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Calvin Pace, Darrelle Revis Show Support of Teammate Brett Favre

Not many people have been complimentary of Brett Favre since the Jets’ season went down the tubes courtesy of his three interception performance against the Dolphins in week 17. That capped off a 1-4 finish leaving the Jets at 9-7 despite starting the season a sparkling 8-3. Thomas Jones was brutally honest in his criticism of Favre after the game, and so was I. Contradicting the criticism and feeling that Favre wasn’t liked in the Jets locker room were two members of the team. In separate interviews on separate shows, both Calvin Pace and Darrelle Revis supported Favre on Sporting News Radio. Pace first with the 2 Live Stews, Revis second on The Monty Show:

Pace: “Brett is a real stand-up guy. He’s just a country boy, just a simple guy — come in, come to work, not flashy at all, just a guy who’s done it a long time. I think a lot of people kind of get turned off for the simple fact that he doesn’t necessarily do the things that a guy my age will do. The guy’s 40-years-old. He’s seen and done a lot of things, why would he sit and try to hang out with me? I think maybe that might have rubbed people the wrong way, but his work speaks for itself.

Revis: “I had no problem with Brett. Brett has given me advice and he’s been a good friend to me. I guess guys have mixed feelings in the locker room.”

As critical as I’ve been about Favre, I think it’s only fair to present the other side of the coin. Of course I will point out however, that both players complimenting Favre are from the defensive side of the ball. I have a feeling the “divided” locker room has to do with the guys in the huddle who feel Favre let them down, rather than the guys who watched from the sidelines.

Jets Choosing Favre Over Mangini?

So three more coaches were fired on Monday, further reinforcing the notion that there are two types of head coaches in the NFL: those who are fired and those who are going to be fired. Eric Mangini had a roller coaster ride going 10-6, 4-12, and now 9-7. The team seemed to peak in week 12 which is when they won their 5th straight game beating the Titans on the road. From there they went 1-4 to slip out of playoff contention, a span in which Brett Favre stunk up the joint with two touchdowns and nine interceptions. Favre also was playing with a bum shoulder and probably should have ceded the throne to Kellen Clemens if that were the case. While some players pledged their undying support for Mangini, others sang a different tune about the coaching:

“We’re out there busting our butts and (Favre) is turning the ball over,” said the player, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because his comments would be frowned upon by the organization. “You can’t win like that.

“We never got any rhythm on offense. Instead of us pounding the ball with TJ (Thomas Jones), we’re doing all of this other stuff. It’s not just me, a lot of guys weren’t happy with the play-calling. They (the coaches) were always catering to Favre instead of doing what we were built to do, which is run the ball.”

Let’s see, the Jets have used recent first round picks on two of their offensive lineman (D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold) and they signed Pro Bowl free agents Alan Faneca, Damien Woody, and Tony Richardson to bolster the blocking up front (T-Rich is a fullback). There’s a reason I took Thomas Jones in my fantasy league and that was it — with that line they could push people around. Maybe the coaches did screw up by leaving things up to Favre instead of pounding the ball more. It also seems like the Jets are making this move to entice Favre to return to the team. Maybe he didn’t fit in with Mangini and wanted a new coach to consider coming back. Or maybe, just maybe, the Jets want to enter the Bill Cowher sweepstakes.

(quote via FanHouse)

Jets Already Selling Brett Favre Jerseys

Yes, it’s true. Not even half an hour between the time SportsCenter went live with their mention of Jay Glazer’s report that the Jets had traded for Brett Favre did the team’s official site begin hawking Brett Favre merchandise.

Brett Favre Jets Jersey

Now you might be wondering how I came across such information knowing full well that I’m neither a Favre nor a Jets fan. Interestingly enough, I was hanging out Wednesday night, pleased that Favre finally got traded, only to receive a text message from my good buddy Trevor Leb who’s currently living in New York. Being the proper sports fan that he is, you can only imagine the content of the message: “I just made the biggest impulse buy of my life … 2 season tix to the NY Jets!” Ticket prices must have skyrocketed from the time that he made his purchase until now. And the Jets’ first home game is against the Patriots — Brett Favre vs. Tom Brady? Are you kidding me?!

So yeah, that didn’t take long … less than an hour after the trade was reported, the Jets site was already hawking Brett Favre Jets jerseys. Nice. As for those Brett Favre Buccaneers jerseys, you ask? Probably on their way to Nicaragua right about now.

Jets Flip Coin to Determine Quarterback

That’s how you know you’re in bad shape. In a perfect world, your starting quarterback is Tom Brady or Peyton Manning and you don’t have to worry about any competitions. But the reality for most NFL teams is that they’re trying to improve at the position and find the right man for the job. The New York Jets are no different, so when they opened up organized team activities, they flipped a coin to determine the starter.

“Chad called heads and I thought I had a good chance because I’m a guy that generally calls tails,” Kellen Clemens said Thursday after the Jets’ third OTA session, but first open to the media. “It was heads all the way.”

So Chad got first cracks at the job, I guess. We’ll see how long he hangs onto it. Pennington got yanked last year because of his struggles, and Kellen Clemens didn’t do a whole lot better. At least the team won three games with Clemens at QB — they only one once with Pennington at the helm — against the lowly 1-15 Dolphins. I guess the team is screwed either way, but with Pennington, they’re proper screwed. I’m guessing Clemens will emerge. And Mangini reportedly blew the whistle on coordinator Brian Schottenheimer for rigging the coin flip. Just what I heard.

Eric Mangini’s Secret to Success: Mozart on the Practice Field

In one of the opening scenes of Get Shorty, Chili Palmer’s buddy declares that he’s going to start sleeping in a coffee shop. When asked why, the barber cites a newspaper article saying that 90% of people die in their bedrooms. He reasons, “How many people you know died in a coffee shop?” Perhaps Eric Mangini comes from the same line of thinking. From Don Banks at SI:

As he did last year, Mangini has speakers set up at practice in order to pipe in loud music when his offense comes to the line of scrimmage. But the new twist is that he has mixed in some Mozart to go along with the selections of rock and hip-hop. Mangini this offseason researched the effect of Mozart on learning, and he liked what he heard.

“It stimulates the brain waves that influence learning,” he told me from his office. “There are a lot of schools that are playing Mozart underneath all day long.”

Hate to point out any faulty logic by a young, successful NFL coach nicknamed “Mangenius,” but something tells me there’s a slight difference between a classroom setting, and a football field. But hey, I guess whatevers clever, you know?

(via our fine friends at Fark)