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    Trouble brewing for the New York Bretts?

    Jets teammate: Distant Favre created resentment
    BY ARTHUR STAPLE
    arthur.staple@newsday.com; Staff writer Erik Bol
    January 1, 2009

    If Brett Favre wants to play another year with the Jets, he'll have to work a lot harder to win over his teammates than he did this season.

    "There was a lot of resentment in the room about him," a Jets player told Newsday yesterday. He requested anonymity because team owner Woody Johnson has stated publicly that Favre is welcome to return next season if he wants to. (Favre reportedly will take until the end of February to decide about returning.)

    The 39-year-old quarterback is not as welcome with his teammates, according to this veteran. After the Jets traded for Favre Aug. 6, the sure Hall of Famer made no effort to ingratiate himself with the already assembled team, the veteran said. He said Favre spent most of his down time at the practice facility in an office specially designated for him near the equipment room, not with teammates in the locker room, even after the media departed.

    "He never socialized with us, never went to dinner with anyone," the player said. Asked to describe Favre in a word, he said: "Distant."

    There was more of the same sentiment from Thomas Jones, who was interviewed on Hot 97 FM Tuesday. Jones wanted to make it clear he wasn't blaming only Favre but said, "At the same time, you can't turn the ball over and expect to win. The other day, the three interceptions really hurt us. You don't like it. I don't like it and I know everybody else on the team doesn't like it, but all you can do is fight [through it]."

    Jones reinforced comments made by other Jets Monday, when the team broke up for the season in complete disarray after Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Dolphins.

    On Monday, Kerry Rhodes said: "If he's dedicated and he wants to come back and do this, and do it the right way ... and be here when we're here in training camp and the minicamps and working out with us ... then I'm fine with it. But don't come back if it's going to be halfhearted or he doesn't want to put the time in with us."

    A foxsports.com report Sunday said Favre wasn't happy being called out by Eric Mangini in front of the team, as the coach did with all of his players when they made mistakes. But the Jet who requested anonymity said that didn't seem to be the case.

    "If [Favre] was hurt by that stuff, I'd be shocked, because Eric barely said anything to him," the player said. "Guys would be getting called out for missed assignments or blown coverages, and Brett would have three picks and no one would say a word."

    Mangini addressed the team for the last time Monday. The player said the former coach revealed a much different side than he showed before, telling players he'd been tough and aloof only to get the most out of them.

    According to the player - and he was backed by very supportive comments about Mangini from other Jets - very few in the room thought Mangini deserved to be fired, and that the acquisition of Favre and his subsequent "me-first" attitude hurt the Jets more than anything.

    "Eric," he said, "wasn't the reason we didn't make the playoffs."


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    Re: Trouble brewing for the New York Bretts?

    I don't think Jet Favre is back in NY next year, but will he even try to go somewhere else? If the Jets trade him to an NFC North team they gotta give up a lot of picks I think... unless they just release him.
    He'll probably retire, decide to play again in the 2nd week of the preseason, decide he doesn't like playing in week 6 and retire again after another dramatic press conference, and then want to sign on with a playoff team in week 16.

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    Re: Trouble brewing for the New York Bretts?

    He should've just retired as a Packer.

    Guess what we get to listen to all offseason?!?!

    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    Devaney, if you care about this team... fire the offensive coordinator!!!!

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    Re: Trouble brewing for the New York Bretts?

    The scroll across the bottom of the screen relates that Favre (allegedly) told the Jets "maybe it's time to start looking another direction for a Quarterback"
    RnD

    GO RAMS!!

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    Re: Trouble brewing for the New York Bretts?

    Favre is just a walking soap opera and drama queen. He needs to pack it in and fade away.

    Watching what Chad Pennington has done this year certainly couldn't have helped the situation.

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