Mr. T on the Hotseat
It looks like Brett Favre is still proving costly for the New York Jets, only this time he’ll be hitting them in the wallet, not with costly interceptions.
The Vikings quarterback commented yesterday on the torn biceps tendon he suffered last season while with Gang Green, and his subpar play following the ailment. The comments essentially made it seem as though he was coaxed into playing, and that if he’d had it his way, he would have let backup signal caller Kellen Clemens take the snaps the rest of the way,because he felt he was hurting the team more than helping it.
His comments prompted immediate inquisition from the NFL offices, and with good reason; Favre was never listed on the injury report during the time after he said the injury was discovered, and the Jets could face possible fines from the league for the error. His remarks prompted a response from Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum at the start of Thursday afternoon’s practice, the final workout before the opener against the Houston Texans.
“We talked about it, Brian Daboll, Brian Schottenheimer, Eric Mangini and myself. After we talked about it, we felt Brett gave us the best chance to win and that was the decision that we made.”
As for Favre not being listed on the injury report, Tannenbaum accepted full responsibility for the misque.
“I will take responsibility for that. As the general manager of this team, I should have handled that differently and listed him on the report. We did not, just because he was not getting treatment every day and we knew he was going to play. Looking back on it, I should have listed him as “probable” and we did not. I will take responsibility for that.”
The ageless Favre has once again put the Jets in a compromising position, and I can’t say I’m surprised. His subpar play was one of, if not the primary culprit behind the club’s late-season collapse in 2008, and now, after all this time, it comes out that “if he’d had it his way, he wouldn’t have played.”
These quotes are coming from the same guy who holds the record for most consecutive games played by a position player. The guy that has done the retirement/unretirement song and dance not once, but twice, holding a franchise he called home for more than a decade hostage in the process. Are we to think that after all these actions he wouldn’t care about preserving his consecutive games streak during an injury he could play through?
It’s this kind of primadonna attitude that has marked the twilight of Favre’s career. Instead of merely accepting the fact that a large amount of the Jets’ collapse falls on his shoulders, he insinuates that he was persuaded to play. The Jets are taking the classy approach in their handling of the situation; I only wish Brett would have done the same. But then again, we are talking about the biggest me-first player in the game today (yes, including Terrell Owens), so forgive me if I’m not shocked.
OTHER NEWS AND NOTES
In a minor roster move today, the club released safety Emanuel Cook from the practice squad today, and signed fullback Jason Davis to take the vacated spot.
SCHOTTY TALKS GAMEPLAN FOR SUNDAY
Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer offered some insight into the Jets’ gameplan for their matchup against the Titans, and how he plans to use the stable of running backs at his disposal.
“We got a lot of good backs,” he said. “With that you have to find different ways to get him the ball.”
“You go back to the way he started some of the games last year,” he said of tailback Thomas Jones. “I know with St. Louis he had a couple of big runs. Sometimes it’s just the type of runs we call with him where you try to set the mindset to try to be physical. We’ll have a plan. We’ll have a rotation with the backs. We want to run the football. The best way to run the football is to have success early and get ahead in the game. Then in the fourth quarter you try to put the game away.”
He also alluded to whether or not he would scale back the offense for quarterback Mark Sanchez, in this his first start as a professional.
“No, we’re not going to dial it back. He’s really a bright guy. We put in the normal plan. We got a couple of extra days now where we can go back and say I’m comfortable with this and not comfortable with that. So it’s not dialed back at all. I’m sure he’ll have some butterflies. All of the players will. In talking to Mark, it’s about getting him into a little bit of a roll in the preseason. He is learning his routine and how (his) Saturday needs to go, and this is (his) Sunday morning during pregame. I am excited to watch him go and play. I think he’ll do a good job. He’ll have an enthusiasm about him and I think he’ll do well.”
CATCHING UP WITH D’BRICKASHAW
Ferguson will be dealing with one of the premier defensive ends in the league Sunday in Pro-Bowler Mario Williams. But for the big man, the approach doesn’t change, no matter who’s on the other side of the line of scrimmage.
“One thing that’s so unique about this league is, whether the player you go against is a “name” guy that everybody’s familiar with, a more famous individual, versus an unnamed or unsung hero, he’s always at the top of his game. It’s very rare that you go against players who don’t belong. I know Mario Williams is a great pass rusher: he does a lot of great things, so it’s definitely going to be important to have a gameplan for him.”
The offense will also be dealing with a Reliant Stadium crowd that is known for being one of the rowdiest in the game, but Ferguson feels the offense, and their new quarterback, are ready for the challenge.
“We’re going to prepare ourselves (for the crowd noise),” he said. “We’re definitely going to have a game plan so that we can be successful in spit of the noise and the crowd. I think Mark will do an excellent job; we have a lot of confidence in him, and I think he’ll definitely produce.”
Kickoff for the opener is set for Sunday at 1:00 PM. You can catch all the action on CBS.