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Thursday, August 07, 2008

A Balm For Mets Mediocrity

The trade for Brett Favre for a conditional draft pick is an excellent move by the Jets. As much as we all love Chad Pennington, with the amount of money the Jets spent in the off season to improve their team, they still left a large hole at quarterback.

Hole filled.

The Jets now have on the better quarterbacks who ever suited up starting for this coming season and maybe next. They now have the offensive line, the running game and the defense that is good enough to win. Are they a top 3 team in the AFC? No. But as the Giants proved last year, you simply need to get into the playoffs to win the Super Bowl.

Of course there are questions. How quickly will Favre learn the Jets playbook? How much magic remains in that right arm? How will Favre, used to being a god in Green Bay, deal with Eric Mangini's tough guy ways?

But for today, the Jet's trade is a celebration. The team finally stabilized the quarterback position and will hopefully have a great year.

6 Comments:

  • A balm for writer's block?

    By Anonymous DB, at 3:23 PM  

  • The Jets now have on the better quarterbacks who ever suited up

    I love this argument. So is Johnny Unitas, but having him wouldn't help the Jets now. I mean, it might be an upgrade over Pennington's arm, but it doesn't make the Jets a playoff team.

    By OpenID noyam, at 3:33 PM  

  • Welcome back.

    Both Elster and Noyam are wrong.

    The Jets can make the playoffs.

    However, their QB situation is not stabilized, and their chances of getting to the Super Bowl are much slimmer than last year's Giants. They are still way behind the Pats, Colts and Chargers (and probably also the Jags); the AFC is not nearly as wide open as last year's NFL.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 5:24 PM  

  • I can easily see Favre throwing more INT's than TD's this year.

    Especially in the first few weeks of the season when he isn't comfortable with the playbook and just heaves bombs in the general vicinity of Coles and three defensive backs.

    Oh, that's right, now's when we remember that mister career leader in TD passes is also career leader in pass attempts and int's.

    And that he's like 145 years old.

    And that the first time the NY media doesn't get on its knees for him, he won't like it.

    And that Favre, who apparently has authority and control issues, is NOT going to get along with Mangini.

    But otherwise....great move!!

    By OpenID noyam, at 6:06 PM  

  • Favre might well indeed suck, and I am not supportive of this move. But the Jets made the playoffs two years ago with Chad and certainly can do so in 08 with Favre.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 8:15 PM  

  • Favre is a clear upgrade at quarterback - everyone is overthinking this. Trading Favre for a pick somewhere between the 4th and 2nd round? How could they NOT take a chance like this? After adding Faneca, Woody, Pace, Jenkins et al, why leave the QB position between the unproven Clemens and the weak armed Pennington when you could throw Favre out there.

    I'm not saying he locks the Jets up for a playoff birth but don't crown the Jags (do you really trust Garard THAT much) or Pittsburgh as locks over the Jets yet. IF (and it's a bog if) the Jets players can come together, they are a pretty decent team.

    By Blogger Elster, at 10:30 PM  

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