Jets Scout the Cardinals

The Cardinals were on pace for a 3-0 start, but were stalled by the Redskins. The Cardinals stayed on the East Coast in hopes that the less traveling they do will help them go further on Sunday. Here is what Brett Favre had to say about younger QB Kurt Warner, how his ankle is feeling and why he says that Arizona "may be an underestimated team across the league." Calvin Pace has a few words too.

With the high-scoring (48-29) loss to the San Diego Chargers behind them, the New York Jets are focused on improving their 1-2 record when they host the Arizona Cardinals in week four. The Jets spent extensive monies on free agent acquisition Calvin Pace, but the real buzz surrounds QB Brett Favre. So far his transition from Green Bay hasn't been effortless.

Favre says the record doesn't have to do with his connection to his receivers. He had more than 30 completions against the Chargers, so something is working there. Favre's wife pointed out that Monday's commentators kept saying, "There's no way Brett can get this offense down in 30 days." Favre says he has to let the critics go. They are still trying to work some aspects out, but a connection wasn't the issue the other night.

Moving forward, Favre is intrigued by the Cardinals. He knows they have an offense that can score points and he's heard about their dynamic receivers duo. What Favre knows the most is that Kurt Warner has played phenomenally.

"I've played against him numerous times," Favre said. "I have a lot of respect for him. I didn't know much about him at the time. There are a lot of guys that come and go that just for whatever reason have never panned out. He's one of those guys that when he got the opportunity, he made the most of it. That's an understatement. I do remember, I don't know if Kurt remembers when (Steve) Mariucci was our quarterback coach."

"He asked him to go in on a particular play. It was camp. He said, "No, I'm not going in." He wasn't ready. In fact, when Steve was here a couple weeks ago, we were doing an interview, laughing about that and how far he has come. He's not afraid to go in now."

Scouting the Cardinals defense, the Cardinals come packed with "no namers" so to say. Favre says when he looks at the film and stop it, when the opposition is getting tackled, there are 11 guys around the ball carrier.

"Even the best defenses in the league don't do that," Favre said. "Either they're 11 great character guys with high energy, or their coaches preach that and they make them all come to the ball, or a combination of both. They're active. They get after the quarterback, a lot like San Diego did to us the other night."

Funny Favre says that. The Cardinals have modeled their defense closely to the Chargers. Calvin Pace is a former Cardinals who can say a lot about his former unit.

"I was looking forward to it," Pace said about circling the game on his calendar "I am still looking forward to it. It's not anything about revenge. I am looking forward to going out and playing against a lot of old friends to compete to have a good time against those guys."

As time heals most wounds, Pace would like to prove the Cardinals wrong, but he knows it was a business issue.

"I don't have any hard feelings towards them in that aspect," Pace said. "It's a game. If I was going to take it that way I would be mad at everybody for not drafting me. It's another tough game."

While the Cardinals find a bit of novelty in facing Favre, don't expect the defense to go light on him, even if he is injured. Favre's ankle is sore, but the word is mum. He's had limited participation in practice. He's played in 256 consecutive wins and that's important to him, but that's not the only determent.

"My philosophy has always been, if you feel like you can play and not hinder the team one bit, then try at least," Favre said. "Why not try? I think I owe that to not only my teammates but to myself. That's the way I've always looked at it."


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