Providing Favre gets the Jets offense down ("Somebody get open and I'll find ya'') we're not going to have to wait long for the first 2008 meeting of the quarterbacking giants. In Week 2, the Patriots travel to the Jets, in a game that was already going to have beaucoup "Return to Spygate'' angles out the wazoo. Now we've got Favre-Brady to chew on as well.
Then, in a Week 11 rematch, as part of the NFL Network's late-season schedule, the Jets will play New England in a Thursday night prime-timer at Gillette Stadium. It might even be cold enough by then in Foxboro to remind Favre of late September in Lambeau.
If you're wondering, Favre is 1-1 in his career against Brady, beating him in a 2002 regular-season game at Gillette, and losing 35-0 at Lambeau in a mid-November 2006 rematch, a game in which Favre was knocked out of in the second quarter after a
It'd be like the Yankees signing
Lot of good that nugget did.
It might surprise you to learn Favre has played just five games in Giants Stadium over his 17-year career. He's 3-2 there, with eight touchdown passes, but his finest performance was his most recent -- a three-touchdown day in Green Bay's 35-13 win over the Giants in Week 2 last season.
New York did get even, however, picking Favre off in overtime to pave the way for
And not with much success, I might add. In the 10 seasons from 1993 to 2005 in which one of those three veterans started at least four games for New York, the Jets made the playoffs exactly twice -- 1998 and 2001 with Testaverde.
Shoot, even the franchise's quarterbacking standard-bearer, Hall of Famer
Holmgren has announced his retirement effective at the end of this season, and the Seahawks have already named their assistant head coach/secondary coach
But what if Holmgren four months later had second thoughts about his plan to walk away, saying he discovered he still had "the itch'' to coach again? Would Seattle choose to stand behind
Ah, but if he can make it there, he'll make it anywhere.
But the reality is the Bucs offense under Gruden has enjoyed its greatest success when it had a quarterback who was coolly efficient at protecting the football. Tampa Bay won a Super Bowl in 2002 with
Last time we checked, ball protection wasn't exactly Favre's calling card. Mr. Green Bay Gunslinger was better at it last season, of course, but he is still the NFL's all-time leading thrower of interceptions, and he's way up there on the fumbles lost chart too.
So congrats to Gruden and the still Garcia-led Bucs. It's one of those best deals they never made type of things.
The way I see it, the Jets didn't just give up on
So how do the Jets start the season? At what promises to be a steamy 1 p.m. kickoff in Dolphins Stadium in Week 1, and in always warm San Diego in Week 3 (true, it's a 5:30 p.m. local time start, but don't ruin our point). We know Favre excels when the thermometer drops below 34 degrees, but how is he when it's 85 out and you drip just standing still?
On another front, I think it's safe to say Favre is in the free and clear to wear No. 4 with the Jets. Well, providing somebody checked with long- forgotten backup quarterbacks