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Mangini and Favre yesterday addressed Favre's recent rash of interceptions -- seven in the past three games -- and came away with their own takes on the subject.

Mangini, speaking about the weekly Tuesday chew-the-fat session he had with Favre this week, used a blackjack gambling analogy when discussing Favre's chance-taking style.

"You just stress (that) you don't hit on 20," Mangini said. "Sometimes it's OK to stay and see what the dealer has."

Mangini said he's not trying to reel in Favre.

"You're not trying to coach (Favre) out of being a good player," he said. "You just try to reinforce that everything needs to be a calculated risk."

Favre didn't dispute Mangini's call for more caution with the ball, saying he's "well aware" of his recent run of interceptions. But he, too, made it clear he needs to be who he always has been and continue to take his shots.

"I'm trying to take care of the ball and be a high-percentage passer, but also be productive," he said. "Being 30-for-30 for 100 yards is not very good. Points are the most important thing, so there's a fine line there."

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Mangini said much of Favre's greatness is his willingness to take chances, and that Favre has made a career out of "getting 21 when he's hit on 20 in the past."

Favre seemed amused by Mangini's blackjack reference.

"Believe it or not, I'm not a gambler," Favre said. "I know that sounds crazy."

He said jokingly that he's the guy who sits at a blackjack table and hits on almost everything, driving the rest of the people at the table away to another one because of his recklessness.

"If you're betting $10," Favre said jokingly, "who cares?"

But the stakes are decidedly higher in this great experiment and Favre's seven picks in the past three weeks are no joke.

Four of those seven have come inside the opponents' 10-yard line, meaning those are precious points being taken off the board. His third and final interception on Sunday against the Chiefs was returned 91 yards for a touchdown and a late-fourth-quarter Kansas City lead.

Mangini, in his defense of the future Hall of Fame quarterback, said he likes to use the phrase "that's the price of doing business" when referring to taking the great with the not-so-great from Favre.

That price, however, is getting steeper with each turnover and could become more costly when the Jets travel to Buffalo to take on the 5-2 Bills this Sunday.

Nevertheless, Favre, the Jets' prized acquisition and the face of the franchise, isn't going anywhere -- even if he throws another three picks Sunday in Buffalo -- because the Jets are all in with him.

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The Jets signed RB Marcus Mason off the Ravens' practice squad and elevated safety James Ihedigbo to the regular roster.

Safety Eric Smith (concussion), LB David Harris (groin) and TE Bubba Franks (hip) didn't practice. RT Damien Woody was excused from work yesterday for personal reasons, according to Mangini.



Author:Fox Sports
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Added: October 30, 2008

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Mangini wants Favre to make better choices


Mangini wants Favre to make better choices
Coach Eric Mangini doesn't want to take away Brett Favre's gambling mentality; he just wants his Hall of Fame gunslinger to dial back on some of his more risky passes.


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