Jets: Beat it Brett

According to the Star-Ledger, most people in the Jets organization wouldn’t mind if quarterback Brett Favre retired.

Brett Favre“If Favre says he’s not coming back, I don’t know if that would be a great disappointment. … I think Woody and Mike are upset (with Favre’s late-season play) to a point, especially Woody. But I think they have to handle the situation with care. They’re not going to say publicly they don’t want Favre back, but privately I’m not so sure.”

The Jets expect a decision from Favre “sooner rather than later,” said the person, although the team hasn’t given Favre a timetable. The Jets are hoping to have a decision from Favre before a new coach is in place, which will likely take several weeks.

Some in the organization feel Favre’s torn right biceps injury is old and was simply aggravated this season. Mystery has surrounded the injury and the MRI of Favre’s shoulder ever since he complained of pain during the final week of the season.

“The Jets don’t feel it’s something that he did this year,” said the person. “It’s not a new injury.”
Another player, who requested anonymity, also had some harsh words on Favre.

“It’s the quarterback throwing the ball all over the place,” the player said when asked about the struggles of the offense down the stretch. “And he didn’t suffer any repercussions. He kept doing it. People said (coach) Eric (Mangini) called him out in meetings. I didn’t see it. Eric treated him like he was Brett Favre. A lot of guys didn’t like it.”

Wow, I haven’t seen a beating like this since Mike Tyson-Peter McNeeley. After hearing the comments being made by the Jets players this week, there’s really no reason the team should hang onto Brett for next season. A new head coach shouldn’t have to do this kind of damage control right off the bat so if Favre doesn’t retire, it might be wise for the Jets to eat the money and move on.

It’s amazing how just over a month ago, some were talking about Brett taking the Jets to the Super Bowl and now he’s being lambasted by teammates and unnamed media sources. Even though most of the Packer fan base wanted the team to take Favre back last year, I don’t know how they’re not glad they don’t have to put up with his retirement dance this offseason.

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More on Brett Favre, Jay Glazer and “Lionsgate”

SportsByBrooks chimes in with an interesting post about Brett Favre, the Detroit Lions and Jay Glazer.

And now Mike Florio at PRO FOOTBALL TALK is reporting that ESPN is not allowing on-air staffers to report the story – claiming that the tip by Glazer isn’t true.

Well that, as you might expect, didn’t sit well with Glazer. So he went on ESPNer Dan Le Batard’s radio show in Miami (on 790 The Ticket) to address the situation.

Glazer during the interview was passionate in defending the story and his credibility. He also noted that Detroit Coach Rod Marinelli refuses to deny the report. More interesting though was the reaction to the story – and ESPN’s subsequent embargo – by PTI fill-in host Le Batard.

Before Glazer came on the show, Le Batard weighed why ESPN wasn’t reporting the story, saying, “ESPN is ignoring the story entirely. It’s not their story. Their guy didn’t make that story. Or they haven’t been able to confirm it. Or maybe the story is wrong. ”

While talking to Glazer, Le Batard said, “I would think what ESPN is doing there is prideful. You know how this stuff works, you get beat on a story and then you don’t want to acknowledge that the story exists.

And after the interview, Le Batard remarked, “I’m siding with Jay on this one.”

Clearly, Le Batard believes the story and surprised ESPN is not reporting it.

All right, in the interests of full disclosure…

For 15 or so years, Brett Favre has been my favorite player. I want to believe the best about the man, but in recent months he has proven to be a little spiteful. I’m not having a problem believing the story. I think it’s sad and fairly pathetic – that he’d actively spend time helping another team beat his old team – but given the way things went down this summer, it wouldn’t surprise me if Favre still held a major grudge against Ted Thompson and would love to see him fail. After all, it was Thompson that made the final call on Favre. It was Thompson that said “no more.” And it was Thompson that shipped him off to New York.

Now to the story itself. No source (thus far) will go on the record, but Glazer stands by the truthfulness of the sources. In this case, I look to Occam’s razor…“All other things being equal, the simplest solution is the best.”

What are the odds that Glazer (or a bad source) would come up with this scenario…that a Hall of Fame QB would risk his legacy to help a team or two beat the team that decided to let him go? Nobody would believe it. In fact, a lot of people refuse to believe it, like our regular reader and fellow Packer diehard, Jeff. (I feel your pain, man. I do.)

So there are two choices: 1) Brett Favre feels so spiteful towards the team that traded him away that he is willing to help opposing teams game plan for the Packers or 2) Glazer/source(s) made up a story about Brett Favre helping teams game plan against Green Bay.

To me, it’s such a crazy idea that I doubt anyone could be creative enough to make it up. So, according to Occam’s razor, the first choice is more plausible and is probably the correct answer…

Crap.

Is Brett Favre undermining his old team?

Jay Glazer of FoxSports.com is reporting that Brett Favre spends his free time giving insider tips to upcoming opponents of the Green Bay Packers.

Several sources have told FOX Sports that Favre earlier this year phoned the Detroit Lions prior to their battle versus Favre’s old team, the Green Bay Packers, and gave them a rundown of the nuances of what Green Bay does on offense. According to the sources, Favre actually spent over an hour on the phone with Lions coaches, who were connected with Favre by then-team president Matt Millen.

While the Lions still lost and the Packers and Favre’s replacement Aaron Rodgers played well, it’s still baffling that the Packers legend would spend such a significant chunk of time giving tips to an opponent of his long-time franchise.

Other teams the Packers have played had also heard about the Favre coaching clinic with Detroit. In addition, there have been rumors that Favre has spoken to other teams giving them information, but most of those teams insist they have not heard from the famed gunslinger.

Glazer goes onto say that there’s nothing in the rule book that says Favre can’t do this, but that just doesn’t pass the smell test. If true, Favre is actively working against his old team, the franchise where he spent 16 years as the starting quarterback. Not only that, but shouldn’t he be spending his free time with his family? After all, that was one of the main reasons he gave for walking away from Green Bay in the first place.

We all know he still has a beef with Ted Thompson, but to work against Packer fans like this is simply beneath him. He’s getting into “tarnish the legacy” territory here.

Say it ain’t so, Brett. Say it ain’t so.

10/22 Update: Indeed, Favre did say it ain’t so. Keep up with the story by hitting our Lionsgate link.

Does Favre make Jets a playoff contender?

Brett Favre is in. Chad Pennington is out. And now the Jets are instant playoff contenders, right?

Well, maybe.

The Jets may have lost 12 games last year, but they lost nine of those 12 games by less than 10 points (signifying they were at least competitive). A couple of key factors played into the Jets’ struggles last year, including being limited at the quarterback position, an offensive line that underachieved, and the inability to stop the run on defense. After acquiring him via trade with the Bears in the offseason, NY expected more out of running back Thomas Jones (1 rushing TD), too.

So what did the Jets do this offseason? Well besides acquiring Favre, they also landed prized free agent guard Alan Faneca (Steelers), big-bodied DT Kris Jenkins (Panthers), versatile linebacker Calvin Pace (Cardinals), and drafted athletic outside linebacker Vernon Gholston. In other words, they made a huge effort to plug the leaking holes on their roster.

Getting back to Favre, one would assume that he only makes the Jets’ offense more productive. He has a stronger arm than anyone on NY’s roster, takes risks (which sometimes translate into big rewards…and sometimes not) and he’s a veteran leader that guys like Jones, Laveranues Coles and a slew of young but talented offensive linemen can look up to. The Jets have been hamstrung by limited quarterback play for years. Favre is anything but limited.

But is his head in it? And is he ready to play? One of the reasons Favre was so productive last year was because he worked his ass off in the offseason to get into the best shape of his life. With all the hoopla that has occurred over the past few weeks/months, has he stayed in relatively good football shape? The guy is a grizzled veteran, so one would assume he’s taken care of his body. But only time will tell if the 38-year old signal caller is ready to take the Jets back to the playoffs in ’08.

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