Thursday, July 17, 2008

Brett Favre to the Jets, make sense for the Jets?

First of all let it be known and clear before I begin. Brett Favre is CLEARLY better than any quarterback the Jets have on their roster, I can not dispute that as it is as clear as day. That being said, Kellen Clemens was drafted to be the future quaterback of this team. He hasn't had much of a chance to do anything. In 2007, Chad was given the job before training camp even started without earning it. I guess that is what mediocrity and relying on a good defense along with weak schedule to get to the playoffs gets you. For those who need me to spell it out, that is exactly what Chad did in 2006. Then Mangini, who by the way seemingly loves Chad, and blindly at that, gives Chad the starting position without having to earn it.

Then after Chad was FINALLY benched, about 5 games too late I might add, Clemens comes in behind a piss poor offensive line with his #1 target out. The Jets record with Clemens as a starter was 3-4 and he put up very poor numbers, while looking very bad at times. The only positive things that we can take out of this season for Clemens is that he can make every throw on the field and that he has a knack for bringing this team back in the 4th quarter. He did it against Washington, against Pittsburgh, and against Baltimore. The Jets were only 1-2 in those games thanks to Justin McDroppins dropping not 1, but TWO TD passes that would have tied the game, and thanks to Jerricho Cotchery dropping a key 3rd down pass against the Skins that would have placed the Jets in FG range.

So Clemens has been given eight games starting on a bottom 5 team in the league talent wise, and a good amount of fans are ready to give up on him. Why? He hasn't even had a legitimate chance. He hasn't stunk for 2 seasons like Vince Young, or hasn't stunk as long as Rex Grossman. Why give up on him? He's a 24 year old kid with talent.

Anyways regarding Favre and the Jets as a possible destination, I don't think it makes much sense. Favre doesn't make this team a contender. Does he make the Jets better than they currently are? Probably, but how do we know that this past season wasn't an aberration? This is the same guy who threw 38 touchdowns and 47 interceptions the two seasons prior. Who's to say that this past season wasn't simply a leap of faith?

The Jets have infused a lot of talent onto this team in the offseason, both young and old, with the acquisitions of LB Calvin Pace, G Alan Faneca, LB Vernon Gholston, NT Kris Jenkins, TE Dustin Keller. They also currently have a nice nucleus of young talent featuring the likes of Jerricho Cotchery, Kerry Rhodes, Darrelle Revis, David Harris, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, and Nick Mangold. So the Jets seem like they are on the right track to be an SB contender in the next 2-3 years. Do you bring Favre in here, and if you do, do the Jets become SB contenders? With the Chargers, Colts, Patriots, and Jaguars in the same conference I don't think so.

Also, another overlooked aspect of Brett Favre's game due to his immunity from criticism is his poor playoff play. He has played very poorly since the turn of the millennium in the postseason, leading the Packers to a 2-7 record. Since 1999, the Packers have won three playoff games. THREE. In that same span the Jets have won two playoff games, and that is a team that is universally considered a failure. Yet Favre and the Packers are seen as a force to be reckoned with on a yearly basis. Since the Superbowl in 1998, Favre has thrown 16 Tds and 20 INTs in the postseason. He has also made a living on throwing the backbreaking INT (the Dawkins INT, and the Webster INT are the two that come to mind).

So in the last 9 years, Favre has managed to lead his team to one more playoff victory than the Jets in the inferior conference. Why does anyone believe all of a sudden that Favre is going to defy history and logic, in coming here and instantly making the Jets an SB contender? Because his name is Brett Favre? Because of the hype that surrounds him? Because he's an all time great who has stunk two of the last three seasons?

Now that I'm finished with that, let's say hypothetically that he does come to the Jets. He plays for two seasons and has a productive two seasons. The Jets lose the wildcard round both years, and then Favre retires. Clemens leaves because his contract runs out, then what? We are back to square one. No QB, and not even a superbowl ring to show for the time we wasted with Brett Favre when Clemens could have been learning on the job. I for one, am not a proponent of this scenario but yet it's the one that most likely would take place.

Why not just give the kid a shot? Cut Pennington and sign Chris Simms or Culpepper and go to war. If Clemens stinks, you draft someone else. If he doesn't you're golden. Why spend time and cap space on retreads who haven't had consistent success in the playoffs since the last millenium?

Does anyone really see Brett Favre, the guy with a penchant for bad decisions, the all time leader in interceptions, going into Foxboro and defeating Bill Belichick and Tom Brady? I sure don't.

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