The New York Jets had just beaten the Tennessee Titans to go to 8-3. They had a perfect mix of Thomas Jones' running and quick-hitting short passes, mixed in with some deep shots to make defenses honest.
But then, reports started circulating that Brett Favre complained to the coaches about not going down the field or being aggressive enough.
Allegedly, Brett wasn't too happy with the 8-3 start lead by Thomas Jones.
Then the wheels completely fell off. A 1-4 finish for the Jets, highlighted by two TDs and nine INTs by Brett Favre, and a defense that suddenly looked like they were afraid to play football.
The Jets, once thought to be Super Bowl contenders, missed the playoffs entirely, and Eric Mangini was fired.
Brett Favre has already announced he will take several weeks to decide on his future, dealing with an injured shoulder.
The next head coach of the Jets probably won't know if he'll have Brett Favre until late March or early April (pray that it's not late July) and may have to deal with a 39-year-old quarterback that wants to lead a down-field passing attack without the ability to do it.
Brett Favre can still play football. In 2007, he had a great year. Lost in all of the Favre hysteria and trips down memory lane, people paid no attention to the fact that Favre's wide receivers in Green Bay lead the league in yards after the catch, and that 68 percent of Favre's yardage came from passes completed that were less than 10 yards.
Translation: Dink and dunk, and let the wideouts do their thing.
Minus a six-touchdown aberration, Favre and the Jets had done mostly that. Eric Mangini said before the season started that he recognized why Favre had so much success with Green Bay the year before, and that they would run similar short-passing, quick-hitting offense.
But there was one problem with that. Favre was looked at as the savior of the Jets. Mike Tannembaum and Woody Johnson looked at Favre with a gleam in their eye. The man that was going to take the Jets to the promised land. One man had treated Favre like that before, Mike Sherman.
Mike Sherman never got on Favre's case, never grilled him about an INT he had just thrown, and never held Favre accountable for any of the turnovers he committed.
Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson wanted to change that, and we have the Brett Favre we have today. The one who was not happy with Eric Mangini, upset that he was "sent to the principal's office" and grilled about his mistakes.
With a new stadium and controversial personal seat licenses looming, owner Woody Johnson may just ask Favre who to hire as coach, just to ensure he gets him back to sell said tickets.
If that happens, look out, Favre will have what he needs most: The ability to do or say whatever he wants.
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