How will Favre impact the Jets?
At first glance, it would appear Favre took quite a tumble going from a young and talented Packers offense that was surprisingly ranked No. 2 last season to a Jets offense that slumped all the way to 26th in 2007. But that gap is deceivingly large based on New York's current roster and its offseason upgrades. Once he gets acclimated to a new offense, Favre should make New York's attack that much better.
Favre may not have all the weapons at his disposal that he did last season in Green Bay, but the Jets, at the very least, should field a better, more versatile offense with their glaring weakness at left guard filled by veteran
Keller looks destined for a big role as a rookie based on his early camp work, and Favre will no doubt focus on generating an early connection with his young tight end. Be it
In Green Bay, Favre's big year in '07 was greatly aided by the breakthrough seasons turned in by second-year receiver
The Jets admittedly don't have that kind of depth at receiver, but their top two, starters
The question in New York is who will emerge as the Jets' No. 3 receiver among a rather non-descript group that now includes receiver/quarterback
The Jets believe their 19th-ranked running game from a year ago will be better because of Faneca's presence, plus the free-agent addition of veteran
While Favre doesn't have promising young running back
Favre's late arrival will no doubt make for a challenging transition. But once he's comfortable in New York's offense, the Jets quarterback position should be in considerably better hands than it was with either the vertically-challenged passing arm of
The Jets offensive linemen have to be excited to get a guy of Favre's caliber, but there are going to be adjustments that need to be made.
Though it's not a big deal, they will have to get accostumed to Favre's cadence, something that varies from QB to QB. This is the kind of thing that can be sorted out in practice and in preseason games, but don't be surprised to see a few false starts in the early going.
They also have to get used to Favre extending plays with his legs more than Clemens or Pennington did in the past. Offensive line coach
It'll be interesting to see who emerges as the leader on the offense between Coles, Faneca and Favre. Coles has been been a Jet for seven seasons. Faneca was the emotional leader of the Steelers. And Favre is Favre.
How will Favre fit into the Jets offense is the question most are asking. But I tend to see it the other way around: How will the Jets adjust their offensive terminology to what Favre knows best and how will they actually call the game with Favre as the player?
The key to making this work is for the Jets to be the adaptors, not Favre. And the Jets have too much invested in making this trade work to not just roll up their sleeves and get busy. There will be plenty of long nights from here on out for the offensive coaches.
Favre gives the Jets offense the ideal complement to the power running game implemented during the offseason. As an aggressive deep ball thrower, Favre will reduce the number of eight-man fronts used against the Jets, thereby creating more running room for
From a schematic standpoint, Schottenheimer will surely pull elements from the Packers' offensive package that worked well last season. Favre excelled last season when throwing off three-and five-step drops, so expect the Jets to feature more of a quick, rhythm passing game that operates out of an assortment of spread and empty (no-back) formations. When the Jets opt to use play-action passes, expect to see more double moves and deep routes to utilize Favre's superior arm strength. Cotchery and Coles will be the biggest beneficiaries on offense, as they will have plenty of opportunities to make plays down the field. The tight ends figure to be key contributors as well, becoming feature targets in the red zone.
Overall, adding Favre to the lineup makes the offense more explosive and gives the Jets an opportunity to better compete with upper echelon teams in the AFC. The move may not pay off immediately due to the learning curve needed by Favre and the coaching staff, but expect the Jets to field a top ten offense by season's end.