Eric a Happy Camper- NY Daily News
Eric Mangini happy camper at last public practice at Hofstra
BY KRISTIE ACKERT
DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER
Wednesday, August 20th 2008, 8:25 PM
Wednesday marked the Jets' last public practice at Hofstra University. After 40 years of holding training camp and practices at the Hempstead, L.I., facility, the Jets are moving their headquarters to Florham Park, N.J., next month and are transitioning into closed practices for the rest of training camp.
"Over the times I've been here whether it was this time (or before as an assistant coach), it was always great to have the energy from the fans," Eric Mangini said. "It gets a little bit long during training camp at times, and there are some days when the coffee is just not getting it done. Having (the fans) there and having kids here, having their passion here, it's always been great."
Mangini and all the players except Brett Favre spent about half an hour after the practice signing autographs for the fans to thank them for their support. "Just being able to spend time with them is pretty unique," Mangini said.
Favre spent that time after practice with a terminally ill child from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The Jets will officially begin their new era in New Jersey on Sept. 2.
CATCHING UP: Laveranues Coles participated in more drills Wednesday than he did on Tuesday. The wide receiver has missed several practices and both preseason games with an undisclosed leg injury. Wednesday Coles caught a handful of passes from Favre in drills and participated in the 11-on-11 drill for the first time.
Coles, who was a close friend of former Jets quarterback Chad Pennington, declined interview requests again Wednesday. He has not spoken to the media since the Jets acquired Favre and released Pennington two weeks ago.
FAVRE FRUSTRATION: Twice Wednesday Favre's unit got caught unprepared to snap the ball as the play clock ran out. His frustration was apparent at the end of practice when he turned the the ball over on downs after two incomplete passes in the two-minute drill. The QB had a better night Tuesday, when he got the team out of an hour of meetings and had the curfew waived when he aced a Mangini pop quiz. Favre was able to name teammates based on uniform numbers Mangini gave him, and then list the Jets' core values (communicate, focus, finish and trust). "I thought I had him," Mangini said. "I don't know how he pulled that one out. The room exploded."