So the news just broke that Brett Favre has decided to hang it up for the 2nd time in two years. This being said, let me be one of the many fans to say thanks for the memories. Favre has had an amazing career since 1992 and has left Jets fans with a season of memories, both good and bad.
Favre was traded to the Jets from the Green Bay Packers back in August and brought with him a cannon for an arm and a breath of hope for Jets fans. And we Jets fans were excited. It was evident at the first practice that Favre attended. About 10,000 fans showed up to see the Jets latest acquisition. The Jets have always been known as a franchise that was 2nd fiddle in their own city. So the acquisition of Brett was just what the franchise needed. The Jets were all over the pack pages of the papers all the way until week 1 of the season.
It was not easy for Favre in the beginning. There were some major bumps in the road during the first month of the season. It took a while before Favre was able to really get a grasp of the playbook. That was evident by the Jets 3-3 start of the season. New York had a rough time establishing whether they would be a running or a passing team.
The season took a turn after Favre threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown against the Chiefs late in the 4th quarter back in October. With about 2 minutes remaining, Favre led the Jets down the field and hit Laveranues Coles with the game winning touchdown. After that the Jets took off. The won the next two games against the Bills and Rams to improve to 6-3 before heading up to New England with first place on the line against the Patriots.
The Jets owned the 1st half of that game and the Patriots owned the 2nd. Favre owned overtime. On the 1st possession of the OT, the Jets received and Favre went to work. He led the Jets down the field by hitting Dustin Keller on a few key 3rd downs. That set up the game winning field goal, which led the Jets to sole possession of 1st place in the AFC East.
The old gun slinger then led the Jets to Tennessee to face the 10-0 Titans. All he did was throw for 224 yards and 2 touchdowns, while leading the Jets to a 34-13 rout of the previously undefeated Titans. He had the Jets flying high and on a 5 game winning streak where it looked like they could do no wrong at 8-3. Then the "old" Brett got old in a hurry.
Over the next five weeks the Jets went 1-4 and should have gone 0-5. The defense could not stop the run, the running game was slowed and Favre was way off. Over that span Favre threw 2 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. The Jets who were once 8-3 finished the season 9-7 and out of the playoffs.
I still believe that the Favre trade was the right move for the Jets. He brought hope to a franchise that always seemed stuck in the middle of the road. Finally, the Jets had some juice in New York, the type of juice that the Giants and Yankees usually occupy. Now the Jets will move on with their new coach Rex Ryan and have to find a new quarterback. They seem not to be sold on Kellen Clemens and there is not much available on the free agent market this year. The draft may not be an option either, as the Jets will be drafting around #20. So we see what happens from here. The one good thing about Favre retiring is that the Jets, who with Brett are $5 million over the cap, now save $13 million and will be $8 million under the cap. Thanks for the memories Brett Favre. Even though we only got to see you live in NY for 16 games, it was worth it.