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08-07-2008, 08:00 AM

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP)—Brett Favre (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/1025/;_ylt=AsPBWaTeBeXM7cC6aCgTTh0dsLYF)’s journey from retirement and back has finally ended—in New York.
The Green Bay Packers (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/gnb/;_ylt=ApZk8cbbfcCgajk6Kck4BwMdsLYF) reached an agreement Wednesday night to trade their three-time MVP and Super Bowl-winning quarterback to the New York Jets (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/nyj/;_ylt=Asz4E7bJlKVS68YU3pJQ5qsdsLYF), ending an emotionally grinding month of indecision over Favre’s future.
The move ends a remarkably ugly split between Green Bay and one of its most beloved players, allows the Packers to move forward with new starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/7200/;_ylt=Ah3i0z8AEB7Chsd9dc.gzQAdsLYF) and gives Favre a fresh start—although not exactly the one he wanted, as Favre’s first choice was widely believed to be the Minnesota Vikings (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/min/;_ylt=AoXGdeZrw08uEKMXlzPlUk8dsLYF).
Terms of the trade weren’t immediately available.
“It is with some sadness that we make this announcement, but also with the desire for certainty that will allow us to move the team and organization forward in the most positive way possible,” Green Bay officials said in a statement.
Jets chairman and CEO Woody Johnson issued a statement early Thursday.
“I am looking forward to seeing Brett Favre in a New York Jets uniform,” Johnson said. “He represents a significant addition to this franchise, and reflects our commitment to putting the best possible team on the field.”
Green Bay had been talking with the Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/tam/;_ylt=AmbLuCzvcN5wq593tQdHfEYdsLYF) since deciding earlier this week that they could no longer coexist with Favre.
The Packers decided to move forward with Rodgers as their starer after Favre announced his retirement in March. Given their commitment to Rodgers, team officials weren’t particularly receptive when Favre decided just over a month ago that he might want to play after all—the latest development in several years’ worth of flip-flopping about his football future.
The agreement was first reported by Fox Sports on its Web site.
“We just felt like this was an opportunity to go get somebody of Brett’s stature and what he’s accomplished,” Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said during a conference call early Thursday morning. “We felt it was in the best interest of the team and when the opportunity presented itself, we felt it was the right move for us to make and we went ahead and did it.”
A number of fans made it clear throughout training camp that they wanted Favre on the Jets with signs and “Get Brett!” chants. Favre’s new No. 4 Jets jersey already was for sale on the team’s Web site about an hour after the trade was announced.
Tannenbaum, who said he had a “good” conversation with Favre, wouldn’t speculate whether the quarterback will play in New York beyond this season.
“We had discussions with him and his agent, Bus Cook,” Tannenbaum said, “and we’re going into this and we’re going to take this one year at a time and we’re excited to have Brett on the team this year.”
The arrival of Favre signals the end of Chad Pennington (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/5047/;_ylt=AjGeWv46QSdekfS_H.asT2UdsLYF)’s career with the Jets. Tannenbaum said there would be another transaction regarding Pennington, who spent his first eight seasons with the Jets.
“It’s a bittersweet moment for us,” Tannenbaum said. “I have all the respect in the world for Chad as a person, as a player. We’ve accomplished a lot of good things with Chad … He gave his heart and soul to this organization for a long, long time. I really appreciate everything he’s done.”
Favre left Green Bay on Wednesday, boarding a private plane that left for Hattiesburg, Miss. at 1:25 p.m. EDT with his wife, Deanna, and Cook. Favre’s family home is near Hattiesburg.
In Mississippi, Favre confirmed that he was considering the Jets and Buccaneers.
“We’re working on it,” Favre told Jackson TV station WJTV. “Hopefully, we can get something resolved. I’ve been saying that for quite a while now. I don’t want to say we’re running out of time, but I need to get into a camp somewhere.”
The 38-year-old Favre holds most major NFL p***ing records and led the Packers to the NFC Championship last season, where they lost to the New York Giants (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/nyg/). Favre threw what would prove to be the decisive interception in overtime.
The Jets went into training camp with an open competition between Pennington and Kellen Clemens (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/7798/;_ylt=Ai0b4BDUJiVbia8QBLgTQl8dsLYF) after neither established themselves during a 4-12 season. Pennington was 1-7 as the starter and was benched midway through the season. Clemens went 3-5, but Pennington actually had the better season statistically.
After some hope for reconciliation between Favre and the Packers earlier this week, the final split became obvious Tuesday evening.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters on Tuesday that after approximately six hours of what he called “brutally honest” conversations over two days, the coach had determined that Favre doesn’t have the right mind-set to play for the Packers.
McCarthy said Favre couldn’t seem to get past emotional wounds that were opened as tensions mounted in recent weeks—even with the chance to win his starting job back potentially on the table.
“The train has left the station, whatever analogy you want,” McCarthy said Tuesday. “He needs to jump on the train and let’s go. Or, if we can’t get past things that have happened, I have to keep the train moving.”
McCarthy said Wednesday he was happy the rest of his players were getting a chance to move forward.
“We talked about it last night,” McCarthy said. “The players want resolution, they want what everybody wants. To come out here every day and talk about somebody that is not here and then shows up, it’s gone on too long, and understandably so. They want to play football.”
AP Sports Writers Dennis Waszak Jr. in New York and Brett Martel in New Orleans contributed to this report.

08-07-2008, 08:03 AM
This scares the holy he** outta me, with Hermie being an ex Jet and loving Pennington and his love of bringing in his old players (ok maybe I am overthinking it a little not sure how many of his old players he has went and got) I have a fear Pennington will become a Chief. Lets hope Green Bay or Tampa Bay goes after him, or maybe Chicago or Minn.

08-08-2008, 11:06 PM
YES YES YES, news just in Chad Pennington is a Dolphin. The only news I heard bout the Chiefs looking at him was from the media. We can all now breathe a collective sigh of relief.

08-09-2008, 11:59 AM
Whew... Thank God. Have fun in Miami, Chad.

08-09-2008, 04:48 PM
So we have to play against Pennington in pre-season and the regular season. Herm vs. his ol' QB. (Chad didn't play against us in last year's finale).

And we also will face Favre for the 2nd year in a row. And looks like Brett's making Jet tickets a hot item. Prices are steep from season ticket holders for our game there on October 26th at 1pm. That's too bad. It'll probably be perfect football weather.

08-09-2008, 09:35 PM
Whew... Thank God. Have fun in Miami, Chad.

Butt what if? 4....Some-day we get a QB!

08-10-2008, 03:13 AM
Jets OL Coach Eager To Break Favre's Streak Of Consecutive Starts***

New York Timer

Nothing -- not age, injuries, ferocious linebackers, weather, or freak accidents -- has been able to slow Brett Favre since he became a starting NFL quarterback in 1992. For an NFL-record 275 consecutive regular season and playoff games, Favre has been firmly planted as a starting quarterback, rewriting the league record book along the way.

However, Brett Favre has never met Bill Callahan.

Callahan, the first-year offensive line coach for Favre's new team, the New York Jets, looks forward to being the man who finally breaks Favre's streak of consecutive starts.

"Anytime you can take a streak of historical significance and personally be responsible for its conclusion, that's a tremendous credit to the individual responsible for bringing the streak to its end," explained Callahan. "By and large, I've done a tremendous job ending streaks, and I know in my heart of hearts that I am more than capable of bringing this one to an end as well."

In just four historic years as head coach at the University of Nebraska, Callahan's propensity for ending streaks garnered him multiple entries in the Cornhusker vaunted record books. For instance, Nebraska had not suffered through a losing season in more than 40 consecutive years, which was an ongoing NCAA record. That hallowed streak succumbed immediately to Callahan's touch, as he led Nebraska to a losing record in just his first year on the job.

"I made no secret about my ambition to flip that culture in Lincoln," Callahan recalls proudly. "And it took me very little time to do just that. To take a 10-win program and flip it to a 5-win program within one year's time, I think it takes a certain level of competence to achieve such a turnaround. Unfortunately, there were those involved in that particular program who did not have the intellectual capacity to grasp the difficulty of such a milestone."

Nebraska had appeared in an NCAA-record 35 consecutive bowl streaks prior to Callahan's introduction to the program. He quickly erased that streak as well.

"There is only one bowl in the NFL," Callahan said, "and I'm not sure if you've heard of it. It's called the Super Bowl. And I've coached in it. To be particularly candid and blunt, I have little interest in coaching a football team in any bowl other than the Super Bowl, and I think my performance has been consistent with that philosophy."

Other streaks, such as Nebraska's 36-game win streak over Kansas, fell quickly by the wayside under Callahan's watch.

"My biggest personal disappointment is that I was not able to end the streak of sellouts at Memorial Stadium," lamented Callahan. "The streak is clearly the byproduct of living in an isolated state where intellectual stimulation is difficult to obtain. Ending that streak would have been a tremendous accomplishment, a feather in my cap if you will, in terms of changing the atmosphere of that state away from childish football adulation and into a more sophisticated intellectual scenario."

Callahan envisions ending Favre's streak by the end of September. Specifically, he has his eye on the Jets' game at San Diego on September 22, set for a Monday Night Football telecast, where Callahan hopes his influence can be seen by a nationwide audience.

To that end, he is introducing his own unique version of a zone blocking scheme that has, historically, had little to no effect on defensive linemen or linebackers. In Callahan's opinion, pairing such schemes with the aging legs of a 38-year-old quarterback make it a matter of when, not if, Favre's streak of consecutive starts comes to an end.

"Your typical fan or reporter, lay people, tend to focus more on how certain techniques and alignments appear on the football field to their own naked, untrained eye," Callahan explained, "but they have little appreciation or regard for how certain zone blocking philosophies appear when diagrammed to perfection on paper.

"My blocking schemes, and my offensive schemes in general, are certainly a thing of esoteric beauty. There are those of us who understand them, and to us, they are a source of pleasure. There are those who focus on overrated minutia such as sacks, yardage, touchdowns, and victories, and I am frankly not concerned with their opinions."

Being a Nebraska Resident, All of the Huskerland wishes Brett, good luck, YOU WILL NEED IT WITH CALLAHAN INVOLVED!!!!!!! :mob: