Are Brett Favre and the New York Jets Really the Best Fit?
After 31 days of limbo, the Brett Favre saga has finally concluded, as the future Hall Of Famer was traded to the New York Jets for a fourth-round draft pick, which could improve, depending on his performance this season.
Amid speculation that Favre was on his way to Tampa Bay, football fans anxiously waited to see what the Bucs would give up in order to get No. 4.
However, by late Wednesday night, it was apparent that all talks with Tampa had subsided, and that Brett would be a member of the New York Jets.
Clearly, this deal benefits both teams.
The Packers got rid of their headache and are moving on with training camp, without worrying about Favre suiting up for a division rival.
The Jets instantly got better, sending shock waves through the league, and can compete for back-page top billing with the suddenly successful New York Giants.
But are the Jets really the best fit for the drama king quarterback?
Clearly, we won't know until the season starts, but here are some reasons why the Jets seem like the best fit for Favre to win now, as well as some reasons why the Jets could be a poor fit.
Five Reasons Why Brett Fits in New York
1. Offensive Line Upgrade
The Jets have done a great job in shoring up their offensive line, beginning with the selection of D'Brickashaw Ferguson a few years ago. Since then, they have added Nick Mangold, Alan Faneca, and Damien Woody.
The Jets' offensive line features four first-round picks. If they can stay healthy, they will be a huge part of New York's success this season.
Favre has played with good receivers before. While Laveranues Coles and Jerricho Cotchery are by no means superstars, each will get better due to the presence of Brett Favre.
If Favre can get on par with his receiving corps early in training camp, it could spell nightmares for opposing teams' defensive backfields.
Favre will be playing with a cheesehead-sized chip on his shoulder this year. He'll be ready and willing to prove all of his doubters wrong and perform at a world-class level.
Last season, Favre took a team that had what seemed like no chance to make the playoffs and led them to the NFC Championship Game. Let's not forget that the Jets are only two seasons removed from a 10-6 season, and there is no reason that Favre can't get them back there this year.
4. Media Attention
Favre may be sick of the cameras following his every move, but once he gets to New York, the media will not be forgiving. Clearly, Packer fans are passionate about their team, but their media market pales in comparison to that of New York.
Still, there is something about Brett Favre that makes this writer think that he loves the attention, and that all the praise showered upon him by blowhards like John Madden and Peter King is warranted. Favre is the kind of person that can use this stardom to his advantage, in order to make his team better.
If you think that Favre doesn't care about individual records and his place in history, you're lying to yourself. After surpassing every major passing-record last season, Favre can only add to his legacy this year.
For Brett, one more year equals 16 more starts, more touchdown passes, completions, yards, and yes, interceptions. There's a little part of me that thinks Brett wants to add a little bit more to his Hall Of Fame resume, and not just a Super Bowl ring.
Five Reasons Why Brett and the Jets Won't Work
Favre is under an insane amount of pressure this year. His addition to the team will force the Jets to trade or release Chad Pennington, a workhorse and a staple of the Jets' offense for quite some time.
While never putting up gaudy numbers, Pennington has been a tough player and has endured a lot during his years as a Jet. Favre will do the same, but the minute he starts slipping, the media that he craves will turn on him.
2. The New England Patriots
Let me get this straight. You want to go to a championship contender, and you go to a team that has to play the pissed-off Patriots twice a year, perhaps a third time in the playoffs. Good luck.
Don't think for one second that Bill Belichick won't try to kill Favre in Week Two, adding more fuel to this budding rivalry. If shooting for a wild-card berth satisfies Jets fans, super.
3. The AFC
Again, you want to go to a contender, but there's one little problem. Actually, there are six: the Patriots, Colts, Broncos, Steelers, Jags, and Chargers are all better than the Jets right now, and there will be other teams vying for wild-card spots late in the season.
4. New System
There is no question that Brett Favre will be able to learn the new offense, but he is certainly getting a late jump on it. He will miss the Jets' first preseason game, but will be ready to take snaps for their second. How quickly he acclimates himself to his new surroundings will determine his success in New York.
5. The Madden Curse
Probably the biggest reason of all. As most of us know already, Favre is on the cover of EA Sports' Madden '09, in a Green Bay uniform. However, the fabled Madden Curse has struck everyone from Mike Vick to Shawn Alexander. Will Brett be able to reverse the curse, or has Madden already sealed his fate?
Overall, I think that bringing Favre in instantly makes the Jets better and a favorite to challenge for a wild-card spot. That being said, the defense and running game will have to hold up their ends of the bargain in order to make sure that Favre doesn't have to put the team on his back and make costly mistakes.
Whether or not Favre wins a Super Bowl this year, and regardless of how many interceptions he throws, rest assured, he will just be having fun out there.
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