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November 17, 2008

Jets/Broncos not "flexed" by NBC; and a little bit from the coach

First, from the NFL:

The Jets/Broncos game Nov. 30 has been moved to 4:15 p.m., but not to NBC. It will be shown on CBS. NBC will broadcast the Bears/Vikings game that night, as previously scheduled.

Phew.

Now, Eric Mangini hit on a few different topics Monday afternoon, one of which was the benefit of players having some extra time off.

"It was good to be able to get away for the weekend, give the players some time off, the coaches some time off," Mangini said. "That's one of the benefits of playing on Thursday night. It's obviously a very quick series of preparation for us to get ready to play the game, but you do get a chance after the game to get away for a little bit. It gives you a chance to recover from some of the bumps and bruises that you have up to this point and then start on next week's preparation."

* The Titans have the No. 1 scoring defense in the NFL, which features stud defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.

"Well, he's got great size, he's got great short ­area quickness, he's got excellent explosiveness," Mangini said of Haynesworth. "He's a big man that can move and combines that size with great natural strength and power."

* On the possibility of David Harris practicing this week:

"We'll have to see how that goes," Mangini said. "I think he, Eric Smith and Bubba [Franks] are all making progress, so we'll just take it as we go. So we're not going to be out there until Wednesday. They'll be working out here between today and tomorrow, but we'll see where they're all at Wednesday."

* Mangini all but confirmed Mike Nugent is just about 100 percent.

"We'll go through the week and take a look at it," Mangini said. "It's not anything that we look to decide on Monday. We'll go through the whole course of the week, see how they're kicking the make the decision at the end of the week."

* The Jets by far had their biggest victory of the season last Thursday in New England but Mangini said all that victory did was assure that every game, the rest of the way, is "big."

"This time of the season you're really looking to be playing at a consistent level because every game is...each game becomes that much more important as you get down here through the last six games," Mangini said. "A lot of things are decided over the course of the next six weeks, obviously, so you're looking to play at as consistent a level as you can and work as hard as you possibly could to avoid a letdown in any situation."

Much, much more on the Titans as the week moves along. Check back here at 11 a.m. tomorrow for Live Chat XII.

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