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Favre: Mangini Should Have Benched Me

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Well, this certainly is interesting.

"Absolutely. I was receptive to (sitting) last year," Favre said. "When we finally did an MRI and found out I had a torn biceps last year, I felt like, with about four or five games left, that even though I was making some pretty good throws and some decent plays, I felt like I was doing the team more harm because I was missing on some throws."

Now, there are two different ways to potentially view this.  There's the cynical view that says "Sure Favre can say that now. . .he still currently has the streak, his play went down the toilet at the end of last year, the Jets collapsed," and so forth.

And then there's the view that says, "Damn. . .that Eric Mangini is an idiot."

 

Seriously, like Anthony said in a previous story, Mangini is. . .at best. . .doing an impersonation of Brad Childress doing an impersonation of Bill Belichick.  Keep in mind, Favre wasn't even listed on the Jets' injury report during the last five weeks of 2008, which was when he was nursing his bicep injury.  Mangini, in his efforts to be all "secret squirrel" about his team's gameplan and trying to play "mind games" with opponents, was not only in direct violation of the NFL's injury reporting policy, but also proved to be pretty clueless all the way around.

 

Of course, if one were to look down the bench and see that your other two options at quarterback are Kellen "Holy crap, I'm awful" Clemens and Erik "Good lord, I'm so bad I can't even beat out Kellen Clemens" Ainge, you'd probably be pretty reluctant to bench Brett Favre, too, I suppose.

Now, with that in mind. . .I know he's Brett Favre and everything, but if a point in time comes during the season where #4 is hurt and simply can't go and is hurting the team as a result, Brad Childress absolutely, positively MUST have the testicular fortitude to tell Favre that he needs to take a seat in favor of either Tarvaris Jackson or Sage Rosenfels.  I don't want this team to start 8-3 and finish 9-7 and out of the playoff picture in the NFC.  They're too talented for that.

Will Chilly have the guts to bench the guy he's chased after for two years?  Here's hoping that we don't have to find out at any time during 2009.