Despite Poor Play, Brett Favre Can Still Do Things That Others Cannot

Bill YadlonContributor IOctober 19, 2008

Coming off their most recent loss to Oakland, Jets fans cannot be happy overall with the play of Brett Favre. People were jumping out their shoes after his six TD performance against Arizona in week four, but in the recent weeks he has come back down to earth.

Favre, who went 21-for-38 for 197 yards, with no touchdowns and two interceptions, had his second outing with fewer than 200 yards passing and two picks this Sunday in Oakland. You can blame it on bad play-calling by Brian Schottenheimer or blame it on the offensive line for bad pass protection. One way or another, the Jets' passing game has not been very good as of late. Generally, most of the blame goes to the quarterback.

Favre didn’t play well, but what the optimistic Jets fan needs to take away from this game is that if you still have Chad Pennington as your starting quarterback with 1:24 left in the fourth quarter on the five-yard line, you lose that game, no questions asked.

Maybe Pennington doesn’t make the bonehead interception that Favre is prone to make from time to time, but does Pennington escape the safety on second down in the end zone? I doubt it. I think he probably goes down right there and the game is over.

Is Pennington able to scramble and create more time and find Chansi Stuckey on 3rd-and-10? Highly unlikely.

Whether you like Brett Favre or not, you have to come to appreciate that he is capable of doing things that many other quarterbacks in the NFL just cannot. He has the famous iron man, clutch performer reputation for a reason. He practically has a cult following in Green Bay because he is able to make game winning/tying drives, just like he did for the Jets this Sunday.

So before you go throwing Favre under the bus for his poor play Sunday, learn to appreciate his ability to make that game-tying drive. And this isn’t the first time he has done it, but rather the 37th time.

So before you Jets fans run around screaming about how the sky is falling and demanding Brett Favre’s head, taken a step back, put down the flaming torch, and appreciate how Brett Favre was able to tie the game and get the Jets to overtime.

I know personally when the Jets ran out onto that field late in the fourth quarter with a chance to win the game, I was thanking God it was Brett Favre under center and not Chad Pennington.