New York Jets' Role in the Timing of Brett Favre Scandal Is Questionable at Best

Ron FurlongAnalyst IIOctober 13, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 19:  Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings warms up prior to the start of the game against the Miami Dolphins on September 19, 2010 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Consider the timing of the current story regarding Brett Favre. Based on alleged text messages and a voice message that happened a couple of years ago, this sorry excuse for a story comes out when?

When else would it? The very week Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings are playing the New York Jets, in New York, on Monday Night Football.

Curious, no?

Why would it come out the very week leading up to the game? Well, use your imagination. It doesn't take Will Hunting to add this one up.

Is it safe to assume someone here was looking for an edge? Someone was looking to throw someone else off their game?

The New York Jets were 3-1 heading into this showdown with Minnesota. They were playing well. Their defense, along with Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Minnesota, is among the best in all of football. Their quarterback, though limited, is not making mental mistakes. He is managing well. Their ground game is good. Their cast of receivers strong.

My point? Did they really need an edge in this game? Did they really need to stoop to a level that would push this ridiculous story out to the public and make it the headline leading into the game?

Did they really fear Brett Favre so much that they felt this was the time to do this?

Fox analyst Michael Strahan was curious to the timing of the story coming out as well. On Fox NFL Sunday Strahan said, "How convenient that this pops up the week the Vikings are playing the Jets."

Maybe they had nothing to do with the timing. Maybe they were as surprised as anyone, and the timing of it was just a big coincidence. Maybe.

The fact of the matter is the woman in question, Jenn Sterger, was under the employment of the New York Jets. A woman who was about as qualified for this job, by the way, as the title character from the movie Marmaduke.

So trying to say they had no responsibility in the timing of this is naive and irresponsible.

Sure, if the allegations are true, it is a story (though hardly the scandal it is being made out to be), and it deserved to see the light of the day and, in the end, Brett Favre will have no one but himself to blame for it. Although, the only person he needs to answer here to is his wife, certainly not the league.

But the timing on it is the part that the Jets, if they were involved in it, have to look in the mirror and ask themselves if this is really how they want to win their battles.

They did win the game, and in the first half Favre seemed as rattled as he has in many years. So I guess it worked.

Somehow it seems like a hollow victory to me, like cheating on a quiz you probably could have passed anyway.