Let me make this perfectly clear to Packer backers: Karma is a b^tch. Brett wanted to play football for the Green Bay Packers. Period. He wanted to retire from the Green Bay Packers. He did so. The champion in him wanted to compete. And play for the Green Bay Packers. Ted Thompson and Mike McCartney took Brett Favre at his word after his tear filled press conference, and moved on. That's what good franchises do. But then, after months of healing, and talk of training camp, things Brett Favre had been accustomed to in Green Bay for his entire career, he had a change of heart. He still has it. He still wants to play. The only problem was Green Bay moved on. They groomed their first round draft pick for four years under the games greatest of all time. And he learned well. I laughed when I saw his interview, talking about how Brett taught him to look off defenders with the stripe on his helmet. Words of wisdom. The best students have the best teachers; that's why they are the best.
This is where we have our divorce. Brett wanted in, they weren't expecting that. I'm not blaming Ted Thompson for taking a vacation, leaving work behind, heaven forbid that right be taken away. And its too bad that Brett probably overreacted to the lack of communication, and said something out loud that would have better been left unspoken. It happened. I'm sure he regrets it. Lets face it; when we are at the end of our career, we want to be sure we're done. Brett was far from done. People told him so. But the way he lost the last game of the 2007 season; on an interception in OT in the NFC championship game in front of his home fans. I'm sure it cost him so much sleep. I find myself cheering for him as a Jet just as much as I did when he was a Packer. And I've never been a Packer fan. Brett makes the NFL a better place to visit.
Anyone in the Packer front office that denies they mishandled the whole situation won't be there in two years. The NFL is like that. And spinning stories into the press about malfeasance by a disgruntled former player just to make themselves look better is intolerable. The truth will come out, and heads will roll. Who owns the Green Bay Packers? THE FANS.
Now Brett has taken his ball and is playing in a different playground, having a blast and feeling some comfort now with his new playmates. Hes looking good. Thomas Jones is underutilized right now; but they are seeing what they acquired him for, and his success is going to open huge touchdowns off of play action like Brett had in Green Bay with Ryan Grant. Edgar Bennett and everyone in between. Jones is good. Leon Washington is a good third down back, and Coles and Cotchery are capable wideouts. Stuckey seems to be depth that position sorely needed. The offensive line is gelled, and the Jets are loaded at TE. Despite a confusing gameplan in Oakland, where at one point in the game Jones was averaging over 9 yards per carry after 14 carries, this NY Jet team can beat anyone. They are going to be a tough out in the second half of the season.
Now tell the Packer spin machine you're sick and tired of it and you're not going to take it anymore. Otherwise you have to deal with karma......