This week, I was fortunate enough to participate in MetLife Media Central in New York City. The event featured writers from numerous websites and blogs interviewing players from the New York Jets and New York Giants and bringing the best coverage to their fans. As a result of being invited and representing Sports Media 101, I was able to score an interview with New York Jets center Nick Mangold on Friday and discuss this past season, the future, and Super Bowl XLVIII.
Q: The team looked so much better in the last two games not turning the ball over and winning by double digits. What was it about those two weeks?
A: You hit the nail on the head. Not turning the ball over was a big key for us. We got a good defense that can play pretty well, and when we don’t turn the ball over, we set ourselves up for victory.
Q: How do you build off the strong finish you guys had?
A: We take that momentum and carry it over to the off-season, and having Rex back, that will be nice that we will just focus on football and not transitioning through coaches or anything like that.
Q: How important is it to have most of the coaching staff coming back?
A: It’s real important for us. I’m excited for those guys and think we can do some good things.
Q: What would you say is the top moment of the season?
A: Getting that win at the end. It’s always good to finish the season if you can’t be in the playoffs, it’s good to finish with a win. I’m glad we were able to do that down in Miami.
Q: You guys were a little bit inconsistent on the line, but kicked it together. What was it that you guys figured out?
A: I think it just takes time to gel together, and I think you saw that as we went along and kept getting better and better as the season went on.
A: You’d like to, but the business of the NFL, you’re never sure what’s going to happen. You just got to stay on your toes and stay ready for anything.
Q: What are your thoughts on the Super Bowl being played here?
I’m excited. The city enjoys it, I enjoy it, and it should be a good show.
Q: How are you able to not play with sleeves in three-degree weather?
A: You don’t really think about it. It’s kind of one of those things you do as a player, at least offensive line-wise and just don’t wear sleeves.
Q: You played in the Pro Bowl this year, which was a lot different. What did you like about it?
A: It was good to see some other guys. I got to play with Drew Brees, which was interesting. It was a pretty neat little set up they had.
Q: Do you want them to keep the format or go back to AFC/NFC?
A: Doesn’t matter. I just want to be there.
Q: You are in the video for MetLife singing the anthem. Josh Brown thinks he can sing the anthem at a Super Bowl. Justin Tuck thinks he's the next Frank Sinatra. What do you think you are?
A: Done. I don’t think my singing career is going to take off anytime soon.
Q: Who wins the big game Sunday?
A: I’m kind of indifferent really, but if I had to pick, I’m going to stick with the AFC and go with Denver.
Q: Any score?
No, I have no idea.
Even though it should come as no surprise, Mangold proved to be a great personality for interviews from every outlet present with his combination of football insight and his sense of humor. After that, he continued his busy media field trip for the day right across the street at Bryant Park. Special thanks goes out to Mangold for a great interview and the people at MetLife for the experience and hospitality.
For those who want to see Nick Mangold's singing skills along with current and former players, enjoy the video below.
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