Despite the absence of his radio partner, Boomer Esiason (who is off co-hosting ‘Live! with Kelly’ this Wednesday morning), Craig began today’s show in an exceptionally chipper mood.

Why you ask?  Boomer & Craig are the best of friends, how could Craigie possibly be happy without the Blonde Bomber by his side?

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The answer is simple: Craig was so chipper because of the news that Brian Schottenheimer will no longer be the Jets offensive coordinator. That and the fact that his brand-new #66 ‘Batchagaloop Jones’ (pictured below) jersey arrived and he was feeling pretty good while wearing it.

Craig has long been a Schotty detractor if you will and according to him, today is a great day in Jets history.  In fact with Scotty out and offensive line coach Bill Callahan right behind him, Craig was thrilled to announce that the Jets have rid themselves of the last two connections to Eric Mangini.

All signs point to Tony Sparano replacing Schottenheimer, something Craig told us a few days back by the way.

In other Jets news, New York Daily News Jets beat writer Manish Mehta inked a telling piece, quoting unnamed Jets referring to Mark Sanchez as ‘lazy’ & ‘content’ and calling for Peyton Manning to replace the one once known as the ‘San-chize.’

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In summary, although Sanchez didn’t have the year many expected from him, Craig believes that by saying goodbye to Schottenheimer, the Jets have rid themselves of their biggest problem.

A quick note on the Giants, as a few days after his guarantee that the Giants will beat the Packers, Jason Pierre-Paul changed his tune a bit, saying now ‘if we all do our job, we should win.’ So there’s that…

So, no Boomer – no problem, Craig has got things under control, flying solo on today’s edition of the ‘Morning Extravagana’…

(Al ‘Hughes’ Dukes Photography)

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