Manish Mehta Leaves New York Jets Beat?

According to Jason McIntyre of The Big Lead (@thebiglead), Manish Mehta has left the Jets beat and will be the general NFL reporter for the New York Daily News. Mehta has been the beat reporter for the Daily News since 2010. Most likely he will be replaced by Seth Walder who is sharing the duties with him currently.

Mehta had a very promising first year covering the team in 2010 before falling into the all too familiar negativity that surrounds the Jets beat. Manish began to pattern himself after fellow Daily News writer Gary Myers and ESPNNewYork.com’s Rich Cimini in style and substance. He also became notorious for his anonymous sources that always backed up whatever storyline he was trying to advance. The argument can be made that his work was skewed by his editors. The writers at the Newark Star-Ledger whether it be Mehta starting out, Jenny Vrentas or now Conor Orr have all been fair, level-headed as to the big picture and factual. Over at the Daily News with Cimini as a predecessor and Gary Myers now, the Daily News wants splashy headlines and controversial opinions.

In the end everyone gets what they want.  Mehta gets a more prestigious position covering the NFL as a whole and Jet fans lose a beat writer who perpetuated the stereotype of the Jets being a “circus”.

Topics: Manish Mehta, New York Jets

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  • matr dontelli iii

    back i october mehta conducted an interview with tebow. the editors did not ask the questions. it was mehta and tebow. the majority of the interview was a blatant and transparent attempt to get tebow to badmouth his jet experience. it failed. tebow deflected pointed question after pointed question the way he deflected eric smith’s feeble tackle attempt the year before. questions: don’t you feel some level of frustration because you’ve had a limited role so far? do you think your career is currently in a holding pattern with the jets? who’s the best quarterback on the jets right now? – that’s just the tip of the iceberg. the whole interview was like that and can be found by googling ‘daily news tim tebow interview’. it was disgusting. that was manish mehta. not the editors. they’re responsible for paparazzi chasing rex to the bahamas on his vacation. in other words the editors are no better, but mehta is a troll. good riddance. maybe they’ll get rid of ‘toupee’ meyers now. double good riddances. mehta, raissmman, lupica, bondy, meyers, what a lineup!

  • http://twitter.com/EBobadilla79 Edgar NYJet

    Thank god Mehta was terrible..

    • TheJetPress

      @ed
      good points, can’t believe that he not all gone already.
      Mike petttine has to go, if he is going to mouth off that often.

  • Craig Hoffman

    There was an issue if I remember at the end of Manish’s first year where Rex called him out publicly for something at a press conference. That could have been a contributing factor in his wrestling-style heel turn.

  • http://twitter.com/jdaltongang John D

    Now if the Daily News would just leave the Jets beat, we’d be set.

    • Craig Hoffman

      …and take the New York Post editorial staff with them

      • http://twitter.com/jdaltongang John D

        I hadn’t really noticed the Post against the background of nonsense written about the Jets in the media but I’ll take your word for it–it’s not a stretch. But the News aggravates (literally) me so much I removed them from my Jets news feed last year.

        • Craig Hoffman

          Not talking about the reporting as much as the editorial staff. The Post ran the back cover with Rex as a clown furthering the circus stuff.

          • http://twitter.com/jdaltongang John D

            Ahhhh, well that’s the Post. Living far away from the city and an actual copy of either rag, it’s all about the writing for me. Having said that, MAYBE, just maybe, this is a sign of some kind of commitment to sanity (or recognition of fan dissatisfaction) from the News. Maybe the Jets will win the Super Bowl this year too, for that matter maybe I’ll hit the lotto and spend the season near a beach in south Thailand sipping cold beer, but one can hope.

          • Craig Hoffman

            Didn’t realize south Thailand was that nice. I’ve never been there.

      • matr dontelli iii

        The post(with the exception of serby) is a lot closer to objective than the news, espn or Jason troll at yahoo.

      • TheJetPress

        nice!

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