Brett Favre is done. Call the sculptor. Start chiseling the bust, and ordering the gaudy yellow jacket. Favre will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as soon as his eligibility ticket is stamped. He will be in Canton, Ohio in 2014.
He will not be in New York again. Not next season. Not as a Jet.
The Brett Favre era in the Apple has gone bad at the core. Time to throw it out.
As I’ve written before, signing the legendary quarterback was the right move for a franchise that needed a boost. And through most of the season, it seemed genius. The gunslinger roused the faithful and led the team to an 8-3 mark and consecutive upset road wins over New England and Tennessee that had folks talking about the Jets as perhaps the AFC’s No. 2 seed in the playoffs.
Favre even guaranteed the team would reach the postseason.
It all disintegrated, of course, for a number of reasons. But the spotlight shined most on Favre, who ultimately led the league in interceptions, and struggled in clutch situations, i.e. the fourth quarter (seven INTs) and on third downs (nine picks compared to five TD passes) during the dreadful stretch slide.
Now, the crumbling continues. All around Favre.
We got a rare peek into the team’s inner sanctum thanks to comments from Jets running back Thomas Jones and a couple of other players who did not have the guts to allow their names to be used.
During a Tuesday appearance on New York’s Hot 97 radio station, Thomas said no player should be above accountability: “We’re a team and we win together … but at the same time, you can’t turn the ball over and expect to win …
“The reality is, you throw interceptions, I’m [ticked] off, I don’t like it. You know what I’m saying? I don’t like it, I know everybody else on the team doesn’t like it.” [Jones tempered his comments today, saying on “Mike and Mike in the Morning” that he was speaking more generally and not specifically toward Favre, whom he called a “great teammate.” “Nobody’s perfect,” he added. “It was not a personal attack.”]
Additionally, one player described Favre as “distant” to Newsday, adding: “There was a lot of resentment in the room about him.”
Finally, another player explained the Jets’ late-season swoon to The Star-Ledger thusly: “It’s the quarterback throwing the ball all over the place, and he didn’t suffer any repercussions.”
Favre remains one of the most respected and revered players alive, and that doesn’t change because of 2008. His legacy remains secure.
But he’s done. In New York and probably elsewhere.
Favre typically retreats to his Mississippi home to ponder his future. He takes his time, often keeping his team waiting like an anxious prom date.
Well, it looks like the date would prefer to hop in the limo and go it alone. And perhaps the Jets were just letting him know.
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