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”.