”
Mangini feels bad for guys like Tedy Bruschi, as well as the Kraft family, since he’s taken something away from them.
“To have guys like Tedy have to defend the championships that we earned in New England, and to have anything taken away from the Kraft family, from coach Belichick, and the players and coaches that have meant so much to me, never in a million years did I think it was going to translate into what it was going to translate into,” Mangini said. “And it doesn’t tarnish what we achieved there. It doesn’t tarnish what they achieved after the fact. I think when you look at the history of success that they had after that incident, it’s pretty obvious that it didn’t play any type of significant role in the victories we had or the success that we had.”
“That’s what’s so disappointing to me,” Mangini said. “The fact that Tedy has to sit here and talk about that because of a decision that I made, it’s disappointing.”