Eye of the Hurricane

February 11, 2009

Thank you Brett Favre!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Justin G @ 1:59 pm

Brett Favre’s agent has told the New York Jets that he is retiring from football, again. And as a Miami Dolphins fan I want to extend my hand and truly thank him for all he has done for the Dolphins, and every other team in the AFC East.

The Jets were locked in on winning right now, and mortgaged their future to try and get it done. They spent $140 million bringing in proven veterans Calvin Pace, Alan Faneca, Damien Woody, Kris Jenkins, and Tony Richardson. And of course, they traded for Brett Favre. 

It didn’t work out so well, with the Jets losing four of their last five games and relying on the ineptitude of J.P. Losman to get that one win. This was in large part due to Favre, who threw two touchdowns and nine interceptions over those last five games. He finished the year with 22 INT’s which was most in the league. 

His arrival in New York also led to Chad Pennington’s arrival with the Dolphins, where he led to team to an 11-5 record and beat the Jets in the Meadowlands to secure the AFC East crown. In that deciding game Favre threw three interceptions, two of which were simply inexcusable throws. 

Now New York has salary cap issues because of all the veterans they picked up last offseason and still no quarterback. Kellen Clemens is first on the depth chart right now but it is unlikely he is their long-term solution. So where do they go from here? It seems likely Jeff Garcia will not be back with the Bucs after they re-signed Luke McCown. But he is 39-years-old and it’s hard to imagine him having being a wise investment.

With an aging veteran team and no solidified quarterback the Jets are in big trouble. Fans of other AFC East teams really should thank Favre for the fiasco he has caused the Jets and the time they wasted on him instead of developing a younger guy. 

 

Oh, and his poor play down the stretch also cost Eric Mangini his job.

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