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News » After years of abuse, look for Jets to get revenge 2008-09-14

After years of abuse, look for Jets to get revenge 2008-09-14

After years of abuse, look for Jets to get revenge 2008-09-14
For Brett Favre, this is Brettribution Day. It's the day he gets to send an unmistakable message to the Green Bay decision-makers that forced him out. It's the day he can shut up the naysayers who believe he is too old and too conflicted to make one last Super Bowl run on a championship-parched franchise that has gone 40 years between Super Bowl drinks.

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For the rest of the Jets, this is Jetribution Day. It's the day they finally get to stand up to Bill Belichick, the way the Red Sox finally stood up to Joe Torre and the Yankees. Belichick doesn't have his spies with him anymore as he returns to the scene of the crime. He doesn't have Tom Brady with him anymore. So he asks a career backup named Matt Cassel to overcome a bloodthirsty mob and a seething, bulked-up team that is sick and tired of having its glasses stepped on and its lunch money taken from it by the Bully Boys of the AFC East. In other words, Patsies No More.

If the game is close in the fourth quarter - and everyone should expect the prideful Patriots defense to keep it close - there won't be anyone in the stadium, in the stands or on the Jets sidelines or in the Jets huddle, who wouldn't take their chances with Favre with the ball in his hands with the game on the line.

Who cannot wait for Favre to deliver Crygate to Belichick and the Pats?

Favre would have been better served if he had more time before facing a foe this cunning, this menacing. It almost seems as if he has been airlifted into a rivalry that for him will feel like Bears-Packers at Giants Stadium.

He had better understand that he will need to be even better than he was in Miami. He will be playing with fire if he still isn't sure of the playbook and has to turn to his teammates in the huddle and again blurt out, "same play." He will need to find his chemistry - and fast - with Laveranues ColesLaveranues Coles so Jerricho Cotchery and one of the tight ends can do some damage to a suspect secondary diminished by the departure to the Eagles of Asante Samuel.

He will need to be more efficient. It is one thing to be resourceful like he is, quite another to depend on a repeat of a Hail Chansi (Stuckey) pass against the Pats, who are on the lookout for anyone resembling David Tyree. He will have to find a way to rein in the emotions he wears on his sleeves when he hears the Monster of the Meadowlands for the first time when it counts.

So in that regard, the Patriots are catching the Jets at the right time. The Jets' lineup is filled with other high-priced mercenaries - Alan Faneca and Damien Woody on offense, Kris Jenkins and Calvin Pace on defense - who will be better the more they play together. The thing is, the Patriots catch them with Cassel. If you are a big team, you do not let the backup quarterback beat you at home, no matter who it is, even if that backup quarterback can throw to Randy Moss. The Jets should rough up Moss, who has a balky back, at every opportunity.

Under Herman Edwards and Mangini, the Jets have gone 3-12 against the Patriots. There have been those cold, postgame handshakes between Mangini and Belichick and snarling between the front offices. It all started with Bill Parcells freeing himself from Kraft and strutting into Leon Hess' wealthy arms. Then Parcells stole Curtis Martin from the Pats. Then Kraft lured Belichick back, after he served all of one day as HC of the NYJ.

And Belichick did for Kraft what Parcells could not do for Hess, and the poor Jets and their poor fans watched Belichick and Brady and Kraft win three championships together. So when Edwards bolted to Kansas City, Woody Johnson looked at Mangini and saw the young Belichick, and Mangini left his mentor's side. He looked at general manager Mike Tannenbaum and saw the young Scott Pioli. Maybe he looked at himself and saw Kraft. Finally, he looked at Favre and saw a Dienasty crumbling at his feet. He saw Jetribution for him and his franchise, Brettribution for the 38-year-old quarterback.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: September 14, 2008

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