Tag:Brett Favre
Posted on: October 4, 2010 1:59 pm
 

Ryan would have courted Favre if not for Sanchez

B. Favre (US Presswire)Posted by Andy Benoit

Rex Ryan told the New York media that if he hadn’t drafted Mark Sanchez, he would have tried to get Brett Favre to come back to the Jets in 2009. Favre spent an eventful but ultimately forgettable 2008 season in New York (forgettable by Favre’s standard).

Ryan generally means what he says, but it’s possible that he’s getting carried away here. If the Jets were really high on Favre, it’s likely they would have kept him around one more season and let Sanchez learn the ropes as a backup. Remember, Sanchez essentially only played one year at USC. He was incredibly inexperienced upon entering the NFL.

Then again, it would have been a circus if the Jets had brought Favre in just months after drafting Sanchez. And the Jets, like the rest of the world, had no idea before the ’09 season that Favre would wind up reclaiming his MVP caliber. So who knows? (It's all just chatter at this point anyway.)

In more important news, our Jets Rapid Reporter says Ryan believes both Calvin Pace (foot) and Darrell Revis (hamstring) will return to action when the Jets host the Vikings Monday night.

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Posted on: October 3, 2010 9:18 pm
 

Manning passes Elway on all-time yards list

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Late in the fourth quarter, while he was driving the Colts on the game-tying drive, QB Peyton Manning passed John Elway for third on the all-time list for passing yards.

Once the 31-28 Jacksonville stunner was complete, Manning had completed 33 of 46 passes for 352 yards, two TDs, and an INT that wasn’t his fault. He also had climbed to 51,493 yards for his career.

But he still has quite a ways to go before he can threaten the top mark of all time. That record is held by Brett Favre – who, after Week 3, is at 69,926 yards (obviously, he’ll continue to add to that mark).

No. 2 on the list is Dan Marino, who threw for 61,361 yards during his career. Barring injury, Manning could catch Marino in the middle of the 2013 season.

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Posted on: September 23, 2010 10:48 pm
 

Favre knows this: Vikings offense is struggling

B. Favre said today he'd be lying if he knew exactly what was going on with Minnesota's offense (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Brett Favre has pretty good self-awareness. At least as it relates to today’s weekly news conference with the Twin Cities media.

Entirely appropriate for the starting quarterback of a heavily-hyped squad that so far hasn’t won a game and has led an offense that’s been crappy thus far, Favre said the Vikings offense wasn’t exactly clicking on the field. In fact, he painted a pretty bad picture.

"If I sat here and told you that I knew exactly what we're doing right now I'd be lying," Favre said in remarks transcribed by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "A lot of work is left and it will be an ongoing process until we have our unit how we want to go about things and we’re not there yet.”

That first statement has got to be brutal if you’re a Minnesota fan, and there are a couple of reasons it appears Favre doesn’t seem to know what’s going on.

No. 1, this is what happens sometimes when you miss large portions of training camp. He’s gotten away with it in years past, because he’s such a good freakin’ quarterback. But he’s 40 years old now, and maybe he’s lost a little bit of that magic.

No. 2, the fact Sidney Rice, his favorite target last year, isn’t around is killing him. Plus, Percy Harvin hasn’t been healthy, and Bernard Berrian has been a ghost. For some reason, Greg Camarillo isn’t seeing passes thrown his way, and the only receiver Favre seems to trust at this point is TE Visanthe Shiancoe.
 
So, does Favre have any words that will soothe the wounds of the Vikings supporters? Can he be optimistic, throw a little of that Favre gumption out there to make everybody feel a little better?

Um, not really.

"It’s hard to be patient and try to get this puzzle pieced together, because we’re doing it as we play," said Favre, who was limited in practice today. "Next week, it could be different. The following week, it could be different. Who knows?"

See, Vikings fans, everything is going to be OK. Or not. Who knows, indeed.

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Posted on: September 20, 2010 4:29 pm
 

F&R NFL Approval Matrix: Week 2

Posted by Will Brinson

Our affinity for graphs and charts and purty pictures knows no bounds, so (with a nod to the smartypants at NY Mag ), we present our first-ever NFL approval matrix. Suggestions, complaints and intellecutual property lawsuits may be directed to us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL).

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Posted on: September 20, 2010 4:29 pm
 

F&R NFL Approval Matrix: Week 2

Posted by Will Brinson

Our affinity for graphs and charts and purty pictures knows no bounds, so (with a nod to the smartypants at NY Mag ), we present our first-ever NFL approval matrix. Suggestions, complaints and intellecutual property lawsuits may be directed to us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL).

Click to make larger /embiggen .


Posted on: September 20, 2010 12:13 am
 

Vincent Jackson, Vikings still in rumor mill

B. Favre clearly misses the contributions of S. Rice, who's out for at least half the year after hip surgery (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Without Sidney Rice, the Vikings WR corps is worse than I could have imagined. Percy Harvin is playing with a hip injury and has had minimal impact the first two games of the season. Bernard Berrian has been invisible. Greg Camarillo has two catches in two games.

In fact, the only receiver QB Brett Favre seems to trust is TE Visanthe Shiancoe.

Which is why the Vincent-Jackson-to-the-Vikings rumors live on.

As Will pointed out Saturday , San Diego trading Jackson to Minnesota would make sense, even if San Diego doesn’t really want to trade him (I guess, then, it wouldn’t make that much sense for everybody).

But with another mediocre performance by the Vikings receivers during the team’s 14-10 loss to Miami that dropped them to 0-2 on the season, the possibility of acquiring Jackson is looking like a pretty good idea. Especially since Jackson’s six-game suspension would be cut to four games if he’s traded by 3 p.m. Wednesday.

"It's not for me to decide," Favre told the media after the game, including the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "I've heard the talk just like everyone else. I'll tell you the same thing I tell everyone else: you know as much as I know. All I know is we got to get better with the guys we have in the room. I can't speak for other guys that are not here."

But playing without the 6-4 Rice, that makes life a little more difficult for Minnesota.

"We're running basically the same plays," Harvin said. "It's just sometimes when you have a 6-5 receiver you can just throw it up to him – whether he's covered or not – and he can make a play. From that standpoint, we won't be able to fix that or find another receiver to replace him. We just have to come up with different schemes to try and get people open."

Funny, 6-5 is exactly how tall Jackson is. Hmm.

Expect a decision from the Vikings front office to be made in the next few days. It’ll depend on money concerns and on character, and it’ll depend if team management thinks it can wait for Rice to return at mid-season before the offense (maybe) kicks into gear.

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Posted on: September 16, 2010 9:55 am
 

Favre offered $1M to endorse anti-graying pill

Posted by Will Brinson

Brett Favre's gray hair is a constant reminder that he's a modern miracle of athletics, still playing football at the age of 40, unlike other athletes -- think Keith Hernandez, Emmitt Smith -- who have retired to the world of crappy infomercials.

But maybe Favre's not so far off. Michael Rand writes today that Favre's being offered $1 million to endorse "Go Away Gray" an all-natural pill with the enzyme Catalase which reverses the graying of hair.

"When Anderson Cooper didn’t accept our offer last month (after all, he’s a Vanderbilt), we decided to go after somebody that was going to be in the public eye week after week, reaching our core audience," said Cathy Beggan, owner of Rise-N-Shine, LLC. "And it doesn’t help that he’s an athletic and handsome devil."

Oh, Cathy, you poor fool. You think it's just going to be that easy, offering Favre money and hoping he just plays along? Have you even been paying attention to football over the last five years??

Hope she's ready for a drawn-out negotiating period followed by him acting like he's not interested in the product, only coming back later to say he is but only if she gives him like five times what she originally offered.

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Posted on: September 10, 2010 12:17 pm
Edited on: September 10, 2010 12:28 pm
 

Three thoughts about NO-MIN

B. Favre and the Minnesota passing offense had a rough game (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

My take on Thursday’s Saints 14-9 win against the Vikings.

1. I loved the “We are one” salute at the beginning of the game, signifying the players’ solidarity with each other as they enter the final season of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement. Some people didn’t like it – they thought it was too showy or too much of a flick-our-noses-at-the-owners kind of moment (and I’ve seen a joke or two on Twitter about how the owners should show solidarity by turning off the lights for a minute)  – but I thought the move was pretty damn cool.

"Even though five minutes from then we were going to go out and bash each others' heads in," QB Drew Brees told reporters after the game, "we're all one voice."

2. Jeez, how much did the Vikings miss WR Sidney Rice last night? More importantly, how much will they miss him until he can return from hip surgery? Percy Harvin was mostly invisible (one catch, 12 yards), and Bernard Berrian was, somehow, worse (one catch, three yards), and aside from TE Visanthe Shiancoe, Minnesota’s passing game was terribly unimpressive. Greg Camarillo made a nice catch, and even Greg Lewis recorded a reception. But originally, I thought Harvin and Berrian would be OK until Rice returned. I might have been totally wrong. And if Shiancoe is the only receiving threat – he was Thursday, at least – and the Saints figured out a way to shut him down in the second half, it’s not far-fetched to think other teams will do the same.
P. Thomas had a big second half for New Orleans (AP).
You also have to wonder about Brett Favre. Not just that he might be too old (finally), but that his decision to miss most of training camp cost his team dearly. As Camarillo said after the game, the offense had no chemistry. A couple extra weeks of practicing together might have helped solve that.

3. The Saints ran the ball just three times in the first half, but the coaching staff switched gears in the second half and made a point of giving the ball to Pierre Thomas. He rushed 19 times for 71 yards, and he helped New Orleans eat up huge chunks of time in the fourth quarter to keep the Vikings at bay. The big run came with 1:59 to go when, on a second and six, Thomas broke a Ben Leber tackle (which would have stopped him behind the first-down marker) and made the first down to seal Minnesota’s fate.

Of course, much of the credit must go to New Orleans interior linemen. Guards Jahri Evans and Carl Nicks were outstanding against one of the best defensive lines in the NFL.

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