Jets Still Not Sure What They Have In Favre

The New York Jets went out to sign a number of free agents, and to trade fro Brett Favre, hoping to unseat the Patriots in the AFC East. Of all the moves, the Favre one was the biggest gamble. Are the Jets getting their money worth?

Trading for Brett Favre hasn't immediately turned the Jets into an offensive juggernaut.

He was 18-for-26 for 181 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the Jets' 19-10 loss to New England. The Jets (1-1) will have an extra day to prepare for a Monday night game at reeling San Diego (0-2), which has lost two straight games in the closing seconds.

"I'm sure (when I) look at the film (Monday)," Favre said, "I'm going to see Jerricho (Cotchery) open at times, (I'm) going to see LC (Laveranues Coles) open at times and (Chansi) Stuckey (open). The play I threw to Jerricho that was called pass interference, he wasn't open. It was just a double-go play, throw it to LC or throw it to Jerricho. The corner was actually higher on LC, so I took the tighter shot. It was something we had talked about, just take a chance. He goes up and makes the play. They call pass interference."

The call on Cotchery nullified a 41-yard gain. Two plays later, Favre was intercepted by safety Brandon Meriweather. The pick set up New England's lone touchdown, and Favre admitted he underthrew tight end Chris Baker.

Perhaps worse was the throw Favre never got to make. With first-and-goal at the 3 and trailing 6-0 in the second quarter, the Jets tried three straight running plays with Thomas Jones. Result: zero net yards and a 21-yard field goal by Jay Feely.

"We liked the plays that we had," coach Eric Mangini said of that situation, defending playing conservatively with a future Hall of Famer at quarterback.
Favre backed his coaches, including offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.

"I don't second-guess Schotty's calls one bit," Favre said. "Would I have liked to have thrown it? I'd like to throw every play, but you're not going to win that way. We have the offensive line to do it, we have the running backs to do it, and I know what Bill's (Belichick) saying over there, they have the defense to stop it. They stopped it today. There's no guarantee a pass would have worked. So, yes, I would. It has nothing to do with second-guessing his decision.

"I'm fine with it," he added when asked about the Jets' offensive philosophy. "My job is to come here and run this offense. Believe me --regardless of the plays that were called, there were some opportunities. I looked at the pictures on the sidelines and there were some opportunities for some big plays. That falls back on me."

Interestingly, Favre's two biggest pass plays against New England, a 54-yarder to Laveranues Coles and a 28-yarder to Stuckey, both came on third downs when he was flushed out of the pocket and trying to make something happen. What the Jets need to do now is execute better on offense in normal situations.

"We'll be OK," Baker said. "Everyday we're out there, we get a better understanding of what (Favre) is doing, and he gets a better understanding of what we're doing."

Notes:
CB Dwight Lowery started his second straight game at right cornerback in place of Justin Miller (dislocated toe). The rookie, a fourth-round pick from San Jose State, had two tackles.
--TE Dustin Keller, a rookie from Purdue, made his first NFL reception. Keller's catch, a 19-yarder to the New England 20, led to the Jets' only touchdown.
--K Jay Feely, who replaced the injured and inactive Mike Nugent (thigh) for this game, missed a 31-yard field-goal attempt in the first quarter on the Jets' opening drive. His attempt went wide to the right. He connected from 21 yards in the second quarter and thus was 1-for-2 for the day.
--WR Laveranues Coles was in on more offensive plays than he was in the opener. He started again and had three receptions for 72 yards, including a 54-yarder to set up a field goal.
--OLB Bryan Thomas had one sack of New England's Matt Cassel. Thomas has three in two games, meaning he already has more than he did all of last season, when he had 2.5.

 


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