Not being a Jet fan, I don’t really make it my business to watch every snap of every Jets game. So I will admit to getting a lot of my news from recaps, etc.
However, it is abundantly clear to me, from the bunch of plays I have watched the Jets a couple of things:
1) Eric Mangini is not a good head coach, and is overmatched in big games/situations.
2) Brett Favre is NOT a good QB anymore.
That second one I’ve mentioned before, how I never really liked him. I thought his decision-making and “gunslinging” was a bad thing, not a good one.
Meanwhile, all the Jets fans that hailed him as a savior, saying how much better he was than Pennington, let’s see if they can play a little game with me. We’ll call it “Who’d You Rather Have?”
QB #1: 323/482 (67%), 3239 yards (6.72 yds/att), 21/19 td/int
QB #2: 299/446 (67%), 3453 yards (7.74 yds/att), 17/7 td/int
Without names, I think it’s clear that QB #2 is having a far superior season. In fact, if you looked, you would think that QB #2 has the better arm, and that QB #1 was a weak-armed QB who could only dink and dunk, but couldn’t make good throws down the field.
And you’d be right. Because QB #1 is Brett Favre and QB #2 is Chad Pennington.
From what I’ve seen, Brett Favre simply does not have the same arm strength anymore. He is consistently underthrowing his receivers. And for all that BS about him being a “winner,” the truth is he stepped into a fantastic situation, with a great running game, improved O-line and vastly improved defense, and is managing to choke that away, while Pennington took over a 1-15 team, and is about to lead them to a #3 seed and the NFC AFC East Title. Yup, Favre’s the “winner.”
I think it’s clear that everything the Jets fans complained about Pennington was more a function of the coaching and crappy play-calling (seriously, what does Brian Schottenheimer have to do to get fired?) than Chad’s abilities.
It will be a fantastic day for Chad when he brings his 10-5 Dolphins into Giants Stadium, and kicks the Jets’ ass.
Oh, and as for my prediction (Favre will have more INT’s than TD’s this year): pretty damn close, and the season isn’t over. One more game like this week, and it could still happen.