The Favre Era Begins in New York: What the Upcoming Season Holds for the Jets

Brett BodnerContributor IAugust 17, 2008

Coming into last night’s preseason game versus the Washington Redskins, many Jet fans were wondering the same thing; can Brett Favre be successful as a New York Jet? Well, after watching last night's game, I believe that Jet fans everywhere have a reason to be excited for the upcoming season.

Although Favre only played for 14 plays, he appeared to be as good as ever. He went 5-6 for 48 yards, including a four yard touchdown pass to Dustin Keller in the first quarter. Brett looked calm and confident in the pocket and it looks like he trusts his receivers.

Now, Brett’s not going to get all of the credit here. The New York Jets have a great bunch of receivers and playmakers on the offensive side of the football. Jericho Cotchery had over 1,130 receiving yards last year with two touchdowns. He is a great playmaker and has great hands.

On the other side of the line is Laveranues Coles. Last year, Coles had a team high six touchdowns and only 646 yards. Coles has been a great receiver for years and with Favre playing quarterback, I can only expect those numbers to increase.

You can also look for a big year out of rookie tight end Dustin Keller, who is already being compared to Dallas Clark.

Brett also has a great pair of running backs to hand the ball off to. Leon Washington is a speedy and skillful running back out of Florida State, and it’s just a matter of time before he has a breakout season. He also has veteran Thomas Jones, who has rushed for over 1,000 yards in the past three seasons.

Brett seems to be coming along fine and it looks like he’s starting to learn the Jet playbook. Sure, he ran some basic running and passing plays, but it seemed to work in his first game in New York.

In case you can’t tell, I’m very excited for the upcoming season and for once I’m proud to be a Jet fan. Even though there are still some question marks about how Brett Favre will do outside of Green Bay and if he can learn the entire playbook before Week One rolls around, I believe the New York Jets will have a very good season.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and predict that with Brett Favre and a slightly improved defense, the Jets will be 11-5 this year and make the playoffs.

However, if Favre gets hurt and is out for a while then I believe the Jets will be decent. But they won’t be able to compete with their much hated rivals, New England Patriots. We’ll just have to wait and see what this season will hold for the new and improved New York Jets.