Broadway Brett and the Boys

By Brad Cotter

The fans who revel in the sports lore of Broadway Joe watched as the team get involved in the theatre that dominated the headlines in Green Bay. Brett Favre lasted a few months in retirement before he had to return to the game. The Packers were ready to move on as an organization, but fans were conflicted between the devotion for their future Hall of Fame quarterback and the desire to avoid the difficult years of the ‘70s and ‘80s once he was finally ready to stop playing.

Enter the New York Jets. The Jets had their own hearts broken by the injuries and soft arm of Chad Pennington. In the end Favre came to the Jets and gave them a rocket that could deliver the football anywhere on the field. Jets tickets became even more in demand once the Patriots domination ended with the loss of Tom Brady for the season.

The Jets are now in the position for a couple of good years with Favre at the helm. The team may have a Pro Bowl quarterback for the first time in years. Favre has developed a connection with Jerricho Cotchery that is sure to lead to plenty of long bombs. He alos has Laveranues Coles and Chansi Stuckey running his routes and Favre has been hitting them for big gains.

Favre would not be able to unload those long bombs without the additions of Alan Faneca and Damien Woody to the offensive line. The bolstered front five will stop the groans at games at the Meadowlands and turn them into cheers as Favre does his thing and Thomas Jones is actually given holes to run through. The improved offense will help the Jets position themselves for a run in the playoffs that could take Favre to the Super Bowl in a different shade of green.

The team could not get there without a much improved defense from the 2007 season. Calvin Pace and Kris Jenkins are the key additions to shore up the front seven. They should make the team much more effective versus the run and put pressure on the opposing quarterbacks over the course of the NFL season.

This season could be a great one for the New York metropolitan area as the Jets and the Giants both make a play for the postseasons that could see the team meet for the first time in a championship game.