Been a while since I did a real "blog" with our new Fantasy takes. So I figured with all this Brett Favre saga I would run the Q&A's I just had with Bill Cowher and Boomer Esiason regarding Favre. They were both great interviews.
You'll also see in the coming week some other Q&A's I've done with T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Rudi Johnson, Chris Cooley, Matt Forte and Matt Schaub, among others. They all had some great stuff to say about the upcoming year.
Bill Cowher, studio analyst for the NFL Today on CBS and a former Super Bowl winning coach with the Steelers
JE: How do you think Favre will do in New York?
BC: Brett will make the adjustment. The question is how much the team will adjust to him. There's going to be an acclimation period that takes place. But Brett offers the Jets an experienced quarterback still playing on a high level.
JE: What will be his biggest adjustment?
BC: It will be interesting to see what they give him with the playbook. But he's been in the NFL a long time and knows what he's doing. There's no question it's going to take some time to adjust. But there's not a blitz or defense he hasn't seen.
JE: Is it hard for older players to adjust after leaving a team they've been on for a long period of time?
BC: There's going to be an expectation level based on Brett did in Green Bay, what Emmitt Smith did in Dallas, guys like that. There will some newness that will take place, some acclimation that will take place, but fans have an expectation level with elite players. You have to give the player a period of time to acclimate. But he gives the Jets a quality passer.
JE: What does his presence do for the team?
BC: He creates a level of excitement. To add a player of his caliber along with the other moves the Jets made this offseason shows the Jets are talking about doing something now. It's a strong message to the team.
JE: Will there be any nerves for Favre trying to prove himself?
BC: He gives them a stable player at that position. Brett's been in the big games and knows how to handle himself. He's been there before.
JE: As an analyst, how do you think this will all unfold?
BC: I think it's going to be fun to watch. He's created a lot of excitement, but the move also will bring a lot of scrutiny if it doesn’t work out.
Boomer Esiason, studio analyst for the NFL Today on CBS and a former quarterback with the Bengals, Jets and Cardinals
JE: What is your opinion of the trade?
BE: First and foremost, the Jets are a better team with Brett Favre. He brings a shot of confidence to the franchise. You have to realize he has to learn a new playbook. He knew those plays in Green Bay with his eyes closed. I bet he knew them better than some of the coaches.
JE: Can Favre be successful in New York?
BE: If you think getting that guy from last year, you're asking a whole lot from a 38-year-old quarterback. He still has a lot left in his heart and his arm, but this is a completely different set of circumstances. This isn’t Green Bay. This is a new set of coaches and a new system for Favre to learn. I don’t know if Mangini could be conservative, and Brett could want to let it loose. It could be choppy early on while they figure each other out.
JE: Could you have imagined this scenario for Favre?
BE: This is as bizarre as it gets. Nobody expected five months ago that Brett Favre would be the starting quarterback for the New York Jets. It's going to be a big adjustment for him. He's going to want to throw five touchdown passes in that first game and show everyone he can still play. That could be a dangerous thing. There's going to be growing pains in the short term.
JE: How do you see this is all working out?
BE: On the surface it's a great trade, but we have to see if he can fit in.
JE: Does this move help Laveranues Coles and Jerricho Cotchery and the other receivers?
BE: Without question. Defensive coordinators have to play the Jets differently now. With Brett, you never know where the ball is going.
JE: What will be the biggest adjustment for Favre?
BE: He has to learn new pass protection, plays, the subtleties of the offense. He has to learn to speak the Jets offensive language.
JE: Do you think it was a good trade?
BE: On the surface it's great. But underneath the initial shock, it's a lot for everyone to work through. It's not going to be an easy transition. This isn’t like Manny Ramirez going from the Red Sox to the Dodgers. Brett Favre just can’t go play left field like it's the same thing. This is a lot more complicated.