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Posted on: February 11, 2009 11:55 am
 

Brett Favre Retires...........Again

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.

Posted on: January 8, 2009 2:27 pm
 

New York Jets 2008 End of Season Review

What a difference six months makes.  The Jets were heading into the 2008 season with a handful of offseason acquisitions that were brought here to improve on a disastrous 2007 season which say the team go 4-12.  The Jets made the most noise in the off-season with the signings of Alan Faneca, Damien Woody, Calvin Pace, Bubba Franks, Tony Richardson and the trade for Kris Jenkins.  Faneca and Woody were brought here to sure up the offensive line that already consisted of budding stars Nick Mangold and D'Brickashaw Ferguson, attempting to protect injury prone quarterback Chad Pennington.  Jenkins was brought in to anchor a 3-4 defense that was missing a true nose tackle.  Pace was brought in to establish a better pass rush.  Coming into training camp in late July, things were looking better for the Jets and they were looking like a 8-8 or 9-7 team, much better than the 2007 season.  Then on August 6th the whole landscape of the franchise changed.

On that day it was announced that the Jets had traded for future Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre.  Favre was brought in to try to revive a franchise that was only going so far on the shoulder of Pennington.  Favre was coming off a solid season in Green Bay in which he threw 28 touchdowns, passed for over 4,000 yards and took the Packers to the NFC Championship game.  So with Favre came bigger expectations for Gang Green.  The Jets finally had a QB that could hang with Tom Brady and keep the team in the race for a division title.  So Favre had about 4 weeks to learn a totally new offense and try to get the Jets into the playoffs.

Going into week 1 against the Dolphins, the Jets were looking like a possible 10-6 or 11-5 team with Favre and the new acquisitions leading the way and then Tom Brady got hurt.  With Brady out for the season, everyone was saying the division was the Jets for the taking.  So after the Jets win in week 1, the talk was now of the Jets possibly going 12-4 with their pretty weak schedule.  The team must have believed the hype because Matt Cassell, playing in place of Brady and making his first career start in the NFL, came into the Meadowlands and beat the overconfident Jets.  They then headed out west to play the 0-2 Chargers and got blown out.  So with all the high expectations the Jets were at 1-2 at this point in the season.

They came home to a must win game against the Arizona Cardinals.  The offense really took off in this game.  Favre set a personal record high in throwing for 6 touchdowns in the game.  The Jets put up 56 points, but their passing defense was really exposed in the game.  They gave up over 400 yards passing to Kurt Warner with most of that coming in the second half of the game.  The Jets then had their bye week early and welcomed in the Bengals in week 6.  New York won the game but the offense was not on point as it was against Arizona.  So the Jets were at 3-2 heading out to play the awful Oakland Raiders.  The Jets struggled all day on offense and eventually lost the game in overtime to a Sebastian Janikowski 57 yard field goal. 

So the 3-3 Jets came home to play one of the worst teams in the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs.  The Jets had a lead late in the 4th quarter until Favre threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown and gave the Chiefs a 24-21 lead.  Favre then put together a drive, in the two minute offense, that led to a touchdown catch by Laveranues Coles and a Jets win.  From this point, the team really started to take off.  They followed up the game against the Chiefs with relatively easy wins over the Bills and Rams over the next two weeks.  This set up a battle for first place in the AFC East against the Patriots.  Both teams were sitting at 6-3 with the winner taking a one game lead in the division. 

The Jets jumped out to a huge lead by the end of the first half, 24-6.  The offense and defense both looked great and the team was rolling.  Then came the second half.  The huge lead was gone and Cassell hit Randy Moss in the end zone for a last second touchdown to tie the game.  On the first drive of overtime, Favre led the Jets down the field to setup the game winning field goal by Jay Feely.  The Jets took over first place and headed out to play the 10-0 Tennessee Titans in Tennessee.  The Titans had a very good defense and had been getting solid play from QB Kerry Collins.  Everyone figured this is where the Jets four game winning streak would end and the Titans would remain unbeaten.  Well they were all wrong.  The Jets went down there and totally dominated the Titans on offense and defense and came out of the game with a 34-13 win.  New York found itself at 8-3, two games behind the Titans for the #1 seed in the AFC and tied with the Steelers for the #2 seed.  The Jets looked like a force to be reckoned with in the NFL and the sky was the limit.  Unfortunately, this was about as good as it would get for the 2008 Jets.

The Jets came home at 8-3 to face the 6-5 Denver Broncos.  Again, the Jets must have really started to believe the hype that they were an elite team, because they played like the total opposite.  They laid an egg against Denver and lost 34-17.  No big deal right?  They would get back on track in the next game against the 49ers right?  Well that didn't happen either.  They went out to San Francisco and could not get out of their own way.  They let another team with an inexperienced quarterback get the best of them in a game that they should have won easily. 

So they came home with a record of 8-5 to take on the Buffalo Bills.  Buffalo ran all over the Jets and nearly pulled off the win, if not for the poor play calling by Buffalo.  All they had to do was run out the clock with under two minutes remaining.  Instead, J.P. Losman fumbled and Shaun Ellis returned it for a touchdown and the Jets won a must win game.  With the win, the Jets controlled their own destiny at 9-5 to make the playoffs.  Win their last two games and they were in.  So they hit the road again to play the Seattle Seahawks who, at the time, held a record of 3-11.  The snow was falling and so were the Jets.  They were outplayed in snowy Seattle and lost 13-3.  Not only did they lose the game, they no longer controlled their own destiny with the Dolphins and Patriots both winning that week. 

Coming into the last week, the Jets would need to beat Chad Pennington and the Dolphins and hope for some help from other teams.  If the Dolphins win, they win the division.  You could not have written a better script for this game.  A must win against a former teammate.  The game was tight in the first half and the Jets were on the losing end at the time.  But they took the lead in the beginning of the third quarter, 17-14.  And it was all over after that.  Pennington took apart the Jets with the dink and dunk passes and gave the Dolphins a lead they would keep.  The Dolphins won 24-17 and won the AFC East in the process.  The Jets finished the season at 9-7 and were officially eliminated from the playoffs with the loss.

Back in August, it looked like this may be a special season for the New York Jets and it turned out to be what all us Jets fans are used to, a big disappointment.  The Jets loaded up in the offseason to try and right the ship from a forgettable 2007 season.  When they were at 8-3 in late November, it looked as though all those moves were the right ones.  But in the end it was not enough to get the Jets over the hump.  For a team that was on such a roll, winning five straight games to get to 8-3, to lose four of their last five and not make the playoffs is very disappointing on so many levels.  Now the Jets stand without a coach and a quarterback who will keep everyone in limbo on whether or not he will return in 2009.  The team has a lot of questions to answer in the offseason, but it may only take a few key moves to get this team on the right track again next season.  2008 was filled with a lot of memorable moments and tons of hope.  Unfortunately, it ended the way that it did.  But we will stick by our Jets next season and beyond, and hope that one day this franchise will figure it out and get back to the Super Bowl.

Posted on: October 28, 2008 3:55 pm
 

Jets v. Chiefs: Week 8 Recap (Ugly Win)

You know what they say, "A win is a win". And Sunday's win against the Chiefs is about as ugly as you can get. The offense looked good at times as did the defense. But the 2008 New York Jets are a two headed monster, because they sure looked bad at times on both sides of the ball. You know things are strange when Brett Favre is getting booed one minute and cheered two minutes later. It was that kind of day for Gang Green on Sunday. So let's break it down.

First off...the offense. We had a little bit of good Brett and bad Brett. The Jets got off to a good start in the game with a 73 yard opening drive where Favre found Leon Washington for an 18 yard touchdown reception that gave them a 7-0 lead on the Chiefs. It was the Jets first opening drive touchdown since December 2nd last season. Favre was inconsistent on Sunday, not really getting into a groove all day. Good Brett had 2 td's including the game winner (never should have been that close) while bad Brett had 3 picks (almost 4) one that was returned for a touchdown late in the 4th quarter. Jerricho Cotchery had a good game with 9 catches for 102 yards. But it was Laveranues Coles who ended up with the game winning touchdown with 1 min to go in the game. Dustin Keller was the starting tight end, with Chris Baker and Bubba Franks out with injuries, and he ended up with 4 catches for 38 yards.

The defense was mediocre once again. Letting a third string QB, leading a 1-6 team, hang around all game and almost stealing a win from the Jets. Tyler Thigpen, starting for KC, matched Brett Favre in almost every category except interceptions. He ended up throwing for 280 yards and 2 touchdowns but he had no interceptions. He gave the Chiefs all they could ask for on Sunday. The defensive line did their job once again limiting the Chiefs to only 80 yards rushing. The Jets rushing defense is still one of the tops in the NFL. The passing defense still needs a lot of help, giving up 250 yards in the air. The Jets did manage to get four sacks but had no interceptions. While the Chiefs sacked Favre only once, they did pick him off three times (one for a score).

The one thing I did not understand was the play calling by Mangini and Schottenheimer.  The Jets ran the ball great last week against the Raiders and the Chiefs were giving up 207 yards per game coming into the game.  So what do the Jets do....pass the ball 40 times and only run it 24 times.  It was very bizarre.  This should have been a game where Thomas Jones and Leon Washington could have each gotten 100 yards on the ground.  But instead they had Favre throwing the ball over and over again.  Again, it was very strange.

But on the bright side, a win is a win and the Jets need them any way they can get them.  I know Mangini changes up the game plan from week to week to adjust to that week's opponent, but Favre will never be able to get into a comfortable groove any time soon with all the changes.  It seems like the coaching staff over plans for each game and from a fan's point of view, they look very confused.  It should have not been that hard to beat the Bengals and Chiefs.  And they should have beaten the Raiders two weeks ago.  Being a Jets fan is always an adventure so this season apparently will be no different.  They have a stiff test this weekend up in Buffalo where the Bills will be looking to get back on track after coming off a loss to the Dolphins

Posted on: October 23, 2008 12:43 pm
 

Jets v. Chiefs: Week 8 (Time to Put Up)

You would not believe it after last week's performance, but this is the perfect situation for the Jets this weekend with the Chiefs coming into town.  The Jets are home, where they are 2-1 on the season.  The Chiefs will be starting their 3rd sting QB, Tyler Thigpen, who will be making his second career start.  And Larry Johnson will be serving his one game team imposed suspension.  This game has the writing of a Jets blow out all over it.  They need to put the loss to the Raiders as well as the Favre fiasco this week behind them and focus on destroying Kansas City on Sunday.

First off, Brett Favre needs to play better.  He has four interceptions in the last two games and eight in the last five.  I know the picks come with Favre, but he needs to limit them in big spots.  That being said, Eric Mangini and Brian Schottenheimer need to turn him loose and stop playing so conservative.  You don't go out and get a big arm quarterback and have him throw 10 yard slants into the slot.  If that's what they want then they should have kept Chad Pennington.  The Jets need more big plays incorporated into the offense this week.  The Chiefs are giving up about 200 yards passing per game on defense.  Favre and the coaching need to expose this and basically go nuts on Sunday.  It may be a little tough though.  Laveranues Coles has a slight head injury from last week and Jerricho Cotchery has a shoulder injury but still should play. 

The Jets running game showed up last week in Oakland, with Thomas Jones running for a season best 159 yards.  Expect to see a similar performance against the Chiefs.  Kansas City's defense gives up an average of 207 yards per game on the ground.  The Jets also had a Brad Smith sighting last week.  He ran four times for 59 yards and had 4 catches for 29 yards.  I think he well be in the game plan for Sunday, even if it is just to keep the Chiefs on their heels.  Dustin Keller has disappeared since weeks 3 and 4.  But he may be more involved this week since Bubba Franks is banged up and is questionable this week.

The Jets defense had another solid game last week until the game got to overtime, when they gave up the two big plays that led to the game winning 57 yard field goal.  With a third string QB and no Larry Johnson to deal with, I don't see the Chiefs scoring a lot.  Kolby Smith, one of Johnson's back-up's, saw a majority of the carries last week and probably will this week as well.  The Jets who still have one of the league's top rush defense's should be able to contain the running game.  The pass defense was better against the Raiders but needs to continue to improve if they want to be there at the end of the season. 

This seems like a good game for the Jets to get back on track.  They need to win this game with the Bills and improved Rams coming up on the schedule.  The Jets play good at home and I'm sure the Meadowlands will be rocking come Sunday.  The Jets are also celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Super Bowl III champions.  With Broadway Joe and so many other great Jets of the past in attendance, I expect the Jets to come out firing on all cylinders and win this game big.  35-10 Gang Green.  No let down this week.  Jets take it running away and stick it to Herm Edwards.  A battle of two original AFL teams, but this is not the 1960's anymore.

Posted on: October 20, 2008 12:45 pm
Edited on: October 21, 2008 4:01 pm
 

Jets v. Raiders: Recap (New QB...Same Old Jets)

Here we go again Jets fans.  The Jets managed to go to Oakland and find a way to lose to a 1-4 Raiders team, a team that quit for their interim coach last week in New Orleans.  A team that was ripe for the picking.  The Jets forgot to show up.  With the exception of the Jets running game, the rest of the team took a week off in week 7. 

Let's start with the offense.  What happened to Brett Favre.  Last week against the Bengals, he did not have a great game by his standards, but he managed the game and got a win.  This week you would think he would have a bounce back week against a sub-par team.  Not so much.  Favre was 21/38 for a 197 yards and 2 interceptions.  He was just not able to get into a groove yesterday.  The Raiders did a good job of taking away the deep threats, leaving Favre to look over the middle for open receivers.  Chris Baker had a great opening drive for the Jets with 4 receptions and then disappeared, having only one reception after that.  He led the team with 5 catches.  Favre now has 4 interceptions in the last 2 games with 1 TD pass.  We all know what you get with Brett, but you would think with the teams the Jets have played the last 2 weeks (Bengals, Raiders), he would have more TD's then picks.  On a positive note, the Jets running game finally showed up.  Thomas Jones had his best running game for the Jets, running for 159 yards on 24 carries.  He also managed some long runs as well, busting one run for 31 yards and another for 20 yards.  This is something the Jets have been lacking from Jones, big gains from the backfield.  As a team the Jets ran for 242 yards, their best performance in recent memory.

Defensively, the Jets had two sides as well.  The rushing defense, which was third in the league giving up 69 yards per game, got lit up for 153 yards, their worst performance of the season so far.  The Jets, who are one of the league leaders in sacks as well, were only able to manage to sack JaMarcus Russell one time.  The Jets were just not able to get enough pressure on the young quarterback yesterday.  The defense did keep him in check for the most part until the game got to overtime.  Russell was able to get two big plays in OT that sealed the game for the Raiders.  On the Raiders third drive of OT, Russell was able to hit Javon Walker for a 16 yard gain and Zach Miller for a 27 year gain, that set up the game winning field goal.  Kerry Rhodes went in on a safety blitz and was clipped buy his own teammate on the way in, allowing Russell to hit Miller on a 27 yard pass to get inside the Jets 40 yard line.  This allowed Sebastian Janikowski to hit a career best 57 yard field goal in OT to give the Raiders the win.

This was a tough one to swallow.  This game was a must win for the Jets, who have a tougher part of their schedule quickly approaching.  Favre needs to cut down on the mistakes and get this team in the end zone more.  This is why the Jets got him, to win these kinds of games.  The good news is the running game finally took off, but that was about the only highlight for Gang Green this week.  The Chiefs come into town this weekend in what has turned out to be a must win for the Jets.  A win will put them over .500 when the head up to Buffalo in 2 weeks.  As long as Brett Favre is back there, I have faith that they will pull this together and sting together some big wins the next few weeks.  But is has to start on Sunday against Kansas City.  Otherwise, this season will be like many others in the past.  With the Jets on vacation come January.

 
 
 
 
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