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Brett Favre Retires...........Again

Posted on: February 11, 2009 11:55 am
 

So the news just broke that Brett Favre has decided to hang it up for the 2nd time in two years.  This being said, let me be one of the many fans to say thanks for the memories.  Favre has had an amazing career since 1992 and has left Jets fans with a season of memories, both good and bad.

Favre was traded to the Jets from the Green Bay Packers back in August and brought with him a cannon for an arm and a breath of hope for Jets fans.  And we Jets fans were excited.  It was evident at the first practice that Favre attended.  About 10,000 fans showed up to see the Jets latest acquisition.  The Jets have always been known as a franchise that was 2nd fiddle in their own city.  So the acquisition of Brett was just what the franchise needed.  The Jets were all over the pack pages of the papers all the way until week 1 of the season.

It was not easy for Favre in the beginning.  There were some major bumps in the road during the first month of the season.  It took a while before Favre was able to really get a grasp of the playbook.  That was evident by the Jets 3-3 start of the season.  New York had a rough time establishing whether they would be a running or a passing team. 

The season took a turn after Favre threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown against the Chiefs late in the 4th quarter back in October.  With about 2 minutes remaining, Favre led the Jets down the field and hit Laveranues Coles with the game winning touchdown.  After that the Jets took off.  The won the next two games against the Bills and Rams to improve to 6-3 before heading up to New England with first place on the line against the Patriots

The Jets owned the 1st half of that game and the Patriots owned the 2nd.  Favre owned overtime.  On the 1st possession of the OT, the Jets received and Favre went to work.  He led the Jets down the field by hitting Dustin Keller on a few key 3rd downs.  That set up the game winning field goal, which led the Jets to sole possession of 1st place in the AFC East.

The old gun slinger then led the Jets to Tennessee to face the 10-0 Titans.  All he did was throw for 224 yards and 2 touchdowns, while leading the Jets to a 34-13 rout of the previously undefeated Titans.  He had the Jets flying high and on a 5 game winning streak where it looked like they could do no wrong at 8-3.  Then the "old" Brett got old in a hurry.

Over the next five weeks the Jets went 1-4 and should have gone 0-5.  The defense could not stop the run, the running game was slowed and Favre was way off.  Over that span Favre threw 2 touchdowns and 9 interceptions.  The Jets who were once 8-3 finished the season 9-7 and out of the playoffs. 

I still believe that the Favre trade was the right move for the Jets.  He brought hope to a franchise that always seemed stuck in the middle of the road.  Finally, the Jets had some juice in New York, the type of juice that the Giants and Yankees usually occupy.  Now the Jets will move on with their new coach Rex Ryan and have to find a new quarterback.  They seem not to be sold on Kellen Clemens and there is not much available on the free agent market this year.  The draft may not be an option either, as the Jets will be drafting around #20.  So we see what happens from here.  The one good thing about Favre retiring is that the Jets, who with Brett are $5 million over the cap, now save $13 million and will be $8 million under the cap.  Thanks for the memories Brett Favre.  Even though we only got to see you live in NY for 16 games, it was worth it.

Comments

Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2009 8:12 am
 

Brett Favre Retires...........Again

Thats good for Brett. The only problem is that the jets don't have a QB. they got rid of Chad Pennington so they better draft somebody. 




Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2009 9:38 am
 

Brett Favre Retires...........Again

I think the one who benefits most from this retirement is Rex Ryan. He can move forward with a clear head and not have to worry about playing politics and compromising his goals for a QB who - while a legend - can make things difficult for a team because of his stature.




Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2009 8:30 am
 

Brett Favre Retires...........Again

I think Brett will stay retired. To me I think he is still a good quarterback but he is no longer the great elite quarterback that he was. Good luck Brett  Smile




Since: Mar 31, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2009 3:39 am
 

Brett Favre Retires...........Again

Excuse me, Favre.




Since: Mar 31, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2009 3:36 am
 

Brett Favre Retires...........Again

Good for you Farve! You had one hell of a career. I was glad to see him come back. It made watching any Jets games more interesting for a year.




Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2009 10:06 pm
 

Brett Favre Retires...........Again

I don't think we will see Farve again although he did come back last season I just think 40 is his age limit.

 




Since: Mar 17, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2009 9:14 pm
 

Brett Favre Retires...........Again

I'm sorry to see Favre go, and also think that the trade was good for the Jets.  The running game needed to step up and Mangini and "Lil Marty" needed to call more running plays.  Asking Favre to chuck the ball all over the field is gonna yield more disasterous results now that he isn't so young.  I'm a HUGE Favre fan because I can honestly say that no other player has made the game of football more fun.  Barry Sanders comes close, but watching Detroit waste his talent was agonizing.  I wish he would have chosen to come back and go through another year with a coach who would have asked less of him and made the D play harder.  Jet Favre would have also had a whole offseason to learn the plays instead of a few preseason games.  Thanks for the memories, Brett.  I hope the rest of your life is as fun, rewarding and absolutely amazing as your football career. 




Since: Nov 13, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2009 8:25 pm
 

Brett Favre Retires...........Again

Brett is done. FOR GOOD. His season wasn't as bad as everyone says he did. HE led the jets nearly into the playoffs. It just happened every to be one of the worst games of his life and everyy qb has one of those. Pretty good for an 60 year old Wink. So get off his back. He plays for the love of the game. Not the money




Since: Aug 17, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2009 6:05 pm
 

Brett Favre Retires...........Again

Again come on I say about 50% chance he comes back



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