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Eric Mangini joins ESPN

Jets quarterback Brett Favre and head coach Eric

Jets quarterback Brett Favre and head coach Eric Mangini share a laugh on the sideline during training camp. (Credit: Newsday / David L. Pokress)

Eric Mangini, the notoriously secretive, less-than-emotive former Jets and Browns coach, has joined ESPN as a studio analyst.

On the surface, it is a curious bit of casting, but Mangini at least enters the gig with a sense of humor about himself.

“With my reputation for access and ease with the media, it seems like a natural fit,’’ he cracked in a news release announcing his hiring.

He also said: “As for my new role, I have been preparing diligently, by picking out tribal tattoos for my lower leg and doing triple shots of espresso to match Herm Edwards’ energy level.”

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