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There are many reasons Jets fans should be excited about the Brett Favre trade:

1. They no longer have to watch a QB with a Johnny Damon lollipop for an arm. Sorry, Chad. You played hard and were an accurate passer and all, but even at age-38 Brett can put more mustard on the ball than you could in a game of Madden.
2. The Giants might never precede the Jets on SportsCenter this season.
3. We get to see Brady vs. Favre times two.
4. An offense that was originally built around the running game can now add an entirely new dimension to its attack.
5. Countless moments of Brett feeling awkward and uncomfortable in the big city spotlight. Welcome the Big Apple, country boy. You’ve already handled it better than Randy Johnson.

There are more reasons than that, of course. Like Brett giving fans a sense of hope and delivering a vision of playoff dreams and Super Bowl fantasies that they haven’t felt since the days of Broadway Joe.

Well, I’m here to tear away all of your hopes and dreams. To bring you back down into a land of reality. Don’t get me wrong, it will be much more interesting watching the Brett Favre Jets than it was last year’s 4-12 club. But let’s remember that fact: The Jets were only 4-12 last season.

Sure they bolstered their offensive line with Alan Faneca (very good still) and Damien Woody (overrated, if not below average at this point), which I think is going to help running back Thomas Jones have a bounce-back season. The team is also deeper on offense and improved on defense with the additions of Kris Jenkins, Calvin Pace and rookie Vernon Gholston, so the Jets should have been better this season with or without Favre.

But in the AFC, I have a hard time imagining the J-E-T-S pulling off what the Giants did last season.

The fact of the matter is the Jets are in a race against time in a league that doesn’t exactly allow teams to play catch-up. One of the first things Favre said at his introductory press conference was that he’s out of shape – I mean, compared to the other guys. Not to mention, he didn’t know a soul on his new team before yesterday, let alone the team’s playbook.

New York’s season opener at Miami is pivotal, because the Jets follow that contest with a home game against the Patriots and a roadie at San Diego – two games in which the Jets will be definite underdogs.

Can they go 10-6 and make the playoffs? If everything comes together and they get a little luck, I could see it. After all, they are playing the lowly NFC West this season.

But can they actually beat the likes of the Patriots, Colts and Chargers come playoff-time? Hard to imagine.

That being said, the NFL is a win-now league. There is no waiting around because things can change in a heartbeat. That’s why, no matter how you feel about Favre, you have to applaud Jets management for taking a shot. Was it partly a publicity thing? No doubt. But it was a football thing, too, and there’s no question that the Jets are a better team today than they were on Wednesday.

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  1. 1 On August 8th, 2008, gozer said:

    Alright, you bring up a point that’s been bugging me. The Jets in 2006, coming off a 4-12 season, were handed a weak schedule, finished 10-6 and made the postseason as the fifth seed. The Jets in 2008 are coming off another 4-12 season, have another weak schedule as a result, and dropped over $140M on free agents prior to Brett Favre walking in the door. With Pennington or Clemens behind center, pundits were acting like this team would be lucky to win half a dozen games in the upcoming season. This is just crazy talk.

    I understand that when the Giants win the Super Bowl and the Jets finish 4-12 in the same season, it’s easy to dismiss the lowly Jets, but I mean, where are people’s memories? Prior to last season, no Jet fan in the country would have switched teams with the Giants if you paid them. Now suddenly the team is garbage? This is part of my frustration with the Favre move. The crap that people have been spewing is so misguided and ill-informed, I was hoping we could take the field with Chad or Kellen, just to shove it down the rest of the NFL’s throat. Now when the team is good, Favre gets all the credit and the idiots who predicted another disasterous season for Gang Green can point to Broadway Brett as an excuse for their misdiagnosis.

    Listen, I didn’t want Favre. Not now, not ever. But the notion that the Jets will be lucky to win 10 games this year is garbage. This team was an 8-8 team at least even before Favre arrived. Unless you’re going to tell me that Brett Favre makes them a worse team, 10-wins is the least of what this team’s expectations should be.

  2. 2 On August 8th, 2008, Ted Mero said:

    You make a lot of valid points, and I can understand your frustration. Of course it would taste a lot sweeter for you to see the Jets make the playoffs with Chad or Kellen. The last thing you want to see is a prima donna named Brett get all the glory. I just don’t know if Chad after all his injuries had enough left in the tank, or if Kellen is ready, to lead New York to the postseason — even with all their free agent acquisitions, and a soft schedule to boot.

    It seems Jets management didn’t think so. Maybe when Brett is done (for real), Clemens will be ready to step in.

    As for 2006, Pennington had a dream season. I just don’t know if he’ll ever come close to that level again.

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