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Favre will help the Jets, but he isn't a savior

Favre will help the Jets, but he isn't a savior
I see Brett Favre improving the Jets initially, but I still see them fighting to be a playoff team.

Over the years, it is a proven fact that spending a lot of money on older, big-name guys doesn't necessarily mean you are going to the Super Bowl. What the Jets have done this offseason, and now with Favre, reminds me a lot of what the Redskins did in free agency when they were signing Bruce Smith and Deion Sanders.

For the Packers to get the Jets' first-round pick, Favre has to take them to the Super Bowl. Well, I don't see that happening.

The Packers, even with a first-year starter in Aaron Rodgers, will have a better record than the Jets this season.

Now, I don't want too sound negative about Favre. I want fans to know that I love watching Brett play. I love his passion and his competitiveness on the field. But football is a team game and last season Brett benefited from a great defense and then Ryan Grant's running down the stretch. I don't think the Jets are as good as Green Bay on defense and they don't have all the offensive weapons that the Packers have.

Favre will initially give the Jets a spark, but I think he will end up throwing more interceptions than he did last season. I bet he plays more like he did a couple years ago than he did last season. He had a marvelous season last year, but in 2005 he threw a career-high 29 interceptions. Fans forget that he had two consecutive so-so seasons.

I also don't see him protecting the ball as well as he did last year. I know he has a strong arm, but it isn't easy throwing in the Meadowlands on a real windy day. I don't suspect that Bill Belichick and New England are particularly concerned about Favre being with the Jets, either.

I'm not worried about Favre fitting in with the Jets. He'll be fine working with a new offense. But, remember, he's one of those guys who likes doing his own thing out there anyway.

As a coach, I have never been a fan of one player being the savior. But while saying that, I think had he gone to the Vikings, Favre might have elevated that team to elite status. That would have been a much better fit for him. He knows Minnesota's offense, he knows the division, plus the Vikings have a great, young running back and they also should have a pretty good defense this season.

I know this whole retirement thing and now the Packers trading Favre, that's got to be hard for him, the team and his fans. But the Packers were ready to move on. This is still a good football team. I'm not sure they will win 13 games like last season, but they will still be a very good team without him.

I'm not too concerned about Aaron Rodgers having not started a game. He's been there for three years, with two of them in Mike McCarthy's system. And like Brett, he's going to benefit from that defense and that running game. Not discounting what Brett did last season, but those two things carried that team last season.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: August 8, 2008

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