Jets Will Only Go As "Favre" As Brett Takes Them
If it appears as though I, like many members of the actual media, have been paying an uncomfortably large amount time covering Brett Favre, that's because we are.
And I, like it would seem most of the media, have legitimate man-crushes on Brett.
Guilty as charged.
Thing is, as good as he's been playing during the Jets five game win streak, the guy is tough not to like.
I understand if you live in Chicago, Minnesota and Detroit you probably don't hold him in the highest regard (although I bed a lot of you closet Favre fans came out from hiding this season), but for the most part, Brett Favre is among the most popular players in League history. What else would explain all those Jets fans suddenly springing up in Green Bay?
Anyway, I bring all that up to preface the fact that, while yes, I am writing about Brett Favre—again—I'm writing about him to discuss the reality that the success of the New York Jets will rest solely on the success of their star quarterback.
I know most of you are saying "well, OBVIOUSLY!", but a lot of the credit the Jets have been getting has been spread out among their improved offensive line, the subsequently improved running game and vastly improved 3-4 defense thanks to the addition of Kris Jenkins on in the middle of the defensive line.
However,when this season reaches its conclusion, the fate of the Jets will have inevitably been decided by what No. 4 is able to deliver for them.
While Favre certainly hasn't been the sole reason the Jets find themselves at 8-3 and primed for a playoff run, but at 3-3, the Jets a representation of the mediocre play Favre was providing.
Following an inexcusable loss in Oakland, the Jets were 3-3, Favre had been picked off eleven times and although he had thrown for 15 touchdowns, six of them came against a non existent Arizona secondary.
Since the loss in Oakland, the Jets are 5-0, and not surprisingly, the play of their quarterback has improved.
Favre has thrown only two interceptions with five touchdowns, and his performances in New England and in Tennessee (facing the NFL 's top scoring defense) was at his best, turning the ball over only once and leading his team down the field, consuming time and finding the end zone.
Of course the critics will point out that Favre will self destruct at some point, whether its down the stretch of the regular season or in a playoff game, and when he does, it will likely cost his team a game and perhaps the season.
Well, those people are half right.
If he continues to play within the offense that has been designed as a combination of what works for the Jets' coaches and what works for Favre, than a self-destruction may not occur.
Favre has seen his completion percentage soar to an NFL best 70.6, which are numbers Jets' fans got used to seeing from Chad Pennington.
By no coincidence, as his completion percentage has risen, and his turnovers have decreased, the Jets have been winning football games.
So should Favre implode, and again, I stress that there is hardly a guarantee he will, then yes, his team will in all likelihood go down with him.
Favre isn't running the offense he mastered in Green Bay, where he was asked to take big risks and throw the ball deep down the field early and often. While he will still occasionally show off that one of kind cannon arm he's been blessed with, Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer has asked Favre to manage drives, make smart throws and use the ever improving run game in sustaining long drives.
The formula has been working, and until it stops doing so, I wouldn't expect to see Favre revert back to his old gunslinging ways.
That isn't to say you won't see classic Brett, scrambling and improvising, as he did so well in Tennessee when he connected with Laveranues Coles in the back of the end zone for a Jets score last weekend.
The bottom line is, if the Jets want to keep their fans believing that a trip to the Super Bowl for the first time in forty years is realistic, they are going to need Brett Favre to take them there.
Of course not every story Favre has authored during his illustrious career has had the happy ending you expected it would. It was less than a year ago that Favre had his Packers on the brink of a Super Bowl birth when during last season's NFC championship game his interception in overtime sent the Giants on a collision course with destiny.
However ask any Jets fan, and what happened in Green Bay was a long time ago, Favre, Favre away.
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